The State Regent’s Projects for the 2012-2014 term support honey bee research, enhance honey bee environments, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Phase I of the project will raise funds for the internationally-known Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at University of California, Davis.
Two unique items are offered as voice items to support the State Regent’s Projects. Tickets may be purchased at the State Regent’s Project sales table at State Conference for $5 each. The first item is an historic insignia in 14K gold with gems from the 13 colonies (retail value $2,300), donated by Honorary President General Linda Gist Calvin. This lovely insignia belonged to her mother, Peggy Gist, a charter member of Kaweah Chapter. The drawing will be held at the 106th State Conference, March 2014. Next, is a Colonial Bottle collection of 13 reproduction bottles issued by Franklin Mint honoring American colonial women’s contributions to the War of Independence. This set was donated by Carole Vercellino of Jose Maria Amador Chapter, and the drawing will be held at the 105th State Conference, March 2013.
Two beautiful pins are available, which contribute funds to the State Regent’s Projects: a Victorian Pressed Heart with Sterling silver bee for a $100 donation, and a Sterling silver bee tack pin for a $50 donation.
Other fundraising items are custom black recyclable grocery bags (one for $10, two for $15, or three for $20), and custom three-ring binders (one for $12 or two for $20).
Items may be ordered online through the California DAR Webstore, by using the mail-in order form available online, or the items may be purchased during State Conference in the exhibit room.
Thank you for your generous support of the projects. We hope to have Phase I completed by the end of State Conference, March 2013. A program and celebration is being planned at UC Davis. More information to come this spring!
Karen J. Montgomery