Who Are The KDS?

The King’s Daughters and Sons (KDS) is an interdenominational Christian service organization with the International Headquarters located in Chautauqua, New York. It is comprised of approximately 4000 members, about 250 or so of whom are under the age of 18.


If you would like to BECOME A MEMBER or organize a Circle and Lend a Hand with the many projects undertaken by the KDS, please contact Headquarters, HQ,  and/or fill out the New Membership Form. International dues are $35.00 annually beginning in 2020.

Fundraiser 2020
Kentucky's ARK Encounter & Creation Museum
September 12 ,2019

Experience the Bluegrass State’s Unbridled Spirit!

Discover the most picturesque town in Kentucky; see the largest collection of White Christmas memorabilia; gaze in awe at the ARK Encounter and the Creation Museum.  Stop at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.  Visit the Kentucky Artisan Center where everything is Made in Kentucky.   Get a taste of the Bluegrass State as we travel its hilly backroads on a journey you’ll always cherish!

Health Careers Scholarship Program
Message from a Health Careers Scholarship Recipient
September 11, 2019

“Boop boop boop.” As a probationary volunteer member at the fire department, the dispatch tones still caused my heart to skip a beat followed by rapid acceleration as I listened for more information. “Specialty Unit requested.” With adrenaline rising knowing we had a hike ahead of us, I jumped into the back of the ambulance having a vague idea that a patient had fallen somewhere in the adjacent State Park and someone would meet us to guide us back to the patient.

As the medic driver raced down the narrow two lane highway, I bowed my head praying for safety…

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Celebration 2020
Join us for our 100th Year in Chautauqua!
July 30, 2019

Throughout the summer of 2020, we will be celebrating 100 years of formal IOKDS presence on the grounds of the renowned Chautauqua Institution.   We invite you to join us!

Be sure to let all of your past Chautauqua Scholarship Program participants and staff know about our #Celebration2020 next season.  Week 5 (July 25 – August 1, 2020) is Reunion Week for all former scholars and staff at the IOKDS houses in Chautauqua, NY!  

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Historian's Corner
Gems from the Museum
July 9, 2019

Mrs. Irving’s Pin

This cross pin was worn by one of our Founders, Mrs. Theodore (Marie Louise) Irving. It was donated to the Museum by Florence CarKhuff of New Jersey.

Mrs. Irving, one of the Original Ten, suggested the name “The King’s Daughters,” for the new sisterhood of service. Margaret Bottome said she “knew in a flash that was the name” (from the Ladies Home Journal September,1897).

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Learn & Discern Internships
A Message from our Internship Committee

Our summer internship can impact the course of a college student’s life.  Experiencing work in the non-profit world and experiencing the role of faith in creating positive change is an incredible way to discern your future.

Because an internship with us also focuses on living and working among a diverse set of people and perspectives at New York’s Chautauqua Institution, it provides more than a college requirement.  It prepares young adults to help heal the world.

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Clergy Renewal Week
Vacation in Chautauqua
New Horizons Program
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