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State Regent’s Message: October 2019

My Dear California Daughters,

September is now behind us. At our Council meetings, we enjoyed laughing and learning with friends, marched together in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and collected toys and games to share with deployed service men and women. We were touched by the story of Andrew Bottrell, a severely wounded veteran, and his wife as they continue to build a wonderful life together… in a home made possible through the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program, our State Regent’s Project. And, we were inspired by another stirring message from keynote speaker Chaplain LaToya Zavala, LT US NAVY.

Your State Regent joined District XII, in an annual bell ringing event at the Mission San Juan Capistrano (Bells Across America – September 17) organized by the San Clemente Island Chapter, Mary Dahm, Regent. The following Saturday she was with District XIV for their annual Constitution Week luncheon, led by the Letitia Coxe Shelby Chapter, Irene Hobbs, Regent. Both events and the many you organized and attended were in celebration of the United States Constitution. Signed September 17, 1797, it has stood for 232 years as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout our history to maintain our liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights.

Now October greets us with changes in weather, it is misting outside as this is being written, and anticipation of things to come. California Daughters, in chapters throughout our state, are planning for special ways to celebrate the DAR Day of Service. Though officially identified as October 11, NSDAR Founders Day, your “Day” will be whenever the most of you… in chapter or district… can gather together in October to provide meaningful service to your communities and our country. You will clean beaches and cemeteries; sort clothes for a local “Stand Down” or charitable thrift store. You may find yourself fixing meals at a Fisher House, VA Home, homeless shelter, or delivering to shut-ins. Some may be reading stories to school children or rocking babies at a local hospital. Others will take time to write notes of thanks and encouragement to deployed service men and women and sew more “cool ties” and gaiters to be added with the toys and games being packed into boxes for these deployed. Districts VIII and VI have special days planned for October 12 and 27 that could include anyone nearby with time for service. Contact Penny Adams-O’Neill (VIII-October 12) or Robin Hurwitz (VI-October 27).

T-shirts denoting that CA Daughters are “Serving our Communities” are now available for ordering through the webstore. DIY graphic and mail-in order forms are on the website: Documents and Forms > State Forms and Documents> State Society table. When in service in your community, use this not-so-subtle message to identify yourselves, inviting inquiries regarding our Society and how others might join.

Our President General, through the DAR Project Patriot Committee, is encouraging Daughters to wear red on Friday: R E D – Remember Everyone Deployed. To help, Kris Wood, State Corresponding Secretary, has designed a t-shirt for CSSDAR with the message, printed in white on red t-shirts. The shirts can be ordered through the webstore or using the form found under Documents and Forms > State Forms and Documents> State Society table. Whether in our t-shirt or your own red shirt, do join the “movement.” Show this subtle support for our active military.

This month, 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.

And, as this month of dedicated service winds down, look forward to our annual American Heritage Tea, November 2, 2019, in Roseville, CA, Chairs: State Chaplain Barbara McMahon and Susan Brooking. Make your reservations online and plan to join friends in a delightful afternoon of good food and wonderful DAR fellowship!

Through our service and friendships, California Daughters continue to rise and shine and make a difference!

With much love and appreciation,
Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 7 Video

On the road again…what a wonderful journey we’ve been sharing with our California Daughters:

http://State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 6 Video

#CASunshineBusTour

 

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Chapter Chatter: Sacramento Chapter Daughters Clean William S. Hamilton’s Grave

Sacramento Chapter Daughters cleaned the grave of William S. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, on October 12, 2019, to celebrate the National Day of Service!

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.

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 6 Video

California Sunshine DAR Schools Bus Tour, Day 6 Video:

https://youtu.be/ajfVeuwOcN8

#CASunshineBusTour

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Chapter Chatter: Jose Maria Amador Chapter Members Honor National DAR Day of Service and Bestow a Community Service Award

The Jose Maria Amador Chapter participated in several projects honoring the National DAR Day of Service. The events took place on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

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.

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 5 Video

The California Sunshine Bus Tour Continues!  Follow along here:

https://youtu.be/dyynSsa2JKY

#CADARSunshineBusTour

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Chapter Chatter: Eel River Valley Daughters’ Day of Service

On October 12, 2019, Eel River Valley Daughters worked to verify grave locations in Fortuna’s oldest cemetery: Kenmar Pioneer Cemetery

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.

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter Hears Talk on the Role of the Genetic Genealogist

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

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District News: District VI Daughters Donate 300 Pairs of Shoes to Souls4Sole

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!

 

 

 

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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!

 

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 4 Video

Our California Daughters journey continues!  Follow along the California Sunshine DAR Bus Tour with this video.

https://youtu.be/zR9btARcIkg

#CADARSunshineBusTour

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Chapter Chatter: Mission Viejo Chapter Enters Local Scarecrow Contest to Benefit R.I.S.E – Please VOTE!

Honoring the passing of the 19th Amendment and educating our community, the Mission Viejo Chapter has an entry in the Mission Viejo 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest.

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!

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 3 Video

Follow our California Daughters on Day 3 of the California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools:

https://youtu.be/3MHcJh-eACg

#CASunshineBusTour

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 2 Video

Follow along with our California Daughters Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 2 Video:

https://youtu.be/WzJVRu6W7tM

#CASunshineBusTour

 

 

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State News: California Sunshine Bus Tour of DAR Schools Day 1 Video

Follow along on the California Sunshine Tour of DAR Schools! #CASunshineBusTour

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.

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State Regent Announcement: California DAR School Bus Tour

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: webmaster@californiadar.org.

Enjoy the adventure!

Adele Lancaster
State Regent
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