|My great-grandmother who earned the right to vote in 1920.|
So, how is today's DAR different from my grandmother's DAR? In some ways it is the same. We are still women, trying to express our voice in America. We try to make a difference in our communities around us. We continue to support historical preservation, patriotism, and education. What really makes the difference between her DAR and my DAR is the power that women have gained as equals to men in our society and the way we express it. I am proud to be female. Proud to be a working mother of two. Proud to be equipped with the knowledge to be independent. Proud to feel free to pursue whatever career I want...or don't want. Really, it is all about the freedom I have. This allows me to do so much more for my world around me. The DAR gives me a platform to serve, and serve I do. I have volunteered at my local Veteran's hospital handing out bags of treats and toiletries. After the recent tsunami in Japan, I collected and mailed toys and supplies for children there. Organizing donations for our current military overseas, I have thanked our soldiers. Several Saturdays have been spent cleaning up a local cemetery. Leading memorial services for our veterans during Memorial Day has been an honor. Sending care packages to the children at the DAR Schools has been a joy. I am powerful! Powerful to change the world around me into a better place. I know I am changing the world for my children because they observe everything that I do and model their behavior after me. I have an obligation to be a good citizen in front of them.
“Good citizens cannot be made suddenly. They must grow...” Harriett LothropSo, Today's DAR is so much more than when my grandmother was a member. It is because of our members' dedication and the freedoms that we have to serve so extensively. We DO things and are active. We love our world and plan to make it a better place everyday.
I am glad I jumped blindly into this organization just to honor my grandmother. What a wonderful surprise I have found.