President’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

SAR members are male decedents of a patriot who fought or assisted the cause of American Independence between 1774 and 1783.

The objective of the SAR is to celebrate and perpetuate the ideals on which our nation was founded.

We sponsor many youth programs and are actively involved in our community.  The Gold Country Chapter was founded in 1924 and is based in Placer County.  Our membership comes from throughout the foothills and Sacramento region.

This website contains information about our programs and meetings, as well as how you can join the S.A.R.

Thanks for visiting!

Dale Ross
President, Gold Country SAR

August Meeting is this Saturday

The August Meeting of the Gold Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, is this Saturday, August 16 at 9:00 AM. We will meet at our usual place, Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant, 13460 Lincoln Way in Auburn. This is an important meeting, so please plan to attend if you can. (Map and Details) 

Among the items on the agenda:

  • Swearing in of new members
  • Presentation from Ron Barker and Dave Gilliard on the National Congress, held last month in South Carolina, and Revolutionary War battlefields in the area
  • News on how California’s (and Gold Country’s) poster did in the national judging
  • Discussion of plans for the Constitution Day Parade and Revolutionary War Days event in Nevada City this September
  • Report from the By-Laws Committee on possible revisions

Armed Forces Day Guest Speaker is LCDR Lou Conter, USN Ret

Saturday, May 17th is Armed Forces Day. The Guest Speaker at our regular meeting will be LCDR Lou Conter, USN (Ret.) who served aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

The following press release went out to local media:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014
Contact: Dave Gilliard
(916) 626-6804

Pearl Harbor Survivor LCDR Lou Conter USN (Ret.)
to speak at Gold Country Chapter,
Sons of the American Revolution Meeting
on Armed Forces Day in Auburn

AUBURN, CA — The public is invited to join the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as they comemorate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17th at 9:00 AM at their meeting held in Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant at 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA. The meeting’s Guest Speaker will be LCDR Lou Conter, USN (Ret.) who served aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On the morning of 7 Dec 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack against the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 2,400 casualties and many more wounded resulted from the attack, which led directly to America’s entry into World War II.

The battleship USS Arizona was lost, with her dead accounting for nearly half lost in the attack. One of the fortunate survivors of the attack was Lou Conter, then 20 years old and serving aboard the Arizona. Conter went on to become a naval aviator and flew many dangerous missions in the Pacific Theater. Though he was shot down twice he continued a long career in the Navy retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1967.

Conter, now in his nineties, resides in Nevada County.

SAR members are patriotic Americans who have traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who fought for or actively supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. They are a non-profit, educational group dedicated to keeping America’s history alive for future generations. If you are interested in joining, but don’t know if you have a Revolutionary War ancestor, we want to help. Visit GoldCountrySAR.com to fill out an on-line form that will get you started.

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Patriots’ Day 2014

The Gold Country Color Guard, chapter members, and guests participated in Patriots’ Day in Auburn, CA. There was an historic flag display and literature was passed out to the passing public. Gold Country SAR Ladies Auxiliary and neighboring DAR ladies were also present and in costume.

Patriots’ Day commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord on April 19th 1775.

Pictures have been posted in the Photo Gallery.

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Sons of the American Revolution To Celebrate Patriots Day in Downtown Auburn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014
Contact: Dave Gilliard
(916) 626-6804

AUBURN, CA — The public is invited to join the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as they celebrate Patriots’ Day on Saturday, April 19th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Central Square in downtown Auburn (corner of High Street and Lincoln Way). Members will be wearing Revolutionary War uniforms and dress and will be handing out materials about this historic day.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in and near the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of North America.

The British Army was ordered to capture and arrest patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seize or destroy ammunition stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Paul Revere and his fellow riders warned Adams and Hancock and alerted local militia in the area that the “redcoats were coming.”

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. No one knows who fired the first shot. The local militia was outnumbered and several died on the Lexington Green. Other colonists, known as Minutemen, joined the fight at the North Bridge in Concord and defeated three companies of the King’s troops as they retreated to Boston.

Ralph Waldo Emerson described the first shot fired that day as the “shot heard ’round the world’”. It was the birth of America, the event that would lead to the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the United States.

SAR members are patriotic Americans who have traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who fought for or actively supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. They are a non-profit, educational group dedicated to keeping America’s history alive for future generations. If you are interested in joining, but don’t know if you have a Revolutionary War ancestor, we want to help. Visit GoldCountrySAR.com to fill out an on-line form that will get you started.

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Poster Contest Judging

The March 15th Chapter Meeting was the Poster Contest Judging Meeting. The Chapter Winners were, from left to right: Third Place Chloe Jeppson from Loomis Grammar; Second Placer, Emma Kwan from Valley View Elementary; First Place, Ryan Bartlett from Lincoln Crossing Elementary. The Gold Country Chapter’s first place poster will advance to the CASSAR meeting in Sacramento, and many other students will receive awards for their school and classroom level winning posters.

Chapter Winners

Poster Contest Presentation Photos

2014_PosterPres_Excelsior-15Photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery from Gold Country Chapter’s Poster Contest team. These photos are from the presentation of the contest rules and history of this year’s theme, Francis Marion the “Swamp Fox.”

More photos will be added after awards are made. Chapter voting will take place at the Regular Meeting on March 15.