April Butler Staley ’83 has been installed as the state regent for the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a service organization with more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.
The Hartford Courant in July wrote about her new position, describing her selection at the DAR’s national convention held in Washington, D.C., last summer.
Staley, who is assistant director in marketing at the Hartford Financial Services Group, joined the DAR in 2002, recalling how much her mother and grandmother enjoyed being a part of the organization. “At that point, my career was on track and my son was older, so I could commit more time to volunteerism,” she said. “Today’s DAR is a vibrant service organization that reflects goals that are important to me—historic preservation, education and patriotism.”
As a state regent, she will promote these goals and will be a liaison between Connecticut DAR members and the national organization. Currently, one of her main goals is overseeing renovations to the historic properties owned by the Connecticut DAR.
DAR members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. Staley is eligible for DAR membership because of her ancestor Benjamin Morton, who served in the colonial army during the Revolutionary War. Though little is known about Morton’s service in the war, Staley says she is proud of her patriotic ancestor and believes genealogy is an important part of her identity.
In addition to the DAR, she is also a member of the Mayflower Society, and has traced her lineage back to Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, a London merchant.
At Wheaton, Staley majored in psychology and has remained involved with the college, serving in the past as class secretary for the Class of 1983. She credits her Wheaton education for providing the foundation for her leadership in DAR and in her career.
—Brian Jencunas ’14