Committee Reminder: Debutante Applications for 2019 State Conference Now Being Accepted

Debutante applications are now being accepted for the 2019 State Conference Debutante Presentation which will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Irvine. To be eligible, a debutante must meet the following requirements:

– Must be a female descendant of an NSDAR member or 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, 2019.

– May not already be a member of the DAR.

– May be, but is not required to be, a member of C.A.R.

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, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Ferich or Sharon Henry, State Debutante Co-Chairs.

Brenda Ferich & Sharon Henry
State Debutante Co-Chairman

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Chapter Chatter: El Toyon Chapter Honors Vietnam War Veterans

El Toyon Chapter, Stockton, CA, held a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration on Saturday, November 3, 2018 to honor and thank Vietnam War Veterans for their service to our nation. Marilyn Reineman, Chapter Regent, opened the meeting with a warm welcome. Rev. Jonathan Merica delivered the invocation and VFW Luneta Post 53 Color Guard posted the colors. The event, attended by 200+ guests, was a joint meeting with the Sons of the American Revolution, Delta Chapter. John Humphrey, SAR Chapter President, brought greetings. Susan Broderick, State Vice Regent, brought greetings on behalf of CSSDAR. Linda Winthers, State Librarian, also attended. Marsha Merica, First Vice Regent, welcomed the veterans and introduced guest speaker, Colonel Robert Elliott, U S Army, Retired, and current San Joaquin County Supervisor.

Eighty-six Vietnam War Veterans from San Joaquin County or their representatives received a certificate from El Toyon Chapter and a bronze Vietnam Veteran lapel pin from the Department of Defense. Colonel Elliott assisted in pinning the veterans as their names were read aloud, along with Donna Wallis and Brenda Sieglock, Past Regents. A bagpipe tribute in memory of those Missing in Action and Fallen in Battle was played by Randy Erickson. In keeping with the military ceremony, the Armed Forces Salute was played on the trumpet by Kayla VanderHelm. Following the service, veterans’ pictures were taken beside their military flags and refreshments were served. Many veterans expressed that after 50 years, they truly felt thanked and honored for their service.

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State Regent Announcement: Help for CSSDAR Fire Victims

My Dear California Daughters,

It is with a heavy heart and great concern that I send this message. Though the fires in Northern and Southern California are both still rather new, they have done untold damage that is affecting our Daughters; homes, again, have been lost. We are still waiting for news regarding the welfare of our Daughters in the Paradise, Oroville, Feather River and Chico areas in the North and in the Southern areas around Malibu, Thousand Oaks, and Calabasas. Weather and terrain conditions make things especially difficult for the firefighters and other first responders.

I know California Daughters are wanting to do something – to make a difference. Just how we can help our DAR friends pull lives back together will have to wait until specific information is available regarding individual members. The directors in these areas are reaching out and keeping us informed. If you have information regarding someone who was evacuated and still unable to return home, please share it with your District Director.

Because we do know the needs will be great, I have asked Sharon Maas to set up a donation process Daughters may want to use. In general, the most helpful will be gift cards for various stores, such as Target, Walmart, and grocery stores. Monetary gifts received will be used to purchase such gift cards. Checks with “Fires” on the memo line, should be made out  to: CSSDAR State Treasurer and sent to CSSDAR Headquarters, PO Box 1436, Glendora, CA 91740-1436. Credit card donations may be made though the WebStore at the link below.

California Wild Fire Relief Fund Contribution

Rather than send gift cards through the mail, it is recommended that they be collected at chapter meetings and given to District Directors or State Officers for delivery to CSSDAR Headquarters. Having the value of the gift card noted would be helpful. There will be a collection opportunity at the Victorian Christmas Tea as well.

Need for other goods – lodging and/or larger household items – will be communicated as we have details.

Immediate help to the affected areas could be offered through local emergency response organizations.

Not only is California dealing with the fire emergencies, but we are also working our way through the aftermath of the shooting tragedy in Thousand Oaks, where dear friends of California Daughters lost lives. Please pray for all dealing with these losses and uncertainty…victims, families, first responders, and those dedicated to help.

California Daughters do make a difference…as we serve one another.

