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Dear ___Member Name_________,
I have recently been reviewing the membership rolls of the _____Name_______ Society, and discovered that you have not paid your _* year *_ dues. It is still possible for you to remain a member in good standing if you will send your dues to your chapter treasurer in the next few days. Otherwise, you will be dropped from membership in DAR for non-payment of your dues. I am writing you in hopes that you will give some more thought to how important your membership is before you allow this to happen.
Annual dues of $75 or so may seem like a lot of money if you aren't able to attend meetings. There is another way to think of these dues – they are a charitable contribution to an organization that embodies all the values you hold dear...God, home and country. DAR supports our Constitution, our military, and our national defense, and we make financial contributions to the education of our children and citizens as well as supporting efforts to preserve the objects of our heritage that remind us of those who helped to create our democratic republic. The DAR does not receive any government help. The sole source of revenue is dues and contributions from members. Our dues to The National Society help maintain the NSDAR buildings in Washington, D.C., and pay the salaries of the employees who work there.
For me, DAR is an opportunity to give my time and money, both precious resources, to a cause that honors the memory of my ancestors who fought and sacrificed so that I can enjoy life as I do now. I can't really grasp the fortitude, resolve and perseverance it took to fight the Revolutionary War, knowing that if the small group of soldiers lost, they would be hung for treason and their families would be destitute.
* Member Name * , I hope you will continue to be a member unless it is a financial hardship for you. For the cost of a Starbucks or a meal at McDonald’s each month, you can support the DAR that celebrates America and its Patriots. This is also a legacy for you to pass on to your family who will learn the importance of DAR to you as you maintain your membership throughout the years. It's important for your family, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, to observe you holding dear to this legacy. They will then pass this inheritance on to future generations.
We hope you know how important you are to us as a sister in the Daughters of the American Revolution. We share a common heritage of descent from brave patriots who were willing to risk everything they had so that their descendants might be free. I hope you will remain a member, but we respect whatever decision you need to make for yourself and your family, and I hope that you will let me know your decision.
In DAR love and loyalty,