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May 3, 2008 1:30 PM, Ames Public Library, State Meeting, With induction of at least 12 new members. Vote in New officers for Central Iowa Chapter. All IASSAR members and potential members invited. May 26, 2008 Memorial Day Montrose, Iowa Cemetery, Procession of Color Guard units, dignitaries, guests and dedication of plaque at the grave of Cato Meed, Only known African American Revolutionary War buried in [...]

Added previous minutes

Last years Board of Managers minutes have now been added.  You kind find them under Meeting minutes and then selecting the previous minutes from the menu on the right [...]

August 18, 2007 Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Mike Rowley, President, Volney Smith, Past President, Bill Lees, Registrar, Dean Swearingen, Treasurer, Fran Keith, Editor, Lee Ayers, 1st V.P. Absent: 2nd V.P Tom Heit, Secretary Frank Swallow, Chancellor Lance Ehmke, Historian Harold Meeker, Chaplain John Scarpino. Fifes and Drums music on CD played prior to meeting. 1. Meeting was called to order at 12:40 PM, At the Central Des Moines Public Library Conference room. 2. After Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to S.A.R. approvals or corrections to the minutes of last meeting were requested. Motion to approve was made and seconded. Motion was approved on a unanimous vote. 3. Next order of business was a clarification of who are considered voting members. There was a discussion of enlarging the members of the Board of Managers. The current Constitution, Article V Officers, describes the members of the board of management and their terms of office. Article XI gives the rules to amend the Constitution. A historical perspective was offered by Past President Volney Smith. After discussion there was no agreement or motion to enlarge the BOM. Next there was discussion of elected officer’s obligations to attend BOM meetings and to participate in the business of the Society. Further discussion [...]

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 [...]
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