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									VOLUME 49                                               FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010                                                      NUMBER 5

Placerville To Host 49er Days                                                                     Natives Participate
  Placerville Parlor # 9 will host the 2010 ’49er Days Celebration on March 12 and 13.            in Mission Bell
  Headquarters will be the Best Western Placerville Inn, 6850 Greenleaf Drive (at Missouri
Flat Road and Highway 50), Placerville, telephone (530) 622-9100. The special rate for Native     Commemoration
Sons is $89 for one or two queen sized beds. Be sure to indicate that you are with the Native       Caltrans has successfully recreated the
Sons.                                                                                             mission bell chain of markers along the his-
   The schedule:                                                                                  toric route of El Camino Real from San Fran-
              Friday March 12                                                                     cisco to Orange County and marked the
   4 -7 p.m. Registration and Reception in                                                        event with a celebration in San Francisco
the Alexandria Room at the Placerville Inn.                                                       December 16 attended by Grand President
             Saturday March 13                                                                    Gene Perry and other Native Sons.
  10 a.m. - Initiation at Placerville Odd Fel-                                                      The Camino Real Association was estab-
lows Hall, 467 Main Street Placerville                                                            lished in 1906 and decided to mark the origi-
  1 p.m. - Dedication of Placerville Odd Fel-                                                     nal route with guide posts, using a design
lows Hall, 467 Main Street Placerville                                                            featuring a mission bell supported by a staff
  6 p.m. No host cocktails and banquet, lo-                                                       in the shape of a Franciscan walking stick.
cation to be announced.                                                                           Each mile of the route—450 then—was
  Registration for the event is $30 for the                                                       marked; the current goal expanded the num-
dinner. Make checks payable to Placerville                                                        ber of markers to 700.
Parlor #9 and send to P. O. Box 162, Diamond                                                        Marking the route, primarily following
Springs, CA 95619. Include names, parlor                                                          Highway 101, was completed by 1913. By
name and number and your phone number.                                                            1949, because of road widening, route
                                                                                                  changes and vandalism, only 120 of the mark-
Internet Publicity                                                                                ers remained.
                                                                                                    The San Francisco event marked the cul-
Getting Members!                                                                                  mination of the project and acknowledged
  More and more native Californians are log-                                                      the role of the Native Sons and Daughters in
ging onto our web site and filling out the on-     Past Grand President Jessie Garcia has died.   launching the original bell marker project.
line application. Between January 10 and 13,      His obituary is on page 11.
2010, Fairfax Parlor received five applications
on line and two via e-mail from another par-
lor.                                              Foundation to Honor Kern
  If you know someone who might be inter-           The Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation is honoring PGP Howard
ested in our Order, suggest he log on to          Kern for his 36 years service to the Foundation with a “Man of the Year Gala Dinner and
www.calnative.org, where he can learn about       Ball” at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon on Saturday, April 24.
the Native Sons and fill out an application         No-host cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner at 7, and music for dancing from 9 to midnight.
which will be forwarded to the nearest par-       Menu choice is Crusted Filet of Salmon or Grilled Rib Eye Steak. There’ll be a silent auction.
lor.                                              Dress is semi-formal.
                                                    Rooms at the Marriott are available at a special rate of $79 single or double for April 24
  Ever wonder which of our members has
the longest tenure in the Native Sons of          and/or 25. Mention Native Sons of the Golden West when telephoning (925) 867-9200 or
the Golden West?                                  (800) 228-9290. Cut off date for reservations is April 9.
  Editor Mark Chapman has researched the            Make your tax-deductible donation check payable to NSGW Charitable Foundation and
question—see the results on page 6.               send to Bob Santos, 41433 “Apricot Lane, Fremont, CA 94539. Reservation deadline is April
                                                  18. Information is available from Bob at (510) 656-7392.
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          OFFICIAL                               Can’t Pay Dues?                                 Barney Wants You!
  Grand officers, SDDGPs and committee
chairman are requested to forward their re-
                                                 Don’t Drop ’Em!                                   “Tales from Sonny Tattler” has become a
                                                                                                 popular way of reaching our members via
ports to the Grand Secretary?s office prior        If you know of (or are) a member unable to    the Internet.
to March 2, 2010, so they may be printed in      pay dues, notify your parlor’s recording or       PGP Barney Noel will be happy to include
the Advance Report.                              financial secretary and he will submit the      your parlor’s events in the column—he just
  All resolutions requiring a constitutional     member’s name to the Phelan Relief Commit-      needs to know about them.
change are due in the Grand Secretary’s of-      tee which will investigate and, almost al-        Send your newsletters to him via e-mail at
fice no later than February 17, 2010. Accord-    ways, recommend that the member’s per           barneynoel@msn.com or via snail mail to 970
ing to the Constitution, this date is 90 days    capita tax be paid from the Phelan Fund.        Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA
before Grand Parlor.                               If you are a recording or financial secre-    95619.
  Semi-annual reports for July-December          tary, send the information to Board of Relief
                                                                                                  Our Scholarship Fund always needs
2009 were due in the Grand Secretary’s of-       Chairman Joe Fleischman at the Grand Par-
                                                                                                  more tax-deductible donations.
fice by January 31, 2010.                        lor office, 414 Mason Street, Suite 300, San     Make checks payable to “NSGW
                                                 Francisco, CA 94102.                             Scholarship Fund” and mail to
Moyer Appointed                                    Information on indigent brothers is kept
                                                 confidential and never announced to the
                                                                                                  NSGW Scholarship Fund, 414 Ma-
                                                                                                  son Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-
Grand Organist                                   membership at large.                             1708.
  Grand President Gene Perry has appointed
William “Bill” Moyer of Napa #62 as Grand
Organist for the remainder of the 2009-2010
term. Bill, who served as Grand Organist
during PGP Clark Brandt’s term, replaces the
late Grand Organist James J. Friis.

Candidate Ads
Being Accepted
  Candidates for Grand Parlor office who
wish to place an ad in the April-May issue of
The Native Son must send their request,
along with a check, to Grand Secretary Riley
on or before March 15, 2010. Contact Riley
at 1-800-337-1875 for rates.


It’s Tax Time!
  If you’re parlor has gross receipts in ex-
cess of $25,000, you are required to file IRS
Form 990.
  If you’re parlor’s gross receipts are less
than $25,000, Grand Parlor will include you
on its return, with the information taken from
the your parlor’s semi-annual reports.             Grand President Gene Perry will award this    sank into the west beyond the Golden Gate’
  Grand Secretary Jim Riley emphasizes the       Native Son belt buckle to anyone sponsor-       those pioneers stood with their eyes
need to pay attention to this issue, saying      ing two or more new members through April       shaded as gesture of homage of ‘the great
the “IRS is cracking down on parlors in an       30, 2010.                                       State of California that was to be.’ Like the
attempt to collect money.”                         Wording on reverse of buckle reads:           Great Seal of California, designed in 1849
                                                   “Membership Award presented by Gene           by Maj. Robert Sheldon Garnett, the de-
Sued? Contact                                    Perry, Grand President, Nicasio Parlor #183.    sign of this buckle captures such legend-
                                                   “As the overland pioneers crested the         ary images, setting them against the back-
Grand Parlor                                     summit of the Sierra, they were awed by the     drop of a forest of redwoods (which was
  In the unlikely event that your parlor is      land of almost mythical beauty and richness     designated as the official state tree in 1937
sued, please advise the Grand Secretary’s        that lay before them. For 134 years, the Na-    by the Legislature, acting on a proposal
office immediately. There may be funds avail-    tive Sons of the Golden West have revered       submitted to Sen. J. James Hollister by the
able in our insurance to cover.                  this event by remembering that ‘As the sun      NSGW).”
