DAR observes National Literacy Month with gifts to Chandler Library

Pictured (left to right) Literacy Chair Marge Nelson, Marybeth Gardner and Regent Barbara Hugus.

Pictured (left to right) Literacy Chair Marge Nelson, Marybeth Gardner and Regent Barbara Hugus.

Toni Bolling Lutter

Gila Butte DAR observed National Literacy Month with donations of books to the Chandler Public Library, thereby joining organizations across the country in promoting proficient reading. The Literacy Promotion Committee is a national DAR committee established in 1989 to meet the needs of the increasing number of illiterate individuals in America.

Gila Butte Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated children’s history books to Chandler Library, along with a subscription to American Spirit, DAR’s award-winning publication featuring illustrated stories of interest to everyone who enjoys history, genealogy, patriotism and education. Subscriptions include copies of the companion Daughters newsletter, which is designed to keep DAR’s 177,000 worldwide members up-to-date on the progress and achievements of the National Society.

The special gifts to Chandler Library are part of an ongoing donation program supported by Gila Butte Chapter, which provides books to schools and to organizations serving families without the means to purchase books. The chapter proudly carried home the 2014 Arizona State DAR first prize for Literacy Promotion, and is well on the way to exceeding last year’s efforts.

Gila Butte Chapter meets in Sun Lakes and welcomes women over 18 who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution; patriot includes not only military, but those who served in civilian governments or who took an oath of allegiance to those governments. Expert research assistance is available. Eligible women interested in serving our nation by supplying educational needs are urged to contact Gila Butte Chapter for membership information. Call 602-430-6048 or go to the Gila Butte chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.