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volume xiv number 2 sept . 2007 Our new President challenges us. Compatriots: As we embark on a new year, we have new opportunities, and challenges. Our opportunity is to institute a meaningful program that is worthy of our investment in time and resources and that instills in our membership ex- citement and enthusiasm. Our challenge is to make a difference; to make a difference in our soci- ety, and in our own lives as we set an example for others to follow. It is my sincere belief that we are making a difference. We make a difference to the CAR and DAR societies by showing our support. We make a differ- ence by honoring our veterans and we make a difference to our youth with the ROTC, JROTC, high school senior, Eagle Scout, poster contest, essay and ora- tion contests and awards. We honor our fire safety, EMS and law enforcement personnel. We honor outstanding efforts by our citizens and teachers. We par- ticipate in community events and we remember important anniversaries with wreath laying ceremonies. We conduct genea- logical research and encourage historical research. This is quite a list. I mention these because it is important for us to realize just how much we do. As SAR compatriots, we have an opportunity, as stated on the national web site under About SAR, Our Purpose, “to per- petuate the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy and tri- umph of the men who achieved the independence of the Ameri- can people in the belief that these stories are universal ones ® b newsletter dc n orth C arolina s oCiety s ons dc a meriCan r evolution The NCSSAR has an important educational role in our modern society to remind all citizens that we are a country founded on principles and that those principles still stand for something today. - Sam Powell, Pres. NCSSAR of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our free- doms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.” As SAR Compatriots, we can not be content to let society for- get the importance of the Con- stitution of the United States of America or take our freedoms for granted. We must lead by ex- ample and demonstrate respect for our national symbols and show appreciation for true patri- otism. I ask you to be leaders in your communities – to remind others that our principles are ageless and that our institutions of freedom must be maintained. I am confident that the NCS- SAR has an outstanding mem- bership. The strength in our or- ganization is in our tremendous talent that flows into each chap- ter. As I travel around the state meeting with different chapters “Bringing the lessons of the past to the citizens of today” NCSSAR Theme for 2007-2009: and attending our various functions, I am continually reminded of how much we are do- ing and how proud I am to be a mem- ber of this society. I have become more and more confi- dent that the NC- SSAR is ready and able to lead the way and that our best years are yet to come. In thinking about our purpose, opportunities and challenges and the ever changing world in which we live, where so much is in con- stant flux, and so little can be pre- dicted, I have come to the conclu- sion that the SAR is as important now, if not more so, than ever in the past. In the coming year, I ask every SAR member to join with me as we continue our efforts in “bringing the lessons of the past to the citizens of today”. -Samuel C. Powell, President, NCSSAR In This Issue... 3 5 6 8 Membership SAR Reaches Out State Convention Historic Sites 12 National Congress 14 Chapters Are Active 15 Five Areas for NC NCSSAR The Old North State
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The Old North State Perspective NCSSAR - Officers 2007 -2009 Dr. Samuel C. Powell, Ph.D., President 1067 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 2104, Burlington, NC 27216-2104; (336) 227-3557; [email protected] LTC Franklin N. Horton, USA Ret., VP 3812 Ithaca Pl., Fayetteville, NC 28311-0354; (910) 630-0875; [email protected] Mr. G. Steven Pittard, Secretary 414 Wilder Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28314; (910) 868-3292; [email protected] Capt. Robert L. Owens, Sr., Treasurer 327 Rebels Creek Road, Bakersville, NC 28705; (828) 688-4354; [email protected] Mr. James A. Becker, Registrar 10801 Debnam Road, Zebulon, NC 27597; (919) 269-7489; [email protected] The Old North State A publication of the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Volume 14 - Number 2 - July 2007 G. Steven Pittard, Editor 414 Wilder Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28314 (910) 868-3292; [email protected] Submission deadline for next issue is: September 1st, 2007 by Clark Wiser, State Chaplain The Fern and the Bamboo Never regret Mr. John O. Thornhill, Historian 1314 West Charity Rd., Rose Hill, NC 28458-8512; a day in your (910) 289-4615; [email protected] life. Good Rev. A. Clark Wiser, Chaplain days give you 110 Pine St. East, Lillington, NC 27546-9447; (910) 893-6989; [email protected] happiness; bad Dr. Randy D. Steele, Ph.D., Genealogist 109 Madison Street, Plymouth, NC 27962; days give you (252) 916-6301; [email protected] experiences; LCDR Robert P. Yankle, II, USN Ret., Webmaster 914 S. Ridge Road, Burlington, NC 27217; both are (336) 228-1865; [email protected] essential to life. - Clark Wiser Mr. Timothy W. Berly, Development Officer 11901 Darby Chase Dr., Charlotte, NC 28277; (704) 849-7886; [email protected] Mr. Steven F. Avent, Northeast