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May 1, 2015

Rebecca Spegal selected as the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) M. Graham Clark Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Dennis Hahn, President of the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter & First Vice President of the Missouri SAR Society, poses with Rebecca Spegal after presenting her with her award.  

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s (MOSSAR) M. Graham Clark Elementary teacher contest is directed toward teachers up through the 5th grade. The contest is open to all teachers at this level in public, private, and ecumenical schools. The SAR is looking for Missouri teachers who by their actions in the classroom perpetuate the memory of those patriots who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, helped to achieve the independence of the American people.

In January of 2015, Ms. Spegal was chosen by the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter in St. Charles as their 2014 Teacher of the Year. That award automatically placed her in the running for the state level honor. J. Y. Miller, Missouri SAR Society Chairman for the M. Graham Clark Teacher Awards, said that in selecting Ms. Spegal “her application shows her excellent work in motivating her students and helping them to develop both an understanding and appreciation for the heroes of the American Revolution.”

Ms. Spegal was officially recognized for her state level achievement during an Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Westport-Lakeside Chalet in Maryland Heights. Dennis Hahn stood in for J.Y. Miller who was unable to attend the MOSSSAR Annual Convention, and presented Ms. Spegal with a trophy, a certificate, and a cash award.

Spegal said the experience helped her make a lot of connections that she hopes will serve to enhance the learning environment she strives to create for her students. “I had a gentleman come up to me wanting to come into [my] classroom to present in the future, which I know [the] students would love,” said Ms. Spegal. She said that through her dealings with the SAR she has also discovered a number of contests that her students can participate in next year, which she feels will enhance their learning with regard to the Revolutionary War.

“I really enjoyed the entire experience and I feel like I gained much more than I expected,” said Ms. Spegal. Elsberry Middle School Principal Jason Miller said he couldn’t be happier with the recognition Ms. Spegal has received from the SAR. “We have several outstanding teachers in the middle school and Ms. Spegal is certainly one of them,” said Mr. Miller. “I am really pleased she was selected to be recognized at the state level for her creativity and hard work with her fifth grade students. She does a great job of helping students understand the importance of American history and how our country was formed and how those decisions help shape our society today.”

Dennis Hahn, president of the Fernando de Leyba Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, said it was a pleasure to acknowledge Ms. Spegal at the Awards Luncheon. “Having served on a school board for nine years and having educators in my family, I find exceptional teachers have one thing in common, which is they all love what they are doing,” said Mr. Hahn. “It comes through that Ms. Spegal loves what she is doing and has great enthusiasm for teaching.  She has a heart for children and for American history.  Her American Revolution projects with her students are interesting and educational. I believe the Elsberry School District is very fortunate to have such an outstanding teacher in their district.”

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 19, 2015

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest - Participants from the Twin Chimneys Elementary School

From Left to Right: Charles E. Lilly, MOSSAR President and Member of the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter; Jessica Trost, Principal of Twin Chimneys Elementary School; Students Josie Myers, Hannah Lower, Rachael Johnson, Peyton Hu and Addison Mautz; and James Osbourn, MOSSAR Secretary and President of the Spirit of St. Louis SAR Chapter 

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Americanism Poster Contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students. The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.  The topic for the Poster Contest is set annually by the National Society Americanism Committee. The topic is announced at the Annual National Society Congress after the winning poster for the current year is recognized. The topics for 2014-15 are “George Rogers Clark” or “Lexington and Concord”. The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) coordinates the program for the Missouri SAR Chapters.

The Twin Chimneys Elementary School students participated in the SAR Poster Contest using the theme "George Rogers Clark". Peyton Hu, is the winner of the Spirit of St. Louis SAR Chapter Americanism Poster Contest. He was presented with a Certificate and a cash award on March 17th at the Twin Chimneys Elementary School in O’Fallon, MO by James Osbourn, MOSSAR Secretary and President of the Spirit of St. Louis SAR Chapter. His poster has been forwarded to the Missouri SAR Society to compete against the winners of other Missouri SAR chapters. The wining poster at the State level will be forwarded to the National Society to compete against winners of other state societies. Josie Myers, Hannah Lower, and Rachael Johnson were presented with honorable mention certificates. Addison Mautz’s poster was the second place winner of the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County) SAR Chapter’s Americanism Poster Contest and was presented with a second place ribbon. The students’ teachers are Matt Swanson, Michele Kleaver and Kelly Pope (not pictured).

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper's, 3010 West Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63301. The Spirit of St. Louis SAR Chapter meets at 9:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, except July and August, at Spazio Westport (within the Comfort Inn) at 12031 Lackland Road, St. Louis, MO 63146. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 12, 2015


The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) – Donna Munro
High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year

From Left to right: Donna Monro and Dennis Hahn

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s (MOSSAR) M. Graham Clark High School Social Studies Teacher Contest is directed toward teachers of American History and Government. The contest is open to all high school teachers in public, private, and parochial schools. MOSSAR is looking for Missouri teachers who by their actions in the classroom perpetuate the memory of those patriots who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, helped to achieve the independence of the American people. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s (NSSAR) Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Contest is directed toward high school teachers whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements.

