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Greetings Compatriots,

I would like to take this opportunity to summarize the 142nd Annual CASSAR meeting of this past weekend April 6-9. I was honored to represent our chapter along with Curtis Porter. The meeting had approximately 140 members in attendance along with 15 past presidents. I attended the Friday business meetings and opening ceremonies as well as the luncheon and Color Guard meeting. State business was discussed and speakers from different chapters presented to us on such topics as upcoming events, addressing the issue of schools not being aware of ROTC/SAR awards and how to resolve that, new software for chapters to use, public relations and much more. Mention was made of Leroy Martinez of our chapter who translated old documents from Spanish to English, to help out a potential member of the Harbor Chapter to prove his ancestry to a “Soldado” of Spain. Thank you.

The luncheon took place in the hotels banquet room, several chapter awards were given out and our chapter received 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. The afternoon session dealt with upcoming the Congress meeting to be held in Orange County in 2019 and the upcoming Annual Board of Mangers Meeting to be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine in November. Later in the afternoon I attended a Color Guard meeting where the discussion centered on following safety procedures for muskets, the need for obtaining insurance for firing events and setting up combined training activities for color guard members. One upcoming event for a joint color guard will take place June 10th at 10:00am on the Midway, I’m not sure what the event is called but the San Diego Chapter is taking the lead on coordinating members from other color guards.

Saturday, I met Curtis at the Luncheon and we enjoyed a great meal and watched many award presentations including the winner of the oration winner who gave us a spirited presentation on the 4th amendment. Other youth programs were discussed and I was made aware of a Sea Cadets program in addition to other ROTC programs. Many other youth programs were discussed including Eagle Scouts and I hope our chapter can participate in more of these.

After the luncheon we attended the memorial service for members who had passed away in the past year. The memorial service was officiated by Lou Carlson.

For the Saturday evening banquet, we participated in the Color Guard activities that included posting and retrieving the colors. Curtis and I participated in a dramatic interruption of the festivities where we breathlessly rushed into the room where Curtis dramatically announced the arrival of General George Washington and his personal guard. Gen. Washington gave a brief talk and announced the end of his service. During the dinner were also treated to a great performance by the Los Angeles Fife and Drum corp.

This meeting was inspiring and a great learning experience in that I was made aware of many programs there are for chapters to participate in to bring patriotism to students. Another important aspect of the meeting brought forth the importance of the Women’s Auxiliary and wives and daughters of compatriots to the success of the SAR. From raising money to making quilts and handling hospitality, the California Chapter president stated that they are the backbone of the CASSAR.

In conclusion I came away from the meeting inspired and with a great appreciation of the state SAR organization and of all the members that do so much in volunteering their time and effort to represent us to the National organization.

In Compartriotism,
Richard Bent

Updated 14 April 2017 [top]