District 1 VP (Raleigh, Halifax Resolves, Gen. George Washington) P.O. Box 221, Red Oak, NC 27867; (252) 459-9427 or 212-3728; [email protected] Mr. Richard D. “Dick” Bishop, Southeast District 2 VP (le Marquis de Lafayette, Lower Cape Fear, New Bern) 263 Shadsford Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28314; (910) 864-1279; [email protected] Mr. Jeffrey P. Lambert, Piedmont District 3 VP (Bethabara, Nathanael Greene, Alamance Battleground, Gen. Francis Nash) 1930 Swaim Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127; (336) 671-1098; [email protected] Mr. Ellis C. Hamby, Foothills District 4 VP (Yadkin Valley, Salisbury, LTC John Phifer, Mecklenburg, Catawba Valley) P.O. Box 403, State Road, NC 28676; (336) 874-2606 Mr. John J. Robinson, Mountain District 5 VP: (Silas McDowell, Blue Ridge, LTC Felix Walker) 148 Ginger Quill Circle, Candler, NC 28715; (828) 677-0006; [email protected] One day I decided to quit… I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. “God,” I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?” His answer surprised me… “Look around,” He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” “Yes,” I replied. “When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.” He said, “In year three there was still nothing from the bam- boo seed. But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit.” He said, “Then, in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and in- significant. But just six months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a chal- lenge it could not handle.” He said to me, “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to oth- ers.” He said, “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come,” God said to me. “You will rise high.” “How high should I rise?” I asked. “How high will the bam- boo rise?” He asked in return. “As high as it can?” I questioned. “Yes.” He said, “Give me glo- ry by rising as high as you can.” I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happi- ness; bad days give you experi- ences; both are essential to life. Mark Your Calendars The Spring Board of Managers (BOM) meeting is to be held in Raleigh on Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Reservation forms will be made available prior to each of these events giving date, time, location and travel directions. NCSSAR.2
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New MeMberS Mar 10 - Aug 31 National# NC# Name 168756 168757 168868 168869 168924 168925 168926 169101 169102 169103 169104 169077 169144 169224 169256 169280 169333 169334 169336 169382 169455 169460 169466 169552 169553 169554 169569 169608 169612 169722 169843 169866 169867 163057 166407 120230 116738 2941 2942 2943 2944 2945 2946 2947 2951 2952 2953 2954 2955 2956 2959 2960 2961 2962 2963 2964 2965 2966 2967 2968 2969 2970 2971 2972 2973 2974 2975 2976 2977 2978 - Charles Edward Adams Chapel Hill, NC Gary Owen Green Wilmington, NC Roderick Drouin Sprinkle Washington, NC Robert L.B. Sprinkle, III Winston-Salem C N David Edward Peters Raleigh, NC Hugh L. Blaine Franklin, NC William Edgar Greene Asheville, NC Clarence Kenith Wilson Roanoke Rapids, NC Stephen Manly Smith Newport, NC Thomas Julius Smith Charlotte, NC Michael Keith Kapp Raleigh, NC Timothy Scott Neubauer Wake Forest, NC Philip Joseph DeSena, Jr. Cary, NC Dewey Martin Ramsey Asheville, NC Theron Layton Dowless, Sr. Whiteville, NC Henry Edward Phillips III Wake Forest, NC Julian Davis Godwin, Jr. Little Switzerland, NC Paul Joseph Norcross High Point, NC Joseph Edward Griffin Durham, NC Paul Rivers Grass Black Mountain, NC Richard Dunwody Hall, Jr. Greensboro, NC James Clayton Coleman, Jr. Hendersonville, NC Wendell Greenleaf Small III Fayetteville, NC Donald Cameron Fergusson APO, AE, UK Harry Stephen Fergusson Mars Hill. NC Frank Fitzhugh Fergusson, Jr. Asheville, NC Thomas Roberrt Adkins Horse Shoe, NC Harold Knox Roberts II Salisbury, NC Charles Albert Broadway IV Kinston, NC Haynes William Rhodes, Jr. Garner, NC John Frederick Edwards Fletcher, NC Richard Henry Van Tassel Fayetteville, NC William Fred Varian Fayetteville, NC Charlottesville, VA Charlotte, NC Greenville, DE Wilmington, NC Gainesville, FL Hendersonville, NC Blairs, VA Lexington, NC Midlothian, VA Richmond, VA Greensboro, NC Gainesville, FL Homosassa, FL Residence Membership Information FROM THE SR VP The Old North State DualS 2949 2950 2957 2958 Robert Lee Scouten Gregory S. Ix Howard F. Horne, Jr. William R. Booker III TraNSferS IN 156859 2870 Ronald B. Dailey 130871 2979 Roger S. Greene IV reINSTaTeMeNT / TraNSfer 148206 2948 E.T. Clark Graves, Jr. 112528 2981 Carl E. Cuthrell TraNSferS OuT 119035 2340 William Clotworthy 158141 2589 Ronald Alligood 124146 2758 Christopher Johnston IV DeaThS 154219 2423 Glenn Edgar Johnson 160094 2659 Robert A. Shipman ompatriots, I want to thank each of you for your confi- dence in me over the past years. As your Sr. VP, I am responsible for the Awards Com- mittee of the State So- ciety. In that regard, I request that each chap- ter president forward to me in January of next year, those com- patriots who you deem worthy of State Recognition with a Frank Horton short description of what they did Senior Vice to deserve the recognition. We have President a lot of compatriots who contribute in many ways and their efforts and work should not go unnoticed. I know that some may take on tasks such as newsletter editor, historic site coordination, library genealogy seminars and such. So please let us know of