" Thus out of small beginnings,

greater things have been produced .  .  . 

. . . as one small candle may light a thousand.

                                                      - Gov. William Bradford,

                                                                       Plimoth Colony

                        Welcome to

                         The San Diego Colony

of   the

 Society of Mayflower Descendants


Society of Mayflower Descendants
in the State of California, Inc.

Last Update: 5 November 2015


Gail Raser

Asst. Governor                  
Anita Guenin

Recording Sec.

Kathleen Loftman

Corresponding Sec.

Ray Raser

Treasurer                                                   Jan Quigley


Budd Leef

Elder                                                 Kathleen Norris

State Board Del.

Kathleen Norris

Advisor/Past Gov.            Ray Raser


Membership Sec.

Joyce Shiloff

Education Chair             Amy  Conboy


Norma Wohlfarth


Belle Bohn


Kathleen Norris

Web Master

Budd Leef


Important upcoming 2015 Mayflower Society Meetings and Event Dates

Mark the dates on your calendar now and plan on joining us for these General Society and Colony meetings and events.

21 November, 2015 -
Mayflower Compact Day celebration and luncheon at the MCAS Officers Club.
  Our guest speaker, Mr. Wayne Rogers, will speak about the 'Mayflower Compact, American Revolution and Democracy'.





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W h a t   d o . . . 
John Adams, Julia Child, Hugh Hefner, Richard Gere, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Duke Snider, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George H.W. and George W. Bush, Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, Marilyn Monroe, Alan B. Shepard, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Clint Eastwood, Dr. (not Mister) Spock, Alec Baldwin, Humphrey Bogart, Grandma Moses, Christopher Lloyd, Orson Welles, 3/5ths of 'The Beach Boys', Chevy Chase, and quite possibly YOU have in common with a small trading ship owning just one trans-Atlantic round-trip voyage to New England?

P E R H A P S    A    L O T !

For millions of living Americans, their family's 'Ellis Island Moment' occurred in December 1620 on a lonely, cold and frightening stretch of beach at the edge of the Nauset, Patuxet and Wampanoag homelands.  For these 'Saints' and 'Strangers' the next few years would be more difficult, dangerous, and wonderful than they could ever have imagined.  They suffered, persevered, made alliances, adapted, and survived, and their story is at the very beginnings of our common American heritage.

We honor their courage and determination this and every day!

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D I D   Y O U   E N J O Y
Kathleen L
oftman's analysis and discussion about the "Pilgrim 1-Year Survivors"?

A link to the poster is located on the left column under "Pilgrim History".  Additionally, a pdf copy of her presentation has been placed at the bottom of the "NEWSLETTERS" page of this website.
(see the Newsletter page link located
at the very bottom-left of this page)

Hint: Download and save the pdf document, then print it from YOUR computer.
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The San Diego Colony
The Society of Mayflower Descendants

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For our next San Diego Mayflower Colony meeting on November 21, 2015, please join us as we celebrate 'Mayflower Compact Day', with an informative program and traditional Thanksgiving meal.


T H I S   Y E A R   W E   A R E
the 395th Anniversary of

The Very 1st Mayflower
Compact Day
in 1620

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Our Next Colony Meeting:

Saturday, 21 November 2015

11am - Gathering

11:30 - Meeting and Lunch

PLEASE NOTE that the Meal Reservation Form and Check MUST BE received no-later-than the 14th of November.

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The Guest speaker will be

Mr. Wayne Rogers.

His topic will be 'The Mayflower Compact, American Revolution & Democracy'.

Please join us if you can for a fun and interesting afternoon program.

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Next Happening: A Thanksgiving Luncheon celebrating 'Compact Day 2015' along with our guest speaker, Mr. Wayne Rogers.

When: Saturday, 21 November 2015, 11:00 am (gathering), 11:30 (lunch and meeting)

Where: MCAS Miramar Officer's Club

Reservation Required: Please fill-out the RESERVATION FORM in the latest 'Pilgrim News' and return it with a CHECK to Colony Treasurer, Jan Quigley.  Adult meals are $25, and children $16.  A fruit plate is available.  Note that the Reservation and Check MUST BE received by 14 November 2015.

