The Piedmont Chapter
A Georgia Society - Sons of the American Revolution
2017 Speakers Summary

Location: Roswell Adult Recreational Center

Saturday January 21, 2017

Guest Speaker: SAR Compatriot Bob Sapp

Topic: Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston

Dr. Joseph Warren (June 11, 1741 - June 17, 1775) was an American physician who played a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British garrison in Boston was setting out to raid the town of Concord and arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Warren participated in the next day's Battles of Lexington and Concord, which are commonly considered to be the opening engagements of the American Revolutionary War. Warren had been commissioned a Major General in the colony's militia shortly before the June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. Rather than exercising his rank, Warren served in the battle as a private soldier, and was killed in combat when British troops stormed the redoubt atop Breed's Hill.

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Saturday February 18, 2017
23rd Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Guest Speaker: Wayne Brown ~
President of the GA State Society Sons of the American Revolution

Topic: John Glover, Revolutionary Hero

Wayne spoke about an overlooked hero of the Revolution John Glover, a fisherman, merchant, and military leader from Marblehead, MA who served as a Brigadier General under George Washington. General Glover used his skills as a mariner to ferry Washington's troops from Long Island across the East River to Manhattan (and safety from the British). Wayne's delivery was very entertaining and enlightening.

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Saturday March 18, 2017
The March meeting was held at J Christopher's in Roswell, GA.

Guest Speaker: Hal Coleman

Hal Coleman is a full time Speaker, Consultant, Trainer, Coach, Mentor And Entertainer.

He brings his humorous and provocative presentations that are meant to disorient and dislodge old styles of thinking, clearing the way for NEW GROWTH.

Hal's expert ability in delivering precision information with humor drives the new information and the fresh, counter-intuitive information home into long term memory for lasting change.

Hal's knowledge of how to unlock the center of the brain that invites change rather than resist change are remarkable, and his mesmerizing delivery make him a much sought after speaker.

Hal has been honing his craft of HUMOR over the years earning him (Nov. 2001) induction into The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame for both his songwriting and for his characterization (his alter-ego.) as storyteller extraordinaire Milton Crabapple!

Hal's accomlishments include...

Author of 5 books
November, 2001 - Inducted into The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame for years of songwriting and entertaining
Past President of The Georgia Pest Control Association
Instructor with GPCA's Train the Trainer program
Co-wrote a number one country song, "The Bird" recorded by Jerry Reed. Also had songs recorded by Ray Stevens, The Burch Sisters and others.
Hal's alter ego, "Milton Crabapple", also inducted into The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.
Newpaper Columnist
Radio talk show host
Guest on numerous radio and TV shows
Keynote Speaker
Transforming a one-man-with-a-spraycan bug business into a million dollar company.
And Rotarian!

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Saturday April 15, 2017

Guest Speaker: George Thurmond ~
Past President of the Piedmont Chapter

Topic: Thomas Sumter ~ American Revolutionary War Hero,
US Representative from South Carolina

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"Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 - June 1, 1832) was a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia; a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence, a planter, and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801 to 1810, when he retired. Sumter was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock," for his fierce fighting style against British soldiers after they burned down his house during the Revolution.

In February 1776, Sumter was elected lieutenant colonel of the Second Regiment of the South Carolina Line of which he was later appointed colonel. He subsequently was appointed brigadier general, a post he held until the end of the war. He participated in several battles in the early months of the war, i ncluding the campaign to prevent an invasion of Georgia. Perhaps his greatest military achievement was his partisan campaigning, which contributed to Lord Cornwallis' decision to abandon the Carolinas for Virginia.

Sumter acquired the nickname, "Carolina Gamecock," during the American Revolution for his fierce fighting tactics. After the Battle of Blackstock's Farm, British General Banastre Tarleton commented that Sumter "fought like a gamecock", and Cornwallis described the Gamecock as his 'greatest plague'."
  via Wikipedia

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Saturday May 20, 2017

Guest Speaker: Compatriot Michael Martin

Topic: His ancestor Peter Strozier, who fought in the Battle of Kettle Creek during the Revolutionary War.

June 2015   Annual Picnic - No guest speaker.

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Saturday July 15, 2017

Guest Speaker: Judge Maurice H. Hilliard, Jr.

Topic: The Early Days of Law - How Laws Became Laws in the United States

Judge Hilliard is a graduate of Bass High School (1952) in Atlanta, where he played Varsity Football, and Basketball, and served as the charter President of the Block "B" Athletic Letterman's Club. He graduated from Mercer University (1956) with a major in law. While there he was selected by Phi Delta Theta Fraternity as the "Outstanding Freshman" and "Outstanding Senior". After attending Emory University School of Law he received his LLB Degree from Atlanta Law School (1958). He was commissioned, and served, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

He and his Wife, Joan, a nationally recognized artist, and their four children settled in Roswell in 1961, where he became Roswell's first full-time lawyer. He served as a co-founder of the North Fulton Bar Association, and was its charter president in 1980-81.

