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Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Secretary Wins Silver Roger Sherman Award – Dublin, OH

At its 129th Annual Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution Meeting, Mahoning Valley Chapter Secretary Scott M. Davis was presented with the distinguished Silver Roger Sherman Award.

The award’s namesake, Roger Sherman, was born on April 19, 1721 in Newton Massachusetts . He was an influential of the Continental Congress from 1774- 81; and he was the only member of that body who signed all 4 of the great State Papers, the Association of 1774, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. He served as a United States Congressman and Senator, a post he held until his death on July 23, 1793.

Congratulations to all of the winners and especially our own Scott Davis who was awarded for his contributions to the State and Chapter.


Mahoning Valley SAR Salutes ROTC and JROTC Units – Youngstown and Warren, OH

The Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR ROTC committee gathered for one ROTC and two JROTC award events to honor cadets nominated by their superiors and met the criteria necessary for the award.

Our first trip was on Friday, April 20th to East High School, Youngstown where the chapter recognized Cadet James Gilmer as Outstanding Cadet with the Bronze SAR metal.


LtoR: East High JROTC Outstanding Cadet, James Gilmer and Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy. Photo by Scott Davis.

Our second ROTC award ceremony was on the campus of Youngstown State University in the DeBartolo Club. Cadet Ryan Geisse was awarded the Silver SAR Medal on Thursday, April 26. Presenting the award was ROTC chair Chris Wenz with committee member John Dalbec.



LtoR: Youngstown State University Silver ROTC Outstanding Cadet, Ryan Geisse, ROTC Chair, Chris Wentz and Committee Member John Dalbec. photo by Phil Bracy.

Finally, President Phil Bracy and Youth committee Chair Scott Davis presented the Bronze SAR medal to Cadet Brandon Shiftlet on Saturday, April 28th, at the TCTC campus in Warren.


LtoR:  Chapter President , Phil Bracy, J ROTC Outstanding Cadet  Brandon Shiflet, Trumbull Career and Technical Center, winner of the  Bronze SAR medal, Master Sergeant Kelly Kibbey and Scott Davis, Chapter Secretary.  Photo by Lt. Col. Miller.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter wishes to honor all of the cadets and especially our winners.

Family American History Day Presented in Sharonville, OH

IMG_8696Representatives of Cincinnati area SAR, DAR, C.A.R., and the American Spirit Education Alliance presented a series of American History presentations to several area home school families at the Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Sharonville on Saturday, April 28th. The program started with the posting of the Colors by the Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard commanded by Turner Lee Wilkerson III. The assembly pledged allegiance to the US Flag and then sang the US National Anthem.

Cincinnati SAR compatriot Dr. Ed Bonniwell began the presentations with a stirring account of the Battle of Yorktown. Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder then spoke briefly about the Ohio Burgee and Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort – Fort Laurens. He then awarded several Ohio SAR Challenge Coins featuring an image of the fort to several of the attendees. Next, Fort Washington C.A.R. President Meredith Haynes and Kyla Owens of the Mariemont DAR demonstrated the US Flag Folding Ceremony. After the moving demonstration, Cincinnati SAR Chaplain Ken Carpenter offered a prayer to the assembly. The Howard Miller Historical Flag Collection was then presented by Ohio Society SAR President Donald C. McGraw, Jr. Sixty different flags that represented different aspects and periods of American history were reviewed. Finally, American Spirit Education Alliance re-enactors Denise Waterman and Rich Pieper presented an emotional look into the personal lives of our fourth President and First Lady, James and Dolley Madison.

After the presentations, the attendees visited the many historical displays offered by the American Spirit Education Alliance and the Cincinnati SAR. Photos were taken with the many historically clad presenters and re-enactors. Overall, the day was a very patriotic and inspiring immersion into our nation’s great heritage and history!




Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Honors David Mannion – Sebring, OH

Left to Right: Dave Mannion and Phil Bracy, Chapter President. Photo by Chelsea Neeb, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Copeland Oaks.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution honored David Mannion, Canfield Fair committee member, for his active and ongoing support at the Canfield Fair. Dave is Chief Executive Officer and  Financial Officer for Copeland Oaks in Sebring, Ohio. He was presented with a Fort Lauren commemorative coin issued by the Ohio Society. They were designed and presented by a Past General President of the National Society  to the Ohio Society . The coins  are to help the Fort Lauren’s foundation with its ongoing efforts at the only Revolutionary War fort in the State of Ohio located in Bolivar.

