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State Regent’s Message: March 2020

My Dear California Daughters:

The fun never stops!

The plans and preparations are nearly done, with just a few days left before greeting you at our 112th State Conference. We will celebrate accomplishments, present special awards, do a little work, and just gather ‘round with good friends – old and new – having a wonderful time together.

But the “plans and preparations” paused now and again for other opportunities that had us together. We celebrated chapter milestone anniversaries in grand style. District meetings were as interesting and varied as the chapters and Daughters they gathered. We saw awards presented to student essay winners; heard chapters talk about efforts to retain and engage members; “saw” others feature chapter highlights, practicing for conference reports; and yet another featured a wonderful, interactive program from our State Membership Chair. Many chapter meetings, both focused and fun, had your State Regent so proud of the work you do, the genuine friendships you foster, the love and care you have for each other and your communities. Daughters, you are so making a difference through your work in our Society.

Thinking of accomplishing something good… with the Oak Lea completed, all of our State Regent’s Project fundraising efforts support the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program. You have purchased “everything sea star” and have been generous. We have… and still are… raising funds to help with the construction of two Smart Homes… and really, we could do three! Some chapters have collected and contributed throughout the year and another made a grand contribution at their annual, themed tea. This year’s theme: Wish upon a Star! – now wasn’t that appropriate – with over-the-top table decorations featuring Disney movies. Walt Disney was a dreamer… dreaming, creating, entertaining, all designed to lift spirits and make life a little happier. This fits, too. Can you imagine the difference we will have made, how our efforts to help will lift the spirits of the families who will live in these specially designed homes? We are Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment.

Contributions to the Gary Sinise Foundation, through the State Regent’s Project, are to be made, checks written, items ordered through the webstore, all keeping the deadline of April 30, 2020 in mind. Our final donation will be made on June 6th at our Backyard Barbecue. You will want to attend!

And, thinking toward June… we still have miles to go before this administration can sleep. Join us for the dedication of a marker at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, on Sunday afternoon, March 29th at 1:15. The marker is most unique and has been a labor of love by Janice Swayze. Our State Historian has worked for one and a half years to coordinate with the Mission during their 250th Jubilee and the Historian General’s office at National to get this project done. No charge. Do come! RSVP through the invitation on the CSSDAR website.

In April, anyone with a passion for or interest in genealogy will want to attend either of the two workshops with Debbie Duay. These two-day workshops, one in the South and one in the North, organized by State Librarian Linda Winthers, are our attempt to bring Debbie to California. This is your opportunity to spend time with her… and to take advantage of her amazing insights and willingness to share. Register through the webstore. May has us looking toward “New Beginnings” with the Council meetings set to hear about plans and direction forward from our State Regent-elect and her board. New district officers will be installed at this one-day event. Do make plans to attend. (Yes, plans include having the new administration pins available.)

June… first the barbecue… and then on to Continental Congress… where one State Regent bids adieu and another will Rise and Shine when she is installed. The beat goes on…. The fun never stops… And, you, my very dear Daughters of California, continue to Make a Difference through your service to God, Home, and Country.

With Love and Appreciation,
Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Announcement: Coming Soon – New & Improved Webstore

The WebStore is currently unavailable, but a new and improved WebStore will be back up in early April!

Meanwhile, please continue to shop by mail! The State Regent’s Project pins, t-shirts, and challenge coins are available for purchase! Just select the appropriate form below, and send with your check to State Headquarters:

CSSDAR Headquarters
PO Box 1436
Glendora, CA 91740-1436

If you would prefer to just make a donation to the State Regent’s Project – Gary Sinise Foundation, please complete the Donation Form, put SRP – Sinise in the memo, and send form with your check to:

CSSDAR State Headquarters
PO Box 1436
Glendora, CA 91740-1436

All checks written for the State Regent’s Project must be dated by April 30, 2020. Sea star pins must be ordered by the same date. T-shirts and challenge coins ordered beginning May 1, 2020, will carry over to the Broderick Administration.

Questions? Please contact the State Treasurer, Sharon Maas, .

Thank you for your patience!

Sharon Maas
State Treasurer
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Announcement: State Conference Refunds

Because a few have asked… For those of you who were unable to attend State Conference, know that we missed you … but we totally understand that the decision to stay home was difficult, yet, the right one for you. Unfortunately, the State Society will not be able to provide refunds to those unable to attend. Because of the stiff penalties, even had we canceled the event for all, due to the timing, we would have been held financially responsible and would have been unable to refund.

