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With only two exceptions the nominees are current incumbents or in the case of the president and vice presidents have held the next lower office. Two nominees are new to their offices, Tom Whetstone, nominee for 3rd Vice-President, and Dr. Kirk Sheap, nominee for Surgeon; so a brief biography for each of them is added to this report.
Dr. John Thomas Whetstone III (Tom) was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on July 5, 1947. He and his wife, Nancy, are raising their eighteen-year-old son, James, in Chesapeake, Virginia. Tom has experience in corporate management, the military, church ministry including supply preaching, university teaching, research and writing, and leadership of civic organizations.
He earned a B.S. degree at Washington and Lee University (Phi Beta Kappa, Distinguished Military Graduate, and magna cum laude) and a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School at M.I.T., writing his thesis with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. He worked in corporate management positions with two Fortune 500 diversified energy corporations, advancing from corporate planner to Director, Strategic Planning & Analysis. After eleven years of corporate experience, he was called to theological studies, earning Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has preached widely on a supply basis but, after seminary, was recruited to teach management at Belhaven University. To complete his academic credentials, he completed the Doctor of Philosophy (combining philosophy and social science) at the University of Oxford, England, writing his dissertation on the moral character of managers. He subsequently served on the faculties of Jacksonville University (FL), Montreat College (NC), and Regent University (VA), where he built up and chaired the undergraduate Organizational Leadership and Management Department and developed several other new programs.
Tom has written three books (plus another yet unpubished manuscript), four academic theses, six additional book chapters, seven academic course modules, and 43 journal articles. He also has made three audio recordings (cds) and has delivered numerous academic and history presentations. For many years he judged the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competitions and has belonged to several international professional organizations. He regularly referees academic papers submitted to journals in his field, including Journal of Business Ethics and Business Ethics: A European Review. He is recognized internationally for his publications concerning the application of virtue ethics to business. Recently, he completed a chapter, “Developing a Virtuous Organizational Culture” for Springer Reference’s forthcoming Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management.
Now retired from university faculties, he devotes his energies primarily to family, writing, reviewing academic articles, speaking, and leadership of civic organizations. He serves on the Advisory Board of Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation, currently working on exhibit planning and land acquisition. In addition to the SAR, he is a member of the Society of the War of 1812, Sons of the Revolution (formerly State Secretary in NC), Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Norfolk County Historical Society. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. His most recent books are Leadership Ethics and Spirituality and A Southern Pioneer Woman, and he has recently published articles about American history, including “The Amazing Complete Victory at the Great Bridge” (SAR Magazine. Fall 2011, pp. 18-23). He published the latter to promote wider recognition of this too-often forgotten battle that was so strategically important during the American Revolution.
A member of the Sons of the American Revolution since 1997 (NSSAR # 150631) and of VASSAR since 2007 (VASSAR # 7351), by the right of bloodline descent from Captain Elisha Meredith, commander of an infantry company of Virginia troops from Hanover County at the Siege of Yorktown, 1781.
President, Jacksonville Chapter FLSSAR, 2001-2002; 1st Vice President, 2000-2001 (Program Chair) 2nd Vice President, 1998-2000 (ROTC/JROTC Chair).
President, Blue Ridge Chapter NCSSAR, 2005-2006; Registrar 2004-2005.
President, Norfolk Chapter VASSAR 2013-2015; Vice President, 2011-2013; Chaplain, 2012-2013; Immediate Past President, Norfolk VASSAR, 2015-2016; Newsletter Editor, 2009-2015; Great Bridge Observance Committee, 2011-2016 (Chair, 2013-2015); Knight Essay Contest, Chair 2011-2016.,
VASSAR Battle of Great Bridge Observance Committee 2011-2015, Chair 2013-2015; VASSAR Virginia History Day Committee, Chair 2015; Virginia Delegate to NSSAR Congresses (2014 & 2015); 2020 Congress Planning Committee (2015-2016); nominated for 3rd Vice President (2016).
SAR Awards: Florida Society Chapter (Jacksonville) Meritorious Service medal; Virginia Society Chapter (Norfolk) Service medal; Virginia Society State Service medal; National Society Meritorious Service medal; Bronze Roger Sherman Medal,Certificates of Appreciation; President General's Aide-de-Camp Gold Pin, 3 Former Chapter President's pins & certificates.
Norfolk Chapter SAR annually received the VASSAR Chapter Excellence Award, 2013-2015. Enhanced controls were implemented regarding chapter finances, new constitution and by-laws were instituted, and renewed emphasis was placed on historic commemorations.
