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FLAG DAY PROGRAM
Montgomery Co. Court House
Hillsboro, IL
June 10, 2017

Flag Day Announcement
Flag Day 2017
Flag Day 2017
Flag Day 2017
Flag Day 2017
Flag Day 2017
Flag Day 2017


MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
Troy, IL
May 29, 2017
Troy IL Memorial Day parade
Troy Memorial Day Parade
The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter was pleased to participate in two parades this Memorial Day. Here are some photos from the inaugural parade in Troy, Illinois. We are proud to be chosen to lead the parade. Compatriots participating in Troy were: Philip Bailey, Bob Kilzer, Anthony Robison, Richard Mantz, and Jim DeGroff. It was a great tribute to remember those who gave their all that we have the freedoms we enjoy today.

Alton parade
Participaating in the Memorial Day parade in Alton were Richard Ruedin, Robert Ridenour, Jerry Oglesbie, and not shown, Al Oleson. This year marked the 150th year for the Alton parade. This parade is considered to be the longest running Memorial Day parade in the country.


Grave Marking
Shiloh Valley Cemetery, Shiloh IL
May 20, 2017
Pvt Larkin Rutherford marking
Pvt Larkin rutherford marking
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark and Long Knives Chapters served as color guard for the dedication in honor of Pvt Larkin Rutherford. He served in Col. George Rogers Clark's Illinois Regiment. The ceremony was sponsored by the Belleville Chapter DAR in conjunction with the O'Fallon Historical Society.


Bill Emery
Harris
Kelso
Military service certificates given to chapter members by Chapter President Charles Dobias at meeting on May 17th - top to bottom: Bill Emery, Walt Harris, and Paul Kelso. Thank you for your service gentlemen.


SAR OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
April 26, 2017
First Christian Church
Edwardsville, Illinois

2017 Outstanding Citizens

Emily Klaas
The following students were recognized with SAR Outstanding Citizenship Awards: They are (not all pictured): Triston A. Counts, Alton High School; Emily Klaas, Brussels High School; Cassidy N. Taylor, Bunker Hill High School; Wesley Klocke, Calhoun High School; Elizabeth Bland, Carrollton High School; Jaxsen Helmkamp, Civic Memorial High School; Zachary R. Otero, Collinsville High School; Brenden Allen, East Alton-Wood River High School; L. Max Hartman, Edwardsville High School; Hannah Doty, Gillespie High School; Johannah Comish, Highland High School; Brooke Ernst, Litchfield Senior High School; Karoline Lauritzen, Marquette Catholic High School; Braden Woolsey, Metro East Lutheran High School; Abigail Eve Labonte, Mount Olive High School; McKinzi Lyn Warnisher, Nokomis High School; Sydney Owsley, Roxana High School; Jonathan Louis McEmery, Staunton High School. Additionally, Emily Klaas from Brussels High School received the chapter’s $500 scholarship. The scholarship was presented in honor of long-time member Charles Burgess who passed away in 2016.
The students were nominated by their schools based on their dependability, cooperative spirit, leadership, service to their school and community, evidence of personal values and patriotism.
The following students were recognized with SAR Outstanding Citizenship Awards: They are (not all pictured): Triston A. Counts, Alton High School; Emily Klaas, Brussels High School; Cassidy N. Taylor, Bunker Hill High School; Wesley Klocke, Calhoun High School; Elizabeth Bland, Carrollton High School; Jaxsen Helmkamp, Civic Memorial High School; Zachary R. Otero, Collinsville High School; Brenden Allen, East Alton-Wood River High School; L. Max Hartman, Edwardsville High School; Hannah Doty, Gillespie High School; Johannah Comish, Highland High School; Brooke Ernst, Litchfield Senior High School; Karoline Lauritzen, Marquette Catholic High School; Braden Woolsey, Metro East Lutheran High School; Abigail Eve Labonte, Mount Olive High School; McKinzi Lyn Warnisher, Nokomis High School; Sydney Owsley, Roxana High School; Jonathan Louis McEmery, Staunton High School. Additionally, Emily Klaas from Brussels High School received the chapter’s $500 scholarship. The scholarship was presented in honor of long-time member Charles Burgess who passed away in 2016.
The students were nominated by their schools based on their dependability, cooperative spirit, leadership, service to their school and community, evidence of personal values and patriotism.


HERO AWARD RECOGNITION
Highland, IL City Council Meeting
April 18, 2017
Mike Featherstun
Charles Dobias
Highland City Council
Todd Zobrist
Chapter president Charles Dobias, co-chairmen Lloyd Schwarz and Mike Featherstun, and Jim DeGroff attended the Highland, Illinois city council meeting to recognize the heroic efforts of Highland's first responders. The team was recognized with a certificate and medal, and Todd Zobrist, who risked his own life while saving a three-month old baby from a submerged car in Highland's Silver Lake on March 16th, received a medal.


ANNUAL MEETING
First Christian Church
Edwardsville, IL
February, 2017
Color Guard 2017
An impressive number of chapter members have purchased uniforms that add so much authenticity and enjoyment to chapter events.
Kevin Kaegy
Chapter member Kevin Kaegy gave a very informative program on slavery and the underground railroad in Illinois.
Joe Hill 30 years
A spontaneous standing ovation was given to Marvin (Joe) Hill (right) as he was presented a 30 year membership pin by outgoing chapter president Marvin Meng.
Abbie Peterson
The chapter's Knights Essay Contest chairman, Eric Reelitz (right) presents Abbie Peterson with a check for $200 and a certificate recognizing her as the chapters winner in this contest. Her essay was forwarded to the state competition.
New Officers
State President Toby Chamberlain (right) installed the new chapter officers. Shown from left: Lloyd Schwarz, chaplain; Jim DeGroff, registrar; Tom Beavers, treasurer; Robert Ridenour, vice president; Charles Dobias, president.
Charles Dobias
State President Toby Chamberlain congratulates newly installed chapter president Charles Dobias as outgoing president Marvin Meng looks on.

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING
Collinsville High School, Collinsville IL
January 28, 2017
University of Scouting
GGRC Chapter member Jim DeGroff (left) participated for the third year in the University of Scouting. The day-long event offers a wide variety of training opportunities for scouts, leaders, and families, and allows local companies and organizations to show off their programs and items relating to scouting.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD CEREMONY
Methodist Church, Pocahontas, IL
January 14, 2017
Noah Walker
Compatriot Bill Johnson (left), himself an Eagle Scout, presents the SAR Eagle Scout award certificateto Noah T. Walker.
Noah WAlker  Noah Walker
Compatriot Eric Reelitz (left) read a letter from the chapter president with an invitation to enter the essay contest. Caine Kelso presented the SAR Eagle Scout patch.
Noah Walker
Chapter Vice President Charles Dobias congratulates Noah on his accomplishment and presented him a pocket Constitution.
Noah Walker
The GGRC Chapter was well represented at the Court of Honor by Caine Kelso, Philip Bailey, Eric Reelitz, Noah Walker (Eagle Scout), Bill Johnson, Charles Dobias and Jim DeGroff.


WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY
Oaklawn Cemetery, Glen Carbon, IL
December 17, 2016
Charles Dobias
Bringing in Colors
Posting Colors
Wreaths
Wreaths
Members of Armed Services


CEMETERY MARKING
Vaughn Hill Cemetery
Wood River, Illinois
November 13, 2016

Color Guard

Mayor Akers

Group

Marker
Top to bottom: members of the color guard advance the colors; Wood River Mayor Frank Akers spoke to the group about the importance of veterans beginning with those in the Revolutionary War; those who participated in the ceremony were (L-R) Philip Bailey, Anthony Robison, Jerry Oglesby, Marvin Meng, State President Toby Chamberlain, Robert Ridenour, Jim DeGroff, John Rattan descendant, Bill Johnson, Tom Beavers, and Dave Ashbrook. Bottom photo is the stone.


GLEN CARBON PRE-VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
Glen Carbon, Illinois
November 6, 2016

2016 Glen Carbon
The following GGRC members participated in the parade and program: Jim DeGroff, Philip Bailey, Walt Harris, Charles Dobias, John Stanton, Justin Ottolini, and Ronnie Hicks, VFW commander and GGRC member.

REAL DAUGHTER GRAVE MARKING
Paddock-Flagg Cemetery
October 29, 2016
Moro, Illinois
Evelene Paddocki
Evelene Paddock

Members of the GGRC Chapter were asked to participate in a grave marking ceremony honoring Real Daughter Eveline Paddock. The St. Louis-Jefferson Chapter DAR sponsored the marking. Eveline Paddock (1803-1900) was the daughter of Patriot Gaius Paddock (VT).

REVOLUTIONARY WAR PROGRAM
Calhoun County Elementary and Junior High School
October 19, 2016
Revolutionary War program
Chaptr member Charlie Casey (right) participated in a program at the Calhoun County Elementary and Junior High School along with Colonial Williamsburg reenactor Darci Tucker (left) and Deann Koster Fester. Deann was the Illinois SAR Teacher of the Year in 2015 and used her winnings to bring the Colonial Williamsburg reenactor to the school.


