Winter 2020 Events
Above left, the Honorable Judge William O'Neil is presented a Certificate of Appreciation after addressing our chapter on the Bill of Rights; center, presenters Jan Klein, Pat Gibbons and Nancy Harrison are dressed in colonial gowns while presenting a Constitution Week presentation at Cactus Middle School; and right past Regents Merrilyn Ridgeway and Gail Piggott after a meeting of past regents.
Annual Pinal County Genealogists Workshop
Chapter Honors Casa Grande Dispatch Co-Publishers and Chapter Photo
Past Regent Merrilyn Ridgeway and Regent Jan Klein present a Certificate of Merit to Co-Publisher Donovan Kramer of the Casa Grande Dispatch. Member and Co-Publisher Kara Cooper was also honored on the certificate. We took a chapter photo at our Christmas meeting. Shown below are our members and guests who attended the meeting: Row 1: Merrilyn Ridgeway, Mary Lee Mathias, Barbara Schulz, Jan Klein, Cheri Bogowitz, Roberta Doerges and Ann Dessert; Row 2: Bev Ridley, Sherri Hagemo, Peggy Jackson, Betsy Lair, Karen Newman, Cathy Rogers, Becky Waters, Mary Milan, Lucy Akers and Jenny Reid; Row 3: Marion Snyder, Kristin Mathias, Sue Rekart, Sue Turley, Barbara Simon, Lannie Wagner, and Coy Cornforth.
January 2020 Meeting
We had the privilege of enjoying the play "Learning to Fly", a play that honored aviator Amelia Earhart when she visited Casa Grande in 1928. This original production was written by Casa Grande resident Stacey Seaman. Our members were fascinated about this history of Casa Grande that touched on women's rights, racism, and the role of women in that time. Pictured left to right: Roberta C. Doerges, Stacey Seaman, Alice P. Rebecchi, Jeanne Kolder & Jamie Hayes. We also installed Treasurer Jacque Schell and Librarian Trish Lepper at that meeting. L - R, Chaplain Nancy Holcome, Jacque, Trish and Regent Jan Klein.
Our chapter celebrated Christmas with a holiday brunch served by our Hospitality Committee led by Beverly Ridley and includes Barbara Simon, Mary Milan, Lannie Wagner, and Karen Newman. The tables were festively decorated, we played ice-breaker games, sang Christmas carols and ended the day with wassail and gingerbread cookies. Shown below are Karen Newman, Mary Milan and Barbara Simon preparing the meal and the table of veterans gifts donated by members.
Veteran's Day Parade, Casa Grande and Maricopa, 2019
Members dressed in colonial gowns and sang "You're A Grand Old Flag" along the parade routes. The crowd reaction was patriotic and appreciative! Photos, Top, L to R, the Casa Grande, Coy Cornforth handing out flags on the route,Right, L - R, Coy Cornforth, Trish Lepper, Barb Simon, Jacque Schell, Mary Milan, Bev Ridley and Lucy Akers. Middle, the Maricopa parade with riders Merrilyn Ridgeway, Jan Klein, Barbara Simon, Jacqui Schell and Nancy Zales. Left, Merrilyn Ridgeway. Lower, Barbara Simon and riders Lucy Akers, Cathy Rogers, Trish Lepper and Barbara Simon. Thanks to Chair Lucy Akers for coordinating both parades.
2019 New Members (Continued)
Barbara Simon, Deanna (Dee Dee) Davis, Melinda Hardin, Peggy Jackson, Marion Snyder
and Sue Rekart
and Sue Rekart
Community Outreach of Robson Ranch
The Casa Grande Valley Chapter recently honored member Betty Peterson, the Founder and President of Community Outreach of Robson Ranch and the Heart of Eloy, their thrift shop, with a National Daughters of the American Revolution Service to America Certificate of Appreciation. CORR is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of school children in need in our neighboring communities by improving their self-esteem, attendance and academics. The chapter is proud of Betty for her tireless volunteering and her caring concern for children. The chapter also presented Betty with three boxes of children's books that she will distribute to children in need.
History Night Out
Above, clockwise, Becky Waters, Coy Cornforth, Merrilyn Ridgeway, Jacque and Joe Schell, Lannie Wagner, Bev and Art Ridley and Sue Rekart enjoying the dinner at CG BBQ. Below, right, the poster advertising the event, and center, the group gathering in advance at the Neon Sign Park.
In lieu of our October chapter meeting, we celebrated history with a History Night Out! Chapter members and friends gathered for the Casa Grande History Walk, dinner at CG BBQ and ended the evening touring the Neon Sign Park. Our tour guide was Marge Jantz from the Casa Grande Main Street organization who gave an interesting, fun and educational tour of Casa Grande history.