these compatriots. Secondly, at the State level, we are going to send out notices for dues earlier than in the past. These notices will be non-invasive on the chapters. As you know, we depend on the chapters to collect the State and National dues and forward them to the Treasurer along with a list of members in the annual chap- ter report. The State Treasurer and Secretary work together to see that all compatriots are accounted for. In that regard, we want to ensure that we cut down on the number of drops and reinstatements that we have each year. If however a chap- ter does not feel up to the task of collection, please let us know so that arrangements can be made to assist you in that task. The notice will be on a letter and will just be a reminder. We will also mention in that letter, the need for support of the Center for Advanc- ing America’s Heritage and the George Washington Endowment Fund. Both of these are part of the SAR 501c(3) items. If you also want to contribute to our State organiza- tion, we are able to receive it under the same IRS procedure. Again, let us know if we can help. –Frank Horton, Sr. VP C 3.NCSSAR
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The Old North State Opportunities to Support the NCSSAR W build a monument to hi<tory and Tradition... hat better way to help build a strong and viable North Carolina Society than by participating in NCSSAR’s Charitable Gift Program (CGP)? Gifts may be made as “general” contributions; or may be made in honor or in memory of a special person; or may be made to commemorate a special event. Monies received under the Charitable Gift Program will be set aside for designated projects that further the mission of the NCSSAR. All contributions are encouraged, and special recognition levels have been established as follows: Bronze $100.00 to $249.99 Certificate of Appreciation Silver $250.00 to $499.99 Certificate of Appreciation/Silver Lapel Pin Gold $500.00 and Above Certificate of Appreciation/Gold Lapel Pin Each donor will receive a personalized Certificate of Appreciation, and Silver or Gold level donors will also receive a limited edition lapel pin. Leave a Lasting Legacy... The fortitude and commitment of our Patriot ancestors has left a legacy of freedom and democracy and has provided us, the descendants of these first brave Americans, an opportunity to do the same. After you have provided for your family, please consider a gift to the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NCSSAR) in your Will or Trust, which will perpetuate the goals and objectives and great work being done by the NCSSAR. The following is simple language that may be included in your Will or Trust to make an unrestricted gift: I give, devise and bequeath to the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, a North Carolina non-profit organization, the sum of $__________________________. If you would like the gift to be for a specific purpose, or of specific property, or for a memorial fund, or con- tingent upon some circumstance, please feel free to contact your attorney for additional recommended language. Thank you for your generous support of the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Date:_________________ Enclosed is my tax-deductible charitable gift in the amount of $ ___________, Name:____________________________________________________ in ____Honor of ; ____Memory of; Address:___________________________________________________ ____Commemoration of; City: __________________________ State: ____ Zip Code: ________ Notation_______________________ Telephone: __________________ Email: ________________________ ______________________________ The NCSSAR is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making your gift tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to NCSSAR and mail all contributions to the NCSSAR Secretary, G. Steven Pittard, 414 Wilder Drive, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28314. Donor Information The Calendar Committee headed up by Compatriot Jeff Bright has been working hard to get the calendar ready for sale in September. At this point, the committee is finalizing content and working with sponsors to get pictures for each month. You may send comments or suggestions to Jeff Bright [email protected] or Sam Powell [email protected] or call at (336) 227-3557. Shipping Address: Order Information: Amount: Name: _______________________________ Please send _________ calendars x $5.00 ea ___________ = Address: _____________________________ Postage and handling for one calendar ($1.50) ___________ = City/State: ___________________________ Postage and handling for two calendars $2.50) = __________ ( _ Zip code: ____________________________ Postage and handling for three or more $4.70) = __________ ( _ Total order = $ ___________ Send order to: 2008 NCSSAR Calendar Committee Check or money order is enclosed _______ C/O Samuel C. Powell, P.O. Box 2104 Please bill me at the address above _______ Burlington, N.C. 27216-2104 2008 Revolutionary War NCSSAR Calendar NCSSAR.4
