State Regent’s Oak Lea Project

Imagine yourself seated on a bench in a cool grove of oak trees.  In the background you hear the trickle of water flowing from a water feature.  As you inhale the scents from nearby Valencia orange trees and sweet olive bushes, you view plantings of white roses and gardenias, white and blue agapanthus and red sun azaleas.

Your moments spent in the “Oak Lea” were the original vision of Treasurer General/Honorary State Regent Carol Jackson.  She envisioned the Oak Lea as a quiet garden on CSSDAR State Headquarters property where members could walk, engage in conversation or meditate.  Phase I of her beautification project at CSSDAR State Headquarters was completed during her administration.  Phase II which included lighting, irrigation, preliminary concrete work and construction of a donor wall, was finished during the Moncrieff administration.

Phase III – the final phase – is scheduled to be completed during State Regent Adele Lancaster’s administration.  It involves completion of the walkways (outlined in red brick to match the donor wall); plant placement; installation of a water feature, planter and eight (8) benches; construction of two (2) pillars and mulching of exposed areas.

We are so close to the finish line!  Your donations are needed to complete this project.  You can contribute in several ways. You can make a general donation to the Oak Lea Project ($20 minimum), adopt a plant ($30, $40 or $60) or adopt an orange tree ($150).  You can also adopt an item: a bag of mulch ($25), bench ($500), water fountain ($500).  For a donation of $1,000 or more, your name will be placed on the Oak Lea donor wall.

Donation checks should be mailed to CSSDAR Headquarters (P.O. Box 1436, Glendora, CA, 91740-1436), or presented at the September Council meetings. Checks should be made out to “CSSDAR State Treasurer,” and donation designation should be indicated on the check.  Donations are also being accepted on the CSSDAR state website via the CSSDAR WebStore.

Questions???  Please contact project chair Sally Holcombe at 925-938-9137 or

Let’s make that difference, support this State Regent’s Project and complete the Oak Lea!

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Chapter Chatter: Gold Trail Daughters Visit CA Veterans Home in Yountville with Nick Stanford

On August 2, 2018, Nick Stanford, grandson of Gold Trail Daughter Susie Glover, along with other Gold Trail Daughters visited the Johnson Hall veterans at the CA Veterans Home in Yountville to distribute bags made by sixteen-year-old Nick.  Over the summer, Nick made twenty bags which can be attached to a wheel chair, walker or used as a tote bag as part of his service hours for graduation. Each veteran appreciated being able to select his own bag and offered many thanks and congratulations to Nick.

Nick and will be a junior at Rocklin High School and has served veterans since he was a young child. Nick is truly is a young man MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Photo: Nick Stanford is fourth from the left, along with Gold Trail Daughters and House J veterans

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Council Meetings: Northern and Southern Councils – Room Reservations Now Open

Southern Council
Dates: September 7th and 8th, 2018
Location: Renaissance Hotel Newport Beach (949) 476-2001
Room Rates:
$149 a night Book by August 16, 2018 for guaranteed reduced rates

To book your room use the link provided below or call 888-236-2427 and refer to “DAR September 2018 Southern Council.”

Southern Council Room Reservations

Northern Council
Dates: September 14th and 15th, 2018
Location: Marriott Hotel in Rancho Cordova (916) 638-1100
Room Rates:
$124.00 – One King Bed
$134.00 – Two Queen Beds

To book your room use the link provided below. Hotel rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (12%), $1.50 tourism assessment fee and $0.40 California state tax in effect at time of check out. Book your room by August 23, 2018 for guaranteed reduced rates.

Northern Council Room Reservations

Kathy Russo                                       Laurie Smotherman
Southern Council Chair                   Northern Council Chair            

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State Regent’s Message – July 2018

CA Daughters… Making a difference through our service to God, Home, and Country

My Dear California Daughters,

Welcome back to your revamped CSSDAR members’ only website!

Congratulations to the entire VIS team for this successful launch!

