The Piedmont Chapter
A Georgia Society - Sons of the American Revolution
2015 Speakers Summary

Location: Roswell Adult Recreational Center

Saturday January 17, 2015

Guest Speaker: Chris Cooper -
Topic: "Strokes, Awareness and Response"

BIO: Chris Cooper has been with the City of Roswell for 31 years, with the Roswell Fire Department for 11 years, and is the Assistant to the City of Roswell Fire Marshall. Chris is a trained Emergency Medical Technician.

His favorite saying when speaking to a group: "I'm here from the government. I am here to help"

Signs of a Stroke: (remember as an acronym) F.A.S.T.
Facial - One side will droop or a smile is not symmetrical.
Arm - Weakness on one side. The grip in one hand will be weak.
Slurred Speech & Confusion
Telephone 911 (Even if you doubt that someone may or may not have had a stroke, always call 911)

58,267 men & women's names are engraved on black granite wall at the Memorial in Washington DC.

Eight of those names are army nurses.

To treat the wounded at the 3rd Field Hospital Triage, there were:
39 combat medics
42 doctors
3 voluteers
Donna was the only RN

Newspaper article about Donna Rowe's experience.
Saturday February 28, 2015
21st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The Piedmont Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution request the pleasure of the company of Members and their guest at the 21st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet & George Washington Birthday Celebration $40.00 per person. Dress: Black tie, Business Suit, Kilt or Uniform
Guest Speaker: Donna C. Rowe - US Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969

Topic: Her experience at the 3rd Field Hospital Triage during the Vietnam War

BIO: Donna has served her community in many organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Diabetes Association, CASA (Abused Children), GA Regional Transportation Authority, Atlanta Regional Commission (Environmental Collaborative) , Fannie Mae (Executive Board), various schools' PTSA, GA Vietnam Veterans Alliance (Director), GA Vietnam Business Assoc., Cobb County Republican Women's Club (President 2003), Cobb Assoc. of REALTORS (President 1994), GA Assoc. of REALTORS and the National Assoc. of REALTORS.

Donna was recently featured in "The Kathleen Story" segment of the World Film Festival's award winning Vietnam War documentary film: In The Shadow of The Blade - Trailer

Saturday March 21, 2015

Guest Speaker: Paula Nelson - Regent, Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter NSDAR

Topic: The Martha Stewart Bulloch DAR Society

BIO: Paula Nelson is Regent of the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter, NSDAR, in Roswell, Georgia and State Women's Issues Chairman for the Georgia State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

At the chapter level, Paula has served as Chapter Recording Secretary, First Vice Regent, Chapter Constitution Week Chairman, Program Chairman, Women's Issues Chairman, DAR Literature Chairman, Children of the American Revolution Chairman, By-Laws Chairman, and served on the Finance Committee, Flag of the United States Committee, and the Membership Committee.

At the State level, Ms. Nelson has served as State Regent's Project Chairman, Constitution Week Vice Chairman, and member of the State Credentials Committee. She is a member of the Cameo Society and the State Chairman's Club.

Paula also served as the Senior President of the Martha Stewart Bulloch Children of the American Revolution Society from 2012-2014.

Saturday April 18, 2015
Guest Speaker: Lt. Col. (Ret) Jonathan B. Nepute -
Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC program at
Centennial High School

Topic: The JROTC program and how that can interface with our SAR chapter programs

BIO: Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan B. Nepute retired on September 1st, 2012 after 26 1/2 years of active federal service and over 33 years of total military service. He is currently serving as the Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC program at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia.

His last active duty assignment was as the Professor of Military Science (Army ROTC) at California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California from June 2008 to May 2012.

Saturday May 16, 2015
Guest Speaker: Past Chapter President Bob Sapp

Topic: The SAR Insignia & Award Medals

BIO: Bob Served in the US Army Air Force for 18 months after July 1945 as a part of the occupation forces in Germany.
Bob is a graduate of NC State College with BS in Civil Engineering and of Georgia State with an MBA in Management. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation for 36 years and participated in the design of the C-130, C-141, C-5 and L-1011 wings. After retiring from Lockheed he organized tours with tour companies and as a member of Educational Opportunities toured European countries as well as Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco. Bob has been active in genealogical research.
Bob Sapp has been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution for 20 years, serving as a member of the Piedmont Chapter and GA state color guard, Piedmont Chapter President, Chapter Registrar, Chapter Genealogist, and Georgia State Society President in 2011.

Bob has received the following SAR awards:
SAR's Bronze & Silver Color Guard
Silver Good Citizenship
Meritorious Service
Patriot, and Liberty medals.

  June 2015   Annual Picnic - No guest speaker.

No Photo
1) GASSAR President
Tom Owen

No Photo
2) Atlanta Chapter President Terry Manning

Saturday July 18, 2015   Two guest speakers at this meeting!

1) GASSAR President, Thomas M. Owen

The Piedmont Chapter was privileged to have GASSAR President, Thomas M. Owen at the July chapter meeting. He spoke about the Georgia Society, stressing the need to increase our membership. The Georgia Society for most of the past ten years has been dealing with a glass ceiling of fluctuating member numbers and heavy turnover of core SAR people. We seldom turnover our BOM members, Committee Members, nor our Color Guard and the challenge is to encourage this same level of commitment from each of our members. He noted that we presently have 32 Chapters and that three new chapters are in the plans for this year. He said our present membership is 1719 and our organization has remained near this level for several years. President Owen said we acquire about 150-250 new members each year, but on the down side we lose nearly that same amount. Retention of core memberships is essential if we are to thrive as an organization.