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SAR Reaches Out Through Education By Colleen Wilson NSSAR Education Director Opportunities to Support the National Society SAR w hO ha Ve aNY INClINaTION TO JOIN IN aDV aNCING The The Old North State TO all COMP aTrIOTS IN NOrTh CarOlINa The leaDerShIP Of The SONS Of The aMerICaN reVOluTION lIberTIeS aND herITaGe Of The uNITeD STaTeS, for the benefit of all citizen<, ar is marching ahead to- wards implementing new initiatives for Outreach Educa- tion. Together SAR Compatriots are embracing new programs and contests while utilizing technol- ogy to increase awareness. With over 16,000 “America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty” CDs distributed since 2003, educa- tors across the nation have a new classroom resource. These education CDs foster an under- standing and appreciation of our country’s factual and philosophi- cal heritage. To assist members in their distribution efforts, educators can now request these CDs on the SAR web site. Recipient in- formation in turn provides edu- cation leads to state leadership. Through email replies, the iden- tified teacher now receives infor- mation about SAR programs and contests like the George & Stella Knight Essay Contest and the Tom & Betty Lawrence Ameri- can History Teacher Award. While providing American Revolution curriculum, SAR also offers professional develop- ment for teachers. With the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award, educa- tors compete across the nation to receive a paid Freedoms Founda- tion Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge. As SAR members conduct education programs within their state, Headquarters is working to become the preferred field trip destination for school groups at all levels. SAR programs meet recognized national and state standards while reinforcing in- struction on the American Rev- olution and the United States Constitution. S TaKe NOTICe, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best The North Carolina Society is recruiting those of you as may be willing to enter into this HONOURABLE service in support of interest.” The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage. The Center will Benjamin Franklin enhance and encourage a better understanding of the Revolutionary War period and development of our Constitutional republic. Just as our patriot ancestors fought for our liberties in the Carolinas 225 years ago, we too are called to carry their fight for freedom and democratic principles forward in our time. The ENCOURAGEMENT at this time is to make a contribu- tion to the Center. Contributions of all sizes are welcome. ALL chapters of our Society, as well as EACH compatriot, are requested to heed the call and participate in this effort. Those who may FAVOUR our cause with their monetary support are encouraged to log onto the North Carolina Society’s website or contact your Chapter President, who can provide the appropriate paperwork for you to sign up and make your contribution or pledge. You will have the opportunity to further the work of your Soci- ety well into the 21st Century. By uniting with fellow compatriots across the SAR, you will enjoy the great advantage of sharing with our nation a more profound appreciation of the unique freedom we enjoy as Americans, won through the sacrifices of our patriot ances- tors. GOD Sa Ve The uNITeD STaTeS! NSSAR has hosted Trinity High School for Constitution Day, four hundred elementary students for Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday, and worked in collaboration with the University of Louisville McCo- nnell Center as part of the pro- gram featuring our Second Lady Lynne Cheney to name a few. While the patriotic spirit may be dormant in some, SAR be- lieves it lies on the surface in the majority of Americans’ hearts. Let us continue to move forward and support the Center for Ad- vancing America’s Heritage. The realization of this facility will place NSSAR center stage as key players in the educational circle of Revolutionary War educators. As Benjamin Franklin stated, “An investment in knowledge al- ways pays the best interest.” For SAR compatriots it’s an invest- ment we are willing to bank on. 5.NCSSAR
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The Old North State Convention Recap SAR 1000 Breakfast State Convention an Excellent Event of Concord. The Americanism Poster Contest winner was Caroline Chilton, 5th grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Salisbury and Rowan Re- solves CAR member, presented by Grady Hall. A $250 cash award accompanied each recognition. The poster winner received $50 and a $100 savings bond. The final award was the Bronze Good Citizenship to our speaker at the luncheon, James L. Kirkpatrick, an Advocate for Guilford Courthouse. • John Robinson - $1000 for CAAH from Blue Ridge Chap. The minutes were approved by the members, motion of Dick Bish- op, 2nd by Bob Sprinkle. Delegates were elected to the congress as follows: Sam Powell, Frank Horton, Grady Hall, Steve Pittard, Clark Wiser, Jay Stobbs, C.D. Williams, Nat Clark, Jeff Lam- bert, Bob Sprinkle, Mike Mathis, Bob Owens, John Thornhill, John Sullivan, Stuart Dunaway, Kurt Van Tassel, Ken Patterson, and John Misenheimer upon motion by John Thornhill, 2nd by Jim Becker. Treasurer Goodman presented the financial report which was ap- proved by motion of Bob Sprinkle, 2nd Bill Snyder. Chaplain Clark Wiser then con- ducted a Memorial Service for those compatriots who passed away during the year. The president then present- ed a gift to C.D. Williams and Nat Clark for their support. A committee recommended con- stitution change which called for the appointment of two additional area vice presidents was approved by the membership. The slate of officers as recom- mended by the Nominations Com- mittee was elected with the addition of Thornhill as historian (inadver- tently left off ). Nominations ceased by