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Massachusetts receives 14 Awards at Congress 2014

Massachusetts receive 14 Awards at Congress 2014


The following awards were presented to state societies, chapters and individuals
for various
categories as listed in the SAR Handbook.

Recognition Night: Awards to state societies, chapters and individuals

EVENING AWARDS CEREMONY

C.A.R. ACTIVITY AWARD AND STREAMERS— To the state society that has documented its work with the Children of the American Revolution over the past year and completed the filing process. Winners: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Empire State (New York), Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

AMERICANISM POSTER CONTEST—Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

SGT. MOSES ADAMS MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL BROCHURE CONTEST—Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

THE HAROLD L. PUTNAM AWARD — To the state society chairman responsible for the winner of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. Winner: Darrin M. Schmidt of the Virginia Society.

THE EDWIN B. GRAHAM PLAQUE — To the state society sponsoring the first-place winner of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. Winner: Virginia Society. Societies that participated in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest that received a Participation Streamer: Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

JOHN C. HAUGHTON AWARD— To the state society sponsoring the winner of the ROTC/JROTC Contest. Winner: California Society. Societies that participated in the ROTC/JROTC Contest and received a Participation Streamer: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Empire State (New York), North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest and received a Participation Streamer: Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Empire State (New York), Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

THE MARIAN L. BROWN EAGLE SCOUT AWARD — To the state society sponsoring the winner of the Arthur M. King Eagle Scout Scholarship competition. Winner: Missouri Society. Societies that participated in the Arthur M. King Eagle Scout Scholarship competition and received a Participation Streamer: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Dakota, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, International Society, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Empire State (New York), North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

THE THOMAS J. BOND JR. MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD — To the compatriot presenting the best photograph depicting the spirit of patriotism. (cash award) Presenting the award with President General Joseph W. Dooley was the widow of Compatriot Bond, Sunni Bond Winkler. Winner: William D. Wood of the Col. James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society.

THE GEORGE S. amp; STELLA M. KNIGHT AWARD — To the state society sponsoring the winner of the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. Winner: Virginia Society.





Societies that participated in the Sunni Bond Winkler, center, the widow of Compatriot Tom Bond, was on hand with President General Joseph W. Dooley, left, and VASSAR President Bill Broadus to present the Thomas J. Bond Jr. Memorial Award and explain its significance. “I am always doubly pleased when a Compatriot from one of Tom’s states wins the award, as was the case with Virginia winning,” she said. Other societies to which Bond belonged as a dual member included North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. (See winning photo and poem on page 12.)

THE WINSTON C. WILLIAMS SAR MAGAZINE AWARD — To the compatriot or society that was the most cooperative in supplying usable magazine material. Winner: Michael J. Elston of the Virginia Society.

THE JENNINGS H. FLATHERS AWARD — To the state society with fewer than 500 members with the best news publications. (cash award) Winner: The Badger Patriot (Wisc.), Win Williams and David Dean, co-editors; runners-up (tie): SAR Salute (Minn.), Timothy Charles Harris, editor, and Utah Patriot (Utah), William Simpson, editor.

THE ELEANOR SMALLWOOD NIEBELL AWARD — To the State C.A.R. Society and local C.A.R. Society that have been judged to have the best newsletter by the guidelines set up by the NSC.A.R. (cash award) State winner: Nevada Society, C.A.R. local chapter: Conrad Weiser Society, PASC.A.R.

THE PAUL M. NIEBELL SR. AWARD — To the state society with 500 or more members with the best news publications with fewer than 10 pages. (cash award) Winner: Missouri Compatriot (Mo.), James E. Osburn, editor; runner-up: SAR Alabama (Ala.), Tim Gayle, editor.

THE GRAHAME T. SMALLWOOD JR. AWARD — To the state society with 500 or more members with the best news publications with more than 10 pages. (cash award) Winner: The Florida Patriot (Fla.), Steve Williams, editor; runner-up: Tennessee Patriot (Tenn.), Rick D. Hollis, editor.

