Volume 107 No.1 www.sar.org/dcssar Winter 2008
I hope your holidays have been joyous, and that we will all be blessed with health, happiness, and
prosperity in the New Year.
It’s my good fortune to report that last year was exceptional for the DCSSAR. Not to say that we haven’t
had our share of sadness and disappointment. Seven of our Compatriots died last year, including two
valued members of our Board, Harold E. Dodds and Dr. David R. Curfman.
On a positive note, our numbers are growing. Our membership today stands at 266, a net increase of 20%
in one year. We have five applications pending NSSAR approval, and 49 more in the pipeline. Most
encouraging is that the average age of our membership fell last year from 66 to 60, a sign of vitality in
any organization, and that trend will continue since the average age of current applicants is 38.
As reported in the last issue of The Chronicle, our library contains applications of every member since our
founding in 1890. The oldest are literally crumbling. We’ve begun preserving the valuable genealogical
data in those applications, and expect in the foreseeable future to have the information entered into a
database, properly footnoted, and posted on the World Wide Web.
For the first time in several years we will have entrants in the NSSAR Rumbaugh Oration and Knight
Essay contests from D.C. schools. The best way to express our thanks to Compatriots David Tilley and
David Wham for accepting leadership of these respective efforts is to chip in and help.
We conducted seven general membership programs during the year, and participated in four staged by
other groups. Our Junior ROTC program presented Outstanding Cadet medals at 14 D.C. high schools.
At the Annual NSSAR Congress we were recognized for our work with CARs, and for having had the
greatest percentage increase in George Washington Endowment Fund Fellows. With eight allotted
delegates to the Congress, we registered nineteen attendees.
The D.C. Society ranks No. 1 in total donations to the NSSAR Center for Advancing America’s Heritage,
and we’ve achieved former PG Roland Downing’s goal of 20% of our members contributing. Your
Board has directed that space be provided on dues forms for contributions to CAAH, authorized a dollar-
for-dollar match of the next $1,000 collected from our Compatriots, and also a direct contribution of an
additional $1,000 which was presented at the Annual Congress in Williamsburg. Since its inception, we
have given strong backing to this essential undertaking. I wholeheartedly endorse the recent proposal to
house the Center and our National Headquarters in a building to be purchased and rehabilitated in the
heart of Louisville’s museum district.
The D. C. Society’s Handbook is a model for State Societies around the country, and a new edition is
currently in the works. This year’s revisions will include an expanded list of awards and medals, and a
section on the protocol for their wear.
We are exploring establishment of a new good citizenship award to be presented annually to a student at
Gallaudet University, located in Northeast Washington. The award will honor Edward Miner Gallaudet,
the first president of the institution, who served from 1897 to 1899 as the fifth DCSSAR President.
Finally, I am proud to report that the BOM has undertaken to recognize, and in a small way help alleviate
the sacrifices of our Compatriots in the Reserve and National Guard, by waiving dues for any who suffer
financial hardship because of a mobilization. We all wish there were more we could do, but this tiny
gesture reflects enormous gratitude for our citizen soldier Compatriots.
The D.C. Society is on the move. Our challenge is to maintain that momentum. I believe our members
can and will meet that challenge.
Libertas et Patria,
Paul Hays, President
CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY — REMEMBERING AMERICAN
PATRIOTS: ELBRIDGE GERRY AND JOHN HUNTER
On July 4th, 2007, the DCSSAR held a wreath laying ceremony to honor Elbridge Gerry, the only
signer of the Declaration of Independence buried in the District of Columbia. The well-attended
event served to honor a great patriot of this country. A ceremony also was held following the
remembrance of Mr. Gerry for John Hunter, who served as a drummer boy during the American
Revolution and continued to serve this country as well after the War for Independence. The D.C.
Society of the Children of the American Revolution held the event. Many thanks for their work
in putting together a proper tribute to another great patriot. Following the ceremonies, a luncheon
was held at the Pier 7 Restaurant at the Channel Inn. Compatriots and guests heard a very
interesting and informative lecture on “Genetic Genealogy” given by Mr. Kevin Campbell. We
thank Mr. Campbell for his time and efforts and for facilitating such an interesting discussion.
Gen. J. Milnor
served as Master
of Ceremonies for
the wreath laying.
A hearty thank
you to our
compatriot for all
of his hard work!
The Heroes of ’76 Color Guard of the
National Sojourners (above) served as color
guard for the event.
Peter Dixon (left) places flowers at the
gravesite for Elbridge Gerry. Several
patriotic lineage organizations were
represented at the ceremony. Also
placing flowers were a number of
veterans. The DCSSAR was pleased to
have so many participants for the event.
Mr. Dixon represented a number of
organizations and we thank him for
being a part of the ceremony.
ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
Members and guests of the DCSSAR gathered for the annual
awards dinner held at Clyde’s of Gallery Place on April 19,
2007. Pictured left are Scott Shewmaker, the now past
President of the DCSSAR, his son Luke Shewmaker, who
was inducted into the society that night and, Rob Warren,
DCSSAR Treasurer. Many awards were presented to
hardworking compatriots and friends of the DCSSAR who
had contributed so much in the previous year to our group.
Many thanks again for their hard work and dedication. An
informative presentation on Washington D.C., The Revolutionary City, was given by May Day
Taylor, who discussed the District’s ties to the American Revolution. Many sites in the city were
noted as evidence of these connections as well as a number of commemorative stamps. Members
of the Board of Management elected at the previous meeting in March were installed. Mr.
Shewmaker had the following message that he requested be included for this article:
Thank you very much. It was a great two years.
In addition to our corporate accomplishments there were personal milestones. 15 years after
joining the SAR, I had a very memorable installation night when our group was joined by other
restaurant dinner guests at the Old Ebbitt Grill in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America and then singing the National Anthem. This past April was
another memorable installation night for me as my son became an SAR member. The two years
in between have been truly remarkable for me in SAR.
In reflecting on my second, just completed term, one of the main reasons that I accepted the
second call to serve was that the Society has so many good patriots. I thank all of who answered
the calls for help. When talking with SAR members from other states one comment I consistently
heard was, “how are you so young in DC?” That was even before the six “young” inductees
joined us at our GW lunch. I am thankful for each and every new member who joined the
DCSSAR in the past two years. I am thankful for the significant list of prospective members we
have and most importantly I am thankful for our wonderful experienced and dedicated members
who contribute in so many ways to making our Society a shining star in SAR. We all are
patriotic shining stars for America.
My best wishes to Paul Hays & his administration in carrying the momentum forward.
THE CENTER FOR ADVANCING MEMBER KUDOS
The Center for Advancing America’s Kudos to Compatriot Nick Carter, who
Heritage is the new library for the was installed as President of the
NSSAR to be created in Louisville, American Philatelic Society on August
KY. The center will serve as a learning 9th in Portland, Oregon. Nick received
center for all generations to learn about an overwhelming majority of the votes
the history of our country. An effort to cast by the 42,000 members and plans
raise funds for the library and an to use his mandate to improve member
endowment for its programs is ongoing. benefits and increase the availability of
There are many ways to contribute and the American Philatelic Research
all donations are tax deductible. Please Library through technology.
contact Tim Bennett for more
information on how you can contribute
today to the preservation of our heritage
for the education of future generations.
Lt. Col. James Marshall Buck, age 84, a member of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of
the American Revolution since 1956, passed away on October 17, 2007.
David Ralph Curfman, M.D., 65, a member since 1995, died of leukemia July 24, 2007, at his
home in Washington. He was a member of our Board of Management, and of sixty other hereditary,
professional, civic, and chivalric organizations.
He combined a career as a neurological surgeon with a deep interest in music and history. He was
president of the Christmas Pageant of Peace, which stages the festivities around the annual National
Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse. He was an elected Trustee of the Cathedral Choral Society, a
founding member of the U. S. Capitol Historical Society, and chairman of the Sons of Union
Veterans of the Civil War Decoration/Memorial Day Historical Observance at Arlington National
Cemetery. Despite his illness, he organized and ran the DCSSAR annual commemoration of the birth
of Thomas Jefferson this April 13th, and for the past year had been chairman of the NSSAR’s DAR
As President of the National Columbus Celebration Association, for twelve years he organized and
was Master of Ceremonies at the annual commemoration at Columbus Circle in front of Union
Station. Last year, the Association adopted a resolution expressing “grateful appreciation … for his
eleven years of highly dedicated service as … president, and for the outstanding contributions he has
made … to the celebration … which became national in scope under his leadership.”
In his youth he had been the Ohio State President of the Children of the American Revolution, and at
the time of his death was an Honorary Senior National Vice President. During the recent SAR
Annual Congress in Williamsburg, the Awards and Medals Committee approved giving him the Gold
SAR/CAR Medal of Appreciation, and on July 18th Kitty Jones, Tim Bennett, Scott Shewmaker, and
Larry McKinley presented it to David at his bedside. Dr. Curfman had been the recipient of both the
NSSAR Silver and Bronze Good Citizenship Medals, and the DCSSAR Patriotic Service Crystal. He
was a Past President General of the National Society of the Children of American Colonists.
In 2004 he was awarded the DAR Medal of Honor. This June, before 3,600 assembled for opening
session of the 117th DAR Continental Congress at Constitution Hall, then-President General Presley
Merritt Wagoner presented Dr. Curfman the NSDAR Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal, in her
words “for sharing his knowledge and talents to support and participate in commemorative events
and ceremonies that preserve our American Heritage and promote patriotism ….”
