January 11, 2017 - Chapter Member Speaks at Mundy House
Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Mundy House and History Center of East Lincoln County in Denver, NC. John delivered his SAR presentation on his Vietnam experiences to a packed house of Vietnam War Veterans, DAR and SAR members. Other chapter members attending included Ken Luckey, Jim Tatum and Jay Joyce.
Foothills District Vice President Jay Joyce also donated a $250 check to the Mundy House from the Mecklenburg chapter. (see photo below)
December 17, 2016 - Chapter Embraces Wreaths Across America
Members of our Mecklenburg chapter joined forces with members of the Mecklenburg and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence chapters, NCSDAR, to participate in this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews.
More than 500 donated wreaths were distributed to veterans gravesites across the cemetery. In the photo below, Marsha Hannah of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence chapter, NCSDAR, presents honors to a Korean War veteran during the ceremony.
In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter president Ken Luckey renders honors (top photo below) and Mecklenburg chapter Board of Manager's member John Allen renders his honors during the ceremony (middle photo below). And in the bottom photo, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Guy Chamberlain renders honors while his wife, Louise Chamberlain, regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter DAR, places a wreath on a veteran's grave during the ceremony.
December 5, 2016 - SAR Community Award to CMPD
Our Mecklenburg chapter presented a SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Lieutenant Zeru Chickoree of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department today for his work in SWAT negotiations and police officer training. In the photo below, Jay Joyce with the Mecklenburg chapter SAR presents Lt. Chickoree his SAR medal.
Lieutenant Chickoree has been a distinguished member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 1998. Lieutenant Chickoree has served tirelessly, with integrity, conviction, and honor for 18 years through many ranks leading to his current assignment as an executive officer in Field Services Group North.
A presentation was also made to Chief Kerr Putney for the exemplary performance that the entire team of men and women with CMPD exhibited during the year in keeping our city and community safe. In the photo below, Jay Joyce presents the award to Chief Putney.
December 3, 2016 - Patriot Grave Marking Held in Conover, NC
Members of our Mecklenburg chapter traveled to Conover, NC to support the Patriot grave marking service of Lt. Polsar Sigmon, sponsored by the Catawba Valley chapter, North Carolina SAR.
The ceremony was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. Our chapter members that attended included Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, Neil Hohmann, Bill McCown and Jay Joyce.
December 3, 2016 - The 241st Anniversary of Great Bridge
Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen represented our chapter during the ceremonies of the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge near Great Bridge, VA. The original battle took place on December 9, 1775.
The victory by Continental Army and militia forces led to the departure of Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power from the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict.
November 12, 2016 - Chapter Member Marks Ancestor's Grave
Mecklenburg chapter member Wallace Smith led a drive for our chapter to team with the COL William Bratton chapter of the South Carolina SAR to mark the grave of his Patriot ancestor, John Harden. The ceremony was held at the beautiful and old cemetery next to the Old Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC.
Wallace Smith' grandchildren (in the photo above) and wife were in attendance and they participated in the ceremony. In the photo below, Wallace Smith unveils the SAR marker.
Other Mecklenburg chapter members in attendance included Jim Wood, Jim Tatum, Neil Hohmann, Dave Alls, Jay Joyce and Ken Luckey.
November 9, 2016 - Chapter Member Speaks to DAR Event
Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen was the guest speaker at the Piedmont Patriots Chapter, DAR, this evening. John spoke on his service during the Vietnam War and Patriotism from that war.
November 8, 2016 - Mecklenburg Visits Battle of Kings Mountain
Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter visited the dinner meeting of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter this evening in Kings Mountain. Their guest speaker was author Warren Bingham who spoke about George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour through the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.
Members attending from the Mecklenburg chapter included Jay Joyce, new member Bill McCown and Ken Luckey, president.
November 7, 2016 - The American Airlines Freedom Breakfast
Members of the Mecklenburg chapter attended the annual American Airlines Freedom Breakfast presented by the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. Attending members this year included Tim Berly, Tom Phlegar, Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, John Allen and new member Bill McCown.
November 6, 2016 - Davidson Graves Marked with American Flags
Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen participated in a U.S. Flag distribution event where attendees marked every Veteran's grave with a U.S. Flag. Three local cemeteries in Davidson, NC, were visited and marked with the flags, under the leadership of Davidson town Mayor John Woods. Veterans for all wars, Revolutionary, 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Middle Eastern wars were marked with American flags. Compatriot Allen spoke about the life of General William Lee Davidson whose name was given to the college and town after the Battle of Cowan's Ford.
