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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Chapter Chatter: John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter Recognizes Community Service Award Winners

At its August meeting the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter honored Theola and Norm Kirschenbaum for winning the Whittier Community Service Award.  They have advocated for the youth of Whittier and surrounding cities for many years.

Theola began volunteering in the local grade schools and was voted Volunteer of the Year by the Whittier City School District for her many hours of teaching.  She has also been recognized for her teaching in the Teen Mom Program at Montebello High School.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier for the past 17 years, including two terms as President.

Norm’s career in education included being superintendent of several area school districts, including Hacienda Heights, La Puente, Montebello and Charter Oaks Unified.  He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2010.  He served as the President of the Whittier Library Board of Directors.  He was also a member of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce.

Theola acknowledges the active support that her husband has provided in her community service.  Together they have received the prestigious Lee Owens Award from the Boys and Girls Club and the Good Scout Award from the Rio Hondo District of the Boy Scouts of America.

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State Regent’s Message – July to September 2017

Dear California Daughters,

Do you remember all of the excitement, as a child, getting ready for school to start, buying our new lunch box, school supplies, maybe new school shoes, and then wondering who your teacher would be? I thought about that today and how excited I am as we start our new program year.  Some of you have new officers, many of you are in the second year of your administrations, and hopefully your programs and projects are planned and you are ready to go!

Let’s kick it off together at the Fall Council Meetings, Southern Council September 8-9 at the Irvine Marriott and Northern Council September 15-16 at the Rancho Cordova Marriott. There you’ll meet the candidates for the next term’s offices, learn SO MUCH at new and exciting workshops, get an update on your officers’ projects and activities, and enjoy a wonderful program on one man’s experiences on the WW II Battle on the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima. See the CSSDAR Members’ website for registration and program!

It’s been a busy summer, starting with a wonderful Continental Congress, as many California Daughters joined our worldwide members in Washington DC for the 126th Continental Congress.  This regent brought home “tons” of awards and certificates of appreciation for you California Daughters, which will be distributed at the Fall Councils.  We celebrated with our California Tea (very successful), reopening of the Museum’s California Room where we provided docents and greeted guests, under the direction of State Chair Virginia DeGregory, and, on behalf of the California Society, presented   the conservation of a muslin dress with lace insert bodice, made in about 1820, featured in the DAR Museum exhibit ‘An Agreeable Tyrant’.   If you haven’t yet experienced this adventure, I encourage you to start saving your money to make that trek next year.  It’s an experience you’ll never forget and will give you the “Big Picture” of the world of DAR, make new friends, and have DAR fun!! A special edition of the California Spirit is in preparation and will be posted soon with lots of pictures and award winners. Be sure to watch for the notification of availability on the state website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Lake City’s Family History Library was a-flutter with 81 California Daughters and guests, as State Registrar Corky Peterson and her team of lineage researchers and volunteer genealogists hosted California’s first statewide genealogy research trip and workshops, from July 30 through August 6. Workshops were held at the hotel and at the library; dinners provided time to share our successes and challenges; and genealogy friendships were cemented.  We even had participants from six states join in with us. This year’s trip was so successful that we’ve already booked the hotel and library for an April 3-10, 2018 repeat, with noted genealogist Debbie Duay from Florida scheduled to join us. Mark your calendars and watch for announcements and details.

See you all in September!

Bev Moncrieff
State Regent

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Chapter Chatter: Sierra Amador’s Historic Preservation Committee’s World War I Submissions

Sierra Amador’s newest committee, Historic Preservation, is up and running!  Inspired by the US WWI Centennial Commission, the committee has: submitted three stories of ancestor service in WWI; mapped, photoed and submitted the Sutter Creek WWI memorial to the US WWI Memorial Register; and submitted a 100 Cities/100 Memorials grant proposal to honor WWI veterans interred in the Jackson Pioneer Cemetery.  The grant proposal includes (1) restoring a local WWI veteran grave site, (2) finding and mapping all WWI veteran graves, and (3) holding a Centennial Celebration to honor all local WW Veterans in November 2018.  In response to the grant application, two founding members of the committee were interviewed about their WWI Commemoration plans. The live Centennial News podcast can be heard free on iTunes or Google Play by searching WW1 Centennial News and listen to the August 18, 2017 podcast.

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Announcement: Fall Call to Council and Registration Form Available

The Call to Council and Registration Forms for the Fall are now posted on the CSSDAR Members’ website:

Southern Council, September 8-9, 2017
and
Northern Council, September 15-16, 2017

And the Marriott Hotels are ready to accept your reservation. Information is included in the Call to Council.

The WebStore is open for registration at www.cssdarwebstore.org with a credit card.

Workshops are waiting along with good friends. Visit the CSSDAR Members’ website to learn more and reserve your spot today!

Beverly Moncrieff
State Regent
regent@californiadar.org

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Announcement: Pre-order Printed Copies of 2017-2018 Yearbook and Directory

Printed copies of the 2017-2018 CSSDAR Yearbook and Directory may be pre-ordered/purchased now and will be distributed at the September Council meetings. (State Officers, Honorary State Regents, District Directors and Chapter Regents will each receive a complimentary copy.)

Cost per copy: $13.00

Deadline for orders: Received by August 27, 2017

No additional copies will be printed for late purchase.

The 2017-2018 State Yearbook and Directory order form is available on the CSSDAR Members’ website under Documents and Forms, State Forms and Documents, State Corresponding Secretary and then State Yearbook Directory Order Form or by selecting the following link:

State Yearbook Order Form

To order by check, payable to CSSDAR Treasurer, please send $13.00 for each copy plus the order form, post marked by August 23, 2017, to:

CSSDAR State Treasurer
P.O. Box 1436
Glendora, CA 91740-1436

The WebStore is available at www.cssdarwebstore.net for purchasing the State Yearbook and Directory with a credit card no later than August 27, 2017.

Christina Ramos
State Corresponding Secretary
corresponding@californiadar.org

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