The St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) recognized Donna Munro as its High School Social Studies (American History and Government) Teacher of the Year at the Chapter’s January meeting. Ms. Munro is a U.S History and Government teacher at the Fort Zumwalt East High School in St. Peters, Missouri. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri. She is in her 20th year of teaching American History and Government. She has a BA in History, a BS in Education, a MA in Writing Fiction, and is working on a MA in History. She has been nominated by her peers for Teacher of the Year each year she has taught and was awarded Teacher of the Year twice. In 2013 she won the Gateway and Missouri Student Council Advisor of the Year Awards. A Certificate of Recognition and a cash award were presented to Ms. Munro by Chapter President Dennis Hahn.

Ms. Munro will serve as the Chapter’s Missouri SAR Society 2014 M. Graham Clark High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year Nominee and the National SAR Society 2014 Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award Nominee. The chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 12, 2015

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) – Rebecca Spegal selected as Elementary School Teacher of the Year

From Left to right: Rebecca Spegal and Dennis Hahn

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s (MOSSAR) M. Graham Clark Elementary teacher contest is directed toward teachers up through the 5th grade. The contest is open to all teachers at this level in public, private, and ecumenical schools. The SAR is looking for Missouri teachers who by their actions in the classroom perpetuate the memory of those patriots who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, helped to achieve the independence of the American people.

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) has recognized Rebecca Spegal as its Elementary School Teacher of the Year at the Chapter’s January meeting. Ms. Spegal is a 5th Grade teacher in the Elsberry School District in Elsberry, Missouri and lives in Bowling Green, Missouri. She is in her second year of teaching and is a graduate of Truman State University. Ms. Spegal includes a section on the American Revolution in her curriculum. She has the students select a historical figure from the American Revolutionary period and has them write an essay and create a coat hanger figure of the person. A Certificate of Recognition and a cash award were presented to Ms. Spegal by Chapter President Dennis Hahn. Ms. Spegal advised that she has plans for the cash award. She said that “They make these things called “History In A Box Sets” and there is one for the American Revolution. It comes with absolutely everything you could ever need. There are lots of activities and games. I’m thinking that’s where I’ll use the money”.

Ms. Spegal will serve as the Chapter’s Missouri SAR Society 2014 M. Graham Clark Elementary School Teacher of the Year Nominee. The chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 12, 2015


The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) - Meredith Pool Winner of the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

From Left to right: Meredith Pool and Charles Lilly

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is designed to give high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The contest is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels. The students must submit an original essay with topics based on the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

The St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, Chapter level contest winner is Meredith Pool of St. Charles, a junior student at St. Charles High School. Ms. Pool was presented with a Certificate and a cash award at the Chapter’s January meeting by Youth Awards Chairman and Missouri Society President Charles Lilly. Her winning essay was entitled “Groundwork and Events Leading Towards the American Revolution”. Ms. Pool’s essay has been forwarded to the Missouri SAR Society to compete against the winners of other Missouri SAR Society Chapters. The winning essay at the State level will be forwarded to the National Society to compete against other state societies. The Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 12, 2015

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) – Olivia Pool
Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest Winner

From Left to right: Olivia Pool and Charles Lilly

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Americanism Brochure Contest is directed at students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students. If the American Revolution period of American History is technically not specifically covered during these middle school grades, an entry will still be accepted for the competition. The contest is also open to Scouts (Boys & Girls) and members of the C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.

The topic/theme for the Brochure Contest is set annually by the National Society Americanism Committee. The topic is announced at the Annual National Society Congress after the winning brochure for the current year is recognized. The topic/theme for 2014-2015 is "The Foundational Documents of the United States". A choice could be made between Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, or Bill of Rights.

Olivia Pool, who attends the Hardin Middle School – St. Charles School District, is the winner of the St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) Americanism Brochure Contest. She prepared a brochure on the Constitution. She was presented with a Certificate and a cash award at the Chapter’s January meeting by Youth Awards Chairman and Missouri Society President Charles Lilly. Her brochure has been forwarded to the Missouri Society to compete against the winners of other Missouri SAR Chapters. The wining brochure at the State level will be forward to the National Society to compete against other state societies. The chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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March 12, 2015

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) – Allie Raines
Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest Winner

From Left to right: Allie Raines and Charles Lilly

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Americanism Poster Contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students. The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.  The topic for the Poster Contest is set annually by the National Society Americanism Committee. The topic is announced at the Annual National Society Congress after the winning poster for the current year is recognized. The topics for 2014-15 are “George Rogers Clark” or “Lexington and Concord”.

Allie Raines, who attends the Warren Elementary School – Francis Howell School District, is the winner of the St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter). She prepared a poster on “George Rogers Clark”. She was presented with a Certificate and a cash award at the Chapter’s January meeting by Youth Awards Chairman and Missouri Society President Charles Lilly. Her poster has been forwarded to the Missouri Society to compete against the winners of other Missouri SAR chapters. The wining poster at the State level will be forwarded to the National Society to compete against winners of other state societies. The chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses are also invited to attend.


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June 28, 2014

Lt Tim Raines US Navy (Ret) Speaks at the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) on the forming of a JROTC Unit at Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia

On the left, Dennis Hahn, Chapter President & Missouri SAR Society Second Vice President; On right, Lt. Tim Raines US Navy (Ret), Navy League, St. Louis Council VP Youth Programs

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, had as its June 9th meeting speaker Lt. Tim Raines US Navy (Ret), Navy League, St. Louis Council VP Youth Programs. Lt. Raines spoke about his career and educational background, and the NJROTC program forming at Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia. The program will be known as the JROTC of Washington, Missouri. Lt. Raines is to become Washington’s senior naval science instructor for its new NJROTC unit.

