Members and guests of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution gathered at Salsitas Restaurant in Austintown, Ohio on Saturday February 17th to celebrate President George Washington’s Birthday. Joining the chapter for the event were Ohio Society SAR Registrar Troy Bailey; Ohio Society SAR 2nd Vice-President Steve Hinson; and Northeastern Ohio Chapter Secretary Dan Matheke.
During the business meeting, the chapter officers for 2018 were elected, and included: President Philip Bracy; Vice President John Opre; Secretary Scott Davis; Registrar/Genealogist Craig Campbell; Treasurer Jonathan Guerrier and Chaplain Jim Alexander. State Registrar Troy Bailey administered the oath of office.
Chapter President Bracy then swore in two Adam Russell and Austin Michael Wentz as Junior Members. They joined their father and grandfather as Chapter Charter Members.
Dave Mannion was recognized for his on going efforts at the Canfield Fair with the presentation of the Ohio Society Challenge Coin. State Registrar and Northeast District Chairman Troy Bailey and Northeastern Ohio Chapter Secretary Dan Matheke were recognized for their tireless efforts helping form the Mahoning Valley Chapter.
In other business, Chapter President Phil Bracy announced that Scott Davis will serve as chairman of the Youth Programs Committee, in addition to duties as the chairman of Trumbull County recruitment activities. Brian Young will undertake the chairman responsibilities of the JROTC Committee. For YSU ROTC Committee, Chris Wentz will serve as chairman and John Dalbec will join the committee as a member. The Canfield Fair Committee will be chaired by John Phillips, with Dave Mannion and John Opre assisting as members. John Opre is changing chairmanship from the Canfield Fair Committee to the chairmanship of Columbiana County recruitment activities and will organize the chapter’s color guard. John’s extensive knowledge of Columbiana County and the close partnership with the NSDAR Mahoning County Chapter, which has been active there for some time, will be a successful combination. Bracy stated: “I am sure it will lead to great results for both organizations”. Compatriots interested in serving on any of the committees were invited to contact the Chairmen today or through the chapter’s dedicated email.
The chapter welcomed back Craig Campbell, Chapter Registrar and Genealogist, who returned to his duties after being challenged by a life threatening illness.
Eagle Scout Justin Mclemore, who is awaiting his SAR application approval, explained to the group his project of honoring Patriots in a Mahoning County cemetery in Washingtonville by replacing their markers. Assisting in these efforts is Chapter Vice President John Opre.
Mahoning Valley Chapter Secretary Scott Davis presented the second place award to Drew Scalzo for his entry in the Chapter Knight Essay Contest.