November 5, 2016 - Charlotte Veterans Day Parade
The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard led the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte today. Participating members included Tom Burgess, John Allen, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Tom Phlegar, Jim Tatum, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce, new member Bill McCown, and past SCSSAR president Dan Woodruff and his wife Sherilyn.
November 3, 2016 - Chapter Membership Dinner & Program
Our Mecklenburg chapter held our final dinner meeting of 2016 with a full house of 74 attendees. For the third year in a row, we enjoyed a lively presentation from Randell Jones on the Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina's history! Randell is a great friend of our chapter and he really knows how to tell a story and excite our group.
Several new members were inducted and annual awards were presented to several members who have provided outstanding service to the chapter in 2016.
Tom Phlegar, Tom Burgess and Wallace Smith received the Bronze Roger Sherman medal and certificate.
John Allen, Neil Hohmann, Jim Tatum, Gus Succop and Guy Chamberlain received the Silver Roger Sherman medal and certificate.
The 2016 Chapter Distinguished Service Medal was awarded to Jim Tatum (in the top photo below) and the 2016 Outstanding Member of the Year Patriot Award was presented to Dave Alls (in the bottom photo below).
October 22, 2016 - Chapter Leadership Meets
The Mecklenburg chapter leadership met today for discussion on chapter growth, membership retention, 2017 programs, youth awards and scholarships and improving business practices for the benefit of the members.
Member Dave Alls introduced several amendments to our chapter bylaws that were unanimously approved to present to the chapter membership at the November 3 dinner meeting.
October 15, 2016 - Two Patriot Graves Marked in Belmont, NC
The Mecklenburg chapter and the Major William Chronicle chapter, NCSDAR, together marked the graves of two Revolutionary War Patriots today in the Smith Family Cemetery in Belmont, NC.
The graves of Patriots Matthew Armstrong and Matthew Leeper were marked with their ancestors present for the ceremony.
Mecklenburg chapter compatriots Jim Tatum, John Allen, Dave Alls and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard with Guy Higgins of the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter, NCSSAR.
October 14, 2016 - Rededication of DAR Jubilee Forest
Compatriot Jim Tatum represented our Mecklenburg SAR chapter at the rededication ceremony of the DAR Jubilee Forest in Transylvania County, NC, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the photo below, left to right, Susan Waldkirch and Vivia Tatum, members of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter NCSDAR, and Jim Tatum pose.
In 1939, the President General, Mrs. Henry M. Robert, chose the Penny Pine program as one of her Golden Jubilee National Projects. Each state was to have a memorial forest, beginning in 1939 and culminating in 1941 on the NSDAR 50th Anniversary. Each chapter across the country was to pledge, at the very least, one acre of pine seedlings. Five dollars an acre at a penny each equals 500 trees.
October 7, 2016 - Annual Battle of Kings Mountain Ceremony
In spite of the rains from Hurricane Matthew off the coast of North Carolina, hundreds of SAR, DAR and members of historical societies gathered in Kings Mountain for the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Compatriots Jim Tatum, Tom Phlegar, Ray Maxson and Tim Berly. In the photo below, chapter member Tom Phlegar plays "Taps" at the national ceremony.
September 24, 2016 - Patriot Honored with Granite Monument
The Mecklenburg chapter partnered with the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, NCSDAR, to build and place a granite and brass monument for Patriot Ephraim Brevard in the Old Settler's Cemetery in Uptown Charlotte today. Civic dignitaries in attendance included Charlotte City Councilman Greg Phipps from District 4, Brevard City Mayor Jimmy Harris, Brevard City Mayor Pro Tem Mac Morrow, Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland and Larry Chapman, vice chairman, Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and a member of the Blue Ridge Chapter SAR.
"Patriot Brevard was an author and a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a Captain at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, a prisoner of war in Charleston and a surgeon with the 1st North Carolina," said Ken Luckey, president of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter. "We had several city officials from Brevard, NC, here to bring greetings as that city was named after Patriot Brevard." In the photo below, Ken Luckey, at left, and Susan Waldkirch, past regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, NCSDAR, unveil the monument.
Participating from the Mecklenburg chapter were Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Guy Chamberlain, Gus Succop, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Ray Maxson and Jay Joyce.
