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Sons of the American Revolution Membership Renewal
October 14, 2019
I hope you and your family had a good year and a wonderful Summer. Your State Society (DESSAR) and Chapters have been busy hosting and participating in many Patriotic events, Youth Programs, Awards and other activities.
One highlight was the DESSAR hosting the 2019 Atlantic Middle States Association (AMS) Conference. Compatriots from the North Atlantic District (NY and NJ) and the Mid-Atlantic District (PA, MD, VA, DC and DE) attended. This included the President General and other National officers. DESSAR Compatriot Davis L. Wright, Esq. was endorsed as candidate for our next President General and DESSAR Compatriot Troy L. Foxwell was put forth as candidate for 2020-2021 AMS Vice President General.
As we look forward to the coming year, your membership and support is the key to your Society and Chapter(s) reaching out and touching our communities by:
- ensuring that our past is not forgotten, by honoring those who served/assisted colonies during the Revolutionary War,
- ensuring that core values are promoted by protecting our Constitution and perpetuating American ideals and traditions by inspiring our communities at large and
- ensuring that young minds are shaped by educating and inspiring our youth about the Constitution and about those who developed our American ideals and traditions as well as their sacrifice.
Given the importance of your support, we would like all of you to renew your membership in our Society for the 2020 year. We have attached a renewal invoice which covers the National, Delaware and Chapter dues. We also encourage you to become dual members in our other Delaware Chapters and, if led, make contributions to support the chapters and our programs.
If you have any changes in your address, phone number or email, please note that on the invoice and we will update our records as well as advise the National Society of the changes. During the year you can also notify the webmaster at Webmaster@DESSAR.org of changes, and we will update your personal profile.
The dues payment cycle commences on September 15th and ends on December 31st. When we receive your payment, we will update your personal profile on the website. Each year we have had a significant number of members pay their dues after the end of the calendar year. As we did last year, we are starting the renewal process early in order to avoid late payment issues.
If we do not receive your payment by December 31st, you will be placed in an inactive status. Once you are placed in an inactive status, you will need to go through the reinstatement process in order to become active again. The process is detailed on our website for your information.
The DESSAR membership looks forward to another great year and your participation in our many important activities. In Patriotic Service,
Harry B. Roberts, III
President, Delaware Society, SAR
2019-2020 DESSAR President’s Message
Compatriots of the Delaware Society,
It is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve your Delaware Society as President for 2019-2020. I would like to open with a question and challenge. That question is “Who are we”?
We are people who serve. Serving to ensure that:
- Our past is not forgotten by honoring those who served or assisted the colonies during the Revolutionary War to establish the freedoms of this Nation.
- By ensuring core values are promoted by protecting our Constitution and perpetuating American ideals and traditions. We accomplish that by inspiring the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; fostering true patriotism; and maintaining/extending the institutions of American freedom.
- Through ensuring that young minds are shaped by educating and inspiring them about the Constitution and those who developed the American ideals and traditions as well as their sacrifice.
Liberty has no grandchildren, only children. Each generation must again renew the framework and cause of liberty lest it be forgotten. Not by looking at the other person to do it. We must do it.
Our Society faces several challenges. To begin the process of meeting them, my goals are simple – and direct.
- First – to grow our level of membership. We need individuals to pick up the baton by bringing in new members, including younger members, to come behind us and lead.
- Second, we need to retain members once they join. Joining the NSSAR is much more than “getting your membership certificate” and moving on. It is getting involved and supporting who we are and taking that message outside of our “4 walls”. That takes me to my third goal.
- Membership development. It is my goal to move toward developing educational opportunities for our members in order to learn about the National and State Society, it’s programs, initiatives and provide opportunities for service. By putting this in place, it will be an important step toward accomplishing the final objective.
- Succession planning. In my career, one of my bosses placed in my performance plan process documentation and succession planning. It took work, was challenging, but afterwards when vacancies occurred, instead of stressing out about what in the world to do, the transition with a new hire was smoother. In a purposeful, intentional manner, we need to plan and actively look for ways to involve and develop future leaders for our Society.
These basic goals should not just be my goals. For the good of our Society, they should be “OUR” goals. Accomplishing them requires support and the most tangible form of support is service. That responsibility falls on all of us. Myself, Society officers, Chapter Presidents, committee chairs, and ultimately each Society member. That’s what you sign up for when you join the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and its Delaware Society. To support and serve. I would challenge you by asking “What can you do for your Society”.
An initial step is for each of you to review the calendar of events for both your Chapter and the Delaware Society. A second step would be to attend these activities, get involved, ask questions, ask “how can I serve”.
In closing, I ask for your help and support that WE may succeed.
In Service to Our Society and Country,
Harry B. Roberts, III
Delaware Society President