Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was represented by 12 members at the society’s 124th Continental Congress June 24-28 in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
The 12 participants were Kathy Shields, chapter regent; Marjorie Collins, chapter chaplain; Carmen Wendt, chapter recording secretary; Melinda Blain, chapter corresponding secretary; Kandy Wagenbach, chapter historian and chapter honorary regent, Terri Mott, Arizona state DAR vice regent and chapter honorary regent; Stephanie Troth and Karen Paulsen, Arizona state DAR honorary regents and chapter honorary regents; Katie Paulsen, chapter honorary regent and personal page to the president general’s project table; Jessie Wicks, congress national paging vice chairman; Betty Heenan, chapter American history chairman, and Diana Ranby, chapter literacy chairman.
Since the founding of the society in 1890, DAR has held its annual meeting, in Washington, D.C. Those in attendance at this year’s anniversary event included more than 3,000 Daughters representing 175,000 members worldwide.
Keynote speaker for National Defense Night was Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, USAF, Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the first woman to lead a Department of Defense Academy.
Throughout 2015, DAR will celebrate 125 years of service promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. The society shares its birthday with Ellis Island, the nation’s first federal immigration center.
On Oct. 17, 2015, Lynn Forney Young, DAR president general, will place a wreath at an Ellis Island ceremony to honor the millions of immigrants processed there and the DAR members who volunteered to welcome them.
DAR is open to any woman 18 years or older who can trace her lineal descent to a Revolutionary War patriot. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.
For information about Grand Canyon Chapter DAR contact chapter regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427.