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Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR



Lake Tahoe Chapter was recognized at the the 115th CSSDAR State Conference, March 16-19, in Irvine. Lake Tahoe Chapter was honored with 71 Certificates of Award, 31 of which were awarded to 14 of our individual members. Our chapter also received a special shout out from three State Committee Chairmen in their oral reports for our Constitution Week display, Vice Regent Manning’s Memorial Day TV interview with Tom Millham, and our DAR Day of Service at the Al Tahoe Pioneer Cemetery.

Our chapter was recognized as one of the 37 Blue Level Chapters (the top level) for our Chapter Achievement Award. Three of Lake Tahoe Chapter’s CMR Supplemental Reports were displayed at the National Defense, Membership, and DAR Service for Veterans Committee tables in the Exhibit Hall. Congratulations to all Lake Tahoe Daughters for a job well done!




 Lake Tahoe Chapter Vice Regent presenting certificates to the winners of the 2022-2023 DAR Good Citizen Award.

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member. 



Chapter Activities & Events in



September 17-23






















Chapter Vice Regent and Chaplain receiving a Proclamation from Mayor Devin Middlebrook of the City of South Lake Tahoe

for Constitution Week, September 17-23.

Constitution Week display at the South Lake Tahoe branch library
by chapter vice regent and chapter chaplain.



Photos courtesy of chapter members.



This year, our chapter honored Chris Sneed with DAR’s Community Service Award for the patriotism he has shown the past 21 years in flying and maintaining the American flag on a hilltop for public view.

On September 11, 2001, a few hours after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Chris Sneed climbed a rocky hillside and planted an American flag in the crevice of a rock formation on private property along Highway 50W near Spooner Summit, Carson City, Nevada.

Mr. Sneed made a custom flagpole and anchoring system that would withstand high winds and heavy weather. He later added solar lights to light the flag in darkness, and added a Flag of Honor with the names of everyone that lost their lives in the WTC terrorist attacks in 2001 and 1993. Every year since, Mr. Sneed climbs the rocky hill to replace our American flag.

Read about this annual event in the online publication South Tahoe Now:  9-11 Flag Ceremony

Thank you Mr. Chris Sneed for your patriotism!


Bagpiper Sean Cummings playing the National Anthem

Thank you Mr. Chris Sneed for your patriotism.

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member; and a very special thank you to Kippy Spilker and Geminai Graphics & Photography. 



September 13, 2022

Librarian Katherine Miller and Vice Regent Laura Trimberger

 Example of bookplate on books donated by our chapter.
  Photos courtesy of chapter member.



    JULY 4, 2022

     Parade in South Lake Tahoe, CA



















BEFORE THE PARADE  - so much to do!


  Photos courtesy of chapter members.




Tahoe Keys Cleanup June 11, 2022


Keeping the Lake clean!

Chapter members cleaned debris that could wash into the lake via storm-gutters.



Job well done!

  Photos courtesy of chapter members.


Chapter vice regent, chapter member, and chapter regent placed flags on the graves of Veterans at Happy Homestead Cemetery; the final resting place of over 700 local Veterans.

Photos courtesy of a chapter member.



Lake Tahoe TV Interview with Regent Rosemary Manning and Commander Tom Millham, from the American Legion Post #795 at Happy Homestead Cemetery, South Lake Tahoe CA. Watch here:  Memorial Day Celebration 2022

Chapter Vice Regent Laura Trimberger speaking to Veterans of the American Legion Post 795
at the Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe; the final resting place for more than 700 local veterans.


Vice Regent speaking to Veterans.


 Bagpiper playing National anthem. 

Photos courtesy of chapter members.


Lake Tahoe Chapter Regent presented certificates to the winners of the
DAR Good Citizen Award. 
May 16, 2022






Board and chapter members helped to celebrate the Good Citizen Award presentation -

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.






Chapter Activities & Events in 


Veterans Day Celebration
- November 11, 2021 -

Veterans Day was first celebrated as "Armistice Day," the day that marked the end of World War I; formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.  Today, we continue to celebrate Veterans Day by recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year (November 11) regardless of which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday. Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday, and a state holiday in most states.

Chapter Regent honoring Vietnam Veterans with lapel pins.

