Yavapai County is near the center of the State of Arizona. The county is one of four original Arizona counties formed in 1864 and named after a Native-American tribe in Arizona. 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 in Arizona.
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, is named in honor of the county we serve in the State of Arizona. It represents Arizona’s "Mother of Counties" and its tribe of Native Americans that reside on the smallest reservation in the United States. The chapter chose Prescott Valley as its home.
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. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution issued the "Certificate of Admittance" to the Yavapai Chapter on June 4, 1981.
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. Margaret Tillery was the organizing regent.
The chapter celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary with a luncheon at the April 2016 meeting. A short history 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.
Throughout the years, our chapter has contributed a painting "Stars and Stripes at Sea" to the Prescott Valley Town Hall, a flag to Lincoln Elementary School, and two flags that wave proudly along Highway 69 on National holidays, along with others placed there by the American Legion.
Chapter members participate in annual Memorial Day, Frontier Days, Independence Day, and Veterans Day ceremonies and parades.
Yavapai Chapter presents ROTC medals each year to outstanding cadets at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Prescott High School.
On a yearly basis, Yavapai Chapter accepts Proclamations for Constitution Week from mayors, city, and town councils of Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Humboldt-Dewey, and Wickenburg. Chapter members present "Making of the Constitution" programs to fifth through seventh grades at a local elementary school during Constitution Week in September.
Each December, chapter members sponsor numerous veterans' wreaths, attend Wreaths Across America ceremonies at Prescott National Cemetery, and place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Numerous boxes of supplies were sent to service members and wounded soldiers who are patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More recently, the chapter sent boxes of comfort items to individual service members serving overseas.
Yavapai Chapter has supported the WWII memorial for the State of Arizona. Memorial bricks were placed at the Prescott Valley Veterans Memorial in the town square. Currently, chapter members are active in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service, Commander’s Council and Memorial Ladies. These members attend meetings, donate their time, and provide comfort items to the Bob Stump Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Community Living Center. In addition, chapter members attend burial services for our fallen heroes.
Yavapai Chapter sends contributions of clothing to the Hualapai Indians at the Grand Canyon, miscellaneous supplies to Stepping Stones Women’s Shelter, and Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. The chapter also supports the Hopi Indian Educational Endowment Fund, Prescott Valley Head Start and the Prescott Valley Library Literacy Program. Chapter members have been active in the Wickenburg Boot Breast Cancer Walk.
Several chapter members currently hold or have held state officer positions. Members are active in the National Descendants Project, giving their time to help computerize records of all members and their descendants into the NSDAR database. We proudly co-hosted the 2008 Flag Day event and the state summer workshop.
The Yavapai Chapter attended the Welcome Home Charlie Company celebration in recognition of the Army National Guard troops returning from Afghanistan and provided U.S. flags for the occasion. The chapter continues its “Service to America” each year by sponsoring veterans for Honor Flight AZ. Yavapai Chapter members join Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University cadets to accompany the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C.
Several members of our chapter have traveled on one or more of these trips. Chapter members travel 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 present for their return to welcome them home.
Yavapai Chapter continues to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, and highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War through the Vietnam War Commemoration Program.
Over the past 37 years, we have grown in strength and commitment; starting with only ten ladies, and we continue to grow our membership today.