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Date: January 9, 2018
Mount Vernon Chapter Meeting
Event Link | January Meeting Program | Meeting Photos


Georgia SAR Society
Northeast Regional VP
Carter Wood



Georgia SAR Society
Color Guard Commander
Bill Palmer



President General of the National SAR
Larry Guzy



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.

Attendance
41 members and guest attended the January meeting!

Special Guest

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 this link, which includes audio and a PDF of his supporting images.

2018 Speakers Summary #Wood

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.

Recognition

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.


2018 Officers Elected by Members
The member nominating process and election of 2018 officers was conducted at this January 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.

Those elected to Chapter Officers for 2018 were:
  • 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
Announcements
  • 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.


Date: February 11, 2018
SAR Kettle Creek - Washington, Georgia
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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 Mount Vernon 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 13, 2018
Mount Vernon's 1st Annual Banquet
Event Link | Meeting Program | Meeting Minutes | Event Photos

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.

Attending 2018 officers were sworn in by SAR President General Larry Guzy
  • 2018 President Jim McDonald
  • Vice President - Bill Floyd
  • Recording Secretary - David Wiley
  • Corresponding Secretary - (did not attend)
  • Treasurer - Ted Fricke
  • Registrar/Genealogist - Tom Chrisman
  • Chaplain - David Wellons
  • Historian - Shep Hammack
  • Chancellor - (did not attend)
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - Chuck Olson
Jim McDonald becomes the 2nd President of the Mount Vernon Chapter

Note: This was our last meeting at Aldo's.


Date: March 13, 2018
Mount Vernon's March Meeting
Event Link | March Program | Meeting Minutes | Event Photos




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

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.

We inducted three new members from the Butler family.
We congratulate & welcome them to the Mount Vernon Chapter!
Photos - Click Here
Thanks to Larry White for the great photos.

Note: This was our first meeting at Vintage Pizza. Great food.


Date: April 10, 2018
Mount Vernon's April Meeting
Event Link | Meeting Photos 1 | Meeting Photos 2
  •   INDUCTION of 1 New Members - John Robitscher


Alan Bowen
The Guest Speaker for the evening was Alan Bowen, Co-owner of The Bowen Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance and Owner of Bowen Development Company.

His topic was about The Campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Read about Alan here in our  
Speakers Archives#Bowen

His presentation was recorded - listen here:

Audio of Presentation   (New browser tab)

28 members, wives and guest attended our April meeting.


Chapter Business
We welcome New Member John Robitscher to the Mount Vernon Chapter.

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We are now on Facebook! The link:   https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonChapterSAR/




Date: May 5, 2018
Maj. John Callaway Grave Marking
Callaway Farms Plantation in Wilkes Co., Georgia
Event Link | Event Photos   (Photos by Randy Pollard)

Compatriot 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.



Date: May 8, 2018
Mount Vernon's May Meeting

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Guest Speaker in May: Virginia Dilkes,
Virginia serves as a volunteer for the U.S. WWI Centennial Commemoration Commission and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Georgia WWI Centennial Commemoration Commission.

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


Virginia has traveled throughout the State of Georgia talking to veteran services organizations and local newspapers about their plans to commemorate WWI. She has attended Memorial Day and Veterans Day services across the state.


Read more about Virginia Dilkes   Guest Speaker Archives#Dilkes


A few Meeting Photos


Date: May 28, 2018
Memorial Day ~ "Roswell Remembers"
City Hall, Roswell, Georgia
Event Link | 2019 Roswell Remembers Website
Roswell Patch Article | Article Image (PDF)

The city of 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. (article linked above)


Color Guard members included (L to R) Piedmont Chapter members Paul Prescott & George Thurmond, Mount Vernon's own Vice President, Bill Floyd, and Piedmont Chapter member Bob Sapp.


Photo by Rick Reese III


Date: May 28, 2018
Flag Certificate Issued to Piedmont Bank of Dunwoody
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Date: June 12, 2018
Mount Vernon's June Meeting
Event Link | Meeting Photos | Meeting Minutes PDF

  •   INDUCTION of 6 New Members - Warren Craig Michell, David George Garretson, Gregory George Garretson, Matthew  Joseph Garretson, Michael John Garretson, and Kenneth Clarence Reed III

Carter Wood





Attendance:
Our Mount Vernon Chapter June meeting had 35 attendees, including members, wives, guest and new inductees.