THE CARL F. BESSENT AWARD — To the editor of the most outstanding chapter newsletter. Single sheet (cash award): The Halifax Dispatch, Halifax Resolves Chapter (N.C.), Steve Avent, editor; runner-up: The TUCSAR Bugle, Tucson Chapter (Ariz), Bill Aurand, editor. Multiple sheet (cash award) (tie): Quill amp; Bugle, Saramana Chapter (Fla.), Chuck Sweeney, editor, and Collins Dispatch, Captain John Collins Chapter (Ga.), Larry T. Guzy, editor; runner-up: Brevard Beacon, Brevard Chapter (Fla.), Steve Williams, editor.

COL. STEWART BOONE McCARTY AWARD — To the compatriot who has best furthered the preservation of the United States history and its traditional teachings in our schools. (cash award) Winner: M. Bruce Maney of the Georgia Society.

THE MINNESOTA SOCIETY STEPHEN TAYLOR AWARD — To the compatriot, who by his research and writing, has made a distinguished contribution to the preservation of the history of the American Revolutionary era and its patriots. Winner: retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Nolden Henderson of the Georgia Society.

THE ROBERT E. BURT BOY SCOUT VOLUNTEER AWARD — To the compatriots who act as role models and
provide outstanding, dedicated service to the young men in the Boy Scouts of America. Winners (tie): Watson Ambruser, TNSSAR, and Thomas Lee Roberts, GASSAR.

THE WILLIAM M. MELONE AWARD — To the state society that has the largest number of new and approved supplemental memberships. Winner: Virginia Society with
210. Second place: Florida Society with 138.

THE MATTHEW SELLERS III AWARD — To the Vice President General who makes the best percentage over quota, based on last year’s membership results. Winner: William G. Teter of the InterMountain District with 20 percent. Second place: Robert B. Bogardus of the Pacific District with 18 percent.

THE RICHARD H. THOMPSON JR. AWARD — To the state society that, at year’s end, has the smallest number of members dropped from the rolls for nonpayment of dues. Those with zero drops: Canada, France, Germany, Hawaii, Nebraska and Switzerland.

THE KENTUCKY CUP — To the membership chairman of the state society that enrolled the largest percentage of new members. Winner: Idaho Society with 39 percent. Second place: Utah Society with 32 percent.

THE EUGENE C. McGUIRE AWARD — To the state society enrolling the largest number of sons, grandsons and nephews of SARs and DARs. Winner: Texas Society with 114. Second place: Florida Society with 105.

THE DAR/SAR MEMBERSHIP AWARD — To the DAR state society with the highest percentage of recruiting SAR members. (cash award) Winner: Wyoming Society with 100 percent. Second place: Montana Society with 80 percent. Third place: Maine Society with 69 percent.

THE ARTHUR J. TREMBLE AWARD-1776 TROPHY — To the state society that reinstated the largest number of dropped and resigned members. Winner: Texas Society with 273. Second place: Empire State Society with 91.

THE WALTER G. STERLING AWARD — To the state society that enrolled the largest number of new members transferred from the C.A.R. Winner: Iowa Society with four.

THE LEN YOUNG SMITH AWARD — To the state society that enrolled the largest number of new members less than 40 years of age. Winner: Texas Society with 88. Second place: Florida Society with 79.




Larry T. Guzy of Georgia, center, and Chuck Sweeney of Florida were among the winners of the Carl F. Bessent Award.

THE OHIO AWARD — To the state society that enrolled the highest percentage of new members less than 30 years of age. Winner: Hawaii Society with 100 percent. Second place: Wisconsin Society with 44 percent.

THE COLORADO AWARD — To the state society with the highest percentage of increase in membership among
states with greater than 100 members. Winner: Oregon Society with 21 percent. Second place: Arkansas Society with 16 percent.

THE TEXAS AWARD — To the state society with the highest percentage of increase in membership among states with fewer than 100 members. Winner: Idaho Society with
40 percent. Second place: Wyoming Society with 18 percent.

THE HOUSTON CHAPTER AWARD — To the state society that enrolled the largest percentage of new members
transferred from the C.A.R. Winner: Wyoming Society with 20 percent. Second place: Dakota Society with 13 percent.

THE ROBERT L. SONFIELD AWARD — To the state society with the largest numerical increase of members at the end of the membership year. Winner: North Carolina Society with 105. Second place: Georgia Society with 95.

