Akron Chapter, Akron, Ohio
Daughters of the American Revolution
Founded November 12, 1923
Akron Chapter DAR was organized November 12, 1923, by Mrs. Mary Cale Smith. The chapter was formed to meet the timeframe needs of working women. Thus, meetings were held on Saturdays. Although this scheduling preference is not uncommon today, it certainly was at that time.
We focus on the spirit and purpose of our ancestors who came to this country from many origins and walks of life, who participated in the struggle for American independence.
Our objective is to perpetuate their memory and spirit through historic preservation, promotion of education, and the fostering of patriotism and love of country. To these ends, our chapter continues the tradition of supporting DAR schools, the Veterans Medical Center, Constitution Week, new citizenship ceremonies, outstanding JROTC/ROTC students at the high school and college level, and we promote the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Essay contest, sponsoring ten area schools.
One annual event in which we have participated since 2006 is Summit County Stand Down for homeless and displaced veterans in the area. This event serves 400 plus veterans in one day.
2013 was a big year for Akron Chapter. After several months of fundraising, we were able to purchase and donate a six-foot, three-post bench made of recycled material to the Akron VA Clinic on Waterloo Road. A plaque was approved and installed reading "Akron Chapter DAR - 90th Anniversary - 1923-2013." This bench was dedicated on September 6, 2013.
We celebrated our ninetieth anniversary on November 9, 2013, at the Fairlawn Country Club. Ohio Society DAR (OSDAR) officers attending were: Sandy McCann, Regent; Nancy Wright, vice regent; Rose McIntyre, historian; Mary Elaine Chase, NE director. Ninety DAR members, guests, state officers, and SAR members attended this event and enjoyed a presentation by Christopher Craft of Massillon Museum on the topic "Relating to the Revolution."
Our ladies are generous, enthusiastic, and hard working. We are proud of the many accomplishments that we have achieved and look forward to adding to our list!
Akron Chapter meets one Saturday each month, September through June.
Interested in membership in the DAR? Please feel free to contact us via e-mail.
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