The Piedmont Chapter
A Georgia Society - Sons of the American Revolution
2016 Speakers Summary

Location: Roswell Adult Recreational Center

Saturday January 16, 2016

Guest Speaker: SAR Compatriot & Professional Genealogist Tom Chrisman

Topic: Genealogy

Tom will offer his experiences during the past 10 years of doing research along with a power point presentation that includes insite into:

How to get started
Where to look
Avoiding pitfalls
Why research can be rewarding
Benefits of membership in one of the heredity societies

AUDIO Presentation: Genealogy - 'Who do we think we are?"
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Saturday February 20, 2016
22nd Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Guest Speaker: Larry Guzy

Topic: Where to Now_We are not done yet

"Without growing the membership, we cannot hope to continue staffing our positions, finding people to make presentations, or any number of things we feel are important to our Society's health."

"Most of us do not join to have something worthwhile to do.
We join to honor and preserve our past. "

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Saturday March 19, 2016

Guest Speaker: George Thurmond

Topic: Carolina Day

Compatriot George Thurmond spoke to our members and guests about Carolina Day, also known as the 'Battle of Sullivan's Island'.

AUDIO Presentation: Carolina Day
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George's Powerpoint Presentation   (Transfers to your Downloads folder)

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Saturday April 16, 2016

Guest Speaker: Gail Jennings

Topic: The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter DAR member Gail Jennings will speak to our members and guests about the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in the winning of the war with Japan in World War II. Gail's heritage and keen interest in Native American history and affairs made her a natural to Chair the MSBDAR American Indian Committee.

AUDIO Presentation: Navajo Code Talkers
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(Note: Gail will ask "How many Marines do we have in the room?"
Laughter follows since Rick Reese was the only one.)

Brochure of Peter McDonald   (Opens new window. Close it when finished viewing and return here.)

Outline: Code Talkers
History of the navajo nation and their language
The early years
The long walk (the Navajo trail of tears)
Boarding schools
Reservation life at the beginning of world war ii
The need for secure communication in wartime
    • World War I:
    • World War II:
    • Comanche code talkers in Europe:
Navajo code talkers
Creation of the code language
Navajo code talkers in action
Navajo code talker uniform

"In jungle combat in the Pacific, the Navajos' innate strength, ingenuity, scouting and tracking ability, habitual Spartan lifestyle, and utter disregard for hardships stood them in remarkably good stead."

Saturday May 21, 2016 -   Meeting at J. Christopher's Restaurant

Guest Speaker: Georgia SAR President Allen Greenly

Topic: "The Life of a Patriot"

BIO: Allen joined the SAR in October 2008. He became President of the Piedmont Chapter in 2011. In 2012, he was asked to help form the Robert Forsyth Chapter, which received its Charter on October 5, 2013 and chartered with 53 members. Allen served as President of the Robert Forsythe Chapter until January 2015. He became Senior Vice President of the Georgia Society SAR in January 2015 and President in January 2016. Allen also belongs to the Descendants of George Washington's Army at Valley Forge (the Valley Forge Society), the Society of 1812 and the Sons of the Revolution.

Allen is married to the former Jane Goulet and together they have 4 daughters and 9 grandchildren.

  Saturday June 18, 2016 -  No guest speaker scheduled

Annual Summer Picnic at the Roswell Area Park
The Piedmont Chapter and the Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the DAR is having its Annual Summer Picnic on June 18 at Shelter No 1 at the Roswell Area Park. The food is again catered by The Rib Ranch.

Saturday July 16, 2016

Guest Speaker: Paulette Snoby

Topic: "American Medical Care during the American Revolution through the Civil War"

This is a non-fiction study of how medical treatments advanced during wartime, focusing on the explosion of innovation during the Civil War.

BIO: Paulette is a Registered Nurse, with an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a master's degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an accomplished author and a student of medical history. She is currently a Docent at Barrington Hall in Roswell, and has previously been a Docent at the Teaching Museum of Fulton County North and a Docent at the Roswell Historical Society.

Rick's Presentation:
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Saturday August 20, 2016

Guest Speaker: Chapter President Rick Reese Jr.

Topic: "The Reconstruction of Captain William Ebenezer Brockett's Home"

After the war ended, Revolutionary War Patriot William Ebenezer Brockett moved from North Carolina. He built his family home in Smith County, TN, and in that house he raised 11 children. The home remained in the Brockett family until recent times, after which it fell into disrepair. This is the story of the home's discovery, relocation, and painstaking reconstruction to its former image.

Saturday September 17, 2016

Guest Speaker: Michael McKenzie

Topic: "The 'New' Fire Science and its Impact
(Past and Present) on the Innocent"

BIO:   Mr. McKenzie has more than thirty eight years of experience litigating disputes for a wide variety of clients. He tried to verdict more than 30 "arson" cases over a period spanning approximately twenty years beginning in 1978, and spent the last two decades of his career as a litigator with Cozen O'Connor litigating a wide variety of fire cases throughout the country.

