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Tuesday January 8, 2019

No Guest Speaker This Meeting




Tuesday February 12, 2019 ~ 2nd Annual Chapter Buffet

Guest Speaker: Scott Collins, 2019 President of the Georgia SAR

Topic: State SAR Society Priorities and Goals.
President Collins spoke about his new role as State President and outlined his
11-step plan to continue to grow, build and improve the State SAR Organization. This also includes fortifying the State SAR database to account for every number assigned to an SAR member and their name association, where they were buried, and if they have been given a grave marker. This will aide future genealogy inquiries and getting grave markers for every Patriot or Compatriot.


    BIO:
  1. Owner at Collins/Moody & Company, PC
  2. Lives in Athens, Georgia
  3. Went to Athens Christian School
  4. Studied at Georgia Southwestern State University



Tuesday March 12, 2019

Guest Speaker: William (Bill) Harrison Palmer, Georgia Society Color Guard Commander

Topic: The Battle of Oriskany - one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War.   Information About...

Bill currently serves the Georgia Society as a district Vice President - Metro Atlanta and is still a member of the Button Gwinnett Chapter. Bill was President of the Button Gwinnett Chapter in 2016, and Vice president the year before.



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Tuesday April 9, 2019

Guest Speaker: Leslie Watkins, Honorary Regent/Corresponding Secretary - William Day Chapter, GSSDAR

Topic: SAR Women - More Than Just Camp Followers.
Her presentation will be accompanied by a Power point presentation.

Leslie is a native Atlantan who now resides in Gwinnett County. She is married to Mike Watkins, a member of the Button Gwinnett Chapter and a dual member of the Mount Vernon Chapter. Mike is a member of the Elijah Clarke Militia and Georgia Color Guard member. Leslie retired from a 32 year career in 2010, after teaching high school language arts, public speaking, and debate at Brookwood High School.

She joined NSDAR in 2008 and has been a co-presenter of the SAR's Traveling Trunk Program since 2010, speaking to over 25,000 fourth grade students. She served as the President and first Vice President of the Georgia State Society Sons of the American Revolution Ladies Auxiliary. She participates in Patriot grave markings, battle commemorations, naturalized citizen ceremonies in Atlanta's District Court, and public speaking engagements. As a debate and public speaking coach, Leslie was honored as a three-diamond coach of the National Speech and Debate Association and she's a member of the Georgia Debate Coaches Hall of Fame.


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Compatriot John Wassell







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Tuesday May 14, 2019

Guest Speaker: Compatriot John Wassell

Topic:  Rear Admiral Dr. Corydon McAlmont Wassell

Birth: Jul 4, 1884
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Death: May 12, 1958 (aged 73)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID: 17142790

"Rear Admiral Corydon McAlmont Wassell was one of the first national heroes of World War II. His service for the United States in early 1942 earned him the Navy Cross and praise from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his story inspired a movie starring Gary Cooper."

He served in the Philippines, and under orders to evacuate, he persuaded a British army convoy to give the wounded men under his care, transportation to the coast.

Rear Admiral Corydon Wassell
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Once aboard the ship Jannsens, it came under Japanese attack several times. "Dr. Wassell took virtual command of the ship, and by great skill avoided destruction in the bays and little inlets." After a tense ten-day voyage, the Jannsens docked in Australia.

"Wassell became an instant international hero. Author James Hilton wrote a biography of him, called simply The Story of Dr. Wassell (1943). Producer Cecil B. DeMille, hearing Roosevelt's fireside chat, acquired the rights to the book to make a movie of the same name. Starring Gary Cooper, The Story of Dr. Wassell was released in 1944. It was a highly fictionalized account, and Wassell later joked about the film being the only real cause of his fame."



"Rear Admiral Corydon McAlmont Wassell (center) with a group of Chinese air force officers. Wassell's service during World War II earned him a Navy Cross and praise from President Franklin Roosevelt and inspired a motion picture."
source: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4842#



Taken at Bell Aircraft Corporation - Marietta GA; World War, 1939-1945.
(Left) Corydon McAlmont Wassell, 1884-1958.
source: https://soar.kennesaw.edu/handle/11360/149


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Compatriot Bob Sapp

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Guest Speaker:  SAR Compatriot Bob Sapp

Topic:  The Faces of the Declaration of Independence

BIO:   Robert "Bob" Sapp joined the Piedmont Chapter in February 1995 at the invitation of Merrill Law. Merrill Law and Bob were members of Computer Genealogical Society of Georgia. Bob's made his SAR membership through ancestor patriot Jonathan Ogden of Maryland. Bob has fifteen patriot ancestors identified, one of which is Charles McIntire who served with the Virginia Continental Line at Valley Forge.

