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2017

Date: January 27-28 ~ GASSAR State Awards

The Annual State Awards were well attended to see Wayne Brown of the John Collins Chapter sworn in as the State SAR President. Also attending were National President General J. Michael Tomme Sr. and the 1st Lady, Cilla Tomme.

  Chapter Spotlight
The Mount Vernon Chapter won The President General's Award - Chapter of Distinction 2016 (National award), and the Georgia Society Membership Award 2016 (State award).
See Chapter Spotlight

  Member Spotlight
Compatriot Shep Hammack won the Patriot Award, the Good Citizenship Medal, and the Robert B. Vance Sr. Membership Trophy (State).   See Member Spotlight on Shep Hammack


Date: 1/10/17 - Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting

Georgia Society President Allen Greenly attended the January Mount Vernon Chapter monthly meeting at Aldo's Restaurant. His tenure as President comes to a close soon but he reviewed his goals and accomplishments, which included a new database for the State of Georgia Society and website. This will allow for users to log into the State website, and renew their membership to the SAR online. One online form & credit card payment, with funds dispersed to the local Chapters.

He also spoke about "The 14th Colony" during the Revolutionary War, which was a divided Florida between the West (the panhandle) and the East (settlement around Saint Augustine).

Chapter President Shep Hammack conducted the meeting. Guest were introduced, then Chapter business, which included the financial and membership reports. A vote was taken to keep or move the next meeting date, which is February 14th - Valentines Day. The majority of attending members voted to keep the regularly scheduled meeting day. See you on the 14th!


A few photos from the meeting   | Audio Presentation

41 members and guest attended the January meeting!


SAR Reenactment of Kettle Creek - Ceremony
Weekend of February 10-12

Each year, American Revolutionary War General Elijah Clarke, nicknamed "Hero of the Hornet's Nest" is remembered with his fellow patriots in Washington, GA. SAR Chapters from around the Southeast participate in a Memorial Service, Parade and a Battle Field Reenactment to honor those patriots that fought at Kettle Creek.

Washington GA - Parade  |   Kettle Creek Reenactment  |   War Hill Ceremony

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Date: 2/14/17 - Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting

President Hammack called the February Mount Vernon Chapter meeting to order at 6:30 pm, followed by Rusty Redding leading the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the SAR. Guest and visitors were introduced as well. Special prayers were asked for the family members of Randy Polllard & Rev. Bill Floyd. Shep & Montez thanked the group for the thoughts, prayers, flowers and cards received.

Our February Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker was Lee Dunn, who has researched southern history, garden and landscape history, and genealogy for over twenty years. She spoke about her book, "Cracking the Solid South", which tells of the life of John Fletcher Hanson who was an industrialist & union laborite that created many jobs in the depressed South after the Civil War. It was his idea of a technical college that trained southerners how to run the industries that led him to creating Georgia Tech. Through her investigation about him, Lee also discovered he was a great grandfather. She is also a memebr of the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the DAR.

Old Business / New Business
The Treasurer's report was read by John Cunningham. This was followed by a presentation about this new website to the members by Webmaster Chuck Rann.

President Hammack also showed the group two Certificates awarded to the new Mount Vernon Chapter (accompanied by streamers):
The President General's Award - Chapter of Distinction 2016 (National award)   See award
Georgia Society Membership Award 2016 (State award)   See award

We all appreciate Shep's hard work to organize a new chapter and do so well that he is recognized on both the State and National level. Congrats Shep!

Announcements were given, the SAR recessional was read, followed by the Benediction, and the meeting was adjourned.


A few photos from the meeting

37 members and guest attended the February meeting!


Date: 2/20/17 - "Farmhouse Flag Display Honored by Historical Group"

From The Dunwoody Crier: Saved Image of Article

"Members of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented a flag certificate to Dan Griffin on behalf of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) on Monday, Feb. 20th. The certificate was awarded to recognize DPT for properly displaying the American Flag at the Cheek Spruill House, "Dunwoody Farmhouse".

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Those attending included (L-R): Tom Chrisman (militia uniform) Registrar and Flag Committee Chairman, Mount Vernon SAR Chapter; Paul Prescott (continental uniform), State SAR Flag Committee Chairman; Shep Hammack, President of the Mount Vernon SAR Chapter; Dan Griff in, Dunwoody Preservation Trust; Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal; Councilman Jim Riticher; Councilman Terry Nall and Larry White, photographer for the Mount Vernon Chapter (not pictured).

This is the first in a series of flag certificates the Mount Vernon Chapter plans to present to businesses and organizations in the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs Communities as recognition for properly displaying the American Flag."



