CAR Family Ties – Worthington
The Ohio Society of the Children of the American Revolution held its 77th Annual meeting in Worthington March 8 and 9. There were about 100 people in attendance at the Saturday night banquet.
The theme for this year is “Remembering and Welcoming Back Ohio’s Original Inhabitants.” Stewart Seely, CAR state president worked with the Ohio Historical Society to show dignity and respect for Ohio’s earliest inhabitants. OHS is developing relations with the nine federally recognized tribes with ties to Ohio; Shawnee (absentee), Shawnee (loyal), Eastern Shawnee, Miami, Delaware, Peoria, Ottawa, Wyandotte, and Seneca-Cuyuga. An evening highlight was the presentation of $2,500 check from the Ohio CAR to the Ohio Historical Society for the early inhabitant displays at the Historical Center.
The National President of CAR, Greg Thorne from Texas, was on hand for the weekend. Pictured above are Stewart Seely, State President left and Greg Thorne, National President, right. Ohio Society members were pleased to discover that Stewart and Greg are first cousins and that the Conference was a full family reunion!
The Ohio Society of the CAR has 18 chapters across the state. In the Columbus area there are three chapters with the Whetstone Chapter acting as host of this year’s conference. Honors and awards were presented to the chapters with Fort Pickawillany in Piqua taking home a large number of recognitions.
The conference activity was the creation of an American Flag – using multicolored duct tape. It was a ten by sixteen foot display that will be an amazing wall hanging. The members were very proud of their work.
At the close of the banquet, new officers for the year were installed. Will Fridenmaker from Springboro as the President elected announced his state project for the coming year was to work with the Dayton Air Force Museum on raising funds for the restoration of the B-17 Memphis Belle that has been added to the collection.
Pictured below (l-r) are Will Fridenmaker, incoming Ohio CAR President, and Greg McCullough, Senior Ohio State President CAR. Greg is the Ohio SAR liaison with CAR. Other Ohio SAR members active with the Ohio CAR include Tony Robinson as CAR Board Member and Keith Kaufman as Senior Chapter President in Lancaster.