In honor of the 240th Anniversary of the Midnight Rides of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr, Samuel Prescott on April 18, 1775 and in accordance with the Bylaws of the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the 126th Annual Meeting, including the meeting the Board of Officers and Managers, of the Maryland Society was held at the historic Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, Maryland, on Saturday, April 18, 2015. A buffet continental breakfast was served. Following breakfast, nonmembers and guests toured the historic town of Sykesville during the morning with Andrea Dennett, curator of the Gate House Museum of History, in Sykesville, Maryland while members attended the Board of Officers and Managers.
BOARD OF OFFICERS AND MANAGERS
The meeting of the Board of Officers and Managers was called to order at 9:06 a.m. by President Douglas C. Favorite. There was a quorum. Lester A. Foster, Jr. gave the Invocation. President Favorite led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance; 2nd Vice President James F. Engler, Sr. led the Pledge to the S.A.R.; and 3rd Vice President William P. Smithson led The American’s Creed.
President Favorite and Second Vice President James F. Engler, Sr. welcomed everyone to the historic Baldwin’s Station and the town of Sykesville.
The list of attendees at the Board of Officers and Managers in the morning and the 126th Annual Meeting in the afternoon is listed below. Please note those shown as “Guest” attended only the luncheon and afternoon “Annual Meeting” session.
The following eleven chapters of the Maryland Society were represented: Sgt Lawrence Everhart (#1), General William Smallwood (#2), Christian Ardinger (#3), Col. John Eager Howard (#4), Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore (#5) , John Paul Jones (#6), Col. Tench Tilghman (#8), Col. Aquila Hall (#9), Charles Carroll of Carrollton (#10), John Hanson (#11), and Westminster (#13).
President Favorite’s report had been electronic distributed prior to the meeting. He thanked the chapters that he visited for their hospitality.
1st Vice President Bill Batton was excused and no report was submitted.
2nd Vice President Jim Engler’s report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
3rd Vice President Bill Smithson’s report was distributed at the meeting and he commented on the database of Speakers he is compiling and is available to the chapters. He requested that the officers of the chapters notify him when they have a noteworthy speaker. .
Secretary Patrick Warner’s report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. He announced that following reports were received and posted online to the MDSSAR website prior to this Annual Meeting:
DATE RECEIVED BY SECRETARY DATE POSTED MDSSAR SOURCE
March 17th April 6th Christian Ardinger Chapter
April 5th April 6th 2nd Vice President
April 5th April 6th Westminster Chapter
April 5th April 6th Col Henry Hollingsworth Chapter
April 5th April 6th Secretary
April 6th April 6th Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter
April 8th April 8th Registrar
April 9th April 9th Chaplain
April 9th April 9th Col John Eager Howard Chapter
April 9th April 9th Middle School Contest Committee
April 12th April 12th Charles Carroll of Carrollton Chapter
April 13th April 13th Col Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter
April 13th April 13th ROTC/Outstanding Citizenship Committee
April 13th April 13th Color Guard Commander
April 13th April 13th Captain John Smoot Chapter
April 13th April 13th President
Secretary Warner thanked those who submitted reports for electronic posting. In addition, he made the following comments:
ASSIGNED 104 NEW STATE NUMBERS (4314 TO 4418) APRIL 2014 TO APRIL 2015.
ALL OUTGOING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS COME TO ME FROM THE REGISTRAR FOR PROCESSING TO NATIONAL AND ALL APPROVED NEW MEMBERSHIP, TRANSFERRING IN & OUT, AND REINSTATMENTS COME THROUGH ME IT HAS BEEN MY PACTICE TO INCLUDE THE PRESDIENTS OF THE CHAPTERS THAT ARE EFFECTED BY THE CHANGES WHEN I OFFICIALLY NOTIFY TREASURER NEAL, REGISTRAR CHRISTOU, AND GENEALOGIST SMITHSON ABOUT THEM.
THANKED THOSE OF YOU WHO SUBMITTED YOUR REPORTS TO BE POSTED ONLINE. HAVING THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THIS WAY SHOULD HELP EVERYONE KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING. IT WILL ALSO REDUCE THE REPORTING TIME AT MEETINGS.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE 125TH CONGRESS IN LATE JUNE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL TRY TO HAVE YOU BECOME AN OFFICIAL DELEGATE. IT DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF DELEGATE SLOTS MARYLAND IS ASSIGNED.