September 16, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends Washington Vigil
Two Compatriots from the North Carolina SAR met at the administration building and marched (route step) to the tomb of President George Washington. We posted two members at the tomb and began the vigil shortly after 9:00am. In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen, at left, and North Carolina SAR Sr. Executive Vice President George Strunk, pose for a photo after their duty.
September 3, 2016 - Charter of Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter
Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the chartering ceremony of our state's newest chapter, the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter in Havelock, NC.
Chapter members Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce and Jim Tatum attended the ceremony. Jim Wood played the key role in helping to navigate the formation of the new chapter, the SAR's first predominantly African-American chapter and its first chapter to be named after an African-American Patriot. In the photo below, the charter members of the new chapter pose for a photo, with new chapter president Ed Carter in front.
August 25, 2016 - 10 New Members and New Leadership
The Mecklenburg chapter held our August dinner meeting tonight with a full slate of activities in front of a packed house! Our special guest speaker was Dr. Tom Hanchett, previously Charlotte's official historian with the Levine Museum of the New South. Dr. Hanchett (in photo below) spoke about our city's racial integration beginning at the 1875 Census.
We also welcomed 10 new members who took their SAR membership oath from outgoing chapter president Jay Joyce. These 10 new members include Wynn Allen (grandson of chapter member John Allen), Bill Dawson, David Galusha, Charles Miller, Henry Miller, James Payne, Jr., James Payne III, Simon Schroeck, Paul Shrimplin and John Soule.
Supplemental SAR ancestor certificates were also presented to John Allen, Curt Older and Dee Bradford.
Plus the SAR Military Service medal and certificate were presented to John Allen, Pete Hubicki, Ray Maxson and Fred Paschall, Jr.
Chapter genealogist and registrar Dave Alls was presented with the SAR Liberty Medal and two oak leaf clusters for recruiting 30 new members!
(In the photo above, past NCSSAR state president Tim Berly, on right, inducts Ken Luckey as our new chapter president.) Chapter officer elections were held and the following men were elected to their new positions: Ken Luckey, president, Neil Hohmann, vice president, Guy Chamberlain, secretary, Tom Phlegar, treasurer, Dave Alls, genealogist/registrar, Al Cadenhead, chaplain, and Bill Anderson, historian.
August 20, 2016 - SAR and VFW U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Mecklenburg chapter SAR, the Knights of Columbus and the VFW joined to honorably retire over 150 U.S. Flags today. Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Maxson, in the photo below, represented our chapter.
August 13, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends Tryon Resolves Ceremony
Members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 241st Anniversary of the Signing of the Tryon Resolves in Bessemer City, NC today. Chapter members John Allen, Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey and Dave Alls participated in the combined Color Guard for the ceremony.
August 6, 2016 - Mecklenburg Attends House in the Horseshoe
Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum represented our chapter at the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of the House in the Horseshoe in Sanford, NC. During the ceremony, the grave of Patriot Benjamin Williams, the 4-time Governor of North Carolina.
July 21, 2016 - Mecklenburg Color Guard Attends DAR Meeting
Several members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard attended the District III Meeting of the Daughter of the American Revolution.
"We presented the Colors to open the District Three meeting," said chapter member Jim Tatum. "Over 100 DAR members were present and we were honored to help our DAR friends open their district meeting."
Mecklenburg chapter members attending the meeting included David Alls, Jim Tatum, John Allen, Jim Wood and Neil Hohmann.
July 16, 2016 - 236th Anniversary of Colson's Mill
Members of the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participated in the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC today. This is the commemoration honoring the men who chased the British out of Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley.
American General Griffith Rutherford ordered his adjutant, Colonel William Lee Davidson, and about 200 men to pursue the Tories, and a race ensued down the Yadkin River Valley. Believing themselves to be out of harm’s way and close enough to Cornwallis’ headquarters to prevent attack, Bryan’s Tories pitched camp near an inn and a mill on the Cheraw Road called Colson’s.
Mecklenburg chapter members attending included Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls and John Allen.
July 4, 2016 - U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony
The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard presented the Colors for the new U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony held today at the Charlotte Museum of History. There were 27 new U.S. citizens who took the oath of citizenship.
Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard members who participated included Jim Tatum, Dave Alls, Tom Phlegar, Neil Hohmann and Ray Maxson. Our own Ray Maxson was interviewed on NBC Charlotte TV about the July 4th event and our SAR involvement at the event.