Lt. Raines informed the Chapter that there will be a new program for students from Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia to take part in at Washington High School this fall. The program will be a Naval JROTC program. Lt. Raines informed the Chapter that the NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as maritime heritage, the significance of sea power and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training.

The Missouri SAR Society (MOSSAR) awards the SAR JROTC Medals to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier”, exemplified by the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War. This award is presented by MOSSAR chapters to JROTC Cadets who are selected for their high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit, who are given full latitude in making the selection. The SAR JROTC Medals are approved by the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force.
Each cadet chosen at the JROTC unit level will receive the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal. Each MOSSAR chapter may select a JROTC Outstanding Cadet from nominations received from area JROTC units. The chapter will enter their cadet in the state society’s JROTC Outstanding Cadet Program. The winner of the state competition will be entered into the National JROTC Outstanding Cadet Recognition Program. The State winner receives a $500.00 cash award. The winner of the National program will receive a $1,000.00 cash award at the SAR National Congress held in July of each year. No recipient may receive the award more than once.  

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Chapter members live in St. Charles and surrounding counties including Franklin County.


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June 28, 2014

Missouri Military Academy Presentation at the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

From Left to Right: William Grote, Chapter Sergeant- At- Arms; John Rush, Chapter Genealogist;1SG US Army (Ret) Alan Hakes, Missouri Military Academy JROTC Instructor; Cadet LTC Roel Rodriguez;Cadet Capt. Jose Corrillo; Martin White, Chapter Vice President; Douglas Neff, Chapter Member;Charles Lilly, Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) President

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, had as its May 12th meeting speaker from the Missouri Military Academy 1SG US Army (Ret) Alan Hakes, JROTC Instructor, along with Cadet LTC Roel Rodriguez and Cadet Capt. Jose Corrillo. 1SG Hakes spoke about his background and the JROTC program at the Missouri Military Academy. Cadet LTC Rodriguez and Cadet Capt. Corrillo shared their experiences at the Academy. The Chapter Members found the presentation very interesting and asked a lot of questions about the Missouri Military Academy and the programs offered.
1SG Hakes informed the Chapter that the JROTC mission is: “To motivate young people to become better citizens.” He expressed that personal development at Missouri Military Academy stems from a philosophy that emphasizes training the whole man through character development, leadership skills development, and instilling values that will serve as a guidepost throughout life.  He stated that Cadets learn that true success comes from the determination and perseverance to accomplish goals and to contribute to society in a positive manner.


The Missouri SAR Society (MOSSAR) awards the SAR JROTC Medals to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier”, exemplified by the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War. This award is presented by MOSSAR chapters to JROTC Cadets who are selected for their high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit, who are given full latitude in making the selection. The SAR JROTC Medals are approved by the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force.
Each cadet chosen at the JROTC unit level will receive the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal. Each MOSSAR chapter may select a JROTC Outstanding Cadet from nominations received from area JROTC units. The chapter will enter their cadet in the state society’s JROTC Outstanding Cadet Program. The winner of the state competition will be entered into the National JROTC Outstanding Cadet Recognition Program. The State winner receives a $500.00 cash award. The winner of the National program will receive a $1,000.00 cash award at the SAR National Congress held in July of each year. No recipient may receive the award more than once.  

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Chapter members live in St. Charles and surrounding Counties.


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May 25, 2014

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) dedicate a plaque commemorating the Battle of Fort San Carlos and the 250th Anniversary of St. Louis

From Left to right: Dennis Hahn of St. Charles, MOSSAR 2nd Vice President; Jim Watry, Ball Park Village Chief Operating Officer; Jose Molina, Honorary Consul of Spain; Richard Bryant of Kansas City, MOSSAR Chancellor & National Trustee; Joseph Dooley of Virginia, NSSAR President General; and Charles Lilly of St. Charles, MOSSAR President

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR), known as the SAR, dedicated a plaque on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Ball Park Village in St. Louis commemorating the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Fort San Carlos and the 250th anniversary of St. Louis. The dedication was held at the Fox Sports Midwest Live stage inside Ball Park Village. The plaque will be placed on permanent display on the grounds of Ball Park Village across from Gate #4 of Busch Stadium. A monument will be constructed for the plaque by Lewis & Clark Career Center in St. Charles with assistance provided by the John J. Smith Masonry Co. of St. Louis.

Charles Lilly, MOSSAR President, and Jim Watry, Ball Park Village Chief Operating Officer, extended a welcome to those in attendance. Special guests attending the plaque dedication and bringing greetings were Joseph W. Dooley, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) President General; Stephen M. Baldwin, NSSAR Vice President General-South Central District; Jose L. Molina, Jr., Honorary Consul of Spain; Richard T. Bryant, MOSSAR Chancellor & National Trustee; Patricia A. West, Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American revolution (MSSDAR) Regent; Anna DeVenney, Missouri State Society Children of the American Revolution (M.S.S.C.A.R) State President; Cathy Owens, M.S.S.C.A.R. Senior State President; and Margaret Carr, Commemoration Committee for the Battle of Fort San Carlos President.

St. Louis was founded 250 years ago in 1764 by 34 year old Pierre Laclede Liguest (better known as Pierre Laclede) and his 14 year old stepson (who was also his scout and partner) René Auguste Chouteau, Jr. (known as Auguste Chouteau). Laclede received a land grant from the King of France, King Louis XV, known as Louis the Beloved, who ruled as King of France from 1715 until his death in 1774. The City of St. Louis is named for King Louis IX (also known as Saint Louis). In 1770 the control of St. Louis transferred from France to Spain under the Treaty of Fontainebleau. The treaty was to induce Spain to enter the war as a French ally against Britain. In 1800 Spain returned (or sold back) the area known as Louisiana to France. On April 30, 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France/Napoleon.

