Fox Valley Chapter 2016 Photos & Events


This page contains the 2016 Fox Valley SAR photo gallery and a listing of our events.

This page is basically an archive of our front page during 2016.

Click to enlarge photos and they will autoclose in about 10 seconds.

Fox Valley Chapter 2016 Events

We conducted two formal meetings this year -- one in April and one in October, and we held informal monthly meetings hosted by our Chapter President, Mike Campagnolo, on the third Saturday of every month.

The monthly meetings were held in a comfortable atmosphere where members can sit down and have a nice conversation with Mike and other members. They were held in three different locations this year, The Fox Restaurant in Lisle, The American Legion Post 187 in Elmhurst and the Messenger Library in North Aurora. The addresses, dates and times are given in our quarterly newsletters. These newsletters are sent via email to our members, and they are available on our website. Go to Newsletters & Archives.

The newsletters announce other events like patriot grave marking, geneological meetings, etc. Just click on Newsletters & Archives, select the most desired quarterly newsletter, and scroll down to see meeting announcements.

Another informal meeting was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Cantigny in Winfield, IL. This is during the fantastic Revolutionary War Days -- from 10:00am to 4:00pm -- where reenactors in American and British uniforms camp and stage a Revoutionary War battle. This was an activity for the whole family.

Photos from our Dinner Meeting in Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge in Bolingbrook on April 17, 2016:
Our guest speaker was the amazing Terry Lynch who was dressed and presented as if he were Benjamin Franklin. In our October 2015 meeting, our members were captivated with Mr. Lynch's memorable first person portrayal of George Washington. Mr. Lynch's method is to recount the person's life and explain key historical events in the first person. The audience was eager to ask him questions and get an authoritative answer in the first person. This is a unique way to appreciate our Founding Fathers and heritage.

Compatriots may want to read the well regarded biography of Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. This biography was a key reason that Steve Jobs selected Mr. Isaacson to write his bio. Mr. Isaacson explained that Franklin was the first American to be world famous and he created much of what was viewed as American culture at the time. Franklin had the greatest scope of our Founding Fathers.

In addition to our speaker, we presented awards and new member certificates.

April2016Photo1 April2016Photo2 L: Mike Campagnolo adminsters oath to new members Zachary Dawes, Gerald Dawes, Charles Dawes, Denny Schilling & Dan Smith, assisted by Registrar, Ted Miller. Mike & Ted not shown. R: Dale Bottom presents Chapter JROTC award & $200 check to Teresa Kozak who also won at State. She will be recognized for that in May.
April2016Photo3 April2016Photo4 L: Rod Herbig, gives Eagle Scout chapter award to Nathan Davis, as his proud father watches. R: Kevin Alcott presents the Knight Essay Award & check to Hadi Shiraz, as his beaming parents watched. Hadi then read his scholarly winning essay.
April2016Photo5 April2016Photo6 Left: Ted Miller, received the War Service medal on behalf of his father, Robert Miller, a WWII vet, from chapter President Mike Campagnolo.
R: Treasurer Eric Ingersoll pins the Fox award on his wife Claire.
April2016Photo7 April2016Photo8 L: Franz Herder & R: Mike Campagnolo present special awards to VP Rod Herbig. Rod is a former chapter President. He has been a mainstay of our Boy Scout awards, Color Guard and Patriot markings. We are sorry to lose him to North Carolina and wish him well on his move.
April2016Photo9 April2016Photo10 Actor/Historian Terry Lynch as Benjamin Franklin, selected audience members to play roles with him. Teresa Kozak became his wife Debora and did an impressive job of guessing the correct answers to "Dr. Franklin's" historical questions.
April2016Photo11 April2016Photo12 L: Dr. Franklin looks for another audience member to aid him in getting the audience to learn history by guessing along. R: Webmaster Don Parrish thanks Benjamin Franklin for his mesmerizing presentation. Both men enjoy Walter Isaacson's biography of Franklin.

Photos from our Dinner Meeting in Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge in Bolingbrook on October 30, 2016:

October2016Photo01 October2016Photo01 Left: President Mike Campagnolo administers oath to new Compatriots Ralph Harkison, Todd Blincoe, Jerome Smith, and Anthony Cook.
Right: New compatriots Ralph, Todd, Jerome and Anthony together with Registrar Ted Miller and Color Guard Captain Jon Fixmer.
October2016Photo03 October2016Photo04 Left: Outgoing Chapter President Mike Campagnolo swearing in new officers (left to right) Dan Smith Sergeant At Arms, Harry Reineke IV President, Eric Ingersoll Treasurer, Kevin Alcott Secretary, Ted Miller Registrar, and Jon Fixmer Color Guard Captain and Genealogist
Right: Jon Fixmer presenting Dan Smith with Certificate of Appreciation.
October2016Photo05 October2016Photo06 Left: President Mike Campagnolo presenting Silver Good Citizenship awards to compatriots Scott Sanders, Kevin Alcott, Ted Miller and Bronze Good Citizenship award to Job Fixmer.
Right: Outgoing President Mike Campagnolo placing the Chapter President ribbon on incoming President Harry Reineke IV
October2016Photo07 October2016Photo08 Left: David Bailey receives Patriot Grave Marking Award from Mike Campagnolo and Jon Fixmer.
Right: Alex Atkinson awarded Bronze Color Guard Medal.
October2016Photo09 October2016Photo10 Left: Julia Morrissey
Right: Alex Atkinson showing firearms care required of the Revolutionary War soldier.
October2016Photo11 October2016Photo12 Alex Atkinson demonstrating and explaining the clothing and gear typical of a Revolutionary War Soldier