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2018

Date: January 9th ~ Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting   | Event Link

Georgia SAR Society
Northeast Regional VP
Carter Wood




Georgia SAR Society
Color Guard Commander
Bill Palmer


Chapter President Shep Hammack called the January meeting to order, followed by the invocation by David Wiley and presentation of colors by the Chapter Color Guard. Chuck Olson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to the SAR.

We were honored to have two Georgia SAR Color Guard members join us, our guest speaker GA SAR Society Regional Vice President Carter Wood, and Georgia SAR Society Color Guard Commander Bill Palmer. We were also honored to have in attendance Mount Vernon Chapter member and President General of the National SAR, Larry Guzy.

Chapter Vice President Jim McDonald introduced our guest speaker Carter Wood, who gave a wonderful presentation on 'Battle of New Orleans'. In his presentation, he spoke about the Facts and Fiction of recorded "history".

More information about Carter's presentation can be found on the
2018 Speakers Summary page , which includes audio and a PDF of his supporting images.

The Registrar's Reports was given by Tom Chrisman, who indicated that the Mount Vernon Chapter now has 82 full members, 10 dual members, and 5 more in process.

January Meeting Program | Photos from Meeting




President General of the National SAR
Larry Guzy



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Two of our Color Guard members, Bill Floyd and David Wiley were given a special insignia, a "Cockade" feather to wear on their uniforms. These signify official membership into the Georgia State Color Guard and were presented by Georgia Color Guard Commander - Bill Palmer.

From the Georgia Color Guard Handbook (Pg 3):
"Upon becoming a member of the Georgia Society SAR Color Guard, the new Color Guardsman will be presented a "Cockade Adornment Device" consisting of a brown feather spike specific to the Georgia Society SAR Color Guard. Guardsmen wearing the Continental uniform will also be issued a pair of white gloves."

Congratulations to both of them.

The nominating process and election of 2018 officers was conducted at this meeting. These officers will be instated to their positions during the
1st Annual Chapter Banquet, which will be held Tuesday February 13th at the Dunwoody Country Club. More information will be forthcoming.

Those elected positions for 2018 are:
  • President - Jim McDonald
  • Vice President - Bill Floyd
  • Secretary - David Wiley
  • Corresponding Sec. - Chuck Rann
  • Treasurer - Ted Fricke
  • Registrar & Genealogist - Tom Chrisman
  • Chancellor - Chris Galanek
  • Sergeant-At-Arms - Chuck Olson
  • Chaplain - David Wellons
  • Historian - Geoff Oosterhodt
Congratulations!

The Announcements were given:
  • State Annual Conference, Sonesta Gwinnett Place, Jan 26 - 27th
  • Battle of Cowpens, Jan 12 - 13th
  • Chapter Annual Banquet at Dunwoody Country Club, Tuesday Feb 13th
  • Battle of Kettle Creek, Washington GA, Feb 9 - 11th
  • SAR Spring Leadership Conference, Louisville KY, March 2 - 4th
The meeting concluded with the SAR Recessional and the Benediction.

41 members and guest attended the January meeting!



Date: February 11th ~ SAR Kettle Creek - Washington, Georgia   | Event Link
Each year, American Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Clarke, nicknamed "Hero of the Hornet's Nest" is remembered with his fellow patriots in Washington, GA. NSSAR Chapters from around the Southeast, including the Piedmont Chapter, participate in a Memorial Service, Parade, a Battle Field Reenactment, and a Ceremony at War Hill.

Our Chapter Recording Secretary and Color Guard member David Wiley presented the Mount Vernon Chapter wreath at Kettle Creek ceremony on Feb. 11th.

The Battle of Kettle Creek (February 14, 1779) was a major encounter in the back country of Georgia during the American Revolutionary War. It was fought in Wilkes County about eight miles (13 km) from present-day Washington, Georgia. A militia force of Patriots decisively defeated and scattered a Loyalist militia force that was on its way to British-controlled Augusta.



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David Wiley - Mt. Vernon Color Guard
Photo by Rick Reese III


Date: February 13th ~ Mount Vernon 1st Annual Banquet   | Event Link

The Mount Vernon Chapter had it's 1st Annual Banquet on the evening of February 13th at the Dunwoody Country Club. The festivities started at 6 pm with adult beverages, followed by the evening dinner and business. Outgoing President Shep Hammack and 2018 President Jim McDonald led the evening program.

