Welcome to Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter

Virginia Society Sons of the
American Revolution

About The SAR

National Society

  The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence.  As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations -- one nation and one people.   

Make the dream of our patriot ancestors a reality. Hundreds of thousands of men are eligible for membership, and members are available to assist you with your application  process.​ If you are interested in becoming a member of the SAR, or for further information, please contact a member of your local SAR chapter.​ 

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Virginia Society

The purposes and objectives of this Virginia Society and The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of the men, who by their services or sacrifices during the War of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people. 

  CHAPTERS OF THE VIRGINIA SOCIETY · Clinch Mountain Militia Chapter · Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter · Col. George Waller Chapter · Col. James Wood II Chapter · Col. William Grayson Chapter · Culpeper Minute Men Chapter · Dan River Chapter · Fairfax Resolves Chapter, McLean · Fincastle Resolutions Chapter, Roanoke · Fort Harrison Chapter, Harrisonburg · Gen. Daniel Morgan Chapter, Greater Augusta County · Gen. William Campbell Chapter, Abingdon · George Mason Chapter, Arlington · George Washington Chapter, Alexandria · James Monroe Chapter, Montross · Lt. David Cox Chapter, Independence · Martin’s Station Chapter, Cumberland Gap · New River Valley Chapter, Narrows · Norfolk Chapter, Norfolk · Overmountain Men Chapter, Gate City · Rappahannock Chapter, Tappahannock · Richard Henry Lee Chapter, Irvington · Richmond Chapter, Richmond · Rockbridge Volunteers Chapter, Lexington · Thomas Jefferson Chapter, Charlottesville · Williamsburg Chapter, Williamsburg  VASSAR Chapters.

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Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter

The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter is the Virginia Society's Best Medium for 2011 -2016. The chapter serves the Battlefields and City's of Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Gloucester county's of Virginia through sponsoring the following Programs.

  · Hampton Veterans Center Quarterly BINGO for the Vets, 57 years running. 

· Provides The Thomas Nelson Jr. Scholarship for students of the Thomas Nelson Jr. Community College in Hampton VA. Starting with the founding of the Collage.

 · Marking the Graves of Virginia Patriots of the American Revolution and Compatriots of the Society who gave outstanding service during their lifetimes.

 · Attending Anniversary’s and Historic events that recognize The Ideals of the American Revolution and Support other origination s with shared Goals.

 · ROTC and JROTC recognition program.

· Eagle Scout Recognition program. · High school Student Essay contest.

· Elementary School Poster Contest. · Teacher of the Year Recognition. 

· Recognition of emergency services in the Area through Fire, Police and EMS awards.

 · Speakers Bureau.

 · Genealogy research assistance and support.


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Chapter Officers and Programs

Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter Meetings

Next Membership meeting is Thursday June 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm the Social will start Meeting will me at 7:00pm. The Speaker will be Charles Belfield of the James Monroe Chapter. The meeting will be at the Boxwood Inn in Newport News, VA

Please RSVP by June 6th, 2017 see the May 2017 Governor's Chronicle for more details.

The September 14th, 2017 Meeting program will be Dr Cynthia Callaway from Thomas Nelson Community Collage. Will be making a presentation at the Membership meeting for the Chapter’s efforts in supporting TNCC and tell us about the history or our Chapter and The Thomas Nelson Jr. Community College.   


2017 Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter Officers

2016 VASSAR President Ed Truslow (on Left) Swears In the 2017 Thomas Nelson Jr. Officers at the James River Country Club, January 2017.

President Dan Warren, MD 

1st Vice President Robert Haley 

2nd Vice President Gary Hodges 

Secretary Mason Ware 

Treasurer Rick Elofson 

Registrar Everett Fedlt 

Public Relations Sam Endicott 

Surgeon William Old III MD

Veterans Support

Veterans Support at the Hampton VA Hospital. Compatriots of the Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter conduct BINGO games at the Hampton VA to provide some fun and snacks for our Vets.

The Next Game is July 3rd, 2017. Compatriot Ken Wood will be marshaling the Chapter member who volunteered. Remember to answer the Call, from Ken that is !

VASSAR Eagle Scout Recognition Program

 The Virginia Society Eagle Scout Scholarship Competition offers applicants opportunities to win awards at all three levels: Chapter, State, and National. To participate in the Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in Virginia, eligible Eagle Scouts must be sponsored by one of Virginia's  VASSAR Chapters, unless sponsored by the Virginia Society, in the event no regional chapter representation exists. Winners of chapter competitions will have the opportunity to compete for one of the three Virginia Society SAR.

Cash Scholarship Awards, ranging from $200 to $1000. The application of the First Place Winner of the Virginia Competition will be       forwarded to NSSAR for entry in the National Scholarship Competition. 

George and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

In 2016 The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter was Proud to be the Sponcer of Mitchel Wood ( on left ). Mitch Wood won the State level and will be competing in July 2017 for the National award.

 To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the  American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based  upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation. 

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Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

 The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high school students in that same grade range. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.  

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Chapter Programs Cont'

ROTC/JROTC Program and Contest

 For ROTC or JROTC units with fewer than five hundred cadets or midshipmen, one ROTC or JROTC Recognition medal will be awarded each year. For larger units, one medal may be presented for every five  hundred students enrolled in the unit. In cases where a school has more  than one ROTC or JROTC unit, each unit is counted separately. The Silver ROTC Medal is presented only to students in a college or university ROTC unit and no recipient may receive it more than once. The Bronze JROTC Medal was authorized in 1965, and is presented only to students in secondary school JROTC and no recipient may receive it more than once .

Public Safety and Heroism Awards

  Each year the Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter recognizes an outstanding Police Officer, Firefighter and EMS service member from a different city in the area. In November 2016 The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter presented the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Detective Collete Nielson ( pictured above with Chapter President Bruce Meyer ) of the Newport News Police Force for her service to the community. In September 2016 the chapter presented the Firefighters Award to Stuart Fisher, a veteran of twenty one years and is assigned to Station 10(Hidenwood). Mr. Fisher also is involved in the operation of Virginia Task Force II. 

Good Citizen of the Year

The 2016 Chapter and VASSAR Good Citizen of the Year is John Yates. Throughout his life John has demonstrated all the qualities of a good citizen and has generously contributed his time, talent, and treasure to his community, state, and nation in service to his church, civic organizations, schools, and government. In recognition of his service, the Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter is proud to present to John the National Society Bronze Good Citizenship Medal.

You can read more about John's bio in the January newsletter.

Old Glory Display Reconition

VASSAR Flag Recognition Program recognizes Organizations or individuals for proper display of the United States Flag. Pictured above Thomas Nelson Jr. 1st VP Gary Hodges raises Old Glory over the Rescue Rutan Hall in Isle of Wight. Do you know of a properly displayed Flag ? Click in the picture for Program contact information.

Virginia History Day support

The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter supports Virginia History day with Volunteer judges at district contest and for the Virginia state contest hosted by the Virginia Historical society. Click on the picture to go to the VHS web site for more information,

Patriot Graves Program

The Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter has an active program to promote the memory of our Patriot Ancestors. The Chapter has marked the Graves of many Revolutionary war soldiers and a few past Compatriots who have served with distinction.

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