DAR awards Bronze Medal

Gavin Wheeler, Basha High School and Carolyn Hawkins, DAR.

Gavin Wheeler, Basha High School and Carolyn Hawkins, DAR.

Toni Bolling Lutter

Gila Butte Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has awarded Basha High School’s Gavin Wheeler the DAR Bronze ROTC Medal. The medal may be awarded to one JROTC junior or senior per school.

The selection of the student is made by a professor of military science and the principal or head of school. Recipients must be in the upper 25 percent of their classes in both ROTC and academic subjects. They must have shown the qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of ROTC training. The medal is worn according to ROTC protocol.

The awarding of ROTC medals falls under the aegis of DAR’s National Defense Committee. Established in 1926, the National Defense Committee was formed to assist DAR members in carrying out the patriotic, educational and historical objectives of the National Society and to promote an enlightened public opinion. DAR has always advocated a strong American military defense.

Gila Butte DAR 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. DAR’s motto is “God, Home and Country.” 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.