There can never be too many charitable organizations that give back to a community, and Mansfield is about to get one more.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is starting a chapter that will cover the Mansfield and Kennedale area, with the focus being to give back and serve the surrounding community.
“This is a service-based chapter. I am looking for an opportunity to reach out to women who have the same desires to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism in the community,” said Lorna Rankin, organizing chapter regent. “I see Mansfield as a community that is already working together. You already have so many organizations helping one another to achieve a goal that will serve the community, and I think the DAR is another organization to come right alongside these organizations and continue that work.”
As of now, Rankin is the only member of the Mansfield chapter. But she is looking to change that Thursday night.
Rankin will hold the first chapter gathering at the Harvesting International Food Bank at 7 p.m. Thursday. In that meeting, potential members will be given guidelines on how to join DAR and learn more about the organization and how it provides for the community. DAR is active in historic preservation, promoting events that get school children interested in American history and supporting those schools through donations and volunteer work.
Rankin was previously a part of the Arlington chapter for approximately 13 years, where she also served as a chapter regent.
To become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, you must be at least 18 years of age, a woman and be able to prove that you are a direct bloodline descendent of someone that supported the American Revolution. DAR has more than 180,000 members nationally and 3,000 chapters in all 50 states.
The new chapter is looking to set an agenda at its first gathering Thursday night, and that includes activities and service projects the group is looking to complete in January and February.
“The DAR gives out scholarships, participates in parades, visits VA hospitals and gives thanks to veterans for their service,” Rankin said. “I don’t know what we will be focusing on first in this community, but I’m excited to see what we come up with.”
The formation of a Mansfield chapter was suggested by the state chapter, which found a need in the community. At the meeting Thursday night, Rankin is looking to get the ball rolling for future projects and a firm foothold in the community.
“The Texas Society DAR identified the Mansfield area as an area viable to sustain a new chapter in the state,” Rankin said. “We will be out in the community publicizing, and we want to get new members out and active.”
Daughters of the American Revolution
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
International Harvesting Food Bank
150 S. 6th Ave.