motion of Dick Bishop, 2nd Har- ry Goodman. During the SAR 1000 Breakfast, President Harris (left) congratulated Dick Bishop for being selected a George Washington Fellow by the State Society. Dick has been very active in Color Guard duties among other society needs. At the President’s Reception, President Harris (at podium) drew attention to the wealth of knowledge and wisdom our Society has in our elder members such as C.D. Williams (left), Harry Goodman and Bill Snyder (right). We are certainly blessed. NCSSAR.6 At our recently instituted recog- nition breakfast, which now includes CAAH contributors as well as George Washington ellows, F two compatriots were highlighted. George Washington Fellow pins were presented to Stewart Dunaway and Dick Bishop. Compatriot Dunaway received his pin after contributing $1000 to the GWEF. Compatriot Our Business Meeting Bishop was selected by the society to be a GW Fellow and $1000 was The annual business meeting sent to National in his name. was called to order by President Joe E. Harris, Jr. at 2:30 p.m. The Colors, under command of Larry Brown of the Nathanael Greene Chapter, were presented. The invocation was given by Chaplain Clark Wiser. President Harris led the Pledge of Allegiance and the SAR pledge. Greetings were received by Na- Hannah Mitchell, Angela Crumdy, thanael Greene Chapter President Lauren Thomas, Michael Kennedy, and John Sullivan who said the chapter Coroline Chilton, winners of the North was glad that all compatriots came and that continued emphasis on the Carolina Society Youth Awards. youth should be maintained. Greet- ings were received by VPG Greg Youth Awards Luncheon Ohanesian who spoke later, NCSSR During the luncheon, several awards President Frank Horton and by NS- were presented and announcements SAR SG Bruce Wilcox. on other awards were issued. The Gifts presented and received by Martha Washington Medal was pre- the President included: sented to NCSDAR Regent Diana S. • President Harris and his wife Gail Wood. It was announced that during - $100 in support of the 2007-2008 the March 24th CAR State Con- calendar project. ference Awards Banquet, a Bronze • Sr. VP Dr. Sam Powell - two gifts, C.A.R. Medal was awarded to Han- $2000 from him and $3000 from nah Hodson, N.C.S.C.A.R. President Ken Ingraham. and a Silver C.A.R. Medal was pre- • Bill Holt - $100 sponsorship for sented to Grady Hall. Feb. in the Calendar project. The Youth Contests results pro- • Tracy Chilton, the winner of the vided the following awards: poster contest, - $50. (by Grady Hall Eagle Scout Certificate and Bronze on their behalf ). Eagle went to Michael Kennedy, pre- • Tim Berly, the NCSSAR CAAH sented by Ray Maxson. The Knight representative, reported that from Essay Award went to Hannah Chris- 2003-2006, we have contributed tine Mitchell of Mebane, NC, pre- $18,082 (17 gifts). The goal is $50- sented by John Sullivan. The JROTC $100 from each member of the State Outstanding Cadet certificate and Society. medal, presented by Paul Callanan, • Larry Brown - $116 in late regis- went to Cadet Angela Crumdy. The trations Rumbaugh Oration Contest chaired by • Grady Hall - $50 from the Salis- Jim Hill chose Lauren Nicole Thomas bury Chapter. Horton made a motion at this point that the SAR support the CAR president’s project with a con- tribution of $1000. The motion was 2nd by Hall and the membership approved. The Sr. VP then reported on the proposed area re-organization by counties. He then asked Jim Hill to explain the policy from the National Society in support of $500 for the Continued on page 7
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State Convention continued from page 6 Oration Contest winner. The mem- bers voted to allow the $500 for meals and lodging and travel to the National Congress. The motion was 2nd by Ray Maxson. John Thornhill announced the update of the State History and copies were provided to every member. Thornhill then described the Centennial medal and medallion. Only 100 medallions, 500 large medals and 750 minia- ture medals will be struck at a cost of $4,000. Suggestions were sought for the color of the medal drape. VP Powell then informed the members of the status of the calendar proj- ect, indicating that more than two sponsors will be accepted and that the only problem might be in the picture selection. He also indicated that he needed input on events. Pres. Harris then presented a gavel to the Gen. Francis Nash Chapter for their re-start, and El- lis Hamby for the Yadkin Valley Chapter. Avent will present the gav- el to Dailey of the Gen. Washington Chapter later. Dr. Sprinkle then announced the Moravian grave marking on 9 July in Winston-Salem. One of his ancestors will be honored at that time. Grady Hall, Trustee, asked all to attend the National leadership meetings and Congresses. VPG Ohanesian then spoke and encouraged all to attend the Buford’s Massacre Ceremony on 26 May and the SC Debutante Ball on 22 Dec. He announced the South Atlantic District Meeting during the FL Convention. SG Wilcox then asked for con- tinued support of the CAAH, and echoed Hall about attendance and participation in National events. He congratulated the membership on the current convention and the conduct of business and also asked that if any compatriot wanted to be placed on a certain committee to please let him know. The site of the next annual meeting will be in Hickory, NC in 2008. The date has been decided but was not announced at that time. The meeting then closed