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The Sons of the American Revolution was instituted in 1875, established in 1889 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. The purpose is the preservation of our precious history and the memory of those patriots that established our great country.
Membership is open to men of good character, 18 years of age or older, who can establish their lineage to a patriot who served the cause of American Independence. Membership is also open to the male descendants of the soldiers of our allies, France and Spain, whose actual service was in the American sector.
Please see the link Why and How to Join Us. We actively encourage new members to join and participate in the life of the chapter.
Fifteen American Presidents (including both George Bushes) have been members. King Juan Carlos I of Spain is also a hereditary member. [top]
We promote leadership in patriotism by awarding medals to the outstanding R.O.T.C. cadets and Eagle Scouts. Our highly regarded Color Guard presents the flag at parades and commemorative events. Our Chapter dinner meetings are forums for discussing current and historical topics. [top]
We have several Historical Articles about the Revolution and color guards. You can find out if the Continental Marines wore leathernecks and how to conduct a feu-de-joie. You can read how a former SAR President General recovered John Paul Jones' body from a forgotten Paris cemetery and returned it to America. And what Spanish soldiers and sailors stationed here in California and acrosss the southwest may be qualifying ancestors for SAR membership. Of specific interest to the members are the links to the President's Message and chapter news.
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The South Coast Chapter began organizing in 1982. Most of the first members were transfers from the Harbor Chapter in Long Beach. The organizers felt that there was sufficient interest for two overlapping chapters in Orange County. Whereas the Orange County Chapter typically meets for a Saturday lunch we typically meet for dinner on the fourth Tuesday of most months.
The Chapter's charter indicates that on 23 April 1983 the California Society SAR passed a resolution creating the South Coast Chapter. The charter was signed and sealed on 12 November 1983. The organizing president was Ralph Cangson, who served for three years. Another chapter president, James Emerson, later became president of the California State Society.
One of the first meeting places was the El Toro Marine Corps Officers Club. After a number of alternative sites including Mrs. Knotts, Villa Valencia and Country Harvest we have now spent about 1½ years at Holiday Inn where we look to stay for some time into the future.[top]
Following the lead of the Harbor and Orange County chapters we chose a geographical name for the Chapter. South Coast Plaza is a very large shopping mall in Costa Mesa. This name had come into common parlance to denote the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine area from which most of our members come.
And we have hosted two State Board of Managers meetings at the Wyndham Hotel in the South Coast Plaza area (November 1994 and April 2001).[top]
We have grown from the initial charter group to our current size of about 75 members. This growth and retention of membership is a testimonial to the relevance of the Chapter in today's world.
Our very active Color Guard continues to represent the Chapter to the public and to receive awards for its performance. A separate page on this web site details the unit's history and activities.
Our dedicated researcher, Dr. Granville Hough, and his daughter, N. C. Hough, explored and studied the Hispanic participation in the American Revolution. They developed the historical background and rationale by which the state and national societies of the SAR admit as full members descendants of ordinary soldiers and sailors who served Spain during the Revolutionary War. A separate page on this web site gives much information on the Spanish soldiers and sailors involved.
The SAR organization has its stated goals. Chapters are judged on how well they meet these goals. Outstanding chapters are presented with a certificate noting their accomplishment. The following are some of the awards which South Coast has won.
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Updated 8 July 2012