State Conference has come and gone and what a time we had!! We had incredible attendance, many awards, interesting reports, and lots of fun. Your generosity in supporting our state projects and our Juniors is greatly appreciated! We are incredibly grateful to Sally Holcombe and her amazing team for the job they did for all of us. This regent hopes many more of you will join us next March in Irvine to make new friends and learn new things! Here is the summary that I sent to our President General for her California Conference Blog.
Butterflies soared in celebration as five hundred Daughters and guests participated in the California State Conference in San Ramon, California. A trip to the Blackhawk Museum, with its Spirit of the Old West Exhibit and Auto Museum preceded the Opening Conference festivities. President General Ann Dillon arrived just in time for a welcome lunch followed by afternoon tea at the Cameo Club’s “Boston Tea Party, where members partied “like it was 1773.”
The Young American Fife and Drum Corps gave Opening Night an exciting start with a patriotic show. Keynote speaker (Claudia Stowers of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia) shared an energetic story of the museum, which opens to the public on April 19th. Claudia was presented the California State Regent’s Award and an Honorarium for the museum. We all welcomed Claudia as a proud new member of DAR.
Children were lively in the room as we presented American History and Christopher Columbus Awards, scholarships and a Service to Veterans Youth Award and welcomed C. A. R. members.
In the spirit of DAR’s long tradition of welcoming immigrants and helping them become American citizens, we were proud to present DAR’s Americanism medal to two outstanding Californians. Joel Peterson is a critically acclaimed author of the award winning book, “Dreams of My Mothers,” based on his experiences as a mixed-race Korean child born in extreme poverty to a single mother and American GI. His novel highlights the challenges endured by mixed race immigrants who face cultural prejudices and language barriers.
Dr. Eduardo Ochoa is currently President of California State University, Monterey Bay. In this and previous leadership positions, he has focused on programs to help low-income and first generation communities, which greatly benefit the foreign-born community.
We celebrated Women’s History Month by saluting Colonel Nancy Sanders with DAR’s Medal of Honor. Retired after 31 years as commander of the 146th Medical Group, 146th Airlift, she turned to a life of advocacy for Veterans’ wellness and education. She is a woman who continually gives of herself to community, state, and country.
On Friday, Mrs. Dillon hosted the Heritage and Founders Breakfast where she answered many questions about opportunities to support national projects. She then gave a stirring address at the initial business session, followed by California’s first ceremony for 23 graduates of the New Members Class. After the National Defense Luncheon, Mrs. Dillon flew away to join Nevada Daughters for their Conference. We were sad to see her leave.
Butterflies abounded on Saturday morning at the Past and Present Regents Breakfast which celebrated the State Regents Conservation Project, Saving the Monarch Butterflies. Everyone had a great laugh as Madame Butterfly State Regent Bev and her Board of Caterpillars danced into the room!
Saturday evening’s Celebration Dinner honored ten beautiful young debutantes presented to the State Regent and a record-breaking audience. A heartwarming performance by the California Chorus, “Home of the Brave”, a patriotic walk through the Pacific Theater during World War II, closed the evening.
Sunday morning’s traditional Memorial Service brought a fun-filled conference to a close.