Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

New Connecticut Chapter DAR 120th Birthday Celebration – Mentor, OH

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Color Guard of the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution presented the colors for the 120th Birthday Luncheon Celebration of the New Connecticut Chapter of the Ohio Society DAR at the Holiday Inn in Mentor, Ohio. Guardsmen from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Samuel Huntington Chapter and Western Reserve Society participated.  The New Connecticut Chapter DAR was incorporated by an Act of Congress November 4, 1897.

L to R: Debby Kocsis; Steve Hinson

Ohio Society SAR 2nd Vice President Steve Hinson presented a certificate of congratulations to New Connecticut Chapter DAR Regent, Debby Kocsis.

DAR and SAR members who enjoyed a wonderful 120th celebration.

L to R: Troy Bailey (NEO), Lee MacBride (WRS), Steve Hinson (NEO), Nancy Schirm Wright (Ohio Society DAR, State Regent), Debby Kocsis (New Connecticut DAR, Chapter Regent), John Franklin (WRS), James Gilbert (NEO), Robert Parvin (SHC), Larry Koval (NEO), and Donald Lewis (SHC)

This year, the guardsmen will be rejoining the ladies for their Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Evergreen Cemetery in Painesville in December.


Ohio Society SAR Holds Fall Board of Management Meeting – Toledo, OH

From October 27-28th, the Ohio Society convened its Fall 2017 Board Meeting at the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo.  The event was held at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center which overlooks Lake Erie and the Maumee Bay.

After a social gathering on Friday evening, attendees gathered at the lodge restaurant for an excellent dinner.  The Executive Committee was well attended by 17 compatriots representing 11 state chapters, and concluded the activities for the evening.

Saturday morning began with Ohio State SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw calling the Board of Management Meeting to order.  The meeting was held in a conference room with a full view of the bay and lake.  In attendance were 22 compatriots representing 15 state chapters.  As the compatriots met, the Ohio Society SAR Ladies Auxiliary met for breakfast in the restaurant.

At the Board meeting, Ohio SAR Secretary Turner Lee Wilkerson III was presented with a General’s Commission in the Fort Lauren’s Regiment by President McGraw.    The commission came about with a contribution of $1,000 to one or more of the Ohio Society SAR Endowment Funds: the Ohio Society Youth Programs Fund, the Ohio Society D.G. High Oration Fund, or the  Ohio Society Permanent Fund.  More information on the Fort Lauren’s Regiment can be found on the Ohio Society SAR website at http://ohssar.org/ohio-sar-organization/ft-laurens-regiment/.

L to R: Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw; Secretary Turner Lee Wilkerson III

Compatriot John H. Franklin, Jr. made a proposal that the Ohio Society SAR financially support plans to place an Ohio History Connection historical marker at the entrance to Fort Laurens in Bolivar, Ohio.  The marker would be funded by the Ohio SAR, the Ohio DAR, and the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation.  The proposal was unanimously adopted.

Compatriot John H. Franklin, Jr.

The event was both enjoyable and productive in spite of the winter-like weather.


SAR Battle of Point Pleasant Memorial Service – Point Pleasant, WV

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Point Pleasant Chapter of the West Virginia Society SAR hosted the Battle of Point Pleasant Memorial Service on the site of the battle that occurred October 10, 1774 between the Virginia Militia and the Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. This year the program for the Memorial Service was changed because of rainy weather.  There was a tent for the speakers, presenters of wreaths, and guests. There were also tents for members of the color guard and for the wreaths.

NSSAR President General Larry Guzy at podium.

The President General of the NSSAR, Larry Guzy brought greetings and reminded everyone to “never forget.”

Members of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts of America, city officials, and others annually gather at the Tu-Endie-Wie State Park, the location of the battlefield, to pay tribute to the 81 militiamen who were killed during the one-day battle that occurred 242 years ago.   The wreath presenters stood undercover to remember those who served and died at Pt. Pleasant.

The inclement weather did not stop the musket salute by members of the Color Guard.

Members of the Ohio Society Present L to R: Lee MacBride (Western Reserve Society), Jack Coles (dual member with Ohio Society & WV Society), Shawn Cox (2nd VP OHSSAR and Arthur St. Clair Chapter), Jack Bredenfoerder (Treasurer OHSSAR and President Cincinnati Chapter), Michael Gunn (Cincinnati Chapter) and John Franklin (Western Reserve Society)

L to R: Lee Wilkerson and Shaun Smith of the Cincinnati Chapter Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

SAR Participates in Battle Days Parade – Point Pleasant, WV

On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard once again led the Battle Days Parade in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.   Battle Days is an annual commemorative event of the Battle of Point Pleasant which occurred October 10, 1774 at the “point” where the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers meet.  This year, SAR compatriots from West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia participated in the parade through the heart of this Ohio River community of 4,500 residents.  The newest NSSAR Minutemen from the Central District were recognized in the parade.

L to R: NSSAR Minutemen Finlay “Jack” Coles (West Virginia Society), Lance Carter (Kentucky Society) and John Franklin (Ohio Society)

The parade concluded  at the Tu-Endie-Wie State Park where members gathered for a group photo in front of the Point Pleasant Battlefield Monument.  NSSAR President General Larry Guzy (center below in a blue and white uniform) proudly served as “Battle Days Colonial Governor.”

New member, Doug Anthony Wiant of the West Virginia Society, was sworn in by NSSAR President General Larry Guzy.

