What We Do

Service, Commitment, Dedication

Service within our communities is important to DAR members. Here is a video of Today’s DAR.

Our main objective as volunteers of the Lydia Barnes Potter Chapter NSDAR is to support Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism.  

Historic Preservation

A few words from Today’s DAR on historic preservation.

Our Local Historic Preservation

We volunteer at Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac as part of NSDAR’s National DAR Day of Service.

Members cleaned the tombstones of five American Revolutionary War soldiers who were among the earliest settlers in the local community. These men were Joshua Chamberlain, Stephen Mack, Ithamar Smith, William Nathan Terry, and Joseph Todd.  

Major Joseph Todd and his wife Julia (Johnson) Todd.

DAR Special Projects Grant

The chapter facilitated a DAR Special Projects Grant to benefit the Fisk Farm Barn, at the White Lake Historical Society.  The grant went a long way to help with the cost of painting and exterior repair.

A Member's Family History

Claire Pryor, chapter member, spoke of her family’s “Colvin Hoxie Spears Centennial Farm” built in 1831. Her farm received a Centennial Farm designation from the Michigan Historical Commission.  

Education

Get a glimpse of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at work across the country in education.

Every January, the chapter invites the Elias Cady Society, Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) to the chapter meeting.
The Elias Cady Society C.A.R. performed a short play about the “Hello Girls.” They were American female switchboard operators, who served in World War I.

The Elias Cady Society, C.A.R., was organized in 2005 through the support of chapter members.

Patriotism

Patriotism is an important aspect of being a DAR member. Here is a video from Today’s DAR about patriotism.

Chapter Activities

We support veterans by supplying comfort items to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. 

At the beginning of each meeting, we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed, and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. A National Defense report is given. We also display a U.S. Flag and a DAR Banner at meetings. 

Public Activities

We are active at the Great Lakes National Cemetery (GLNC) in Holly, Michigan.  

Our members help with tombstone cleaning; placement of American Flags at graves before Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Wreaths Across America. 

Our chapter gave support to the Children of the American Revolution for their project helping the Great Lakes National Cemetery. The Elias Cady Society C.A.R. raised funds to purchase overcoats in various sizes which are loaned to the veteran volunteers for cold weather. These veteran volunteers present the 21-gun salute at the Veterans’ committals.