DCSSAR Newsletter

Thomas Misiano
State President


Karen Misiano
Senior State President


Cordially invite you to the

Eighty-first State Conference

of the

District of Columbia State Society

of the

Children of the American Revolution

March 3, 2018


Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
(located within the original DC boundaries)
1900 North Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209

Do you have a child or grandchild who is in the C.A.R. or who is under the age of 22? Please bring them to the 81st Annual D.C.C.A.R. State Conference! Anyone is welcome to all or part of the conference…from the visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island at 9:30am to the dance following the banquet (approximately 9:00pm). We encourage you and your families to come see who we are and what we do. For questions, email

Founded April 19, 1890 – Our 128th Year

1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, D.C. 20003

Lane Douglas Brooks – President

William O. Ritchie, Jr. – Public Information Officer

      Office:  202-280-7694


February 5, 2018

The District of Columbia Sons of the American Revolution in cooperation with The D.C. Children of the American Revolution and D.C. Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor its annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia.

The guest speaker will be David Robarge, Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency. His presentation, “George Washington’s Spy Service”will relate the fascinating role of George Washington in creating the nation’s first corps of spies.

Please contact the PIO if further information is required.


The District of Columbia Sons of the American Revolution

in cooperation with
D.C. Children of the American Revolution
D.C. Daughters of the American Revolution
Cordially invite you to attend the


Annual George Washington
Birthday Luncheon
Saturday, February 17, 2018
11:30 Gathering – 12:00 Luncheon
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
“George Washington’s Spy Service”
David Robarge, Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency, relates the fascinating role of George Washington in creating the nation’s first corps of spies.


For SAR Compatriots, a brief business meeting will follow the luncheon.


 Luncheon reservation form
Entrée selections
Beef Tips – Chicken Cordon Bleu – Pan Seared Salmon
Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers available for children 12 and under
(Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions)
$45 for adults; $20 for children 12 and under
Name _________________________________________     ___C.A.R. ___SAR ___DAR
Title _________________________Meal Selection _____________________________
Please consider becoming a luncheon sponsor!
_ $25 Blue and Buff  _ $50 Silver Stars  _ $75 General’s Sword  _ $100+ Commander-in-Chief
Checks may be made payable to DC SAR, and mailed with this form to
or you may RSVP on-line at
*Reservations must be received by February 12, 2018*
*Tables of eight may be reserved by mailing checks together, and listing names on the reverse of this form*
Note: Joint SAR-C.A.R.-DAR Support Project – Junior ROTC Formal & Interview Clothing
Do you have gently-used male or female formal or business attire and appropriate accessories to donate? Many JROTC students have limited resources and do not have proper clothes for their prom or an interview. Bring donate-able items to the luncheon and help make a difference.

D.C. Sons of the American Revolution
August 31, 2017
Compatriots and friends,
For days we’ve all been transfixed on the incredible, heartbreaking suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey.  At the same time, with indomitable American spirit, people across the country have sought ways to provide support and relief to the millions affected.
In response to several requests, we have set up a modern-day revival of our Revolutionary ancestors’ Committees of Safety, the Spirit of ’76 Campaign through which Sons of the American Revolution and friends may make contributions directly to the American National Red Cross ( No matter how large or small, one hundred percent of contributions made through the Spirit of ’76 Campaign will go to provide succor to the suffering.  They’ll also offer the victims solace in knowing that they’re not alone, just as Committees of Safety throughout the colonies did nearly 225 years ago.
The Red Cross of the National Capital Region has already deployed 44 trained volunteers and staff and 4 emergency response vehicles to the disaster zone, joiningabout 2,500 Red Cross volunteers also there. The National Capital Region will continue to send people over the next hours, days, weeks.  Best estimates anticipate they will be sheltering thousands of people through Christmas.
Special thanks to Compatriots Richard Cummings and William Ritchie, who have each already pledged $500.00 to kick off our campaign.
Please consider contributing any amount you can at Spirit of ’76 Campaign.

Thank you.


DC Society Sons of the American Revolution Present Law Enforcement Commendation Medal

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 the DC Sons of the American Revolution participated in honoring the accomplishments of members of the Metropolitan Police Department for their outstanding efforts over the past year. Retired Deputy Chief Dr. William O. Ritchie, Compatriot of the DC Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented Officer Sapna Patel the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for the courageous actions that resulted in the arrest of two violent criminals and saved the life of a kidnapped juvenile.
On Saturday, April 2, 2017, authorities in Charlotte, NC responded to a house fire and located two deceased individuals inside, both of whom had been murdered. Additionally, one of the decedents were identified, an investigation revealed that the suspect was their son. The investigation also revealed that a juvenile female had been abducted from the location. An AMBER alert was issued, and it was determined that the juvenile was in the company of the suspect, who was described as operating a white Chevrolet Impala.
On Sunday, April 3, 2017, at approximately 2000 hours, and unknown caller telephoned the DC Office of Unified Communications and indicated that there was a kidnapping in progress. The caller also gave a lookout for a white Chevrolet Impala, in the area of the 900 block of M Street, SE. Multiple patrol and Crime Suppression Team Units began canvassing, and the vehicle was located at 11th and M Streets, SE. A traffic stop was attempted; however, the suspect refused to stop. At this point, a pursuit was initiated and progressed along M Street, SE, and into Southwest. During the pursuit, an additional 911 call was received, this time from a female passenger in the vehicle who advised they had a gun and were not afraid to hurt the child.
The pursuit continued into the 1500 block of Maine Avenue, SW where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist. The crash fully disabled the suspect’s vehicle, but there were no major injuries. First District officers were able to extricate both the male and female suspects from the vehicle without incident, and also rendered assistance to the kidnapped child. Both suspects were apprehended and appropriately charged. Officer Patel provided the first assistance to the child, helped her out the vehicle, and consoled her in a reassuring manner.