My sincerest appreciation to Linda Unrue, our new VIS Chair/Webmaster and several others of note: Kathy Watson, Karen Kurtz, Kristine Belanger, Joy Ross, Sharon Garrison, Susan Holder, and Mandy Dunkle,  for their many hours of careful, diligent work to change “the skin” to reflect the new administration, to alter forms, to update committee information and contacts, to provide and activate new links, meshing all moving parts into this useful tool… a tool vital to all aspects of communication within our Society. They deserve our appreciation and respect for the awesome service provided for our benefit. I am confident they will need to continue adding and refining and will appreciate our patience as they do so.

We anticipate that within the next two weeks, the Yearbook/Directory will be added. Kristine Wood, State Corresponding Secretary, can only work as quickly as chapter and district leaders provide their necessary information.

You will see a newly refreshed California Clarion – one that invites chapters and districts to share their work and activities… where others can find inspiration. Make sure to submit your stories and subscribe to the California Clarion to receive via email.

Check the committee web pages regularly. Many chairs will be adding/changing “tips” and share success stories. Yours might be featured!

Navigation through the website remains the same. You won’t need to learn a new system. Members are encouraged to review the website, browse often for the most current information, and look for new features that help you find the information you need. And, if/when, errors are seen, please reach out so they can be corrected. We realize no team would be able, though tries, to catch everything. You can help to keep the website as accurate as possible.

The work of the VIS Committee has been dedicated to making the most effective informational tool possible for you, California Daughters, so you can do your best to continue to make a difference through your service to God. Home, and Country.

With much appreciation and affection,

Adele Lancaster                                                                                                                                            State Regent



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Chapter Chatter: Gaspar de Portola Chapter in the 2018 Redwood City 4th of July Parade

Gaspar de Portola Chapter members and family spent many hours designing and decorating their patriotic float for Redwood City’s Fourth of July parade, the largest and longest parade in Northern California.  This year’s float had a band playing patriotic rock songs and were dressed in colonial costumes portraying General George Washington and his army crossing the Delaware. The float and band were well received by the parade audience and judges alike with Gaspar de Portola Chapter winning first place in the Amateur San Mateo County Float category! The Gaspar de Portola Chapter has participated with a float and walkers (including other District IV chapter members) for the past six years and looks forward to the 2019 Independence Day parade.

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Chapter Chatter: Santa Clara Chapter Hosts Second Annual Tea


On April 21, 2018, the Santa Clara Chapter held their Second Annual Tea with proceeds going to the Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing Facility.

This year there were eleven tables, with each hostess choosing a theme from the “special occasions” list.  These included Easter, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Wedding, Birthday Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day – fittingly hosted by Sue Fitz’patrick’ of the Los Gatos Chapter.  Hostesses were encouraged to dress the part for their theme, garnering extra points, and the competition was on!  There were pilgrims and Indians, leprechauns, gorgeous fascinators at the wedding table, Christmas elves, witches, and flappers representing the New Year’s Eve table – circa 1926 – the year the chapter was formed.

A lovely team of Girl Scouts acted as judges and servers, responding each time the ‘tea bell’ was rung. They served tea, scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, finger sandwiches, skewered fruit, and amazing homemade desserts – all provided by attendees.

Regent Karri Sieler provided the entertainment including a quiz on DAR history, three rounds of bingo, and a video highlighting the chapter achievments.

After dessert the winners were announced: Grand prize to Kim Guzman’s New Year’s Eve table, second place to Ginny Schlomann’s Halloween table and Bonnie Wagner’s Christmas table took third place.

One of  Santa Clara Chapter’s most successful events, Daughters can’t wait to see what next year’s committee’s theme will be.

Photo: The New Year’s Eve grand prize table

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Chapter Chatter: John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter Visits CSSDAR Headquarters

On Monday, July 2, 2018, the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter’s Executive Board met at the CSSDAR headquarters in Glendora for vision, planning and a tour of the headquarters.  It was an invigorating day for the attendees.

Among the many objectives we pursue, we look forward to implementing a beginning genealogy course at the Whittier Public Library.  Shiryl Boerlin will chair this program which will help our Members research additional descendants.

