The next meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the SAR will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL
SAR Recognizes Richard P. Massa, Jr. for Outstanding Community Service.
Recently the Withlacoochee Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution presented Richard P. Massa, Jr., CEO, Habitat for Humanity, Hernando, with the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate, for his conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. The ceremony was held at the Habitat for Humanity Headquarters, 10494 Spring Hill Dr., Springhill, Florida. Center. Habitat members, family and volunteers turned out for the special celebration and ceremony. Pictured from left to right are SAR Color Guard Commander Russell Gibson, Chapter President Larry Sturgeon, CEO Richard P. Massa Jr., and Chapter Past President Charles Day.
Featured Speaker Gives Overview of Habitat for Humanity
The featured speaker at the February 2018 meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was Richard P. Massa. Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat for Humanity. During his commentary, Mr. Massa was able to address the common issues that frequently are questioned regarding the Habitat home building program. Who can qualify? Is there a wait list? Who pays for the home? How are mortgages handled? Are there foreclosures in the program? Do they use outside contractors? The Hernando - Citrus County program is quite successful with a goal approaching 20 homes built per year. Pictured from left to right are Richard Massa, Jr., accepting a Certificate of Appreciation from SAR Chapter President Larry Sturgeon.
Hammocks Resident Awarded SAR Flag Commendation
The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently presented a Flag Commendation Certificate to Cynthia Y. Zagorac, a resident of the Hammocks of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, FL. Cynthia is a patriot who proudly flies the flag of the United States following proper flag protocol. The Flag Certificate is presented to individuals, companies, and government agencies in recognition of exemplary patriotism in the display of the flag of the United States of America. Pictured from left to right are SAR Compatriot Norman Freyer, and Flag Certificate recipient Cynthia Y. Zagorac.
SAR Presents YMCA Certificate of Recognition on Display of U.S. Flag
The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation received an award on February 9th, 2018 in recognition of exemplary patriotism for their display of The Flag of the United States of America. The certificate was presented by the Withlacoochee Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Pictured from left to right are David Reed, YMCA Operations Director, Joanna Castle, YMCA District Vice President and Russ Gibson, Color Guard Commander, Thomas Jefferson Camp #11, Withlacoochee Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Withlacoochee Chapter SAR Announces Knight Essay Contest Winner
Each year, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home school, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. At Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels, students must submit an original 800 to 1200 -word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay is judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar, spelling, and documentation.
The First-Place Award winner at the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in the Knight Essay Contest was Caleb Sheppard of Inverness. Caleb’s essay topic of choice was the patriot Light Horse Harry Lee of Virginia. Caleb is 15 years old, is home schooled, and is the son of Sarah and Troy Sheppard of Inverness, FL. Presenting the first-place cash award of $200 and certificate, was Past Chapter President Charles Day. Caleb’s essay now gains entry to FLSSAR state-level of judging. The second-place winner of a $100 cash award and certificate was Rachel Sheppard of Inverness. Pictured from left to right are Withlacoochee Chapter President Larry Sturgeon, Troy Sheppard, contest winner Caleb Sheppard, Sarah Sheppard, and Past Chapter President Charles Day.
Withlacoochee Chapter SAR Installs New Officers
The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution installed new officers at the January 2018 meeting of the Chapter. The installation ceremonies were conducted by David Bussone, SAR North Central Regional Vice President. Officers of the Chapter are elected by the membership to serve for each calendar year. Pictured from left to right are, Jack Townsend, Treasurer, Inverness; Larry Sturgeon, President, Spring Hill; Daniel Hans, Second Vice President, Inverness; George Edge, Jr., First Vice President, Hernando; and Kenneth Lancaster, Jr., Secretary, Inverness.
Long-time Florida Family Member Inducted in SAR Chapter
The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution inducted a member of a long-time Florida family at the January Chapter meeting. President Larry Sturgeon introduced the new Compatriot, Leander Rabun Battle, of Dade City, to the attending membership and conducted the induction ceremony. Nephew Clark Battle pinned the SAR Rosette to the left lapel of Compatriot Battle. Pictured from L to R, Vicki Brown, Assistant to the Registrar; Stephen Brown, Chapter Registrar; Chapter President Larry Sturgeon, Leander “Ray” Battle; Nephew Clark Battle; Great Nephew Caleb Battle.
Men residing in Citrus and Hernando Counties, and interested in honoring their Patriot Ancestor with membership in the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, should contact Registrar Stephen Brown at (352) 564-4295, or see the Chapter web site at www.withsar.org/
Brooksville Man Inducted President of the FLSSAR
Robert J. Folk, Sr., of Brooksville, FL was elected President of the Florida State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (FLSSAR), at the Florida SAR Spring Board of Management Meeting held recently in Kissimmee, FL. Folk is Past-President of the Withlacoochee Chapter, which represents Citrus and Hernando Counties. Folk has served previously as First Vice President of the FLSSAR. President Folk was sworn into office by National SAR Society President General, Michael J Tomme, Sr.
