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OMAHA CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

 

October-December 2009

 

 


Greetings, fellow Compatriots,

 

If you know of someone that feels he is eligible to join the SAR, please have them get in touch with one of the Chapter officers.  They will be given the necessary information for membership.

 

It’s so important for our members to be involved and have input in the running of our Chapter, so, to afford more of our members and potential members the opportunity to attend these meetings, Compatriot Parsons has been booking our meetings for the evening at the Venice Inn.  They have a meeting room that we might use in the evening as well as enjoy a meal. Try to make our meetings.  You will be glad you did.  You will enjoy great conversation, presentations as well as excellent food.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at our Website, please take advantage of it.  It has a wealth of information as well as links to other sites of interest.

  At our October Meeting, Michael Wheeler was in attendance and his application for membership was signed and will be forwarded to our State Secretary.  We had an excellent presentation, by Gary Iske, who is the Sarpy County Museum Director on the history of Fort Crook and Fort Omaha.  Dr. David Kentsmith talked about our constitution, both Chapter and State which needs to be discussed concerning possible changes.  Bob Knott asked that Chapter Officers for 2010-11 be voted on and that installation take place during our State Annual Meeting in February 2010.  The following were unanimously voted to be our officers for the upcoming biannual period.  President:  Dr. David Kentsmith; Vice President:  Thomas Conley; 2nd Vice President:  William Webb, Secretary:  Fred Walden; Treasurer:  John Parsons.  The State “Picnic” meeting will be held October 18th at Mahoney State Park.

At the November meeting, Dr. Kentsmith talked about our State and Chapter constitutions concerning possible changes to reflect what is currently being done by tradition and what should be formally written in our State guidance documents.  A motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed that the State President appoint a committee to review the State Constitution and recommend any changes that should be made and write appropriate By Laws for our Society.  It was also unanimous concurrence that David Kentsmith chair the Committee.  State President Bob Knott and Chapter Vice President David Kentsmith attended the Lincoln Chapter meeting on November 11th.  David Kentsmith presented the background.  After much discussion, Chapter Vice-President John Reinert called for a motion.  A motion was made by Merle Rudebusch, seconded and unanimously passed that the State President appoint a Committee to review the State Constitution and recommend any changes.  The Committee would be charged to write appropriate By Laws for our Society to be reviewed by all members and then voted on for adopting at the next State meeting.  State President Bob Knott asked for concurrence of the Lincoln members that David Kentsmith be appointed Chairman of the Committee.  The Lincoln Chapter concufrred.  State President Bob Knott then appointed David Kentsmith as Chairman of the Committee.  Committee appointees from Lincoln are John Reinert, Merle Rudebusch and Virgil Deethardt.  Committee appointees from Omaha are David Kentsmith, Fred Walden and John Parsons.

Our December meeting was snowed out.

 Robert L. Knott, Jr.

Secretary

Omaha Chapter, SAR

 

 

 

 

 

The Battle of the Brandywine, fought on Sept. 11, 1777 along Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania, 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Philadelphia, was a victory for the British during the American Revolution.  Intending to capture Philadelphia, Gen. William Howe landed on Chesapeake Bay with 15,000 men and moved north toward the city. George Washington met him at Brandywine Creek, near Chadds Ford, Pa., with an army of 11,000.  Howe successfully used a flanking movement to drive the Americans from the field, but Washington managed to withdraw most of his troops safely.

Early in 1777, British military leaders discussed how to cut New England off from the other colonies. It was decided that Gen. John Burgoyne was to march on Albany, N. Y., while Gen. William Howe advanced on Philadelphia. On July 23, 1777, Howe sailed from New York with more than 15,000 troops, arriving at Head of Elk on Chesapeake Bay on August 25. Gen. George Washington quickly marched 11,000 men to challenge Howe, and the two armies converged at Chad's (Chadd's) Ford, Pa., on Brandywine Creek.

Gen. Nathanael Greene commanded the American center. To his left was the Pennsylvania militia under Gen. John Armstrong, and on the right were three divisions under Gen. John Sullivan. While Gen. Wilhelm von Knyphausen feinted an attack against the American center, Gen. Charles Cornwallis led the remaining British forces northward. Quietly crossing the Brandywine above its forks, Cornwallis suddenly fell on Sullivan's troops from the rear.

When Washington learned that his right wing was in danger, he sent Greene and two brigades from the center to aid Sullivan. Greene's splendid stand saved the Americans from possible disaster. The American army, though badly battered, was still intact. Howe's capture of Philadelphia proved of no strategic value, but as a result were able to occupy Philadelphia during the winter of 1777.