Adele Lancaster, State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: District I Chapters to Deliver Food to Veterans Resource Center in Chico

On Monday, November 19, 2018,  the chapters from District I will deliver non-perishable food items to the Veterans Resource Center in Chico. Oroville’s Feather River Chapter organized the food drive and invited all Chapters of District I to participate. Pictured are some of the members of Feather River, Chico, Siskiyou, Golden Nugget, and Major Pierson B. Reading chapters.

Despite the loss of homes, devastation, and displacement of several of our members due to our recent fires, District I continues to come together for those in need.

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

The El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending WWI November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am by placing a wreath on the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Girl Scout Troop 12345 performed a flag-folding ceremony under the leadership of Daughter Jeanine Hoffmann. The chapters work together to have this Veterans Day program annually.

Thanks go out to Daughters Sue Ann Harding from El Redondo Chapter and Lee Wolfe from Point Vicente for leading the ceremony and to all who attended, especially our veterans.

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Chapter Chatter: Alta Mira Chapter Honors Veterans in Porterville Annual Ceremony

Alta Mira Chapter Daughters participated in the Porterville Annual Veterans Day Memorial Service on November 4, 2018, sponsored by American Legion Post 20. For many years the chapter has been part of the ceremony which honors all those who died in the Porterville area in the Spanish American War through Operation Enduring Freedom. The names of each Veteran is read aloud. The chapter presents a wreath in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The P.O.W. and M.I.A. recognition ceremony was presented by the American Legion. The Porterville Homecoming Queen and her court also attended. They were hostesses for the event. CAR member, Samantha Rainey, was part of the royal court. She is the daughter of Deborah Rainey,  Alta Mira Chapter Secretary.

Pictured left to right Don Dowling Commander of American Legion Post 20, Alta Mira members: Carla Shelton, Dolores Deathridge, Regent Deanna Pettus, Norma Doyel, Deborah Rainey and CAR member Samantha Rainey.

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Committee Update: Women’s Issues Committee Essay Contest Deadline January 15, 2019

The Women’s Issues Committee, in addition to empowering women in the area of health, family, and career throughout the year, provides Daughters the opportunity to share their experience in these areas by writing an essay and entering the Women’s Issues Contest.  The essay topics are:

*Health Issues – Issues of health can affect the family and one’s career. Issues can be personal in nature or can include the health of a family member or a friend. Caring for others can affect one’s personal health, both physically and mentally. When writing your essay on this topic, describe the health issue, how you researched the ailment, and how it affected the people involved.

*Family Issues – Families are defined as a group of people who co-exist together whether living in the same dwelling or not. Today, in our society, the family could include friends and neighbors, as well as those with whom we work. Family provides valuable support in times of trial and is there with you to celebrate time of joy. Share the situation in your writing and how difficulties were overcome and how the joys of success were celebrated.

*Career Issues – Career issues can impact women by over powering one’s sense of being. This in turn can impact the well-being of the family unit. Policies that affect women in the workplace are challenging and can be non-supportive. The issues could include continuing education, re-entering the work force or changing professions. When writing an essay for this topic, include the challenges faced and how you handled them.

*Women’s Issues Contest – Share your experience concerning challenges of maintaining a balanced life in relation to Health, Family, or Career. Only one essay per member per year is accepted. The essay must be titled, typed, and limited to 1,800 words. A cover page must give the member’s name, chapter, national number, address, telephone number, email address (if available), essay title and category of essay.

All entries much reach the State Chair by January 15, 2019. Please submit entries to the state chair via email attachment, if possible.  For more information contact:

Susan Dawson, State Chair                                                                        Sheryl Kolt, State Vice Chair

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State Librarian News: First Genealogy Workshop and Paper Party Held in Sacramento

The State Society held its first Genealogy Workshop and Paper Party at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library on October 26, 2018 with thirty Daughters in attendance and eight ‘Genies for the Day’ who shared their expertise to complete new applications and supplementals.  A casual lunch was served where everyone shared their new found patriots and other success stories.  Daughters enjoyed the use the twenty five computers available at no charge along with ability to download information to their own flash drives.

The FamilySearch Library is one of fifteen in the world where the vast majority of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Library in Salt Lake City information can be accessed.  All attendees reported it was a successful day of research and friendship.

Linda Winthers, CSSDAR Librarian

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Announcement: It’s Crunch Time for Service to America Hours!

