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State Regent’s Message: January 2020

My Dear Daughters,
Rise and Shine… a new year is here! May your reflections on 2019 be of time with best friends and things accomplished…having made a difference… together. And your dreams for 2020 include the same… time with friends, accomplishing things… making a difference… together!

What a wonderful afternoon we had with friends and DAR family at our beautiful State Headquarters for the annual Victorian Christmas Tea. Even the weather, at the last most possible moment, allowed us to be inside and out, where there was plenty of room to meet and greet, enjoy the Oak Lea, and locate your dedication bricks on the patio. The house and grounds were ready for entertaining thanks to the Headquarters Administrative and Landscape Committees, with Event Vice Chair Kathy Witt taking charge and hostess assistance from chapters in Districts XII and XIII. And, weren’t the outside lights pretty?!

Besides visiting with so many Daughters, a particular joy was presenting our first donation, $25,000, to the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program. California Daughters may now talk of how we are – not will be – helping to build Smart Homes for our most severely wounded. We are helping to create the totally accessible kitchens, where loved ones will gather and meals and memories will soon be made. There will be two more presentations: State Conference, Opening Night, when the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer will provide our Keynote Address and the first Saturday in June when we gather again for another Backyard Barbecue!

When the houses/walls are framed, Daughters will be invited to participate in a “Walls of Honor” event that takes place mid-way between ground-breaking and the home dedication. To better understand this event, chapters may want to view the YouTube, linked here:

Your continued support for the State Regent’s project will have an amazing impact on the lives of the service members/first responders receiving a Smart Home in California.

Having mentioned State Conference, the Call to Conference will be posted on the CSSDAR Members’ Website by  January 12, 2020. Your dues have been paid… now, be sure that your chapter’s credentials form is submitted before the February 1, 2020, deadline. This can be done either electronically or postmarked in time. Just don’t jeopardize your delegate voting rights by not filing properly.

Hotel information was distributed earlier and only a few rooms remain. Haven’t made your plans to attend? This would be the perfect time to consider using your Marriott points or double up with a friend. Though not the same fun, even consider staying at a nearby hotel. Just don’t miss Conference. Reservations to all events will be on a first-reserve / first-get-to-attend basis. There may be changes to the webstore. Pay close attention to any Announcements and new directions to register online and pay with credit cards. Seating will be limited for some events… be first! We have several very special guests, including Pamela Wright, First Vice President General, and several visiting State Regents, very excited to be coming to see how California Daughters have fun… and have and are continuing to make a difference through their service to God, Home, and Country! See you there, too!

Much love and appreciation,
Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: Fresno Yosemite Chapter Celebrates Addition of Six New Members

The Fresno Yosemite Chapter was honored to induct six new members during our October meeting. Five of these ladies are in the same family. The Lynn’s, Elaine, Patricia, Anna, Lorrie and Sara joined through their patriot, Jeremiah Gard. He served in Pennsylvania.  Due to illness and one being away at school, two of the family joined through Facetime.

The sixth new member, Myrna Ceccarelli, joined through patriot Jonathan Bernard. He served in Massachusetts.

Fresno Yosemite Chapter welcomes our new members; they have already selected the committees on which they want to serve!

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Chapter Chatter: Don Jose de Ortega Chapter Announces $1000 Scholarship for Spring Semester 2020

The Don Jose de Ortega Chapter is pleased to announce a $1000 scholarship available for Spring Semester 2020 for a deserving college student.

We are looking for a junior, senior, or post-graduate student in a field of science, medicine, mathematics, or education, or for a nursing student who has completed at least one semester of a 2 year program. If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other friend or family member who might be interested please have him or her contact us at Please write Scholarship in the subject line of the email.

The instructions and forms will be mailed or emailed to the applicant, and applications must be returned by February 29, 2020. The recipient does not have to be in DAR, and the selection committee is willing to consider applicants in other majors who have a commitment to serving their communities.

Don Jose de Ortega Chapter would love to hear from the students in your life!

Judi DiBariMarcia Stowers
Endowment Fund Committee Chair
Don Jose de Ortega Chapter

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Announcement: Call to the 112th State Conference Posted on the CSSDAR Member’s Website

The Call to the 112th State Conference has been posted on the CSSDAR Members’ Website.

Please plan to attend and learn about the accomplishments of our State Society during the last year. Attend fun and informative events, listen to reports by State Officers, District Directors, State Chairs and Chapter Regents. Stop by the Exhibit Room and visit the display tables provided by various committees, pick up information to share with your chapter, and support various projects through shopping at their tables.

