Fox Valley Chapter 2003 Photos & Events
Photos from Dinner Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Naperville on November 16, 2003:
Compatriots and guests from the DAR and CAR enjoyed their catered dinner. John H. Ruskamp (far right), secretary/registrar of the chapter, pinned SAR Rosettes on new members (left to right): John H. Ruskamp, Evan Broy, Mike Johnston, VP of the chapter, and Jim Brandon.
Speaker Harry Windland is flanked by Helen and Chuck Sener, chapter Sergeant at Arms and planner of meeting. On the right, Dorothy Morriss who assists Bob Baird, chapter Treasurer, admires Harry authentic uniform from the Lewis and Clark regiment.
DAR member and CAR advisor Dr. Kim Nagy and her CAR daughters Amanda and Donna pose with Harry Windland. Brothers Donald and Darrell Line, who are finalizing their membership applications want to met Harry who is also the ILSSAR state registrar.
Harry has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Lewis and Clark expedition and delighted the crowd answering their questions. John H. Ruskamp showed photos of Lewis and Clark sites he visited and of the location of the new memorial stone in Wood River, Illinois marking their departure.
Photos from Cantigny Park in Winfield on June 22, 2003:
Compatriots and their wives pose in brilliant sunlight outside of the First Division Museum after viewing Civil War photos, experiencing a simulation of what it was like to land on the beach at Normandy in 1944, going thru WWI trenches and the jungles of Vietnam, etc. We enjoyed listening to the Aurora Legion Band play a fine selection of patriotic music to hundreds on the lawn.
Photos from the Civil War Days in Naperville on May 18, 2003:
Confederates defend the fort at Naper Settlement with thunderous cannon volleys while Union troops successfully charge. Over 100 soldier actors, who had encamped overnight, were involved and thousands of rounds exchanged during the battle recreation.
General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee negotiate a peace treaty to end the Civil War -- at least for this year. Fox Valley SAR Chapter President Don Parrish congratulates President Abraham Lincoln on his Gettysburg address. The actor who played Lincoln was quick witted and enjoyed answering questions in a Lincolnesque fashion. It's a real experience to interact with Lincoln.
Photos from the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Society of the SAR (ILSSAR) in Springfield on May 3, 2003:
John Ruskamp, recently installed as President of the Illinois Children of the American Revolution in a ceremony at Mount Vernon, gave a speech to the ILSSAR explaining his plans for CAR including improvements which should lead to more CAR members becoming SAR members after they reach the maximum CAR membership age. Stephen Bradley, President of the ILSSAR, presented John the bronze Good Citizenship Award.
John Ruskamp, our Chapter Secretary and former Chapter President, received a special service award from the Children of the American Revolution. Stephen Bradley, President of the ILSSAR, made the presentation. It was a unique experience to see father and son honored in back to back presentations.
Sean Buckley, State Eagle Scout Committee Chairman, presented a trophy to this year's outstanding Eagle Scout in Illinois. Matt, who has the amazing total of 71 merit badges, gave an insightful talk on the importance of intelligence in the Revolutionary War. You can see the enthusiasm even in this poor quality photo. Check out our chapter's programs for eagle scouts.
Photo taken in the home of Bob Baird on April 9, 2003:
The Fox Valley chapter not only sponsors events for our chapter compatriots and their families, but other civic and patriotic activities as well. Here Bob Baird, our Chapter Treasurer, puts the finishing touches on the Outstanding Citizenship awards which he sends to 69 high schools in our area each year. These embossed awards are presented to the outstanding student in citizenship at the high school's annual awards assembly typically held in May.
Photos from the Recreation of a Revolutionary War Battle at Catigny Park on June 29, 2002:
Fox Valley Chapter members, family and friends enjoyed a picnic while touring the encampment of volunteers representing the American and British soldiers. It was fascinating to see how food was prepared and the actual size of a musket ball. There were over 100 volunteers all dressed in uniforms of the period. Here British soldiers invade our picnic!
The recreation of the Revolutionary War battle was realistic with authentic artillery, mortar and muskets used to give spectators the feeling that they were actually at the battle. You can see that smoke was a typical part of every battlefield.
Photo from the annual Illinois State Convention in May 2001:
In the Renaissance Hotel in Springfield, State Registrar Duane Neet on the left and our own Sergeant of Arms Chuck Sener on the right, who was State President at the time, present the Knight Essay Award to a very proud High School student.
2003 Events - Fox Valley SAR Chapter
Here was the schedule of chapter events in 2003. Clicking on the location, links you to the MapQuest web site for details on how to reach that location.
2003 Events - National and Illinois SAR
Here are some of the events of the NSSAR and the ILSSAR scheduled in 2003. Please note the National Congress of the SAR is in Chicago this year. Go to their websites (National SAR or Illinois SAR) for more details.