Penny Sander

Penny Sander

Chapter Regent

2022 - 2024




National Society

California State Society






Chapter Activities and Projects

Our chapter has over two dozen committees helping to strengthen and enrich our communities. The DAR brings together women to achieve our mission of Service to America.

2023 Community Service Award

Don Yegan from Just Having Fun car club for organizing birthday parades for veterans and community members




    Veterans Day 2023 at El Toro Memorial Park



               Cleaning Veteran's Graves at                    El Toro Memorial Park

                                    Before and After...


Fall 2023: Maryann Herrera painted a mural for Viejo Elementary School to celebrate America 250!

Mission Viejo NSDAR is proud to honor Eagle Scout, Daniel Datwyler, of Boy Scout Troop 787 with the NSDAR Youth Citizenship Medal who displays the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.

                           DAR After DARK
Summer 2023 game night at our Regent Penny's house.

Chapter members and associates gathered at the District XII 2023 meeting in Mission Viejo 

Wreaths Across America December 2022


Thanksgiving 2022 at Camp Pendleton


Placing American Flags on Graves at  El Toro Memorial Park for Veterans Day 2022





Painting Patriotic Pumpkins at Pinot's Palette



Chapter Members at the District XII Meeting

                   What SCARES You The Most?

The MV Chapter members spent the day at the El Toro Memorial Park where they trimmed and cleaned about 100 veterans markers.  We will be forever indebted in these brave men and women who gave up so much for our freedoms.
American hero Robert Dorris McClendon - Before and After!
 Civil War hero Wesley Thompson - Before and After!


MVNSDAR Chapter Volunteers

Ringing the Bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano to Celebrate Constitution Week 

2022 Saddleback College Vets

A big thank you to all that donated snack goodies and gift cards for the Vets at Saddleback College. Did you know there are around 1500 Vets that attend the College?  Terrence and Phillip and were very appreciative to have these items for an event they were holding the next day.


 2022 Baby Shower the Long Beach VA Hospital

To date we have collected over 2000 baby wipes, lotions, powders, many bibs, 160 diapers, muslin burp cloths, small receiving quilts, baby clothes, and even sleep masks for new moms! These generous donations will be part of the May 7th Drive By Baby Shower for the Long Beach VA Hospital.  28 new mom veterans will receive these donations.


2022 HeART 4 Youth

Our Chapter collected and donated 79 “HeART 4 Youth” art project kits worth approximately $757, which will be donated to foster youth ages 5-18 in Southern California. Thanks to Community Classroom Chair for a successful project, as well as all the generous members who donated kits! Our District XII Director was very excited to see these kits!
Proudly supporting Education in our community!

2022 Bad to the Bone Good Citizens Fundraiser

April 2, 2022, our Chapter’s fundraiser, “Bad to the Bone,” was a huge success! We raised scholarship funds for 6 local high school seniors in our community selected as their school’s Good Citizens.  And, we had a great time getting together.


2021 Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day, December 18th, 2021: Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR and family members joined the ceremony then laid wreaths on the graves of veterans to honor their service. For the first time El Toro Memorial Park had enough wreaths to cover all the veterans buried here. Our Chapter sponsored 184 wreaths for our 3rd year as a sponsor.


Service to History

Chapter members planted a patriot garden at the state headquarters.  A marker was made to commemorate Revolutionary War Patriots for America's 250 year anniversary.


Service to the Community

Margaret, our Chapter’s entry, won the 5th Annual Scarecrow Contest in the Best Traditional category!! Congratulations and many thanks to our scarecrow’s creator, for another awesome job! Thank you to all our dedicated voters!!

What a wonderful way to get information into our community about America’s colorful history, as well as getting the word out about our chapter and NSDAR.

The chapter made 85 quilts, and donated onesies, socks and hangers to the Nurse Family Partnership of Orange County. The nurses delivered them to first-time Orange County moms in need.

Service to Veterans

For our chapter’s DAR of Service 2021 we stuffed female Dopp Kits with tons of toiletries. Each kit also was pinned with a thank you veteran pin and is headed to the Long Beach VA Hospital. Other daughters completed thank you cards which will be given to the hospitalized Vets on Thanksgiving. Much appreciation to all our members who sewed kits, made donations, and helped today! We had fun!

Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR Hosted the 32nd Annual Veterans Day Observance November 11, 2021 at the El Toro Memorial Park

HeART 4 Youth

May 5, 2021 Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR donated 47 art kits to foster youth in Orange County.


DAR PROJECT PATRIOT - February 12, 2021

Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR, dropped off 35 dozen home-baked cookies this morning for their Valentine’s Day parties! 




In December 2020,our chapter dropped off 54 dozen cookies,165 toys, and other donations going to the families of the Marines and Navy Seals at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms. Many children of these active military families will have a brighter holiday season! 




Wreaths Across America - December 19th, 2020

On December 19, 2020, at 9 a.m., Mission Viejo Chapter.NSDAR, will be helping El Toro Memorial Park to remember and honor our veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.


Mission Viejo - 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest - Halloween 2020

Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR, Daughters are excited! Our entry “Julia, the WWI Nurse” won in the Best Traditional category in the City of Mission Viejo Fourth Annual Scarecrow Contest!! She is now wearing her winning blue ribbon!


    DAR Project Patriot 2020

More World War II veterans received certificates this week.  We also sent out birthday cards to 100-year-old veterans.





National DAR Day of Service October 11, 2020

The NSDAR "Day of Service "takes place annually around October 11th.  In 2020 our chapter went to Aliso Beach and cleaned up.



Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR - Celebrating Constitution Week 2020

Celebrating Constitution Day (September 17) with the Ringing of the Bells Across America - Mission San Juan Capistrano.


DAR Service for Veterans 2020 Dopp Kit Project

The Dopp Kit project is complete! The Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR, ladies made Dopp kits with an assortment of toiletries for veterans hospitalized at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. The Dopp kits looked great! 



During the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic, our ladies sewed and donated masks to Americans in need.


Wreaths Across America - December 14th, 2019

A wonderful program to honor our veterans who served our country, by providing wreaths during the holiday season. The wreaths are sponsored by individuals, companies, and charitable organizations then placed on the graves of veterans in our local cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park.

  Madame Modjeska House                                                                        ♦

Mission Viejo Chapter, NSDAR- 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest - Halloween 2019

WINNER: "Most Traditional" - 100% of the winnings donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation / R.I.S.E.


"Lucy, The Suffragette"
designed by Mission Viejo DAR 1st Vice Regent, Bonnie Best


Serving our Veterans - Potters Lane - October 2019

Donations of personal hygiene items and handmade blankets


Mission Viejo DAR, NSDAR - Celebrating Constitution Week 2019

Mission San Juan Capistrano 'Ringing of the Bells' event

 Mission Viejo DAR - Constitution Week - Ringing of the Bells


 The Flag of the United States of America 

Chapter members at the Mission Viejo Fourth of July Faire distribute American flags to the community.

Mission Viejo DAR 4th of July Faire


NSDAR - Day of Service

Volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to 300,000 people in need in Orange County.

Mission Viejo DAR - Day of Service


    DAR Project Patriot

Through various projects, we help our local servicemen and women with cards of support, care packages, and gifts during the holidays.

Mission Viejo Project Patriot

Photos courtesy of chapter members


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution