History of the DBE


Daughters of the British Empire, Our Story.


The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) is a charitable, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary American society of women of British or Commonwealth birth, ancestry, naturalization, or marriage. Its members are professionals, businesswomen, and homemakers with common interests and heritage, who meet regularly for business and other events with the common cause of philanthropy. The society was founded in the United States on March 15, 1909, as the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in the U.S.A., and became the National Society of Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. in 1920. The National Society is incorporated in the State of Delaware. 

The Society is affiliated with the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire in Canada(I.O.D.E.); the Victoria Leaguein London, England; and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in the United States. 

The Honorary President of the DBE is  the British  Ambassador to the U.S. or the Ambassador's wife.

For over 100 years, 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. The States of the Western District are proud to support The British Home In California, LTD. in Sierra Madre, CA. 

DBE Motto: "Not Ourselves But the Cause"

DBE Motto: "Not Ourselves But the Cause"

History in Colorado


Our Story

  On September 30, 1983 DBE of Colorado received the Certificates of Incorporation and State Charter, starting with 23 members and two Chapters Winchester and Chatsworth. By 1985 membership had grown to 45 and a third Chapter, Sandhurst was added. The membership continued to grow, by our 10th Anniversary we had reached 76 and by 1996 we had nine Chapters and 109 members. 


Ever Moving Forward

  In 2001 Colorado DBE hosted the Western District State Organizer Meetings at the historic Brown Palace Hotel and in 2005 the State Board accepted the responsibility of hosting the 29th Administration National Convention. It was a great success. Today Colorado has four chapters: Chatsworth (1983), Sandhurst (1985), Royal Daffodils and Commonwealth Rose (2007). Membership has fluctuated over the last few years due to an aging population but with new enthusiasm and internet help we are growing again; currently being at 50 with a new Chapter to start in Colorado Springs this fall.


Who we Support


The DBE motto is "Not Ourselves but the Cause." The DBE in Colorado fulfills this mission by not only providing friendship and fellowship to British or British Commonwealth immigrants in Colorado but through fundraising events. The DBE supports local charities and the British Senior Home in Sierra Madre, California. The Colorado DBE has raised over $25,000 for the senior home through our annual Victorian Tea.


We also support the British Cultural Garden in Cleveland, OH. Learn more about this garden.