The Rancho Buena Vista Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 2003 in response to a growing strength of patriotic spirit in North San Diego County and interest in the NSDAR as an outlet to express that spirit. Our organizational meeting was held Saturday, May 31, 2003, at the Shadowridge Country Club in Vista, California. Seventeen distinguished DAR members from North San Diego County joined our chapter that day, which made us one of the largest start-up chapters ever in the State of California. By the end of our first year we had 40 charter members. We continued to grow at a rapid rate and achieved award-winning increases to our membership over the years. Now, after only 11 years, we number over 100 members!
Individual DAR chapters typically choose a name that relates to historic events, geographic sites, or names of prominent early pioneers. Our chapter chose the name Rancho Buena Vista in honor of the historic rancho and adobe located within the City of Vista. Since our inception we have supported the Rancho by assisting with setting up museum displays, preserving historical artifacts, cataloging inventory, cleaning, and decorating for the Christmas Holiday Homes Tour. Our chapter enjoys honing our crafting skills and has many talented members who have won numerous awards over the last 11 years for their extraordinary abilities.
We are uniquely situated between Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, which affords us many opportunities to assist our military personnel both active and retired. We have been nationally recognized for these efforts. Our personal outreach to the military has also included activities at Balboa Naval Hospital and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
We are truly a genealogy oriented chapter that is focused on researching our many patriot ancestors. Each of our members has at least one ancestor whose proven service during the Revolutionary War qualifies them for membership in the DAR. While we number 101 members at present, our chapter’s list of patriot ancestors now totals approximately 270.