Local DAR showcases Women Making a Difference

From left, Paige Mackin, Gina’s Team intern; Sue Ellen Allen, co-founder of Gina’s Team and guest speaker;  Susan von Hellens, chapter vice regent.

From left, Paige Mackin, Gina’s Team intern; Sue Ellen Allen, co-founder of Gina’s Team and guest speaker; Susan von Hellens, chapter vice regent.

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the community dynamism of two Valley women at its final spring meeting May 2 at Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale.

The chapter’s DAR Community Service Awards committee chairman, Marcia Jobe, introduced Gwen Hillis,  recipient of the society’s Community Service Award.

The award honors outstanding voluntary achievement in cultural, educational, and humanitarian service.

From left, Gwen Hillis, DAR Community Service Award honoree; Durrell Hillis;  Marcia Jobe, chapter Community Service Awards chairman.

From left, Gwen Hillis, DAR Community Service Award honoree; Durrell Hillis; Marcia Jobe, chapter Community Service Awards chairman.

Gwen Hillis’s philanthropic outreach embraces numerous Valley institutions, including serving  as chairman emerita and lifetime member of the Ballet Arizona board of directors; as foundation and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale; and as Dean’s Club supporter of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.

The meeting’s guest program speaker, Sue Ellen Allen, co-founder of Gina’s Team, a nonprofit that brings educational programs to women in prisons and girls in juvenile facilities, has made fostering the possibilities of a better life upon release the centerpiece of her service.

The overriding principle of Gina’s Team is “Education, not incarceration, is the cheapest form of crime prevention.”

Founded in 1890, DAR promotes the zest and purpose of women whose local contributions strive to secure the best future for our country.

For more information on the work of today’s DAR visit www.dar.org.

The next Grand Canyon chapter meeting is Sept. 5. The focus will be Constitution Week and will feature program speaker Jared Blanchard, attorney with the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Guests are welcome. For reservations contact regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427 or dargrandcanyon@gmail.com.

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