Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Compatriot Over-watch for Former Chaplain & Chapter President Patrick Kelly


A recent photo of Patrick N. Kelly, courtesy of The Morrow County Sentinel newspaper. From an article on Patrick’s involvement in a patriot grave marking ceremony for Alexis Lemmon in October, 2018.

Three Hocking Valley Chapter compatriots, Bob Hill (Ohio Society Color Guard Commander), Al Gummere, and Paul Irwin traveled to Woodside Village Care Center in Mount Gilead, Ohio on Friday, August 28th. There they met Cincinnati Chapter and Ohio Society Chaplain Ed Bonniwell to present awards to an ailing compatriot, Patrick Kelly, age 86.

Earlier last week, Chaplain Ed visited Patrick, and a few days later, Matt Hardman (President and Chaplain of the Hocking Valley Chapter) and Bob Hill visited as well. All enjoyed meeting Patrick, his wife Shirley, and his loving daughter, Karen. Patrick suffered a bad fall a few months ago and his injuries have not healed properly. He and his family know time is running out and he is growing weaker, though he perked up during visits from his compatriots. Bob was quite surprised when at the end of their visit, they all joined hands in prayer and Bob expected Matt to lead, but it was Patrick who immediately led in prayer, and a good one!

Patrick once served as the Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Woodbury, and 8 other churches in his career. He joined the SAR under his patriot ancestor, Reuben Frisbee of Connecticut…yes, the same family line that invented the frisbee! He was an active member and Chaplain for nearly 30 years in the Centennial Chapter (as well as a past President), and the former Henry Knox Chapter. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Ohio Society in 2007, a Distinguished Service Certificate, the Roger Sherman Medal, Silver Color Guard Medal, and a 20-year Tenure Pin.

The facility caring for Patrick is very strict on the number of visitors allowed inside. So, Ed went inside to do the presentation, and Patrick’s daughter, Karen was there. Bob, Al, and Paul formed a small Color Guard outside Patrick’s window where he could see them. Patrick’s son, Dave, stood outside with them. Although rain was threatening, the Lord held it back for the ceremony.

All involved knew it was an important gesture for Patrick and family to do this ceremony for him. Bob wasn’t expecting to get misty-eyed, but tears welled-up when he saw Patrick through the window, laying on his bed wearing his Continental Army jacket and tricorn hat, and he gave the Color Guard a salute.


The Bronze Good Citizenship Award Presented to Compatriot Patrick Kelly

The Color Guard came to Present Arms as Pastor Ed, with his booming voice and eloquence, awarded Patrick the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, and the Army Colonel’s Chaplain Insignia. When the time comes, Patrick has requested an SAR vigil at his viewing and a graveside ceremony. It will be an honor to fulfill his wishes.


Hocking Valley Chaplain and Ohio Society Associate Chaplain Matt Hardman during last week’s visit with Patrick, and his wife, Shirley


Chaplain Ed Bonniwell with Compatriot Patrick Kelly immediately after the awards presentation


Compatriots at the Awards Presentation, L to R: Al Gummere, Ed Bonniwell, Bob Hill, Paul Irwin

Eagle Scout Awards at Northeastern Ohio Chapter Ceremony

On Sunday, 23 August at the home of Andrew Proctor and his family, the Northeastern Ohio Society, Chapter #12 Sons of the American Revolution held a ceremony to present to Rafe Proctor, an Eagle Scout, member of Scout Troop 99 of Newbury, OH, and a member of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter SAR, a certificate and and trophy from the Ohio Society  SAR for earning first place in their Eagle Scout Award competition.

Leading the ceremony was Jim Pildner, President of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter .  Special guests included:

  • Lance Beebe, Eagle Scout Scholarship Chair for the Ohio Society;
  • L. Stephen Hinson, Immediate Past President of the Ohio Society;
  • Jim Gilbert, Eagle Scout Committee Chair for the Chapter;
  • Rafe Proctor’s parents and members and leaders of Boy Scouts of America Troop 99
  • Fellow Eagle Scout, James Keherly,
  • His father Mike Keherly, and Scout Master Rob Poekling.



Rafe led the Assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rafe’s Scout history was shared from his time as a Cub Scout through the current time.  He earned 67 merit badges, attended 5 summer camps, and camped 133 nights.  His Eagle Scout Project included the installment of a flag retirement drop box outside the American Legion Post 663 and the construction of a U.S. flag retirement fire pit in Newbury Township’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.  He organized a group of scouts, adults and community members to volunteer over 175 hours of service to design, paint and install the collection box and to guild a pentagon shaped flag retirement fire pit in order to promote community and national pride in remembrance of the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the defense of our nation.   Lance Beebe then made the presentation of the State Society’s First Place certificate and trophy.

