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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T he 128th Congress, hosted by the Texas Society July 14-18, attracted 271 compatriots and many dignitaries and guests to the Memorial City area of Houston. Most of the events were held at the Westin Memorial City Hotel. The Texas Society Welcome Reception was held at the George Ranch Historical Park, which was about 30 minutes from the hotel. The reception featured a Texas longhorn, Bluegrass music, barbecue and a branding demonstration. Prior to the official opening of Congress, there were numerous trips and social events, including tours of NASA Command Center and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The Sunday Memorial Service was held at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in honor of the 630 compatriots who passed away during 2017. Those receiving special mention included Jacques de Trentinian of France, Douglas Stansberry of Georgia and Timothy Wayne Berley of North Carolina. Former First Lady Barbara Bush, a Texan and the wife of a compatriot, was also acknowledged. Under the direction of Chaplain General Rev. Dr. John C. Wakefield, the service featured the SAR singers and a combined color guard of more than 150 members. The readings were made by numerous Presidents General and other members of the Chaplains Committee. Paul R. Callanan, chairman of the NSSAR Congress Planning Committee, and Thomas I. Jackson, chairman of the Texas SAR Planning Committee, directed the event, which included numerous special breakfasts and high-level committee meetings. The opening session included the posting of colors, a benediction and greetings from numerous Texas dignitaries, including the governor, senators and mayor. Representatives from France and Spain sent greetings. DAR President General Anne Turner Dillon addressed Congress for the third time. Others bringing greetings included the Children of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution, the General Society of the War of 1812, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. The afternoon session opened with the presentation of the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who most recently received national attention for opening his large Gallery Furniture stores as shelters to Houstonians displaced in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey and for using his trucks to rescue victims. New Officers Elected In the only contested election of the Congress, North Carolina Compatriot Dr. Sam Powell and Lone Star State Hosts Congress in Houston Thomas L. Jackson, chairman of the Texas SAR Planning Committee, far right, is joined by three Presidents General from Texas, from left, Edward F. Butler Sr. (2009-10), Thomas E. Lawrence (2015-16) and Nathan E. White (2006-07), and President General Larry T. Guzy to open the Texas Society Welcome Reception at the George Ranch Historical Park. The 128th Annual National Congress 6 SAR MAGAZINE Congress photos by Penny Rogo/MamaRazzi foto

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