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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a distinguished women’s service organization committed to historic preservation, education, and patriotism, celebrated the inauguration of its Turquoise Gems Chapter in Northwest Peoria. The launch event, marked by a significant turnout, included members of the Arizona State Daughters of the American Revolution, a national vice president general, and officers from neighboring chapters across Arizona.

Under the theme “Sparkle and Shine,” the newly established Turquoise Gems Chapter is poised to make a positive impact on the local community and provide support to the military. The Arizona State Regent, Sallie Lovorn, officiated the installation of the organizing officers. The leadership team comprises Deborah Rauch as regent, Erin Sandmann as vice regent, Claudia Burr as chaplain, Barbara Young as recording secretary, Joan Knapp as treasurer, Tammy Stokes Vogel as registrar, Annecia “Nici” Harvey as historian, and Linda Buss as librarian.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, a nonprofit and nonpolitical organization, welcomes women over 18 who can demonstrate direct descent from an ancestor involved in the United States’ fight for independence. Membership requires documentation verifying each applicant’s lineage and their ancestor’s contribution to the American Revolution. The organization offers assistance through DAR volunteers to guide prospective members through the application process.

For those in the Northwest Peoria area interested in becoming part of the Turquoise Gems Chapter, please contact Deborah Rauch at 860-919-1997 or Tammy Stokes Vogel at 909-208-9754.