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1 Guest Speaker (See page four for brief biography) Our Next Meeting Sept 9 th, 2014, Social 6:30pm – Cash Bar Meeting starts at 7pm. Angelo's Steak and Pancake House located at 755 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA Meal Cost: $25.00 Per Person RSVP By: NLT Wednesday September 3 rd, 2014 with headcount and menu choice to Rick Elofson at The Joint chapter Meeting was called to order by President Ken Wood at 12:00 noon. The invocation was given by Chaplain Gary Hodges. The Pledge of Allegiance by Treasurer Rick Elofson and the SAR Pledge by Jack Lee, Williamsburg Chapter Secretary. Members and their guests were welcomed and members were asked to announce their patriot ancestors. Announcements by President Ken Wood included JROTC Awards, Bingo Night at the Hampton VA, USO volunteers at Patrick Henry Airport, the Presidential Initiative Streamer with three Stars, May 13th-joint grave marking at Ware Church, June 14th- Flag Day, July Annual Congress, Greenville, SC, semi-annual BOM meeting at Lunch Bell and October 19, 2014-Yorktown Day. Lunch was served. Guest speaker Dr. Philip Hamilton, Professor of History, Christopher Newport University, spoke on “War & Marriage: Lucy and Henry Knox and the Campaign of 1776.” He explained how the Revolution affected families and every aspect of their lives changed. Henry Knox was born in 170. At 16 years he had a job in a bookstore and in 1771, at age 21, he had his own bookstore. His wife Lucy was born in 1756 and they married June During the Revolution Henry was in the Lexington Militia. The British were forced to evacuate Lexington in The Knox’s were separated and 40 letters were sent between them. They remained separated permanently. Jack Lee, Williamsburg Chapter Secretary, gave announcements. Closing remarks were given by President Ken Wood. SAR Recessional was led by Secretary Mason Ware. Chaplain Gary Hodges gave the benediction. Minutes submitted by Mason Ware. Page One September 2014 Edition Minutes of Our Last Meeting June 7 th, 2014 September 2014 Edition Governor’sChronicle The A Newsletter Offering of theChapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution James A. Cameron, Jr.

2 The SAR Afield Upcoming Events in Our Region & Beyond September 17th, 2014 Constitution Day Sept 19 th, 20 th 2014 VASSAR Semi-Annual Meeting Fairfax, VA October 4 th, 2014 Callands Festival – Pittsylvania County, VA October 19 th, 2013 Yorktown Day Wreath Laying (10:15am) at Thomas Nelson Jr.’s grave Parade (1:30pm) – Yorktown, VA November 11 th, 2013 Veteran’s Day November 11 th, 2013 Next Chapter Meeting For more information: Check out our new calendar which includes all the years scheduled events located on the website ml ml 2014 Chapter Officers PresidentKen Wood 1 st Vice-PresidentBruce Meyer 2 nd Vice PresidentJoe Shipes SecretaryMason Ware TreasurerRick Elofson RegistrarJim Sample ChaplainGary Hodges SurgeonWilliam Old, III M.D Committee Chairmen CitizenshipVacant Eagle ScoutBruce Meyer FlagVacant GravesGerald Runyan NewsletterMark Carroll Public SafetyJeff Brown ROTC/JROTCKen Wood Veteran’s AffairsKen Wood Board of Managers Joe Shipes Jim Sample Gerald Runyan Page Two The Governor’s Chronicle June 2014 Edition Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Announcements All Things in the Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter BINGO! VA Hospital, Hampton, Building 148 October 7 th, 2014, 7:00pm *Still Need Help* Meet at the Domiciliary at 6:30pm to set up for the games and refreshments. Bingo starts at 7:00pm and plays for one hour or until our money ($50) is gone, whichever comes first. We clean up and leave by 8:15pm. To do a respectable job takes a minimum crew of four, but the more volunteers, the higher our Stark score. If you can arrive earlier and/or stay later to visit with the long-term patients in Bldg. 146, that’s even better! Vacant Committees need your help. Interested in Pitching In? Contact any of the Chapter Officers, Committee Chairmen, or Board of Mangers to see how you can make a difference. If those receiving a copy of this newsletter by USPS have an account, please reply via to: Mark Carroll at or Rick Elofson at NSSAR Thomas Nelson Jr. SAR VSSAR Like us on Facebook VSSAR NSSAR

3 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Three September 2014 Edition Clifford T. Bowen, Chief of Police of the Poquoson Police Department and Captain, Percy Ward have nominated: Officer Adam R. Stephens for the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Award President Ken Wood attended and presented the chapter wreath at a joint VASSAR/DAR/1812 Society Monument Dedication ceremony on Saturday June14th in the historic Dumfries Cemetery. On the monument are inscribed the names of eleven Revolutionary War patriots and nine War of 1812 Veterans. This event was one of VASSAR President Bill Broadus' presidential initiatives for (Below) President Wood attended and presented the chapter wreath at the Commemoration of the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Green Springs on July 7th in Williamsburg. During the battle six Virginia and twenty two Pennsylvania American patriots gave their lives for freedom. Also attending were members of the Williamsburg Chapter and VASSAR 2 nd Vice President, Ed Truslow.

