Chapter Activities and Projects

Education

The interest on our Chapter’s “Fay Lee Endowment” fund is used for specific needs of the Kate Duncan Smith and Tamassee DAR Schools.

Since 1903, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region - Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina.

Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924, is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,300 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, and horticultural and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.

Tamassee, founded by South Carolina DAR in 1919, gives deserving boys and girls a home, a school, and a chance in life. A faith in God and the principles of citizenship and patriotism remain the foundation of the school. Grades kindergarten through 5th are on campus. Studies are continued at Tamassee-Salem High School for grades 6-12. There are approximately 45 boarding students and 450 day students. A pre-school center for children fills a community need. Both schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Veterans Project

Each year at our November Chapter Benefit, we encourage all members and guests to bring personal items for donation directly to the Veteran’s Hospital in West Los Angeles. All types of donations are welcome (bus tokens, taxi vouchers, gift cards to local restaurants, video games, socks, gently used clothing, disposable razors, toothbrushes, etc.) If you are unable to join us at this event and wish to contribute items, please contact us for a list of acceptable items and to arrange for delivery to one of our members.

Promoting Patriotism

To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, our Chapter participates in the following patriotic anniversaries:

Independence Day – What better way to remind our citizens of the true meaning of the 4th of July, than have the Daughters of the American Revolution participate in a local parade. And that’s just what we’ve been doing. Each year our Chapter is represented in Santa Monica’s July 4th Main Street Parade. Members dress in period costume and small flags are given to children along the parade route. It’s heartwarming to see them waive their flags and join in this historic celebration!

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Our Chapter participates each year in the annual memorial service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica where we join in placing flowers on the symbolic grave of the Unknown Soldier.