24 Mar 2018 Prince Michel Winery, Leon, VA
The March Chapter Meeting was attended by 23, including 11 compatriots and 2 DAR members. The CMM Color Guard included 3 members in uniform, Dennis, Hamill and Jameson. We were back at one of our favorite places, the Prince Michel Winery in Leon, VA, and the food was catered by Shawn's BBQ of Culpeper.
President Tom Hamill presided over his first meeting as our president, and was superb in leading us. After the opening rituals, the first order of business was the induction of a new member, Richard Ashby, descendant of John Ashby, a captain in the 3rd Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, and also a major of the Fauquier County Militia. John Ashby is buried in Delaplane.
Next, our Knight Essay Competition Winner, Julia Gibson, presented her essay on "The General No One Suspected". Then President Tom Hamill presented the Knight Essay Winner's Certificate, the SAR Essay Medal, and a cash award to Ms. Gibson.
The next presentation was by our Eagle Scout Award Winner, Connor Culbertson, who also received an Eagle Certificate, Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, and a cash award.
This was followed by a catered lunch. Susan Hamill made the arrangements for the meal, catered by Shawn's BBQ of Culpeper.
After lunch, Mr. Lucas Allamon of Montpelier gave an informative and exceptionally well presented discussion of the creation and evolution of the Bill of Rights. President Tom Hamill and Vice President Charles Jameson presented Mr. Allamon with a Certificate of Appreciation and an honorarium.
After Mr. Lucas' presentation President Hamill conducted the business meeting, highlighted by his facile use of Power Point to illustrate his message.
17 Mar 2018 Greensboro, NC
On March 15th, 1781, forces including a large number of Virginia Militia, under General Greene fought those under General Cornwallis in a fierce battle at Guilford Courthouse, NC. Though the British controlled the battlefield at the end of the day, their grievous casualties caused Cornwallis to abandon his Southern Campaign and go to the coast for replenishment, eventually leading him to defeat at Yorktown.
This event was celebrated in a ceremony at the site of the battlefield this past Saturday morning. The CMM were represented by past President Bill Schwetke who presented the chapter wreath and marched in the Color Guard.
CMM President Tom Hamill laid a wreath at the grave site of James Madison on Friday, 16 March 2018 as part of the celebration of the 267th anniversary of his birth. The celebration was put on by the Montpelier Foundation, and included the presentation of a wreath from the President of the United States by Marine Corps Col. Joseph Murray from Marine Corps Base Quantico, presentation of the Colors and 21 gun salute by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, and an excellent speech on patriotism and civic duty by the honorable Schuyler VanValkenburg of the Virginia House of Delegates. Also in attendance were CMM Past President Jerry Hubbard and CMM junior Member and CAR Member Aaron Hamill.
On March 10th, 1783, The USS Alliance, commanded by Captain John Barry, and the USS Duc de Lauzun, commanded by Captain John Green, were sailing off of Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying 72,000 Spanish Silver Dollars to finance the Continental Army. They were set upon by three British men of war. Captain John Barry, though out-gunned, surprisingly took on the HMS Sybil, and in a 40-minute fight subdued the British frigate. This, along with the arrival of a French man of war, caused the British to withdraw. The Spanish silver was then successfully delivered.
This victory was celebrated this weekend at Merritt Island, FL. The Virginia SAR was represented by Charles Jameson of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, who also marched in the Color Guard.
9 Mar 2018 San Antonio, TX
Judge Ed Butler, President General of the NSSAR 2009-10, and a dual member of the CMM, received a high honor from the DAR in Texas.
Judge Edward Butler,Sr.
DAR Medal of Honor - Friday, March 9, 2018
Kathy Hanlon, State Chair
Americanism Committee, Texas Society DAR
"Madame State Regent,
"Judge Edward F. Butler, a retired federal Judge, is a distinguished native of Memphis, TN, where he practiced law from 1961 through 1991. After his admission to the Texas Bar in 1972, he continued his faithful pursuit of justice for another 37 years.
"Judge Butler is a veteran and served in both the United States Air Force Reserve and the United States Navy Reserve. He retired as a Navy Reserve Commander with 35 years of military service.
"He has successfully organized various lineage organizations and he has held leadership positions in numerous lineage societies, veterans support organizations, civic, fraternal and legal associations. In July 2009, Judge Butler was elected President General, NSSAR.
"Judge Butler is an acclaimed author with law, family history, and travel books, as well as dozens of legal and travel articles, to his credit. Among his many publications are two non-fiction books which illustrate the important role of Spain in support of the thirteen colonies.
"The DAR Medal of Honor celebrates individuals who have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by truly giving of himself or herself to his or her community, state, country, and fellowman.
"Sponsoring the DAR Medal of Honor for Judge Butler is the San Antonio de Bexar Chapter: Ann Dennis, Regent, and Connie Impelman, Americanism Committee Chair. Will all members of the chapter please stand to be recognized.
Seated at the State Regent’s table is Judge Butler’s wife and a Yellow Rose of Texas, Mrs. Robin Butler.
"Madame State Regent, for his efforts to preserve America’s history, and for his lifelong dedication and unwavering service to our nation’s laws and our most precious document, the Constitution of the United States, it is an honor to award the DAR Medal of Honor to Judge Edward F. Butler."
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