with the SAR Recessional and benedic- tion given by Chaplain Wiser. The Evening Banquet For her assistance with meet- ing set-up, table arrangements and more, our Hostess for the Convention, Janice Sullivan received the Mar- tha Washington Medal. Thank you, Janice! As sponsor of House Con- gressional Resolution 367 which honored the 100th anniversary of the Congressional Charter of the National Society, our speaker for the banquet, US Rep. J. Howard Coble, was recognized with the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a compatriot of the Nathanael Greene Chapter in Greensboro, NC. A Silver Good Citi- zenship Award was presented to James Convention Recap For consistent and outstanding service to the State Society or for organizing a major project or event, Silver Good Citizenship Medals (7) were awarded to Harry Goodman, Grady Hall, Ray Maxson, Steve Pit- tard, John Sullivan, Clark Wiser and Bob Yankle. For continuous and consistent service to the State Society, Merito- rious Service Medals (3) were award- ed to Frank Horton, Sam Powell and Ed Privette. A coveted prize is the State Med- al of Distinguished Service. It requires National approval and has been giv- en out only twice, to Nat Clark in The Old North State NCSSAR Officers for 2007-2009 are installed at the Awards Banquet by SG Bruce Wilcox (far left). From left is Sam Powell, President; Frank Horton, VP; Steve Pittard, Sec.; John Thornhill, Hist.; Rev. Clark Wiser, Chap.; Steve Avent, East VP; Jeff Lambert, Central VP; Bob Yankle, Webmaster and Bob Owens. Treas. (Not pictured: Jim Becker, Registrar; Randy Steele, Genealogist and Ellis Hamby, West VP.) Schlosser for service to the commu- nity as a reporter covering Guilford Courthouse Battleground and other patriotic events. Many awards were presented at our annual evening banquet for con- tributions and efforts by our compa- triots. Nine compatriots were awarded Certificates of Appreciation to ac- knowledge contributions or ser- vices rendered: Nat Clark, Cleveland Hawkins, Ken Ingraham, Don Ives, John Misenheimer, John Robinson, Bob Sprinkle, Randy Steele and John Thornhill. This year’s Bronze Color Guard Medal went to John Martin of the Nathanael Greene Chapter. Seven compatriots received Bronze Good Citizenship Oak Leaf Clusters. They include Steve Avent, Paul Callanan, Gary Horne, Wendell Kirkham, Jeff Lambert, Mike Mathis and Bob Owens. Thirteen first-time Bronze Good Citizenship Medals were issued to Tim Berly, Jeff Bright, Bill Clotworthy, Ron Dailey, Ellis Hamby, Jim Hill, Darrell Harkey, Bobby Henderson, Bill Holt, Ray Israel, Grant Peterson, Jay Stobbs and David Thompson. 2005 and Harry Goodman in 2006. This year’s recipient is our past VPG and a role model for all compatriots to follow, C.D. Williams. Thanks for a job well done! The Patriot Medal is the highest award the State Society can issue. It requires National approval and is awarded to an individual that has shown his dedication to the ideals of the SAR by consistent service at the highest level for several years. The medal is pure silver in recognition of the solid and true patriotic spirit demonstrated by the recipient. This year, we recognized Joe E. Harris, Jr., our sitting President, with the Patriot Medal. Thank you, Joe, for being a inspiration to all North Carolina compatriots! Joe also received his Past State President’s Pin and his Marquis de Lafayette Chapter’s compatriots honored him with gifts and a final Bronze Good Citizenship award was given to his wife Gail Harris for sup- porting him in his efforts. This ended our 79th Annual Convention and thanks to all for at- tending. If you were unable to make it this year, please put it on your cal- endar for next year in Hickory on April 18th - 19th. See you then! Chapter Award Streamers: Chapter Achievement 1st Place with 4,175 points le Marquis de Lafayette Most New Members (less than 36 members) Yadkin Valley (more than 36 members) Alamance Battleground Scrapbook 1st Place Salisbury 2nd Place Nathanael Greene 7.NCSSAR
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The Old North State Historic Sites & Celebrations The Battle of Guilford Courthouse remembered Visitor Center. He was assisted by Ken Ingraham of the Ala- mance Battleground Chapter in Burlington. At the appointed hour, those presenting wreaths gathered along the path to the Nathanael Greene Monument, situated a short walk away. This was a very well run event with each present- er assigned a place on the path in which to begin the procession. As the official party moved forward, the combined NSSAR Color Guard led by North Carolina followed. A grand train of flags, weapons and wreaths proceeded to the monument. Greetings were provided by Superintendent Cranfield from the Park, an invocation was given by NCSSAR Chaplain A. Clark Wiser, Rebecca Bottoms, NC- SDAR Organizing Secretary shared words, NSSAR Treasurer General David Appleby spoke followed by NCSSAR President Sam Powell. Wreath presentation began with TG Appleby, followed by President Powell, Frank Horton for the NS Sons of the Revolu- tion, Mrs. Bottoms for the NC- SDAR and Sarah Easom for the NCSCAR. State societies included John Little of FLSSAR, George Wheeless of GASSAR, Dennis Scott of KYSSAR, Joe Dooley of VASSAR and John Sauer of WVSSAR. Nine NCSSAR Chapters were in attendance as well as six GASSAR, three VASSAR, two KYSSAR, one WVSSAR and two NCSCAR societies. - Editor NC leads the Combined NSSAR Color Guard to the Nathanael Greene Monument to