2018 officers present were sworn in by SAR President General Larry Guzy: Recording Secretary David Wiley, Vice President Bill Floyd, Treasurer Ted Fricke, Registrar/Genealogist Tom Chrisman, Sergeant-at-Arms Chuck Olson, and Chaplin David Wellons.

See All Photos:   Click Here | See Program (PDF):   Click Here | See Minutes (PDF):   Click Here

Jim McDonald becomes the 2nd President of the Mount Vernon Chapter

Date: March 13th ~ March Chapter Meeting   | Event Link



Guest Speaker: Phil Curtis, Past President - Atlanta Chapter SAR



March Program

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Meeting Minutes (PDF)
(The Treasurer and Registrar Reports were emailed to members.)
The March Meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter had 50 members, new members, wives and visitors at our meeting. That's a terrific turnout! Thanks to all that attended.

Our Guest Speaker in March was Phil Curtis and his topic was "Metal of Honor: from Antietam to Afghanistan". If you would like to hear it again,
  Click Here

One of the topics of discussion at the recent BOM meeting was establishing "Mount Vernon Chapter Fellows". This would be a separate fund from the Chapter dues/budget process, and would allow funding for our Chapter Education/Contest like a Poster Contest at Grade Schools, a Brochure Contest at Middle Schools, and bolster our participation in JROTC and Eagle Scout programs. These programs exist at the National, State & Local Chapter level.

The funding would also help with non-budgeted items like Flag holders, Awards and Certificates, etc. This fund would be managed by a nominated and elected 3 member board (by the BOM members). Details are being established by Shep Hammack and will be a big topic at the next BOM meeting.

Here is a link to the National SAR Education & Contest descriptions:
  Click Here

We inducted three new members from the Butler family. We congratulate & welcome them to the Mount Vernon Chapter! Photos of them and of the meeting are here:
Click Here to see Photos
Thanks to Larry White for the great photos.

Thanks to Vintage Pizza for great food too. See you April 10th!


Date: April 10th ~ Chapter Meeting   | Event Link | Meeting Photos - Click Here
Guest Speaker: Alan Bowen, Co-owner of The Bowen Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance and Owner of Bowen Development Company.

Topic: The Campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain

Alan is a native of Atlanta and attended Sandy Springs High School, graduating in 1975...

  More at Speakers Archives | Speaker Photos - Click Here

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New Business
Welcome John Robitscher to the Mount Vernon Chapter of the SAR.

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We are now on Facebook!   LINK to our page


28 members, wives and guest attended our April meeting. See you in May!




Date: May 5th ~ Maj. John Callaway Grave Marking
Callaway Farms Plantation in Wilkes Co., near Washington, Georgia   | Event Link
Randy Pollard joined other Georgia Color Guard members on May 5th for the grave marking of Patriot Maj. John Callaway. From Randy...

"This patriot lived on the Callaway Farms plantation in Wilkes Co. I presented a wreath from our Mt Vernon chapter. Maj. Callaway is the SAR ancestor for Cason and Bo Callaway who created and ran Callaway Gardens in middle Georgia. The private cemetery was created in 1783 and is very scenic. The wood framed Callaway home shown was built in the 1790's near the cemetery site."

"A Bar B Que lunch was served for the Georgia Color Guard and Callaway family guests (80-90) at the giant Granade Farms barn . The brick home of Job Callaway, built in 1868, is now a museum in Wilkes Co. near the city of Washington, Georgia."

A special thanks to Randy Pollard for participating in this event & representing the Chapter, and for making this contribution to the Mount Vernon website.

See Photos - Click Here


All photos by Randy Pollard

Date: May 8th ~ Chapter Meeting   | Event Link
Guest Speaker: Virginia Dilkes,
Advisory Board member to the Georgia WWI Centennial Commemoration Commission.


Topic: Georgia's World War I Legacies
A look at memorials and monuments in Georgia.


Bio: ~ Read more on our
Guest Speaker Archives


Meeting Photos - Click Here



Date: May 28th - Roswell Remembers ~ Memorial Day 2018   | Event Link

Roswell held its annual "Roswell Remembers" Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 28th and is the largest Memorial day service in Georgia. The annual event usually attracts approximately 6,000-7,000 people and has several state or national dignitaries.