Dr. Curfman ran a private practice, and served as chief of neurosurgery at Providence Hospital. He
also was a senior attending neurosurgeon at George Washington University Medical Center and an
assistant clinical professor in neurological surgery at GWU. He previously had been on staff at
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital,
Alexandria Hospital and Arlington Hospital. He was past president of the Washington Academy of
Dr. Curfman had been historian and curator at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Washington
since 1969, and had been choirmaster and associate organist there while in medical school and during
his medical residency. His funeral was held there before a standing-room-only congregation on
Saturday, July 28th. DCSSAR President Paul Hays delivered one of three eulogies.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Blanche Lee Anderson Curfman of the home in Washington.
Col. Samuel Thomas Dickens, (USAF, Ret.), 80, a member since 1968, died December 29, 2006, at
his daughter’s home in Oakton. He was a resident of Falls Church.
A 1951 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and veteran of Korea and Vietnam, he flew tactical
fighter aircraft and later served as chief of plans and policy for the western hemisphere on the Air
Staff at the Pentagon. After retiring in 1979, Colonel Dickens dedicated his life to shaping national
security policy, particularly in the western hemisphere, working as a consultant and with a number of
Born in Buenos Aires, Col. Dickens spent most of his early childhood in Argentina and Chile. After
graduating high school during WWII he became a clerk at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires
and in late 1945 joined the U.S. Army. As a sergeant, he entered the U.S. Military Academy through
a competitive enlisted appointment. After graduation in 1951 and pilot training in 1952 he flew
twelve combat missions in Korea with the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Following the
war his squadron was deployed to Japan, whence they flew reconnaissance missions over the Soviet
Union, China and North Korea, on one of which he flew wing on his operations officer during an
overflight of Vladivostok in April 1954. These missions, specifically authorized by President
Eisenhower, were declassified in 1999 and publicized in a 2002 symposium Col. Dickens helped
organize in Washington. Documenting these secret reconnaissance flights was one of Dickens’ great
late life passions.
Col. Dickens later served as a Flight Commander with the Royal Air Force, Commander of a
Midshipmen Company at the U.S. Naval Academy, F-100 instructor at Luke AFB, Arizona, and
Assistant Air Attaché, Spain. Upon assignment to South Vietnam in 1968 he became operations
officer and then commander of the 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, flying 226 combat missions in F-
100’s. Later assignments included base commander of Torrejon Air Base, Director of Operations of
the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, and coordinator of U.S.-Spanish negotiations on the U.S. military
presence in Spain.
Following a tour on the Air Staff in the Pentagon he attended the Industrial College of the Armed
Forces at Fort McNair, and obtained a Master of Science degree in Administration from George
Washington University. In 1974 he became Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, Air Force Plans
and Policy, Air Staff where he served as a delegate to the Inter-American Defense Board and as Co-
Chairman of the Canada-U.S. Regional Planning Group, NATO. Among his decorations are the
Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and twelve Air Medals.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Dickens continued work in the national security
arena with a focus on Latin America. He was an advisor on national security and foreign policy to
the National Commander of The American Legion, and for ten years served as Director of Inter-
American Affairs at the American Security Council Foundation. In this capacity he vigorously
engaged in the national debate over U.S. policy in Central America, and was known as a vocal
supporter of the Nicaraguan Resistance and friend of top Resistance leaders. As a frequent guest on
national radio and television and op-ed contributor, Dickens defended U.S. support for the Contras as
critical to U.S. hemispheric and global interests.
Colonel Dickens served as an adviser to the 1984 Kissinger Commission on Central America,
Secretary of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation, and on the Board of Regents of the James
Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in Fredericksburg. He was also a member of the Retired
Officers Association and the Sabre Pilots Association, served as Vice President of the West Point
Class of 1951, and in 2000, on the 50th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, Dickens was
chosen to represent the U.S. Air Force along with representatives of the other uniformed services, to
receive the newly authorized Korean War Service Medal. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
pinned the medal on the six recipients at a ceremony featuring President Clinton.
In addition to his wife of almost fifty years, Marcella of Falls Church, he is survived by sons David
T. of Arlington, Samuel T., Jr. of Oviedo, Florida and daughter Pamela Sellars of Oakton. He leaves
eight grandchildren: Sophia, Henry, Gavin, Trey, Brandon, Jake, Victor and Tessa.
