6th Annual American Heritage Diner

The Lincoln Chapter of the NESSAR is pleased to announce that we have opened registration for the 6th Annual American Heritage Diner.  The AHD is Feb 17, 2018 at the Havelock Social Hall, 4538 N 62nd St, Lincoln, NE.  The featured speaker for this year will be Darrel Draper presenting Daniel Freeman.  Freeman was the 1st homesteader in the United States and his 160 acre homestead was near Beatrice.  The price for the evening is $20 per person.  Please go to the Lincoln Chapter page for details and registration.  Hope to see you all there!

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program.  HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State legislature, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.  The presentation will begin at 7PM and is open to the public at no charge.

NESSAR Color Guard Presents Colors

April 4, 2017 the NESSAR color guard presented the colors for the opening of the Eagle Scout University at Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE.  Commander Chad Sherrets, Ron Stites and Shawn Stoner were in attendance. 

Also, Compatriot Merle Rudebusch of the Lincoln Chapter gave the opening remarks to those assembled.  His remarks were on the founding of Nebraska and history related to the 150th anniversary of the state.

5th Annual American Heritage Dinner hosted by the Lincoln Chapter

Saturday February 25, 2017 the Lincoln Chapter hosted our 5th annual American Heritage Dinner.

We began the evening with the NESSAR Eagle Scout Award winner Jake Swanson leading us the the Pledge of Alligance.  Merle Rudebusch then presented him with an Eagle Scout Award patch.  Jake will speak at the Spring NESSAR meeting in April and recieve his scholarship award.

Our featured speaker was Beverly Beavers who does an impressive impersionation of Lady Vestey who was raised in Superior, NE and lead a fasinating life traveling the world and being the highest payed female executive of her time.  Married into the English aristrocracy but never forgot her Nebraska roots.

Members of many organizations were in attendance, SAR, DAR, SUVCW, DUVCW, Dames of the 17th Century, Mayflower Society, Hughuenot Socity, Society of the War of 1812, and more.

Compatriot Harry Merrihew was initiated by President David Kentsmith.

Displays were provided by Compatriot Roger Rotschaefer and his wife Linda.  They had a beautiful display of WWI and Korean War uniforms and memorabilia.

Bill Dean, Camp Commander of the Neabraska Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) brought his display of Civil War memorabilia.

MAI/POW table setting was donated to the Lincoln Chapter by Compatriot Robert Chandler.  He as his wife have supplied the table to us for the past several years.

A great night, that was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Hope to see everyone back on February 17, 2018 for our 6th annual dinner!

 

 

5th Annual American Heritage Diner Registration

The Lincoln Chapter of the Nebraska Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, invite you to join us on Saturday February 25, 2017 at the Havelock Social Hall for and evening featuring A Visit With Lady Vestey.   The price for the buffet diner will be $20 per person, vegetation option available.

Lady Vestey became the highest paid woman executive in the world in the early 1900’s. As an employee of the Vestey Cold Storage Company she traveled extensively and learned many languages. She was instrumental in providing food for the Allied troops during World War I and lived in London during the bombing of Britain during World War II.  She joined the English nobility when she married her boss, William. They bought their own cruise ship named the Arandora Star and lived in a huge house in London named Kingswood. Lady Vestey traveled far, but she never found a place that she liked better than Nebraska. This program provides stories and information that appeals to all ages.

Click Here to download the registration form (pdf).  If you have difficulty downloading or printing please email me and I will provide a copy.

Major funding of this program provided by Humanities Nebraska and is free and open to the public.

 

October 2016 Lincoln Meeting

October 2016 Lincoln Meeting

NESSAR President David Kentsmith attended the October meeting of the Lincoln Chapter.  He reported on the Fall Leadership meeting in Louisville and discussed the correct methods for approval ready applications.

President Kentsmith presented Lincoln Chapter President, Shawn Stoner, a US/SAR flag lapel pin for assisting Chad S. of Omaha in establishing a Color Guard unit for the NESSAR.

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Fall 2016 State Meeting

NESAR met Sunday 11 Sep 2016 for our bi-annual meeting.

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2016 Memorial Day at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln

The Lincoln Chapter of the NESSAR has historically participated in the parade and wreath laying at the annual Memorial Day observance in Lincoln, NE. This year Chapter President Shawn Stoner, NESSAR Registrar Thomas Masters and Immediate Past President (NESSAR) John Reinert participated. Lincoln member Merle Rudebusch marched with the SUVCW and presented a speech on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the G.A.R.

