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

TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK
DON’T DILLY DALLY
GET THOSE HOURS ON THE TALLY!

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.

WE CAN DO BETTER and WE WILL DO BETTER

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
jeanthomas65@gmail.com   housecrane@yahoo.com
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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State Librarian: Genealogy Workshop Paper Party Registration

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Chapter Chatter: Feather River Chapter Delivers Kitchen Items Collected at Northern Council

Regent Dorothy Welton and Treasurer Alma Roots of the Feather River Chapter made the trip from Oroville to Redding to deliver kitchen items collected at Northern Council. Members of the American Legion in Redding will sort and organize all items and distribute them to veterans who are victims of the Carr Fire.

Thank you to all Northern California daughters for making this possible by your generous donations. Thanks also to  District I Director Candy Scarratt and Cecilia Ryan of Major Pierson B. Reading Chapter for making all the arrangements for transporting ‘the goods’.

Photo: Feather River Chapter Regent Dorothy Welton and Treasurer Alma Roots

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Announcement: American Heritage Tea October 27, 2018

Please join us for the American Heritage Tea on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at:
Woodcreek Golf Club
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard
Roseville, California
All members and guests are invited to hear a program on “How One Woman Made A Difference,” the story of Moina Mitchael, The Poppy Lady. An elegant, plated tea will be served. The cost is $30.00 per person.
The tea is open to all members, prospective members, guests, and veterans. The due date is fast approaching. A registration form is available on the CSSDAR Members’ website at the following link:
Please make your $30.00 check payable to the CSSDAR State Treasurer and mail with postmark by October 15, 2018 to:
CSSDAR
P.O Box 1436
Glendora, CA 91720  or online through the WebStore by  Thursday, October 18, 2018.
Hope to see you there!
Barbara McMahon
State Chaplain
chaplain@californiadar.org
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State News: JW Marriott Hotel Room Reservations Now Open for 128th Continental Congress June 26-30, 2019. The California Congressional Teal is Tuesday, June 25, 2019

GRAND HYATT HOTEL INFORMATION
The official Continental Congress hotel is the Grand Hyatt Washington located at 1000 H Street NW. NSDAR has contracted with the Grand Hyatt Hotel and information is available on the NSDAR website.

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA DAUGHTERS
The State Society has secured a block of rooms at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW, during the week of the 128th Continental Congress, June 26-30, 2019. The California Congressional Tea will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. More information about this event will be published in the future.

If you wish to stay at the JW Marriott, you can reserve rooms now at any time of day.
The California room block is available from Saturday, June 22 through Tuesday, July 2, 2019. If you wish to stay on other dates, the California rate may not be available. Reservations close Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Any unused rooms will be released to the hotel and additional rooms may only be available at the then-current available rate. This room block may be used up very quickly, so it is advised that you make your reservation now. Book now, using one of two ways at the JW Marriott:

1. PASSKEY: https://book.passkey.com/e/49768016
– this takes you right to our block – no password needed.

2. CALL IN: Call in directly to the JW Marriott toll free number: (800) 393-2503. Identify that you are booking a room with the 2019 California State Society DAR Congressional Tea.

With both online or phone reservations, make sure you list your roommate(s) on your  reservation so we have a complete list of those staying at the JW Marriott.
Details:
Room rates – all will have tax added (current at that time, 14.5% at this time)
* Single: $285.00
* Double: $285.00
* Additional Person: $20.00
Our room block is NOT open to non-California DAR members, unless sharing a room
with a California DAR member. Please do not share reservation information with anyone
out-of-state. The room list will be reviewed periodically to make sure that those listed are California members. Your first room night will be charged to your credit card, or a deposit will be required.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposit will become non-refundable if reservation is cancelled
within 30 days (beginning May 23, 2019) prior to the arrival date.  If you have difficulties booking a room online, please call (800) 393-2503. Identify that you are booking a room with the 2019 California State Society DAR Congressional Tea. If you are unable to get a room, please contact the state vice regent so she can see if the hotel will release more rooms.

Please come and celebrate with us as we continue…
Moving Forward in Service to America!

Susan Broderick
California State Vice Regent
viceregent@californiadar.org [mailto:viceregent@californiadar.org]

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Chapter Chatter: Redwood Forest Chapter Celebrates Constitution Week

Every year Redwood Forest Chapter constructs a Constitution Week display at our Humboldt County Library. We were allowed to set up early this year and have already handed out several fliers, bookmarks, cards and Constitution booklets in our community. The chapter is also getting coverage on the radio, newspapers and television community calendars. So far we have handed out over 70 Constitution booklets and the month is not yet over!

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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Monday, September 10, 2018 nearly 100 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente to celebrate the 60th anniversary of San Clemente Island Chapter founded on September 10, 1958.  Guests enjoyed catered hors d’oeuvres and desserts as they strolled around the grounds and visited on the patio, listening to beautiful live music wafting from the solarium
above.