Remarks were given and the ceremony concluded.

Eagle Scouts wanting to qualify for consideration to receive this award must complete a Chapter application along with an essay, a 4-Generation Genealogy Chart, and a questionnaire.  This packet of information is forward by the Chapter Eagle Scout Award Committee Representative (Jim Gilbert) to the OH Society Eagle Scout Committee Chairperson (Lance Beebe) whose Committee then considers all applications received to determine the winning candidate.

There Was Some Skepticism on Whether or Not the Boyz From Kentucky Could Pull It Off…

But, They Did!

And They Did It in Truly Grand Fashion!

BLMONThis past Saturday morning August 15th at 10:00 AM, I reported to my home office fully dressed with Medals and Ribbons for the Battle of Blue Licks Remembrance Ceremony sponsored by the Kentucky Society SAR.

The Pandemic tried hard to drive us all underground, but Kentucky managed to produce a hybrid ceremonial event that combined the best of SAR Protocol with the nuance of virtual attendance and participation by a host of twelve State SAR Societies as well as many DAR and CAR Societies and over forty separate Chapters.

Indiana Society, NSSAR – Allen Manning, 3rd District Vice President
Ohio Society, NSSAR – Turner Lee Wilkerson III, State President
Virginia Society, NSSAR – Bill Schwetke, State President
South Carolina Society, NSSAR – Dan Woodruff, Trustee/Past State President
Georgia Society, NSSAR – Kenneth Scott Collins, Immediate Past State President
Tennessee Society, NSSAR – Walter Timoschuk
Delaware Society, NSSAR – Patrick Kelly
Michigan Society, NSSAR – Paul Callanan, Past State President
Florida Color Guard, FLSSAR – Dwight Elam, State Chaplain
International Society, NSSAR – Brooks Lyles, Vice Commander National Color Guard
French Society, NSSAR – Patrick Kelly
Maryland Society, NSSAR – Mike Kelley, 2nd Vice President and Chapters
Kentucky Society, NSDAR – Carol Rogow, State Regent
Georgia Society, NSCAR – Noah Tindall, State Chaplain
Maryland Society, NSCAR – Emma Weltz, State Corresponding Secretary
The National Huguenot Society – William Floyd
Ohio Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots – Rose Isgrigg, State President

Reporting virtually from the Ohio Society and its Chapters, placing Floral Honors and serving as members of the virtual Color Guard were:

Bob Hill, Ohio Society Color Guard Commander
Bob Bowers, Cincinnati Chapter Youth Education Committee Chairman
Dr. Ed Bonniwell, Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter Chaplain
Rev Matt Hardman, Hocking Valley Chapter President & Chaplain
Greg Ballman, Cincinnati Chapter 1st Vice President
George Stewart, Cincinnati Chapter 2nd Vice President
Don Miller, Benjamin Franklin Chapter President
Scott Moody, Lt. George Ewing Chapter President
Gary Duffield, Highlanders Chapter President

A good turnout by Ohio Compatriots! 

One of our members even reporting virtually and placing a Wreath from his hospital room dressed appropriately in hospital gown and cocked hat!

Kentucky Society truly did superior work in staging and executing this event.  It provides an inspiration to the rest of us to become even more imaginative and creative in the presentation of our National Story.  The event was live streamed via You Tube and is available to be viewed at: https://youtu.be/x2KiKASCYhs

Once again, “Hats Off” to Kentucky Society SAR!

The Ft. Laurens Marker is Installed!  

Most of us missed Fort Laurens This Year…

…but not John and Betty Franklin!  They made the journey to Ft. Laurens this past Thursday, July 30th to witness the installation of the Ohio Historical Marker on the grounds of Ft. Laurens.

A small group of onlookers from the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation and the Sons of the American Revolution gathered with Meghan Marley, the Ohio History Connection Archeologist, to dig and sift through the soil removed from the post hole excavation.  Quite naturally, there was concern for any possible archaeological artifacts that may have been buried there.  After a green light from Meghan the marker was erected and celebrated!  According to John & Betty, the marker looks great!  It is located just inside the entrance and across from the gatehouse of the park. 