Guest Speaker: Carter J. Wood
Carter is a Lyman Hall Chapter member and the 2017-2018 Chapter President. He is also a Georgia SAR Society Northeast Regional VP and currently the editor of the Georgia 'Hornets Nest' Publication.

His Topic: 'Before the American Revolution'
Audio of Presentation

VP Bill Floyd presented Carter Wood with a certificate of appreciation.

Chapter Business:

Induction of New Members:
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
Chapter Business: (continued)
  • 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)
  • Treasurer's Report: Ted Fricke announced the Chapter balance.
  • Shep Hammack presented Charter member Geoff Oosterhoudt with a Charter Member Certificate of Appreciation

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

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


Date: June 4, 2018
The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade
Event Link | DHA Parade Info
Parade Photos 1 (by David Wellons) | Parade Photos 2 (Submitted by David & Lena Wiley)

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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Date: July 28th, 2018
2nd Annual Mount Vernon Chapter Picnic
Location: Lost Corner Preserve in Sandy Springs
Event Link | Event Photos
  •   INDUCTION of 5 New Members - Graham Lewis, Jackson Lewis, Ryan Lewis,
      Xavier Kiefer, and Davis Rosser

Our annual picnic was attended by 38 members, wives and guest. We welcomed five new members into the Mount Vernon Chapter and the SAR. New members Graham Lewis, Jackson Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Xavier Kiefer, and Davis Rosser brought our total membership to over 100 members in the Mount Vernon Chapter!

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

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 in this Chapter celebration!

Welcome Five New Members !
Mom's (L to R)
Cathy Lewis, Carolyn Hiatt, and Laura Rosser


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Date: September 11, 2018
Mount Vernon's September 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.

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

Bill Floyd presented Mary with a Speaker Appreciation Certificate.

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Catherine Jimenez



Shep talking about
Logo Polo's


Special Guest
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.

Chapter Business
  • Treasurer's Report: Ted Fricke reported the balance in the chapter account.
  • Registrar's Report: Tom Chrisman gave us the updated member count, future prospects, and applications in process.

  • 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.
  • Formation of the Nominations Committee (3 Members)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9th at Vintage Pizza.
  • The October speaker will be Donna C. Rowe, who will be speaking on The Vietnam War. You won't want to miss this.
  • Color Guard Event: September 15th - Patriots on the Square - Cartersville, GA 11am - 2pm.
  • Color Guard Event: September 17th - Constitution Day - St. Paul's Church, Augusta, GA.
  • 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 9, 2018
Mount Vernon's October Meeting
Event Link | Meeting Minutes PDF | Meeting Photos



President Jim McDonald


Donna C. Rowe

To treat the wounded at the 3rd Field Hospital Triage, there were:
  • 39 combat medics
  • 42 doctors
  • 3 voluteers
  • Donna was the only RN



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Shep Hammack


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.

Guest Speaker Donna C. Rowe, Retired US Army Nurse Corps
speakerArchives_2018.htm#Rowe
Vice President Bill Floyd, introduced Donna C. Rowe to the membership, 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.

Following the presentation, VP Bill Floyd presented Donna Rowe with a Speaker Appreciation Certificate.


Did you know? - 58,267 men & women's names are engraved on black granite wall at the Memorial in Washington DC. Eight of those names are army nurses.
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Chapter Business
  • Treasurer's Report: Ted Fricke reported the balance in the chapter account.
  • Registrar's Report: Tom Chrisman gave us the updated member count, future prospects, and applications in process.

  • Chapter President Jim McDonald addressed the following:
    1. Annual Dues
    2. The Mount Vernon Fellows Fund Fellowship program
    3. The Installation Banquet for the new officers in February.

  • Former Chapter President Shep Hammack spoke about three upcoming Traveling Trunk presentations at local schools.
  • 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.
  • The Chapter meeting attendees voted unanimously to purchase three (3) wreaths from 'Wreaths Across America' for this years event in December.

