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Background on the S.A.R
What We Do
Overview of Other Pages
About this Web Site

    

Chapter History
Chapter Name
Chapter Achievements
Chapter Awards

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Background on the S.A.R.

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]

What We Do

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]

Overview of Other Pages

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.

Our Why and How to Join Us page presents the requirements for joining and gives links to local genealogy libraries and some genealogy web resources. [top]

About this Web Site

This web site is maintained by the South Coast Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, as a public service. We accept no advertisements. We do not use frames or cookies. And we collect no information about you other than that which you voluntarily send us. [top]

Chapter History

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, Country Harvest and Holiday Inn we are now meeting at Marie Calendar's in Irvine look to stay there for some time into the future.[top]

Chapter Name

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]

Chapter Achievements

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.

Chapter Awards

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.

Winter 1993-1994
Most New Members (Mid-size Chapter Group)
Summer 1994
Best Chapter, Most Publicity, New Members and Supplementals (Mid-size Chapter Group)
Spring 1995
Highest Percentage of Members Attending (Mid-Size Chapter Group)
Spring 1996
Most Supplementals (Medium Chapter Group)
Winter 1996-7
Highest Percentage of Members at Meetings (Large Size Chapter Group)
Summer 1998
Highest Percentage of Members at Meetings and Joint Meetings (Large Size Chapter Group)
Winter 1998
Highest Percentage of Members at Meetings and Joint Meetings (Large Size Chapter Group)
Spring 1999
Highest Percentage of Members at Meetings (Large Size Chapter Group)
Spring 2000
Runner-up Best Large Chapter
Fall 2001
Best Chapter, New Members, Guests, Other Activities (Medium Size Chapter Group)

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Updated 19 November 2013

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