I AM YOUR OFFICIAL CONTACT WITH NATIONAL, SO IF YOU NEED ANYTHING FROM NATIONAL COME TO ME. I WORK WITH THE STAFF CONSTANTLY.
I SEND EMAILS TO THE CHAPTER OFFICERS FOR WHOM I HAVE EMAIL AND MANY OTHERS WHO I HAVE ADDED. HOWEVER, I DO NOT SEND AN EMAIL TO ALL MEMBERS BECAUSE THERE ARE OVER 500 EMAIL ADDRESSES AND THIS CAUSES SPAM AND THE ADDRESSES CHANGE FREQUENTLY. GARY KEEPS THE MASTER EMAIL LIST AND WE USE IT WHEN NEEDED. IF YOU ARE RECEIVING EMAIL FROM ME AND DON’T WANT IT, LET ME KNOW AND I WILL REMOVE YOUR ADDRESS. CONVERSLY, IF YOU WANT TO BE ON MY LIST, SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I ALSO KEEP A EMAIL LIST FOR ONLY OFFICERS, PAST PRESIDENTS AND MANAGERS. I RELY ON THE CHAPTERS TO DISSEMINATE THE EMAILS TO THEIR MEMBERS. THE CHAPTER SECRETARIES SHOULD BE KEEPING THE EMAILS FOR THEIR MEMBERS.
AS A PAST STATE AND CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND NOW MDSSAR SECRETARY IN ADDITION TO BEING YOUR NATIONAL TRUSTEE, AND A MEMBER OF TWO NATIONAL COMMITEES, I AM AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AND WILL GET THE ANSWER.
PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED ABOUT CHANGES IN THE OFFICERS OF YOUR CHAPTERS. I NEED NAMES AND EMAIL ADDRESSES. LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT SOMEONE IN ANOTHER CHAPTER. I HAVE A CHAPTER DATABASE.
IT HAS BEEN A LEARNING EXPERIENCE THIS YEAR AND I ENJOY WORKING WITH CHRISTOS CHRISTOU, JR., GARY NEAL, CHRIS SMITHSON, AND CHRIS RABORG.
Treasurer Gary Neal’s reported for the period from January 17, 2015 to April 18, 2015 the total balance in all accounts as of March 30, 2015 was $156,556.07. Discussion ensued and questions were answered. Treasurer Neal made a motion to approve the report and it was seconded by King Barnes. The report was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Treasurer Neal also presented the budget for the year beginning May 1, 2015 showing income and expenses of $77,525.00. This budget was approved by the Budget Committee. Discussion ensued and a motion was made by Treasurer Neal to accept the budget as presented. The motion was seconded by Duane Tackitt and passed by unanimous voice vote.
Registrar Christos Christou, Jr.’s report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. In the absence of Registrar Christou, Genealogist Christopher Smithson formally presented the names of the new members and made a motion for approval. Patrick Warner seconded the motion and the members were approved by unanimous voice vote. The list of both the approved new members and the automatically accepted supplemental members is below:
Historian, Organizing Secretary, Genealogist Christopher Smithson’s reports weresubmitted electronically.
Genealogist Emeritus Henry Peden had no report.
Chancellor Christopher May reported that there no legal matters to consider, but the new officers and managers should sign Conflict of Interest forms as has been done in the past.
Chaplain Lester Foster and Assistant Chaplain Fred Pyne had no reports.
Surgeon Lee Park, M.D., was absent and no report was received.
National Trustee J. Patrick Warner’s thanked Alternate Trustee for attending the Spring Leadership meeting at the National Society in his place.
Alternate National Trustee C. Louis Raborg reported on the meeting of the Trustees at the Spring Leadership meeting and answered questions.
Webmaster/Yearbook Editor Christopher Raborg had no report, but requested the reports for the 2014 Yearbook be submitted to him before May 10th. The members thanked Chris Raborg for his excellent efforts as webmaster and editor of the Yearbook.
PAST PRESIDENTS’ REPORTS
Past Presidents Barnes, McKown, Foster, Vandegriff, Massie, Stuart, Tackitt, Hoover, Raborg, and Warner brought greetings and some made comments for the good of the Maryland Society.
