ABOUT EL REDONDO CHAPTER NSDAR

  El Redondo Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a group of women who are enriched by our DAR friendships and desires to serve our communities, to learn our national history, to be informed about contemporary issues affecting our communities and county, and to promote patriotism, education, and historic preservation in Southern California.  Our chapter (180 member strong) has members and associates from assorted communities throughout the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.  Our chapter is involved in all levels of the Daughters of the American Revolution, both locally and at a state and national level.  We welcome prospective members and DAR members who are relocating to our area and would be delighted to talk with you.

 

 EL REDONDO CHAPTER NSDAR HISTORY

   
  The charter members of the El Redondo Chapter NSDAR completed organization of the new chapter on May 19, 1947.  Reaching back to the days of the Spanish Dons in California history for the chapter name, the members chose "El Redondo."  The name, Spanish for "round" or "circle," was used to describe the semicircle shoreline of the Santa Monica Bay, along which the then small towns of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Torrance were scattered.  It is now known as "The South Bay," and most of the members are residents in the area. 
   
   At one time, all this territory formed a part of the princely domain of 75,000 acres given as a land grant to Juan Jose Dominquez in 1784 by the King of Spain for his faithful service to the crown.  Thus, the name of the chapter, El Redondo, links the present to the past and to the colorful days of California under the flag of Spain.  El Redondo Chapter NSDAR was the recipient of the "Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge" award for outstanding community programs in 1976.  Two El Redondo permanent markers have been installed.   The first was placed in 1976, for the Bicentennial of the United States, at Alondra Park in Redondo Beach.  The second was placed in 1988 at Constitution Park in El Segundo.

 

 DAR GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The DAR, founded in 1890, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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.

   
  DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities, including supporting active-duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
   
  As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, the DAR boasts 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. 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.
   
  Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.
   
  The NSDAR is exempt from federal income taxes under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and receives no government funding.