The Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded the distinguished National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award to Richard and Marilyn Wolfe at its recent meeting.
The award is conferred to a person or group to recognize outstanding voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors or in environmental conservation. Recipients must have contributed to the community in an outstanding heroic, civic or benevolent manner or participated in or organized community activities.
The Wolfes received the award for their tireless efforts in bringing a replica of the Zane Grey Cabin to Payson, which was dedicated in October 2005 and obtaining an exhibit designed for the Rim Country Museum featuring the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
Dick is very active in the Northern Gila County Historical Society and led efforts to get Deming Pioneer Park built during his years on the town council. He also spearheaded obtaining the bronco buster statue for the park, which is at the corner of Historic Main Street and North McLane Road. He has also served as chairman of the Main Street Redevelopment District and on the board for the Gila Community College.
Marilyn helped get an override passed for the Payson Unified School District in 2005. She was instrumental in getting donations to purchase the new grand piano for the Payson High School auditorium and the Tonto Community Concert Association. Marilyn served as TCCA president for several years and headed up the Christmas electric light parade for a number of years.
The Wolfes are a team that Payson is very fortunate to have. Their devoted service to Payson and Rim Country fulfills the ideals of the DAR.
The award was presented April 10, at which time the chapter also celebrated the 18th anniversary of receiving its charter from NSDAR. The group enjoyed a birthday cake provided by Jo Patterson, honorary past regent.