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President General 1997 - 1998: Carl Hoffmann
BIO: I am a Florida native (Plant City, FL) graduate of Northwestern (BS 1951), and Yale University JD 1957, Fulbright Scholar to Australia 1958. Adjunct Professor of Business Law, University of North Florida and a retired member of the Virginia, DC and Florida Bars.
My wife Patricia and I live in Anna Maria, Florida, and we have four children, Debby Love, Sandy Mc Namee, Bill and David Hoffmann (twins) and six grandchildren.
My Year As PG by Carl Hoffmann 1997-1998
One of my proudest accomplishments was the establishment of the enhanced JROTC. SAR had supported
The ROTC for decades. During a visit in 1996 to the TXSSAR at Tyler, Texas, I was visiting with Col. Martin (USA ret.) . He told me how the Texas Society was actively promoting the Junior ROTC. Then, I talked to an Army Senior Instructor at a Jacksonville, Florida High School who showed me statistics that cadets in the JROTC program tested from 20 to 25% higher academically than their peers. Question. Why is this so??? The answer is found in the three selfs, IE;
- Self Discipline,
- Self Confidence and
- Self Esteem
The curriculum of all JROTC programs promote all of these traits. The Instructors, retired officers and non coms, act as role models to these young high school students. The students become a “community” within the school as one female senior Lieutenant told me. A non com told me the students will discuss issues and problem with them that they don’t discuss with the faculty. Hence we see the their instructors serve in the capacity of role models to these young impressionable students at a critical time in their lives or to use the Latin phrase “in loco parentis”.
At our first national award ceremony at the Orlando Congress in 1998, the winner was a female Cambodian immigrant who became the commander of her cadet regiment in Seattle Washington.
The Youth Luncheons show case the winners of our Oration, Essay, Eagle Scout and JROTC contests.
These youth contests are a core activity of the NSSAR in our culture today and deserve our full support.
The establishment of our Ladies Auxiliary at the national level was an important achievement begun during my tenure as Chancellor General. Again on a visit to the CASSAR, meeting in Riverside, California, I experienced the energy and enthusiasm of their ladies auxiliary when I was asked to buy a lottery ticket by a WOSSAR. That led to the revelation that these California Ladies had already raised $12,000 to help pay for the Saturday Evening Reception at the forthcoming San Francisco Congress.
With the assistance of the California President. I drafted an amendment to our NSSAR Bylaws to allow
For a Ladies Auxiliary at our national society level which was approved at the next Congress. These ladies have made and are making a great contribution to our future CAAH.
In 1997 our society was woefully lacking in modern technology for communications, accounting and word processing functions. I asked Sam Boone a young lawyer from Gainesville, Florida to take the lead in the effort to improve our equipment and training of staff. With the invaluable help of Mike Scroggins and headquarters staff, significant advances were made on the budget available. The first step was to purchase a new switchboard and increase the number of incoming lines so SARS wouldn’t get a busy signal when calling Louisville.
In May 1998, after a meeting with the French Society in Paris, we led a delegation to Germany to recognize four German born patriots for their contributions to the War for Independence. In Magdeburg we had a ceremony honoring Baron Von Steuben who trained our soldiers at Valley Forge. Near Nurnberg, German Officials joined in honoring Gen. Baron De Kalb, killed at the battle of Camden, SC.
We were joined by 6 German Army Paratroop Officers in Zweibrucken to honor Wilhelm and Christian Forbach for their services in leading the Duke’s German regiment in the charge on Redoubt Nine at Yorktown. Their father, the Duke of Zweibrucken sent his regiment to America at the request of the King of France.