The St. James Chapter, NSDAR was organised in the United Kingdom 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, as a Units Overseas Chapter, our Chapter has developed its own programmes and committees to reflect the interests of our members and the needs of communities whether in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The St. James 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. Our business meetings are combined with a luncheon and are often held at the American Embassy in central London, or at All Hallows By The Tower Church (founded in 675 AD and the official DAR church in England.) next to the Tower of London. Benjamin Franklin House, the English-Speaking Union and private member clubs in Westminster also provide venues for meetings in central London.
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 by representatives of foreign nations. Benjamin Franklin was the first to be posted from the newly formed United States. Coincidentally, the first Christian apostle-martyr James is the Patron Saint of Pilgrims. (NSDAR is a non-affiliated United States Registered Charity.)
The Chapter celebrates the traditional American holidays as well as the British holidays and festivities. We also celebrate the 11th of October (founding day of the National Society and the St. James Chapter) with a visit to some of the charities we support and a party! On Fourth of July, members are invited to join with Friends of the American Museum in Bath in their festivities or at an annual celebration held at the American Ambassador's London Residence. At Thanksgiving, members attend a service of American Thanksgiving in an historic City of London church as guests of an English registered charity that serves the needs of the homeless year around. The Mayor of the City of London and other dignitaries attend this service. Other Chapter members attend the American community's Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral with the American Ambassador and his family. Our traditional Chapter Thanksgiving is a sit down feast with husbands, children, relatives and friends on the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day. During Christmas, some Chapter members volunteer at local registered charities for the homeless. Associate members are invited to participate in our activities!
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 a United States Registered Charity and donations to the Chapter are American tax-deductible. The St. James Chapter has it is own EIN. The St. James Chapter has been accepted under the umbrella of the (British) National Council for Voluntary Service since 1992.
The Programme Summaries on the next page introduce some of the charities, programmes and projects St. James Chapter supports, the nature of our undertakings and how they share in the Mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Thank you for your interest in the St. James Chapter. If you have any further questions about our Chapter activities or interest in joining our membership, please feel free to contact any member of the St. James Chapter, United Kingdom, or the person listed below.
Natalie E. McCarthy Ward, Registrar and New Member Chairman, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org