SAR give awards, installs officers

Posted 12/21/17

The Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held its December meeting at the Elks club on Dec. 14.

President John Clines called the meeting to order. Dr. David Chaffin gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag led by Ron Harris, the pledge to the SAR flag led b y Gary Stonecypher and the pledge to the Tennessee flag led by Dustin Clines.

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SAR give awards, installs officers

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The Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held its December meeting at the Elks Club on Dec. 14.
President John Clines called the meeting to order. Dr. David Chaffin gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag led by Ron Harris, the pledge to the SAR flag led b y Gary Stonecypher and the pledge to the Tennessee flag led by Dustin Clines.

A moment of silence was held in honor of Ron Moore, who had passed on early that morning.

Visitors were recognized. They included DAR members of the Ocoee Chapter Maggie Evans, Helen Riden and Jane Rumbaugh, who were accompanied by her husband, Bob. Other visitors were Charles and vita Campbell, Richard and Patricia Steele and Tennessee Society State President David E. Johnston and wife, Maria.

John Clines, the new chairman of the Wreaths Across America committee, announced the chapter collected $1,745 this year for wreaths to be placed on veterans’ tombstones at the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Dec. 16.

The chapter provided 11 members for the Color Guard at the formal Wreaths Across America presentation. A record 9,683 wreaths were laid this year at the cemetery. Clines presented the National SAR President General’s proclamation as part of the program. Two chapter members were involved in laying the Military Honor Wreaths this year — Bob George presented the U.S. Navy wreath and Jack Murphy presented the U.S. Marine Corps. Wreath.

Stan Evans announced the membership for the year ended with 209.

The Pearl Harbor Day Celebration on Dec. 7 was termed a success. This is the second year, the SAR has hosted the event at the Elks Club.

In 2016, Evans was presented the special Disabled American Veteran Chapter No. 25’s Veteran of the Year jacket by member Joe Davis. This year, Davis was honored as the DAV Veteran of the Year and Evans presented Davis with a special jacket.

The Shiloh Ensemble from Shiloh Baptist Church in Ocoee provided music for the evening. The Rev. Charlie Campbell, accompanied by Lisa Pritchett, sang several songs that would have been presented during Colonial and Revolutionary War times. He also shared some interesting stories.

Campbell is senior pastor at the Shiloh Baptist Church. He has been in the ministry for 45 years, 14 of them serving as a missionary in the Philippines.
Pritchett, who is assistant principal at Copper Basin High School, plays piano at Shiloh Baptist. She grew up singing in a gospel group with her father, Ed Morrison, called the Relatives. She is the wife of SAR member Shawn Pritchett and mother of Jed and Zeke, who are SAR junior members. She is state treasurer of the Tennessee United Daughters of the confederacy, and a member of the UDC Jefferson Davis, No. 900, and a member of the Alexander Keith DAR chapter in Athens.

Clines presented certificates of appreciation to eight individuals who helped him have a successful year. He then presented the Lydia Darragh Medal to his wife, Vickie; the Roger Sherman (Bronze) Medal to Randall Higgins and David Whaley; the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to Jan McKinney; the Daughters of Liberty Medal to Maggie Evans; and a Liberty Bell to Jim McKinney.
Evans presented the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter Stanley A. Evans Outstanding Service Award to John A. Clines Sr. The honor winner is chosen from past recipients for service to the chapter.
Clines thanked the members for supporting the chapter and its programs this year. He noted some of the programs were Disabled American Veterans, Wreaths Across America, judging of runoffs at the Museum Center at Five Points, the awarding of medals to the JROTC members at Bradley Central High School and Rhea County High School.

Other highlights included honoring Bradley County first responders; marching n the Chattanooga Armed Forces Day Parade; the annual Sycamore Shoals celebration in Elizabethton, Revolutionary grave dedications of Capt. Moses Cavette and Pvt. Walter Billingsley. Other highlights were the induction of Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee University in the chapter, and a special seven course luncheon prepared by Chef Richmond Flowers; and the presentation of a General George Washington wine glass to the chapter by Judge Larry Puckett and his wife, Pattie.

David Johnston, state SAR president, installed the chapter officers for the coming year. The officers are James E. McKinney, president; Dr. David C. Chaffin, first vice president; Joseph A. White, second vice president; Jerry L.S. Hjellum, secretary; William M. Hamilton, treasurer; E. Lynn Freeman, genealogist/registrar; Jimmy R. Kerr, chaplain; James D. Pemberton, sergeant-at-arms; Stanley A. Evans, historian; and William J. Brown, chancellor.

After installing the officer, Johnston presented the chapter gavel to McKinney and Clines placed the president’s neck-ribbon around his neck.
McKinney spoke briefly on planned projects for next year, which include a Revolutionary War grave dedication in Bradley County and one in Polk County. He wants to initiate a “mentor program,” which was created by Past President General Michael Tomme.

McKinney closed the meeting. Chaplain Jimmy Kerr gave the benediction.

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