August 2021

I would like to thank the SAR Compatriots from California who made the trip to Renton, Washington to attend the 2021 National Congress. The California Society was represented by twenty voting delegates, many of whom traveled with wives and family members.

In addition to general sessions and committee meetings, awards night, tours of the Museum of Flight, LeMay Automobile Museum, local dining, and seeing California Compatriot Jim Falkenbury recognized for two years of service as National Genealogist General were all highlights of this year’s Congress.  

The Keynote Speaker was retired U.S.M.C. General James Mattis who was also presented with his membership certificate. Other highlights include the induction of two new Minutemen from California – Lou Carlson, Class of 2020 and Kent Gregory, Class of 2021, the installation of State Chancellor John Dodd as Treasurer General of the NSSAR, and Davis Wright as President General of the National Society. 

Thanks to hard work of many members at the Chapter level California received award certificates and streamers for participation in the following programs:

  • Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest 
  • Americanism Poster Contest
  • Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
  • Outstanding JROTC Cadet Contest
  • George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest 

Congratulations to the twelve CA Compatriots who received the Liberty Medal or Oak Leaf Cluster:

  • Anthony Chakurian - Gold Country
  • David Cofer Jr. - Sacramento
  • Kerry Adams - Kern Chapter
  • Terry Briggs - Silicon Valley
  • Derek Brown - Thomas Jefferson
  • James Fosdyck - Orange County
  • Kent Gregory (3) - Orange County
  • David Grinnell - Coachella Valley
  • Russell Haynes - Central Coast
  • Eddie Smith - Delta Chapter
  • Leon Smith - South Coast
  • Owen Stills (2) - Gen. George Washington

Chapter Secretary training via Zoom will begin on Wednesday September 8 and continue the 2nd Wednesday of each month thru the end of this year. Please contact Fred Schuster our State Secretary for the meeting link and more information.

Thank you to past State President Don Littlefield for his volunteer service hours which led to a $4,900.00 check to the CASSAR from his former employer Benevity, and to our current Executive Vice-President Craig Anderson for reporting his volunteer service hours and an expected $500.00 check from his former employer Chevron. Many companies provide matching funds for employee service hours and the CASSAR is grateful for our members volunteer service time as well as the matching funds. 

I am excited to learn that most of our Chapters are planning to return to in person meetings this Fall and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Mission Inn in November. I hope you all have a great summer.

In Patria,
Brian Stephens
Congratulations!  Welcome to the California Society, Sons of the American Revolution. We are honored that you have elected to join our society of descendants of those patriots and heroes who gave us our freedoms. The California Society conducts many patriotic, historical, and educational programs in our communities, and we rely heavily on our member volunteers to keep them strong and vibrant.

If you haven’t yet been, you will shortly be contacted by a representative of your chapter; I urge you to meet your fellow compatriots, join them in their chapter programs, and become an active member of your chapter and state society. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you in the future.

D. Craig Anderson, Executive Vice President, California Society
The National Society, requires that all members who participate in SAR youth and education programs that interface with students under the age of 18, successfully complete SAR Youth Protection Training. We had formerly utilized the training offered by the Boy Scouts of America, but subsequently, the SAR has developed its own training program that is geared specifically to the programs that we conduct. The process is very simple; the training can be taken on-line in about 20 minutes, and the certificate is valid for three years. 
Prior to the COVID Pandemic restrictions and subsequent School closures, two of our California Chapters were conducting live school presentations in their local schools. Looking for a new avenue to continue their educational outreach efforts, the Kern and Sacramento Chapters each created a series of video presentations on the colonial period that could be used by their schools for remote learning. Click the buttons below to view their videos:
ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER
4TH ANNUAL PICNIC - AUGUST 14TH
131st National Congress: Reception at the Museum of Flight
Davis Lee Wright taking the Oath of office off President General
George Washington Ring Bearer
PG Jack Manning and
First Lady Nancy
Minutemen:
Dr. Kent Gregory, 2021,
Rev Lou Carlson, 2020,
Jim Faulkinbury 2019
Guest Speaker: General James Mattis USMC (Ret)
Kent and Lisa Gregory
REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER
SACRAMENTO CHAPTER
June 26th: Folsom Hometown Parade. L-R David Beach Sacramento Color Guard Commander; Doug Drake, Mother Lode Chapter; Don Littlefield and Ernie Garcia, Sacramento Chapter.
Past President Bob Taylor presents the Silver Roger Sherman medal to Past President Don Littlefield at the National Congress.
PRESIDENT
BRIAN R. STEPHENS 
briandi777@aol.com 
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT 
D. CRAIG ANDERSON 
craigandersonsar@gmail.com 
VICE PRESIDENT, SOUTH 
JAMES KLINGLER 
klingler@sbcglobal.net 
VICE PRESIDENT, NORTH 
WILLIAM VAN VALKENBURG 
VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP 
James C. Bunker
jmbnkmailbox-californiaSAR@yahoo.com
SECRETARY 
FRED SCHUSTER 
schuster6789@aol.com 
TREASURER
JOHN FERRIS 
Jrf1776@outlook.com 
REGISTRAR 
OWEN R. STILES 
ostiles45@gmail.com 
CHANCELLOR 
JOHN L. DODD, ESQ. 
johnldodd@twc.com 
GENEALOGIST 
TERRY L. BRIGGS 
tlbaia@comcast.net 
HISTORIAN 
SCOTT KNECHT 
knechtsh@gmail.com 
CHAPLAIN 
RT. REV. LOUIS V. CARLSON, JR. 
loucarlson@sbcglobal.net 
SURGEON 
DR. MATTHEW BOWDISH, MD 
matthewsbowdish@gmail.com 
TRUSTEE OF THE INVESTED FUNDS
(2020-2023) 
STEPHEN RENOUF 
usina@aol.com 
TRUSTEE OF THE INVESTED FUNDS
(2019-2022) 
DR. M. KENT GREGORY 
drkentgregory@earthlink.net 
TRUSTEE OF THE INVESTED FUNDS
(2021-2024
JOHN L. DODD, ESQ. 
johnldodd@twc.com 
PAST PRESIDENT 
DONALD B. LITTLEFIELD
NATIONAL TRUSTEE 
DEREK BROWN 
dptydeke@yahoo.com 
ALTERNATE NATIONAL TRUSTEE 
ROBERT TAYLOR 
tartar-taylor@att.net

Cyber Scams 
If you receive an email from a purported Compatriot in need of help that is unsigned, with no personal contact information seeking contributions to any type of fundraising site; or an email ad-dressing you by name from another member of your Chapter requesting the expenditure of funds or the purchase of gift cards consider it a hoax. These messages are getting more sophisticated and may even include the unauthorized use of the SAR logo and/or a pseudo SAR email address. 
The California Compatriot is the official newsletter of the California Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Unless explicitly stated, the opinions expressed herein are the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily those of the California Society SAR

Editor: D. Craig Anderson
craigandersonsar@gmail.com