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State Regent’s Message: February 2020

My Dear California Daughters,

Rise and Shine! We are already into February!

As you clicked “send” to deliver you chapter credential forms to the State Registrar on time giving delegates the opportunity to select our Society’s leaders for 2020-2022 and as you marked your CMR reports “complete” to share with our National leaders your many accomplishments of this past year, your State Regent was in Washington, D.C. where our National Executive Officers, Vice Presidents General, and nearly 50 State Regents gathered for the National Board of Management meeting.

We visited two sites of historical significance: the D.C. home of Woodrow Wilson and Clara Barton’s home in Glen Echo, Maryland. Leadership workshops, a special service project, a most informative presentation on Clara Barton – an amazing, accomplished woman and Founding Daughter – an introduction to the latest and probably most valuable museum acquisition, and even a tour of the renovated space to house the new DAR Insignia Store filled the two days prior to the general meeting. Then Saturday, we gathered to discuss the work, accomplishments, and goals of our Society.

Two items of note:
Daughters throughout the country have responded to the President General’s “Next Act” project with eager participation, as evidenced with nearly 1,900 seats already having been purchased by chapters and individual Daughters. Don’t delay if you want to honor or remember someone special in your DAR journey. Too, details were provided for launching the DAR Insignia Store. The staff will be ready for your business at Continental Congress in June.

And, of course, membership – growth and retention – was a major topic. The National membership total reached just over 190,300 members for the first time since the Kemper Administration. This accomplishment will be negated when too many members are dropped for non-payment of dues at the end of February. California faces the same fate with our membership growth to over 10,000. I know chapter treasurers, regents, membership committees, registrars have worked hard and spent many hours to collect dues from all members. And after December 1st, you repeated these efforts again to collect from the delinquent. You called, sent reminders, and used email, sent personal notes through the postal service, texted, visited members in their homes all to encourage these members to maintain their connection to our Society. Your extra efforts are acknowledged and so sincerely appreciated! Developing and discovering ways that all Daughters feel connected and valued is never ending.

We are heading down the home-stretch with plans and preparations for State Conference. Daughters, especially delegates, are reminded to prepare themselves for voting. We will be electing new officers and voting on several amendments to the State Bylaws. You are directed to the members’ only website to “Meet the Candidates” in order to review brochures and click on Call to Conference for the link to the “2020 CSSDAR Proposed Bylaws Amendments.” An Announcement with information regarding the proposed amendments was sent to chapter regents earlier for distribution. If you have any questions, please direct them to Leonora Branca, Chair, State Bylaws Revision Committee. Come prepared to vote!

A contrary iPad that refused to “send” and a quick stop-over to visit our precious girls in the California Pouch Cottage at Tamassee, delayed this message. Our “California Girls” are hungry for love… and through the wonderful care provided by the staff and thoughtful tokens of affection from California Daughters, they are well fed.

My visit with the girls had me reflecting on how DAR touches the lives of so many… many most of us will never even know. What would each of our communities be like, how would local school children be served, our veterans remembered, active duty and First Responders supported, historic icons protected, good citizenship understood and promoted, who would provide for the needy and most vulnerable if the DAR didn’t exist… if your chapter were no more? Daughters, you do… you are Making a Difference through your service to God, Home, and Country!

With Love and Appreciation,

Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Honors DAR Good Citizens & JROTC

At the February El Redondo Chapter meeting the membership witnessed an example of hope for America. The character and accomplishments of nine young Americans was on display. DAR Good Citizens Awards Chair Patricia Kelly introduced the six recipients of those awards and presented their certificates and summarized their amazing accomplishments and future plans.

JROTC Awards Chair Nancy Connell introduced the recipients of the JROTC Awards as well as their training officers who stood with them. Their families in attendance were also recognized as were some of the high school counselors who assisted in the selections.

The Good Citizens Awardees were selected from six local high schools: El Segundo, Bishop Montgomery, Redondo Union, Mira Costa, North, and Da Vinci Communications. The JROTC awardees attend Redondo Union, Bishop Montgomery and North High Schools.  The Redondo Union H.S. JROTC Color Guard under the direction of CWO Keith Willoughby participated in the opening ceremony.

photos: Good Citizen Awardees:  Sophia Zago, Andrea Zamora, Lauren Krause, Aria Fulton. Absent was Chloe Kim, whose mother accepted for her.

JROTC:  CWO Keith Willoughby, 2nd Lt. Cadet Nadia Gold; Ens. Garten, Sea Cadet Instructor shaking hands with Nancy Connell; CPO Tyler Garten; CSM Michael Baker; Cadet Lt. Col Joan Shin.

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Announcement: The Crayon Initiative Conservation Project

Is your chapter is looking for a new Conservation project? If so, check out the Crayon Initiative and see how you can get started at the following website:

thecrayoninitiative.org

Collection boxes can be provided as well as low cost mailing labels. The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools, and homes across the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them which reduces waste. The recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S.A, brightening the lives of young patients during their stay.

For more information, you can contact the founder, Bryan Ware directly via email at: bryan@thecrayoninitiative.org.