June 25, 2016 - SAR/DAR Night at "Liberty Mountain"
SAR/DAR night was a huge success! 91 SAR and DAR members came together to enjoy a BBQ cookout and to watch the Revolutionary War drama "Liberty Mountain" in Kings Mountain, NC. Doyle Campbell, president of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter, sponsored and managed the event.
"What an incredible SAR/DAR experience with 91 members coming together to enjoy each other's company and watch this important play about the Patriots of Kings Mountain," said Ken Luckey, vice president of the Mecklenburg chapter. "It was so much fun to see these SAR and DAR friends in a social and relaxed atmosphere."
North Carolina SAR president Gary Green and his wife were in attendance, as well as South Atlantic District Vice President Ed Rigel and SAR National Color Guard Vice Commander Mark Anthony.
The play, "Liberty Mountain," was exceptional. The history about the battle of Kings Mountain was intertwined with a very interesting storyline of a local family that moved to Kings Mountain and then fought in the battle.
"Liberty Mountain" was written by brand new SAR member and renown playwright and novelist Robert Inman. The play runs through July 17th at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. Click here to purchase tickets and see the show schedule.
May 28, 2016 - 236th Anniversary of Buford's Massacre
Mecklenburg chapter members attended the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Buford's Massacre in Lancaster, SC. Chapter members Tim Berly, Jim Tatum and Ken Luckey represented Mecklenburg.
May 21, 2016 - George Washington Visits Salisbury, NC
Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum attended the 225th Anniversary of George Washington visiting Rowan County.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and many other notable personalities, living and from the Revolutionary War Era, were in attendance. President George Washington and his staff were on-site to meet attendees. Revolutionary War Continental Army soldiers from Washington, D.C. were also in attendance.
May 21, 2016 - "MeckDec" Day at Knight's Baseball Game
Mecklenburg chapter members Tom Phlegar and Neil Hohmann participated in the MeckDec Day celebration at the Charlotte Knight's baseball game. Both compatriots welcomed guests and participated in the presentation of the Colors at the game.
May 20, 2016 - "MeckDec" Day in Charlotte!
Our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the annual "MeckDec" ceremonies in Uptown Charlotte to observe the Signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. A new state historical marker honoring the Signing was unveiled at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown.
Chapter members Tim Berly, Jim Tatum, Jay Joyce, Chad Lloyd and John Allen represented the chapter.
In the photos below, (at top) members of the Mecklenburg chapter and North Carolina Color Guard present the Colors to open the indoor ceremony; (in middle photo) North Carolina SAR state president Gary Green observes the musket volley in honor of the historical marker unveiling; and, (in bottom photo) the new historical marker.
May 14, 2016 - Mecklenburg Chapter Visits Catawba Valley
Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey, Jim Tatum and Jay Joyce visited the Catawba Valley chapter meeting today in Hickory. In addition to a great lunch, the Catawba Valley chapter inducted a new member and welcomed guest speaker Dr. Amber Clawson, executive director of the Historical Association of Catawba County.
In the photo below, Catawba Valley chapter president Jack Bowman, at left, listens to information about Revolutionary War gravesite information from a chapter member, while Dr. Clawson looks on.
May 5, 2016 - JROTC Medals Awarded by Mecklenburg Chapter
Mecklenburg chapter member and Board of Manager's member Jim Tatum, at right in photo, presents the SAR JROTC Medal to JROTC student Anthony Valderrama.
April 29-30, 2016 - Mecklenburg Hosts NCSSAR Annual Meeting
The Mecklenburg chapter hosted the annual meeting of the North Carolina SAR here in Charlotte at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel.
Approximately 85 compatriots, along with their wives, attended the meetings, Youth Awards Luncheon and the annual Awards Dinner. Benjamin Franklin, seen in the photo below, was our evening's special guest speaker.
April 9, 2016 - Chapter Attends 240th Halifax Resolves Ceremony
Chapter members Tim Berly and Jim Tatum attended the 240th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
The adoption of the resolution was the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution.
April 9, 2016 - Vietnam Veterans Salute at Museum of Waxhaws
The Museum of the Waxhaws commemorated the sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families as part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were not welcomed home, with a “Welcome Home” event today.
Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce attended the ceremonies on behalf of the chapter.