The highlight of the evening was the dedication of a historic plaque to Casa Romantica, honoring the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson, who built this magnificent estate on the bluff overlooking San Clemente Pier.  San Clemente Island Chapter was excited to have many state and district officers join us for this special evening. Our chapter provides service, scholarships and support for our local communities.  We look forward to many exciting and worthwhile projects and events in the coming years.

Photo top left: Chapter Regent, Mary Dahm; CSSDAR Regent, Adele Lancaster; and Honorary State Regent, Karon Jarrard

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Chapter Announcement: Kaweah Chapter Invitation to Constitution Week Luncheon on September 18, 2018

Kaweah Chapter invites you to attend the chapter’s annual Constitution Week Luncheon on Tuesday, September 18 at 11:00 am at the Lamp Liter Inn in Visalia.  Our special speaker is Mike Chrisman, former California Secretary of Natural Resources and immediate past president of the Tulare County Historical Society. Mr. Chrisman will be presented with the NSDAR Conservation Award. The chapter is pleased that our State Regent Adele Lancaster will be attending this very special event.

Those wishing to attend can make a reservation prior to September 13 by contacting  Kay Giannandrea at 559-289-1618 or via email at kaygiannandrea@yahoo.com.

Photo:  Mike Chrisman

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Chapter Chatter: Vietnam Veterans Honored by La Puerta de Oro – San Francisco Chapter

La Puerta de Oro-San Francisco chapter members were honored to recognize eleven Vietnam Veterans with the DAR Certificate and Recognition pin for their service this July at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center in San Francisco.  Over 150 people were in attendance at this moving event. Each of the eleven veterans came forward and received his pin and DAR certificate honoring his Valor, Service and Sacrifice during the war.  The veterans represented many branches of service demonstrating the wide participation and commitment of these men.

Following the moving ceremony, all in attendance enjoyed the bountiful refreshments brought by our chapter members. The event was organized by Honorary Chapter Regent Carolyn Patrick, First Vice Regent Annette Litle and Chaplain Jane Perry.

Notable to Daughters in attendance was the gratitude shown by the recipients of this recognition.  Upon their return home from the war there were no parades or other thanks given to these soldiers and sailors so this ceremony, done with such dignity and sincerity, was much appreciated by them.  It was our honor to recognize these brave soldiers.

Photo: NSDAR Pin and Certificate of Recognition given to the Veterans

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Chapter Chatter: Presidio Chapter’s New Board Meet & Greet Kicks Off a Milestone Year

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, founding members of the Presidio Chapter (San Francisco) gathered with active and pending members to get acquainted with new executive board officers and wish them success as they start their terms. Hosted at a member’s home, the purely social event featured a lovely spread of tea and tasty treats.

The event was envisioned as a way to facilitate camaraderie and set the tone for what will be a big year for the chapter: in 2019, members will mark the 10th anniversary of its founding with special events. To support Chapter Regent Maria Damp’s theme of “Honoring Our Past and Shaping Our Future,” the annual Chapter Yearbook was expanded to feature the history of the chapter’s founding, recognition for service men and women
related to the chapter, a list of past Platoon Support & Service Projects, as well as a special In Memoriam section. Members are looking forward to a fabulous party planned for February 2, 2019, when they will celebrate each other and the first ten years of service together.

Photo: Presidio Chapter Executive Board members past and present: Christina Ramos,
Maria Damp (current Regent), Eve Murto, and Elizabeth Julian (photo courtesy Eve Murto)

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State Regent’s Message – August/September 2018

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

My Dear California Daughters,

                                      Fire Concerns

Where has our summer gone? Well, certainly for too many days, we were caught up with worry about Daughters living in and near fire areas. My sincere appreciation to directors in the stricken areas and their regents for reaching out through all ways possible to check on Daughters and each other. It is with a very grateful heart that I am able to report that, though still dealing with smoke and a few evacuations, none sustained injury or loss of property. We are continuing to monitor as fires still burn…this fire season is still a concern.

A number of you were asking, “What can we do, how can we support our members?” To these folks, the first answer was “other than check on their welfare, until the chaos of the fire is handled and we are able to assess how members were affected, there is nothing specific for the State Society to do.” Many of you felt and still feel the need to “do something.” Individuals are still encouraged to contact the agencies working the emergencies. Help comes through donations to the Red Cross, food provided to the responders on the front line, water delivery, volunteers in shelters, neighbors helping neighbors. Of course, continue to pray for the victims, emergency responders, and favorable weather. CA Daughters always step forward to do what you do best… make a difference through your thoughtful service to others.

