|California Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution
Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter
Minutes of the
The January 2000 meeting of the General George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter of the CASSAR was held in the Library of the Berylwood Officers Club on Friday, January 14, 2000. The meeting was called to order by President Hale Hamilton at 12:00 p.m. Following the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and SAR Pledge, members and guests adjourned to the buffet for lunch. Five Compatriots were present: President Hale Hamilton, Alan D. Buckley, Frank Budroe, Joe Coffman, Ronald Risley, and Jay C. Wood. Three guests present were: Cathy L. Buckley, Willette Budroe, and Rosemarie Risley.
Following lunch, President Hamilton reconvened the meeting at 12:40 p.m. and proceeded immediately into the program. Compatriot Jay C. Wood reported to the Chapter on Albion's Seed, an historical tome by David Hackett Fischer, Warren Professor of History, Brandeis University. In the first volume of his cultural history of the United States, Prof. Fischer examines the impact on early American society and culture of the Puritans in Massachusetts, royalist cavaliers in Virginia, Quakers in Pennsylvania, and English, Scots, and Irish immigrants in the American back country. Compatriot Wood strongly recommended the book to anyone interested in the causes and character of the American war for independence.
Following the program, the minutes of the November and December 1999 meetings were submitted and approved as distributed.
- Treasurer: Compatriot Risley presented the treasurer's report, which was accepted subject to audit.
- Registrar: Compatriot Wood reported that, in addition to a pending application, five new applications have been submitted to Louisville and that no problems are anticipated in their approval. Meanwhile, Compatriot Wood has received sixteen new membership inquiries.
Compatriot Risley noted that Compatriot Wood has now processed seven applications for SAR and Chapter membership and, if he processes only three more, he will be eligible for the SAR Liberty Medal. The Compatriots commended Compatriot Wood on his outstanding service.
- Eagle Scout: Compatriot Risley has nominated Eagle Scout Tyler LeBrun to represent our Chapter in the State Society Bronze Spreading Wings Eagle Trophy competition.
- Spirit of America: Compatriot Wood continues to work with Mary Ford, Fillmore Middle School, for her nomination for the Spirit of America history teachers award for the year 2000. Compatriots Hamilton and Risely will prepare materials for submission to local junior high schools for the Spirit of America awards.
- There were no other committee reports.
- Christmas Event: Compatriots commended Rosemarie and Ron Risley for their generous support of our well-attended and memorable Christmas meeting.
- Honor Guard: There will be a massing of the colors on Sunday, February 20, 2000, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burbank, 3 p.m. All members of the Chapter Honor Guard are encouraged to convene at the Hall of Liberty at 2 p.m. Compatriot Risley will notify members of the Honor Guard by postcard.
- Compatriot Risley, a member of the State Society Officers Nominating Committee, expressed his concern about the inadequate representation of Southern California Chapters among nominated state officers.
- Compatriot Coffman reported to the Chapter on a recent event memorializing the Columbine High School tragedy.
After the SAR Recessional and Benediction, the meeting was adjourned at 2:10 p.m. Our next meeting will be held on February 11, 2000, in the Bard Mansion Library.
Respectfully submitted, Alan D. Buckley, Chapter Secretary.