Mt. Evans Chapter won the Mt. Elbert Award for highest number of Chapter members attending
Chapter President Bob Easterly
About The Chapter
The Colorado Society of the SAR saw its first meeting on July 4, 1896 in Denver, near present day 16th and California Streets. The Mt. Evans Chapter, covering the Denver metro area and Central Front Range of Colorado specifically, was chartered on July 27, 1985. Currently, the Chapter numbers approximately 120 living descendants of the Colonial Militiamen, Continental Line Soldiers and Patriots who founded the United States of America.
With an annual meeting in January, we also meet near April 19 to recognize Patriots Day, near September 17 to commemorate the Constitution and near December 15 to celebrate the Bill of Rights. Chapter programs are dedicated to the encouragement of patriotism, education of our youth and sustaining the vision of our Patriot ancestors. Recognizing the importance of our area youth, we support and maintain an active educational role in Front Range Schools through the Patriot Chest program, while joining COSSAR efforts to honor outstanding ROTC Cadets, JROTC Cadets and Eagle Scouts. We encourage both Adult, as well as Youth Registrations for male family members under the age of 18.
Members of the Chapter were instrumental in originating the idea and lobbying the Colorado Legislature to recognize April 19 as a perpetual Patriots Day. This day coincides with the attack on Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 and the firing of the “Shot heard ‘round the world” at Concord Bridge.
Highlights from our March, 2016 chapter meeting.
Alternate National Trustee Wayne Snodgrass
Speaker Everett Brailey
Presentation to Steven DeBoer
Award of Flag Certificate - May, 2016
Bob Haines presenting Flag Certificate to Robert Robinson
Mt Evans Chapter Meeting - September 10, 2016
Minutes of August 27, 2016 Board of Managers Meeting
Minutes from BOM Meeting August 27, 2016
Robert Easterly, President
David Brown, Vice President
Steve DeBoer, COSSAR State President
Tom Brown, State Registrar
Robert Stevens, Chaplain
Robert Haines, Flag Chairman
Rick Neeley, New Member
Meeting called to order at 8:30AM by President Easterly at the Village Inn, Denver, CO.
Invocation by Mr. Stevens
The first order of business was to accept and approve the minutes from the February 22, 2016 Board of Managers meeting. A motion was presented and unanimously passed.
The second order of business was a report by the Treasurer. In compatriot Oren’s absence, the President presented the current financial report. The Treasurer’s Report shows $10,158.54 in balances.
Under Old Business, the President reported that most if not all of the current year objectives under the Chapter’s Term plan will be met by the end of the year.
The President discussed the draft copies of the proposed updated Chapter Bylaws and the proposed Standing Orders. The Board was asked to carefully review these documents and to discuss them at the next meeting. Compatriot Tom Brown suggested the Dues portion of the Standing Orders be changed to refer to the COSSAR Membership directory which contains the current information.
The President reported that the mail-out to At-Large members resulted in no new chapter affiliations.
The President inquired if Compatriot Robert Hampton had agreed to help with the Patriot Chest program and Compatriot DeBoer indicated he was anticipating speaking with Compatriot Hampton next week.
The President indicated that a Registrar is badly needed for the Chapter as Compatriot Tom Brown is not continuing in his role and the Chapter’s de facto Registrar as well at the COSSAR Membership Secretary and Registrar. Compatriot’s DeBoer, Stevens and Neeley indicated they would jointly take on the task in the coming year. Compatriot Brown enumerated the equipment, skill and time requirements for processing the new applications.
The President discussed the Certificates for Patriotism program for veterans.
The President described the current Chapter status of the Americanism Award application and asked that participation in various events and contributions to the SAR Foundation be reported for inclusion by the end of the year.
Compatriot Bob Haines updated the Board on Flag Certificate presentations completed and those planned for the remainder of the year.
Compatriot DeBoer was asked to report on the COSSAR picnic held on July 23rd.
Under New Business, Compatriot DeBoer reported on the most recent COSSAR Board of Managers Meeting. He also mentioned a number of upcoming events that might be of interest including the Constitution Day Banquet in Colorado Springs, a children’s Naturalization Ceremony in Centennial, upcoming Veteran’s Day parades and the COSSAR Annual Meeting in February 18 at the Mount Vernon Country Club.
The President discussed the upcoming Chapter meeting on September 10. The Program will be presented to Long’s Peak Compatriot Jan Housley portraying Baron von Steuben. Two new members, Rich Ware and Rick Neeley will be inducted and a number of War Service and Military Service medals will be presented.
Compatriot DeBoer updated the Board on the DAR Liaison efforts and the growing relationship with the DAR thanks to the appointment of Jewel Wellborn as the SAR Liaison. DeBoer is serving as the Chapter’s liaison.
The President reported that Mount Evans Chapter and the Castle Rock DAR Chapter have succeeded in getting the Douglas County Commissioners to issue a 225th Anniversary Bill of Rights Proclamation on 13 December. He asked for contacts with other Denver Metro counties, cities and the State.
The President discussed support for the Children of the American Revolution. A motion was made to donate $100 to the Cannonball Creek Chapter, CAR for their support. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
The President indicated that it was appropriate to form a Nominations Committee to recommend candidates to fill the office positions of the chapter for 2017. Compatriot Stevens was appointed to chair the Committee and to recommend a slate at the next meeting. The slate will be voted upon at the November 12th Chapter meeting.
The President reported that the Chapter will submit a USS STARK Award application this year. Any involvement with veteran’s group, organizations or events should be reported to him for inclusion in the report.
Compatriot Tom Brown discussed the dues billing timing and process for the coming year.
The President asked the Board to submit pictures and other relevant information to Compatriot Dave Brown for the Chapter website and to Compatriot Stevens for the Facebook page.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35AM
R. P. Easterly
SAR COlor Guard, Colorado Springs Veteran's Day parade
Mt. Evans Flag Chairman Bob Haines presents Flag Certificate to Alfred "Fritz" Basgall
Junior member Levi DeBoer (ME) carries flag in Colorado Springs Veteran's Day Parade
Gary Mitchell (ME), Rick Neeley (ME), Tom Wellborn (LP) fire muskrts at Cresthill Middle School under the command of David Mann (PP)
COSSAR President Steve DeBoer (ME) gives Patriot Chest presentation to Cresthill Middle School 8th graders
Bill of Rights Proclimations
Jefferson County Commissioner Donald Rosier, Bob Haines - Mount Evans Flag Chairman, Commissioners Libby Szabo and Casey Tighe
Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge, Castle Rock DAR Chapter Regent Monica Flinner-Ross, Mount Evans President Bob Easterly, Commissioners Jill Repella and David Weaver.
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