Daughters About More Than Heritage

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The American Revolution and the men and women who were pivotal in it have been the subject of popular movies, novels, biographical programs and more.

If you are a woman and have ever wondered if you had a personal connection to a patriot who fought in that war, then the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution might be able to help.

The chapter was organized April 18, 1992. Its officers for 2008-2009 are Valerie Sullivan, regent; Nancy Hancock, vice regent; Geneva Holchan, chaplain; Kathy McKibben, secretary; Kathy Farrell, treasurer; Renee Durfee, registrar; Jo Patterson, historian; and Peggy Gray, parliamentarian.

The chapter recently hosted Carol Rilling, national honorary vice president general, of Sierra Vista, who has held numerous national positions over the years.

Rilling talked about the definition of DAR and its tenets.

“The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, worldwide 118-year-old service organization,” Rilling said.

It is devoted to the tenets of historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavor.

“America needs the DAR,” Rilling said. It is needed for its wholesomeness and the things the members do to support American culture.

The National Society of DAR was organized Oct. 11, 1890 and incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress. Its headquarters occupies a full city block in Washington, D.C., just two blocks from the White House.

The Arizona Society of DAR was organized April 19, 1902 by Eliza Price Ainsworth and Henrietta Hubbard Talbot, who spent two years distributing informational and application materials.

Today the ASDAR has almost 40 chapters, with more than 2,200 members statewide.

Membership in DAR is open to any woman 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal bloodline descent from a man or woman who fought, gave aid and/or comfort to the cause of the American Revolution.

There are some short cuts to membership: having a blood relative who was or is a DAR member; knowledge of an ancestor who fought or gave aid and comfort to the struggle for American independence; or having an ancestor who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

Members of the DAR, including several in the Mogollon Chapter, will assist prospective members with the application process and genealogical work, if needed.

To learn more about the Mogollon Chapter of the National Society (of the) Daughters of the American Revolution visit the Web site www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/-azmcdar/dartp.html.

The chapter’s next meeting is Saturday, Jan. 9.

There is a fee to join, but visitors are welcome to attend at no charge.

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