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Celebrates Patriots’ Day – Warren, OH

The Mahoning Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution gathered at the Buckeye Club, 366 North Park Ave., Warren Ohio on Saturday, April 14th to celebrate Patriots’ Day.  Patriots’ Day commemorates the 243rd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19th, 1775.

Chapter President Phil Bracy administered the oath to new members Marcus and Justin McLemore. Justin is an Eagle Scout who has taken as a project the cleaning and restoration of the Old Lutheran cemetery in Washingtonville and, with the assistance of Chapter Vice President John Opre, has secured from the Veteran’s Service Commission of Mahoning County, four replacement SAR markers for Patriots buried there.  A ceremony is planned for later this summer.

L to R: Vice President, John Opre, Marcus and Justin McLemore, new members of the Chapter and Chapter President Phil Bracy . Photo by Diane Bracy.

Dr. Charles Finley, PHD, a member of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter, presented a thought provoking program entitled Benedict Arnold: How a Hero became a Traitor! Compatriot Finley traced the evolution of Benedict Arnold from the values established during his early life that eventually led to his choice to switch sides and join the British. Special thanks to Chapter Secretary Scott Davis for arraigning for Compatriot Finley to join us.

L to R: Dr. Charles Finley, PHD and Benjamin Franklin Chapter compatriot is welcomed by Chapter President, Phil Bracy.

The Mahoning Valley Chapter was in Warren as part of their “Honor your Patriot” recruitment project because they represent Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties.

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Honors Trumbull Career & Technical Center Web Design Class – Warren, OH

From left to right, Elijah Manes, Chase Morris, Andrew Dugic, Chapter President, Phil Bracy, and Scott Davis, Michael Stevens, Tyler Sanford, and Dan Ferris. Photo by Nick Goodworth

Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR President Phil Bracy and Secretary Scott Davis on Tuesday, April 3rd visited the Trumbull Career and Technical Center located  at 528 Education Highway NW, Warren to announce the final selection of a website in  Mr. Michael Pozega’s  web design class. Four working groups competed to come up with the winning design. The selection was difficult as they all were impressive and after review by the Board of Management the winning team was selected.

The design team included Alan Boner, Chase Morris and Devlin Clevenger who came up with the website that we felt best embodied the spirit of the Sons of the American Revolution we wished to convey.

We look forward to great things from all these talented young people of Mr. Pozega’s class in their professional life. In gratitude for all their hard work we awarded Mr. Pozega and the class a Certificate of Appreciation to thank them.

From Left to Right, Chapter President, Phil Bracy, team member, Chase Morris, Instructor, Mr. Pozega and Scott Davis, Chapter Secretary. absent were team members, Alan Boner and Devlin Clevenger. Photo by Nick Goodworth.

Color Guard at DAR State Conference – Dublin


The Color Guard of the Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution presented the Flags at the 119th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution. There were over 400 women from 100 chapters of the Ohio Society DAR and State Regents from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as, the President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Ann Dillon of Colorado.

Ohio Regent Nancy Wright welcomed all to the meeting. The evening program included Musical entertainment by the Heritage Fife and Drum from Lancaster, Greetings from the three Visiting State Regents, and Greetings from SAR, Ohio Society President Col. Don McGraw, Jr. President General Dillon was the featured speaker where she highlighted her thirty-nine years as a DAR member and the goals of her administration. The evening ended with the presentation of 100 Percent Participation Certificates to thirty DAR Chapters by the President General.

In his comments, Ohio Society President Don McGraw noted that at the previous DAR State Conference he encouraged the DAR ladies to help recruit SAR members. He said that he would personally visit the DAR chapters that had recruited at least three new members to the SAR. In April, President McGraw will visit seven Ohio Society DAR Chapters to thank them.

Members of the Ohio Society Color Guard were Steve Frash of Marietta as Adjutant Commander, Lance Beebe of Firelands, Stephen Hinson of Northeastern Ohio, Don Miller and Bob Davis of Hocking Valley and Steve Kelley of General Henry Knox.

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!

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