The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has several committees, whose job it is to provide the advice, set rules, and in general, conduct the business of the society. Each current Committee is listed below. Committee names in bold link to that committee's webpages; please click on the link for additional important information and program forms.
Attached to the bottom of this page you will find a Committee Report (PDF File) detailing the committee membership.
Appointment to any of the following Committees is governed by bylaw 18, section 1:
These are committees that are important to the various programs of the NSSAR, listed in alphabetical order.
Compatriots interested in serving on a particular committee should contact the committee chair or the President General. The President General approves all committee appointment requests. Compatriots appearing on the committee report and who need to make corrections to their contact information should contact the NSSAR headquarters.
NSSAR Americanism Committee and Programs
The NSSAR Americanism Committee is responsible for organizing and directing the National Society's efforts to promote the principles of freedom and liberty for all Americans. This includes dissemination of NSSAR programs and resolutions relating to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
The Committee judges the President General's State Society and Chapter Activities Competition Award and the President General's Cup Award, which are presented at the Annual Congress. The worksheet / form for this contest can be found in the "Forms" section of the website here.
Additionally, the Committee judges the Allene Wilson Groves award and the Liberty Bell award both presented during the Awards ceremony at the Annual National Congress. In addition, the Committee will be responsible for posting on the Web, information concerning resolutions passed by the Annual National Congress and the Patriotic Education Tool Kit.
The Americanism Committee also sponsors the Elementary School Poster Contest for 4th and 5th graders depending on the year in which their school system teaches the American Revolution. Another program is the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award presented to a middle or high school teacher who has distinguished themselves in the teaching of the American Revolution. The winner receives a trip to the Freedom's Foundation Summer Teacher Workshop in Valley Forge, PA, worth $1,400.
Any of the information provided can be used by SAR Members, Chapters and State Societies for the betterment of the NSSAR and it's programs.
The Americanism Committee sponsors five different contests:
Allene Wilson Groves Awards and the Liberty Bell Awards allow points for publicizing chapter or state activities. The news release information is designed to help chapters and state societies get articles about their activities published in newspapers or other periodicals.
Publicizing chapter activities will generate points for contests, but another important benefit is that recognition by the media for those activities will generate excitement within the chapter. Keeping and circulating copies of newspaper articles at meetings may stimulate chapter members to engage in even more activities. It also may attract new members to your chapter when they see all of the wonderful things your chapter does for the community.
The News Release Information consists of discussions covering, "How to work with the Media" and "News Releases." Several of these guidelines were written by Joe Benham (TXSSAR) who has been in the newspaper business for 56 years. One additional piece available is a downloadable Microsoft Word file, which will allow a chapter to modify the information and use it as a news release.
Compatriots are invited to submit worthy articles about the American Revolution to the Americanism Committee Chairman, Americanismsar [dot] org (Mark Anthony), for possible use as an example on this website.
For more information about media relations and drafting news releases, refer to the:
Speakers and Writers Committee
The Congress Planning Committee assists host State Societies in planning current and future Congresses. The Committee receives bids from Societies for hosting future Congresses, reviews guidelines and inspects Congress facilities, and makes recommendations on future Congresses to National Trustees and Congress delegates. The Committee is also responsible for registration credentials for each Congress.
For information on up coming congresses, please click on the link to be taken to the congress website for further information
2015 - Louisville, Kentucky
2016 - Boston, Massachusetts
2017 - Knoxville, Tennessee
Council of State Presidents
The Council of State Presidents is responsible for selecting four members of the National Nominating Committee from its membership of active State Society Presidents. The Council consists of the current and immediate Past President, Vice Presidents, Sr. Vice President, or expected next President of each State Society. The Chairman is the President of the host society for the previous Congress. The Council is advisory and hosts the annual State and Chapter Presidents seminar that is held during the Spring National Leadership Meeting. The main meeting of the Council is held annually at the National Congress. The Secretary-Treasurer is elected each year by the Council at the National Congress.
Elected at the National Congress in Greenville, South Carolina July 2014
Please see the attached By-Laws for the Council of State Presidents below
D.A.R. Liaison Committee
THE D.A.R./S.A.R. MEMBERSHIP AWARD
Handbook Vol. III, page 46 (revision date 2010-09)
It is imperative that SAR Chapters and State Societies promote a congenial and harmonious relationship with D.A.R. Chapters and State Societies for the betterment of both organizations. As you recruit new SAR members always ask about their female relatives who could join D.A.R. In turn ask D.A.R. members to ask about male relatives as they recruit new D.A.R. members. When they bring us new SAR members, reward them with the appropriate medal (i.e. Medal of Appreciation, Martha Washington Medal, and the Daughters of Liberty Medal).
If your state has such a member and process, please share his contact information with the D.A.R. Liaison Committee Chairman, Walter J. Timoschuk at wtimoschcomcast [dot] net.
It is imperative that we maintain an accurate account of the D.A.R. members who assist us in obtaining new members into our society. We encourage them to do so because we reward their efforts by presenting them with SAR medals based on their level of participation.
Sponsor Level Process
As an SAR member who is proud of his lineage to a Patriot Ancestor, it is your privilege, nay your obligation, to enlist additional men into the society. You should seek to sponsor prospective members by helping them through the application process. This may require you to help them with their genealogy research or simply be their first-line signer on a completed application (refer to Registrar’s duties in the state handbook for an accurate definition of a complete application). If a D.A.R. member assists you in the process, there is a “D.A.R. Finder” form that should accompany the completed application package when it is submitted to the Chapter Registrar.