#1 Sgt Lawrence Everhart Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. President Donald Deering commented on the special activities of the chapter and gave the new mailing/business address. He also commented on the formation of the Chapter’s Color Guard and its potential benefit to the chapter and the greater Frederick community.
#2 General William Smallwood Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. President Michael Saunders commented on the activities of the chapter included the upcoming annual Memorial Day event in Bethesda.
#3 Christian Ardinger Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. President Paul Banister reported on the city of Hagerstown’s statue to George Washington.
#4 Col. John Eager Howard Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#5 Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#6 John Paul Jones Chapter – A verbal report was made by Barry McKown regarding the activities of the chapter.
#7 Col. Henry Hollingsworth Chapter – Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#8 Col. Tench Tilghman Chapter – No report.
#9 Col. Aquila Hall Chapter – Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#10 Charles Carroll of Carrollton - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#11 John Hanson Chapter - Report given at the meeting by President Doug Stuart.
#12 Capt. John Smoot Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#13 Westminster Chapter - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. Jim Engler reported on the activities of the chapter and the list of new officers.
#14 Thomas Stone Chapter – Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
#15 Little Meadows Chapter – No report.
Americanism Committee: Chairman Bill Batton – No report.
Annual Meeting: Chairman Jim Engler welcomed everyone to this meeting.
AMS 2014 Conference: Chairman Louis Raborg – No report.
Budget/Audit/Finance Committee: – Chairman Lester Foster had no report.
CAR/DAR/SAR Liaison – Chairman Patrick Warner commented on his work with the state officers of the C.A.R. and D.A.R. He plans to attend the 125th National Congress. in December.
Color Guard Report – Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting. Commander David Embrey also commented on the activities of the Color Guard unit.
Boy Scout Committee: Chairman Jon Streett was absent, but the Maryland Society will send one Eagle Scout to the 125th National Congress.
Educational Efforts Committee: Chairman Louis Raborg reported on the success of the Brochure, Essay, Orations, and Poster contests. He urged all chapters to attempt to get involvement of students in these contests. Subcommittee Chairman Art Petruccelli’s report on the Essay Contest had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
Executive Committee: Chairman Douglas Favorite – President Favorite reported on the activities of the Executive Committee.
Flag Awards Committee: Chairman Eugene Moyer - Report submitted electronically. He urged all chapters to present an award before December 31st.
Fundraising Committee: Chairman Bill Batton was absent, but President Favorite thanked those who contributed items for fundraiser at this meeting. He commented the funds raised help keep our meetings “in the black”. The proceeds from the fundraising effort are given to Treasurer Neal.
George Washington Luncheon Committee: Chairman Carroll Collins – No report.
MD 400 Board of Trustees: Chairman Bill Smithson – Chairman Smithson reported there has been no activity.
Membership Committee: Chairman Chris Smithson - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting.
Nominating Committee: Chairman Patrick Warner – Thanked the members of the 2015 Nominating Committee including the appointed members Eugene Moyer and Michael Saunders for their efforts in developing the following slate of officers and managers:
MARYLAND SOCIETY, SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Officers and Managers for Installation in 2015
Proposed by the MDSSAR Nominating Committee on November 29, 2014
PRESIDENT JAMES F. ENGLER, SR.
1st VICE PRESIDENT WILLIAM P. SMITHSON
2ND VICE PRESIDENT DONALD A. DEERING
3RD VICE PRESIDENT JAMES A. ADKINS
SECRETARY J. PATRICK WARNER
ASSISTANT SECRETARY DANIEL B. FISHER
TREASURER GARY R. NEALD
TREASURER EMERITUS BARRETT L. MCKOWN
REGISTRAR CHRISTOS CHRISTOU, JR.
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR JAMES “ED” SMITH
HISTORIAN JAMES M. PERRY
ORGANIZING SECRETARY C. LOUIS RABORG
GENEALOGIST CHRISTOPHER T. SMITHSON
GENEALOGIST EMERITUS HENRY C. PEDEN, JR.
CHANCELLOR CHRISTOPHER M. MAY, ESQ.
CHAPLAIN R. DUANE TACKITT
ASSISTANT CHAPLAIN LESTER A. FOSTER, JR.