THE SENATOR ROBERT A. TAFT AWARD — To the state society enrolling the largest number of new members. Winner: Florida Society with 264. Second place: Texas Society with 245.

THE LIBERTY MEDAL AWARDS—The Liberty Medal is presented to those compatriots who have recruited 10 new
members over a period of time. Those receiving additional Liberty Awards will receive Oak Leaf Cluster Awards, shown in parentheses. Winners: Johnny D. Alexander, John D. Anderson Jr., William R. Baccus, Robert A. Bell, Charles L. Bishop, Michael M. Black, Marlowe B. Bowman, Dennis E. Boyer, Julian V. Brandt III, Joseph E. Brock, Charles R. Butler, Ronald L. Carello, Donny C. Carson, James G. Chandler (1), Allen L. Christian, William R. Clemmons, Joseph C. Conger, Ernest R. Davis Sr., Daniel P. Davis, Carrell V. Deacon Jr., Richard F. Eagleton, Bobby J. Ervin (2), Robert L. Fears Sr., Joseph B. Fitzpatrick, Michael E. Flood, Terry L. Fowler, Glenn D. Freudenthal, Michael R. Gallagher, Earl Gillian Jr., Norman R. Goos, Lester R. Gray, William A. Greenly (2), President General Joseph W. Dooley, left, and J. Michael Tomme, right, presented Samuel C. Powell of North Carolina the Color Guardsman of the Year Award.
Eugenius S. Hammack, Steven D. Hart, Stephen J. Hawko (1), Terry L. Holden, Francis L. Huntley (1), Donald R. Inman, Raymond L. Leftwich (1), John P. Lenes, Jay M. Lewallen, Ronald M. Losee, James T. Massey, John E. McCutchen, Edward L. McGaughy, Joseph B. McMullen, Charles O. McMurry, Lloyd D. Means, John C. Meredith, Kenneth P. Middleton, Stephen J. Miller, Albert E. Myers, Thornton L. Neathery, James A. Neese, Robert E. Northrup Jr., John F. Olive III, Clifford C. Olsen II, Robert D. Parrish, Oscar Patterson III, Edward P. Rigel Sr., Jean-Mathieu A. Robine, Bruce A. Ryno, John C. Sassaman, Donald L.
Schiro, James M. Scrape, James E. Smith, Robert P. Smith, Sydney A. Spink, Charles W. Sprague, Theodore G. Stroup Jr., Richard L. Stup, Thomas M. Taimi (2), John O. Thornhill, William A. Tilghman Jr., Joseph P. Vermaelen, Robert A. Wagel (2), George T. West, Donald M. Wilham, Jim L. Wilson (1), John A. Woodard (1) and Roger D. Woodruff.

