Cemetery Tour

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This section holds all of our documents, audio and video files for quick reference. Audio Francis Scott Key and the amazing story of our embattled flag. Video Service Star Banners Person of the Week Kaziah Hancock – Portraits of the Fallen Remembering those that serve Documents Wreaths Across America 2008 IASSAR Patriot Fall 08 IASSAR Patriot Spring 08 IASSAR Patriot Fall 07 IASSAR Patriot Spring 07 CAR News Spring 2009 CAR News Winter 2008-2009 CAR News Fall 2009 CAR News Summer 2008-2009 CAR News Spring 2008-2009 CAR Hawkeye News February 2008 CAR Hawkeye News November 2007 CAR Hawkeye News August 2007 Curtis Patrick Reagan: What was he really like?, Volume I Book Review. Letter from Eric Herzik to Curtis [...]

What is the SAR?

The SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SAR) was incorporated on January 17, 1890 in Connecticut and later chartered by the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. Prior to this date a number of state societies were formed in the 1890’s. These were led by the Sons of Revolutionary Sires, organized July 4, 1876 in San Francisco. The first Congress of the National Society was held in Louisville, Kentucky on April 30, 1889 which was the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s taking of the oath of office of President of the United States. IASSAR History On July 6, 1893 nine gentlemen met in the Horticulture Room of Iowa’s state capitol in Des Moines to discuss organizing the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (IASSAR). The result was the creation of a temporary society. Subcommittees were created including one to examine credentials of prospective members and another to draft a constitution and by-laws. On September 5, 1893 a Charter was granted by the National Society and the Registrar of the Iowa Society submitted a roster of 25 eligible individuals who were elected to membership including six Real Sons of the Revolution. Wesley J. Banks James W. Logan Ira [...]

Womens Auxiliary

The IASSAR Board of Management meeting on May 23, 2007 approved the establishment of a Women’s Auxiliary. Membership will be open to wives, widows, mother, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and nieces of IASSAR members. Funds were made available for communication with prospective members. An organization meeting will be held during the IASSAR 2007 fall meeting. A communication will be sent prior to this fall meeting. Please plan on attending this very important opportunity to participate in the formation of the IASSAR Women’s Auxiliary. If you should have any questions please contact one of us by mail, telephone, or e-mail.   Helen Swearingen210 Parkview DriveWaukee, IA 50263515-987-8740sdean402@aol.com Ann Scarpino7725 Wistful Vista Unit 702West Des Moines, Iowa 50266515-537-5537Johnann5@aol.com Mrs. Swearingen & Mrs. Laurence-ScarpinoWomen’s Auxiliary – National Congress 2007 ANN LAURENCE-SCARPINO NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY REPORT Ann visited the Ladies Auxiliary Hospitality Room to place the Iowa Basket on view for the raffle and to meet new attendees and renew acquaintances with other chapters and state members. She made a contribution to the Raffle Fund to benefit the Heritage Center. Ann attended both the First Lady’s Reception and Luncheon to express our appreciation for Wanda White’s outstanding example and leadership this year. She participated in [...]

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 [...]
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