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What is a Junior?

Did you know Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members can be as young as 18? Members between the ages of 18 and 36 are lovingly known as "Juniors." They are full members, with all the same member benefits as their elders, They are very important to us and to the DAR as a whole. Desert Wells Chapter was organized by a Junior in 2005. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Juniors, and actively support them!

What Do Juniors Do?

Most Juniors are juggling college, career, marriage, children, and life in general. This often makes it difficult to become actively involved in their chapter. However, when a chapter finds ways to help Juniors participate, even if they can't make it to monthly meetings, everyone benefits, from the individual to the chapter on up. When you stop to think that Juniors may be members of DAR for 50-80 years, getting them actively involved from the start of their membership can have a tremendous impact.

How Can Juniors Be Involved?

Juniors can serve as pages. Pages are individuals who help State Conference and Continental Congress to run smoothly. On the National level, the President General appoints pages, usually based on the recommendation of each State Regent, as well as the records of the women who have paged satisfactorily in the recent past. To serve as a page at Continental Congress, the individual must be a chapter member of the National Society and not be older than 40 years of age. Here in Arizona, we do not restrict the pool of potential ages by age. Rather, we welcome anyone that is a member in good standing of the DAR or the C.A.R. to assist us at the ASDAR State Conference.

How do Juniors Help Others?

In honor of our state centennial, Arizona sponsored the 2012 National Junior Doll, Miss Sharlot. The National Junior Doll Project is the primary fund raiser for the Junior Membership Committee's Helen Pouch Memorial Fund, which benefits the DAR Schools.

The doll is sponsored by a different state each year and was awarded at Continental Congress. Members sent Miss Sharlot off to Washington DC with a beautiful wardrobe and several lovely pieces of furniture to take to her new home. Our past regent, Shara Forrister, was honored to serve as the Junior Membership Committee's National Vice Chairman, Junior Doll Project.

Who Was Miss Sharlot?

Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943), was well known as a poet, activist, politician, and Arizona's first territorial historian. As early as 1907, Ms. Hall saw the need to save Arizona's history and planned to develop a museum. She collected both Native American and pioneer material. In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor's residence and offices and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents opening it as a museum in 1928.