Chapter Level Process
The Chapter Registrar will review the application for accuracy and completeness before he forwards the application package, which contains the D.A.R. Finder form, to the Chapter Secretary/Treasurer where the chapter application fees and dues are properly distributed and the D.A.R. Finder form is recorded. The Chapter S/T should keep a Word document or spreadsheet record of the information on the D.A.R. Finder form. Record the SAR applicant and the D.A.R. member’s name, D.A.R. chapter, and her D.A.R. National number, if provided. Once the application is processed and approved at the chapter level, it is forwarded, along with the D.A.R. Finder form, to the State Registrar.
State Level Process
The State Registrar will review the application for accuracy and completeness before he forwards the application package, which contains the D.A.R. Finder form, to the State Secretary/Treasurer. The State S/T will likewise properly distribute the state and national application fees and dues. He will also record the D.A.R. Finder's name, D.A.R. Chapter, and D.A.R. National number in the state database before forwarding the completed application package, which contains the D.A.R. Finder form, to the National Registrar.
National Level Process
The National Registrar will distribute the application package to the National Genealogist’s office, who will review the application for approval or further work and will forward the fees and dues to the Finance Dept. for proper recording. After the application has been approved, the National Registrar will record the D.A.R. Finder. The contest runs from January 1 until December 31 each year. The National Registrar tabulates the totals from the previous year prior to Congress to determine which state D.A.R. society will win the D.A.R./S.A.R. award and gives that information to the Executive Director to prepare the award.
It is evident that the Sponsor (first-line signer) for a prospective member is the key to making the process work. If you are going to be the Sponsor for a new member, please make sure to complete and include the D.A.R. Finder Form with the application package. If you do not have the form, please contact me, and I will make sure you receive a blank copy. Make copies locally so you never are without an original form.
Compatriots, we owe it to our D.A.R. ladies to make sure they receive their proper awards, both personally and at the state level, if they assist us with finding a new SAR member.
The mission of the NSSAR Eagle Scout committee is to conduct the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award program. Additionally, it functions as the sole liason with the Boy Scouts of America in matters of mutual interest. Finally, it develops activities and recognitions that enhance the mutual “Partnership for Good Citizenship” with the Boy Scouts of America. It is fully supportive of the numerous other programs and activities within the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and will contribute to these programs and activities in every way.
These pages for the Ethics Committee have been established to provide a centralized location for members of the NSSAR to access information pertaining to the Ethics Committee’s formulation and functions. Incorporated into this site is the formation of Ethics Committee, its duties and responsibilities as contained in Volume I of By Law 18.1(b) of the NSSAR Handbook. Following this By Law section are the sections from Volume II of the NSSAR Handbook:
Inspector General - warrenaltercox [dot] net (Warren M. Alter)
Compliance Officer - wabroadusjraol [dot] com (W. A. Broadus, Jr.)
NSSAR Genealogy Committee
For applicants and members, please see the page for Genealogy Policies and Registrar’s Manual.
We have three lists of SAR contacts who may be able to help you. Please click on the appropriate link below for further assistance:
New Member Helpers
For men who are interested in joining the SAR, please go to this list, and click on the link for your state or region. The gentlemen on this list will refer you to a local chapter, and may be able to offer other assistance and guidance in the preparation of your application for membership. Click on the above link for a list of New Member Helpers.
State Society Points of Contact
Has it been a while since you submitted your application? If you have submitted a new application, or are already a member and have submitted a supplemental application, and it has been more than ten weeks since your application was received by the National Society, please contact the appropriate point of contact for your state or region to inquire about the status of your new or supplemental application. Click on the above link for a list of State Society Points of Contact.
SAR Genealogy Assistants
SAR Genealogy Assistants offer more "hands on" help than New Member Helpers. SAR Genealogy Assistants take an active role in researching and compiling applications for new members, who may have limited or no experience in genealogical research or in preparing an application for a lineage society. The degree to which an SAR Genealogy Assistant can assist a potential new member will vary based on the specific needs of the potential new member. Click on the above link for a list of SAR Genealogy Assistants.
Genealogy Seminar - Recruiting and Qualifying the Prospective Member
Presented by Genealogist General Larry Cornwell during several Leadership Meetings and the 2013 Congress. The Microsoft PowerPoint© slides and script are available for chapters or state societies to present to their compatriots. A link is also provided to a video of the seminar. The seminar is especially valuable to those chapters that are having difficulties recruiting, and for those chapters who need help in researching lineages to assist prospective members with their applications. Members will find it useful in helping them prepare their own supplemental applications, as a step-by-step guide leads the viewer through key on-line resources to help find lineages to his patriot ancestors.
The basic eligibility and genealogical requirements of the SAR may be found in Article III of the NSSAR Constitution and in Bylaw No. 1 of the NSSAR Bylaws.
Generally, primary documentation is required to prove the service rendered by the patriot ancestor, and to prove the link between each generation in the bloodline from the patriot to the applicant. Such primary documentation may include, but is not limited to:
Please be sure to read the additional information about categories of membership, requirements for membership, and application fees, which may be found in NSSAR Form No. 0910.
Detailed instructions and examples for completion of the SAR Application Form as well as helpful hints for your lineage research is contained in the Application Preparation Manual.
Beyond what is set forth in Article III of the Constitution, Bylaw No. 1 of the Bylaws, and NSSAR Form Nos. 0910, some additional eligibility and genealogy policies may be found below.
From time to time, the NSSAR Genealogy Committee will revise or update these eligibility and genealogy policies of the SAR. A complete list of the Genealogy Policies of the NSSAR is contained in the Genealogy Policy Manual
If you would like to ask about an existing SAR genealogy policy, or if you wonder whether the SAR has a policy about a particular genealogical topic, contact either the Chairman of the NSSAR Genealogy Committee or the Genealogist General.
The National Society SAR Genealogy Committee established the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes to “examine evidence and determine whether or not particular tax laws and lists provide a basis for Patriotic Service and make that information available to the SAR staff and members.” The reports of the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes posted by the Genealogy Committee were prepared with these goals in mind. Under Genealogy Committee policy 2012-06:
As a general strategy, the Subcommittee examines the statutes of a state before it has examined the tax records of that state. Even without a report on particular tax records for a state, a report of the tax laws is of value because an applicant can often determine what law mandated a particular tax record and can simply cite the report on statutes for the state if the law qualified.
