11 Feb 2017 Omni Hotel, Richmond, VA
Day Two of the 127th Annual Meeting began with the General Membership Meeting. Richmond Chapter President presented greetings from the host chapter. Next President Mike Tomme brought greetings and news from the National Society.
The past Virginia Society Presidents then addressed the meeting.
Next, the chapter presidents gave their reports to the membership.
Past President Reverdy Wright, Chairman of the Nominations Committee, presented the slate of nominated officers, which were then elected. He next presented nominations for Trustee to be forwarded to National.
2017 Officers Elected
President Michael J. Elston, Esq. George Washington Chapter
1st Vice President Patrick M. Kelly Thomas Jefferson Chapter
2nd Vice President J. Thomas Whetstone III, PhD Norfolk Chapter
3rd Vice President William L. Schwetke Culpeper Minutemen Chapter
Secretary R. Wayne Rouse Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter
Treasurer Frederick N. “Rick” Elofson Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter
Chancellor Eric H. Monday Col. George Waller Chapter
Chaplain Rev. Dr. Roy A. Martin, Jr. Fort Harrison Chapter
Historian Thomas M. Roth III George Washington Chapter
Surgeon Christopher N. “Kirk” Sheap, MD Fort Harrison
Registrar David R. Thomas George Washington Chapter
Trustee Edward W. Truslow Williamsburg Chapter
Alternate Trustee Michael J. Elston, Esq. George Washington Chapter
The Orations Competition featured five contestants. Virginia SAR Rumbaugh Orations Contest Committee Chairman Darrin Schmidt organized the competition and past Virginia SAR President Larry McKinley was the master of ceremonies. Also during the competition compatriots Paul Chase and Lance Lyngar were recognized for their support for the Rumbaugh Orations Contests with the Dr. Joseph Warren Medal.
Memorial Service - Awards - Officer Installation
The afternoon session began with the Memorial Service honoring the compatriots who have died since the last Annual Meeting. 1st Vice President Mike Elston, 2nd Vice President Pat Kelly, and past President Don Reynolds (acting as Chaplain), conducted the ceremony and called the roll of those departed.
The next event was the Awards Ceremony, which began with the Chester E. May Award for Teacher of the Year. The winner was Arthur Peebles, sponsored by the Richmond Chapter.
The winner of the Good Citizen of the Year was Mt. John Edmond Yates, sponsored by the Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter.
The Law Enforcement Category winner was 2nd Lt. Christopher M. Catone of the Fairfax County Police Department. The winner was, sponsored by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter.
The Emergency Medical Services Category was won by the team of Lieutenant Daniel Acosta, Technician II Jeffery Chapmen, and Technician II Sean Trainum of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department.. The winners were sponsored by the George Washington Chapter.
The Fire Safety Person of the Year was Apparatus Technician John Guy of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. He was sponsored by the Richmond chapter.
The George Mason Chapter sponsored the winner of the Rumbaugh Orations Award, Kelly Shepperson.
Eight chapters received recognition for Revolutionary War Graves Registration: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fort Harrison, George Washington, Richmond, and Richard Henry Lee.
Nine Chapters received a streamer for History Day support: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, George Washington, Martin's Station, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and Williamsburg.
Six chapters received a streamer for recognizing Forgotten Patriots: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, George Mason, and George Washington.
Four Chapters received streamers for Sustained Achievement in Revolutionary Grave Marking (2013-2016): Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, George Washington, and, Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Three chapters received streamers for Sustained Achievement in the Rumbaugh Orations Program (2013-2016): Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, and Richmond.
Chapter Excellence Streamers were presented to seventeen chapters: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel George Waller, Colonel James Wood, II, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, Fincastle Resolutions, Fort Harrison, George Mason, George Washington, James Monroe, Martin's Station, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and Williamsburg.
The Winners of the Best Chapter Awards were:
The Best Small Chapter for 2016 with 1 to 24 members
The Best Medium Chapter for 2016 with 25 and 49 members
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
The Best Large Chapter for 2016 with 50 to 99 members
Col. James Wood II
The Best Very Large Chapter for 2016 with 100 plus members
Col. William Grayson
The last event in this meeting was the installation of the 2017 Officers, below President. PG Mike Tomme administered the oath and installed the new officers.