The West Michigan Chapter of the Michigan State Society of the SAR is the oldest chapter in the State. At a special meeting of the MISSAR, held at the Russell House Parlors in Detroit on the evening of May 19, 1896, a resolution was adopted "authorizing the Secretary to carry into effect the necessary requirements for forming a Chapter in the City of Grand Rapids."
At a subsequent meeting held February 24, 1897, the following application was received:
At a meeting March 12, 1897, a letter from the Secretary General of the National Society approved the Chapter to be organized. The following were the first Officers of the Chapter voted December 2, 1897:
President William R. Shelby
Vice President Elbridge G. Studley
Secretary James M. Crosby
Treasurer Van Arthur Wallin
Board of Managers Moses Taggart, William Savidge, and Loyal E. Knappen
Today, the West Michigan Chapter of the SAR works to actively contribute to our community, partnering with our sisters in the DAR and our local CAR chapter.
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