Penn Valley man elected President of the Sons of the American Revolution, California Society

28 April 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard, Media and Public Relations Chairman

Sacramento, CA — Ronald Barker of Penn Valley, CA has been elected President of the Sons of the American Revolution, California Society. His election took place last week at the Society’s 141st State Meeting in Sacramento, California.

Ronald Barker was born May 6, 1945 in San Francisco, California and traces his roots to Virginia in 1635. He is a longtime member of the Sons of the American Revolution and has served in numerous important roles at the Chapter, State and National levels. Barker is also a U. S Navy veteran and navigator on F-4 Phantom Jets, primarily flying off the USS Forrestal.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Membership is open to men with a direct ancestor who actively supported or served the cause of American Independence from 1774 to 1783. Today’s SAR is heavily involved in educational outreach. Local SAR members are frequent guests in schools, where they work to bring history alive for today’s students.

The SAR dates back over 140 years, when there were many celebrations being planned to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny — a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms. Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. Numerous U.S. Presidents, Senators and Members of Congress have been members of the SAR over the years.

Ronald Barker is a member of the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which meets monthly in Auburn, CA. Ron and his wife, Conni, live in Penn Valley, CA.

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