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Imagine yourself seated on a bench in a cool grove of oak trees. In the background you hear the trickle of water flowing from a water feature. As you inhale the scents from nearby Valencia orange trees and sweet olive bushes, you view plantings of white roses and gardenias, white and blue agapanthus and red sun azaleas.
Your moments spent in the “Oak Lea” were the original vision of Treasurer General/Honorary State Regent Carol Jackson. She envisioned the Oak Lea as a quiet garden on CSSDAR State Headquarters property where members could walk, engage in conversation or meditate. Phase I of her beautification project at CSSDAR State Headquarters was completed during her administration. Phase II which included lighting, irrigation, preliminary concrete work and construction of a donor wall, was finished during the Moncrieff administration.
Phase III – the final phase – is scheduled to be completed during State Regent Adele Lancaster’s administration. It involves completion of the walkways (outlined in red brick to match the donor wall); plant placement; installation of a water feature, planter and eight (8) benches; construction of two (2) pillars and mulching of exposed areas.
We are so close to the finish line! Your donations are needed to complete this project. You can contribute in several ways. You can make a general donation to the Oak Lea Project ($20 minimum), adopt a plant ($30, $40 or $60) or adopt an orange tree ($150). You can also adopt an item: a bag of mulch ($25), bench ($500), water fountain ($500). For a donation of $1,000 or more, your name will be placed on the Oak Lea donor wall.
Donation checks should be mailed to CSSDAR Headquarters (P.O. Box 1436, Glendora, CA, 91740-1436), or presented at the September Council meetings. Checks should be made out to “CSSDAR State Treasurer,” and donation designation should be indicated on the check. Donations are also being accepted on the CSSDAR state website via the CSSDAR WebStore.
Questions??? Please contact project chair Sally Holcombe at 925-938-9137 or email@example.com).
Let’s make that difference, support this State Regent’s Project and complete the Oak Lea!
On August 2, 2018, Nick Stanford, grandson of Gold Trail Daughter Susie Glover, along with other Gold Trail Daughters visited the Johnson Hall veterans at the CA Veterans Home in Yountville to distribute bags made by sixteen-year-old Nick. Over the summer, Nick made twenty bags which can be attached to a wheel chair, walker or used as a tote bag as part of his service hours for graduation. Each veteran appreciated being able to select his own bag and offered many thanks and congratulations to Nick.
Nick and will be a junior at Rocklin High School and has served veterans since he was a young child. Nick is truly is a young man MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Photo: Nick Stanford is fourth from the left, along with Gold Trail Daughters and House J veterans
Dates: September 7th and 8th, 2018
Location: Renaissance Hotel Newport Beach (949) 476-2001
$149 a night Book by August 16, 2018 for guaranteed reduced rates
To book your room use the link provided below or call 888-236-2427 and refer to “DAR September 2018 Southern Council.”
Dates: September 14th and 15th, 2018
Location: Marriott Hotel in Rancho Cordova (916) 638-1100
$124.00 – One King Bed
$134.00 – Two Queen Beds
To book your room use the link provided below. Hotel rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (12%), $1.50 tourism assessment fee and $0.40 California state tax in effect at time of check out. Book your room by August 23, 2018 for guaranteed reduced rates.
Gaspar de Portola Chapter members and family spent many hours designing and decorating their patriotic float for Redwood City’s Fourth of July parade, the largest and longest parade in Northern California. This year’s float had a band playing patriotic rock songs and were dressed in colonial costumes portraying General George Washington and his army crossing the Delaware. The float and band were well received by the parade audience and judges alike with Gaspar de Portola Chapter winning first place in the Amateur San Mateo County Float category! The Gaspar de Portola Chapter has participated with a float and walkers (including other District IV chapter members) for the past six years and looks forward to the 2019 Independence Day parade.
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.