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Summer 2017

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President  Paul F. Kennedy

Compatriots:  The Oakmont Christmas meeting is booked for Sunday December 10th.  Arrive at 11, dine at 12.  It is the same setup as last year: brunch in the ballroom.  Mark your calendars.  The invitations should go out in October.

Fraternally yours,

Paul F. Kennedy

President, Pittsburgh Chapter SAR

 


Spring 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

SPRING 2017

President:  Paul F. Kennedy

1st Vice-President: Joseph F. Corrigan III

2nd Vice-President: Charles P. Coon

Secretary: William J. McKim, Esq.

Treasurer: Paul D. Scull

Registrar/Genealogist: William P. Boswell, Esq.

Chaplain: Rev. William D. Morgan

Historian: J. Rennick Steele

Webmaster: Sidney F. Moore

Facebook Administrator: Jon P. Coulter

Chancellor: Douglas A. Thompson, Esq.

The 2017 Board of Management includes Stanley L. Foster (term expires end of 2017); Thomas L Edwards (term expires end of 2018); Jon P. Coulter (term expires end of 2019).

On Sunday February 19th we had our annual George Washington’s Birthday Luncheon at the Airport Marriott.  Fifty SAR and DAR members and guests attended and received an excellent meal.  Bill Choby as Colonel George Washington and Tom Anke as Seneca warrior Guyasuta provided a dramatic re-enactment illustrating the clash of European and Native American cultures that characterized our region in the 1700’s.  It was a different presentation from last year’s, which featured the same duo.  Again, it was enjoyable and educational for all in attendance.

The 124th annual meeting of PASSAR Board of Management took place at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, Pa. May 12th and 13th.  President Paul F. Kennedy and Secretary William J. McKim from the Pittsburgh Chapter attended.  The Saturday morning meeting included the election of state officers.    Gregory J. Shively was elected President, replacing Donald E. Mengle.  William J. McKim of our chapter was re-elected as Chancellor.  Thomas L. Edwards of our chapter continues to serve as Chairman of the Reserve Fund Managers through 2018.

On Saturday afternoon a luncheon and memorial service was held at the Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church in the little town of Graysville, Pa., to commemorate the PASSAR members who died in 2016.

Saturday evening was a Black Tie dinner at the Ramada at which the new PASSAR officers were installed by National Secretary General Larry T. Guzy.

COMMITTEE HAPPENINGS:

Eagle Scout certificates were awarded to Michael William Sopata of Troop 323, Laurel Highlands Council, Zachary Goreczny of Troop 380, Laurel Highlands Council, and Danny Lebovitz of Troop 335, Laurel Highlands Council.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Pittsburgh Chapter SAR Spring Meeting at River Forest Country Club, 130 Clubhouse drive, Freeport, Pa. on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  Lunch is at 1 p.m., quaffs and conversation at 12:30 p.m.  Joshua Marzak will read his winning SAR Knight Essay, The 17th Amendment and the Future of American Elections.  He finished first in statewide competition.  SAR Historian Ren Steele will speak on Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee People.  Invitations have been sent.  Please email me at paulfkennedy@aol.com if you haven’t received one and want to go.  Deadline is June 1st.

SAR DAR Flag Day Awards Ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Summer Board of Management meeting August 4th and 5th hosted by Erie Chapter at Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, Erie, Pa.

 

Fraternally yours,

Paul F. Kennedy, President

Pittsburgh Chapter SAR


Summer 2016

 

  PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Winter 2017

Greetings Compatriots and best wishes for a Happy 2017!  On December 11, 2016, we had our annual Pittsburgh SAR Chapter meeting and luncheon at Oakmont Country Club. We had our largest turnout in many years: 70 SAR members and guests attended.  All enjoyed Oakmont Country Club’s delicious Champagne Brunch.  The Chapter business meeting included the election of officers, which resulted in the following slate for 2017:

President:  Paul F. Kennedy

1st Vice-President: Joseph F. Corrigan III

2nd Vice-President: Charles P. Coon

Secretary: William J. McKim, Esq.

Treasurer: Paul D. Scull

Registrar/Genealogist: William P. Boswell, Esq.

Chaplain: Rev. William D. Morgan

Historian: J. Rennick Steele

Webmaster: Sidney F. Moore

Facebook Administrator: Jon P. Coulter

Chancellor: Douglas A. Thompson, Esq.

The 2017 Board of Management includes Stanley L. Foster (term expires end of 2017); Thomas L Edwards (term expires end of 2018); Jon P. Coulter (term expires end of 2019).

