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State Regent’s Message: December 2019

My Dear California Daughters:

December, the last month of 2019, has reflection of just past and promise of what’s right around the corner…

At the beginning of November, nearly 150 Daughters came together for another beautiful tea, celebrating friendship and our American heritage. Thank you, Susan Brooking and Barbara McMahon. This year, Jo Olson brought another level of insight into how women persevered to achieve suffrage, that we have the right and privilege today. Yea, we have a goodly heritage… and must do all we can to preserve it.

This leads us to acknowledging that we are well into preparing for another election cycle in our country. Though we have a responsibility as citizens to be well informed, know the issues and their ramifications, we also must keep in mind that our Society is non-political. Consequently, we are not engaged in activity that promotes one “side” over another. Our rhetoric is one of respect for various points of view. Our VIS team does review content on our closed Facebook pages and comments deemed political will be removed. That said, we do not have, nor do we want, any jurisdiction over personal / private Facebook pages or other such social media. Members are just reminded that when you promote DAR activity… which we hope you do… your words and views may be seen through that filter. Remember to choose words that represent the best of who you are.

November also saw an increase in Daughters wearing red on Fridays. Such a subtle way to Remember Every Deployed. Daughters made the most of this November to honor all military service… veterans and active duty… acknowledging their service and providing tangible support with needed items and sweet treats, too. The service project at Operation Gratitude, delayed from October because of fire activity in the Chatsworth area, was a wonderful opportunity for many of us… We stuffed Teddy bears, made paracord bracelets and hand/toe warmer packets, checked and wrote notes, sorted items… getting everything ready for packing into boxes. This project, organized for us by Cathey Sinai, and the one at Operation Care and Comfort in San Jose, organized by Robin Hurwitz, involved Daughters from several districts and multiple chapters working together with many other community groups and individuals.

To celebrate Veteran’s Day this year, your State Regent traveled to Eagle, Idaho, where, she was joined by two other California Daughters and Idaho’s state regent and state chaplain in attending a Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. home dedication. Meeting Jesse and Kelly Cottle, seeing their beautiful little girls at play, chatting with her sister and his mother, all made for a never-to-be forgotten experience for each of us. Comments from corporate leaders, local contractors and builders had us realizing that they, too, have the same attitude we see in our Society. Building this home for the Cottle’s was a labor of love. Doing for the veteran was an honor and privilege. Much the same way we approach every service project we undertake: It is a privilege to be able to make a difference in our communities, in the lives of others who share space on Earth with us.

Construction on the Smart Home for “our” veteran, another who has faced enormous trials and experienced amazing triumphs, has begun in California. Watch for details as our veteran is revealed. Working with the Gary Sinise Foundation, we will get to experience the wonderful joy that comes through knowing we have made a difference. Your support of the state regent’s project, and special contributions, are going to have a profound impact on the life of someone who was simply “willing to serve.” Someone who never even considered the sacrifices his service might entail.

And, what’s right around the corner? In just two weeks, we will gather in Glendora for our annual Victorian Christmas Tea. The HQ Committee has, again, planned a special event in our House Beautiful. And the Oak Lea landscape committee will work their magic to create a holiday space for friends to visit. We thank you for your patience with regards to the webstore being down during a peak reservation period. Know that whatever the glitch, no CSSDAR or personal information was compromised. Just one of those things not in our control.

Many of you will be participating in Wreaths Across America that same morning. This is another project that honors those who served… when, throughout the country, wreaths are placed upon the graves of thousands of veterans. We hope all who can, will do both: honor our deceased veterans and join us for fun and fellowship in Glendora later in the afternoon.

In January, the Call to Conference will be announced. Daughters will want to make their plans early. An Announcement with hotel information has already been distributed. All chapters are expected to submit their Credential Form to the State Registrar. And members and delegates are encouraged to visit the website to review all candidate brochures. California is fortunate to have a number of qualified Daughters ready, willing, and able to serve in many areas of leadership. And, this March, you will select those to represent you at the state’s highest level.

As this year begins its final month, do take time to reflect and begin to make plans for the months to come. Rejoice in what was and what shall be… as you Rise and Shine and make a difference through your service to God, Home, and Country.

Have a blessed holiday with family and friends!

Much love and appreciation,

Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: Jose Maria Amador Chapter Members Enjoyed a Busy November Celebrating Veterans

The Jose Maria Amador Chapter participated in several projects honoring Veterans in the month of November, 2019. The month started off with members walking in the City of Pleasanton Veteran’s Day parade.

We then had a great November meeting where a speaker, Pat Frizzell, from the Pleasanton Military Families group educated us on what their group does. At this same meeting we also highlighted one of our own chapter members, Lila McAlhany, who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. We learned Lila’s life story and about her military service.

Our final event was volunteering at the holiday “Pack Out” with Pleasanton Military Families. We assisted in packing boxes to be sent to local troops that are stationed abroad. It was a fun morning and a great feeling knowing the service members truly appreciate the packages.

