Regent: Ruth Sarvadi
1st Vice Regent: Wendy Becker
2nd Vice Regent:
Chaplain: Joan Chaffin
Recording Secretary: Sharon Ford
Corresponding Secretary: Tina Dudley
Treasurer: Nancy Greenley
Registrar: Sandra Carter-Duff
Historian: Carolyn Mears
May 2005 Officer Installation
Honorary (Past) Chapter
Honorary State Regent, Past
Christine "Tina" Dudley, 2005-07
Constance "Stanzi" Lucy,
How to Join:
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Our Registrar will provide assistance
to our applicants in completing documentation. The applicant will
need to show proof of direct lineage through birth/death
certificates, land deeds or other types of proof. Our members are
willing to help prospective members learn how to research their
lineage through genealogy workshops and other types of
For more information on membership,
you can visit this NSDAR Membership page.
Colorado Chapter - A Quick
Colorado Chapter was founded in 1904
by the leading wives and daughters of some of the state's most
prominent citizens. Colorado Chapter has more than 100 members, who
remain committed to the values and ideals of its founding members -
promoting educational, historical and civic causes.
Our founding members played an
integral role in the region's development. It is important to
remember that before women had the right to vote, their most
effective means of influencing events was through their husbands,
fathers or sons, and through women's groups like DAR. These women
knew how to trigger the levers of power and entice those who could
do right by the most worthy causes of the day.
Our first regent was Mary Goodell
Grant, the wife of Colorado's second Territorial Governor and third
State Governor, James B. Grant. The family came to Colorado in 1877,
living first in Leadville, then relocating to Denver in 1882. The
family home in Denver was later acquired by the Colorado Historical
Museum and is now called the Grant-Humphreys Mansion.
member, Eliza F. Routt, was the first woman to cast her ballot when
Colorado granted women's suffrage. She was the wife of the last
Territorial Governor, State Governor and Denver mayor, John
1909: Alice Foster
Cheesman and her daughter, Alice, renovated a former civil war
cemetery to husband and father, Walter. The Cheesman Park Memorial
still stands today as a monument to civic pride. In 1959, the
Cheesman home became Colorado's official Governor's
Chapter's social meetings were abandoned in favor of Red Cross gauze
work. One dollar per capita was taken from the Chapter treasury
($162) to purchase Liberty bonds. Fifty cents per capita were used
to help restore the French village of Tilloloy. Colorado Chapter
adopted three French orphans. The Chapter also provided 300
luncheons and one box of oranges for the soldiers at City Park on
Chapter received an invitation to the first Ball to be given by the
crew of the brand new USS Colorado.
1924: The Chapter
planted a large spruce tree in the Civic Center, specifying that it
be used for Christmas decorating to save cutting other
1927: The Chapter
began to hold its meetings at the Denver Country Club. The tradition
Years: The Chapter shared financial responsibility with the
State Board of Education for the salary of a teacher of Americanism
and English for unemployed adults of foreign birth. The members
supported Ellis Island and citizenship, including "adopting" a
senior at East High School who enrolled at MIT after
World War II: The
members logged 2,787 hours of work for the Red Cross committee.
Colorado Chapter joined two other chapters at the Servicemen's
Center - furnishing the fourth floor with comfy chairs, tables, a
piano, and a flag. Every third week, chapter hostesses provided
hospitality. Families also served the servicemen on an individual
The Chapter's philanthropic work
continues to this day. In the 1950s, an Iron Lung
was donated to the Colorado General Hospital; presented a flag, a
flagpole, and a bronze plaque to the Denver Botanic Gardens; and
donated a flagpole, books, and tools to the Plains Conservation
Center. The Chapter also participated in Operation Parent Lift
during the Vietnam era. The Chapter's duty to
education endures - Kate Duncan Smith School and Tamassee have
received monetary assistance as well as clothing and item items. The
Colorado Chapter sponsored, with other state chapters, Santa Fe
Trail markers in Holly, CO, and Raton Pass. The Chapter restored a
1904 painted of Mrs. James Grant, the first regent of Colorado
Chapter, and presented the painting to the Colorado Historical
Society at the Grant Humphreys Mansion.
For the several years, Holm
Elementary School has made cards for the Veteran Patients in Denver.
Other schools have also made cards for the former soldiers.
Members of Interest:
Helen Barnum Buchtel, daughter of
P.T. Barnum and wife of Dr. William Buchtel (who helped to found the
University of Denver). Louella Tabor, wife of Horace and Baby Doe
Tabor's son, Nathaniel, was an active member of the Chapter. Charter
member Helen Brown Jones became the first woman President of the
Denver Board of Education in 1913. Dr. Minnie C. Love started
Children's Hospital and was elected to the Colorado State
Legislature. Jane Jeffries, past member, has served as the
National Librarian General.
* Remember to collect paperback books
(no hardbacks) for the Books for Vets campaign. You can bring them
to any meeting.
* Have you thought about serving as a
committee chairman? We have opportunities in Historic Preservation,
Education and Patriotism as well as others.
* Remember to collect your can labels
to help support the DAR schools. You can go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/
for a complete list. You can bring them to
The Colorado State Society was
founded in 1895. There are 42 chapters scattered across the state.
It holds a State Conference every April. For more information on the
State Society, please visit their website at http://www.coloradodar.org/
Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to
promote historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors. It
is a volunteer service organization whose members are descendants of
the patriots that fought and won America's independence from Great
Britain. The patriots were those who not only fought, but also lent
aid and materials to the troops.
Any woman 18 years or older (Children
of the American Revolution - CAR is for those younger than 18),
regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove
lineage is eligible to join NSDAR. The national society is comprised
of more than 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and
in many foreign countries. DAR members volunteer more than 55,000
hours annually and award more than $150,000 in scholarships and
financial aid, which supporting schools for the underprivileged with
annual donations exceeding $1,000,000.
For further information, please
click here to email the chapter.