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Native Daughters honor work of Paso Robles’ Pioneer Day Committee

The Native Daughters of the Golden West is an organization of women born in California and dedicated to the preservation of the history of their native state.

The NDGW was founded on Sept. 25, 1886, in Amador County on the principles of “love of home, devotion to the flag, veneration of the pioneers and faith in the existence of God.”

Individual groups throughout the state meet in local parlors. Each year, a special “Image Award” is presented to an individual or group that exemplifies one or more of these principles. The nominations are made by the parlors.

At this year’s annual meeting in June, the Native Daughters of the Golden West Image Award 2016 was presented to the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee, nominated by San Miguel Parlor No. 93, for its dedication to honoring the pioneers and presenting such a positive image of California then and now.

Congratulations to the committee as it plans for Pioneer Day 2016.

A loss in San Miguel

Condolences are being given to the Cisneros family, residents of San Miguel for many years, for the loss of their sister, Marina Martin, who passed away on July 23.

Visitation and rosary will take place at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles at 4 p.m. Thursday, The funeral Mass will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at Mission San Miguel. Burial will be at San Miguel Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Community Building.

School board seats

There are two four-year positions open on the San Miguel school district board of trustees. Deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy is this Monday. For information, call the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 781-5228.

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Go to for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and the area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.