Harold Everett (Hal) Dodds, Jr., 69, a member since 2001, died on July 6, 2007, at INOVA
Alexandria Hospital following a short illness. Hal was our office administrator, had served as
Secretary of the Society, and just this spring had been elected to a three-year term on our Board of
Hal had lived in the Washington area since 1971 and worked for more than 20 years with PRC, Inc.,
a defense contractor now part of Northrop Grumman Corp. He worked from 2001 until his
retirement in 2006 as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
From the day of his retirement last year, Hal served as our volunteer office administrator three days a
week, and sometimes four or five. As he learned the demands of the position, he became an
invaluable asset to the Society. He answered telephone calls, responded to or forwarded emails,
registered dinner reservations, deposited checks, produced our surface mail, and coordinated our
records with the National headquarters in Louisville. He brought order to our office, and because of
that and his unique personality, he will be sorely missed.
Hal was born May 28, 1938 in Flint, Michigan, to the late Harold and Ernestine Dodds. He earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, a
Doctorate in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1966, and later, a Master’s in Computer
Science from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from George Washington University.
He attended Providence Presbyterian Church in Annandale, VA, where he was a long-time member
of the Chancel Choir. In addition to his active role in the DCSSAR, he was a member of the St.
Andrew’s Society of Washington DC, an officer of the Clan Johnstone, and regularly attended
competitions of Scottish games. Other memberships included the MIT Club, the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Psi Fraternity. He was a former member of
the Fairfax County Republican Committee, and in the 1960s participated in a youth ministry to West
Africa with the Reverend William Sloan Coffin.
Survivors include his wife, Alice E. Dodds; three children: Laura Burris, a graduate of Wooster
College, Ohio, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, and of Portland State University, Oregon, with
a Master’s Degree in Geology, and her husband, William, of Columbia, Maryland; Erica A. Dodds, a
George Mason University student; and Andrew E. Dodds, a music major at George Mason and a
Scottish fiddler. Other survivors include two grandchildren, Terri and James Burris, and a sister,
Ann Dodds Shaw.
A memorial service was held July 12th at Providence Presbyterian Church. The sanctuary was
packed, with many kilts and SAR rosettes. Hal's sister, his two daughters, and our Trustee, Gareth
Hayes Bond, all delivered moving eulogies. Hal's son played a haunting Scottish melody on his
fiddle, and the service ended with the music of a bagpiper, followed by a reception in the Church
Hall. In addition to Gary Bond and his wife, Janis, the Society was represented by Compatriots
Timothy R. Bennett, Carroll J. Collins, Paul Hays and his wife, Cindy, Capt. Dennis J. Hickey, Scott
C. Shewmaker, Clayton W. Shimeld, and John D. Stonesifer.
George Buckley Fillian, 79, a life member of the D. C. Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution passed away August 29, 2007. He was born September 29, 1927 in Haverhill, NH to
William and Beatrice (Buckley) Fillian. George attended the New York State Ranger School and
served in WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corp and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On
August 7, 1948, he married Annette Buschelman. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2005.
George worked as a Ground Crew Manager for Eastern Airlines and retired in 1965. He then was a
Claims Representative for Social Security and retired from that position in 1986. Most recently, he
had lived in Ames, Iowa.
He joined our Society in February 1961 and became a life member. He also was a lifetime member of
the NY State Ranger School Alumni Association, Kiwanis International, Piscataqua Pioneers, Ray
County Historical Society (MO), American Legion Post #20, NARFE and Eastern Airlines Reitrees
Association, and Grace United Methodist Church in Story City, IA. George also served as a hospice
volunteer, as well as on a number of charitable boards, foundations and community clubs that worked
for the care of children and youth. He loved travel and visiting, as well as genealogy.
He is survived by two sons: Frank (Fran) Fillian of Yuma, AZ and Lee (Debbie) Fillian of Creston,
IA; and four daughters; Beatrice (Leon) Hobbs of Claremont, NH, Suzanne (Daryl) Mendel of
Ramona, CA, Alice (Brian) Tibben of Nevada, IA, and Christina Potter of Marshalltown IA.
In addition to his wife, George was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Nathaniel
Sanford Chandler Jameson, 75, the longtime director of international education for the College
Board, died of pneumonia Dec. 14 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He also had lung cancer.
Mr. Jameson opened the board's Washington office. He worked there for 31 years and retired in
1994. He was born in Toronto, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University. He received a master's
degree in educational psychology from what is now known as Case Western Reserve University, in
He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Before he joined the College Board, he worked in
admissions at both Case Western Reserve University and Carlton College in Minnesota.
Mr. Jameson was an elder and head usher at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. He also was past
president and board member of the Springfield Civic Association in Bethesda.
He enjoyed volunteering with higher-education associations and historical societies and taking
cruises. A Bethesda resident, he spent winters in Estero, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Joan Sheridan Jameson of Bethesda; two daughters, Julie
Jameson and Jennifer Jameson Snow, both of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.
