The California State Society is one of the largest and most active state societies in Washington D.C. The CSS has been in existence since the 1890s and is still going strong. The CSS is open to anyone with an interest in California, living in or near Washington, D.C. CSS membership is based on a calendar year, January to December 31. The society’s activities are managed by a volunteer executive board, assisted by both the California Congressional Delegation and of course, our generous corporate sponsors.
Early California State Society records are sparse, but we do know that Californians have been gathering in D.C. since 1893 when the members of the society erected a cabin in honor of the “Frontier Poet” Joaquin Miller, in what is now known as Meridian Park.
The cabin was moved in 1913 to Rock Creek Park on Beach Drive, a location in Washington thought to most resemble Miller’s beloved California Sierras.
Since those early days, the tradition of Californians celebrating California in Washington, D.C. has continued. Although primarily a social organization, the Society is proud of its role in promoting California in our nation’s Capitol, and of its ready support for fellow Californians. Records show the Society’s assistance to wounded service men and women from California during World War II, and that it hosted a “Picnic in the Park” in their honor in 1946 at the A.W.V.S. Canteen at 21st Constitution.
The annual Summer Picnic is one of the most enduring traditions in Washington, D.C. Thousands of Californians have come together over the past century to enjoy this summer rite, first celebrated at the old Joaquin Miller cabin in 1893. Some members still remember picnics in the 1960′s where Congressman “Bizz” Johnson presided with his famous BBQ chicken.
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Sam Frazier - Senator Dianne Feinstein
Spencer Freebairn - Raytheon
Jim Freeman - Realogy Holding Corp
Jim Gelb - California State University Office of Federal Relations
Lucie Gikovich - The Crane Group
Bertha Guerrero - Representative Jimmy Gomez
Steve Haro - Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
Chris Harrington - University of California
Jessica Hogle - PG&E
Mark Kadesh - Kadesh & Associates LLC
Rebecca Keightley - Representative Ken Calvert
Jason Larrabee - Van Ness Feldman
Ricky Le - VMWare
Juan Lopez - Representative Jim Costa
Mario Lopez - Hispanic Leadership Fund
Julia Massimino - SoundE1change, Inc.
Katie Mathews - Governor Gavin Newsom
Howard Moon - AMGEN
Jenny Nieto - California Life Sciences Association
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Jennifer Poulakidas - UCLA
Amy Pressler - Edison International
Tim Ransdell - Sempra Energy
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Molly Ryan - Otsuka US
Laurie Saroff - Rep. Lou Correa
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