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State Regent’s Message: November 2019

My Dear California Daughters,

October 2019… What a month! October 2019… What a month!

What wonderful opportunities presented themselves through which California Daughters were able to Rise and Shine and Make a Difference!

Nearly 40 Daughters are now able to tell about the magic and miracles that happen to children of the Appalachians every day because a century ago Daughters of the American Revolution cared and resolved to meet the educational needs of “the least of these.” This commitment is just as strong today. Many of you joined the journey, thanks to the daily updates prepared by Brooke Stewart. But two “magical moments” for your State Regent would have been difficult to film. One highlight was having a few moments of quiet time alone with our California Girls at Tamassee. The girls wanted to share all about the wonderful tea party, their participation in the special show prepared for Founders Day, and meeting all the California Daughters who had lavished them with loving attention over the two days. They radiated “happy.”

And another was with KDS DAR. We know we provide educational support for the students in tangible ways: scholarships, classroom supplies, field trips, food and clothing to those in need. But no one could have anticipated the emotional support provided when over 100 DAR members from across the country were in the stands to watch our mismatched underdogs play their hearts out. We screamed, yelled, and cheered, believing we were making a difference, as our DAR team managed a 38 to 13 victory that cool October evening. Then, California Daughters were treated to hugs from sweaty, exhausted football players who walked through the bleachers, as the crowds thinned, to thank us for staying the entire game. It was a night to remember.

While some were on the bus, many other California Daughters were engaged in service…service that was making a difference in our communities with beach clean-up, work on cemetery projects in preparation for Wreaths Across America, projects that supported women facing physical and emotional issues, and volunteering in local classrooms. Supplies were gathered, packed, and delivered to veterans. Time was spent with severely ill and feeding the homeless, while hospitalized babies were rocked and comforted.

All chapters and districts are encouraged to report what they did to “Rise and Shine for Service.” Do include pictures to help tell the story. Share in social media, with press releases, and through  the Clarion. You will certainly want to headline your activity in your report for State Conference. CSSDAR will compile a special report and we want to include many of your projects along with the Operation Care and Comfort packing party. If your service project, in any way, was something that supported our deployed service men and women, we want to know about it. This would include writing notes, knitting hats, making cool-ties and neck gaiters, packing boxes, making runs to the post office, gathering supplies, even deliveries to a local USO. We know that many projects needed advanced planning… like collecting toys for “Fun and Games” at the September Council meetings in advance of the October packing parties. These activities, too, should be included. We need pictures and write-ups telling what you did and how it supported our deployed and those serving away from home. Watch for a Communiqué for information on when and where to send and to whom.

Messages expressing concern for Daughters experiencing the problems inherent with our wildfires have been coming in. Evacuations, power outages, issues with water and smoke damage are all too familiar. Appreciation is given to the District Directors who have been our link to members during these trying times. With each report that “all’s well,” or “evacuated are returning home,” or “damage is minimal,” and “power has been restored,” we sigh with relief and give thanks. But, we know we must be vigilant and reach out to one another when a need is known. Members wanting to “do something now,” are encouraged to look to the agencies providing first-level relief for ways to help.

As October ends and we enter November, the season of Thanksgiving, I am particularly grateful that we have the Heritage Tea this weekend, when Daughters will gather to enjoy time together in welcome friendship, when worries can be set aside for an afternoon. Those missing this special fellowship, please make plans now to gather at our State Headquarters, December 14, for the Victorian Christmas Tea. We will celebrate one another and the many ways California Daughters are making a difference through their service to God, Home, and Country.

With much love and affection,
Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: Sierra Foothills Chapter National Day of Service at Catheys Valley Cemetery

On October 27, 2019, six Sierra Foothills Chapter members, including Regent Marie Hurst Lewis, and two HODARS enjoyed a National Day of Service project at the Catheys Valley Cemetery. First Vice Regent Lynn Talbot shared the history of the area pioneers on the 167th anniversary of the arrival of the Cathey Wagon Train on October 27, 1852.

Two Daughters of Revolutionary Patriots, Frances Gresham Hammond and Mary Deaver Cathey, were honored with a chapter member placing a red carnation on each grave, as Lynn told about each of them. Also honored with a red carnation were a Captain from the War of 1812, and a young soldier killed in Iraq in 2009.

Lynn then demonstrated how to use smart phones to add memorials, photos and or GPS coordinates to FindAGrave memorials. Afterwards chapter members with smart phones wandered the cemetery, looking for veteran’s graves, looking for the memorials on the FindaGrave website, adding or updating any information that was lacking, such as a photo, or GPS coordinates.

Members without smart phones were provided red carnations to place on veteran’s graves and area pioneer graves, and the many stones that showed the DAR insignia.

We learned a lot about a nearby community, and the pioneers that settled there. We also were able to Rise and Shine for DAR and our community as we updated Catheys Valley Cemetery memorials on FindaGrave for others to use, especially adding GPS coordinates. It was a good day.

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Announcement: Mayflower Hotel for California Daughters Open for Reservations – 2020 Continental Congress

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 should be released soon.

THE MAYFLOWER HOTEL INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA DAUGHTERS
The State Society has secured a block of rooms at The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, during the week of the 129th Continental Congress, June 24-28, 2020. The Mayflower Hotel is a Marriott property.

The California Congressional Tea will be held at The Mayflower Hotel, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 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 Mayflower Hotel, you can reserve rooms now at any time of day. The California room block is available from Saturday, June 20, through Wednesday, July 1, 2020. If you wish to stay on other dates, the California rate may not be available.