Folk is welcomed by Lawrence G Fehrenbaker, Sr. MD, Vice President General of the SAR South Atlantic District. Pictured, are Fehrenbaker, left center, and Folk, center, others are not identified.
SAR Chapter Member Attends 236th Anniversary of Revolutionary Battle
On September 3rd, 2017, Compatriot Charles Day, a member of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, attended the 236thanniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights, in Groton, CT. Members of the Connecticut Line of the Connecticut Sons of The American Revolution Color Guard/Living History Unit were present at the Fort Griswold State Park. They were there for presentation of colors and participation in the commemoration and memorial ceremony of the Battle of Groton Heights, which took place on Sept. 6, 1781.
On that date, Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton ordered British forces under General Benedict Arnold to raid the Connecticut port of New London in an unsuccessful attempt to divert General George Washington from marching against Lord Cornwallis's army in Virginia. The raid on New London was a success, but the Connecticut militia stubbornly resisted British attempts to capture the fort across the Thames River in Groton. Colonel William Ledyard, leader of the defending force was killed late in the battle. New London was burned, along with several ships, but many more escaped upriver.
Earlier in the memorial service the Color Guard conducted a Wreath Laying and Grave Marking at Col. Ledyard’s gravesite located nearby. Ceremonies of the day included the reading by compatriot Day of the 88 names of the slain defenders of Fort Griswold. The Connecticut Line also placed wreaths inside the fort at the place where Col. Ledyard died. The Battle of Groton heights is a NSSAR Annual event. It is was hosted and presented by Col. David J. Perkins and the SAR Connecticut Line. Pictured below from the left are Compatriot Charles Day, FLSSAR, and Compatriot Colonel David Perkins, Commander of the Connecticut Line, CTSSAR.
Withlacoochee Chapter Members Welcome FLSSAR President-Elect
Withlacoochee chapter member Robert Folk was elected President of the FLSSAR at the Florida SAR Spring Board of Management Meeting held recently in Kissimmee, FL. Folk is Past-President of the Withlacoochee Chapter, and has served previously as First Vice President of the FLSSAR. President Folk and his wife reside in Brooksville, Florida. Pictured from left to right offering greetings are chapter members William Teater, Jack Townsend, FLSSAR President Robert Folk, and Charles Day.
SAR Withlacoochee Chapter Color Guard at Floral City Memorial Day Event
The Herbert Surber American Legion Post 225 presents the 43rd Annual Memorial Day Observance on May 29, 2017 at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City, Florida. Withlacoochee Chapter Color Guard, Thomas Jefferson Camp #11 presentation of Colors. Pictured (L to R) are Leonard Crawford, Color Guard Commander Russell Gibson, Bill Ferguson, Chapter President Larry Sturgeon and Chapter Treasurer Jack Townsend.
Withlacoochee Chapter Awards Veterans Medals and Certificates
Compatriot William Teater, Veterans Programs Chairman of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, recently awarded SAR Compatriot Veterans War Service medals and certificates to those who served in combat in the service of their country. Pictured from left to right are William Teater, Veterans Programs Chairman, Richard Trout, Sr. of Ocala, Raymond Cable of Beverly Hills, and Russell Gibson of Hernando. Compatriot Trout, Sr., received the Certificate and War Service Medal with WWII, Korea and Vietnam Service Bars. Compatriot Cable received the Certificate and War Service Medal with Korea Service Bar, and Compatriot Gibson received Certificate and War Service Medal with Vietnam and SW Asia Service Bars, plus the Wounded Warrior Coin and Certificate. The SAR War Service Medal was first authorized in 1899 for members who served in the Spanish-American War. It was subsequently authorized for members who served in World War I and World War II. Following World War II, the NSSAR authorized a generic War Service Medal with specific service periods indicated by bronze bars. Men interested in honoring their Patriot Ancestor and joining the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, should contact Stephen Brown at 352-564-4295 for help and information, or see the Chapter web site at www.withsar.org/
Compatriot William Teater, Veterans Programs Chairman of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, awarded veteran Vietnam War Service medals and wounded warrior coins to two compatriots at the March meeting of the Chapter. Pictured from l to r, are Compatriot James Booth, of Homosassa, who was awarded the Vietnam Era war service medal, and the wounded warrior coin and certificate, Veterans Program Chairman William Treater, and Compatriot George Edge, Jr., of Hernando, who was awarded the Vietnam Era war service medal, and the wounded warrior coin and certificate.