The following links will Jump you to that part of the list:
Ron Bearden, Registrar
458 County Rd 482
Crossville, AL 35962
E-mail: rbeardenfarmerstel [dot] com
Harvey E. Rookus, Secretary
3310 Checkmate Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
E-mail: hrookusalaska [dot] com
EuGene C. Smith, Jr.
P.O. Box 1110
Clinton, AR 72031-1110
Phone: (501) 757-2543
E-mail: bigusmithyahoo [dot] com
Edmund P. Karr, Registrar
10466 E. Mercer Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-6509
E-mail: K3kzedgmail [dot] com
Owne Stiles, Registrar
284 Hazel St
Gridley, CA 95948-2610
E-mail: ostileswcisp [dot] com
Tom A. Brown, Registrar
3450 Penrose Place, Suite 140
Boulder, CO 80301-1800
E-mail: tbrownviawest [dot] net
Gregory E. Thompson, Registrar
17 David Dr
East Haven, CT 06512
E-mail: gthomp5749aol [dot] com
Troy L. Foxwell
327 Tilghman Rd
Salisbury, DE 21804
E-mail: tlfoxwellaol [dot] com
District of Columbia
Larry Miller, Registrar
2910 First Rd N
Arlington, VA 22201
E-mail: lmillerdar [dot] org
Ray Lantz, Registrar
88939 Abbington Dr
Pensacola, FL 32534
E-mail: rclantzcox [dot] net
1113 Autumn Chase Ct
Marietta, GA 30064
E-mail: registrargassaraol [dot] com
Elbridge W. Smith, Registrar
1583 Ulu Puni St
Kailua, HI 96813
E-mail: ElbridgeWaol [dot] com
1825 NW 129th St
Clive, IA 50325
E-mail: MJR1825gmail [dot] com
Charles M. James, Registrar
4356 N 1400 E
Buhl, ID 83316
Phone: (208) 543-8116
E-mail: charlesjamesidahosar [dot] org
James DeGroff, Jr., Secretary
6 Ridgefield Dr
Troy, IL 83642-6225
103 E Bloomfield Ln
Westfield, IN 46074
E-mail: wjeellsaol [dot] com
11315 Applewood Dr
Kansas City, MO 64134-3122
Phone: (816) 761-7453
E-mail: tepeter100aol [dot] com
Gary Grant Howard, Registrar
232 Walters Rd
Pikeville KY 41501
Phone: (606) 794-1860
E-mail: registrarkyssar [dot] org
Clifford Normand, Registrar
15131 Championship Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
E-mail: Clifford [dot] Normandatt [dot] net
17 White Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Email: shawko52yahoo [dot] com
Gary R. Neal, Secretary
P.O. Box 1
Cockeysville, MD 21030-0001
E-mail: grnealearthlink [dot] net
Wayne Maller, Registrar
103 Essex St
Bangor, ME 04401-5301
Phone: (207) 942-6486
E-mail: essex103aol [dot] com
Robert A. Wagel, Registrar
53725 O'Keefe Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047
E-mail: mwagelacd [dot] net
John Hallberg Jones, Secretary
2700 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3743
Phone: (612) 721-4275
E-mail: JohnGoodNewsProductions [dot] us
Dr. W. Christian Sizemore, Genealogist
1417 Woodbury Dr
Liberty, MO 64068-1266
Phone: (816) 781-0614
E-mail: sizemorecyahoo [dot] com
Charles F. Garrison, Secretary
9580 County Line Rd
Hernando, MS 38632
E-mail: cgarris39aol [dot] com
Lon D. Brown, Registrar
4193 Foothill Rd
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 250-0825
E-mail: mtsarregistrarhotmail [dot] com
Steven F. Avent, Registrar
202 Olde Colony Dr
Edenton, NC 27932-2058
E-mail: savent917gmail [dot] com
Dr. Keith T. Johnson, Registrar
2436 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 343-0596
E-mail: ktjohnrapidnet [dot] com
Col. (ret) David K. Kentsmith, MD
Secretary, Nebraska SAR
16902 South HW 50
Springfield, Nebraska 68059-4827
K-nesarq [dot] com
Hans Eric Jackson
7 Mt. Pleasant St
Derry, NH 03038
E-mail: hansejackcomcast [dot] net
James F. Smith, Sr., Registrar
121 Elm Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
E-mail: smith [dot] sr1gmail [dot] com
Michael E. Barger, Secretary
1942 Western Hills Dr SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124-8902
Phone: (505) 892-3076
E-mail: mebargercableone [dot] net
Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp
5348 Vegas Drive #782
Las Vegas, NV 89108-2347
Phone: (702) 808-3871
E-mail: debeauchamp1949gmail [dot] com
Jonathan E. Goebel, Secretary
510 Hoags Corners Rd
Nassau, NY 12123-2618
Phone: (518) 766-2143
E-mail: goebeltaconic [dot] net
Timothy E. Ward
16431 Messenger Rd
Auburn, OH 44023
Phone: (400) 275-7829
E-mail: timothywardwindstream [dot] net
Glenn W. Lee, Registrar
5300 NW 120th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73162-1781
Phone: (405) 608-0371
E-mail: gleeedmondgmail [dot] com
Charles Byers, Registrar
1932 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632
E-mail: clbyerskalama [dot] com
Paul C. Metzger, Registrar
213 Irion Dr
Montoursville, PA 17754-7922
E-mail: pcmetzgerchilitech [dot] net
Carlen P. Booth
70 Village Dr
Riverside, RI 02916
E-mail: Cpbarriaol [dot] com
Mark C. Anthony
12 Misty Oaks Dr
Greer, SC 29651
Phone: (864) 908-9724
E-mail: mcgt90bellsouth [dot] net
Dr. Keith T. Johnson, Registrar
2436 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 343-0596
E-mail: ktjohnrapidnet [dot] com
Richard T. Spencer, Jr., Registrar
376 Sims Ln
Franklin, TN 37069-1893
E-mail: DSPEN47aol [dot] com
Larry J. Peik
Registrar (Coastal Group)
reg_coastaltxssar [dot] org
David J. Temple
Registrar (Inland Group)
reg_inlandtxssar [dot] org
Eric D. Richhart
3844 S. Danbury Cir
Magna, UT 84044-2223
E-mail: refoals1msn [dot] com
Robert H. Rodgers, Registrar
2284 South St
New Haven, VT 05472
E-mail: Robert [dot] Rodgersuvm [dot] edu
John E. "Jack" Sweeney, Registrar
John E. Ernest, Registrar
4407 51st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105-4932
E-mail: jeernestcomcast [dot] net
Raymond M. Kane Jr., Registrar
HC 69 Box 41
Valley Head, WV 26294
Cell Phone: (304) 940-3437
E-mail: wvmm32yahoo [dot] com
