FALLBROOK – Monserate Chapter NSDAR, of Fallbrook, will celebrate its 45th birthday at its April meeting. Founded in 1972, by 18 Daughters of the American Revolution, the goal was straightforward: to honor their Revolutionary War patriot ancestors. The first Monserate Regent was Evelyn Perrine Van Ness, and meetings were held at members’ homes.
Now, 45 years later, monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Pala Mesa Resort which has a view of the Chapter’s namesake, Monserate Mountain. Additionally, Regent Dawn Beresovoy is looking to enlarge the Chapter’s membership by holding some of the meetings on Saturdays, and in this way drawing in ladies who cannot meet during the work week.
In keeping with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), the primary focuses are patriotism, education, and historic preservation.
Recently, the members in attendance at the March meeting heard Lt. Col. William Wade and one of his JROTC cadets, Audrey Gillcrist, tell about the new Fallbrook Union High School JROTC program which began in August 2016. After they spoke, the Daughters asked question after question; the enthusiasm shown for the program was strong!
The majority of the chapter’s 75 members call Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Bonsall, and Fallbrook home. With clear objectives, the Monserate Chapter supports the local needs of military, veterans, and education.
Anyone who is interested in learning about membership and upcoming meetings may contact Beresovoy at (951) 316-8781.