RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 24
* SAR Night at the Ball Park, Saturday, 20 July, 6:35 pm, Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court; Woodbridge, VA. Potomac Nationals vs Fayetteville, NC Woodpeckers. Come out for beer, hot dogs and camaraderie. The Color Guard will muster at 6:00 to present the colors for the National Anthem.
RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 24
* Fort Laurens, Saturday, 27 July, 10:00 am, Bolivar, OH.
* First Friday, Friday, 2 Aug, 5:00 pm, Downtown Warrenton, VA.
* SAR Night at the Ball Park, Saturday, 3 Aug, 7:05 pm, Norfolk, VA.
* Journeys to Freedom - A Tribute to Black Patriots of the Northern Neck of Virginia Who Served During the American Revolutionary War, Saturday, 17 Aug, 11:00 am, First Baptist Church, Heathsville, VA
* Atlantic Middle States District Meeting, 9-11 Aug, Hilton Christiana Hotel Newark DE. More information here.
* Nansemond Indian Nation Pow Wow, Saturday and Sunday, 17-18 Aug, Mattannock Town, VA. A two-day Pow Wow with ceremonies and sutlers to honor the Nansemond Nation, who were all patriots in the Revolutionary War. Every member of the Nansemond Nation is eligible for SAR, DAR, or C.A.R. membership - a great recruiting opportunity and a lot of fun.
* SAR Night at the Ball Park, Saturday, 17 Aug, 6:05 pm, The Diamond, 3001 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA. The Flying Squirrels vs the Harrisburg, PA Senators. Come out for beer, hot dogs and camaraderie. The Color Guard will muster at 5:30 to present the colors for the National Anthem.
* 237th Anniversary of Battle of Blue Licks, Saturday, 17 Aug, Time TBD, Carlisle, KY
* CJWII Chapter Patriot Grave Marking, Tuesday, 20 Aug, 9:00 am, Browntown, VA. More Details will follow.
* Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, 21-24 Aug, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. Hotel reservations and registration information here - Will need help manning a SAR booth.
* CMM Board of Managers Meeting, Saturday, 24 Aug, 9:00 am, Pepper's Grill, Culpeper, VA.
* SAR Night at the Ball Park, Saturday, 24 Aug, 6:35 pm, Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Court; Woodbridge, VA. Potomac Nationals vs Winstom-Salem, NC Dash. Come out for beer, hot dogs and camaraderie. The Color Guard will muster at 6:00 to present the colors for the National Anthem.
* First Friday, Friday, 7 Sep, 5:00 pm, Downtown Warrenton, VA.
* 238th Anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, Saturday, 8 Sep, 11:00am, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA.
* Patriots Day, Commemorating 9/11, Tuesday, 11 Sep, 08:46 am, Starting in front of the Culpeper Fire Station. This counts as a "Gathering of the Colors" National Event for Color Guard participants.
* Virginia SAR Semi-Annual Meeting, Friday and Saturday, 13-14 Sep, Marriott Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA.
* President General's Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown, Saturday 14 Sep, 4:15 pm, Arlington National Cemetery.
* September Chapter Meeting, Saturday, 21 Sep, 11:00 am, Place TBD. Guest Speaker Bob Rice talking about " George Washington: Spymaster"
* Yorktown Victory Day, Saturday, 19 Oct, Yorktown, VA.
* Chapter's Community Awards Meeting, Saturday, 26 Oct, 11:00 am, Place TBD.
* DAR/SAR Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, 2 Nov, 9:00 am, Warrenton Presbyterian Church.
* Chapter Awards Meeting, Saturday 23 Nov, 11:00 am, Place TBD.
* 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge, Saturday, 7 Dec, 11:00 am, Chesapeake, VA.
* DAR/SAR Christmas Party, Saturday, 15 Dec, Time & Place TBD.
18 Jul 2019 Culpeper, VA
Today past CMM President Bill Schwetke presented a talk about the Culpeper Minutemen of 1775 to the luncheon meeting of the Culpeper Rotary Club at Culpeper Country Club. Also attending was compatriot Gerry Culver.
