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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SPRING 2019 31 pertaining to local youth. The chapter honors veterans by welcoming the return of all honor flights through the CVG Greater Cincinnati Airport, celebrating the naturalization of our newest citizens into the four counties within the area covered by our chapter, visiting and participating in national historical battle sites and Patriot grave markings. The chapter has increased the education of local youths with five- point presentations at elementary and middle schools. The chapter was privileged to be welcomed into Taylor Middle School, where five groups of fifth- and sixth-graders spent the day cycling through each of the five presentation topics, inciting a wonderful exchange of history and provided a new understanding of our forefathers. Topics included: Factors that led up to the American Revolution; the New Jersey campaign; the Colonial cavalry; weapons, dress and everyday life as a soldier; and the Battle of Yorktown. Highlanders Chapter The Highlanders Chapter celebrated Wreaths Across America at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown, Ohio, on Dec. 15, 2018. Compatriots Ian Cunningham and Gerold Wilkins organized and emceed the event. Compatriot Donald C. McGraw was the keynote speaker. Col. McGraw's speech was informative and moving. A large WAA wreath was dedicated to the home, which was attended by 60 of the 160 veteran patients. Eighteen WAA wreaths were placed at marble markers in the OVH garden for those veterans who have passed at the home. Compatriot Wilkins donated a flag that listed all the wars in which our nation has fought to the OVH Director Linda Slone. This flag is now on display in the home's lobby. The Highlanders Chapter, established in 2016, serves Adam, Brown and Highland counties. Compatriot Cunningham served as president from 2016-18; Compatriot Wilkins is second vice president. Compatriot McGraw is the past Ohio State President (2015-17) and Cincinnati Chapter president (2012-14). The chapter has sponsored the WAA program at the OVH for the past four years and has an active presence at home. Northeastern Ohio Chapter Central District President Tim Ward inducted a father and son on Feb. 16 at the historic Riders Tavern in Painesville, Ohio. From left are Sean Gilbert and his son, Torrin, and President Ward. Jim Gilbert, Sean's father and Torrin's grandfather can be seen in the background. OKLAHOMA SOCIETY On Saturday, March 16, the Oklahoma Society Children of the American Revolution held its annual state conference in Bartlesville, Okla. In appreciation of her service as Oklahoma C.A.R. State President, Rebecca Reed was awarded an SAR Silver Medal of Appreciation by Oklahoma SAR State President Ron Painter, and $150 was presented to Oklahoma Society C.A.R. Senior State President Vickie Luster Parks for program support. Oklahoma SAR President Ron Painter accepted a Certificate of Appreciation for C.A.R President Reed on behalf of the Oklahoma SAR for its outstanding support of the Oklahoma Society C.A.R. and State President Reed's project on literacy. PPP About 16 months ago, Compatriot Peter M. Dobelbower decided to start the process of having a special license plate created in Oklahoma for the Sons of the American Revolution. Having worked with the Oklahoma legislature for many years due to his position with Hobby Lobby, Dobelhower realized the easiest process to get this approved was by having legislation authorized and passed in the Oklahoma House and Senate. While this was going through the legislative process (believing that it would be approved), Dobelbower engaged Hobby Lobby's art department to come up with something that not only would epitomize the SAR but also distinguish itself from all the other special tags that are authorized in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma legislature approved the tag, and after several iterations of the design, going back and forth with law enforcement, the final tag design was approved on April 18. "The primary reason I started this endeavor is because SAR is relatively unknown in this community, and our membership does not seem to be as strong as it could be," Dobelbower said. "This license plate will undoubtedly bring about curiosity and attention to this worthwhile and important organization. I only recently discovered my SAR heritage and continue to discover several other ancestors who were Patriots." Dobelbower encourages other state societies to attempt the same. "This artwork is not protected, so other states can use it, if so inclined," he said. "As an organization, SAR needs all the good publicity it can get, and this tag will no doubt be a vehicle for this." Tulsa Chapter On Feb. 23, the Tulsa Chapter SAR hosted the 93rd annual Tulsa Chapter Outstanding Citizenship Awards. Juniors from 14 area high schools were honored with the presentation of SAR Outstanding Citizenship pins and certificates. JROTC cadets from Daniel Webster High School presented the colors during the opening ceremony. After the presentation, Oklahoma SAR State President Ron Painter presented a $200 donation to the Daniel Webster JROTC leadership: Chief Warrant Officer Phyllis Mabrey (U.S. Army, Ret.) and Sergeant First Class Eric Johnson (U.S. Army, Ret.). Members of the Tulsa Chapter Color Guard were on hand for photos with the student honorees. PPP On Feb. 9, Tulsa Chapter SAR Compatriots William Gaddis and Joseph Hogard were honored with the

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