College Scholarships

Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter awards two local scholarships each year to help students to pursue college degrees. We are pleased to help these deserving students with college costs and wish them much success in their studies!  


At the end of July, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter holds a "pantry picnic" in Yaphank to collect non-perishable food items for the nearby food pantry at The Veterans Place. This lakeside event includes family-friendly live music, face painting, lawn games, and a historic house tour.

Pantry Picnic at the Swezey-Avey House on July 28, 2018

A member with her grandchildren and staff members at PMYCS in 2016


For the past few years, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter members have collected and donated school supplies to Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services for the support of children in need within our community.


Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter revived Captain Austin Roe Chapter C.A.R. in 2015. Chapter members are welcome to have their children apply for membership using their mother's ancestral line.

C.A.R. members at the Milleridge Inn, Jericho, NY

A Cadet in the Lt. Michael Murphy Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

jROTC and Cadet MEDALs

The Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter recognizes high school students who participate in a JROTC program or non-ROTC, military-affiliated cadet program for their dedication to the national defense of the United States.


In February 2014, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter members joined the Director of the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room at Patchogue-Medford Library for the unveiling of the restored charter of the Captain Austin Roe Chapter, N.S.C.A.R.

Chapter members pose with the Director of the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room at Patchogue-Medford Library.

Barbara Meszaros and Kristine Smith with our restored charter


In 2011, chapter members began the process of restoring the Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter's charter. Created in 1920, the framed document deteriorated over the years due to exposure to light and moisture. The newly restored charter is on display at the Local History room of the Patchogue-Medford Library.


The Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter proudly supports the efforts of Patchogue-Medford school teacher Margaret King, whose literacy projects include Laundromat Library, Summer Bookmobile, and Library at Lunch, by collecting children's books for Ms. King's programs on an ongoing basis. Click here to read about the DAR Community Service Award that our chapter gave Ms. King on March 24, 2012.

Chapter members present a Patchogue-Medford teacher with the DAR Community Service Award

Miss Merry Ann: An American Girl Doll


A chapter member and her mother created this beautiful Puritan outfit in honor of notable historical figure Anne Hutchinson for the New York State DAR's Miss Merry Ann, an American Girl Doll Competition.

Good Citizen Award

The Good Citizens Award is given yearly to high school seniors who demonstrate qualities of good citizenship: leadership, service, dependability, and patriotism. Local winners receive certificates and monetary awards; national winners receive scholarships. In 1999,  the chapter had the pleasure of sponsoring the winner of the New York State DAR Good Citizen Award and the National Good Citizen Award.

  Honorary Regent (leftmost) represented our chapter in Washington DC  in 1999.