South Jersey Chapter SAR Events and Accomplishments over the Years

(SJCSAR member William Dorman spent numerous hours going through 8 crates and 1000’s of pages of historical records to highlight some of the special event during our 100 years.  This is a summary.)   September 17, 1957 – A meeting was held at The Indian King Tavern and it was unanimously approved to pay the facility $3.00 per meeting held at the location. At the December meeting, it was declared to be “Ladies Night” with seven guests attending. Members regularly met at Compton’s Log Cabin in Haddon Township for dinner prior to the meeting. June 17, 1961 – Members met at Bridgeport, NJ and proceeded across the Delaware by ferry for a tour of the Brandywine Battlefield. September 12, 1961- Forty-three high schools were invited to participate in the Good Citizenship Award and 37 responded, the highest number to accept in recent years. March 14, 1963 – Based on a motion and unanimously approved the Chapter stated they wanted to publicly suggest that ringing church bells was a more suitable way to celebrate July4th. The bells being a symbol of peace versus fireworks, which were warlike symbols. June 17, 1964 – The Treasurer reported a balance in all accounts of $76.37 on deposit with Haddon Savings and Loan. March 17. 1966 – It was established that members were to wear SAR buttons to all meetings or be fined $.25. April 1, 1968 – Restoration on the building at Red Bank Battlefield was ongoing. The Chapter suggested that pamphlets about Red Bank be distributed to schools. June 11, 1970 – Thirty-eight citizenship medals were awarded to high school students. At the December meeting, Mrs. S. Josh would provide a talk on haunted houses of South Jersey. June I l, 1974 – Plans were made for a Chapter picture at Washington’s Crossing scheduled for August 10, 1974. The meeting was held at the Bull’s Head Tavern in Woodbury and the owner was asked to discuss the building’s history dating back to the 1730’s. 1974 through 1977 – Meetings for the Chapter were being held at Kenney’s Suburban House on Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill. In 1976, 72 bronze Good Citizenship medals had been awarded to students throughout South Jersey. January 20, 1979 –  It was reported that the national headquarters had been moved from Washington, DC to Lexington, Kentucky October 3, 1982 – The Chapter along with the Collingswood and Haddon Township Historical Societies were instrumental in providing 22 new granite markers for the Sloan-Newton Burial Ground. July 25, 1982 – The first joint SAR/DAR picnic in South Jersey was held at Red Bank Battlefield. SARs and DARs and guests totaled 70. December 9, 1982 – The SAR Chapter #13 celebrated its 60th Anniversary at a Christmas dinner party at Tavistock County Club July l, 1990 – The fourth joint picnic of the SAR/DAR members was held at Red Bank Battlefield. March 20, 1991 – Regular meetings in 1990 through 1995 were being held at the Cherry Hill Library. In June of 1991, Col. Trotta, commanding officer at Maguire spoke to the Chapter Membership numbering 60. August 15, 1993 – Letter received from Richard Nixon acknowledging the SAR and its achievements. August 15, 1993 – Letter received from George Bush acknowledging the good citizenship recipients. August 14, 1994 – A summer picnic was held and W. Thatcher Longstreth was the guest speaker and recipient of an Outstanding Citizenship Award. 14, 1994 – A letter received from Ronald Reagan congratulated both the SAR and the DAR in South Jersey and the recipients of the Good Citizenship Awards. November 26, 1994 – Holiday luncheon and annual meeting at Charlie Brown’s in Woodbury and a program entitled, “Pilgrims and Puritans, Myths and Legends.” October 7, 1995 – A joint meeting of the Chapters including Greenwich Tea Burning and Oak Tree was held in Fairton, NJ. Congressman Frank Lo Biondo was the special guest. 12, 1996 – The idea to create a Chapter Color Guard was presented at this meeting. September 15, 1996 – Chapter acknowledged 200th anniversary of President George Washington’s Farewell speech (9/19/1796) March 8, 1997 – Richard Scudder spoke on his trip to Spain where he presented an SAR award to the King of Spain. June 26, 1997 – Member Richard Burr will make a presentation on Aaron Burr, of who he was descended. September 14, 1998 – Linton Dougherty, a guest speaker, spoke of his participation in the invasion of Normandy. January 17, 1999 – SAR members attended NJ State Service at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge. February 10, 2001 – West Deptford Library became the new meeting venue replacing the Cherry Hill Library who was requiring a $1,000,000.00 liability policy to insure the facility. June 23, 2001 –  At a meeting in West Deptford, Mayor of Woodbury, Dan Sanderson, presented the “History of Woodbury.” March 14, 2002 – The DAR and SAR offered a Genealogical Workshop in Moorestown. Guest speaker was Richard Burr. March 23, 2002 – Jeffrey Boogaard, National Park Ranger, spoke of Revolutionary War Politics in Philadelphia. Spring 2003 – Richard Scudder, a 40-year member of the SAR was presented the Patriot Medal for recognition to his service in the Chapter and state societies. July 27, 2003 – Members attended the musical “1776” at the Ritz Theater in Haddon Township. September 22, 2003 – Chapter was in receipt of original Chapter swords and pictures that had been housed at Indian King Tavern having been there since the days of the Chapter’s meetings there. December 3, 2003 – Chapter celebrates 80th Anniversary at Tavistock Country Club. Joseph Best presents the, “History of Christmas Music.” 100 attended. June 9, 2006 – Governor John Corzine proclaims this date American Revolution Day in New Jersey. January 28, 2006 – William Leap of Runnemede was the guest speaker on the Skirmish at Petticoat’s Bridge in Columbus, NJ. March 14, 2006 –  Richard Scudder passes away at 74. His contributions to the SAR on a state and chapter level are lengthy and should not be forgotten. June 24, 2006 – Richard Burr presented a discussion on the cattle drive of 1778 to feed the troops in Valley Forge. June 23, 2007 – Discussions were held regarding the Chapter’s finances. Motion was approved to hold a 50/50 raffle to help with funding. January 26, 2008 – Meeting at West Deptford Library hosted guest speaker Dan Campbell, from the Batso Iron Works. September 25, 2010 – Compatriot Schaeffer had assembled the names of those who died at the Battle of Red Bank. It was put forth a motion to raise funds for a plaque at the site. September 16, 2023 – Members and guests attend a luncheon at Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel. Dr. Jennifer Janofsky from Rowan University and Curator and Director of Red Bank Battlefield spoke on “The Archaeology of the Battle of Red Bank and the Discovery of Hessian Graves.