The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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The 128th Annual National Congress 16 SAR MAGAZINE New Minutemen Inducted T he Minuteman Award is the most prestigious award of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The National Executive Committee established the award in 1951. Only those compatriots who have made distinguished and exceptional contributions of service to the National Society may be recognized. The recipient may receive the award only once. The Minuteman Award was first presented to President General Benjamin H. Powell of Texas at the 1952 National Congress. The award, given to a maximum of six recipients each year, has been presented to 400 compatriots. To receive this prestigious award, the compatriot must (if possible) attend the National Congress. A Minuteman who previously has received this award escorts each of the honorees. Prior to the inductions this year, a moment of silence was observed to honor Minuteman Stanley A. Evans of Tennessee, Minuteman class of 1999, who passed away recently. The senior Minuteman attending was Jack K. Carmichael of Indiana, representing the class of 1983. Two Minutemen who have attended at least 25 Congresses were in attendance: Barry McKown of Maryland and President General (2006-07) Nathan E. White of Texas. CLASS OF 2018 n CLARENCE DAVID BILLINGS of the Alabama Society was to be escorted by President General (2012-13) Stephen A. Leishman, Minuteman class of 2008, but Billings was unable to attend due to extreme medical issues. President General Larry T. Guzy (class of 2006) made a special trip to Alabama to visit with Compatriot Billings and personally present him his Minuteman Award. Billings served the National Society as a member of the Executive Committee and as a national trustee and alternate trustee for the Alabama Society. Billings has served on the following committees: the Investment Committee for nine years, five as chairman; the Strategic Planning Committee for six years, two as vice chairman and three as chairman; the SAR and SAR Foundation Organizational Structure Committee; the Finance Committee for two years, both as vice chairman; the SAR Implementation Committee for three years; and the Risk Management, Naming Rights and Donation Compliance committees for one year each. Billings has sponsored 23 new members and organized a new chapter in Alabama. He completed an in-depth financial analysis of the SAR Museum plan and also did a complete study of the SAR and SAR Foundation Organizational Structure. Billings has attended nine Congresses and 14 National Leadership Meetings. He is a George Washington Fellow and a contributor to the SAR Center for Advancing America's Heritage. n MARTIN BOYER of the France Society was escorted by President General (2008-09) David N. Appleby, Minuteman class of 2006. Compatriot Boyer has served the National Society as a national trustee and alternate trustee for the France Society. He has presided over the yearly Picpus Changing of the U.S. flag ceremony over the grave of Gen. Marquis de La Fayette. Boyer is heading the SAR delegation for the yearly Arc de Triomphe Revival of the Flame celebration of the Unknown Soldier. He serves as head of the France SAR Historians Committee and publisher of Alliance, the France SAR magazine. Boyer leads various French delegation visits to Revolutionary War sites, including Philadelphia, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Valley Forge and the Chesapeake Bay. He has contributed to the organization of various events and tours in France and served as host in Paris to several Presidents General. is the first-line sponsor on 13 new members. He has attended several Congresses and National Leadership Meetings over the past 30 years. He is a contributor to the George Washington Fund and the SAR Center for Advancing America's Heritage. n DOUGLAS T. COLLINS of the Kentucky Society was escorted by President General (2014- 15) Lindsey C. Brock, Minuteman class of 2011. Compatriot Collins has served the National Society as the Librarian General and as a Vice President General. He has served as a national trustee and alternate trustee for the Kentucky SAR. He also served on the Executive Committee for two years. Collins has served on the following committees: the Internal Audit Committee for eight years, two as vice chairman; the Budget Committee for five years, one as co-chairman and vice chairman; the Patriot Biographies Committee for four years, three as chairman; the Merchandise Committee for four years, vice chairman for one year and chairman for three; the Museum Board for three years; the Information Technology and the Facilities committees for four years each; the Young Members Committee for three years; the Library and Archives Committee for two years; and the Solid Light, Naming Rights and Donation Compliance committees for one year each. He has also served as the President General's travel coordinator and as the committee coordinator, along with serving as the deputy compliance officer. Compatriot Collins is the first-line sponsor on 31 new members. He has attended five Congresses and 15 National Leadership Meetings. He is a George Washington Fellow and a contributor to the Knight Essay Contest and the SAR Center for Advancing America's Heritage.

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