Yavapai County is near the center of the State of Arizona. The county was one of four original Arizona counties formed in 1864. It was named in honor of the Yavapai Native American people. One interpretation of the word "Yavapai" is "People of the Sun."
The county is the gateway to sightseeing opportunities such as the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon Caverns, Petrified Forest, Sunset Crater and much more.
The higher elevation is a pleasant change from the scorching heat of lower climates and the cold and snow of the higher elevations.
Yavapai County residents enjoy many outdoor activities in nearby forests, mountains, hills, grasslands, rivers, and lakes including hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, camping, museums, cultural heritage, exploring mines, four wheeling, and wine tasting. Wildlife such as antelope, deer, and coyote are part of the landscape.
The Yavapai Chapter NSDAR, organized in 1981, was named in honor of the county which we serve.
The chapter celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary with a luncheon at the April 2016 meeting. A short history was given that included the names of some of the early members. Two current members of our chapter were also charter members of the original organization.
In the summer of 2016, the regent worked with the National Society and obtained a copy of our charter. This was a great addition to our history, a tribute to the founders of our chapter, and an inspiration to all our members.
On March 31, 1981, Ruth Lefkowitz, Nadine Robinson, Margaret Tillery, Helen Knapp, and Georgia McKeen drove to Mesa, Arizona, to talk with State Regent Winnie Chapel, about forming a new chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Prescott Valley, Arizona. On June 4, 1981, the Yavapai Chapter received its "Certificate of Admittance" from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ten ladies, Mary Beth Harrah, Helen Knapp, Amy McShane, Georgia McKeen, Nadine Robinson, Christine Scheuneman, Colleen Siler, Colett Siler, Mary Sills, and Mabel Walker became our charter members, with Margaret Tillery being the organizing regent.
The literal translation of the name Yavapai is “People Who Speak Truth.” It represents Arizona’s "Mother of Counties" and its tribe of Indians that reside on the smallest reservation in the United States. The chapter chose Prescott Valley as its home.
Throughout the years, our chapter has contributed a painting, "Stars and Stripes at Sea," to the Prescott Valley Town Hall, a flag to Lincoln School, and two flags that wave proudly along Highway 69 on National holidays along with the others placed there by the American Legion.
ROTC medals are presented yearly to outstanding cadets at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Prescott High School.
Proclamations for Constitution Week have been obtained from the mayors, city and town councils of Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Humboldt-Dewey, and Wickenburg.
Chapter members participate each year in attending Wreaths Across America ceremonies and placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located at the Bob Stump National Veterans Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.
Numerous boxes of supplies were sent to our service members and to our wounded soldiers, who are patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. More recently we have sent boxes of comfort items to individual service members serving overseas.
We have supported the WWII memorial for the State of Arizona. Memorial bricks were placed at the Prescott Valley Veterans Memorial in the town square. We presently have members active in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS), Commander’s Council, and Memorial Ladies. These members attend meetings and donate their time and more to provide comfort items to the Bob Stump Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Community Living Center (CLC), as well as being present at burial services for our fallen heroes.
Contributions of clothing have been sent to the Hualapai Indians at the Grand Canyon, along with miscellaneous supplies to Stepping Stones Women’s Shelter, and the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. Both dried and canned foods are donated to the Yavapai County Food Bank; yearly support is given to the Hopi Indian Educational Endowment Fund and to Prescott Valley Head Start and the Prescott Valley Library Literacy Program. The chapter has also been active in the Wickenburg Boot Breast Cancer Walk.
We have had several state officers throughout the years and have members that are active in the National Descendants Project, giving their time to help computerize records of all members and their descendants into the NSDAR data bank. We proudly co-hosted the 2008 Flag Day event and the state summer workshop.
The Yavapai Chapter NSDAR continues its “Service to America” by sponsoring WWII veterans for its tenth Honor Flight AZ. The latest sponsored flight was September, 2017. In 2015, 2016, and early in 2017, Yavapai Chapter members joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) cadets to accompany the World War II veterans. The chapter has sponsored trips to Washington, D.C., for 300 veterans. Eleven different members of our chapter have traveled on one or more of the trips. Many of our members have traveled to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to give the veterans tote bags filled with magazines, hats, gloves, scarves, and other items for their trip. Members are also present for their return to welcome them home.
Over the past 37 years, we have grown in strength and commitment; starting with only ten ladies, we presently have seventy-nine members and twelve prospective members.