The SAR Magazine

Fall 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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All Are Welcome I t is hard to believe that three months have passed since Congress, but what an exciting three months it has been. In our many travels and activities, First Lady Nancy and I have experienced many positive and wonderful interactions with our membership. I am hopeful that you too have seen and felt the happiness and positive energy in your chapter, state and district meetings, as well as at the recent Fall Leadership Meeting. I know we have, and we have heard from many compatriots how much they enjoyed this leadership meeting! At Congress, I shared with you that one of my focuses this term would be communication. I believe we have improved communication, although we have more to do. During these first three months, thanks to our committees, Trustees, Vice President Generals, and general officers we have accomplished a great deal. We have worked together far more than I have seen in many months. I thank all of you because it is you that have accomplished this. By the way, speaking of Congress, it is not too early to be planning your attendance at Congress in beautiful Southern California (Costa Mesa, Calif.) July 5-10, 2019. Rooms are going fast, so if you are interested in attending, or think you may attend, go ahead and make your room reservations. You may always change your mind later. SAR Congress registration for meetings, tours, and meals won't occur until around May 2019, but that will do you no good if you haven't booked a room reservation. Remember to get your hotel reservation at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, Calif. and mention you are with the SAR to get the group rate. Also, if you are planning to fly, the closest airport is the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Now, getting back on track, let's look at what you and your team have accomplished in just three months. Immediately following the close of Congress, the work began. Your Executive Committee and Foundation Boards met the day after Congress. A schedule was developed and distributed to all general officers, Executive Committee members, and Vice Presidents General for regularly scheduled teleconferences and in-person meetings. Your general officers and Executive Committee are meeting a minimum of every other month, and your Vice Presidents General for your districts are meeting once or more every three months. Since Congress, the Executive Committee has met four times: n Thursday, July 19, 2018, Houston Congress n Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, Teleconference n Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, Headquarters n Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, Brown Hotel And the ExCom has its next teleconference meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. What is different from many previous years is we have scheduled meetings in advance and on a regular basis so that the ExCom members and others who have business with ExCom can plan their schedules accordingly. Agendas made in advance help keep the meetings on track to accomplish all items. All general officers and the chairman of the Council of VPGs, and Budget, Finance, and Investment chairs are invited to attend these meetings and teleconferences. Others, upon request to the Secretary General, may be included in the meetings. Our general officers had three meetings or interactions: n Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, Teleconference n Fall Leadership meetings, no formal meeting but interactions all weekend n Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Teleconference to review what happened at Leadership the previous weekend and how to make it better at future meetings. Are these meetings of general officers so unusual? Yes, in previous years, general officers didn't normally meet as a group, certainly not at formal meetings except Congress and Leadership Meetings. Seldom were all general officers invited to attend, and seldom were all included in ExCom meetings. Another major difference here is that these meetings give every general officer the opportunity to share or comment on activities and plans that impact their areas. It allows us to be certain we are not having duplication of efforts and that each general officer is aware of all that we are doing. We formally include the chairman of the Council of Vice Presidents General to this meeting so that he too has the information to be able to pass to the other VPGs. Additionally, all members of the ExCom are welcome to attend any meeting. FALL 2018 3 Continued on page 5 SAR Medical Committee shows off the newly minted coin honoring Dr. Nathaniel Alexander

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