Toni Bolling Lutter
Gila Butte Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated the Society’s 125th birthday in Washington, D.C. The Sun Lakes delegation included Gillian Morse, Arizona State Regent/Honorary Gila Butte Regent, as Daughters from around the world convened meetings “Celebrating 125 Years of Service to America.”
Events featured presentations by U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Navy Band and U.S. Marines Band, plus the American Originals Fife and Drum Corps. Opening night, representatives from Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) attended in Colonial costume, and on National Defense Night, the assembly was addressed by Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy.
DAR was founded on October 11, 1890 by four determined women and a supporting cast of patriotic citizens. The four founders were anything but traditional ladies of leisure; instead, they were professionals – authors, educators and civil servants. Founder Eugenia Washington is famous for having said, “We want a Society founded on service.” The Society those pioneers established is celebrating 125 years of service to our nation.
Gila Butte DAR meets in Sun Lakes and welcomes prospective members. Women over 18 who are interested in membership and can prove lineal bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution are invited to call 602-430-6048 or go to the Gila Butte chapter website at gilabutte.arizonadar.org.