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DAR to conduct prospective member workshop

Posted: September 12, 2012 - 7:54pm

DAR to conduct

prospective member workshop

The Capt. Robert Orr Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will sponsor a workshop for prospective members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 South Fifth St.

The workshop, for people who might have a Revolutionary War patriot in their family tree, is a part of the national celebration of Constitution Week, which begins Monday.

Members of DAR will be available to help interested women research their Revolutionary War ancestors, to answer questions regarding the function of DAR and to assist prospective members with applications for membership.

DAR officials said it would be helpful if attendees brought

More information may be obtained by calling Coralee at 218-963-4462 or Faye at 218-963-3955.

In addition to the prospective member workshop which is conducted that week, mayors and governors all over the country have been asked for proclamations. The Robert Orr Chapter has asked about 20 area mayors to issue proclamations. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to issue a proclamation for the week. The Capt. Robert Orr Chapter, DAR will “Ring Bells for Freedom” at 3 p.m. Monday on the steps of Brainerd City Hall. This is a DAR Constitution Week tradition and is done on Sept. 17 (local times 3 p.m.) every year in cities nationwide by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the DAR. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org