Western Reserve Society Holds Annual Meeting & Holiday Gathering – Cleveland, Ohio
On December 9th, The Western Reserve Society SAR held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Gathering at the Union Club of Cleveland. Everyone was invited to enjoy hot cider and Christmas music by a live musical trio.
The Archibald Willard Color Guard posted the colors to open the program. David Foster, WRS President and Chaplain, gave the invocation and welcomed everyone to this special event. Then Foster called the annual meeting to order.
Registrar Richard Rezie read the necrology report of the six Compatriots that passed away during 2015. Past President Duncan McVean and Chairman of the Nominations Committee presented the nominees for the WRS officers for 2016. President Foster asked if there were any nominees from the floor. With none, it was moved to elect the slate of officers and seconded. The motion was passed unanimously by the members of the chapter.
Past Ohio Society President Ted Minier then administered the oath of office to all newly elected officers and trustees in attendance.
President Foster presented the president’s neck ribbon to the newly elected president, William Shanklin.
2nd Vice President William Lentz inducted new member Robert Eley and pinned recent member Sandy McCrea.
President Shanklin awarded David Foster the SAR Military Service Medal and Certificate in recognition for his service to country and to the defense of America.
The keynote speaker was Michael C. DeAloia, the technology writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He spoke about “Lost Grand Hotels of Cleveland”, during Cleveland’s heyday, where the world’s most influential businessmen, politicians and entertainers flocked to America’s sixth-largest city, enjoying the full hospitality of splendid hotels befitting a first-rate metropolis. Cleveland was marked by the architectural splendor, sumptuous design, technical innovation and world-class service of seven of the most elegant and inviting Cleveland hotels to emerge in the early twentieth century. At the conclusion of his talk, Michael DeAloia was presented a Certificate of Appreciation.
New WRS President William Shanklin thanked the membership for their support and called for the color guard to retire the colors and adjourned the meeting.