Reservations close Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m. 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 Mayflower Hotel:
PASSKEY: https://book.passkey.com/e/50010708– this takes you right to our block – no password needed.
CALL IN: Call in directly to Marriott toll free number: 1 (877) 212-5752 or 1 (202) 347-3000.
Identify that you are booking with the 2020 California State Society DAR Congressional Tea. Make sure you list your roommate(s) on your reservation so we have a complete list of those staying at the Mayflower Hotel.

DETAILS:
Room Rates – All will have tax added (current at that time, 14.8% at this time)
Single: $290.00
Double: $290.00
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.

You will be charged a deposit on (1) night’s room and tax at the time of reservations..

CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposit will become non-refundable if reservation is cancelled within 30 days (beginning May 20, 2020) prior to the arrival date.

If you have difficulties booking a room online, please call 1 (877) 212-5752. Identify that you are booking a room with the 2020 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 Rise and Shine in Service to America!

Susan Broderick
California State Vice Regent
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Chapter Chatter: Susan B. Anthony Chapter Donates to Women’s Shelter

Heeding the call of President General Denise Doring VanBuren,  in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October),  Susan B. Anthony Chapter Daughters collected items for a local women’s shelter in Long Beach, California.  Susan B. Anthony Daughters collected a variety of items to support women in need.

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Website Selected for National Honor

El Redondo Chapter is delighted to share the news of the notice below received October 23, 2019 from Jan Johnpier, VIS Chair. We so appreciate having our talented Webmaster Linda Maxwell (also our hardworking Treasurer!)

“Subject: DAR Website of the Month Winner for September 2019

Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you that your lovely El Redondo Chapter website has been selected as the September 2019 Website of the Month by our National VIS Committee Site of the Month volunteer judges.

Attached is a special graphic that you may display on your page.

The winning website: https://redondo.californiadar.org/  -Content , Originality, Creativity, Public appeal, Attractiveness, Navigation, Compliance with VIS guidelines

Congratulations! And thank you for all the hard work that went into this website”

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 9 Video

The last day of the California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools – Day 9.  It’s been a wonderful trip!

https://youtu.be/yvB-vtOrhlM

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 8 Video

We’re nearing the end to the fabulous California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools. Here’s the Day 8 video:

https://youtu.be/9lL_yi36X5E

 

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 7 Video

On the road again…what a wonderful journey we’ve been sharing with our California Daughters:

http://State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 6 Video

#CASunshineBusTour

 

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Chapter Chatter: Sacramento Chapter Daughters Clean William S. Hamilton’s Grave

Sacramento Chapter Daughters cleaned the grave of William S. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, on October 12, 2019, to celebrate the National Day of Service!

William S. Hamilton dropped out of West Point and East coast life when he was 20, becoming a miner. He came to California for the Gold Rush and died of cholera in 1850. He is buried in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 6 Video

California Sunshine DAR Schools Bus Tour, Day 6 Video:

https://youtu.be/ajfVeuwOcN8

#CASunshineBusTour

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Chapter Chatter: Jose Maria Amador Chapter Members Honor National DAR Day of Service and Bestow a Community Service Award

The Jose Maria Amador Chapter participated in several projects honoring the National DAR Day of Service. The events took place on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Early in the day, eight ladies served lunch at the local Senior Center. Working with the non-profit Open Heart Kitchen, the ladies worked as waitresses, dishwashers, busgirls and food line servers. The ladies enjoyed chatting with the seniors and brightening their day. Later in the day, another group of eight ladies got together and did patriotic rock painting. These patriotically painted rocks will be put in the garden of the Livermore VA Hospital. Great job ladies on your busy Days of Service!

In keeping with the Day of Service, the chapter bestowed the Community Service Award to Kirstin Litz of Pleasanton, CA at their October 12th chapter meeting. Kirstin is the Board Chair of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and has also volunteered with the local Dress A Girl around the World, Chemo Care Ministry, Valley Humane Society, Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies, Relay for Life and several other local philanthropic organizations.

Kirstin spoke to the chapter about her upbringing and how volunteerism has been an important part of her life since a young age. She then spoke to the group about Breast and Ovarian cancer and gave us information regarding prevention and ways to educate ourselves.

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 5 Video

The California Sunshine Bus Tour Continues!  Follow along here:

https://youtu.be/dyynSsa2JKY

#CADARSunshineBusTour

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Chapter Chatter: Eel River Valley Daughters’ Day of Service

On October 12, 2019, Eel River Valley Daughters worked to verify grave locations in Fortuna’s oldest cemetery: Kenmar Pioneer Cemetery

Daughters checked to see that physical markers on the ground corresponded to Fortuna Cemetery District records. We found one grave whose inhabitant was born in 1786 – one year before the Constitution was ratified!

As the photo shows, a good time was had by all. Missing from the photo is the photographer, Regent Shirley Lipa.

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Hears Talk on the Role of the Genetic Genealogist

At the October 12, 2019 El Redondo chapter meeting, associate member Kathleen Spearman, (Point Vicente Chapter), discussed the history of genetic testing and the services and interactions of Family Tree DNA, 23 & Me, Ancestry DNA, My Heritage, and LivingDNA.

She explained the roles of genetic genealogists Barbara Rae-Venter and Bennett Greenspan and how the recent surge in numbers tested (5 1/2 million persons as of 2 1/2 years ago) has allowed genetic genealogists to assist law enforcement agencies in solving some of the 200,000 unsolved murders since 1960.

The genetic genealogist uses reverse genealogy to find “persons of interest.” This method was used to solve the infamous Golden State Killer Case. Several of our El Redondo Daughters have already discovered their “cousinship” in sharing an 8th great-grandfather from the Revolutionary War era. This was from the usual method of tracing the family trees with verifying documents. Imagine the connections to be found several generations hence from our own DNA testing!

Photo: Kathleen Spearman explains the role of the genetic genealogist

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