The San Diego Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants

in the State of California, Inc.


* Please select the link below to go to our
 NEW Colony Website:

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Last Update: 17 February 2017


Ray Raser

Asst. Governor                  
Budd Leef

Recording Sec.

Kathleen Loftman

Corresponding Sec.

Wayne Rogers

Treasurer                                                   Jan Quigley


Jennifer Anklesaria

Elder                                                 Joyce Shiloff

State Board Del.

Kathleen Norris

Advisor/Past Gov.            Gail Raser


Membership Sec.

Anita Guenin

Education Chair             Amy  Conboy


Norma Wohlfarth


Belle Bohn


Kathleen Norris

Web Master

Budd Leef


IMPORTANT 2016-2017 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.

Saturday, 9:00am
18 Feb 2017
Join us for a Colony Breakfast Meeting at the Green Dragon Tavern in Carlsbad.  We will share the meeting with the San Diego SAR.

17 June 2017
Our Colony meeting will be combined with the CA State Membership meeting.  Mayflower Society Governor General, Lea Filson, will attend and address attendees.  The luncheon and meeting will be held at the Green Dragon Tavern in Carlsbad, CA.

19 Sep-2 Oct 2017
General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites Tour to England and The Netherlands

November 2017
Mayflower Compact Day Celebration and Colony Meeting



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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, Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, Marilyn Monroe, RADM Alan B. Shepard (USN), President 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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Are you interested
in joining
General Society of Mayflower Descendants in 2017
 as they tour Historic Sites important to the Mayflower in England and The Netherlands?
(19 Sep - - 2 Oct 2017)

For information about this trip, see the proposed itinerary and contact information in the back 2-pages of the current "California Mayflower Quarterly".

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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 18 February, we will host a combined meeting with the San Diego Sons of the American Revolution.  Join us for a Breakfast
and fun Program.


Why are these folks smiling?

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Well, come visit our next

San Diego Colony Meeting and find out:

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Time: 9am - Gathering &

Breakfast Meeting with a

Fun Program shared with San Diego Sons of the American revolution.

PLEASE NOTE that the Meal Reservation Form and Check MUST BE received


Saturday, the 11th of February.

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for updated information regarding this shared Mayflower and SAR Meeting, Breakfast and a Special Program.

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Next Happening: A shared Mayflower and SAR Meeting with Breakfast and a Special Program.

When: 9am gathering on Saturday, 18 February 2017, for a 9:30am Meeting, Breakfast and Program.

Where: Green Dragon Tavern & Museum located 6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

Reservation Required: When Provided - Please fill-out the RESERVATION FORM in the Winter 'Pilgrim News' and return it with a CHECK to Colony Treasurer, Jan Quigley.  PLEASE NOTE that the Reservation and Check MUST BE received at least a week before the meeting (i.e., by Saturday, 11 February).

Please see our Winter 'Pilgrim News' Newsletter and eMails for further San Diego Colony Meeting Information

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 Excerpts from our

18 November SD Colony Mayflower Compact Meeting

     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 11:35 A.M. at the Officer’s Club at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS).
     Elder Joyce Shiloff gave the invocation, State Captain Rick Bailey led the Pledge of Allegiance,
and State Quarterly Co-Editor Gail Raser led the Pilgrim Pledge.
     Governor Raser greeted and welcomed everyone attending the meeting. He announced that it
was 396 years ago that the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact. He introduced special
guests: Mayflower Society General Officer, Elder General Kenneth Whittemore, State Elder Jan
Landt, State Captain Rick Bailey, and State Quarterly Co-Editors Ray and Gail Raser. He
thanked them for their service. He also recognized all former San Diego Colony Governors
present: Rick Bailey, Ken Whittemore, Jan Landt, and Gail Raser. He then introduced the San
Diego Colony Board members present: Governor, Ray Raser, Assistant Governor & Web
Master, Budd Leef, Recording Secretary, Kathleen Loftman, Treasurer, Jan Quigley, Elder,
Joyce Shiloff, Delegate to State & Parliamentarian, Kathleen Norris, Membership Chair, Anita
Guenin, Education Chair, Amy Conboy, Hospitality Chair, Belle Bohn, and Decorations Chair,
Norma Wohlfarth.
     Governor Raser then gave a special recognition to all the Veterans present. He asked them to
stand and thanked them for their service to our country.
     Membership Chair, Anita Guenin, gave the roll call of Pilgrim Ancestors. John Howland was the
winner with 12 descendants. Membership Chair Guenin then introduced our new member. Judy
Morgan is a descendant of Isaac Allerton.
Governor Raser announced that the minutes from the May 2016 meeting were approved by the
Board and were available for review at the back table. The Treasurer’s Report was submitted by
Jan Quigley and was also available for review.
San Diego Mayflower 2020 Chair, Kathleen Loftman, reported on the work of the 2020
Committee. She provided each table with a list of the candidate projects that have been selected
by the committee along with a description of each. She also distributed a signup sheet for
attendees to sign up to help on the proposed projects.
     Decorations Chair, Norma Wohlfarth, led the reading of the “Five Kernels of Corn.” Grace for
the meal was delivered by Elder General, Kenneth Whittemore. The meeting recessed for lunch.
     While members were finishing their dessert, Education Chair, Amy Conboy, assisted by her
daughter, Courtney Green, a former recipient of the scholarship, began the opportunity drawing.
One hundred ninety dollars were raised.
     Assistant Governor, Budd Leef, introduced the speaker, Bill Smith, who is colony member. He
spoke on the origins of the Mayflower Compact and the history of the first Thanksgiving.
     There was no old business. Governor Raser asked for new business. Treasurer, Jan Quigley,
announced that the San Diego Colony magnetic nametags may be ordered either by completing
the form and paying her $10.00 or by mailing in the form along with a check. Former Governor,
Gail Raser, announced that all future newsletters will only be sent electronically unless the member pays $10.00 to Treasurer Quigley for the printing and mailing for one year.
     Former Governor Gail Raser announced the San Diego Colony Scholarship Challenge. To raise
funds for a San Diego Colony Scholarship, Governor Ray Raser and Former Governor Gail Raser have put up a challenge to raise money for a San Diego Scholarship. The Rasers will match funds raised by the Colony up to $1000. In addition, San Diego Colony Board Member, Wayne Rogers, has offered an additional $1,000 challenge that would total $4,000 with the matching funds. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will be used to benefit a descendant of a San Diego Colony member. She suggested that members do their tax planning now and make a contribution prior to the end of this calendar year. Once the money is raised, the
scholarship committee will release the guidelines and the amount of the scholarship award
available. Donations should be made payable to SD Colony of Mayflower and sent to Jan Quigley.  This information is also in the newsletter.
     Governor Raser announced the next San Diego Colony Mayflower meeting will be held at the
Green Dragon Tavern and Museum in Carlsbad on Saturday, February 18, 2017. It will be a 9:00
a.m. breakfast meeting hosted jointly with the Sons of the American Revolution. Our next May meeting will actually be held in June, and will be combined with the State Membership meeting.  It will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum in Carlsbad. He announced that this is an outstanding opportunity to be involved in a state meeting and to hear our respected Governor General Lea S. Filson speak at the noon Members Luncheon. He asked that nametags be returned unless they are the new purchased ones. He thanked Bruce Guenin for providing the music during the social hour.
     The benediction was given by Elder Shiloff. The meeting was adjourned at 1:52 P.M.

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