Black Powder Class

Immediately following the upcoming Fall Board of Managers meeting, I will be conducting a NRA Muzzleloading Class on November 11th and 12th.  This class will be divided into two elements: a six hour classroom portion and a six to seven hour field exercise where the students will demonstrate the safe handling and firing of a black powder rifle/musket, pistol and shotgun.   It is necessary that anyone interested in attending this class send me their name, address and phone number prior to October 1st.  This is necessary as I need to send all the participants the class materials prior to attending this class. 

The recommended cost for this class is $150.00; however, in an effort to train as many CASSAR members in the safe handling of black powder firearms the cost of his class will be $35.00.  This fee will help to cover the cost of the class materials, classroom rental and shooting materials.  Due to the student instructor ratio the field exercises are limited to six students; therefore, I will be dividing the participants into three groups of six.  These groups will be scheduled over a two day period, with one immediately following the classroom training and the other two scheduled the following day.  

If you are interested in attending this class please send me your name, address, and phone number to:  The $35.00 fee will be collected the day of the class.  The class will be limited to 18 students.

This class is only being offered to CASSAR members.


Mark Kramer
CASSAR Color Guard Commander

Delegates at the 143rd Annual Spring Meeting of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) unanimously elected Derek J. Brown of Concord, CA as their President for 2018-2019

CONCORD, CA – – Delegates at the 143rd Annual Spring Meeting of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) unanimously elected Derek J. Brown of Concord, CA as their President for 2018-2019.

Brown was first inducted into the SAR on February 1, 2011. He has held numerous leadership positions at the State and Chapter levels and continues to serve on several national committees of the SAR.

Derek was born in Richland, Washington and attended Washington State University, graduating with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation in 1976, he moved to California where he joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an engineer, and is currently an engineering supervisor within their Hydro Generation department. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and serves on several international technical committees and is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He had also received his MBA from Golden Gate University in 1987.

Brown is also a reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, where he has been serving the citizens of Contra Costa County since 1989.

Derek and his wife, Janet, live in Contra Costa County and have a son and daughter living nearby with their families. Derek is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the SAR and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and Janet is an active member of the DAR and the CASSAR Ladies Auxiliary at the chapter and state levels. Both Derek and Janet are active members of other genealogical heritage societiesas well.

The SAR is the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consisting of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. The California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was instituted October 22nd, 1875. It was the first body in inception, institution and organization, to unite the descendants of Revolutionary patriots and perpetuate the memory of all those who took part in the American Revolution.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was incorporated on January 17, 1890 and later chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also an early member of the SAR.

California youth win major national awards at Sons of the American Revolution’s 127th Annual Congress

July 12, 2017
CONTACT: Dave Gilliard

Knoxville, TN — California youth won three major national contests at the 127th Annual Congress of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Taryn Murphy, an 18 year old recent high school graduate from Temecula, CA won the National Rumbaugh Oration contest with her speech entitled “Why our right to privacy insures national security.”

Murphy wowed the national judges with her eloquent defense of the Fourth Amendment and her polished speaking skills. She received a standing ovation from the over 600 attendees and was awarded $5,000 from the National Society. Taryn is a nationally ranked public speaker who will be attending Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Kailee Mark, an 8th grade student from Fontana, CA, won the Sgt. Moses Adams Brochure contest. Kailee’s brochure was on the Declaration of Independence. This national contest is for 8th grade students, who must produce a brochure on one of our Nation’s founding documents.

Vincent T. Von Tungeln, a 5th grade student in Lancaster, CA won the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. His poster was on John Sevier and the Overmountain Men, who won the battle with the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain is considered one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War.

The Sons of the American Revolution traces its roots back to the centennial celebrations of 1876 and was officially organized on April 30, 1889, the one hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first president. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the patriots who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. SAR members work to keep America’s history alive through outreach education programs in schools.

Anyone interested in the Sons of the American Revolution and our youth programs can visit

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