St. James Chapter NSDAR was organised on the centennial founding date of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), 11th of October 1990, with eleven Organising Members. The chapter energetically supports all of the National Society programmes and committees. In addition, our chapter has developed its own programmes and committees to reflect the interests of our members and the needs of our communities.
Our chapter is an NSDAR 'service' chapter. We have four regular business meetings a year but meet more frequently in support of our charities and projects and also for social events.
St. James Chapter NSDAR took its name from the 'Court of St. James', which is the title of official British diplomatic postings to the United Kingdom. Benjamin Franklin was the first from the United States to hold this post. Coincidentally, the first Christian apostle-martyr James is Patron Saint of Pilgrims. (NSDAR is a non-religious affiliated society.)
The chapter celebrates the traditional American holidays as well as the British holidays and festivities. We also celebrate the 11th of October, the anniversary of the founding of NSDAR, with a visit to some of the charities we support and a party! Our traditional chapter Thanksgiving is a sit down feast with family and friends on the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Membership is a unique opportunity to establish one's lineage and heritage as a descendent of one (or more) who furthered the American cause in the American War of Independence. American citizenship is not a requirement for membership. We are an American Registered Charity and donations to the chapter are American tax-deductible. In 1992, St. James Chapter NSDAR was invited to join under the umbrella of the (British) National Council for Voluntary Service and remains an active participant.
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Updated September 2019