Presidents Update #4

Here is my update with a brief comment.   3 ½ months ago when I took office I felt the most urgent needs for this Society to survive and offer something of value to its members were to, 1.  Improve communication.  This is happening with the ever enhanced website.  The (to some, seemingly endless) e-mails from your President.  More importantly the responses I am getting back from you. The opportunities for activities such the meet and greet the Author and the fascinating Woodlands Cemetery tour by Gerald LeBlanc, and soon news about the Greatly Improved Fall Program, headed by Dean Swearingen who volunteered (for yet one more thing) to be the Chairman of the Fall Program Committee. The Iowa Patriot Newsletter, by Editor Dr. Francis Keith (next issue coming in Sept). The informal breakfast gatherings.  Contact Dean, John Scarpino or Volney Smith (the triple S’s) about when and where.  Start your own in your county with a phone call to a local Compatriot (see the Iowa map in the meeting minutes section under item #7 for August 18th, 2007. 2. The other key is to have local chapters.  I have a volunteer in NW Iowa to start a chapter and also [...]

Presidents Update #5

President Update #5 We are 19 weeks into the year with the current IASSAR officers and I am seeing members becoming more active both in attending events, setting up informal events on their own, communicating by mail, phone and e-mail, volunteering for committees and perhaps most importantly looking to the near term future to see how we can make this great organization more member friendly and interesting. With that just a reminder on a few items… The next edition of the Iowa Patriot will be arriving soon thanks to the efforts of Editor Fran Keith and those of you who have submitted story ideas and photos to him.  Please keep them coming.  I know there are great things happening and no matter how big or small you think they might be other members might be encouraged by hearing of them. There will be a membership renewal notice out soon and we hope to have a 100% response.  When you return those please feel free to include ideas for improvement. Look for information on the Fall Program to be held in October.  This is sure to start us off in fine fashion for the coming New Year.  Thanks to Committee Chairman [...]

Presidents Update #7

As we close in on Thanksgiving it is the 6 month mark for the officers elected in May. Many thanks to those who have taken on the duties of their office and performed them well. Thanks in advance to those of you who have so much to contribute to the IASSAR in the future and are now planning to do so. For those who have been elected and trying to figure out the best way to carry out your duties, we are now officially in the second half of the year. Time to make your plans to finish your 1st year strong. If you have questions about any aspects of your office and duties, or you would like to be an officer, feel free to call me at any time. October 16th 2007 16th Requested agenda for Fall Program 16th Responded to a member’s email with his concerns about his negative perception about the direction of the IASSAR 16th Sent to all officers a suggested agenda for a BOM meeting to be held the 2nd day of the Fall Program after being advised by the Chair of the Fall Program that that day would be a BOM meeting/ 16th Received [...]

Presidents Update #8

President’s Update # 8 As we head into the last days of 2007 and perhaps we will have an opportunity to meet with family and friends. Stories shared often recall the past. When we search our genealogy we become interested in not only who our ancestors were, but also what they did. With the advances in technology, nutrition, leisure time, a nearly unlimited collection of information and knowledge at our finger tips it is theoretically easier today to, “Do something” then ever before in history. One thing that has not changed is each individual’s personal decision to, “do something of do nothing.” A popular song asks, “What have you done today to make you feel proud?” I know many if not most of you are doing great things to preserve and educate about our shared heritage. Let me know so that other can see how you are doing and share in the great feeling of trying to make a difference. I have been encouraged in recent days to see that some of our members are reading and responding (not always agreeing) to my updates. It shows a passion for ideas, instead of apathy. Listed below are the President’s updates for [...]

Membership Requirements

Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society who: being of the age of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an:officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain. The applicant must also be personally acceptable to the Society. Family tradition in regard to the services of an ancestor will not be considered. No preliminary decision will be given on a line of descent, service or evidentiary value of proposed evidence. (When examined with all available evidence, such preliminary decision might prove to be incorrect and the National Society cannot accept responsibility for such [...]

Presidents Update #10

During this long winter with repeated snowfalls unlike any we have seen for years in Iowa it may seem hard to think of spring. It is however quickly approaching. It is important that we all are making plans and refining them for successful implementation in the coming weeks. Perhaps of greatest need to this great organization of ours is to find those that are willing to serve and lead us as officers of the IASSAR. If you have the interest, ability, conviction and desire to make sure the IASSAR be an organization that serves its members and our community then please contact me. Here is the activities that I have been involved with or been made aware of over the last month. January 21, 2008 21st Sent out President’s Update #9 21st Received first feedback on update #9 from Western Iowa IASSAR member 21st Received memo from member that dues check not cashed and membership card not received. I responded and forwarded to IASSAR Secretary. 21st I responded to member request for information on when next informal breakfast would be held. As always the time and place is, 8:30 AM 3rd Saturday of each month, Country Kitchen on NE 14th [...]

BOM Meeting Minutes

Compatriots of IASSAR, Below are the most recent meeting minutes. Note to webmaster, Please post on the website. 2008 membership cards will be sent to all those who have renewed as soon as I can get a list. If you have not renewed yet for 2008, send $33.00 to IASSAR, Mike Rowley, 1825 NW 129th Street, Clive, Iowa 50325. Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Board of Managers Meeting Minutes March 1, 2008 Iowa City, Iowa Attendees: Fran Keith, Editor of The Iowa Patriot, Bill Lees, Registrar, Larry Magee, Harold Meeker, Historian, Robert Millett, Past President, Mike Rowley, President, John Scarpino, Central Vice President General and IASSAR Chaplain, Bill Strouse, Dean Swearingen (by speaker phone), Treasurer, Darrell WilkinsAn agenda with notes was distributed to all by the President.President Mike Rowley opened the meeting at 11:45 AM and declared a quorum was present.The President brought the Society’s historical large leather bound Registry books that contain the names of all IASSAR members since 1893 to the board meeting. He reminded all those present that each of their names appeared in these books, along with the names of many of the member’s fathers, sons and grandsons. Next he shared the binder of [...]
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