Chapter History

The Merced River Chapter NSDAR is named for the river which originates in the Yosemite Valley, California. Virginia Chase, organizing regent, and nineteen members formed this chapter on October 9, 1990.  It is one of California's seven centennial chapters, all organized during the National Society's 100 year anniversary, which earned a first place national award for the state.  On April 18, 1997, after thirty years of service to the nation, the Mariposa Chapter merged with the Merced River Chapter.  Mariposa means "butterfly" in its native Spanish, and somehow it seemed most fitting to have a lovely butterfly alongside a mighty river.

Charter Members    

     Ms. Virginia Chase .........…….……..Organizing Regent

     Mrs. Austin Chase ..................................Vice Regent

     Mrs. William Kirk .........................................Chaplain

     Mrs. George Barrett .…................ Recording Secretary

     Mrs. Richard Smith ...............……............... Treasurer

     Mrs. Eugene McIntire .........…….................. Registrar

     Mrs. Helen Yates ........................................ Historian

     Mrs. Harold Holman ................................... Librarian

     Mrs. Jay Anderson    

     Mrs. Frank Barbeau

     Miss Michele Barrett

     Mrs. Janet Howard

     Mrs. John Julius

     Mrs. Roderick Rodewald

     Ms. Cheryl Sanderson

     Mrs. Herbert Stoddard

     Mrs. Fred Wardrobe

     Mrs. James Webber

     Mrs. Richard Wood