The city's program began at 11 a.m. on the grounds of Roswell City Hall and included the presentation of colors, singing the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, "Lest We Forget" POW/MIA remembrance, laying of the wreath and remarks from this year's keynote speaker, George Lingerfelt, a retired U.S. Army sergeant. Read about speaker Lingerfelt's compelling story in the
Roswell Patch . The events website is also worth visiting - www.roswellmemorialday.com

Mount Vernon's own Vice President, Bill Floyd was part of the SAR Color Guard in the event. Other Color Guard members from the Piedmont Chapter included Paul Prescott, George Thurmond, and Bob Sapp.


Photo by Rick Reese III

Piedmont Bank of Dunwoody
Awarded Proper Flag Etiquette Certificate
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Date: June 12th ~ Chapter Meeting   | Event Link | Meeting Photos | Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Carter Wood



Announcements:

There will not be a regular chapter meeting held on the second Tuesday of July (7/10). Instead, Mount Vernon Annual picnic is scheduled for Saturday July 28th at 6 pm. Details are on our Welcome page and on our chapter calendar.

There will not be a meeting in August. Enjoy your summer. The next regular chapter meeting is Tuesday September 11th at Vintage Pizzeria.



(*The Treasurer's Report was not available at posting.)
Guest Speaker: Carter J. Wood, a Lyman Hall Chapter member and 2017-2018 President, Georgia SAR Society Northeast Regional VP and editor of the Georgia 'Hornets Nest' Publication.

Topic: 'Before the American Revolution'
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Our Mount Vernon Chapter June meeting had 35 attendees, which included members, wives, guest and new inductees. All came around 6 pm for the social hour and enjoyed the food and beverages from Vintage Pizzeria. Our thanks to them for hosting us.

After Carter's presentation, Chapter President Jim McDonald and Shep Hammack introduced and presented our chapter's newest members with a membership certificate and the SAR rosette.

Warren Craig Michell   Additional Photos
David George Garretson, Gregory George Garretson,
Matthew Joseph Garretson, and Michael John Garretson

Kenneth Clarence Reed III

Lyn Mitchell was present and pinned the rosette on her son Warren. Delphine Garretson pinned the rosette on her sons Gregory and Michael. David and Matthew were not present but received their rosette.

Not present at the meeting was another new member of the Mount Vernon Chapter, Kenneth Clarence Reed III. Shep Hammack, VP Bill Floyd, and President Jim McDonald presented Kenneth with his certificate and rosette.
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Update:   It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of our newest member, Kenneth Clarence Reed. Kenneth was inducted into the Mount Vernon Chapter SAR on June 12th and proud of his patriot forefathers dating back to 1635. Kenneth lost his 7 year battle with Mesothelioma cancer on Sunday June 17th. Please keep the family of Kenneth Reed in your thoughts and prayers. Here is a link to this remarkable man’s obit:   Read Kenneth Reed Obit

Shep Hammack also presented Charter member Geoff Oosterhoudt with a Charter Member Certificate of Appreciation ! (See meeting photos link at top).

Membership Report: by Tom Chrisman
With the 6 new members introduced and inducted at this meeting, we are now at 100 members !!! (90 members plus 10 dual members)

The Meeting Minutes: by David Wiley
Meeting Minutes (PDF)


Thanks to all that attended. Your support of the Mount Vernon Chapter is appreciated.


Date: July 4th ~ The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade   | Event Link | DHA Parade Info
The weather was perfect for the Annual Dunwoody 4th of July Parade this year. The Mount Vernon Color Guard was at the front of the parade - 2nd position assisting behind the Dunwoody JROTC group. Color Guard members included Tom Chrisman, Shep Hammack, Bill Floyd, Rusty Redding and CG Commander Randy Pollard.


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Following on the Chapter float was Chapter Recording Secretary and Flags Committee Chairman, David Wiley. (pictured right)


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Parade Photos by David Wellons

More Photos by David & Lena Wiley


Date: July 28th ~ 2nd Annual Mount Vernon Chapter Picnic
at Lost Corner Preserve ~ Event Link | See Photo Roll - Click Here
Our annual picnic was attended by 38 members, wives, and included five new members that were inducted into the Mount Vernon Chapter of the SAR.

