The Huguenot Society of California

The Huguenot Society of California, is the outgrowth of a meeting held on April 21, 1934, between Louis Piers de Boer and Major Walter Downing Kephart at La Crescenta, California.

To perfect a permanent organization, a meeting of Huguenot descendants was held at the Kephart home on Sunday, March 3, 1935. Dr. Orra E. Monnette acted as chairman and stated that the purpose of the Society was to be an organization of Huguenot descendants to enable them to become better acquainted and to cultivate a happy Christian fellowship with each other, as well as to extend the great principles of political and religious liberty for which the Huguenots had always stood. A Constitution was drafted for the new Society and was duly adopted at a meeting held April 14, 1935. The State Society was re-organized on March 28, 1982 with two chapters, namely, the La Rochelle Chapter of Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Due to the lack of paparticipation on the part of the members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and the absence of a leadership structure, the President of the Huguenot Society of California on February 1, 2015 announced that the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter had been dissolved. That resulted in the members of the former San Francisco Bay Area Chapter who had expressed an interest in continuing their membership, and the members of the La Rochelle Chapter becoming, once again, a single entity known as The Huguenot Society of California

Further information about The Huguenot Society of California, including scholarship information and submission requirements, may be obtained by contacting Vice President Mr. David Grinnell by email at dvytca@gmail.com. Additionally, information pertaining to membership is available by contacting State Registrar Mrs. Gloria Kent via email at gling2@earthlink.net.

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The Huguenot Society of California - State Officers
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State Officers 2015-2017
 
President
Ward C. White

Vice President
David L. Grinnell

Treasurer
David L. Grinnell
      Corresponding Secretary
James F. Blauer

Recording Secretary
Elizabeth Breithaupt

Registrar
Gloria B. Kent

Chaplain
Donna B. Cole
     

The Huguenot Society of California - Founders
  • Louis Piers de Boer
  • Mrs. William E. Lucas
  • Mrs. Louise Pratt Culver
  • Mrs. William Edward Fenwick
  • Walter Downing Kephart
  • Orra Eugene Monnette
  • Lansing C.L. Sayre
  • Mrs. John E. Biby
  • Mrs. Rae Stevens Wyatt

The Huguenot Society of California - Past Presidents
1934-1935
Louis Piers de Boer
1935-1936
Orra Eugene Monnette
1936-1951
Walter Downing Kephart
1951-1954
L. Van Horn Gerdine, MD
1954-1956
Claude W. Calvin
1956-1960
Wyclif Taylor
1960-1962
J. Edgar Gossett
1962-1968
Lt. Col. James Westerfield
1968-1972
Dr. Floyd Bennett La Favre
          
1972-1975
Clifford Schoefield LeCain
1975-1980
David Vincent Primm
1980-1985
Jean Landon Taylor
1985-1987
Mrs. Richard C. Godfrey
1987-1989
Mrs. Brallier F. Gillin
1989-1991
Mrs. William H. McBride
1991-1993
Mrs. J. Harvey Seiple
1993-1995
Mrs. Nelson R. Williams
1995-1997
Mr. Lester de Turk
          
1997-2001
Mr. Marston Watson
2001-2003
Mrs. J. Selmer Robertson, Jr.
2003-2005
Mrs. Lawrence M. Rothrock
2005-2009
Mrs. Earl Gage Cole
2009-2015
Mr. James F. Blauer
2015-
Mr. Ward C. White

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