January 2019

Vice President’s Message

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  The new board of chapter officers were announced at our November meeting.  At our January meeting, we will have the new officers sworn in to their positions by a SAR State Officer.  I would like to see all the officers attend.

The January meeting will take place at our new meeting location on WEDNESDAY, January 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Our meetings will now be held at Mimi’s Café, 22651 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest (n/w corner of Lake Forest Dr. & Muirlands Blvd).  The 3rd Tuesday was already booked for January.  We will be back on our normal 3rd Tuesday of the month for the rest of the year.

Mimi’s Café has offered us lunch and dinner menus in the price range from $13.99 to $20.99 before tax and gratuity.  These menus include coffee, tea, lemonade or soft drinks plus a house salad, Caesar salad or cup of soup.  We will still collect the $5.00 from our members to help defray the speaker’s meal cost.   Mimi’s Café management has requested that our group pay with one bill.  Bunny and I have calculated the tax (7.75%) and gratuity (18%) for each menu item.  Please make your personal checks out to ‘South Coast Chapter’.  The meeting room is more private and hopefully, we can hear the presentations.  Lastly, the bar is next to our meeting room and if you order drinks not on the menu, please pay the host/hostess separately.

I know this is a lot to take in, but I’m sure that we will all settle in to the routine after a few meetings.  I hope to see everyone there to support our new chapter president and officers.

In Compatriotism,

Leon Smith

Email:  leonbuny@pacbell.net       

Chapter Activities

In attendance at our November meeting was past CASSAR President Jim Fosdyck and his wife Un Hui Yi.  In addition, CASSAR Vice President South Brian Stephens and his wife Diane was in attendance.

Our November speaker, Diane Stephens, gave an excellent presentation on the life of First Lady Dolley Madison, Wife of President James Madison.  Our chapter presented to Diane a Certificate of Appreciation.  Diane Stephens is shown below, in period costume, with Compatriots Steve Steinberg and Leon Smith.

At the dinner meeting, Chapter Registrar Leon Smith inducted the Father and Son team of Kevin and Nolan Forrest.  Their patriot ancestor served in the following positions: Member of Committee of Correspondence, 1774; Member of Committee Reporting to General Court, 1776 to 1779; Delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention; and Member of the Council, Massachusetts Senate, 1780 to 1783.  We want to welcome Kevin and Nolan to our chapter and hope to see them at our dinner meetings.  Shown below with Leon Smith is the Forrest family:

In addition to inducting two new members, Leon Smith presented supplemental certificates to the following compatriots:

  • Andy Bailey, who is a charter member of our chapter, for his patriot ancestor, Archelaus Gilliam who served as a private in the 6th Virginia under Captains Thomas Patterson, Samuel J. Cahill, and Colonel Mordecai Buckner from 1775 to the summer of 1777; was a private in General Morgan’s Rifle corps from the summer of 1777 to Christmas of 1777 and served under Captains Charles Patterson and Adam Clements for 3 months in 1781.  Achelaus substituted for his brother, Charles.  Archelaus Gilliam was engaged in the Battles of Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Edge Hill and Ninety Six.
  • Steven Steinberg received two Supplemental Certificates for his patriot ancestors (1) Thomas Walker, Jr. who served in Virginia as a member of the House of Committee of Safety; Delegate to Revolution Convention, 1775 to 1776; and Delegate to Assembly 1782 and (2) Henry fry who served in Virginia as a Member of the House of Burgess, 1765; Delegate to General Assembly for Culpeper County, VA; Civil Officer clerk of Culpeper County, VA; and furnished supplies.  This is Steven’s 5th and 6th supplemental certificate. 

Pictures of Andy Bailey and Steven Steinberg are shown below

During appreciates the effort of Leon on assisting new members and assisting compatriot members in obtaining supplemental certificates.  below are the Shown recognizing his sponsorship of new members.  Each medal represents the sponsorship of 10 new members.  Our chapter Leon Smith and Brian Stephens:dinner meeting, CASSAR Vice President South Brian Stephens presented to Chapter Registrar, Leon Smith a Liberty Certificate and two Liberty Medals,

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.