During the summer of 1942, the 53rd Annual Conference of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) was held in Williamsburg and New York Governor, Nelson Rockefeller was the keynote speaker. Much later in 1968, the SAR 78th National Congress met again in Williamsburg, and during that conference, the question was posed, "Why doesn't Williamsburg have a SAR chapter?" Answering this question became the genesis of the Williamsburg Chapter when Mr. Lawrence Whitehurst, a resident of Williamsburg, was appointed to be the "organizational president" to form a committee and organize a new chapter. On February 22, 1969, the charter for the Williamsburg Chapter was submitted during the annual meeting of the Virginia Society of the SAR. Finally, the first chapter meeting was held on Tuesday, April 15, 1969 and Gerald Finn was elected the first chapter president. Since that time, the Williamsburg Chapter has grown from 30 members to the current membership of approximately 180 and continuing to grow. Our membership currently includes scientists, engineers, educators, retired university president, physicians, retired members of the Armed Forces and numerous agencies of the U. S. Government and private industry.
So, on April 13, 2019, the Williamsburg Chapter will celebrate this 50th Anniversary by conducting a special luncheon meeting at the Colonial Heritage Club, 6500 Arthur Hills Drive in Williamsburg. Special guests from the City of Williamsburg, historical organizations and representative from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation have been invited to attend. Fife and Drummers will open the festivities and the "young Thomas Jefferson" (CWF Nation Builder, Kurt Smith) will be the keynote speaker.
Chapter President William Greaf, says, "Our chapter will continue to perpetuate and honor the services and sacrifices of all American Patriots who fought and supported the war for our independence. Also, we will continue to assist schools, teachers and the general public to sustain, preserve and maintain our constitutional principles and the institution of freedom."
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