29 Sep - 01 Oct 2016 The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
Fourteen members of the Virginia Society and four dual members of the Virginia Society participated in the Fall Leadership Conference/Trustee Meeting in Louisville this past week. President Ed Truslow and his First Lady Laura led the Virginia Delegation, and past President Reverdy Wright represented us as our trustee. Virginia attendees included: President Ed and Laura Truslow, 1st Vice President Mike Elston, Secretary Wayne and Wink Rouse, Registrar Mike Taimi, Surgeon Kirk and Norma Sheap, Trustee Reverdy Wright, Mid-Atlantic District Vice President General Mark Brennan, past President General Bruce and Theresa Wilcox, past President General Joe Dooley, Ernie Coggins, Peter Davenport, Bill and Cat Schwetke, Jack Sweeney, and Paul Walden. Dual members included Dr. John Barlow, past President General Lindsay and Billie Brock, Doug and Alison Collins, and New Mexico SAR President Andrew Lyngar.
On Thursday evening several members of the Virginia Delegation gathered in the English Grill at the Brown for camaraderie and dinner
Later in the evening the candidates for national office participated in a Candidates Forum.
Friday was filled with committee meetings, and the Virginia SAR was well represented. Among other committee memberships, Peter Davenport chairs the By-Laws Committee, Darrin Schmidt chairs the C.A.R. Liaison Committee, Mike Elston co-chairs the Community Engagement Comittee, and Jack Sweeney is vice-chair of the Genealogy Committee.
Included amongst the committee meetings was a Genealogy Workshop, conducted by Denise Hall of the Genealogy staff in Louisville. The topic of the workshop was "How to Properly Complete an Application". The handout from that workshop will be made available to everyone.
In the evening their was a dinner and program. Those who have made significant contributions to the King's College London Partnership were honored with certificates and lapel pins. Honorees included Virginia compatriots Joe Dooley and Mike Elston, and dual member Lindsay Brock.
The program was a portrayal of black Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector, by Noah Lewis. Since Ned was an artilleryman, he pressed several of our members into service to man a virtual Revolutionary War cannon.
Members of the Virginia SAR at the Friday evening dinner, left to right: Ernie Coggins, Cat Schwetke, Bill Schwetke (behind Cat), Andrew Lyngar (back), Bruce Wilcox, Theresa Wilcox, Peter Davenport (behind Theresa), Billie Brock, Lindsay Brock, Norma Sheap, Ed Truslow (back), Kirk Sheap, Mike Elston (back), and Joe Dooley.
Saturday opened the Trustee Meeting, with Reverdy Wright representing the Virginia SAR. All members are allowed to attend the Trustee Meeting and speak from the floor; but only Trustees may make motions and vote.
The most energetic discussions were over the way forward for the new headquarters, especially the first floor and the museum display. When this looked to be in peril, the contractor, Solid Light, offered to donate a significant amount of the cost of planning. This made their proposal much more attractive and allowed to keep intact the team they had assembled for this project. The design and planning will continue to progress.
Saturday evening was the time for the formal banquet to celebrate the success of the Fall Leadership/Trustee Meeting. The awards for the evening consisted of the George Washington Endowment Fund recognizing new George Washington Fellows, including Virginian Bill Schwetke, who joins many other Virginia SAR compatriots in this distinction. The program this evening was a report on the Revolution by General Nathanael Greene, portrayed by Dan McMichael.