Saturday evening the Virginia SAR celebrated the success of President Ed Truslow over the past year, rewarded worthy compatriots, and installed our new president for 2017, Mike Elston.
PG Mike Tomme brought greetings from the National Society, followed by Holly Lynne Schmidt with greetings from the Virginia DAR., then greetings from Alexandra Slaughter, president of the Virginia Society of the C.A.R.
Several awards were presented, for service to the Virginia Society in 2016.
Next five Color Guard Medals were awarded by PG Mike Tomme and Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt.
Next came the award of two Patriot Medals to Treasurer Rick Elofson, and President Ed Truslow.
President Ed Truslow received a standing ovation upon the award of the Patriot Medal for his service to us, as our president, this past year.
The Color Guard was called forward again, to recognize Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt for his three successful years as the Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander, and to pass that office to Bill Schwetke for the coming year.
Then President General Mike Tomme swore in Mike Elston as the 97th President of the Virginia Society, and Vice President General Mark Brennan placed the badge of office on President Elston's neck.
And Laura Truslow place the First Lady's necklace on Julie Elston.
Newly installed President Mike Elston then gave a "Call to Arms" for an ambitious program for 2017 (details in a separate report).