DAR begins planning for 250!

Lesley Baran, Gila Butte DAR Regent

Lesley Baran, Gila Butte DAR Regent

Toni Bolling Lutter

Lesley Baran, Chapter Regent of Gila Butte DAR, is pleased to announce that Lynn Forney Young, Honorary President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), has been appointed to a prestigious national commission created to plan celebrations and commemorations surrounding the 250th anniversary of the United States in July, 2026. Commissioner Young, who served as President General of the DAR from 2013–2016, brings proven leadership and planning ability to her new post.

The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, established in July, 2016, assumes the task of facilitating nationwide plans to observe the historic occasion. Over the next nine years, this body will play a central role in shaping the anniversary narrative on a national level. Eight members of Congress, 16 private citizens and nine federal officials comprise the committee roster.

The Sun Lakes community can get involved in this national commemoration by working with Gila Butte Chapter to generate ideas about how to celebrate, both locally and nationally. Gila Butte DAR will relay promising, nationally-relevant suggestions to Commissioner Young who, in turn, can pass them on to the Commission, which is tasked with presenting a proposal to the President and Congress by July, 2018.

“On behalf of the 185,000 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, we are honored to have a DAR representative serve on this important commission,” said Regent Lesley Baran. “We look forward to celebrating our nation’s incredible history and fostering a renewed appreciation for all of the Americans who founded our nation and ensured its progress through the generations.”

The Daughters of the American Revolution, a longtime champion of historic preservation, education and patriotism, is honored to be represented on a prestigious committee with a mission so closely aligned with its own. Gila Butte DAR meets in Sun Lakes and is proud of its vibrant chapter, with members around the Valley and the nation.

Eligible women interested in DAR service to their community and to America are urged to call 480-802-6993 for membership information or go to the Chapter website, gilabutte.arizonadar.org. Genealogical assistance is available.