Date: 3/14/17 - Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting   View Meeting Photos

The meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by the Chapter President Shep Hammack. The invocation was led by Chapter Chaplin David Wiley, followed by The Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the SAR led by the Chapter Sergeant-at-Arms Rusty Redding. As customary, guests and first time visitors were recognized by Chapter President Shep Hammack.

Introduction of Guest Speakers
Chapter Vice President Jim McDonald introduced Dr. David A. Nobles and Richard Marsh, co-authors of the book "Patriots in Georgia Revolutionary War Engagements 1776-1782" & "Kettle Creek Battle Field." Of the 28 battles in Georgia the book identifies 22 of the battles in Georgia. The book is in two sections, chronology of the battles and an alphabetical listing of the Patriots. Chapter Vice President Jim McDonald presented certificates of appreciation to Dr. David A. Noble and Richard Marsh.

Chapter Business
Treasurer's Report - by Chapter Treasurer John Cunningham, Jr.
New Member Induction - Chapter President Shep Hammack, along with Tom Chrisman sponsor, inducted Mike Hill into the chapter.
Police/Fire/EMS medals were laid out for the chapter to view by Chapter President Shep Hammack. These medals will be presented to members of the three branches for outstanding service to the community.
JROTC Presentation - 3 medals will be presented to cadets chosen by their school for outstanding service. Chuck Olson will present these medals.
Picnic - The July meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be a picnic. The location will be announced by Chapter Vice President Jim McDonald.
Christmas Party - Chapter Secretary announced that the chapter is looking at the Indian Hills Country Club for our Christmas Meeting. Date to be announced.
Bereavement Fund and Educational Fund - Baskets were passed around and we collected 118.00 for the Benevolence fund and $112.00 for the Educational fund.

Announcements
Member's Questionnaire
Attendance Check in Sheet
NASSAR Congress in Knoxville Tn. - July 7-13
Next regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 11, at Aldo's Italian Restaurant in Sandy Springs.

The SAR Recessional was led by the Chapter Sergeant-at-Arms Rusty Redding, followed by the Benediction by Chapter Chaplin David Wiley. President Hammack then adjourned the meeting.

There were 41 members and guests in attendance.

Here are a few photos from the meeting:
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Date: 4/11/17 - Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting

President Hammack called the April Mount Vernon Chapter meeting to order at 6:30 pm, followed by Rev Bill Floyd giving the Invocation. Rusty Redding lead the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the SAR. Guest and visitors were introduced as well by Shep and VP Jim McDonald.

Our April Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker was the Honorable Rusty Paul, who served as Sandy Springs founding Mayor. He also served many other positions with the Republican party in the State government of Georgia.

Topic: the 100th Anniversary of World War One.

"Mayor Paul was elected mayor in November 2013 and brings more than 35 years of federal, state and local public policy and public administration experience to the job. He was elected to the founding city council for Sandy Springs in November 2005 and served one term. He chaired the city's charter review commission and the Sandy Springs Development Authority."

Chapter Vice President Jim McDonald presented a certificate of appreciation to Mayor Rusty Paul. Then Chapter President Shep Hammack presented Mayor Rusty Paul The Silver Good Citizenship Medal and a certificate.


Chapter Business / Announcements
GASSAR BOM meeting is April 29th
Next meeting is again at Aldo's, May 9th.
Mount Vernon participating in the Dunwoody, GA. 4th of July Parade
NASSAR Congress is July 7th-13th in Knoxville TN.
Jim McDonald: This years picnic is set for July 22nd.
Bill Floyd: This years Christmas party is tentatively set at Indian Hills Country Club.
 
Rusty Redding lead the members in the SAR Recessional and the Benediction was given by Rev Bill Floyd. The meeting was adjourned.

A few photos from the meeting.

37 members and guest attended the April meeting!


Mount Vernon ~ JROTC Medal Winner

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier," exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by an SAR Chapter, State-level Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection.

North Atlanta High School recipient, 2nd Lt. Eric Morales (L) and Mount Vernon Chapter President Shep Hammack (R).


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Mount Vernon ~ JROTC Medal Winner

Photo from Dunwoody HS AFJROTC Ceremony. Dunwoody High School recipient, Cadet Airman First Class Edson Bartolon (M) and Mount Vernon Chapter members LTC (Ret) Charles Olson (L) and Shep Hammack (R).



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Mount Vernon ~ Scout of Honor Recipients

Eagle Scout Ethan Terrell (L), Eagle Scout Christian Terrell (M), Shep Hammack (R).



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May 3rd - Mount Vernon ~ JROTC Medal Winner

The Spartan Battalion was established in August 2001. The Spartan Battalion has held honor unit with distinction since 2001. The mission for all JROTC programs is to motivate young people to be better citizens. The Spartan Battalion offers many after school activities such as Drill, Raider, Color Guard, and JLAB for all cadets.