Aaron C. Krebs, Secretary
2614 McKenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: lmkackcharter [dot] net
Col David Thompson
925 Teresa Cir
Cheyenne, WY 82009
E-mail: PttThompsonaol [dot] com
Jerry P. Hill, Secretary
5677 N Consaul Pl
Milwaukee, WI 53217-4818
E-mail: JerryPwi [dot] rr [dot] com
Henry de Boysson
10 Square Alfred de Musset
Voisins le Bretonneux
Phone: 01 40 62 97 19
E-mail: boyssonhotmail [dot] com
United Kingdom Society
Donald Stearns, President
24 Ennismore Gardens
London SW7 1AB, UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: rachael [dot] whiteeu [dot] watsonwyatt [dot] com
George Washington Endowment Fund Board
CONCEPT: The George Washington Endowment Fund (GWEF) Board was established by the Executive Committee and approved by the Trustees during the meeting of February 27, 1993. This action followed two years of work by a special Task Force that had been asked to evaluate and propose a plan for NSSAR to provide for the following:
Until the inception of the GWEF Fund, little funding was available to reimburse the more than fifty (50+) committees for administrative purposes or to support their activities or special projects.
The GWEF Board is composed of a Board Chairman, the Chairs of the GWEF Fund Raising Committee and the GWEF Distribution Committee, and four George Washington Fellows elected by the GW Fellows at the National Congress. The GWEF Board oversees all aspects of the George Washington Endowment Fund.
The George Washington Endowment Fund is financed by gifts from members and friends of the Sons of the American Revolution.
GENERAL: The purpose of the GWEF is to maintain a continuing program for obtaining and distributing funds to support NSSAR unfunded and underfunded committees and special projects. The endowment fund should grow annually to continue support of approved NSSAR activities and projects. The GWEF serves as an “umbrella” under which gifts are placed. Earnings from the contributions over the years have helped to finance a wide variety of programs and projects.
Fund raising activities are conducted at the National level, during the Leadership meetings and the annual Congress. Chapters and Societies are encouraged to establish a program to accept GWEF donations on a continuing basis. Each Chapter and Society should appoint a chairman to coordinate the GWEF program and to maintain records of all contributors for recognition. The Vice Presidents General should also have guidelines for Chapters and Societies to assist in GWEF fund raising activities.
All gifts are important and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Individuals donating $1,000 or more are recognized as George Washington Fellows. The gifts may be paid in a lump sum amount or in installments of $200 or more annually over a five-year period.
Each person recognized as a GW Fellow shall receive a distinctive lapel pin and a certificate denoting his status. The name of each GW Fellow will be displayed in the new Center for Advancing America’s Heritage building.
DISTRIBUTION: Requests for funds are submitted by chairmen of NSSAR committees. Requests for funds by NSSAR unfunded and underfunded committees and for various special projects are sent to the George Washington Endowment Fund Distribution Committee for consideration. No more than 80% of the net income from the GWEF may be spent in any one year and the remaining 20% is invested into the corpus of the GWEF. The GWEF Board oversees the investment of the GWEF.
GIFTS: Remember 100% of your donation goes into a permanent restricted fund. Gifts may be made by giving cash, checks, stocks, bonds, or any other financial asset that you may desire to contribute. Checks should be made payable to:
And given to your local or state GWEF Chairman, or to the
809 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2619
AWARDS: Two Awards associated with the GWEF are presented annually at Congress. The term of each award is from April 1 to the following March 31.
The Howard F. Horne, Jr. Award goes to the State Society with the largest increase in new GW Fellows as a percentage of the State Society membership. The award includes a $500.00 stipend partially funded by the Delaware Fund, a flag streamer, and a certificate.
The Walter Buchanan “Buck” Meek Award goes to the State Society with the largest numerical increase in new GW Fellows. The award includes a stipend of 80 % of the net annual earnings of the Meek Fund, a flag streamer, and a certificate.
A trifold flyer describing the George Washington Endowment Fund, with a form for application to become a GW Fellow and for making donations, is available:
The Historic Sites, Celebrations and Reenactments Committee
See the attached Calendar of Events. This attached document is to serve as a guide for planning purposes. Note to obtain further details about these events please see the MAIN SAR calendar
"Living History" or Re-enactment Groups
A re-enactor is someone who recreates history down to the last details. This is done by portraying the look and actions of a person from a given era. With this being the site for the Sons of the American Revolution it only makes sense to introduce you to groups who represent American Revolution period. By exploring some of the various links on this page you will see groups who re-enact the American Revolution period military units. An even better thing to do is attend one of the many events in which these groups appear and get to see them in action.