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                                 OUR ORDER’S HISTORY
                                                                                                      Still, his dynamic concern for history rolled
                 Joseph Russell Knowland                                                            on. In 1952, he became president of the Cali-
               Grand President, 1909-1910                                                           fornia Historical Society. He followed that
                                                                                                    up with the chairmanships of the Oakland
                                   By RICHARD S. KIMBALL                                            and Alameda County centennial committees
   Joseph Russell Knowland was a person whose long life was filled with many successful             in 1952 and 1953 respectively, putting out
ventures. By his mid-20s, he was a member of the California Legislature. Across the span of         special history editions of the Tribune to
his lifetime, he became the owner and operator of one of California’s major newspapers; he          mark both of those events.
went to Congress; and he received the honors that are the customary adornments of the life            To bring additional attention to his cause,
of a person in such positions. Exactly 100 years ago, he was the grand president of the             Knowland wrote California, A Landmark
Native Sons of the Golden West.                                                                     History, which deservedly has been hailed
   But whenever he was asked to provide the state Senate in 1902. In 1904, he became                an encyclopedia of the state’s historic sites.
autobiographical information about himself, a member of Congress (serving through 1906              In fact, it was such a valued book that it won
typically he would place with pride at the with another Native Son: Sea Point Parlor                the following praise from a Bay Area news-
very top of the list the fact that he was the #158’s William Randolph Hearst, who was               paper, “It is far from being a merely statisti-
chairman of the historic Landmarks Commit- then a Democratic congressman from New                   cal and dusty record. Some of Mr.
tee of the Native Sons of the Golden West York). Knowland’s tenure in Congress ran                  Knowland’s appreciative knowledge of the
from the moment of its inception in 1902 un- through 1914 when he became the Republi-               color and romance of California’s past seeps
til the frailness of old age required him to lay can nominee for the U.S. Senate from Cali-         into that record and gives it life.” That
the task aside in the 1960s.                     fornia. At that juncture, his elective political   testimonial came, amazingly enough, from the
   The consuming passion of Knowland’s life ambitions were felled by the candidacy of               pages of the Oakland Post-Enquirer, the
lay in “stimulating interest in those momen- James D. Phelan (of Pacific Parlor #10), who,          Hearst-owned arch rival of the Tribune (at
tous historical events which have exerted as Democratic nominee, won the Senate post.               least until the Post-Inquirer folded in Sep-
such a wide influence in the progress” of Knowland switched careers. He purchased
                                                                                                    tember 1950).
California.                                      the Oakland Tribune, putting out the first
                                                                                                      That recognition from fierce competitor
   For two-thirds of a century, Joseph R. edition under his stewardship on November
                                                                                                    demonstrated Knowland’s capacity to tran-
Knowland labored—arguably harder than 14, 1915.
                                                                                                    scend even the most intense of everyday
any of his peers—“to perpetuate the memory         Although he was politically conservative,
                                                                                                    rivalries to bring unlikely collaborators to-
of men and events intimately associated with Knowland was adventuresome in blazing
                                                                                                    gether in the common interest of preserving
the romantic history of California.”             new trails in business. In 1921, he launched
                                                                                                    California history.
   He wanted to—and succeeded in—an un- radio station KLX. On January 1, 1924, he
precedented effort to make alive for future moved his newspaper into the skyscraper                   As he once wrote, “There is much yet to
generations “these romantic California Tribune Tower, an enduring Oakland land-                     be accomplished, but the progress made, the
shrines [that] mark the routes of the early mark. In the mid-1930s, in a striking innova-           influence which the movement has exerted
California navigators and explorers, record tion for its time, he installed a direct wire link      in stimulating interest in the story of early
events when other nations held sovereignty to London to bring international news to the             California, and in prompting other organiza-
over California territory, recall the establish- Tribune.                                           tions and agencies to join in the work, have
ment of the Franciscan Missions, tell the          In his “spare” time during those years, he       made the effort worthwhile.”
story of American occupation, the transition was president of the California State Auto-              What a great valedictory Knowland pro-
period, the attempt to establish stable gov- mobile Association and of the California               vided us for the scope of his work! And what
ernment, the gold discovery, the struggle for State Chamber of Commerce.                            a great incentive and inspiration it provides
law and order…and many other equally out-          Throughout that period, Knowland con-            for the Native Sons of the Golden West to
standing events intimately associated with tinued ardently to pursue his passion for the            continue that work into the centuries yet to
the state’s early history.”                      preservation of California history. His chair-     come.
   The Native Sons of the Golden West was manship of the California State Park Com-
the springboard and the medium that he used mission 1936-1960 (spanning the tenures of
for this endeavor.                               five governors: Frank Merriam, Culbert                As the late radio commentator, Paul
   He joined the Order at his first possible Olson, Earl Warren, Goodwin Knight and Pat              Harvey, used to say, “Stay tuned for the
opportunity on August 25, 1891. He was to Brown) offered him an unparalleled oppor-                  rest of the story.” As part of The Native
remain a member of Halcyon Parlor #146 for tunity to carry out his goals, During that era,
                                                                                                     Son’s continuing observance of the Joseph
nearly 75 years until his death February 1, the state finally assumed the role of marking
                                                                                                     R. Knowland grand presidency centennial,
1966 in Piedmont.                                and maintaining many of California’s historic
   After graduating from the College of the landmarks—a task that theretofore had been               in our next issue, Joe Knowland — a newly-
Pacific in Stockton, Knowland engaged in left entirely to private organizations, such                reinstated member of Halycon-Alameda
the wholesale lumber and shipping busi- as the Native Sons. Perhaps the capstone                     Parlor 47—will share remembrances of how
nesses, and was a director of the American of his efforts came in 1950 when, as chair-               his legendary grandfather awakened a
Trust Co. (precursor of today’s Wells Fargo man of California Centennial Commission, he              sense of history in his young grandson
Bank). A lifelong Republican, Knowland was presided over the gala celebration of the                 and among other family members.
elected to the state Assembly in 1898 and to 100th anniversary of California’s statehood.
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GRAND PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                                                 OPINION
                        Eugene Perry                                                                                                Fred Codoni
  Before I start this article, I would like to take this opportunity to            No Wonder California Has An Initiative Process!
wish all the members of the Native Sons of the Golden West and              The California Legislature’s failure to enact a $18-per-vehicle tax
their families, very Happy and Prosperous New Year. With this             to fund continuance of the California State Park System illustrates
                                                                          the reason for the process which aims to place an initiative on the
being the advent of a new decade, this is an opportunity for the
                                                                          November 2010 ballot to require the tax.