We are charged with the responsibility of preserving the memory and traditions of the Patriots of the Revolutionary War. We perpetuate their accomplishments via membership strength and it is through that strength in numbers that we can succeed.

President Owen suggested that we look at the DAR and the success they have had in increasing their membership. He mentioned encouraging the sons of DAR members to join the SAR, sharing the GASSAR Hornet's Nest newsletter, merchandizing and promoting the SAR brand to the business community.

He spoke briefly about the SAR National Congress indicating that the South Atlantic District swept the awards and Georgia was recognized twenty five times at the award ceremony. He also noted that three GASSAR members were elected to national positions: Dr. Ed Rigel, Sr. South Atlantic Vice President General, Larry T. Guzy Treasurer General and J. Michael Tomme, Sr. Secretary General.

2) Compatriot Terry Manning

Our entertaining guest speaker at this meeting was Terry Manning. Terry is President of the Atlanta Chapter of the SAR, as well as a member of the SAR Speakers Bureau. Terry spoke about "Martha Washington - A Brief Biography". Her obituary noted that, "She was the worthy partner of the worthiest of men."

In addition to the guest speakers, a presentation was made to Robby Griffin, whose entry in this year's Brochure Contest was our Chapter winner, the Georgia Society winner, and the National Society winner. Robby's parents and his teacher Jonathan Fickley were also with him. Congratulations to Robby!

Saturday August 15, 2015

Guest Speaker: Robert C. Jones - Author and
President of the Kennesaw Historical Society

Topic: "The Revolutionary War in Georgia and South Carolina".

Robert is also Programs and Education chairman of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, which helped fund the 40,000 square foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA.

Robert has written a number of books on Civil War, Revolutionary War, railroad and ghost town themes. They can all be accessed from this Web site:

"This book looks at the fighting in two of those states - Georgia, and South Carolina. While I would never claim that the Revolutionary War was won or lost in my home state of Georgia, one probably could make the case that the Revolution was won in South Carolina, because of a brave group of Colonial regular army, militia and partisan leaders and soldiers. The battles of Sullivan's Island, Cowpens and Kings Mountain were significant victories for the Colonials, and the latter two were key battles in winning the Revolution." - Robert C. Jones

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The Honorable T. Jackson Bedford is featured in the November 2015 Piper.
Saturday September 19, 2015

Guest Speaker: The Honorable T. Jackson Bedford -
Deputy Chief Judge of Fulton County

Topic: His patriot ancestor

Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr., is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law, was elected to the Superior Court of Fulton County in 1996, where he still serves today, having been re-elected numerous times. He is currently the Deputy Chief Judge. He is an active member of various bar associations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Cobb County Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Judge Bedford was the President of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1994-95 and is also a Past President of the Atlanta Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Judge Bedford is a Past President of the Emory Law Alumni Association, a position he held for three years. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School where he taught Advanced Litigation skills. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Brandon's Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping children and families of children fighting cancer. He is a long-time member of the Buckhead Business Association and is a sought after speaker for various continuing legal education programs on the topic of professionalism ethics, discovery abuses and litigation skills.

Judge Bedford's favorite charitable activity is directing the Atlanta Santa Project, which he founded over 20 years ago. This project of the Atlanta Bar Foundation provides Santas and Elves to thousands of disadvantaged children and mentally challenged adults every Christmas season. Judge Bedford, as Santa, and his wife, Patty, as Mrs. Claus visit the Battered Women's Shelter every Christmas Eve and Egleston's Children's Hospital every Christmas morning. Additionally, as Santa, he has seen the troops off at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Christmas morning for a number of years.

Judge Bedford is a Vietnam Veteran, having flown over 100 combat support missions as a Naval Flight Officer in an A1 Skyraider. He is active in the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and serves whenever possible as a judge of the Veteran's Day Parade held in downtown Atlanta.

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Judge Bedford's father was in Indochina when war broke out in the Pacific. See a copy of
the Declaration of War Teletype - (Note: This was to forces across the International Date Line so dated Dec 8th.)

  October 2015   "Bring a Friend' meeting - No guest speaker.

Saturday November 21, 2015

Guest Speaker: Carter Wood
Regional Vice President, Northeast Region, Georgia Society SAR

Topic: Origination and Importance of Armistice Day

Carter is Regional VP - Northeast, president of the Lyman Hall Chapter SAR, editor of the GASSAR quarterly publication "The Hornet's Nest", and GASSAR publicity Committee Chairman.

Armistice Day began after WW1 to commemorate the surrender of the German force at the end of WW1. His talk also incorporated a slide presentation of various locations in and around France and their importance in this celebration. A capsule history of the various military and political figures of this era was included as part of his presentation.

Saturday December 19, 2015
Guest Speaker: Terry Manning

Topic: "The History of Santa Claus"

BIO: Terry is president of the Atlanta Chapter SAR, Americanism Committee Chairman, past president Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, and an accomplished speaker on a wide variety of subjects.

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