January – At the annual Installation Banquet,
February – Chapter President Gary Page presented “The Newburgh Conspiracy.”
March – Compatriot Terry Manning presented “The Indian Wars”
April – Compatriot George Thurmond presented a discussion on the practice of SAR Grave Markings. George grew up in the East Lake area of Atlanta and attended Bass High School. He graduated from North Georgia College and served in the U. S. Army in Japan for two years. He remained in the Reserves and received the Legion of Merit upon retirement as a Colonel in 1987. In his civilian career, George worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in the Business Underwriting Department. Upon retirement, he served as President of the Hospitality Group Self Insurance Fund and later as President of the Hospitality Mutual Insurance Company until his retirement in 2005. George is the Past President of both the award winning Georgia Society SAR and Piedmont Chapter and serves on several committees of the Georgia and National Societies, Sons of the American Revolution. He participates as a member his chapter, state and National Society Color Guard. He has previously served on the National Society Executive Committee and as Vice President General of the South Atlantic District (NC, SC, GA and FL). During his activity with grave marking, his chapter has marked 58 graves in five states.
May – Compatriot Robert Sapp told of the origins of Molly Pitcher and the exciting tales of American Patriots including the first female veteran to receive a pension for her service fighting for our freedoms.
June – Compatriot Tom Slaughter spoke on the “Revolution in South Carolina.” Tom grew up in North Carolina, graduated High Point University, Served in the National Guard, taught School for 30 years in Georgia, Coached Basketball and Football, Highlight of teaching career working the 1996 Olympic Games, Highlight of retirement was getting into SAR and learning about his ancestry.
July – no speaker, the annual Chapter Picnic was held instead.
August – Compatriot Bill Palmer presented on the “Battle of Oriskany.”
September – Compatriot Kevin Karel spoke on his project “Liberty Tree Education Project”
October – Author Brad Quinlin will present “A Walk in Their Shoes” a story of a soldiers life during the Civil War. Brad is a Civil War Researcher who has helped people such as Matthew Broderick and Vice-President Dick Cheney research the detailed history of their Civil War ancestors. He recently published a new book on the Civil War and may be contacted via his website
November – Author Lee Dunn presenting “Cracking the Solid South” the life of John Fletcher hanson, the father of Georgia Tech . Lee Dunn has researched southern history, garden and landscape history, and genealogy for over twenty years. She has been deeply involved in promoting the preservation and awareness of southern gardens and landscapes for twenty years, through her service as a leader in The Garden Club of Georgia’s historic landscape preservation efforts, and was inducted into UGA’s Sigma Pi Kappa Honor Society in recognition of her leadership achievement in historic preservation of Georgia’s cultural landscapes. Lee is a graduate of Pierce College and the Historic Landscape Institute at the University of Virginia. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Mike. They have two sons and two grandsons also in the Atlanta area. She may be contacted via her website at LeeCDunn.com
December – Compatriot John Wassell presented a speech on his Grandfather, Dr Admiral Corydon Wassel, a hero of WW2 made famous in the movie: “The Story of Dr Wassell”. Dr Wassell staged the evacuation of many injured sailors from the island of Java during an invasion by the Japanese. Compatriot Wassell shared this wonderful story and the family history surrounding it in a talk enjoyed by all in attendance.