If you have collected crayons, you can bring them to the Conservation table at State Conference. Jan Soderstrom has volunteered to collect them and take them to the Crayon Initiative in Danville, California. I hope you will consider this very worthwhile conservation project for your chapter.

Thank you,

Linda Ramos
State Conservation Chair
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Announcement: Do You Have Roommate for State Conference and Did Not Specify Double Bed? Read this!

This message is for anyone who currently holds a reservation at the San Ramon Marriott for the CSSDAR State Conference.
If you have a roommate and did not specify that you need two double beds in your room you may be placed in a room with one king bed. You need to email me ASAP with the name of your roommate and a request for two beds.
The hotel will NOT adjust your reservation, only I am able to do that. Please contact me by February 1, 2020, at: pesgdar@yahoo.com
No new reservations are being accepted. This message only pertains to members who have already reserved a room. The hotel has sold out of all rooms in our block.

Thank you,

Patricia Goldman
State Conference Chair
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Announcement: NSDAR Librarian General Announces DAR Book Club

Our NSDAR Librarian General, Cynthia Sweeney, has announced a DAR Book Club project in her blog to encourage chapters to learn more about our patriots through sharing specific books together. Chapter Librarians and all book lovers are encouraged to start and/or join a chapter book club.

It is an exciting new way to celebrate our patriots and raise awareness of the men and women who achieved American independence. Mrs. Sweeney is thrilled to launch our new DAR Book Club, which will feature nonfiction titles focused on the Colonial through the Federal periods. For the 2019-2020 year the following books have been selected:

Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison.

Both of them were finalists for the 2019 George Washington Prize.

The DAR Library staff will soon be posting additional information on the books, quotations, interviews and sample discussion questions via the DAR Library Facebook page at:

All chapters are encouraged to participate and even organize their own local events. This is a fun and informative way to share our history and honor the patriots who founded our nation.

The DAR Library encourages current and former state and chapter librarians who have run book clubs to share tips and tricks for other DAR groups (states and chapters) on the DAR Library Facebook page. This could be a great opportunity, especially for state and chapter librarians, to network and share ideas with each other during the course of the national book club program.

This state librarian will be looking forward to learning about your chapter book clubs and seeing you on the DAR Library Facebook page.

Linda Winthers
State Librarian
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Chapter Chatter: Covina and San Antonia Chapters at Wreaths Across America – LaVerne Cemetery

Foggy, misty, and cold weather greeted California State Regent Mrs. Adele Lancaster, National Chair, DAR Service to Veterans, Mrs. Kris Wood, and Daughters from the Covina and Santa Antonia Chapters, on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at LaVerne Cemetery, in LaVerne. Over 75 people were in attendance laid over 150 wreaths at the small cemetery.

The Wreaths Across America Ceremonies were led by Karen Lindblom, her daughter, and granddaughter, in their first year coordinating the event. Veterans from the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force were honored, along with a Marine Corps veteran standing in as a representative for the Coast Guard. These veterans honored their POW/MIA brothers and sisters and all branches of the military for the Posting of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance led by the local Boy Scouts Troop, the singing of the National Anthem by Ms. Lindblom’s granddaughter Nicole Lindblom, and a rendition of TAPS.

Also in attendance was the Navy Veteran honored, the Mayor of LaVerne, Mr. Don Kendrick. Mrs. Lancaster, Mrs. Wood, and Covina Chapter Regent Mrs. Pamela Schulz thanked Mayor Kendrick for his service, and for attending the event that left not a dry eye (or possibly it was the misty morning), and the Lindblom family for their dedication to the veterans laid to rest at LaVerne Cemetery.

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Chapter Chatter: Santa Margarita Chapter Cooks for Camp Pendleton’s Fisher House

Santa Margarita Chapter members, joined by Kris Wood, National Chair DAR Service to Veterans Committee, met at Fisher House on Camp Pendleton to cook a meal for the residents. The chapter currently does this three times per year, with Linda Ramos leading the way. A main course, vegetable and dessert are prepared in the beautiful kitchen and left for residents to partake of at their convenience.

Fisher House is a home away from home for military families receiving service at the Naval Hospital on base. Eight suites are available, at no cost to the service personnel or their families. Child care is provided on base for those who need it while the service member is receiving treatment.

In addition to the meals, members donate bottled water, computer needs, cleaning supplies, hot pads and towels for the kitchen, frozen meals that can be heated quickly, and toiletries. It was a pleasure to have Kris join us and see what good things the Santa Margarita Chapter is doing for our military personnel and veterans.

Photo L to R: Alida Woodward, Kris Wood, Wanda Prosser, Jacquie Berzins, Janet Giovannetti, Linda Ramos, Charla Boodry

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Announcement: Update to 112th State Conference

The Call to the 112th State Conference was posted on the CSSDAR Members’ Website last Sunday. Please plan to attend!

