Chapter History

David Douglas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized on June 21, 1981, in Redmond, Washington. Members live in communities such as Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Bothell, and surrounding areas.

Throughout our chapter history, we are proud to have sponsored two state winners for the Outstanding History Teacher award, as well as three state winners for the DAR Good Citizens program, most recently in 2017 and 2019.  At our 25th anniversary celebration in 2006, we remembered chapter activities such as visits to the Seattle Veteran’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit and genealogy research classes at the Redmond Senior Center.

Juniors (a DAR member age 18 to 35) are a vibrant part of our chapter: two of our Junior Members were named recent Washington State Outstanding Junior, with one a National Finalist for National Outstanding Junior. In 2011, our chapter also founded the Mt. Rainier Society Children of the American Revolution.

Organizing Regent of David Douglas Chapter

Betty Daley

Regents of David Douglas Chapter

Jackie Daniels 1981 – 1984 Susan Westcott 2004 – 2006
Catharine Lash 1984 – 1988 Judith Finney 2006 – 2008
Jackie Daniels 1988 – 1990 Jill Richardson 2008 – 2010
Catherine Lash 1990 – 1991 Alice Stenstrom 2010 – 2012
Margaret Dyer 1991 – 1992 Sara Ward 2012 – 2014
Pamela Thurman 1992 – 1994 Jacqueline Riddell 2014 – 2016
Velma Rice 1994 – 1996 Sue Dahlin 2016 – 2018
Patricia Andrews 1996 – 1998 Paula Furick 2018 – 2020
Betty Newman 1998 – 2000 Jennifer Davis 2020 – 2022
Jean Agnello 2000 – 2001 Dani Carson 2022 – 2024
Jill Richardson 2001 – 2004

Chapter Namesake

David Douglas photoOur chapter bears the name of David Douglas, honoring a pioneer botanist of the Pacific Northwest.  Douglas was commissioned by the Royal Horticulture Society of England in 1823 to come to America to collect seeds and plants for the National Botanical Gardens at Kew.  He made three trips to the West Coast bringing back to England more beautiful flowers and trees than any other botanist sent out by the Society.  The Pseudotsuga Menziesii, commonly known as the Douglas Fir, is named after David Douglas.

This tree grows commercially in our region and is the most important tree in the American lumber trade.  The Douglas Fir is one of nature’s most noble creatures. Its lovely blue-green crown rises to heights in excess of 250 feet; its massive trunk may be 50 feet in circumference, with bark up to one foot in thickness.

David Douglas was born in Scotland in 1799 and died in Hawaii in 1834.

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