The Huron Valley Chapter was founded in 2008 when two members of the Oaks Chapter, David and John Critchett, were looking for a chapter closer to the Ann Arbor area. For the first few years, the chapter met at a retirement center in Ann Arbor on Saturday mornings. We began the tradition (which continues today) of having a holiday gathering for brunch or dinner at a local restaurant. The Chapter currently has over 60 members.

Chapter Meetings

The Chapter normally meets on the third Saturday of September, November, January, March, and May. We usually meet at the Plymouth Library at 10:00am in downtown Plymouth, Michigan. Check the MISSAR calendar for specific meeting information. Most meetings include a program about history, topics related to the Revolutionary War, genealogy, or SAR programs. Speakers include historians, local authors, and re-enactors.

Chapter Activities

The Chapter participates in the SAR ROTC, JROTC, Naval Sea Cadet, and Eagle Scout recognition programs. Chapter members have presented ROTC medals at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, and JROTC and Good Citizenship medals to cadets at JROTC and NSCC units in southeastern Michigan. Our Chapter has provided volunteer services in the past at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. We continue to donate to the VA Hospital programs, and our President is a member of the Volunteer Service Committee there.

We hosted our first Patriot grave dedications for Benjamin Woodruff and Josiah Cutler in May of 2016 at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Plans are underway for a grave marking for Patriot James Robinson, who is buried in Detroit, for the spring of 2019. The Chapter participates in the Wreaths Across America program. You can sponsor a wreath and help fund the Chapter activities by finding the Chapter on the “Local Fundraising Group” link on the Wreaths Across America website. We have also purchased a large paving stone at the WWII Memorial in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Chapter Officers

Jim Petres was elected Chapter President in January 2018. He has been in SAR since 2012 and is a member of the Michigan Society Color Guard. He has served in several State Society positions and is currently the State Society President. He also serves on a number of National committees. His wife Sue is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as several other hereditary organizations.

Mickey McGuire is the Chapter First Vice President. He has been a member of SAR since 2016. He is also a member of the Color Guard. He is the State Society Director of Youth Programs and serves on several National committees.

Elijah Shalis is the Second Vice President. He handles publicity for the Chapter. Originally joining the West Michigan Chapter in 2008, he later transferred to the Huron Valley Chapter. Elijah handles publicity for the Chapter and is one of the Trustees to the State Society. He is a member of several other hereditary societies.

Jack Underwood has been a member of SAR since 2014. He became Secretary in January 2018.

Jack Hamm has been the Treasurer for many years. He joined the Paul Emery Chapter in 2007 and later transferred to the Huron Valley Chapter.

Al Treppa serves as the Chapter Registrar. He became a member of SAR in 1981, first with the Detroit Metro Chapter, then the River Raisin Chapter and most recently the Huron Valley Chapter. He has served in a number of positions in the Chapter and State, including State Society President.

Tom Pleuss is the Chapter Genealogist. He became a member of SAR in 2000, first with the Detroit Metro Chapter, then the Huron Valley Chapter. Tom has served in a number of chapter officer positions.

Rev. Sam Laswell is the Chaplain and Flag Committee Chairman. He joined the SAR in 2016.

Joe Capece serves as the Marshal. He has been a member since 2013.

Past President John Critchett has been a member of SAR since 2007 when he joined the Oaks Chapter. He was one of the Charter members of the Huron Valley Chapter. John currently serves as the State Society Historian.

Andrew Noland serves as one of the Chapter Trustees to the State Society. He joined in 2016 and serves as a member of the State Genealogy committee.

Tom Fountain is one of the Chapter Directors. He joined the Oaks Chapter in 2007 and transferred to our Chapter. Tom has served in a number of officer positions including Chapter President. He is the recipient of the SAR War Service Medal for his service as a veteran. He has helped many new members join SAR and has received the Liberty Medal twice for sponsoring more than 20 new members.

Mike Pohlman is the other Chapter Director. He joined SAR in 2015 and previously served the Chapter as Vice President.

Huron Valley Chapter Officers

President: James Petres
1st Vice President: Mickey McGuire
2nd Vice President: Elijah Shalis
Secretary: Jack Underwood
Treasurer: John “Jack” Hamm
Registrar: Allan Treppa
Genealogist: Thomas Pleuss
Chaplain: Samuel Laswell
Trustee: Elijah Shalis
Trustee: Andrew Noland
Marshall: Joseph Capece
Director: Thomas Fountain
Director: Michael Pohlman
Flag Chairman: Samuel Laswell
Publicity Chairman: Elijah Shalis
Past President: John Critchett

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