2018 February - Members Meeting
Chapter Treasurer Jack Townsend receives the Chapter Distinguished Service Medal and Certificate from Chapter President Larry Sturgeon. L - R: Past Presidents Edward Gingrich, Robert Folk, Daniel Hans and Charles Day. Next is Chapter President Larry Sturgeon, Past Presidents Jack Townsend and Richard Sumner.
The featured speaker at the February 2018 meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was Richard P. Massa. Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat for Humanity. During his commentary, Mr. Massa was able to address the common issues that frequently are questioned regarding the Habitat home building program. Who can qualify? Is there a wait list? Who pays for the home? How are mortgages handled? Are there foreclosures in the program? Do they use outside contractors? The Hernando - Citrus County program is quite successful with a goal approaching 20 homes built per year. Pictured from left to right are Ricard Massa, Jr., accepting a Certificate of Appreciation from SAR Chapter President Larry Sturgeon.
Withlacoochee Chapter SAR Announces Knight Essay Contest Winner.
Each year, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home school, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. At Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels, students must submit an original 800 to 1200 -word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay is judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar, spelling, and documentation.
The First-Place Award winner at the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in the Knight Essay Contest was Caleb Sheppard of Inverness. Caleb’s essay topic of choice was the patriot Light Horse Harry Lee of Virginia. Caleb is 15 years old, is home schooled, and is the son of Sarah and Troy Sheppard of Inverness, FL. Presenting the first-place cash award of $200 and certificate, was Past Chapter President Charles Day. Caleb’s essay now gains entry to FLSSAR state-level of judging. The second-place winner of a $100 cash award and certificate was Rachel Sheppard of Inverness. Pictured from left to right are Withlacoochee Chapter President Larry Sturgeon, Troy Sheppard, contest winner Caleb Sheppard, Sarah Sheppard, and Past Chapter President Charles Day.