Activities

Our chapter is very involved in supporting our troops, both veterans as well as active. Our past and ongoing donations and activities include:

  • sending long-distance calling cards to wounded soldiers in Landstuhl Hospital, Germany
  • supplies to Just A Center
  • donating fast-food gift cards to wounded soldiers
  • sending care-packages to active troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • donating books and magazines to the Carl Hayden Veteran’s Hospital
  • our volunteer “Memorial Ladies” attend the burial service of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
  • donating toys, school supplies and Christmas stockings filled with goodies, to Arizona military families through our “Operation Homefront” project
  • donating baby baskets filled with necessities and “niceties,” for our often overlooked pregnant veterans
  • laying of flags at the tombstones in the National Cemetery for Memorial Day
  • Laying of wreaths in December as part of “Wreaths Across America

DAR Service to Literacy

  • we financially support all the DAR schools
  • we continue to donate books to our local Arizona Literacy and Learning Center, as well as hosting their director at one of our meetings
  • labels and box tops for DAR Schools

DAR Service to Historic Preservation

  • we have donated to the renovation of the Madonna of the Trail in Springerville, Arizona, honoring the spirit of the Pioneer Woman
  • speakers have shared with us the importance of, as well as the ways of, preserving old photos and memorabilia
  • our “history moment” is shared at each of our meetings, reviewing past events from that day in history
  • American Indian Minute
  • Constitution Week
  • Special Grants Project
  • we actively engage in local school participation in the American History Essay Contest, honoring the winners with a certificate and cash prize. Winners are then entered into the state contest. For more information regrading the essay contest, please contact Karen Martin.

Officers

Regent ……………………………………………………………..Carolyn Rearley

Vice Regent ……………………………………………………..Annie Vaughn

Chaplain ………………………………………………….. Katherine Damiano

Secretary……………………………………………………Michelle Creveling

Treasurer………………………………………………………….Sandra Parks

Registrar ………………………………………………………….Karen Martin

Historian ………………………………………………………….Lauren Erker

Librarian …………………………………………………..Evelyn Nightingale

Parliamentarian …………………………………Gretchen Gillespie-Lovell

Membership

Membership in the Society is open to women no less than 18 years old who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.  She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Service may have been provided in one of the following ways:

  1.  Signers, Declaration of Independence
  2.  Military Service
  3. Civil Service
  4. Patriotic Service

If you are interested in joining, and believe you have ancestors that qualify, we are more than willing to help you trace your ancestry.  Of course, if someone in your family, such as mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, etc., is already a member, this will make the application process even easier.

Please feel free to contact our Chapter Regent or Registrar:

Regent:  Mrs. Carolyn Rearley

Registrar:  Mrs. Karen Martin

History of Chapter

The Paradise Valley Chapter held its organizing meeting on September 28, 1996, at the Paradise Valley Country Club.  The organizing officers were:

  • Regent:  Mrs. Julia-Isabel Dameron Lichtenberg-Davenport
  • Vice Regent/Chaplain: Mrs. Clarice Elaine Dameron-Lichtenberg
  • Secretary:  Mrs. Betsy Sanders
  • Treasurer:  Mrs. Gretchen Gillespie
  • Registrar:  Mrs. Cora Lee Dameron Yeager
  • Historian/Librarian:  Mrs. Cynthia Caughey Weber
  • This twenty-fifth chapter in Arizona requested its name to be Paradise Valley, which was named by Frank Conkey, Manager, Rio Verde Canal Co., in 1899.  It is a broad valley, lying east of the Phoenix Mountains, and west of the McDowell Mountains.  When the promoters of the Rio Verde Canal project first saw this broad level valley in the early spring, covered with wild flowers, and the Palo Verde trees in full blossom, they all said, “this is Paradise.”