C.A.R. Blog

The N.S.C.A.R. Blog is a space for societies to share public information about past events, service projects, historic celebrations, and meetings! Read all about it!

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  • South Carolina State President Joseph Smith represented the South Carolina State Society at the Commemoration of the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens at the Cowpens National Battlefield Park in Cherokee County, SC on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  This marked Joseph's 9th attendance at an SAR commemoration during his state presidency.  He enjoyed meeting up with C.A.R. members and prospective members from South Carolina (Lily C., Charles C., Keats M., Violet M.), Georgia (Noah T.), and Tennessee (Ivan D., Cohen D., Gideon D.).
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  • Each year Andrew Jackson State Park recreates the early history and culture of the backcountry of South Carolina in the 18th century in the “Life in the Waxhaws Lantern Tours”. Members of the Martha Bratton Society, SC volunteered as tour guides and portrayed historical characters from the early settlement of the Waxhaws in the Carolinas and described events which influenced the Waxhaws during the early years of our country. As living history actors, the society’s members portrayed a family traveling and camping along the Great Wagon Road, portrayed Andrew Jackson as a boy at the Battle of Hanging Rock, acted in a scene in which the British captured young patriots, and served as a tour guide providing historical background and context as visitors traveled along the lantern trail. 

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  • At the Friends of the Buford Massacre Annual Clean-up, members of the Martha Bratton Society, SC removed brush, picked-up trash, and cut trees to improve the battlefield site. Several weeks later the society was  honored that South Carolina State President, Joseph Smith, assisted with cleaning  the monuments and grave stones before the annual commemoration.
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  • A U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted by the Martha Bratton Society (SC) and the Colonel James Williams Society (SC) at Andrew Jackson State Park. Based on research conducted, J Bobo, Joseph Smith, and Kyle M. explained the purpose of flag retirement and provided directions to the members on how to prepare the flags for retirement. Gabe Bobo narrated the ceremony and the meeting was concluded by a rendition of God Bless America. All members and seniors were moved by the U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony.
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  • The January state meeting for M.S.C.A.R. was held at the Fort Devens Museum. We learned about Massachusetts military history with a tour and a fun scavenger hunt. Fort Devens was an active military base that started for WWI and was active until its close in 1996. There were lots of artifacts and interesting finds to see, learn, and play with. #TheSPIRITofMassachusetts
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  • The California State Society has “stepped” up this year by donating shoes to Soles4Souls.  Currently 9 societies have collected shoes and shipped them to Soles4Souls or dropped them off at their local DSW stores.  As State President I had a goal of 1000 shoes donated during my term and the state has far exceed that goal with 2900 shoes collected so far. 
    Societies donating shoes and their totals are awesome, keep up the good work you have until January 30 to submit more shoes to be counted.
    LAE                                                      420
    Mollie Corbin                                        73
    Antelope                                                  43
    Red White & Blue                                  62
    Captain Matthew Ramsey                    1789
    Hiram C. Meek                                      275  (Emigrant Trail DAR/Beth Falor)
    Presidio Hill                                            118
    Fresno                                                      100
    Elizabeth Donner Houghton                    120

  • On Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Bernardo de Galvez Society, Texas held their first meeting of 2020 and had a very special event titled “A Colonial Tea – Lessons for a Young George Washington” prepared and presented by our First Vice President. The society held a tea party to honor a young George Washington as part of our meeting and invited the Texas State C.A.R. officers and surrounding D.A.R. and S.A.R. chapters to attend. The program and tea party was a great success! Our members and guests learned all about the education and lessons that a young George Washington would have received to help him become part of the elite society of Virginia under the influence of his mother Martha Ball Washington. At the conclusion of the program and meeting, all were invited to recess to the "tea room" where old tea cups and pots were on display for members and guests to use. Scones, ginger, shortbread and sugar cookies, lady fingers, pound and chocolate cakes, various fruit preservers and fresh fruit were also served with the tea. We were honored to have three Texas State C.A.R. officers, two of which hold National Committee Chairs, the Senior State Vice President and two Senior Texas State Senior Committee C.A.R. Chairs in attendance. We were also honored to have five Houston area D.A.R. Regents, and one S.A.R. 2nd Vice President and one S.A.R. President in attendance.
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  • The Bernardo de Galvez Society of Friendswood, Texas, brought greetings to the Bernardo de Galvez #1 Chapter, S.A.R. at the Wreaths Across America Event at La Marque Cemetery in La Marque, Texas. The S.A.R. chapter was serving as the color guard for the ceremony. Our First Vice President presented President Bill Adriance a C.A.R. Mountain School Donation pin and a Texas State Project Come on Texas, Battleship Texas pin and thanked them for their continued support of our society. Our members then conducted a business meeting and then adjourned to participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony with the S.A.R. chapter.
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  • The Bernardo de Galvez Society of Friendswood, Texas, volunteered at the historic Fairview Cemetery with the Sam Houston Chapter, D.A.R., on November 23rd, 2019, to help clean headstones of veterans in preparation for Wreaths Across America event hosted by the Sam Houston Chapter. Our members used the skills that they learned from the conservation program presented on November 2nd to help clean and beautify the cemetery for the upcoming event.
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  • The Bernardo de Galvez Society of Friendswood, Texas, organized a garage sale for the Kids Helping Kids contest to benefit a local children's charity and to help raise funds for state and national projects and endowment funds on November 9th, 2019. Our members reached out to surrounding D.A.R. chapters and presented the project to them, asking for donated items. Several chapters responded with much needed items, along with member's families, friends and neighbors. Our members reached out to the community and the sale was advertised locally on social media and other outlets. The day of the garage sale was sunny and clear and the turn out was amazing! The sale was a success and our members learned invaluable leadership and communication skills from this endeavor.
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