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This year there were eleven tables, with each hostess choosing a theme from the “special occasions” list. These included Easter, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Wedding, Birthday Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day – fittingly hosted by Sue Fitz’patrick’ of the Los Gatos Chapter. Hostesses were encouraged to dress the part for their theme, garnering extra points, and the competition was on! There were pilgrims and Indians, leprechauns, gorgeous fascinators at the wedding table, Christmas elves, witches, and flappers representing the New Year’s Eve table – circa 1926 – the year the chapter was formed.
A lovely team of Girl Scouts acted as judges and servers, responding each time the ‘tea bell’ was rung. They served tea, scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, finger sandwiches, skewered fruit, and amazing homemade desserts – all provided by attendees.
Regent Karri Sieler provided the entertainment including a quiz on DAR history, three rounds of bingo, and a video highlighting the chapter achievments.
After dessert the winners were announced: Grand prize to Kim Guzman’s New Year’s Eve table, second place to Ginny Schlomann’s Halloween table and Bonnie Wagner’s Christmas table took third place.
One of Santa Clara Chapter’s most successful events, Daughters can’t wait to see what next year’s committee’s theme will be.
Photo: The New Year’s Eve grand prize table
On Monday, July 2, 2018, the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter’s Executive Board met at the CSSDAR headquarters in Glendora for vision, planning and a tour of the headquarters. It was an invigorating day for the attendees.
Among the many objectives we pursue, we look forward to implementing a beginning genealogy course at the Whittier Public Library. Shiryl Boerlin will chair this program which will help our Members research additional descendants.
In September, Members and guests will tour the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton and visit the Iwo Jima Memorial. During the past year, the Chapter has been collecting donations for the Memorial. We are very proud to be supportive of this CSSDAR Project and of our Chapter’s 35-year Member Penny Brown, Past Regent, who is a descendant of William Pendleton!
In addition, we will continue to support the California Army National Guard units stationed in Jordan with gift boxes.
The Chapter Chairs of National Committees will present to the John Greenleaf Whittier NSDAR monthly meetings a National Defense Message and a Constitution Minute, to foster our true patriotism.
Pictured are L-R: Arlene Wright, Recording Secretary; Diana Arnold, 1st Vice President; Carol Shimko, Registrar; Shiryl Boerlin, Parliamentarian; Dianne Sickles, Treasurer; Frances Holt, 2nd Vice President
On April 11, 2018, San Clemente Island chapter held a “Springtime in Paris” luncheon and fashion show fundraising event at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. It was a beautiful spring day and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and shopping for fun raffle baskets. The fashion show presented by Chico’s featured new spring outfits and our own chapter members served as models. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting “Springtime in Paris.” Thank you to all who supported our event.
The El Dorado Chapter hosted a special guest at the April 14 chapter meeting. Members met a service dog named; Kenna, a very well-mannered German Shepard who brought her owner Guy Sheble with her. Mr. Sheble is a veteran of both Iraq conflicts and served in the Marine Corps and Army. He spoke to the chapter about his experience in training service dogs while in the Army and his mission today to save veterans and shelter dogs by creating partnerships that help heal veterans.
His organization called Silver Paws Ranch rescues dogs from local animal shelters. These dogs are temperament tested and obedience trained before they begin their service training that is specific to each veteran. Many of these veterans suffer from disabilities such as PTSD, seizures, and have difficulty rejoining society. The veteran is paired with his dog outfitted with specific gear, and then educated on how to use his dog, how to care for him and how to use the laws to protect his service animal.
Guy calls these dogs, “battle buddies”. The dogs are trained to be calm in crowded public places. They are trained for TSA airport screening and boarding aircraft. His first service dog, Tex, flew with him seated on the floor next to him over 19 times and today he depends on Kenna specifically for balance at night.
First Vice Regent, Carol Ann Nolan is pictured thanking Mr. Sheble and Kenna on behalf of the chapter.
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.