Virginia C.A.R. Completes President's Project With The Dedication of The Restored Bell at St. John's Church
10 Jun 2020 Richmond, VA & online @ Facebook
Virginia Children of the American Revolution President (2019-2020) Madeline Herring successfully led the effort to raise $20,000 to restore the bell at St. John's Church in Richmond, and this evening was given the honor of being the first to ring the restored bell at a ceremony conducted by the St. John's Church Foundation. The Virginia SAR and many of our chapters and compatriots contributed to this wonderful project.
VASSAR President Bill Schwetke and VASSAR Elementary School Poster Contest and Middle School Brochure Contest Chairman Tom Hamill presented the winner of the VASSAR Brochure Contest with her $250 prize on June 1st. The 2020 winner is Chelsea Perez who is an 8th grader at Pennington School in Manassas. Chelsea's brochure entry was on the Articles of Confederation. Her love of calligraphy was readily apparent in her excellent penmanship and hand inked graphics.
Chelsea's brochure entry was sponsored by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, and is now at SAR National awaiting the start of the National Competition Judging. Pictured below are Chelsea's parents: Wilson and Deira Perez, Chelsea Perez, Tom Hamill and VASSAR President Bill Schwetke. Submitted by Tom Hamill.
29 May 2020 Buford, SC and Facebook Online
Today, in Buford, SC, a ceremony was organized by Martha Bratton Society of the South Carolina Children of the American Revolution to mark the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Waxhaws, also known as Buford's Defeat. President Bill Schwetke presented the Virginia SAR wreath, Culpeper Minutemen Chapter President Charles Jameson presented his chapter's wreath, and dual member Greg Ohanesian spread Blessed Soil of Virginia on the mass grave of Virginians who died in the battle and lie here.
The ceremony can be seen on Facebook.
Roger Cross, Chapter President,, presented a Certificate and a check for $150 to Jena Naswadi, Principal of the Lower School of Walsingham Academy on May 27, 2020. The certificate and check was for Alayna DeLaGarza, the 1st Place winner in this year’s Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest. Her winning entry will be submitted to the VASSAR competition.
The contest was open to all students in grades 6 through 9 in James City County/ Williamsburg. Entrants could choose from five Foundational Documents of the United States – Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Federalist Papers – as the theme for their brochure. This contest was organized and conducted by Compatriot Paul Huchko, chairman of Chapter Youth Programs.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
On 22 May 2020, the National Cemetery in Winchester held a commemoration ceremony for Memorial Day. Participants included the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution; The American Red Cross, VFW Chapter 2123, The Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Veterans Engagement Board; and Heroes on the River. The ceremony was held to honor Americans who died in the military service of their country. There were brief remarks, a moment of silence, the playing of taps and presentation of wreaths.
Pictured with the wreaths are Ashley Moslak, Marc Robinson, Adam Packham and Ralph Hensley. In the 2nd picture are participating members of the Sons of the American Revolution. Chip Daniel, Clay Robinson, Dale Corey, Nathan Poe, Brett osborn, Eric Robinson, Sean Carrigan, Marc Robinson & Paul Christensen.
Submitted by Dale Corey
On 17 May 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter had a musket workshop for members and potential members of the organization. The attendees were taught safety, commands, proper positioning, firing sequence & etiquette when participating as a member of a Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard and Musket Squad. Instructors were Marc Robinson, Commander, Colonel James Wood II Chapter Color Guard and Brett Osborn, Virginia State 2019 Color Guardsman of the Year. The program began with a lesson in safety. Next appropriate commands and firing sequence were discussed. Then individuals were given the opportunity to go through the commands and firing sequence to fire. The next step was to divide into 2 sections for individual instruction. After an hour of working through the processes required, the individuals were brought together as a squad and performed a musket firing of three rounds as if in a formal ceremony. This workshop allowed two of the individuals to gain certification to participate in official ceremonies. Attending the workshop were Marc Robinson, Brett Osborn, Dale Corey, Eric Robinson, Sean Carrigan, Clay Robinson, Chip Daniel and Erick Moore.
Submitted by Dale Corey
On 13 May 2020, James Wood High School held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 Due to current restrictions, the ceremony was held virtually through a video presentation of the normal ceremony, without an audience. This included the Colonel James Wood II Chapter presenting the colors and a traditional firing of a cannon to honor the graduates.
Submitted by Dale Corey
26 APR 2020 ONLINE
This afternoon the Virginia SAR Executive Committee met with 22 of our Chapter Presidents to provide an update on State-wide issues, answer questions, and encourage sharing of ideas. State Registrar Bill Haskins also joined the meeting. Similar meetings are scheduled every two months to increase the flow of information to and from chapters. The meeting was conducted via Zoom.
Items discussed included:
The next meeting of this group will be mid to late June at which we hope all chapters will be represented. These meetings are not a response to the pandemic restrictions, but an effort to increase communication to the benefit of our chapters.
Virginia Children of the American Revolution Society President-Elect Catie Wasenko has announced her project with the flyer below. Your support for this worthy endeavor is encouraged.
22 Apr 2020 Rapidan, VA
Culpeper Minutemen Chapter President Charles Jameson and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke visited the Virginia Mist Quarry in Rapidan on Wednesday afternoon to inspect the twenty-ton granite boulder being donated by Virginia Mist Group, Inc. for the Culpeper Minutemen Monument being constructed in Culpeper's Yowell Meadow Park near where the Culpeper Minutemen mustered in 1775. Jameson and Schwetke will return next week with Culpeper City Councilman and compatriot Keith Price, and Gary Cole of the Culpeper Department of Planning and Community Development to make decisions on the cutting and polishing of the boulder.
The flag poles for the monument were received by the Town of Culpeper three weeks ago and preparation of the ground for the monument is scheduled to begin on May 1st. This monument is being made possible by a generous contribution from the Virginia SAR Knight-Patty Fund, the Town of Culpeper, the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter DAR and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter SAR, which conceived, provided initial funding, and is overseeing construction of the monument. In 2018 Foundation Forward, Inc. committed to contribute the "Charters of Freedom" addition to the monument, so that the monument now reflects both the efforts of our patriotic ancestors and the results of their sacrifices.
We are on track to dedicate the combined Culpeper Minutemen and Charters of Freedom Monument on October 24th as a Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative, to which all chapters are invited to present their chapter wreaths.
UPDATE - 6 MAY 2020
Today Culpeper Minutemen President Charles Jameson led a group of three chapter members, including Culpeper Town Councilman Keith Price and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke to the Virginia Mist Quarry to make decisions on the cutting of the granite boulder for the Culpeper Minutemen Memorial. They were joined by Gary Cole of the Culpeper Department of Planning and Community Development and Daniele Treves and Gibran Medina of Virginia Mist. A different, smaller boulder was selected to better fit the scale of the monument and a cutting plan was developed.