The Battle of Fort San Carlos was an unsuccessful British-led attack on St. Louis on May 26, 1780 during the American Revolutionary War. Spain declared war on Britain in June of 1779 and became an ally of the Americans. The strategic importance of St. Louis covering the western frontier for the Americans and its assistance as a supply base for the Americans in opposition of the British was of much concern to the British. It was the intent of the British to take control of the Mississippi River and the western part of the continent; and prevent access by the Americans. A British force started from Prairie du Chien heading for St. Louis on May 2, 1780 with more than 200 British soldiers, traders and Indians. The British force was augmented along its journey by more Indian forces building to a force of about 1,000 men. Prior to their departure, however, an American trader, Jon Conn, had alerted Spanish Lt. Governor and Army Captain Fernando de Leyba in St. Louis as to the plan, giving time to develop some defensive measures around the town. Only one of five planned masonry towers was built. It was located near the current intersection of Fourth and Walnut streets, and the rest of the town was surrounded by more than a mile of entrenchments. The City was defended by approximately 300 men composed of a few Spanish soldiers from St. Louis, a few Spanish soldiers from Ste. Genevieve under the command of Francois Valle, militia, some City residents and slaves, and some hunters within 20 leagues (approximately 52 miles) of St. Louis. All were under the command of Captain Fernando de Leyba. The Battle gets its name from the name of the tower, San Carlos. The defeat of the British at the Battle of Fort San Carlos prevented the British from controlling the Mississippi River, from cutting off a supply base for the American Revolution, and from controlling the western part of the continent. The attack by the British and their Indian and trader allies was the last attempt by the British to control the Mississippi River during the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Fort San Carlos is the furthest west Revolutionary War Battle.

At the conclusion of the plaque dedication, the SAR expressed its appreciation for the opportunity to present a plaque to St. Louis to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of St. Louis and the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort San Carlos. The SAR also expressed its appreciation to Ball Park Village for hosting the plaque dedication and for permitting the plaque to be permanently displayed on its grounds.

MOSSAR Website: http://mossar.org/ --- NSSAR Website: https://www.sar.org/


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May 26, 2014

Three Members of the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Elected as Officers of the Missouri Society of the SAR

New Officers of the Missouri Society of the SAR (MOSSAR): From Left to right: Charles E. Lilly, President; Dennis J. Hahn, 2nd Vice President; and Milan A. Paddock, Historian

The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) installed its newly elected officers at its annual convention held in Blue Springs, Missouri on April 26, 2014. Three of the Missouri Society officers elected are members of the St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter). They are President, Charles E. Lilly; 2nd Vice President, Dennis J. Hahn; and Historian, Milan A. Paddock. The Chapter Officers were sworn in by a past (2008 - 2009) National Society President General, David N. Appleby of Ozark, Missouri.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence.  As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations -- one nation and one people.

The Missouri Society of the SAR is composed of 15 local chapters with 600+ members statewide. These members and chapters support freedom, patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of citizenship and one nation through a variety of Programs and Activites. Its members attend and participate in many patriotic activities such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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May 9, 2014

JROTC Awards presented at St. Louis University on April 30, 2014

From Left to Right: AFJROTC AS 300 Sean O'Shea; Daniel Bissell Chapter Member of The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Missouri, Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter Member and Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) President, Charles Lilly; and AFJROTC AS 300 Emily Garland. Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter Member David Christian was in attendance but is not pictured.

AS 300 Sean O'Shea, who attends St. Louis University, received the General Society of the War of 1812 Certificate and Ribbon Award. AS 300 Emily Garland, who attends Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, received the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) JROTC Medal and Certificate Award. 

The Missouri SAR Society (MOSSAR) awards the SAR JROTC Medals to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier”, exemplified by the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War. This award is presented by MOSSAR chapters to JROTC Cadets who are selected for their high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit, who are given full latitude in making the selection. The SAR JROTC Medals are approved by the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. Each cadet chosen at the JROTC unit level will receive the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal. Each MOSSAR chapter may select a JROTC Outstanding Cadet from nominations received from area JROTC units. The chapter will enter their cadet in the state society’s JROTC Outstanding Cadet Program. The winner of the state competition will be entered into the National JROTC Outstanding Cadet Recognition Program. The State winner receives a $500.00 cash award. The winner of the National program will receive a $1,000.00 cash award at the SAR National Congress held in July of each year. No recipient may receive the award more than once.  

“The cherishing, maintenance, and extension of the institutions of American freedom, the fostering of true patriotism – love of country.” This is the concluding sentence in the “Purpose” of the General Society of the War of 1812. This purpose is being fulfilled by the presentation of General Society of the War of 1812 JROTC Awards throughout the United States and its possessions. The JROTC units request the award annually. A request is submitted to The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Missouri and the award is made by a member of the State Society.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Spouses and guests are also invited to attend.


