in the State of California, Inc.
Last Update: 8 February 2014
2012- 2014 S.D.
Asst. Governor Belle Bohn
Treasurer Sue Johnson
Elder Ken Whittemore
State Board Rep.
Advisor/Past Gov. Rich Bailey
Education Chair Amy Lusk Conboy
2014 SD Colony Meetings
Mark the date on your calendar now and plan on joining us for the next 2014 colony meetings.
15 February 2014 - Our Winter Colony Meeting will be held at the Ramada San Diego North Hotel & Conference Center located near Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Hwy 163. Details will be presented in our next Colony Newsletter.
1 March 2014 - Join us and other Genealogists at the Family History Fair, Escondido LDS Church (2255 Felicita Rd).
17 May 2014 - Spring SD Colony Meeting at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club.
15 November 2014 - Fall SD Colony Meeting celebrating 'Mayflower Compact Day' at MCAS Miramar Officer's Club.
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What do... John Adams, Julia Child, Hugh Hefner, George W. Bush, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dick Van Dyke, Marilyn Monroe, Alan Shepard, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Clint Eastwood, Dr. (not Mister) Spock, Alec Baldwin, Humphrey Bogart, Grandma Moses, 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 voyage?
P E R H A P S A L O T !
What: A Luncheon open to any and all persons interested in learning more about the Mayflower Society. Join us for lunch and you might even meet and greet some of your 'Colony Cousins' and Friends. What could be better?
When: Saturday, 15 February 2014, 11:00 am (gathering), 11:30 (meeting and lunch)
Where: The Ramada San Diego North Center
5550 Kearney Mesa Blvd
(West of Hwy 163 at Clairemont Mesa Blvd)
San Diego, CA 92111
Please see our Colony eMail for further Mayflower Luncheon' Details
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16 November 2013 'Compact Day' Program and Meeting
The November 2013 Colony Meeting and 'Compact Day' Luncheon was held at the MCAS Miramar Officer's Club near San Diego, CA.
The program included a fantastic Thanksgiving Lunch (with all the trimmings), followed by the General Colony Meeting featuring a special presentation by Colony Governor, Ray Raser. He shared many photos and interesting details from his 2013 Mayflower Historical Sites Tour of England and the Netherlands.
New Member Recognized
Colony Governor, Ray Raser, with new San Diego Colony Member, Mary Scott, a descendant from Stephen Hopkins.
Why are these folks Smiling?
A few of our Colony Members in attendance enjoying the Program and very tasty Thanksgiving fare at MCAS Miramar.
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Excerpts from General Meeting Minutes and Compact Day Luncheon Program
16 November 2013
The November general meeting and luncheon of the San Diego
Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in California was called to order by Colony
Governor Ray Raser at 11:30 A.M. at the Officer’s Club at Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar (MCAS). He welcomed
everyone to our Compact Day event and thanked Bruce Guenin for playing his
Following the invocation by State Elder Izella Dickey, Colony
Web Master Budd Leef led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Colony Assistant
Governor Belle Bohn led the Pilgrim Pledge.
Ray Raser introduced the special guests: Past San Diego Colony Governors
Robert and Beverly Nickerson, Rick Bailey, Izella Dickey, Sue Johnson, and Jan
Landt. Governor Ray Raser then introduced the other members of the Colony
Board: Assistant Governor Belle Bohn, Recording Secretary Kathleen Loftman,
Treasurer Sue Johnson, Corresponding Secretary Gail Raser, Historian Robert
Anderson, Hospitality Chair Anita Guenin, Web Master Budd Leef, and Membership
Chair Joyce Shiloff.
Governor Ray Raser then asked all the table guests to
The roll call of pilgrim ancestors was presented by Membership
Chair Joyce Shiloff. With 16, pilgrim John
Tilley had the most descendants present.
Membership Chair Joyce Shiloff then welcomed our new member, Mary Scott,
descendant from Stephen Hopkins.
The minutes of the May 2013 General Meeting were reviewed
and approved by the Executive Board.
The Report on the State Board of Assistants meeting was
presented by Corresponding Secretary Gail Raser. The meeting was held in Oakland, CA on
Saturday October 19, 2013. San Diego
Colony members present were CA State Governor Ken Whittemore and CA Newsletter
co-editors Ray and Gail Raser. Reports
were received from officers, chairpersons and colony governors and delegates. Planning is under way to determine CA State
involvement in the 2020 celebration which might include a float in the Rose
Parade in Pasadena, CA. As
of the date of the meeting, CA has a state membership of 2,660 members and 8 CA
state members have reached the age of 95 and will be receiving an Honorary Life
Membership from the society.
CA Captain Rick Bailey read the Mayflower Compact. Elder Izella Dickey said grace, and the meeting was recessed
After lunch, Assistant Governor Belle Bohn introduced the
speaker, Governor Ray Raser, who gave an interesting and informative
presentation called “GSMD Historical Sites Tour.” He narrated a photo presentation on his recent
trip to England in May when he co-led the Mayflower Historical Sites Tour of
There were three items of new business. Recording Secretary Kathleen Loftman reported
on the One Book One San Diego VIP Reception at the San Diego library on 30 September. The event was sponsored by KPBS and the San Diego library. Board members attending the event in pilgrim
attire were: Governor Ray Raser, Corresponding Secretary Gail Raser, Recording
Secretary Kathleen Loftman, and Hospitality Chair Anita Guenin. Also attending the event were Kathy’s
husband, Russ, and Anita’s husband, Bruce.
The One Book San Diego kickoff featured a presentation and book signing
by Pulitzer Price winning author, Geraldine Brooks, who wrote Caleb’s Crossing. Pictures of the event were featured in the
Fall 2013 edition of the California
Governor Raser presented a certificate of appreciation to
Rick Bailey for framing the San Diego Colony Charter. He then presented certificates of appreciation
to the attendees (mentioned above) of the VIP Reception for the new San Diego
Library dedication and One Book One San Diego.
Ray Raser presented the new business.
A nominating committee of three members was appointed: Dorothy Schwaner, Anita
Guenin and Gail Raser. All three
individuals accepted the appointment.
Jan Landt announced that handmade Mayflower passenger dolls
were available from the Plimoth Plantation mail order department at
1-800-262-9356. The available dollars
are: William Brewster, Mary Chilton, Constance Hopkins, John Hopkins, Priscilla
Mullins, Myles Standish, and Susanna (White) and Peregrine White. The dolls are made by Mary Michaud
(Silhouette Doll Company).
Governor Raser announced the very successful opportunity
drawing to benefit the Mayflower education program. The $141 raised will be sent from the colony
to the California State Society’s Scholarship Fund. There were nine prizes awarded. Alisa Prewett
helped with the sale of the tickets and the drawings.
Governor Raser announced that the National Scholarship
information papers were located on the sign-in table. Any Mayflower descendant who is entering
college in fall is eligible for the scholarship, whether or not they are a member. The deadline is 1 March 2014. The 2020 Logo
Contest information was also on the sign-in table. Governor Raser announced that Northern
California Colony author, Diane Stevenson, has written a new book called Mary of the Mayflower.
Belle Bohn announced that the next meeting will be held on
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Ramada Inn located at 5550 Kearny Mesa Road,
San Diego, CA, near the intersection of the 163 and Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Kathleen Loftman will present a program on Mourning and Mourning Jewelry including Rituals and Traditions.
Ray thanked Bill and Eleanor Bolen for the table decorations
and the guests were encouraged to take home the edible fruit.
Izella Dickey gave the benediction.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 PM by Governor Ray Raser.
Colony Recording Secretary
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