Locals among those installed into officer roles for Brier Creek Chapter


According to information shared by Dess Smith III over the weekend, a handful of local men are now officers for the Brier Creek Chapter of the Georgia Society – Sons of the American Revolution (GASSAR) based out of Sylvania.

They were among the slate of individuals installed into their leadership roles during the Brier Creek Chapter’s monthly meeting on Thursday, January 6, at the American Legion at 7 p.m. with President Wayne Howard presiding.

Wilder Smith Jr., president of the local Wiregrass Chapter, was called on by President Howard to introduce GASSAR Senior Vice President Joe Vancura.

He first talked to the chapter about membership, then installed the group’s panel of new leaders: First Vice President Gary Jenkins, Secretary/Treasurer Adam Bazemore, Registrar Scotty Scott, Genealogist Bill Tankersly, and Sergeant-at-Arms Don Bazemore.

GASSAR Senior Vice President Vancura also formally installed President Howard.

Incoming Chaplain Lee Smith, Historian John Fitzner, Newsletter Editor Dess Smith III, and Genealogist Bill Tankersly were absent and will be installed at a later date.

With the installations complete, the evening’s agenda moved forward with President Howard awarding Compatriot Bernard Martin with his Special Ops Veterans Corps and Southwest Asia Veterans Corps Certificates.

Next, President Howard talked about an event set for Friday, March 4, and 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the Brier Creek Revolutionary War Battle. This same event will double as Education Day and will take place at the battlefield in Screven County.

President Howard also mentioned the Brier Creek Revolutionary War Battlefield Association’s upcoming annual banquet.

In total, the meeting was attended by 14 members and one guest, GASSAR Senior Vice President Vancura.

The group’s next meeting will be February 3.

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