Lincoln President and Secretary (Shawn Stoner and John Braisted) represented the NESSAR at the annual event at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln. What a difference a year makes! In 2016 is was 5 degrees with a strong wind and under one half inches of ice! 2017 saw 55 degrees with a light breeze and lots of sun.
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.
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.
NESAR met Sunday 11 Sep 2016 for our bi-annual meeting.
Color Guard members Chad Sherrets and Shawn Stoner with President David KentSmith. Standing by a hand carved Great Seal of the United States that belongs to John Braisted.
The members of the NESSAR and the Lincoln Chapter welcome our newest member, Roger Rotschafer. Roger’s patriot ancestor is William Thames/Timms.
Compatriot Rotschaffer and President Stoner.
Roger and his wife, Linda.
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.
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)
Presenting the colors for the assembled to say the Pledge of Alligence.
Commander Sherrets commands the guard to post the Colors.
Color Guard with newly elected NESSAR President David Kentsmith.
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 email@example.com or OAS Program Director Rick Kincaid at firstname.lastname@example.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.
The registration page is up for the American Heritage Dinner, which will be held Feb 20, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Featured speaker this year will be Buffalo Bill as portrayed by Terry Lane Fitzgerald. Click Here to go to the information page.
April 27 was the Spring meeting of the NESSAR at Mahoney State Park.
Officers for the next 2 years were elected, an Eagle Scout award, EMT award and Flag Certificate were awarded. Below are pictures of the newly elected President John Reinert and outgoing President Fred Walden. And a picture of the board of councilors.
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.
Table set in remembrance of POW/MIA’s
NE Sec. of State, John Gale and wife, joined us.
Member Merle Rudebusch gave a talk about the history of the US Flag
Mary Bede as Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
Present Hoke and Clara Barton
Member Robert Chandler accepts an Meritorious Service Award from President Hoke
President Hoke thanks Miss Chandler
Robert Chandler’s granddaughter, CAR member, led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greg Holloway spoke about veteran’s issues in the State Legislature, and getting the Pledge of Allegiance into all public schools.
Our awardee for the Fire Safety Commendation was given to Lincoln Fire and Rescue member Andrew McLaughlin.
Compatriot Stoner presents award to Andrew McLaughlin
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 awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
James Hoke awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
Shawn Stoner awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
Merle Rudebusch awarded the Roger Sherman Medal
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 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 presents the awards that members, chapters and the society received at the 2013 Congress.
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.
NESSAR 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.