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May 1, 2014

Desoto Teacher Selected as the Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution M. Graham Clark High School Teacher of the Year

From the Left: Fernando de Leyba Chapter President, Dennis Hahn;
MOSSAR High School Teacher of the Year, Commander Terri Schrader;
MOSSAR M. Graham Clark Teacher of the Year Chairman, Clifford Olsen

The St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognized Terri L. Schrader at its February 10, 2014 Chapter meeting as an outstanding teacher of American History and Government. On April 26th Ms. Schrader was honored by the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) as its M. Graham Clark High School Teacher of the Year.

By being selected as the MOSSAR High School Teacher of the Year she is the Missouri Society’s nominee for the National Society Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award Nominee for 2014.

Ms. Schrader is a Social Studies Teacher at Desoto Senior High School and has taught American History for 34 years. Since 1994 she is the Social Studies Department Chair. She has a B.S. in Education, a Master’s in Education, a Lifetime Social Studies Teaching Certificate and 41 graduate hours beyond her Master’s Degree. In addition, she is a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Her teaching perpetuates the memory of those Patriots who, by their services and sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.

The Missouri Society’s trophy was presented to Ms. Schrader by the Fernando de Leyba Chapter President, Dennis Hahn, at the Missouri Society’s convention held in Blue Springs, Missouri.


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March 26, 2014

U.S. Air Force Major Centron Felder, AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Speaks at the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

From left to right: Steve White; John Rush, Chapter Genealogist; Charles Lilly, Executive Vice President of the Missouri SAR Society; Bill Grote; Marty White, Chapter Vice President

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, had as its March 10th meeting speaker U.S. Air force Major Centron Felder. Major Felder is the AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Gateway STEM High School. Major Felder spoke about his background and the Air force Junior ROTC program at Gateway STEM High School. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Additional AFJROTC Aerospace Science Instructors are MSgt Gregory Stephan and MSgt Belinda Paine.


Gateway STEM High School is committed to preparing students for future educational and career success by offering challenging academic and specialized STEM programs. The school focuses on providing the highest level of individualized instruction for all students. Gateway STEM High School is a regional leader in instructing diverse and well-rounded students on educational pathways of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using a college preparatory curriculum.


Since the early 20th century with the first flight of the Wright Brothers, the quest for air and space exploration and power has been an on-going endeavor (AFPAM36-2241V1, 2003). Since that time, military technological developments have soared and we have all reaped the rewards with such devices as cell phones and personal computers. It isn’t as widely known however, that the military services have also made great contributions to the education and development of our citizens and communities. In the early 1900’s a program was established to help young men become better citizens in their communities and at school. As time progressed, so did the concept. The National Defense Act of 1916 was signed authorizing a junior course for non-college military schools, high schools, and other non-preparatory schools; and so began the establishment of JROTC. Over time the course changed to include women and encompass curriculum that would help prepare the Nation’s youth for success in school, in their communities, and throughout life. In essence, the Mission is to build better citizens for America.

 
The Missouri SAR Society (MOSSAR) awards the SAR JROTC Medals to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier”, exemplified by the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War. This award is presented by MOSSAR chapters to JROTC Cadets who are selected for their high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit, who are given full latitude in making the selection. The SAR JROTC Medals are approved by the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force.
Each cadet chosen at the JROTC unit level will receive the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal. Each MOSSAR chapter may select a JROTC Outstanding Cadet from nominations received from area JROTC units. The chapter will enter their cadet in the state society’s JROTC Outstanding Cadet Program. The winner of the state competition will be entered into the National JROTC Outstanding Cadet Recognition Program. The state winner receives a $500.00 cash award. The winner of the National program will receive a $1,000.00 cash award at the SAR National Congress held in July of each year. No recipient may receive the award more than once.  
The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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March 24, 2014

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Fernando de Leyba Chapter, give its Eagle Scout Award to Jason Roberts

From the Left: Parents David and Susan Roberts; Eagle Scout Jason Roberts;Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter Eagle Scout Award Chairman, Bill Grote; and grandparents Robert & Mary Beth Picker

The Fernando de Leyba Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognized Jason Roberts of Oakville as the Chapter’s Eagle Scout Scholarship Nominee for the National Society Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship at its March 10, 2014 Chapter meeting. The scholarship program is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels. The Eagle Scout must complete an application form and a four generation chart form, and submit an original 500 word Patriotic Themed Essay. There are monetary awards at each level. Three cash scholarship awards are given at the National level: First Place winner - $8,000.00; Runner-up - $4,000.00; 2nd runner-up - $2,000.00. Jason’s essay was entitled “The Battle of Blue Licks”.

Jason is a member of Boy Scout Unit No. 2468 of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He has been in scouting for 10 years. He passed the Eagle Scout Board of review in November 2013. He is the son of David and Susan Roberts.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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March 24, 2014

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), gives its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commendation Award to Ed Williams

From the left: Marty Limpert, Public Information Officer for the St. Charles County Ambulance District; Ed Williams, Paramedic; and Marty White, Vice President of the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter

Ed Williams, Paramedic, with the St. Charles County Ambulance District, has been selected as the Chapter Level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commendation Awardee by the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Chapter. The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter has submitted Paramedic Williams as its candidate for the Missouri SAR Society Level Award.

Paramedic Williams began his career with the Meramec Ambulance District in Villa Ridge, MO and the Union, MO Ambulance District, and served these districts for 14 years. He then joined the St. Charles County Ambulance District where he has served for the past 23 years. As an emergency caregiver, Ed William’s skills are second to none. He has provided outstanding service to the community.

