Saramana SAR Chapter  Sons of the American Revolution 

DAR Recognition Awards for New SAR members

With every chapter needing to add new members just to stay the same size from one year to the next, may we please suggest that all chapters look at the following as one avenue that may help add new SAR Members.

The DAR/SAR Membership Award (SAR Handbook Vol. VI)

This award, authorized in 1990, is presented to the DAR State Society that recruits the most new members to SAR. This is a two track system (percentage and highest number) which awards certificates and $175 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place to the DAR State Societies with the highest percentage of approved SAR members using the DAR Finder Form, and $175 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place to the DAR State Societies with the highest number of approved SAR members using the DAR Finder Form. This is a total of six awards totaling $500. The competition runs from January 1 to December 31 of each year. In order to be counted, a DAR Finder Report Form must be attached to the application packet. The SAR Staff Registrar uses these forms to determine the winner. Applications without the form cannot be counted toward the competition. A separate form must be included with each application received and will be counted toward the contest after the application is approved. Multiple applications cannot be applied to one form.

So send in those SAR applications, attach the DAR Form, and send to the State Registrar. The form can be found at: https://www.sar.org/compatriots/committees/dar-liaison-committee, or by contacting your Chapter Registrar and/or Genealogist. In addition you can download the form from this website by clicking on DAR Finder Form.

The Chapter will honor any individual DAR member with:

The Medal of Appreciation and certificate, if she refers two (2) new member applicants to our chapter, over time with the new members being approved and inducted into the chapter.

The Martha Washington Medal and certificate, if she refers a total of four (4) new member applicants to our chapter, over time with the new members being approved and inducted into the chapter.  This would be two more after receiving the Medal of Appreciation.

The Daughters of Liberty Medal and certificate, if she refers six (6) new member applicants to our chapter, over time with the new members being approved and inducted into the chapter. This would be two more after receiving the Martha Washington Medal. Please note: This medal must be approved by the Florida Society in order for the Chapter to present it.

Then, after a total of six (6) new members, the DAR member will receive a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for every two (2) new members.
 
The Chapter should strive to make these awards at a luncheon that is jointly held with DAR Chapter(s).  If there is not a jointly held luncheon currently, may we suggest that you start one.  Good choices might be the Flag Day Luncheon, the Constitution Day Luncheon, the George Washington Birthday Luncheon, or a joint Flag Retirement Ceremony.
 
You can read about the medals we have listed in The SAR Handbook Volume V (effective March 5, 2017) below. This document can also be found at:
https://sar.org/compatriots/member-tools/sar-handbook
 
                                               The SAR Handbook Volume V                    Last updated: 03-05-2017

SAR Medal of Appreciation 

Approved By: NSSAR Executive Committee, State Society or Chapter (depending on presenting authority).

Description: The medal is gold in color and bears on the obverse a relief of Molly Pitcher and is inscribed, “Medal of Appreciation.” The medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. The medal is accompanied by a certificate, which should be engrossed and presented with the medal. The medal is available in miniature.

Summary: The SAR Medal of Appreciation may be presented to a member of the DAR in good standing in recognition of and in appreciation for outstanding services rendered to the SAR. The award may recognize assistance in forming new SAR chapters, obtaining a specific number of new SAR members or otherwise significantly aiding the SAR programs.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized: A lady may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.

Martha Washington Medal
Approved By: NSSAR Executive Committee, District Vice President General, State Society or Chapter (depending on presenting authority).

Description: The medal is gold in color and bears on the obverse a portrait of Martha Washington within the inscription “SAR Martha Washington Award.” It is suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors and is accompanied by a certificate, which should be engrossed and presented with the medal. The medal is available in miniature.

Summary: The Martha Washington Medal may be presented to a woman over 18 years of age in recognition of outstanding service to SAR. A DAR may receive the Martha Washington Medal and the SAR Medal of Appreciation (on separate occasions) if her service warrants it.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized: A lady may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.

SAR Daughters of Liberty Medal
Approved By: NSSAR Executive Committee, District Vice President General or State Society (depending on presenting authority).

Description: The medal is gold in color, and depicts Sybil Ludington riding a galloping horse, commemorating her heroic ride of April 26, 1777 to warn of the approach of British forces and symbolizing the contribution of the many women who aided in the struggle for American independence. The medal is suspended from a drape of blue, yellow and blue bands of equal width. The medal is available in miniature. A certificate to be engrossed and presented with the medal accompanies the medal.

Summary: The Daughters of Liberty Medal may be presented to a lady recommended by any officer of a chapter, state or National Society, SAR in appreciation for her unselfish devotion, tireless efforts and assistance to the SAR, and who has dedicated her time, energy, ability and/or finances to the organization in support and furtherance of the stated objectives of the SAR. This is the highest lady’s medal and consideration in awarding this medal should be given only after the SAR Medal of Appreciation or the Martha Washington Medal has been presented.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized: A lady may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.Type your paragraph here.

DAR Recognition Award













    Medal of Appreciation                         Martha Washington                      Daughters of Liberty

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