This Saturday is our joint DAR/SAR Genealogy Workshop, and we could still use some volunteers to help with setup, registration, and tear down. If you have some time, give us a hand. You are also welcome to attend; there are several informative presentations on genealogy. The following week we will participate in Veterans’ Day activities at Culpeper National Cemetery, and a DAR National Defense Luncheon at Graves Mountain Lodge. The 19th is our Chapter Awards Meeting, at Little Fork Church and catered by Maegan, our favorite chef. We will take a break for Thanksgiving, then will be the Celebration of the victory at Great Bridge. Great Bridge is an event that you should strive to make, our chapter is the co-host for the ceremony. Then don’t forget the DAR/SAR Christmas Party on the evening of December 12th (Monday). That’s a lot to look forward to enjoying.
From I reliable source I have heard that the next Virginia SAR President will have increased membership as one of his initiatives. I think we should strongly support that. Perhaps bringing a friend to the Genealogy Workshop would be a good place to start. Two years ago I asked everyone to bring a new prospective member to the January Meeting. Perhaps that should be done again in the new year. If you know anyone who you would like to see join us, don’t wait for January, but let’s get them started. Currently we have 1 ready for induction, 3 applications at national, one signed and ready to go, but probably will wait on 5 other family members, one to be signed this Saturday, 8 others in various stages of completion. It is very healthy to keep the chapter growing.
Also at our November meeting we will vote on a slate of officers for 2017. If you are interested in serving contact either me, or Nominations Committee Chairman Lance Lyngar. Those of you who will be officers next year should consider attending the Virginia SAR Annual Meeting, 10-11 Feb, in Richmond. That is a good opportunity to meet compatriots from across the state, share ideas, and learn how the state society operates. It is beneficial for anyone to attend, but especially chapter officers.
I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and colorful leaves, and I hope to see you at our activities.
Bill Schwetke, President