Dr. Christopher N. Sheap (Kirk) is a Virginian, born in Richmond in 1945 and attended High School in Williamsburg (James Blair). Kirk has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Virginia. His Medical Degree is from the Medical College of Virginia (Class of 1971, that of "Patch Adams") and his Internship was there as well. Kirk's Residency in Dermatology was at UVA which was followed by two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Mannheim, Germany at the 546th General Dispensary. In 1977 Kirk began a solo practice in Dermatology in Harrisonburg, VA from which he retired in mid-June 2015. Kirk and his wife, Norma were married at Fort Belvoir in 1969. They have five children (four girls and a boy) and six grandchildren (three girls and three boys). Two of their daughters are members of the DAR and their son is a Compatriot of the Fort Harrison Chapter. Of their grandchildren, two are members of the CAR in Virginia Beach. Kirk has been a Compatriot of the SAR and the Fort Harrison Chapter since February 1994. In that Chapter he has served as President and Chaplain and is now President-elect. In VASSAR, I has served as Chairman of the Flag Committee since 2004 and is also a Trustee of the Knight-Patty Fund.
235th Celebration of the Crossing of the Dan
FEBRUARY 12 & 13 2016
The host chapters Dan River, VASSAR, Berrymen Greene, VADAR, the Prizery, the Halifax county historical society and the city of South Boston welcome you to South Boston, Virginia and the 235th Celebration of the Crossing of the Dan.
ORDER OF EVENTS
Informal “Meet and Greet” Dinner at Ernie’s Seafood Buffet Restaurant. At 6:30 At 1010 John Randolph Road, South Boston 24592.
AT 10:00, In The Prizery, Official Welcome And Awards Followed By Keynote Speaker The Guest Speaker Will Be Janet Uhlar, Author Of, "Freedom's Cost: The Story Of Nathanael Greene." She Specializes In Biographical-Fiction Of Revolutionary War Heroes.
AT 11:00, A Parade Will March From The Prizery Down To The Riverside Monument Where A Wreath Laying Ceremony (Advise Compatriot Baker) Will Take Place, Led By SAR Color Guard From Many State Societies (In Case Of Bad Weather, Will Be Held In The Prizery).
AT 11:30, With Canon Roaring, Witness the Crossing of the Dan by Nathanael Greene’s Men in a 28 Ft. Replica of One of the Original Ferries. The Intrepid Reenactors Will Make This Crossing Come Hell Or High Water. Don’t Miss It!
AT 12:00, Warm Up With Brunswick Stew, Bread And A Beverage For $5.00 In The Prizery From A Local Volunteer Fire Department.
Accommodations Friday can be booked
The Fairfield Inn, 1120 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, 434-575-6000. The room $114 a night plus tax. Reservations must be made by January 12, 2016 to get the discounted rate.
The Holiday Inn, 1074 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, 434-575-4000. Room cost is $113 plus tax. Reservations must be made by January 4, 2016.
For more information contact
SAR Members contact: Compatriot Baker at (434) 791-3820 or at Bernie.firstname.lastname@example.org DAR Members contact: Anne Raab at email@example.com.
Go to www.prizery.com for more information.
***** JUDGES NEEDED *****
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE PATRIOTISM IN OUR YOUTH
History Day Judging Details:
Date & Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (awards ceremony at 3 pm)
Place: Mount Vernon High School (8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309)
To Sign Up: It is easiest to reserve your place by registering through the Virginia History
Day website at http://va.nhd.org/ud/templates/registerLinks.php?cid=32.
Tips for Signing Up on the VHD Website: Go to the web address listed above and click on “Judges and Other Registration and FAQ’s.” Remember that we are “District 5.”
Deadline: Reserve a place as a judge as soon as possible. Guidelines on the competition will be provided in advance. The theme this year is Exploration, Encounter & Exchange in History.
Benefits of Judging: An opportunity to foster the love of history among middle and senior high schoolers in northern Virginia, a fun day of discussion among colleagues -- & a complimentary breakfast and lunch!
