DBE/Daughters of the British Empire is a national, not-for-profit
501 (c)(3) charitable and philanthropic women’s organization.
As such, it is committed to raising funds to help support our four
British retirement homes in the USA and also to support local charities
as permitted by IRS regulations which govern the distribution of
We also strive to foster friendships amongst English-speaking peoples.
DBE is organized into four Districts with a DBE-supported retirement home in each one. In each District there are State Boards and within the State Boards are the local Chapters.
The motto of DBE reflects the active role of members in
“Not ourselves but the cause.”
Members come from all over the British Commonwealth and from around the world through marriage, adoption and ancestry, often discovered through geneaological research.
The mission of DBE,
in keeping with the organization's objectives,
is to bring together, in friendship, women of British and British commonwealth birth or ancestry for
DBE was founded in 1909 by Sarah Josephine Meredith Langstaff. She based it on the Canadian organization, IODE/The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire.
In 1911 the Julia W. Henshaw Chapter of the DBE, in the Seattle area received its charter. Originally named after a member of the IODE, the ladies were asked to change the name after WWI. They became the Vimy Ridge Chapter.
Today there are 12 Chapters in Washington State along the