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Winter 2018

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WINTER 2018 27 the music. Campbell instructed brave souls in traditional Colonial dance, which was clearly the highlight of the evening and a delight to witness. The response has been so enthusiastic that we are considering making this our annual Branch event. What better way to celebrate the season than to bring together compatriots and their guests from across the state? Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch participated with various other patriotic and military organizations in a Veterans Day program, placing wreaths to honor our veterans. Color guard members Jim Klaneski and Jon King represented the SAR at the ceremony, which was held at Coe Park in Torrington, Connecticut on Nov. 11, 2017. The Torrington Veterans Support Committee organizes this ceremony. FLORIDA SOCIETY In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 915, designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. The Chipola Chapter, DAR, organized in October 1958, first asked the mayor of Marianna, Florida, to issue a proclamation for Constitution Week in September 1959, and has done so ever since. At the request of the Chipola Chapter, Mayor Kenneth Hamilton of Marianna signed this year's proclamation on Sept. 5, 2017. Members of DAR, C.A.R. and SAR watched the signing. Attending were William Dunaway Chapter Secretary Kennedy Dunaway and President Earl Mathews. The 2017 Constitution Week luncheon was hosted by DAR members on Sept. 16, 2017, with the help of Blue Springs Society, C.A.R., and William Dunaway Chapter, SAR. Dorcas Jackson and Mary Robbins served as co-chairmen of Constitution Week activities. Historian and writer Dale Cox, the luncheon speaker, gave a unique look at the First Amendment to the Constitution from his perspective as a television manager. Cox gained vast experience with First Amendment issues during years working as manager for New York Times TV stations across the southeastern U.S. Cox gave a fresh perspective on this current topic. He pointed out that the First Amendment limits what the federal government can do in regards to "establishing religion or prohibiting the exercise thereof, abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." However, the First Amendment gives citizens no specific rights in these areas. Clearwater Chapter The Clearwater Chapter honored Trooper Bobby Hartzig of the Pinellas Park District of Troop C on Nov. 15, 2017, for his service to the state and community. Trooper Hartzig has consistently led his district with DUI and drug arrests, as well as providing supervisory coverage as an acting sergeant for extended periods. His efforts have been above and beyond normal expectations; his dedication has created a more effective law enforcement agency. Capt. Daniel Caulk was on hand for the awards luncheon to commend Trooper Hartzig and provide a well-spoken overview of his efforts. Jacksonville Chapter First Sgt. Joseph L. Gaskins was awarded the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by the Jacksonville Chapter. The presentation was made Aug. 19, 2017, by President General Larry T. Guzy at the NCSSAR Fall Board of Managers Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Gaskins is assigned to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol District 3 in Wake County. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina State University and is a certified traffic accident reconstructionist. He is adept at presenting complex technical materials in an understandable format to federal, state and local law enforcement professionals; criminal justice practitioners; and court professionals. Gaskins is a member of the Jacksonville Chapter, and his son, Bennett, is a junior member of the chapter. His daughter, Reagan, is a member of the Princess Malee Chapter of the C.A.R., also in Jacksonville. His father, James Y. Gaskins, is the NE Regional Vice President, Florida SAR. GEORGIA SOCIETY The Georgia Society SAR Color Guard presented colors at the DAR Constitution Week Luncheon in Atlanta, attended by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and wife, Sandra. Georgia SAR President Wayne Brown also attended. Washington-Wilkes Chapter The September meeting of the Washington-Wilkes Chapter SAR was a special occasion. A record attendance crowd heard an interesting presentation given by a father/ son team, Dr. James A. "Jim" Granade III and James A. "Jay" Granade IV. They spoke on the infamous David Fanning, who sided with the Tories during the Revolutionary War. Fanning Trooper Bobby Hartzig is joined by his wife, Heather, left, and Chapter President-Elect Pat Niemann while being honored by the Clearwater Chapter. Pictured after the luncheon are, from left: honored guests Dale Cox; Rachael Conrad; President DeCody Brad Marble, Panama City Chapter SAR (Color Guard); Vice Regent Sharon Wilkerson, Chipola Chapter, DAR; Vice President Kimberly Butler, Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. (Color Guard); Senior Vice President Kenny Dunaway, Blue Springs Society, C.A.R. (Color Guard); State Treasurer/President Anna Beth Milton, Blue Springs Society C.A.R.; and President Earl F. Mathews Jr., William Dunaway Chapter, SAR, and Second Vice President of Blue Springs Society.

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