January 24th Naturalization

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Two members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution welcomed 70 new citizens into the United States Friday in a ceremony held at St Dominic Grade School and officiated by the Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz, U.S. Magistrate Judge with the US District Court of the Southern District of Ohio at 1:00 PM. These new members of the USA come from 32 different countries and came to St Dominic School, 371 Pedretti Ave here in Cincinnati for their ceremony. Gerry Knight and Mike Gunn joined dignitaries from the offices of both Ohio Senators, Congressman Chabot, all Delhi Township Trustees, the local Police Chief, the office Social Security, and the Cincinnati DAR in welcoming the 70 to the USA.
Roll Call #5-10
Administering the Oath of Allegiance
The photographers
Taking the Oath of Allegiance
Roll call #4
Roll call #3
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2019 Chapter Report

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January 16th Naturalization

Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Jerry Knight, Bob Bowers and Jack Bredenfoerder welcomed 70 new citizens from 30 countries at a naturalization ceremony held at Potter Stewart Courthouse on Thursday, January 16th. The Honorable Stephanie Bowman officiated. Welcome!

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Planning for the Cincinnati Chapter’s 2020 Year Kicked off on 4 January…

Members of the chapter’s leadership met at the President’s House on Saturday 4 January to reflect on the year just completed and to focus on themes for the coming year.  Attendance for the meeting was as follows:

  • Lee Wilkerson President
  • Don McGraw   Past President—Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter
  • Jack Bredenfoerder     Past President—Cincinnati Chapter
  • Greg Ballman   First Vice President
  • George Stewart Second Vice President
  • Clay Crandall   Secretary
  • Mike Blum       Treasurer
  • Ed Bonniwell   Chaplain
  • Jim Houston    BOM; Audit Committee Chair
  • Dan Schmitz    BOM
  • Bob Bowers     BOM; Youth Awards Chair
  • Ken Burck       Awards Committee Chair
  • Mark Holland  Veteran’s Committee Chair

Rather than tie ourselves to an agenda for this meeting, we treated it more as a ‘Time-To-Think’ with lots of back and forth and idea mongering.  Suggested areas of discussion for the session were:

  • Role expansion for selected officers
  • Succession Planning
  • Special events for the coming year
  • Key chapter goals and objectives for the coming year
  • Budget Review
  • Naming members of the Ertle Fund Committee
  • Open Discussion – New Ideas…..
  • Audit Committee

Committee Objectives drove quite a bit of talk witht the following ideas surfacing:

Veteran’s Committee voiced the need for being able to support some of the homeless veterans in our community.  The Chaplain offered the benefits of a ministry that he is presently offering to homelss of the inner city.  Include providing a small backpak filled with Personal Hygiene Items.

The issue was raised about our desire to more effectively engaged with SAR in our events.  The past year has not been bad but it can always improve.  George Stewart volunteered to add DAR Liaison to his CAR Liaison portfolio—a good match.

The JROTC/ROTC Committee, while not reperesentated at the meeting, had expressed the desire to pursue the advanced JROTC Recognition and Scholarship Program of selected High Schools—The committee agreed that this was a worthwhile endeavour and agreed to support an initial program of two schools for the advance program in addition to the 14 exisiting High School and College Level programs already undertaken.

As we  reviewed the success of the Youth Education Committee we raised the possibility of expanding our program to include Adult Education on a similar set of topics.  Bob Bower has agreed to evaluate the feasibility of this within the Youth Education program.

As we discussed project that would allow us better Community Engagement and visibility we agreed that working jointly with an organization like City Gospel Mission might offer opportunities to serve in a slightly different manner than normal.  The chaplain has agree to coordinte with Gerry Knight (Community & Patriotic Outreach Committee Chair) and George Stewart (Program Committee Chair) to evaluate and pursue.

A future Youth History Festival, long envisioned by our Chaplain, has been placed on the docket for a feasibility study this coming year with the prospect of a 2021 launch.

Lastly the budget was discussed and all agreed on the realism of escalation in the cost of programs undertaken by our chapter and the need for our spending forcasts to better reflect that realism.  To that end, we will stand-up an AD HOC Fundraising Committtee to be chaired by Chaplain Bonniwell, with an eye towards finding funding to support our most critical programs.

And lastly, the subject of funding selected projects is always a tough nut to crack.  Hopefully, the Fundraising Committee will be able to provide some relief to these funding requirements within our proposed 2020 operating budget.

I would like to promise you that I did not leave anything out of this report—but that would be too much of a challenge for most of you, and I would wind up with my hat in my hand and only a smiling mea culpa to offer in response.

Let me end this report by thanking all of you for stepping up to the plate this past year—we played well.  We will play even better this year!

