Toni Bolling Lutter
Gila Butte Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held an all-committee meeting to hear the latest news from national and state societies and to jump-start committee work for the upcoming year. Leading the meeting was Regent Lesley Baran, who presented budgets and distributed information from state committee chairs.
DAR does its principal work through a system of committees. There are 45 national committees, which are reflected at both the state DAR level and the chapter level. The committees function throughout the year, responding to changing themes and supporting new projects.
The large number of national DAR committees ensures that the widest possible interests and abilities are represented within DAR. From support for the arts, to working with vets and U.S. service members, to protecting precious historic data and objects, to educating our youth and our nation, there is something in DAR for every American woman.
Big news this year is the establishment of a new special committee: “Community Classroom Committee.” In the belief that education makes the difference for all children, this committee encourages Daughters to volunteer additional support to teachers and students throughout the nation, as well as overseas. The committee asserts that women must provide a positive force to prevent school failure for at-risk students at all levels. Support is necessary for development of the skills and confidence to become responsible and productive citizens.
DAR is a national women’s volunteer service organization. Any woman over 18 who can prove direct bloodline lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution is welcome, regardless of religion, race or national origin. Eligible women are urged to call 480-802-6993 for information or go to the chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.