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Chapter Chatter: South Lake Tahoe Organizing Chapter Surveys Pioneer Cemetery

Members-at-large and prospective organizing members of the DAR chapter organizing in South Lake Tahoe, CA spent five hours surveying the original boundaries of a neglected pioneer cemetery in the Al Tahoe section of the city. Prior permits were approved and volunteer liability releases signed before the project began.

The original cemetery boundaries are approximately 30 degrees off of the current street grid. Large portions of the cemetery are under a city street and underneath two adjacent homes. There are 12 remaining grave markers and 37 known burials in the cemetery. However, as the Daughters and “Daughters-to-be” probed and walked every inch of the cemetery, we were able to mark 97 possible grave sites with wooden stakes.  These stakes were numbered and plotted on a graph.  We also canvassed the cemetery with a metal detector.  That data will be coordinated with the stake markers.

As the local historical society representative said, “Even if only half of the stakes turn out to mark actual grave sites, that’s more than what we currently know about.”  The organizing chapter’s ultimate goal is to see the cemetery restored as a local historic site.

Sally Holcombe, #806601
Organizing Regent, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Photo:  Members-at-Large and prospective organizing members of the chapter forming in South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Announcement: Constitution Week Poster Contest Deadline November 5, 2018

Though Constitution Week has ended, one more event this year remains: the Constitution Week Poster Contest.

This is a National Contest open to anyone of any age. There will be recognition and a display at our State Conference (always exciting) for the best posters submitted to State…and then we hold our breath to see if our state’s artists will place first or second nationally. Who knows? We might see one of our posters printed and sold for next year’s Constitution Week!

If you haven’t already, please contact the artistic of any age in your chapter, area schools and clubs. The entry forms and rules are available from the National Committee page at this link:

Constitution Week Poster Rules and Entry Form

Due date for submissions to this state chair is November 5th with more information on the CSSDAR Constitution Week page at the following link (after login):

Constitution Week Committee Page

In short, the poster must be 14 by 17 inches, executed in any medium that does not leave a raised finish. Naturally, brush strokes are allowed, just not major lumps or bumps. Somewhere on the poster must be the phrase: Constitution Week 17-23 September. Thus, imagination has free rein!

Please contact Sarah Towne-di Cicco at:

Sarah Towne-di Cicco
Constitution Week State Chair

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Service to America: Members at Large, Count Those Hours!

Attention all MEMBERS AT LARGE!  Your volunteer service hours are also needed to keep California Service To America Online Tally growing.  There is a box to check on the Online Tally for the Members At Large which is totaled into the California hours.  If you know a Member At Large, please inform them of this opportunity to help California DAR.

There were questions asked at the recent Northern Council meetings about what hours can be added to the tally from Council meetings.  The time spent at various workshops at Southern or Northern Council,  i.e., Financial, Membership growth, Genealogy, participating in Community Classroom, making Friendship bracelets for our Vets,  Constitution Week displays.  All the volunteer hours you spend promoting DAR and bringing information to the community and  sharing with the chapter count for Service to America Service hours.

Webinars do not count, nor just attending chapter meetings or driving time to do the service. We understand some of you drive long distances to transport patients for medical services, but so far that time driving has yet to be listed as acceptable.     But those preparing the agenda, doing financial reports, secretaries, preparing the Newsletter–these are all DAR duties and are acceptable hours.

Let’s See California Rise and Shine!

If you have questions contact Service to America Co-Chairs:

Whitney Crane :

Jean Thomas, :

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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Celebrates Constitution Week


San Clemente Island chapter hosted a delicious luncheon for District XII members at the Hummingbird Cafe in San Juan Capistrano on September 17, 2018 in celebration of Constitution Day.  DAR members and families walked to the Mission, just blocks away, where the bells rang out at 1 pm, the time of the signing in 1787.  The mayor of San Juan Capistrano attended as well as members of the historical society and district officers.  Our chapter members passed out American flags and provided a brief ceremony before the bell ringing.  Thank you to all who attended this special event.