As an example of Paramedic Williams service to others, about 3:00 a.m. on January 8, 2013 someone was ringing the doorbell at the St Charles County Ambulance District paramedics’ base. Paramedics Ed Williams, Trish Kohlenhoefer, Lisa Cassidy and Greg Pendleton were at the base. Brad Limbaugh of Wright City, MO was at the door with his expectant wife. Mr. Limbaugh said “My wife’s having a baby, now, her water just broke!”. The paramedics saw Jamie Limbaugh exiting the vehicle stating “I can feel the baby’s head”. Mrs. Limbaugh was quickly brought inside and laid down on the carpeted living room floor. The paramedics took a team approach with Ed Williams taking the lead. Williams could see the baby’s head crowning. On the next contraction Jamie pushed and the baby’s head appeared. Another push and the baby was delivered. The paramedics quickly dried and warmed the baby girl. Mom and baby “Kenzie” (8 pounds 5 ounces) were fine, and were transported to St Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield.

Williams stated that this was the 14th baby he’s had a hand in delivering over the course of a 37 year EMS career. Williams added “It marks a couple of firsts. This is the first time I’ve delivered a baby at a base and it is the easiest delivery I’ve ever been a part of. I had plenty of help and we all took a role in the delivery”.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter is pleased to be able to honor Ed Williams for his outstanding service to the community.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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March 24, 2014

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), gives its Law Enforcement Award to Dave Kleinschmidt

From left to right: Chapter Genealogist, John Rush; Police Detective with City of St. Charles Police Department (SCPD), Dave Kleinschmidt; Chapter Vice President, Marty White; Missouri SAR Society Executive Vice President Charles Lilly and Chapter Color Guard Commander Bill Grote

Dave Kleinschmidt, Police Detective with the City of St. Charles Police Department (SCPD), has been selected as the Chapter Level Law Enforcement Commendation Awardee by the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Chapter. The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter has submitted Detective Kleinschmidt as its candidate for the Missouri SAR Society Level Award.

Detective Kleinschmidt began his career as a police officer in 1978 with the Arnold Police Department.  He came to the City of St. Charles Police Department in 1983. During his career, he has served 20 years as a patrol officer with assignments including that of a motorcycle traffic officer, a permanent beat officer, and many years as a Field Training Officer.  He has been a detective for 15 years.  He is a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis and the Professional Investigators Council of Greater St. Louis. He was a member of the US Federal Identity Theft Task Force for the Eastern District of Missouri for several years.

Detective Kleinschmidt is well known throughout the area as an expert on financial crimes and financial crime investigation.  His aptitude in financial matters and his thoroughness in this type of investigation have led him to being a subject matter expert on these types of crimes and criminal investigations.  His work in this area has led to numerous instances where Federal Task Forces and other agencies have come to him for assistance; this in turn has opened a door for many of these resources to assist the SCPD with these types of investigations and other types as well.  In addition to serving as a liaison for the SCPD with other agencies on these types of investigations, Detective Kleinschmidt has developed contacts with most of the area financial institutions which has also led to successful partnerships that have furthered investigations and public awareness of financial crimes.  As an offshoot his interest in these types of crimes, he has shown the ability to change with the times and as identity theft and associated crimes have become more and more common place, he has become a subject matter expert on these as well.  He has served as an instructor for the Citizens Police Academy conducting classes on financial crimes and identity theft as well as giving lectures to other citizen groups when asked on these topics.  As these crimes escalated in frequency over the years he developed and instructed an in-house training program to include a step by step form for officers to use when investigation these types of crimes which not only assisted him by ensuring the officers captured the necessary information investigators would need later but have the officers gain the confidence to deal with what can be an overwhelming report situation initially.  The training had the added benefit of giving the officers direction and helping them to educate victims as to the process of the investigation and the steps to take to protect themselves and limit the damage done.

Throughout his career Detective Kleinschmidt has had a strong interest in criminal intelligence sharing and intelligence gathering.  He maintained an extensive person file on local police characters and those criminals he dealt with in his work as a patrol officer and as an investigator.  He is also well known for his networking abilities which resulted in several criminal information exchange formats that existed throughout the metro area.  Detective Kleinschmidt and investigators from several other departments would spend a lot of time information sharing in large e-mail groups.  These groups were instrumental in criminal intelligence being shared amongst law enforcement agencies throughout the metro area.  This endeavor blossomed and became so successful that it served as a basis and impetus for the foundation of the St. Louis Area Daily Intelligence Bulletin, published by the Missouri Information and Analysis Center (MIAC).  Detective Kleinschmidt worked extensively with the personnel at MIAC as they began their effort and should be credited as one of the "founding fathers" of that effort.

Detective Kleinschmidt’s legacy will continue on far beyond his retirement in February 2014.  His work educating officers on financial investigations, the training he developed and the "Kleinschmidt Form" will serve officers and the citizenry we serve far into the future.  His work on criminal intelligence sharing that eventually morphed into the MIAC Daily Bulletin will also serve as a living legacy that will assist officers throughout the metro area for the foreseeable future.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter is pleased to be able to honor Dave Kleinschmidt for his outstanding service to the community.
The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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March 24, 2014

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) Chapter, and St. Charles High School join forces to promote Patriotism.

From the left: Jeff Walker, Principal of St. Charles High School, and Charles Lilly, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) and member of the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) SAR Chapter

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, and St. Charles High School join forces to promote Patriotism.  Jeff Walker, Principal of St. Charles High School, and Charles Lilly, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR) met on March 18, 2014 to discuss the Patriotic Awards offered by the Sons of the American Revolution, primarily focused on teachers and students.  Mr. Walker will encourage his history teachers and the student body to be aware of the special recognition by participating.  Mr. Walker will start promoting the programs in September of each year and hopefully generate some worthy candidates.  

