15 Apr 2017 Graves' Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA
Today 40 compatriots from 9 chapters and 27 guests gathered at Graves' Mountain Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy a beautiful spring day and SAR camaraderie. Virginia SAR President Mike Elston was the guest of honor. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter organized the gathering and members of the following chapters attended: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Fincastle Resoltions, Fort Harrison, General Daniel Morgan, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Dignitaries from other organizations who honored us included: the Secretary of the Virginia Society, Order of Founders and Patriots, Doug Graves; President-Elect of the Virginia C.A.R., Emily Elston; Historian of the Virginia C.A.R., Will Elston; Regent of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, NSDAR, Mary Ann Cowherd; and Regent of the Fauquier Court House Chapter, NSDAR, Cat Schwetke.
After the social time, the attendees gathered in the Main Dinning Room for the program. Edmund Davidson, President of the General Daniel Morgan Chapter, was the Master of Ceremonies. Chaplain Roy Martain began the meeting with a benediction, the colors were advanced, the pledges said, and the colors posted. The flags included the US. Flag, the Virginia Flag, The Virginia SAR Flag, the OFPA Flag, and the flags of six of the participating chapters, all carried by uniformed color guardsmen. The color guard was led by Mike Taimi, dressed as his ancestor, a sailor in the Continental Navy.
Next Edmund Davidson introduced the distinguished guests, who in addition to Virginia President Mike Elston, included 8 other Virginia SAR officers.
Next, the presidents of each of the 7 primary chapters, and President Mike Elston, gave brief remarks. The chapter presidents spoke in the order of their chapters date of charter.
After a blessing by Virginia SAR Chaplain Roy Martin, a family stye lunch was served.
With the approval of a motion to adjourn, the meeting was closed for 2017.