 

Nebraska Color Guard Formed

Both the Lincoln and Omaha Chapters have formed color guards!

The Omaha Chapter is under the command of Chad Sherretts and the Lincoln Chapter is under the command of Shawn Stoner.

Both units came together to for the Nebraska Society Color Guard for the first time April 20, 2016 at the Spring meeting of the NESSAR.

NESSAR Color Guard for the Spring 2016 Meeting. Ron Sites (Omaha) Shawn Stoner (Lincoln) and Chad Sherrets (Omaha)

NESSAR Color Guard for the Spring 2016 Meeting. Ron Sites (Omaha) Shawn Stoner (Lincoln) and Chad Sherrets (Omaha)

Presenting the colors for the assembled to say the Pledge of Alligence.

Presenting the colors for the assembled to say the Pledge of Alligence.

Commander Sherrets commands the guard to post the Colors.

Commander Sherrets commands the guard to post the Colors.

Color Guard with newly elected NESSAR President David Kentsmith.

Color Guard with newly elected NESSAR President David Kentsmith.

Reports From 2015 Congress

Reports from Congress submitted by Fred Walden, Trustee and John Parsons, North-Central Region Vice-President

Report on the 125th Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution

The finance Committee reported that an expenditure of $40,000 will be made to bring the computer system up to date.

A Motion was made and passed to raise the annual dies $5.00 per year.  So, in 2016 the annual dues will be raised $50.00 per member.   There were several objections to the motion, including mine.  Many voiced opinions that the raise would cause loss of membership and make it difficult to attract new members.  After a standing vote, the motion was carried.

The University of Louisville has worked with the SAR developing a computer program designed to charge non SAR members a fee to use the SAR Museum.  This will create new revenue for the SAR.

Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) began in 2010 with an altruistic vision of a program whereby skilled SAR genealogists could provide genealogy assistance and training in family history research for wounded soldiers, their families and caregivers, thereby taking their minds off their often difficult and painful injuries that they received in combat.  To date, OAS has served more than 1,100 participants through 23 participating SAR Chapters across the U.S.  If our chapter is interested in starting an OAS program, we can contact OAS Chairman Carl Bedell at cbedell@yahoo.com or OAS Program Director Rick Kincaid at rkincaid@sar.org or 502-588-6147.

I was happy to see John Parsons and his lady walk down the aisle and be introduced as out North-Central Vice President.

Since we do not have a North-Central district breakfast, Janet and I attended the North Atlantic and Midwest breakfasts.  We also attended the $1000 dollar Breakfast.  I brought back some literature that explains how one can become a member of the $1000 group by contributing $250 per year for four years.  This money is used for scholarships (Boy Scouts etc.) and is kept separate from all other funds.

Voting for the 2016 officers involved a long line which took approximately one hour to register and to vote.

This year’s Congress was held at the Galt Hotel.  Previous meetings were held at the Brown Hotel.   I was not as comfortable at the Galt.  The meetings were held in rooms that were a greater distance one from the other.  The beds were not as comfortable as those in the Brown.  Parking was expensive.  Valet parking was $25 a day and regular parking was $10 per day.

From Omaha, half-way to Louisville is approximately 250 miles.  We traveled that distance stopping at Galesburg, Illinois.  We found Galesburg an ideal stop with convenient Motek, restaurants and filling stations.

The 126th National Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution will be held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1026.

Respectfully submitted, Fred Walden

The 125th NSSAR Convention in Louisville

My wife Pauline and I had the privilege of attending the 125th Convention of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution in Louisville, Kentucky from 26 June to 1 July 2015.  Fred Walden (the National Trustee from Nebraska) and his wife Jan also attended, and the four of us had a great time.

The weekend was taken up primarily by optional side trips to Churchill Downs, the George Rogers Clark homestead, or other local attractions.  There is quite a bit to see in Louisville including the Slugger museum, various bourbon distillers, shopping opportunities, and of course, the SAR library and museum.

The museum and library, also with many other tourist attractions, was within walking distance of the hotel.  I spend several hours in the library which has a fantastic collection of historical and genealogical books and documents.  The Kentucky Society hosted a welcome party Saturday evening at the museum, providing a splendid opportunity to meet attendees from all over the country.

The museum is in its early stages of construction, and the staff is trying to put together not just a collection of artifacts, but an educational display of the entire American Revolution with the intent to educate the public on the events and ideas of that era.  It is a great idea and we’ll see how it works out.