Officer Patel is pictured below with is parents, Dr. and Mrs. Tushar G. Patel.


District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution

A Quarterly Newsletter of the District of Columbia Society Sons of the American Revolution

Proudly Serving Washington, DC, Society Established 1890

Volume 1, Issue 1 Spring 2017 Issue


I have been blessed to serve as President of the District of Columbia Society, Sons of the American Revolution for the past two years.  This has been one of the great privileges of my life.

I could not have served you as competently without the outstanding team of officers, board members & trustees who shared my vision of a growing & dynamic SAR.  Through smooth waters & choppy waters, we all pulled on the oars in the same direction for these last two years…and it shows.

Paul Hays is the hardest-working SAR Secretary in the nation.  He, with Cindy’s help beside him, keeps the wheels turning for DCSSAR—and made me a better President!  Brock Bierman, our First Vice President was never without a bold vision & energy.  At DCSSAR we reached higher goals because of his vision.  Carl Bedell, our Second Vice President, is the vision and leadership behind the creation of the Sweethearts & Patriots Ball.  One terrific side benefit of Carl’s successes is that more young men have joined DCSSAR and have graduated into Society leadership positions!  Doug Brooks, our 3rd Vice President, turned a vision of reaching out to Junior ROTC and Civil Air Patrol into an active relationship of investment into those important programs and bringing them into our meetings as Honor Guards.

Additionally I was blessed with active members of the Board of Management and Trustees.  With your involvement we were able to put together two years of good programs!  Beyond that we were able to increase the quality of governance and leadership from within the DCSSAR Board of Management!

All things begin somewhere.  The honor of becoming D.C.’s SAR President, for me, began on May 2, 2015 at the DCSSAR’s 125th Anniversary Gala.  Among other significant events that evening, we presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to General Michael Haydn, former Director of the CIA.

July 4 we celebrated with our historical ceremony by the gravesite of Vice President Elbridge Gerry at the Congressional Cemetery.  Each year this dignified historical ceremony is a highlight of our nation’s birthday!  Shortly thereafter was my very first SAR Congress held in Louisville, Kentucky.  Most memorable was the Council of State Presidents events.  …and of course good bourbon & great cigars!

screen-shot-2017-05-03-at-5-24-22-pmOn September 11, Patriot’s Day, we presented Gold Good Citizenship Medals to Commander Everett Alvarez and Admiral Bob Shumaker.  This spectacular evening was made possible by our generous hosts Dr. Jack London & Dr. Jennifer London.  National SAR President General Tom Lawrence and First Lady Mickey Jo honored us with their presence.

screen-shot-2017-05-03-at-5-26-28-pmNovember 25 was, of course, the Powtomack Debutante Ball.  For many of us, this event is a highlight, celebrating the presentation of our best, brightest and most beautiful CAR young ladies from throughout the nation.

I’ve taken a bit of chronological liberty to show a picture of me dancing with my beautiful daughter at a Powtomac Ball a few years ago.

The last two DCSSAR Christmas Dinners have been held at the Capitol Hill Club, with excellent reviews from our members!  This last year our speaker was David Robarge, the official C.I.A.’s Historian, who shared with us the spy craft skills and procedures developed by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

screen-shot-2017-05-03-at-5-26-41-pmFebruary 7, 2016 & again on February 4, 2017 DCSSAR 2nd Vice President Carl Bedell, his young SAR guys together with the young DAR ladies held the supremely successful Sweethearts & Patriots Gala.  These enormously successful events bring together over 400 attendees and have raised tens of thousands of dollars for military-related charities.  In 2016 they raised $25,000 for the U.S.O.  In 2017 they raised over $30,000 for Dog Tag Bakery.


One favorite event of those who attend is the Thomas Jefferson birthday celebration held each year on April 13.  The event is done in partnership with the National Park Service, who cordon off the Jefferson Memorial for the ceremony, and the Military District of Washington D.C. who provide an honor guard and a military brass ensemble.  It could not be done without the orchestration of Secretary Paul Hays and his beautiful, capable wife Cindy.  Approximately 20 lineage societies are represented, each presenting a wreath on the steps of the Memorial.  DCSSAR has hosted this event for 74 consecutive remarkable years.


One of last year’s great highlights was the May 2, 2016 Installation Dinner featuring Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  The Secretary made himself generously available for individual conversations and pictures throughout the evening.  Secretary Rumsfeld was inducted as a member of DCSSAR.  His ancestor was the scribe of the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Our new officers and board of management members were sworn in and awards were presented.

On January 2, 2017 DCSSAR had a memorable lunch at The University Club where we presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to famed historian & author David McCullough.  This was achieved through the persistent hard work of DCSSAR 1st Vice President Brock Bierman.

The two years that spanned 2015, 2016 & 2017 have gone by too quickly, but I feel confident that I am handing the DCSSAR gavel over to Brock Bierman with an organization that is a bit better than I received it.

God bless you all!


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