With focus on a variety of interesting topics and activities that promote historic preservation, education and patriotism...
The Santa Margarita Chapter is active in our community through service to our military and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and our veterans at the VA Hospital in La Jolla. We promote education by honoring graduating high school seniors with the DAR Good Citizen Award, encouraging participation in the American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5 - 11, and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for grade 9. We encourage literacy and Constitution understanding in local schools, present JROTC medals to honor outstanding cadets, and support a fifth grade class at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama. Members also support literacy through volunteer efforts in local classrooms. We recognize and honor outstanding teachers of American history in our community schools, too.
Our meeting programs represent the many aspects of the NSDAR Motto: God, Home, and Country. We support our Constitution and all of its Amendments, including the Bill of Rights, one of which gives us the right to worship as we choose. You will see prayer in our ritual at meetings, but there will be no discussion about joining various religious groups. We will encourage everyone to vote, but will not discuss politics. We will defend the right of free speech. We encourage the study of our Constitution. We are interested in the study and preservation of history. Many of our favorite programs and newsletter features highlight important people and events of our nation's past. We honor American Indians and their contributions with programs and highlights at each meeting. Women's issues - the care of women in need, the education of women, and the discussion of issues of specific interest to women, and the study of women in our history and their accomplishments - are all important topics for our members.
If you, too, are interested in serving your community, promoting education, and the preservation of our history, the DAR may be the organization for you. If you want to do this with other open, welcoming and encouraging women - all of whom trace their ancestors to the American Revolution and the founding of our country - Santa Margarita may be the chapter for you.
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