  • Announcements
  • Our next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13th at Vintage Pizza in Dunwoody with Social Hour starting at 6:00 PM.
  • The November speaker will be Robin Towns and her topic is "The Poppy Lady".
  • Color Guard Event: October 27th at the state BOM in Barnesville, Ga. at 10:00 AM.
  • Color Guard Event: November ? - Flag History, Collins Hill Library, Lawrenceville, Ga. at 2:00 PM.
  • 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 1, 2018
Traveling Trunk at Lake Forest Elementary School
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The Mount Vernon Chapter gave a 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 11, 2018
Veterans Day Ceremony at the Atlanta History Center
Event Link | Event Images   (Images by Becky Leake)

The Georgia Color Guard presented colors at the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday 11/11 at the Atlanta History Center. That observance day was established to commemorate the end of WWI, which 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

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 author/writer 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 starring Mel Gibson & Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliot, Barry Pepper (as Joe Galloway) and a host other actors.

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

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Ceremony Color Guard - Left to Right: Tom Chrisman, David Wiley, Rick Reece Jr. (Piedmont), and Shep Hammack


Date: November 13, 2018
Mount Vernon's November Meeting
Event Link | Meeting Minutes PDF | Meeting Photos
  •   INDUCTION of 3 New Members - Gene Ray, Warren Mitchell, and Dan Morgan.

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, Robert Allen Adams and his wife Pam. About 35-40 people attended the meeting.
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


Dog Tags from WWI

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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.

The Moina Michael 3 cent stamp
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Chapter Business
  • Welcome NEW Members: 1) Carl Eugene (Gene) Ray  2) Warren Craig Mitchell  3) Daniel (Dan) Morgan
  • Annual Dues by December 15th!
  • The Nominating Committee - Comprised of these Chapter members: 1) Shep Hammack  2) Jim McDonald  3) Craig Honaman
  • Nominated 2019 Chapter Officers
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 a wreath or more, contact either Shep Hammack or Bill Floyd.
  • Nov 1st - Traveling Trunk at Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Annual Georgia Society SAR Conference - Jan 25th & 26th at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place. See Oct 28th email for details.


Date: December 4, 2018
Traveling Trunk at Holy Innocents Episcopal School
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The Mount Vernon Chapter gave it's second Traveling Trunk Presentation this month 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) in uniform.

Date: December 11, 2018
Mount Vernon's December Meeting
Event Link | Meeting Minutes PDF
Meeting Photos | Santa Claus PDF

Chapter President Jim McDonald called the December meeting to order at 7 pm, followed by the invocation by Chaplain David Wellons. Sergeant-at-Arms Chuck Olson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the SAR. There were 32 people attended the meeting to see our special guest.

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.



Guest Speaker Terry Manning

Jim McDonald introduced guest speaker Manning, who did a marvelous job going through recorded history in colonial and post Revolutionary War era America of the character associated with the Christmas Spirit. Was it St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, or Santa Claus?   Speaker Archives#Manning

“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!”

Presentation Highlights
  • In 1773, probably referring to a well known 17th century Delaware Indian and referring to him as “St. a Claus.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1821, William Gilley wrote the poem, "A Children’s Friend," which is the first mention of a (1) reindeer.
  • In 1823, Clement C. Moore composed the poem, "Twas the Night before Christmas" with an 8 reindeer team.
  • There's more. Rudolph appears in...

If you would like to read through his presentation script,  Click Here.   The Mount Vernon Chapter thanks fellow SAR compatriot Terry Manning for his effort. The costume alone was well worth it!

The Color Guard



Terry Manning as Father Christmas
Chapter Business
  • Annual Dues - Maintain your active status in the SAR.
  • A review of the Traveling Trunk show at Holy Innocents Episcopal School.
  • The February Banquet and installation of new officers.
  • The Chaplain Report

  • Announcements
  • Our next Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8th at Vintage Pizza in Dunwoody.
  • Wreaths Across America is Saturday Dec. 15th at Marietta, Canton and in Roswell.
  • The Georgia Society SAR Annual Conference Jan 25-26 at Sonesta Gwinnett Place.
  • Sgt-at-Arms Chuck Olson - We received a flag streamer for participation at Kings Mountain.

Sergeant-at-Arms Chuck Olson led the group on the SAR recessional.
The benediction was read by Chaplain David Wellons.
Chapter President Jim McDonald adjourned the meeting.


Thanks to Vintage Pizza for their hospitality.


Date: December 15, 2018
Wreaths Across America
Event Link | Photos 1 | Photos 2
wreathsacrossamerica.org

The Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony is held in 3 locations in the Atlanta area at 12 noon each year. At the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, at Marietta National Cemetery near the downtown square, and at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Roswell Georgia on Mimosa Blvd.

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

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

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







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