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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FALL 2018 27 Congress that was held in July in Houston. Smith received his fourth Liberty Medal Certificate and two oak leaf clusters in recognition of recruitment of new compatriots during the past year. In the past five years, Registrar Smith has sponsored approximately 83 members into the GASSAR. The GASSAR BOM also approved the purchase of insurance to cover any member of the GASSAR that is participating in the firing of "flintlocks" and "cannons" during any GASSAR event during the year. ILLINOIS SOCIETY American Bicentennial Chapter The August chapter meeting of the Illinois American Bicentennial Chapter included lunch and a presentation by Sarah Sullivan, instructor of history and department chair for history, political science and economics at McHenry County College. Sullivan discussed Revolutionary-Era methods of settling infringements to honor, such as dueling and caning. Her discussion showed that there are parallels between the numerous political hostilities of that era and the political hostilities of current times. A meeting of the board of managers followed the chapter meeting. Kishwaukee Chapter The Kishwaukee Chapter took part in the dedication of a historical marker dedicated to Patriot Timothy Lewis. The event was attended by many of his descendants. Among those taking part in the ceremony were, from left, Mike Campagnolo of the Fox Valley Color Gurad; Rich Stabenow of the Kishwaukee Color Guard; Chapter President George B Graham Jr.; Bruce Lewis, fourth-generation grandson of Timothy Lewis; Maxine (Lewis) Smith, fourth- generation granddaughter of Timothy Lewis; Ray Beets of the Kishwaukee Chapter; Ron Feldman and Jon Fixmer of the Fox Valley Color Guard; and Nancy Hyland, widow of Wes Hyland, founder of the Kishwaukee Chapter. Lewis and Clark Chapter The Lewis and Clark Chapter held its annual awards program June 18 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville. The chapter gave its Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Officer Kurt Schmulbach of the Lebanon Police Department. According to his police chief and his community newspaper, Schmulbach is recognized for his professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. He serves as the DARE officer for the Lebanon schools and often dresses as a superhero such as Batman or Superman to visit children in the hospital. The Fire Safety Commendation Medal went to Joshua Potrawski, a 19-year-old probationary firefighter with the New Baden Volunteer Fire Department. He was featured in the Belleville News-Democrat, which said firefighting has been his lifelong dream. Fire Chief Matt Flanagan said Joshua is taking the classes he needs to advance. Potrawski also helps report fires on the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page and works as a dispatcher in the St. Clair County center. The Medal for Heroism went to Brenda Chandler of Hecker, who according to the (Waterloo) Republic-Times, came to the aid of two senior citizens whose car had burst into flames at their home near Red Bud. The woman was able to free herself, but the man was not. "She quickly pulled my dad from the now-burning car, and dragged him to safety with seconds to spare," a family member said. Lewis and Clark chose Jake Baer, director of Lebanon Youth Sports, as its Bronze Level Good Citizenship recipient. The Lebanon Advertiser said Baer runs the organization almost single-handedly. He advertises the league and supervises sign-ups, recruits coaches, and sponsors and coaches teams himself. The chapter also recognized 21 outstanding students, six outstanding Junior ROTC cadets, three outstanding high school history teachers and 17 citizens who fly the United States Flag daily and prominently. INDIANA SOCIETY The Duneland Chapter from Valparaiso, Ind., and the Miriam Benedict Chapter of La Port, Ind., conducted a June 24 rededication of the Patriot Private Clark Burlingame's grave and a dedication ceremony of a new SAR marker at his grave in the Door County Cemetery. Indiana SAR President Rob Pfaff joined with Chapter Presidents Doug McGriff and Ron Hyer in conducting the ceremonies. William Henry Harrison Chapter Compatriot James Arnold, Indiana Society, and Isaac Graden, grandson of Compatriot George Frantz, placed flags at the graves of Patriots buried at the Old Cathedral Church in conjunction with the May 26 SAR national event honoring Gen. George Rogers Clark at GRC National Historic Park in Vincennes, Ind. PPP The Indiana SAR Color Guard presented the colors and musket firing made up of the Continental, Clarence A. Cook and Daniel Guthrie

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