The March dedication at the Mission in San Diego and the two April Debbie Duay workshops are being rescheduled. We are still in a holding pattern for the May Council meetings, with a decision to be made before we begin registration for this event. But, we fully expect that the Backyard Barbecue of June 6, 2020, will be held. Hopefully, you will plan to attend this event at our State Headquarters in Glendora, to enjoy the company of good friends in a beautiful place.

We are so expecting that the virus will be under control, disruption to lives and health of our citizens will be restored to normal within the next month or two, so that we can resume what we do in DAR… make a difference through our service.

Thanks to you all for your patience and understanding. California Daughters are the best!

Adele Lancaster
State Regent
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Announcement: Coronavirus Message to Members

Our California State Society State Conference occurred just as the nation was reacting to the Coronavirus. The decision was made to carry on with plans, relying on the CDC guidelines. At the time, there was no “one right answer for everyone” and your state leadership didn’t presume to make one. Please read my complete March 2020 message at the link below:

The Coronavirus will peak and pass. Life will return to normal and the work of the DAR will continue. In the meantime, we will do as asked and encourage young people to do the same: work from home, avoid social gatherings, use drive-through options, avoid discretionary travel, stay home if feeling ill and contact your health provider for advice, stay away from nursing and retirement homes, and practice good hygiene. Look for things you can do at home that will be constructive, so when this passes, you can boast about what you were able to accomplish.

Wash your hands, my Dear Daughters, and do whatever is necessary to stay healthy!

Much love,

Adele Lancaster
State Regent
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Chapter Chatter: Don Jose de Ortega Chapter Bookfair

The Don Jose de Ortega Chapter held its 5th annual bookfair at the Calabasas Barnes & Noble store the first weekend in March. Twelve members took shifts greeting customers and explaining that this bookfair benefits local schools that are in need of reading books for students.

The chapter receives a B&N gift card for a percent of sales during the bookfair dates and uses that donation to fulfill reading wish lists provided by teachers and school librarians. Each year the chapter is able to donate several hundred books. A bonus this year came from a customer who offered four boxes of gently used books. Those have been added to the chapter’s “books to give” stash.

Chapter Bookfair coordinators are already working on next year’s plans. One member has a connection to service dogs that work with children’s reading classes. We were unable to coordinate it for 2020, but, you guessed it…the dogs are likely to participate in next year’s bookfair. As the store manager left on the final day of the bookfair he said “See you next year, and bring the dogs.”

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter’s 55th Annual Colonial Luncheon

On March 7, 2020, about 100 chapter members and guests enjoyed the 55th Colonial Luncheon at scenic Los Verdes Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Attendees arrived up to an hour before the luncheon in order to explore the many tables of donated gift displays for the silent auction and items to be raffled. The proceeds raised from the luncheon with its community and member support provide the funds for our scholarship program.

Regent Pat Husain introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies Carolyn Bushnell, Nat’l Vice Chair of DAR Scholarships. Chapter Chaplain Sue Ann Harding gave the benediction and Harbor SAR member Jamie Bellows led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. MC Bushnell introduced distinguished guests including Adele Lancaster, Regent CSSDAR; Linda Bartolf, Sec.CSSDAR; Lillian Leslie, Rec. Sec. CSSDAR; Kristin Wood, Corr. Sec. CSSDAR; Nancy Guenther, Natr’l Vice Chair of SW Region DAR Project Patriot.

An emotional introduction was given to CWO Keith Willoughby who will be retiring this year as leader of the Redondo Union MCJROTC. Chief Willoughby, also emotional, introduced his cadets who provided the Color Guard and also assisted with prize distribution. While guests enjoyed the lunch, a delightful music program was provided by “The Segundo Saxes,” a saxophone quartet. The program concluded with prize distribution followed by the benediction.

Photo caption: L-R Fran Bock, Nancy Connell, Jim Olds (VP Harbor SAR), Lynda Kraemer, Frances Vander Stucken, Kristine Wood, Adele Lancaster, Pat Husain, Lillian Leslie, Carolyn Bushnell, Francine Bostrom, Sherry Hohn, Kitty Crowley

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Announcement: Save the Date for Spring Council Meetings

Meet the officers-elect!