 Photo courtesy of a chapter member. 

NSDAR National Day of Service
- October 11, 2021 -

The NSDAR Day of Service is an annual event commemorating the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution, October 11, 1890. For our service to the South Lake Tahoe community, we are partnering with the League to Save Lake Tahoe to clean out street gutters in the Tahoe Keys. Founded in 1957, the League to Save Lake Tahoe (also known as “Keep Tahoe Blue”) works with local groups to solve environmental challenges threatening the Lake Tahoe we love. The League provides training and equipment, and calls these community groups “Blue Crews.” So, the Lake Tahoe Chapter NSDAR will be a known as “Blue
Crew Daughters.”  The street gutter cleaning project will be an
annual event for our chapter each October,

Chapter members getting orientation for cleaning street gutters from the staff at League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Photo courtesy of a chapter member. 


 Lake Tahoe Chapter Honors Constitution Week
- September 16, 2021 -

 On August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the resolution
that annually celebrates the Constitution during the week of September 17 to 23.




    Chapter Constitution Week Chair and Chapter Regent placed the 
    chapter’s Constitution Week display in the South Lake Tahoe Public  
brary display case and obtained a Constitution Week Proclamation
    from the South Lake
Tahoe City Council.

    Local news editor Paula Peterson also placed an article about   
    Constitution Week in her online news
highlighting September as the month when the United States
    Constitution is honored.

    See article:  DAR Celebrates Constitution Week

   Sept. 16, 2021









   Chapter Regent (right) accepts the Proclamation honoring Constitution Week from South Lake Tahoe Mayor Tamara Wallace.

Photos courtesy of a chapter member.


Flag Retirement Ceremony at the American Legion Hall

A flag retirement ceremony was held on Flag Day, Monday, June 16, 2021 at the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe CA
sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,
the American Legion Post 795 and the Boy Scout Troop 594.
(Please read article below)

Tahoe Daily Tribune: article


Lake Tahoe Chapter’s
DAR Good Citizen Award Presentations

June 12, 2021
Champion's Plaza - South Lake Tahoe, California


Lake Tahoe Chapter Vice Regent presenting awards. 


Good Citizen Award Winners from South Lake Tahoe High School


 Celebrated at Champions Plaza in South Lake Tahoe.

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.




      Memorial Day Celebration
       at Happy Homestead Cemetery on May 28, 2021



Lake Tahoe Chapter Regent speaking at Memorial Day ceremony honoring Veterans at the Happy Homestead Cemetery.



Photos courtesy of a chapter member.




 America 250! Committee




The American 250! Committee chair has been busy on our chapter’s Patriot Snapshots.  She has completed all 22 original application Patriots and submitted them to the state American 250! Committee to be included in the California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (CSSDAR) digital scrapbook.  This scrapbook will be shared during the state conference in March 2021. The committees have been gearing up for the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Through our DAR activities and service, we have the opportunity to inspire our members and our communities by discovering, remembering, and sharing the stories of our Patriot ancestors as we celebrate America 250!

Below is an example of a submission to the state American 250! scrapbook.



Thank you, America250! Committee, for your hard work & dedication!



   Photos & graphics courtesy of a chapter member.


Chapter Activities & Events in

Wreaths Across America

The Wreaths Across America ceremony was prerecorded at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe, November 13-14, 2020. You can view the ceremony on YouTube: Wreaths2020.

Chapter treasurer, chapter registrar; and state regent; chapter regent, and honorary chapter regent

State regent with South Lake Tahoe Fire & Rescue

Chapter regent and state regent with the bagpiper who provided music for the ceremony.

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.


Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR,
Day of Service
at Happy Homestead Cemetery

October 11, 2020







  (October 11, 2020)

Chapter members raked pine needles and cleaned grave markers.

Photos courtesy of a chapter member.

COMMEMORATIONS Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters commemorate events that are important in our United States history.  Chapter members honor these important dates in a variety of ways, including marching in the South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July Parade.

July 4, 2019

July 4, 2019

 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.


Honoring Constitution Week at El Dorado County Library, South Lake Tahoe, California.
September 1, 2019

 Photo courtesy of a chapter member.