He was appointed by the Mayor and Council to the newly created post of Solicitor of the Municipal Court of Roswell, and served as such from July 1, 1979 until he resigned to run for Judge in August of 1980. He was elected by an overwhelming majority, and was reelected every four years since that time. The office became a full-time position approximately fifteen years ago, and he closed his private practice law office at that time.

Judge Hilliard has served as a part-time State Court Judge in Forsyth, and Cherokee Counties since 1983, and as a part-time Superior Court Judge in the Appalachian, and Northeastern Judicial Circuits during the period from 1996 through 2000.

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Saturday August 19, 2017

Guest Speaker: Past President Jim McIntire

Topic: "Sounds of Home"

Jim McIntire was born in Wilmington, NC. After graduation from Birmingham-Southern College, he spent five years in college administration and then entered the field of Public Accounting in 1972.

He has been a member of the SAR since 2002, Past President of the Piedmont Chapter from March 2008 to Feb 2009, recipient of the Service to Veterans Medal, Jack Martin Membership Trophy, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Roger Sherman Medal and the Chapter Medal of Distinguished Service by the Piedmont Chapter of the GASSAR.

Outside the SAR, he is a life member of the Clan MacIntyre Association, member of the the Lower Cape Fear (NC) Historical Society, and currently serves as a Director of the Saint Andrew's Society of Atlanta, to which he is a member.

He also holds memberships in the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, served as Chairman of the Language and Life Division of the Roswell Folk and Heritage Bureau, Treasurer of the Roswell Memorial Day Committee, Charter Member of the Army in Atlanta Museum Foundation at Ft. McPherson, and member of Roswell Lodge No 165 of Free and Accepted Masons.

Jim and his wife, Robin, are members of Roswell Presbyterian Church.

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Saturday September 16, 2017

Guest Speaker: Georgia 56th District Senator John Albers

Topic: Our National Anthem

  Georgia State Senator John Albers represents the 56th District, which includes portions of Fulton and Cherokee County. He serves as chairman of State and Local Governmental Operations and vice chairman of the Public Safety committee. He is also serving as the secretary of the Finance Committee and member of the MARTOC and Appropriations committees. Senator Albers is a member of the Senate leadership serving as the Chief Deputy Whip.

Senator Albers has long been an active member of his community. His affiliations include the Board of Directors for: World Chamber of Commerce, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation (past chairman), Roswell Fire & Police Foundation, Chamberlain Nursing College, MediStreams, Saratoga Holdings, Activity Buzz, Concord , Ownersite, GreenPrint, Gilsbar Holdings, Tony Nobis Foundation and Sigma Phi Epsilon KY Beta Alumni Board.

Senator Albers is proud Republican Party member (National, Georgia, Fulton & Cherokee), RUMC Job Networking Industry Guide, Scout Leader, National Rifle Association, Georgia Carry, Roswell Area Park (youth sports coach), Roswell Historical Society, Friends of Bullock Hall, Kiwanis, Roswell Rotary, US Air Force Civil Air Patrol and the Roswell Sons of the American Legion.

Senator Albers is a fourth generation firefighter serving as a volunteer in Alpharetta and member of the Georgia Firefighters Association. In 2011 and 2015, Senator Albers was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.

Senator Albers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Albers also graduated from the University of Georgia, Legislative Leadership Institute. When not attending to state business, Senator Albers is an executive, business owner and entrepreneur. He and his wife, Kari of 22 years, have two sons: Will and Ryan living in Roswell and are members of Roswell United Methodist Church.
August 2015 - Senate Press Office

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Saturday October 21, 2017

Guest Speaker: Hank Freedman

Topic: Military Highlights and Spiritual Experience from WWII

  Hank Freedman is an Army veteran of World War II. He was a machine gunner with the rank of technician fourth grade. Hank fought with the 106th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Hank's division suffered 50 percent casualties in this, the largest land battle in US history. On 19 December 1944 he and about 25 of his comrades were captured. Hank Freedman spent 98 days as a Nazi Prisoner of War. Hank was awarded the Bronze Star, and later in 2011 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

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Saturday November 18, 2017

Guest Speaker: Bill Kabel

Topic: The Purple Heart Medal

Bill is past President of the Piedmont Chapter (March 2015 - Feb 2016) and also the GASSAR Veterans Committee Chairman.

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Saturday December 16, 2017

Guest Speaker: Hank Freedman

Topic: Military Highlights from WWII (cont.)

  Hank Freedman is an Army veteran of World War II. He was a machine gunner with the rank of technician fourth grade. Hank fought with the 106th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Hank's division suffered 50 percent casualties in this, the largest land battle in US history. On 19 December 1944 he and about 25 of his comrades were captured. Hank Freedman spent 98 days as a Nazi Prisoner of War. Hank was awarded the Bronze Star, and later in 2011 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

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