Compatriot Mick Hersey (SCPO, USN, Ret.) receives the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Award
All across Washington State, on September the 17th, immigrants from around the world took the final step in their journeys to become American citizens. For many, undoubtedly, there were many struggles involved in leaving their homelands and making their way here to America. They were probably apprehensive and even afraid, yet still they came. Like all of us who came before them, the allure of freedom and opportunity was irresistible.. E-Pluribus Unum! Let freedom ring.
JROTC Cadet Kylee Reid Places 4th in the Nation
The Western Washington Regiment, Fife and Drum Corps, is making quite a “splash” during parades and ceremonies. Recently, the all-male corps was joined by Terry Barker and Stephanie Conroy, two courageous DAR ladies from the Susan Woodin Chapter. Both are experienced musicians; Terry plays guitar, and Stephanie the flute and trumpet. Other DAR women have also expressed an interest in joining up.
In preparation for the centennial birthday of the "Oregon Trail" markers, Mick Hersey and a group of volunteers recently restored the bronze plaques to their original beauty. The group consisted of 3 DAR Chapters, and 2 SAR Chapters. Mick taught the volunteers the proper cleaning and restoration methods.
There are 11 markers along the trail - spread out from Tumwater to Vancouver - that were placed by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, beginning as early as 1916. Almost all of the markers are identical except the marker at the head of the Washington side of the trail, in Vancouver.
Planning for this restoration project took over 6 months, and began with the task of securing permission from various parties.
The Washington State SAR Color Guard, under the leadership of Color Guard Commander Bob O'Neal, recently welcomed its 40th member into its ranks. This is especially astonishing considering that there were only 7 members in 2011. Many of those who've joined in the last year or so are musicians, both men and women, who are part of the Fife and Drum Corps (led by Drum Major Viren Lemmer).
During the recent Patriotic Day (with Massing of the Colors), compatriot Mick Hersey received the SAR's Silver Good Citizenship award for his efforts both to honor deceased military veterans and to preserve historic markers and monuments here in Washington State. SHORT CITATION: "In the past seven years, Marion "Mick" Hersey, on his own personal initiative, expertise and leadership, led veterans and civic groups in restoring to like-new condition, over one hundred veterans' memorials in the Puget Sound area and was instrumental in restoring all the monuments in the 'Washington Teritory', that mark the famous Oregon Trail."
Western WA Fife & Drum Corps "Wowing" Crowds
Spring Leadership Conference
Welcoming New Citizens on Constitution Day
On June 18th 2016, Eagle Scout Draevin Luke was awarded the 2015 State-level Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award for the essay he wrote about his Revolutionary War ancestor. Bob O'Neal, President of the Alexander Hamilton Chapter, presented the award during the Chapter's monthly meeting.
The Eagle Scout essay contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are registered with an active scout unit, and who have not yet reached 19 years of age. The essays must be “Patriotic-Themed” and 500+ words in length. Winners at the Washington State level receive a $500 cash award, along with a certificate, patch, and a medal. Cash awards are also granted at the National level, with the first place winner receiving $10,000.
Draevin Luke Awarded 1st Place in Eagle Scout Contest
President's 126th Congress Report, Boston
On March 2nd-4th, six of our members and two spouses attended the Spring Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY. Many items were discussed, some of which will have a direct impact on the Washington SAR. For instance, the recent Massing of the Colors ceremony that was held at Stadium High School will now be designated as a "National Event." This change will make it easier for our Color Guard members to earn awards that are contingent on participating in a minimum number of such events. Also discussed at the conference were guidelines for the Mentoring Program, as well as increases in the monetary value of various youth awards.
2021 National Congress Planning Committee
The 2021 National Congress Planning Committee is in the early stages of its work. According to Gregory Lucas, Chairman of the Committee, "There may be good news on the horizon for 2021, and we need to begin actively working with our members to develop the resources necessary to host the Congress." One critical aspect of this process is to create a "volunteer base" by identifying the types and numbers of volunteers that will be needed.
SAR Color Guard Grows by Leaps and Bounds
The 126th National Congress recently occurred in Boston, MA, birthplace of the Revolution. Members from around the country, including representatives from the Washington State SAR, gathered to discuss the activities and goals of our great organization. In their "off time" these representatives were able to get out a bit and visit the many historic sites in and around Boston. Doug Nelson, president of our State Society, filed this report on the activities of the Congress upon his return to Washington State.
Cadet Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Kylee Reid, of Roughrider Company, Port Angeles High School, was selected the winner of the John Paul Jones Chapter Outstanding Cadet award in March 2016. Her package, which included a 600 word essay, entitled, “How JROTC Has Prepared Me to be a Better United States Citizen,” a complete resume of her JROTC, scholastic, sports and extra-scholastic activities, along with letters of recommendation by her Senior Naval Science Instructor and school Principal, was submitted to the Washington SAR review board. In a tight competition, she was selected as the Washington SAR Outstanding Cadet. She will receive both Chapter and State “Outstanding Cadet” Medals (a neck-ribbon award), Certificates, and monetary awards totaling $800.00.
Oregon Trail Memorial Markers get a Facelift