National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century

California State Society

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California Honorary State Presidents

Honored California Dames

Honorary National Officers from California:
Honorary President General: Mrs. Virgene Christian (Bates)

Honorary State Presidents

1979-81 Mrs. Virgene Christian (Bates)
1989-91 Mrs. Turalu Brady (Joseph L.)
1991-93 Mrs. Elizabeth Grinstead (Arlyn G.)
1993-95 Mrs. Michele Hults (James E.)
1995-97 Mrs. Elizabeth Grinstead (Arlyn G.)
1997-99 Mrs. Violette E. Ogle
2001-03 Ms. G. Geraldine Spake
2003-05 Mrs. JoAnn Cornelius (James F.)
2005-07 Mrs. Cheryl Merrick (Fred H.)
2007-09 Mrs. Connie Young (Loren G. Jr.)
2009-11 Ms. Yvonne Young Miller
2012-13 Mrs. Diana Robertson
2013-15 Cher Sesma (Mrs. Michael)
2015-17 Joanne Murphy (Mrs. Kevin)

Dames attending 87th Conference

California Dames at the 87th National Conference,
April 13, 2011, Washington, DC

Back row, l to r: Connie Young; Geraldine “Gee” LaBlanc; Shelley Martin; Diana Robertson; Treva Jo Marcus.
Seated, l to r: Michele Hults; Yvonne Miller; G. Geraldine Spake.

Founding of the California State Society

The first California organization meeting for Colonial Dames XVII Century was held in Los Angeles in 1948. In June 1949, 56 members met at the home of Mrs. George Kingman in Alhambra to elect officers and receive the charter. Mrs. French Harrington of Los Angeles was the Organizing State President.

Two chapter Organizing Presidents were appointed at the state meeting on October 23, 1949. Williamsburg (Los Angeles), Plymouth (Alhambra) and Sleepy Hollow (San Diego) Chapters were organized in close succession, receiving charters in 1950 and 1951. Other chapters have been organized in various cities since then.

California is a very large state and currently has 20 Chapters with approximately 575 members.



National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
1300 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1595
Phone: (202) 293-1700
Web Site: www.colonialdames17c.org