Native Sons of the Golden West to continue going forward and                The initiative process, created by a 1911 amendment to the
strive to accomplish all the goals that were and will be set for us in    California Constitution, resulted from public frustration with the
                                          the years to come.              actions of the State Legislature. This movement toward direct
                                            As my year is starting to     democracy was part of increasing popular demand across the
                                          wind down, I feel that we       country in the late 1800s for social and political reform. In Calif-
                                          have accomplished a lot.        ornia, progressives concerned about the influence that moneyed
                                          These efforts were not ac-      interests—such as the Southern Pacific Railroad—exercised over
                                          complished without a few        the legislature, led the movement.
                                          bumps in the road, so to          California’s senators and assemblymen and women are sup-
                                          speak. But we did persevere     posed to represent their constituents. All too often they represent
                                                                          special interests or simply refuse to act on matters important to
                                          to solve most of the prob-
                                                                          the voters. Since they can’t—or won’t—enact legislation the
                                          lems. A few still remain, and   people desire, the people speak through the initiative process.
                                          I am sure more will pop up,       Next November, we’ll have a chance to bypass do-nothing
                                          but such is life.               representatives and save our state parks—at a cost of just $18 per
                                            As I have traveled to         registered vehicle.
                                          many parlors this year, I                            We Need a New Constitution
                                          have noticed that younger         California, once the bellwether of success to the United States
                                          members are being initiated     and the world, has fallen on hard times.
                                          into the Order. This is a         The dot com bust, unemployment and falling property values
                                          good thing. NEW BLOOD           have crippled our state. Cities and towns are barely functioning,
                                          is a good thing. It would       with the State raiding local tax dollars to continue its slide into
                                          behoove all the sponsors        oblivion.
and parlors to get these members active as soon as possible. Only           We can’t blame the decline solely on circumstances; much of
then can they reap the benefits of our Order. In-volvement is a           the problem rests with our Legislature, which spends most of its
must if we are to survive.                                                time trying to pass budgets instead of acting on these crises from
                                                                          a position of leadership.
  By the time that you read this article, we will have returned from
                                                                            Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, John Grubb, campaign
a very successful Discovery of Gold celebration and quarterly             director of Repair California—Californians for a Limited Constitu-
Board Meeting. Many thanks go to the officers and members of              tional Convention, said “Today, California democracy is a bizarre
Sunset Parlor #26 for organizing this very successful event.              shadow of the founders’ original vision. No matter what leaders
  At this juncture in time, your Grand Officers are again going to        we send there, Sacramento has become a sinkhole, undermined by
continue their respective duties. Some of us are going to De Anza         special interests, raw partisanship and citizen disenchantment.
#312, yes De Anza, to participate in the dedication of a brand new        Our Constitution does not set up a system geared to success; it
Agricultural Headquarters for Imperial County, and also partici-          sets up a system that guarantees failure.”
pate in the Annual Carrot Day Festival Parade. This will be an-             California’s Constitution was written in 1878 and has been
other event that the Native Sons of the Golden West will be the           amended more than 500 times. Compare its 75,000 words to that of
benefactors of more free publicity. We hope by doing this dedi-           the United States Constitution, which contains just 4,400 words.
                                                                            Clearly, change is needed.
cation, along with the parade, maybe the parlor will gain a few
                                                                            Again, we must look to the initiative process to do what our
viable candidates for membership.                                         elected representatives can’t or won’t do.
  Up next will be the yearly trek to Fortuna for the annual Joseph          Voters in November will get a chance to approve a constitutional
G. Oeschger Weekend in the Redwoods. This is always a great               convention to write a new constitution for the Golden State. Can
event. Sometimes it can be a little hazardous but the rewards are         anyone argue that it’s needed?
great. Whichever parlor hosts this event in District #16, they al-          Go to www.repaircalifornia.org for further information.
ways do a great job. After the Weekend in the Redwoods, we will
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participate in the 125th anniversary celebration of Hydraulic Parlor                                Mark Chapman, Editor
#56. There will be a dedication of two of the old monitors that                                Fred Codoni, Managing Editor
were used to mine gold from the mountains back in the 1800s               Published bi-monthly by the Native Sons of the Golden West from its head-
along with an initiation with banquet to follow. These are all tre-       quarters at 414 Mason Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94102, for distribu-
                                                                          tion to its members. Parlors offering material for publication should send it,
mendous events. I know that it takes a great effort to attend these       along with parlor newsletters, letters to the editor and advertising inquiries to
events, but once attended, there is a good possibility you will par-      Fred Codoni, 162 Porteous Avenue, Fairfax 94930, e-mail nsgwfpc@comcast.net.
ticipate the following year. As you can see, we are staying busy.         Send address changes to Grand Parlor, 414 Mason Street, Suite 300, San
                                                                          Francisco, CA 94102, or e-mail to nsgwgp@pacbell.net.
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OPINION                                                                 OPINION
                                                 Richard Kimball                                                             Fred Codoni
                   Maybe We Need a Bigger Family                                                    Dano Mattiuzzi
  There is a drawback to being an exclusive organization (if you          Some Native Son parlors are lucky enough to have a “spark
can call an organization that tens of millions of people are eligible   plug,” a member who ignites and excites the parlor’s other mem-
to join “exclusive”). What do we do about those people who want         bers, who runs the parlor’s day-to-day affairs and works to keep
to (and do) assist the Native Sons in many projects and would           other members involved. They’re often referred to as “the heart
give their right arm to join us, but are precluded from doing so        and soul” of their parlors.
because they weren’t born in California?
                                                                          Such a Native Son was Dano Mattiuzzi of Santa Rosa #28, who
  For years, we have struggled with this predicament. We don’t
                                                                        died in late January.
want to abandon our California-born membership requirement
                                                                          Dano literally saved his parlor from oblivion.
because that is the very essence of what makes us distinctive. But
                                                                          Santa Rosa Parlor thought it had sufficient funds and a rosy
what about the poor person who, although born in Minnesota,
                                                                        future when members broke ground for a new hall in 1985. Shortly
has lived in California for 60-odd years, who sympathizes with the
aims of the Native Sons, who has cooked many meals, folded              thereafter, the members discovered that one of their own had
many chairs, even fixed many historic wagons, but is still not a        misappropriated almost all of their money for his own purposes—
certifiable California-born Californian?                                their “treasure” was gone.
  Over the span of time, we have mulled over many concepts—               Dano stepped in. Over several years, he kept the parlor going,
associate members, honorary members, auxiliary members—but              personally helped finance purchase of a church in Santa Rosa
none fit the bill just right.                                           which the parlor converted into its hall. He produced the parlor’s
  Maybe it’s time that we sliced through the fog of legalistic          newsletter. With wife Shirley he prepared the parlor’s dinners. He
formalities that have hung us up for so long and develop a new,         encouraged the members to participate in Santa Rosa’s Rose
friendly, almost-brotherly category: Cousins of the Native Sons.        Parade, with the parlor winning awards for outstanding floats.
The Cousins could be our supportive close collaborators and               With Dano’s passing, we are concerned with Santa Rosa Par-
sidekicks—like kinsmen—who could attend our meetings and                lor’s future. Will it wither and die for lack of its “spark plug?” Or
participate in our events in a friendly, inclusive setting. Mean-       will its members step up and fill the gap Dano left?
while, we could still maintain the purity of the distinctiveness of       A fitting honor to this great Native Son would be to continue
our core members being genuine natives of California. We might          his work in honor of his memory.
even devise a parallel initiation ceremony for Cousins, just as we        What about it, brothers?
always have had one for Sons.
