DAR News

Gila Butte members with their Adopt-A-Road sign on Dobson. The chapter has “adopted” a stretch of the road for periodic trash collection. (Photo by Randall Eshpeter)

Jean Milberger

The Gila Butte Chapter NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) held their final event for the 2023-24 year on April 13 at Palo Verde Country Club with the Spring Fling. The meeting included giving the outgoing regent and executive board a rousing thank you for their past two years of service. The outgoing regent, Suzanne Young, was presented with the Honorary Chapter Regent distinction and will be presented with her pin at a later date. The outgoing executive board members included Marjorie Nelson, Nancy Cooney, Jean Culver, and Barbara Grimes. These ladies did an outstanding job of guiding our chapter through the last two years.

The incoming executive board will include Jean Milberger, regent; Rebecca Donatelli, vice regent; Pennie Bonnett, chaplain; Diana Woodward, recording secretary; Susan Campbell, corresponding secretary; Donna Wisyanski, treasurer; Lynn Thompson, registrar; Judy Putnam, historian; and Kathie Gates, librarian. The new board will be working over the summer preparing programs and meeting with the various committee chairs on their projects for the 2024-25 year.

Along with the installation of the new executive board, the program also included a presentation by Antonette Shirley who is coordinator of the Chandler Unified School District Indigenous Education Program.

Many Gila Butte Chapter members attended the Arizona State Spring Forum held in Tucson at the end of April. The members came away with much information to help all the chapters have a fulfilling and fun 2024-25 year of service.

The Gila Butte Chapter NSDAR is most fortunate to have such a wonderful group of ladies who not only wish to promote patriotism, education, and historic preservation, but are also sisters in true friendship.

Anyone interested in joining DAR should contact Pennie at [email protected]. The chapter can provide assistance with lineage research to prospective members if needed.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, charitable organization, founded in 1890 and incorporated by an act of the United States Congress in 1896. Membership in the society is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The DAR functions as a volunteer service organization and is dedicated to patriotism, education, and historic preservation. While DAR supports a strong national defense, it is not a political organization, nor does it lobby. Its membership includes women from Republican, Democratic, and Independent political parties; women from all races and ethnic backgrounds; and women from ages 18-100+. The society does not subscribe to any particular religion, nor does it discriminate against any members who are of various religious beliefs.