Chapter Chatter: El Dorado Chapter Collects Donations for Military and Schools

On November 13, 2017, the El Dorado Chapter shipped seven boxes of needed items for the Modesto based 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment.  The most collected item was 1,875 Q Tips.  We want our soldiers to have clean weapons to keep themselves safe.  We also collected 11 pounds of old jewelry for Tamassee DAR School children and one box of a beautiful collection of beads was sent to Chemawa Indian School.  Regent Cynthia Larson wishes to thank all our members and prospective members who supported our soldiers and DAR supported schools.

Photo left to right members:  Margaret Klein, Ann Chambers, Joan O’Leary, Nancy McDonnell, Bonnie Battaglia, and prospective members:  Kimm Richwine and Judy Muetz

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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters Together Honor Veterans

Working together the El Redondo and Point Vicente Chapters honored all veterans at Green Hills Memorial Park in Palos Verdes on 11/11/17 at 11:00 am. The ceremony included a Girl Scout Troop (and one brave Boy Scout) performing a moving flag folding ceremony and placing a patriotic wreath by the Veterans Memorial. A tradition formed many years ago, the chapters look forward to the annual event.

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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Honors Veterans

On Wednesday, November 8, San Clemente Island Chapter honored our veterans with a luncheon at San Juan Hills Golf Club.  The 13 veterans in attendance received certificates and we had a sing-along including the themes from all branches of service.  Our guest speaker was Gary Beard who portrayed George Washington and related stories of the American Revolution. It was a very moving afternoon as we celebrated our veterans and thanked them for their service.

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Chapter Chatter: Santa Clara Chapter Honors Their Outstanding Junior

Santa Clara Chapter is proud of our Outstanding Junior, Sarah Rao! Sarah has coordinated a number of activities for Juniors, served as a Page at Northern Council, walked in the July 4th parade, and is quite active within our chapter. Sarah’s energy and dedication to DAR is inspirational!

Pictured: Sarah Rao and Katie Mitchell.

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Chapter Chatter: Chief Solano Chapter Volunteers Find Treasure in Cemetery

On Monday, September 11, 2017, members of the Chief Solano Chapter and a couple of HODARs helped to spruce up the historic naval cemetery on Mare Island in Vallejo (about 900 interred).  It is the oldest naval cemetery on the West Coast, established in 1854 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.  Clean up activities included painting the fence, trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. The vegetation debris was taken to the Oakland Zoo to feed the animals – recycling!  Volunteers found the grave site of Anna Arnold Key Turner, a member of the DAR and daughter of Francis Scott Key, composer of our national anthem. A plaque was dedicated to her and placed at the end of her crypt by the former Sequoia Chapter, the first chapter organized in the State of California in 1891.

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Chapter Chatter: Gold Trail Chapters Celebrates 40 Years and Honorary President General Mrs. Kemper

Gold Trail Chapter in Roseville, California, celebrated their 40th anniversary Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Granite Bay Golf Club. It was a wonderful celebration to honor Honorary President General and Organizing Chapter Regent Dorla Dean Eaton Kemper. Chapter regent Susan E. Holder and her 40th anniversary committee under the leadership of first vice regent, Laurie Smotherman, pulled out all the stops and provided an elegant lunch, silent auction and multiple programs. The 7th generation granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, Kellie Smotherman, and her rendition of the National Anthem brought a tear to many an eye. A slide show “Portrait of Deanie” was shown and Honorary President General Linda Gist Calvin, in her keynote tribute to Mrs. Kemper, reflected on the wonderful loving friendship they enjoyed through DAR. Mrs. Kemper spoke “Words to be Remembered” sharing her growth and love of service at all levels of our beloved Society. Past chapter regents Linda L. Winthers, Betty Wilson, Jean Thomas, Susan Brooking and the presiding regent Susan Holder spoke of chapter accomplishments. The day ended with a wonderful vintage fashion show vintage fashions through decades of DAR with the narrative highlighting DAR’s service through the years. It was a splendid time celebrating and building DAR memories.