Please join us as a judge at the District 5 competition. It will be one of your history highlights of the year! In the meantime, our best wishes for a momentous 2016. District 5 Virginia History Day Planning Team
Colonel William Grayson Chapter
submitted by Bob Vogler of the Col George Waller Chapter
W.C. Fowlkes, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel & a direct descendant of Martinsville namesake General Joseph Martin, spoke recently on “My Experiences Deployed in Iraq” at the Winter Muster of the Colonel George Waller Chapter. His presentation focused on his personal experiences and the problems faced by American forces in the conflict as they dealt with the political, religious, and cultural challenges presented in the country.
submitted by Lew de Seife, Williamsburg Chapter Public Relations
Virginia SAR President Reverdy Wright, on the left, conducts the installation of Williamsburg Chapter officers, continuing to the right: Harley Stewart, President; Jay Smith, Vice President; Jack Lee, Treasurer, Ron Losee, Registrar; Jim Henry, Chaplain; Bill Greaf, Historian; Roger Cross, Secretary. Not pictured, Lew de Seife, Public Relations.
submitted by past President Larry Johnson, Col James Wood II Chapter
On January 20 the Shenandoah Christian Alliance will remember the Reverend General Muhlenberg with a presentation by the Rev. Dr. Larry Johnson in period dress of a colonial clergyman. Johnson is a presenter of American Revolutionary War history known to many as Liberty Man. His great grandfathers fought in the Revolution, and he is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a past president of the Col. James Wood II Chapter located in the Shenandoah Valley. His web site is: www.libertyman.net
The Rev. Johnathan Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, 240 years go on January 21, 1776, incited 162 men of his congregation in Woodstock, Virginia, to join the American Revolution. He was a minister serving at least seven churches in the Shenandoah Valley. The Rev. Muhlenberg received a commission as a Colonel in George Washington’s Army and would serve until the end of the War where British forces at Yorktown under Lord General Cornwallis surrendered. Earlier he was with Washington at Valley Forge receiving a promotion to Brigadier General.
He is remembered for the sermon he delivered on 21 January in Woodstock where he preached from Ecclesiastes the Third Chapter, which starts with “To everything there is a season….” After reading the eighth verse, “a time for war, and a time for peace,” he declared, “and this is the time for war.” With this he whipped off his clerical robe to reveal his Revolutionary War uniform. He continued to recruit and the next day 300 men marched off to war with him. General Washington, his good friend, had asked him personally to take this commission and to join him in the most epic war ever fought for freedom. The Rev. Muhlenberg is a role model for ministers and all Patriotic Americans today.
report from Charlie Coale, Virginia SAR Americanism Committee Chair
The 2015-2016 Americanism program of work objectives are listed below. I am indebted to my committee, George, Bill, and Marbury, to VASSAR leadership Wayne Rouse and Dr. Reverdy Wright, and to NSSAR leadership Tom Adams and Mark Anthony for their advise and support. The immediate priority is the poster and brochure contests. Please read the attachment for the details for due dates for posters and brochures.
1015 Highland Circle,
Blacksburg, VA 24060,
PROGRAM OF WORK FOR AMERICANISM COMMITTEE
The VASSAR Americanism Committee is responsible for four objectives:
Objective One – Poster Contest rules - click here for link
Objective Two – Brochure Contest rules - click here for link
UPDATE: Poster and Brochure winners are due to the Virginia SAR Secretary by December 31st, so be sure to submit your chapter winners to Compatriot Coale in time for him to notify the Virginia SAR Secretary.
The VASSAR Americanism Committee will judge the poster and brochure
contests, and complete the judging by (01/20/2016). VASSAR Secretary Wayne Rouse needs the first place selections by February 1, 2016 for making the winner’s certificate and providing other VASSAR support. An original copy and a scanned copy of both contests should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org and mailed to Charlie at the address listed above.
Objective Three - focuses the Americanism Report for NSSAR. VASSAR
Americanism committee can select up to three chapter reports forwarding NSSAR. The chapter reports are due on, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Please forward your Americanism chapter report to Charlie Coale via email, email@example.com.
Objective Four - merge the VASSAR Chapter Report and NSSAR Americanism Reports into a common format for reporting for VASSAR and NSSAR. This assignment has been delegated to the Americanism committee by VASSAR President, Dr. Reverdy Wright. The committee will decide on the merger path. A common data base will improve the efficiency for completing both reports. This report is due to Wayne Rouse by Thursday, September 15, 2016. Any and all recommendations are welcomed by this committee.
submitted by Christopher N. ("Kirk") Sheap M.D., Chairman, VASSAR Flag Committee.
In 2015, VASSAR again met the requirements needed to receive the Admiral William R. Furlong Award from NSSAR. This year, as in several in the past, all of our Chapters participated, as did VASSAR, by presenting at least one Flag Certificate. VASSAR first began to participate in this program in 2001 and this is the 15th consecutive year in which we have qualified for this award. This is a tribute to efforts of the Officers and Compatriots of our Chapters and to the Officers of VASSAR.