Wiregrass Chapter 2022 Officers Installed


The Wiregrass Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, held its monthly meeting, Thursday night January 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the New China Restaurant. With President Wilder Smith, Jr. presiding, there were 18 in attendance, including the Georgia Society Senior Vice President Joe Vancura and four guests, Jim Dekle, Jimmy Leonard, Joyce Fennell and Ginny Smith.

President Smith introduced Georgia Society Senior Vice President Joe Vancura, who presented the chapter with a program on retaining new members. Senior Vice President Vancura then installed new officers as follows: Second Vice President, Alton Reynolds; Secretary/Treasurer, Colby Smith; Registrar and Newsletter Editor, Dess Smith III; Chaplain, Emory Fennell; Historian, Ruskin Powell; and Genealogist, John Derden. Senior Vice President Vancura then installed the 2022 President, Wilder Smith, Jr. Absent and to be installed at a later date are: First Vice President, Steve Burke; Sgt-at-Arms, George King; and Chancellor, Julian Sconyers.

President Wilder then inducted newest member John David Bailey and his two sons that live in New Mexico and Tennessee, Robert Heath Bailey and Adam Brinson Bailey. President Wilder then presented Historian Ruskin Powell with his Military Service Veterans Corps Certificate.

President Wilder updated chapter members on the most recent activities and, then, Registrar Dess Smith III reported on following upcoming events: Georgia Society Annual BOM meeting in Duluth on January 28 – January 29; Elijah Clarke Event on Friday, February 11, at 1:30 p.m.; Kettle Creek Battlefield event in Wilkes County on Saturday, February 12, at 9 a.m., the Education Day event on the Brier Creek Battlefield on March 4 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.; the Brier Creek Revolutionary War Battlefield Association, Inc. Annual Banquet on Friday night, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. and the 243rd anniversary celebration Brier Creek Battlefield event on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m.

If you would like to become a member of the Wiregrass Chapter, call Dess Smith III at 478-299-1039 or e-mail him at saussure@bellsouth.net.


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