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Rochambeau Chapter - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: How do I find out if I am eligible for membership in the Rochambeau Chapter?

As an affiliated member of the NSDAR, the Rochambeau Chapter follows the guildelines and rules defined by the NSDAR headquarters in Washington, DC.  For more detailed information, please consult the "Membership" page of this site, as well as the NSDAR website at:

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of motivation to the Regent of the Rochambeau Chapter.  The candidates will then be accompanied by the Chapter Registrar during the application process.
For further details, please consult the "Membership" page on this site or send a message to the Registrar's attention: 

If one of your parents, or one of their parents in a previous generation, is or was a DAR or SAR member, you are probably eligible. Nonetheless, as some documentation rules have evolved over time, genealogy proofs concerning the great grandparents' generation may have changed, rendering eligibility less automatic than in the past.

It is suggested to begin the genealogy search by identifying the Revolutionary" patriot" ancestor, then establish the direct line of descendance up to the applicant's generation.   On the basis of photocopies of public civil records and/or other archive proofs recognized by the NSDAR, it is necessary to document each generation : the date and place of birth; the date and place of marriage, the date and place of death.

Q: What does the Rochambeau Chapter do?
A: Please refer to the "Who we are" and "Activities" pages of this site.

Q: How often, and where, does the Rochambeau Chapter meet?

The Rochambeau Chapter holds at least four regular meetings, quarterly, as well as an annual dinner or luncheon.
The annual meeting is held in the first quarter of each year.

Regular chapter meetings are generally followed by informal talks given by guest speakers on a variety of cultural themes in the scope of the NSDAR objectives: history, education and patriotisim. Informal discussions continue during the reception that follows.
In addition, other informal meetings, visits and special events are organized from time to time.
For further details, please consult the "Activities" page of this site.

Chapter meetings are usually held in the Paris area, at the homes of members or in private or public facilities.

Meetings are usually conducted in French.

Q: Why should I join the chapter?
A: Because of its bicultural tradition, the Rochambeau Chapter occupies an exceptional place within the NSDAR:  about two thirds of its members descend from a French ancestor who fought for American Independance, among whom are such celebrated personalities as La Fayette and Rochambeau.  One-third of the members have an American "patriot" ancestor.

The members of the Rochambeau Chapter are American, French and French-American women, from all generations. They pay tribute to their French and American ancestors who were at the origin of the ties of friendship first woven between France and the United States in the Eighteenth century.  They continue to nurture French-American friendship in their daily cultural exchanges.

As an affiliated member of the NSDAR, which brings together more than170,000 women, internationally, the Rochambeau Chapter nurtures French-American friendship on a daily basis between its members and associate members living in France, in Europe and in North America.

The members of the Rochambeau Chapter share a common interest in the values defended by the NSDAR since its creation in 1890, and support its activities in the areas of history, education and patriotism.

Q: What is the working language of the Rochambeau Chapter?

French is the principle working language of the Rochambeau Chapter in France.

With the exception of special events, such as the official visits to France of the NSDAR President General, all the chapter meetings and events are conducted in French.

As a general rule, formal written communciation within the NSDAR is in English, whereas French is used for written communication with public and private authorities in France.

Most of the American members of the Rochambeau Chapter are bilingual and many of the French members have a good working knowledge of English.  Some of the chapter's associate members residing outside France also speak French.  Informal exchanges between members and associate members visiting France are therefore often lively, with members moving easily from one language to the other!

Concerning written communiction with members and associate members: invitations for chapter events are generally  in French.  However, with respect to the bi-cultural heritage of the Rochambeau Chapter, the chapter agenda, the annual newsletter, brochures and other documents with wide distribution are bilingual. 

Electronic communciation is increasingly bilingual...this website is a good example!


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