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Alta Mira Chapter NSDAR celebrated “Women’s History Month” at their Colonial Tea March 10th. It was a perfect time to present the “Women in American History” award to an outstanding member of the community that has made a contribution and difference in promoting American History. Amy King, curator of the Tulare County Museum was chosen to receive this award. Her goals have been to bring to bring awareness to the museum and help the community develop an interest in local history.
She has done this by being involved in the community, developing the museum collections and creating new exhibits. She has developed an ongoing exhibit of valuable agricultural contributions by the many cultural groups of Tulare County. Opening day activities for these exhibits include personal stories, music and food from the culture being exhibited. Over 1,000 school children come through the museum each year.
Amy is a member of the California Association of Museums and American Alliance for State and Local History.
Photo L to R: Pat Holly Regent, Amy King, Deanna Pettus
Left to Right back row: Marie Borovina, Chair, Valerie Lynne, Regent, Olivia Umstead,(DAR Good Citizen), Riley Scanlan (first tlace winner), Lauren Valles (second place winner), Lydia Davies, Chair; front row: from the Good Shepard Elementary School American History Contest winners, Kailer Lamb, Grade 6, Janina De Jesus, Grade 7, and Shennen Recio (DAR Good Citizen) and Emily Chee (third place winner). Not pictured Dylan Green, Grade 8 winner.
El Redondo Chapter held its 53rd annual Colonial Luncheon on 2/24/18 at the Los Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates. Over 100 attendees were greeted by Regent Beth Collier and Mistress of Ceremonies Carolyn Bushnell, Honorary Chapter Regent. A delightful program was presented by Benjamin Franklin ( Phil Soinski). A sunny day enhanced the beautiful ocean view. Cadets from Redondo Union High School were included as guests and assisted in distributing prizes. The proceeds raised from the annual luncheon with its community and member support provide the main funds for our scholarship programs.
Our ladies in colonial dress added to the festivities– L-R Nancy Connell, Sue Ann Harding, Edie Osterhues, Sheryl Hohn, Francine Bostrum, Carolyn Bushnell, Fran Bock, Mary Haag, Fran Vander Stucken
Santa Clara Chapter began preparing and serving breakfast to veterans in November, and this amazing program continues to grow! The Veterans Housing Facility, known to chapter members as ‘Housing for Heroes,’ provides support services and housing for homeless veterans as they return to independent living. Chapter members enjoy spending Sunday mornings slicing, dicing, setting up, serving, and thanking our veterans for their service. The chapter provided 180 toiletry-filled care bags for the holidays, with special supplies for male and female veterans. Santa Clara Chapter voted to purchase an industrial food processor to ‘Housing for Heroes,’ which makes Chef Anita and all who eat at the facility very happy.
Last month Aurantia Chapter had the honor to help judge the History Day competition for Riverside Unified School District. Mary Katherine Coovert, Judy Dillard, Debbie Hill, and Judy Bengston studied fabulous displays built by children in grades 6-8. Tackling the topic of Conflict and Compromise, these children were passionate and well versed in their chosen subject. Simply put, they were amazing! Over and above moving on to the County level, three projects were chosen for special DAR awards. A group project on the attempted eradication of the American Indian culture, an individual project on the formation of Pakistan and Kashmir, and another group project on Marian Anderson and the DAR. We will be keeping a close eye on these projects as they progress up the ranks to the National level! Go Riverside!!
El Redondo Chapter members were treated at the January meeting to an informative and interesting presentation of their life experiences by two local Native Americans, Mary Meier and Chuck Jensen. Accompanying them and also participating was Chuck’s wife, Carla, a non-Native American. All were in Native American dress. The presentation opened with the Blessing of the Four Directions. All stood and participated. Then, a soft-spoken Mary proceeded to tell of hers and Chuck’s lives as members of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana and growing up on the large reservations. Mary spoke sadly of the tribulations suffered such as her grandmother’s children being taken away and sent to the Chemawa School for Indians–presumably by a government thinking it was better assimilating the Indians. At the special school the children and the hundreds of others were taught certain skills but lost many of those traditionally handed down by parents.
Mary discussed the requirements of being a “card carrying” Native American and the pros and cons of reservation life and non-reservation life. She spoke fondly of the euphoria she felt while walking the natural beauty of the Montana reservation. Chuck explained various aspects of his costume–types of animal bones/fur/feathers used and his love of nature and hunting. He did a brief demonstration of the native dance. Both Mary’s and Chuck’s mothers met non-Native Americans husbands-to-be (hence the surnames Jensen and Meier) while on the reservation. Soon after, the government had the Relocation Program and sent them to the cities to live and receive job training. Some didn’t like it and returned to the reservations. Chuck’s mother remains locally. Mary, Chuck and Carla provided a tasteful look at both their concerns for the plight of the Native American and their love for the spiritual aspects of their culture and memories of the vast beauty of the reservation homeland.