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Announcement: Outstanding Junior Contest

The 2019 Outstanding Junior Contest is one of the best ways to encourage Junior members in their DAR journey. This award recognizes a Junior members’ hard work both in DAR and the community and allows your chapter to be acknowledged for its support of Junior Membership. Each chapter should select a Junior (a member 18-35 years of age) as its Outstanding Junior Member prior to September 30, 2018. There is no points requirement for naming a Chapter Outstanding Junior. Chapters may wish to purchase a Chapter Outstanding Junior Member pin from Hamilton Jewelers or a Chapter Outstanding Junior Member Award Certificate from the DAR Store Online to present to their chapter winner.

If your Chapter Outstanding Junior has earned a minimum of ten points, she may then compete for State Outstanding Junior. All State Outstanding Juniors go on to compete for National Outstanding Junior. The State winners and National finalists are honored at the Junior Membership event during Continental Congress. The contest culminates with the presentation of the National Outstanding Junior Member and the national runner-up on a designated evening at Continental Congress. All applications for the State Outstanding Junior Contest will be sent to state contest coordinator and MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 31, 2018.  For more information contact Lisa Fox at email:

Lisa Fox
Outstanding Junior State Chair


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Communiqué: DAR Service for Veterans Award Nominations

Chapter Regents are encouraging members to make recommendations for the DAR Service for Veterans Awards.

The DAR Service to Veterans Awards provide a tangible way to recognize DAR members, veterans volunteers, and youth volunteers for their outstanding service and commitment to our veterans. These awards provide an opportunity for chapters to recognize and thank volunteers in your community who have done remarkable work for our veterans.

Three awards are given:
1) Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans
2) Outstanding Veteran Volunteer

3) Outstanding Youth Volunteer

More information can be found at the DAR Service for Veterans Committee page on the CSSDAR Members’ Website (after login):

Service for Veterans Committee Page

The deadline for submitting chapter nominations is December 1st. The submission form is available here:

DAR Service for Veterans Nomination Form

Please submit nomination forms to:
Carol Brush, State Chair – DAR Service for Veterans
P.O. Box 127
Roseville, CA 95661-0127
Carol Brush                            
Service for Veterans State Chair


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Announcement: Save the Date! – The Salt Lake City Genealogy Workshop 2019

The Salt Lake City Genealogy Workshop is being planned with hotel and registration information sent out soon. The workshop will take place April 7, 2019, through April 14, 2019, in Salt Lake City at the LDS Library. Dr. Debbie Duay, a well-known genealogist and DAR member in Florida, will present five sessions during the week. Dr. Duay has helped over 500 people join DAR and SAR. You will not want to miss Dr. Duay. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work on your own lineage or make those hard connections for new members.

Linda Winthers
State Librarian


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Communiqué: NSDAR Outstanding Teacher of American History

The Outstanding Teacher of American History Contest honors notable, full-time teachers of American History and related fields, such as social studies, government, and citizenship in public, private, and parochial schools in grades 5-12. This is an excellent way for chapters to recognize and publicize the contributions of outstanding teachers in your communities.

The application form and current instruction sheet are included on the NSDAR members’ website. Read the instructions carefully and be sure that all required documents are part of the dossier. Since any one of the entries could be a state winner and since the state winner’s dossier must contain ALL required documentation in order to be submitted to National, please be sure that your entry does contain ALL the required documentation, including a letter of endorsement from the sponsoring DAR chapter signed by the chapter regent or vice regent, before mailing it to the State Historian.

The state winner is honored at the State Conference in March and receives a monetary award.

The deadline for the State Historian to receive the chapter winners’ dossiers for competition is October 29, 2018. Please send the dossier in ample time to meet this deadline. The original dossier plus three (3) copies of the dossier, must be sent to the State Historian at her home address, NOT the headquarters in Glendora. Please see that your chapter winner’s entry with all required items and copies are mailed to:

Janice Swayze
1843 Neva Ct.
Santa Maria, CA, 93454

The State Historian arranges for three (3) non-DAR judges to select the state winner. If the State Historian does not receive a total of four items (one original and three photocopies) at her home by the deadline of October 29, 2018, the dossier will not be included in the judging for the state-level competition.

Chapters may obtain a free chapter winner certificate from the Office of the Historian General. Remember, this is a great way to promote education and honor a local teacher at the same time.

