September 2023

President’s Message

Dear Compatriots,

Hope you all had an enjoyable summer.  It was milder than usual, for the most part, except for a couple of short heat spells.  As a tradition, the chapter did not hold meetings during the summer months.  But we will resume our monthly chapter meetings on Tuesday, September 19th at Mimi’s in Irvine at 7pm

During the summer the chapter presented several Flag Certificates to local businesses who proudly fly the American flag.  You can read more about it in the newsletter.  Maybe you are aware of a business or neighbor who proudly displays the American flag.  Please consider awarding them a Flag Certificate.  

The America 250 Program is in full swing marching towards July 4, 2026.  If you attend a chapter meeting and listen to the America 250 Minute then you receive 3 points.  After attending 9 meetings you will qualify for award of the bronze medal.  Several chapter members have reached the bronze medal level, several have been awarded the silver medal.  There are two (2) chapter members, Kevin Forrest and I, who have reached the gold medal level.  

It is with great honor that I announce the appointment of Jim Hernandez as Chairman of the JROC/ROTC Program.  The chapter supports several local schools and honors worthy cadets with medals and certificates.  Jim, being retired military, is a natural to interface with the JROTC/ROTC instructors.  Jim succeeds Kevin Forrest who did an outstanding job for the chapter. 

The two-year, 2022-23 term is coming to an end in December.  The chapter will hold an election in November to determine the Board of Directors for the next term, 2024-25.  The success of the chapter is wholly dependent upon its volunteers. Perhaps one of you has thought about serving on the Board in some capacity.  Please reach out to me if you have a desire to serve in this very worthwhile, patriotic organization. It is a certainty that we need more patriotism in the USA.  

Our Color Guard can use some more members and we can likely outfit you in a uniform from our inventory.  This is the SAR South Coast chapter’s primary face in the community.  The Color Guard presents the colors at local patriotic events and marches in local parades. It is a good feeling to participate in these events and our presence is always well received. 

As always, thank you all for your patriotism and your membership in the SAR.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the September chapter meeting.  

In patriotism,

R. Scott Whitman

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