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.

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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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