24 Jun 2018 Mattanock Town, VA
The Nansemond Nation participated in the American struggle for independence, and, as a result, probably all tribal members are eligible for SAR, DAR or C.A.R. membership as appropriate. A member of the tribe, Tom Badamo, and his three sons, recently joined the Long Island Chapter, SAR in New York. The president of that chapter, Joe Vermaelen, then took on the task of bringing more members of the tribe into the SAR. Since a large number of the tribe live on or near their original homeland in Suffolk County, VA, it followed that a new chapter in Virginia could be formed from the Nansemond Nation.
A big step forward to that goal was made this past Sunday with the organizational meeting of the new chapter, which adopted the name "Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter". At this meeting eight new members were inducted and a slate of officers elected for the chapter. The next meeting will be in conjunction with the Atlantic Middle States Association District Meeting in Newport News on August 10th and 11th. The Virginia SAR Color Guard has been invited to participate in the Annual Nansemond Pow Wow on August 18th and 19th.
Submitted by Bill Schwetke, 2nd VP, VASSAR
Elected Officers for Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter
President & Chaplain - Sam Bass
Vice President - Earl Bass
Secretary - Joe Vermaelen
Treasurer - Jerod Bass
Registrar - Tom Badamo
Chancellor - Mike Elston