Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Fort Laurens Historical Site

The Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution gathered on July 27 and 28th for its Summer Executive meeting, Board meeting and annual Memorial Service.  Ohio SAR President, Shawn Cox , State Officers and committee members were honored to host the President General of the National Society, Warren M. Alter.  At the Board of Management meeting, held Saturday, the 28th at the Firehouse Grille, Zoar, Ohio, he shared his vision for the Society moving forward.  He later shared remarks at the Ft. Laurens site.  Since Fort Laurens is the only American Revolutionary fort in the state of Ohio it was a great pleasure to have him with us to honor those who died in defense of the fort.
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From Left to Right, Ohio Society President Shawn Cox, Mahoning Valley Chapter President, Phil Bracy and President General of the National Society, Warren M. Alter. Photo by Scott Davis.

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Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy presents the Chapter wreath to honor those who fell at Ft. Lauren’s at the memorial site.

Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR Honors Mahoning Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Revolution gathered for brunch to celebrate their 125th Anniversary at the Holiday Inn on July 28th. Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution were invited and presented two awards. John Dalbec, Trustee of the Chapter made presentations on behalf of the Ohio State Society and Mahoning Valley Chapter. The first award was given to Sarah Keeler, Regent of the DAR Chapter for Ohio Society President, Shawn Cox and State officers sending congratulations and recognition of the many community works performed by the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. Mahoning Valley chapter awarded its Community Service Award which recognizes the contributions of the DAR chapter promoting Patriotism, Education and Service to the Community. Highlights of the festivities were: Welcome remarks by Regent Keeler, remarks by Nancy Schirm Wright, Regent of the 
Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Keynote speaker Honorable Judge Robert Rusu who spoke on the American Dream and shared his  immigrant grandparents story.
The Mahoning Chapter of the DAR was founded on April 18th,1893 by Mrs. Rachel Wick Taylor.
It was the second chapter organized in the State of Ohio by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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Trustee John Dalbec of the Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR presents Mahoning Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Sarah Keeler with two awards on the 125th Anniversary of their founding.

City of Cleveland’s 222nd Birthday

On Friday July 20, 2018, The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve celebrated The City of Cleveland’s 222nd Birthday on the newly designed Public Square.  When Moses Cleaveland’s surveying party landed on the shores of the Cuyahoga River, they surveyed the new Connecticut Western Reserve.  The team divided the area into town lots and named it Cleveland after their leader, Moses Cleaveland, to be the new capital of the Connecticut Western Reserve.
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Mary Artino and her son Joe placed a wreath at the statue of Moses Cleaveland. They are direct descendants of Moses Cleaveland. Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution posted the colors at this event. L to R: John Cimperman (ESA President), John Franklin, May Artino, Joseph Artino, Galen Swab Dan Ruminski, and Lee MacBride.

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Jill Herrick presents the 2018 Herrick Award to Dan Ruminski (left). Dan has done a great deal to promote Cleveland, as the Storyteller of Cleveland history. His goal is to entertain while promoting Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated and uncomplimentary stereotypes. Dan is very deserving of the Herrick Award by promoting the rich history of Cleveland. Congratulations, Dan!

Mahoning Valley Chapter conduct an “Honor your Patriot” recruitment at Trumbull County Fair.

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter are conducting an “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive at the Trumbull County Fair from today until July 15th at Building 18 with our sister organization Mary Chesney DAR chapter.  This is our first year at this fair and they posted a photo of the Hub Scott flag collection on their facebook page.  During the morning hours Gale Alan Ebie was swore in as a new member.  While it is unusual for the Chapter to do so outside the meeting format since our next meeting will not be until fall we chose the venue to welcome him at this time.  This is one of two major Fairs that Mahoning Valley participate in, the other will be at the Canfield Fair.


Chapter President Phil Bracy, presents to Gale Alan Ebie his membership certificate after being sworn in with Larry Koval looking on. Photo by Scott Davis


Part of the Hub Scott flag collection at the Trumbull County Fair. Color Guardsman Larry Koval joined us for the occasion. Photo by Phil Bracy.

