Chapter Activities and Projects
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The Acalanes Chapter draws members from Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Orinda, and Moraga. Our meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month in Walnut Creek or sometimes in a member’s home. From October- June, we meet regularly on the first Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in order to share and foster our love of country and its history, as well as our local community. We welcome potential members to join us!
We publish a monthly newsletter for our members, featuring two published author contributors. Our newsletter highlights national and chapter DAR activities, and includes historical pieces. You can receive a copy when you attend a regular meeting. Members also receive an emailed copy.
If you love genealogy, we hope that you will visit the Pleasant Hill Library’s Heritage Room. This incredible collection of research material began with only a few books donated by DAR members in 1970 with Ann Bennett, Acalanes regent, as our representative. In 1976, the name was changed from the DAR Library to Heritage Library, as it was to include all heritage organizations. Our chapter continues to actively contribute both volunteer hours and books.
DAR Good Citizens Award
The Acalanes Chapter works with many of our local schools to sponsor the DAR Good Citizens Award. This prestigious award honors those senior high school students with outstanding academic records and community involvement. These students are truly serving others and also taking on early leadership roles. It is a delight for our chapter to support this program!
We have a strong history of supporting conservation efforts. Currently, our chapter is involved with the Penny Pines Project, which plants trees on national forest land. Here is a letter we received for our work:
On the weekend of October 27 a bunch of friends …and myself enjoyed Sierra Shangri-La on the Yuba River outside of Downieville. We drove up to this most awesome view of Sierra Buttes, just a few minutes beyond Bassetts. It is here that we saw the Penny Pines Sign where a forest fire had occurred... and....with gratitude to the reforestation project that Penny Pines made possible!
- The Contra Costa Times
- Lamorinda Weekly
- Lamorinda Weekly
- Lafayette Today "DAR Honors Good Citizens" on pg. 11
Our chapter has collected food for the Contra Costa food bank, supplies for the Blue Star Moms, Girl Scout cookies to send to troops overseas, and books for the local nursing home. These, in fact, are just a few of the recent community projects in which we’ve enjoyed participating in. We hope you’ll join us in our future endeavors!