The Piedmont Chapter
A Georgia Society - Sons of the American Revolution
2018 Speakers Summary

Location: Roswell Adult Recreational Center

Saturday January 20, 2018

Guest Speaker: GA Representative Betty Price

Topic: The Separation of Church and State

Our guest speaker will be Representative Betty Price, who was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in a special election in July of 2015 to represent House district 48. Her district includes the largest portion of Roswell and some of Alpharetta.

Rep. Price earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from McGill University in Montreal, and worked for over 20 years in the medical field practicing Anesthesiology in Roswell and Marietta. She served on the Boards of the Medical Association of Atlanta and the Medical Association of Georgia and is a past president of the American Medical Women's Association in Atlanta.

Rep. Price is an active member of her community, having served over 5 years on the Roswell City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem of Roswell. She has also served on the boards of numerous non-profits in North Fulton, and 10 years on the Fulton County Board of Health.

Saturday February 17, 2018
Piedmont Chapter Annual Banquet

Guest Speaker: Linda Bhame

Topic: The Family of George Washington

Saturday March 17, 2018

Guest Speaker: John J. Scroggin

Topic: Tax History and Humor

John J. ("Jeff") Scroggin has been married for 39 years and has three children and four grandchildren - who all live in Atlanta.

Jeff has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida Levin College of Law since 2011 and has served as a Founding Director of the Florida Tax Institute since 2012. Jeff was Founding Editor of the NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning from 2006-2010 and was Co-Editor of CCH's Practical Estate Planning from 2204 to 2006. He is the author of over 260 published articles on tax, business and estate planning.

In 2017, Jeff was inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame as its 105th inductee. US News and World Report named him one of the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and he has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Atlanta magazine for the last ten years.

Jeff has been quoted over 100 times in the national media, including 9 times in the Wall Street Journal, 3 times in the New York Times, 2 times in the New York Times International, 3 times in USA Today, 5 times in Forbes Magazine, 3 times in Fortune Magazine and once in the South China Post.

Jeff practices out of an 1889 house in the heart of the historic district of Roswell, Georgia - one of the few areas around Atlanta that was not destroyed during the 1864 Battle for Atlanta. The house contains one of the largest collections of IRS and tax memorabilia in the US. The collection of over 100,000 items was featured in a front-page article in Wall Street Journal on April 15, 2015 - a suitable day for such an article.

Roswell Rotary -
Honor Air

Roswell Rotary -
Honor Air Audio

Saturday April 21, 2018

Guest Speaker: Gene Beckham

Topic: Honor Air

Our SAR Piedmont Chapter speaker for April, 21th 2018 is Gene Beckham, a former President of the Roswell Rotary Club. During his leadership tenure, he founded Roswell Rotary's Honor Air Program, which helps honor our veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. to visit the war memorials committed to recognizing their legacy of service. The scheduled next Honor Air leaving for Washington DC is April 24, 2018 with our members Bob Sapp on board!

"It is amazing to watch the bonds and relationships formed between the veterans who have been on this trip. They are our war heroes and it is our pleasure to honor them," Beckham said.

Veterans visit the World War II, Vietnam and Korean Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington; all in one day.

Beckham described the generation of servicemen as ones who "literally saved the world, but when they came home, they had to go right back to work."

Saturday May 19, 2018

Guest Speaker: George Wheeless

Topic: Charles Carroll, the last signer of the Declaration of Independence

George is a retired school teacher who is a dedicated Compatriot to the values of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a past President of the Casmir Pulaski Chapter SAR and the Secretary of the Georgia Society SAR.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Guest Speaker: Terry Manning

Topic: 25 things that you might not have known about
George Washington.

Terry served as the Georgia State SAR President in 2009, two years as President of the Button Gwinnett chapter, and four years as the Atlanta Chapter President. He lectures on a variety of subjects with about 60 prepared programs, usually in period attire. He has given programs to over 160 individual area organizations.

Terry has completed genealogy to 32 Revolutionary War patriots and 183 family surnames. He and his wife Ginny of 47 years live in Gwinnett County.

Saturday August 18, 2018

Guest Speaker: Henry Bishop
Topic: Antique Rifles

Member: Kentucky Rifle Association
Article: Johannes Bonewitz -- Master Gunsmith

Saturday September 15, 2018

Guest Speaker: GASSAR President Don Burdick

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University.
  • Master of Science degree in Animal Nutrition from Rutgers University.
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 28-year federal civil service career as a research chemist and agronomist.
  • 38-year military career began in 1956.

  • Saturday October 20, 2018

    Guest Speaker: Emil Decker
    Topic: Battle of King's Mountain

    Emil is a retired educator, but still gives History programs in the Forsyth County School System. He reached 2000 students with his Traveling Trunk program.

    An American Revolutionary War re-enactor, he is often called on to depict the colonial soldier at SAR ceremonies and grave dedications.

    The Battle of King's Mountain was a testament to the back-woodsman who, when his freedom was threatened, was more than equal to the task.

    It also marked the end of Loyalist recruitment in the South, and foreshadowed the defeat of Britain's "Southern Strategy".

    Many people in our area can trace their roots back to a Patriot at King's Mountain, but even if you can't, this is a program that you should not miss.

    Saturday November 17, 2018

    Guest Speaker: Carter J. Wood, Georgia SAR Society Northeast Regional VP, current editor of the Georgia Hornets Nest publication.

    Topic: Details of a current operation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    Carter Wood is a ninth generation veteran of service with the US Army, including his 22 years of enlisted and Commissioned service in the regular and reserve forces.

    His patriot ancestor Caleb Bates joined the Massachusetts militia just days after Lexington and Concord. The family tradition continues with his son currently on his 16th deployment in thirty years, this time somewhere in the United Arab Emirates and a grandson recently home from duty at Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Another grandson is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot.

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