honor our patriots’ sacrifices. he Nathanael Greene Chap- ter of the North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution in Greensboro, North Carolina once again sponsored an NSSAR Wreath Laying pro- gram during the 226th Anniver- sary Celebration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 17. Compatriot John Sullivan organized this event and manned the table at the Guilford Court- house National Military Park T Adoption of the Halifax Resolves commemorated and Patriot Abraham Hodge’s Grave Marked n April 14, 2007, the North Carolina Society celebrated Halifax Day by participating in a Halifax Resolves Chapter spon- sored NSSAR Wreath Laying Ceremony for the 231st An- niversary of the signing of The Halifax Resolves in Halifax, NC. Introductory remarks were provided by Dr. Cleveland Hawkins, President of the Hali- fax Resolves Chapter, NCSSAR followed by our usual ritual. Mr. Wrenn Phillips, the Hali- fax Town Crier, read the Halifax Resolves followed by remarks from Dr. Samuel Powell, Vice President, NCSSAR. Mr. Max Williams, Author & Educator, enlightened us on the importance of the Halifax Re- solves to our nation. The NSSAR Wreath Laying Ceremony followed Mr. W illiams with Dr. Powell, State President, representing the NCSSAR, O Alex Long and Tim Berly present Na- tional and State Colors during ceremony. NCSSAR.8 Mrs. Edith Cox, State Registrar, presenting for the NCSDAR, Mrs. Martha Strange, Director, representing District VIII of the NCSDAR, and Ms. Sara Easom presenting for N.C.S.C.A.R. The NCSSAR fielded six chapters: Alamance Battleground - Chris Powell; General Francis Nash - Jay Stobbs, Pres.; Halifax Resolves -Ronald Jones, VP; le Marquis de Lafayette - Robert Edmondson; Mecklenburg - Tim Berly; Raleigh - Michael Mathis, Pres. Also attending was the Thomas Nelson Chapter, VASSAR, of Yorktown, VA - Walter Neville, President, presenting. The NCSDAR also fielded six chapters: Battle of Alamance- Karen Powell, V. Regent; Caswell- Nash - Sally Moore; Davie Poplar - Peggy Troxell, Regent; Elizabeth Montfort Ashe - Betty S. Davis, Regent; John Penn - Emily Champion, Recording Sec.; Warren - Sue D. Skinner, Regent. The N.C.S.C.A.R. sent Continued on page 9
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Halifax Ceremony continued from page 8 As State Chaplain Clark Wiser looks on, Steve Avent of Halifax Resolves Chapter unveils SAR Patriot Marker for Abra- ham Hodge, Printer. one society: Isaac Hunter’s Tavern - Jonathan Hicks. After the SAR sponsored event, the assembled removed to a graveyard nearby to honor Patriot Abraham Hodge’s con- tributions to our freedom. Mr. Carl Burke of Historic Halifax shared the historical record on Patriot Hodge. The SAR and the Freemasons joined forces in a ceremony that included an SAR Grave Marking and A Hero Among Masons observance. NE VP Steve Avent and Presi- dent Hawkins led the unveiling of the Patriot Grave Marker while PGM Charles Ingram of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of NC spoke on Abraham Hodge as a Freemason. PGM Ingram led a masonic ritual to properly place the ‘Masonic Hero’ stone at Hodge’s grave. From The Halifax Resolves Resolved that the delegates for this Colony in the Continental Congress be impowered to concur with the other delegates of the other Colonies in de- claring Independency, and forming foreign Alliances, resolving to this Colony the Sole, and Exclusive right of forming a Constitution and Laws for this Colony…” Reinterment Ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot Jacob Gaster was held at the Historic Lee County Court- house in Sanford, NC on April 29th, 2007. This joint ceremony featured the Old Guard from Washington, D.C., the DAR and the SAR. Color Guardsmen from the Marquis de Lafay- ette Chapter included State VP Frank Horton who acted as a ri- fleman and also spoke on the oc- casion, Dick Bishop as rifleman, State Chaplain Rev. Clark Wiser carrying the Betsy Ross flag, and Maurice Robertson with the Chapter Colors. Glen Sappie, a Color Bearer from the Raleigh Chapter also participated. All wore Revolutionary War period costumes. SE VP Dick Bishop served as Color Guard Com- mander. State Secretary Steve Pittard served as presenter for the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, NE VP Steve Avent represent- ed the Halifax Resolves Chap- ter and Mike Mathis, Raleigh Chapter President also present- ed. The ceremony was conducted in strict accordance with Army regulations with the Old Guard serving as burial flag detail and Jacob Gaster Honored Historic Sites & Celebrations members of the firing squad. The Old Guard Commander of Troops wore a Revolutionary War Uniform. The SAR Color Guard moved forward following all presenters who approached the remains en mass with their wreaths. The SAR Color Guard rendered honors at present arms, order arms and then moved off the field. The Old Guard then moved the casket to a prepared area and returned to gather all wreaths to the burial site, plac- ing them around the casket. De- scendant Marvin Gaster played a hymn on his fiddle to end the ceremony. - Richard Bishop A soldier of Captain Daniel Buie’s Militia unit, Jacob Gaster was cap- tured in 1781 while trying to unite with General Nathanael Greene’s Southern Army. Discovering the Brit- ish were positioned at Ramsey’s Mill, the militia unit was to meet at his brother Henry Gaster’s home but was set upon by British scouts. Buie and Gaster were placed in a prison ship off Wilmington. Released in a exchange in Jan. 1782, he joined brother Henry’s militia company. After the war, Jacob served six terms in the NC House and three terms in the NC Senate. The Old North State a The compatriots of the North Carolina Society waited patiently for an opportunity to honor Jacob Gaster. Left to right: Glenn Sappie of the Raleigh Chapter, SE VP Dick Bishop, State Chaplain Clark Wiser, and Maurice Robertson of Marquis de Lafay- ette Chapter, Mike Mathis, Raleigh Chapter President, State VP Frank Horton, State Registrar Jim Becker, NE VP Steve Avent representing Halifax Resolves Chapter and State Secretary Steve Pittard representing Marquis de Lafayette Chapter. 9.NCSSAR
