Presidents Update #14

I hope this update reaches all of our IASSAR members in a safe and “high and dry” situation. Iowans have certainly faced many challenges this past month.The devastation of the tornados in NE Iowa including Parkersburg and nearby communities was followed by tragic loss of life at the scout outing in SW Iowa and than the floods of 2008 and the impact they are having on our cities, families and farmers. I was proud to hear many reports of our members assisting and helping in different ways throughout the state. From sandbaggers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Dubuque to IASSAR Compatriot John Carson, an out of state member from California who came to Iowa and assisted family members who considered themselves “lucky” to have only had 6 feet of water in the basement. Remembering the generous help they had received from IASSAR members such as Volney Smith and his church group during the devastation of hurricane Katrina, the President of the Louisiana SAR also offered to assist in any way we requested. Let our National Congress attendees John Scarpino, Bill Lees and Dean Swearingen know of anything you would like conveyed to the National Society. Let the Central Iowa [...]

Upcoming Events

IASSAR Compatriots, I hope this message finds you all healthy and happy. I wanted to let you know of a few events planned around the state that you are all invited to participate in. 1. There will be a Flag Certificate presented toHarmony Court Apartments, Location: 173 Bennett Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA. 51503 on July 2nd at 5:00 PM and a second one presented jointly with the Nebraska SAR in Bellvue, NE at 6:00 PM. 2. July 3rd, at 1:00PM we have been invited to participate in the dedication of the new Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. A free shuttle from the Van Meter High School to the cemetery is recommended. A story on the cemetery can be found in today’s (Sunday) Des Moines Register, Opinion section page 3 column by David Yepsen. The cemetery is off I-80 interstate , exit 113 that is west of Des Moines. 3. We have been invited by the DAR to walk in the Urbandale Parade on the morning of July 4th. Meet at 9:45 at the Urbandale American Legion Hall. 4., Wed. Aug 6th @ 6:15, we will be walking in the State Fair parade from the State Capitol west to [...]

Hints for a winning application

You are entering a contest against the best Eagle Scouts in the United States. You will have to do research, collect and organize facts about yourself, and compose the items required to complete the application. The Scholarship awards of the SAR are tax-free money which you have earned by your work in the BSA Scouting program and the considerable personal effort required to complete the Scholarship Admission. The two page Application Form 1. You must use the National Forms and they must be in the two-sided format. 2. Put your State Chairman’s name and information in the fields at the top of page 1. This is the only person you can mail the application to; David Shannon / 1105 S. 5th Avenue W. / Newton, IA 50208 / E-mail: / Phone: (641) 792-1310 3. The forms can be downloaded from the national website. An additional feature is that you can type on these forms in the website then copy them to an Adobe Acrobat file in your documents (Version 4 or higher is required).4. These forms must be neat, Filled out completely, and accurate. You will need help from your parents and your unit leaders. It is suggested that [...]

The Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship Award

This National award is open annually to all Eagle Scouts in the state of Iowa who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. (Calendar year, 1 Jan. to 31 Dec.) The year that the BSA Eagle was awarded is not restricted. College plans do not need to be completed in order to receive the cash scholarship. Three cash scholarship awards are given at the National level: First place winner – $8000; 1st Runner-up – $4000; and 2nd Runner-up – $2000. You may apply more than one time if you continue to meet the age requirements, but no more than $8000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Entrants must complete only one application for the Iowa competition and forward to the Iowa SAR Scholarship Chairman no later than December 1 of the scholarship year. (The application must be on the two-sided forms supplied by national) The scholarship committee of the Iowa society will review all of the Eagle Scout applications and select a winner by secret ballot before February 1 of the following year. The winners application will then be sent to the NSSAR national committee [...]

An offer of help and hope

Dear Compatriots, On behalf of the Louisiana Society, I want you to know the Iowa Society isin our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.  Having lost myhome in New Orleans to the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, I canhonestly say I feel your pain. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. From collectingclothes or personal items to replacing chapter flags, hopefully there’ssomething we can do to lend a helping hand. With prayers and best wishes for Iowa’s speedy recovery, Bill Allerton, PresidentLouisiana Society of theSons of the American [...]

Thank you, Soldier

Compatriots; Please allow me a personal indulgence. My son, Jonathan Gates, is one of the finest men I know. And, although not able to serve the military himself because of a hearing loss, he loves America deeply. He is a computer engineer, who recently developed a website designed to simply say, “Thank You, Soldier” to the men and women serving all branches of the service. May I ask you to visit the website; to leave a comment or a word of encouragement and to perhaps get involved in some way with his efforts. If you will, please share this note with other like-minded patriots. Click here for the Thank You, Soldier website:   www.thankyousoldier.comClick here for an article in our local paper: Thank you for allowing me this personal note. Chaplain Dan Vernon GatesChaplaincy Coalition DirectorGeorgia Society State Chaplain Sons Of The American [...]

Added Presidents Update #13

Well its a few weeks late but the presidents update #13 has been posted to the site.  Updates should be regular once again now.  Thank you for your patience over the last month and a half as my attention was on my family while my wife was working in the movie [...]

Presidents Update #13

We are starting our second year with a bang.  We are all part of many groups.  Some of them are formal and some not so formal.  Someone in another group I am in asked the members the following question.  If all of the members were like me, then what would the group be like?  It is food for thought.  Have a great summer.  There is more to come.   April 28th Sent final agenda for State meeting to Board of Managers 29th #12 Update added to website 30th Answered question from prospective member in Seymour, Iowa MAY 2nd Members meeting.  See meeting minutes for details 2nd Asked Registrar to bring list of non-paid member for 2008.  Financial situation requires dropping these members. 2nd Deposited Josh G. renewal and sent copy to Treasurer 3rd Received photos of State members meeting in Ames, Iowa from Mike Hancock 3rd Typed up 1st draft of meeting minutes and sent to members that attended for corrections. 3rd Sent Painted Rock event information to webmaster 4th Received feedback from some members that meetings need to be more interesting and then break to allow those not interested in Board of Managers items to leave. 4th Sent list [...]

Congratulations Mark Davis

IASSAR member Mark Davis has just had 2 more supplemental ancestor approvals from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. One of Mark’s 4th great grandfathers, Thomas Saunders, who served in the Rhode Island Militia has had his service verified by the documentation supplied. One of Mark’s 5th great-grandfathers, Tobias Saunders also served in the Rhode Island Militia and his service has also been verified. I think this make the 6 and 7th supplementals approved for Mark. Congratulations!!!!!!! Thanks, Mike Rowley President, [...]
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