What IS the William Byrd Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution?
The William Byrd Chapter, named for Colonel William Byrd II, was founded in 1917. For more than one hundred years, the William Byrd Chapter has been involved in projects that support veterans, that teach children about our country's rich history, and that help preserve historical sites - all so that future generations can understand and appreciate and cherish our country. Founded just as the United States entered World War I, members worked to support the war effort by caring for war orphans and collecting war supplies In 1928, the chapter became the caretakers of the Madison Cemetery at Montpelier and later placed a bronze plaque on the cemetery wall on the 100th anniversary of Madison's death. During World War II, members' efforts included sending more seed packages to the War Services Gardens Overseas than any other chapter in the United States. Flourishing and remaining strong for decades, the chapter moved into the twenty-first century with the same zeal and enthusiasm that motivated its founders. Members continued their service to veterans, sponsored patriotic organizations for school children, and contributed to the John Marshall House by placing a bench in the garden, to name only a few of the many projects in which the chapter participated. William Byrd continues to march forward in service to our country.
MAY MEETING DATE CHANGED!
Due to a conflict with Westminster Church, our may meeting date has been changed to TUESDAY, MAY 23.
HEY! Is that who I think it is!?
If I didn't know better, I'd think that was JAMES MADISON himself, the framer of the Constitution!
James Madison (superbly reenacted) will visit us at our next meeting, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4103 Monument Avenue.
Lunch will follow at Los Amigos Restaurant , 1808 Staples Mill Road.
Author Connie Lapallo to speak in April
Join us for our regular chapter meeting at 10:30 on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. Connie Lapallo will discuss her new book, the next chapter in her Jamestowne series. We'll share box lunches from Sugar and Twine (details will be sent in emails).
Next FANTASTIC FIELD TRIP FRIDAY: MONTPELIOR
We invite members and guests to meet at 11:00 a.m. at Montpelior, James Madison's home, where we will learn about the contributions our fourth president made in the writing of the Constitution. There is an entrance fee. Note that reservations MUST be made through to our corresponding secretary no later than APRIL 3. Transportation is NOT provided, and is the responsibility of the attendee. Additional nformation will be sent by email.
Virginia State DAR Conference March 17-19
Virginia DAR State Conference will be held at the Richmond Marriott on March 17-19. Please contact the regent or corresponding secretary for more information.
Exciting things are on tap for 2023! The William Byrd's main focus is SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, and that means both our local and far flung communities. Check out our "Chapter Info" tab for dates and other program information for 2023. We can't possibly put everything that we do into our website. You'll have to come and check us out - at a meeting, at a field trip, at a volunteer opportunity.
Why Have a DAY OF SERVICE?
- Because "Daughters of the American Revolution" is first of all a service organization...
- Because others have given, and continue to give, so much to each of us...
- Because it gives us a chance to show our love for our country and its citizens...
- Because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO! Stay posted for future opportunities to be of service. And bring your ideas to our meetings!
A Very Special Thank You
If you've ever wondered about the impact of a DAR project then CLICK HERE. What you read will touch your heart!
A SNIPPET FROM OUR HISTORY
Did you know that the William Byrd Chapter, NSDAR was responsible, for over FIFTY years, for the care and upkeep of the Madison family cemetery at Montpelior, where James and Dolly Madison are buried!
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