Springfield (Ill.) SAR Chapter

Gallery of Past Events
(recent events begin at bottom)

July 1929 National Congress held in Springfield, IL.  

1929 SAR

Reuben Ross Grave Marking

The Be-kik-a-nin-ee Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, sponsored a DAR Grave Marking Ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot Reuben Ross, on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the American Legion Memorial in the Waverly Square in Waverly.  The Chapter Regent, Mrs. Sandy Heaton, presided over the program.  The Springfield Chapter, SAR, provided a Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 262 provided a gun salute and TAPS.  The WaBose’ Society, NSCAR, presented a Memorial Wreath.  The bronze marker in honor of Reuben Ross was unveiled by Mr. John Brocksieck and Mr. Greg Reeves, descendents of Reuben Ross.  Mrs. Luanne Bruckner, State Regent for the Illinois State Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, brought greetings with over 75 people in attendance.  Several who attended the ceremony were descendents who live in the area. A reception followed at the Waverly Senior Center.  The marker will be placed permanently at his grave. 

Reuben Ross fought in the Revolutionary War at a young age and later settled in the Palmyra, Illinois area in the 1820’s.    

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Illiopolis Veteran's Memorial Ceremony, May 25, 2009

Illiopolis

High School Outstanding Citizenship Program
The Springfield Chapter’s premier event is our Citizenship Award Luncheon which takes place in the Spring of each year. The Springfield Chapter contacts all of the 21 high schools in Sangamon and Menard Counties inviting them to participate in the SAR Outstanding Citizenship program. The school administration selects a senior student and provides SAR with that student’s name.
Our chapter recognizes students by having an award luncheon during which we present them Bronze Good Citizenship Certificates and pins. In addition, schools usually recognize the student at the school’s award assembly in May.
Outstanding Citizens
Outstanding Citizenship

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CAR Annual Meeting

CAR Annual Meeting

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Isaac Warner Grave Marking

Isaac Warner Grave Marking

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Illinois State Fair Parade

SAR works hard to increase public awareness of our organization. For the past ten years, the Illinois SAR Color Guard has been one of the lead units in the Illinois State Fair Parade held each August. The color guard does a great job. It received a lot of recognition and many positive comments from the 12-15,000 people who watch the parade in Springfield each year.  


state fair
state fair

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May 13, 2009

Springfield SAR Chapter members along with members of the Nancy Ross DAR Chapter marked the grave of Abe Scholl in Griggsville, Illinois on May 13, 2009.



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April 4, 2009

Members of the Elijah Smith and the Springfield SAR Chapters participated in a grave marking for Patriot Joseph Jackson in the Jacksonville East Cemetery, Jacksonville, Illinois on April 4, 2009.  The grave marking was held in conjunction with the James Caldwell and Rhoda Fairchild Chapters of DAR and with representatives of the National Society Children of the American Revolution.  A number of direct descendents attended and spoke about the patriotic service of their ancestor.  
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May 30, 2011
Illiopolis Dedicated War Memorial

Illiopolis American Legion Post 508 dedicated a war memorial on Memorial Day May 30th. The memorial was dedicated to veterans of all wars from Illiopolis and the surrounding area. Over 500 people were estimated to have attended this event held at the Illiopolis Wabash Village Park.
The Springfield SAR Color Guard participated in the Illiopolis dedication along with the Sangamon Valley High School Band and the Illiopolis American Legion Post 508 Color Guard and Firing Squad. The Springfield Color Guard is pleased to have been asked to participate in the Illiopolis dedication. American Legion Post 508 worked hard to make the war memorial a success. They sold 215 dedication bricks for $50/ea and successfully solicited private contributions from patriotic Illiopolis citizens.

War Memorial

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June 4, 2011

parade

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Members of the Springfield Chapter participated in a parade
in Mt. Vernon on June 18. 2011 prior to dedication
of a statue honoring women veterans.

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Members of the Springfield Chapter participated in the Illinois State
Fair parade on August 11, 2011

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Springfield Chapter Color Guard Leads Petersburg Parade 2011
This year was the first time the Springfield Color Guard participated in the Petersburg Harvest Festival and felt honored to be the lead element in the parade. The color guard was made up of Tom Ashby, Jacob Dietz, Toby Chamberlain, Karl Reed and Jared Dietz. Cletis Underwood (the proud grandfather of Jared and Jacob Dietz) and Lou and Polly Myers further enhanced the impact of the color guard by following the marchers in their van playing patriotic music. In addition to the participants in the parade, Springfield chapter members Ron Ferricks and Paul Burtle attended the festivities and enjoyed the parade. A special thanks to Tom Ashby, ILSSAR Color Guard Commander, for participating in the parade with the Springfield Chapter..
Petersburg ParadeParade
L-R Tom Ashby, Jared Dietz, Cletis Underwood,                                          L-R Ashby, Jacob Dietz, Chamberlain, Reed, Jared Dietz
Jacob Dietz, Toby Chamberlain, Karl Reed, and Lou Myers

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Springfield Chapter Color Guard Helps Refurbish Revolutionary War Grave
On Veteran’s Day 2011, the Springfield Color Guard participated in the rededication the grave site of Philip Crowder, a Revolutionary War soldier, buried in a small cemetery across the street from the Illini Country Club in Leland Grove near Springfield.
   