6-10 Jul 2019 Costa Mesa, CA
CMM attendees, seated, left to right: Dual member Lindsey Brock (PG 2014-5), Pat Kelly, Cat Schwetke, Billie Brock, Cilla Tomme, Barbara Ohanesian, Jennifer Kelly. Standing, left to right, dual member Ed Butler (PG 2009-10), Bill Schwetke, Dan Woodruff (VPG South Atlantic District 2018-19), dual member Mike Tomme (PG 2016-17), dual member Gary Green and dual member Greg Ohanesian (VPG South Atlantic District 2006-7). Not pictured is dual member Registrar General Doug Collins.
The 129th Annual Congress of the SAR was held in Costa Mesa this past week. The CMM was represented by Bill Schwetke and several dual members. Of note, dual member Doug Collins was elected, in the only contested race, as the Registrar General for 2019-2020.
The CMM was one of about a dozen chapters to receive the President General's Education Outreach Certificate and Streamer. Past President Bill Schwetke accepted the award for the chapter.
Of note for the Virginia SAR our president, Peter Davenport, was elected as the Chancellor General for 2019-2020 and past President Mike Elston was presented with the SAR highest honor the Minuteman award.
The CMM celebrated Independence Day with our Historic Ceremony on the Culpeper Court House Lawn. The program included a speech by George Washington (portrayed by George Beckett of the James Monroe Chapter), a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a musket volley, and an opportunity for all to sign the Declaration.
Earlier in the morning the Virginia SAR marched up the Bowling Green at Mount Vernon en route to a ceremony at George Washington's Tomb. CMM compatriot Bill Schwetke commanded the Color Guard for this event.
29 Jun 2019 Falls Church, VA
1st Vice President Charles Jameson led a contingent of four CMM members participating in the marking of Col James Wren's grave. Charles presented the chapter wreath and participated in the Color Guard; CMM Color Guard Commander Michael Dennis and Bill Schwetke participated in the musket salutes; and dual member Jeff Thomas was one of the speakers in the program.
Col Wren was an architect who designed many local structures that are still standing, including Fairfax County Courthouse, The Falls Church, and Pohick Church. He is a first cousin, once removed, of the famous British architect, Christopher Wren, who designed Saint Paul's Cathedral.
Grave Marking Medal Reporting Form can be found here.
25-29 Jun 2019 Washington, DC
The DAR National Congress was held in Washington, DC this week. CMM Compatriot Bill Schwetke attended with his wife, Cat. NSSAR was represented by President General Warren Alter, who brought greetings on opening night.
15 Jun 2019 Culpeper, VA
The CMM Chapter gathered at Yowell Meadow Park at the historic monument near where the original Culpeper Minutemen first mustered in 1775, to pay tribute to their sacrifices for liberty. The Chapter was joined by VASSAR President Peter Davenport - who was also representing the George Mason Chapter, President Dale Corey and V. President Marc Robinson from the Col. James Woods II Chapter, President Mike Weyler from the Col. William Grayson Chapter, President Tim Dioquino from the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Vice regent Jojuan White from the Culpeper Minutemen DAR, members of the Fauquier Court House DAR and the Ashby's Gap Society CAR.
CMM President Tom Hamill was the master of ceremonies - CMM Vice President Charles Jameson read the History of the Culpeper Minutemen and presented the Chapter Wreath.
The following names a biographies were read for this year's Roll of Honor:
Jesse Boling Private Orange County
William Boling Private Orange County
William Bronaugh Private Fauquier County
Jeremiah Brown Private Fauquier County
Jonathan Brown Private Fauquier County
William Brown Private Culpeper County
Abraham Buford Colonel Culpeper County
Simeon Buford Captain Culpeper County
Samuel Burk Private Culpeper County
William Burton Ensign Orange County
William Butler Private Culpeper County
William Campbell Lt. Colonel Orange County
Aaron Hamill rang a bell after each name was read, and Compatriot Scott Jenkins, Ashby's Gap Member Lea Hamill and FCH DAR Member Kathy Truskey read the patriot biographies.
Compatriot Tracy Jenkins played patriotic melodies on the bagpipes, a musket volley followed the readings and Gerry Schuck of Bugles Across America played Taps.
8 Jun 2019 Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA
The Col James Wood II Chapter dedicated a monument to the six members of the "Ductch Mess", who marched to Boston with Daniel Morgan and then fought in General Arnold's Quebec Campaign. CMM Color Guard Commander Michael Wilson presented the CMM wreath and past CMM President Bill Schwetke presented the Virginia SAR wreath. Both Michael and Bill participated in the Color Guard.
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