Nationally, DBE proudly celebrates more than 100 years of existence!
The society was founded in 1909 as Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in the USA.
Most members belong to a chapter, with elected chapter officers headed by a Regent. Chapters in each state are guided by a State Board, which in turn report to the National Board
presently in Texas (National administration rotates by district triennially.)
DBE is a non-profit society. All officers are volunteers. There is no paid staff.
Primarily, we raise funds to support our four British Homes for Retired Men and Women, established in four regions of the United States:
The British Home in Sierra Madre, CA; and Mountbatten House, TX.
Our members also contribute to the good of the local community and to the
promotion of a closer relationship between English-speaking peoples.
DBE is for women who can claim British or British Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization, or proven ancestry.
A woman may be eligible through marriage if her husband, or his parent or grandparent is of British or Commonwealth birth.
Junior membership is offered to girls aged 15-18, who meet the above eligibility.
All membership is by invitation, and a member may join only one chapter, although she may visit
and help other chapters, if needed.
Members -at- Large are members of the National Society. This membership is offered to those who reside in an area not (YET) served by a chapter. Of course, we will be happy to help MALs form a new chapter in their area, and we do keep on touch. A chapter may form with seven members.