  It would be a good way to embrace and acknowledge the in-
terest and support of people who are, well, the closest thing to
brothers to us.
                                                                                                 LETTER
  After all, many a pioneer called upon his cousins to raise a barn       In the interest of promoting more get-togethers between parlors,
for him. Then they enjoyed a big hearty feed afterwards. Those          has anyone thought of finding out if there are any sub-groups of
pioneers were on to something. Maybe it’s time to follow their          similar interests? Specifically, motorcycles or amateur radio (two of
example.                                                                mine but there are any number of others). A few brothers from a
                                                                        number of parlors could connect in that way, make new friends and
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
                                            Continued from page 4       further the association between their respective groups.
                                                                          Just a thought . . .
  Now here is the bad news. As of this writing, we are minus 19                                      Will Radcliffe, Redwood #66
and counting for the year with regard to membership. I hope the
prognosis gets better. I guess we can look at this problem two
ways. One way is that parlors are continuing to clean up their          SONOMA LANDSCAPE                       MARIN LANDSCAPE
acts, so to speak. The other is that maybe there is only one way to
go, and that is up. I know that we cannot control deaths, of which                   Materials and Garden Supplies/Trucking
we have had an enormous amount in the last two months, but we
can sure control our destiny, which I mentioned at the beginning                               Retail and Wholesale
of this article.
  Again, on behalf of all the Grand Officers, I want to wish all of     2500 Petaluma Blvd. North              7596 Redwood Blvd.
you a very happy and prosperous New Year.                               Petaluma, CA 94952                     Novato, CA 94945
                                                                        Tel. 707-762-0505                      Tel. 415-897-3600
                                                                        FAX 707-763-0771                       FAX 415-897-3600
        The NSGW Charitable Foundation
                                                                        E-mail                                 E-mail
         is most worthy of your donations!                              Sonomarin@sbcglobal.net                clrdgravel@verizon.net
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                                                                        uses for that product.
The Order Celebrates Its                                                  Over the years, Alex was honored with various awards including a
Long-Tenured Members                                                    plaque he received in 1958 for his work as president of the San
                                                                        Joaquin County Safety Council.
                         By Mark Chapman                                  Alex enjoyed all the great dinners over the years, especially Napa’s
  In 1932, unemployment reached 24.1%, the average annual wage          Old Timer’s Night where he donated $150 each year for many years.
was $1,650, a gallon of gas cost 10 cents and a new car cost $610. Al   He had commented that he had few regrets in life and that “Life is
Capone was convicted for income tax evasion, New York’s Radio           good and mostly enjoyable. My deepest values are honesty, faith-
City Music Hall opened, and Amelia Earhart became the first woman       fulness and kindness.”
to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. In California, the     One of the few members to receive a 75 year pin was Artie Hecht,
1932 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles and the San Fran-         Mt. Tamalpais Parlor #64, who passed away in 2006. Besides Artie’s
cisco Opera House opened.                                               gregarious and respectful nature, we remember his song “O San
  Most importantly to the Native Sons in 1932, an 18 year old young     Rafael”. His son, Ron Hecht, plans on donating Artie’s pin to the
man named Frank Sabatte (Piedmont Parlor #120) joined the Order,        Order for permanent display at the Native Sons Museum in Colum-
and 77 years later, he is the longest-tenured member in the Native      bia.
Sons. Joseph Wilson of Napa #62 and Rundahl Anderson of Arrow-                         Ed Madsen of Sea Point Originated Idea
head #110 come in a close second place with 75 years as a Native          The originator of the idea to document our long-tenured members
Son.                                                                    was Ed Madsen, Sea Point Parlor #158, who made the suggestion at
  Parlors were contacted using email, direct phone contact as well      Grand Parlor in Monterey. Ed wanted to recognize long-standing
as communications to SDDGPs, DDGPs and past grand presidents.           members and their dedication to the Order. “You get out of the Order
The four-month effort resulted in responses from 44 parlors with 204    what you put in,” said Madsen. “The recognition of these men
long standing members identified. The survey found 22 members           gives ‘younger’ members something to shoot for as they look to
with 70 or more years, 76 members with 60 or more years, and 92         veteran members for inspiration and leadership.”
members with 50 or more years.                                            The average age of all respondents is 84 years with the oldest
  Of note, there are 30 members who have been with the Native           member being Clyde Berriman of Ione Parlor #33 at 104 years. Twenty-
Sons through at least 50% of the Order’s existence. Both Piedmont       five respondents were identified as being 90 years or older. Six par-
#120 and Napa #62 had 3 members in the top 19 (70 or more years).       lors reported 10 or more members with over 50 years in the Order:
  The top 22 longest-tenured members are (all at 70 or more years):     Washington #169 – 21; Gabilan #132 – 14; Sea Point #158 – 13;
Rank        Name                       Parlor                 Tenure    Arrowhead #110 - 13; Ione #33 – 11; and Twin Peaks #214 and
 1 Frank Sabatte                  Piedmont #120                  77     Nicasio #183 with 10 members with over 50 years in the Order. Napa
 2 Joseph Wilson                  Napa #62                       75     Parlor #62 reports 16 members with 60 or more years in the Order.
 2 Rundahl Anderson               Arrowhead #110                 75       Many men have participated in the community of Native Sons and
 3 Andrew Azzaro                  Pacific #10                    74     have left their mark upon our organization. Unfortunately the contri-
 4 George Boutonnet               Gabilan#132                    73     butions of our past members are not always easily recognized. Some-
 5 Albert Gregorie                Redwood #66                    72     times the passage of time takes its toll and theses contributions may
 5 Herbert Otto                   Ramona #109                    72     have been forgotten by all but a few of our longest serving mem-
 5 Charles Soracco                Placerville #9                 72     bers.
 5 John F. Hansen Jr.             Halcyon-Alameda #47            72       Without the pioneers of our community, those who helped it come
 6 Leonard Jones                  South San Francisco #157       71     to life or nurtured it through the years, as well as those who con-
 6 Jack Estes                     Redwood #66                    71     tinue today in the great tradition of the Native Sons, our organiza-
 6 Harry C. Grady Jr.             Piedmont #120                  71     tion would not be as strong and vibrant as it is today. We should not
 6 Donald McIsaac                 Nicasio #183                   71     miss the opportunity to recognize and honor those who were prac-
 6 William Seifert Jr.            Halcyon-Alameda #47            71     ticing friendship, loyalty and charity 50-78 years ago, and whose
 6 Al Matli                       Guadalupe #231                 71     strong commitment, longevity and sense of duty benefits the Order
 6 Carl Christensen               Ferndale #93                   71     today.
 6 George Oakes Jr.               Eden #113                      71       Editor’s note: Because not all parlors responded and if we hear of
 7 Edwin Hurd                     Twin Peaks #214                70     other notable long-tenured members, The Native Son is happy to
 7 Elmer Lanini                   Santa Lucia #97                70     publish follow-up stories. If you have information about your long-
 7 George A. Silva                Piedmont #120                  70     term members (and their involvement in the Order), please contact
 7 Silvio Garaventa               Napa #62                       70     us; we are happy to highlight your stories. Our thanks to all the
 7 Attilio Musante                Napa #62                       70     brothers who responded and provided this valuable information.
