18 Mar 2017 Greensboro, NC
At lest 14 members of the Virginia SAR, from at least 8 chapters, and led by 1st Vice President Pat Kelly, attended the 236th Anniversary Ceremony of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, March 18th. The CMM were represented by Past President General Lindsay Brock and his wife Billie, President General Mike Tomme and his wife Cilla, and CMM Registrar Bill Schwetke and his wife Cat. The SAR activities began Friday evening with a reception in the Wyndam Garden Hotel in Greensboro, which was highlighted by a presentation by Larry Brown on the maneuvers that led up to the battle, including a great deal of activity in the area of the hotel.
The ceremony was held in the Visitor's Center Auditorium due to the muddy grounds and threat of more rain. The auditorium was filled to overflowing, standing room only. SAR President General Mike Tomme was the keynote speaker. After PG Tomme's remarks, 58 wreaths were presented by various organizations, including the Virginia SAR and 10 Virginia SAR chapters.
3-4 Mar 2017 Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
This past weekend the Spring Leadership & Trustees Meeting was held in its usual location, the Historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. 15 members of the Virginia Society, including 2 members of the Culpeper Minutemen attended. The Culpeper Minutemen contingent included Past President Lance Lyngar and Registrar Bill Schwetke, accompanied by Cat Schwetke. Dual members in attendance included President General Mike Tomme and his wife Cilla, PG Ed Butler and his wife Robin, PG Lindsay Brock and his wife Bille, VPG Doug Collins and his wife Allison, and Past New Mexico SAR President Andrew Lyngar.
Friday was used mostly for committee meeting. In various committees the issue of "who is a son" and how do we determine the "good character" of new applicants were discussed. The Genealogy Committee also considered and accepted a requirement for the patriot's proof of residence similar to that of the DAR. A Forgotten Patriot Program similar to that of Virginia was proposed, but will require more work to make the relevant information available. The Genealogy Committee also conducted a two hour workshop on DNA for SAR applications.
Virginia SAR 2020 Congress Committee Chairman Mark Brennan addressed the Congress Planning Committee on Virginia's progress in planning the 2020 Congress.
In the Color Guard Committee, Ohio compatriot Paul Wilkie was selected as the Color Guardsman of the year. At the Congress in Knoxville he will receive the Gold Color Guard Medal and will be the designated bearer of the national colors for the coming year at national color guard events.
The Trustees' Meeting on Saturday addressed several important issues. One of the first, and most hotly debated issues, was changing the SAR application to certify the character of the applicant, and guidance on who is a "son". The changes were accepted in a close vote and the application will be changed effective August 1, 2017.
Perhaps the most important business was the nomination of the slate of officers for 2017-18.
Larry T. Guzy (GA) - President General
Warren M. Alter (AZ) - Secretary General
John T. Manning (NH) - Treasurer General
Davis L. Wright (DE) - Chancellor General
John D. Sinks (DC) - Genealogist General
C. Bruce Pickette (AL) - Registrar General
Mark C. Anthony (SC) - Historian General
Douglas T. Collins (KY - dual CMM) - Librarian General
Dr. Matthew John Barlow (DE) - Surgeon General
Dr. John C. Wakefield (TN) - Chaplain General
Though we didn't get a group photo, here are several photos of CMM attendees.
Attending, but not pictured, Andrew Lyngar (dual-NM)
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