A Junior is a DAR member from 18 through 35 years of age (until her 36th birthday). She may page at the state conference and Continental Congress until her 41st birthday. She holds full DAR membership, and when qualified, may serve as an officer and chairman at the chapter, state, and national levels. Junior members are encouraged to learn and to support DAR objectives by attending meetings, volunteering to serve on committees, subscribing to the DAR Magazine, and studying the DAR Handbook to learn more about DAR. Tennessee Juniors participate in activities that benefit the NSDAR Helen Pouch Fund and State Society endeavors such as the Molly Stewart Fund.
Many Tennessee Junior members join with their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. They have varied backgrounds, from college students to career women to stay-at-home moms. TSDAR chapters understand the time and family constraints and make an effort to accommodate and encourage these young women. The Tennessee Society supports Junior membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization.
Junior members join DAR for a variety of reasons and have diverse interests; however, working together for a common goal forges many friendships and offers endless opportunities for personal and professional growth inside and outside of DAR. Junior members are the future of DAR, and Tennessee Daughters are proud of our young women!
Rebecca Vaughn is currently a Faculty Fellow teaching undergrad history. She is also a professional artist and has taught art therapy classes to over 125 veterans in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. As a 13-year DAR member, she has served as a TSDAR Chapter Chair, Chapter Officer, State Club Officer, State Chair and State Vice Chair on numerous committees, and as a proofreader for the State Regent’s book project. She has received several NSDAR and TSDAR awards, including the NSDAR Centennial Scholarship, the NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award, 1st Place in the TSDAR Historic Preservation Project Contest, and, most recently, the 2022 State VIS of the Year Award. She is a member of the TSDAR Junior Society, TSDAR Page Club, TSDAR State Chairman’s Club, and the NSDAR Legacy Program.
Junior Membership Committee
The Junior Membership Committee was formed in 1937 to encourage younger women to join DAR and become active members.
The focus of this national committee is to
- provide leadership training and experience.
- create service projects that are relevant and meaningful to younger women.
- encourage active participation in all phases of the DAR objectives.
- support the National Junior Membership Committee’s fund-raising project – the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.
Pages are Junior members who serve as hostesses, errand-runners, personal assistants, and flag-bearers at state events. Tennessee Junior members learn that paging is a great way to get to know the inner workings of DAR on the state and national levels. The Tennessee Society holds its state conferences on weekends to accommodate all those working mothers, professionals, and students. This is an excellent way to get to know other Juniors and members of the organization. It is also open to C.A.R. members 12 and older. All pages must be sponsored by a DAR member and chapter. Tennessee Junior members develop lifelong friendships with other pages, and they treasure the memories of their paging experiences. They have fun serving the Society!
Helen Pouch Memorial Fund
Authorized in 1938, the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund (HPMF) finances projects chosen by the Junior Membership Committee with approval of the NSDAR Executive Committee. Funding includes contributions to the DAR Schools, the National Junior Committee Project, and the Junior Membership Classroom Grants Program. The annual Junior Membership Committee funding commitment through HPMF is more than $120,000. We meet this commitment through contributions to the Fund through Junior Sales, other fundraisers, and general donations.
The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund was named in memory of Helen Pouch (1901-1919). Helen was the daughter of Helena R. Pouch, who became the first national chair of the Junior Membership Committee in 1937 and later served as President General from 1941-1944.
Molly Stewart Fund
The purpose of the Molly Stewart Fund is to help defray expenses of attending Continental Congress for the TSDAR Outstanding Junior. This is funded through chapter and individual contributions. The state is currently giving $500 to the Outstanding Junior, but the Tennessee Society hopes to increase the financial award to a level that will cover the total travel and lodging expense of the trip to Continental Congress when the Outstanding Junior is able to attend in the year of her award.