Preregistration forms may be found on the CSSDAR Members’ Website, or you can also click on the following link (after login):

Call to the 112th Annual State Conference

You may also register by using the WebStore which is accessible from this link:

WebStore Registration

If your are having trouble logging into the WebStore, please contact Linda Bartolf, our State Headquarters Secretary, and she will assist you in resetting your password. Please call her at (626) 347-3783 or email her at HQSecretary@californiadar.org.

Hope to see you there.

Sharon Maas
State Treasurer
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Chapter Chatter: Fresno Yosemite Chapter Celebrates Addition of Six New Members

The Fresno Yosemite Chapter was honored to induct six new members during our October meeting. Five of these ladies are in the same family. The Lynn’s, Elaine, Patricia, Anna, Lorrie and Sara joined through their patriot, Jeremiah Gard. He served in Pennsylvania.  Due to illness and one being away at school, two of the family joined through Facetime.

The sixth new member, Myrna Ceccarelli, joined through patriot Jonathan Bernard. He served in Massachusetts.

Fresno Yosemite Chapter welcomes our new members; they have already selected the committees on which they want to serve!

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Chapter Chatter: Don Jose de Ortega Chapter Announces $1000 Scholarship for Spring Semester 2020

The Don Jose de Ortega Chapter is pleased to announce a $1000 scholarship available for Spring Semester 2020 for a deserving college student.

We are looking for a junior, senior, or post-graduate student in a field of science, medicine, mathematics, or education, or for a nursing student who has completed at least one semester of a 2 year program. If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other friend or family member who might be interested please have him or her contact us at stowerscmte@gmail.com. Please write Scholarship in the subject line of the email.

The instructions and forms will be mailed or emailed to the applicant, and applications must be returned by February 29, 2020. The recipient does not have to be in DAR, and the selection committee is willing to consider applicants in other majors who have a commitment to serving their communities.

Don Jose de Ortega Chapter would love to hear from the students in your life!

Judi DiBariMarcia Stowers
Endowment Fund Committee Chair
Don Jose de Ortega Chapter

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Announcement: Call to the 112th State Conference Posted on the CSSDAR Member’s Website

The Call to the 112th State Conference has been posted on the CSSDAR Members’ Website.

Please plan to attend and learn about the accomplishments of our State Society during the last year. Attend fun and informative events, listen to reports by State Officers, District Directors, State Chairs and Chapter Regents. Stop by the Exhibit Room and visit the display tables provided by various committees, pick up information to share with your chapter, and support various projects through shopping at their tables.

Preregistration forms may be found on the CSSDAR Members’ Website, you can also click on the following link (after login):

Call to the 112th Annual State Conference

Or, you may register by using the WebStore which is accessible from this link:

WebStore Registration

Hotel rooms are still available for Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 15, at the DAR rate of $135.00 plus tax single or double. You may make your reservation by calling the hotel at: 925-867-9200 or selecting the link below:

Marriott Room Reservations for 112th State Conference

Hope to see you there.

Patricia Goldman
State Conference Chair
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Chapter Chatter:  El Redondo Chapter Enjoys Presentation from Fire Grazers, Inc. at January Chapter Meeting

In the past,  El Redondo Chapter Daughters have heard several talks by conservationists on conserving water by using drought resistant plantings and helping save Monarch butterflies by providing their favorite plants in their gardens.

At the January meeting the ladies learned more about an ally to help in the prevention/damage reduction of the dreaded wild fires common in California and now ravaging Australia. Past Regent Fran Bock introduced speaker Michael Choi of Fire Grazers, Inc. His family raises and manages these allies–500 goats in Mariposa, CA.

Most El Redondo ladies have glimpsed these voracious weed eaters at work on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Mr. Choi embellished his explanation of the raising, transporting and management of these goats with herd photos and landscape photos showing the results of the grazing.

photo: Michael Choi surrounded by pleased El Redondo Daughters after his interesting presentation

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Announcement: Outstanding DAR Member, Honoring and Thanking Vietnam Veterans

The US Vietnam War Commemoration would like to recognize a DAR member from each state. This recognition would be for outstanding accomplishments by an individual DAR member in her efforts to honor and thank Vietnam War veterans.

Does your chapter have a member who fits this criterion? Please fill out the State OSM Entry Form which can be found on the CSSDAR website and can be downloaded from here:

 Outstanding DAR Member Submission Form

Send the completed form with description of her outstanding accomplishments to the State Chair Commemorative Events by February 15, 2020.

Completed forms may be mailed or emailed to:

Sherrie Stein, State Chair Commemorative Events
2137 Emberwood Way
Escondido, CA 92029-5337

Sherrie Stein
State Chair, Commemorative Events
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Announcement: Hamilton Jewelers’ Catalog

The Hamilton Jewelers’ Catalogs will be available FOR REFERENCE ONLY at the Insignia table at the CSSDAR’s State Conference in March. As of February 29, 2020, Hamilton Jewelers will no longer be the official jeweler of the National Society and will no longer be accepting orders. However, the catalogs will be a good reference for pictures of the pins. Until NSDAR provides a catalog, the Hamilton Jewelers’ catalog will be the ONLY REFERENCE.

For questions, please contact this State Chairman.

Pamela Meyers
State Insignia Chair
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