Students will participate in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. This contest is designed to give high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The contest is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels. The students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. The essay must have a minimum of 800 words and not exceed 1,200 words. There are monetary awards at each level. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

High School Social Studies teachers whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, may apply for the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.  This award program is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels. The applicant must complete an application form and write an essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era; and submit the completed application and essay through the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter.  The National level award winner will be able to choose one of four national seminars to attend.

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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March 24, 2014

The United States National Park Service of Honolulu, Hawaii has chosen the St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Missouri SAR Society, to partner on a research project

From the left: Daniel Martinez, U.S. National Park Service Historian; Charles Lilly Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter Member and Executive Vice President of the Missouri SAR Society; Mike Wenger - Historian/Author

The United States National Park Service of Honolulu, Hawaii has chosen the St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Missouri SAR Society, to partner on a research project.  Daniel Martinez, National Park Service Historian, and Mike Wenger, Historian and Author, visited with the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter members on March 10, 2014 to discuss the purposed multi-year research project.  Volunteers from the local SAR Chapters and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapters will combine forces to research the Personnel Records of all the 1,177 Sailors that perished on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Martinez advised that some of the names and ranks on the Memorial Wall at Pearl Harbor are incorrect.  The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter will be leading the project locally to verify the records of the Military Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri under the Supervision of Mike Wenger.  Wenger is under contract with the National Park Service and will be the on-site authority for the required information that needs to be retrieved from the Records Center.  This project was first discussed two years ago, when SAR Member Charles Lilly met with Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the World War II Valor in Pacific National Monument (formerly known as the USS Arizona Memorial), while visiting Pearl Harbor.

The project was originally scheduled to start in the spring of 2013 but had to be delayed due to the United States Government Sequester.  Martinez and Wenger spent a week at the Military Records Center in St. Louis, discussing the logistics involved in obtaining admission of the SAR and DAR volunteers.  All of the SAR and DAR volunteers will be representatives of the National Park Service.  This project is estimated to start around July of 2014.
 
The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution are extremely proud to be chosen for this Patriotic project.  The research on the USS Arizona personnel is actually Phase I of multiple projects anticipated to be undertaken in the future.  

The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles. Men interested is joining the SAR, a "lineage" society, are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties.


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February 12, 2014

The St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognized Terri L. Schrader at its February 10, 2014 Chapter meeting as an outstanding teacher of American History and Government. She had been selected to serve as the Chapter’s Missouri Society 2013 M. Graham Clark Teacher of the Year Nominee and the National Society 2013 Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award Nominee. Her teaching perpetuates the memory of those Patriots who, by their services and sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.

Ms. Schrader is a Social Studies Teacher at Desoto Senior High School and has taught American History for 34 years. Since 1994 she is the Social Studies Department Chair. She has a B.S. in Education, a Master’s in Education, a Lifetime Social Studies Teaching Certificate and 41 graduate hours beyond her Master’s Degree. In addition, she is a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Ms. Schrader by Chapter Member David Christian. The Missouri Society has selected Ms. Schrader as its Nominee for the National Society 2013 Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.

David Christian and Terri Schrader

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February 12, 2014

During the February 10, 2014 St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) meeting, the Chapter Past President and current Missouri SAR Society Executive Vice President, Charles Lilly, presented to Chapter Member William A.G. (Bill) Grote the Chapter Medal of Distinguished Service (CMDS). Chapter Past President Lilly stated that during his three year tenure as Chapter President, Compatriot Grote performed many duties and supported him in many ways. He was always there when needed.

The CMDS is the highest medal that can be awarded by a Chapter President. It can be given for each year that a Compatriot serves as Chapter President. The CMDS is to be given to a Compatriot in recognition for the Compatriot’s conspicuous service to the Chapter during the President’s tenure. The Chapter President presents this Medal at his discretion; no other approval is required. A Compatriot can only receive the CMDS once. The CMDS was authorized by the National SAR Society in 2013 with a look back up to 2008.

The Chapter meets at Culpeppers the second Monday evening of each month (except during July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the Chapter meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties.

Charles Lilly presents Bill Grote an award.

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Compatriots,

Attached is an article that appeared in the Wednesday, February 5, 2014 edition of The Elsberry Democrat regarding the possible formation of an SAR Chapter in Lincoln County. It is a large front page article. This article will also appear on their Website. It is possible that the Lincoln County Journal and the Bowling Green Times may pick up the article this coming week. Hopefully the word is getting out to men in Lincoln County that there will be an SAR informational meeting in Troy on Saturday, February 15th. Please consider attending the informational meeting in Troy, Missouri on Saturday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Dennis


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January 15, 2014

The St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) installed the 2014 Chapter Officers at its Chapter meeting held on January 13th at Culpeppers located at 3010 W. Clay in St. Charles. The Chapter meets at Culpeppers the second Monday evening of each month (except during July and August) at 7:00 p.m. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the Chapter meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. The Chapter Officers were sworn in by Missouri Society (MOSSAR) Executive Vice President Charles Lilly.

