2017 Detroit Metropolitan Chapter News & Announcements

DMC Leads Big Effort in This Year's Wreaths Across America Drive

DMC Treasurer Tom Reardon, along with the rest of the Chapter membership, is pleased to announce this year's results of the Wreaths Across America drive. All in all, donations for 138 wreaths totaled $2,085 - more than two-and-a-half times the amount collected last year. The DMC would like to thank all those who donated, as well as our partner MISSAR chapters for pitching in.

DMC Hits the Road for Wreaths Across America

On October 11, a team of DMC officers, led by Tom and Barbara Reardon, visited Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America at their meeting hall in St. Claire Shores. Joined by 1st VP Greg Winters and Secretary Chris White, Tom presented the gathering a brief, but very productive overview of the Wreaths Across America program. His remarks prompted an immediate motion to donate $300 from the Chapter to WAA, as well as a number of other individual donations. Learn more about WAA and how you can contribute here.

DMC Presents Bridgeport, Michigan Resident With Flag Certificate

On Saturday, October 14, DMC 1st VP Gregory Winters presented Steven W. Brown with a flag recognition award for his patriotism in consistently presenting Old Glory for all to see. In addition to the Stars & Stripes, Mr. Brown flies the (Christopher) Gadsden flag, familiar to all SAR members as one of those formally honored by or Society. Longtime friend, Martin Moritz was on hand to witness the presentation.

In addition to the two flags on the porch, Mr. Brown owns a keepsake flag he won at a fundraising auction, donated by former Michigan State Representative Roger Kahn. The flag is said to have flown over the Capitol Building in Lansing and was donated to the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce for its annual fundraising event. The panels on the flag are all hand-sewn.

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September Meeting Features Two Inductions

The highlight of the September DMC meeting was the induction of two new members, Michael and Scott Harper. Michael Harper commented about his limited knowledge about his own family history until he began doing some research online with help from his wife, Donna. He eventually learned he had a Patriot ancestor, and son Scott got involved.

Scott Harper thanked the Tom and Barbara Reardon for their assistance with his research, and he told about the challenges in his quest to join the SAR. Scott also talked about his Patriot Ancestor, Israel Butler, who served in the 2nd Connecticut Brigade at Valley Forge in Lee’s Division, as well as Huntington’s Brigade.

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DMC Awards Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Flag Day at Oakland University was extra-special to Dr. George W. Hynd as he graciously accepted the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal from Joseph C. Williams, President of the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter, in recognition of his efforts in improving the educational system for Pontiac, Michigan schools, as well as assisting when help was needed to run the city offices. As President of Oakland University. Dr. Hynd saw a city in distress and a university with unlimited faculty, student, and staff energy anxious to assist. Because of Dr. Hynd’s efforts, his leadership, and a team of professors, students, and staff, the Pontiac School System and the city offices are improving their response to their citizens' needs.

Dr. Hynd is a graduate of Pepperdine University and is a retired professor from the University of Georgia.

DMC Hosts Genealogy Workshop at Mt. Clemens Public Library

On Saturday, April 29, the DMC, in cooperation with the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG), conducted a Genealogy Workshop at the Mt. Clemens Public Library entitled Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society. About 40 guests attended the event, which consisted of general information about lineage societies (such as the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution) that honor Americans who fought in or otherwise supported America’s fight for freedom. Most lineage societies require proof of a direct relationship from one generation to the next, all the way back to the ancestor who was involved in the event, or from a certain group of people, such as British Royalty or the Mayflower passengers. Presentations from featured speakers included the types of documents that are acceptable forms of proof, and where they might be obtained.

The attendees were introduced to the extensive genealogical collections and databases available in the Mt. Clemens Public Library Genealogy Room, and the assistance that volunteers from the Macomb County Genealogy Group can provide either in person, via mailed request, by attending meetings, by signing up for the MCGG’s mailing list, or by visiting their webpage.

Following the formal presentations, attendees were invited to talk to one of the 14 volunteers from the SAR, the MCGG, and the Alexander Macomb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution that were available to assist them with their questions, applications and research “brick walls”. Although most of the attendees did not reach the finish line on Saturday, many said they learned a lot to help them progress and look forward to continuing their journey. One person commented, “Now I feel overwhelmed, but excited to get started.” Another gentleman who met with SAR representatives said, “Before this workshop, I was very discouraged. Now I am really optimistic that this is doable.”

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DMC Swears In 2017-18 Officers

On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, the DMC met at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights and elected the Chapter Officers for the 2017-18 year. They were joined by State President Rod Wilson and State 1st VP Paul Callanan, and past Chapter Secretary John Miller. In the photo (L-R): State 1st Vice President Paul Callanan, Past Chapter President Stu Shuster, 2nd VP Gene Tomlinson, 1st VP Greg Winters, Chapter President Joe Williams, Chapter Secretary Chris White, State President Rod Wilson, and Chapter Treasurer Tom Reardon (seated).