All great and honorable actions

are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.”

                                                      - Gov. William Bradford,

                                                                       Plimoth Colony


                        Welcome to

                         The San Diego Colony

of   the

 Society of Mayflower Descendants

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

Last Update: 9 May 2015

Governor

Gail Raser


Asst. Governor                  
Anita Guenin


Recording Sec.

Kathleen Loftman


Corresponding Sec.

Ray Raser


Treasurer                                                   Sue Johnson


Historian/Publicity

Budd Leef


Elder                                                 Kathleen Norris


State Board Rep.

Beverly Nickerson


Advisor/Past Gov.            Rich Bailey

 

Membership Sec.

Joyce Shiloff


Education Chair             Amy  Lusk Conboy


Decorations

Norma Wohlfarth


Hospitality

Belle Bohn


Parliamentarian

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.

16 May 2015 -
At the Spring SD Colony meeting Gabe Selak, the Public Programs Manager for the San Diego History Center will be addressing us on the history of Balboa Park.  Previous to moving to San Diego, Mr. Selek worked at two renowned historical museums: Plimoth Plantation and Historic New England. More recently, he worked at the Coronado Historical Association's Museum of History and Art. He has a love of history and passion for teaching, and produces public programs at the History Center.


21 November, 2015 -
Mayflower Compact Day celebration and luncheon at the MCAS Officers Club.



      


 
 
 
 
 

      

   

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W h a t   d o . . . 
John Adams, Julia Child, Hugh Hefner, Richard Gere, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George H. W. and George W. Bush, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 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 an estimated 10-million 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 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"?


Well, 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
of
The Society of Mayflower Descendants


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For our next San Diego Mayflower Colony Meeting in May 2015, come join us as we welcome our guest speaker,
Mr. Gabe Selak, San Diego History Center Public Programs Manager.

 

T H I S   Y E A R   W E   A R E
C E L E B R A T I N G
our 394th Anniversary of

The Very 1st Mayflower
Compact Day
in 1620

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Our Next Colony Meeting:

Saturday, 16 May 2015

11am - Gathering

11:30 - Meeting and Lunch

NOTE:  For this Colony Meeting our program will precede the lunch.

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The Guest speaker will be

Mr. Gabe Selak,

Public Programs Manager

at the

San Diego History Center.

During this, the 100th Anniversary of Balboa Park's 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Mr. Selak will be speaking to us about the "History of Balboa Park" and it's impact on San Diego.  Previous to moving to San Diego, Mr. Selek worked at two renowned historical museums: Plimoth Plantation and Historic New England.  More recently, he worked at the Coronado Historical Association's Museum of History and Art. He has a love of history and passion for teaching, and produces public programs at the History Center.

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

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So, why are these folks smiling?

A few of our Colony Members attending a lively Thanksgiving Program celebrating Mayflower Compact day at MCAS Miramar.


Next Happening: Colony Luncheon with our speaker, Mr. Gabe Selak of the San Diego History Center.

When: Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:00 am (gathering), 11:30 (lunch and meeting)

Where: MCAS Miramar Officer's Club

Program: A delicious lunch and Colony Meeting, as well as our guest speaker, Mr. Gabe Selak of the San Diego History Center, who will speak to us about the "History of Balboa Park".


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

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21 February 2015 SD Colony Program and Meeting

The February 2015 meeting was held at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club.  At this meeting we welcomed the leadership and members of the San Diego Sons of the American Revolution organization.

Governor Gail Raser introduced our own SD Colony Board Members, as well as the SD SAR Vice President David Schaffer and his wife, Jan, SAR Chaplain Rev. Dr. Stan DeLong and his wife, Joan, and San Diego SAR President and former Mayflower Colony Governor, Ray Raser.  SAR Color Guard members started our combined meeting with a moving introduction ceremony.

San Diego members of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard present the flags to begin our combined meetings.

Following lunch, Governor Gail Raser introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Eve Kornfeld, Professor of History at San Diego State University, who gave an informative presentation entitled “The Many Faces of George Washington.”  Following her presentation, Governor Gail Raser thanked Dr. Kornfeld and presented her with a certificate of appreciation.

Dr. Eve Kornfeld of SDSU receives a certificate of appreciation for her presentation to Mayflower and SAR members entitled, "The Many Faces of George Washington".

