About the Santa Lucia Chapter

The Santa Lucia Chapter DAR was organized on October 16, 1938, by Mrs. John A. Currie, the first regent. We have been honored to have 33 regents to date, and we presently have 41 members. We welcome new members and are happy to assist interested women in learning how they can become a member.

From 1950-1952 our chapter regent was Mabel Harvey Griffin, a descendant of Isaac Julian Harvey, the first mayor of Salinas. Pictured above are some of the chapter members in 1944. Second from the left in the first row is organizing regent, Helen Currie. Fifth from the left in the first row is Mabel Harvey Griffin. Florence Baker, a granddaughter of the first mayor, is first from the left in the back row. 

In November 2008 we celebrated our chapter's 70th anniversary. We were honored to receive State Regent Leonora Branca and District VI Director Susan Bergtholdt as our guests at the celebration.


The Santa Lucia Chapter is located in Salinas, California. Our area is often referred to as Steinbeck Country because it is the home of the late author John Steinbeck, and America’s Salad Bowl because of our rich agriculture. Salinas is close to the sparkling waters of the Monterey Bay and host to the California Rodeo and the California Air Show. Our chapter was named for the Santa Lucia Mountains that lie between the fertile Salinas Valley and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Most of our members live in various communities of the Salinas Valley, but we also have some long-distance members who enjoy maintaining ties to this chapter. We think you will find us to be a warm, friendly group of women, representing a wide variety of ages, professions, and interests. One thing we share in common is our love of country and supporting the pursuits of DAR.


We meet one Saturday a month, September through June, generally in local restaurants or golf and country clubs.