From the President’s Desk – December 2020


Home for the holidays will have a different meaning and feel to it than in past years. We can still come together in the Spirit of Christmas and celebrate our Patriot Ancestors and the legacy they left us in creating the United States of America.

Mary Ann and I join in wishing each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We’ve made it through the first year of this pandemic. Let us all do our part in making sure that we, our loved ones, and our fellow compatriots pull through this public health crisis together in the year ahead. Leave no Compatriot behind!

I would like to express my thanks to every member who attends SAR meetings, pays their dues year after year, makes donations when they’re able, volunteers in whatever manner they can to help their Chapter, the California SAR, and the National Society succeed. You are the SAR! I’d also like to thank the Ladies Auxiliary for the wonderful work they do in supporting the California SAR year after year.

2021 will be the start of rebuilding America’s economy after the pandemic. While much has changed in the past 12 months, the foundation of the American Dream and our core principals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have not. We can continue our efforts to honor our ancestors, build a better union, and a stronger and more vital SAR. I look forward to each of you having a role in that endeavor.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Don Littlefield
California SAR

Youth Protection Training

It is the Policy of the California Society that the new SAR Youth Protection Training course, as developed by the NSSAR Education Committee and Outreach Education, approved by the SAR Executive Committee, and passed by the Trustees at the Fall Leadership Meeting becomes the standard for Youth Protection Training.

All members of the California Society and its Chapters who interact with youth (minors under the age of 18) are required to take and pass the SAR Youth Protection Training course. The new course takes about 20 minute to complete.

Start here:

For more information please contact Dan McKelvie:

Zoom Meetings

Ties are out. Flannel shirts & Christmas sweaters are in!

For our own mental well-being and as members of the SAR, it is important that we stay in touch with our friends and fellow compatriots.

As I’ve offered before, if you want to use Zoom for your monthly Chapter Meeting, but don’t have a Zoom account, email me with the date and time you would like to meet and I will setup a Zoom meeting for you. It’s password secure and has one-click dial-in access. Easy!

Zoom meetings are more relaxed, flannel shirts and Christmas sweaters are in.

And don’t forget… you can always pick up the phone, call another member, and say
“Hi…how are you…what you been up to?”

* Volunteers Needed *

Patriot Research System
We need volunteers to help with California Patriot Ancestor record copy data entry into the SAR Patriot Research System. The California Society still has more than 3,000 record copies needing to be entered. Fluent computer skills are necessary. Work from home and help us complete this project!

Contact Terry Briggs, CASSAR PRS Volunteers Coordinator

California Society Calendar

Wreaths Across America
VA National Cemeteries will not hold public ceremonies this year.
Municipal and private cemeteries might. Check with the cemetery.

California Compatriot – Fall Edition 2020 – LAST CALL for Articles
Articles and photographs must be emailed to Brian Stephens, Editor, at by December 31, 2020.

146th CASSAR Annual Meeting

April 15-17, 2021
2021 California Society Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is set for April 15-17, 2021, at the Mission Inn, Riverside, CA

Meeting Information: http:///

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