Re-enactors have a strong interest in history and how it is portrayed in current life. What starts as a hobby sometimes becomes a way of life and many, many hours of enjoyment. Re-enactors come from all walks of life doctors, lawyers, plumbers, teachers, mechanics, etc. They get enjoyment out of showing other people the life and times of the era in which they are re-enacting. The hobby also lends itself to helping people to get away from the stress of this time in history.
If you have thought about the idea of becoming a re-enactor there are some things you need to do first.
First find a unit which interest you. Look for units in your area, do some research online about different units or contact local historic sites. Once you find a unit that interest you, go to one of their scheduled re-enactments. Get to know the people involved in the various units. Ask questions! You may not find the right fit on your first visit, but keep looking. When you feel comfortable with a particular group or unit and they feel comfortable with you, express your interest in joining their unit.
Once you have found a comfortable fit with a unit, then you must start to acquire the clothes, uniform and accouterments. Waiting until you find the "right" unit will save you time and money when it comes to acquiring the right stuff. Many members of the unit will offer suggestions on where to find the best material and at the most reasonable price. Re-enacting can be an expensive hobby and sometimes the sutlers at a given event aren't necessarily carrying items that are right for the re-enactment period being portrayed. As you step into the world of a different era, you will appreciate history in a different way.
Information Technology Committee
The Information Technology Committee considers, plans, implements, assist and trains as needed to satisfy NSSAR needs related to information technology so as to provide and maintain efficient and cost effective internal and external information acquisition, processing and dissemination operations. The Committee consists of two sub-committees: the Internal Systems Sub-Committee and the Web Sub-Committee. The Committee reports all findings and recommendations to the Secretary-General.
Internal Systems Sub-Committee works with Headquarters staff to develop and optimize the information technology systems at National Headquarters and the flow of information between National Headquarters and other SAR entities (officers, Committees, State Societies and Chapters).
The Web Sub-Committee works to increase the the functions and use of the Internet to assist in making the general public and the membership of the NSSAR aware of the programs of the organization. One of the ways in which we do this is offering the SAR forums. These serve as a tool for SAR Members to talk with each other. To access these, please login, and click on the "Forums" link that appears on the left hand side.
The Investment Committee invites suggestions for improvement to the June 18th draft NSSAR Investment Policy Statement.
Please read the five attachments linked below and suggest additional ideas, concerns or comments by adding a comment at the bottom of the page.
Suggestions received before August 30 will be considered by the Investment Committee in September for revision of the NSSAR Investment Policy Statement for presentation to the Leadership Meeting - September 26 -28, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
C. David Billings, Ph.D.
Chairman, Investment Committee
The Mens Health Link is provided by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) for members of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. The committee has 22 members, almost all of whom are health professionals. The primary responsibility of the committee is to provide information and education on health matters to the membership.
Initial health information in this link deals with “Health Literacy.” Health Literacy is described as “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” In a report from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM.gov) Health Literacy is further described as “The ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex healthcare systems. Health Literacy is not simply the ability to read. It requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations.”
Studies have shown that most Americans have quite limited health literacy. This is a very significant issue for web searching as more people, now in the millions, search the web for answers to health questions. Studies have shown that the more anxious a person is about finding answers relating to his health, the more anxious he ends up after searching. A major problem is that there are more and more websites to search, with more flawed and sometimes even deceptive information.
The Medical Advisory committee has reviewed and approved the following health literacy and information websites. We plan to periodically update and add to these lists.
Information provided in this link has been reviewed and approved by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). This is not medical advice, and any information that a reader might apply to himself should be communicated to his personal physician for professional deliberation and advice.
Health Literacy: Websites for Searching Symptoms and Specific Conditions
Health Literacy: Websites for Learning About Health Literacy
Health Literacy:Websites for Searching Medications
The MAC has also prepared a Medi-Log that can be downloaded, filled out and placed in your wallet. You can find it in the Forms section of the website here.
Last updated on 27 April 2015
This is the highest award presented to a member by the National Society. It is presented for distinguished service rendered to the SAR on the National level. Members are selected by the Minuteman Committee from submitted applications. The Committee is appointed by the President General from previous recipients of the award. It is presented during the Annual Congress to no more than six recipients per year. More information can be found in the SAR Handbook.
A little more detailed information about the award can be found on the website here.
The Newsletters and Periodicals Committee is responsible for both creating and maintaining communications with State Societies and Chapters which result in the improvement of SAR newsletters and other periodic publications.
The Committee is also responsible for conducting a newsletters and periodicals workshop at each National Congress for interested State Societies and Chapters.
In addition, judges the Carl F. Bessent Award, the Jennings H. Flathers Award, the Paul M. Niebell, Sr., Award and the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award at each National Congress.
The Newsletters and Periodicals Committee has created the following Newsletter Handbook to assist those Compatriots, Chapters and State Societies in their creation of a periodical newsletter.
This award has two categories:
The award is presented to Chapter Editors for best multiple sheet and single sheet periodicals. A certificate is presented during the annual Congress to both first place and honorable mention for each category.
The Jennings H. Flathers Award is presented to the State Society with fewer than 500 members judged having the best periodical or newsletter.
A cash award will be presented for first place and honorable mention from the proceeds of the endowment fund established by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Flathers. The fund was established in the memory and recognition of Jennings H. Flathers' work and devotion to the improvement of State and Chapter newsletters as Chairman of the Newsletters and Periodicals Committee.
State Societies currently having fewer than 500 members include:
The Paul M. Niebell, Sr. Award is presented to State Societies with over 500 members judged having the best periodical or newsletter with ten or fewer pages.
A cash award is presented during the annual Congress for the first place and honorable mention from the proceeds of the endowment fund established by Mrs. Eleanor Smallwood Niebell. The fund was established in recognition of her husband's (Paul M. Niebell, Sr.) continuous support and many outstanding contributions to the SAR.
The Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award is presented to State Societies with over 500 members judged having the best periodical or newsletter with more than ten pages.
A cash award is presented during the annual Congress for the first place and honorable mention from the proceeds of the endowment fund established by Mrs. Eleanor Smallwood Niebell. The fund was established in recognition of her brother's (Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr.) continuous support and many outstanding contributions to the SAR.
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OAS is a free national genealogy training program for Wounded Warriors and their families. It provides participants with the knowledge and tools that allow them to conduct their own genealogy research as they recover from their injuries at military hospitals and VA medical facilities across the country.
The OAS program was initiated by the NSSAR and is conducted through its state societies and local affiliate chapters and volunteer members. OAS does not charge any participant for the training and resources provided and it is not a recruiting tool for the SAR.
The national committee evolved from a local program developed at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) by the DCSSAR. The program proved so successful that Ancestry.com became a major national sponsor, contributing a $180,000 grant over three years, renewable for another three years after the initial period.
A National Chairman presides over the OAS Committee. Each State Society shall have its own OAS Chairman to spearhead these efforts and organize each state’s program. State chairmen shall serve as ex officio members of the national committee. Additional members shall be appointed as necessary in order to perform the work of the committee as stated in its functions.
State OAS Committee Members shall be volunteers who desire to share the genealogy expertise within the SAR in order to give back to the Wounded Warriors who were injured in their service to our nation. They provide injured service members with the knowledge and tools they need to conduct their own genealogy research in training classes, work sessions, individual hands-on assistance, and most notably, access to Ancestry.com databases.
1. Help target the military medical facilities within the respective states that are most open and receptive to offering the OAS program to their Wounded Warriors.
2. Help identify the key personnel at those facilities and ensure that the facilities have adequate meeting space and computer facilities.
3. Help match the facilities with the leadership of the SAR local chapters in their closest geographic proximity in order to ensure adequate volunteer support.
4. Ensure that the state and local OAS committees are "visionary," meaning that they will not only serve the needs of the Wounded Warriors while they are inpatients, but that they will collaborate with local genealogical societies, lineage societies, libraries and other organizations as appropriate for support with training, reintegration and mentoring after they transition back to their local communities.
5. Ensure that the SAR’s greatest resources – our MEMBERS in local chapters across the country, in concert with our State and National Societies – continue to develop Operation Ancestor Search as the preeminent SAR program, not only for us, but for our OAS partners who provide the resources that support our nation’s Wounded Warriors and their families.
The Public Service and Heroism Committee (PS&H) recognizes and honors citizens and individuals in our public service sectors of Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, and Emergency Medical Services for their contributions to the community and for heroic acts with a commendation and medal. States, chapters and commendation recipients are recognized in a booklet published and distributed at the National Congress each July.
The Law Enforcement Commendation Medal is presented to those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. The medal is intended to recognize exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement. Eligibility is not limited to peace officers but extends to the entire range of persons who make and enforce the law. This includes peace officers, attorneys, judges, prosecutors and legislators who have performed an exceptional act or service beyond that normally expected. The recipients are usually recommended by their superiors or peers for their accomplishments. The award may be presented posthumously. The medal may be presented to an individual only once. No Oak Leaf Clusters or ribbon attachments are permitted.
The Fire Safety Commendation Medal is presented to an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contributions in an area of fire safety and service. The award is not limited to firefighters. It may be presented to recognize a variety of fire safety and services that have evolved into a highly technical and skilled profession with constant study, development and involvement by numerous dedicated citizens with a single goal, which is protecting human life and property by preventing injuries or casualties due to fire and chemicals. The medal maybe presented posthumously. The medal may be presented to an individual only once. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.
The Emergency Medical Services Commendation Medal is presented to an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contributions in the area of emergency medical services. The award is intended for paramedics, certified Emergency Medical Technicians, and others in the emergency medical fields that have performed an act or service beyond which is normally expected. The medal may be presented posthumously. The medal may be presented to an individual only once, and no Oak Leaf Clusters or ribbon attachments are permitted.
A Heroism Commendation Medal recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger - i.e., acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians, not in uniform, but does not exclude police, firemen, EMS and SAR members. It is not intended to recognize acts that would have been covered in the performance of one's normal duty, nor by medals for valor by the armed forces. Animals are not eligible for recognition. The medal may also be presented posthumously. An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and the wearing of Oak Leaf Clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.
More detailed information on specific awards may be found in the NSSAR Handbook, Vol. 5, along with the description of the qualifying service.
The State PS&H Committee exists to publicize the committee's function to the states' local chapters and to encourage their participation. Awards presented are reported to the National PS&H Committee and the State society by filling out an on-line form. All Commendations should be reported prior to June 1, to ensure inclusion in the PS&H Committee Commendation booklet for distribution at the July NSSAR Congress. The fillable on-line PDF form may be found at the link below. Be certain to use the most current version of Adobe Reader. Some browsers use a default application to read PDF files and you may need to specify that the file be "opened" with the Adobe Reader application.
Click to see the Reporting Form information. Be certain to follow the forms instructions. Note: When using the .PDF version of the form be sure to use the most current version of Adobe Reader. Also when using the PDF form should be sent to the National PS&H Committee and copied to the State Committee Chairman. The author should request a "Return Receipt," to ensure that the form has been received.
This program is an excellent way to recognize deserving individuals in our community and the public sector. We do suggest that those individuals, in the public sector of Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, and Emergency Medical Services, who are being considered for a Heroism Commendation, be previously recognized by their division head for their heroism. Department heads generally welcome the opportunity to recommend deserving individuals for recognition. The commendations may be presented at either chapter meetings, departmental meetings, or other suitable events. The presentation of NSSAR commendations is an excellent means by which our Society can receive recognition and broaden our exposure and recruitment of potential new members. This program is also an excellent vehicle for publicity. The presentation of PS&H commendations at chapter and state meetings should be noted and reported by local media optimally; however, the recipient may elect not to have the commendation published for privacy concerns.