                    Oldest Member Died in 2009
  Regrettably, Alex Lommel—who was the longest-tenured member
of the Order, died December 15, 2009. Mr. Lommel joined Calistoga
                                                                         Check out the latest news about the Native Son
Parlor at the age of 18—on January 11, 1931. At that time, he drove
a gasoline truck for the Union Oil Company and reported that Lake
                                                                                        at calnative.org.
County truckers used the stove oil stored at Calistoga to make moon-       Read “Tales of Sonny Tattler” and see what’s
shine! The Southern Pacific Railroad delivered gasoline and stove        happening day-by-day on the NSGW calendar.
oil to the Calistoga storage facility and, evidently, there were many
THE NATIVE SON - FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010                                                                                                    PAGE 7


                                       PARLOR ACTIVITIES
Benicia Lists 2010                               Hydraulic to Fete                                  Hydraulic Launches
Dinner Menus                                     125th Anniversary                                  Parlor Newsletter
  Benicia #89 is renowned for its great sec-       Hydraulic #56 in Nevada City will celebrate        Communication amongst parlor members
ond Tuesday dinners at the BDES Hall, 140        its 125th anniversary on February 27, 2010         is vital to keeping members informed about
West J, Benicia. Here’s a list of dinners; all   with a series of events in its home city.          meetings and events. Many parlors have
require RSVPs to Ed Greco at (707) 746-4229        Included will be a dedication of a monu-         newsletters, delivered by snail mail, e-mail
by the date shown in parentheses. Ed asks        ment to hydraulic mining in California, with       or both.
that you leave your name and the number of       two monitors from the last operating hydrau-         Now Hydraulic #56 in Nevada City has
attendees.                                       lic mine in the state. There’ll be an initiation   launched The Hydraulic Monitor for its
  February 11 – Crab and Clam Feed (Feb-         in the Great Hall of the Miners Foundry Cul-       members and friends. In the first issue, Edi-
ruary 9)                                         tural Center at 325 Spring Street and a ban-       tor Gary Miller said “This is my first attempt
  March 11 – Corned Beef and Cabbage             quet in the Victorian Dining Room of the his-      at producing a monthly newsletter. Its pur-
Feed, ladies invited (March 9)                   toric National Hotel (dinner, with choice of       pose is to keep our members informed about
  April 8 – Fish Fry (April 6)                   Prime Rib or Chicken Marsala, will be $30).        the comings and goings of the parlor…I
  May 13 – Pulled Pork (May 11)                    Headquarters is The National Hotel, 211          would hope that you would be moved to
  June 10 – Steak (June 8)                       Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959, tele-         offer something of interest for your fellow
  September 9 – Steak (September 7)              phone (530) 265-4551.                              brothers. For example, a piece about some
  October 14 – Homemade Sausage, Pepper            There are 29 rooms available February 26         amusing incident you were involved in or
and Pasta Feed (October 12)                      and 27 for $81-$125 per night. Hydraulic Par-      knew about. Certainly something about lo-
  November 11 – Thanksgiving Feast (No-          lor will have a hospitality suite in Room #34.     cal or California history would be great.”
vember 9)                                          Overflow hotel is The Northern Queen Inn,          Miller can be contacted at P. O. Box 224,
  December 9 – Christmas Feast (December         400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959,        Nevada City 95959 or at gsuttermerch@
7)                                               telephone (530) 265-5824. Rooms and some           hughes.net.
                                                 cabins are available. Special rate is $80 plus
    We Like Area Codes!                          tax. Ask for Native Sons rate per Diane.           Arrowhead Parlor
                                                   Information from Gary Miller (530) 477-1533
   That may seem like a strange headline,
                                                 or at gsuttermerch@hughes.net.                     Participate in
 but here’s why we wrote it: we take a lot of
 information for The Native Son from par-
                                                 SB Member Takes                                    Bicentennial Fete
 lor newsletters. Usually, the chairman of                                                            Members of Arrowhead #110 are promi-
 an event lists his name and telephone num-
 ber but there are so many area codes these
                                                 School Post                                        nent in planning and execution of the City of
                                                                                                    San Bernardino’s Bicentennial celebration.
 days that we’re never sure what code ap-          Kevin Laverty of Santa Barbara #116 has            Native Sons will participate in dedicating
 plies to which territory. Of course, we could   been elected president of the Washington           a historical bicentennial monument on May
 look the code up in the telephone book,         State School Directors’ Association during         20 and will carry the American and Bear Flags
 but it’s much easier for the editor’s busy      the association’s annual conference in Se-         in the May 22 Bicentennial Parade.
 schedule if you include the area code with      attle. Laverty, a 10-year member of the              Four parlor members are serving on the
 each telephone number in your newsletter        Mukilteo School Board, has been a delegate         Bicentennial Committee; two other commit-
 items. Thanks!                                  to two Grand Parlors, serving as a represen-       tee members are wives of Arrowhead mem-
                                                 tative of Columbia #258.                           bers.
PAGE 8                                                                              THE NATIVE SON - FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010


           PARLOR ACTIVITIES
Arrowhead Team Includes Five Ramona Museum
                             Moving Forward
Members of Same Family        Ramona #109’s Museum of California His-
  On Wednesday, December 16, for the first time in its 122 year history, Arrowhead #110 put      tory is moving forward with creating three
together an initiatory team that included five members of the same family.                       operating committees.
  The ceremony was led by Past President Benjamin Romano, Treasurer Kevin Anderson,                The Library Committee, chaired by
                                                                                                 Rosemarie Lippman, will work to catalog,
Recording Secretary Mike Anderson, member John Anderson (son of Mike Anderson), and
                                                                                                 document, research, preserve and archive
Parlor Past President John W. Anderson (father of Mike and Kevin and grandfather of
                                                                                                 the museum’s historical artifacts.
John). Rounding out the team were Past Grand President James Smith, former Grand Trustee           The Museum Committee, chaired by Fran
Chris Leon and 3rd Vice President Mark Shepherd.                                                 Hubert, will work to design and organize the
  Those initiated included Betty Romano, retired (wife of Benjamin, sister of John W. Ander-     museum with current and new displays of
son, mother of Nick Romano and grandmother of Paul Romano); Paul Romano, UCLA                    the artifacts.
student (son of Arrowhead member Nicholas Romano); and Matthew Anderson, Crafton                   The Communications Committee, chaired
                                                                                                 by Joe Castillo, will work at getting the mu-
                                                                                                 seum involved in local community organiza-
                                                                                                 tions and businesses as well as other his-
                                                                                                 torical organizations.
                                                                                                   Day to day operations are handled by new
                                                                                                 docent Merle Chen, who welcomes guests
                                                                                                 and gives tours, plus sweeping the floor,
                                                                                                 dusting the artifacts and making sure that all
                                                                                                 of the display cases are clear and visible to
                                                                                                 all.

