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

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.


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

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 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.

World War II, Battle of Midway Veteran, to Speak in Auburn

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard J. Nowatzki, a veteran who served aboard the USS Hornet during the Battle of Midway, will be the special guest speaker at the January meeting of the Gold Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Saturday, January 18 at 9:00 AM at Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant in Auburn.

Richard Nowatzki enlisted in the Navy August 1941. While serving onboard Hornet he was part of many key engagements including the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway.

Members of the community interested in the Sons of the American Revolution are invited to attend this meeting to hear Lt. Cmdr Nowatzki’s presentation.

Sons of the American Revolution members are male decedents of a patriot who fought or assisted the cause of American Independence between 1774 and 1783. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, the SAR seeks to educate the public, maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum“. Numerous Presidents of the United States have been members of the SAR since its founding.

The Gold Country Chapter of the SAR was founded in 1924 and is based in Placer and Nevada Counties. Our membership comes from throughout the foothills and Sacramento region. The Chapter sponsors many youth programs and is actively involved in our community. For more information about the SAR and how to join, please visit

Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant is located at 13460 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

Wreaths Across America

IMG_4829Photos from the Wreaths Across America event have been posted to our Facebook Page and the Website Photo Gallery.

Some members of the Gold Country Chapter SAR Color Guard, along with some members of the Sacramento Chapter Color Guard, attended the 2013 Wreaths Across America event in Dixon, CA at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.