Brevard SAR Chapter Meetings
The Brevard Chapter meets on the 3rd Saturday from September to May. The meetings begin at noon with a 30 minute pre-meeting 'Meet & Greet' at 11:30 a.m. Check this link for current month's meeting date and location
http://www.brevardsar.org/Calendar.htm . Three meetings per year are scheduled joint meetings with the Brevard DAR Regent's Council chapters. These joint meetings are the Constitution Day meeting in September, George Washington's Birthday in February, and Flag Day meeting in June (hosted by the Philip Perry Chapter DAR). Schedule changes for these joint meetings or any other scheduled meetings may occur to conflicts with other events. Check the Calendar page
http://www.brevardsar.org/Calendar.htm for updates.
Meetings are open to the public - just make a reservation and pay the cost of the meal. Members' family - wife, children, and relatives - are certainly welcome at the meetings.
Brevard SAR Activities
- Color Guard
- Eagle Scout
- Flag Certificate presentations
- Youth Activities
- Speakers Bureau
Chapter members are available for speaking to your community group on Revolutionary Era topics, i.e., Colonial Flags, the Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution, Battle of Kings Mountain, or other topics. Contact Ben DuBose for further information and scheduling of the presentation. Ben DuBose 321/ 952-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter members attending the Florida Society's quarterly Board of Management Meetings take part in the society's Color Guard Presenting of the Colors. The Color Guard takes part in various events beginning in September with the Captain John Barry Ceremony at Port Canaveral in early September and then the Constitution Day meeting.
The chapter Color Guard is involved in several Veteran's Day events throughout Brevard County: Melbourne's parade, Eastern Florida State College's Massing of the Colors at the Cocoa Campus, Merritt Island Veterans Facility & Museum, to individual representation at other local ceremonies.
A December wreath laying at one of the Florida National
Cemeteries is part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America events supported by the National Society.
Uniformed Members may also attend the January Genealogy Workshop, a joint effort with the Brevard Regent's
Council of the DAR.
In February, uniformed members present the Colors at the Joint SAR/DAR meeting celebrating George Washington's Birthday.
An annual event on the first Saturday in March which is sponsored by the Brevard SAR, DAR chapter and the Cape Canaveral chapter of the Navy League is the Last Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War. This event involves Color Guard units from many local and state - even some from out-of-state.
In April there's the annual presentation by a Color Guard representative of a wreath at the Traveling Wall (Viet Nam and Veteran's). Then to close out May there are the Memorial Day parades and events that involve uniformed members in a group (Melbourne parade) or individually.
The June Flag Day meeting hosted by the Philip Perry Chapter DAR involves our Color Guard in presenting and retiring the Colors.
To round out the regularly
scheduled events is the July 4th celebrations. Members have participated in the various community events from the Melbourne parade to Cocoa & Rockledge to Titusville.
Hoc Color Guard participation typically involves uniformed members presenting Eagle Scout certificates at Courts of Honor, Flag Certificates, Induction of new chapter members, as speakers/presenters at community organizations, or at local schools.
The Junior ROTC program is a National SAR program which recognizes ROTC cadets in High Schools and Colleges. The Chapter is active in presenting certificates to 15 Brevard High School JROTC units and is involved with the Florida Tech ROTC unit as well. The Enhanced JROTC program allows a chapter to select an Outstanding JROTC Cadet and enter that cadet into their State Society's
Outstanding JROTC Cadet program. The winner of the State competition will be entered into the National
Outstanding JROTC Recognition program. The winner of the national program will receive a special award at
the SAR National Congress. The second place winner will receive a cash award.
The Eagle Scout program is another National SAR program that recognizes Scouts when the attain the rank of Eagle Scout with a
NSSAR Certificate of Recognition which is presented by a chapter uniformed Color Guard member. The program also has a
scholarship contest for all Eagle Scouts - before they turn 19. These Scouts are given an opportunity to receive awards for participation in the Scholarship
Program at the chapter, state and national level. The winner and runner-up of the national contest are
awarded scholarships at the NSSAR Annual Congress. See sar.org site for further
Flag CertificatesThese certificates are presented to individuals, companies and government agencies
that fly the United States flag for patriotic purposes only. It is not to be given to any commercial
enterprise that obviously flies it for advertising purposes.
This involves chapter members getting involved in local schools to further patriotic education in the Elementary, Middle, and Junior/Senior High School levels with such things as the Outstanding Citizenship Certificate. This certificate may be presented by a chapter to deserving students in recognition of high ideals of character and citizenship. Various contests geared towards students at different levels are in the Youth Contest Page.