CHAPLAIN EMERITUS REV. PARTEE BOLIEK
SURGEON LEE CRANDALL PARK, M.D.
NATIONAL TRUSTEE DOUGLAS C. FAVORITE
ALTERNATE NATIONAL TRUSTEE DOUGLAS B. STUART
WEBMASTER CHRISTOPHER J. RABORG
MANAGERS FOR THE CLASS OF 2015 – 2018
MARTIN L. “PAT” BARRON, JR. (SERGEANT LAWRENCE EVERHART CHAPTER #1)
ANSEL G. SHIRCLIFFE (LITTLE MEADOWS CHAPTER #15)
DANIEL B. FISHER (JOHN PAUL JONES CHAPTER #6)
JOHN “J.D.” URBACH (COL NICHOLAS RUXTON MOORE CHAPTER #5)
HOBERT S. HALSEY, JR. (COL HENRY HOLLINGSWORTH CHAPTER #7)
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT-NOMINEE DONALD A. DEERING IS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 2014 – 2017 AND IS TO BE REPLACED BY C. RONALD “RON” HARBAUGH. BOTH COMPATROITS ARE MEMBERS OF THE SERGEANT LAWRENCE EVERHART CHAPTER.
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Chairman Warner made a motion to approve the slate as presented. The slate was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Operation Ancestry Search Committee: Chairman Duane Tackitt – No report.
Patriots’ Ball Committee: Chairman Ed Foreman – No report.
Program Committee: Chairman Bill Smithson – No report.
PR Committee: Chairman Jim Engler - Report had been distributed electronically prior to the meeting and additional comments were made at the meeting.
ROTC/Outstanding Citizenship Awards Committee: Chairman George Satterthwaite’s report had been distributed electronically prior of the meeting.
Semi-Annual Meeting Committee : No report.
NEW BUSINESS AND COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF THE SOCIETY
President Favorite presented the following requests for money donations:
A request from the Texas Society to purchase a brick for a statue to be dedicated to Bernado de Galvez in Galveston, TX. Patrick Warner made a motion to donate $500 to the project. The motion was seconded by Duane Tackitt and received unanimous voice approval.
A request from the Connecticut Society for a donation of $148.64 to purchase a Maryland Flag to fly with the flags of the other 12 original Colonies at a venue in Connecticut. Discussion ensued, and Lou Raborg recommended that all former MDSSAR presidents and members of the Color Guard at the meeting donate $10.00 each. This recommendation was accepted and the funds were raised and given to Treasurer Neal. Our check will be sent to The Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch #10 SAR.
A historical print of George Washington’s Resignation that was recently given to the Maryland Society for participating in the recent ceremony in Annapolis was donated – as a loan – to the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter. President Donald Deering accepted the picture for the chapter and thanked President Favorite.
There being no other business before the members, President Favorite suspended the meeting for lunch at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon was served at noon to the members and guests.
President Douglas Favorite called the 126th Annual Meeting of the Maryland Society to order at 1:00 p.m. and welcomed the members and guests. Chaplain Lester Foster, Jr. gave the invocation. The Colors were presented by the MDSSAR Color Guard under the command of Commander David Embrey. The Pledge of Allegiance as led by President Favorite, the Pledge to the S.A.R. was led by 2nd Vice President James Engler, Sr., and The American’s Creed was led by 3rd Vice President William Smithson.
Order of Business
Chairman Christopher Raborg announced the rules of the contest and selected the timekeeper and judges. This year we had one contestant, Bennett Auwaerter. Mr. Auwaerter’s presentation was satisfactory and he was awarded $300.00 and will represent the Maryland Society at the 125th Congress.
Memorial for Departed Compatriots:
Lester A. Foster, Jr. and Duane Tackitt conducted the Memorial Service to honor our deceased compatriots during the 2014 – 2015 year.
“We have lost several members of our society whose deaths were reported to us this past year. As descendants of American Revolutionary patriots, their names are read at the Annual Meeting in honor of their memory and their membership in our organization”.
. SAR #
Baer, Herbert Lou, Sr.
May 22, 2014
Bean, Donald Ray
Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore
Aug 1, 2014
Cummins, Francis Mitchell
Jan 9, 2005*
Daddysman, Jon Paul Raymond Sr.
