There’s a Daughters of the American Revolution chapter (or Sons of the American Revolution…or Mayflower Society…) meeting right next to your house, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel like “home.” Are you required to attend meeting there if you want to join, just because it’s local?
No! Absolutely not.
With the exception of “one location” lineage societies, such as societies celebrating the founders of cities, no lineage society requires that you attend meetings in a specific society or chapter. Most people migrate to the society or chapter that meets closest to their home simply out of convenience, but realistically, the lineage society would rather that you find a group that fits your personality, schedule, and goals. It is far more important to them to keep you active than attending in a specific location.
So, how do you find out if the local society or chapter is a good fit? If possible, attend meetings before joining. Most groups allow prospective members to attend a limited number of events. Don’t expect to allowed into business meetings, but you should be allowed to attend social events. If you aren’t able to attend meetings and find out that the group isn’t a good fit after joining, there is always an option to transfer.
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