Daughters of the British Empire is a charitable, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary
American society of women of British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry. Its
members are professionals, businesswomen and homemakers with common interests
and heritage, who meet regularly for business and social events with the common
cause of philanthropy.
The Society is affiliated with the Imperial Order,
Daughters of the Empire in Canada (I.O.D.E.); the Victoria League, London
England; and the General Federation
of Women’s Clubs in the United States.
For over three quarters of a century,
The Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. has been a common bond
for women of British heritage living in America.
Members, joining together in fellowship, contribute significantly to the good of
their local communities and support the four retirement homes for men and women
established by the DBE.
extended, by invitation, to women residing in the U.S. who are of British or British
Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization or ancestry. Women, whose
husbands are, or whose husband's parent(s) or grandparent(s) are of British or
Commonwealth birth, are also eligible. Junior membership is available for
eligible girls age 13 to 18 years of age.
The main purpose of the Daughters of
the British Empire in Oregon is to support the Western District
Home. We are also active in supporting local charities. We
currently have 11 chapters with a total of approximately 150 members in Oregon.
Our major annual fundraisers are the
Highland Games Tea Tent & Bake Sale in July and our British Tea,
Bake Sale & Bazaar which is held in November.