The campaign to have the Ohio Historical Marker funded, fabricated and installed was a collective effort by a number of distinguished organizations passionately concerned with the preservation of the History of Ohio and it’s role in the American Revolutionary War. 

Many contributed time, energy and funding for the success of this campaign:

Friend of Fort Laurens Foundation

The Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

The Ohio Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The George Washington Endowment Foundation

The Ohio History Connection



Ohio Society’s Highest Individual Recognition

During this year’s Summer BOM Meeting, Don McGraw, a Hub Scott Laureate, Past President and current Secretary of the Ohio Society officiated over the presentation of the 2020 HUB SCOTT LAUREATE AWARD.  This award presentation is normally presented at the Society’s Annual Spring Meeting.  But as we all will recall, the 2020 Spring meeting was negatively impacted by the  COVID-19 Pandemic and the hope that we would be able to gather for the Summer Meeting and make award presentations in the traditional manner was not to be! Instead our meeting and award presentation was virtual via Zoom Time!

HS Award
Hub Scott Laureate Tim Ward presents the Hub Scott Laureate Award Plaque and Medal to their newest Laureate, Compatriot Steve Hinson

Don McGraw closed the proceeding by by stating that, “it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Hub Scott Laureate Committee has selected our 128th Ohio Society President, L. Stephen Hinson as its 2020 Hub Scott Laureate”.

The Award

The Samuel Hubbard Scott Award is unique to the Ohio Society and is its highest level of individual recognition. This award is named in honor of compatriot Samuel Hubbard Scott for his dedication and service to the Ohio Society SAR.

The Medal

The medal is gold-covered with a dark blue border and lighter blue center with sixteen stars arranged to form a larger seventeen star, which commemorates Ohio as the seventeenth state of the United States and the first state of the Northwest Territory. Around the dark blue border is lettered “Ohio Society – Sons of the American Revolution – Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate.” The medal is suspended from a red and white neck ribbon representing the colors of Washington’s personal lifeguard.

Samuel Hubbard Scott

Samuel Hubbard Scott (1891-1977) was a native of Toledo, Ohio. A veteran of WWI, he joined the Sons of the American Revolution in 1948, becoming the president of the Anthony Wayne Chapter. The National Society recognized him in 1958 with the Minuteman award, the highest recognition for service to the SAR at the national level. He was also active in the American Legion and became the commander of the local McCune Post. There he started the Mile of Flags Collection, which featured 48 historic flags and flags for every state in the union, as well as, all the service flags. When he passed in 1977 at the age of 86 he bequeathed the flag collection to the Ohio Society of the Sons of American Revolution. Since 1979, the Ohio Society has identified an Ohio Society member that embodies the combined attributes of leadership, duty and service of Samuel Hubbard Scott.

The Selection

Each year, the living Laureates scan the leadership of the Ohio Society and vote to confer this high honor upon a member that has demonstrated leadership, patriotic and educational service to the Ohio Society and the community.

This Year, the Laureates identified an individual who has served the Ohio SAR in leadership positions of chapter president, state treasurer and state president. In addition, he has served and continues to serve in numerous positions and chairs at the chapter and state levels of our organization. As State President, he was a proponent of initiatives in the areas of membership recruitment, retention and renewal. Through his services as Treasurer, Member and Chairman of the Finance Committee and Member of the Audit Committee, he has been instrumental in the review of the state financial operations. His advice in matters pertaining to the Ohio Life Membership Plan sustainability, insurance coverage, fundraising, bonding, fund management and investments have brought clarity and improvement to the organization. He has authored numerous administrative instructions utilized as addendum to the Ohio Society Regulations with the purpose of providing procedural guidance to the future leadership of the Ohio SAR. He is looked upon by others for his sage advice on matters outside of his areas of responsibility, and consistently exemplifies the ideals of Samuel Hubbard Scott.

Short note of Appreciation from the City of Dayton Police Department

Our Awards Committee Chairman, Jim Schaffer, recently received a copy of the National Society SAR Public Service & Heroism Awards Publication.  Upon receipt he forwarded a copy to Lt. Mullins at the Dayton Police Department.  As you may recall from a previous Blog Article (9 Feb 2020), the Ohio Society SAR had awarded six Dayton Police Officers with the SAR Medal of Heroism at our Winter Board of Management Luncheon.  Below is a formatted response from Lt Mullins.

Heroism Note

The Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution are deeply grateful for the men and women of America’s Police Officers for the safety and protection they provide to our communities nationwide!


