Fox Valley Chapter 2008 Photos & Events

 

This page contains the 2008 Fox Valley SAR photo gallery and a listing of our events.

There are additional 2008 photos elsewhere on this website. For example, there are newsletters to review.

Finally, check the Activities section for other 2008 photos.

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Photos from Dinner Meeting at the Omega Restaurant in Naperville on April 27, 2008:

Flat Screen Display Ron Smith Left: This meeting Bruce Talbot was happy to use two flat screen displays instead of a screen for his PowerPoint presentations.
Right: in a stunning surprise Ron Smith showed up in a uniform. Outgoing President Don Parrish thanks him.
 
Don Parrish Jack Amberg Left: Don Parrish converses with our speaker Lt. Col. Jack Amberg as others socialize or order their favorite beverage.
Right: Our Speaker Jack Amberg and outgoing President Don Parrish stop comparing notes to pause for a photo.
 
New Members Fox Valley Board Left: incoming President Mike Johnston assisted by Gordon Bidner (r) welcomes new members Ron Sherman, Dale Hatter and John Reckenwall. Right: ILSSAR President elect Gordon Bidner (r) swore in the Fox Valley officers for a two year term.
 
Gavel Handover Left: After delivering his prepared farewell remarks, Don Parrish presents the President's gavel to a very pleased Mike Johnston.
Right: After Don placed the Presidental ribbon around Mike's neck, they sealed the handover with a handshake.
 
Don Parrish Award Left: Mike pinned Don with a past President's pin, gave him a past President's certificate, and surprised him with a gift from the Board.
Right: a close-up of the gift. It has a plaque recognizing Don's 5 years of service as President and the clock was even set to the correct time.
 
Karl Reed Mike Johnston Bruce Talbot Left: Mike Johnston recognizes Jeff Steimle as our top Eagle Scout and recruits his mother to pin on the medal as his proud father watches.
Right: President Mike Johnston presents the Bronze Good Citizenship medal to VP Bruce Talbot.
 

Photos from Dinner Meeting at the Omega Restaurant in Naperville on October 26, 2008:

Ian Duncan CAR CAR Presentation Left: President Mike Johnston presents check to Ian Duncan, President of Judge Nathaniel Pope CAR chapter. Ian is a student at Marmion Military Academy. Right: Color Guard joins Mike in photo with Nancy Ristau, Regent of the Anan Harmon DAR chapter.
 
Andrew Whitmer Peter Hamm Left: Mike pins new member rosette on Andrew Whitmer, who joined the U.S. Army later in 2008. Right: After VP Bruce Talbot presented 8-year old Peter Hamm the bronze Cood Citizenship medal for helping save a 3 year old from the Fox River, his parents showed their pride.
 
Dectective Wistocki Dr. Clay Skinner Left: Bruce pinned the Law Enforcement medal on Detective Richard Wistocki, joined at dinner by the Naperville Deputy Chief of Police. Right: Historian, Dr. Clay Skinner enthralled our large dinner group on the key role the Midwest played in the pre-Revolutionary period.
 

Fox Valley Chapter 2008 Events

Photos and details on our events from 2003 to 2007 are available in the Photos & Events section.

  • April 27th - "Spring Dinner Meeting" - Omega Restaurant in Warrenville/Naperville

    The Omega restaurant is a half a mile north of the East West Tollway (I-88) on Route 59. Turn west on Ferry Road, the first traffic light north of I-88, then turn right into the strip mall and drive to the north end. Enter the Omega on the north side to the private dinning room.

    Lt Col John AmbergOur Speaker is Lt. Col. John Amberg, the Director of the Midwest Branch of the Army's Public Relations. His subject is Insurgency and the War on Terrorism; Perspectives for Responsible Citizens. Col. Amberg is a West Point graduate who is also active in the Naperville American Legion. In the photo, Col. Amberg is shown with Bob Bohr, the Naperville American Legion Commander and Zach Arnold, a soldier who is in rehab after losing his leg in Iraq.

    We will be installing our officers for 2008 and 2009. In addition, we will be honoring the outstanding Eagle Scout selected by our chapter.

    All SAR, DAR and CAR members and their guests are welcome to attend!!

    5:00 - 6:00pm -- Cocktails and Social Hour
    6:00 - 7:00pm -- Dinner
    7:00 - 7:25pm -- Announcements and Introductions
    7:25 - 7:35pm -- Eagle Scout Award Presentation and Stark Award Explanation
    7:40 - 8:40pm -- PowerPoint Presentation by Col. Amberg
    8:50 - 9:00pm -- Social time

    The cost for the banquet is $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12:
    Make checks payable to: Fox Valley Chapter, SAR and mail to:
            David Bailey
            1569 Marquette Ave.
            Naperville, IL 60565

  • May 31st at 3pm - "Commemoration of Patriot Israel Warner" -
    at the Big Woods Cemetery adjacent to the Big Woods Church in Aurora, near Warrenville

    The grave of Israel Warner was discovered by our former chapter President Don Parrish in June 2007. Since then a group of a half a dozen patriotic, civic and genealogical organizations have been meeting under the leadership of our chapter President Mike Johnston to stage an impressive ceremony on the 240th anniversary of Israel Warner's birth.

    Israel entered the army when he was 9 and served for 6 years -- the remainder of the war. His father, Col. Seth Warner, was a hero in the Revolution, a man so esteemed by General George Washington that he personally road to the Colonel's home after his death and paid off the mortgage from his own funds. We even have the touching newspaper record of the event including the dialog between Washington and Israel Warner.

    Israel is buried with his daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons, both of whom died as a result of their service in the Civil War. This will be a mega event and five new grave markers will be dedicated. All compatriots are urged to attend this significant event.


  • September 13th - "Revolutionary War Battle Recreation" - Cantigny Park in Winfield

    This is the classic opportunity to see how Revolutionary War soldiers lived in camp and see a re-creation of a battle with over 100 re-enactors. It is a perennial favorite of our members.

    We will have an informal picnic starting at noon and concluding by 1:00pm. This will give us time to explore the encampment and see the battle. You are welcome to bring friends and family. There is no cost for this event except for the parking fee at Cantigny Park.

    To find the Fox Valley SAR compatriots take the left (north) parking lot and drive to the end (east). We will have a picnic table with the SAR table flags. Click for a pdf map of Cantigny.

    This is a unique opportunity to experience a battle of the Revolutionary War. Don't miss it. You can either bring food and drink with you or you can purchase them at Cantigny.

  • October 26th - "Fall Dinner Meeting" - Omega Restaurant in Warrenville/Naperville

    The Omega restaurant is a half a mile north of the East West Tollway (I-88) on Route 59. Turn west on Ferry Road, the first traffic light north of I-88, then turn right into the strip mall and drive to the north end. Enter the Omega on the north side to the private dinning room.

    Our Speaker is to be determined. In addition to the speaker's presentation, we will honor this year's Law Enforcement award winner.

    All SAR, DAR and CAR members and their guests are welcome to attend!!

    5:00 - 6:00pm -- Cocktails and Social Hour
    6:00 - 7:00pm -- Dinner
    7:00 - 7:30pm -- Welcome and Overview of Chapter Activities
    7:30 - 8:30pm -- Presentation by our Speaker
    8:30 - 9:00pm -- Social time

    The cost for the banquet is $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12:
    Make checks payable to: Fox Valley Chapter, SAR and mail to:
            David Bailey
            1569 Marquette Ave.
            Naperville, IL 60565