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Our Dinner Meetings

We meet for dinner usually on the third Tuesday of months September through May. December, though, is dark.

We feature speakers on a variety of topics, mostly on Revolutionary era people and events. But some cover other items of interest to our members.

The next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00pm at Del Frisco's Grill in Irvine.

The address for Del Frisco's Grille is:
772 Spectrum Center
Irvine, Ca
949 341-0376

Del Frisco’s Grill is located in the Irvine Spectrum which is just north of the I-5 and I-405 Interchange and can be accessed from either I-5 or I-405. Del Frisco offers a variety of dishes with most dishes ranging in price from $12 to $30. You can preview their menu at the web site shown above. Each member will order their meal from the menu and will pay the restaurant directly. To help cover the cost of the speaker's meal, out Treasurer collect $5 from those chapter members attending the dinner meeting. Guests are not required to pay the $5.

Coat and tie, with insignia, are suggested.

Reservations are required for our dinner meetings. Guests, prospective members and applicants are always welcome. Make your reservations by e-mail or telephone to

The speaker for the May dinner meeting has not been firmed up, yet. [top]

Upcoming Dates and Events

Mother's Day, Sunday May 14th

National Peace Officer Memorial Day-Monday, May 15th: This tribute to American law enforcement officers is part of the historic crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994. At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates Peace Officers Memorial Day as one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff.

May Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, May 16th: Del Frisco's Grille

Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 20th: The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will host the Field of Honor in conjunction with Armed Forces Day. At this event there will be 1776 US Flags flown to honor all men and women in our military. If you would like to honor a military person at this event, you can do so by purchasing a Flag ($45 per honoree) and a ribbon will be placed on your flag with the honoree you are dedicating it to. This event is being held at Castaways Park, Dover Dr. and 16th Street, Newport Beach. Dedication ceremonies start at noon on Saturday, May 20th.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 29th: Although the actual Memorial Day is on Tuesday, May 30th, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of the month. Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country and to remind people of the ultimate sacrifice that our military members have made so that we may enjoy our freedom The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute to honor those who died in service to the United States.

Flag Day – Wednesday, June 14th: This day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the second Continental Congress. Please remember to fly your American flag on this day.

U.S. Army Birthday – Wednesday, June 14th: The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. [top]

South Coast Chapter News

April Dinner Meeting: At our dinner meeting, the newly elected CASSAR President, James Fosdyck and his wife Un Hui Yi were in attendance. President Fosdyck presented to Chapter President Richard Bent Certificates of Appreciation for Richard Bents and Curtis Porters participation in the CASSAR Color Guard during the recent CASSAR Spring Membership Meeting.

During the dinner meeting Chapter Registrar, Leon Smith, inducted new member, John Stucker, whose patriot ancestor, Michael Stocker served as a private in the Kentucky Militia under Captain Hogan’s Company that provided defense of Bryan’s Station in 1782 and in 1783 Michael Stocker served under Captain Charles Gatliff’s Company of Kentucky Rangers.

The guest speaker was Bob Minty who spoke about the whaling industry in America. His talk covered the beginnings of the whaling trade in the areas of Nantucket Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts to the end of whaling off the West Coast in 1972. In addition, Mr. Minty had on display a large collection of historical artifacts from the whaling industry. His program concluded with the film clip "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" from Elmer Clifton's 1922 silent film, "Down to the Sea in Ships," filmed on the 19th century whale ship, Charles W. Morgan, out of New Bedford. [top]

Color Guard Activity

Color Guard members Mel Butler and Jerry Hereford presented the colors at a NSDAR, Mission Viejo and Irvine chapters function on April 22nd.

The next event for the Color Guard is on Monday, May 29 in the Memorial Day Observance at the San Clemente Community Center at 100 N. Calle Sevelle, San Clemente. This event starts at 11:00 a.m.

Typical Color Guard events include:

  • Massing of the Colors, Forest Lawn Burbank - February 19th - First Sunday before President's Day
  • San Juan Capistrano Swallow's Day Parade - March 25th
  • San Clemente Memorial Day Obsesrvance - May 29th
  • Veteran's Day Observance at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest - November 11th
  • Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade - December 10th
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Updated 14 May 2017