The SAR Magazine

Spring 2019

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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Naples Chapter Chapter President Leonard Crame and Florida SAR President Col. Patrick J. Niemann (USA, Ret.) hosted the Naples Chapter JROTC Program on Feb. 14 at the Tiburon Golf Club. Bronze JROTC medals and certificates were presented to the top junior cadet at each of Collier County's seven public high schools. Three schools participated in the enhanced JROTC Program, with Cadet Patrycia Antoniak of Naples High School selected as chapter winner. Prior to the JROTC awards, Col. Niemann presented the Molly Pitcher medal and certificate to DAR member Jeanne Febrenbaker of the Barefoot Beach Chapter. Thomas Philbrick of the Naples Chapter received a 25-year service pin. Saramana Chapter In January, the chapter attended the DAR ribbon cutting for Historic Spanish Point and worked with the Chi Chi Okobee C.A.R. at its children's history and genealogy outing. At the chapter's monthly luncheon, the three finalists for the Knight Essay Contest read their submissions. The contestants for the King Eagle Scout Contest made presentations. Compatriot veterans Ed Bohon and Rellis High were presented Certificates of Patriotism and Military Service Medals by NSSAR Veterans Recognition Committee Vice Chairman Vic McMurry. In February, the chapter held its annual George Washington's Birthday Celebration in conjunction with five DAR chapters. Florida SAR President Col. Pat Niemann attended and helped present the Enhanced JROTC Medal to Cadet Captain Harley Haas of Sarasota High School. Her winning essay can be found in the March issue of Saramana's Quill & Bugle newsletter. The program was wrapped up by Pastor William "Bill" Hild of First Sarasota, a rousing speaker. His speech, "The Black Robes: The Impact of Colonial Clergy in the War for Independence," was passionate, entertaining and informative. When the luncheon finished, members of the color guard hopped in their cars, drove almost two hours, and joined the Caloosa Chapter Color Guard for the 2-mile Edison Festival of Lights in Fort Myers. The nighttime event draws more than 200,000 visitors. March 9 was the commemoration of the Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War. The ceremony and parade were held at the park and veteran's museum on Merritt Island. Saramana members drove four hours to march in the morning parade with other SAR, DAR, JROTC, U.S. Coast Guard and veterans' groups. President General (2014-15) Lindsey Brock presided over the Brevard Chapter-sponsored event. President General (2016-17) J. Michael Tomme Sr. also was in attendance. At the March luncheon, local emergency responders were recognized, including five recipients of the Fire Safety Commendation. The Lifesaving Medal was awarded to Ryan Yanuzzelli and the Heroism Medal to Richard Smail. The law enforcement awards will be presented at April's luncheon. Withlacoochee Chapter On Dec. 8, 2018, the Withlacoochee Chapter of the FLSSAR celebrated its 30th anniversary. Compatriot membership includes Citrus and Hernando counties. It was incorporated on July 29, 1988, with Charles H. Young as president. The chapter had 33 members in 1990. Current membership is 78. The chapter president is Larry D. Sturgeon of Spring Hill. The past president of the Florida Society, Robert J. Folk Sr. of Brooksville, is a member of the chapter. The award- winning Withlacoochee chapter is one of the most active in community-related programs in the State of Florida. Members are involved in youth historical programs; student recognition programs; veteran support programs; guest speaking at commemoration events; local, county and state patriot events; local parades; providing Revolutionary War books to local libraries; and other programs. These include the Elementary School Americanism Poster Contest; JROTC Recognition Program; Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest; George S. & Stella M. Knight High School Essay Contest; Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award; Naval Sea Cadet Program; American History Teacher Contest; Veterans Day Parade, Inverness, Fla.; Memorial Day Observance, Floral City, Florida; Massing of the Colors; Habitat for Humanity, Hernando County; Veterans Without Families at the Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, Land O' Lakes, Fla.; Last Naval Battle, Merritt Island, Fla.; Battle of Thomas Creek, Callahan, Fla.; and Wreaths Across America at the national cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. GEORGIA SOCIETY Members of the Brier Creek, Fall Line, Four Rivers, Mill Creek and Wiregrass chapters traveled to Elijah Clarke State Park to attend the Elijah Clarke and Heroes of the Hornet's Nest Remembrance Day on Friday morning, Feb. 8, in Lincoln County, Ga. Wilder Smith Jr., Woody Woodard and Dess Smith III participated in the militia, while Emory Fennell filled in for the Georgia Society chaplain. Also attending were Randy Jones of the Mill Creek Chapter and Lynda "Smith" Woodard of the Kettle Creek Chapter, DAR. The event started at 10:30 a.m. with a living-history presentation at the restored cabin and Elijah Clarke Museum, which included Colonial lifestyle, period music and musket firing. At noon, all were treated to a free chili luncheon and dessert buffet. The Heroes of the Hornet's Nest Wreath Ceremony began at 1:30 pm. The featured speaker was author Robert S. Davis, a noted historian who recently discovered information on Kettle Creek hero and original Wilkes County resident Col. John Dooly. Davis' presentation was "Intrigue and Murder in Egypt: Col. Dooly's Revolutionary War Plantation in Elijah Clarke State Park." A wreath ceremony at Elijah Clarke's grave followed, and there were 70 participants, including Wilder Smith Jr. (Four Rivers), Dess Smith III (Fall Line), Randy Jones (Mill Creek), Emory Fennell (Wiregrass) and Woody Woodard (Brier Creek). Woodard also presented a wreath. After the wreath presentation, the militia participated in the musket salute by firing a three-round volley, and Taps was played. PPP On Saturday, March 23, 14 members of three Georgia SAR chapters and one DAR chapter traveled to Louisville, Ga., the 26 SAR MAGAZINE The Withlacoochee Chapter celebrating its 30th anniversary

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