The National Junior Membership Committee was established in 1937. The goals are: to gain new Junior members; to build a well-informed Junior membership; to encourage active participation in all phases of DAR service; and to support the National Junior Membership Committee’s official fund-raising project – the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.
A Junior Member is a DAR member age 18 through 35 years (until her 36th birthday). She holds full DAR membership, and when qualified, may serve as an officer and chairman at the national, state, and chapter levels. Texas Juniors are college students, career women, and stay-at-home moms. Juniors join DAR for a variety of reasons and have diverse interests. Working together for a common goal forges many friendships and offers endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Texas Society supports Junior membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization. Juniors are the future of DAR. Texas Daughters are proud of our Juniors!
Helen Pouch Memorial Fund
The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund is the National Junior Membership Committee’s official fundraising project. This fund is named in memory of Helen Pouch (1901-1919) who was the daughter of Mrs. William H. Pouch, the first National Chairman of the Junior Membership Committee in 1937, and later President General, 1941-1944. The fund provides scholarships, medical aid, and general financial assistance to the two DAR supported schools, Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.
The kangaroo represents the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund. Texas Juniors display Tex and her daughter, Tex Ann, at every state function. Both are dressed to serve as pages, wearing their white dresses, gloves, pearls, and sash. The sash features a cameo, the symbol of a multi-generational club.