President Jim McDonald presided over the ceremony and welcomed the new members into the SAR, thanks to the efforts of Chapter Registrar/Genealogist Tom Chrisman. Tom was also awarded the Liberty Medal, a prestigious award in the SAR, for bringing so many people into the Chapter and the SAR.



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(L to R) Dual member George Thurmond, Ton Chrisman, President Jim McDonald

That brings our total membership to over 100 members in the Mount Vernon Chapter!

See Photo Roll - Click Here

The food from Que-Barbeque was delicious and we should all thank John Galt for coordinating the event and to Ted Fricke for managing the finances.


Thanks for participating!
Welcome Five New Members ! (L to R)

  • Graham Lewis
  • Jackson Lewis
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Xavier Kiefer
  • Davis Rosser
    Mom's (L to R)
    Cathy Lewis, Carolyn Hiatt, Laura Rosser


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    Date: September 11th ~ Chapter Meeting   | Event Link | Meeting Minutes (PDF)


    Mary Williams


    The September meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter had 31 members, wives and visitors at our meeting. Thanks to all that attended.

    Our Guest Speaker was Mary Williams and her topic was "Revolutionary War Trivia". As it turns out, Henry Wadsworth's poem about Paul Revere is not quite true on facts. The lantern in the North Church was not for Paul Revere, and Revere did not make it to Concord! He was captured by the British before he got there.

    Bill Floyd presented Mary with a Speaker Appreciation Certificate.

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    Mary is the Current Regent of the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter - DAR, and a distinguished speaker/member of Toastmasters.

    Catherine Jimenez



    Shep talking about
    Logo Polo's


    Bill Floyd introduced Past MSBDAR Regent Catherine Jimenez, who is the current Regent of the local C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution). Catherine spoke about a program support homeless veterans and asked for financial support.

    Old Business
    (The Treasurer and Registrar Reports will be emailed to members.)

    New Business
    1. The Mount Vernon Chapter Board of Managers (BOM) has created a Mount Vernon Fellows Fund that members can financially support thru contributions at any time, or annually with their dues. This fund is primarily a vehicle for funding non-budgeted needs established by a yet to be appointed Fund Board of Managers. This board will consist of 3 Chapter members not officers on the Chapter BOM. Examples are funding: The Traveling Trunk, The Scouting Program & Awards, The JROTC Program and Awards, future School Poster and Brochure Contest. This is part of the SAR mission.
    2. Formation of the Nominations Committee (3 Members)
    3. The 2019 annual dues form is now available and has been mailed out to Chapter members. Dues payments must be received by December 15th to continue being a member in the Chapter.
    4. Shep Hammack presented fund raising idea of offering Golf/Polo Shirts to members. The shirts will have an SAR and Mount Vernon Chapter logo on them. The members will soon have a way to vote on the color of the shirt. (White, Gold, Navy Blue, Sky Blue, etc.)
    Announcements
    1. Next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9th at Vintage Pizza.
    2. The October speaker will be Donna C. Rowe, who will be speaking on The Vietnam War. You won't want to miss this.
    3. Color Guard Event: September 15th - Patriots on the Square - Cartersville, GA 11 am - 2 pm
    4. Color Guard Event: September 17th - Constitution Day - St. Paul's Church, Augusta, GA
    5. 2022 Congress will be in Savannah, Georgia. Plan/Make your reservations accordingly. We would like to have a large turnout from the Mt. Vernon Chapter.

    Thanks to Vintage Pizza for great food too. See you October 9th!

    Date: October 9th ~ Chapter Meeting   | Event Link | Meeting Minutes (PDF)


    President Jim McDonald


    Donna C. Rowe


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    Shep - Polo Shirts

    The meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was called to order by Chapter President Jim McDonald at
    7:00 PM. The October meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter had 24 members, wives and visitors at our meeting. Thanks to all that attended.


    Our Guest Speaker was Donna C. Rowe and her topic was "The Vietnam War".
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    Vice President Bill Floyd, introduced Donna C. Rowe, who spoke of her experiences during the Viet Nam War and the bravery of those with whom she served. She also told a remarkable story of a critically injured infant and the efforts made in successfully saving her life. That child, along with Mrs. Rowe will be in attendance at a Viet Nam war film shown at 6:00 PM on November 6th at the theatre on Marietta Square.

