As in any organization, you get out as much as or more than you put into it. We are an organization of people who make good things happen.
- What can compare to the thrill of hearing a young child at a parade saying “There goes George Washington!” when he sees your SAR Color Guard marching by with their flags flying?
- How do you measure the value of reading essays in the Knight Historical Essay Contest and then hearing the winner read the essay at a meeting?
- What about participating in an Eagle Scout award ceremony and giving him an award representing the best wishes for continued success from several hundred members of your state society? Or making parents and cadets proud by presenting a JROTC or ROTC award?
- Wouldn’t you be proud to help build a fine national library dedicated to providing comprehensive documentation and analysis of the thoughts and deeds that played critical roles in the founding of our nation?
- Would you like to praise some people in your community for civic contributions for which they have never received public acknowledgement?
You can help make the dream of our patriot ancestors a reality by joining and participating in our programs to sustain the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought with words and weapons to create.
While you can give and get significantly more from the SAR than the basic costs and benefits of membership, we list them here because they are where most of us start.
Application Fees (National + Nebrasaka):
National $80, State $17, Chapter $10; Total: $107, the year that you make application your dues are included
Benefits of Joining (typical):
- National: review, registration, and archival storage of lineage and documentation; membership certificate
- State or Chapter: membership insignia (rosette); booklet with constitution, bylaws, officers, membership list
Annual Dues (National + Nebraska):
National $35, State $17, Chapter $10; Total: (typical) $62
Annual Benefits (typical):
National: four issues of The SAR Magazine; access to SARtalk (on-line discussion group); opportunities to participate in the District Meeting, Trustee meetings, and the Annual Congress
State: several newsletters, opportunities to participate in several state events
Chapter: opportunities to participate in several chapter activities
- Come to meetings, pay dues on time, read the newsletters
- Participate in the Color Guard
- Recommend good people for awards, help present the awards
- Encourage youth to enter contests, sponsor their awards
- Help with an activity, join a committee, become an officer
- Get information on patriot graves, mark a grave site
- Learn about local historical markers, tell your friends
- Volunteer to talk at a local school or civic association
- Join or start or support a color guard with Revolutionary War uniforms
- Support local historical research, get it published or on the Web
- Fly the flag of our nation correctly and often at your home
Frequently, there are international travel opportunities. In 2003 and again in 2008, the SAR conducted Congresses in Paris, France, in conjunction with the 225 anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris. In 2008, there was a 12 day tour of Scotland to trace the steps of John Paul Jones, and to visit George Washington’s ancestral home in England. Other SAR sponsored tour in the recent past include Germany, England, and Spain. In the near future trips to Spain and Hawaii.
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of
Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against
tyranny — a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.
Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The
charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders. Federal Legislation that established a federal charter for the National Society SAR.
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