Colonel William P. Boswell of our chapter received the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal, which recognizes outstanding, sustained and extensive public service.

Pittsburgh DAR Regent Dru Simeone offered a slide presentation highlighting the Pittsburgh Chapter DAR’s 125th year.

COMMITTEE HAPPENINGS:

Knight Essay Committee Chairman J. Rennick Steele announced the Knight Essay award winners for the Pittsburgh Chapter:

First Place: Katherine Sabak for her essay “Spies, Traitors, and Cryptograms: Cryptology in the Revolutionary War”

Second Place: Mattie Lefchik for “Revolutionary Prayer”

Third Place: Nadine Oury for “George Mason’s Opposition to the Constitution.”

Ms. Sabak will be entered in the State Knight Essay contest.

Eagle Scout Chairman Thomas L. Edwards announced Nolan Grimes of Beaver PA as receiving his Eagle Scout certificate.  Mr. Grimes won First Place in the Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout contest, and is entered in the PASSAR State competition.

Pittsburgh Chapter new members for 2016 are:

 Larry Roger Snyder, Ryan Lee Snyder, Philip Daniel Schrum, and Caidan James Haralson.  Welcome new Compatriots!

Chapter members should have their 2017 dues paid by now.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Winter Board of Management meeting February 3 and 4, 2017, hosted by Valley Forge Chapter, at Holiday Inn Allentown Lehigh Valley

Pittsburgh Chapter George Washington’s Birthday Luncheon on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Airport Marriott, 11:30 a.m.

SAR DAR Flag Day Awards Ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Have a warm winter! Go Steelers!  I hope to see many of you at the George Washington Luncheon on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH at Airport Marriott.  Invitations have been sent.  If anyone who wants to go did not receive an invitation, please email me at paulfkennedy@aol.com and I will get one to you.

Fraternally yours,

Paul F. Kennedy, President

Pittsburgh Chapter SAR

 



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Fall 2016

2016 Pittsburgh Chapter Officers and Board Members

President Paul F. Kennedy

1st Vice President Joseph F. Corrigan III

2nd Vice President Charles P. Coon

Secretary William J. McKim, Esq.

Treasurer Paul D. Scull

Chaplain Rev. William D. Morgan

Chancellor Douglas A. Thompson, Esq.

Genealogist/Registrar William P. Boswell, Esq.

Historian J. Rennick Steele

Webmaster Sidney F. Moore

Assistant Webmaster Jon P. Coulter

Board Members Jon P. Coulter, Stanley L. Foster, Thomas L. Edwards

Greetings Compatriots! I hope that your summer has gone well.

On July 13, 2016, President Paul F. Kennedy presented our chapter’s 2016 Flag Award to the Borough of Aspinwall at their Council Meeting. Mayor Joseph Giuffre graciously received the award. Borough Manager Melissa Lang wrote a note of thanks to our chapter:

“Thank you for presenting Aspinwall Borough with the 2016 Flag Award. The Borough takes pride in flying the flag each day and each holiday. We will prominently display the award in the Borough office. All the best, Melissa Lang.”

On August 5th and 6th, our chapter hosted the PASSAR Summer Board of Management meeting at the Airport Marriott Hotel. Attendance was excellent (72 people). Events included a Friday night dinner and a Saturday Luncheon after the morning meetings. At the luncheon Jennifer Ford, Ph.d., Executive Director of the Fort Bedford Museum, gave an interesting lecture entitled “George Washington and Bedford: Past, Present, and Future.”

Many attendees expressed gratitude to our chapter for the successful meeting. Bill Harry, editor of the Pennsylvania Minuteman, wrote a letter to our chapter expressing his gratitude and appreciation. Attendees from our chapter included Paul Kennedy, William McKim, Tom Edwards, Bill Boswell, Jon Coulter, John Morgan, and Bob Brown. (My apologies if I missed anybody.)

Committee Updates: This year ROTC Chairman Paul Scull presented two Navy and four Air Force awards to students from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, North Allegheny High School, West Mifflin High School, Penn Hills High School, and Pine-Richland High School.

Charles Coon has begun to recruit schools for the Youth Award Program. Best of Luck Charles!

A Sad Note: J. Frank McCormick of our chapter passed away June 21, 2016. Frank was a longtime member and officer who served our chapter well for many years.

Upcoming Events: Frontier Patriots Chapter will host the Fall PASSAR BOM Meeting on November 11th and 12th at the Comfort Inn in Duncansville, Pa., near Altoona. Details will be forthcoming on the PASSAR web site.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We have a date for the Christmas Luncheon and Business Meeting at Oakmont Country Club: Sunday, December 11th beginning at 11:30 a.m. Details are still being worked out, but the date is set.