                                                                                                 Santa Rosa Lists
                                                                                                 Dinner Schedule
                                                                                                   Santa Rosa #28 will continues to have
                                                                                                 monthly dinners at its hall at 3318 Stony Point
                                                                                                 Road in Santa Rosa. All welcome members,
                                                                                                 families and guests and are $9 per person,
                                                                                                 including wine, beer and soda. The club-
                                                                                                 house opens at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7.
                                                                                                 Reservations are required from Walter Hyde
                                                                                                 (707 795-9702).
                                                                                                   Wednesday, February 10 – Valentine’s Day
                                                                    Photo by Nicholas Romano     Dinner. Reservation deadline February 7.
Arrowhead Parlor #110’s December 16th initiation included (left to right): Past Grand              Wednesday, March 10 – Corned Beef and
President James Smith, Debbie Mc Donald, Edward Velasquez(back), Christa Morin,                  Cabbage Dinner. Reservation deadline
Past President Benjamin Romano, Betty Romano, Al Palazzo (back), Paul Romano and                 March 7.
Matthew Anderson.                                                                                  Wednesday, April 14 – Spring Dinner. Res-
                                                                                                 ervation deadline April 11.
Hills Junior College student (son of Kevin Anderson). Benjamin Romano stated that the              Wednesday, May 12 – Mothers’ Day Din-
initiation was an unprecedented historical event for the parlor and the highlight of his forty   ner. Reservation deadline May 9.
years of membership.                                                                               Wednesday, June 9 – Fathers’ Day Dinner.
  Six other members were also added to Arrowhead’s membership: Debbie McDonald, a                Reservation deadline June 6.
teacher in the San Bernardino City Unified School district; Christa Morin, account
executive for the Highland Community News; Al Palazzo, retired (reinstatement); Steve             The Native Son is available at least
Portias, retired; and Edward Velasquez, senior print tech specialist, County of Riverside.         a month before you receive it in
Edward Martinez, business development officer for Vanir Development Company, was ob-                  the mail at our Web site,
ligated by PGP James Smith on December 17.                                                                  calnative.org.
  Arrowhead Parlor #110’s membership now stand tall at 302 members!
THE NATIVE SON - FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010                                                                                                   PAGE 9

  Calendar Winners
  Here’s the list of Lucky Calendar winners
since the last issue of The Native Son.
                 January 2010
24 - Rae Holzman, Oakland - $25
23 - Tyler Larich, Salinas - $100
22 - Susan Core, Benicia - $25
21 - Eileen Porter, Paradise - $25
20 - Rich Hoisington, Citrus Heights - $25
19 - Nadine Sjogren, San Lorenzo - $25
18 - Tim Tullius, San Francisco - $25
17 - Sharon Rolph, Chicago Park - $25
16 - Lisa Jonea, San Francisco - $100
15 - Allen Youst, Vacaville - $25
14 - Joan Radina, San Anselmo - $25
13 - Clay and Meagan Jones, Lacy, WN - $25
12 - South SF #157 - $25
11 - Bud Wampler, San Luis Obispo - $25
10 - Verna Sargent, Ione - $25
9 - Jenny Cohea, Chicago - $100                   Konocti #159 celebrated Christmas with a meeting attended by many of its brothers and
8 - Michael Courtz, Point Richmond - $25          several grand officers. Front, left to right, Don Meyer, Warren Katen, Bob French, Gene
7 - Ronnie Pimental, Fairfield - $25              Perry. Rear, left to right, PGP Joe Neitzel, Konocti’s Tony Braito and Carl Braito.
6 - South SF #157, San Mateo - $25
5 - Joe Milani, Petaluma - $25
4 - Chris Bedella, Lewiston - $25
3 - Holly Millener, Chico - $25
2 - Henry Hixson, Chico - $25
1 - Alford J. Memoers, Vacaville - $1,000
                December 2009
31 - Pat O’Neil, Rough & Ready - $3,000
30 - Courtney Watson Peterson, Concord - $25
29 - Norman Jorgenson, El Cerrito - $25
28 - Stephen Morgan, Shasta Lake - $25
27 - Shirley Russell, Lincoln - $25
26 - South SF, San Mateo - $100
25 - Lani Telander*, Mound, MN - $25
24 - Alex Bartley, Pine Grover- $25
23 - Ray Robles, Ione- $25
22 - Don Smith*, Rodeo- $25
21 - James A. Ruddy, Chico- $25
20 - Larry Petrie*, Vallejo- $25
19 - Gede Rattsell, Fremont - $100
18 - Julia Soares, Modesto - $25
17 - Sharon Fong, Petaluma - $25                  Members of San Luis Obispo #290 recently dedicated the historic Octagon Barn, a structure
16 - Rick Maffoli, Sonoma - $25                   built about 1900 and restored by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.
15 - South SF #157, San Mateo - $25
14 - Napa #62, Napa - $25
13 - Ryan Doyle*, Bothell, WA - $25
                                                  Arrowhead Plans                                 Ramona Sponsors
12 - Russell Strittmatter*, Corte Madera - $100
11 - J & E Watkins, Shasta Lake - $25
                                                  April Golf Tourney                              Basketball Team
10 - Napa Parlor 62, Napa - $25                     Arrowhead #110 will hold its First Annual
                                                                                                    Reviving a tradition of sponsoring sports
9 – Sonoma #111, Sonoma - $25                     Golf Tournament on April 23 at the Shandin
                                                  Hills Golf Club in San Bernardino to benefit    teams that many parlors had in bygone days
8 - South SF, San Mateo - $25
7 - Don Smith, Rodeo - $25                        our Charitable Foundation. Price of $80 in-     of the Order, Ramona #109 has had a basket-
6 - Harold Turner, Stockton - $25                 cludes golf and dinner. Contact Parlor Presi-   ball team—The Grizzlies (what else!)—in a
5 - Bill Addy, Fairfax - $100                     dent Douglas Calkins at dc3bird@earthlink       local league for three years. The team plays
4 - Marille Hopkins, Nevada City - $25            .net for further information.                   at the YMCA every Sunday.
3 - Don Meyer, Calistoga - $25
2 - Edward Wilcox, Castroville - $25              26 - John Starner, Lake Arrowhead - $25         19 - L & E Lammers, Ann Arbor, MI - $25
1 - Stan Crandell, Petaluma - $25                 25 - Rose Twyman, San Bruno - $25               18 - Yvonne and John Hughes, Nevada City -
                November 2009                     24 - Ione #33, Ione - $25                       $25
30 - Kern Wright, Yountville - $200               23 - South SF, San Mateo - $25                  17 - Mike Kollar, Vallejo - $25
29 - A. Cimarelli, San Francisco - $25            22 - Bob Everingham, Benicia - $25              16 - Jerry Bedell, Lewiston - $25
28 - Dan O’Sullivan, San Franciso - $100          21 - Mary Boreggo, Redwood City - $100          *Indicates multiple winner, except in case of
27 - John Luster*, Roseville - $25                20 - Emile Leen, Sonoma - $25                   parlors.
