The Hawaii Society held its annual Fall General Membership Meeting on Friday evening, November 16. The setting was the Oahu Veterans Center near Radford High School in Foster Village. Compatriot Jack Miller chaired the event this year. Compatriot Alan David McCullough, featuring period cuisine from a Martha Washington recipe book, served a colonial tavern supper.
Salt and Herb Crusted Oak and Hickory Smoked New York Strip Steaks
Colonial Green Beans and Bacon
Colonial Corn Bread
Colonial Mashed Potatoes OR Colonial Fried Potatoes and Onions
Colonial Strawberries with Quince Cream
Colonial Mulled Cider
An invocation was delivered by 94-year-old Compatriot Elbridge M. Smith, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the SAR Pledge. Col. Louis A. Torraca, Jr. (USA Ret.) delivered the President’s Welcome to assembled guests that included a delegation from the Aloha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Presentation of Thank You’s by Compatriots Miller and McCullough followed this.
All attendees were given an opportunity to propose a toast to their Revolutionary War ancestors. Humorous and witty toasts quoting Colonial and Revolutionary War leaders and ancestors were welcomed and aired. A special 250th birthday toast in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette was delivered by Compatriot Jeffrey Bingham Mead. The evening closed with a benediction by Hawaii Society Chaplain Jeffrey Bingham Mead and recitation of the American’s Creed.
Time flies! Believe it or not this marks my tenth year as your Hawaii Society President. As I look back on the years I have been truly privileged to serve with so many compatriots dedicated to preserving the legacy of the American Revolution and the sacrifices of our ancestors. The Pledge to the SAR says, “We descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.”
I’d like to take a moment to pay my respects to a good, dedicated friend of the Hawaii Sons of the American Revolution. At our Fall General Membership Meeting we learned that Lt. Col. Roger Monsarrat (Ret) has been a member of the Hawaii Society for 64 years! In April 2007 Roger received the Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Award for his years of service to the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary of the Civil Air Patrol. Just one year ago President Bush named his wife Eloise one of 550 nationwide volunteers as a USA Freedom Corps Greeter. She was also a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. We are truly blessed to have the Monsarrat’s, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you, Roger and Eloise, for all that you have done and continue to do to make our community a better place for all.
Finally, Compatriot Bill Settle has reluctantly resigned as Hawaii Society secretary. I want to extend my thanks and aloha to Bill for his years of service on our board. Chaplain and Communications Director Jeffrey Bingham Mead is filling in until a new secretary is elected to the board. If you are interested please contact me at HawaiiSar@gmail.com.