James C. Fosdyck of Orange County elected President of the California Society, Sons of the American Revolution

For Release: April 10, 2017
Contact: Dave Gilliard

IRVINE, CA – – Delegates at the 142th Annual Spring Meeting of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) unanimously elected James C. Fosdyck of Orange County, CA as their President for 2017-2018.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected President of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution,” said Fosdyck, who was first inducted into the SAR on July 11, 2008. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Chapter and State levels and serves on multiple national committees of the SAR.

James C. Fosdyck was born in the Texas Panhandle and moved with his parents to the Los Angeles area in 1953. He served in the US Army as a member of the elite 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” (official escort to the President) at Arlington National Cemetery and Washington, DC.

Fosdyck became a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1970 and served the citizens of the County of Los Angeles for more than 35 years.

James and his wife, Un Hui Yi, live in Orange County and have a daughter and grandchildren living nearby. Their son passed away in 2009. James is a member of the Orange County Chapter of the SAR and Un Hui Yi is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the chapter, state and national level.

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.

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California State Medal in Stock

cassar-medalThe California Society Medal is back in stock. They are $35.00 for the set and are available from Jim Fosdyck, Derek Brown, Bob Taylor and Ron Barker when they visit chapters.  They are also available from David Grinnell and will be sold at the BOM in Burlingame in November and the Annual meeting in April in Irvine


New National SAR Website Guide

A Guide for the new SAR.org website has been posted to the Member Page.

The new site will be going live on June 30th. It will be important that Chapter officers familiarize themselves with the new system as well as anyone planning on preparing new and supplemental applications.

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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