Photo L-R: Carla Jensen, Chuck Jensen, Mary Meier
Women’s Resource Center, Oceanside, was the recipient of an early Christmas when Santa Margarita Chapter’s Alida Woodward, Regent, Linda Ramos, Kellie Stafford, Diana Cook and Wanda Prosser delivered a dozen bags filled with toys donated by chapter members. The mother’s were not forgotten. Women’s purses, jackets, toiletries and magazines rounded out the donations. Accepting the gifts were Lauren Stephenson, Development Director, Jill Morgan, Deputy Director, and Brandee Clayton, Special Events Coordinator. Santa Margarita Chapter is one of many Community organizations who contributed toys, enabling the mother’s to pick three items per child. A wrapping party by the mothers ensued and, on Christmas day, 285 children will do their best to destroy that wrapping and see what’s inside. We take pride in knowing that our donations were part of a special day for special people.
Pictured are Wanda, Brandee, Jill, Alida, Kellie, Linda, Diana, Lauren
Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Learns About CSSDAR Headquarters and Celebrates Veterans at Two Events On Same Day
The El Redondo Chapter had a busy chapter meeting day as it fell on November 11 and members were involved in three events on behalf of the Chapter. In cooperation with Point Vicente Chapter, members met at 11:00 a.m. at Green Hills Cemetery for their annual Veterans Day ceremony. At the regular afternoon meeting the members were treated to a presentation on the history of the Hamlin House in Glendora by Pat Goldman, former Chair of the State Headquarters Administrative Committee. She then gave members a tour by way of photos of the home and grounds. While most members were enjoying the presentation, others were representing the Chapter at their booth set up at the Redondo Beach Veterans Park. A stirring program included music by the 40th Infantry Division Band of the California Army National Guard and a talk by keynote speaker Brigadier General Philip A. Garrant, Deputy Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base.
On November 13, 2017, the El Dorado Chapter shipped seven boxes of needed items for the Modesto based 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment. The most collected item was 1,875 Q Tips. We want our soldiers to have clean weapons to keep themselves safe. We also collected 11 pounds of old jewelry for Tamassee DAR School children and one box of a beautiful collection of beads was sent to Chemawa Indian School. Regent Cynthia Larson wishes to thank all our members and prospective members who supported our soldiers and DAR supported schools.
Photo left to right members: Margaret Klein, Ann Chambers, Joan O’Leary, Nancy McDonnell, Bonnie Battaglia, and prospective members: Kimm Richwine and Judy Muetz
Working together the El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters honored all veterans at Green Hills Memorial Park in Palos Verdes on 11/11/17 at 11:00 am. The ceremony included a Girl Scout Troop (and one brave Boy Scout) performing a moving flag folding ceremony and placing a patriotic wreath by the Veterans Memorial. A tradition formed many years ago, the chapters look forward to the annual event.
On Wednesday, November 8, San Clemente Island Chapter honored our veterans with a luncheon at San Juan Hills Golf Club. The 13 veterans in attendance received certificates and we had a sing-along including the themes from all branches of service. Our guest speaker was Gary Beard who portrayed George Washington and related stories of the American Revolution. It was a very moving afternoon as we celebrated our veterans and thanked them for their service.
Santa Clara Chapter is proud of our Outstanding Junior, Sarah Rao! Sarah has coordinated a number of activities for Juniors, served as a Page at Northern Council, walked in the July 4th parade, and is quite active within our chapter. Sarah’s energy and dedication to DAR is inspirational!
Pictured: Sarah Rao and Katie Mitchell.
On Monday, September 11, 2017, members of the Chief Solano Chapter and a couple of HODARs helped to spruce up the historic naval cemetery on Mare Island in Vallejo (about 900 interred). It is the oldest naval cemetery on the West Coast, established in 1854 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Clean up activities included painting the fence, trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. The vegetation debris was taken to the Oakland Zoo to feed the animals – recycling! Volunteers found the grave site of Anna Arnold Key Turner, a member of the DAR and daughter of Francis Scott Key, composer of our national anthem. A plaque was dedicated to her and placed at the end of her crypt by the former Sequoia Chapter, the first chapter organized in the State of California in 1891.