Daughters of the American Revolution has long celebrated the Constitution, and José Maria Amador Chapter, NSDAR, received a Constitution Week proclamation at the Dublin City Council meeting Tues., Sept. 18, 2012. The chapter’s Regent Diane Groome and Registrar Carole Vercellino were present at the regular session of the city’s council meeting.
Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti supported the proclamation of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week for the City of Dublin by presenting Groome with an official declaration signed by the mayor and Councilmembers Don Biddle, Kevin Hart, Kasie Hildenbrand, and Eric Swalwell.
The Pleasanton City Council and San Ramon City Council also approved a proclamation affirming the commemoration of the drafting of The Constitution of the United States of America, and gave José Maria Amador Chapter official decrees.
In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution celebrating our American liberties was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
At its fall meeting Sat., Sept. 8, José Maria Amador Chapter welcomed guest speaker Fremont attorney and historian James Hollabaugh, and also installed new member Cynthia Lowrance Gehl of Pleasanton. Gehl began seeking out her family’s roots a couple of years ago and contacted the chapter in an effort to pursue her genealogical interests.
“I have always had an interest in my family history,” said Gehl. “I checked out DAR on the internet and was fortunate enough to contact the José Maria Amador Chapter.”
Gehl explained that Regent Diane Groome took her under her wing and guided her through the research process. Her patriot is William Lowrance who was born in N.C. in 1763. He served in the Revolutionary War then migrated to KY where he remained until his death in 1852.
“While working together on her application, we discovered she enjoys quilting which is something I enjoy as well,” said Groome. “Quilting and genealogy is a great combination.”
Gehl moved to California in 1983 where she met her husband Bob. They have two children, Kevin and Allison. In addition to spending hours on ancestry.com and quilting, Gehl enjoys cooking and traveling.
“I am looking forward to getting involved in DAR,” said Gehl.
José Maria Amador Chapter member Phyllis Houghton and her husband Norm volunteered at Stand Down 2012, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Sept. 13-16. The event, which occurs every two years, helps displaced, homeless and needy veterans and their families by providing a multitude of services.
“We volunteered Thurs. with about 1,900 others,” said Houghton, who participated two years ago at EBSD 2010. “Nearly 450-600 vets received shelter, showers, pet care, food and resources such as medical, counseling, and jobs over the four days.”
Houghton said it was heartwarming to see so many volunteers in the relaxed, loving atmosphere, but sad to see so many vets in need.
“Norm and I made spaghetti sauce, which splattered and made a volunteer doctor exclaim, ‘That’s not blood is it?’” Houghton recalled.
Livermore dentist Dr. Deanna Aronoff also offered her services. “I volunteered but they didn’t need any more dentists this year,” she said.
Four chapter board members journeyed to Gilroy on Wed., Sept. 19, to lay plans for a José Maria Amador Chapter fieldtrip to visit the grave site of its namesake Mr. José Maria Amador (1794-1883). Gilroy Historical Society President Connie Rogers met with the group to survey Old St. Mary’s Cemetery, and locate Amador’s grave. The cemetery, which is estimated to have opened in 1866, also contains the grave of John Cameron Gilroy (1792-1869). The group lunched at Tasso’s Old House Restaurant on First St., in Gilroy.
Daughters of the American Revolution honor their revolutionary ancestors and promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. José Maria Amador Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month Sept.-May, and welcomes guests and prospective members. For more information about membership, contact Regent Diane Groome at firstname.lastname@example.org