Daughters of the British Empire in Northern California History

  • Founded in the United States in 1909, as the Imperial Order Daughters of the British Empire in the USA.
  • Incorporated in Delaware in 1920 and became known as the National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA.
  • Visit the National Society website for additional information.
  • DBE in Northern California was originally established in 1939 and re-established in 1989.


  • Membership is extended to women residing in the U.S. who are of British or British Commonwealth  birth or ancestry.
  • Women who are naturalized British or British Commonwealth subjects or citizens.
  • Women who are the wives or partners of persons of proven British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry.


  • DBE is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization made up of women with a common bond of British or British Commonwealth heritage and ancestry.
  • The organization fundraises to support four District Homes for senior citizens established by the DBE in California, Illinois, New York, and Texas,
  • DBE members also raise funds and contribute significantly to the local charities of our many chapters,
  • Members in our organization  enjoy many social activities, and friendships, but have a main focus of philanthropy and fellowship and to foster an understanding of British and British Commonwealth cultures and traditions.

British Home

Western District Home

    • DBE in Northern California helps support the Western District Home, located in Sierra Madre, California. Members of DBE in Northern California help this Home, both financially through fundraisers and in friendship. Each Chapter has an “adopted” resident to whom they send letters and greeting cards, and whom they may visit when in the area.

National Society

      • National Society, Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. Founded in 1909 the society adopted the name Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. (DBE) in 1920. It is a non-profit, nonpolitical, non-sectarian, voluntary society of women of British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry, or wives of men who are of British or Commonwealth birth.
      • For more information please visit the National Society website.

Peace Garden

      • DBE is a Charter Member and helps support the Peace Garden with voluntary contributions from members.

Contact Information

      • DBE Northern California realizes the importance of being able to communicate with us.  Information can be obtained by contacting:
Name Title Contact
Francine Thomas Northern California State President presidentnoca@gmail.com
JoAnne Schov State Organizer www.dbenca.org
DBE National website wwww.dbenational.org


  • My long membership in Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) has always been most enjoyable and a rewarding experience. I have made many wonderful caring friends. We always have fun whether fundraising for our cause, or just sharing a cup of tea or a glass of wine together. We talk of things British and indulge Continue Reading

    Jane Standing, DBE
  • After I moved to United States my life was full of changes, most of them exciting and challenging, which made for a time full of new experiences. The one thing I missed though was a connection to my life back in England. Chatting with friends over a cup of tea, reminiscing about times gone by Continue Reading

    Sue Wong, DBE
  • Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) became a very important part of my life beginning in 1972. While very much enjoying helping with the planning and organizing of the many fundraising events that help provide support for our British Home in Sierra Madre, California and a vast number of other charities in my local community, Continue Reading

    Edith Caponigro, DBE
  • I have been a member of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) for 32 years. As a Brit who has been in the U.S. for 40 years, being a DBE member has afforded me the opportunity of making friends with many ladies of British or British Commonwealth ancestry. I enjoy the camaraderie of being Continue Reading

    Pam Stewart, DBE