25-28 Feb 2016 Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
The 2016 Spring Leadership meeting was held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville on 25-28 Feb. Twelve Virginia SAR members attended: President Ed Truslow, Immediate past President Reverdy Wright, Trustee Bill Broadus, 1st Vice-President Mike Elston, former PG Bruce Wilcox, former PG Joe Dooley, past President & VPG Larry McKinley, past VPG Andy Johnson, Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt, Ernie Coggins,, Peter Davenport, and Bill Schwetke.
One of the first orders of business was the Congress Planning Committee's presentation of their recommendation that Virginia host the 2020 national congress. A vote followed and Virginia was selected by the trustees to host in 2020. This triggers the $6 surcharge on our dues for 2017 and there will be much more news on this to follow. The Congress Planning Committee will conduct a survey after Fall Leadership to pick a city in Virginia for the site of the 2020 congress.
Peter Davenport made a presentation on proposals by the Bylaws, Rules and Resolutions Committee, which he chairs. After the meeting recessed, the attendees gathered to board the Spirit of Jefferson, a paddle-wheeler, for a dinner cruise on the Ohio River.
The highlights of following trustees meetings were the approval to go ahead with the Solid Light plan for our interactive museum on the first floor of the SAR Headquarters building, distribution of a $100k gift, and allowing Family Search to scan our genealogy records.
Friday night's banquet had a Caribbean theme and the speaker was noted author Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy. During the banquet it was announced that the SAR would fund a fellowship for Dr. O'Shaughnessy to study the recently discovered papers of King George III that cover the time of the American Revolution. At the Banquet Dr. O'Shaughnessy gave a very informative talk about the role of the Caribbean theater in the American Revolution.
Virginia SAR attendees, left to right in first row: Cat Schwetke (standing), Bill Schwetke, Doug Collins, Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow, PG Joe Dooley, Andrew Lyngar, Virginia SAR 1st VP Mike Elston (standing), Ernie Coggins (in foreground); standing in back row, left to right: Bill Broadus, Secretary General Mike Tome, Larry McKinley, PG Lindsey Brock, Andy johnson, Darrin Schmidt, Lance Lyngar, and 1st VP Mike Elston.
The NSSAR Nominating Committee presented its nominees for 206-17 General Officers: