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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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129th Annual Congress Costa Mesa, California July 6-10, 2019 S tart planning now to join compatriots from around the nation as we journey west to the 2019 NSSAR Congress in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California the first week in July. The weather will be great, the atmosphere casual, and the opportunities for fun, camaraderie and recreation boundless. Accommodations will be at the spacious Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, which provides complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport. Please be sure to fly into John Wayne/SNA, not LAX. John Wayne is served by all major airlines and is no more than 10 minutes away, while it can take two hours to get to the host hotel from LAX in traffic. The Hilton is a stone's throw from South Coast Plaza, with its world-class shopping and dining opportunities (also served by complimentary hotel shuttle), as well as being about 15 minutes from Newport's beaches and other tourist sites. The official events begin Saturday, July 6, although the California Society is working on activities for Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th for those of you not participating in Independence Day celebrations at home or who may want to get a jump on the fun. Check the California Society's website for information as it becomes available. Although details are being finalized, for Saturday, there will be a choice of tours to either the nearby Lyons Air Museum followed by the newly remodeled Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda or the Huntington Library in San Marino (Pasadena). Tours will be followed by a special host society reception: a Hornblower dinner cruise on Newport Bay aboard the yacht Endless Dreams. Sunday sees the Color Guard breakfast, Rumbaugh orations elimination rounds and a few committee meetings, followed by the President General's review of the Color Guard and Pass in Review at Castaways Park. This will be followed by the Memorial Service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, then the First Lady's tea on-site. Dinner will be on your own at one of the numerous nearby restaurants, followed by the Rumbaugh orations finals. Monday brings Congress' first official business meeting, the youth awards luncheon and awards night, with the induction of the 2019 Minuteman Class. The district breakfasts and another business session of Congress will be Tuesday, followed by the George Washington Fellows lunch, while the ladies will enjoy their special luncheon and program away from the hotel. Presently, we are looking into having the event at either the Bowers Museum or the Harborside Restaurant. Balloting for contested officer positions will be in the afternoon. The President General's Banquet is Tuesday night, where compatriots can thank President General Warren Alter and First Lady Nancy Alter for all their hard work. Wednesday's business will be short—hopefully—with the swearing in of new Trustees and VPGs, followed by lunch at the historic El Adobe Restaurant and a tour of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, coincidentally dating from 1776. The Wednesday Installation Banquet is the social highlight of Congress, with the general officers in tails and the ladies in their finery. The California Society is planning a post-Congress tour on Thursday of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley—a bit far for an event during Congress, but not to be missed while you are in Southern California, as many believe it to be the most impressive presidential library, with its stunning vistas and the actual Air Force One in service during Reagan's years as president. Or just take a few days and see the sights. Enjoy a drive along the California Coast down to the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach or up to Long Beach and The Queen Mary. Possibly venture even further afield for a pre- or post-Congress trip to Santa Barbara and California's world-class wine country or down to San Diego. Bring the kids and grandkids, and be prepared to "have a ball"—a beach ball, that is—at what promises to be a truly memorable Congress. Orange County Bound 8 SAR MAGAZINE

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