You can view the slide show of Mrs. Kemper here: “Our Girl” Memory video

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Chapter Chatter: Santa Margarita Chapter Presents DAR Community Service Award

Alida Woodward, regent and Charla Boodry, 1st vice regent, of the Santa Margarita Chapter, presented the DAR Community Service Award to Angela Kennedy Perez. Mrs. Perez is an R.N. by profession but her volunteer works are far-reaching. She is a voice in advocacy work at the state and national levels and recently was part of a delegation to Washington DC to speak about mental health issues of veterans. She volunteers medical services at local fund raising marathons to help the less fortunate, homeless shelters, children’s programs with incarcerated parents and sober living homes. The chapter was honored to have in attendance for this presentation Jennifer Smith, DAR National vice chair SW Region and Wendy Malone, CA DAR State Chair for Community Service. Mrs. Perez attended Vista High School, married her high school sweetheart and raised her family in the area.

Pictured left to right: Jennifer Smith, Alida Woodward, Angela Perez, Charla Boodry, and Wendy Malone

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State Regent’s Message – October 2017

Dear California Daughters,

Didn’t September whiz by for our California Society?  We enjoyed wonderful celebrations at our Northern and Southern Fall Councils, kicked off the year for 113 chapters around the state, and met the candidates who have expressed their willingness to serve in the next CSSDAR Administration (see their information flyers on the state website).

Congratulations to all of you who have been supporting our “Bring Back the Monarch Butterflies” Project. California was awarded the National Society’s 1st place award for our State Regent’s Butterfly Project at Continental Congress in June. This has offered an opportunity to reach out to our communities, teaching conservation workshops, distributing milkweed seeds and plants, and planting over 1000 pollinator gardens. Daughters participate in the annual Monarch Butterfly Count. The Story of Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva, a DVD and book for young children, is being used in classes and homes, and one chapter has developed and distributed a teaching module on monarch butterflies and their life cycle. In August, 31 daughters (including the Jarrard Administration Board Reunion participants) gathered at State Headquarters in Glendora to establish and plant a “Monarch Butterfly Waystation”, which led to wonderful write-ups in local newspapers and an online video interview.  The great news is that Headquarters has now been certified by Monarch Watch and will be sporting a new sign by the Christmas Tea. Come and Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Another Thank You all for your generosity as we accepted donations of gift cards and dollars for the Veterans who have been affected by the recent hurricanes.  You’ve donated approximately $6500.00, with more promised on the way.  In accord with Mrs. Dillon’s recommendations, donations are being shared among Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.  You are MAGNIFICENT!!

If you haven’t yet purchased your beautiful 125th Anniversary California History Book, you may order on the Webstore or submit the order form from the website to State Headquarters.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the November 4th Heritage Tea at the Woodcreek Clubhouse in Roseville (details are posted on the website). The next day many of us will travel to Novato to mark the grave of Honorary State Regent Jean McNew.  We hope you’ll join us….

Bev Moncrieff,
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: John Greenleaf Whittier Presents DAR American Women in History Awards

John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter was proud to present chapter member Ginny Ball and Carol Reza the NSDAR American Women in History Award on September 20. Ginny Ball has been the President of 19 different Boards in Whittier and has been volunteering for over 30 years. She was the Grand Marshall of the Whittier Christmas Parade in 2016. Carol Reza was the Chapter’s Outstanding Community Service Award winner several years ago and went on to win at the District, State, and NSDAR level. Carol  received her NSDAR Outstanding Community Service Award at Continental Congress that same year. Whittier City Councilwoman Cathy Warner also presented to each of the ladies  a “Certificate of Commendation” for their volunteer service to the community of Whittier Councilwoman Cathy Warner then presented a Certificate of Commendation to the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter for their 87th year of preserving the memory and patriotic spirit of those who fought for the United States Independence.

Pictured left to right: City Councilwoman Cathy Warner and Chapter Member Ginny Ball.  