Above, Marge explaining the downtown mural. The artist was Rose Johnson and Casa Grande Union High School students assisted with the project. Below, left, Marge discussing a sign in the Alley about Top & Bottom Street.
2019 Constitution Week
JoEtta Gonzales, Ed.D., Superintendent of the Casa Grande Elementary Schools looks on as Regent Jan Klein receives the school district proclamation for the 2019 Constitution Week. Our chapter will visit 3 middle schools In Casa Grande by gowned Casa Grande members in February during American History month when our focus would be on the Bill of Rights. These 8th graders will receive a Constitution booklet, two Bill of Rights pamphlets, a Pledge of Allegiance book mark and the American's Creed card. We will also be presenting the same programming at the Maricopa middle schools.
Below, L - R, Mayor Craig McFarland presents Regent Jan Klein with the Casa Grande Constitution Week Proclamation, one of the 100 posters were distributed to schools, businesses and churches, Lucy Akers with the Maricopa Proclamation, and part of the Constitution Week display at the Casa Grande Public Library. There was another display at the Vista Grande Library, both coordinated by members Merrilyn Ridgeway and Nancy Harrison.
September Meeting, 2019
Our chapter was honored to recognize one of our chapter organizers, Nancy Diveley Wofford, as a Women in American History honoree. Nancy has served as an officer consecutively for nearly 40 years as chapter regent, recording secretary, registrar, historian and treasurer as well as serving on veteran and Constitution Week committees. In addition, she has served as the state CAR chair and State Chaplain. Nancy has been her church treasurer for 22 years, led her high school class reunions, and been involved in local historical society work. Our chapter would not be what it is today without her leadership and guidance.
Members wore their gowns for the meeting to encourage more to sew or borrow dresses to use for our Veterans Day parades and Constitution Week functions. Left, Vice Regent Barbara Schulz and Coy Cornforth, and right, Chaplain Nancy Holcombe, Registrar Cheri Bogowitz and new members Barbara Simon and Deanna Davis after their installation and welcoming ceremony.
Memorial Day 2019
Our chapter participated in Memorial Day activities in Casa Grande and Maricopa this year. Below left are Bev Ridley, Merrilyn Ridgway, Jenny Reid and Sue Turley who represented our chapter in Casa Grande, and right, Jacque Schell and Lucy Akers at the Maricopa ceremony.
NSDAR Community Service Awards
Our chapter was proud to honor two inspiring women for the NSDAR Community Service Awards. The award recipients were Kim Vandenberg, chairperson of the Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County (HOHP) and our chapter’s 98-year old member, Ann Dessert. These women have contributed to our community in an outstanding manner through educational, humanitarian, patriotic, and conservation endeavors, receiving no monetary compensation for their volunteer efforts, a criteria for the award. The awards were presented at receptions hosted by our chapter this month. Kim and Ann are tireless champions in our community, and our chapter was pleased to be a part in recognizing their service as volunteers. Shown on left, Kim with Regent Jan Klein and right, Ann Dessert.
May 2019 Election of Officers
Pinal County Stand Down
Chapter Spring Tea
Chapter members gathered at the home of Vice Regent Barbara Schulz in Maricopa. Shown L-R are Historian Nancy Harrison, prospective members Barbara Simon and Lannie Wagner, new members Karen Newman and Mary Milan and Barbara Schulz. We enjoyed tea goodies and played DAR bingo.
Antique Appraisal Day, March 23, 2019
Our chapter hosted an Antique Appraisal Day with certified appraiser Sean Morton, who provided verbal appraisals of family heirlooms brought by nearly one hundred guests. Items reviewed included Navajo rugs, a pennant collection, glassware, prints, clocks, antique jewelry, fine art paintings and porcelain china, to name just a few of the many items brought in for an appraisal. Guests were also treated to stories he told about his experiences as a world traveler and his humorous observations collected over decades of appraising. Shown below is helper Lucy Akers with Sean on left, and Merrilyn Ridgeway introducing our speaker to the large crowd. Lower, helper Carmen McDermott is showing a valuable Navajo rug and a pennant collection.
Arbor Day 2019
For the 10th consecutive year, our chapter has collaborated with the City of Casa Grande for Arbor Day by planting a tree in a city park. This year we gathered at Gilbert Park to plant a Chinese Pistache tree. We were assisted by the Mayor of Casa Grande, Craig McFarland, the city staff and the English Language Learners from Evergreen School. Cori Dolan of the Arizona Department and Forestry and Fire and Rick Gibson of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension also participated. Shown below on left is Regent Jan Klein being presented the Proclamation by Mayor McFarland, the Mayor planting the tree with the children from Evergreen School and Merrilyn Ridgeway presenting flowers to Ann Dessert who has served our chapter for nine years as Arbor Day Chair and ten years as Conservation Chair.