Oct 16, 2014
Freeland, Samuel Lyles
Col. Tench Tilghman
Mar 2, 2015
Gallagher, Timothy Paul
Sgt. Lawrence Everhart
Aug 31, 2014
Hardesty, Kenneth Legge
Feb. 7, 2015
Hixon, James Rodger
Col. Henry Hollingsworth
Nov 23, 2014
Horney, G. Brent
May 23, 2014
Kemp, Charles Edward, Jr.
Sgt. Lawrence Everhart
Jun 27, 2014
Laughlin, Henry Prather
Sgt. Lawrence Everhart
Jan 29, 2015
Long, Sr., Paul Marshall
Col. Tench Tilghman
Dec 10, 2014
Sloat, Francis Wilbert
John Paul Jones
May 30, 2014
Thomas, Charles W.
John Eager Howard
Apr 21, 2014
Trimmer, Joseph Edward
Sep 25, 2014
Troyer, Jarnot Devere, Sr.
Aug 30, 2014
The following were honored by the Maryland Society:
Douglas C. Favorite – PATRIOTS MEDAL
J. Patrick Warner – MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTER
C. Louis Raborg, Jr. - ROGER SHERMAN MEDAL (Silver)
Susan Brown – MOLLY PITCHER MEDAL (Awarded by National and presented at Chapter)
Bruce French – COLOR GUARD MEDAL (Bronze)
Special Presentation for Donation to the “Preserve the Pension” Project:
Rebecca Whitman Koford, on behalf of “Preserve the Pension” Project, thanked the Maryland Society for the $1,000 donation. This money has been matched by Ancestry.com and allowed for 4,000 pensions to be complied.
The installation of officers and managers was conducted by former VPG R. Duane Tackitt. Those installed are listed above. They were nominated at the meeting of the Board of Officers and Managers held earlier in the day.
Outgoing President Douglas Favorite thanked the members for their support during his administration.
Incoming President James F. Engler, Jr. thanked the members for the trust they are placing in him by electing his president. He stated the following:
“As to the goals, my general goal is to increase the accountability and transparency of MDSSAR through a PARTY line:
• P stands for Partnership. It is my intent in the course of the year to work with each committee and chapter to see what the state society can do to help our chapters to implement even more fully the mission of SAR, and help them to understand how they can also help the state and national societies through their local efforts.
• A stands for Assessment, by providing quantitative measurements to support the understanding of situations. I have already begun working with some of our chapters to more accurately record the activities of this calendar year, which I expect will provide a better understanding not just of what they do, but what they could accomplish. I want to do this with all chapters. These metrics will help to form an assessment of where chapters are and where they see themselves going in the future. These assessments will help guide the dialogue in the partnership.
• R stands for Response, a two way interaction between state and chapters. I want to help our chapters to be all that they can be. The state society is here to help our chapters. Part of that is listening to our chapters, responding to their questions and issues. I will be working with them to come up with solutions that help them locally. Our chapters will only grow by recruiting new members and retaining them. Recruiting requires that we are known in our communities though public demonstration and publicity of our commitment to the mission of SAR. Every chapter has its own unique situations, and through interaction, we may be able, together, to advance their efforts.
• T stands for Transitions. It should be the intent of every officer and chairman, at both the state AND chapter levels, to be training their successors. It is in our best interests if we want the SAR to be increasingly successful in the future, that we train today those who will follow us, as well as having the procedures in place for that succession, so that our operations seamlessly continue. I have already begun this with the efforts for this year’s Patriot’s Ball, and I plan to work with our state and chapter officials to understand their transition efforts.
• Y stands for you, my Compatriots. To be more accountable and transparent won’t happen without you. I can only do so much, and as I was told in a piece of advice in preparing for this position, I should not try to do it all myself, but to rely on all of you to accomplish our goals.”
President Engler introduced Joanne, his wife, and the members of his family who were in attendance.
President Engler conducted a live auction of an antique coin donated by C. Louis Raborg. The high bid was made by Donald Deering.
Benediction and Closing:
Chaplain Duane Tackitt gave the benediction and President Engler led the members in the S.A.R. Recessional. The meeting was adjourned at 2:52 p.m. by President James F. Engler, Sr.
Secretary Note: As of April 16, 2015, the reports submitted electronically from the officers and chapters mentioned above are available the MDSSAR website in the Members Section.