Locals take office in neighboring SAR chapter

Two locals will serve in leadership capacities for 2022 with a neighboring Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) chapter. Emory Fennell and Dess Smith III were part of a group of members who were installed into officer roles last week.

The Four Rivers Chapter of the Georgia Society – SAR is based out of Vidalia, and the group elected the slate of new leaders to include Fennell and Smith while at Chatters Restaurant in Lyons last Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The election was led by interim president Dean Mills, who also presided over the meeting.

Fennell is now the Four Rivers Chapter’s chaplain while Smith is now genealogist and editor of the chapter’s monthly newsletter, named by the group via formal vote at the same meeting to be named The Musket.

Elected alongside Fennell and Smith were president George E. King, secretary Al Johnson, and treasurer and registrar Mills.

Also of note during the meeting, Smith, at the request of Mills, came forth and handled two business items.

He first presented to the group the Battle of Kettle Creek Chapter Flag Streamer. This banner was earned by the chapter recently as Smith presented a wreath at an anniversary celebration of the Battle at Kettle Creek in Wilkes County.

Next, Smith gave a report on the previous weekend’s Elijah Clarke Heroes of the Hornets Nest event at Elijah Clarke State Park in Lincoln County as well as the 243rd anniversary celebration of the Battle at Kettle Creek held recently in Washington and at War Hill in Wilkes County.

The membership of George Everett King of Soperton was transferred from the Wiregrass Chapter in Swainsboro to the Four Rivers Chapter that evening as well. Similarly, the chapter approved Fennell’s dual membership, making him an official member of both chapters.

The group of nine—Mills, Steve DeWeil, Allen Morris, Al Johnson, King, Smith III, Wilder Smith, Jr., Fennell, and John Tapley—also discussed last Thursday several persons who might like to join the Four Rivers Chapter. At the time of the meeting, select members were to contact these persons after the meeting’s adjournment and the next meeting on March 17.

Fennell said the blessing, led the group in the American and SAR pledges, led the processional, and gave the closing prayer. President King then adjourned the meeting.

To become a member of our Four Rivers Chapter, call Mills at 912-537-4621 or e-mail him at ugaclassof1966@yahoo.com.

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