Daughters of the American Revolution

The DAR Good Citizen Award was presented at Perry High School to Katelin Mascari for demonstrating the qualities of Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. Carolyn Hawkins of the Gila Butte Chapter of DAR and Principal Heather Patterson participated in honoring Katelin. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Hawkins)

Cadet Hunt, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, good character, and academic excellence, received a medal, certificate, flag, and cash from DAR member Carolyn Hawkins. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Hawkins)

Each year the Gila Butte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Sun Lakes honors cadets at the Basha High School ROTC annual ceremony. The state ROTC chairperson assigns schools to specific DAR chapters for the ROTC awards, and the ROTC commander at each school selects a senior for the award, with winners receiving a medal and $100.

These awards are given as part of the DAR’s National Defense Committee, which “strives to preserve our American heritage of freedom, to protect the U.S. Constitution, and to ensure the survival of our national sovereignty. To this end, the committee advocates a strong military defense and unwavering faithfulness to the ideals of the Founding Fathers as set forth in the U.S. Constitution.”

The National Defense Committee also presents the DAR Good Citizen Award to young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. The program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited and in good standing with their state board of education. Students are not required to be United States citizens.

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