DECEMBER 16, 2015

Local DAR Celebrates the holiday season

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR greeted the holiday season with song and festivity at its December 5 luncheon meeting at Chaparral Suites Scottsdale.

From l.,back row: Evan Ziker, 1st vice-president Hohokam Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.); Gillian Morse, Arizona State Society DAR regent; Kathy Shields, chapter regent; Suzanne Young, chapter C.A.R. chairman; Katie Paulsen, honorary chapter regent and her son David, member Hohokam Society C.A.R. Front row:  Catherine and Elizabeth Young, Hohokam Society C.A.R. members, and daughters of Suzanne Young.  All photos courtesy Kristen Asala Vasilarakos.

Highlights of the meeting included an official visit from Arizona State DAR Regent, Gillian Morse, who spoke on the multifaceted life of Francis Scott Key, 35-year-old lawyer, amateur poet and composer of the “Star-Spangled Banner”; an A Capella Syndicate choral concert; the chapter’s annual holiday silent auction; and visitors from the Hohokam Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.).

The A Capella Syndicate, 18-member mens’ chorus.

DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer organization dedicated to historic preservation, patriotic endeavor, and education for underserved youth. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War patriot.

From l.: Maria Maniatis, chapter music director; Sheila Asala, chapter DAR Schools chairman; and Kristen Asala Vasilarakos, chapter photographer.

The next chapter meeting is January 2 at The McCormick, 7401 N. Scottsdale Road. The program will be “Putting Veterans to Work Today,” presented by Matt Nisbet, EOD 1SG Retired, US Army, and owner of Desert Operations Tactical Training.

Guests are welcome. For reservations contact chapter regent, Kathy Shields, at 602.820.5427.

Tochia Levine, chapter honorary regent, and her daughter, Leslie Thompson, out-of-state DAR member