California Daughters:

IT IS CRUNCH TIME! There are ONLY TWO MONTHS left to log on and record your SERVICE TO AMERICA HOURS. No more dilly dally! Did you know that ALL DAR work counts on the Online Tally? Start NOW and get it done.

Congratulations to those chapters and members who have logged in their volunteer service hours. Some chapters have reached or even surpassed the suggested total hours goals that were handed out at both Northern and Southern Councils. That is GREAT! And a big THANK YOU. Even our Members-At-Large with no chapter affiliation, have logged in 955 hours. That is amazing!

As of November 1st, California has logged a total of 146,978 hours. That is an increase from last month but our goal for 2018 is 307,000 hours. This is doable. So ladies we have some catching up to do. You can enter up to 500 hours on one entry.

The CSSDAR website has information on acceptable community service hours and directions to log your hours and is available from this link:

Don’t save entering until the last day—do it NOW

Service to America Online Tally Information

Regents, PLEASE, PLEASE see that your members have the assistance they need to log their many hours that we all know DAR members do for their chapters and community. See that YOUR chapter is participating in this mission to MOVE FORWARD IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Co-Chair if you have questions.

Jean Thomas & Whitney Crane

Service to America Co-Chairs


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Chapter Chatter: Santa Margarita Chapter Places Historical Marker at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad

The Santa Margarita Chapter was privileged to place a plaque recognizing the historic Army Navy Academy (ANA) in Carlsbad, CA. An early morning gathering of DAR members from six chapters, the public, cadets and officials from the academy were treated to a medley of patriotic tunes from the ANA Warrior Band. The band played the National Anthem as the Colors were raised. Commandant, Col Wayne Ward USA (Ret), issued the Oath of Leadership to five senior cadets who received their sabers and epaulets.

Seventeen different nations are represented at the academy with 98% going on to college. The members were excited to see that board member, Ed Roe, was wearing a JROTC Medal that he had received from the DAR in 1958 when he attended Southwestern Military School. Chapter Historian, Jan Erickson, spearheaded the process through the Historian General’s office, and this event, gave a short history of the DAR and of the 109 years of the academy.

State Regent Adele Lancaster spoke of the shared goals of the DAR and the academy. Chapter regent, Charla Boodry, and MG Arthur Bartell, USA (Ret) unveiled the plaque. Refreshments were served and a tour of the facility rounded out the morning. It was a great day for the DAR and the Academy.

Photo:  Chapter Regent Charla Boodry, Chapter Historian Jan Erickson, State Regent Adele Lancaster plus DAR marker

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Announcement: Debutante Application Reminder for 2019 State Conference

Please submit a prospective debutante’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address to State Debutante Presentation Chair, Brenda Ferich at if an application is forthcoming.

To be eligible, a debutante must meet the following requirements: Young women who are descendants of NSDAR members, who are between the ages of 17 and 22 OR who will be seniors in high school by March 1, 2019 AND are not already members of NSDAR. Debutantes may be, but are not required to be, members of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.).

The Debutante Application and Fact Sheet can be found on the CSSDAR Members’ Web Site:
Committees >State Committee >Debutante Presentation

Deadline is December 1, 2018 for Debutante Application, photo and $125.00 fee.  Contact State Debutante Presentation Chair Brenda Ferich,  with any questions.

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State Regent’s Message – November 2018

Just a week ago, we held our first CSSDAR initiated Paper Party at the Family SearchLibrary in Sacramento, one of five in California. Thirty Daughters and eight Volunteer Genies used this exceptional facility to prove ancestors for prospective members and had time, too, for supplemental research. A casual lunch together allowed attendees to celebrate research successes and share suggestions. The event, deemed a success, will be replicated during State Conference at the FamilySearch Library in Orange County. The purpose is to introduce members to facilities in our own backyards that will help to fulfill our responsibility to “grow membership.” Watch, too, for sign-up information about the week-long Genealogy Trip to Salt Lake City, which will feature seminars given daily by Debbie Duay. This trip in April is designed for anyone with the time and desire to entrench themselves into very serious research.

Also, coming soon, will be various announcements regarding State Conference with information about special opportunities that will be available to Daughters. For example, this year’s Debutante Celebration, with requests from many, will feature an opportunity for dancing to conclude the evening. This would be a wonderful year to introduce your niece, daughter or granddaughter to the opportunities in DAR and our Society to them. We are also offering a Movie Night, free, but with limited seating, to the earliest registrants. And, as mentioned, a Day of Genealogy Research at a local facility is being planned. For this, too, registration will be limited. You will want to make your Conference reservations quickly when the Call to Conference is released in January.