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Announcement: *Update* State Conference Room Reservations

Rooms at the San Ramon Marriott are in short supply. If you have a reservation for Monday, March 9, or Tuesday, March 10, 2020 that you will not be using, please consider turning it in so that those who need rooms for those nights may utilize them.

You may make your reservation by calling the hotel at: 925-867-9200 or selecting the link below:

Marriott Room Reservations for 112th State Conference

Thank you,

Patricia Goldman
State Conference Chair
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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Presents American Flag

San Clemente Island Chapter provided the opening ceremony and presentation of the American flag to Concordia Elementary School on Friday, November 8, 2019.

The children colored over 600 patriotic pictures to be distributed to veterans across South Orange County.

Our Chapter also honored local veterans at our monthly chapter meeting, November 13th, with music, a delicious luncheon and special recognition.

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Announcement: 112th State Conference 2020 Room Reservations Now Available

Room reservations for the 112th State Conference to be held at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA, 94583, March 12-15, 2020, are now available.

The DAR rate of $135.00 per night plus fees and taxes for a single or double room is available March 9-15, 2020. Self parking is $8.00 per day. Valet parking is at the posted rate.

You may make your reservation by calling the hotel at: 925-867-9200 or selecting the link below:

Marriott Room Reservations for 112th State Conference

Hope to see you there!

Patricia Goldman
State Conference Chair
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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Participates in Dana Point Time Capsule Celebration

On Monday, October 28, 2019, members of the San Clemente Island Chapter participated in the Dana Point Time Capsule Celebration at the harbor. We were joined by State Regent, Adele Lancaster, and State Recording Secretary, Lillian Leslie, as well as several members of the Patience Wright Chapter.

San Clemente Island Chapter placed several items in the time capsule, including a DAR challenge coin provided by Adele Lancaster.

The beautiful monument which will house the time capsule stands at the entrance to Dana Point Harbor and will be opened again in October 2069.

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Announcement: National DAR Day of Service & Service to America

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support for the National DAR Day of Service throughout October! There was an outstanding response in the Service to America Committee DAR members-only Facebook group with more than 360 member posts describing service projects, many of which included photos. They featured a service project every day in October on the Service to America public Facebook page. Mrs. VanBuren published a wonderful post on the DAR Blog about the National DAR Day of Service (see link below). Thank you all for SHINING and spreading the word about DAR Service to America!

President General’s Post

A few year-end reminders:

Online Tally: Please enter your 2019 Service to America Hours before the end of December.

Link to Online Tally

Chapter Achievement Report (CMR): Chapters who participated in a community project as part of the National DAR Day of Service will earn 25 points on the CMR! Note: This field is not auto-filled, so please select “yes” on this question on the CMR.

Service to America Award for Outstanding National DAR Day of Service Project: This award recognizes outstanding meaningful community service projects completed during October in celebration of the National DAR Day of Service. Please submit your October service projects to be considered for the Service to America Award. Two (2) National Award winners: one (1) state winner and one (1) chapter winner will be recognized at Continental Congress 2020.

Award entries need to be submitted online via the SurveyMonkey link (an online survey platform) by the Chapter Regent on or before December 15, 2019.

Award Entry Submittal

Please see the link below for details on eligibility, submission instructions, and judging process.

Service to America Committee Awards

Please see the link below for details on eligibility, submission instructions, and judging Process. If you have questions, please contact either of our State Co-Chairs, emails below, or our Southwest Division Vice Chair of the Service to America Committee. Click here  for the contact information. We can’t wait to hear about the wonderful service projects from across the country and around the world.

Thank you for Rising and Shining in Service to America! You are making a difference.

Whitney Crane & Jean Thomas
Service to America, Co-Chairs
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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Participates at the Annual Redondo Beach Veterans Park Ceremony

El Redondo Chapter has a booth each year at the Redondo Beach Veterans Park Veterans Day event. Task Force member Nancy Connell with help from her husband set up the table display for 2019. Members Carole Callies, Kathy Edwards and Jackie Luca distributed small American flags to the audience.

The audience of several hundred enjoyed the music of the 40th Infantry Division Band, a flag folding ceremony by the 61st Airbase Honor Guard and an inspiring keynote address by Colonel Ann Igl, USAF Commander of the 61st Airbase Group.

Photo Caption: L-R Virda Chappell, Kathy Fikel-Gessner, Lynda Kraemer, Nancy Connell, Kathy Edwards, Colonel Ann Igl, Jackie Luca, Carole Callies

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Committee News: Conservation Project for Your Chapter

If your chapter is looking for a new Conservation project, check out the Crayon Initiative at: thecrayoninitiative.org and see how you can get started. Collection boxes can be provided as well as low cost mailing labels.