In September, Members and guests will tour the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton and visit the Iwo Jima Memorial.  During the past year, the Chapter has been collecting donations for the Memorial.  We are very proud to be supportive of this CSSDAR Project and of our Chapter’s 35-year Member Penny Brown, Past Regent, who is a descendant of William Pendleton!

In addition, we will continue to support the California Army National Guard units stationed in Jordan with gift boxes.

The Chapter Chairs of National Committees will present to the John Greenleaf Whittier NSDAR monthly meetings a National Defense Message and a Constitution Minute, to foster our true patriotism.

Pictured are L-R:  Arlene Wright, Recording Secretary; Diana Arnold, 1st Vice President; Carol Shimko, Registrar; Shiryl Boerlin, Parliamentarian; Dianne Sickles, Treasurer; Frances Holt, 2nd Vice President


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Chapter Chatter: San Clemente Island Chapter ‘Springtime in Paris’

On April 11, 2018, San Clemente Island chapter held a “Springtime in Paris”  luncheon and fashion show fundraising event at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. It was a beautiful spring day and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and shopping for fun raffle baskets.  The fashion show presented by Chico’s featured new spring outfits and our own chapter members served as models. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting “Springtime in Paris.” Thank you to all who supported our event.

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California Clarion is Being Updated!


During the month of July 2018, the California Clarion, as part of the CSSDAR website, is being updated.  So, when things appear not quite perfect, you’ll understand why!

The  California Clarion should be up and running by August 1, 2018.  Thank you for your understanding!

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Chapter Chatter: El Dorado Chapter Highlights Silver Paws Ranch at April Meeting

The El Dorado Chapter hosted a special guest at the April 14 chapter meeting.  Members met a service dog named; Kenna, a very well-mannered German Shepard who brought her owner Guy Sheble with her.  Mr. Sheble is a veteran of both Iraq conflicts and served in the Marine Corps and Army.  He spoke to the chapter about his experience in training service dogs while in the Army and his mission today to save veterans and shelter dogs by creating partnerships that help heal veterans.

His organization called Silver Paws Ranch rescues dogs from local animal shelters.  These dogs are temperament tested and obedience trained before they begin their service training that is specific to each veteran.  Many of these veterans suffer from disabilities such as PTSD, seizures, and have difficulty rejoining society. The veteran is paired with his dog outfitted with specific gear, and then educated on how to use his dog, how to care for him and how to use the laws to protect his service animal.

Guy calls these dogs, “battle buddies”.  The dogs are trained to be calm in crowded public places.  They are trained for TSA airport screening and boarding aircraft.  His first service dog, Tex, flew with him seated on the floor next to him over 19 times and today he depends on Kenna specifically for balance at night.

First Vice Regent, Carol Ann Nolan is pictured thanking Mr. Sheble and Kenna on behalf of the chapter.

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State Regent’s Message – April/May 2018


Dear Daughters,

This regent is delighted that so many of you were with us at our 110th State Conference in Irvine!  What a fun time we all had!  Congratulations to a splendid new slate of officers under the leadership of Adele Lancaster, State Regent-Elect, who will lead us for the next two years!  Adele and Susan Broderick, State Vice Regent-Elect, will be sworn in on Sunday, June 24th and this State Regent will be sworn in as Honorary State Regent.  (Oh my!)  I’m hoping that many of you will be in attendance for Congress and for the California Congressional Tea on Tuesday, June 19th, which is always a festive way to kick off Continental Congress.  See the California website for more information.






Special DAR honorees at Conference included Jennifer Garvin, Outstanding Junior Member; Nancy Huey, Outstanding Service to Veterans (Member); Linda Mustion, Outstanding State DAR Member (OSM), honoring & thanking Vietnam Veterans; and Alice Densmore, Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the MOP (Mother of a Page), Christina Ramos and this Regent were named MOPS at this 110th Conference. The MOP is a person who is recognized for giving exceptional support to our California Pages and is awarded a highly decorated mop which she must carry with her for the duration of the Conference.  All in great fun!!