Questions about the National SAR Public Service and Heroism Committee may be directed to a state's representative or the current chairman of the Public Service and Heroism Committee.
The ROTC/JROTC/Service Academies Committee has oversight of the Chapter and State Society level ROTC/JROTC programs. The Committee conducts the National Society's ROTC/JROTC program and selects the winner of the National Society's award to the most outstanding JROTC Cadet and the first runner-up. The committee also serves as liaison with the United States Service Academies.
If you would like to make a gift the ROTC / JORTC Fund, you can find that form here.
SAR Silver ROTC Medal Program for College ROTC Units
There are two types of college/university ROTC Units.
Host Units are the primary ROTC Unit for a given area. This Unit presents the SAR Silver ROTC Medal Package to a cadet/midshipman selected by the Senior Officer and his/her staff. Naturally military bearing, leadership potential, attitude, and scholastic achievements are factors that the staff may consider in making their annual selection of an outstanding cadet. A University may have Host ROTC Units from several services. For example, one University in Georgia has 3 ROTC Units (Army, Navy, and Air Force).
Cross-Town Units fall under a Host ROTC Unit. A Host Unit may have several Cross-Town Units as part of its program. Cross-Town Units are normally located at smaller universities/colleges that are relatively close to their Host ROTC Unit. Naturally, a Cross-Town Army ROTC Unit would be associated with a Host Army ROTC Unit. Cross-Town ROTC Units do not qualify for the SAR Silver ROTC Medal; however, one of their cadets could be the recipient of the SAR Silver ROTC Medal from the Host Unit.
Management of the SAR Silver ROTC Medal Program falls under the State Society. It is possible that in your area, a given chapter supports the local University Host Unit. If you have questions please contact your State Society ROTC/JROTC Representative (POC) listed on the Contact page.
NOTE: As an example, the Georgia Society (GASSAR) operates the SAR Silver ROTC Medal Program. The Georgia Society purchases 15 Silver ROTC Medal Packages that are distributed under cover letter to 15 ROTC Host Units, located at 12 Universities. The Georgia Society then tasks 10 chapters located in the general vicinity of the University to present these medal packages at the Annual ROTC Award Ceremony/Banquet. As required, the Chapter President or his Representative awards the selected cadet at a private ceremony with the Senior ROTC Officer, the recipient, and whenever feasible, the cadet's family.
This form was designed to assist a Chapter and Society to gather the correct information for recognition of the excellent candidates that are presented the Bronze JROTC and Siler ROTC Medals each year.
This is made available as a convenience and is not a mandatory requirement.
Meeting Minutes can be found here.
Service Academy Award presetations for 2014
The Retention/Reinstatement Committee develops new programs, processes and strategies to retain current members and rerecruit and reinstate lapsed members.
Over the past few years a focus of the SAR has been on the processing of new applications – both the number being processed and the time that it takes for this processing to occur. Close on the heels of this focus is the cost related to getting a new member approved. Estimates are that it takes the SAR approximately two years of dues to recover those costs that are not associated with the application fee.
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Examples of Patriot Grave Ceremony Programs:
As descendants of America's very first veterans, members of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) have long supported veterans and veterans' causes. The mission of the SAR Veterans Committee is to direct the SAR's efforts to serve those who have served us by overseeing a number of programs to encourage and recognize individuals, chapters, and state-level societies in their support of veterans.
The USS Stark Memorial Award recognizes outstanding chapters and state-level societies within the SAR for their support of veterans by having exceptional overall veterans programs. The Veterans Committee establishes the criteria for the Stark Report that are used in determining the winners of the award, which are presented at the annual SAR Congress.
The General William C. Westmoreland Award is presented at the annual SAR Congress to an SAR member who has distinguished himself by his service to veterans. The National Society makes only one such award each year.
The Service to Veterans Medal is presented to SAR members who have embraced the essence of serving veterans by accumulating 5,000 Stark Award points.
The Veterans Committee also oversees SAR Representatives and Deputy Representatives who represent the SAR's volunteer activities at VA Medical Centers (VAMC) throughout the country. The Chairman of the Veterans Committee is the SAR National Certifying Officer for the appointed Representatives and Deputy Representatives. This position fulfills a federal requirement that national organizations having Representatives and Deputy Representatives at VA Medical Centers must be appointed by a National Certifying Officer of that organization.
2015-2016 Veterans Committee Members:
Jim Alexander, Jr.; Jim Arnold; Ron Barker; Bruce Buehler; Gene Butler; Paul Callanan; Bob Ebert; Harold Fisk; Scott Giltner; David Jessel; Bill Kabel (Chairman); Greg Lucas; Stephen Miller; Charlie Newcomer; Bob O'Neal; Charles Scott; Rev. Jim Taylor; George Thurmond; Tony Vets (Vice Chairman); and Brian Worcester.
SAR War Service Medal
The SAR War Service Medal was first authorized in 1899 for SAR members who served in the Spanish-American War. It was subsequently authorized for members who served in World War I and World War II. Following World War II, the SAR authorized a generic War Service Medal with specific service periods indicated by bronze bars.
SAR Military Service Medal
The SAR Military Service Medal was authorized in 2006. It may be presented by a chapter or state-level society to SAR members (or purchased by SAR members) who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, Coast Guard, an allied country of the United States, or in a United Nations Peace Keeping Force, who otherwise do not qualify for the SAR War Service Medal.
In 1988, the SAR authorized the USS Stark Memorial Award to memorialize those brave men and women who continue to stand at the forefront to preserve the freedoms our patriotic ancestors fought so long and hard to achieve. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding SAR chapters and societies for their exceptional support of the activities of the SAR Veterans Committee and in serving the veteran community.
