Presidents Update #18

Well we are one week from Christmas as I begin this report. The end of each year brings a time of reflection on what we have been given, what we have given and perhaps time for plans to be made of what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. Please consider stepping into one of the leadership positions next May I will list some of the activities and great things many of our fellow IASSAR members have been involved with since my last report on Nov. 1, 2008. November 2008 2nd Fran Keith updated me on IASSAR member address changes from returned newsletters. 2nd Request from IASSAR Chaplain John Scarpino to place the following on the website under the Chaplain’s Section, "Freedom is the most precious thing a man can possess. It is appropriate that our prayer today be George Washington's address, "Prayer for the United States of America," exactly as it is preserved in the Chapel at Valley Forge. Let us pray... "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to [...]

Wreaths Across America – SUCCESS

A huge congratulations goes out to our entire Society and community for the outstanding success we had this year in organizing and executing our local Wreaths Across America campaign. This surely would not have been nearly such a great turnout without the massive efforts of our own Editor, Fran Keith. Our State President and First Lady, Mike and Mary Rowley. And many more, my apologies if I didn’t get everyone that had a heavy hand in this as I was more of a spectator on this one then a participant. Thanks to you Fran for a job well done, take a bow! Unfortunately I was unable to attend as I was seeing to my own National Guard commitments. Thank you again to all and lets keep this ball rolling! Scott Rowley Central Iowa Chapter President IASSAR [...]

Updated Soldier: Cato Mead/Meed

Finally found the time and focus to update Cato Mead, sounds like we had an AWESOME turnout. Congrats and thanks to all for an excellent turnout and a personal salute to this fallen Soldier. I only wish that you (and I) could have lived in more peaceful times. Thank [...]

Save Fort Madison!

Thank you for responding to my plea for help for Fort Madison. It was gratifying to see how far the message spread, hitting listservs I never knew existed, generating responses from across the country (one from Australia!). Today, Veterans Day, 200 years after Fort Madison was founded in 1808, is an auspicious day to start this campaign. Many of you wanted more information, others already want to start contacting people. Here are more details about the fort, what is happening, and what our next steps are. If you know of others who would be interested, have them contact me ( If you want no part of this, let me know and I won’t bug you again. A. Why is Fort Madison Important? Fort Madison- Iowa's Most Important Historic Site. Fort Madison, built by the U.S. Army in 1808 and abandoned in 1813, is arguably the most important historic site in the state of Iowa. 1. It was the first U.S. fort on the Upper Mississippi River. After the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, vast areas along and west of the Mississippi were now legally under U.S. control, however, Great Britain still threatened to take over the Mississippi River trade. To counter this [...]

SAR Members – Iowa needs you!

Please read the following email from Bill Whitaker. What can YOU do to help? Fort Madison in danger, assistance needed. The Fort Madison site (1808-1813) is arguably the most significant historic site in Iowa. It was the first U.S. Military post on the Upper Mississippi, the site of the only War of 1812 battle west of the Mississippi, the location of Black Hawk's first military action against the U.S., and the site of the first military cemetery in the Upper Midwest. Excavations in 1965 demonstrated that the fort is well preserved under parking lots in the city of Fort Madison, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite its obvious national significance, the Fort Madison site is now in danger; the owners of the parking lots are considering developing the site or selling it to other developers. There is no legal way to force a landowner to preserve an important site. Attempts to purchase the site by the Archaeological Conservancy have stalled and thus far attempts to get the Fort Madison City Council involved are not taking root. Our next strategy is to get as much public support as possible for preservation of Fort Madison. If [...]

Presidents Update #17

I hope this update finds all our members healthy and active. As we are nearing the upcoming election day I hope all of you have studied the issues, the candidates, their plans and that you are going to exercise your hard won right to vote. I am only aware of 2 of our members running for office, Senator Charles Grassley and John Scarpino (candidate for Polk County Supervisor). However I have heard that a substantial number of our members are very active working the phones for their candidates. Below are some of the activities that I am aware of that have taken place since the last update. The Central Iowa Chapter continues to broaden their activities as you will see near the end of this update. September 23rd Received membership dues update from Secretary with concern for members that were just admitted and now seeming owe dues for 2009 already. This is a situation I would like to have our State Society address if National SAR does not. 23rd Sent copy of on-line Historian Ray Prusia newsletter to the webmaster for posting if possible. 23rd Sent out Update #16 24th Received note from member Bruce Norris. Thanks for your comments. [...]


Today is THE day folks, will you help shape America? Voting is something that not everyone in the world is even ALLOWED to do. This Iraqi woman shows how overjoyed she is to vote (likely for the first time in her LIFE). Iraqis were told it would be safest for them if they hid their finger after casting their vote as the purple die is blatantly obvious and could ultimately get them tortured or killed, women most especially. Time and time again they proudly held up their hands as if to say to all of Iraq, the middle east and to the world “I VOTED”. Will you throw away your POWER and RIGHT to vote? Scott Rowley IASSAR Webmaster Chapter [...]

Paul Revere Express

My apologies must go out to our historian, Ray Prusia. Ray put together a newsletter and emailed it to me and I had overlooked the email for the last month and a half. Just realized I hadn’t posted it when I read the note concerning it in the Presidents Update #17 (Now posted). For the actual newsletter click here. Sorry about that [...]

Support Our Troops!

Compatriots, Now is our chance to see some soldiers off for their SECOND deployment overseas! Lets get out there and show our support! There is a wide range of cities were ceremonies are being held so we should be able to have alot of people be able to attend a local event. Ceremonies will be held in five Iowa cities (Aubudon, Iowa City, Mason City, Perry and Marshalltown) on October 30th for about 310 members of the Iowa Army National Guard who are being deployed to Iraq. The soldiers are with the 1133rd and 1168th Transportation Companies. Both served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. These soldiers will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, for additional training before being sent overseas. Ceremonies include: • Iowa City – Detachment 1, 1133rd Transportation Company (approximately 25 soldiers); sendoff at 4:30 p.m., Regina High School gymnasium, 2150 Rochester Ave. • Aububon – Detachment 2, 1168th Transportation Company (approximately 65 soldiers); sendoff at 4 p.m., Audubon High School gymnasium, 800 3rd Ave. • Mason City – 1133rd Transportation Company (approximately 115 soldiers); sendoff at 6 p.m., Mason City High School gymnasium, 1700 4th St. SE. • Perry – 1168th Transportation Company (approximately 65 soldiers); sendoff [...]

Flag Retirement

IASSAR Compatriots and others, I have been requested to invite all of you to a brief Flag retirement ceremony on Nov. 1st at 2:30 pm [at Beaverdale Park, Des Moines Iowa]. This program is being done by a local CAR member with assistance from the DAR. If you are able to attend I think you would enjoy it. Feel free to pass this on to others. If you have any flags of any size the need retiring please bring them along. Mike Rowley President, [...]
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