In Memoriam: Alan Brown Brooking

Alan Brown Brooking (87) died peacefully at home on December 1, 2020, after a three-year battle with throat cancer.

Alan joined the SAR in 2012 and immediately became active at the chapter, state, and national levels. He was a member of both the Sacramento and Gold Country chapters. He served the Sacramento Chapter as member of the Color Guard, Telephone Committee, Greeter and Cashier, and as President of the Sacramento Chapter in 2017.

Alan and his wife Susan, a DAR member, never missed an SAR or DAR meeting when they were in town. The Gold Trail Chapter DAR was also a beneficiary of his many kindnesses— if DAR chapters had mascots, Alan was Gold Trail’s.

Alan was a native of Oklahoma City, born November 29, 1933, to Ludie (Pickett) and Levi Henry Brooking. He attended Oklahoma City University.

Alan was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy, particularly his Mediterranean Cruises aboard the USS Intrepid. His flight operations photos and cameras are part of the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex in New York City.

He was a successful small business owner providing window coverings for most Silicon Valley tech companies, hospitals and schools. Alan met Steve Jobs when Apple Computer was just one small building in Cupertino. Apple and Alan’s company continued their relationship through construction of the Infinite Loop Campus.

Alan’s personal interests were varied: he created stunning stained-glass windows; crewed on Porsche race teams at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring; autocross’d his own Porsches and prepared them for show in club concours events. During the 1970’s, Alan became an avid antique fountain pen collector and traveled to international pen shows throughout the US.

Those who knew Alan know he welcomed an opportunity to share interesting conversation and a wee dram of good Scotch Whiskey.

In Memorium: Jim Blauer

James Freeman Blauer was born in Newport Beach on July 20,1952. He was the second son to John Winthrop Blauer and Ann Pauline Kalbus Blauer.
Jim was killed Friday night after the bicycle he was riding collided with a tow truck on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, California. 
Jim got his vocal start by singing in the children’s choir at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church. That was the first of many choirs that would engage his beautiful voice. One of his favorite songs was the National Anthem which he sang at many a wreath laying ceremonies and SAR events. He also enjoyed scouting and aquatics. James earned his Eagle Scout award as a teenager. 
Jim received an AA from Orange Coast College and a BA and teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton, majoring in Social Studies.
After college, Jim was a substitute teacher, working part-time at a pizza parlor. He worked a number of years for K-Mart, earning The Chairman Award. He then worked at Rite Aid until the time of his death. 
In his spare time, Jim pursued a number of interests, including genealogy, stamp collecting, and coin collecting. He had a passion for books and collections of any kind! 

Jim participating in the Huntington Beach Independence Day Parade on Pacific Coast Highway; 4 Jul 2019.

Jim joined the Sons of the American Revolution in April 1981 (#118472) and was a devoted member of the Orange County Chapter, the California SAR, and the SAR Color Guard. Jim received the SAR Patriot Medal in 2005 from the California Society as well as many other SAR medals and awards over his 39-year membership. In addition to the SAR, Jim was a member of the Mayflower Society and several other lineage societies.

Jim shared his calligraphy skills with the Eagle Scouts, by preparing their certificates. In his spare time, he tended to his sweet peas and baked his famous oatmeal scotches, brownies, and lemon meringue pies to share with his many friends! 
Jim is survived by his brother, John Blauer, sister in law, Kathy Blauer, nieces and nephews, Robbie Blauer, Vanessa Blauer, Chad Blauer, Shannon Blauer, and grand niece and nephew, Valentina and Sebastian Blauer. He will be greatly missed as a loving, kind, giving, cheerful, lover of life!

Memorial Service

Sons of the American Revolution
Orange County Chapter
11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2020
Santa Ana Elks Lodge
1751 South Lyon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

From the President’s Desk

Chapter Gatherings

We are all anxious for life to return to normal. However, the coronavirus today is more widespread than ever and a vaccine, while on the horizon, has not been approved and remains months away from becoming widely available.

I am aware that a few chapters are preparing to resume face-to-face meetings. I, along with California Society Surgeon Matthew Bowdish MD, recommend members follow CDPH Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Gatherings.

In short, the CDPH states “Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space, or place.” It goes on to state “gatherings unless otherwise specified are not permitted across the state of California until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health.”

The California Society neither prohibits nor encourages in-person chapter gatherings during this uncertain time. Attendance is not required as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In-person gatherings must observe all required protocols including social-distancing. SAR members and guests attending SAR gatherings do so voluntarily and at their own risk.

And lastly, while it should go without saying, I will say it anyway:

“Be your own best advocate
in keeping yourself and those close to you…
healthy and safe from COVID-19.”

Resource available to hold online monthly meetings:

Video Conferencing

If you would like to use Zoom for your monthly Chapter Meeting, but don’t have a Zoom account, email me with the date and time you would like to meet and I will setup a Zoom Video Conference for you. It’s password secured, and has one-click access.

In case you missed it

The Board of Managers meeting planned for Sonoma is cancelled.

Due to continuing Covid-19 public health orders issued by the California Department of Public Health and Sonoma County Health Department, the face-to-face BOM scheduled for the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for November 12-15, 2020, has been cancelled. All room reservations have been cancelled by the hotel. The Redwood Empire Chapter will be refunding meeting registration fees paid by members in the coming week.

ZOOM Video Conference Scheduled for 9:00 AM PST, November 14, 2020

The California Society will hold a virtual Board of Managers meeting on
Saturday, November 14, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

Please RSVP to attend this meeting by sending an email to me at:

Instructions to join the Zoom Video Conference will be sent to RSVP members during the week of November 8, 2020.

National Society News


The NSSAR Branding and Engagement Committee proudly presents the new SAR brand identity

The previous brand identity shown below, while no longer the official SAR logo, can still be used where appropriate.


Written and published by Donald B Littlefield, President, California Society SAR 

2020 Poster Contest Winners

The California SAR winning posters for the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest were announced by Contest Chairman Dave Gilliard at our 2020 State Meeting.
Thank you to all chapters, teachers and students who participated in this contest.

ALERT: Annual Meeting — Video Conference Scheduled

Today, the Executive Committee of the California Society Sons of the American Revolution, in response to orders relating to the COVID-19 virus at the Federal, State, and County levels of government, voted unanimously to change the format of its Annual Meeting of the Membership to a Video Conference scheduled for 9:00 AM, Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Previously, the Annual Meeting of the California Society had been scheduled as a face-to-face meeting on April 17 & 18, 2020, at The Murieta Inn and Spa, Rancho Murieta, CA.

Download a PDF Copy of the Resolution