St. James Chapter, NSDAR was organised on the centennial founding date of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 11th of October 1990, with eleven Organising Members. The Chapter energetically supports all of the National Society programmes and committees. In addition, our Chapter has developed its own programmes and committees to reflect the interests of our members and the needs of our communities.
Our Chapter is a NSDAR 'service' Chapter. We have four Regular business meetings a year but meet more frequently in support of our charities and projects and for social events.
St. James Chapter took its name from the 'Court of St. James', which is the title of official British diplomatic postings to the United Kingdom. Benjamin Franklin was the first to hold this post from the United States. Coincidentally, the first Christian apostle-martyr James is Patron Saint of Pilgrims. (NSDAR is a non-religious affiliated Society.)
The Chapter celebrates the traditional American holidays as well as the British holidays and festivities. We also celebrate the 11th October with a visit to some of the charities we support and a party! Our traditional Chapter Thanksgiving is a sit down feast with husbands, children, relatives and friends on the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day.
We sponsor Organising Jamestown Society, National Society Children of the American Revolution.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political, service organisation dedicated to the promotion of Historic Preservation, Education and Good Citizenship Endeavours. Membership is a unique opportunity to establish one's lineage and heritage as a descendent of one (or more) who furthered the American cause in the American War of Independence. American citizenship is not a requirement for membership. We are an American Registered Charity and donations to the Chapter are American tax-deductible. In 1992, St. James Chapter was invited to join under the umbrella of the (British) National Council for Voluntary Service and remains an active participant.