March 9th 2018 Naturalization Ceremony

March 9th Naturalization Ceremony. Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder, Highlanders SAR President Ken Carpenter and Compatriot Jerry Knight attended two naturalization ceremonies on March 9th at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. They welcomed 139 new citizens. The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz officiated ceremonies at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Morning Ceremony

Afternoon Ceremony


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The First Meeting of the Cincinnati Chapter Sons of The American Revolution

By Compatriot George Stewart, Chapter Historian

The Cincinnati Chapter, Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution was organized March 14, 1896, at the office of the Hon. John Fassett Follett, with fifteen members. The following officers were elected at this meeting: President, George Kinsey; 1st Vice President, Prof. Thomas H. Norton; 2nd Vice President, Col. John W. Harper; Secretary, Thomas D. Rhodes; Treasurer, James A. Collins; Board of Managers: Col. Arthur L. Fogg; George Mortimer Roe; Joseph Benson Foraker Jr.; Edward Ritchie; General Henry M. Cist.

Today the Cincinnati Chapter is thriving and is active as ever. Today we have a membership over 230 compatriots and take part in over 90 events a year.


George Kinsey was a prominent steel broker in Cincinnati. James A. Collins was secretary for the Cincinnati Street Railroad Company. Edwards Richie was a Lawyer and Financier. George Mortimer Row was an author and wrote two books about the history of the City of Cincinnati. Col. John W. Harper became the Ohio Society Vice President in 1898 and President in 1899. Have not found any information on Thomas D. Rhodes other than he is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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February 23rd 2018 Naturalization Ceremony

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

Photos by Michael B. Gunn and Jack Bredenfoerder

The Cincinnati SAR attended the Naturalization Ceremony held “off campus” from the United States District Courthouse at the St. James the Greater School located at 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH at 11:00 AM on February 23, 2018 with six members of the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard present. There were 69 new Citizens from 35 different countries who became our neighbors in these United States of America during this session of the District Court with Judge Michael R. Barrett presiding.

Also present were members of Cincinnati DAR, The league of Women Voters, a representative from the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown and many family and well wishers supporting the new Citizens.

After the Boy Scout Troop from the St. James School posted the Colors and an excellent rendition in a capella of our National Anthem by a young woman from St. James Parish the proceedings began. Judge Barrett requested a member of Cincinnati SAR give an explanation of the significance of the uniforms that were being worn by the 6 SAR members.

Michael Gunn explained these are just four of the many different uniforms worn by our Patriot Ancestors in the Revolutionary War. The Massachusetts 15th, Virginia 6th , Virginia 1st , New Jersey Continental and a Militia Regimental unit represented here today, worn by: Cincinnati SAR President John H. Bredenfoerder, Gerald Knight, Ken Carpenter, Daniel Schmitz, Ed Boniwell and Michael Gunn. We wear them to serve as a Segway in explanation of the sacrifices made in order to create these United States of America in its battle with forces of a tyrannical king some 240 years ago.

Judge Barrett then emphasized the veterans through these 200 plus years who continued to protect against the aggressors who have attempted to take away the liberties that we all here today enjoy as do all citizens of these United States of America.
The importance of registering with the County Board of Elections, exercising your right to vote and serving on juries when called.

A very good dose of patriotism for all attendees and a good way to begin a day!



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Cincinnati SAR Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR
Photos by Compatriot Gary Duffield

On Sunday, February 18 th this year the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) hosted a Luncheon to honor President’s Day and elected to focus on our first President of the United States of America. The ceremonies were opened by Chapter President John H. Bredenfoerder. He then ordered acting commander of the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard, Bradley Jarard to post the colors. Nine members of the Color Guard then posted while the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem were presented by attendees. He then introduced distinguished guests and led us in the pledge to the SAR.

This was followed by the pleasure of inducting two new members into the CCSAR and awarding supplemental memberships to five of our members.

Also part of the celebration was a more somber rendition by Colonel Donald C. McGraw (Ret’d.) and sitting Ohio Society SAR President of a MIA POW Remembrance. Twas a very moving reminder of our veterans who have yet to be returned, and not to ever be forgotten.

We then had a tasty luncheon buffet of Beef and Chicken with trimmings worthy of a presidential celebration.