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    Bill Floyd presented Donna with a Speaker Appreciation Certificate.

    Old Business
    See Meeting Minutes (PDF) Here

    (The Treasurer and Registrar Reports will be emailed to members if/when the Corresponding Secretary receives them.)

    New Business
    1. Chapter President Jim McDonald addressed the following:
      1) Annual Dues - 2019 Annual Dues Form Online
      2) The Mount Vernon Fellows Fund Fellowship program,
      3) The Installation Banquet for the new officers. (Which will be held at Vintage Pizza this year.)
    2. Former Chapter President Shep Hammack spoke about three upcoming Traveling Trunk presentations at local schools.
    3. Former Chapter President Shep Hammack had the group vote on a color for our future chapter Golf Shirts. Navy Blue was chosen. The shirts will have an SAR and Mount Vernon Chapter logo on them.
    4. The Chapter meeting attendees voted unanimously to purchase three (3) wreaths from 'Wreaths Across America' for this years event in December.  See 2017 Write-Up
    Announcements
    1. Our next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13th at Vintage Pizza in Dunwoody with Social Hour starting at 6:00 PM.
    2. The November speaker will be Robin Towns and her topic is "The Poppy Lady".
    3. Color Guard Event: October 27th at the state BOM in Barnesville, Ga. at 10:00 AM.
    4. Color Guard Event: November ? - Flag History, Collins Hill Library, Lawrenceville, Ga. at 2:00 PM.
    5. 2022 Congress will be in Savannah, Georgia. Plan/Make your reservations accordingly. We would like to have a large turnout from the Mt. Vernon Chapter.

    Thanks to Vintage Pizza for great food too. See you November 13th!

    Date: November 1st ~ Traveling Trunk at Lake Forest Elementary School
    Event Link | See Photos
    The Mount Vernon Chapter gave it's first Traveling Trunk Presentation to the children at Lake Forest Elementary School in Sandy Springs. 140 students participated in an outdoor amphitheater on the playground of the school on a cloudy and cool Thursday morning. It was well received by the students, who enjoyed learning about Revolutionary War era life.

    Each fourth grade class (students) and their teachers participated in the Traveling Trunk program, except Davida Dyer, who's son was graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson Georgia. A special thanks to educators Davida Dyer and Ms. Brown for working with Chapter members Jim McDonald, Shep Hammack and Bill Floyd to arrange this fun and educational event.




    Lake Forest Elementary School
    5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, Ga.

    "Mr. McDonald,
    Thank you so much very for coming with the Sons of the American Revolution yesterday. I hate that I missed you. My kids said that they really enjoyed it and learned so much. Thank you for sharing this with all of the boys and girls. It is people like you and your group that help to educate our kids in a fun and creative way."
    Davida Dyer
    Fourth Grade Teacher
    Lake Forest Elementary


    Date: November 11th ~ Veterans Day Ceremony at the Atlanta History Center
    Event Link | Images by Becky Leake - View Her Images
    Submitted by Tom Chrisman
    The Georgia Color Guard presented colors at the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday 11/11 at the Atlanta History Center. That day was established to commemorate the end of WWI, when that war ended on the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month".

    "On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. It brought an end to four years of war which crippled Europe, leaving 17 million dead including 888,246 British or Colonial servicemen. As we approach the centenary of the Armistice on November 11, the Imperial War Museum has released a recording of the moment the war ended, patched together using archive material from their collections. The artillery activity it illustrates was recorded on the American front near the River Moselle, one minute before and one minute after the war ended. Strangely, audio couldn't be recorded at the time so the Allies created them using 'sound ranging', which recorded the intensity of noise to photographic film (a seismograph for earthquakes is a good comparison). This visual record allowed the Imperial War Museum to turn the moment back into audio to give an impression of what the moment was like."
    - Jen Mills, Senior News Reporter for Metro.co.uk

    Left to Right: (Uncredited Photo)
    Tom Chrisman, David Wiley,
    Rick Reece Jr. (Piedmont), and
    Shep Hammack
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    Listen: Recorded sound on the battlefield of the end of WWI:

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    Sound Ranging Film of the End of WWI


    Source: https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/07/eerie-recording-reveals-moment-the-guns-fell-silent-at-the-end-of-ww1-8114109/?ito=cbshare | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

    The annual Veterans Day program at Veterans Park featured a keynote speech by Joe Galloway, one of America's premiere war correspondents and co-author of the international bestseller We Were Soldiers Once... And Young, which was adapted into the acclaimed movie We Were Soldiers.