Janice Swayze
State Historian

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Communiqué: Support Your National DAR Library

It is easy to make a book, periodical or monetary donation to the NSDAR Library. See the CSSDAR State Librarian’s page on the CSSDAR Members’ Website for more information (after login):
Your chapter may want to honor a speaker with a book donation, or let Daughters know they can donate a book in honor or in memory of a special person. Follow the instructions on the Library Gift Approval and Donation form available here:
* Always obtain approval to donate a book or other materials before mailing it to the Library.
* Send all requests and correspondence to the Acquisitions Office of the DAR Library.
*  Coordinate your donations with your State Librarian.
* Books need not be indexed or hardbound for the Library to accept them.
* The Library accepts donations of $10 per book for binding, but this is not required.
* Monetary donations toward book purchases are welcome. Be certain to notify the Acquisitions Office directly of all such contributions.
* Periodical donations (bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc.) must include all issues to equal one book.
* Book donations must contain 25 pages or more of acceptable subject matter to receive book credit.
Thank you for supporting the Library.
Linda Winthers                            
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Chapter Chatter: Alta Mira Chapter Celebrates Constitution Week with Community Event

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, community members gathered at The First Congregational Church of Porterville to celebrate the beginning of Constitution Week.  This event  is co-sponsored by the Alta Mira Chapter NSDAR.

Boy Scout Troop #132 presented a program on the flags of the United States. It was narrated by Senior Patrol Leader Connar Wolfe. There was music by the Porterville Strings and the Community Bell Choir. Former CAR member, Justin Witt,  led a community sing-along.  CAR member, Shyanne Rainey, played the guitar and both Shyanne and CAR member, Samantha Rainey, led the audience in reciting the American Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution. Together Samantha and Shyanne presented the poem  ”Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson in song and voice.

Elected officials were on hand to read Proclamations recognizing Constitution Week. Presenting were Porterville Mayor Milt Stowe, District 5 County Supervisor Mike Ennis, and Assemblyman Devon Mathis. The proclamation from the City of Lindsay was on display.  Congressman Kevin McCarthy sent a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to the Alta Mira Chapter.

At 4 o’clock , the time on September 16, 1787 when the Constitution was signed, the church bells, the bells of the Community Bell Choir and audience members’ bells rang out. The program ended with the playing of taps by bugler John Valdez. Participants and audience members gathered in the Social Hall for refreshments following the program. It was a patriotic event to celebrate the kickoff of Constitution Week!

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Announcement: Calling All Photographers!

Do you like to take pictures? Do you enjoy DAR and meeting new people? We need a paparazzi crew to follow the state regent at state events. We need to document her time as California state regent so she won’t forget a moment of it. The state regent’s History Book chair is looking for photographers. We would love to have two or more photographers for northern events and two or more for southern state events through the state regent’s administration.

Not able to attend state events? We are also looking for people to take pictures of any event which the state regent attends. This includes chapter meetings, district meetings and commemorative events or volunteer opportunities. The chair of the state regent’s History Book, Karen Mazzola, will collect all of the photographs and assemble the book.  We want you!

Contact either the State Historian Janice Swayze at:
[] or Karen Mazzola, the state regent’s History Book chair at: [] if you are interested in taking and submitting photographs.

Janice Swayze
State Historian []

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State Regent’s Message – October 2018

CA Daughters… Making a difference through our service to God, Home, and Country

My Dear California Daughters,

September Council meetings are behind us, but memories of good times linger. Comments in conversations, notes, email messages and Facebook all indicated that you enjoyed and appreciated the Friday and Saturday workshops and the activities of Friday evening. Three hundred friendship bracelets are already underway to three ships responsible for delivering Marines to their next deployment. All recipients of the Kitchen Shower items were amazed by your generosity! Saturday afternoon speakers at both council meetings, knowing firsthand the needs of our active and retired service men and women, spoke with such passion, confirming that through our service, California Daughters do make a difference!

Many of you celebrated Constitution Week in grand style with proclamations, bell ringing, presentations in classrooms, displays in libraries, and special luncheons – all to acknowledge the U.S. Constitution, America’s most important document which has stood for 231 years as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain our liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. We can all be so proud that it was through the influence and encouragement of the Daughters of the American Revolution that this observance was officially enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956.

