2020-2021 Schedule of Events

Guests and potential members are welcome.

September 9 5:30 p.m.    The Perilous Journey of the Constitution                

Celebrate Constitution week with our own 1st Vice Regent J. Lenora Bresler as she reprises the keynote that brought over 700 Florida DAR members to their feet at the 2019 Fall Forum.

Saturday, October 10 8:00 a.m. D.A.R. Day of Service  Photographing and documenting graves at a local cemetery for Find-A-Grave

Sunday, October 11 2:30 p.m. DAR National Day of Prayer Service Join Chaplain Margot Elmshorst, Regent Suzanne Ellsworth, and First Vice Regent J. Lenora Bresler for a moving virtual prayer service.


October 14 11:00 a.m.     Myth or Truth: Stories You’ve Heard About Early America

Beverly Gentry, national vice-chair of the DAR Museum’s Corresponding Docents, presents fascinating artifacts that challenge what you think you know about colonial life in America.

November 11 5:30 p.m.  For the Fun of It : DAR Museum Corresponding Docent J. Lenora Bresler gives us a fascinating look at history through the eyes of children in this DAR Museum program of toys from the DAR Museum collection.

December 5 11:00 a.m.  Voices of Democracy Exhibit tours: Choose from two tours of the most recent Smithsonian Exhibit at the Polk County History Museum and Genealogical Library. Enjoy this intriguing journey through the ever-broadening suffrage movement of American democracy. Enjoy and maybe purchase one of the fundraising wreaths! (Our chapter sponsored one!)

December 6 2 p.m. Christmas Through the Years. Celebrate the Season with this Zoom one-time-only presentation of the period rooms of the DAR Museum decorated from Christmas. Facilitated by DAR Museum Corresponding Docent J. Lenora Bresler..


January 13 5:30 p.m.  Faith and Government: The Founders Speak about Religion


Dr. Michael Strawbridge, history professor and upper campus principal of Geneva Classical

Academy, explores the founders’ own words about religion and its place in society.

January 15 10 a.m. Arbor Day Tree Planting and Memorial Service Join Chaplain Margot Elmhorst as we plant a tree in honor of our DAR sisters who died in 2020. A beautiful tribute and fitting to commemorate Arbor Day.

Saturday, January 16 DAR Day of Service  Let's finish up photographing and documenting a local cemetery for Find-A-Grave.

February 10 5:30 p.m.     DAR Sweetheart Valentine's Virtual Tea

Celebrate the awarding of our Citizenship Awards and History Essay awards, including an interview with the first place Citizenship Award winner!


March 10 5:30 p.m.   The Moving History of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Judy Goby-Ostoby brings us the program that won DAR’s top award for 2019!  The perfect program for Veterans Day, she uncovers the origin of America’s most famous military monument, who is buried in it, and the fascinating details of our commemoration.

Saturday, March 27 10 a.m. Genealogy Workshop

Our own registrar extraordinaire, Gayle Londeree, leads this engaging workshop that will enable you to find your patriot ancestors! Open to the public and co-sponsored by the Polk County History Center and Genealogical Library. Held at the Polk County History Center in Bartow.


April 14 11:00 a.m. Abigail Adams: Petticoat Despot

Marcea Oetting brings her brilliant portrayal of our second first lady to fascinate us with her riveting first-person story-telling.


May 12 5:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers

Madame State Regent Kay Yarbrough installs our new board, who will then perform with her in a delightful costumed-skit bringing the DAR Founders to life!

Tea Talk with Suzanne and J. Lenora (via Zoom) Join our regent and first vice regent for an hour of fellowship each month as we discuss articles of historical significance in DAR's American Spirit Magazine. Held the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Wed., July 15, August 19, September 16, October 28 (fourth Wed.), November 18, January 20, February 17, March 18 (third Thursday), April 21

Prospective members are welcome to attend meetings!

Please email the chapter regent with your inquiry.

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Background photo credit: Civic center on beautiful Lake Mirror, Lakeland, Fla. 1936. Hand-colored postcard. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.