Toni Bolling Lutter
Under the leadership of Project Chair Mary Wolf, the Arizona Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) raised $25,000 during Gillian Morse’s two-year term as State Regent. Both are members of Gila Butte DAR; Wolf is the Organizing Regent and Morse is an Honorary Regent of the chapter.
At the beginning of her administration in 2014, State Regent Morse announced her two-year Project: to fund a minimum of four $1,000 scholarships per year for Arizona graduating senior women planning to attend an Arizona college, university or community college. She divided the State into four areas in order to give all of Arizona’s 41 DAR chapters an opportunity to win; and she named Mary Wolf State Regent‘s Project Chair.
Mrs. Wolf called on Gila Butte Daughters to back the fund-raising effort. The chapter responded by producing a profusion of unique keepsakes and handmade items, all in patriotic red, white and blue. Over the two-year period, handmade quilts and an award-winning painting were auctioned. Teachers purchased materials for Constitution Week along with student supplies and history books. American collectibles such as Longaberger baskets were available.
Mrs. Wolf traveled Arizona with State Regent Morse, allowing state-wide chapter participation in the successful fund-raising effort. At official state meetings – Summer and Fall Boards and State Conferences – the sales booths were a popular draw.
And in May 2016, seven Chandler-Gilbert students were among the recipients of the $1,000 scholarships of the Morse administration.
Gila Butte DAR meets in Sun Lakes and welcomes eligible women interested in education that secures our nation’s future. Women over 18 who can prove direct bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution are urged to call 602-430-6048 or go to the Gila Butte chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.