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Chapter Chatter: Redwood Forest Chapter Celebrates Constitution Week

Every year the Redwood Forest Chapter celebrates Constitution Week from September 17th to the 23rd by placing a display in the Humboldt County Library main branch, 1313 Third Street, Eureka, on the second floor in the Hagopian Art Gallery by the entrance to the Humboldt History Room.

2017 has been a great year for public interest in our Constitution! We handed out many fliers, bookmarks, cards and, of course, Constitution booklets. We also had a lot of radio and community calendar coverage for this important event!

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Chapter Chatter: El Dorado Chapter Presents Community Service Award

On September 13, 2017, Virginia DeGregory the Community Service Award Chair for the El Dorado Chapter presented Davey “Doc” Wiser the DAR Community Service Award for his love of the history of the old west as evidenced by his many years of volunteerism and his involvement in historical preservation by performing historical reenactments.

Doc Wiser for over 25 years has brought the old west to residents and visitors by giving free stagecoach rides asking nothing more than a smile.  He takes the time to tell stories especially to children about his Wiser Overland Stage Line and life in the Wild West.  His involvement in historical reenactments includes almost 40 years of driving his 1890 doctor’s buggy, complete with his doctor’s bag, in the Highway 50 Wagon Train event from Stateline, Nevada to Placerville.  As well, for over 30 years he could be found with his beloved horse riding a segment of the annual Pony Express re-ride from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Missouri.

Pictured left to right: Cynthia Larson, Regent, Davey “Doc” Wiser, and Virginia DeGregory

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Chapter Chatter: Anne Loucks Chapter’s Pink Patch Project for Local Police

Anne Loucks Chapter members had the opportunity to provide both community service and to promote women’s health issues.  Tuesday, September 19, 2017, members of the chapter’s Fancy Stitchers group gathered in the Walnut Creek Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center to assist police officers in their efforts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To call attention to breast cancer issues, each sworn officer (command staff and patrol officers) purchased two special pink and black Breast Cancer Awareness arm patches at $10 each.  Officers were then going to be charged $20 during the month of September 2017 by the local uniform store to have the regular patches removed and replaced with the pink patches – and $20 in November to have the process reversed.

Anne Loucks Chapter’s Fancy Stitchers performed this sewing service at no charge to the members of the Walnut Creek Police Department.  All during the month of October as they come in contact with the public, Walnut Creek police officers will demonstrate their concerns for women’s health with the display of pink patches on their uniforms.  In November, the Fancy Stitchers will return to the police department to restore the normal patches to the officers’ uniforms.

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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter Provide Home Baked Goods To Marines

San Clemente Island Chapter’s Project Patriot committee supports the 5th Marine Regiment  stationed at Camp Pendleton. Our members provided 22 dozen cookies, cupcakes and brownies for the Marine Fun Day on September 15. The Marines were thrilled with the home baked goodies and we look forward to supporting them throughout the year in a variety of upcoming events.

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Chapter Chatter: El Toyon Chapter Presents Quilts To Veterans

Dorothy Reed Pace, member of the DAR Service to Veterans Committee, El Toyon Chapter, Stockton, is shown delivering 17 quilts made by the Committee to the Polytrauma Unit of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System earlier this month.

The members of the DAR Service to Veterans Committee work all year piecing the quilts and pray that their needlework skills will bring comfort to the service men and women who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Because of a love for American service men and women Leann Valenzuela of Lathrop generously donates her time quilting the covers.

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Chapter Chatter: Redwood Forest Chapter Holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

On August 5, 2017, Redwood Forest Chapter of DAR held a flag retirement ceremony.  It began with an explanation of the ceremony as well as some of the history and traditions surrounding our Flag.

During the first step of the ceremony, the stripes were separated and placed on the fire while reading the name of each of the original thirteen states and the date of their admission into the Union.

As the red stripes, white stripes and blue fields were separated and placed by color on the fire, the speaker described the meaning of each of the colors.

The final step was to fold one flag into triangles with the speaker explaining the symbolism of each fold.  The remaining folded flags were laid on the fire.

Our ceremony was concluded with the playing of “Taps” by Gary Ross.

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