The grave refurbishment was the Eagle Scout project for Blake Brown of Troop 3 in Springfield. Blake Brown had two new professionally manufactured signs made commemorating the burial site of the Revolutionary War soldier, Philip Crowder. One sign is at the entrance to the cemetery and describes the importance of the site. A second sign is near the Crowder family gravestones and details Philip Crowder’s life.

Blake also replaced the current fence with black aluminum fence and reset the wooden steps leading up to the site. Nearly 100 people attended the grave rededication including several veterans groups, members of Boy Scout Troop 3, the DAR, the news media and the mayor of Leland Grove. The color guard was made up of Bob Dennison, Dan Hrenko, Karl Reed, Toby Chamberlain, and Stephen Bradley. In addition to the participants in the parade, Springfield Chapter member Bill Springer also attended the ceremony
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         L-R  Dennison, Hrenko, Reed, Scout Blake                               L-R  Hrenko, Reed, Bradley, Chamberlain, 
         Brown, Chamberlain,and Bradley                                               and Dennison

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115th Anniversary Celebration
Panther Creek Country Club
Springfield, Illinois
February 18, 2012
125 years
Members of the Springfield Chapter

state & national officers with Springfield president
(L-R) Bruce Talbot (ILSSAR Vice President); Lou Myers (Springfield Chapter Registrar); Karl Reed (Springfield Chapter Registrar) Secretary General Stephen A. Leishman; J. Gordon Bidner (ILSSAR Trustee); Toby Chamberlain (Springfield Chapter President); Franz Herder (ILSSAR President); James DeGroff (ILSSAR Secretary/Recording Secretary)

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picture donation
Springfield Chapter member Stephen Bradley presented a framed print of the July 1929 National Congress to the National Society. The 1929 Congress was held in Springfield, Illinois. The presentation was made during the 2012 Spring Leadership/Trustee meeting held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. It is hoped that the print will be displayed in the Center for Advancing American Heritage museum. The Springfield Chapter, founded in 1897, celebrated its 115th anniversary in February 2012.

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Toby Chamberlain
Chapter President Toby Chamberlain (left) was named Joe Smith Color Guardsman of the Year during the state recognition dinner held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center on May 18th. Currently Color Guard Commander Tom Ashby presented the award. Additionally, the Springfield Chapter was named Chapter of the Year. The award recognizes the overall accomplishments of the chapter.
L-E award
The Springfield Chapter presented a Law Enforcement Award to Chatham Police Officer Scott Williams. (LtoR) Toby Chamberlain, Springfield Chapter President Dan Hrenko, Brigadier General (retired) Lou Myers, Chatham Police Officer Scott Williams and Karl Reed.

veterans day 2013
Veterans Day parade 2013 at Camp Butler.

Outstanding Citizens 2014
Twenty-two high school seniors from area high schools received SAR Outstanding Citizenship Certificates and Pins at the Springfield Chapter’s Annual Outstanding Citizenship Awards Luncheon on February 23, 2014.

2014 Eagle Scouts
      Sixty-one Eagle Scouts in the class of 2013 received SAR Eagle Scout certificates at the Annual Eagle Scout Dinner and Recognition Night at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.  Shown presenting a certificate is Springfield Chapter compatriot George Tinkham, a member of the ILSSAR Eagle Scout Scholarship Review Committee.

Ephraim Gard Enos Campbell
GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
PETER CARTWRIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, PLEASANT PLAINS IL
AUGUST 16, 2014
Members of the color guard for the ceremony honoring Captain Eprhaim Gard, Ohio Militia (War of 1812) and Revolutionary War patriot Enos Campbell.  The event was sponsored by the Springfield Chapter, NSDAR, and the Sangamon River Chapter, USD1812.  Both are buried in Sackett Cemetery.  Weather forced the ceremony to be held indoors.

Grave marking Jacob Shutt

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GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
WIMMER CEMETERY, AUBURN, IL
April 18, 2015
Members of the Springfield Chapter provided the color guard  for the grave marking ceremony sponsored by the Capatain William Penny DAR Chapter. Second photo: Toby Chamberlain, Illinois State SAR Vice President, salutes at the gravesite of Jacob Henry Shutt.