BY MELANIE BUCK –
An honorable award has been bestowed upon the James K. Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR as they are more commonly known. The elite Golden Eagle Club recognizes chapters that posted a 10% net increase in membership during each year of the current administration. The certificate will be given at the 125th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. this summer. The club has worked hard in their efforts to achieve the Golden Eagle Club ranking and are proud to see the fruit of their labors.
In addition to receiving the certificate, the local Chapter has also announced that they will take part in achieving a patriotism record in the Guinness Book of World Records this year. As the grand finale for both DAR’s Celebrate America! And Celebrate 125 commemorations, the National Society of the DAR is staging an official attempt for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.”
To achieve the record, DAR will collect letters to soldiers to mail. The letters will be taken to the 125th Continental Congress, logged in, and all mailed within a month. The local Chapter intends to ask students and civic clubs for their involvement in the project.
Letters can be addressed to specific deployed soldiers or active duty personnel, but do not have to be addressed to anyone specific. Every letter must contain three components: a greeting, a message of support or appreciation, and a closing with signature. There are no size or length requirements and both letters and cards can be used. Letters should be handwritten and include your name and address on the envelope. Letters cannot be sealed to make sure qualifications are met and each must bear a 49-cent postage stamp.
Lynn Young, National President General of DAR said, “One of the most rewarding aspects of DAR membership is the ability to express our love of country through our support of America’s Armed Forces. I’m asking DAR members to write and collect as many letters as possible. In order to establish a new world record, we must collect at least 10,000 letters at Congress.”
Another project the James K. Polk Chapter is working on is their ‘No-Bake- Bake Sale Recipe. The fundraiser is just what it says, a ‘no-bake’ recipe, which only calls for opening your purse or wallet and making a donation. If you would like to participate, mail your donation to Brandie Jo Alexander, 140 Polk 414, Mena, AR 71953.
For more information on any of these projects or how you may could join, contact local DAR member, Kathy Haglar at 479-216-9041.