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    Left to Right: Tom Chrisman, David Wiley, Rick Reece Jr. (Piedmont), and Shep Hammack   |   Larger Image

    Date: November 13th ~ Chapter Meeting
    Event Link | Meeting Minutes PDF | See All Meeting Photos
    Updated: 11/21/18

    Chapter President Jim McDonald called the November meeting to order, followed by the invocation by David Wellons and presentation of colors by the Chapter Color Guard. Members gave the Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to the SAR. Several visitors (and potential members) were introduced - Steve Handel, Bill Scurry, Jim Styring and Past President of the Atlanta Chapter, Al Adams and his wife Pam.
    Vice President Bill Floyd introduced the guest speaker for the evening. Robin Towns, would speak about Moina Belle Michael, known as "The Poppy Lady". You can read about Robin Towns and the Poppy Lady on our Speaker Archives page:   Click Here


    Audio: Recording of Presentation

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    The Moina Michael 3 cent stamp
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    Bill Floyd presented Robin Towns with a Speaker Appreciation Certificate and a gift box with 'poppy pin' in it. Robin Towns distributed a commemorative stamp with the Poppy Lady on it to everyone who attended. There were between 34 people at Tuesday nights Chapter meeting.




    Old Business
    (The Report's will be posted when they are received.)

    New Business & Announcements - by Chapter President Jim McDonald   (Links open in New Browser tab)
    1. Welcome NEW Members: 1) Carl Eugene (Gene) Ray  2) Warren Craig Mitchell  3) Daniel (Dan) Morgan
    2. Annual Dues by December 15th! - 2019 Annual Dues Form Online
    3. The Nominating Committee - Comprised of these Chapter members: 1) Shep Hammack  2) Jim McDonald  3) Craig Honaman
    4. Nominated 2019 Chapter Officers
    5. The Nominating Committee selected the three Mt. Vernon Fellows Fund Board of Managers - They will determine how and when the Mt. Vernon Fellows Funds will be disbursed as non-budgeted needs arise for the Chapter. They are: 1) Warren McPhillips  2) Rusty Redding 3) Larry White   - Fellows Fund Explanation
    6. Board of Managers Meeting report:
      1) No 'offsite' December Dinner - We will meet on December 11th at
      7 pm as a regular meeting at Vintage Pizzeria with a special guest.
      Come at 6 pm for food & beverages.
      2) 2nd Annual Installation Dinner in February will be at Vintage Pizzeria. We will have a buffet style dinner.   Note the schedule times for the evening.
    7. Wreaths Across America is 12/15 at Marietta National Cemetery and The Georgia National Cemetery. The Mount Vernon is now a co-sponsor of Wreaths Across America. You can sponsor one (1) wreath for $15, or three (3) for $30. Contact - Shep Hammack or Bill Floyd. Time: 12 noon | Marietta Info | Canton Info
    8. Traveling Trunk at Lake Forest Elementary School - (See 11/1 write-up above on this page)
    9. Annual Georgia Society SAR Conference - Jan 25th & 26th at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place. See Oct 28th email for details.
    Thanks to Vintage Pizza for the amazing food and service.
    See you December 11th!



    Date: December 4th ~ Traveling Trunk at Holy Innocents Episcopal School
    Event Link
    The Mount Vernon Chapter gave it's second Traveling Trunk Presentation to the children at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Sandy Springs on December 4th. Bill Floyd and David Wiley gave the presentation to 90 students from 4 classes of 4th graders and 6 teachers. It was well received by the students, who enjoyed learning about Revolutionary War era life.

    A special thanks to educator Charlotte Bock and Paul A. Barton for working with the Mount Vernon Chapter



    Holy Innocents Episcopal School
    805 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, Ga.


    Bill Floyd (L) & David Wiley (R) having fun.

    Date: December 11th ~ Chapter Meeting
    Event Link | Meeting Minutes PDF | Santa Claus PDF | See All Meeting Photos
    Chapter President Jim McDonald called the December meeting to order promptly at 7 pm, followed by the invocation by David Wellons.