Business meetings were conducted Monday through Wednesday.  some awards were distributed during thees sessions, and I was presented with streamers for the Omaha and Lincoln Chapters and the Nebraska Society as an award for the Patriot biographies that were submitted.  Senator Mitch McConnell, a member of the Kentucky Society, spoke at the Wednesday business meeting, and Mike Helm, the National Commander of the American Legion and a Nebraskan, spoke at the dinner that evening.  Fred and I as members of the American Legion in Nebraska, had our picture taken with him.  Election of new national officers was held and the officers were duly installed at the concluding banquet on Wednesday evening.

While Fred and I were the only members present from the North Central Region, there were quite a few attendees from other parts of the country.  I met a number of individuals, including a distant relative of mine from Berks County, PA, and an individual from Alabama who was friends with one of Pauline’s cousins.  It’s a small world!

Next year’s session will be held in Boston, so that should be interesting.  We had a great time and I would encourage any of you who would like to attend to please do so.

John Parsons

2nd Annual American Heritage Dinner

Feb 22nd the Lincoln Chapter hosted their 2nd annual Founder’s Dinner at the Havlock Social  Hall.  Guests were invited from a wide array of patriotic organizations, many of which were represented.  President James Hoke was emcee for the evening and presented certificates and awards to guests and SAR members.  Lincoln resident, Mary Bede entertained and educated with her impressive portrayal of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.  Several organizations had displays and there was a very nice display of Civil War era memorabilia and authentic guns.

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Table set in remberence of POW/MIA's

Table set in remembrance of POW/MIA’s

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NE Sec. of State, John Gale and wife, joined us.

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Member Merle Rudebusch gave a talk about the history of the US Flag

Member Merle Rudebusch gave a talk about the history of the US Flag

Mary Bede as Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

Mary Bede as Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

Clara Barton

Present Hoke and Clara Barton

Present Hoke and Clara Barton

Member Robert Chandler accepts an Meritorious Service Award from President Hoke

Member Robert Chandler accepts an Meritorious Service Award from President Hoke

President Hoke thanks Miss Chandler

President Hoke thanks Miss Chandler

Robert Chandler’s granddaughter, CAR member, led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Greg Holloway spoke about legal issues in the State Legislature, and getting the Pledge of Allegiance into all public schools.

Greg Holloway spoke about veteran’s issues in the State Legislature, and getting the Pledge of Allegiance into all public schools.

Awards Given at the 2013 Fall Meeting

Our awardee for the Fire Safety Commendation was given to Lincoln Fire and Rescue member Andrew McLaughlin.

Compatriot Stoner presents award to Andrew McLaughlin

Compatriot Stoner presents award to Andrew McLaughlin

Firefighter Andrew McLaughlin and Cheif Tim Linky

Firefighter Andrew McLaughlin and Chief Tim Linky

President Fred Walden made his personal award to members of the NE Society and other for their help during his tenure.

John Reinert is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

John Reinert awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

James Hoke is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

James Hoke awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

Shawn Stoner is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

Shawn Stoner awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

Merle Rudebusch is awarded the Roger Sherman Medal

Merle Rudebusch awarded the Roger Sherman Medal

John Parsons is awarded the Liberty Medal for sponsoring more than 10 SAR members.

John Parsons awarded the Liberty Medal for sponsoring more than 10 SAR members.

President Walden presents the Lydia Darragh award to his wife Jan Walden for all of the work she has done helping and supporting him during his tenure as President.

President Walden presents the Lydia Darragh award to his wife Jan Walden for the work helping and supporting him during his tenure as President.

President Walden and Robert Chandler present the NESSAR Flag Award to Merle Rudebusch.

President Walden and Robert Chandler present the NESSAR Flag Award to Merle Rudebusch.

President Walden presents the awards that members, chapters and the society received at the 2013 Congress.

Bob Knott and Bill Webb were presented the Flathers award for the NESSAR newsletter, The Husker Patriot.

Bob Knott and Bill Webb being presented the Flathers award for the NESSAR newsletter, The Husker Patriot.

President Walden presents the Streamer and Certificate for Flag Certificates presented to John Reinert.

President Walden presents the Streamer and Certificate for Flag Certificates presented to John Reinert.

 

2013 SAR Congress

2013 CongressNESSAR President Fred Walden and wife Jan (pictured 2nd from left) attended the SAR Congress in Kansas City July 6-10, 2013.

Lincoln Chapter vice president Shawn Stoner also attended the business meetings on July 8-10.