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Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Attend December 20th Naturalization

Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Jerry Knight and Jack Bredenfoerder welcomed 66 new citizens from 29 countries at a naturalization ceremony held at Potter Stewart Courthouse on Friday, December 20th. The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz officiated. Welcome citizens!

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Cincinnati SAR at Wreaths Across America 2019

Greenwood Cemetery

This year on December 14th the Cincinnati Sons of the American Revolution joined several other civic groups including the Sons of Union Veterans, DAR, the American Legion, the Gold Star Mothers of America, etc. placing a wreath at over 1900 cemeteries across the globe. We, once again here in Cincinnati  and in Hamilton, added several hundred wreaths to the 230,000 sponsored placed in Arlington National Cemetery at both Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati and Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, OH. Ceremonies accompanied honoring the graves of hundreds of our veterans from the Revolutionary War up through the Civil War at Spring Grove Cemetery and up to the Vietnam conflict at Greenwood Cemetery.

The President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Mona Gunn was the 2019 Grand Marshal of this annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery. The parade’s theme will

SAR & CAR at John Riley’s Grave

REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH with public events scheduled on the East coast states. Formally recognized by the United States Congress in 2008 its mission is to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH is the goal of Wreaths Across America. To honor veterans during the holiday season a remembrance wreath is laid by volunteers upon the hero’s grave in every state, at sea and abroad.

Here locally at Greenwood Cemetery, Cincinnati SAR members George Stewart, Michael Blum, Daniel Schmitz and Phil Davis assisted in the placement of 300 wreaths on veterans grave sites, then at the Revolutionary War Soldier John Riley’s Grave.


SAR member at Spring Grove Cemetery

In Spring Grove Cemetery at the Civil War Section, Cincinnati SAR Helped to transport the 400 wreaths to the tents at the site helped by Bob Sturm and the other SAR members. The Colors were then posted at the permanent flagpole, with Reveille played by Chapter President Turner Lee Wilkerson, and a detail from the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard manned by: Commander Michael Gunn, Jack Bredenfoerder, Clay Crandall, Gregg Ballman, Bob Bowers and Mark Holland.

A ceremony led by Kerry Langdon began with a moment of Silence, the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, then a


Cincinnati SAR Color Guard at Rev. War Soldiers Monument at Spring Grove Cemetery

tribute to all U.S. Veterans whose courage and action secured then maintained the Liberty and Freedoms we have come to enjoy in this great country. After wreaths were laid for the Services (Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marines and the Missing/ POW’s the more than 50 people present then began to place the wreaths at each of the selected grave markers and repeated the name of the veteran there (so saying their names to not be forgotten).  After a Benediction, the Cincinnati SAR Color Guard retired the Colors, presented a Musket Salute to the playing of Taps by our Bugler.

The Cincinnati SAR went to the Revolutionary War Soldier’s Memorial for a WAA ceremony to honor the 58 veterans named at that location.

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Cincinnati SAR 7th Annual Awards Gala

At our annual awards banquet this year we had the opportunity celebrate on a number of fronts, the Christmas and Hanukah Seasons as well as recognition and presentation of awards.  Ohio Society President, Steve Hinson and his First Lady were present for the celebrations as well.

President of the Ohio Society SAR L. Steven Hinson and First Lady Venie Hinson

During this event we had occasion to induct a new member into our society.  Newly minted Compatriot Mark Allen Matthews, accompanied by his wife Lisa, was administered the oath of membership by President Hinson of the Ohio Society SAR, presented his Certificate of Membership and pinned with his member’s rosette by his sponsor, Compatriot Gordon Stokely.

A little later in the program we took time to congratulate our 2020 slate of new Chapter Officers.  President Hinson graciously administered the oath of office to the assembled group and thanked them for their leadership and willingness to be of service to the Chapter and Ohio Society in the coming year.

The 2020 Slate of Chapter Leadership
President – Turner Lee Wilkerson III, 1st Vice President – Gregory D. Ballman, 2nd Vice President – George H. Stewart, Treasurer – Michael J. Blum, Secretary – Clayton L. Crandall, Webmaster – Douglas L. Blake. Chaplain – Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Historian – Gary L. Duffield, Registrar – Franz B. Ott II, BOM 1 – Daniel S. Schmitz, BOM 2 – James H. Houston, BOM 3 – Kerry L. Langdon, BOM 4 – Robert E.R. Bowers, BOM 5 – Dr. Jeffery M. Hartman
Past Color Guard Commander, Shaun Smith (center), and his wife Christine and daughter Macey are presented with a Chapter Remembrance from the current Color Guard Commander, Mike Gunn and his wife, Carol.
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