You should have noticed that the invitation to our 36th Annual Victorian Christmas Tea is on the website. Reservations can be made by following the mailing directions or using the convenience of the webstore on our members’ only website. According to research done by Headquarters Administrative Committee Chair Joan Bogaty, the premier opening of our DAR State Headquarters house, purchased in 1982, was the inaugural tea, attended by nearly 600 Daughters and guests! We will take a look at other memorable milestones for this annual event during a special presentation when guests are introduced. Please, make plans to begin this holiday season in Glendora, joining the State Board and dear friends in a lovely afternoon, planned exclusively for you by Kathy Witt, HQ Events Coordinator and the dedicated HQ Committee.

Two outstanding commemorative presentations were made in September and October. Sherrie Stein, State Commemorative Events Chair, provided the 100th Anniversary of Women in the Marine Corps at our Fall Council meetings. Barbara McMahon, State Chaplain, in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I – signing the Treaty of Versailles, November 11, 1918 – provided a very interesting story of Moina Michael – The Woman Who Made a Difference. Ms. Michael, in her desire to recognize and honor the thousands of veterans who served in World War I, introduced the simple red poppy still worn, serving as a reminder of thanks to the men and women who gave so much for our country’s freedom. Both of these programs will soon be available through the CA Members’ Website – Commemorative Events Committee page – where these resources can be retrieved and used as chapter programs or for other presentations.

Special thanks to Linda Winthers, Donna Riegel, and Barbara McMahon who were responsible for our very special October state-sponsored events. These, coupled with marker dedications, anniversary celebrations, Junior/Page sleepover, Day of Service activities, State Conference planning, chapter and district meetings, had all of your officers enjoying time in fellowship with you. These opportunities clearly demonstrate that in so very many ways,  California Daughters are making a difference through their service to God, Home, and Country.

With much affection and gratitude,
Adele Lancaster
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: Alta Mira Chapter Shares Local History at Porterville’s Butterfield Stage Day

Alta Mira Regent Deanna Pettus, Treasurer Delores Deathridge and Chaplain Norma Doyel manned the Alta Mira Chapter station at Porterville’s Butterfield Stage Day. This year marks the 21st year for this educational history event. Fourth grade students from all of Porterville and the surrounding areas gathered at Zalud Park to learn about early California history. Norma Doyel shared about her family being early settlers and demonstrated how to make a family tree. Delores Deathridge shared the history of the Butterfield Stage. Deanna Pettus shared about the local stage route through Tulare County.

Photos: Delores Deathridge, Norma Doyel with school children

Deanna Pettus, Delores Deathridge and Norma Doyel


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Committee Update: Patriot Records Project Needs You!


Do you have a computer?  Do you have a spare hour (or more) in your week?  Do you want to help DAR document new patriot service – possibly even one of your own patriots?

Here’s the perfect deal for you!  And yes, there is a pin for that!

The Patriot Records Project is working on documenting American Patriots. The project began with the Continental Loan Books of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. The Continental Loan Books contain the names of men, women and businesses who helped to finance the War for Independence.

Other collections that are scheduled to be indexed include the South Carolina Audited Accounts, North Carolina Audited Records and many, many more collections.

It is a great way to help DAR and you don’t have to leave home to do it!

It’s disappointing to learn that of all the California Daughters we only have 26 – yes, that’s just 26 – signed up to work on this project.  We do have a couple of super stars that have indexed over 10,000 names just this year.

Here is the link to sign up:

Yes, you!  Yes, now!  You will be glad you did!

So, by State Conference next March, let’s reach at least 100 California Daughters signed up for Patriot Records Project, if not more!

Questions?  Contact:  Laura Nygaard

Laura Nygaard, Patriot Records Project Chair

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State News: 2018 Victorian Christmas Tea at DAR Headquarters December 8, 2018

Go the the CSSDAR website for full-size flier to RSVP via mail or to register using the CSSDAR Webstore. Victorian Christmas Tea is December 8, 2018 2-4 pm Cost: $20.00 per person held at CSSDAR Headquarters, Glendora CA.

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