A Junior Member is a DAR member age 18 through 35 years of age
(until her 36th birthday). She holds full membership in the
National Society, State Society and Chapter, and when qualified,
may serve as an officer and chairman at all levels. Junior
Members join the DAR for a variety of diverse reasons. Often
they join with a mother, grandmother or aunt. Iowa's Junior
Members are students, teachers, mothers, lawyers, actresses,
authors, accountants, and professionals in their communities.
Although these young women are busy, they still find time to
contribute to the DAR.
Iowa Chapters have found unique ways to accommodate their
Junior Members. More Chapters are meeting on Saturdays, which
allows working members and college students to attend meetings
and become involved in the Chapter. Other Chapters keep their
Junior Members involved by sending newsletters and emails. Iowa
Daughters actively support and encourage their Junior Members
because Juniors are the future of DAR!
The goals of Junior Membership are to gain new Junior
members; to build a well informed Junior Membership; to
encourage active participation in all phases of DAR service; and
to support the National Junior Membership Committee’s official
fund-raising project - the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.
Authorized in 1938, the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund is named in
memory of Helen Pouch (1901-1919). Helen was the daughter of
Mrs. William H. Pouch, the first National Chairman of the Junior
Membership Committee in 1937, and later President General,
1941-1944. The fund provides scholarships, medical aid, and
general financial assistance to the two DAR Schools,
Kate Duncan Smith in Alabama,
in South Carolina. The annual Junior commitment totals
more than $45,000. Meeting this commitment is a combined effort
by Juniors nationwide through their fund raising projects.
Iowa's Junior fundraising includes Junior Sales at State
meetings. 100% of the profit on sales of Junior Products go to
support the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund. In addition, many
Chapters sell products from Innisbrook Wraps, Inc., with 10% of
the profit going to the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.
Outstanding Junior Member Contest
The Outstanding Junior Member Contest began in
1963 in order to recognize exceptional Junior
Members. Honoring the young women who have truly
promoted the aims and purposes of the National
Society, as well as participated in community
activities, encourages all Junior Members to be
interested and involved in DAR programs and
projects. Each year, the Iowa State Society
recognizes an Outstanding Junior Member who is
honored at the annual State Conference.
The 2012 Iowa State
Outstanding Junior Member is
Melissa Pecharsky of Sun Dial Chapter NSDAR, Ames, IA.
Pages are DAR members, under the age of 41,
who are responsible for the smooth operation of
State Society meetings and Continental Congress.
They serve as hostesses, errand-runners, personal
assistants, and flag-bearers. Paging is an
excellent way to learn about the work of the DAR,
and is a great way to get to know other members.
Best of all, Paging is fun! Many former, or
"Seasoned," Pages have developed lifelong
friendships with other Pages, and they treasure the
memories of their Paging experience.
113th Iowa Society DAR State Conference