Welcome to the Daughters of the British Empire in California Inc.

We warmly welcome all women who are of British or Commonwealth of Nations heritage by birth, naturalization or ancestry. Women, whose husbands are, or whose husband's parent(s) or grandparent(s) are of British or Commonwealth of Nations birth are also eligible for membership.

We hope you enjoy visiting our website and find it interesting and informative.

Please fill out the form in our contact us section and we will be delighted to tell you more about the wonderful world of DBE.

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What is DBE?

The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable, non-political, non-sectarian, volunteer American society of women of proven British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry, naturalized British or British Commonwealth subjects or citizens, or the wives or partners of persons of proven British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry. The Society was founded in the United States on March 15, 1909, as the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in the U.S.A., and became the National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA. Inc. in 1920. The National Society is incorporated in Delaware.

The primary objective of the DBE is to raise money for its District Homes, of which there are four across the United States. The Homes are located in California, Illinois, New York State and Texas. Most of our Chapters and State Societies also participate in philanthropic endeavors within their own communities. There are approximately 3000 members across 30 states that are professionals, businesswomen and homemakers with common interests and heritage.

The DBE financially supports the International Peace Garden on the border of US/Canada and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square, a Memorial to the 67 British subjects who perished in the World Trade Center attacks.

Western District Home

The British Home in California, Ltd. — the Western District Home — is located in a quiet residential area of Sierra Madre in the superb climate and attractive foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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The Home’s beautifully landscaped four and a half acres contain six separate cottages, each having its own lounge, kitchen, and individual en-suite bedrooms. Four cottages provide high quality independent living for residents. Two cottages are devoted to assisted living for current residents in need of additional attention. The Home also has a main dining room, commercial kitchen, and reception area for special events and entertainment

The Daughters of the British Empire in California Inc. are very proud of the support they give to the home through fundraising and other activities. Individual Chapters have booths at the Annual June Faire and participate in the Annual Ingathering and other events. Chapters ‘adopt’ residents as ‘special friends’ and keep in touch with cards and visits, etc.

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