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Spring 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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PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY Gov. Joseph Hiester Chapter Compatriots from the Gov. Joseph Hiester Chapter took part in a ceremony at their namesake's grave in Veterans Grove in Reading's City Park. Philiadelphia Continental Chapter The Philadelphia Continental Chapter celebrated Gen. George Washington's birthday with the chapter color guard forming at the City Tavern, a historically restored tavern in Philadelphia, and marching with colors flying to Washington Square. There, a bronze statue of Washington, by Jean- Antoine Houdon, marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War. Under this hallowed ground are the unmarked graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. The ceremony included placing a wreath at the Eternal Flame. The color guard, with members, DAR friends, the local citizenry and families following, marched to Independence Hall, where a wreath was set at the foot of the statue of the commander-in-chief. The color guard then led members past the Museum of the American Revolution, returning to the City Tavern. A reception and luncheon were served in the same "Long Room," faithfully reconstructed, where Washington held the first Inaugural Ball, and where he would often dine with Martha Washington. The event concluded with the retiring of the colors by the color guard. PPP The chapter took part in an event on Dec. 19 at Valley Forge to recognize the March In, left, which is always in the dark of night. Washington Crossing Chapter The Washington Crossing Chapter held a dinner meeting Feb. 13 to celebrate President George Washington's 286th birthday. The SAR Silver Good Citizenship certificate and medal were awarded to John Godzieba for his tireless efforts to keep alive the accurate history of Washington's critical Delaware River crossing at the annual Washington Crossing reenactment. Godzieba has participated in more than 20 Crossing re-enactments and has had the honor of portraying Washington many times. His interpretation of Washington has been widely acclaimed, recognized for its accuracy, and valued for the respectfulness to the man he portrays. This annual crossing re-enactment is performed each year on Christmas Day, with much time spent before the event for practice and preparation. Godzieba also volunteers throughout the year to portray Washington at local schools, civic events and meetings. He strives to encourage and teach our younger generations. SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Piedmont Region Chapters Host Annual Patriot Dinner Filling the ballroom at Greenwood's Inn on the Square, Daughters, Sons and Children of the American Revolution, with prospective members and other guests, gathered for the 2018 staging of a Patriot Dinner on Feb. 13. Cambridge Chapter President Richard Morris presided at the meeting and welcomed all who attended. Past SAR State Chaplain Lawrence Peebles gave the invocation, followed by Compatriot Thomas Forte leading the ritual. New this year to share sponsorship of the event were members of the Philemon Waters Chapter. President Tom Forte, Vice President Larry Killian and Secretary-Treasurer Chris Prince represented the Newberry Chapter. With participation of the Newberry Chapter, three of the Piedmont Region's four chapters shared the dinner and program. Chapter Regent Derryl Satterwhite of the Jasper Chapter, NSDAR, added to the Newberry delegation. SAR State President W.E. "Edd" Richburg was the speaker, offering "A Year As President: Lessons Learned and Shared." Recalling his experiences around South Carolina and beyond, he cited those portions of his service as state president that can be replicated in chapters—DAR, SAR and C.A.R.—to extend organizational service, create public interest and encourage prospective members. When all had been served the buffet, Cambridge Compatriot Eric Williams conducted the first of four drawings for door prizes. Winners received guest tickets to dinner at The Inn. President Morris introduced guests and recognized those designated to give greetings. Piedmont Region Vice President David Smith brought greetings from the region, and DAR State Regent Dianne Culbertson gave greetings from the South Carolina State Society NSDAR. Joseph Smith of the General James Williams Society C.A.R. brought greetings from his sister, Kathryn, current C.A.R. State President of the South Carolina. Of note from a family perspective: Joseph and Kathryn are the children of David and Martha Smith. Kathryn's state president's project is the Battlefield at Blackstock Plantation, near the Smith farm in Union County. David Smith, U.S. Navy Captain, now retired, was installed as C.A.R. senior president in April at the National Convention in Washington. Following the SAR Recessional led by Cambridge Vice President Gerald Pitts, Compatriot Peebles gave the benediction. The Patriot Dinner has been held by the Cambridge Chapter every year since it was reorganized in 1990 under the leadership of the late Charles M. Culbertson II. Several District III DAR chapters stepped forward to assist in arranging the first Patriot Dinner. The event has become a regular chapter meeting for the Cambridge and Star Fort DAR Chapters. Regent Becky Bryson schedules it as a regular February meeting. SPRING 2018 35 Outside the Museum of the American Revolution: from left, James Hall, Bruce Edmonds, Piper Bill Watson, Frank O'Donnell, Dave Mizell, Drummer George Clarke, Bill Baker, Color Guard Captain James Sanborn, Fred Fonseca (behind), Scott Willson, Steve Kopsick, Color Guard Sergeant Phil Anders and Bugler Ed Bilger.

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