You may ask “Who is a Junior?”
A Junior is a full member of the DAR between the ages 18 and 35 years. She may serve in the same capacity as a any regular member.
Florida Juniors are students, professionals, mothers, and spouses. They have diverse interests and serve DAR and communities in a variety of ways. Florida Juniors attend chapter meetings, serve on local, state, and national committees, plan community events, run websites and social media, and serve as Pages for state and national societies! They are leaders in the service projects of the DAR.
Throughout the year they lead teams making plastic bag mats for the homeless, writing cards to service members overseas and veterans in local retirement homes, collecting supplies for domestic abuse shelters and children in foster care, running book drives for local literacy organizations, partnering with the United Service Organization (USO) to help active-duty military families, organizing the restoration of forgotten cemeteries, and so much more. They also host local get-togethers including paint nights, teas, trips to theme parks, book clubs, yoga and meditation classes, and leadership training all in the pursuit of the positive connections that support the importance of self-care and well-being. Florida Juniors believe that working together for a common goal forges friendships to last a lifetime and brings endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund is the National Junior Membership Committee’s official fundraising project. This fund is named in memory of Helen Pouch (1901-1919) who was the daughter of Mrs. William H. Pouch, the first national chairman of the Junior Membership Committee. The fund provides scholarships, medical aid, and general financial assistance to all seven of the DAR-sponsored schools across the country including the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama, Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, and Bacone College in Oklahoma. The fund annually supports the National Junior Project which provides monetary funds to a non-profit selected by the National Junior Committee and provides each state including Washington, D.C., two classroom grants.
Pages, also known as the “Ladies in White” serve DAR at state and national levels. A DAR member is eligible to serve as a page until her 41st birthday. They help the meetings progress smoothly by running errands, opening doors, answering questions, and assisting DAR members and guests at events with just about anything. Paging is a fun way to learn more about DAR and make long-lasting friendships!
The Florida State Society enthusiastically supports Junior Membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization. Florida Daughters are proud of our Juniors!
Photos courtesy of Florida Daughters