Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Marietta Chapter SAR Welcomes New Members – Marietta, OH

LtoR: Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash; Wayne McMillan; William Conroy.

On March 14, 2018 at their regular business meeting, the Marietta Chapter welcomed two new members. Chapter President Steve Frash inducted Compatriots Wayne McMillan and William Conroy at meeting held at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

Compatriot McMillan enjoys History and hearing about the Revolutionary War.  Compatriot Conroy enjoys history and playing the bagpipes.

The Marietta Chapter meets at the Lafayette Hotel, a grand riverboat era hotel located at 101 Front Street, Marietta, OH, in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.


Benjamin Franklin Chapter SAR Holds Washington’s Birthday Observance – Columbus, OH

LtoR Front Row: 2nd Vice-President Randy Walker; President Don Miller; Wm. Tony Robinson

On February 23rd, 2018, the Benjamin Franklin Chapter SAR held its annual George Washington’s Birthday Observance Dinner.  At the event, newly elected chapter officers were installed by Ohio Society SAR Central District Chairman William “Tony” Robinson.

The annual dinner is also well-attended by many members of central Ohio DAR chapters.

Shown at the Annual George Washington’s Birthday Observance are (from left) Compatriots Paul Morris, Robert Morris, Randy (and Patricia) Walker, applicant Bill Johnson and Compatriot Steve Brubaker.

Western Reserve Society SAR Celebrates Washington’s 286th Birthday – Shaker Heights, OH

On Saturday, February 19, 2018, one hundred SAR members, wives and guests from over twenty Patriotic and Historical organizations gathered to celebrate George Washington’s 286th Birthday. The Western Reserve Society SAR luncheon was held at Shaker Heights Country Club. It was a beautiful day, no snow and not too cold! President David Foster welcomed everyone who had gathered for the event.

L to R: John Franklin, Lance Beebe (Firelands Chapter,) Stan Thomas, Galen Swab, Lee MacBride, Roger Jones, and Wilma Watkins (Mrs. Fred Watkins)

1st Vice President, J. Attlee Horner III, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Past WRS President, Roger P. Jones, led everyone in singing The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. The colors were then posted and Rev. David Foster gave the invocation.

Early Settlers Association President, John Cimperman presented a proclamation to WRS President David Foster from Frank Jackson, Mayor of The City of Cleveland. It was given in honor of WRS commemorating George Washington’s 286th Birthday.

There was a delicious luncheon served of a field greens salad, filet mignon, green beans, roasted potatoes, and cherry pie and ice cream for dessert. The entire room was decorated in the patriotic red, white and blue. Floodlights of these colors lit up the room.

A display of WRS memorabilia was available for members and guests to enjoy. There were pictures of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Fort Laurens, the Continental Soldier, Revolutionary War Timelines, etc.

Ted Minier with President David Foster assisted in inducting two new members, Joseph Timothy Weills and David Whitney Hawkins.

WRS Essay Contest chairman, Fred Watkins, presented a certificate and $300 to Sarath Kareti, a student at Rocky River High School, for his wonderful essay. It was nice that his dad, Dr. Kareti, was able to be there for the presentation.

After lunch, Raquel Suarez from James Madison’s Montpelier Estate gave a very informative presentation on Madison, his upbringing, his education, and his involvement in writing the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a document that has lasted the test of time in guiding our government.

The Archibald Willard Color Guard retired the colors. WRSSAR Chaplain, Rev. David Foster, gave the benediction to close the program.

What a great afternoon!

Mahoning Valley SAR Celebrates Washington’s Birthday – Austintown, OH


Mahoning Valley Chapter, Phil Bracy welcomes from Left to Right, Dan Matheke, NEO Chapter Secretary, Steve Hinson, 2nd Vice President and NEO Chapter President, Troy Bailey, State Registrar and Chapter President Phil Bracy. Photo by Diane Bracy.

Members and guests of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution gathered at Salsitas Restaurant in Austintown, Ohio on Saturday February 17th to celebrate President George Washington’s Birthday.  Joining the chapter for the event were Ohio Society SAR Registrar Troy Bailey;  Ohio Society SAR 2nd Vice-President Steve Hinson; and Northeastern Ohio Chapter Secretary Dan Matheke.


Swearing in ceremony of Mahoning Valley Officers by State Registrar, Troy Bailey. From left to right, Jonathan Guerrier,  Treasurer, Scott Davis, Secretary, Phil Bracy, President, John Opre, Vice President and Craig Campbell, Registrar and Genealogist. Photo by Diane Bracy.

During the business meeting, the chapter officers for 2018 were elected, and included: President Philip Bracy; Vice President John Opre;  Secretary Scott Davis;   Registrar/Genealogist Craig Campbell; Treasurer  Jonathan Guerrier and Chaplain Jim Alexander. State Registrar Troy Bailey administered the oath of office.