 Permission granted to reprint by Ronald W. McGranahan, American Revolution Home Page.

 

 

OMAHA CHAPTER OFFICERS  2010-2011

President:  David Kentsmith, M.D

k-nesar@q.com

Vice President:  Thomas Conley

tgconley@cox.net

Treasurer/Registrar:  John T. Parsons

Parsons1@quest.net

Secretary:  Fred Walden

Walden@radiks.net

Web Master:  David Kentsmith, M.D.

k-nesar@q.com

Membership Chairman: Robert Knott

Chiefknott@aol.com

Check out our new Web Site:

 

Important Dates to Remember

Every 2nd Tuesday of Month - Omaha Chapter Meeting SAR

 

ü     SAR Chapter Meeting

ü      Sept 26th Sunday – NE Society State Meeting at Mahoney State Park

 

 

 

OMAHA CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

July-September 2009

Greetings, fellow Compatriots,

If you know of someone that feels he is eligible to join the SAR, please have them get in touch with one of the Chapter officers.  They will be given the necessary information for membership.

 It’s so important for our members to be involved and have input in the running of our Chapter, so, to afford more of our members and potential members the opportunity to attend these meetings, Compatriot Parsons has been booking our meetings for the evening at the Venice Inn.  They have a meeting room that we might use in the evening as well as enjoy a meal. Try to make our meetings.  You will be glad you did.  You will enjoy great conversation, presentations as well as excellent food.

 If you haven’t had a chance to look at our Website, please take advantage of it.  It has a wealth of information as well as links to other sites of interest.

 I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and are also ready to enjoy getting back to our monthly meetings of the Sons of the American Revolution.

 At our September meeting we were honored that the Vice President General for the North Central District, William H. Lees was able to attend.  He is also a Trustee for the state of Iowa and also serves as the Iowa Registrar.  Also in attendance was John Reinert, the Secretary for the Nebraska Society.

Omaha Chapter President Fred Walden and Vice-president David Kentsmith administered the Oath of Membership to new SAR member Loren Bundt who is currently teaching in Tokyo, Japan where he lives with his wife and new son.

We had an excellent presentation, by  Lonnie Moore, from Westside High School who gave an excellent account of the life and times of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys of Vermont.  His attire and realistic portrayal of Ethan Allen made you almost swear Ethan Allen was there talking.  His classroom teaching techniques at Westside High School makes American History come alive for his students.

David Kentsmith talked about our constitution, both Chapter and State which needs to be discussed concerning possible changes.  He will write up his thoughts and present for consideration.

David Kentsmith also recommended as a show of support for Lonnie Moore's outstanding teaching of American History the chapter provide a monetary donation to help him in his teaching of the American Revolution.  Lonnie will provide us what he feels might be appropriate for our consideration. 

John Reinert reminded everyone that the State “picnic” meeting will be held October 18th at 1 PM.  We will meet at Mahoney State Park as we have in the past.  Mark your calendars.  We hope to see you all there.  The food is great.

 Robert L. Knott, Jr.

Secretary

Omaha Chapter, SAR

    Thomas Paine
The Anglo-American revolutionary writer Thomas Paine, was born in England, Jan. 29, 1737, and died June 8, 1809. Paine called for American independence in his 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense", which was widely distributed and had a profound influence on public opinion in America.

An English excise officer, Paine was dismissed (1774), probably for agitating for a salary increase, an emigrate Anglo-American pamphleteer, political scientist, and religious thinker, who issued the first public call for the American colonies to declare their independence from Britain.

During the course of the revolution, he dedicated his pen to proclaiming the American cause throughout Europe and to keeping spirits high at home. When a subsequent revolution broke out in France, he used in its behalf principles identical to those in his American writings, becoming an international spokesman for political equality, natural rights, and civil liberties. Inspired by events in France, he applied to religion the principles of natural reason that formed the basis of his political works, developing a system of deism based on science and abstract morality.

Paine was born in Thetford, England, on Jan. 29, 1737. After a checkered career as corset maker, schoolmaster, itinerant preacher, and customs inspector, he traveled to America, arriving in Philadelphia in November 1774. With a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, who at the time was an agent for the colonies in England, Paine was employed for six months as managing editor of a new periodical, the Pennsylvania Magazine, to which he contributed miscellaneous poems and essays to America on the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin. In Philadelphia from 1774, Paine became a journalist and essayist. After the publication of "Common Sense", which sold 100,000 copies in 3 months, he continued to inspire and encourage the patriots during the Revolutionary War in the series of pamphlets
called "The Crisis" (1776-83).