-  December 14, 2019, Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, conducted the very first Wreaths Across America Ceremony to be presented in the greater Lake Tahoe Basin.  The ceremony’s location was South Lake Tahoe’s Happy Homestead Cemetery. The ceremony’s attendees and participants included DAR Daughters, the cemetery’s director, members of American Legion Post #795 and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, firefighters from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, family, and friends.  Music was provided by a bagpiper and her sister who sang The National Anthem. The chapter hopes that this ceremony will grow and become part of everybody’s holiday traditions.



Photos courtesy of a chapter member. 




Even before the chapter was organized, the DAR Daughters in the greater Lake Tahoe area voted to adopt the Al Tahoe Pioneer Cemetery in the old Al Tahoe historic neighborhood of South Lake Tahoe as a permanent project.  Chapter members did a walking survey of the cemetery for their October 11, 2018, DAR Day of Service.  The goal was to determine the original boundaries of this pioneer cemetery and to estimate the number of burials.  Since then, the chapter has organized a community-wide committee in support of the cemetery.  Along with DAR members, the committee has representation from the City of South Lake Tahoe, the Kiwanis of Tahoe Sierra, the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, and the California Tahoe Conservancy. 

                                                                                              "Day of Service" October 11, 2018                  
Our chapter regent has earned a grant for the chapter that has been matched by the City of South Lake Tahoe to cover the cost of ground-penetrating radar.  That, plus genealogical research by chapter members, helps to establish the identities of who is buried in the cemetery and where all burials are located.  This information is vital to understanding where restoration can take place within the cemetery.

 Photo courtesy of a chapter member.


Presenting our two 2019-2020 DAR Good Citizens Awardees with a U.S. Flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol.
July 13, 2020
Photos courtesy of a chapter member.




The DAR Donations Jar is passed around at each meeting.  Collected donations rotate between DAR schools, DAR Project Patriot, and the Sugar Pine Foundation.




 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.





Each July 5, community members around Lake Tahoe clean up the trash that accumulates during the July Fourth festivities.  Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters participate in this annual cleanup.      

To learn more about saving clarity of Lake Tahoe please visit: Keep Tahoe Blue

                                                                                                                        July 5, 2019
Photos courtesy of a chapter member.











Food for Thought is Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, program to support homeless students on the campus of Lake Tahoe Community College.  At each meeting, chapter members donate food and personal hygiene items to the campus food pantry. This program assists with food and other necessities for students who are facing food and housing insecurities.

Photos courtesy of a chapter member.  


- Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, members provided hot lunches during finals weeks in March and June 2019 for veterans of our armed forces who are attending Lake Tahoe Community College.
















 Photo courtesy of a chapter member.



HAND-CRAFTED ITEMS FOR VETERANSLake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters live at least two hours from the nearest Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.  One way they serve hospitalized veterans is to create quilted, sturdy wheelchair/walker bags and bedside buckets.  These are provided to patients at the Mather VA Medical Center, Sacramento, California, and to medical facilities in South Lake Tahoe caring for local hospitalized veterans.


 Photos courtesy of a chapter member.


DAR Daughters everywhere support the path to United States citizenship.  Because Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, is in the High Sierra where the nearest naturalization ceremonies are two hours away, the chapter finds other ways to honor new citizens.  In this case, a reception was held by chapter members.  A new citizen was presented with a certificate and a copy of the DAR Manual for Citizenship to share with other members of the immigrant community.

 Photo courtesy of a chapter member.


The chapter supports the local Sugar Pine Foundation with its donations.  The foundation is attempting to halt the spread of white blister rust in the sugar pine population by collecting cones from trees proven to be resistant to the disease.  Seeds from these cones are planted and the resulting seedlings are planted at reforestation sites all around the Lake Tahoe Basin.  The foundation provides opportunities for DAR Daughters to participate in reforestation and to visit reforestation sites where their donations have made a difference.

To learn more about saving Tahoe's sugar pines please visit: Sugar Pine Foundation

Pictured below - Lake Tahoe Chapter, NSDAR, regent planting sugar pine trees. (May 28, 2020)

Rosemary Manning planting sugar pines

(May 28, 2020)


 Photos courtesy of chapter members.


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution NSDAR

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution  CSSDAR