November 2018


Vice President’s Message

Fall is here!  I want to extend holiday greetings to all of you.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Since we are dark in December, I would also like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

The chapter officers’ elections are almost over.  At the time of the writing of this article, seventeen out of a total of fifty-three members have taken the time to vote.  That’s a percentage of 32.  My new year’s wish is that more members decide to participate in our chapter activities.  I would love to see the diverse talents of our membership put to good use for the betterment of the chapter and our SAR society.

My wife and I attended the California Society SAR 143rd Annual Fall Board of Managers Meeting in Folsom, California this past weekend (Nov. 9 – 10, 2018).  This was the first State meeting that I have ever attended.  The talent and experience of this group was astounding.  There were three past and current President Generals in attendance, as well as Vice President – Western District, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar and Genealogist Generals.  A lot of items were discussed, but of the utmost importance, was the 2019 SAR National Congress.

The 2019 SAR National Congress will be held in California.  More specifically, it will be held at the Orange County Hilton at Costa Mesa from July 5 thru July 11.  Approximately every 10 years the SAR holds the National Congress in California.  This is in our backyard and the SAR is looking for volunteers to help make this a memorable SAR event.  I am attempting to line up a previous California President to attend our January, 2019 dinner meeting and speak to us about the advantages of volunteering for this event.  I know that all of the volunteers will be given SAR sport shirts.  There will be other perks and advantages of being a volunteer that will be discussed by our speaker.  I may also enlist him to swear in our 2019 Board Members.  So, all of you elected board members that were on the ballot, please attend the January, 2019 dinner meeting to be officially sworn into office.  Also, at the January meeting I will be making some award presentations to a few of our dedicated members.

In Compatriotism,

Leon Smith

Email:  leonbuny@pacbell.net       

South Coast SAR Chapter News

Chapter Officer Elections Chapter Secretary Jerry Hereford has sent out via e-mail or mail ballots for the election of Chapter Offices.  If you have not returned your ballets, please return the completed ballots to Jerry Hereford by Monday, November 19th.  The election results will be announced at the November 20 dinner meeting.  The officer inductions will take place at the January chapter dinner meeting.

October 18 Dinner Meeting

Our October speaker, Chris Epting, gave a presentation entitled Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks.  His talk was based on his book with the same title as above.  Chris gave information on various little known baseball events and there locations.   At the end of the talk, our chapter presented Mr. Epting a Certificate of Appreciation for being available to make various presentations to our chapter.  His presentations are always enjoyable informative.

Chris Epting is shown below with Compatriots Steve Steinberg and Leon Smith.

L to R: Steve Steinberg, Chris Epting and Leon Smith

At the dinner meeting, Registrar Leon Smith presented three Supplemental Certificates to Compatriot William Yost for his patriot ancestors (1)  John Pullen who provided supplies, (2) Reynolds Allen who was a road overseer, furnished supplies and took the Oath of Allegiance, and (3) Caleb Penny who was a member of the Johnstown County, NC grand jury in August 1781.  This is Compatriot William’s 4th, 5th and 6th supplemental certificate.

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