Focus of this Committee: This committee features an essay contest for DAR members. Chapters are encouraged to have a Women’s Issues chairman who presents “spot announcements” at chapter meetings highlighting concerns and community activities for issues relating to health, family, or careers.
Health Issues: Health issues can be personal in nature or can include the health of a family member or friend. Caring for others can affect the personal health of the caregiver, both physically and mentally. When writing an essay on this topic, describe the health issue, how you researched the ailment, doctors, treatments, and medications and how it affected the people involved.
Family Issues: Family can mean your immediate family, the family of colleagues or friends. Family provides valuable support in times of trial and is there to celebrate with you in times of joy. When writing an essay, share the situation and how difficulties were overcome and how the joys of success were celebrated.
Career Issues: This category encompasses actual issues women face in the workplace. It could include continuing education, re-entering the work force or changing professions. When writing an essay for this topic, include the challenges faced and how you handled them.
Chapter Programs/Activities: Determine the needs and interests of chapter members and share information about community resources to assist members. For further ideas and information, go to the NSDAR Women’s Issues Committee web page.
Women’s Issues Contest – Share your experiences concerning challenges faced with
relation to Family, Career, or Health. Only one essay per member per year is accepted. Essay must be titled, typed, and limited to 1,800 words. All words count, and only essays will be accepted. A cover page must give the member’s name, chapter, national number, address, telephone number, email address (if available), essay title and category (family, career, or health). Any submission failing to meet the requirements will be disqualified.
All entries much reach the State Chairman by January 15. Please submit entries to the state chairman via email attachment, if possible.
Diane Reimers, State Chairman Amy Boyette, State Vice Chairman