"They held a USO-style show that featured songs and dances from the era with special guest Miss Teen North Carolina," said Joyce. "A Vietnam War artifact display and a large number of Veteran Service Groups were also in attendance."
March 29, 2016 - Meck Member Speaks During DAR Veterans Day
Mecklenburg chapter member John Allen spoke at a full house in Stanly County during a 50th Anniversary remembrance ceremony for Vietnam Veterans. The event was sponsored by DAR Chapters Clear Creek Militia from Mint Hill and the Yadkin River Patriots in Stanly County.
March 29, 2016 - Chapter Honors Vietnam Veterans Day
Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Tatum (in the photo below wearing the blue sport coat) represented our chapter with the Jacob Forney Chapter DAR in Lincolnton for a Vietnam Veterans Salute on March 29.
Tuesday was Vietnam Veterans Day, part of a multi-year, national campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To celebrate the servicemen and remember the 58,000 who lost their lives, the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a ceremony on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Event organizer Linda Hoyle, of the Jacob Forney Chapter of the DAR, paid tribute to veterans and one mother who lost her child in the war. The crowd joined together in pledging allegiance to the American flag and singing the national anthem. Before closing with a prayer, Hoyle read a proclamation honoring the soldiers.
March 12, 2016 - 235th Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse
The 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was held today in Greensboro, NC, as one of the largest gatherings attended to date.
SAR National President General Tom Lawrence attended and spoke about the importance of remembering these historic events and the people from our history.
Attending from the Mecklenburg chapter included Jim Tatum, Jim Wood, John Allen, Tim Berly, Jay Joyce, Ray Maxson and Bill Maine. In the photo above, Tim Berly addresses the gathering as the National Park Service Superintendent, SAR President General Tom Lawrence and South Atlantic District VPG Ed Rigel, Sr. looks on.
March 10, 2016 - Free Video on NC Patriots at Kings Mountain
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail presents a free 40-minute video on YouTube on the "North Carolina Patriots at the Battle of Kings Mountain."
The free 40-minute video tells the story with music, maps, artwork and images of reenactors portraying 18th century backcountry militia and soldiers.
Follow in the footsteps of the Overmountain men and the backcountry militia during the American Revolution as they pursue British Major Patrick Ferguson who threatened to invade their homeland. The patriot victory at Kings Mountain turned the tide of the American Revolution!
The 250th anniversary of the American Revolution begins now with the Stamp Act of 1765. And, as you know, April is the 240th anniversary of North Carolina being “First in Freedom” with the Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776.
This information and flyer courtesy of author and storyteller Randell Jones of Daniel Boone Footsteps in Winston-Salem, NC. You can visit the website at www.danielboonefootsteps.com or contact Randell Jones at email@example.com. Randell is a great friend of the SAR and has spoken at so many SAR events across North Carolina.
February 20, 2016 - Joint SAR & DAR Genealogy Workshop
The Mecklenburg chapter participated with the Catawba Valley Chapter, SAR, and the Jacob Forney Chapter, DAR, for a join genealogy workshop and symposium at the Lincoln County Historical Association in Lincolnton, NC today. In the photo below, Catawba Valley SAR chapter president Jack Bowman, at right, kicks off the genealogy workshop.
"One of our chapter growth goals is to team up with our SAR brothers and DAR sisters to co-sponsor more community events," said Ken Luckey, Mecklenburg chapter vice president. "We believe that the more opportunities we can do together between the SAR and DAR societies will lead to more growth for both organizations. Plus, the co-sponsored events always bring out more people and it ends up being more productive." In the below photo, Ken Luckey discusses genealogy with a potential SAR member.
Representing the Mecklenburg chapter were Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, Jim Tatum and John Allen. This is the second genealogy workshop that the chapter has participated in this year.
February 18, 2016 - Benjamin Franklin Visits for President's Day
Dr. Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation's Founding Fathers, visited the Mecklenburg chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner tonight to share his observations on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
"This is the fourth year of our President's Day program and it was extremely well received and popular," said Mecklenburg chapter program officer Tom Phlegar. "This year we had 205 registered guests who attended making this our largest President's Day event to date." The special guest for 2017 is Abraham Lincoln.