Cincinnati SAR Celebrates Independence Day

The Cincinnati SAR Independence Day celebrations began with assisting Celebrate America! at the Kings Mills Baptist Church on Saturday  June 30th. The Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection was displayed. The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the Colors and fired a firelock salute. We also had a display table of Revolutionary War memorabilia and Compatriot Ed Bonniwell gave his Yorktown presentation.

The Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard marched in both the Madeira Independence Day Parade on July 3rd and the Montgomery Independence Day Parade on July 4th. Camp follower Emma Hartman joined 11 compatriots [Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith, Dan Schmitz, Ken Carpenter, Bob Bowers, Brad Jarard, Jack Bredenfoerder, Mike Gunn

Ed Boniwell, Clay Crandall, Chuck Rogers, George Stewart, Gregg Ballman, Jeff Hartman and Jacob Hartman] for both parades and distributed poppy bookmarks to the large exuberant crowds assembled along the parade routes. The Spirit of Patriotism is alive and well in America!


59 Revolutionary War Patriots Honored by Cincinnati SAR on July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 the Cincinnati SAR Chapter celebrated the fifth ceremony and fourth annual Independence Day Celebration honoring those Fifty-nine Patriots who risked their lives for the freedoms and liberty we all enjoy today in these United States of America. At 1450 hours the following members reported for muster at the DAR/SAR Memorial at the north side of the Woodlands Section in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum:  Turner Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith; Dan Schmitz; Ken Carpenter, President of the Highlanders Chapter; Bob Bowers; Brad Jarard; Jack Bredenfoerder, President Cincinnati Chapter; Michael Gunn, past President Cincinnati SAR; Ed Boniwell; Clay Crandall; Chuck Rogers; George Stewart; Gregg Ballman; and Michael Blum all in Revolutionary War uniforms. The Colors were Posted by the Color Guard.


Beginning with our Pledge to the Flag, the SAR Pledge followed: “We the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.” An invocation was given by our Chaplin and guests and presenters were introduced. Emcee Gunn then read the re-dedication of the memorial: “We, the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Re- dedicate this marked Memorial to the glory of God and in the recognition of the memory of these honorable Patriots of the American Revolution.”


Then Wreaths were placed at the monument, by: Ohio Society Lee Wilkerson; Cincinnati Chapter Jack Bredenfoerder and Highlander Chapter Ken Carpenter, each accompanied by an armed compatriot in uniform. The names of selected Patriots on the memorial were announced, each accompanied by the ringing of a bell. Then a 21 gun salute by 18th century muskets was presented, following the process of the Revolutionary War times. The SAR Recessional queued the conclusion of ceremonies, followed by the Color Guard retiring the colors and a Benediction by our Chaplain Ken Carpenter.


On this special day we shall once again give remembrance to all those who risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle and may God bless the United States of America.


Submitted by Michael B. Gunn, Publicity Committee Cincinnati SAR


Photo by Christine Smith, picturing the musket squad in the “Mourn” position in honor to the 59 named here and all those who’ve risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle.

Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade 2018

Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 22nd year.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


On this bright and sunny day, a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 242nd Birthday. The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.


The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, and Lee MacBride with the color guard gave a “Colonial present colors” to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceeded to the Polo Field.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


Color guard commander, John Franklin, gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.


At the Polo Field, Western Reserve Society 4th Grade Essay Chairman, Fred Watkins, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Saatvic Rangu, for his essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me.” Saatvic Rangu led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.


R to L: John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Saatvic Rangu and Clark Langmack – master of ceremonies, Fred Watkins – Past WRS President, Galen Swab and Claude Custer.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band and the Mayfield Heights High School Marching Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy.  Organizational Floats and owners of antique cars received honors. The children enjoyed it all, including a balloon man.  What a great day!