Mahoning Valley Chapter Welcomes its first two Junior Members and third generation family. Pictured front Row are Left to right, new Junior members, Adam and Austin Wentz, Second row dad Chris and grandfather, Russ also members. Photo by Diane Bracy

Chapter President Bracy then swore in two Adam Russell and Austin Michael Wentz as Junior Members.  They joined their father and grandfather as Chapter Charter Members.


Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy , awards a certificate of Appreciation to NEO Secretary, Dan Matheke for his efforts in the formation of and ongoing support of the Chapter. Photo by Diane Bracy


Mahoning Valley President Phil Bracy awards Certificate of Appreciation to State registrar Troy Bailey for his efforts on behalf of formation and ongoing support of the Chapter. Photo by Diane Bracy

Dave Mannion was recognized for his on going efforts at the Canfield Fair with the presentation of the Ohio Society Challenge Coin. State Registrar and Northeast District Chairman Troy Bailey and Northeastern Ohio Chapter Secretary Dan Matheke were recognized for their tireless efforts helping form the Mahoning Valley Chapter.

In other business, Chapter President Phil Bracy announced that Scott Davis will serve as chairman of the Youth Programs Committee, in addition to duties as the chairman of  Trumbull County recruitment activities.  Brian Young will undertake the chairman responsibilities of the JROTC Committee.  For YSU ROTC Committee, Chris Wentz will serve as chairman and John Dalbec will join the committee as a member. The Canfield Fair Committee will be chaired by John Phillips, with Dave Mannion and John Opre assisting as members.  John Opre is changing chairmanship from the Canfield Fair Committee to the chairmanship of Columbiana County recruitment activities and will organize the chapter’s color guard.  John’s extensive knowledge of  Columbiana County and the close partnership with the  NSDAR Mahoning County Chapter, which has been active there for some time, will be a successful combination.  Bracy stated: “I am sure it will lead to great results for both organizations”. Compatriots interested in serving on any of the committees were invited to contact the Chairmen today or through the chapter’s dedicated email.


Craig Campbell, Chapter Registrar and Genealogist reviews the Chapter Charter. The Charter will be passed to each new Chapter President when they are installed as a symbol of the Office of Chapter President. Photo by Diane Bracy.

The chapter welcomed back Craig Campbell, Chapter Registrar and Genealogist, who returned to his duties after being challenged by a life threatening illness.


Eagle Scout Justin Mclemore

Eagle Scout Justin Mclemore, who is awaiting his SAR application approval, explained to the group his project of honoring Patriots in a Mahoning County cemetery in Washingtonville by replacing  their markers. Assisting in these efforts is Chapter Vice President John Opre.


Left to Right: Scott Davis; Drew Scalzo.  Photo by Diane Bracy

Mahoning Valley Chapter Secretary Scott Davis presented the second place award to Drew Scalzo for his entry in the Chapter Knight Essay Contest.


David Hudson Chapter DAR Youth Awards Program – Hudson, OH

On Sunday, February 4, 2017, David Hudson Chapter of the DAR held their Annual Youth Awards Program at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio.

Western Reserve Society Guard Commander, John Franklin, Jr., leads the color guard in and is followed by Scott Glasgow (President of SAR Lafayette Chapter), Mialie T. Szymanski (First Vice Regent of David Hudson Chapter of DAR), Lee MacBride, and Claude Custer (WRS)

Jane Plank, Regent of the David Hudson Chapter, called the meeting to order asked the color guard to advise the colors.

Front row L to R: John H. Franklin, Scott Glasgow, Mialie T. Szymanski, Jane Plank (Regent of David Hudson Chapter, NSDAR)

Mialie T. Szymanski First Vice Regent of David Hudson Chapter of DAR leads all in the pledge of elegance.

After posting the colors, Lafayette Chapter SAR President Scott Glasgow brought greetings. He congratulated the students on all of their accomplishments and told them, “You are our future leaders!”

Many DAR awards and scholarships for Essays, Posters, Poems, Stamp Designs, Photos, Banners, Community Service, and Good Citizenship were presented at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Some students have already won at State and are going on to District. Also, three teachers received Educator Recognition Awards.

At the conclusion of the event, Western Reserve Society and Lafayette Chapter SAR members and David Hudson Chapter DAR members assembled with the award-winning students.

Ohio SAR Represented at 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek – Washington, GA

LtoR: NSSAR Color Guard Commander Mark Anthony; NSSAR Secretary General Warren Alter; Past NSSAR President General J. Michael Tomme; Ohio Society SAR Steve Frash

On February 10th and 11th, 2018, Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash and daughter Ms. Lisa L. Rose of the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution Elizabeth Sherman Reese Chapter, traveled to Wilkes County, Georgia to attend the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek.  The three day commemorative event was sponsored by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

The Battle of Kettle Creek occurred during the American Revolution on February 14, 1779 and was a between a militia force of patriots and a loyalist militia force.  It was considered an American victory.

