September 2020

Presidents Message

Dear Compatriots,

It’s good to be back after the summer hiatus and re-engaging in the business and activities of the chapter.  Indeed, we are in strange and unprecedented times due to the pandemic.  Take a look at the situation back in 1918 with the Spanish Flu.  All of the precautions and restrictions we have today were the same back then; isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings.  We missed our traditional summer picnic at the Weddell’s which provided a very nice and patriotic atmosphere to gather and socialize. 

Labor Day was on September 7th.  Hope you all enjoyed the holiday as best one can with all of the social distance restrictions.   Labor Day was set aside as a National Holiday to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.

Due to the pandemic once again, we will need to skip meeting as a group on September 15th at Mimi’s in Lake Forest.  This month the chapter plans to hold a virtual on-line video meeting using Zoom.  It’s is important that we maintain synergy as a chapter and try to keep things moving forward in spite of the difficult conditions.  I look forward to “seeing” you on my computer screen.

As noted in the May message if any of you have any needs due to COVID or any other matter please do not hesitate to reach out to me for assistance in any way.  The chapter cares about its compatriots, appreciates your membership and support of the SAR; and wants to maintain communication with its members.

I’ve been busy on the side doing data entry for the Patriot Research System (PRS).  All of the South Coast chapter’s member and supplemental 600+ applications have been entered into the database in large part due to the efforts of Paul Sapp. 

Another matter of interest to the chapter membership is the proposal to update and revise the Chapter Bylaws.  The Chapter Bylaws have not been changed since the chapter was first formed in 1986.  The primary motivation for the change to the Bylaws is to add the position of Color Guard and Sergeant at Arms. 

The two-year term for the chapter’s elected officers is up at the end of this December.  This means that we need to hold an election.  Please let me know if you feel a calling to fill any of the positions. This is an excellent opportunity to promote patriotism in the local community and promote the ideals upon which our great country was founded.

The Fall meeting of the CASSAR is coming up in November in Northern California.  I plan on attending and representing our chapter.  

Try to stay positive during these trying times.  Pray for the discovery of a vaccine.  Pray that none of you contract the COVID.  Looking forward to when we can meet again as a group.

In compatriotism,

Scott Whitman

South Coast SAR Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Zoom Video Conference Instructions

We will be using the Zoom Videoconferencing application for the South Coast SAR Monthly Meeting

Members please contact webmaster for link and meeting ID.

on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 PM.  If you are new to Zoom, below is a link to an online tutorial for new users on How to Join a Zoom Meeting.  I am also providing a list of a few helpful tips to get you started using Zoom before the day of the meeting.

Getting Started:

How to join a Zoom Meeting (new or occasional users):

This is an excellent up-to-date short walk thru of many of the ZOOM features.

Helpful tips:

  • View the tutorial (above)
  • Don’t wait until the evening of the meeting to Install the Zoom application or test it.  Do it now.
  • Install the Zoom application on the device you plan to use for the meeting: Desktop computer, laptop, tablet or cell phone.  For tablets and cell phones go to your device App Store.  For Desktop and Laptops go to
  • Test the Zoom application to make sure it is working before the meeting:  Zoom Test
  • On the evening of the meeting, find a quiet, private room or area where you will not be disturbed, and where there will not be dogs barking, people talking, dishes clattering, or TV’s blaring.
  • This is a video meeting so wear appropriate clothing: a shirt with shorts, jeans, or slacks
  • About 5-10 minutes before the Open Forum begins, join the meeting using a link or meeting ID.
  • You may need to wait online before being admitted to join the meeting at 7:00 PM.
  • If you are not talking, please MUTE the microphone on your device. (Mute button or key in *6)
  • DO NOT CONNECT to the Zoom meeting using 2 devices located in the same room. The audio feedback will disrupt the entire meeting.
  • If you have a question that cannot wait for the Q&A, then UNMUTE and ask to interrupt.
  • Always stay on topic, be concise, and get to the point without telling a story.

Other links:

Zoom website:

Zoom Help Center: 

Thank you for participating in the South Coast SAR Monthly Meeting!

Service Pins Reinstated:

The chapter has resurrected the awarding of service pins.  The service pin with certificate are traditionally awarded at a monthly chapter meeting.  Due to the pandemic service pins with certificates were mailed in August to the following chapter members.  The chapter is grateful and thankful for their continued SAR membership and support of the South Coast Chapter.

  • Omer Long, 50 years
  • Kurt Camp, 25 years
  • Paul Weddell, 25 years
  • Scott Whitman, 15 years
  • Robbie Jones, 10 years
  • Bill Yost, 10 years
  • Scot Durant, 5 years

State and National SAR News

The NASSAR Fall Leadership Meeting, in Louisville has been cancelled in favor of a zoom video conference on September 26.

November 13-14, 2020:  The 145th Fall CASSAR Fall Board of Managers meeting will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park, CA

Upcoming Dates and Events.

September Chapter (Zoom) Meeting-Tuesday, September 15:  See above for details.

Constitution Day-Tuesday, September 17:  Thursday, September 17, is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

U.S. Air Force Birthday-Friday, September 18:  We salute our members who served in the U.S. Air Force.  The Air Force is the youngest of all five services. It became a separate service on Sept. 18, 1947 after President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.

SOCCGS Family History Seminar:  The South Orange County California Genealogy Society has canceled their seminar for this year, per SOCCGS’s web site:

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