May 23, 2007 Meeting Minutes

Attendees-Lee Ayers, Bill Lees, Lance Ehmcke (by phone), John Scarpino, David Shannon, Harold Meeker, Dean Swearingen, Dean Timm and Mike Rowley Meeting was called to order at 12:35 pm at Urbandale, Iowa Library Conference room. Invocation was given by Chaplain John Scarpino, followed by Pledge of Allegiance andPledge to S.A.R. Presidents update was a brief (maybe not) overview of what he has been working on the last 18 days since taking office. It included the following… 1. All members are being contacted by phone and or voicemail to introduce new President and find out how we can better serve all members. Updating email and home address list. The thought was that this should be done at least yearly. Request was made for mailing labels to be printed for all members ASAP. Dean S. said he had these and would get to Mike Rowley. 2. An author and aide to former U.S. President was contacted and has agreed to speak to SAR members and guests (bring a friend!!!) at the Border’s Book Store on University Ave. in West Des Moines, Iowa on June 7th at 7:00PM. Suggestion was made to invite DAR, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and [...]

Added Projects

Added the projects section back to the site. Please check it out (see “top menu” at the top of the page) and see what all of our members are up to and see if there is something that you would be interested in contributing [...]


Please email Mike Rowley,, if you see anything you would like to get involved with or for any updates that need posting.  1. Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Iowa–Begin Feb 2006 A. Get Ebenezer Ayres name added to monument on State Capital grounds, Planned May 2009. B. Photo of IASSAR member in Color Guard uniform next to each grave Submit (B) photos to local newspapers, memorial day, 4th July, etc.      1. Nathaniel Fellows, Iowa City published SAR Mag Summer 2008      2. Daniel Dows College Springs, IA radio & newspaper May 2008      3. Joel Buffington, Mills County, IA. NonPareil newspaper Dec. 15, 2008 COMPLETE – Identified, researched and documented additional Revoluionary War veteran buried in Iowa. Ebenezer Ayres COMPLETE – Locate and photograph all known Rev. War Vet. Graves in Iowa– completed 08-05-06 COMPLETE – Copy to CD—completed 11-26-2006 COMPLETE – Post to IASSAR website—completed 08-12-2007 2.Planning and Events COMPLETE – Wreaths Across America project, Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa completed December 13, 2008 COMPLETE – WAA project, Ottumwa, Iowa. Completed December 13, 2008 COMPLETE – WAA project, Mills County, Iowa. Completed December 13, 2008 COMPLETE – Color Guard in State Fair Parade. Completed August 2008 COMPLETE – Color Guard [...]

New Look

You’ve probably noticed that we have a great new template up now.  All the same great information but with a great new look, more colorful – less [...]

Presidents Update #11

President’s Update # 11March 24, 2008 Things are following into place for the Iowa Society of the Sons of theAmerican Revolution. We have plans for many events coming up and finallywe will have an active chapter with a new set of officers. I’ve heard theyhave an aggressive agenda to entertain, educate and foster involvement withmembers. There will be more on this topic later. If you have not heard I am now the acting secretary for the IASSAR. It isa very important job that, when done correctly can make the Societystronger and everything else within the IASSAR run smoother and allows allof us to be more responsive to our membership. I have a member that is willing to take over the dues collection and recordkeeping of new, transferred, re-instated and deceased members part of theSecretary job, if I can find another member to perform the duties oftaking minutes at the quarterly Board of managers meetings and voting whenneeded. Are there any volunteers? If so just call me (Mike Rowley515-975-0498). Here are some of the activities I am aware of since the last update in Feb. February 21st I sent a genealogy request to SAR-Talk for new member Paul Gordon. Igot back [...]

Welcome New Members

I have recently been reviewing the large IASSAR membership ledger books. They have every member from state # 1 to the newest member, state # 2118. On Friday I had the great honor of adding 10 names and their lineage into the book. The neatest thing is that all 10 of our newest Compatriots are from the same family. Special thanks to IASSAR member Bill Strouse for making this happen. 1. Bradley M. Strouse 2. Jack B. Strouse3. Jerry E. Strouse4. Tyler A. Strouse5. Robert R. Strouse 6. James C. Strouse7. Timothy L. Strouse8. Donald C. Strouse9. Randy J. Strouse10 Matthew A. [...]
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