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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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SPRING 2019 29 housed on the campus of Louisiana State University, in Shreveport. Noel was a businessman with a passion for books. During his lifetime, he collected more than 250,000 books, many of which are rare. Noel was an active member of the chapter up until his death. Recognizing the importance of his collection, he arranged for the books to be placed at LSU and established a foundation for their maintenance and upkeep. Galvez Compatriot Shelby Smith is a permanent member of the foundation board. It was most appropriate for the chapter to make a special visit to see his collection. The members were given an extensive tour of the facilities and a hands-on examination of the rare books by Dr. Alexander Mikabeeridze, curator, and Martha Lawler, associate librarian. They emphasized that the Noel Collection is a working library and not a rare books museum. MARYLAND SOCIETY Christos Christou, past president of the Maryland Society, was emcee for a grave marking for the newly discovered grave of Patriot Thomas Todd. Current State President Jim Adkins and Maryland DAR Regent Maureen Tipton participated in the event. Many groups participated, including 50 Todd descendants—some 12th, 13th and 14th generation Todds—coming from as far as Colorado. The family house and farmstead in Sparrows Point are on a swath of land granted to their ancestor by the King of England in 1664. The property, called Todd's Inheritance Historic Site, is owned by the state and maintained as a museum by volunteers. The Maryland Color Guard fired muskets and two War of 1812 graves were marked by the Society of the War of 1812 and Daughters of 1812 in Maryland. A flag from Fort McHenry was unfurled by the descendants under the leadership of author and historian Scott Sheads, a retired ranger at Fort McHenry. MINNESOTA SOCIETY Kevin Everett Sullivan, vice president of the Minneapolis Chapter, a member of the MNSAR Color Guard and a member of numerous Masonic organizations, gave an outstanding illustrated address at this year's Minnesota SAR Washington Day meeting on "Freemasonry and Its Influence on the American Revolution." Many Colonial mayors and politicians were Freemasons. Each of the original 13 Colonies had Masonic lodges, and 41 percent of Gen. George Washington's staff were Freemasons. "We the people, of the people and by the people" was an idea—a new way of thinking that did not allow tyranny or oppression. Sullivan introduced eight guests from Masonic affiliations, including the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. They brought with them a sword given to George Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette. MISSOURI SOCIETY On Feb. 23, the Missouri SAR and Kansas SAR held a joint George Washington Birthday Celebration in Kansas City, Mo., at the Embassy Suites–Kansas City International Airport. More than 250 people attended. Awards were presented to the following: • Laura Kathryn Grace DeVenney, president of the Missouri State Society Children of the American Revolution, was awarded the Bronze Medal of Appreciation. "Gracie" is a member of the Col. Hugh Crockett Society in Columbia, Mo. • Paige Neumann, president of the Kansas Society C.A.R., was awarded the C.A.R. Medal of Appreciation. • Kimberly Ann Patrick, recording secretary of the Kansas Society DAR, was honored with the Martha Washington Medal. • Army veteran Patrick Benson was presented the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal. Benson is a horse trainer and co-founder and director of War Horses for Veterans, an equine program providing personal and professional opportunities for combat veterans. • Featured speaker Keil Hileman was awarded the Good Citizenship Medal. Hileman teaches high school archeology and artifacts and museum connections at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, Kan. He has taught at the middle and secondary level for 18 years. His classroom contains more than 20,000 teaching artifacts. • Michael J. Hasty, director of public safety for the city of Gladstone, Mo., was awarded an SAR Law Enforcement Commendation. Fernando de Leyba Chapter On Jan. 14, the Fernando de Leyba Chapter presented lifesaving medals and certificates to the life guards with the Cove Aquatics Center in St. Peters, Missouri Receiving the awards were Amanzhol Kashenov, Rachel Weidig, Stephen Derenski, Melanie Burkemper, Rachel Springer and Rayan Barghchoun. On May 26, 2018, The Cove, a new outdoor aquatics center, opened. It features activities for kids and adults, with a large leisure pool, a 100-foot-wide zero-entry beach, an elevated play structure, seven different water features, underwater benches and peninsula barriers for relaxing in the pool, a splash pad with 19 water features, and two intertwining waterslides. There also is an activity pool for water volleyball, aqua aerobics, water walking and lap swimming. On Aug. 6, 2018, Kashenov whistled for assistance following a woman's scream for help. Weidig, Derenski and Burkemper responded with the backboard, trauma bag and AED. Weidig and Derenski pulled the woman out of the water, while Burkemper called 9-1-1. Weidig opened her airway but could not detect a pulse, so Derenski started compressions, and Springer attached the AED. Barghchoun managed the trauma bag with the oxygen, the bag-valve mask and a V-Vac hand-powered suction unit. The life guards administered five rounds of CPR, and the AED was shocked once before EMS arrived. EMS took over, revived the woman and transported her to the hospital. Life guards at The Cove Aquatics Center were presented lifesaving medals and certificates. Front row, from left, Amanzhol Kashenov, Rachel Weidig, Stephen Derenski, Melanie Burkemper, Rachel Springer, Rayan Barghchoun and Chapter President Marvin Koechig. Back row, from left, Eastern Missouri District Color Guard Commander Bill Grote, Rick Morton, Charles Lilly and MOSSAR Color Guard Commander Doug Neff. [Photo by Compatriot Greg Landrum (FDL)].

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