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Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter

National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Maple Bluff, WI 

Chapter meetings are usually held on the second Monday of September, November, February, and May. If you are interested in attending a meeting or would like more information, contact Sherry Lloyd at

Program topics are varied, following the interests of the members, while highlighting the DAR objectives of Education, Historic Preservation, and Patriotic Endeavor. A few of our recent topics have been "Volunteering in a Summer English Program in China" and "Remembering our Patriots."

Our members contribute to the community in many ways.
In addition to the numerous committees and volunteer activities of our members, the following list is a sampling of our varied community activities:

  • Our chapter belongs to Madison Veterans Council and has a member on that board.
  • Chapter members volunteer at the Surgeons Quarters, a WSDAR-owned historic site in Portage, Wisconsin.
  • Members volunteer at the Historic Dean House, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Members participate in the annual Pleasant Company sale, which benefits the Madison Children's Museum.
  • Members volunteer at the Wm. S. Middleton, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Madison, WI.
  • Chapter serves at the Ice Cream Social at Middleton Veterans Hospital.
  • Chapter participates at the Annual Rose Ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison. 

Commemorative Events
May Memorial Day Observances
Participation in Wreath Ceremony. A Governor Nelson Dewey member lays a wreath in ceremonies at the State Capitol Building. 

September 17-23, Constitution Week
Sept. 17, 3:00 p.m. CST Bells Across America.

November  11, Veterans Day Observances
Chapter serves at the Ice Cream Social at Middleton Veterans Hospital. Chapter participates at the Annual Rose Ceremony in the Veterans Memorial Garden at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin.

DAR Facts

Founded: October 11, 1890, incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress

Mission: To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism

Motto: God, Home, Country

Membership: 168,000 members, 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., International chapters in Australia, Austria,The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More than 836,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.

Management: Policy for the Society is made by the National Board of Management composed of the President General, 11 Executive Officers, 21 Vice Presidents General, and 53 State Regents. The National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Continental Congress: The DAR annual national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress that governed the American colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts over 3,000 members to Washington, D.C., each summer.

Become a Member

Eligibility for Membership: Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible.

Ways to learn more about DAR membership:

1) Visit the DAR web site ( to read about steps to membership and to fill out a prospective membership form,

2) Talk to local DAR chapter members in your area,

3)E-mail inquiries to