Those who have received the Liberty Medal in a previous year and have recruited an additional
10 or more new members will receive Oak Leaf Cluster Awards. Winners: Raymond L. Alexander, Warren M. Alter (3), Mark C. Anthony, Thomas D. Ashby, Steven F. Avent, Andrew L. Baffes, Mark C. Anthony (2), Ronald J. Barker (2), Peter T. Baron Jr., Ronald A. Bearden, Carlen P. Booth, Duane P. Booth (3), James E. Brewer (2), Boyd C. Breyer, Terry L. Briggs (3), Clark R. Brocht, Lon D. Brown, Thomas A. Brown (2), James W. Brush (2), Kenneth A. Buckbee, Stephen E. Bush, Marcus D. Byers Jr. (6), Robert F. Carr, James H. Carter Jr., Lance Carter (2), Thomas H. Chilton Jr., Christos Christou Jr. (3), Stephan P. Clarke, J.B. Coats, Ronald L. Darrah (4), Alvie L. Davidson, James A. DeGroff Jr. (3), Stuart O. Denslow, Walter E. Dockery, Daniel W. Dockrey Jr., Joseph W. Dooley, Walter C. Dorsey, Andrew S. Doss, Theodore M. Duay III, Thomas L. Dunne (2), David L. Eagan, Wesley D. Edgar, I. Barnett Ellis (4), Michael J. Elston, John E. Ernest (3), Michael J. Everheart, James O. Fast, Jim W. Faulkinbury (2), Arthur L.
Finnell, Robert B. Fish Jr. (3), Michael E. Fishbein, Harold D. Ford, Raymond H. Ford (3), Thomas A. Fountain, Henry D. Fry, Charles F. Garrison (4), Thomas E. Geimeier, Charles A. Gentis (2), Kenneth E. Gilkey (3), James H. Grace Sr., William O. Graham, Thomas B. Green III (2), Marshal K. Gregory (2), Paul A. Griffith, Garry A. Grugan (2), Donald H. Gurley, Larry T. Guzy (3), Jessie L. Hagan, Donald L. Hale, Frank G. Hall III (2), Edward L. Hamblin, William M. Hammitt, John R. Harman, Paul M. Hays, Laurence T. Herman, Jerry P. Hill, Edward E. Hitchcock (2), Rick D. Hollis, Alfred P. Honeywell, Danny R. Hooper, Franklin N. Horton (3), Gary G. Howard, Robert D. Howell Sr. (3), Jan D. Huber, Gerald W. Irion (3), Karl W. Jacobs, Timothy L. Jacobs (2), David G. Jessel, Keith T. Johnson, Michael R. Johnston, Fuller C. Jones Jr., James T. Jones Jr., J. Michael Jones (2), Ronald E. Jones (2), Edmund P. Karr Jr., Michael L. Keen (2), Norman H. Kronvall, Robert H. Lear, Stephen A. Leishman, Ned A. Little (3), Luther R.
Lloyd, James L. Lockhart, Billy B. Lyle, Richard M. Lyon Jr., Richard K. Mahaffey, Milus B. Maney, John T. Manning, John L. Marker, William M. Marrs, David L. McCann (2), Paul C. Metzger (6), William L. Miller, Ted M. Minier (4), James M. Mobley, Randy D. Moody, Ernest L. Moreland, Brent D. Morgan, James E. Musslewhite, Robert T. Nash, Gary G. Naughton, Douglas H. Nelson, David L. Nessley Sr. (2), Grant R. Noah (5), David A. Noble (4), William C. Orr, John A. Pardee, James D. Partin (3), John E. Peifer, Shawn W.
Price, C. Louis Raborg Jr., William H. Raper, Raymond C. Raser (8), Eric D. Richhart (6), Robert
H. Rodgers (3), Michael J. Rowley (5), Edward L. Rudisill, Robert A. Sapp, A. Bingham Seibold III (5), William E. Sharp III, John Shelton, John D. Sinks, William C. Sizemore (2), Eugene C. Smith, Jr. (5), James F. Smith (2), John T. Smith (8), Kimber D. Smith, Christopher T. Smithson (3), Richard T. Spencer Jr. (2), Daniel B. Stauffer (6), Walter B. Stevenson Jr., Owen R. Stiles (2), Robert J. Stone (3), O. Lee Swart, John E. Sweeney (4), John R. Taylor Jr. (2), Brian M. Thomson (3), James J. Thweatt, Gary W. Timmons, John D. Tinny, Robert F. Towns (2), Donald J. Tressler, Eric H. Troutman (4), Charles V. Waid, John R. Wallace (2), Timothy E. Ward (7), Raymond F. Wess (2), Terry A. Whetstone, Robert A. Whitehead, Paul M. Wilke, Steven A. Williams (3), James H. Wood (5), Daniel K. Woodruff (2), William J. Woodworth, Charles J. Yost and Theodore S. Zajac Jr.

FLORENCE KENDALL AWARD — To the top three compatriots who recruited the largest number of the new members. First place: John T. Smith of South Carolina, 87 new members; second place: Raymond C. Raser of California, 84 new members; third place: Timothy E. Ward of Ohio, 72 new members.

COLOR GUARDSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD — To the compatriot who is the best representative of color guards and the best example of service to the ideals of the Sons of the American Revolution by his service as a color guardsman. Winner: Samuel C. Powell of the North Carolina Society.

GENERAL WILLIAM C. WESTMORLAND AWARD — To the outstanding SAR veterans volunteer for service to veterans. Winner: Scott G. Giltner of the Kentucky Society.

THE USS STARK MEMORIAL AWARD — To the chapters and state society with the best record of service to veterans during the past year. Chapters with 10-49 members, winner: Ambassador Fletcher Warren Chapter, TXSSAR; 50-99 members, winner: Simon Kenton Chapter, KYSSAR; 100-199 members, winner: Plano Chapter, TXSSAR; 200 members and more, winner: San Antonio Chapter, TXSSAR. State societies with 15-999 members, winner: Kentucky Society; state society, 1,000-plus members, winner: Texas Society.

THE SYRACUSE AWARD — To the state society with the most new chapters. Winner: South Carolina Society with two new chapters.

THE ROBERT B. VANCE AWARD — To the state society and chapter that present the best example of an SAR website during the year, based on established criteria. State society winner: Massachusetts Society; chapter winner: General Richard Montgomery Chapter, ALSSAR.

THE FRANKLIN FLYER AWARD AND STREAMER — To the state society, based upon membership, with the largest recruitment of Friends of the Library as a percentage increase compared with the state society’s membership as of Dec. 31 of each year. (cash award) State societies with
10-499 members, winner: Washington Society. State society 500 and more members, winner: Texas Society.

THE GENEALOGIST GENERAL’S AWARD—This award is presented to the three state societies with the lowest percentages of pended applications for the year. First place: Alabama Society. Second place: South Carolina Society. Third place: District of Columbia Society.




The President General’s Cup awards: Georgia Society President Roger W. Coursey, center, accepted for the Sons of Liberty Chapter, and Texas Society Immediate Past President Stephen W. Rohrbough, right, accepted for the Plano Chapter at the conclusion of Monday’s recognition night.

THE ADMIRAL WILLIAM R. FURLONG MEMORIAL AWARD AND STREAMERS — To the state societies that have fulfilled the qualifications of awarding Flag Certificates during the previous year. Winners: Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Those societies that completed 100 percent involvement: Plano Chapter, TXSSAR; 200 members and more, winner: George Washington Chapter, VASSAR.

THE ALLENE WILSON GROVES AWARD AND STREAMER — To the state society, based upon size, that presents evidence of best implementing SAR resolutions
and principles. State societies with 10-99 members, winner: South Carolina Society; honorable mention: North Carolina Society; 1,000 members and more, winner: Georgia Society.

OFFICERS’ STREAMER AWARD — To state societies whose president and national trustees have attended both preceding trustees meetings and the previous Annual Congress. Winners: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Germany, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

PRESIDENT GENERAL’S STATE SOCIETY AND CHAPTER ACTIVITIES COMPETITION AWARDS— Chapters with 10-49 members, winner: General John Archer Elmore Chapter, ALSSAR; honorable mention: Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter, SCSSAR; 50-99 members, winner: Caesar Rodney Chapter, DESSAR; 100-199 members, winner: Atlanta Chapter, GASSAR; honorable mention: Delaware Crossing Chapter, KASSAR; 200-plus members, winner: George Washington Chapter, VASSAR.
States societies with 10-199 members, no entries; 200-499 members, winner: Delaware Society; 500-999 members, winner: Kansas Society; honorable mention: North Carolina Society; 1,000-plus members, winner: Texas Society.

THE PRESIDENT GENERAL’S CUP — To the chapter, based upon size, that presents evidence of the most complete program of activities. Chapters with 10-80 members, winner: Sons of Liberty Chapter, GASSAR; 81 and more members, winner: Plano Chapter, TXSSAR.
of their chapters in the Admiral William Furlong Memorial
Award are receiving a special recognition this year with an
additional certificate. The recipients of this special award are: District of Columbia, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.

THE LIBERTY BELL AMERICANISM AWARD AND STREAMER — To the chapter, based upon size, that presents evidence of best implementing SAR resolutions and principles. Chapters with 10-49 members, winner: Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter, SCSSAR; 50-99 members, winner: Simon Kenton Chapter, KYSSAR; 100-199 members, winner:

AWARDS AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON LUNCHON

THE HOWARD F. HORNE JR. AWARD — To the society with the largest percentage increase of George Washington Fellows based on a percentage of total membership. (cash award) Winner: New Mexico Society.

THE WALTER BUCHANAN MEEK AWARD — To the society that has recruited the most new George Washington Fellows. (cash award) Winner: Mississippi Society.

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