2014 officers.
Those pictured from left to right are: MOSSAR) Executive Vice President Charles Lilly; Chapter President Dennis Hahn; Secretary Paul Smith; Chaplin John Wilson; Genealogist John Rush; Sergeant-At-Arms Bill Grote; and Vice President Marty White. Not in attendance were Treasurer Jim Borgman and Historian Jeff Sullivan.

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A Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Chapter, the Major General Benjamin Lincoln Chapter, is being formed in Lincoln County.  The SAR is a "lineage" society”.  This means that each member has traced their family tree (genealogy) back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.  For men who are not already an SAR Member, assistance will be available for guidance in becoming an SAR Member.  An informational meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on February 15, 2014 at the Cuivre River Electric Co-Op, Community Room, 1112 E Cherry Street, Troy, MO 63379 for anyone interested in becoming a member of the SAR. Spouses are welcome to attend.  If interested in attending the informational meeting and becoming an SAR Member, please contact Steve Baldwin, Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County) Chapter Member and NSSAR Vice President General-South Central District at 314-304-5845. 


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The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Winner

Meredith Pool with chapter color guard.


The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest program is designed to give high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The contest is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, Chapter level contest winner is Meredith Pool of St. Charles, a sophomore student at St. Charles High School. Ms. Pool was presented with a Certificate and a cash award at the Chapter’s December meeting. Ms. Pool’s essay has been forwarded to the Missouri Society to compete against the winners of other Missouri Chapters. The chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles and St. Louis counties.


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April 29, 2013

The Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles County, MO) Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Winner at the Chapter Level and the Missouri Society Level

From Left to right: Chapter President, Dennis Hahn; Chapter and Missouri Society Contest Winner, Kimberly Hill; Missouri Society First Vice President & Secretary, Charles Lilly; and National Society Secretary General, Joseph Dooley. The photo was taken at the Annual Missouri Society Convention held in Jefferson City, MO.

The St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter, Chapter level contest winner is Kimberly Hill of Lake Saint Louis. The Missouri Society selected her as its winner at the State Convention on April 27th. Her winning essay is entitled “For the Sake of Freedom”.

Since the beginning of her Junior year, she has been dual-enrolled at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. Through this University, she has been able to acquire a total of 19 college credits with an additional 6 to be gained this spring. Kimberly has also taken numerous CLEP Credit Tests which have awarded her 2I more credits. She has a 4.0 GPA, and a score of 28 on the ACT. She plans to complete her High-school education in May 2013. As for college, her goal is to obtain a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in English.

In the past few years, she has devoted several hours in service to her community. She has volunteered at Birthright in organizing donations and preparing baskets to be given to clients. In the Fall Semester of 2011, she taught students, ages 4-l2, basic Math principles and offered her help in areas where they particularly struggled. The following Spring Semester, she taught sewing, beading, and crocheting. She has also tutored high-school students in Algebra and Geometry. She has been involved in multiple organizations. From 2008 to present, she has been a member of the Girl Scouts of America Mariners Program. She held a position in which she was in charge of leading prayers and cheers within her troop for one year. She has taken part in her parish's Youth Group for four years. She is currently active in Devout Heart Youth Group and Spirit and Truth Youth Group at Maryville University.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest program is designed to give high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The contest is conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

The chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles and St. Louis counties.


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April 28, 2013

In March 2013 the St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) selected Matt Schafer as the Chapter Level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commendation Awardee. The Chapter submitted Matt Schaefer as its candidate for the Society Level Award by the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (MOSSAR). On April 27, 2013 the Missouri Society selected Matt Schafer as the MOSSAR EMS Awardee.

Matt Schafer

As an emergency caregiver, Matt Schafer’s skills are second to none. Whether he’s working a major motor vehicle accident or helping an elderly resident who has fallen, he treats each patient with whom he comes in contact with empathy and respect. Recently, the St. Charles County Ambulance District implemented a randomized patient satisfaction survey system, which helps to identify opportunities for improvement within its operations. Respondents answer a series of questions about the care they received, which results in an overall score of 1-100. Of the 46 surveys that have been returned from Matt’s calls, 20 have been perfect 100’s, and an additional 20 have been above 90.

In addition to his outstanding customer service skills, Matt possesses a commitment to our community that is without parallel. He takes an active role in educating the youth about the role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in our community, coordinates the District’s partnership with the Loyal Order of the Squirrels holiday bicycle program and co-chairs the District’s annual golf tournament to raise funds for 24/7 Shield – an organization that assists the families of fallen police, EMS and fire personnel in rural Missouri.

Paramedic Matt Schafer was presented with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Award at the Chamber’s August 7, 2012 general membership meeting. The ROSE Award is presented annually to front-line employees who consistently provide outstanding service to people in the community. “Whether he’s on duty or off, Matt Schafer strives every day to portray St. Charles County Ambulance District in a positive light. We are fortunate to have him on our team,” said Ambulance District Chief Ken Koch.

The Emergency Medical Services Commendation Award was first authorized in 2005. It may be presented by the National Society, a state society and/or a chapter to an individual for accomplishments and/or outstanding contribution in an area of emergency medical services. The award is intended for paramedics and certified Emergency Medical Technicians and others in the emergency medical field who have performed an act or service beyond that normally expected. It may be presented only to an individual and may be presented only once. The names of all recipients are published annually by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR); commonly known as the SAR.

The Chapter meets at Culpeppers in St. Charles the second Monday evening of each month (except during July and August) at 7:00 p.m. Men interested is joining the SAR are welcome to attend the Chapter meetings. Most Chapter members live in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties.

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