October has us gathering together again… in spirit and in person. October 11, 2018, NSDAR celebrates its 128th birthday and is the official Day of Service. That day, do something within your community that demonstrates our Society is devoted to service. Following, go out with a DAR friend… have a cupcake with a little ice cream to celebrate! Record your hours afterwards, of course! Sunday, October 14th is the NSDAR Day of Prayer. Remember our Society, pray for the work we do, the difference we make in our chapters and communities. Many districts have their first-of-this-term meetings in October where you will celebrate, learn, plan, and have opportunities to just enjoy being together.

Hopefully, a number of you have already signed up for the Genealogy Workshop / Paper Party to be held at the Sacramento Family Search Library, Friday, October 26, 2018. Do invite prospective members. Get the paperwork done and the applications submitted. Take advantage of the facility and the available researchers. This event was planned to help chapters in their quest to “grow membership.” It was also planned to coincide with the Heritage Tea so that travel would involve just the one weekend.

October winds down when we are together again to celebrate our American Heritage. Chaplain Barbara McMahon and Heritage Tea co-chair Susan Brooking have a wonderful afternoon planned. The venue is beautiful, the tea fare lovingly prepared and served, the company of friends delightful. Recognizing the significance of the 100th anniversary of the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” when the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany to end the war, the program will focus on one woman who made a very special difference that is still symbolic today. Please come!

With much affection and appreciation,

Adele Lancaster, State Regent


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Announcement: Get Those Service to America Hours Recorded for 2018!


The clock is ticking away, dear Daughters, and California has some catching up to do to bring ourselves up to last year’s recorded hours.


Chapter meetings started this month, chairs are busy working on the essay contests, Constitution Week, collecting dues, visiting the veterans, helping neighbors after the fires – the list goes on and on.

DAR Members can count their DAR volunteer service such as preparing agendas for the meeting, packing boxes for Project Patriot, mounting displays for Constitution week, participating in Patriotic parades, time spent as treasurer, recording secretary, or other officer/committee positions.  Did you attend Southern/Northern Council workshops, set up committee displays, make friendship bracelets for our military?  Count those hours!

Our President General, Ann Dillon, has made a goal of 19,000,000 hours in community service and is encouraging ALL of us to be recognized as an organization in “Moving Forward in Service to America.” The CSSDAR website has information on acceptable community service hours and directions to log your hours.  Regents are encouraged to find a member who can help members log these hours or collect and enter the hours for them. Service to America hours can be entered by going to the CSSDAR website and the link is RIGHT THERE on the right hand side. Acceptable Volunteer Service hours information is available on the Service to America Committee Page.

All service hours must be entered into the Service to America Online Tally in order to be counted on the Chapter Master Report.  We all know the Daughters do SO very much to help in the community so PLEASE do your part reminding the public of our Society’s lasting relevance as we move forward Making a Difference to God, Home and Country.

Jean Thomas & Whitney Crane
Service to America Co-Chairs

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Announcement: Hotels for Genealogy Workshop Paper Party and Heritage Tea

Join us for two special events in October: the Genealogy Workshop Paper Party and the American Heritage Tea! The fliers for both are on the state website. It is recommended that Daughters make reservations in Rocklin or Roseville, California for … Continue reading

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Chapter Chatter: Rincon del Diablo Chapter Supports Gary Sinise Foundation and Constitution Week Activities

As part of Patriot Day and Constitution Day activities, the Rincon del Diablo Chapter distributed 170 flags and 300 pocket constitutions to the American Heritage Charter Schools in Escondido, California. Chapter members Corrie Amador, Roslyn Moreno and her HODAR Danny Moreno, were joined by Chapter Regent Liza Pille-Speacht as they celebrated the importance of heroes in our everyday lives and honoring the police, firefighters and civilians who lost their lives seventeen years ago on 9/11.

In addition, September activities included supporting the California state regent’s project by loading a wagon of kitchen items to stock homes built by the Gary Sinise Foundation for severely disabled veterans.



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