REMEMBERING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
September 25, 2016
Historic Belle Fountaine House
Waterloo, IL
flags at Waterloo
color guard waterloo
flag program waterloo
The George Rogers Clark Chapter was asked to present its historic flag program during the "Remembering the Revolutionary War" event sponsored by the Monroe Historical Society. Chapter members also served in the color guard.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Senior Services Plus
Alton, IL
September 3, 2016

David Witt
The Genl George Rogers Clark SAR Chapter was pleased to participate in today's Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Senior Services Plus Center in Alton, Illinois. The ceremony honored David Witt of Troop 7. David is a senior at Alton High School. He has earned 32 badges and his Eagle project was constructing a fitness center for senior citizens at the center.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
Worden Luteran Cemetery
Worden, IL
August 28, 2016

Francis Roach marking

Jerry Oglesby
Compatriot Jerry Oglesby readies to play Taps.

Group - Roach marking
Front row: Judge John T. Roach and John Roach, descendants of Francis Roach; back row: Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter members Jerry Oglesby, Tom Beavers, Philip Bailey, Robert Ridenour, Dennis Lybarger, Bill Johnson, Bob Kilzer and Jim DeGroff.

The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter formally marked the grave of Revolutionary War Patriot Francis Roach. Roach was born in Stafford County, VA in 1739. Orphaned as a boy, he was bound to a master who removed him to North Carolina where he learned the hatter trade. He was a resident of Dobbs County NC when he entered the service under Captain Joseph Sessions and Lieutenant Stephen Pipkin. Roach later moved to Dougherty Statin near Danville, KY and was sent out several times to guard the frontiers. In 1782 he entered service under Genl George Rogers Clark. After the war, Roach eventually moved to what was then St. Clair (now Madison County) IL. He received a pension for his military service. Francis Roach died at the home of his son on July 9, 1845.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
Gullick Cemetery
Madison Co., IL
July 31, 2016

Gullick
Gullick
Gullick marking
GGRC member Robert Ridenour (left) looks on as local resident Elizabeth Pauk unveils the marker for Revolutionary War patriot John Gullick. Roland Harris (right) participated in the ceremony by reading a biography of John Gullick's life.

EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Eden United Church of Christ
Edwardsville, IL
July 30, 2016
Spencer Wagner
GGRC Chapter members Robert Ridenour (left) and Jim DeGroff participated in the Court of Honor recognizing Eagle Scout Spencer Wagner.

EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall
Granite City, IL
July 23, 2016
Sam Stegemeier
Louis Ybarra II
Court of Honor
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter participated in the Court of Honor honoring new Eagle Scouts Samuel Stegemeier (top) and Louis Ybarra II (middle). Those participating in the ceremony were Dennis Lybarger, Robert Ridenour, and Jim DeGroff. Congratulations to these fine gentlemen from Troop 103.


FLAG DAY PRESENTATION
Jerseyville, IL
June 14, 2016
Posting colors
Posting the colors

Flag Day group
Chapter members who participated in the program

Charles Casey Sam Akeman
Charles Casey (left) holds the Bedford flag and is assisted by Sam Akeman.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Alton, IL
May 30, 2016
Alton parade
Harry Nelson, Robert Ridenour, Jim DeGroff, John Evans, and Jerry Oglesby represented the GGRC Chapter in the parade.



EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Wood River, IL
Jume 5, 2016
alex miller
Congratulations to Troop 31's newest Eagle Scout Alex Miller. Eden Church in Edwardsville sponsors the troop. Alex's Eagle Scout project was building new benches to be placed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River where he is a member.


CEMETERY MARKING
Drake Cemetery
Creal Springs, IL
May 21, 2016
Drake Cemetery
Member of GGRC Chapter participated in the Cemetery Marking Ceremony sponsored by the Long Knives Chapter. The marker recognizes the service of patriots John Damron and Benajah Gill.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Bond Christian Service Camp
Mulberry Grove, IL
May 1, 2016

Adam Kelso
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter had the opportunity yesterday to recognize a chapter member with the SAR Eagle Scout award. Adam Kelso received the SAR patch and a certificate for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. The presentation was made during a ceremony at the Bond Christian Service Camp in Mulberry Grove. Also participating in the ceremony were GGRC Chapter members Robert Ridenour and Bill Johnson (also an Eagle Scout).


OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
First Christian Church
Edwardsville, Illinois
April 21, 2016

Harry Nelson
Committee chairman, Harry Nelson
Colin Gibbons
Colin Gibbons, East Alton-Wood River H.S. was one of the Outstanding Citizenship Award winners and also was the winner of the chapter's first $500 scholarship given in memory of long-time member Charles Burgess.

Group 2016
Group of winners from 2016

Lily Hedgecoth
Cadet Lily Hedgecoth, Alton H.S.
Rebecca Laesch
Rebecca Laesch, Bond County Community H.S.
Skye Odelehr
Skye Odelehr, Brussels H.S.
Alexis LaMarsh
Alexis LaMarsh, Calhoun H.S.
Benjamin Fry
Benjamin Fry, Collinsville H.S.
Tristen Gilbert
Tristen Gilbert, Greenfield H.S.
Mitchell Goetten
Mitchell Goetten, Jersey Community H.S.
Katherine Ditman
Katherine Ditman, Marquette Catholic H.S.
Maria Ramirez Clarke
Maria Ramirez Clarke, Mt. Olive H.S.
Karmyn Cox
Karmyn Cox, Nokomis H.S.
Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams, Staunton H.S.
Nathan Funk
Nathan Funk, Triad H.S.

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
EDWARDSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
19 April 2016
Police Dept
edwardsville police
(Top) Members of the GGRC Chapter including President Marvin Meng, Vice President Charles Dobias, and Chaplain Lloyd Schwarz, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Edwardsville Police Department thanking them for their dedication in protecting residents.


JROTC AWARDS CEREMONY
Alton Senior High School
Alton IL
16 April 2016

JROTC-Alton HS
JROTC Cadets Kyle Gutierrez and Rachel Fuller report to accept their awards. Cadet Gutierrez was awarded the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal while Cadet Fuller received the Bronze ROTC Medal as Alton’s outstanding JROTC cadet.  At center is the JROTC unit leader, Air Force Colonel Wangler.
JROTC
Cadet Fuller, who also placed third in the State JROTC essay contest,
is congratulated by our Chapter ROTC Chairman, Charles Dobias.

ANNUAL MEETING
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, EDWARDSVILLE IL
February 23, 2016

Color Guard
Members of the chapter color guard present the colors.
State President Ashby
We were pleased to have State President Thomas Ashby and his wife, Linda, attend.
GRC flag
Members of the chapter color guard presented the chapter's historic flag program. Show are Harry Nelson (left) and Steve Hyatt displaying the George Rogers Clark flag.
Fort Moultrie
Robert Ridenour (left) and Steve Hyatt display the fort Moultrie flag. This flag was added to the chapter's collection in honor of chapter founder Charles B. Schweizer who was stationed at Fort Moultrie as a lieutenant.
Keith Mills
The GGRC Chapter was pleased to present Keith Mills (right) with the SAR Hero Award. Mills noticed a woman collapse at a gas station. She was having a heart attack. Mills, a volunteer firefighter, jumped into action and performed life saving CPR, thus saving Clark’s life. Lloyd Schwarz presented the award as chapter president Marvin Meng looked on.

group
Many chapter members wore their Revolutionary War era uniforms to participate in the color guard and also to honor their patriot. Shown in front row from L to R: Dennis Lybarger, Robert Kilzer, Thomas Beavers, Paul Kelso, Charles Dobias, Caine Kelso, and Jim DeGroff. Back row: Ronnie Hicks, Eric Reelitz, Robert Ridenour, Harry Nelson, Steve Hyatt, Anthony Robison, Marvin Meng and William Johnson.


EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONY
New Bethel United Methdist Church
Glen Carbon IL
January 17, 2016
J.D. Mulvihill

Wyatt Hennig &  Jacob Mulvihill
Great day at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Glen Carbon IL on Sunday, Jan. 17th. First a ceremony to recognize newly recognized Eagle Scout J.D. Mulvihill (top). Next was a ceremony honoring Jacob A. Mulvihill (second from right) and Wyatt Hennig (second from left). All are in Troop 1034.

J.D.'s Eagle Scout project was to design and construct blue bird houses at the Yanda Log Cabin site and Schon Park and painted numbers on the Greenspace North Walking Trail. Jacob's Eagle Scout project was to design and lead the construction and staining of two storage benches for the Metro-East Humane Society's visitors room. Wyatt's Eagle Scout project was to clear a wooded area and construct wooden benches and a fire pit behind St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Robert Ridenour and Jim DeGroff presented all the boys the SAR Eagle Scout patch and certificate.


WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Oaklawn Cemetery, Glen Carbon, IL
December 12, 2015
OaKLAWN 2015
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter color guard who participated in Wreaths Across America on December 12th at Oaklawn Cemetery in Glen Carbon, IL. Shown (L-R) are Harry Nelson, Bob Kilzer, Robert Ridenour, Charles Dobias (committee chairman), Jim DeGroff, Eric Reelitz, Marvin Meng, Tom Beavers, John Stanton, and Ronnie Hicks. Thirty-nine wreaths were placed on veteran's graves. Thanks to the Edwardsville Rotary, State Farm, and Cassens Chrysler dealership for their generous donations.


FLAG AWARD CEREMONY
Madison County Court House
Edwardsville, IL
December 3, 2015
Flag awards 2015
The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution held its 20th annual flag award ceremony at the Madison County Court House in Edwardsville on December 3, 2015. Attending the ceremony were several county judges and the Honorable Alan J. Dunstan, County Board Chairman.

Twelve Madison County residents/families were honored:
Mr. & Mrs David Heim, Saline Township
Mr. Nic Frey, Helvetia Township
Mr & Mrs Edward B. Shafer, St. Jacob Township
Mr. Larry Allen, Marine Township
Mr. Michael T. Johnson, Chouteau Township
Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Werths, Granite City Township
Mr. & Mrs James Simpson, Nameoki Township
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Bailey, Edwardsville Township
Mrs. Phyllis Laster, Collinsville Township
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Avery, Jarvis Township
Mr. & Mrs. John Daniels, Pin Oak Township
Mrs. Geraldine Speece, Chouteau Township

Chapter flag chairman David File coordinated the event.  Certificates were presented by chapter president Marvin Meng. Members of the GGRC color guard posted the colors.
flag award
flag award
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flag award

EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONY
Eden United Church of Christ
Edwardsville, IL
November 28, 2015
Nov 28 2015
Chapter Vice President Charles Dobias (R) and Robert Ridenour present Eagle Scout certificates and badges to Raleigh Brazier, Danny Duncan and Kyle Walsh.


LADIES NIGHT OUT
November 24, 2015
Julia's Banquet Center, E. Alton IL
Ladies Night Out
Ladies Night Out
Ladies Night Out
Navajo Code Talker doll
Lola DeGroff gave a program on the Navajo Code Talkers.
Harold Conlee
Chapter President Marvin Meng presents membership certificate to Harold Conlee.
Costellos
Chapter President Marvin Meng presents membership certificates to Sharon Kilzer for her sons. Ken and Yancy Costello.
Tom Fischer
Chapter President Marvin Meng presents membership certificate to Tom Fischer.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
Preston Cemetery, Randolph County IL
November 14, 2015
Couch Ceremony
Members of the General George Rogers Clark and Long Knives Chapters and the George E. Dixon Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans march to the grave of Revolutionary War veteran Millington Couch. They fired a musket volley, which was followed by a rifle salute and "Taps" by members of the Prairie Du Rocher, Baldwin and Chester American Legion posts. The event was sponsored by the Lewis & Clark SAR Chapter and the Liberty Bell of the West DAR Chapter.


VETERANS' DAY PARADES
NOVEMBER 2015
Glen Carbon
Members Jim DeGroff, President Marv Meng, Vice President Charles Dobias, and Ronnie Hicks at Glen Carbon Veterans' parade.

Edwardsville parade
Members also participated in the parade in Edwardsville.


MEMORIAL CEREMONY
HONORING CAPTAIN JOSEPH OGLE
Shiloh Valley Cemetery, Shiloh, IL
September 27, 2015
Color Guard
Salute
marker
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter were honored to participate in the color guard for a marking for Captain Joseph Ogle. The event was sponsored by the Ogle/Ogles Family Association, the Lewis and Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and the Belleville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Members of the Long Knife Chapter SAR also participated.


FIELD TRIP TO HILL'S FORT
GREENVILLE, ILL
16 September 2015
Hill's Fort
flag program
flag program
Good food and lots of history when members visited Hill's Fort and learned about the battle there.
Plus, the historic flag program.


LATZER HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
Highland IL
September 12-13, 2015
Latzer 2015
Jim DeGroff, Caine Kelso, and Bill Wilson are shown at the Latzer homestead.
Charles Dobias is not pictured but also participated in the event.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
Smith Grove Cemetery
Bond County, Illinois
September 5, 2015
smith Grove Cemetery

Color Guard at Smith Grove

Jacob Neer

Hezekiah Row

James Long

Long descendants

neer descendant
Members of the GGRC Chapter and family members gathered to honor the memory and service of Revolutionary War patriots James Long, Jacob Neer, and Hezekiah Row. We were pleased to have descendants of James Long available to pay tribute to their ancestor and to unveil the marker and to have descendants of Jacob Neer.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
White Hall Cemetery,
White Hall, IL
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Caleb Post grave site
Caleb Post descendant
Color guard
The GGRC Chapter honored the memory of Revolutionary War patriot Private Caleb Post, who served in New Jersey. Middle photo: Hearshel McKinney and his wife. Compatriot McKinney discovered the marker for Caleb Post. Bottom photo:Jim DeGroff, Hearshel McKinney, Robert Kilzer, Robert Ridenour, and Charles Casey.

CHAPTER FIELD TRIP
Grafton IL
August 13, 2015

Big Ship
Big Ship
Pinta
Chapter members and guests toured the replicas of the Nina and Pinta in Grafton.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
First Baptist Church
Edwardsville IL
August 1, 2015
Zach Gabel
Chapter president Marvin Meng (L) and Charles Dobias present the SAR Eagle Scout badge and certificate to Zachary Gabel.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
St. Nicholas Parish Hall
O'Fallon IL
August 1, 2015

Gietro
Jim DeGroff presents the SAR Eagle Scout badge and certificate to Pietro Galante.


HISTORIC FLAG PROGRAM
VANDALIA, IL
July 11, 2015
Historic Flag Program
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter presented their historic flag program in Vandalia during the Lincoln Heritage Festival. Shown L-R are Bill Wilson, Robert Ridenour, Eric Reelitz, Charles Dobias and Jim DeGroff

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park
Center Grove Road, Edwardsville IL
June 15, 2015
Edwardsville Township
Six members of the GGRC Chapter participated in the flag raising ceremony. From left, Robert Kilzer, Charles Dobias, Jim DeGroff, Bill Johnson, Robert Ridenour, and Tom Beavers. The other men are part of the Illinois Territorial Rangers.
Raising the flags
Uniformed reenactors raised the American flag and the new Edwardsville Township flag which features a logo developed by a group of Edwardsville High School students.
group photo
Township Supervisor Frank Miles (Center) posed with the reenactors following the flag raising.


FLAG DAY PROGRAM
BOND COUNTY COURT HOUSE
GREENVILLE, IL
June 14, 2015
Flag Day 2015
Flag Day 2015
Flag Day 2015
Rain clouds
The 50 state flags were positioned close to the sidewalk all around the court house. The historic flags were posted around the circle. Thanks to all the members and guests who braved the weather to attend.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
St. Nicholas Parish Hall
O'Fallon IL
June 6, 2015
Patrick Murphy
Nicholas Petty
Jim DeGroff presented the SAR certificate and badge to Patrick Murphy (top) and Nicholas Petty.


Rotary
Thanks to the Edwardsville Rotary for inviting us to talk to them at their May 28, 2015 meeting. They were particularly interested in the SAR Cemetery Marking Project and the marker the GGRC Chapter placed at the Nix-Judy Pioneer Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Shown are Bill Wilson, Robert Ridenour and Tom Beavers.


MEMORIAL DAY 2015
DUGGER CEMETERY
DUGGER
Tom Beavers and Robert Ridenour participated as members of the Color Guard during ceremonies held at the Dugger Cemetery near St. Jacob. IL
alton parade
Robert Ridenour and Harry Nelson were part of the contigent of GGRC members in the Alton Memorial Day parade (photo from St. Louis Post Dispatch website)


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Piasa Marina
Godfrey IL
May 17, 2015
Matthew Reed Milnor
Chapter President Marv Meng, Robert Ridenour, Jim DeGroff and Charles Dobias present the SAR Eagle Scout award badge, certificate and Constitution booklet to Matthew "Reed" Milnor of Troop 7. For his Eagle Scout project, Reed planned, organized and led teams to map, document and clean veterans' grave markers in Upper Alton (Oakwood) Cemetery.

Pre-Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring Veterans
Oak Lawn Cemetery,
Glen Carbon, IL
May 17, 2015
Oak Lawn 2015
Oak Lawn
Members of the GGRC Color Guard participated in the ceremony honoring the veterans buried in the cemetery. Top: President Marv Meng, Jim DeGroff, Vice President Charles Dobias. Bottom right: Robert Ridenour.

JROTC AWARDS DINNER
Alton Senior High School
Alton IL
May 9, 2015
Nathan Backstrom
Chapter Vice President (and ROTC/JROTC Chairman) Charles Dobias presented the Outstanding JROTC Award to Nathan Backstrom. The SAR awards the JROTC Medal to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier", exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days.  This award is presented to JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. 
Brandon Rose
While at the Awards ceremony, Dobias presented the SAR Outstanding Citizenship Medal and Certificate to Cadet Brandon Rose. He was unable to attend the chapter's award ceremony held earlier.

EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Morris University Center Bldg, SIU-E
Edwardsville IL
May 2, 2015
Gabe Bailey
Congratulations to Troop 1031's newest Eagle Scout, Gabe Bailey. Jim DeGroff and GGRC Vice President Charles Dobias presented the award and patch to Gabe during a Court of Honor.


SAR OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
First Christian Church, Edwardsville IL
April 30, 2015
Group Outstanding Citizenship
Photo caption: Left to right. Front row: Chapter Outstanding Citizenship Awards Chairman Harry Nelson; Compatriot Bill Wilson; Thomas Boyer; Julie Bruns, Megan Wittich, Tristen Carroll, Katelyn Fox; Compatriot Robert Ridenour.
Back row: Compatriot Jim DeGroff, Mike Stimac, Willow Ann Tolly, Anthony Stephens, Hunter Joseph Bassler, GGRC Chapter President Marv Meng; GGRC Chapter Vice President Charles Dobias.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
United Methodist Church
Godfrey, IL
April 19, 2015
Bemis COH
Gerald Henry Bemis III receives the SAR Eagle Scout certificate and badge from GGRC President Marv Meng (left) and Charles Dobias.


GRAVE MARKING
Wimmer Cemetery, Auburn, IL
April 18, 2015
Jacob Henry Shutt
GGRC Chapter member Jim DeGroff joined the Springfield SAR Color Guard in presenting the colors at the grave marking honoring Jacob Henry Shutt. The marking was sponsored by the Captain William Penny DAR Chapter.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
Camp Warren Levis
Godfrey, IL
March 29, 2015
David Mathus
Congratulations to David Mathus from Troop #7 for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Robert Ridenour and Jim DeGroff presented him a certificate and patch during the Eagle Scout Court of Honor.


HISTORIC FLAG PROGRAM
Benjamin Mills DAR Chapter Youth Awards
March 21, 2015
Flag Program
Jim DeGroff and Robert Ridenour presented the chapter's Historic Flag Program during the Benjamin Mills Youth Awards ceremony in Greenville, IL.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
New Bethel United Methodist Church
Glen Carbon, IL
March 1, 2015
JoeTowner
Congratulations to Joseph R. Towner for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 1034.


ANNUAL MEETING AND INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, EDWARDSVILLE IL
February 26, 2015

Newly installed officers
Illinois State SAR President Tom Ashby (right) administers the oath to newly elected GGRC officers: Jim DeGroff, registrar; Chuck Dobias, vice president; Tom Beavers, treasurer; Marv Meng, president; and Lloyd Schwarz, chaplain.

Frank Doughman
Frank Doughman, Superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park in Vincennes, Indiana, was the speaker.


awards
Silver Good Citizenship Medal Recipients, David File, Eric Reelitz, Chuck Dobias and Tom Beavers.

Veterans Service AWard Ronnie Hicks
Past chapter president Ronnie Hicks was honored with a Veterans Service Award for his many hours of service to veterans.

Military Service Award
Military Award Recipients were Robert Ridenour, Ed Windsor and Steve Hyatt

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Owen is so proud to be a member of the SAR

Color Guard
One of the largest color guard contingents for a GGRC event shown retiring the colors.



EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
February 8, 2015
Immanuel United Church of Christ
Hamel IL
Kyle Towner
Jim DeGroff & Robert Ridenour presented Kyle A. Towner of Troop 91 with the SAR's Eagle Scout badge and certificate.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
December 20, 2014
Evangelical United Church of Christ
Godfrey IL
Nathan Backstrom
GGRC members Harry Nelson (left) and Jim DeGroff presented the SAR certificate and badge to new Eagle Scout Nathan Backstrom.


WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY
OAKLAWN CEMETERY, GLEN CARBON, IL
DECEMBER 13, 2014
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WREATHS
Many thanks to Compatriot Chuck Dobias (right) for coordinating the ceremony.

Wreaths

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Posting the colors

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EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
WJLY Servant's Hall, Ramsey IL
William Strobel
Compatriot Bill Johnson presented the SAR Eagle Scout award and patch to Eagle Scout William Strobel during ceremonies in Ramsey, IL.


FLAG AWARD CEREMONY
MADISON COUNTY COURT HOUSE
NOVEMBER 20,2014

David File and Bob Kilzer
Thanks committee chairman David File and color guardsman Bob Kilzer.

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VETERANS DAY 2014

Edwardsville parade
Edwardsville parade
Glen Carbon parade
Glen Carbon parade


FALL FIELD TRIP
Holy Family Church
Cahokia IL
October 12, 2014
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A large group of members came to the site of the Holy Family Church for the chapter field trip. The log church, built in 1799, is a National Historic Landmark and is the oldest church west of the Allegany Mountains. The church is constructed of black walnut timbers in the traditional French Colonial style. An archaelogist talked to the group about items found in digs around the church. Bill Wilson gave a talk on Revolutionary War patriot Joseph Ogle.


LADIES NIGHT OUT
Julia's Banquet Center
East Alton IL
October 7, 2014
Brad Winn
Great program presented by Brad Winn of the Lewis and Clark Historic Site in Hartford about the Corp of Discovery time in Illinois.


HISTORIC PLAQUE DEDICATION
Nix-Judy Pioneer Cemetery
Glen Carbon IL
September 21, 2014

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Illinois SAR State President Tom Ashby and GGRC President Jim DeGroff unveiled the plaque.

Bill Wilson tribute to John Nix
Compatriot Bill Wilson read tribute to John Nix

Bob Evans tribute to Richard Randle
Bob Evans shared a tribute to Richard Randle.

Jerry Oglesby tribute to Josias Wright
Jerry Oglesby shared tributge to Josias Wright

Robert Ridenour tribute William Biggs
Robert Ridenour shared a tribute to William Biggs

Tom Beavers tribute to Isham Randle
Compatriot Tom Beaver shared tribute to Isham Randle

Harry Nelson reads Henry Thornhill tribute
Compatriot Harry Nelson read a tribute to Henry Thornhill

Members at Nix Judy dedication
Revolutionary War battle flags lining both sides of the driveway for the Nix/Judy Pioneer Cemetery in Glen Carbon were blowing in the breeze as the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter, Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution dedicated a large, cast-aluminum plaque at the cemetery entrance. The two-sided plaque contains a short biography of six Revolutionary War patriots and recognizes their part in establishing our country’s freedom. The six are: William Biggs, John Nix, Isham Randle, Richard Randle, Henry Thornhill and Josias Wright.

Members of the chapter provided the color guard and six of them read biographies of the Patriots. Granite City resident Don Bradford sang “God Bless America.” State SAR President Tom Ashby and State Chaplain Dave Ashbrook attended.

GGRC Chapter President Jim DeGroff thanked Steve Ellsworth State Farm Insurance, Cassens Auto Sales, the Edwardsville Rotary, and Boilermakers Union Local 482 for their generous donations. Additional funding for the purchase of the plaque was provided by the National and State SAR Societies. The Village of Glen Carbon helped clear the site for the marker.


CONSTITUTION DAY CEREMONY
ALTON, ILLINOIS
September 17, 2014
SPONSORED BY NINIAN EDWARDS DAR CHAPTER
Constitution Day
Presenting flag


LATZER HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
Highland IL
September 5, 2014
Latzer 2014
Bill Johnson, Chuck Dobias and Jim DeGroff were members of the color guard to raise the Flag of the United States of America at the Latzer Homestead in rural Highland. 
Latzer 2014
Chuck Dobias and Jim DeGroff talk to area third graders about Genl George Rogers Clark journey through Illinois.



EAGLE SCOUT AWARD CEREMONY
HOLY FAMILY COMMUNITY CENTER
August 23, 2014

Corey Stegemeier & Salvador Ybarra
(L to R) Salvadore Ybarra and Corey Stegemeier received their Eagle ranks during a ceremony held by Troop 103 at the Holy Family Community Center.  Shown with them are Jim DeGroff and Bob Stegemeier from the GGRC Chapter.  Corey is Bob's grandson.

PLAQUE DEDICATION
JAMES McROBERTS
Moore Cemetery, Waterloo IL
July 19, 2014

Plaque Dedication
Members of the Whieside Station Chapter, NSDAR, pose with Color Guard members from the Genl George Rogers Clark and Lewis and Clark SAR Chapters


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Vandalia, Illinois
June 22, 2014
Jarod Maske
Congratulations Jarod Maske on reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.  Jarod is in Troop 121 and is a recent graduate of Ramsey High School.  Jim DeGroff presented Jarod the SAR Eagle patch and certificate.


GRAVE MARKING CEREMONY
SHILOH CEMETERY
SHILOH, ILLINOIS
May 24, 2014
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(Top photo) Compatriot Chuck Dobias carries the George Rogers Clark flag as he and chapter president Jim DeGroff served as part of the color guard at the grave marking ceremony sponsored by the Belleville DAR Chapter. The ceremony recognized the service of Colonel John Thomas.