On Saturday morning the Georgia Society SAR Elijah Clark Militia, with musket salutes, raised the 1776 Colors of the Revolutionary War on the Wilkes County Courthouse flag pole.  Later in the morning, the Georgia Society SAR Combined Color Guard & Militia gathered at the Revolutionary War Monument of the Washington City Square to salute and honor the Wilkes County Militia (the Heroes of the Hornets’ Nest).

In the afternoon, wreaths were presented by the Sons of the American Revolution; Daughters of the American Revolution; Children of the American Revolution; hereditary organizations; local, state and national officials; high school JROTC cadets; students and the public to honor the Heroes of the Wilkes County Militia for their victory at Kettle Creek.

While representing the Ohio Society, Compatriot Frash presented a wreath and carried the Ohio Burgee in the procession.

Wreaths Across America – Painesville, Ohio

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, the joint Color Guard from the Ohio SAR included: Northeast Ohio Chapter, Samuel Huntington Chapter and Western Reserve Society SAR.  Compatriots from these Chapters participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Evergreen cemetery in Painesville, Ohio.  Over 1,000 Veterans are interred, including 10 Patriots from the American Revolution.

The event was sponsored by the New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  Debbie Kocsis, Regent, NCCDAR opened the ceremony, which included the American Legion Post 336 Color Guard, and Anthony Carson Painesville City Manager.

Loralee Hill of the DAR delivered the Invocation and Benediction.  Then Linda Rothchild, Western Reserve Lakewood Chapter DAR, and Cub Scout Pack 75 led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Ms. Heidi Skok sang the National Anthem and later God Bless America.

The following Compatriots and some wives participated: John Franklin (WRS), Robert Parvin (SHC) and Diane Parvin, Galen Swab (WRS), Robert Bradt (SHC) and his wife, James Gilbert (NEOC), Kirk Bacon (NEOC), Diane and James Pildner (NEOC), Tim Ward (NEOC), Venie Hinson, Lee MacBride (WRS) and Steve Hinson (NEOC).

Western Reserve Awards – Cleveland


On Friday evening, December 15, the Western Reserve Society held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Dinner at The Tudor Arms Hotel of Cleveland. As members and guests arrived, holiday music was played on the piano and warm apple cider and drinks flowed. The meeting was opened with President William Shanklin requesting the Color Guard to post the colors. Compatriot Roger Jones led everyone in singing The National Anthem.

After dinner, two new members: Richard W. Ashton and Brian J. Lamb were inducted into WRS by President William Shanklin.


The highlight of the evening was awarding the Archibald Willard Award and bowl by last recipient J. Atlee Horner to long time member and Past President, Zackary K. Hoon. Past recipients of the Willard Award congratulate the 2017 awardee Zackary K. Hoon.
L to R: Lee C. MacBride (2015), Douglas M. Dechert (2006), John H. Franklin, Jr. (2007), Roger P. Jones (2009), Zackary K. Hoon (2017), J. Atlee Horner III (2016), Ted M. Minier (2011), Fredrick A. Watkins (2013) and William M. Donley (2003).


President William Shanklin called the Annual Meeting to order and the necrology report was read of those compatriots that passed away in 2017.

Then the slate of new officers for 2018 was presented. After asking if there were any candidates from the floor, the candidates were then unanimously approved.

The new officers are: David B. Foster (President/ Chaplin), J. Atlee Horner III (1st Vice President/Treasurer), Thomas M. Stickney (2nd Vice President/Parliamentarian), William L.S. Ross (Secretary), Richard C.O. Rezie (Registrar), Nathan P. Carmon (Genealogist), William Shanklin (Trustee), Peter W. Knox (Trustee) and Daniel Mitchel (Trustee). Congratulations to all of these compatriots. Here’s to another successful year!



Wreaths Across America – Ohio

2017-12-16 12.34.30Wreaths Across America was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Over 1,470,000 wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves at over 1000 cemeteries. For the second year in a row every grave at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath.
In Ohio, 55 cemeteries received wreaths to be placed graveside. Ohio Society SAR Chapters were active in sponsoring and placing wreaths. Western Reserve Society, Cincinnati, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Montgomery, John Hancock, North East Ohio, Mahoning Valley, Hocking Valley, General Henry Knox, and Arthur St. Clair, Camp Charlotte Chapters were active participants. As National Chair of Partners in Patriotism, Tony Robinson congratulated each of the Chapters in their active participation.



Hocking Valley Awards


The Hocking Valley Chapter held its Annual Awards Gathering at the Lancaster Library (Fairfield County), attended by State SAR President Don McGraw. Many awards were given out this year, including a Heroism Award to the widow of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario who was killed by a gunman in May of this year. The chapter also donated a check for $300 to the widow, Aryn Disario, and her family of six children who were in attendance.


 After the Awards Gathering, three chapter members and two wives went to the Crestview Manor Nursing Home to award compatriot John Dye, 90, the Meritorious Service Medal. A month earlier, John suffered a stroke, and was staying at the facility for recovery and therapy. John has been instrumental in the chapter’s outreach to school history education for years, visiting classrooms on his own and with fellow compatriots, as well as promoting the SAR poster contests. 


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