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

21 February 2015

The February general meeting and luncheon of the San Diego Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in California was called to order by Colony Governor Gail Raser at 11:33 A.M. at the Officer’s Club at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS). She welcomed everyone. This meeting was a joint meeting held with the San Diego Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

 Elder Kathleen Norris gave the invocation. The SAR Color Guard Commander advanced the colors. SAR member and California Mayflower Captain Richard Bailey led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Mayflower California Governor Kenneth Whittemore led the Pilgrim Pledge.  The SAR Color Guard posted the colors and retired the guard. SAR First Vice President David Shaffer led the Pledge to SAR. Mayflower Governor Gail Raser asked that all be seated.

 Governor Gail Raser introduced the head table: SAR Vice President David Schaffer and his wife, Jan, SAR Chaplain Rev. Dr. Stan DeLong and his wife Joan, and San Diego SAR President and former Mayflower Colony Governor, Ray Raser, Colony Assistant Governor, and Anita Guenin and her husband, Bruce. The California State Mayflower Officers present were introduced: California Governor and Elder General Ken Whittemore, California Captain Rick Bailey, and California Elder Izella Dickey. Former Mayflower Governors were introduced: Izella Dickey, Sue Johnson, Jan Landt, Beverly Nickerson, Robert Nickerson, Ray Raser, Kenneth Whittemore, and Richard Bailey.

 All San Diego Mayflower Colony Board members were asked to stand. Mayflower Governor Gail Raser thanked them for their service. SAR President Ray Raser introduced Rev. Dr. Stanley DeLong, recipient of the distinguished SAR Minuteman Award and former Chaplain General and California State President. President Ray Raser asked that all the SAR Board members stand to be recognized.

 Mayflower Governor Gail Raser announced that the Mayflower Secretary’s minutes and the Treasurer’s report had been approved by the Executive Board. Representative to the Board of Assistance Beverly Nickerson prepared a report of the last Board of Assistance meeting. Copies of these reports were available at the back table in the room for all Mayflower members.

 The roll call of Mayflower pilgrim ancestors was presented by Mayflower Membership Secretary Joyce Shiloff.  With 14 each, pilgrims John Howland and Frances Cooke tied for the most descendants present. 

 SAR President Ray Raser led the Recognition of the Revolutionary War Patriots. Mayflower Governor Gail Raser acknowledged those with birthdays in February, and all joined in singing happy birthday.

 Mayflower Recording Secretary Kathleen Loftman gave a presentation entitled “Mayflower Passengers Survival to the First Thanksgiving” providing the survival statistics of the Pilgrims during the first year in America.


 A Mayflower memorial service was led by Elder Kathleen Norris. She honored four San Diego Colony members:

1)      Ray A. Madden was a descendant of William Brewster, state number 3694.

2)      James Francis Kirkpatrick was a descendant of John Howland, state number 7599.

3)      Jean Isabella Bartman was a descendant of John Alden, state number 8444.

4)      Dorothy Schwaner was a descendant of William Brewster and John Howland, state number 4808.  She quoted Mayflower Governor Gail Raser that Dorothy was the “spark in the Colony for many years.”

 

SAR Chaplain Rev. Dr. Stan DeLong said grace, and the meeting was recessed for lunch.

 Mayflower Assistant Governor Anita Guenin introduced the speaker, Dr. Eve Kornfeld, Professor of History at San Diego State University, who gave an informative presentation entitled “The Many Faces of George Washington.” Mayflower Governor Gail Raser thanked the speaker and presented her with a certificate and a check.

 After the presentation, Mayflower Governor Raser presented old business. She reminded Mayflower members to pick up their new 2014-2016 Colony rosters if they had not done so already. She also mentioned that there is an additional page for missing items, changes in contact information, and new members to add to the roster. She also asked Mayflower members and guests to sign the photo release form located on the table in the back of the room.  

 Several announcements for both the Mayflower Society and the SAR were made. Mayflower Assistant Governor Anita Guenin announced the next Mayflower meeting which will be held at the MCAS Officer’s Club on May 16, 2015. The presentation will be on the 100th Anniversary of Balboa Park by Gabe Selak. Mayflower Governor Gail Raser asked that nametags be returned and that application information about both organizations were in the back of the room on the table. Ray Raser, as a member of the GSMD Historic Sites Committee, sponsor of the Mayflower Historical Sites Tour, announced the upcoming Mayflower Tour from September 15 to September 28, 2015 to England and Holland. Fliers were also located on the back table. He also made several SAR announcements.

 Mayflower Education Chair Amy Conboy held the opportunity drawing to benefit the Mayflower education program.

 The SAR Color Guard conducted the recessional and the retiring of the colors.

 SAR Chaplain Rev. Dr. Stan DeLong gave the benediction.

 The meeting was adjourned by Mayflower Governor Gail Raser.

Submitted by:

 Kathleen Loftman

Mayflower San Diego Chapter Recording Secretary

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