The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools, and homes across the country, then melts them down and re-manufactures them reducing waste. Better yet, the recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S., brightening the lives of young patients during their stay.
For more information, you can contact the founder, Bryan Ware directly at:  bryan@thecrayoninitiative.org

Linda Ramos
California State Chair, Conservation
You may also contact me if you need any further information,
LRamos1999@aol.com

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Chapter Chatter: Del Norte Chapter Vice Regent Cori Higgins Keynote Speaker at Luncheon

Del Norte Chapter spent November 11, 2019 honoring Veterans by attending the community activities of the day which included early morning flag raising ceremonies, the 10 am parade, the 11 am “Moment of Silence”, and the 12 noon traditional Community luncheon at the Veterans’ Hall, where Del Norte Chapter manned the DAR table, promoting “Wreaths Across America” & Monument Cleaning with D-2, and honored Vietnam Veterans with Vietnam War Commemorative pins.

Del Norte Chapter Vice Regent/Registrar, Cori Higgins, was the keynote speaker of the day to a large luncheon crowd, expounding on her trip to Normandy, France, where she took part in the observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The crowd enjoyed the vigorous narrative of the slide show documenting the D-day ceremonies. The presentation also included documentary video of concentration camps, & houses in Holland where residents were forcibly removed to the camps.

Later that afternoon, Vice Regent Higgi and a contingent of Del Norte Chapter members drove 17 miles to Gasquet American Legion Hall where Cori presented the D-Day program to a Legion audience and the Daughters repeated the promotions of earlier in the day.

After a Veterans’ Day full of tribute to our Veterans, past and present, the Del Norte Daughters headed back to Crescent City satisfied with the accomplishments of the day.

Top photo: L – R: SEATED: Paulette Eneim, Deb Snodgrass STANDING: CSSDAR Organizing Secretary Wendy Malone; Regent Liz Freeman; Vice Regent (Speaker) Cori Higgins; Kathy Alexander; Annette Short; Marlene Young

Bottom photo: Marlene Young; Vice Regent (speaker) Cori Higgins; CSSDAR Organizing Secretary Wendy Malone, Shari Ortega; Jackie Henry-Ross; Regent Liz Freeman; Kathy Alexander

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters Hold Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On November 11, 2019 at 11:00 am, representatives from the El Redondo and Pt. Vicente Chapters held their annual Veterans Day observance at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Chaplains Lee Wolfe of Pt. Vicente and Sue Ann Harding of El Redondo officiated. A flag folding ceremony was performed by local Girl Scout Troop 12345 under the direction of Jeanine Hoffman. Many thanks to our chaplains, the scouts and the local veterans who surprised us with their visit.

Photo caption: Pt. Vicente and El Redondo daughters and family, scouts and visiting vets pose in front of the Veterans Memorial at Green Hills Memorial Cemetery

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Announcement: Debutante Applications for 2020 State Conference Now Being Accepted

Committee Reminder: Debutante applications are now being accepted for the 2020 State Conference Debutante Presentation which will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in San Ramon.

To be eligible, a debutante must meet the following requirements:
– Must be a female descendant of an NSDAR member, a member of the California State Society C.A.R., or a California resident of National Society C.A.R. Member-At-Large.
– Must be between the ages of 17 and 22 as of March 1, 2020.
– May not already be a member of the DAR.

The Debutante Application and Fact Sheet can be found on the Debutante Committee page on the CSSDAR Member’s Website (after login) at: Debutante Committee Page. Complete Debutante Applications are due to a State Debutante Co-Chair by December 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Ferich or Sharon Henry, State Debutante Co-Chairs. brendaferich@cox.net sharonhenry1@cox.net

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Chapter Chatter: Feather River Service to Veterans and Veterans Day Parade

On November 7, 2019,  Feather River Chapter completed its Service to Veterans project for the year. During the summer, members made over 50 fleece lap robes. On November 7th, Regent Dorothy Welton (in the red jacket) and Treasurer Alma Roots (in the white shirt) delivered the robes to the Veterans Hospital in Mather, CA. They were met by Susan Lambert of Volunteer Services. Susan took us to the patient ward and went into each room to let the veteran know who we were and why we were there.

As we entered, we smiled and thanked each veteran for their service. After chatting with each of them, and they love to talk, we handed them a robe of their choosing. We had robes left over so before leaving we went to the outpatient waiting area and gave them to patients who were waiting to have tests done, or to see a doctor. Just this simple act of kindness means so much to them. It was a very rewarding day.

Again this Veterans Day Feather River Chapter participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Oroville, CA.

From left to right: Amy Boyette, Alma Roots (Treasurer), Dorothy Welton (Regent) and Chris Phelps. It was a beautiful day for a parade and a special time to honor our veterans.

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Chapter Chatter: Fresno-Yosemite Chapter in the 100th Central Valley Veterans Day Parade

The Fresno-Yosemite Chapter was pleased to participate in the 100th Central Valley Veterans Day Parade. This year, the parade had 250 entries and 17 Grand Marshals, and all branches of the military were represented, making it the largest Veterans Day parade in the country.

Pictured are Regent Sally Tripp, Corky Peterson, Mary Gadberry, and Sue Loucks.

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