John Morrison Kerr, Jr., age 83 and a member of the Society since 1945, died April 1, 2007 at
Albion, in King George, Virginia. He is survived by his children, Diane Kerr (Ronal Mason), Sandy
Hazlett (Tracy), and Peggy Cook (Thomas); five grandchildren, Christina, Jonathan, Lauren, Austin,
and Connie; a great-grandchild, Katrina. He is preceded in death by his wife Lorna. A funeral
service was held Monday, April 9, at Vienna Presbyterian Church. [Extracted from The Washington
Post of 4/6/2007]
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: JUNE MEETING
The following article is a summary of the minutes of the last meeting of the DCSSAR Board of
Minutes of the Board of Management Meeting
June 23, 2007
147 Twelfth Street, S.E.
On June 23, 2007, the Board of Management for the DCSSAR held its first meeting of the year.
In addition to the President, the following Compatriots were present: Messrs. Gary Bond,
Burnham, Collins, Curfman, Hargan, Andrew Johnson, Lamson, Jack London, Nordlinger,
Padelford, Patten, Andrew Schaeffer, Senn, Shewmaker, Shimeld, Snodgrass, Tackitt, Wanke,
and Warren, a quorum.
Trustees: Gary Bond gave the Trustee’s Report. All funds that had previously been held and
managed by Charles Schwab & Co. have been moved to SunTrust Bank. Mr. Bond also reported
that the current value of the Trustees’ account is $197,538.75, up from $181,000 a year ago. The
Benjamin Franklin Fund account is valued at $67,025.67, reflecting an increase of $15,000 in the
past year. Our arrangement with Schwab required investments to be sold whenever cash was
needed from the funds because they were fully invested in stocks. At SunTrust there will be four
accounts - two main investment accounts, and two smaller liquid-asset accounts that will be
readily accessible for operational needs.
Awards: Mr. Bond also gave the Awards Committee report. The Military Service Medal will be
awarded to all members who qualify. The medal will be available in December. After a
complete inventory of medals held by the DCSSAR, it became apparent that it would be best to
return surplus stock to the National Society merchandise department, valued at $788.00, so that
has been done. The society has retained approximately 30 rosettes and all the George
Washington and the Patriotic Service Medals. Other awards will be ordered upon request.
Digitizing Documents: Andrew Schaeffer presented a report on the application transcription
project on behalf of by Mrs. Wilma (Sunni) Winkler. He reported noted several discoveries that
she had made up to the time of the report she prepared for the Board. Many applicants included
generations over and beyond the scope of what was necessary for membership and all of this is
being entered into the database. Information such as occupation, education, military service, and
any other pertinent information, including generations earlier than the American Revolution
timeframe will be included. In the early years of the SAR, the only “documentation” require for
membership was the applicant’s word that this was what his grandfather had told him.
Sometimes information on actual documents was recorded at the time of these applications, so
that will be included in other portions of the database.
At the time of the June report, Mrs. Winkler had reached the 1926 applications. She has entered
about 1700 applications into the database resulting in approximately 20,000 names. She
requested permission from the Board to transfer the information to Rootsweb.com. The Board
took serious consideration of the project and Mrs. Winkler’s request, which was approved. The
Board also decided to keep the records at another location in the event that Roots Web ceases to
exist. A motion was approved that the Society thank Mrs. Winkler for her work on this project.
Third Vice President Lamson was appointed as the chairman of an ad hoc committee to
determine the disposition of the information once it is complete. Options of working with
National were discussed, with our project serving as the pilot since National is just in the
developmental stages of their efforts.
JROTC: Mr. Nordlinger reported on the Junior R.O.T.C. program. He announced that the
DCSSAR had presented the Outstanding Cadet Award to twelve cadets in the District of
Columbia this year. He commented that 130–150 students were enrolled in JROTC at each of 14
public high schools, and that the program is valuable for its ability to identify and foster future
leaders for the military as well as the community. Students enroll in this program voluntarily,
thus effectively removing themselves from participation in other, less desirable activities. He
also noted that each program’s commanding officer has sole discretion in selecting awardees,
and that cadets receiving the award are authorized to wear it on their uniforms.
CAAH: Capt. London spoke on behalf of Compatriot Tim Bennett regarding the Center for
Advancing America’s Heritage (CAAH), an educational center of the NSSAR with the mission
of promoting the study of American history and culture, to be built next to the National
Headquarters in Louisville. To date about $3 million has been raised, but an additional $3
million is needed with half the total going to construction, and the other half used to fund an
endowment. He reported that an outside firm has recently been retained to coordinate external
fundraising, but that essential to the success of that effort would be increasing the level of
participation by members of the Society nationwide. Past President General Roland Downing has
accepted chairmanship of a national effort to increase the proportion of members contributing
from the current 4% to a range of 30% - 50%, and Mr. Tim Bennett has accepted responsibility
for the effort locally. DCSSAR Board has decided to donate $1000 from the Trustees’ account to
the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage, and match from the same source contributions
from its members up to a total of an additional $1000.