SAR Chapter Awards Vietnam War Era War Service Medals
Compatriot William Teater, Veterans Programs Chairman of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, awarded veteran Vietnam War Service medals, bronze bar and certificates to Compatriots that served during that era. The SAR War Service Medal was first authorized in 1899 for members who served in the Spanish-American War. It was subsequently authorized for members who served in World War I and World War II. Following World War II, the NSSAR authorized a generic War Service Medal with specific service periods indicated by bronze bars. Pictured below are Compatriot award recipients, James Booth of Homosassa, William Ferguson of Floral City, Douglas Brock of Brooksville, William Teater, Veterans Programs Chairman, William Scheiterle of Inverness, and George Edge, Jr. of Hernando.
Flag Dedication and Veteran Memorial Ceremony
Members of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution participated in the flag dedication at The Academy of Environmental Science in Crystal River. The Chapter presented a flag that was secured through U.S. Senator Rubio, and flown over the U.S. Capitol on December 17, 2016. Compatriot Jack Townsend addressed the assembly regarding the presentation, Compatriot Bill Teater read and presented the framed dedication certificate, and Compatriot Norm Freyer presented the framed flag to a member of the student body. Civic, Patriotic and Veteran response to the lack of a U.S. flag at the Academy, generously donated funds that resulted in a 40-foot hurricane resistant flag pole, a secure base for the pole, a memorial marker and several flags. Pictured, from left to right are Compatriots Norm Freyer, Jack Townsend, and Bill Teater. Also pictured, the memorial marker and the U. S. flag once raised.
SAR Announces Winners in George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
2017 First Place Winner of the SAR Knight Essay contest was Rachel Sheppard of Inverness, FL. Topic of her essay was the Coventry, CT Revolutionary Patriot, Nathan Hale. She received a recognition certificate, the first-place cash award of $200, and the SAR Bronze Essay Medal. Her essay now advances to the FLSSAR state level of judging. Second place winner was Caleb Sheppard of Inverness. The topic of his essay was South Carolina patriot, Francis Marion – “The Swamp Fox”. He received a recognition certificate and a cash award of $100. The Knight Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 9 thru 12. Pictured from left to right are SAR Withlacoochee Chapter President, Larry Sturgeon, Chapter Past President Charles Day, Mrs. Sarah Sheppard, Essay Winner Rachel Sheppard, Mr. Troy Sheppard, Second Place Knight Essay Contest Winner, Caleb Sheppard, and Chapter Chaplain Norman Freyer.
Withlacoochee SAR Chapter Conducts Officer Installation Ceremony
At the January General Meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, installation ceremonies were conducted for the 2017 officer slate. The ceremonies were conducted by FLSSAR Senior Vice President Robert Folk. Those inducted were, President, Larry Sturgeon of Spring Hill; First Vice President, George Edge, Jr., of Hernando; Second Vice President, Richard Trout, Jr. of Brooksville; Treasurer, Jack Townsend of Inverness; and Secretary, Stephen Brown, of Dunnellon. Pictured below from left to right are Clyde Johnson, Immediate Past President, Stephen Brown, Jack Townsend, Larry Sturgeon, George Edge, Jr., Richard Trout, Jr., and Robert Folk, FLSSAR Sr. VP
Vicki Brown Awarded the Lydia Darragh Medal Award
SAR Withlacoochee Chapter President Clyde Johnson awarded the Lydia Darragh Medal to Ms. Vicki Brown at the Chapter General Meeting in January. The purpose of this medal is to recognize the lady that the Chapter President determines to have been the most helpful to him during his tenure in the progressive line. The particular lady must have been involved for a minimum of three years. Only one award is permitted each year and it is only designated by the incumbent Chapter President. She was instrumental in assisting in genealogical records processing for new members through the SAR State and National membership registration levels. Her efforts have resulted in a 17% increase in new chapter members. Pictured below from left to right are retiring Chapter President Clyde Johnson, and medal recipient Vicki Brown.
Larry Sturgeon Awarded Chapter Medal for Distinguished Service
The Sons of the American Revolution, Withlacoochee Chapter, Retiring President, Clyde Johnson has presented The Chapter Medal for Distinguished Service to Compatriot Larry Dean Sturgeon of Spring Hill. The Chapter Medal for Distinguished Service is the highest medal that can be awarded by a Chapter President. The incumbent Chapter President may present one medal during his term (or each year of his term if elected to a multiyear term) at the Chapter’s General Meeting, to a Compatriot in recognition for that Compatriot's conspicuous service to the Chapter during the president's administration. Pictured below from left to right are Larry Sturgeon and retiring Chapter President, Clyde Johnson.