JROTC AWARDS DINNER
Alton Senior High School
Alton IL
May 3, 2014
Brandon Rose
Congratulations to Cadet Brandon Rose, recipient of SAR's Bronze Medal.  Shown presenting the certificate and medal are GGRC president Jim DeGroff (left) and ROTC/JROTC Chairman Charles Dobias (right).  


ROTC AWARDS CEREMONY
SIU-Edwardsville
April 24, 2014
Jon D. Thompson
Congratulations to Cadet Jon D. Thompson from Troy who is the 2014 recipient of the SAR Silver ROTC Medal.  The medal was presented by GGRC Chapter JROTC/ROTC Chairman Charles Dobias.


OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARD CEREMONY

First Christian Church
Edwardsville IL
April 24, 2014

2014 gOOD CITIZENS
Chapter members, speaker Col. Peter Wangler, and students.  Those receiving awards (not all pictured) were:
Taylor S. Boodooram, Alton H.S.; Katie Carson, Brownstown H.S.; Mallory McCune, Civic Memorial H.S.; Daniel Sims, Collinsville Senior H.S.; Colton Evans, Cowden-Herrick H.S.; Alexandra Hachmeister, E. Alton-Wood River H.S.; Aaron Wilkinson, Edwardsville H.S.; Mirena K. Pebley, Gillespie H.S.; Jacob B. Sparks, Granite City H.S.; Aaron Mattix-Wand, Marquette H.S.; Chad Carter, Metro East Lutheran H.S.; Nicholas Schneider, Mt. Olive H.S.; Nathan Early, North Greene H.S.; Hannah McEnery, Staunton H.S.; Hannah Ditter, Triad H.S.; and David Zimmerman, Vandalia H.S.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
March 30, 2014
Julia's Banquet Center
Alton IL
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Andrew Turner achieved Eagle rank during a Court of Honor at Julia's Banquet Center in Alton.  He is in Troop 7.

EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
March 29, 2014
Eden Church
Edwardsville IL
Thomas Johnson
Jim and Ronnie Hicks congratulate Thomas Johnson after presenting him the SAR award for Eagle scouts.  Thomas is a member of Troop 1031.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
March 23, 2014
Knights of Columbus Hall
Highland IL
Phillip LaFrance
Jim DeGroff presented the SAR award to Philip LaFrance.
Grant Thole
Jim DeGroff presented the SAR award to Grant Thole as GGRC members Chuck Dobias and Bill Johnson (at left) look on. Grant is a Junior member of the GGRC Chapter.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
March 18, 2014
Camp Warren Levis
Godfrey IL

Ethan Kercher
Ethan Kercher was presented the SAR Eagle Scout patch and certificate during a Court of Honor at Camp Warren Levis.


Benjamin Mills DAR Awards Day 2014
Thanks Benjamin Mills DAR Chapter for inviting the Genl George Rogers Clark SAR Chapter color guard to post the colors at your DAR Awards Day celebration in Greenville IL on March 15, 2014.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
February 16, 2014
KC Hall
Highland IL
Ben Leman
Congratulations to Eagle Scout Ben Leman from Troop 1040 who was presented the Eagle Scout award during a Court of Honor today in Highland IL. For his Eagle Scout project, Ben installed a new bench, flagpole and memorial blocks at the Veterans Tree Forest near the boat ramp at Silver Lake Park.


CHAPTER ANNUAL DINNER
February 13, 2014
Sunset Hills Country Club, Edwardsville, IL

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Seth Graves gave a first person account of the life of chapter namesake, George Rogers Clark.

Wreaths Across American recognition
Chapter Wreaths Across America chairman Chuck Dobias presents a certificate for the chapter's participation.
awards
David File and Jimmie Hicks were two Compatriots recognized with awards.
Good Citizenship Award - Lyerla
Lloyd Schwarz describes actions of Sharily Lylerla (right) who received a Good Citizenship Award from the chapter.

EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
December 21, 2013
SIU-E Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
Edwardsville IL

Sean Mulligan
Congratulations to Eagle Scout Sean Mulligan, Troop 1031.


WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
OAKLAWN CEMETERY
GLEN CARBON IL
DECEMBER 14, 2013
WREATHS 2013
WREATHS AND FLAGS 2013
GROUP WREATHS 2013
Thanks to Compatriot Charles Dobias for making all the arrangements for the ceremony.  The graves of 39 veterans were marked at the Oaklawn Cemetery.  The veterans wre from the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, War Between the States, World War I, World War II, and Korean War. Additionally, wreaths were placed on the graves of War of 1812 and Revolutionary War soldiers at the Nix-Judy Cemetery.  


SAR HERO AWARDS
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
MADISON COUNTY BOARD MEETING
EDWARDSVILLE IL
Hero Awards
The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter presented SAR Hero Awards to seven men during a county board meeting at the Madison County Court House on November 20th.  All the individuals helped rescue Paul Wanda after his car careened off a road and overturned in a water-filled ditch.  The car was upside down in the water and the driver’s window was down.  They tried to pull him from the car, but his feet were wedged under the dashboard.  As some rescuers lifted the car high enough to keep Wanda's head above water, another held Wanda's head.  Rescuers used a Res-Q-Jack to prevent the car from sliding back into the water and were finally able to partially cut the seatbelt, remove the rear driver's side door and pull Wanda to safety.  County Sheriff Robert Hertz said It was a textbook case of first responders and citizens working together to save a life.  Those recognized were:  Steven Slemer, Timothy Lawrence, Dennis Laboray, Tony Copper, Ryan Staicoff, George Miller, and Albert Forrester.


FLAG AWARD CEREMONY
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
MADISON COUNTY COURT HOUSE
EDWARDSVILLE IL
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The following families were recognized for flying the United States of America flag correctly every day: Bill and Kay Butler, Saline Township; Ken and JoAnn Dalton, Collinsville; Richard and Pam Evans, Nameoki Township; Curtis and Penny Kinnick, St. Jacob; Richard and Heather Mantz, Jarvis Township; Johnnie and Lori Maples, Edwardsville; Jack and Connie Monson, Chouteau Township; Louis and Karen Simpson, Pin Oak Township; David Tanner, Marine; Lawrence Watson, Granite City; Mike, Megan and Mitchel Widman, Helvetia Township.

CHAPTER FIELD TRIP
EVERSGERD FORT, GERMANTOWN IL
October 9, 2013
Eversgerd Fort

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LATZER HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
September 6-7, 2013
Highland IL
SAR and DAR
Third grade students from local schools learned more about George Rogers Clark and his troops trip from Cahokia to Fort Sackville during the Revolutionary War.  At left you can see Clark's red and green flag.  In the center is chapter member portraying Madame Goderre who made the red and green striped flag for Clark.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
August 17, 2013
Eden Church
Edwardsville IL
three eagle scouts
Congratulations to Bryan McPherson, Drew Tomo, and Aaron Wilkinson on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
July 28, 2013
St. Ambrose Community Center, Godfrey IL
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Jim DeGroff presents the SAR Eagle Scout award to John Alexander Cousley at a ceremony held at St. Ambrose Community Center.


FLAG DAY CELEBRATION
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Hartford IL
June 14, 2013

 Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower
Historic flags
The chapter's historic flags are in the front and at the back are flags of each of the 50 states.

Flag Day 2013
Compatriot Bill Johnson helps a Boy Scout from Troop 1031 display one of the chapter's historic flags.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
May 19, 2013
Esic Baptist Church, Edwardsville IL
Jai Kansal
Benjamin Gabel
GGRC chapter president Jim DeGroff presented Eagle Scout awards to Jai Kansal and Benjamin Gabel during ceremonies at the Esic Baptist Church.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
April 21, 2013
Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville IL

Colton Higgerson
GGRC Vice President Jim DeGroff presented an Eagle Scout certificate and badge to
Colton Higgerson during the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 21, 2013.

Gage Counts
Congratulations Cadet Gage Counts from Alton High School who received the SAR medal from GGRC President Jim DeGroff during ceremonies at the school on April 20, 2013.


SAR Outstanding Citizenship Award Winners 2013
Chapter members and Outstanding Citizenship Award winners at the First Christian Church,
Edwardsville IL on April 4, 2013.  Students recognized wer: Hannah Warnecke, Alton Senior H.S.; Allison Wadsworth, Bunker Hill Community H.S.; Jonathan Woelfel, Civic Memorial H.S.; Travis Dunnette, Collinsville Senior H.S.; Rebecca Billings, East Alton-Wood River H.S.; Rachel Wiesehan, Edwardsville H.S.; Aaron Peach, Granite City H.S.; David McIntire, Madison H.S.; Mallory Stevens, Marquette H.S.; Taylor Pile, Roxana Senior H.S.; Philip Reedy, Southwestern H.S.; Nathaniel Brown, Staunton H.S.; and Joe Mersinger, Triad H.S.  
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Civic Memorial HS

Collinsville HS
East Alton-Wood River HS

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Outstanding Citizenship Awards Chairman Robert Stegemeier

CHAPTER FIELD TRIP TO HILL'S FORT
GREENVILLE, ILLINOIS
April 17, 2013
Hill's Fort

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On April 17th, chapter members went to Greenville, Illinois to learn more about War of 1812 Hill's Fort. Chapter members enjoyed lunch, learned more about weapons from Revolutionary War and War of 1812-era. Thanks to Compatriots John Coleman and Bill Johnson for arranging the visit and Chuck Dobias for taking photos.



EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
March 10, 2013
Grantfork Elementary School, Grantfork IL
Daniel Deibert
GGRC members Tom Lawrence, Bill Johnson, and Jim DeGroff presented an Eagle Scout certificate and badge to
Daniel Deibert  during the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on March 10, 2013.


CHAPTER ANNUAL DINNER
February 7, 2013
Sunset Hills Country Club, Edwardsville, IL
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Betsy Ross (aka Highland H.S. teacher Barbara Kay) presented the program.

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State President Bruce Talbot

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State President Bruce Talbot installs new chapter officers.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
January 13, 2013
St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Glen Carbon IL

John Schoeberle
GGRC Vice President Jim DeGroff presented an Eagle Scout certificate and badge to
John Douglas Schoeberle during the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on January 13, 2013.


WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Nix-Judy Cemetery, Glen Carbon IL
December 15, 2012
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America
Members of the Genl George Rogers Clark SAR Chapter, the Edwardsville DAR chapter, the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 and the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson C.A.R. Society placed wreaths on the graves of patriots of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 on December 15, 2012. The ceremony was held at the Nix-Judy Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Those honored were Revolutionary War soldiers John Nix, William Biggs, Henry Thornhill, Richard Randle, Isham Randle and Josias Wright; and War of 1812 soldiers Captain Samuel Judy, Ambrose Nix and David Nix. Chuck Dobias coordinated the event.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
Eden Church, Edwardsville IL
November 17, 2012
Christopher McLaughlin
Christopher Nicholas McLaughlin received a certificate and patch honoring his achievement of Eagle Scout. Shown are GGRC president Ron Hicks and vice president Jim DeGroff.


GLEN CARBON VETERANS MONUMENT VETERANS DAY SERVICE
Honor Roll Park, Glen Carbon IL
November 4, 2012
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(Left) VFW Post Commander and GGRC President, Ronnie Hicks, leads the program honoring veterans added to the Glen Carbon Veterans Monument. (Right) Members Roger Myers, Bill Wilson, Jim Hicks, Jim DeGroff, and Robert Ridenour participated in the parade and ceremony.


FLAG AWARD CEREMONY
November 2012
Edwardsville IL

Flag Awards 2012
Chapter president Ronnie Hicks presents a Flag Award Certificate to one of the 12 families being honored for flying The Flag of the United States of America. The ceremony was held in the Madison County Court House on November 1, 2012. GGRC Chapter chairman William Feeney is shown at the podium.


Lucas Taylor
Jim DeGroff (right) presents SAR Eagle Scout Certificate to Lucas Taylor.  Al Oleson (left) presented the patch.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
June 24, 2012
Cornerstone Church, Godfrey IL
Zachary Boren
Al Oleson, Ron Hicks and Jim DeGroff honored Zachary Boren (second from left) with a certificate and patch during his Eagle Scout recognition ceremony


FLAG DAY CELEBRATION
CONFLUENCE TOWER, HARTFORD IL
JUNE 14, 2012
Flag Day 2012
The Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter brought out 86 flags to celebrate Flag Day.  What an impressive sight they were blowing in the breeze in front of the Confluence Tower.


ALTON ILLINOIS
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MAY 28, 2012
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Members of the GGRC Chapter and the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 gathered before the beginning of the parade.  GGRC members shown are Bill Johnson,Roger Myers, Jim DeGroff, Al Oleson and Grant Thole.


GRAVE MARKING
WOODLAWN CEMETERY, EDWARDSVILLE IL
MAY 20, 2012
Recognizing DAR Members
Pam Smith, regent of the Edwardsville-Drusillia Andrews DAR Chapter looks on as GGRC members Grant Thole and Jim DeGroff present the colors.  The ceremony honored past DAR members Mary Whiteside Blixen, Leigh Sills, and Dorothy Ann Sumner.



JROTC AWARDS CEREMONY
APRIL 28, 2012
ALTON HIGH SCHOOL, ALTON, ILL.

Cadet Award

Cadet


Cadet entered SAR essay contest
GGRC Chapter President Ron Hicks presents a certificate to Cadet Evan Buenger. Cadet Buenger placed third in the State SAR  Outstanding Cadet competition.


OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
First Christian Church, Edwardsville, Illinois
April 11, 2012
2012 Good Citizens
This year's winners were Zachary Logan, Gillespie H.S.; Samuel Holdeman, Highland Sr. H.S.; Aliyah Brooks, Roxana Sr. H.S.,
Corey Hardin, Jr., Madison H.S.; Johnny Wilson, Marquette H.S.; Eian McClure, Alton Sr. H.S.; Irene Zollars, Civic Memorial H.S.; Jordan Bruns, East Alton-Wood River H.S.; Hannah Thomas, Triad H.S.; Seger Laures, Granite City H.S.; Kelly McLaughlin, Bunker Hill Community H.S.; Danelle Garner, Mt. Olive H.S., Marissa Zirges, Staunton H.S.; Michael Bednara, Collinsville Sr. H.S.; Michael Babcock, Metro-East Lutheran H.S.; Matthew Agustin, Edwardsville High School (not all shown).  


HERO AWARD
April 9, 2012
City Hall, Collinsville, IL
Hero Award
It was a packed room when the GGRC presented a Heroism Award to Austin Roberts (second from left) at the Collinsville City Council meeting.  Austin used the Heimlich maneuver  he had seen on a cafeteria room poster to save the life of his friend, Jordan Durbin who was choking on a piece of corn dog.  From left, Lloyd Schwarz, GGRC Committee Chairman, Austin Roberts, Austin's parents and siblings, Ron Hicks, Jim DeGroff, Jim Hicks, and Bill Nix from the GGRC chapter.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
April 1, 2012
Knights of Columbus Hall, Highland IL
Joshua Case
Jim DeGroff (left) and Ron Hicks presented a certificate and badge to Eagle Scout Joshua Case.


ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
February 8, 2012
Sunset Hills Country Club
Edwardsville, Ill
Charles Schweizer
Charles Schweizer received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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Chief Judge Ann Callis and Circuit Judge Charles Romani  spoke about Veteran's Court


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
January 15, 2012
Knights of Columbus Hall, Highland IL

Ian McGlasson
Jim DeGroff (left) looks on as GGRC president Ronnie Hicks presents a certificate and badge to Eagle Scout Ian McGlasson. 
Christian Schuepbach

GGRC President Ronnie Hicks congratulates Eagle Scout Christian Schuepbach (right) 
on his attainment of rank of Eagle Scout.



EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
January 8, 2012
First Christian Church, Greenville IL
Adam Runyon
Jim DeGroff (left) and Eric Reelitz (center) presented the
SAR award to Adam Michael Runyon on his achievement of the rank
of Eagle Scout.




WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
December 10, 2011
Nix-Judy Cemetery, Glen Carbon IL


Wreaths Across America 2011
  From left to right Ryan Zinke ( Herr Funeral Homes),  Ronnie Hicks, President GGRC Chapter  & Color Guard member, Jim DeGroff—Vice President  GGRC & Color Guard member, Eric Reelitz, GGRC Chapter &  Color Guard member, Tim Raymer—Past President  GGRC  & Color Guard member, Robert “Bob” Shaak—Past President  GGRC & Color Guard member, William “Bill” Nix—GGRC Chapter member and relative of John Nix (Revolutionary War Soldier interned at Nix-Judy Cemetery) and Robert “Bob” Herr — Herr Funeral Homes—Sunset Hill Funeral Home.  Robert Herr —Sunset Hill Funeral Home donated the wreaths/grave blankets for the ceremony and provided transportation to the cemetery location atop Sunset Hill. 
Not pictured Lee Swallows— Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Hank Boss, Jim Hicks, Kevin Kagey GGRC Chapter (Photo—Kevin Raymer)


VETERANS DAY PARADE
November 11, 2011
Edwardsville IL


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Jim DeGroff, Ron Hicks, Bill Wilson, Al Oleson, prospective member Roger Meyers, and Tim Raymer
participated in the Edwardsville Veterans Day parade.  



