|California Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution
Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter
Minutes of the
The March 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, March 10, 2000. The meeting was called to order by President Hale Hamilton at 12:15 p.m. Following the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and SAR Pledge, members and guests adjourned to the buffet for lunch. Seven Compatriots were present: President Hale Hamilton, John Bayles, Alan D. Buckley, Tom Miller, Robert Nedry, Ronald Risley, and Jay C. Wood. Three guests present were: Compatriot-elect Danny Allen Barsch, Debra Doty and her husband, Mark, Eileen DeBrun, Miss Rose Lindgren, Miss Jennifer Christine Giboney, and Rosemarie Risley.
Following lunch, President Hamilton reconvened the meeting at 1:00 p.m. and proceeded immediately into the program.
First, Miss Rose Lindgren, Patton Chapter Entrant in the Joseph S. rumbaugh Oration Constest, gave her original oration entitled, "They Called Her Wahatchee." Miss Lindgren's oration was judged by a panel of three Compatriots (Risley, Wood, Buckley), who gave her a score of 91 (out of 100). Miss Lindgren will now represent the Patton Chapter in competition before the State Society.
Next, Miss Jennifer Christine Giboney, Patton Chapter Entrant in the George and Stella Knight Essay Contest, read her essay.
Finally, Compatriots and guests viewed a videotaped recording of the recent Massing of the Colors in Honor of President George Washington's birthday, conducted at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetary, Burbank, February 20, 2000.
Following the program, the minutes of the January 2000 meeting were submitted and approved as distributed and perfected.
- President's Report: President Hamilton congratulated Compatriot Buckley and his wife, Cathy, on the birth of their child, Erin Rachel Buckley. On behalf of the Patton Chapter, Rosemarie Risley presented the Buckley's with a beautiful, hand-made comforter and other gifts for the future Daughter of the American Revoution.
- Treasurer: Compatriot Risley presented the treasurer's report, indicating that total Chapter funds as of February 29, 2000, were $9,684.30. The report was accepted subject to audit.
- Eagle Scout: Compatriot Risley reported that there will be three Courts of Honor this coming Saturday.
- Registrar: Compatriot Wood reported that three new applications are being processed: William Grady, Eric van Gelder, and John Page. Compatriot Wood plans to meet with each prospective member soon.
- Spirit of America Awards: Compatriot Nedry reminded Compatriots of the need to contact local middle schools with information about this year's contest. Compatriots commended Compatriot Nedry for his generous efforts in raising over $2,400 for the Spirit of America program.
- Veteran Affairs: Compatriot Nedry also reminded members and guests about the World War II Memorial, planned for Washington, D.C., and supported entirely by voluntary donations, and about the opportunity to memorialize the names and service records of World War II-era veterans.
- Martha Washington Award: President Hamilton presented the Martha Washington Award to Debra Doty for her service in memory of her Patriot Ancestors and for facilitating the membership into the Sons of the American Revolution of her familty members.
- Vacancies: President Hamilton solicited volunteers to serve in various Chapter offices. Program Chair is a particularly urgent need.
- Chapter Website: Compatriot Buckley has received materials from former Chapter President Dick Small in order to maintain the Chapter Website. Buckley also requested that Compatriots suggest any changes or new information that they believe ought to be included on the Website. Suggestions can be emailed to Compatriot Buckley at DoctorB@gte.net or to SARPatton@aol.com.
- Compatriot Initiation: Danny Allen Barsch was initiated into membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and the Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter. After taking the oath of membership and receiving his membership certificate, Compatriot Barsch was formally introduced and welcomed as a member of the Patton Chapter. Present at the meeting to witness her brother's initiation was Debra Doty her husband, Mark.
- Good Citizenship Awards: President Hamilton awarded Good Citizenship Awards to Miss Rose Lindgren and Miss Jennifer Christine Giboney as representatives of the Patton Chapter in State Society contests.
- Stipend Award: Compatriot Risley moved and Compatriot Hamilton seconded a motion to award Miss Rose Lindgren a $100 stipend for expenses in connection with her representation of the Patton Chapter at the Rumbaugh Oration Contest. Approved unanimously.
After the SAR Recessional and Benediction, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m. Our next meeting will be held on April 14, 2000, in the Bard Mansion Library.
Respectfully submitted, Alan D. Buckley, Chapter Secretary.