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The Old North State Historic Sites & Celebrations Eleventh Annual Patriots’ Day held on Saturday, May 19th, 2007 and commemorates Alamance County’s three 1781 Revolu- tionary War bat- tles: Pyle’s Defeat, Clapp’s Mill and Lindley’s Mill. A living history and encampment was in place on Saturday and Sunday to help ed- ucate visitors about these events and the combatants involved. A combined NCSSAR Color Guard and the Western High School Junior ROTC led the processional to the Patriots’ Monument. Jeff Bright, President of the sponsoring Alamance Battle- ground Chapter NCSSAR, welcomed the assembled to the event. After the invocation and pledges, Dr. Samuel Powell, NC- SSAR State President, remarked on the significance of the battles and the community’s efforts to commemorate them. The guest speaker for the event was our own Compatriot Stewart Du- naway, noted author/historian, who shared his research on North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Governor Thomas Burke. Presentation of the wreaths began with NCSSAR Presi- 3rd Provincial Congresses and then wrote the guidelines for the 5th Provincial Congress. In 1777 he was elected by the House to represent North Carolina at the Continental Congress in Phila- delphia. After three years of ser- vice in Congress, Thomas Burke returns home in the summer of 1780. In the summer of 1781, the N.C. House recommended that Thomas Burke be appointed the 3rd Governor of North Caro- British Redcoats under command of British Gen. Cornwallis and the “butcher” Banastre Tarleton matched wits with elements of American General Nathanael Greene’s army at Clapp’s Mill on Beaver Creek, March 2nd, 1781, two weeks before the Battle at Guilford Courthouse. The reconnoiter resulted in the death of 17 British and 8 American soldiers and is listed in many his- torical records as the Battle on the Alamance. Compatriot Stewart Dunaway addresses the gathering during the 11th Annual Patriot’s Day Com- memoration Ceremony at Alamance Battle- ground State Park’s Patriot Monument. If you missed this opportu- nity to participate in a formal wreath laying ceremony, then I recommend you plan to attend this event next year. It’s a great historic site full of Revolution- ary War history and put on by a dedicated group of compatriots in the Alamance Battleground Chapter out of nearby Burling- ton, NC. This year, it was held at the Patriots’ Monument nestled in the trees across the battle- field from the Alamance Battle- ground State Park’s Visitor Cen- ter. The afternoon program was On February 23-24, 1781, Col. “Light Horse Harry” Lee led a de- tachment of Whig cavalry against Tories commanded by Dr. Pyle, in a rout known as “Pyle’s Defeat” or “Pyle’s Hacking Match”, due to close quarters with swords. The battle re- sulted in the death of nearly 100 To- ries. Col. Henry Lee’s Whig forces had no casualties. This action denied the British some 300 recruits. dent Powell, followed by N.C.S.C.A.R. President Ra- chael Miller. Six NCSSAR Chapters presented: Alamance Battleground, General Francis Nash, Halifax Resolves, Marquis de Lafayette, Nathanael Greene and Salisbury. Two NCSDAR Chapters, Battle of Alamance and John Penn, presented, fol- lowed by the Joel Lane Society, N.C.S.C.A.R. A rifle salute by the Guilford Militia and a Cannon salute by Bryan Dalton, Park Manager ended the ceremony. North Carolina’s third Gover- nor, Thomas Burke, found himself among the prisoners of a Tory raid on Hillsborough by Col. David Fan- ning. An attack along Cane Creek at Lindley’s Mill, led by Brigadier Gen. John Butler on September 13th, 1781, produced heavy losses among Tory and Whig forces alike, with over 50 men killed and 150 seriously wounded in a 4 hour battle, but failed to gain the release of the Governor, who subsequently became a prisoner of the British in Charlestown. Thomas Burke - Poet, Doctor, Lawyer, Congressman, Governor By Stewart E. Dunaway Thomas Burke arrives in Virgin- ia around 1762 and pursues a ca- reer as a medical doctor. Thomas, not satisfied with income from the medical field, enters the legal business. Shortly after marriage he moves to Hillsborough, NC for his health. He receives his license to practice law in North Caro- lina in 1771. By 1775, Thomas Burke is appointed to represent Orange County in the 2nd and lina. On June 26, 1781 he takes the oath of office. By September, he writes a friend and asks him to move his papers to a house in downtown Hillsborough. Thom- as arrives in Hillsborough on September 11. On the morning of Septem- ber 12, Col. David Fanning at- tacks Hillsborough and captures the Governor as well as 70 Conti- nental soldiers and other citizens. Fanning leaves for Wilmington Continued on Page 11 NCSSAR.10
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