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California State Society 

Daughters of the American Revolution

Merced River Chapter
Merced, California 


We welcome any woman for membership who is over 18 years of age and who is descended from a man or woman who aided in achieving American Independence during the period between April 19, 1775, and November 26, 1783.

The main objectives of our chapter are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, and to cherish, maintain, and extend American History, Education, and Patriotism.  Our meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, September through May, with no meeting in December.

Chapter History

The Merced River Chapter is named for the river which originates in the Yosemite Valley.  Ms. Virginia Chase, Organizing Regent, and nineteen members, formed the chapter on October 9, 1990.  It is one of California's Seven Centennial Chapters, all organized during the society's 100th year, earning a First Place National Award for the State Society.

On April 18, 1997, after thirty years of service to the nation, the Mariposa Chapter merged with Merced River.  Mariposa means "butterfly" in its native Spanish, and somehow it seems most fitting to have a lovely butterfly along side a mighty river.

Chapter Officers

Regent - Andrea Summerlin

Vice Regent - Linda vonMerveldt

Chaplain - Joyce Bayne

Secretary - Karen Theofanides

Treasurer - Theresa Cayous

Registrar - Mackie Schmitz

Historian - Sandy King

Librarian - Judie Huffman

Parliamentarian - Virginia Chase

Past Chapter Regents

Ms. Virginia Chase - 1990-1991
Mrs. John Julius - 1991-1994
Mrs. George Barrett - 1994-1996
Mrs. Kenneth E. Thomas - 1996-1998
Mrs. Carma Drury - 1998-2000
Ms. Joy Thomas - 2001
Ms. Virginia Chase - 2001-2002
Ms. Nancy Tinsley - 2002-2004
Ms. Connie Waldron - 2004-2006

Karen Theofanides - 2006-2008

Pattee Russell Curry - 2008-2010
Carol Hanks - 2010-2012

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