Chapter History


San Clemente Island Chapter is named for the second largest of the Channel Islands, discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, just off the coast of Southern California. Since 1934, San Clemente Island has been owned and operated by the United States Navy. It is the Pacific Fleet’s primary training facility and home to the Navy SEALS. San Clemente Island Chapter was founded September 10, 1958 with 16 original members. Mrs. William Houghton was the chapter’s first regent.


On Monday, September 10, 2018, more than 100 DAR members and their friends and families gathered at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente to celebrate the 60th anniversary of San Clemente Island Chapter, organized on September 10, 1958.  Guests enjoyed catered hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and desserts as they strolled through the grounds and visited on the patio, listening to live music wafting from the solarium above.  A slideshow highlighted the accomplishments of the chapter's commmittees and posters showed the history of the chapter.  The highlight of the evening was the dedication of an historic plaque to Casa Romantica, honoring the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson, who built this magnificent estate on the bluff overlooking San Clemente Pier.  Members of San Clemente Island Chapter were excited to have many state and district officers join in this special evening.