       September Council Meetings: Theme: Celebrating Service and Patriotism                                                                   Reminders and Additional Information

Registration

We are just under three weeks from our September 7th-8th Southern Council meeting, with Northern Council the following weekend, September 14th-15th. Reservations for rooms at the Renaissance Newport Beach have closed and are sold out. There are only a few rooms available at the Sacramento Rancho Cordova Marriott. We are now approaching deadlines for registration. Please register now, if you haven’t already. The final dates are final…. No extended deadlines. Go online and register through the webstore or fill out the form and mail it with your check, whichever works best for you. Just get it done.

Friday Evening Kitchen Shower: Please remember to bring the new, unwrapped kitchen items that will go to facilities such as (in Southern CA) Veterans Village, providing Rapid Rehousing service to veterans with “welcome home” kits for new move-ins, to SDMOMs serving families of E-4 and below and Solutions for Change… and (in Northern CA) VA-Northern California Healthcare System and the 2000+ displaced veterans and their families (nearly 200 losing their homes in the Carr fire), living in temporary housing. They will need the items as housing is found.

What items you ask? Whatever you might take to a bridal kitchen shower. These things are going to people who have empty cupboards and drawers. There will be several laundry baskets available to receive your donations: at check in, in the exhibit room, and the large meeting room Friday night. What a difference these items will make to people in need!

Saturday Keynote Presentations: How honored we are that two representatives of our Armed Forces will be with us to share their perspectives on how Daughters are making a difference through our support to active duty personnel and Military veterans who served and sacrificed.

Southern Council will welcome Lt. LaToya Zavala, USN Chaplain.

Chaplain Zavala joined the United States Navy as an active duty chaplain in 2012 and has served our nation with joy and pride ever since. She’s been stationed in Iwakuni Japan with the United States Marines. In San Diego, she has serve aboard five San Diego-based ships and is currently serving as the Command Chaplain for the Naval Base Point Loma. Here she runs a chapel and provides personal development programs, pastoral care and counseling, and professional advisement. Happily married to her husband, Crisogono Zavala Pena, USN Retired, for nearly 17 years, they enjoy all the blessings associated with raising their two children: 10-year old son, John, and 7-month old daughter, Julia.

Northern Council will welcome Lt. Col. Joel Armstrong, US Army.

LTC Phillip “Joel” Armstrong entered enlisted service on August 13, 1985. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from California State University Fresno ROTC program in 1990. After resigning his commission in 1995 and a seven year break in service, First Lieutenant Armstrong assessed back into the California Army National Guard in the wake of September 11, 2001. He then entered State Active Duty, February 15, 2007, and has concurrently served since. Many Daughters will recall sending care packages to the men and women, an all-California unit, under his command when they were deployed to Jordan last year. Lt. Col. Armstrong lives in Fair Oaks, CA with his wife Katie. Their two children are 23-year old daughter, Amy, and son, Will, who is 20.

So many other things are planned, too, for our time together. Council chairs Kathy Russo and Laurie Smotherman, various committee chairs, and your state officers have done a wonderful job with plans and preparations. Check the schedule of events on the website. There is something for everyone! Please come… join your friends… attend the workshops… visit the exhibit room where State Committee Chairs will have displays and a great deal of information… make your way to the Junior Shoppe and State Regent’s Project tables for unique shopping experiences. The weekend will be all about Education, Historic Preservation, and Patriotism and how CA Daughters can make a difference through our service to God, Home, and Country.

With much affection and appreciation,

Adele Lancaster, State Regent

 

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Chapter Chatter: Chico Chapter’s National Winner American Heritage ‘Crafts/Paper Crafts’

Chico chapter is very excited and proud of our member, Michele Lehane, who recently won the national American Heritage first place award in the Crafts/Paper Crafts category for her paper crafted garland. The theme was “Exploring America Through The Arts” and her paper garland was on display this year during the 127th Continental Congress at our National Headquarters in Washington DC.

Michele is a very active member of Chico chapter and holds the offices of Chapter Secretary, VIS Chair, and District I Chaplain. She built and maintains the chapter website, Facebook page, writes the monthly newsletter, as well as our District I newsletter. The Chico chapter is so appreciative of the many things Michele does to make a difference in our chapter. The enthusiasm she has for DAR is both sincere as well as contagious. Way to go Michele!  – Shelly Pritchett Rossi, Regent, Chico Chapter NSDAR

photo: 1st place American Heritage-Crafts/Paper Crafts; paper garland

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Chapter Chapter: El Palo Alto Chapter Hosts Prospective Member Workshop/Lunch

The El Palo Alto Chapter volunteer genealogists along with Registrar Valerie Hamilton and Regent Carol Driesen welcomed five prospective member to a prospective member workshop and lunch held at the Palo Alto Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, August 4, 2018. It was a truly enjoyable, interactive meeting with five prospective members and their “genies” accomplishing a lot with most close to submitting their applications. In addition, three other applications were signed and are ready to be sent to National Headquarters in Washington DC.

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