The USS Stark was a United States Navy guided-missile frigate launched on May 30, 1980. In 1987, the ship was deployed to the Middle East, and on May 17, 1987, was struck by two Exocet missiles fired from an Iraqi warplane. There were 37 U.S. sailors killed and 21 injured. The Stark was repaired and returned to service. She was decommissioned in 1999.
The reporting period for the USS Stark Award competition is January 1 through December 31 of the previous year. Chapter activities are to be recorded by each Chapter Veterans Committee Chairman on the USS Stark Award Scoring Sheet (available on this website) and submitted according to the instructions on the Scoring Sheet, with a copy sent to the State-level Society Veterans Committee Chairman by January 15. The State-level Society Chairman will consolidate all chapter reports to compile a society report, using the same Scoring Sheet, and submit a report to the SAR Veterans Committee Chairman and Executive Director not later than February 1 of each year. Each submitter (chapter or society) may be requested to substantiate some categories. The SAR Veterans Committee will judge the submissions to determine winners at the SAR Spring Leadership Conference.
Awards will recognize the most effective SAR chapters and state-level societies. First place awards for chapters will be made by membership size: 1 to 49; 50 to 99; 100 to 199; and over 200. One first place award will be given to a state-level society with less than 1,000 members (will be judged using average points per registered member of the society). Another first place award will be made to a society with more than 1,000 members (will be judged using average points per registered member of the society). A USS Stark Award Streamer is awarded to the winner of each chapter and state-level society category. First place awards may not be earned for two consecutive years. An “Honorable Mention” Streamer may be awarded to consecutive first-place finishers at the discreation of the SAR Veterans Committee. The USS Stark Awards are presented by the National Society at the annual SAR Congress.
The General William C. Westmoreland Award was authorized in 1996, and only one award is presented annually to an SAR member who has distinguished himself by his service to veterans. The deadline for nominations from a state-level society or a chapter for this award is January 1. Nominations are to be made using the special nomination form that is available online. The SAR Veterans Committee determines a winner at the Spring Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the award is presented at the annual SAR Congress. Among the criteria considered in making a selection are: the number of hours volunteered for serving veterans; service on veterans committees at the chapter, state-level society, and national levels; hours and miles driven to help veterans; the number of items and cash contributions made to Veterans Services; association with other organizations that work with veterans; sponsorship of veteran events at SAR events; and accomplishments in regards to veterans programs.
The Westmoreland Award is a special gold version of the SAR's Service to Veterans Medal. An SAR member may receive this medal only once. A certificate accompanies the medal. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.
2015 General William C. Westmoreland Award Winner
Darrell Joe Parrish with SAR President General Lindsey Brock
Mr. Darrell Joe Parrish, a member of the Governor Isaac Shelby Chapter in the Kentucky SAR, was presented the General William C. Westmoreland Award by President General Lindsey Brock at the 2015 SAR Congress in Louisville, Kentucky. Compatriot Parrish has served over 2,000 hours at the Robby Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, where he volunteers his time in the pharmacy. He has driven nearly 4,000 miles to help veterans, and the number of items he has donated to veterans exceeds 25,000 pieces. A three-year member of his chapter’s Veterans Committee, he regularly participates in Honor Flight receptions at the Louisville airport. The SAR Veterans Committee is proud to recognize Compatriot Darrell Joe Parrish as the 2015 General William C. Westmoreland Award recipient.
The SAR Service to Veterans Medal may be awarded by an SAR chapter or a state-level society only to SAR members who have given long and exemplary service to veterans while serving as a representative of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The medal is awarded when a member has accrued 5,000 Stark Award points (these points can be a combination of time volunteered, clothing and/or money donated, or achievements in other areas based on the USS Stark Award Score Sheet). The Service to Veterans Medal will be awarded at the chapter (or society) level following the Chapter Veterans Committee Chairman’s (or State-level Society Veterans Committee Chairman, as necessary) approval of the member’s documentation. Each individual seeking to qualify for this award is responsible for recording his personal point accumulation and providing that documentation to the Chapter Veterans Committee Chairman (or State-level Society Veterans Committee Chairman) for verification. The cost of this award will be paid by the awarding entity. A Certificate of Accomplishment shall accompany the medal and each oak leaf cluster.
An SAR member may receive this Service to Veterans Medal multiple times. A bronze oak leaf cluster will be awarded for each multiple of 3,000 Stark Award points earned after the first award. The presentation and wearing of oak leaf clusters shall follow SAR policy. After five bronze oak leaf clusters have been presented, a silver oak leaf cluster will be presented to replace the five previous clusters.
The Service to Veterans Medal is bronze, with a design on the obverse side of the medal showing one hand reaching down offering assistance to the second hand. Across the top of the medal are the words “Service to Veterans” and across the bottom are the words “National Society Sons of the American Revolution.” The reverse of the medal is the inscription “Awarded for Voluntary Service” with the awardee’s name and presentation date. The medal is suspended from a blue, white, and red (from left to right) vertically draped ribbon. The medal has an SAR precedence of “32.”
VRC Mission Statement: Provide recognition to living NSSAR Veterans, by awarding the SAR Certificates of Patriotism. Ensure the work of the VRC not only has a legacy dimension, but is also visionary and administratively sound, so that the incumbent President General can expand the Veterans Corps to include service to country during periods of peace, war and/or armed conflict.
The VRC provides recognition to SAR Veterans.
Currently the VRC has six Veterans Corps, established as follows:
Special Note: To learn more about the various SAR Veterans Corps, their eligibility requirements, and where to download the most current SAR Veterans Multi-Corps Survey Form go to the VRC Website manually at http://www.VetCorps.Info/. The survey form requires Adobe Reader Version 11 or the latest version available.