I am honored to serve as President and look forward to working with you in managing Chapter affairs this year. My goals and this year’s schedule were previously submitted with my term plan (attached). I do plan on some initiatives that I wish to advise you of today.
Our Chapter business meetings on the schedule will be working lunches, promptly starting and ending at the announced times. This is in consideration of members with busy schedules who need a hard schedule to plan around. We have also added speaker topics for the majority of our meetings as annotated on our meeting schedule in my term plan. The speaker sessions will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes and will involve guest speakers at times. The speaker topic and/or guest speaker will be announced with the agenda and meeting notice.
We have secured anchor items for the Ben Franklin Table (BFT) for the entire year. Items planned to be available on the BFT will also be listed on the agenda presented with the meeting notice.
Working with our Chapter officers and membership, I specifically want to focus our activities and meeting agendas on programs that are consistent with our resources. We need more members to help with the things our Chapter adopts as worthwhile pursuits. In other words, if there is support for a program, we will pursue it. I desire to see new faces involved in Chapter programs because they feel it is important and worth doing. Otherwise there is no sense in pursuing the program.
I encourage our members to bring a guest or guest(s) to our meetings. Our meetings are not secret and should be used to help publicize what we do in the community and perhaps generate interest in others to consider joining our organization to honor their ancestor(s) as we do. For those of you trying to read in between my lines here, yes, I will be looking to energize our Chapter Publicity Program.
We will continue to pursue our two main events during the year, our Constitution Day Banquet and Bill of Rights Luncheon. Speakers for the functions will be announced in the invitations. Sheriff Bill Elder is tentatively scheduled as our speaker for the Constitution Day Banquet.
Your Chapter officers ask for your support this year, and our goal is to offer interesting programs and opportunities for you to honor your ancestor(s). I ask for your constructive feedback as we pursue those efforts.
Gary L. Manning
Chapter President Gary Manning
About the Chapter
The chapter was chartered in 1985. The chapters first President was Carl T. Chilcott. The chapter covers southern Front Range Colorado to Pueblo. The Pikes Peak Chapter has a very active Color Guard dressed in Revolutionary period dress and firearms and marches in several parades a year. The chapter annually presents to the Fire Dept and Police Dept. Medals of Commendation for public service, Flag Display Certificates and Certificates of Appreciation for Patriotic Service to the community.
Portrait Presentation at Cheyenne Mountain H.S. with John Luedecke on left, Student Body President center and Dave Wallace on the right as George Washington.
President Dick Marsh at the September 2012 meeting of the El Paso County Commissioners. Dick and the Ladies of the local DAR chapter were presented copies of the Proclamation proclaming September 17th as Constitution Day in El Paso County. We now have 4 Proclamations. From Fremont, Pueblo, and El Paso Counties as well as from the Governor.
Front Row: Left to right
Mary Daley, Regent of Cheyenne Mountain DAR Chapter; Amy Lathen, Commissioner District 1, Chairman; Sallie Clark, Commissioner District 3, Vice Chairman; Dick Marsh, President of Pikes Peak SAR Chapter; Karen Penley, Vice Regent of Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Penny Fischer, Regent of Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Heidi Baird, Adult Leader of the Pikes Peak CAR Chapter.
Back Row: Left to right:
Denis Hisey, Commissioner District 4; Rebekah Leone, Historian, Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Daryl Glenn, Commissioner District 1; Peggy Littleton, Commissioner District 5
2012 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade
With the Mile High Fife and Drum Corps, Dave Wallace as George Washington,Scout Troop 53 and members of the COSSAR Color Guard
PPCSAR 2016 Calendar
Sat, 16 Jan..........Annual Meeting, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, 11AM – 2PM 3011 E Hwy 50, Canon City, CO 81212 No guest speaker