Our meetings are fun! Some of our past meeting topics include:
- Arlington Ladies
- Crossans Merchantile, Routt County
- Service Dogs for Veterans
- Denver Mountain Parks
- Celebrating Colorado Chapter’s 115 years
Most of the significant work of the NSDAR is done at the grassroots level through individual chapters and members of the Colorado Chapter NSDAR are delighted to join the other 45 chapters in Colorado, the state DAR, and National Society in service to our communities. Each chapter has its own programs and initiatives based on the DAR’s mission and guidance from the state and national leadership. Our committees are the base of our chapter’s involvement in our communities; giving our members opportunities to serve DAR objectives that are most valuable to each person.
- We have raised almost $19,000 for Freedom Service Dogs to assist veterans who need special assistance in reentering life after the military.
- We sponsored historic preservation projects, such as restoration of the 100-year old town hall in Yampa and preservation of a historic barn in Steamboat Springs.
- The Colorado Chapter NSDAR continues to support literacy and community classrooms at several schools and donated $8,500 worth of books to schools.
- We awarded scholarships through our University of Denver Endowment fund.
- We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to an American Indian student attending the University of Colorado-Boulder.
- We became co-founders of the National American Huey Helicopter Museum.
- We donated almost $1,000 in books and stuffed toys for children at a Domestic Abuse Shelter.
- Our registrar held genealogy workshops at the Denver Public Library.
- We supported conservation outreach through environmental education and activities for children of deploying military.
- Our chapter hosted a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation luncheon.
- Our chapter won first place in the American Heritage Fiber Arts Contest at State and Regional levels.
- We replaced flags at Riverside Historic Cemetery.
- Chapter volunteers attend the monthly naturalization ceremony where they welcome new citizens.
- In 2018, our members donated over 14,000 hours of community volunteer service through the national “Service to America!” initiative.
- Our chapter celebrated the 115th anniversary of the founding of our chapter with a birthday party.
We are looking ahead to some historic preservation projects. We are pursuing possible DAR markers for Julesburg, CO, and Boggsville, CO which is outside of Las Animas, CO. Julesburg is the one Colorado stop on the Pony Express route, as well as the Oregon Trail, the Overland Trail, and the Transcontinental Railroad. Boggsville is a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and Kit Carson’s final homestead. We are also working with the Brighton, Colorado Historic Preservation Commission to assist with the transcribing letters from homestead families in the Brighton area from the turn of the 20th century.
We also have a new sewing/crocheting/knitting circle that meets once a month to make items suitable for donations to the Veterans home and hospital.
We will also support programs for the Volunteers of America Services to veterans and families and Project Patriot. We will continue our active engagement in service projects for our schools, naturalization ceremonies, Native American affairs, conservation, literacy, American history, genealogy, women’s issues, scholarship, leadership and others.