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorius the triumph."
                                                                                  Thomas Paine, The Crisis -- December 1776

 At first an advocate of reconciliation in the contest with Britain, Paine adopted the doctrine of separation as a result of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775 and brought out his pamphlet Common Sense, calling for independence, in January 1776.

Common Sense, which sold more than 100,000 copies in three months, had a profound impact on public opinion and on the deliberations of the Continental Congress, then meeting in Philadelphia.

During the Revolution, in the bleak days following Washington's forced retreat across New Jersey and the Delaware River in December 1776, Paine's writing revived the flagging morale of the troops and the civilian population. On December 19, while serving in the Continental Army, he published the first of a series of propaganda pieces, entitled The American Crisis, which begins, “These are the times that try men's souls.” The inspiration generated by the pamphlet is credited with contributing to the American success at the Battle of Trenton.

In April 1777, largely because of his writings, Paine was elected secretary of the congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs. However, he was forced to resign two years later when it was discovered that he had released in a newspaper article privileged information concerning treaty negotiations with France. After the war, Paine conducted various scientific experiments and invented a method of constructing an iron bridge. In an attempt to promote the bridge, he returned to Europe in 1787, living in England and France.

Paine died in poverty in New York City on June 8, 1809, and was buried on his farm in New Rochelle, N.Y.  In 1819, William Cobbett, an English journalist, exhumed Paine's body for reburial in England, but all trace of it has since been lost.

 

Permission granted to reprint by Ronald W. McGranahan, American Revolution Home Page.

OMAHA CHAPTER OFFICERS

President:  Fred  Walden

Walden@radiks.net

Vice President:  David Kentsmith, M.D.

Mck16902@att.net

Treasurer/Registrar:  John T. Parsons

Parsons1@quest.net

Secretary:  Robert L. Knott, Jr.

chiefknott@aol.com

Web Master:  David Kentsmith, M.D.

mck16902@att.net

Membership Chairman: David Kentsmith, M.D.

mck16902@att.net

Check out our new Web Site:

WWW.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nesar/SAROMAH.HTM

Important Dates to Remember

 ü  October 13 – SAR Chapter Meeting with Program

ü  October 18 – SAR Fall Picnic at Mahoney State Park

ü  November 10 – SAR Chapter Meeting

ü  December 8 – SAR Chapter Meeting

NSSAR membership as of July 23, 2009:  27,602.

 

National, State and Chapter Information of Interest

TO:  SAR-OFFICER Subscribers      FROM:  Joe Harris, Executive Director SAR HQ Louisville, KY - August 2009

SUBJECT:  Information Updates 

1.   FEES:  A.  Membership Application.  Each new member application fee will increase from  $60 to $80 on applications received after January 1, 2010. B.  Membership Family Plan.  Family Plan applications received after January 1,  2010 will cost $80 for the first application and $30 for each additional application in the same family.

  2.   DUES:  A.  National Dues.  Effective dues year 2010, Regular Membership dues increase  to $30.  Junior Membership dues increase to $10.  The collection  of dues runs parallel or concurrent with the 2010 increase.  (The collection  period for this increase begins now for 2010) B.  November 1 to December 31, 2009.  New Member Applications received during  this period must include $30 for 2010 dues plus $60 for the application fee.  Junior Membership Applications received during this period  must include $10 for 2010 dues plus $30 for the application  fee. 

3.  LIFE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM.  The Life Membership Program has been reinstated,  however, on November 1, 2009, the rates for a Life Membership will  increase based on the increase of dues.  Currently, the one-time fee for a Life  Membership is $750 for members 40 and younger,decreasing by $12.50 per year for each year of age over 40.  After November 1st, the fee will increase to $900 for members 40 and younger, decreasing by $15.00 for each year of age over 40.     

4.  AMAZON.COM.  Soon an arrangement with Amazon.com will be established.   Members will be able to purchase from Amazon.com via a link that will  eventually be placed under the Members Services tab of the website.  Purchases  by members will generate revenue for the Society. 

5.  COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN.  The SAR is a participating charity of the annual  Combined Federal Campaign or CFC.  Federal employees and members of the  military participate in this program each year by designating a charity or  charities to receive all or a portion of his or her annual CFC  contribution.  If you are a federal employee, active duty military, or have  friends or family who are, please remember the number 22587 when it comes  time to designate who will receive your CFC contribution.  The campaign is about  to begin.  Half of the proceeds from the campaign will go into the NSSAR  General Fund.  The other half will be equally divided among the State Societies  that provided data to qualify. 

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, we seek 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.  SAR Officer is an email list used for announcements or notifications of an  official nature.  It is not to be used for advertisements, discussions of a  political nature or topics not related to the SAR and its mission. 

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