Program: A delicious Thanksgiving Luncheon, Colony Meeting, as well as guest speaker, Mr. Wayne Rogers who will speak to us about The Mayflower Compact in American history.

Please see our Colony Newsletter and eMails for further Mayflower Luncheon' Details

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16 May SD Colony Meeting

The May 2015 meeting was held at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club.  At this meeting Colony Business was conducted, along with a speaker presentation and a fine meal.

Assistant Governor, Anita Guenin, called the meeting to order and began the program.  Our guest speaker was Mr. Gabe Selak, the Public Program Manager for the San Diego History Center.  Mr. Selak provided a very interesting talk about our own Balboa Park and the celebration of its history and the 100-year Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Also at the May meeting, six new members and two new supplemental memberships were recognized.  A Roll-Call was conducted, with pilgrims Stephen Hopkins and Richard Warren winning the day with the most descendants present.

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Excerpts from May 2015 SD Colony General Meeting Minutes and Luncheon Program

16 May 2015

The May general meeting and luncheon of the San Diego Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in California was called to order by Assistant Colony Governor Anita Guenin at 11:30 A.M. at the Officer’s Club at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS). She welcomed everyone.

 Elder Kathleen Norris gave the invocation. Decorations Chair, Norma Wohlfarth led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Representative to the California Board of Assistants, Beverly Nickerson led the Pilgrim Pledge. 

 Assistant Governor Guenin greeted and welcomed everyone attending the meeting. Special guests were introduced: California Captain Rick Bailey, California Elder Izella Dickey, and California Quarterly Co-editor, Ray Raser. She also introduced the speaker, Gabe Selak.

 Gabe Selak presented the program. Gabe is the Public Programs Manager for the San Diego History Center and provided an interesting presentation on the history of Balboa Park. Assistant Governor Guenin thanked the speaker for the presentation and presented him with a certificate and a check. Lunch was served during the presentation to accommodate the schedule. The meeting resumed at 1:15 p.m.

 The roll call of the Mayflower pilgrim ancestors was presented by Recording Secretary, Kathleen Loftman assisted by new member, Jennifer Anklesaria. With eight each, pilgrims Stephen Hopkins and Richard Warren tied for the most descendants present.

 New member, Jennifer Anklesaria was welcomed to the Colony. She is the 13th generation descendant of James Chilton, the oldest passenger on the Mayflower, who died shortly after signing the compact.

 Assistant Governor Guenin announced that the Mayflower Recording Secretary’s minutes and the Treasurer’s report had been approved by the Executive Board. Representative to the California Board of Assistants Beverly Nickerson presented a report of the last Board of Assistance meeting. The last Board of Assistants meeting was held on March 21, 2015 in Laguna Woods with Skype to the Oakland headquarters.

 Ray Raser presented information on the historical sites tour of England and Holland. The tour will take place September 15-28, 2015. He reminded everyone that he had made that presentation on the topic last year. He encouraged those interested in going to get their reservations in. He stated that it was one of the most memorable experiences in his life—to walk the ground of his ancestor. Information on the trip is in the California Quarterly.

 Assistant Governor Guenin presented old business. She reminded the San Diego Colony Mayflower members to pick up their new 2014-2016 Colony rosters if they had not done so already. There was no new business. The opportunity drawing was held by Amy Conboy. $117 was raised for scholarships. Assistant Governor Guenin thanked everyone for their support of our state scholarship fund.

 Assistant Governor Anita Guenin announced the next San Diego Colony Mayflower meeting will be held at the MCAS Officer’s Club in November. She is having discussions with a professor at UCSD about presenting at the meeting.  

 Elder Kathleen Norris gave the benediction. Assistant Governor Anita Guenin thanked Bruce Guenin for playing the guitar before the meeting, thanked everyone for attending the meeting, and bid them safe travels home. The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

 Submitted by:

 Kathleen Loftman

Mayflower San Diego Chapter Recording Secretary

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