In Pennsylvania, we currently have 99 DAR chapters. A large number, compared to most states in the nation, I suppose. Although it puts us just under the number 100, the required number of chapters to be classified as a ‘large’ state. Since my membership ten years ago, I have been aware of a few chapters that disbanded or merged with other chapters due to decrease in membership or loss of interest. I have only seen the creation of one chapter in my state during that time. Looking back on our state history, we have had over 50 chapters disband, with the first one in 1908. That doesn’t even count the ones that have merged. When I discovered this statistic, I was shocked!
What happens to those daughters from a chapter that disbands or merges? They may become Members At Large, they may transfer to another chapter, or they may resign. Unfortunately, many of them end up resigning or being dropped from our roll due to lack of interest or a lack of feeling connected to a new chapter.
This weekend was our annual district workshop, led by our District Director. One of the sessions, given by our State Organizing Secretary, provided the participants a time to discuss how to revitalize our chapters to avoid these problems. Here are some of the very good ideas that were shared.
|An example of a Chapter Bar...not my chapter, but someone's. <grin>|