Cincinnati SAR Hosts Ohio SAR Annual Meeting – P.S. It was a Success!!

For 2023, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) hosted the 134th annual Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution meetings (OSSAR).

Kudos to the Cincinnati Chapter for hosting and all the hard work which goes into this event.  Cincinnati Chapter John “Jack” Bredenfoerder served as the 2022-2023 Ohio SAR President.  Members of the Cincinnati based Nolan Carson Color Guard participated in a number of events and also welcomed other Color Guard participants from across the state of Ohio.  It was an impressive event, one which we should all be proud of.

The program of events started Thursday night May 4th, continued all day on Friday May 5th and concluded the afternoon of Saturday May 6th.

Ohio State SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder Awards Cincinnati Chapter President George Stewart an award for Chapter Growth

This article is a primer, as there will be a special edition of a State of Ohio Newsletter showcasing this “All Ohio” Annual Meeting event.  Once this is available, we will post a link to the newsletter as an update to this post.  You should also see an email from our Chapter Secretary announcing this full special edition newsletter.

The activities started Thursday evening with a President’s Welcome Dinner at Montgomery Inn in downtown Montgomery Ohio.  This was a great way to kick off the events for the next couple of days.  Reconnecting and meeting other SAR members from across the great state of Ohio was the reward.

NSSAR President General Bruce Pickett welcomes the SAR members.

On Friday, the meeting events took place at the Peterloon Estate in Montgomery Ohio.  A beautiful estate served as a classy venue to host our all day meetings.  We were graced by the attendance of the President General of the National Sons of the American Revolution C. Bruce Pickett.

A view of the spectacular Peterloon Estate in Montgomery Ohio

Friday morning was the Annual Meeting addressing Ohio state business including announcing the new State of Ohio officers for the upcoming year.

Induction of new OSSAR officers for the 2023-2024 session

There was a Youth Awards presentation which included introducing the the National SAR History – Teacher of the Year – Melissa Costello who communicated how important the SAR efforts to educate our youth about American History.

National SAR History Teacher of the Year and her family with Cincinnati Chapter President George Stewart (left)

Next, the SAR Ladies Auxiliary led by Laurie Bredenfoerder presented handmade quilts to two very deserving female military veterans.

Ladies Auxiliary presentation of two quilts to Military Veterans

The afternoon session was a presentation by the SAR Senior Genealogist to address “How to Produce Approval-Ready Applications” for new and supplemental SAR applications.

NSSAR Senior Genealogist Denise Hall explaining the secrets to better applications for membership & supplemental  submissions

Friday evening was the annual OHSSAR Awards dinner.  The members who distinguish themselves in serving our community, our SAR family and each other were recognized.  It is most impressive the leadership and contributions our members make to promote patriotism, history and education.

Jack Bredenfoerder passes gavel to new incoming OSSAR 2023-2024 President Don Miller

Saturday events included a patriot grave marking at the Old Armstrong Chapel Cemetery in Indian Hill, followed by a Memorial Service in the on-site Old Chapel, recognizing the SAR members who had passed away over the last year.

SAR Color Guard ready to post colors for the grave marking ceremony

SAR Color Guard executing a musket salute, led by Color Guard Commander Brad Jarard

SAR Color Guard in the mourning salute to fallen patriots

New memorial markers to commemorate Patriots William Finch, Jonathan Waring and Samuel Kitchell were unveiled during the service

A flag for each member of the Ohio SAR who we lost in the last year

While inside, the new slate of Ohio SAR officers for the 2023-2034 session were sworn into their new positions in our organization, to be led by Donald Miller.

Incoming OSSAR State President Don Miller during his acceptance speech

Following the formal sessions there was a tour provided by the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead in Camp Dennison.

View of the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead in Camp Dennison Ohio, run by the DAR

This was a terrific weekend.

We are extremely grateful for the service of Cincinnati’s Jack Bredenfoerder who served as the 2022-2023 State President.  He hands the reins of a thoroughbred organization to the new president Don Miller for the 2023-2024 year.

Again, this post is a primer, to be followed by a full special edition “Annual Meeting” by the State Newsletter Editor – Lee Wilkerson.

Thanks again for all who participated and certainly all who contributed to this special successful event.

Best wishes to the new OSSAR leadership team!



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