Pictured are (left to right) Senior Army Instructor (SAI), Major (Ret.) Todd Powers, Mount Vernon Chapter SAR President Shep Hammack, c/PFC Shamal Williams - Spartan Battalion, and LTC (Ret) Charles Olson.


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Date: 5/9/17 - Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting


President Shep Hammack called the May Mount Vernon Chapter meeting to order at 6:30 pm, followed by David Wiley giving the Invocation. Rusty Redding lead the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the SAR. Guest and visitors were introduced as well by Shep and VP Jim McDonald.

Our guest speaker was the Honorable P. Harris Hines,
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
His topic was "The Georgia Supreme Court".

Update: Read about the tragic death of Chief Justice Hines

Click AJC Article - Click Here (PDF)

Judge P. Harris Hines
Chapter Business / Announcements
May 16th/11:30 am - Mount Vernon BOM meeting at J Christopher's Restaurant-Dunwoody.
Members were reminded to check their spam filters. Chapter email notifications are being sent from corsec@mountvernonsar.org and from shep.hammack@mountvernonsar.org.
The next Chapter meeting is scheduled at Aldo's, June 13th.
Mount Vernon will be participating in the Dunwoody, GA. 4th of July Parade
NASSAR Congress is July 7th-13th in Knoxville TN. - Event & Hotel Information: Click Here
Jim McDonald: This years picnic is set for July 22nd.
Save the date: December 12th Christmas Party is tentatively set at Indian Hills Country Club.
Rusty Redding lead the members in the SAR Recessional and the Benediction was given by David Wiley. The meeting was adjourned.

A few photos from the meeting.

37 members and guest attended the May meeting!


Date: 6/5/17 - Flag Certificate to Northside Hospital

From the Dunwoody Crier:   Saved Image of Article

The Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented a Flag Certificate to Northside Hospital on Monday, June 5th, in recognition for properly displaying the American Flag on the hospital campus.

Recognition of businesses and organizations in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs for properly displaying the American Flag is an ongoing function of SAR.



Those attending included: (l to r) Shep Hammack, Chapter President; Tom Chrisman, Registrar, Flag Committee Chairman; Jim McDonald, Chapter VP; Mr. Carl Waller, VP, Supply Chain Management for Northside Hospital; Robert McCleskey, SAR Colorguard; Katherine G. Watson, Senior PR Specialist for Northside Hospital; and Randy Pollard, SAR Colorguard Commander.

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Date: 6/13/17 - Chapter Meeting

On this day, the members of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution met at Aldo's Restaurant and were treated to a presentation by past President of the Georgia Society - Ed Rigel, who spoke about George Washington ~ The Early Years.

Dr. Rigel was introduced by Chapter VP Jim McDonald, who also gave Dr. Rigel his Certificate of Speaker Appreciation.

The link of his presentation transcript has been added to the
Speaker Archives page ,  or you can go directly to the Transcript of Dr. Rigel's Presentation .

A new member was also inducted to the Chapter at the June meeting. Rev Bill Floyd and his wife Carey welcomed their son and new SAR member Bill "Chip" Floyd to the Mount Vernon Chapter. Carey attached the SAR rosette to his lapel.


Pictured (l to r) Carey & Bill Floyd, son 'Chip', and President Shep Hammack

President Hammack went over old and new business, which are covered on the Welcome page under Messages. He also announced that the Annual Convention of the SAR will be in Knoxville Tennessee this year, where Chapter member Larry Guzy will be named President General for 2017 - 2018. We congratulate Larry and wish him well.

See Meeting Photos Here
Meeting photos taken by Tom Hughes.

Bill Floyd gave the Secretary's Report and the Treasurer's Report. The Invocation and Benediction were given by David Wiley. Rusty Redding led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Pledge to the SAR, and the SAR Recessional.

39 members and guest attended the meeting. Great turnout and great food at Aldo's!

Jim McDonald


Dr. Ed Rigel


Larry Guzy - SAR
President General 2017 - 2018



Date: 7/4/17 - The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

The Mount Vernon Chapter - SAR - Voted 2017 Most Patriotic!

The Mount Vernon Chapter of the SAR was voted "Most Patriotic" by the pararde organizers of the 2017 Dunwoody 4th of July Pararde.

Mt. Vernon Chapter members participating in the parade were Shep Hammack, Tom Chrisman, Ted Fricke, Bob McClesky, and Randy Pollard.

DAR members attending were Montex Hammack, Lisa Tobin, Lena Wiley, Linda Jacoppo, Courtney Reilly, Beth St. Jean, Kathy Hellming and Jean Robertson.



