Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Mahoning Valley – Flag Day Luncheon

On Flag Day, I had the privilege of  attending, along with my wife, Christine, the June 13th, 2020 Flag Day Luncheon of the Mahoning Valley SAR Chapter. The meeting was held at the Youngstown, Ohio Country Club and to the extent possible current Social Distancing protocol was observed.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation to the OHSSAR Knight Essay Contest Winner, Justin McLemore. In addition to a certificate, he received a medal and $800.00 check from OHSSAR.  Justin is also a Junior member of the Mahoning Valley Chapter.  (photo attached – pictured Justin McLemore and Chapter President Scott Davis).

Flag Day Mahoning Valley

Following the presentation, the video of by Van Scott – The Many Faces of Glory was presented.


Troy Bailey, First Vice President — Ohio Society SAR

Visiting Hocking Valley

This past Saturday, our 2nd Vice President, Jack Bredenfoerder and I, had the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the Hocking Valley Chapter at their “coming out” BOM meeting since the onset of the Pandemic shutdown.   The chapter had a good turnout for this gathering  which included election of two officers to the chapter’s leadership and Americanism Contest Awards to Student Winners of the Poster and Brochure contests.

Induction4Induction3Young Carson Call was present with his Dad to receive his Award Certificates and Scholarship Prizes for his Poster on Virginia in the Revolution.  Carson took 1st place in the Hocking Valley Chapter Contest and 3rd palace in the Ohio Society Contest.  As an additional incentive and memento of the occasion the Ohio Society awarded Carson an Ohio Society Challenge Coin.

Moving to the next item on the agenda, Compatriot Bob Hill conducted the brief  and uncontested election of the two nominees for the positions of Vice President and Chaplain.

Induction2Chapter President Matt Hardman was nominated and elected to the role of Chapter Chaplain.  Compatriot Joe McCrady was nominated and elected to the position of Vice President. Your President was given the opportunity conduct the Swearing in Ceremony to Vice President McCrady and Chaplain Hardman.

To the gentlemen compatriots of Hocking Valley—Thank you for Lunch and the opportunity to be of service your chapter!

I’m looking forward to my next visit —See you all at Fort Laurens!


Ohio SAR Chaplain’s Conference Call

Ohio SAR Chaplain Rev. Dr. Ed Bonniwell will be hosting a conference call on March 10, 2020 with a special guest.  Please see the attached letter for details and make plans to call in.

SAR March Chaplain’s Conference Call letter

Eyes of Freedom Living Memorial in Ohio

The Eyes of Freedom began in Ohio Statehouse back in 2008 as a living memorial to the fifteen members of Lima Company who lost their lives in an Attack in Afghanistan in 2005. Annita Hill painted life-size portraits of the men. They were placed in a circle in the Rotunda of the Statehouse. The rest is history.

The first week of February the Memorial was once again in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Mike and Sean were with the Memorial as they have been for years. It was the 319 presentation and has been seen in 32 states.

The Memorial will be seen again in Ohio in Marietta the last weekend of March in Cincinnati the last week of May and back in Columbus during Veterans Day week at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum on W. Broad Street.

Mike Strahle is pictured below, received a Purple Heart Medal for his service with the Lima Company.

Be sure to make time to see this moving tribute when it is near you.

Medal of Heroism Presented to the Dayton Six


At a special luncheon held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 the Dayton Police Officers now known as the Dayton Six were honored by the Sons of the American Revolution with the National NSSAR Medal of Heroism. The Medal is recognition of exemplary bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger and only awarded in unique situations. The Officers honored were Sgt. Chad Knight, Officer Jeremy Campbell, Officer Vince Carter, Officer Dave Denlinger, Officer Ryan Nabel and Officer Brian Rolfes.

The Luncheon was held in conjunction with the Winter Board of Management of the Ohio Society at the Hope Hotel in Fairborn, Ohio next to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Key Note Speaker was Ohio Attorney General David Yost. Ohio SAR Presentation were made by First Vice-President Lee Wilkerson and State President Steve Hinson. State Chaplain Dr. R Edgar Bonniwell. Color Guard was led in by State Color Guard Commander Steve Frash. Ninety people were in attendance.


Dayton, Ohio Police Appreciation Luncheon

Please join the Ohio Society SAR in a Luncheon to honor six Dayton, Ohio police officers for their heroic action in subduing an active shooter in Dayton’s Oregon District on August 4, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.Police Luncheon Announcement v.3

Police Luncheon Announcement v.3

Flag Day Celebration in Cadiz


(l-r) Craig Cairns, Zane Chap President, Sheila Perkins, V-Regent Moravian Trail Chap, Steve Kelley, Presentator, and Franklin Chap Member, and Larry Perkins, Zane Chap Secretary.

The Ebenezer Zane Chap of the SAR and the Moravian Trail Chap of the DAR held a Flag Day Celebration at the Harrison Health Center Cafeteria in Cadiz, Ohio on Saturday, June 8, 2019. There were thirty in attendance.

The presentation was on the Census -Yesterday and Today given by Steve Kelley who drove out from Columbus. ( Larry Perkins was the first signer on Steve’s SAR application. ) Highlights included a 1900 Census Badge, the 1940 population of Harrison and Belmont Counties, the Genealogy Connection to the Census, Historical Firsts of the Census, and the 2020 Census Calendar. There were two people who were enumerators for the census in 2010 present and two others who had completed the ACS Survey.

After the Presentation there was a delightful luncheon followed by business meetings of each of the chapters.


State Color Guard Supports Mounds Cemetery Grave Marking


Ohio State Color Guard Compatriots met at Mounds Cemetery, Marietta, OH on May 27th to participate in a revolutionary war patriot grave marking ceremony.  The Cemetery holds the remains of 33 revolutionary war patriots and it has been said holds more revolutionary war officers than any cemetery in the country.  Picture was taken in front of the memorial to the patriots a shower shortly before the sky opened up with heavy rain.  The ceremony had to be moved inside at the nearby Marietta College Library.

Pennsylvania Patriot Honored In Ohio


On Memorial Day at Canal Winchester Remembrance Ceremony, John Kalb from Limmerick, Pennsylvania, was honored with a memorial stone in the Union Grove Cemetery at his family burial plots. Making the arrangements were Barry and Paula Schwoerer members of the Captain William Grayson Chapter, SAR and the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter DAR, both of Northern Virginia. Mrs. Schwoerer was the fourth great-grandchild of Patriot Kalb.

The Ohio Society Color Guard provided men and flags for the grave marking. Steve Hinson, Society President and Chapter member from Northeastern Ohio came down to Canal Winchester, as well as, Steve Frash, Color Guard Commander and Chapter Member of Marietta Chapter, and Don Miller, President of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter and Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter.

Pictured are (l-r) SAR Members, Steve Kelley Uniform, Steve Frash Uniform, Steve Hinson, Uniform, Paula and Barry Schwoerer, Nancy Schrim Wright, DAR Regent and Don Miller, Militia.

Changing of the Guard – Ohio Society Annual Meeting

Executive Committee 2019-2020

(L-R) Troy Bailey, Lee Wilkerson, President Stephen Hinson, Scott Davis, Jack Bredenforder.

The 130th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Society was held in Columbus, Ohio On May 4-5-6.

The major portion of the business was the election and installation of the new Officers of the Society.








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