PAGE 10                                                                              THE NATIVE SON - FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010

               NEW MEMBERS                                               Membership Creeping
  Welcome to these new mem-
bers initiated recently. We hope
                                             Corine Borsak
                                          Rebecca Daugherty              Up Through January 1
to see you often at our meetings              Cyndi Fehler                 Net membership in the Native
                                               Alan Leahy                Sons increased by only 6 through
                                                                                                                MEMBERSHIP BOX
and socials!                               Virginia Marques
                                                                         January 1, not in itself encour-           SCORE
     Dolores-California#1                 Deborah McDonald
        Gary Martinelli                     Richard McInnis              aging. What is encouraging,           Membership 5-1-09     8,646
        Humboldt #14                        Armando Meno                 however, is the fact that 25 of       Gains
         Albert Dutton                       Christa Morris              our 75 parlors and seven of our           Initiated           300
          Amador #17                          Steve Portias              16 districts showed gains, some
         Craig Battaglia                   Betty Jo Romano                                                         Reinstated           30
                                                                         quite substantial.
       Nicholas Gardella                      Paul Romano                                                          Transferred in       17
         Jeffery Jolley                                                    All three parlors in District 1
                                           Edward Velasquez
      Matthew Peterson                                                   (Santa Ana #74, Arrowhead #110            Total Gains         347
                                          Harold Vollkommer
      Christopher Smylie                     Sonoma #111                 and DeAnza #312) had gains,           Losses
         Excelsior #31                        John Amaral                with a net of +24 fueled mainly           Suspended           140
       Michael Franklin                    Thomas De Lauer               by Arrowhead’s 20 new members
       Steven Frederick                      Nancy DiBella                                                         Resigned             62
                                                                         swelling their total to 301 mem-
       William Peterson                       Ron Gruetter                                                         Withdrew             23
                                                                         bers.
         Martin Shutz                 Kathleen Marcrum McIntire                                                    Died                 99
           Solano #39                        Dennis Martin                 Others with gains were District
      Charles Brooks III                     Madelin Wood                2 (Los Angeles area), District 5          Transferred out      17
          Clay Bushey                          Eden #113                 (South Bay); District 11 (Mother          Total Losses        341
          Jake Bushey                        Rezin Brannon               Lode; District 13 (Northeast);
           Steven Day                                                                                          Net Change             + 6
                                            Piedmont #120                District 14 (Marin-Sonoma); and
       Joseph Stemmler                     David Schwoegler              District 15 (Solano-Napa).            Membership 1-1-10     8,652
         Gary Truesdill                      South SF #157                                                        Parlors With Net Gains
          Quartz #58
                                                                           In addition to Arrowhead, par-
                                         Rodney Martinez, jr.                                                  Dolores-California #1   + 12
       Melvin Espinosa                        Steven Cursi               lors with outstanding gains in-
                                                                         cluded Napa #62 (+17), Sonoma         Argonaut #8             + 11
         William Fisher                     Columbia #258
          Michael Ivy                        Ronald Teaque               #111 (+13), Excelsior #31 and Ar-     Amador #17              + 1
           Robert Ivy                       University #272              gonaut #8 (+11 each).                 Santa Rosa #28          + 1
           Rodney Ivy                       Juan Viramontes                Dolores-California #1 had the       Excelsior #31           + 11
          Thomas Ivy                      J.C. Fremont #293              greatest percentage increase,         Ione #33                + 6
            Napa #62                         Loretta Caton
                                                                         initiating 12 new members and         Solano #39              + 9
          Jessie Burke                       Fairfax #307
       Angel Castorena                         Rod Berry                 raising their membership to 59,       Halycon-Alameda #47 + 2
           Tony Diaz                         Chris Schmidt               and increase of an outstanding        Quartz #58              + 1
       Donna Hotelling                        Todd Schoff                26%!                                  Napa #62                + 17
        Kristofer Kaiser                   Kenneth Terhurne                                                    Santa Ana #74           + 3
         David Lincoln
                                                                                                               Calistoga #86           + 3
         Denise Lincoln
           Brian Perez
                                   “Bayou Bash” Set for May 1                                                  Benicia #89             + 7
       Robert Robertson              If you’ve enjoyed Duane             event is open to everyone, but        Santa Cruz #90          + 1
        Judith Sampson             Gavin’s “Rajin’ Cajun Feed” over      space is limited so early reserva-    Georgetown #91          + 2
       Gerald Snowden                                                                                          Santa Lucia #97         + 6
       Tammie Stephens             the past few years, you’ll love       tions are advised from Fred
                                   his “Bayou Bash,” scheduled for       Codoni at (415) 459-7082 or at        Ramona #109             + 2
        Daniel Wheelan
       Don Woolhether              Fairfax Parlor’s clubhouse on         nsgwfpc@comcast.net.                  Arrowhead #110          + 20
      Mt. Tamalpais #64            Saturday, May 1, 2010.                                                      Sonoma #111             + 13
       Stephen Johnson               Featured will be Louisiana-              CALIFORNIA FACTS                 Piedmont #120           + 1
       Santa Cruz #90                                                                                          San Miguel #150         + 2
         Grant Wilson              style deep-fried turkey, barbe-         •The Coachella Valley is nick-
                                   cued pork, hot link sausage, red      named The Date Capital of the         Estudillo #223          + 2
       Georgetown #91
       Marshall Grimes             beans and rice, salad and rolls,      world and The Playground of           Columbia #258           + 1
      George Miskovsky             with apple crisp for dessert. No-     Presidents.                           University #272         + 1
           Cliff Pierce            host cocktails (with a full bar and     •One out of every eight United      DeAnza #312             + 1
         Bishop Ryan
       Santa Lucia #97             our special Big Easy Daiquiris        States residents lives in Califor-
         Jarod Bunker              margarita machine) will be            nia.
                                   served from 5 p.m., with dinner         •California is the first state to      Deadline for advertising
          Jerry Bunker
         Ryan Bunker               at 6:30. A mega raffle will follow.   ever reach a trillion dollar            and editorial matter for the
         Steven Bunker             All proceeds will go to Brother       economy in gross state product.            April-May issue of
           Benny King
                                   Mark Chapman’s grand trustee            •California has the largest               The Native Son is
        Jeffery Vezzolo                                                                                               March 15, 2010.
       Arrowhead #110              campaign fund.                        economy of all the states of the
      Matthew Anderson               Price is $20 per person. The        Union.
THE NATIVE SON - FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010                                                                                                PAGE 11


                        DEATHS                                                                 OBITUARY
 May our deceased brothers enjoy eternal rest in the Grand Parlor                    JESSE GARCIA, PAST GRAND PRESIDENT
on High.                                                                   Jesse Garcia had the difficult task of leading our order for some
            Lodi #18                   South SF #157 (Continued)         16 months, longer than any other grand president, and of presid-
       Bozant Katzakian                        Walter Ortiz              ing over two Grand Parlors because of the untimely death in office
         Verne Osborn                        Sea Point #158              of his predecessor, Frank Milani. That in itself is a contribution of
         Excelsior #31                        Frank Fuetsch
       Michael Scapuzzi
                                                                         his time, attention, and energy for which he deserves our grati-
                                            Washington #169              tude and acclimation.