HERO AWARD
November 7, 2011
Bethalto IL
Ross Eldridge
Ross Eldridge (front) received a Hero Award from the GGRC chapter.  Back row is Lloyd Schwarz,
Jim DeGroff, Ross' mother and father, and Al Oleson



16th ANNUAL FLAG AWARD CEREMONY

November 3, 2011
Madison Co. Court House
Edwardsville, Ill.
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Flag AWard
Awards were presented to Gerald Affeldt, Roland & June Ahlmeyer, Jeffery Bridick, C. Raymond Carlton, Fred & Nancy Decker, Rudy & Josie Diak, Kenneth & Carol Klocke, Terry & Virginia Lancey, George & Norma Opolka, Dean & Sue Saathoff, Byron & Sarah Skalisius, and Rita Smith.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
October 20, 2011
Harrison McLaughlin
Jim DeGroff congratulates Harrison McLaughlin on his achievement of the
rank of Eagle Scout at ceremonies held at Eden church.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
October 2, 2011
Edwardsville IL
Joey Duncan
Joey Duncan received the Eagle Scout award from GGRC President Ronnie Hicks (middle) and
Jim DeGroff at ceremonies held at Eden church.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD
September 21, 2011
Edwardsville IL
Judge Charles Romani

Madison County Circuit Judge Charles Romani  (left) received the annual Law Enforcement Award of the Genl. George Rogers Clark Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. Conferring the award was GGRCC President Ronnie D. Hicks, assisted by Jim DeGroff and award chairperson Lloyd E. Schwarz. Judge Romani was recogized for his leadership since 2009 of the Veterans Court Service, which provides special services for non-violent offenders.

LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM
August, 2011
Certificate
GGRC chapter president Ronnie Hicks (right) presents a certificate to Team 607 Manager Mike Montgomery. 
The GGRC chapter again sponsored the team which was 11-2-0 and also won first place in the 6th & 7th Grade tournament. 


ILLINOIS STATE FAIR PARADE
AUGUST 11, 2011
Springfield, Illinois
Illinois State Fair Parade
GGRC member Jim DeGroff (far right) carried the replica of
Genl George Rogers Clark's flag during the Illinois State Fair Parade
on August 11, 2011.


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
JULY 31, 2011
Edwardsville, Illinois
Thomas Pauk
Thomas Pauk (L) receives the Eagle Scout patch and certificate from
GGRC President Ronnie Hicks and Jim DeGroff.


JUNE 18, 2011
Robert Kidd Dedication
GGRC chapter member Jim DeGroff spoke about George Rogers Clark campaign
during grave marking ceremonies honoring Revolutionary War patriot Robert Kidd.  
Kidd served under Clark .  The grave marking was conducted by the
Whiteside Station DAR Chapter at St. John's Cemetery, Fults IL.



DEDICATION OF STATUE HONORING WOMEN VETERANS

MOUNT VERNON, ILL.
JUNE 18, 2011
parade honoring women vets
A member of the GGRC Chapter participated with the Illinois SAR color guard
in a parade
in Mt. Vernon on June 18. 2011 prior to dedication
of a DAR statue honoring women veterans.



SPRING TRIP 2011
VANDALIA'S OLD STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
JUNE 9, 2011
Old State Capitol

ALTON MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MAY 31, 2011
Memorial Day parade


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
May 27, 2011
Edwardsville, Illinois
Zachary Watt
Jim DeGroff (R) and Ron Hicks presented Eagle Scout awards to
Zachary Watt

Zachary Blaisdell
Jim DeGroff and Bill Feeney presented Eagle Scout awards to
Zachary Blaisdell

EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
May 1, 2011
Edwardsville, Illinois

Zachary Tojo
Jim DeGroff (L) and Bill Feeney (R) presented Eagle Scout awards to
Zachary Tojo


SAR SILVER ROTC MEDAL PRESENTATION
APRIL 28, 2011
SIU-E, EDWARDSVILLE, IL
Brandon Michalke
Chapter founder Charles B. Schweizer presented the medal to Cadet Brandon Michalke


EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
April 20, 2011
Alton, Illinois

Eagle Scouts
Al Oleson (L) and Timothy Raymer (R) presented Eagle Scout awards to
Cory Ostendorph and Andrew McKinney




JROTC BRONZE MEDAL PRESENTATION
APRIL 16, 2011
ALTON HIGH SCHOOL, ALTON, ILL.

jrotc medal presentation
GGRC Chapter President Ronnie Hicks presents AFJROTC Cadet Andrew Berry
the Bronze R.O.T.C. Medal 
at Alton High School Dining Out Awards Ceremony.



OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
First Christian Church, Edwardsville, Illinois
April 6, 2011
 
2011 winners
L-R,  first row:  Lindsey Taylor (Triad H.S.);  Kathryn Randolph

(Marquette H.S.);  Austin Weaver (Granite City H.S.);  Max Harris (Metro East
Lutheran H.S.);  Daniel Wendell (Jersey Community H.S.); Joseph Dragovich (Mt.
Olive H.S.);  Micah Strebel (Civic Memorial H.S.);  Kaitlyn Carter (Highland
Sr. H.S.);  Stephanie Clark (Roxana Sr. H.S.);  Shalecia Oliver (Madison
H.S.).  Second row:  Ronnie Hicks, Wm. Feeney, Troy Huddle, Bob Shaak, Jim DeGroff,
Al Oleson, (GGRC Chapter SAR); James Stevens (Edwardsville H.S.)



EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
March 20, 2011
Highland, Illinois
Jordan DahmTrent Gnaedinger
Left:  Jim DeGroff and Ron Hicks present Eagle Scout award to Jordan Dahm.  
Right:  Ron Hicks presents Eagle Scout award to Trent Gnaedinger



ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
February 16, 2011
Sunset Hills Country Club
Edwardsville, Ill
Newly Installed Officers
ILSSAR President Franz Herder installed the new officers of the GGRC Chapter shown here (L-R), President Ron Hicks;
Vice President Jim DeGroff; Secretary Marv Meng; Treasurer Jim Hicks; Registrar Jerry Maas.




15th ANNUAL FLAG AWARD CEREMONY

November 4, 2010
Madison Co. Court House
Edwardsville, Ill.
Flag Day AwardFlag Award


SAR HERO AWARD PRESENTATION
to Tony Sparks
Bethalto City Hall
August 2, 2010
Hero Award presentation
The GGRC Chapter presented a Hero Award to Tony Sparks.  
On June 27, 2010, a 65-year old woman from Grafton was driving on the Great River Roada when her vehicle hit debris littering the roadway after a heavy rain.  
One of her tires blew and her car went into the flooded Mississippi River about 30 feet off the roadway.  Disregarding his own safety,
26-year-old Tony Sparks of Cottage Hills saw the car enter the water, swam to the woman's car and pulled her from the sinking vehicle through the
driver's side window.  He managed to ger her safely back to the shoreline just before her vehicle sank into the flooded Mississippi River.
Photo, from left:  Sparks, Jim DeGroff, Tim Raymer, Jim James, and Ron Hicks.  



GGRC-SPONSORED LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM
Little League Team


GRAVE MARKINGS
Bethalto IL, June 19, 2010
grave marking ceremony
FLAG DAY PROGRAM
Schneider Park, Brighton, Illinois
June 14, 2010
flag dayHope BirchFlag Day
Boy Scout Troop 1031 assisted with the program.  
Hope Birch sang the National anthem & America the Beautiful

PRESENTING FLAG PROGRAM AT HILL'S FORT
YOUTH ACTIVITIES DAYS
JUNE 11 & 12, 2010
GREENVILLE, ILLINOIS
 
Youth Activities Day

DEDICATION OF SECOND PLAQUE FOR
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS
BURIED IN MADISON COUNTY, ILL
COUNTY COURT HOUSE, JUNE 1, 2010
GGRC provided color guard
new plaqueCourt House Plaque Dedication

ALTON MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
MAY 31, 2010
MEMORIAL DAY PARADEwaiting for parade


JROTC BRONZE MEDAL PRESENTATION
MAY 8, 2010
ALTON HIGH SCHOOL, ALTON, ILL.
JROTC Winner
Jim DeGroff (left) and Ron Hicks (right) present the JROTC Bronze Medal
to Cadet Tevin Rose
SAR SILVER ROTC MEDAL PRESENTATION
APRIL 29, 2010
SIU-E, EDWARDSVILLE, IL
ROTC Award

Jim DeGroff, ROTC Committee
present the SAR ROTC Medal to Jordan Downey.  The award recognizes superior
leadership abilities & accomplishments, military bearing and overall academic excellence.


SAR OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARD CEREMONY,
APRIL 7, 2010
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, EDWARDSVILLE, IL

group

Front row left to right:  James T. Nippert, Alton High School; David N. Wilkins, Bunker Hill High School; Thomas Woelfel,
Civic Memorial High School;  Lakeisha S. Cox, Madison High School; Philip Carter, Collinsville High School; Abigail Harmon,
East Alton-Wood River High School; Thomas Dannenberg, Edwardsville High School; Mikayla Seeber, Triad High School

Second  row:  Tyler J. Burns, Gillespie High School; Alex Dilday, Granite City High School; Jason M. Scott,
Highland High School; Kyle E. Foutch, Metro-East Lutheran High School; John Hoefert, Marquette Catholic High School;
Kaitlin C. Scheller, Mt. Olive High School; Matt Miller, Staunton High School

Not pictured was Zachary Payne, Roxana High School.

Back row:  Jim DeGroff, Ronnie Hicks and Dr. Jim James, President GGRC Chapter


FEBRUARY 2010 ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS PRESENTATION

February 10, 2010
Sunset Hills Country Club
Edwardsville, Ill

State President
Illinois State SAR President J. Gordon Bidner addressed the group, telling them how proud he was of all the chapter accomplishments.

