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 5 As many of you know, in the past, Vice Presidents General only met at Congress and at the two leadership meetings. This year, in addition to those normally scheduled meetings, we have added four teleconferences during the year. To date, we have met three times so far: n Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Congress n Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, Teleconference n Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, Leadership These meetings give the Vice Presidents General the opportunity to share ideas and input with the President General and other general officers who choose to attend the quarterly teleconference. The VPGs are encouraged to share the good things that are happening in their districts as well as any issues that might benefit from further discussion with the group. They are welcome to question what the general officers and ExCom are doing. I hope the VPGs will, in turn, set up regular meetings with their state presidents and share information in both directions, up and down. The next VPG teleconference meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Now, I recognize that many of our compatriots don't choose to attend leadership meetings in Louisville. As many recall, these meetings used to be called "trustee meetings," but that implied that only Trustees should attend. The name was changed many years ago to "leadership meetings" so that more members might feel comfortable to attend, but even that may be somewhat deceiving. These meetings are open to all compatriots, and what better way to find out directly what National is doing? Let me assure you, all members from the newest to the most experienced are entitled to attend leadership meetings. The next one is in the spring, Feb. 28- March 3, 2019. Think about attending. We are always happy to see what we refer to as "Green Dot" members (first- time attendees get a small green dot on their name tag so that we may be sure to make you feel welcome and help you to find your way around). Your spouses are also invited to attend. The Ladies Auxiliary meets during these sessions, and frankly, I think they often have more fun than the men. Men, remember, some of the events require preregistration for your spouse at the same time that you register, so don't forget to include them. If your spouses wants more information on the Ladies Auxiliary, have them email the First Lady, who is also the third vice president of the National Ladies Auxiliary. Now, for those who didn't attend the Fall Leadership Meetings Sept. 27- 30, 2018, what did you miss and what did we accomplish? Well, you missed a Candidate's Forum on Thursday, where all candidates for general officer positions 2019-20 and for SAR Foundation positions 2019-22 were present and discussed their candidacy. There is nothing better than hearing the candidates speak for themselves and discuss their qualifications and reasons for running. Normally, the audience may also ask questions of the candidates. These candidate forums occur each fall and are a good preview of who is planning to run for office. On Friday and Saturday nights, we have banquets. The Friday night Banquet was informal and included a performance by the SAR Singers. If you haven't heard this group sing previously, you are missing a treat. You also missed the chance to get a free sample of Scottish shortbread cookies while the First Lady and I presented information on the upcoming tour to Scotland and after an optional add-on tour to London in May 2019. Read all about it in the last issue of SAR Magazine. We hope many of you will want to join us on a fun and educational trip. On Saturday night, we had a formal banquet. Here, we were excited to have the executive director of the William L. Clements Library (University of Michigan), J. Kevin Graffagnino. For those who don't know it, the Clements Library has one of the world's greatest research collections of early Americana. SAR staff and members have been meeting with Mr. Graffagnino and his staff to see what collaborative efforts could be established to benefit both the Continued from page 3 arren M. Alter Candidate for SAR Foundation (2019-2022) National Society Service President General 2018-2019 Secretary General 2017-2018 Treasurer General 2016-2017 Inspector General 2012-2016 VPG Rocky Mt District 2013 GWEF Board 8 years National Trustee AZ 3 Years National Alt. Trustee 3 Years Financial Supporter: SAR Life Member GW Fellow 1776 Gold Quill Founder Circle All Youth Programs Friends of Library SARACAR Kings College I am announcing my candidacy for the SAR Foundation Board – Former PG Position, to continue my service to the SAR and the SAR Foundation. For three years, I have been an Ex Officio member of the SAR Foundation; first as TG, then SG, and now as President General and Chairman of the Foundation. I have always been a strong advocate and supporter of the SAR Foundation, both financially and in working with its members and staff. As an elected Board Member, I will continue to make the Foundation better and stronger to support the SAR and its mission. I am a proven leader with a collaborative philosophy, continually focusing on improving communication at all levels. A man of integrity, able to make informed decisions, and work efficiently with a wide range of constituents and diverse groups. I seek your continuing support. Send Endorsements to Nominating Chairman PG Larry Guzy (2017-2018) at Email: larryguzy47@gmail.com J. Kevin Graffagnino

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