C.A.R. and D.A.R. Activities: Mr. Schaeffer reported that the DC DAR and the DC CAR had
adopted as a project helping Your America Works, a charter school in the District of Columbia,
in assembling a new library, and moved that the DCSSAR join in the effort. President Hays
clarified the motion to be a statement of commitment in principle, and the motion was seconded
by Mr. Bond and adopted.
President Hays announced several committee appointments at the meeting as follows:
Carroll Collins (chairman), Eric Hargan, Steve Leishman
Meetings & Events:
Gerry Ceremony/Luncheon: Milnor Roberts, Paul Hays, and Peter Dixon
Yorktown Luncheon: Peter Dixon
Potowmack Ball: Rob Warren
Christmas Dinner: David Tilley
Election Meeting: Gary Nordlinger
JROTC: Gary Nordlinger
Knight Essay Contest: David Wham
Rumbaugh Oration Contest: David Tilley, Griff Crump, Charles Nalls
Daniel Wanke (chairman), Craig Pirtle, Nick Carter
Gary Bond (chairman), Andy Johnson, Peter Dixon, Carroll Collins, Scott
New Member Helper:
Dick Patten (chairman), Alan Dana, Blake Funston, Jon Aldridge, Fred
Tim Bennett (chairman), Eric Hargan
Gary Bond (chairman), Gary Nordlinger
Ad hoc Committees:
Disposition of Applications:
Donald Lamson (chairman), Artie Esworthy, Andrew Schaeffer, David White,
Rudy Harner; Sunni Winkler, advisor
Color Guard Feasibility:
Paul Hays (chairman), Jamie Sledge, Andrew Schaeffer, Andy Johnson
MEMBERSHIP GROWTH CONTINUES
Thanks to the efforts of Registrar Larry Miller, Assistant Registrar Dick Patten, the New Member
Helpers, and individual Compatriots acting as recruiters, we continue to enjoy steady growth in our
ranks. Despite the lamentable loss of members whose obituaries appear elsewhere in this issue, we
experienced a rate of increase in our numbers exceeding twenty percent last year.
With five more currently pending at National HQ, please join in giving these 22 new members the
traditional SAR greeting:
“Compatriots, we welcome you most heartily!”
Admitted since the spring issue of The Capital Chronicle:
Jon Scott Aldridge, 28, Washington, April Adjutant & Commissary, Morris County
18; 5th great-grandson of Cornelius Voorhees, Militia, NJ; sponsor Paul Hays
NSSAR Secretary General David Nels
Appleby, 59, Ozark, MO, Aug. 13; 4th great- Michael Lee Sauls, 52, Alexandria, Oct 29;
grandson of Pvt. William Appleby, 2nd & 6th 5th great grandson of Thomas Massie, Captain,
Battalions, Cumberland County Militia, PA; 6th Regiment; Major, 11th & 2nd Regiments,
dual with the Missouri Society Virginia; sponsor Paul Hays
Edwin Osborn Bailey, 67, Washington, Dec.
17; 5th great grandson of John Hart, Signer of Luke Carson Shewmaker, 9 weeks (Life
the Declaration of Independence, NJ; sponsor Member), Bethesda, March 23; 7th great-
Paul Hays grandson of Pvt. William Wyatt, Jr., 3rd, 4th, &
Jonathan Hart Bailey, 41, Berkeley, CA, 5th VA Regiments; sponsor his father, past
Dec. 17; 6th great grandson of John Hart, DCSSAR President Scott Shewmaker
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Grady Sims, Jr., 46, Bristow, VA,
NJ; sponsor Paul Hays Aug. 6; 5th great-grandson of Pvt. Ephraim
John Edward “Jack” Boucher, 76, Silver Elder, VA Continental Line; reinstatement
Spring, Aug. 6; 4th great-grandson of Pvt. /transfer from the Virginia Society
Nicholas Hookey, 1st PA Regt., Continental Bruce Lee Raymond Smith, Washington, 73,
Line; reinstatement from the D.C. Society April 1; transfer from the California Society
Alan Page Dye, 61, Washington, Oct. 29; 4th Ryan Michael Snyder, 36, Ellicott City, Oct.
great grandson of Pvt. James Stanley, 8th NC 29; 6th great-grandson of Pvt. George Goss,
Regiment; sponsor Paul Hays PA; sponsor William Lawrence Miller
Andrew Comer Dye, 26, Arlington, Oct. 29; Donald Archie Summers, 71, Bethesda, Jan.
