3-4 March 2017 Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
This past weekend the Spring Leadership & Trustees Meeting was held in its usual location, the Historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. 15 members of the Virginia Society, accompanied by 3 wives participated in the meetings. The Virginia contingent was led by President Mike Elston and included 4 of our current officers and six past presidents of the Virginia Society. 6 members participated in the Color Guard for the two banquets.
Friday was used mostly for committee meeting. In various committees the issue of "who is a son" and how do we determine the "good character" of new applicants were discussed. The Genealogy Committee also considered and accepted a requirement for the patriot's proof of residence similar to that of the DAR. A Forgotten Patriot Program similar to that of Virginia was proposed, but will require more work to make the relevant information available. The Genealogy Committee also conducted a two hour workshop on DNA for SAR applications.
Virginia SAR 2020 Congress Committee Chairman Mark Brennan addressed the Congress Planning Committee on Virginia's progress in planning the 2020 Congress.
In the Color Guard Committee, Ohio compatriot Paul Wilkie was selected as the Color Guardsman of the year. At the Congress in Knoxville he will receive the Gold Color Guard Medal and will be the designated bearer of the national colors for the coming year at national color guard events.
This was followed by the Trustees' Meeting, which addressed several important issues. One of the first, and most hotly debated issues, was changing the SAR application to certify the character of the applicant, and guidance on who is a "son". The changes were accepted in a close vote and the application will be changed effective August 1, 2017.
Several Virginia SAR compatriots rose to participate in various debates during the Trustees Meeting.
There were also reports from each of the national committees. Virginia compatriot Peter Davenport reported in his capacity as chairman of the Bylaws, Rules, & Resolutions Committee.
Perhaps the most important business was the nomination of the slate of officers for 2017-18.
Larry T. Guzy (GA) - President General
Warren M. Alter (AZ) - Secretary General
John T. Manning (NH) - Treasurer General
Davis L. Wright (DE) - Chancellor General
John D. Sinks (DC) - Genealogist General
C. Bruce Pickette (AL) - Registrar General
Mark C. Anthony (SC) - Historian General
Douglas T. Collins (KY - dual CMM) - Librarian General
Dr. M. John Barlow, MD (DE) - Surgeon General
Dr. John C. Wakefield (TN) - Chaplain General
While the SAR compatriots conducted their business, the Ladies Auxiliary heard a presentation from Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, portrayed by Billie Brock, wife of Virginia compatriot Lindsay Brock (dual-FL).
Saturday evening concluded with a banquet at which the keynote speaker, Lindsay C. Brock, III, son of Virginia SAR dual member, PG Lindsay Brock, spoke on Maritime Law and the Revolution. The speaker is a maritime law attorney based in Jacksonville, FL.
Virginia Compatriots at the 2017 Spring Leadership & Trustees Meeting, seated, left to right: 1st VP Pat Kelly, President Mike Elston, 3rd VP Bill Schwetke. Standing, left to right: PG Joe Dooley, Lance Lyngar, John Barlow (dual-DE), Darrin Schmidt, VPG Mark Brennan, Brett Osborn, Peter Davenport, Past President Bill Broadus, Past President Reverdy Wright, Past President Larry McKinley, PG Bruce Wilcox. Not pictured: Surgeon Kirk Sheap, Ernie Coggins, Jack Sweeney, Ed Butler (dual-TX), Lindsay Brock (dual-FL), Doug Collins (dual-KY), and Mike Tomme (dual-GA).