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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.
Chapter Chatter: Jose Maria Amador Chapter Members Honor National DAR Day of Service and Bestow a Community Service Award
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.
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.
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
District VI’s ten chapters all donated shoes in support of the California State Society Children of the American Revolution (C.S.S.C.A.R) State President’s program, Soles4Souls. Plus, all the shoes donated by the District support the C.A.R. Captain Mathew Ramsey Chapter’s shoe collection program.
Billie Spence, Santa Clara Chapter DAR member and past National Senior President of Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R) packed and mailed over 300 pairs of shoes after the District VI Fall Meeting on October 5, 2019.
District VI Daughters are making a difference with a lot of soul…and soles!
Chapter Chatter: Arrorwhead Valley Chapter to Commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower – Rose Parade Float
Arrowhead Valley chapter is commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower by helping to decorate the Mayflower float sponsored by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants at the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
The Commemorative Events Committee has selected the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower as a milestone event for members to commemorate through significant programs and/or events and Arrowhead Valley Daughters are thrilled to participate in this way.
You, your friends and families can volunteer to help decorate the Mayflower float for the 2020 Rose Parade. For detailed information and to register to volunteer please visit http://www.CAMayflower2020.com/sign-up
Have fun with your chapter, family and friends; form a carpool! Earn Service to America hours! Organize a carpool with you chapter to join us in Irwindale.
The window of opportunity to sign up will close soon. Please sign up today!
Chapter Chatter: Mission Viejo Chapter Enters Local Scarecrow Contest to Benefit R.I.S.E – Please VOTE!
Our Chapter has an opportunity to win, but with 23 entries this year, we need your vote!
For your vote to count, you must vote in *every* category. Our entry is looking to be considered for “Most Traditional” ($300 – 1st place) and “People’s Choice” ($500 – 1st place).
Our entry is #15 – “Lucy the Suffragette” Please vote here: https://tinyurl.com/MVDAR-Scarecrow2019
All proceeds will go to benefit Adele Lancaster’s State Regent Project: The Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. A program that design and build specially adapted smart homes for the most severely wounded heroes.
Please vote early and vote often! We appreciate your vote and helping us win to help our veterans!
Here’s the line to the video of Day 1! https://youtu.be/XTvrX3wFsuU
October 10th-19th, 40 CA Daughters will embark on a tour of the five DAR Schools/Supported Schools from Kentucky to North Carolina, into South Carolina, through Georgia to Alabama. They will meet for themselves the children we serve and understand the difference this service makes.
The tour, organized by CA DAR School Committee Chair Cheryl Odell and Vice Chair Elizabeth Julian, will be an amazing and rewarding experience. Watch social media and check Brooke Stewart’s daily video reports posted on the Clarion, our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/cssdar ) and our California Daughters’ Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/cssdar/ )… you, too, can be traveling along! Search for the hashtag #CASunshineBusTour.
Are you wishing that you were traveling with the 40 California Daughters as they journey this next week to visit with the children we support at our DAR schools?
Well, you can come along!
Each evening, Brooke Stewart, CA VIS Vice Chair, Multi-Media/Special Events, will be posting a video of the day’s activities, events and in three different locations: On the CA Daughters’ closed Facebook page, the CA Twitter account, and our California Clarion – Your source for California State Society News and Information.(links provided for all three below). Those who understand, search the hashtag: #CASunshineBusTour to locate these posts more easily.
Too, we can anticipate that the President General’s blog will give day-to-day reports from the perspective of the National Bus Tour and many will be posting on various Facebook pages.
If you have difficulty connecting to any of the sources above, please contact Linda Unrue, State VIS Committee Chair: email@example.com.
Enjoy the adventure!