5th great grandson of Pvt. James Stanley, 8th 2; 4th great grandson of Pvt. Mathias
NC Regiment; sponsor Paul Hays Summers, 1st PA Regt., Continental Line;
William Edward Martin Hewitt, 37, sponsor William Pennington
Washington, Apr. 1; reinstatement Christopher Scott Taggart, 47, Greensboro,
/transfer from the Virginia Society NC;
Joel Patrick Hinzman, 37, Alexandria, Aug. Douglas Michael Taggart, 49, Chula Vista,
23; 4th great-grandson of Pvt. Henry Hinzman, CA; and
Philadelphia County Militia, PA; sponsor Col. Phillip Edwin Taggart (USMCR), 46,
Peter Arrott Dixon Kansas City, MO, Aug. 29; 6th great
Paul J. Kinyon, McLean; dual with the grandsons of Daniel Rudgyard, Soldier, 4th
Illinois Regiment, Ulster County Militia, NY (and
Society sons of former DCDAR State Regent, Marlene
Philippe Nacfaire de St. Paulet, Bethesda; Taggart); sponsor Gary Bond
dual with the France Society Ambassador Curtin Winsor, 68, McLean,
Col. Robert Darrell Pollock (USAF), 48, Oct 29; 5th great grandson of Major General
Fairfax, Oct. 1; 5th great-grandson of Pvt. James Potter, PA Militia, member of PA
Thomas Whan, Chester County Militia, PA; constitutional convention; Vice President (Lt.
sponsor Andrew M. Johnson Gov.) of PA; sponsor Gary Bond
Applications approved by the Board of Management and pending at NSSAR:
Lt. Col. James E. Bogle (USA), 40, Paris, France; 5th great grandson of Pvt. Reuben Seay, Artillery
of the VA Line, blinded at the Siege of Yorktown; sponsor Paul Hays
Kenneth Charles Bowyer, 67, Upper Marlboro; 4th great grandson of Pvt. Samuel Poe, 14th Virginia
Continental Regulars; sponsor Andrew M. Johnson
Kenneth Charles Bowyer, Jr., 37, Upper Marlboro; 5th great grandson of Pvt. Samuel Poe, 14th
Virginia Continental Regulars; sponsor Paul Hays
Thys Jeffrey DeYoung, 46, Washington; 6th great grandson of Pvt. James Lewis, 3rd NC Regiment;
sponsor William Lawrence Miller
Ryan Edward Mackenzie, 25, Washington; 6th great grandson of Pvt. John Billheimer,
Northampton County Militia, PA; sponsor Paul Hays
A PIECE OF SAR HISTORY SAVED
In August the District of Columbia Society received a valuable and most interesting artifact of
SAR history from Dr. Joseph R. Lex, Jr., a member of the medical faculty at Temple University
in Philadelphia. It is a 13-inch-diameter, two-pound, round sterling silver presentation plate
bearing the mark of S. Kirk & Son, which was given to a distinguished Compatriot in 1950. The
accompanying letter advised that Dr. Lex’s father found the plate in Biloxi, Mississippi, about
fifteen years ago and bought it for its scrap value.
In the center of the plate is the engraved
FRANK BARTLETT STEELE
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
PRESENTED IN TOKEN OF ESTEEM
BY HIS COMPATRIOTS OF THE
D.C. SOCIETY S.A.R.
Steele was a member and leader of the New York, District of Columbia, and National Societies
of the Sons of the American Revolution for over fifty years. Born March 28, 1864, in Buffalo,
New York, he was a great-great grandson of Zenas Barker, a solider of New York Troops during
the Revolution. Mr. Steele became a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Empire State
Society, S.A.R. on August 3, 1897, and was elected Secretary General of the National Society on
May 17, 1921. In 1927 when he and his wife relocated to Washington, they took up residence
in the SAR National Headquarters at 1227 Sixteenth Street, NW, a few blocks north of the White
House. On January 4, 1928, he transferred his membership to the District of Columbia Society.
During two periods of NSSAR history, from 1904 to 1921 and again from 1933 to 1950, the
offices of Secretary General and Registrar General were combined. After the second
consolidation of the two offices in 1933 Mr. Steele continued to fill the combined office until he
retired in 1949 – a perhaps unequalled tenure of 28 consecutive years as a General Officer of the
National Society. In 1949 he was named Secretary-Registrar General Emeritus, and at the D. C.
Society’s annual Awards and Installation of Officers dinner the following April he was presented
the plate that has now made its way back to its origins. Mr. Steele died February 28, 1952.
One passage of the four-page resolution adopted by the D. C. Society on his retirement said of
Mr. and Mrs. Steele, “ . . .they have jointly . . . given to our Society . . . their time, thought and
their sincere service . . . his name, his voice and his personality have become synonyms for
patriotic devotion to our American system of Government."
