DAR debuts young ladies at 114th spring conference

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Back row is Jessica Kunst, Emily Gibson, Hannah Shupe, Jeana Daniels, Shannon Coon, Claire Callahan and Emily Gibson. In the front row is Jolie Vanier, Caitlin Fortune, Sharon Withers, Gillian Morse (Arizona State Regent NSDAR), Jennie Lovorn and Natalie Wolf. (submitted photo)

The Paradise Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution  announces four young ladies made their debut at the 114th Arizona Society Daughters of the American Revolution Spring Conference.

The spring conference was held in Scottsdale on April 29 at the Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd.

The ASDAR was pleased to present 11 young ladies representing chapters throughout the state at this year’s conference. The Debutante Committee was chaired by Julia Forrest with Judith Mente as co-chair along with Antoinette Lutter acting as advisor. Carolyn Rearley is the Chair of the Debutante Committee of the Paradise Valley Chapter.

Music by the Ahwatukee Brass Quintet set the stage for a patriotic and festive celebration.

The Paradise Valley Chapter young ladies making their debut include Shannon Marie Coon, Caitlin Marilyn Fortune, Jessica Lynn Kunst, and Jolie Jacqueline Vanier.  Ms. Coon and Ms. Fortune are second generation DAR, and Ms. Kunst and Ms. Vanier are third generation, according to a press release.

Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard (submitted photo)

Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard (submitted photo)

The presentation was led by the pageantry of costumed revolutionary soldiers, along with numerous pages to welcome the delegation of officers presiding over the event.

Presentation of the Colors were made by the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard.  Each girl was presented to the Arizona State Regent, Gillian L. Morse by their escort and the gala at large. The young ladies were given a dozen red roses, which accentuated their white formal gowns.

Daughters of the American Revolution is a national women’s volunteer service organization whose members trace their lineage to a patriot who provided service in support of the American Revolution in 1776. The Mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

The Paradise Valley Chapter of NSDAR was formed in October 1996, and they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a party on Oct. 1.

Many of the young ladies making their debuts have been early members of the Children of the American Revolution. Several are third generation members of their respective DAR Chapters, the release stated.

Although the girls range widely in their interests all would agree that pride in their country, family heritage and their patriots is what led them to embrace membership in this historical lineage organization.

In a modern adaptation of an old world tradition, eligible women between 18 and 22 who have applied for DAR membership are invited to make their debut at the annual Arizona State Conference, which marks their entrance into service of “God, Home and Country,” the DAR motto.

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