Please save the dates of May 5th for Northern “Meet the New Officers” Spring Council in Rancho Cordova and May 19th for Southern Spring Council in Irvine. You’ll want to be there to hear about their wonderful plans for 2018-2020! Another highlight on those days is the installation of your new District officers—come and support  them!!   Information is posted on the state website.

Plans are humming to place a flagpole and marker at the historic Manzanar, site of one of the major Japanese Internment Camps during World War II. This is tentatively planned for Memorial Day—please watch the announcements for final details.

This is that time of year when you each have an opportunity to say your “YES” to your chapter in service to DAR and your community.  Please, if that telephone call comes to you asking for your unique talents, consider your answer carefully!  Remember why you’re a member. We need your YES!!

Bev Moncrieff
State Regent


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Chapter Chatter: Alta Mira Chapter Presents Women in American History Award

Alta Mira Chapter NSDAR celebrated “Women’s History Month” at their Colonial Tea March 10th.  It was a perfect time to present the “Women in American History” award to an outstanding member of the community that has made a contribution and difference in promoting American History. Amy King, curator of the Tulare County Museum was chosen to receive this award. Her goals have been to bring to bring awareness to the museum and help the community develop an interest in local history.

She has done this by being involved in the community, developing the museum collections and creating new exhibits. She has developed an ongoing exhibit of valuable agricultural contributions by the many cultural groups of Tulare County. Opening day activities for these exhibits include personal stories, music and food from the culture being exhibited. Over 1,000 school children come through the museum each year.

Amy is a member of the California Association of Museums and American Alliance for State and Local History.

Photo L to R:  Pat Holly Regent, Amy King, Deanna Pettus

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San Andreas Lake Chapter Honors American History & DAR Good Citizens Winners

The San Andreas Lake Chapter held their American History Essay Contest and DAR Good Citizens awards at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, CA. on January 19, 2018.

Left to Right back row: Marie Borovina, Chair, Valerie Lynne, Regent, Olivia Umstead,(DAR Good Citizen), Riley Scanlan (first tlace winner), Lauren Valles (second place winner), Lydia Davies, Chair; front row: from the Good Shepard Elementary School American History Contest winners, Kailer Lamb, Grade 6, Janina De Jesus, Grade 7, and Shennen Recio (DAR Good Citizen) and Emily Chee (third place winner). Not pictured Dylan Green, Grade 8 winner.


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Chapter Chatter: El Redondo Chapter’s 53rd Annual Colonial Luncheon

El Redondo Chapter held its 53rd annual Colonial Luncheon on 2/24/18 at the Los Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.  Over 100 attendees were greeted by Regent Beth Collier and Mistress of Ceremonies Carolyn Bushnell, Honorary Chapter Regent.  A delightful program was presented by Benjamin Franklin ( Phil Soinski).  A sunny day enhanced the beautiful ocean view.  Cadets from Redondo Union High School were included as guests and assisted in distributing prizes.  The proceeds raised from the annual luncheon with its community and member support provide the main funds for our scholarship programs.

Our ladies in colonial dress added to the festivities– L-R Nancy Connell, Sue Ann Harding, Edie Osterhues, Sheryl Hohn, Francine Bostrum, Carolyn Bushnell, Fran Bock, Mary Haag, Fran Vander Stucken

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Chapter Chatter: Santa Clara Chapter Serves Up Breakfast for Veterans

Santa Clara Chapter began preparing and serving breakfast to veterans in November, and this amazing program continues to grow! The Veterans Housing Facility, known to chapter members as ‘Housing for Heroes,’ provides support services and housing for homeless veterans as they return to independent living. Chapter members enjoy spending Sunday mornings slicing, dicing, setting up, serving, and thanking our veterans for their service. The chapter provided 180 toiletry-filled care bags for the holidays, with special supplies for male and female veterans. Santa Clara Chapter voted to purchase an industrial food processor to ‘Housing for Heroes,’ which makes Chef Anita and all who eat at the facility very happy.

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