4 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Four June 2014 Edition President Ken Wood with members of the Williamsburg Chapter attending a ceremony on the 26th of June celebrating the 233rd Anniversary of the Engagement at Spencer's Ordinary. The ceremony was held at freedom Park in James City County. President Ken Wood presented Dr. Phillip Hamilton a Certificate of Appreciation for his program on "War and Marriage: Lucy and Henry Knox and the Campaign of 1776" during the joint meeting on the 7th of June. More about our Guest Speaker: James A. Cameron, Jr. Executive Producer, Author- Historian- Actor "John Rollison Free Man of Color in York County" James A. Cameron, Jr. attended Queens College in New York. He studied in his late teens and early twenties with the Everyman theater ensemble. This was the same ensemble, that by the City of New York, Commission for the Arts, brought Street Theater to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. These productions are still performed annually at Lincoln Center. The company engaged drama consultants such as Geraldine Fitzgerald, Academy Award winner, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Academy Award winning director Eli Kazan. Mr. Cameron has over twelve years of on-air radio broadcasting experience. He worked in stations in New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. He has worked for The Colonial Williamsburg Corporation as a storyteller and farm interpreter for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

5 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Five June 2014 Edition (L-R) Chaplain Gary Hodges, Color Guard Commander Chris Melhuish, President Ken Wood, VASSAR 2nd VP Ed Truslow, VASSAR President Bill Broadus, Compatriot Tom Nelson, Past President Ben Fegan, Secretary Jack Lee, Past President Walt Neville and not shown Compatriot Allan Willey and Registrar Jim Sample. The La Fayette is in the background. The La Fayette, a stealth frigate of the French Navy, made a stop at Yorktown on Monday morning, June 2, The purpose was to honor the French sailors and soldiers and their American allies that participated in the siege of Yorktown in Captain Serge Bordarier, escorted by 30 French sailors, came ashore and laid a wreath at the Monument to Victory and Alliance. The La Fayette, anchored in the York River below the Monument to Victory and Alliance then fired a 21 gun salute in honor of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Members of the Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, Williamsburg Chapter and VASSAR Officers attended the ceremony. Active1624–present Countr y France Size37,839 personnel (2013) 98 ships (excluding minor auxiliaries) 181 aircraft NicknameLa Royale MottoHonneur, patrie, valeur, discipline Honneur, patrie, valeur, discipline ("Honour, Homeland, Valour, Discipline") ColoursBlue, white, red

6 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Six June 2014 Edition New member Compatriot Eugene Christman was inducted during the March 11th meeting. Past President Dan Phillips pinned his SAR rosette on him. New member Benjamin Epps was inducted during the March 11th meeting. His mother Mrs. Christine Epps pinned his SAR rosette on him. March’s Trivia Question: Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag, but who designed it is still a mystery. Who billed the United States for creating the design but was denied payment? Answer Francis Hopkinson

7 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Seven June 2014 Edition Cadet / Tsgt Christian Witsil Hampton High School Presented May 1, 2014 Cadet / Chief Brian Estremera Heritage High School Presented May 14, 2014 Cadet Evan Spivak Menchville High School Presented April 25, 2014

8 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Eight June 2014 Edition Ware Church Grave Marking Ceremony

9 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Nine June 2014 Edition

10 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Ten June 2014 Edition Temp

11 The Governor’s ChronicleThomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter, SAR Page Eleven June 2014 Edition Saved rounds and alibis Compatriots, The French frigate La Fayette, currently on its way to Norfolk, Virginia, has decided to make a slight detour up the York River on Monday morning, June 2, The reason for the detour is to honor the French sailors and soldiers and their American Allies, that participated in the siege of Yorktown in 1781, resulting in the surrender of British forces, in the last major battle of the American Revolution. The La Fayette, a modern, second-line, multi-mission, stealth frigate of the French Navy, will anchor in the York River at Yorktown at 8 AM, below the Monument to Victory and Alliance, and fire a 21 gun salute. CPT Serge Bordarier, escorted by 30 French sailors, will then come ashore and lay a wreath at the Monument to Victory and Alliance at 9 AM. The Embassy of France to the United States will be represented by Consul General Olivere Sadot- Alamas and CPT Luc Pages, French Naval Attache. Visitors for the ceremony are welcome and encouraged to park at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, Colonial National Historical Park. For more information, call This is a formal ceremony and if you plan to attend please wear the appropriate attire. The ceremony should last about 30 minutes. Best regards, Ken Wood President Thomas Nelson, Jr. Chapter VASSAR Have you visited the Website lately? The website has undergone major changes with a few still to come. The join us link is a great location to guide prospective members who want more information. Also, Did you know, past issues of “The Governor’s Chronicle” are available as far back as 2009? It is not too late to provide input on how we could improve it or to assist with project or others, some help is better than no help, if you can pitch in for Chapter Officers or committees, Our President wants you!


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