Image from 11alive.com

Images from the Parade:   Click Here

History of Parade:   (http://www.dunwoodyga.org/History-of-the-Parade)

The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade began in 1976 in response to retired President Dwight D. Eisenhower asking the American people to celebrate the nation's Bicentennial. Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge was the Grand Marshal and arrived by helicopter. Effie Carpenter, the oldest living Dunwoody resident was Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade.

The Independence Day parade became an annual event, and both participants and spectators alike grew in numbers and variety. The current parade, led by the national colors, has over 120 entries. Some 2,500 cheering spectators lined the streets. With the end of the WSB parade in downtown Atlanta, the Dunwoody July Fourth parade is the largest in the state of Georgia.

The 2017 Grand Marshall of the pararde was Alan Mothner (Director, Dunwoody Nature Center)


Parade Route:   Click Here

Publicity:   reporternewspapers.net  |   thecrier.net (images)  |   11alive.com (images)


Date: 7/22/17 - Chapter Picnic
The Mount Vernon Chapter Picnic was held on the evening of July 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm. Many members attended, including the newly appointed President General of the National SAR, Larry Guzy and his wife and first lady, Karin.

The cottage was beautifully appointed and tucked into the "Lost Corner Preserve" at 7300 Brandon Mill Road in Sandy Springs.
  See Google Maps

We all thank Shep Hammack for selecting an air conditioned venue.

Our Dinner Included:
  • Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken by Pig'n-Chik BBQ
  • Baked Beans
  • Southern Coleslaw
  • Potato Chips
  • Banana Pudding
  • Drinks (Iced Tea both Sweet and Unsweet, Lemonade and Coca-Cola products)




Thanks to Larry White for taking the photos.   See Photos of Picnic Here


August 2017   No meeting scheduled.

September 2017   Cancelled due to severe weather damage in the Dunwoody area due to Hurricane Irma.



This photo of guest speaker Mary Wiliams was taken by
Tom Hughes.

Meeting photos were taken by
Larry White and Tom Hughes.
Date: 10/10/17 - Chapter Meeting

The October meeting was held at the new location in Dunwoody - Vintage Pizzeria. The meeting had __ members, wives and guest that night. The guest speaker for the night was Mary Williams, Past President of the Georgia Toastmasters and she spoke about the women who found unusual ways to help in the quest for America's freedom.
See Larry White Meeting Photos Here
See Tom Hughes Meeting Photos Here

Highlights of the evening:
  • Chip Floyd receiving his Charter Membership Certificate
  • Membership Certificates for John Bivins, John Elwood, Tom Hughes, Nicholas Lawrence Fetter, John Bivins - and for his two grandsons, Gabriel Alexander Warchol & Michael Harlan Charles Warchol
  • Chuck Olson awarded the Robert E. Burt Boy Scout Volunteer Award
  • President General Larry Guzy welcomed the new members, and congratulated Chuck Olson
  • A Streamer was awarded to the Mount Vernon Chapter for the Wreath President Shep Hammack presented on behalf of the Chapter at Kings Mountain on Oct. 7th.



  • Linda Bhame
    Date: 11/14/17 - Chapter Meeting

    The November meeting was again held at Vintage Pizzeria in Dunwoody. This will be our meeting location until further notice.

    The meeting had 43 members, wives and guest that night

    Our guest speaker was Linda Bhame, Past Regient of the Cherokee Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter. Her presentation was on George Washington's Family


    See Meeting Photos Here ~ by Larry White
    See Meeting Photos Here ~ by Tom Hughes


    Date: December 12th ~ The Christmas Dinner Party

    A wonderful Christmas dinner with fellow compatriots and wives was had by all at the Indian Hills Country Club. The evening began at 6 pm and lasted until 9:45 pm.

    The menu included a mixed green salad, choice of braised top round or citrus salmon, roasted mixed vegetables, rice pilaf and for desert, an rich chocolate mouse cake. An cash bar was available, along with tea or water.

    Chapter members & wives were entertained by the singing group 'Above & Beyond', who sang traditional Christmas music.


    See Photos Here   |   See & Hear 'Above & Beyond' Perform Here


    Date: December 16th ~ Wreaths Across America

    "What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery has now become a national organization with over 1100 participating locations - all focused on the mission to Remember - Honor - and Teach." ~ Roswell Historical Society

    Mount Vernon chapter members Bill Floyd, Randy Pollard and Shep Hammack participated in the Wreaths Across America event at the Marietta National Cemetery. There were also events at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Georgia, and at several old cemeteries in Roswell Georgia.


    Links to News Stories:
    WreathsAcrossAmerica.org | USA Today | WXIA - 11 Alive
    The Roswell Patch | The Roswell Historical Society


    Additional Photos from Canton GA:
    The Georgia National Cemetery

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    Photo by Rick Reese Jr.

    Marietta National Cemetery   -   Photo by Randy Pollard