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Our Dinner Meetings

We meet for dinner usually on the third Tuesday of months September through May. December, though, is dark.

We feature speakers on a variety of topics, mostly on Revolutionary era people and events. But some cover other items of interest to our members.

The next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00pm at Del Frisco's Grill in Irvine.

The address for Del Frisco's Grille is:
772 Spectrum Center
Irvine, Ca
949 341-0376

Del Frisco’s Grill is located in the Irvine Spectrum which is just north of the I-5 and I-405 Interchange and can be accessed from either I-5 or I-405. Del Frisco offers a variety of dishes with most dishes ranging in price from $12 to $30. You can preview their menu at the web site shown above. Each member will order their meal from the menu and will pay the restaurant directly. To help cover the cost of the speaker's meal, out Treasurer collect $5 from those chapter members attending the dinner meeting. Guests are not required to pay the $5.

Coat and tie, with insignia, are suggested.

Reservations are required for our dinner meetings. Guests, prospective members and applicants are always welcome. Make your reservations by e-mail or telephone to

The speaker for the April dinner meeting is Bob Minty who is a Marine and Whaling Historian. Mr. Minty is associated with the Dana Point Ocean Institute and he will discussing the history of the whaling industry in California. [top]

Upcoming Dates and Events

Patriots' Day Observed, Monday April 17th: Patriots' Day, sometimes spelled Patriot's Day, is an annual civic holiday, celebrated in Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin, that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord that occurred on April 19th, 1775. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the Revolutionary War in the United States. Patriots' Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday in April. The Boston Marathon is held every year in Boston, Massachusetts on Patriots' Day.

April Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, April 18th: Del Frisco's Grille

Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th

May Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, May 16th: Del Frisco's Grille [top]

State and National SAR News

CASSAR Meeting: Compatriots Richard Bent and Curtis Porter attended the CASSAR Spring Leadership Meeting in Irvine, April 6-9. The chapter won two awards, one for participation in the best chapter contest and the other is the Col. Richard F. Locke, Jr. membership award for small to medium chapters. [top]

South Coast Chapter News

With sorrow I have to report the passing of chapter member Captain Theodore Rogness Johnson, Jr. (USN-Ret.). Captain Johnson passed away on March 20, 2017. He has been a member of SAR since 1940 and was a Life Member of SAR.

Captain Johnson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947 and during his naval career served as Commanding Officer and Commodore for various Naval Ships and Squadrons. His career included being special warfare qualified Underwater Demolition Team and SCUBA diver.

Captain Johnson was a long time resident of Costa Mesa and he was active in running marathons and the United States Master Swimming Program where among other titles, at the age of 82 he won his final National Title in the 10K Long Distance swim.

Captain Johnson is predeceased by his wife and is survived by 4 children. Memorial services will be conducted at the Chapel at Fort Meyer later this summer followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. [top]

Color Guard Activity

On March 25th, Color Guard members Richard Bent, Mel Butler and Curtis Porter marched in the Swallows Day Parade. In addition to our Color Guard, members from DAR and CAR marched with us.

On April 8th, Color Guard members Richard Bent and Curtis Porter participated in the CASSAR Color Guard activities at the 142nd Annual CASSAR meeting held in Irvine.

Typical Color Guard events include:

  • Massing of the Colors, Forest Lawn Burbank - February 19th - First Sunday before President's Day
  • San Juan Capistrano Swallow's Day Parade - March 25th
  • San Clemente Memorial Day Obsesrvance - May 29th
  • Veteran's Day Observance at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest - November 11th
  • Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade - December 10th
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Updated 14 April 2017