In other business during the annual meeting, Charlotte Eagle Scout Bo Carlson was presented with the chapter's Eagle Scout scholarship. In the photo below, North Carolina SAR State President Tim Berly presents the Eagle Scout SAR Scholarship to Eagle Scout Carlson. In the photo below, left to right, Joan Rigel, Edward Rigel, SAR Vice President General of the South Atlantic District, Ben Franklin, Bo Carlson, and Tim Berly, North Carolina SAR state president, pose for a photo.
"Our annual President's Day program has grown from 115 guests in our first year with Thomas Jefferson to the 205 guests we had last night for Benjamin Franklin," added Phlegar. "Next year's guest of Abraham Lincoln will probably reach a new attendance record north of 250 guests."
February 13, 2016 - SAR Speaker & Genealogy Workshop
Mecklenburg SAR chapter member John Allen, below in photo, delivered his presentation on his Vietnam War experiences during the Alexandriana and Mecklenburg chapter's DAR meeting at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
"Compatriot Allen has been speaking regularly at area DAR meetings about his Vietnam War tour and it has become quite popular," said Mecklenburg SAR chapter vice president Ken Luckey. "John has a very interesting story about his service and he ties it in to his eight Revolutionary War ancestors and their service."
In the photo below, left to right, Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Tatum, Ken Luckey, John Allen and Jay Joyce are on hand to answer questions during the genealogy workshop about joining the SAR and researching potential member’s ancestry.
"These genealogy workshops are important to our chapter because we are able to reach out to community members that otherwise would not have contact with the Sons of the American Revolution," added Luckey. "Working together with the DAR gives us more opportunities to meet more potential members and work in conjunction with our DAR sisters."
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January 30, 2016 - 235th Anniversary of Cowan's Ford
The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford today at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. This was the first year that the SAR had granted "National Event" status on the annual ceremony.
"Our SAR national guests included Larry Guzy, Treasurer General, Ed Rigel, Sr., Southeastern District VPG, Sam Powell, President, SAR Foundation and Mark Anthony, Vice Commander, NSSAR Color Guard," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "Plus we had many DAR dignitaries and regents from across the region."
The special guest speaker was historian and author Randell Jones, who spoke about the Battle of Cowan's Ford and the eventual death of General Davidson. In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Tom Phlegar plays TAPS during the outdoors ceremony.
This was the largest attendance to date for the ceremony, with estimates of 150 people in attendance.
Next year's ceremony will be held on January 28, 2017.
January 16, 2016 - 235th Anniversary at Battle of Cowpens
Members of the Mecklenburg chapter attended the 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens in Cowpens, SC today. In the photo below, chapter member John Allen carries a musket in the SAR Color Guard.
"It is always an honor to represent our chapter members at this large national event," said Ken Luckey, chapter vice president. "Cowpens is one of the largest SAR national gatherings and we are lucky to live so close to the site that many of our chapter members can attend and support the event." In the photo below, chapter member Jim Tatum, at right, stands next to NSSAR Secretary General Mike Tomme, as SAR President General Tom Lawrence, in blue coat, watches the ceremony.
SAR chapters from across the eastern states attended this year's ceremony. Representing the Mecklenburg chapter included Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, Ray Maxson, Jim Tatum, Neil Hohmann, Dave Alls, John Allen and Tim Berly.
January 11, 2016 - American History Teacher Awarded
Providence Day School American History teacher Edward "Ted" Dickson has been selected to receive the 2015 American History Teacher Award by the Mecklenburg chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. In the photo below, chapter director Guy Chamberlain, on right, presents the award to Edward Dickson, on left.
"An integral part of our Society's community work with youth is honoring American history teachers who teach the history of the founding of our country," said Jim Wood, program chairman with the Mecklenburg Sons of the American Revolution. "We honor these extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era."
The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence SAR American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements. In the photo below, left to right, chapter member Guy Chamberlain, Edward Dickson, and Jim Wood, program chairman, after the ceremony.
"We conduct this American History teacher award program at local chapters across the country," added Wood. "It all begins here at the local level, then the local winners advance to state competition, and those winners advance to national competition."
Mr. Dickson has served as the chairman of the history department at Providence Day School since August 1991. He wrote in his submission essay, "the American Revolution is critical for an understanding of United States History. Students and citizens need to know the origins of our most important values, such as freedom and liberty, so that they can understand debates about those values and the contested nature of American identity."
As Mecklenburg chapter's selected award recipient, Mr. Dickson advances to the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution statewide history teacher contest, which will be held in mid February.