DUES: You can pay your dues for 2017 beginning September 1, 2016, at the PASSAR web site. You just need a credit card and your national and state numbers. Let’s get those dues paid ASAP.

To all Compatriots: Enjoy the beautiful autumn that is so characteristic of our region. Too bad about the Bucs (wait till next year) but Go Steelers!

Paul F. Kennedy

President, Pittsburgh Chapter SAR

 

 


2016 Pittsburgh Chapter Officers and Board Members

1st Vice President  Joseph F. Corrigan III

2nd Vice President  Charles P. Coon

Secretary  William J. McKim, Esq.

Treasurer  Paul D. Scull

Chaplain  Rev. William D. Morgan

Chancellor  Douglas A. Thompson, Esq.

Genealogist/Registrar  William P. Boswell, Esq.

Historian  J. Rennick Steele

Webmaster  Sidney F. Moore

Assistant Webmaster  Jon P. Coulter

Board Members:  Jon P. Coulter, Stanley L. Foster, Thomas L. Edwards

 

President’s Message

On Saturday, June 11, Pittsburgh Chapter SAR, in conjunction with the DAR, held its annual Flag Day Ceremony at beautiful, historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.  It was our 87th consecutive Flag Day Ceremony.  Over 140 eighth grade students from 36 local schools received Good Citizenship awards.  First place awardees received a certificate and a medal.  Second place awardees received a certificate and a pin.  Chapter officers Paul Kennedy, Charles Coon, Joe Corrigan, Tom Edwards, Stan Foster, Sid Moore, and Rennick Steele participated.  Chairperson Bill McKim organized and presided over the event, along with DAR chair Catherine Matlack.  Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, as he has done for the last several years, read a proclamation and personally congratulated each student who received an award.  A short film on the history of Old Glory was shown.  The North Allegheny High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the flags.  Those students also received a certificate from SAR.  Michael Merryman of SAR George Washington Chapter sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

 

Our chapter will host the PASSAR summer Board of Management meeting on August 5th and 6th at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  Mark your calendars now.  We need strong attendance from our chapter for this event.  The meeting includes a Friday night Reception at 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m., Saturday BOM meeting from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and Saturday Luncheon at noon.  The Saturday Luncheon features a presentation by Jennifer Ford, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Fort Bedford Museum on “George Washington and Bedford: Past, Present, and Future.”

The Saturday morning Ladies Program features Dru Simeone, Pittsburgh Chapter DAR Regent, and is entitled “Pioneers of Pittsburgh Preservation.”  Pastries, coffee, and tea will be available.

Registration at the hotel lobby is from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday or 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday.  Along with strong attendance we will need volunteers to greet incoming participants at the Marriott.  Please contact Bill McKim or myself (paulfkennedy @aol.com) if you can help.

 

The Borough of Aspinwall has been selected for the 2016 Flag Award.  This patriotic little town along the Allegheny River just staged its 87th consecutive Memorial Day Parade, with hundreds of flags flying theoughout the borough.  Two large flags stand at the borough building.  Chapter President Paul F. Kennedy will present the award at the Borough Council meeting on July 13th.  It will be covered by the local newspaper The Herald.

 

The 2016 Knight Essay Contest was won by Nathan Goldner of Armstrong High School for his essay “War Time Advantages of the American Long Rifle.”

Eagle Scout Chairman Thomas Edwards presented eight Eagle Scout certificates in June and attended the ceremony at Northmont Presbyterian Church.

ROTC Chairman Paul Scull presented ROTC certificates to local students in April.

Membership Chairman William Boswell reports four new members and one new transfer this year, with several more in the pipeline.

Earlier this year, February 20, we held the George Washington’s Birthday Luncheon at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  Over 60 people attended.  Dr. Bill Choby, Portraying George Washington, and Tom Anke, portraying the Native American “Half King,” provided an entertaining and informative glimpse of local colonial history.

On April 30 the Spring Heritage Meeting was held at River Forest Country Club.  J. Rennick Steele of our chapter presented an interesting lecture on “Massy Harbison, Frontier Heroine.”

Please check out and “like” our Facebook page which is listed under “Sons of the American Revolution Pittsburgh Chapter.”

I encourage any chapter member to attend events and get involved in chapter activities.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL OF YOU COMPATRIOTS AND YOUR FAMILIES!

Have a great summer and we’ll see you at the state meeting in August at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

 

Paul F. Kennedy

President, Pittsburgh Chapter SAR

 

 

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