Sunday, October 26, 2008

The October meeting of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was held Saturday, October 25 at Andersens Restaurant in Buellton. The gathering began at 11:00 with an informal introductory session. Attendees shared information about historical events, and recent activities. Visitors included representatives from several historically based societies including the Henry Sweetzer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War, as well as several candidates for membership in the SAR. A lively discussion session was held for several minutes over a variety of subjects before lunch was served. After the meal, a short business session was held and the meeting was adjourned at 12:46. The next meeting of the SAR is scheduled to be in Santa Barbara, at Madam Lu Restaurant, 3425 State Street, November 22 at 12:00.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sept 20 2008 Meeting.

The September 2008 meeting of the Santa Barbara SAR was held at the Madaam Lu Restaurant at 3524 State Street, Santa Barbara. The meeting was attended by 20 members and friends of the SAR. The meeting began with lunch and social time at 12:00. The meeting was called to order by President Ron Zell at 12:40. Opening ceremonies were followed by introduction of members and guests. The speaker for the day was Lieutenant David K. Whitham of the Santa Barbara Police Department. Lt. Whitham is a son of Lt. Col. Keith Whitham, a long time member of the S.B. Chapter of the SAR, who headed the S.B. JROTC program at S.B. and San Marcos High Schools for many years, and later was a member of the UCSB ROTC Staff.

Lt. Whitham discussed some of the history of the S.B. Police Department, and of his history with the Department. He then talked about some of the training and qualifications required of police officers in Santa Barbara, as well as some of the duties and operational aspects of the Police Department in the city. Lt. Whitham concluded with a discussion of central issues concerning the Police Department in Santa Barbara at the present time. Three of these issues deal with meeting and dealing with problems of gangs and gang violence within the city, indigent and homeless populations, and traffic problems within the city. The talk was concluded with time for questions and discussion.

The meeting was concluded with announcements and a final ceremony and adjourned at 1:40.

The next meeting of the Santa Barbara SAR will be at Andersens Restaurant, 376 Avenue of the Flags in Buellton on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:00 to 12:30. A speaker from Vandenburg Air Force Base will have a presentation at that time. Visitors and friends are welcome.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Reminder to members. Annual Dues need to be in to Pat Lennon by March 15. The February meeting of the SAR was in Santa Barbara on Feb. 23 at the Frogs Bar & Grill in Goleta and was attended by 21 members and guests. After lunch, the meeting was called to order at 1:00. After the Opening Ceremonies, Dick Phillips was installed as the newest member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the SAR. Ron Zell conducted the ceremony, and Manor Thorpe presented the certificate of membership. The Veterans History project was presented for action or dismissal by the chapter. It was voted to pursue the project, and compatriot Ted Sands will follow up on ways to partner with organizations around the county that are engaged in similar projects.