Since retiring in 2012, he has worked with the University of Michigan Innocence Project to free three men wrongfully convicted of "arson", who spent a combined 52 years in prison before they were exonerated. He also teamed with the Southern Center for Human Rights to successfully dismiss the indictment against a young lady wrongfully charged with "arson". During his career he was part of the defense team which freed another man convicted of "arson", who spent four years in prison before he was released.

During his career, he tried cases to verdict in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Mr. McKenzie earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1974 and his law degree at Mercer University in 1977, where he was Lead Articles Editor of the Mercer Law Review. He was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1977.

Saturday October 15, 2016

Guest Speaker: David Bessho

Topic: David will talk about Army civil affairs operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

BIO:   David M. Bessho is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Cozen O'Connor, a national law firm based in Philadelphia, where he practices insurance litigation. He was also an Army officer from 1983 to 2011. He served on active duty as an infantry officer with the 3d Infantry Division in Germany and the 2d Infantry Division in South Korea. Upon leaving active duty, he continued to serve in the Army Reserve with the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). He was called back to active duty in 2002 for deployment to Afghanistan and again in 2007 for deployment to Iraq before retiring as a colonel in 2011. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, and Master Parachutist Badge.

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Saturday November 19, 2016

Guest Speaker: Colonel Carey E. Cole

Topic: A Generation of Leadership, the U.S. Army

BIO:   Colonel Carey E. Cole was born in Jefferson City, MO and received Bachelor and Master's degree in Finance from the University of Missouri. He receiving a draft notice from the US Army in October 1966. He then enlisted in the Army and was chosen for the College Option Officer Candidate School Program. After attending Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training and Quartermaster Officer Candidate School at Ft. Lee, VA., he served as President of his OCS class. Cole was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in August 1967, and was then stationed at Ft. Lee as an instructor. He was released from active duty in August 1969 and began working with the E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company.

He remained in the U.S. Army Reserves and served as a Finance Officer in the 374 Finance Disbursing Section with the 79th US Army Reserve Command. Cole was promoted to Captain in 1974 and served as a Press Officer with the 300th Public Information Detachment of the 81st US Army Reserve Command. Cole and his family moved with DuPont in 1978 to Flint, MI, where he was Company Commander of Company D of the 2nd Brigade Infantry, 70th Division Training. He was then promoted to the rank of Major in 1980.

He transferred to Wilmington, DE in 1985 and joined the 2076th U.S. Army Reserve Forces School, 97th US Army Reserve Command and served in positions of Unit Training Officer and Officer in Charge of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, Ordnance Training Program, Adjutant (S-1) and Operations Officer (S-3). He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1987 and became the Assistant Commandant of the 2076th US Army Reserve Forces School in charge of Ordnance Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD.

In 1991, Cole was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm and served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Evaluation and Standardization for the US Army Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He was promoted to Colonel in 1992 and became Commandant of the 2072d US Army Reserve School, 79th Army Reserve Command in Philadelphia, PA. In 1995 he was selected to be the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel for the 79th US Army Reserve Command consisting of 10,000 soldiers. Colonel Cole retired in that position in June 1996.

His Army education includes Officer Candidate School, Instructor Training, Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, USA Infantry School-Infantry Branch Refresher Course for Senior Officers and the Air Force War College.

His major Army decorations include Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal with OLC, and the Legion of Merit.

Cole retired from the E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company in 2001 after working 31 years in many high senior management positions. After retiring he and his wife of 51 years, Mary Roberts Cole, moved to the Atlanta area in order to be near their daughter and three grandsons.

Colonel Cole has both paternal and maternal X-great grandfathers that served in the American Revolution, and Bill Kabel is helping him with his SAR application. Both Cole & Kabel went through OCS training together.

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Saturday December 17, 2016

Guest Speaker: Dave Thomas

Topic: An overview of the volunteer program at
Chattahoochee River NRA

BIO:   Dave Thomas was born in Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Alaska when he was two years old. With that, he grew up using the outdoors as his personal playground. He learned, through his dad, a respect and appreciation for nature. He knew in his early years that he wanted a job that allowed him to work and play in the out-of-doors.

Dave graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation Management. To complete his degree, he interned at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. He then worked seasonally in Interpretation at Carlsbad Caverns and at Grand Teton National Park. Dave's first permanent position was at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2004 as a park ranger. His collateral duties included being the Special Events Coordinator, SCA Coordinator, and VIP Coordinator.

In 2008, he accepted the Volunteer Coordinator position at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Since he took on this position, he has grown the VIP program from approximately 16,000 VIP hours annually to over 40,000 VIP hours annually. He have developed strong partnerships with several key organizations in the area, corporations such as GE and Coca-Cola, and environmental groups such as Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper. He have served in this position from then to the present.

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