The Wall That Heals
A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall made a scheduled stop in Casa Grande the week of March 5-10. Chapter members participated by greeting the motorcade, presenting a wreath at the opening, and by volunteering to man the site. The 375-foot, three-quarter scale wall was on display at Dave White Park and drew throngs of visitors including over one thousand school children. We were proud to be a small part of this emotional event. Shown on left, chapter members with flags, Coy Cornforth with our wreath and Barbara Schulz in her volunteer vest.
2019 New Members
Shown below are Jacqueline Schell, Karen Newman, Ann Cangiano, Betsy Lair and Sandra Singleton; lower, Rebecca Waters, Mary Eubank, Trish Lepper, Karen Riley and Elaine Wagner.
Chapter Members Bring Cookies and a Teddy Bear Tree to Against Abuse
On left, are Regent Merrilyn Ridgeway, Barbara Schulz, Coy Cornforth and Nighly Gillespie at the Against Abuse, Inc., women's shelter in Casa Grande. They presented a gift tree with teddy bears and over 50 boxes of Christmas cookies to the shelter.
January Meeting, 2019
Our January meeting was for sharing family artifacts by Honoring and Preserving Our Family Stories. Chapter members brought personal memorabilia and told why the artifact was important to their family. We also installed new member Jacqueline Schell. On left, prospective member Karen Newman shared a book written by her cousin that included details on her patriot; center, Nancy Holcombe installs Jacque, and right, program planner Pat Hunt demonstrated how she used a gunny sack attached to a strip of wood to harvest potatoes at her family farm in Idaho.
Christmas Meeting, 2018
Our December meeting featured a cookie exchange, a visit from State officers, the installation of four new members and the Casa Grande Belles. These new members, a husband and prospective members boxed up over 50 boxes of cookies for for the local non-profit in Casa Grande, Against Abuse: L-R, Mary Milan, Art Ridley, prospectives Karen Newman and Elaine Wagner and Beverly Ridley. On right are the Casa Grande Belles who performed Christmas and patriotic music. Below, right is Chaplain Nancy Holcombe administering the oaths to new members Beverly Ridley, Judith Drake, Sindy Berg and Mary Milan.
Veterans Day 2018
Our float in the Casa Grande parade won the award for Best Theme Presentation. Shown above are Jan Klein, Regent Merrilyn Ridgeway, Nancy Zales and Nancy Wofford accepting the award. The theme was "Honoring Women Who Serve" . Chapter members who rode the float were Jacqueline Schell, Kristen Mathias, Nancy Zales, Lucy Akers, Jan Klein, Merrilyn Ridgeway, Coy Cornforth, Rebecca Hillman and Mary Lee Mathias. On right, Jan, Kristen and Jacqueline before the parade began.
Shown on left are David Snider, Nighly Gillespie, Congressman Tom O'Halloran, Mayor Craig McFarland, and Ralph Varella at the 2018 Veteran's Day lunch. Navy veteran and chapter member Nighly Gillespie was our honored guest on the prize-winning float in the Casa Grande Veterans Day parade.
Fall 2018 Pictures
Our first meeting this fall featured a fun activity led by Vice Regent Pat Hunt called “All about Me”, to encourage members to preserve their family history through story telling. In addition, we had the pleasure of a visit by ASDAR Organizing Secretary, Lesley Baran. And the awarding of certificates to chapter Member Nancy Zales for Constitution Week 2017. L-R, Regent Merrilyn Ridgeway and Lesley Baran, Regent Merrilyn with 2017 State Constitution Chair, Nancy Zales and Registrar Jan Klein with new member Carmen McDermott.
2018 New Members
2018 was a memorable year for our chapter as we added fourteen new members. Pictured below are Beverly Ridley, Judith Drake, Mary Milan and Judy Buhs; middle, Nell Magruder, Sindy Berg, Susie Turley and Jasmin Dugan; lower, Carmen McDermott, Kay Ellen Gager, Anna Peterson and Jenny Reid; and bottom row, Nancy Harrison, Betty Short, Caren Keller, and Rebecca Hillman. Associate member Barbara Schulz also became a chapter member this year.
Our New Members in 2017
With the help of outgoing Registrar, Ellen Lynn , we are proud to announce ten new members plus two transfers and one reinstatement. Here they are! Top Row, L-R, Amber Lynn, Kimerlee Johnson, Ruby Poirer, Brandy Johnson and Brooklyn Johnson, all came in under Ellen; Middle row, transfers Virginia Healy and Cassie Schroeder, new Associate Member, Barbara Schulz, reinstated member Roberta Doerges and Joyce Kloncz.
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