The SAR Magazine

Winter 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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WINTER 2017 13 WINTER 2018 19 chapter invites several community leaders to a chapter meeting during which the youth and community service programs are explained. The chapter then recognizes the participants and winners of those programs and presents Good Citizenship Medals, Flag Certificates and Defender of Freedom flags collected each Memorial Day. Fifth, is the Chapter Recognition each spring when the chapter recognizes compatriots with Rising SON pins and national awards; recognizes spouses and DAR members for their contributions to the chapter; and announces the newest partners and friends. National programs provide a solid foundation for every chapter. Use the national handbooks for a description of officers, sample ceremonies and award requirements. The youth and community recognition, service to veterans, Partners in Patriotism, Patriot grave marking and color guard programs, as well as the USS Stark and Americanism reports are especially helpful. Emphasize History. Use the monthly program presentation, local patriotic celebrations, keyhole for history and constant references to your brandings to educate chapter members who can help educate others. Publicize. The chapter makes its biggest impact outside of chapter meetings: at genealogy workshops, color guard events, school programs, youth contests and community recognition. Publicize each. Pass the Torch. President Washington served two terms and most officers should serve no more than two years. Identify and coach the next generation as early as possible. The American Revolution was fought by a diverse group of people, with differing ideas in dispersed locations, bound together by a common belief in freedom. Likewise, while all compatriots strive to meet our patriotic, historic and educational goals, each chapter is unique and should tailor these suggestions—and develop their own—as they strive to answer the question: Are you a Rising or Setting Son? John A. Schatzel is an assistant professor at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College who served as an infantry officer in Operations Urgent Fury, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He was president of the Henry Leavenworth Chapter from 2015 to 2017 and is now the Kansas Society genealogist and DAR liaison. Did you know that it costs less than $10 to cover a student participating in a fun-filled day of learning about American History? While the Sons of the American Revolution tries to provide these programs at an even lower cost to students, especially those who would otherwise not be able to participate, the need always exceeds the available funds. Please consider making a gift to support the Education and Outreach Programs of the SAR today to ensure that all students will get the chance to connect with their personal history and the ideals of the American Revolution. If you are interested in joining the SAR Foundation in supporting Education and Outreach Programs please visit or call 502.315.1777 to make your gift today. The SAR Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts made to it are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 809 West Main Street ● Louisville, Kentucky ● 40202 502.315.1777 ●

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