    The Mount Vernon Chapter Color Guard, made up of members Shep Hammack, John Wassell, Randy Pollard and Tom Chrisman presented of colors. Members gave the Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to the SAR to start the meeting.


    Jim McDonald introduced a special guest speaker for the evening... St. Nicholas? / Father Christmas? / Santa Claus?

    Guest Speaker Terry Manning did a marvelous job going through recorded history in colonial and post Revolutionary War era America of the character associated with the Christmas Spirit.

    “And so it began in the 1800's that we saw dramatic changes in the vision of Santa Claus with major changes about every 20 years!”

    Our Color Guard

    Terry Manning as... Father Christmas
    Presentation Highlights
    1. In 1773, probably referring to a well known 17th century Delaware Indian and referring to him as “St. a Claus.”
    2. In 1776, St. Nicholas was a traditional gift bearer among the Dutch who were prominent in settling New York. Regarded as a well dressed, affluent religious figure.
    3. Around 1812, the lower classes did not always have reason to celebrate Christmas and he changed from a religious figure to a gift giving, benevolent character purposely associated with the celebration of Christmas, someone who gave to those less fortunate.
    4. In 1821, William Gilley wrote the poem, "A Children’s Friend," which is the first mention of a (1) reindeer.
    5. In 1823, Clement C. Moore composed the poem, "Twas the Night before Christmas" with an 8 reindeer team.
    6. There's more. Rudolph appears in...
    If you would like to read through his presentation script,  Click Here  to open the PDF. A special Thanks to our special guest. The costume alone was well worth it!

    About 32 people attended the meeting.
    New Business
    Chapter President Jim McDonald addressed the following: (Check the website Welcome page for details)
    1. Annual Dues - Time is running out to maintain your active status.
    2. Traveling Trunk appearance at Holy Innocents Episcopal School.
    3. The Installation Banquet for the new officers.
    4. The Chaplain Report
    Announcements
    Chapter President Jim McDonald & Shep Hammack addressed the following:
    1. Our next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8th at Vintage Pizza in Dunwoody. The guest speaker will be Jerry Hightower on 'National Parks'
    2. Wreaths Across America - Saturday Dec. 15th at Marietta, Canton and in Roswell. Details on Calendar.
    3. The Georgia Society SAR Annual Conference Jan 25-26 at Sonesta Gwinnett Place. Details on Calendar.
    4. Presented a streamer to Sgt-at-Arms Chuck Olson/Chapter for participation at Kings Mountain.

    Chuck Olson started the group on the SAR recessional and the benediction was read by David Wellons.
    Jim McDonald adjourned the meeting.


    Thanks to Vintage Pizza for their hospitality. See you January 8th!

    Date: December 15th ~ Wreaths Across America
    Event Link | wreathsacrossamerica.org | Photos 1 | Photos 2

    The Canton National Cemetery, Marietta National Cemetery and the Roswell Presbyterian Church Cemetery all had Wreaths Across America ceremonies at 12 noon on Saturday Dec. 15th.

    The annual event reminds us to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on their graves at a National Cemetery.

    Wreaths Across America has thousands of volunteers, and many of them are young people. The events at Marietta and at Canton has Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, JROTC units, Cadet ROTC members and volunteers that showed up to lay wreaths at every headstone. After straightening the wreath to the stone, and allowing the name of the person to be seen, the volunteer would back up one step and salute the fallen veteran.

    Marietta:   Mount Vernon Color Guard members Randy Pollard and Shep Hammack participated in the Wreaths Across America event at the Marietta National Cemetery.


    From the Kennesaw Patch: On Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM, Cobb County Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol GA-090 will be helping Marietta National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes.

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    Shep Hammack at Marietta -
    Photos by Randy Pollard
    Canton:   Corresponding sectretary & webmaster Chuck Rann attended the Canton ceremony. The 12 noon ceremony was held at the Assembly Area, which is shown on the map below. The Civil Air Patrol flew over the Canton Cemetery as well.

    Recording of Salute & Taps:   Click Here   (New browser tab)

    "Not sure how many people attended but I parked my car about 3/4 of a mile from the gates. Someone was gracious enough to stop and give me a ride in, and another person the ride out to my car. That saved a lot of steps." - CR


    Photos from Canton:   The GA National Cemetery Photos 1 | The GA National Cemetery Photos 2