President Van Deacon called the meeting to order and gave the Invocation.
Bob George gave the pledge to the U.S. flag; James Stone led the pledge to the Tennessee flag; and Dave Whaley led the SAR flag pledge.
The guest included Sam Norman, Michelle McLain, J.B. Griffin;’s family, Alicia Poe, and chapter member Donald Murphy with wife Krystyna and grandson David. They live in Toledo, Ohio, and this is their first chapter visit.
Deacon wanted the membership to learn more about the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He had several chapter members report on the following: Stan Evans on the “Origins of the NSSAR”; Claude Hardison, TNSSAR vice president, on the “Historical Goals of the NSSAR”; Deacon on the “Patriotic Goals of NSSAR”; and Dave Hicks on the “Educational Goals of the NSSAR.”
Hardison reported on several past SAR events attended by the chapter members. These were the Hiwassee Chapter meeting on June 10, and the Brainard Cemetery flag-raising ceremony conducted by the John Sevier chapter on June 14.
He also reported on several upcoming SAR events. These are the Battle of Ramseur’s Mill ceremony in Lincolnton, N.C., this year along with four Revolutionary War graves in the area which are the patriots of chapter honorary member John Echerd.
He announced the upcoming National Congress in Kansas City, Mo., from July 5-10, where several chapter members will be attended. Hardison also mentioned that the publisher of the state’s Tennessee Patriot, Rick Hollis, will step down next year, so a new publisher is needed.
Several members of the chapter attended the grand-opening ceremony of the Hiwassee Cultural Center in Charleston on April 10. Stone, Sam Allen and Stan Evans attended in period dress. Other chapter members attending included Hicks, Judge Carl Colloms, Lynn Freeman and state Rep. Eric Watson.
SAR war service medals and military service medals were awarded to chapter members who rated them but had not received them. There were seven war service medals and six military service medals to be presented.
Several recipients live far outside the local area and had their awards sent to them. These medals were paid for by an anonymous donor; therefore no additional expenses were incurred by the chapter for them.
A meritorious medal from the vice president general of the Southern District was presented to Robert L. George by Hardison. Bob is the last one of the Statue committee to receive this award for being part of the important committee responsible for the new statue of Col. Benjamin Cleveland in first Street Square, for whom the city of Cleveland was named.
Hardison mentioned also the Col. Benjamin Cleveland statue is the first to be erected by a chapter of Tennessee Society, SAR.
A Certificate of Achievement, a special Col. Benjamin Cleveland chapter medallion, and a $50 check were presented to Miss Shelby Poe by 1st Vice President Whaley. She is the district winner of the TSSAR Knight Essay contest, attends Soddy-Daisy lHigh School and her essay was on Abigail Adams.
New members Timothy K. Childrey, Randall Higgins and Larry W. Humbard Jr. were sworn in, and their membership certificates and Society rosettes presented to them by Deacon and Evans. They each told stories about their patriot, and showed their appreciation for those helping them to become members.
The membership certificate of junior member Axel Hardison, was presented to his grandfather, Hardison, who said that Axel was only 4 months old, making him the chapter’s youngest member.
The evening’s program was introduced by Second Vice President Bob George.
The program, “McLain Family History” was presented by junior member Hunter McLain. He is the grandson of past chapter President Tommy McLain, and will be a senior in the upcoming year at Walker Valley High School, where he is active in the school band.
Hunter read his McLain family genealogy which went from Bradley County in Tennessee to Murray County in Georgia, where his ancestor had an impressive war record in the Confederate Army, and on to North Carolina, where his Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor posted equally as impressive a war record in North Carolina and Virginia.
He took the McLain line on from Philadelphia across the Atlantic to Scotland, where he told of the rich Scottish Highland culture of the McLain Clan, running the line back to an ancestor that came to the British Isles with William the Conqueror.
Hunter was wearing a tie of the McLain tartan and talked about it, and further explained the McLain crest that he was wearing, which had a battle-axe, laurel and cypress.