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Fox Valley Helps You Join the SAR


Terry Benshoof John LansingJoining the Sons of the American Revolution is a personal act of patriotism and the Fox Valley Chapter wants to assist you in achieving this important goal by providing you basic information, forms, and the contact info for both of our Co-Registrars, Terry Benshoof (left) and John Lansing (right).

Their e-mails are and

Terry's phone number: (630) 605-6684 and John's phone number: (630) 886-5206.

Terry or John will answer your questions and assist you with the membership process.

Scroll down to see helpful info in the "How to Join" section.

A Few Photos of New Members Receiving Certificates

Oct2015Photo2 At our dinner meeting at Ashbury's in Bolingbrook on October 25, 2015, Registrar Ted Miller pinned a member rosette on a serious and proud Richard Barber. Moments earlier Ted had assisted our President Mike Campagnolo administer the oath to new Compatriot Barber.

New Members On August 22, 2013 at a Fox Valley Board of Managers meeting, President Rod Herbig presented the Liberty Medal to our Registrar Andy Baffes. The Illinois SAR sent the medal & certificate to honor the outstanding work that Andy has done helping men join the SAR.

New Members Sometimes new members are honored at our monthly meetings. On July 13, 2013, President Rod Herbig (far left) assisted by VP Dale Bottom (far right), presented membership certificates to David C. Kadolph (left) and Dennis E. Zavada, Jr. (right).

Andy Baffes At the spring dinner meeting on April 25, 2010, Gordon Bidner, President of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution presented a membership certificate and pin to a proud new compatriot Andy Baffes.

New Members At the fall dinner meeting on October 25, 2009, Chapter President Mike Johnston presented membership certificates to five members, one of our largest groups. They are: Guy Welsh, Brad Livingston, Richard Crawley, James Newby and Rod Herbig.

New Members At the spring dinner meeting on April 28, 2008, incoming President Mike Johnston assisted by Gordon Bidner (r), President-elect of the Illinois Society of the SAR, welcomes new members Ron Sherman, Dale Hatter and John Reckenwall. Later that year Ron Sherman joined the Board of Managers.

Bottom Sanders Reed White From left to right, new members Dale Bottom and Scott Sanders proudly display their certificates with ILSSAR President Karl Reed and NSSAR President General Nathan White. Mike Johnston delegated his official duties to President General White who swore in Dale and Scott, and to President Reed who pinned new member rosettes on them.

New members From left to right, Chapter VP and Registrar Mike Johnston presents new members, Keith McClow, Paul Pecharich, supported by ILSSAR President Ken Griswold and new member Clyde Futrell at our annual fall dinner meeting at the Omega Restaurant in Naperville on November 20, 2005.

New members ILSSAR President Ken Griswold introduces Mike Johnston, Chapter Vice President and Registrar, who awards new member certificates to Ron Smith and his sons Benjamin and Matthew during our spring dinner meeting at the Omega Restaurant in Naperville on April 17, 2005.

New Members While Compatriots and guests enjoyed their catered dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Naperville on November 16, 2003, John A. Ruskamp (far right), enjoyed pinning SAR new members rosettes on (left to right): Illinois CAR President John H. Ruskamp, Evan Broy, Mike Johnston, now VP and Registrar of the chapter, and Jim Brandon.


How to Join the SAR

Joining the Sons of the American Revolution is straightforward. First, you determine if you are eligible. Then you fill out an application. Terry or John will review the application before it is sent to the Illinois Registrar who forwards it to National Society headquarters in Louisville.

There are many good resources on the National Society site including an application worksheet and the SAR application itself. You can download the latest forms directly to your Mac or PC. By exploring the pages under the "Membership" tab, you will discover other sources of advice and information.

Membership Requirements

Any male shall be eligible for membership in this Society who is the lineal descentdant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in, the cause of American Independence, either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, Militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.

If you are interested in joining the Sons of the American Revolution, or have questions regarding the society, please contact Terry or John Chapter Co-Registrars, who will help you understand the membership process.

Membership Fees as January 1, 2016

Application Fees include the first years dues to both National and State Societies. The typical application fee totals $155.00. Two checks are written. One check to the ILSSAR for $40.00 (Fee of $20 plus Dues of $20)
and one to NSSAR for $115.00 (Fee of $80 plus Dues of $35).

There are some cost saving opportunities if, for example, 2 or more men from the same family join at the same time. Download the table in pdf format to determine the amount of the check. Terry or John can assist you in determing the amount if necessary.

Annual Dues

In subsequent years, the annual dues for the State, Chapter and National Society are on a calendar basis from January 1st to December 31st. The check should be made out to ILSSAR for $75.00 ($35 National plus $20 State plus $20 Fox Valley Chapter), and compatriots receive a mailing reminder with their membership card.