For Immediate Release
DAR Surpasses One Million Members Since its Founding
Amy Dickinson, Celebrated Author and Advice Columnist,
Named One Millionth DAR Member
WASHINGTON, DC – During the monthly approval of new DAR membership applications on October 5, 2019, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) officially surpassed the one million mark of total members who have joined the organization since its founding in 1890.
“This milestone is a testament to the timeless relevancy of our mission,” said Denise VanBuren, DAR President General. “From the women who came before us who laid the foundation for our Society to those who continue to strengthen our organization every day, we celebrate all of our one million dedicated DAR members and their contributions. We also look very much forward to welcoming the next million women who will ensure that National Society’s mission endures into the future.”
It was also announced that new DAR member Amy Dickinson received the much anticipated DAR National Number 1000000. Dickinson is best known for her nationally syndicated advice column, “Ask Amy,” which succeeded the Ann Landers advice column that ran for almost a half-century. Since 2003, her column has run in The Chicago Tribune and is now carried in more than 150 newspapers across the country 365 days a year, reaching an estimated 22 million readers daily. Dickinson is also the best-selling author of two memoirs, is a featured panelist on National Public Radio’s comedy quiz show, “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” and is a much sought-after public speaker.
“The idea that I’m joining the DAR as its one millionth member is so amazing,” said Dickinson. “DAR is this sisterhood that goes back, really, to the American Revolution, and to be a member of a 129 year old organization that has already had 999,999 members and I’m the 1,000,000 member – it’s overwhelming. It truly shows the breadth of the DAR over the centuries and it is really quite impressive.”
To commemorate the historic milestone, DAR kicked off the DAR Million Members Celebration to highlight the outstanding women who have been members of the DAR over the past 129 years. The celebration is also intended to teach the public more about the vibrancy of the women’s service organization that today has more than 185,000 current members throughout 3,000 chapters across the nation and around the world. More information and stories about the dedicated members of the DAR and their work to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism throughout their communities can be found at www.dar.org/million.
Women who are interested in honoring their own Revolutionary War patriot ancestor and becoming involved in a network of community service oriented women of all ages and backgrounds can learn more about DAR membership at www.dar.org/membership.
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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active women’s service organizations with nearly 185,000 current members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. These members passionately carry out the timeless mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.dar.org.