Bob began his aeronautical design career with Lockheed as a draftsman and through 36 years of service participated in the wing design for C-130, C-141, C-5 and L-1011 aircraft. He also participated as Engineering Program Manager for the C-141 Stretch program.

Bob married Joyce Currier in their hometown of Washington, NC. They were married for 63 years and have four children, four grand children, and three great-grandchildren.

Bob has served as Piedmont Chapter SAR as Registrar, Vice-President and President. He served as Georgia Society SAR Genealogist and as Georgia Society President and Georgia Society SAR Registrar for six years. Bob, in addition to membership in SAR, is a member of Clan McIntire Association, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, St. Andrews Society of Atlanta, Society of Colonial Wars, First Families of Maryland and an inactive member in Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. (Bob has great grandfathers that were on both sides of the War) He is a member of Georgia Genealogical Society, Cobb County Genealogical Society, Computer Genealogical Society of Georgia, Harrison County (WV) Genealogical Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Society and National Genealogical Society.

Bob has been active in Piedmont's Color Guard, Speakers Bureau and Youth programs. As a member he principally speaks to Elementary School students on causes of the Revolution and the Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. Other subjects on which Bob speaks are "The Making of the Constitution", "Women of the Revolution", "Flags of the Revolution", "Paul Revere", "Dr. Joseph Warren", "Genealogy and GPS" and "History of the Sons of the American Revolution".


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Tuesday September 10, 2019

Guest Speaker:  SAR Compatriot Tom Chrisman

Topic: 'The Immortal Words of Horace Greeley's Great Great Grandfather'

The topic is about colonial migration. Tom is our Chapter Registrar & Genealogist and is the SAR recipient of the Liberty Medal in 2018 for his efforts recruiting and processing applications for new members in the SAR.

BIO:
  • Resident of Atlanta since 1968.
  • Married to Joyce Waller with 2 daughters.
  • AA, BA, Emory University.
  • Postgraduate work at Georgia State University in Counseling & Behavioral Therapy.
  • Counselor for a mental health center.
  • Retired in 2015 after 45-years working in healthcare.
  • Specialized in lasers, microscopes, and navigation systems used in microsurgery.
  • Genealogist focusing on research beginning with the founding of Jamestown in 1607.
  • Member in 30 hereditary societies including colonial and medieval societies.
  • Member, Georgia Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.
  • Holds a 2nd degree black belt in Karate and equivalent rank in Tai Chi Chuan.

Tom received his SAR Liberty Medal in 2018 | See 2018 Picnic Write-up

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Jeff Clemons

Tuesday October 8, 2019

Guest Speaker:  Jeff Clemmons
PR & Communications Specialist with Georgia Power


Topic: 'Atlanta's Historic Westview Cemetery'

In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta's Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Havertys founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery's Westview Abbey mausoleum is one of the nation's largest, with more than eleven thousand crypts. Throughout its history, Westview dabbled in other business ventures, including a cafeteria, a funeral home and an ambulance service. And for decades, the cemetery's Westview Floral Company sold flowers to lot owners and local businesses, leading to its own advice column in the Atlanta Constitution. Author Jeff Clemmons traces the complete history of this treasured necropolis.

BIO:
  • Jeff Clemmons lives in suburban Atlanta.
  • He has a degree in business administration from Reinhardt University and a degree in creative writing and theater from Georgia State University.
  • He created and leads walking tours of the Midtown and SoNo districts and Westview Cemetery of Atlanta for the Atlanta Preservation Center, and serves on the board of the APC's auxiliary group, CIRCA, which offers its members private tours of some of metropolitan Atlanta's most interesting historical structures.
  • He is the author of two histories - Rich's: A Southern Institution and Atlanta's Historic Westview Cemetery.

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Steve Scurry

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Guest Speaker:  Steven Scurry

Topic: 'The American Indian experience of the early years of the American Revolution'

He'll describe the growing tensions in borderland America as the British colonial order broke down. Focusing on the Georgia/Muskogee region, we look into how Indian leaders stove to secure their interests during this very dangerous conflict.


BIO:   "Steven's interest in the land was fostered by early ventures into the old relics of southern landscapes. Often mediated by family oral traditions, they left a lifelong appetite to understand the radical changes that have transpired here. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he's still enrolled in earth and cultural studies and is a frequent speaker on the Oconee War -- background and issue -- slowly bringing this historical event back to its central place in Georgia and southern history. He's co-founder of Nowhere Archery, a field school for students to learn the art of traditional archery where he promotes a special regard for the Beloved Land."

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Compatriot Bob Sapp

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Guest Speaker: Bob Sapp

Topic:  "Paul Revere"