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Sons of the American Revolution
Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter

Minutes of the
March 9, 2007, Meeting

The regular monthly luncheon meeting of the General George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter SAR was held Friday, 9 March 2007, in the Garden Room of Marie Callenderís restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. The meeting was called to order by Chapter president Bill Henry. In attendance were eleven compatriots: Ron Risley, Dick Hawley, Richard Caldwell, Frank Budroe, Bill Henry, Ward White, Steve Hurst, Hale Hamilton, Gary Smith, Bob Colbern, and Bob Taylor; and six guests, prospective member Mr. Burt Jacobs, Mrs. Bernie Smith, Mrs. Rosemarie Risley, Mrs. Loni Jung (sister of Rosemarie Risley), Ms Gayle Soles, and Miss Iris Melton (niece of Ward White).

The invocation was given by compatriot Gary Smith, followed by the pledges to the Flag and the SAR.

Reports: The following reports were presented:

The minutes for the meeting of 9 February 2007 were read and approved.

The treasurerís report was read and approved.

The registrarís report was read. The supplemental applications for Bob Taylor (1), Hale Hamilton (1), Ward White (10), Joel Schaeman (1), and Steven Colbern (1) are pending. The supplemental applications for Hale Hamilton (2) and Richard McMullen (1) have been approved. The applications for 5 prospective members are pending.

There was no chaplainís report.

The Publicist (Ward White) presented his report.

Steve Hurst reported on the Massing of the Colors 18 Feb at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn. The Chapterís color guard participated with 52 other color guards during the impressive ceremony.

A reminder for the joint meeting with the DAR was given. Meeting is at 1100 Thursday, 22 March, in the Garden Room of Marie Callenders.

The Saturday, 19 May, luncheon for Armed Forces Day was approved by the board, and maximum participation by Chapter members was encouraged, as was the wearing of military uniforms. An appropriate speaker is being sought, preferably a military officer.

The status of the Spring and Fall CASSAR meetings were reported on by Ron Risley. The Spring meetings on 20, 21 April are open to all, with a black tie banquet on Saturday night. The National meeting 4 July in Williamsburg, VA, was also reported on, and rooms are reportedly difficult to obtain.

Bill Henry reported that the Chapterís Knight Essay contest winner, Miss Jolene Paul of Los Angeles, whose essay was ďWomenís Rights Flourish in the American RevolutionĒ, was selected as the Stateís winner, and will be submitted to the National level contest.

Bob Colbern will present the cadet award to Michael Fox, Oxnard High School Junior ROTC on 2 May.

Presidentís Comments: Discussion on contest. Newsletter prepared and distributed, and will pursue ensuring Chapter participation noted for contest. Website noted.

Recess 1210-1240 for lunch


  1. Letter received from Children of American Revolution, thanking us for $25 donation.
  2. Center for Advancing American Heritage project status reported on by Ron Risley. Property is adjacent to the National Headquarters building. Building funds are being solicited.

Old Business:

Steve Hurst reported on Spirit of America awards for this June in the Pleasant Valley School District.

Chapter Color Guard activities for Memorial Day end of May discussed. Participation usually at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, and late notice for Conejo Mountain Memorial Park. There is no color guard requirement for Armed Forces Day.

Ron Risley reported Chapter bylaws text is still being reviewed with Dick Hawley.

New Business: None

Program: The program titled ďThe 1777 Battle of Brandywine (Part 2)Ē was presented by Richard Caldwell, and was well received by the membership.

The next meeting will be on Friday, 13 April 2007.

The meeting was adjourned following the benediction by Gary Smith.

Respectfully submitted

Robert Taylor, Chapter Secretary.