SAR Website

The Ohio Society SAR has been named the First Place Winner in the SAR National Website Competition

Over the course of the past year our Webmaster, Compatriot Lance Beebe, working with a number of Ohio Society Chapters, revised, restructured and generally reinvented our website for the ease and support of the Ohio Society Membership and the Interested General Public.

Congratulations Webmaster Beebe!


Northeastern Ohio Sons of the American Revolution Honor Revolutionary War Veteran Simeon Prior (1754-1837)

On Saturday June 27th, 2020 the Sons of the American Revolution, along with the descendants of Simeon and Katharine Prior, Daughters of the American Revolution and local community groups, participated in the dedication of a new Prior Family Monument.   The site of the ceremony was the historic Harrington Cemetery located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Simeon Prior as not only Revolutionary War veteran, he and his wife, 20 years after the end of the Revolution War, moved to the Connecticut Western Reserve and founded what would become Northampton Township in the wilderness of the Cuyahoga Valley.

Simeon enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 as an armorer.  He participated in the battles of Princeton and Trenton and served in General George Washington’s bodyguard.   According to Simeon’s writings he invented a device to shred the sails of enemy ships, had the opportunity to shoe General Washington’s horse and he was in the same boat with General Washington when they crossed the Delaware river on December 25th, 1776.   Simeon credited General Washington with the ideas of his moving to the Connecticut Wester Reserve.

The combined Color Guard of the SAR and the City of Cuyahoga Falls Police & Fire Departments presented National Colors, and local government leaders presented greetings and congratulations. The memorial program was facilitated by 5th Great Grandson Kenneth Clarke of the Western Reserve Society, and Former Ohio Society President Steve Hinson of the North East Ohio Chapter SAR.  A memorial tribute and family history was given by 5th Great Grandson Emery Prior.   The monument was unveiled by 6th Great Granddaughter Kacy Clarke.   The SAR and family members presented wreaths, DAR Regent Venie Hinson, laid a bouquet of flowers on the grave of Katharine Prior, Patriot Prior’s wife.   Taps was played by NEO Chapter member Dan Matheke.

combined color guard


Steve MC

SAR Members


Ohio’s Orator wins First Prize in the 2020 Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Competition

The night of Sunday 12 July, would have been the 2020 Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Finalist Competition in Richmond, VA.

We have compiled a video to represent that competition and its results. This video will be posted to the Rumbaugh Oration page on the NSSAR website to represent this year’s contest. You may experience the finals and view it now by following this link:


1st Place Winner from Ohio

Abraham In-Chul Paik

receiving a $ 6,000.00 scholarship prize and medallion

ORATIONIt’s Great to See this National Award Come Back Home to Ohio Again
Congratulations Abraham!

2nd Place Winner from Louisiana

Jackson Joshua Howard

receiving a $ 4,000.00 scholarship and medallion
3rd Place Winner from Florida

Conrad Frederick Hellwede IV

receiving a $ 2,000.00 scholarship and medallion

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending public, parochial, private or home school students in that same grade range. The preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may potentially advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and cash prizes are awarded.

Each student’s five-to-six-minute speech (and accompanying manuscript) will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, and historical accuracy and relevance. Three cash/scholarship awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $6,000; the 2nd Place Runner-up receives $4,000; and the 3rd Place Runner-up receives $2,000 cash prize. Each also receives an Olympic-sized medal. All other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $500 and all other national contestants are awarded $200. An informational flyer and the contest forms can be found on the NSSAR website. Please be aware that the local and state application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR chapter for further details.

Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound…

Chapter President/Chaplain Matt Hardman was officially ordained as a Minister of Christ as recognized by the State of Ohio on Saturday, June 27th, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Jackson, Ohio.

Officiating the ceremony was Ohio Society SAR Chaplain Dr. Ed Bonniwell, also the Senior Pastor at Hillside Bible Church in Cincinnati.  Ed drove up for the occasion with his church pianist Carmen Hood.  Matt’s wife, Sharon, sang a solo “Take My Life and Let It Be.” Several Hocking Valley Chapter members took part in the procession and ceremony, including Tom Moe, Bob Hill, Mark Hardman, Noah Hardman, and Jeffrey Hardman.  Chaplain Ed Bonniwell’s Ordination Admonitions were heartfelt and eloquent, keeping everyone’s attention with his booming voice.  Matt will also assist Ed as an Associate Chaplain of the Ohio Society SAR.


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