Our Activities

Promotion of Education

COCC Nursing Scholarship

Bend Chapter established a scholarship fund in 2004 in conjunction with Central Oregon Community College to assist with the financial needs of students in the nursing program at the college. The chapter holds fund raising events and seeks matching grants to help support this important cause.

School Contests

Bend Chapter sponsors several contests in our local schools each year. Some of these are the "American History Essay Contest," which is open to grades 5 through 8, the "Christopher Columbus Essay Contest," which is open to grades 9 through 12, and the "DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest," which is open to all high school seniors. Our Literacy Committee works with local grade school students to promote education about their Revolutionary War ancestors.

Historic Preservation

Veterans History Project committee works with veterans from WWII through Iraq and Afghanistan to record and transcribe their stories. These stories are sent to the Library of Congress and are available on the LOC website.

Bend Chapter recently donated funds generated by direct donations of chapter members to purchase a chair in the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. The Tower Theatre is a landmark building and former movie theater in the heart of downtown Bend which stood vacant for many years. Funds were raised to restore the building to its former Art Deco roots and to expand and refurbish the theater in a way which turned it into a performing arts center and community meeting place.

Bend Chapter purchased a brick which was sold as part of the fund raising effort for the remodeling and preservation of the historic Reid School Building, which is also located in downtown Bend. Bend Chapter has also donated funds which were used to help fund the current veterans display. The Reid School is the home of the Deschutes County Historical Society and the Des Chutes Historical Museum and is the regular meeting place of the Bend Chapter.

 

Reid School 1914
Reid School Teachers 1918 / Courtesy of Deschutes Historical Society

Genealogy Workshop

Bend Chapter regularly hosts a free genealogy workshop, which is open to the public, to help those who wish to research their family histories.  We assist people with where to start, research sources, documentation,  and computer programs. We can also look up names in the DAR Patriot Index, which lists names of those who participated in the American Revolution and have already had family lineage records submitted by a descendant.

Volunteers

Bend Chapter members have been helping preserve the Des Chutes Historical Museum’s Child’s Photography Collection.

Bend Chapter supports many of our local facilities which house historic records. Many of our members give their time to volunteer at the various county historical societies and museums in our area. They can be found at the local LDS Family History Center, the Bend Genealogical Society Library, and the Family Finders Library in Madras.

Members of Bend Chapter recorded on disc a database of thousands of records from the Redmond Cemetery in Redmond, Oregon. This database, now available to the public at the Bend Genealogical Society Library, was previously only available on cards at the Redmond City Hall.

Patriotic Endeavor

Memorial Day Services

Bend Chapter participates in Memorial Day ceremonies led by the VFW chapters in Bend and Redmond. We present a beautiful wreath to honor our fallen servicemen and servicewomen.

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade is held in downtown Bend. This parade was reestablished several years ago after a lengthy absence and has proven to be a very popular community event. Bend Chapter shows its support with a banner and several members riding or walking in the parade to honor our nation's veterans. Bend Chapter gives away thirty dozen flags each year.

Veterans Memorial

The Bend Chapter recently purchased a commemorative brick which was placed at the Veterans Memorial in Friendship Park in Madras. Several chapter officers and members attended the dedication of the Memorial, which was held Veterans Day.

Junior ROTC

Bend Chapter presents awards to the outstanding senior in the four Junior ROTC units in Central Oregon each spring. These units are located at Crook County High School in Prineville, the Bend High/Mountain View High School Unit in Bend, and LaPine High School in LaPine, which encompasses students at both LaPine High School and Gilchrist High School.

Bend Chapter supported:

Bend Heroes Memorial was dedicated November 11, 2009. This memorial honors Bend’s veterans and first responders.

The Demobilization and Change of Command Ceremonies for 1 Squadron 82nd Cavalry Oregon National Guard on its return from duty in Iraq

The World War II Veterans Historic Highway Dedication June 6, 2010  Nineteen signs were installed near eight WWII training sites on Highway 97. 

The Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes – 2010 Bend Chapter members participated in this event, including the wreath laying and reading the names of the Central Oregon military who have lost their lives in the service of America.

Bend Chapter has an ongoing returning veterans project to meet and honor veterans returning home to Central Oregon.

Community Service

Bend Chapter NSDAR supports many of Central Oregon's charitable organizations. We have especially chosen to donate to those organizations which handle issues and problems dealing with women and children.

Our chapter members have continually donated clothing, toiletries, and bedding to Saving Grace, which provides shelter for abused women and their children.

We have made cash donations to Ronald McDonald House and to the Sara Fisher Project for Breast Cancer Awareness at St. Charles Medical Center. Our members have also participated in the Women's "Heaven Can Wait" Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run, which supports breast cancer education projects in Central Oregon.

Bend Chapter makes donations to local senior projects and recently purchased a brick in support of the new Bend Senior Center. The chapter has also made several donations to our local hospice organizations.

Additional Links

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Bend Chapter's Awards
Look up your Patriots
Our Chapter History

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