Robert Cook
Robert Cook spoke to the group about 'George Washington, Reluctant Statesman'

14th ANNUAL FLAG AWARD CEREMONY
November 12, 2009
Madison Co. Court House
Edwardsville, Ill
flag award presentation
Residents of 12 southern Madison County households received certificates of commentation for displaying the U.S. Flag every day at their homes.
flag award presentation
Chapter chairperson for the event shown in uniform at left is William R. Feeney.  Other chapter members shown are President Jim James & Vice President Ron Hicks.

VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
November 11, 2009
Edwardsville, Ill.
Veterans Day Parade Veterans Day Parade



SAR FIRE SAFETY COMMENDATION AWARD
SIU-Edwardsville
October 28, 2009
award to officer murphy
Jim DeGroff presented a SAR Fire Safety Commendation Award to Dan Murphy.  GGRC members attending were President Jim James, Ron Hicks, Al Oleson and Hank Boss.  While patrolling the campus on Aug. 18, 2009, Officer Murphy saw fire coming from an apartment building.  Power was off due to an earlier storm.  He awakened sleeping students just minutes before the roof collapsed.  Thanks to his actions, no one was injured.
fire safety
Jim DeGroff presents a Fire Safety Commendation Award to Dan Murphy with GGRC President Jim James assisting.





EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
October 11, 2009
Highland, IL
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Adam Edward Rose, Jacob William Rose, and Timothy Gardner Rose were recognized by the GGRC
for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  The boys are seniors at Highland High School.


LEWIS AND CLARK STATE SITE
October 11, 2009
Hartford, IL
flag presentation
Members of the GGRC presented a program on its collection of historic flags & displayed the 50 state flags.
flag presentation

state flags state flags


REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER GRAVE MARKING

October 4, 2009
Dugger Cemetery, Highand, IL
grave marking
Members of the GGRC Chapter color guard presented the colors during the grave marking for Pvt William Gordon Adams .
grave marking





HILLS FORT SOCIETY LIVING HISTORY DAYS
September 19-20, 2009
Greenville, IL
Hills Fort flag display
The GGRC gave its flag program at the Hills Fort Society Living History Days event.  Above, chapter president Jim James presents The Flag of the United States of America.  At right, James assists in posting the colors.  
raising flag at Hills Fort


LATZER HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
September 11-13, 2009
Highland, Illinois
Students at Latzer group at Latzer
Members of the chapter gave out U.S. flags and described the significance of different flags from
their collection.  The GGRC were part of the living history area of the event.  
LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD PRESENTATION TO DEPUTY KYLE DOOLEN
June 17, 2009
Madison County Court House, Edwardsville, Illinois
Law enforcement award
Standing (L-R) Madison County Chairman the Honorable Alan J. Dunstan, Harry Windland, Deputy Kyle Doolen,
Joe Hill, Tim Raymor, Jim James, Lloyd Swartz, Hank Boss and Jim DeGroff.  
On July 7, 2008 while on patrol, Deputy Doolen spotted a stolen car from Ohio on Interstate 70 near Highland just after a suspect shot at an Effingham County police officer.  The three suspects were wanted in Ohio for burglary and robbery.  Doolen followed them.  They fired an assault rifle at Doolen, his car was hit five times with two rounds going through the windshield.  Doolen was hit in the right forearm but still pursued.  The suspects stopped their car and fled on foot.  Doolen and other officers set up a perimeter and all three suspects were apprehended and arrested.

FLAG DAY CEREMONY
June 14, 2009
Hartford, Illinois
flag foldilng scouts and SAR
Members of "A Few Good Marines" demonstrate the Thirteen Folds of the Flag used during military funerals Members of the GGRC Color Guard and Boy Scout Troop 1031 participated in the Flag Day program.


JROTC BRONZE MEDAL PRESENTATION
MAY 9, 2009
ALTON HIGH SCHOOL, ALTON, ILL.
CADET
(L) Jim DeGroff, ROTC Committee,  (R) Gaylord (Jim) James, President GGRC,
present the Bronze SAR JROTC medal to Levante Womack.  

SAR SILVER ROTC MEDAL PRESENTATION
APRIL 23, 2009
SIU-E, EDWARDSVILLE, IL

ROTC Silver Medal

L-R:  Gaylord (Jim) James, President GGRC, Jim DeGroff, ROTC Committee
present the SAR ROTC Medal to Bradley Craycraft.  The award recognizes superior
leadership abilities & accomplishments, military bearing and overall academic excellence.

JOINT DAR/SAR/C.A.R. Meeting
Belleville IL Chapter
April 2009
group
GGRC members presented their flag ceremony at the joint Belleville Chapter DAR/Six Mile Prairie Chapter C.A.R. meeting.

SAR OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARD CEREMONY,
APRIL 15, 2009
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, EDWARDSVILLE, IL
award winners
Front row:  L-R: Katherine L. Henricks, Highland High School, Clay M. Moran,
Granite City High School, Ryan Huber, Alton High School, Matt Alexander,
East Alton-Wood River High School

Middle row:  L-R:  Joe Hill, SAR Color Guard member, Jeffrey Bruns, Civic Memorial High
School, Zachary T. Hinkle, Edwardsville High School, Lance Taylor, Triad High School

Back row:  L-R:  Jim James, President, Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter, Tim Raymer,
Bill Feeney, Troy Huddle, SAR Color Guard members.

Not present:  Cameron Wiggerhorn, Metro-East Lutheran High School, Zachary Mezards,
Roxana High School
FEBRUARY 2009 BUSINESS MEETING &  AWARDS BANQUET, SUNSET HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
presenting awards
At the February 2009 banquet, Tim Raymer (center) presents awards to Hank Boss  (left) and Jimmy Hicks.
ed gerling receives award
Ed Gerling (right) was awarded for serving as chapter secretary for 15 years.
JOE HILL
Joe Hill (right) receives award from Tim Raymer
karl
Karl Reed, past IllinoisState President, installed the new officers
flag award
MIKE TERRY PHOTO Dressed in traditional military wear from the 1700s, members of the Sons of the American Revolution held their 13th annual Flag Award Ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Madison County courthouse. Twelve local households were honored for flying the American flag all year around.

As seen in the Madision County Journal, November 30, 2008

SHOWING LOVE OF COUNTRY


The owners of dozen Madison County households were honored last week for their eagerness to fly the "stars and stripes" without a pause.

On Wednesday morning, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held its 13th annual Flag Award Ceremony in the lobby of the Madison County courthouse - an event held each November, right around Veterans Day.

Members of the group, dressed in traditional garb from the Revolutionary War period, handed out certificates and thanked each honoree for constantly displaying "Old Glory" at their homes.

"It goes without saying that since Sept. 11, 2001, this ceremony has taken on a special meaning," said William Feeney, Edwardsville resident and chairman of SAR's General George Rogers Clark Chapter. "It's especially important during this time of war that citizens fly their flags regularly."

Recipient Jack Reeves, of Alhambra, said he began flying his flag after those terrorist attacks more than seven years ago.

"Whatever patriotism I had, it really magnified it at that point," he said. "It's nice when I walk out of my house to look up and see it flying."

The annual event, which was created to promote patriotism, alternates each year between northern and southern homes in Madison County.

"It's certainly nice to pay tribute to people who fly their flags 24, 7, 365," said SAR member Ronnie Hicks, of Glen Carbon. "As a Vietnam veteran, I'm proud to see people flying the flag and honoring our country."

The Sons of the American Revolution are currently looking for new members. Individuals must be at least 18 years old, male and able to prove direct lineage (through documentation) to a patriot of the American Revolution.

2008 SAR Flag Award Recipients
Mark Armstrong and Christine Monroe, Wood River Township
Jim and Shirley Augustine, Olive Township
Laverne Bloemker, Hamel Township
Ted and Nina Carnahan, Foster Township
Gary and Alice Grubb, Fort Russell Township
Stephen and Joyce Grummel, Godfrey Township
Dennis and Mary Harris, New Douglas Township
Edmund and Patricia Morrissey, Alton Township
Jack and Cathy Reeves, Alhambra Township
Alan and Karen Riedisser, Moro Township
Christ and Emily Schwarz, Leef Township
William White, Omphghent Township

Commemoration of John Nix, Patriot of the American Revolution, Oct. 11, 2008


One of many Eagle Scout Award Ceremonies



Naturalization Ceremony with SAR Members Presenting Flags



Flag Day Ceremony, June 2008, Tri-Township Park, Troy IL


Ceremony Renaming Veterans Memorial Park
Glen Carbon, IL
November 2007
Park




Presentation of ROTC Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in April 2007

presenting ROTC award
L-R, Don Campbell, Charles Schweizer, Joseph Dement, Harry Windland

Tablet Dedication Fort Gage
L-R, Joe Hill and Charles Schweizer are shown with the marker honoring George Rogers Clark placed at Fort Gage, Kaskaskia, Ill.,
during ceremony on July 13, 1996
 
Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter, ILSAR
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