By Kerri Snell
The local group has been serving the public since the chapter was formed in 1982 with only 17 members. Lynea D’Angelo, publicity chair for the chapter, said, “As of this year, we now have more than 90 members and the numbers are only continuing to grow.”
The women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, education and historic preservation while giving back to the community. The common bond shared among members is their lineal descent deriving from patriots of the American Revolution.
Membership is open to women age 18 or older regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. She must be able to prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who assisted America in attaining their independence to be eligible in joining the Alafia River Chapter of the DAR.
“The goal is also to bring in younger people. The longer you wait, the less time you have to benefit from being a member,” said D’Angelo.
Three generations of vital records are needed to prove lineal descent to the connected Revolutionary War ancestor. A statement such as a birth, marriage or death certificate is sufficient records. A Revolutionary War service of a patriot ancestor will need to be provided. Chapter officers and volunteers are able to assist in the research process.
The local chapter supports schools in the community with contests, awards and scholarships about American history. Donations were also given to Wreaths Across America. Items were collected such as shampoos, conditioners and razors and sent to the Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.
Meetings are held in the evenings in Brandon on the first Thursday of every month from September through May. In January, meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. Thursday, September 4 will be date of the first meeting.
D’Angelo reached out to spark interest among the public when she said, “We are not a political group, but we are very patriotic and we find when you give back to the community, they give back to you.”
For further inquiries regarding membership, exact meeting location and time, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fssdar.net/alafiariver .