Southern Council
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Northern Council
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento
13th and J Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Information will be forthcoming on the CSSDAR Members’ Website for both Southern and Northern Councils. Lots of wonderful things happen at Spring Council. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Laurie Smotherman                            Kathy Russo
Northern Council Chair                        Southern Council Chair   

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Chapter Chatter: Mojave Chapter Celebrates 95th Anniversary

In February Mojave Daughters and guests gathered at the Alta Vista Country Club to celebrate the chapter’s 95th Anniversary. This wonderful celebration began with a presentation of the colors by Lee’s Legion, which is comprised of North Orange County SAR members in the uniform of the Colonial Continental Army. Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald presented a certificate of congratulations to the Chapter and State Regent Adele Lancaster brought greetings.

All enjoyed a fabulous champagne brunch accompanied by beautiful harp music played by Ellie Choate, who was sponsored by Mojave Daughter Mary Jo Vincent. Following the meal, Koa Kretchmer, Outreach Coordinator from the Gary Sinise Foundation, shared compelling stories of the wounded warriors who have been assisted by this organization. The Foundation is the current CSSDAR State Regent’s Project with a $25,000 donation made by California Daughters last December.  An additional donation will be given at the State Conference in March. The donations from California Daughters go specifically to outfit the kitchens of homes for our most severely injured military heroes.

Special thanks to the 95th Anniversary Committee members: Judith Baxter, Robin Chimino, Sara Clark, Dory Fisher, Joy Gage, Virginia Hughes, Doe Jones, Sharon Kaplan, Stacey McCoy, Laura Steele, Kay Street, Hilary White, and Diane Witmer. These Daughters devoted themselves to making this celebration a memorable day.

Susan Broderick, CSSDAR State Vice-Regent commented, “Congratulations Mojave Chapter on such a wonderful event! So happy to be there, celebrating with you all! A beautiful day celebrating commitment, membership and most of all, long-time friendships!”

Mojave Chapter now looks forward to celebrating 100 years in 2025!

Photo L to R: Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald, State Organizing Secretary Wendy Malone, State Regent Adele Lancaster, State Vice-Regent Susan Broderick, Mojave Regent Judith Baxter and Mojave Daughter Kit Bellinger

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Announcement: Questions About State Conference

At this time there are no plans to cancel our State Conference, scheduled for March 12-15, 2020, at the San Ramon Marriott in San Ramon.

The Conference Planning Committee has been in close contact with the San Ramon Marriott regarding our upcoming meetings at the hotel. There are a number of factors that have us confident that our plans to assemble can/should continue.

1. The hotel is following the guidelines recommended by the CDC with regards to their employees to ensure the health and safety of them and their guests. This includes:
a. Washing hands frequently
b. Keeping hands away from face
c. Using hand sanitizer when water is not available
d. Staying away from work with any signs of illness… of any kind.
e. Placing hand sanitizer for guests’ use in all public areas, including entry into the meeting and dining areas

2. CSSDAR will stress the same precautions: wash hands frequently, use sanitizer, wipe down common areas, including the exhibit room, and advise anyone who is ill to stay home. Members are encouraged to bring personal sanitizer, too.

3. CSSDAR will also encourage forms of greeting other than hugging and shaking hands. Let’s be creative: The Wuhan shake, (we’ll teach you) fist bump, slight bow/nod, elbow bump… even smile – now that’s a novel idea!

4. Since we are not expecting international travelers to attend, our chances of encountering the virus are greatly diminished. International attendance is a significant factor in cancellation of most events. We are confident that health risks to Daughters will be no greater than at any other time a large number of members
gather for work and fellowship.

Your State Regent and the Conference Committee know that each member will need to make her own decision regarding attendance. We also anticipate that those who come will have a grand time celebrating achievements, doing the official work of the Society, and thoroughly enjoy time renewing and making new friendships.

Adele Lancaster, State Regent


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Announcement: Historical Marking Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

CSSDAR is placing a historical marker at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá and you are invited!

The dedication will be Sunday, March 29, 2020, beginning at 1:15 p.m., at 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108. The invitation is available from the following link

Historical Marker Invitation

There is no charge for this event, your RSVP will help with planning the reception that follows.

Please RSVP your intention to attend to: Janice Swayze,

Questions would be directed to State Historian Janice Swayze.