Naturalization Ceremony


On Friday, July 6, Northeastern Ohio Chapter and Western Reserve Society SAR Color Guards posted the National Colors at the Naturalization Ceremony hosted at President Garfield’s home, Lawnfield, in Mentor, Ohio. This program was sponsored by the National Park Services and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The program took place on the back lawn of Garfield’s home where it was a beautiful sunny day.


The Honorable Judge William Baughman of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio presents the Certificates of Naturalization to the new citizens. Here he is presenting a certificate to a Canadian citizen who just took the oath for U.S. citizenship.


The combined Color Guard congratulates new citizens and have a photo op. L to R: A new citizen and her son, John H. Franklin, Dan Matheke, Steve Hinson and Venie, another new citizen and her son, Troy Bailey and Christine, Jim Gilbert and Dianne, and Galen Swab.

Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs


Please consider a donation to one of the Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs.

Ft. Laurens Regiment Endowment Program

Your donation to the Ft. Lauren’s Regiment Endowment Program will help secure the future success of many of the Ohio Society SAR programs. You decide which endowments will benefit from your donation. For more information, download the donation form:  http://ohssar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FT-Laurens-Flier-2Aug17.pdf

There is still time before our July 28th Fort Laurens Memorial Service to become an officer in the Fort Laurens Regiment or advance your rank!

The Fort Laurens Regiment will once again muster after the Fort Laurens Memorial Ceremony in Bolivar Ohio for our annual photograph. Make sure you are included by supporting the Ohio Society Endowments through the Fort Laurens Regiment Program.


Legacy Donations – 1st Place Youth Award Naming 

Would you like to leave a living legacy?  You can now endow a first place youth award for perpetuity by making one of the legacy donations listed below. Your name or your chapter’s name will forever be added to the endowed award. Here is the donation schedule for endowing and naming the 1st Place Youth Awards:

The Rumbaugh – High Oration  ________________ 1st Place Award 

$20,000 donation – endows an annual $1000 award.

The Eagle Scout ________________ 1st Place Award 

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The ROTC/JROTC ________________ 1st Place Award

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The George & Stella Knight Essay Contest _________________ 1st Place Award

$10, 000 donation – endows an annual $500 award.

The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

The Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

Contact Compatriot Jack Bredenfoerder, Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Chairman for further details about how you can become a legacy donor: jack.b@fuse.net


Ohio Society Challenge Coins

The beautiful Ohio Society Challenge Coins designed by President General Joe Dooley make great gifts! They feature the Fort Laurens site – Ohio’s only Revolutionary War battle site. The proceeds of the challenge coins will benefit the OHSSAR general fund. Add this coin to your collection or they will make a fine gift to honor a special event or person! Download the order form from this link:

Ohio Society SAR Challenge Coins Order Form


Mahoning Valley and Northeastern chapter Color Guards gather to inaugurate their first joint 4th of July parade

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter and Color Guard were joined by the Northeastern Ohio Color Guard for the 53rd annual Canfield Fourth of July parade.  Clare Neff, wife of Mahoning Valley member, Bruce Neff, one of the co-chair of the parade planning committee aided the chapter in making our inaugural participation a great event.

The parade left from the Canfield Fairgrounds under sunny skies led by Police Chief, Chuck Colucci and Fire Chief, Don Hutchison promptly at 10:10 AM, proceeded down North Broad street, and winds to the Green past the reviewing Stand, a distance of approximately one and one quarter miles. The members of Mahoning Valley Chapter and both Color guards did well in the face of the 85 degree heat and high humidity.  At the end of the parade, some of the public asked to take photos with Color Guardsmen. Entertainment and music followed the parade near the Green.


Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Color Guard muster for the 4th of July parade in Canfield and were joined by their brothers from Northeastern Ohio Chapter.


Northeastern Ohio Chapter Color Guard joined Mahoning Valley for their first 4th of July parade. Dan Matheke, Jim Gilbert, Troy Bailey and Steve Hinson chat with a member of Mahoning Valley. Photo by Phil Bracy

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