Minutes of the March 30, 1950, meeting of the DCSSAR Board of Management, recount a
motion offered "to authorize the expenditure of not to exceed $125 for the purchase of an
appropriately engraved silver tray to be presented to Compatriot Steele ...." The motion was
adopted, but only after rejection of two amendments: one to reduce the authorization to $100,
and the other to substitute a $100 savings bond. At the April 19th dinner, all former presidents
attending participated in the presentation.
Historian General David Sympson has researched the company that produced the plate, finding
the following in The Online Encyclopedia of American Silver Marks:
In August 1815, Samuel Kirk, at the age of 22, opened a small store on Market Street in
Baltimore and entered into a partnership with John Smith, which continued until 1820.
With Samuel Kirk's son, Henry Child Kirk, becoming a partner in 1846 the firm's name
was changed to Samuel Kirk & Son. Two other sons of Samuel Kirk, Charles D. and
Clarence E. Kirk were admitted as partners in 1861 and the firm name was changed to
Samuel Kirk & Sons. In 1868, the latter two brothers left the firm and the name was
changed back to Samuel Kirk & Son. Samuel Kirk died in 1872, leaving Henry Child
Kirk to work alone until 1890 when his only son, Henry Child Kirk, Jr., joined the firm as
a partner. Henry Child Kirk, Sr. formed a corporation and the firm name was changed to
Samuel Kirk & Son Company. In 1924, the firm's name was changed to Samuel Kirk &
Son, Inc. In 1979 The Stieff Company purchased Samuel Kirk & Son, Inc. and changed
the firm's name to The Kirk Stieff Company. Today, Kirk is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Lenox, Inc.
The artifact has now completed a full circle. It would be fascinating to learn how it made its way
to Biloxi. At the fall leadership meeting in Louisville, KY, DCSSAR President Paul Hays
presented the plate to the NSSAR museum.
At the June meeting of the Board of Management, the following budget was approved for 2007-
Approved Actuals Adopted
INCOME 2006 2006 2007-2008
CAR Investment Fund $0 $0.00 $0
Dues $9,000 $10,465.00 $10,500
Estate Endowment $60 $60.00 $60
GW Luncheon $0 $0.00 $0 only every 3 years
Interest $300 $257.70 $0
Meetings (Dinners/Luncheons) $10,000 $12,023.73 $12,000
Other Inc $0 $21.25 $0
Potowmack Ball $15,000 $17,598.00 $18,000
Rent (from other Societies) $7,239 $7,216.00 $7,469
Trustee's Account $4,000 $4,000.00 $16,000
Total Income $45,599 $51,641.68 $64,029
Proposed Actuals Proposed
EXPENSES 2006 2006 2007
Advertising $30 $36.00 $40
Awards and Medals $4,000 $5,352.51 $3,000
Bulletin (Printing & Postage) & Postage
(Renamed Newsletter & Printing) $2,500 $1,420.54 $2,800
CAAH $0 $0.00 $2,000
Dues (Paid to National) $5,000 $4,850.00 $5,000
GW Luncheon $0 $0.00 $0 only every 3 years
Jefferson's Birthday $200 $213.58 $200
Potowmack Ball $15,000 $17,715.56 $18,000
Wreaths $250 $273.00 $300
Insurance and Bonding $2,000 $2,060.00 $2,100
Meetings (Dinners/Luncheons) $10,000 $11,979.66 $12,000
Miscellaneous $300 $363.97 $300
Office Equipment $600 $744.71 $600
Office Expenses $4,700 $3,323.90 $4,000
Rent $11,000 $11,160.36 $11,951
Roster and Bylaws (Printing) $1,000 $3,624.84 $500
Salary (Administrator) $0 $0.00 $0
Tax Preparation $2,000 $1,585.00 $1,600
Utilities (Telephone, Internet) $1,800 $1,252.75 $1,500
Total Expenses $60,380 $65,956.38 $65,891
Total Surplus (Deficit) ($14,781) -$14,314.70 ($1,862)
Carry Over From Previous FY $19,305.50 $19,305.50 $4,990.80
Expected Ending Balance $4,524.50 $4,990.80 $3,128.39
The District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
725 15th Street NW ● Suite 607 ● Washington, DC 20005-6032
Editor, Daniel Wanke, 202.638.6444
Return Service Requested
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 26, DC Children of the American Revolution Luncheon
February 18, Washington’s Birthday Luncheon [DCCAR]; BOM &
February 21 – 23, NSSAR Spring Leadership Meeting, Louisville
March 20, Election and Dinner
April 13, Jefferson’s Birthday Commemoration
April 17, Awards & Installation Dinner