NEW MEMBERS COURSE
The New Members Course (pdf) provides an opportunity for members to learn more about DAR and how they can become active participants in DAR at all levels – chapter, state, and national. The primary goal of the course is to capitalize on the wave of enthusiasm that many new members have when joining DAR and guide them in learning more about DAR and to assist them in becoming an active DAR member. At the core of the course is a self-guided curriculum structured around a series of online webinars that participants can do at their leisure, along with an independent project. Upon completion of the course, states typically hold a special graduation ceremony at State Conference or another state event to celebrate both the new member’s accomplishment and the chapter she joined.
Any new member or new-member-at-heart who is interested in learning about DAR’s rich history and how they can get involved in DAR activities at the chapter, state and national level is welcome to participate in the New Members Course! For new-members-at-heart, it is a wonderful way to re-engage and learn what new opportunities are available to you since joining DAR.
NEW HORIZONS COURSE
The focus of the New Horizons Course (pdf) is to encourage, educate, and instill confidence in members interested in expanding their horizons and service to DAR through leadership. The ideal candidate for this course is someone who is an enthusiastic and dedicated member, who regularly attends chapter meetings and other DAR events, and who wants to learn more about the operation and governance of successful chapters. Similar to the New Members Course, the New Horizons Course is primarily a self directed curriculum with a Capstone Project.
Capstone Projects could include, but are not limited to, marking a Revolutionary War patriot’s grave, organizing a park or cemetery clean-up day with the local Children of the American Revolution Society, conducting a wreath laying ceremony at a veteran’s grave for Memorial Day or Veterans Day, conducting a clothing or food drive for local veterans or active duty military, and so on. The idea for the Capstone Project is simple, to get the New Horizons Course participant to demonstrate her leadership capabilities by taking an active role in a chapter or state project.
Although requirements may vary slightly from state to state, in general the New Horizons Course is open to any current DAR member in good standing who actively attends chapter meetings and has expressed an interest and has been nominated for participation by her chapter or state society.