What We Do
The Lakeland Chapter NSDAR was chartered in December 1925, with 20 members. The organizing regent was Mrs. Annie Hanna Darracott. Since that time, our chapter has grown to more than 130 members.
To support educational programs, our chapter members sell pecans each year. We support NSDAR and FSSDAR scholarships, while concentrating on local students. Also supporting education, our annual George Washington Tea honors DAR Good Citizens from eleven high schools and American History Essay Contest winners in middle schools. The students' families, counselors, and school principals join us for this meaningful event. Each essay winner receives a pin, certificate, and monetary gift from our chapter. The American History Essay Contest is held each year for students in grades five through eight. The subject for the essay is different each year.
Our chapter supports many projects for veterans and soldiers. To honor Polk County soldiers, our chapter name appears on a brick in Bartow's Millennium Park and on Lakeland's Vietnam War Monument. The chapter and members also donate to Haley House, which houses military families with family members in the nearby James A. Haley VA Hospital. We award JROTC medals to the outstanding cadets at five high schools and an ROTC medal to a cadet at Florida Southern College. Since “Honor Flight” and “Flight to Honor” began landing at Lakeland’s Linder Airport in 2013 members of the Lakeland Chapter have welcomed the World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans home. In 2016, our chapter dedicated a monument in Lakeland's Veteran Park to the women of Polk County who served in WWII.
The Lakeland Chapter sponsors well attended public genealogy workshops presented by DAR Genealogy Consultant Gayle Londeree at the Polk History Center in Bartow. The Jeannine Riley Minisci Collection of genealogy books is in the DAR chapter house, Rhinebeck, New York. She was a member of the Lakeland Chapter. We also donated books to the Lakeland libraries and Bartow's Historical and Genealogical Library. We honor our deceased members each year on Arbor Day with a memorial service and the planting of a tree by the City of Lakeland.
Chapter members collect Boxtops for Education which help buy clothing and supplies for DAR-sponsored schools. Additionally, the chapter contributes money to assist in educating students at a Native American school. The chapter collects cancelled stamps for a veteran's group. The chapter also collects books, toiletries, and small personal items for veterans in the VA.
In addition to the work our chapter does, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution organizes events for all the chapters throughout the nation. One of the most recent was an attempt to break the existing GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ record for title in patriotism for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.” We were successful! You can read more about that here, on the NSDAR website.
If you are interested in finding out more information about our chapter's activities, contact our regent, Leigh Anne or read more about them here: