The October chapter meeting was an incredibly informative and enjoyable meeting. Rob Moore, SAR National Vice President, Western Region was our special guest. He joined us from his home State of Hawaii on the Island of Oahu.
Rob has been travelling around the Western Region visiting all the chapters on a listening tour to hear what we are up to, answer questions we may have, and to carry back to National any insights or feedback we might have to improve our society. His comments were both interesting and enlightening.
A couple of key topics he discussed were the SAR Museum Collection and the current effort seeking donations or artifacts for the museum. He shared a brochure with pictures of some of the artifacts as examples of the donations to date. One was a 1770-1775 Naval Quadrant that was a gift from our Chapter. He also talked about the 250th anniversary, and the coming 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party on December 16th, 2023.
We also had another special guest, Gretchen Johnson, a 5th grade teacher from Deterding Elementary School in Carmicheal. Gretchen talked about the importance of the American Revolution education for her students. She and her fellow teachers at Deterding will receive the first sets of books donated through our chapter’s 1776 Book Challenge Project. I personally was moved hearing her speak so passionately about her students’ desire and interest in learning and the depth of her knowledge about history and the American Revolution. This reassured me that the education of future generations is in good hands, and everything we as a Chapter can do to support these teachers and students is so critically necessary and valuable.
Gretchen shared that each classroom teacher receives approximately $250 annually for all classroom supplies for all subjects they teach. In contrast, one set of classroom books we provide through the 1776 Book Challenge exceeds this with a value of $350 per classroom book set. We have a dramatic opportunity to make a significant impact on the education and lives of these students while furthering the SAR’s mission to promote patriotism and further the education and inspiring future generations about the founding of our great country.
I encourage you to consider donating to our chapter’s 1776 Book Challenge Project as you are able. There is more information and ways to donate on our chapter website.
In closing, we have another exciting Chapter dinner meeting coming up in November where we will be honoring veterans. Please feel free to wear something to commemorate and honor your time in uniform if you served in one of the armed forces. I hope to see you all there. In fellowship,