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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 7 Tom and Betty Lawrence Teacher Award funds, the J. Michael Tomme Sr. and Cilla Leed Tomme Youth Awards funds, and the Council of Youth Awards funds). The motion allows the management of these funds through the Investment Committee and Fifth Third Bank. n Motion from Implementation Committee that the Trustees approve the next phase of the planned buildout of the Headquarters second floor with a buildout of the Executive Office suite for a cost not to exceed $60,000, with the funds to be provided, in part, from the remaining 2018 unallocated funds and from the Building & Outreach Education fund with this remainder from 2019 Building & Outreach Education fund. n Motion to approve the 2019 Budget as presented by the Budget Committee. n (NOT APPROVED) Motion to approve recommended change to guidelines for candidates for general officer #13 and #14. While all those motions and issues were important, the highlight of the Trustees Meeting involved the SAR Education Center and Museum Project. To update the Trustees on the project, Project Manager Bill Stone made a presentation on the project, where we have come from, and where we want to take it. He then introduced presenters from Solid Light to show a PowerPoint presentation of the progress and what they have produced so far. This presentation provided to the SAR is available and if your chapter or state would like to see it, check out their video: https://vimeo.com/293213440/c0e036eb0e . I have heard that it was already presented and well received at the Texas BOM this month. Consider showing it at your next chapter, state or district meeting. Solid Light has done a wonderful job, and we are pleased with their support and to continue working with them on this project. After a question-and-answer session with Solid Light and Bill Stone, Compatriot Ed Rigel Sr. and Ed Rigel Jr. announced that they and their wives are donating a matching gift of $50,000 to support the SAR Education Center and Museum. Their gift means they will match all donations you or anyone makes toward this project, to be applied to the SAR Education Center and Museum. Their matching donation means a potential $100,000 in additional new contributions toward the SAR Education and Museum project. I thank the Rigel Family for their support and extreme generosity. (Please note, while we normally keep donor information confidential, the Rigels have permitted us to share their names.) As if this wasn't enough wonderful news, Foundation President Joseph W. Dooley presented information that the Foundation has been successful in raising more than the required $550,000 toward being able to proceed with Phase II, Step Two. (This is without the $50,000 matching grant from the Rigels). Based on the information that the Foundation had raised the required $550,000, there was a motion made for the Trustees to vote for SAR to proceed with the SAR Education Center and Museum Phase II, Step 2 at the cost of $550,000. After discussion, the motion passed with an overwhelming vote of support, with only three trustees voting "no." What does this mean? It means the SAR is continuing with the SAR Education Center and Museum and will be contracting with Solid Light to complete Phase II, Step 2 of the plan. The SAR Education Center and Museum once completed, will benefit our members and the public, not just in Louisville but around the country. It will support our SAR mission and goals. Have you reviewed them lately? If not, here is what our mission statement contains: "The Objects of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational; to unite and promote fellowship among the descendants of those who sacrificed to achieve the independence of the American people, to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom." And while you are reviewing our mission, look at our goals that include Patriotic Goals, Historical Goals, and Educational Goals. If you want to find it, go to the "About" tab on our website, click on the "SAR Mission & Goals" and read them for yourself. I contend that the SAR Education Center and Museum will serve and address at least a portion of each of these primary goals. It will be a facility of which we, and all future generations, may be proud. We intend to continue this project that has now been formally supported over the years FIVE times by an overwhelmingly positive vote of the TRUSTEES (with each vote containing majority support from different groups of Trustees). Our members, your general officers, and ExCom support this project. I, as President General am proud to support this dream that so many of us have and will carry out the direction of the Trustees to proceed with this important and worthwhile project. My thanks to all who have steadfastly supported and encouraged this educational outreach program. If you have contributed previously, thank you. If you haven't considered being a part of this wonderful project, please do. No contribution is too big or too small. I encourage each of you to make whatever contribution you wish, to show your support. One of the things that outside donors often ask is: what percentage of your members have contributed to the SAR Education Center and Museum? Remember what I talked about in discussing the Texas A&M phrase of the "12th Man." Please join me in becoming part of the group that can make the difference, pushing us past the goal line. Be one who has contributed. Many current and future generations will be grateful that you left them this educational legacy. I know our children and grandchildren will! Now is a positive time for the SAR. Let's keep it that way! Thanks to each of you for what you do to support, expand and better our SAR family. Fraternally, Warren M. Alter President General The 2018-2019 Executive Committee

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