During February, observed nation-wide as American History Month, MSODAR
Chapters sponsor an Essay Contest, with a subject chosen by the NSDAR,
for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Maine schools. A $50 check is
given to the State Winner in each grade.
DAR Good Citizens from most of the public and private schools in the
state are sponsored by the Maine Chapters. The Good Citizens are
selected for their outstanding qualities of Dependability, Service,
Leadership and Patriotism. The state Good Citizen winner receives $250 The National Winner receives a $1000
Scholarship and a silver Paul Revere bowl.
A monetary gift of $50 is
given by the MSODAR to the State Winner of
the Flag Essay Contest. NSDAR has
scholarships for Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Medical training.
MSODAR helps provide assistance towards various Maine Indian projects
and Maine Chapters contribute to the two Indian schools--Bacone College
near Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School.
The two DAR founded schools, Kate Duncan Smith School in Alabama and
Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina, are also the object of much
attention by the MSODAR. Clothing is sent to the schools for their
sales rooms and special projects are sponsored by our Chapters for
their support as well.
Of special interest here in
Maine is "Opportunity Farm," located at New
Gloucester, a home for boys and girls from broken homes. Chapters send
donations to help in its support and maintenance.
Constitution Week, September 17th-23rd, is observed by special
programs, window displays and radio announcements. American Flags are
given to schools and youth organizations. Flag essay contests are held
in the schools. Winners are presented at the Annual Fall Meeting. Several Chapters provide flags for
veterans' graves in their area.
Through the Service for Veterans Committee, members send
gifts, and work at the Togus VA Hospital. A large framed painting of
the Maine State Seal was presented to Togus by the MSODAR. It was
also through the efforts of the MSODAR that the PX at Togus was opened.
While our Conservation Committee has long been a leader in the fight to
preserve our national resources, other committees, such as National
Defense, Motion Picture, Lineage Research, Membership, Program, Seimes
Microfilm, Friends of the Museum, Insignia and American heritage, all
have their own special place in the organization, working as part of
the whole to make the Maine State Organization, Daughters of the
American Revolution, a vital part of the National Society, DAR.
Chapters select candidates for a Community Service Award and the State
level winner is awarded $100.
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responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR
chapters.Updated 10 SEP 2012 by Melanie Farmer