The George Washington Chapter celebrated its 65th year on 13 April 2019 at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, with over 70 compatriots and guests in attendance. The chapter was chartered on 2 April 1954 with 14 charter members. The chapter today has over 250 members and continues to grow.
Chapter Vice President Jay Henn served as Master of Ceremonies. The event began with a Junior ROTC Bronze Medal presented to Cadet 1LT Tyler Herod, a student at Mount Vernon High School. The SAR Law Enforcement Medal was then awarded to Officer K.C. Webb with the Fairfax Police Department. Two new members were inducted by President General Warren Alter: John Easely and Michael West. During the ceremony, guests were serenaded by the talented Sgt. Don Francisco and his fife. After luncheon, greetings were brought by SAR President General Warren Alter, Virginia Society SAR 2nd Vice President Jeff Thomas, and by Kate Waller Barrett DAR Regent Claire Bennett.
The guest speaker was Holly Lynn McKinley Schmidt, Virginia DAR Historian, whose topic was “Children of the American Revolution-Training Tomorrow’s Leader” Photos below (l to r, top to bottom) Meeting attendees; anniversary cake, Fifer Francisco, President General Alter, Public Safety Awardee Officer Webb, JROTC Awardee Tyler Herod, new member inductees, 2nd VASSAR VP Jeff Thomas, Regent Claire Bennett, Guest Speaker Holly Lynn McKinley Schmidt.
Submitted by Paul Walden