          Quartz #58                         Norval Peixoto
         Thomas Price                                                      It illustrates well the depth of his commitment to our Order. For
                                              Presidio #194
          Auburn #59                                                     many years of his life, Jesse made the Native Sons as a whole, and
                                               Frank Clima
       Leland Rasmussen                                                  his home-base Santa Barbara Parlor #116 in particular, a primary
                                              Madalin Levie
            Napa #62                                                     interest of his life. He worked with diligence to apply his charm
                                            Los Banos #206
           Aldo Biale                                                    and persuasiveness for the advancement and success of the
                                             Louie Azevedo
         James Ianziti                                                   Order. Not soon to be forgotten is the way that he and his wife,
       Mt. Tamalpais #64                    Guadalupe #231
                                                Paul Kelly               Dora, played the role of cordial hosts for Old Spanish Days Fiesta,
        Las Positas #96
         Torkil Bonde                       Donald May, Sr.              year after year. Jesse brought to life the very essence of the spirit
        George Casesari                     Columbia #258                of Fiesta.
         Ramona #109                         Carolyn Devine                Let us hope that the gala, festal spirit that Jesse so vividly
           Elsie Bracci                       Fairfax #307               embodied will live on after him as an inspiration to us all.
        South SF #157                         Robert Smith                 As he aptly said, “Our future will be what you make of it. Your
        William Bigarani                    Holderman #316               grand officers can only help and encourage you. But it is up to
        George Nilan, Jr.                   Charles Otterson             you, my brothers, to make the difference by recruiting new
                                                                         members, attending meetings and [by] helping your parlors with
                                                                         their activities, such as dedications, initiations, socials and
          PARLOR ACTIVITIES                                              fundraisers. We need to work together for the advancement of the
                                                                         Order.”
                                                                           The death of a past president like Jesse is a reminder to us that
                                                                         the life of an organization is comparable to the relay in which the
                                                                         Olympic torch is carried: A single leader or runner can only carry
                                                                         the torch for a finite distance. For the principles that bind us
                                                                         together to continue on everlastingly, there must be new leaders
                                                                         strong enough to carry the torch after twilight has descended on
                                                                         the lives of our leaders of the past. We honor them most by
                                                                         ensuring that their work does not fade at the end of their day.
                                                                           So, as we join together in looking ahead toward the vibrant days
                                                                         that Jesse fervently wished for us and for our beloved heritage as
                                                                         native Californians, let us proclaim:
Ramona #109 welcomed five new members in January! From left                Viva la fiesta! Viva la vida de nuestro amigo Jesse Garcia!
to right: Erica Hardy, Brandon Brown, Steve Claro, Jessica Hall
and Sally Baldwin.                                                                       Longest-Tenured Brother Dies
                                                                          Brother Alex Lommel of Napa #62 died December 15 at his home in
                                                                         Walnut Creek. He was a 78-year member of the Order and believed to
Bring on the Corned Beef and                                             be the member with the longest tenure in the Native Sons of the
Cabbage for Ol’ St. Patrick!                                             Golden West.
  Native Sons love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s easy to get   Napa Honors First Friday
your fill of corned beef and cabbage no matter where you live in the
state. Here’s a list of those we know about–we’re sure there are         GP, Celebrates Luncheon
others, but we haven’t been notified of them. Most are open to
members, families and guests, but be sure to check. Refer to the         Anniversary    Date Changed
calendar on page 12 for contact information                                Napa #62 will honor Grand            The April Napa Valley lunch at
          March 6 - Solano #39, Valley Fire Hall.                        President Gene Perry and cel-        Napa parlor’s hall has been re-
          March 10 - Santa Rosa #28, parlor hall.                        ebrate its 125th anniversary with    scheduled for the second Friday,
          March 15 - Napa #62 (“Jiggs Night”).                           a free dinner for Native Sons only   April 9, because the first Friday
          March 17 - South SF #157.                                      at Napa’s hall on Monday, April      is Good Friday.
          March 17 - Fairfax #307                                        19. Beverages will be available        First Friday luncheons are
          March 19 - Chispa #139.                                        for a nominal fee. Reservations      open to all Native Sons and ro-
          March 22 - Eden #113.                                          aren’t necessary.                    tate amongst the Valley’s parlors.
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                                                                        12-13 – 49er Weekend, Auburn.
     CALENDAR OF EVENTS                                                 15 - Napa #62 Jiggs Night (Phil Wong, 707 224-6953).
  This calendar is compiled from parlor newsletters, press releases     17 - South SF #157 Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed (Jim Riley, 1-
                                                                      800-337-1875).
and information supplied to Managing Editor Fred Codoni. Please
                                                                        17 - Fairfax #307 Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed, St. Rita’s Hall,
advise him, at the address on page 4, at least 60 days before an      Fairfax, open to everyone, reservations not required.
event to insure timely publication. Note that some events are for       19 - East Bay Third Friday Luncheon Club, Hayward Ranch, 11
members only. Requirement for reservations and contact person, if     a.m. (Ron Holiday, 510 889-1603).
known, are indicated.                                                   19 – Chispa #139 Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed (209 728-8902).
                                                                        22 – Eden #113 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Members,
  Every Tuesday - Lunch for Native Sons and prospective members       friends, guests.
at Fairfax #307’s hall, 135 Mitchell Drive, Fairfax (415 457-7766).                                 APRIL
                            FEBRUARY                                    6 – Guadalupe #231 Luncheon Meeting, breaded tilapia (reserva-
  12-13 – Weekend in the Redwoods, Ferndale.                          tions from Bob Ratto, 415 586-3915).
  13 – Chispa #139 Cioppino Feed (209 728-8902).                        9 - Napa Valley Friday Luncheon, Napa Parlor Hall. (Note change
  13 – Fairfax #307 Valentine’s Dinner (Tom McEntee, 415 454-4788).   to second Friday.)
  13 – Arrowhead #110 Valentine’s Day Dinner.                           10 – Solano #39 Clam or Prawn Feed (Chris Grace (707 429-5351).
  19 - East Bay Third Friday Luncheon Club, Hayward Ranch, 11           14 - Santa Rosa #28 Spring Dinner, members/families/guests (Walter
a.m. (Ron Holiday, 510 889-1603).                                     Hyde, 707 795-9702).
  22 – Eden #113 Clam Chowder Feed and Initiation. Members only.        16 - East Bay Third Friday Luncheon Club, Hayward Ranch, 11
  27 - Hydraulic #56 125th Anniversary, Nevada City.                  a.m. (Ron Holiday, 510 889-1603).
                               MARCH                                    23 – Arrowhead #110 First Annual Golf Tournament, Shandin Hills
  2 – Guadalupe #231 Luncheon Meeting, tortellini and minestrone      Golft Club, San Bernardino (Douglas Calkins, dc3bird@earthlink.net).
(reservations from Bob Ratto, 415 586-3915).                            26 – Eden #113 Mexican Dinner, joint with Native Daughters.
  5 - Napa Valley Friday Luncheon, St. Helena Parlor Hall.            Members, friends, guests.
  6 – Solano #39 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner (Eric Whan, 707
428-4052).                                                                                         MA  Y
  10 – Santa Rosa #28 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, members/          1 - Bayou Bash, Fairfax Parlor Hall (Fred Codoni, 459-7082 or
families/guests (Walter Hyde, 707 795-9702).                          nsgwfpc@comcast.net).

								
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