Toni Bolling Lutter
Each September, Gila Butte DAR fields a wide variety of Constitution Week celebrations. This year, eight schools will receive materials such as posters and Constitution facsimiles, bookmarks and copies of the Preamble to the Constitution. The chapter has requested governmental proclamations at all levels, and will provide a Constitution display at Robson Library. In addition, the chapter will participate in Bells Across America, a tradition established at the signing of the U.S. Constitution in September 1787.
Constitution Week is observed annually September 17–23. It was established in 1956 following a resolution by Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) which was introduced as a Senate Joint Resolution. Following adoption of the resolution, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law 915. The purpose of the observance week is to promote study and education about the Constitution.
DAR’s celebrations are intended to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Gila Butte Chapter meets in Sun Lakes. More than 100 chapter members from around the Valley and the nation work toward DAR objectives of historic preservation, education which strengthens our nation, and patriotic endeavor. Membership is open to any woman over 18 who can prove direct bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.
Eligible women who want to serve their community and their nation in DAR are urged to call 602-430-6048 for membership information or go to the Gila Butte chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.