Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution
2016 Semi-Annual Meeting
September 16-17, 2016
Virginia Society SAR President Ed Truslow and the Williamsburg Chapter hosted 77 members from 19 Virginia chapters and 37 guests at the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution’s 2016 Semi-Annual meeting at the Woodlands Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg.
The Executive Committee met on Friday afternoon to begin the business portion of the program.
The program for the membership began with a workshop on the Americanism Report by Mark Anthony, member of the National Society Americanism Committee.
Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow opened the Board of Managers Meeting. During this meeting Virginia SAR officers and Committees gave their reports. One important vote was on recommendations for next year's National Society Officers. The Board of Managers recommended supporting the same slate that won endorsement at the Mid-Atlantic District meeting, plus Doug Collins for Librarian. The endorsement for Historian was hotly contested, with Mark Anthony of South Carolina winning over Jack Thornton of North Carolina
The Virginia Society received many certificates of participation and flag streamers at the Boston Congress, including: C.A.R. Activities, The Genealogist General's Award, SAR Youth Award, Officer Attendance Award, The Arthur M. King Eagle Scout Scholarship, the George & Stella M. Knight Essay, The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure, and the Americanism Poster. Larry Aarons received the certificates for these awards and Bill Schwetke received the streamers for the Color Guard.
At the Atlantic Middle States Association meeting in Albany last month the Virginia Society was recognized for participation based on numbers of attendees and distance traveled with the "Jersey Devil" plaque. This was the second year in a row that the Virginia Society has won this award.
Many other awards were presented at the meeting. The first being to notice that the George Washington Chapter won both the President General's Cup and the President General's Activity Award for large chapters.
At the National Congress in July our Historian, Larry Aaron, was recognized with the Stephen Taylor Award, present to "the compatriot who, by his research and writings, has made a distinguished contribution to the preservation of the history of the American Revolution era and its patriots."
Among many accomplishments by the Virginia Society in the past six months, none outshine the raising of $25,000 to present to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This was one of President Truslow's initiatives, and the original goal has been greatly surpassed in just six months.
After adjorning the Board of Managers' Meeting, President Truslow hosted a reception.
Saturday began with the General Membership Meeting and the ladies went to the Williamsburg Costume Design Center for a tour.
At the General Membership Meeting the chapter presidents, or their representatives, gave reports for each of the chapters present.
One of the more important tasks for the membership was to endorse a slate of candidates for National Society leadership in 2017-18. After a spirited discussion over the endorsement for Historian General, the membership adopted the recommendation of the Board of Managers and supported the following candidates:
Larry T. Guzy (Georgia)
Warren M. Alter (NH)
Davis L. Wright (Delaware)
John D. Sinks (DC)
C. Bruce Pickette (Alabama)
Mark C. Anthony (South Carolina)
Doulas T. Collins (Kentucky)
Matthew J. Barlow, Jr., MD (Delaware)
Dr. John Barlow is a dual member of the Norfolk Chapter and Douglas Collins is a dual member of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter
Next President Ed Truslow presented the proclamation of gratitude to the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel.
Next recognition was given to those who planned and executed the Semi-Annual Meeting, starting with a proclamation of gratitude to the Williamsburg Chapter.
Bronze Color Guard Medals were presented to 1st Vice President Mike Elston and Bill Schwetke for their support of State and Chapter ceremonies.
Recognition was given for enlistment and promotion within the 1st Virginia Regiment of the Virginia Society.
The Semi-Annual Meeting Luncheon featured the presentation of the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni.
Greetings were presented by other lineage and historic organizations, including the Virginia C.A.R., National C.A.R., Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia.
Then General Zinni gave the keynote address, and was awarded the Gold Good Citizenship Medal by President Ed Truslow.