Preregistration forms may be found on the CSSDAR Members’ Website, you can also click on the following link (after login):

Call to the 112th Annual State Conference

Or, you may register by using the WebStore which is accessible from this link:

WebStore Registration

Hotel rooms are still available for Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 15, at the DAR rate of $135.00 plus tax single or double. 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:  El Redondo Chapter Enjoys Presentation from Fire Grazers, Inc. at January Chapter Meeting

In the past,  El Redondo Chapter Daughters have heard several talks by conservationists on conserving water by using drought resistant plantings and helping save Monarch butterflies by providing their favorite plants in their gardens.

At the January meeting the ladies learned more about an ally to help in the prevention/damage reduction of the dreaded wild fires common in California and now ravaging Australia. Past Regent Fran Bock introduced speaker Michael Choi of Fire Grazers, Inc. His family raises and manages these allies–500 goats in Mariposa, CA.

Most El Redondo ladies have glimpsed these voracious weed eaters at work on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Mr. Choi embellished his explanation of the raising, transporting and management of these goats with herd photos and landscape photos showing the results of the grazing.

photo: Michael Choi surrounded by pleased El Redondo Daughters after his interesting presentation

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Announcement: Outstanding DAR Member, Honoring and Thanking Vietnam Veterans

The US Vietnam War Commemoration would like to recognize a DAR member from each state. This recognition would be for outstanding accomplishments by an individual DAR member in her efforts to honor and thank Vietnam War veterans.

Does your chapter have a member who fits this criterion? Please fill out the State OSM Entry Form which can be found on the CSSDAR website and can be downloaded from here:

 Outstanding DAR Member Submission Form

Send the completed form with description of her outstanding accomplishments to the State Chair Commemorative Events by February 15, 2020.

Completed forms may be mailed or emailed to:

Sherrie Stein, State Chair Commemorative Events
2137 Emberwood Way
Escondido, CA 92029-5337

Sherrie Stein
State Chair, Commemorative Events
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Announcement: Hamilton Jewelers’ Catalog

The Hamilton Jewelers’ Catalogs will be available FOR REFERENCE ONLY at the Insignia table at the CSSDAR’s State Conference in March. As of February 29, 2020, Hamilton Jewelers will no longer be the official jeweler of the National Society and will no longer be accepting orders. However, the catalogs will be a good reference for pictures of the pins. Until NSDAR provides a catalog, the Hamilton Jewelers’ catalog will be the ONLY REFERENCE.

For questions, please contact this State Chairman.

Pamela Meyers
State Insignia Chair
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Announcement: Suggested Hotels for Debbie Duay April Workshops – North & South

CSSDAR is not scheduling hotel accommodations for Debbie Duay’s Workshops in April. The following hotels are suggestions which you may contact for information and reservations.
Dates: April 20-21, 2020
Location: Orange County Family Search Library
674 S. Yorba St. Orange, California 92869
– Irvine Marriott  (State Conference Location)
18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 553-0100
9.7 miles to Library
– Anaheim Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Blvd.  Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: (714) 750-1000
6.3 Miles to Library
– Hyatt Regency Orange County, formerly Hyatt Regency Alicante
11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 92840
Phone: (714) 750-1234
6.7 miles to  Library
– Holiday Inn Express Fullerton-Anaheim
212 W. Houston Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 853-1700
11 miles to Library
– Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Irvine-Spectrum
90 Pacifica, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: (949) 471-8888
11 miles to Library
Dates: April 23-24, 2020
Location: Sacramento Family Search Library
2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
It is recommended you choose a hotel in Rancho Cordova and not along Auburn Blvd. near I-80.
– Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova  (Northern Council Location)
11211 Point East Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: (916) 638-1100
12 Miles to Library
– Holiday Inn Sacramento Rancho Cordova
11269 Point East Dr. Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: (916) 635-4040
13 miles to Library
– Best Western Plus Rancho Cordova Inn
10713 White Rock Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: (915) 631-7500
11 miles to Library
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Rancho Cordova
10745 Gold Center Dr. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: (916) 858-8680
11 miles to Library

If you have not signed-up for one of Debbie Duay’s Workshops, there is still time. The following is a link to the Announcement about the workshops with information on signing up:

Hope to see you there!
Linda Winthers
State Librarian
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Announcement: Calling All CSSDAR Authors

The CSSDAR State Librarian would like to establish recognition for our CSSDAR Daughters who are published authors. A link on the Member’s Website on the CSSDAR Librarian table (Documents and Forms > State Forms and Documents > State Librarian) will be set up with the names of any CSSDAR member who have published a book, fiction or non-fiction, for all Daughters to enjoy. The books must be available for others to access in either hard copy, paperback or online.
If you are an author and would like to share your book titles, please complete the following information and send it to:
CSSDAR Author’s Name: ______________________
DAR #_________
District: ___________________________________
List books published and where they can be accessed.
(Use additional space if needed.)
Author: ____________________________________
Book Title:__________________________________
Genra: _____________________________________
Available through: ____________________________
You may submit a photo (head shot) of yourself by sending it as an attachment.
For questions, contact State Librarian Linda Winthers at
Linda Winthers
State Librarian
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Announcement: Support Our Pages Going to Continental Congress

Does your chapter want to support our pages but isn’t sure how? Do you have a chapter member who can page and is considering going to Continental Congress? The Past and Present Junior Member and Page Club has the answer for you!

The Page Continental Congress Fund provides financial support to our pages by helping send them across the country to Continental Congress in June 2020. We can’t raise the money without your help though. For the past two years at State Conference, chapters and individual members provided incredibly creative and fun baskets for our raffle. We are ready to do it all over again for our 2020 State Conference. Chapters or individual members can donate a basket by submitting the form which is linked below. Basket submissions are due February 1st and approvals will go out February 15th.

California Page Continental Congress Fund Donation Form 

Please reach out to the club if you have any questions or are interested in joining the club. Our junior members and pages truly appreciate your support.

Note: If a page member is planning on applying to receive funds, she must contribute to the fundraising in the form of a basket. Show your support for your page by getting the whole chapter involved!

Michelle Field
Past & Present Junior Member & Page Club President
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Announcement: Call for Entries-Public Relations Book of Work Due Jan. 15, 2020

Every year, chapters use a myriad of ways to publicize their events, successes and good work in the community. As you pull together your Chapter Master Report information, don’t forget to assemble your body of work in Public Relations and Media. Everything from monthly meeting reminders on the chapter web page to articles in your local newspapers, Facebook announcements, press releases, chapter newsletters, brochures, and websites, all show how much effort you’ve put into letting the world know about your chapter.

Please submit your book of public relations and media work to this chair by January 15, 2020. All work will be reviewed and the best of the best will be displayed at State Conference in the Exhibit Room. You can also pick up your book of work in the Exhibit Room at the Public Relations and Media table to keep for your chapter records.

Entries can be via email (.pdf files only please) to: [] or sent manually to:

Karin Amour
1807B Harriman Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-4130

Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful work done by California Daughters!

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Chapter Chatter: Festive Holiday Brunch at Chatsworth Chapter

The Chatsworth Chapter gave a festive holiday brunch during its December general meeting. Everyone brought their delicious finger food treat to delight our members and several ladies shared holiday traditions and stories about their ancestors.

We hope all California Chapters had a Merry Christmas and look forward to a Happy New Year.

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Ladies Attend CSSDAR Victorian Christmas Tea

Twenty ladies from the El Redondo Chapter attended the annual CSSDAR Victorian Christmas Tea held at the Glendora headquarters on December 14, 2019.  The chapter acted as one of the host chapters from District XIII.

Thanks to efforts by Past Regent Fran Bock, the ladies were provided a bus trip for the event. For some it was a first experience to visit the unique 4,200 square foot craftsman-style home that contains beamed ceilings, San Gabriel River rock, leaded glass and handmade hardware and fixtures. In 1982 the CSSDAR purchased the home to use as its headquarters.

The early arrival of the bus allowed time to check out the State Regent’s project table, chat with friends from other chapters (including District XIII Director Karin Amour), listen to Christmas carols played by local musicians and to stroll a grounds area known as the Oak Lea. During the ceremony, certificates of appreciation were given to representatives from the Marines and the musicians. Also, a large donation was given to a representative from the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The bus travel, the tea, the building and grounds, the ceremony and the camaraderie provided a memorable day!

Photo Front Row L to R: Karin Amour, Fran Bock, Lynda Kraemer, Jackie Luca, Amy Bray
Back: Nancy Guenther, Mary Haag, Carolyn Bushnell, Sue Ann Harding, Fran Vander Stucken, Linda West, Kathy Fikel-Gessner, Georgianne Seko, Louise Forsberg, Nancy Connell, Gene Hassan, Pat Kelly, Frances Boothe, Edie Osterhues, Kitty Crowley. Also attending: Carole Callies

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Chapter Chatter: Lake Tahoe Chapter Hosts Wreaths Across America

On December 14, 2019, Lake Tahoe Chapter members conducted the first Wreaths Across America ceremony ever to be held in the greater Lake Tahoe Basin. The ceremony, held at happy Homestead Cemetery, began at 9:00 am with a moment of silence. The cemetery in the small community of South Lake Tahoe, is the final resting place of 598 military veterans and two first responders killed in the line of duty.

Ceremony participants included Regent Sally Holcombe, Vice Regent Rosemary Manning, Chaplain Dawn Hill, DAR Service for Veterans Chair Karen Borges, Conservation Chair Carrie Champness and Historic Preservation Chair Cyndy Brown-Carlson.

Other participants included members of American Legion Post #795 and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, firefighters from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, the cemetery’s Director, a Gold Star Mother from South Lake Tahoe, a bagpiper and a vocal soloist.

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