SAR Recognition Plaque Awarded to Homosassa Walmart Store Employees
The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, recently awarded a plaque to employees of the Homosassa Walmart store, in recognition of providing individual Christmas gifts and other services to veterans who are without known relatives at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Each year, Withlacoochee Chapter members, and employees of the Homosassa Walmart, join to provide personal care items, clothing, books, musical CD’s and players, selected sweets, etc. Compatriot Ron Powell presented the award plaque which was accepted on behalf of all store employees by Walmart Store manager Ed Shaw and Suzanne Green. Pictured, from L to R, are Store Manager Ed Shaw, Supervisor Suzanne Green, Ron Powell, Chapter Veterans Programs, and Norm Freyer, Chapter Chaplain.
SAR/DAR Members and Walmart EmployeesVisit Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home
On December 8, 2016, Compatriot members of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the SAR, and members of the Homosassa Walmart store, visited the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land o’ Lakes, FL. Each year, the Withlacoochee Chapter members, and employees of the Homosassa Walmart, join together to provide individual Christmas gifts and other services to veterans at the home who are without known relatives. Veterans are provided with personal care items, clothing, books, musical CD’s and players, selected sweets, etc. A special feature this year in the form of a DAR chorus that provided the veterans with a selection of popular Christmas Carols. In the photos below, Compatriot Bill Teater, backed up by the DAR Chorus, greets the veterans with a Christmas message. Later, the veterans have a ball opening their gifts.
Brooksville Woman Awarded SAR Molly Pitcher Medal
Dorothy M. Day, of Brooksville, FL, was recently awarded the Molly Pitcher Medal Award at the Florida State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution winter meeting in Orlando, Florida. The award was presented by Florida State SAR President, Ray Wess and Florida State Color Guard Commander, Charles Day, in recognition of her support and dedication to the Color Guard of the National Society. The National SAR President General, J. Michael Tomme was also present to congratulate her on her accomplishment. PG Tomme takes interest in this award as he is also a previous National Color Guard Commander. Dorothy is a member of the local Withlacoochee SAR Chapter Auxiliary. The Molly Picher Medal is Silver in color and depicts a likeness of Molly Pitcher, Revolutionary War heroine. To earn this award a woman is said to “support” the SAR Color Guard by participating in SAR Color Guard events wearing Revolutionary-era attire or helping with refreshments for SAR Guardsmen or other tangible support. A woman must also accrue (300) points by participating in qualifying events over a three year period. Three of the events Dorothy participated in this past year, were the “Action at Machias” (First Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War) Machias, Maine; the “Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War” at Merritt Island, FL; and the “Battle of Tom’s Creek near Jacksonville, FL. Dorothy and her husband, Charles Day enjoy attending SAR Color Guard events together. Pictured from left to right are FLSSAR Color Guard Commander Charles Day, Dorothy Day and FLSSAR President Ray Wess.
Trousdale Recognized with 60-Year Membership Pin
Compatriot Theodore Trousdale, Jr., of Spring Hill was awarded his 60-year membership pin by Chapter President Clyde Johnson at the September meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Trousdale joined the Sarasota Chapter of the SAR in 1956 and transferred to the Withlacoochee Chapter in 2016. He is a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Pictured from left to right are, Past President Richard Sumner, Theodore Trousdale, Jr., and Chapter President Clyde Johnson.
Vicki Brown Awarded the Martha Washington Medal
At the October meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, DAR member, Vicki Brown, of Dunnellon, was awarded the SAR Martha Washington Medal by Chapter President Clyde Johnson. The Martha Washington Medal was authorized in 1971 and may be given by the National Society, a state society, or a chapter to a woman over 18 years of age in recognition of outstanding service to SAR. This medal may be awarded at the Chapter, State and National levels and may be awarded more than once if one of those awards is made by the National Society. A DAR member may receive the Martha Washington Medal if her service warrants it. The medal is gold in color and bears on the obverse a portrait of Martha Washington within the inscription "SAR Martha Washington Award." It is suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Secretary Larry Sturgeon, Chapter President Clyde Johnson, Vickie Brown, and Chapter Registrar, Stephen Brown.
Ellie Folk Awarded the Daughters of Liberty Medal
At the October meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Ellie Folk, of Brooksville, was awarded the Daughters of Liberty Medal by Chapter President Clyde Johnson. The Daughters of Liberty Medal, authorized in 1992, may be presented by the National Society, a district, a state society or chapter to a lady recommended by any officer of a chapter, state or National Society, SAR in appreciation for her unselfish devotion, tireless efforts and assistance to the SAR, and who has dedicated her time, energy, ability and/or finances to the organization in support and furtherance of the stated objectives of the National Society, SAR. The medal is gold in color, and depicts a revolutionary female astride a galloping horse as a dedicated patriot aiding the struggle for independence-as many did. The medal is suspended from a drape of blue, yellow and blue band of equal colors. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Secretary, Larry Sturgeon, Chapter President Clyde Johnson, Ellie Folk, and Robert Folk, First Vice President FLSSAR.
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