Junior Initiative for 2021

  • Name a Chapter Outstanding Junior

  • Enroll at least one NEW Friend or Best Friend of Junior Membership

  • Have a program on Junior Membership, or have a junior lead a program

  • Spend $50 on National Junior Sales items in the Junior Shoppe

  • Send a direct contribution to the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund on behalf of your chapter. 

  • Hold a fundraiser for the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund

Thank you for supporting the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund!


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. Louisiana 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 Louisiana Society supports Junior Membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization. Juniors are the future of DAR. 

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.

​Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant

​The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant program was established in 2017. Each year, fifty-one $500 grants are awarded to classroom teachers impacting more than 10,000 students nationwide. This program is supported by funds raised through the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.   

Since 2017, nine classrooms in Louisiana have received a grant. Applicants must be a classroom teacher for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, must be endorsed by a local DAR chapter, and complete the grant award application.  Applications and information on the grant program may be obtained by contacting Louisiana's Junior Membership Chair. 

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