California Deputy Governor North and Sequoia Colony Membership Chair, Diane Douglass, called the fall luncheon meeting to order at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. After lunch, Sue Ross, Regent of the Los Gatos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), presented information about the history of the DAR. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the DAR has over 190,000 members nationally. The state organization's theme is "Growing together in Friendship and Service to God, Home, and Country." Sue spoke of the numerous opportunities for DAR members to become involved in philanthropic work and service to others.
Our summer meeting was at the Allied Arts Guild. Newly elected California Governor, Kathy Watson read the compact. Deputy Governor North, Diane Douglass conducted the ancestral roll call. Sequoia Colony Governor, Sharon Winslow Erickson led a round table discussion of favorite ancestor stories. One of the best things about genealogy is discovering a good story and sharing it. Several members offered stories with interesting coincidences and early American history.
The Sequoia and San Francisco Colonies came together for our annual joint meeting at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Our program featured speaker Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and emeritus professor at Stanford University. Discussing his book Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience, Professor Rakove traced the unique course of religious freedom in America from colonial times to the present, and the development and radical significance of the free exercise of religion in America.