Preserving our nation’s history and cultural heritage for future generations is one of our basic missions. Our members work closely with the National Society of the DAR in transcribing historical information into printed, searchable indexes and records which genealogists and others can use when researching their family history. This process helps preserve the handwritten records which continue to deteriorate over time.
We are also involved in locating historic buildings, residences and other artifacts which can be preserved for future generations. We helped dedicate DAR markers at the historic Train Depot in Lady Lake and the Duval House in Floral City.
Education of our children and grandchildren is of paramount concern and importance. The John Bartram Chapter, NSDAR, has awarded scholarships over the past three years to seniors at Wildwood Middle High School and The Villages Charter School.
Our chapter also rewards and honors grade school students at Fruitland Park, Wildwood Middle School and The Villages Charter School with Youth Citizenship Awards and Medals. Seniors at The Villages Charter School and Wildwood Middle High School are honored with Citizenship Awards. The Sea Cadet Medal is awarded to a student participating in the Sea Cadet Program sponsored by American Legion Post 219 in Fruitland Park.
John Bartram Chapter, NSDAR, helps the Fruitland Park Library by supplying books and by supporting efforts for them to obtain automated indexing equipment. We also help the Wildwood Elementary School library with donations. We deliver books and magazines each month.
The DAR Service for Veterans Committee serves America’s veterans. The committee provides a tangible way for DAR members to say “thank you” by acknowledging and recognizing veterans’ service, sacrifice, and commitment to the preservation of our nation’s freedom. Of special importance is the recognition of and appreciation for women veterans’ service.
Members volunteer at Honor Flights that are held throughout the year. They act as guardians for veterans and also participate in Welcome Home ceremonies held at a local Legion post.
Project Patriot Service Dog
The John Bartram Chapter, NSDAR, raised enough to sponsor a service dog for a veteran. Our dog, Darcy, is now in training.
Wreaths Across America
John Bartram Chapter, NSDAR, and our Colonial Ladies Troupe partner with American Legion Post 219 in Fruitland Park in the national Wreaths Across America ceremony held the middle of December. We place wreaths on veterans’ graves for Wreaths Across America. In addition, we place wreaths on our deceased Daughters of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Shiloh Cemetery in Fruitland Park.
Flags for Fallen Vets
Our members volunteered to travel to Bushnell National Cemetery to place U.S. Flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. They returned in one week to help remove and pack the Flags for the next year.
Vietnam Flag Presentation
We presented the Vietnam Flag to VFW Post 8083 in Belleview, Florida, that the chapter received for being a Commemorative Partner in the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The chapter presented a Braille Flag to the veterans clinic in The Villages as many veterans who visit this facility have lost or nearly lost their eyesight. Braille flags will allow the veterans to read and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
The John Bartram Chapter, NSDAR, partnered with Puc Puggy, Chapter NSDAR, and the Villages Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, in the planting of a Liberty Tree at the Eisenhower Recreation Center. The tree is symbolic of the original Liberty Tree in Boston Commons during the American Revolutionary War where patriots met secretly and planned agitation against the British.
John Bartram daughters worked at the polls during the Primary Election filling many essential roles and will also work on General Election day. We adopted the Allamanda Recreation Center in The Villages as our poll.
Fourth of July Concert
Our Colonial Ladies Troup volunteers at the concert.