Center: PG Larry Guzzy and new member Doug Anthony Wiant with drum.

WRS Compatriot Recognized for Exceptional Service to the SAR – Cleveland, OH

L to R: Lee MacBride; William Shanklin


On October 3, 2017 at the board meeting of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution, President William Shanklin awarded long time Compatriot and Color Guard member Lee MacBride with the Bronze Good Citizenship Certificate and Medal, and the Meritorious Service Certificate and Medal.

Compatriot MacBride, in a moving acceptance, pointed out that any hardship endured as being a member of the Color Guard was nothing compared to that endured by our Compatriot ancestors.  Lee and his wife Marcia will be moving to Savannah, Georgia.  They will be missed!

Friends of Fort Laurens Moccasin Roast – Bolivar, OH

L to R: Patrick Henry Jolly; Tim Ward

On Saturday evening  September 30, 2017, members from the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution returning from the NSSAR Fall Leadership meeting in Louisville KY, had a delicious dinner at the Annual Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation Moccasin Roast. This annual event helps support the FFLF effort to rebuild the fort and help to support the Museum.  The speaker was Patrick Henry Jolly who is a descendent of Patrick Henry, who gave his famous speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”  Patrick Henry Jolly is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Society.

SAR members and guests of the Ohio Society SAR that attended the dinner were John and Betty Franklin of the Western Reserve Society; and Troy and Christine Bailey, Bobby and Sarah VanSickle, Steve and Venie Hinson, Tim and Beth Ward, and Patrick Henry Jolly, all of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter.

Ohio Society SAR Represented at Battle of Kings Mountain 237th Anniversary – Blacksburg, SC

On October 7, 2017, the Ohio Society SAR was represented at the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain at the Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg, South Carolina.  Marietta Chapter SAR President Steve Frash participated in the Wreath Laying Ceremony on behalf of the Ohio Society SAR at the United States Monument, the site of the October 7, 1780 battle that was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780.

Compatriot Steve Frash (Center) holding Ohio Burgee

In addition to the Ohio Society, present at the event were representatives from the South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire and Virginia Societies of the Sons of the American Revolution.  The Central District SAR was represented by NSSAR Vice President General Robert Fish, and the South Atlantic District was represented by NSSAR Vice President General James Woods.

This years event is believed to be the largest ever held for the Battle of Kings Mountain Memorial services.  A total of 150 wreaths were placed, and several hundred members and guests were present.  The program was cut short because of the hard rains and the overcrowding of the small tent to keep the visitors dry.   Several of the flintlocks misfired because of wet powder, however overall the program was a complete success.

Help Is Needed To Preserve the Historic Princeton Battlefield

The Trustees of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution announced their support of the efforts of the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Civil War Trust battlefield preservation group in the purchase of 15 acres of a part of the Revolutionary War Princeton Battlefield from the Institute for Advancing Study. The land will increase the size of the Princeton Battlefield State Park by 16 percent.

The Institute and the Civil War Trust have reached an agreement for the sale of this land in order to preserve the site of George Washington’s famous counterattack, but monetary support is urgently needed.

The Civil War Trust is accepting donations.  Visit  www.civilwar.org/give/save-battlefields/save-princeton.

Lt. George Ewing Chapter SAR Recognizes Two Athens Police Officers – Athens, OH

L to R: Chapter Secretary George Benz; Lt. Nick Magruder; Officer Justin Boggs; Chapter President Dr. Scott Moody. Photo Credit: Steve Frash

At its September 28th, 2017 Chapter Meeting held at the Athens Community Center in Athens, Ohio, members of the Lt. George Ewing Chapter of the SAR recognized two Athens police officers for heroism.  The officers, Lieutenant Nick Magruder and Officer Justin Boggs, were presented with Sons of the American Revolution Heroism Medals in appreciation for their actions in the rescue of a young boy from the Hocking River.

In the early July incident, a family had been kayaking in the rain swollen river when tragedy struck, putting four family members in the water. Magruder and Boggs were successful in pulling the boy to safety after putting their own lives in peril by entering the river.  Two others in the group made it to shore, but unfortunately the boy’s father did not survive the incident.

The Lt. George Ewing Chapter SAR serves Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs and Vinton Counties in Southeastern Ohio.

2017 NSSAR Fall Leadership Meeting – Louisville, KY

PG Larry Guzy at the podium calls the Trustees to order. Photo Credit: James D. Schaffer

From September 28-30, 2017, the National Society Sons of the American Revolution held its Fall Leadership Meeting at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  The three-day event included social activities as well as business meetings.  Leadership meetings are held twice a year, Spring and Fall, and are open to SAR members from state societies across the nation. The Trustees meeting was held on the 30th, and was called to order by President General Larry Guzy.

Attending this year from the Ohio Society were: Michael B. Gunn, John H. Bredenfoerder (Ohio Society Treasurer), and James D. Schaffer (Ohio Society National Trustee) of the Cincinnati Chapter; Troy Bailey (Ohio Society Registrar), Steve Hinson (Ohio Society 2nd Vice-President), and Tim Ward (Ohio Society Genealogist and Alternate National Trustee) of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter; Shawn Cox (Ohio Society 1st Vice-President) of the Arthur St. Clair Chapter; Larry Perkins of the Ebenezer Zane Chapter; and William A. Tony Robinson (Ohio Society Director-at-Large) of the Camp Charlotte Chapter.

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