Idaho Society of the
Second Organizational Meeting Held.
November 4, 2013 the second organizational meeting was held at Calvary
Baptist Church located at 785 N. First Street in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The
meeting started at 8:00 pm. The meeting was lead by Ed McClure.
First Organizational Meeting Held.
Humrickhouse, Eric Smith, David Harris, and Eddie McClure
Fort Boise Chapter Fall Luncheon Meeting
The Fort Boise Chapter, Idaho Society, SAR held its fall luncheon meeting on 21 September 2013 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho with President Paul Calverley presiding. LtCol. Blaine Wales, USA, was the guest speaker. LtCol Wales is the professor of military science for the Army ROTC program at the Boise State University. There were 32 members and guests in attendance.
The Idaho Society, SAR and Fort Boise Chapter, SAR's annual Installation of Officers Banquet was held at 12:00 noon on 18 May, 2013 in the Gallery Room of the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise, Idaho with 30 SAR members, their families and guests attending.
The new Constitution and Bylaws (posted here) were adopted as presented by President Rev. Dr. Ralph Lawrence and Secretery/Treasurer Lt. Col. Charles M. James, USAF (Ret).
Officers were elected for the two-year term of 1 June 2013 through 31 May 2015 as follows:
Paul H. Calverley
Joe Harris presenting the District Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Charles M. James, USAF (Ret), Secretary/Treasurer, Idaho Society. The citation reads:
continuous outstanding service to the ideals of the Intermountain District
by serving as the Idaho Society secretary/treasurer. Through his dedicated
efforts in providing outstanding administration, Compatriot/Secretary/Treasurer
Chuck James has truly distinguished himself during the period
2010-2013. Such support has greatly enhanced the image of the SAR within
the District. He professional approach and assistance provided to the
Sons of the American Revolution clearly reflects outstanding credit upon
himself, the Idaho Society, the Intermountain District and the National
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Police Officer Brad Ford from Nampa received the award as law enforcement officer of the year and was visibly very pleased. His mother, father, and grandmother came from Ohio. His wife and 3 children and three other young family members were also at the award presentation.
Longevity certificates where presented to James Stone for 15 years, Rev. Dr. Ralph Lawrence for 20 years and James Wellman for 25 years. Edward Wellman and John Wellman were presented 5 year certificates to be presented to them by their father, James Wellman.
Rev. Dr. Ralph Lawrence recieved a Presidents certificate and Past presidents pin for his past two years of service.
Lt. Col. Charles M. James, USAF (Ret) gave a financial report and brought the membership up to speed on the work of the registrar and new member helper.
Senecal is Awarded the 2013 Silver R.O.T.C. Medal
Charles Mann is Awarded the Silver R.O.T.C. Medal
Leslie E. Huntley presents the Silver R.O.T.C. Medal to Cadet Charles Mann at the University of Idaho R.O.T.C. Award Ceremony on 1 May, 2013.
Idaho Society, SAR Vice President Paul Calverley presented the Silver R.O.T.C. Medal to Cadet Alissa White at the Boise State University R.O.T.C. Award Ceremony on 9 May, 2013
Idaho Society, SAR Vice President Paul Calverley presented the Junior R.O.T.C. Award to Cadet Grayson Cole at Borah High School in Boise on 3 May, 2013
Idaho Society, SAR Historian, Eddie E. McClure is Guest Speaker
The monthly meeting of the Old Fort Hall Chapter of the DAR was held in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The meeting was well attended with about 20 DAR members in attendance.
Mr. McClure spoke to the audience about the history of the Idaho Society, SAR in general and about the history of the Eagle Rock and Old Fort Hall Chapters in Idaho Falls and Pocatello in particular. He also asked for help in locating the now inactive Eagle Rock Chapter's records as well as help in finding new members for the Idaho Society, SAR.
You may read the full text of his speech here.
The Idaho Society, SAR Annual Meeting
The Idaho Society, SAR met at 12 Noon on 23 February, 2013 at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise, Idaho for the George Washington Birthday Banquet with Ralph Lawrence, the President of the Idaho Society, SAR and the Fort Boise Chapter, presiding over the meeting. The Guest Speaker was Admiral Archie Clemins, U.S. Navy (ret.). Twenty four SAR members, their families and guests and DAR members attended.
Retired Admiral Clemins gave a fine talk.
Vice President Paul Calverley made the presentation of Awards and Medals.
Justin Smith of Chubbuck was to receive the Idaho Society, SAR Eagle Scout Certificate but bad weather prohibited the family from traveling to Boise.
Compatriot Charles M. James received the SAR Distinguished Service Medal for his work as Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar of the Idaho Society, SAR.
Compatriot Francis L. Huntley received the SAR Meritorious Service Medal for his work as New Member Helper and Webmaster of idahosar.org. Mr. Huntley was not able to attend and his Medal was mailed to him.
Compatriot James Stone received a Certificate of Appreciation for his portrayal as colonial citizen during the time of the American Revolution for Museum Comes to Life for several years. He promoted SAR at these annual events in Boise.
Compatriot Ned Barker received a Purple Heart pin. Mr. Barker was unable to attend and his pin was mailed to him. During his distinguished career, Compatriot Barker was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V and the Purple Heart during the Vietnam War.
Compatriot Richard Watson received the War Service Medal for his service in a combat zone in WWII and Korea. He served as an aircrew member gunner in Naval aircraft.
Compatriots Ron Allex, Bruce Booker, and William Bonner received Military Service Medals in recognition of their Military Service.
The meeting closed with the reciting of the Recessional:
"Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our forefathers, who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of Free Men and Women."
You may view the Program of the Meeting here.
Idaho Society SAR at the "Museum Comes to Life"
For their second year, Ft. Boise Chapter Patriots James Stone and James Wellman participated in the Idaho State Historical Society's "Museum Comes to Life" in Boise, Idaho, September 29th. This event features people who reenact various periods in history and how things were made and done in those times.
During the event attended by hundreds, Stone and Wellman talked with people about the Sons of the American Revolution and demonstrated Colonial era lighting devices and period items for carrying gear and merchandise.
They were joined in the Colonial reenactment by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Idaho Colonial Society. (Thank you James Stone for submitting this article).
Fort Boise Chapter Membership Meeting
The Fort Boise Chapter held a Membership Meeting on 22 September, 2012 at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Certificates and medals were presented to some of the twelve members who saw service in the armed forces - that is, to those four who were awarded the War Service Medal and three awarded the Military Service Medal who were in attendance. On 24 September, Secretary Charles James mailed medals and certificates to those who weren't at the meeting. A total of 28 members and wives attended the meeting. If you would like to share photos of this meeting, please email them to Frank Huntley.
The Idaho Society, SAR presented the following awards during 2012:
Safety Commendation Award to Captain Jerry McAdams, Boise Fire
The following 5 members were awarded the War Service Medal and Certificate at the September Fort Boise Chapter meeting.
Charles M. James (Ret.)
Ned M. Barker (Ret.)
Francis L. Huntley (Ret.) not present
The following 7 members were awarded the Military Service Medal and Certificate at the September Fort Boise Chapter meeting.
C. Carter not present
C. Freeman not present
Ronald C. Jennings (Ret.)
W. Johnson not present
V. Keyser not present
L. St. John