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!