Janice Swayze
State Historian
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Chapter Chatter: Del Norte Chapter Supports “Veterans’ Resource Day”

Del Norte Chapter, a staunch supporter of local Veterans activities, participated in “Veterans Resource Day” event at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Crescent City, on Friday, February 21, 2020. The annual event was sponsored by the Del Norte County Veterans Service Office. There were participants from northern California and southern Oregon, demonstrating helps available to veterans. A free lunch was also served. Del Norte Chapter members, Regent Liz Freeman, Jackie Henry-Ross, and Shari Ortega manned the Del Norte Chapter table during the four hours of participation.

It was a cooperative effort with the Chapter members; those who were not available to attend sent cookies, helped prepare the props and assisted in any way needed. With our 21 member Chapter, this is the type of endeavor we really enjoy, not labor intensive, and only a minimum number required to be in attendance, but great visibility, community service, and one-on-one dealings with the vets.

Del Norte Chapter had plenty of fresh-baked cookies for the vets, while we promoted “Wreaths Across America”; D2 and cleaning monuments & headstones; and Constitution Week. We gave away Vietnam War Commemorative
pins to Vietnam vets; DAR information; book-markers and Pocket Constitutions. The mixed crowd was interested in DAR, what type of group we are, and consequently, we had a number of inquiries about membership.  Del Norte Chapter spent a positive time with the veterans, putting action to our “Service to Veterans” commitment.


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Chapter Chatter: Feather River Chapter Honors Students

On Friday February 21, 2020 the Feather River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored its DAR Good Citizens at a pot luck luncheon held at the First Presbyterian Church in Gridley. The students, from several local high schools, their parents, family members and counselors were invited to attend. Following the luncheon, the students were introduced and their accomplishments were shared with the attendees and the students shared their plans for the future.

This year all entries were young ladies. (Back row left to right) Brianna Brennan, Faith Christian High School; Elizabeth Violet Allan, Live Oak High School; Lauren Cassidy Allen, Marysville High School; (Front row left to right) Mackynze Brooke Beall-Roettger, Oroville High School; Mackenzie Van Valkenburgh, River Valley High School (wrote the winning essay); and Mackenzie Dalton, Yuba City High School. All of these young ladies have a very bright future.

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Announcement: NSDAR Insignia Store on Schedule to Launch Continental Congress 2020!

We’re very proud to report that the NSDAR Insignia Store is on schedule for launch at Continental Congress 2020!

The National Society has executed well on its action plan, e.g., hired an Insignia Director, retained American manufacturers of jewelry-quality pins that will be made in the USA, acquired sales-related automation, and renovated space for the store at NSDAR headquarters.

Remember that the last day to order NSDAR Insignia from Hamilton is February 28, 2020. Do not contact NSDAR regarding orders placed with Hamilton since they will be unable to answer questions regarding orders placed with Hamilton.

No DAR Insignia will be sold between February 29 and Continental Congress.

We are confident that you will agree that the NSDAR Insignia Store will be worth the wait, as we will be offering limited edition inaugural DAR insignia pins, including the VanBuren President General’s Project and new commemorative pins that recognize the anniversaries of important events leading up to America’s 250th birthday, when we launch.

More information about ordering these pins will be provided on the NSDAR Members’ Website as the exciting launch day approaches.

Insignia Volunteers
The National Society is seeking outgoing and enthusiastic members who are passionate about DAR Insignia to serve as Insignia Volunteers. These member-volunteers will assist staff with sales for at least one state meeting (not necessarily that of their membership states) and at Continental Congress. There will be several Insignia Volunteers for each state. Information about job requirements is available at the following:

An application to apply as an Insignia Volunteer is available from this link:
Please contact Corresponding Secretary General Kathryn West at for more information about the Insignia Volunteer program.
In order to be familiar with what is happening, please read the earlier President General’s blog about the DAR Insignia Store at the following link:
I hope you will consider applying to become an Insignia Volunteer!
Pamela Meyers
State Insignia Chair
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Announcement: 2020 Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Available

The 2020 Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Applications are now available!

Last year three teachers from California were awarded $500 grants from this fund, and at least two grants are available to California teachers for this year. Each chapter may sponsor a teacher to apply for this grant.

The deadline is April 1, 2020 for filling out the application and submitting it to the State Junior Membership Co-chairs, Courtney Traub ( and Sarah Rao ( Information about the award is available from the following link:

Classroom Grant Award Program

The application is available from the following link:

2020 Helen Pouch Grant Application Form

Please contact Courtney or Sarah for more information.

Sarah Rao                            Courtney Traub

           State Junior Membership Co-chairs
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