In addition to the 44 people attending at the RSVP Event Center, 453 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio we were pleased to also have Dr. Peter M. Robinson, PH.D. Professor of History at Mount St. Joseph University present a very unique perspective on this president’s precedency. How Washington constructed a process for his future replacements to become effective presidential without the excessive pomp that prompted the Revolution, but satisfied the demeanor befit this new county’s need for leadership.

Dr. Robinson’s perspective was a refreshing enlightenment to the sensitivity of our first National Leader. Attendees were appreciative of the historical truth intertwined with just the correct amount of humor to enhance the lunch and cherry pie.

Finally, after recognition of two members outstanding awards from the December’s Awards night, supplemental memberships were presented to five of our members. The Colors were retired by the Color Guard. A Recessional and Benediction by our Chaplain ended our Washington’s Birthday celebration.

Posting Colors

Dr. Robinson’s Presentation

Inducting New Compatriots Dave Holland and Jim Crane

Presenting Supplemental Certificates
Ervin Leon Chaney Jr., Charles Fisher, Robert Bowers, Shaun Smith, Connor Smith


Jerry Knight & Connor Smith receiving the Bronze Roger Sherman Medals



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President William Henry Harrison’s Birthday Commemorated by CCSAR
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

President William Henry Harrison’s Birthday Commemorated by CCSAR
On Friday, February 9, 2018 of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the
American Revolution (CCSAR) marched to the William Henry Harrison Tomb
and Memorial in North Bend, Ohio. They joined Mayor Doug Sammons of
North Bend, OH who conducted the yearly wreath-laying ceremony to
commemorate Harrison’s 245th birthday at President William Henry
Harrison’s Memorial Site on Cliff Rd. North Bend, Ohio.

Wreaths were presented by: Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of
the American Revolution Cincinnati Chapter (CCSAR) President John H.
Bredenfoerder and Major General Patrick J. Reinert, Commanding the 88th
Readiness Division, Fort McCoy, WI who was representing President Donald
Trump. Also present were: Chaplain Major Stephen Pauley, with the 88th
who lead us in prayer; The Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil with his Honor
Guard, accompanied by Piper Gerry Kelly Fritsch; members of the VFW;
students from the Three Rivers Local School District; Taylor High School
Band; Miami Township Trustees; Knights of Columbus #2170; and the
CCSAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard with six members firing a
Musket Salute. We were joined by 4 members from the Simon Kenton
Chapter of SAR in the parade.

President Harrison exemplified the finest of personal characteristics serving his country in several different ways as a military officer, a territorial Governor and after a well earned retirement agreed to serve as President of the United States of America. A commitment we seldom see now more than 175 years later and well worth our double volley from six flintlock weapons. An appropriate honor President Harrison would recognize in his time.

Photos by Compatriot Gary Duffield


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February 9th 2018 Naturalization Ceremony

Cincinnati SAR Welcomes 70 New Citizens at St. Dominic’s School in Delhi Twp.
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

On Friday, February 9, 2018 three members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) attended a Naturalization Ceremony with 70 new citizens from 38 different countries at a 1 PM Ceremony held at St. Dominic’s School in Delhi Twp.

Gerald Knight, Ken Carpenter and Michael Gunn welcomed new citizens into the United States of America and handed out patriotic bookmarks at a Federal District Court ceremony where Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz Presided over people from 38 different countries as they became our newest citizens.

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February 7th BOM Highlights

Compatriots Brad Jarard and Shaun Smith posted the Colors for the meeting.


Brad Jarard and Shaun Smith

Compatriots Larry Collins and Gerald Knight received the Chapter Meritorious Service Medal.


Compatriot Larry Collins and Chapter President Jack Bredenfoerder


Chapter President Jack Bredenfoerder and Compatriot Gerald Knight

Additionally, Michael Gunn presented an overview of the new Patriot Research System.

Here are the upcoming events


Presidents’ Day Luncheon
RSVP Event Center
453 Wards Corner Rd
Loveland, Ohio 45140
Naturalization Ceremony
St. James Elementary School
3565 Hubble Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45223



1st – 4th
Thu – Sat
NSSAR Spring Leadership Meeting
Louisville, KY
CCSAR Poster, Brochure and Oration Contest deadlines
Dinner 6PM
Meeting 7PM
CCSAR Board of Management Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel
5901 Pfeiffer Rd
Blue Ash, Ohio
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