About the SVSAR
PURPOSE

The SAR is a non-political educational, historical, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c)3, Public Benefit Corporation that seeks to maintain
and extend

  • the institutions of American freedom,
  • an appreciation for true patriotism,
  • a respect for our national symbols,
  • the value of American citizenship, and
  • the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.

We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the
American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and
strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.  For more
information, please read the SAR Whats brochure by clicking on the following link. You will need Adobe Reader 7.0 to open the file, and to read
and print the brochure.
 NSSAR - Form 0913 - SAR Whats
ORIGIN

In 1876 there were many celebrations 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.  We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100
years.  The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men 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.  The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906.  The charter was
signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR.  The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the
various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders.
MEMBERSHIP

Today there are approximately 100 members in the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SVSAR), approximately 1,600
members in 25 chapters of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR) and 30,000 members (as of April 2013) in
over 500 chapters of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) located in the United States, Canada, France,
Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Over 187,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding.  SAR members
include fifteen presidents of the United States, Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals, presidents of several colleges and universities,
ambassadors, and members of the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress.  Members include small businessmen, doctors,
lawyers, school teachers, CPAs, elected local, state, and federal officials, and government employees, all of whom have a deep affection for
America its heritage and institutions.

SAR members answered their country's call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19,
1775 up to the present, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and the current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  SAR members have received the
highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.
OFFICERS

President
Alan Fitch
Telephone:  650-465-4163
Email:  adfitch@gmail.com

Vice President, Programs
Michael Montgomery
Telephone:  
Email: msmjr2003@yahoo.com

Vice President, Membership
(vacant)
Telephone:  
Email:  adfitch@gmail.com

Registrar
Terry Briggs
Telephone:  408-984-1061
Email:  tlbaia@comcast.net

Secretary
Jeff Moore
Telephone:  408-265-2949
Email:  gjm1402@att.net

Treasurer
Sam Prather
Telephone:  408-858-2400
Email:  Sam.Prather@gmail.com

Past President 2013-2015
Terry Briggs
Telephone:  408-984-1061
Email:  tlbaia@comcast.net

Past President 2011-2012
Douglas Bergtholdt            
Telephone:  408-268-6572
Email:  sueanddoug@att.net

Past President 2004-2005
John Robert Kohli
Telephone:  650-856-3587
Email:  jkohli@pacbell.net
COMMITTEES

Chaplin
Richard Ferman
Telephone: 408-998-5596
Email:  Ferman@sbcglobal.net

Color Guard Commander
Christopher M.  Palmer
1345 Kimberly Drive
San Jose, California 95118-1426
Telephone:  408-267-5238
Email:  cmprgceghg@aol.com

Photography
John Robert Kohli
785 Greer Road
Palo Alto, California 94303-3024
Telephone:  650-856-3587
Email:  jkohli@pacbell.net

Publisher of Silicon Valley Forge
Newsletter
(vacant)

Chairman of Eagle Scout Recognition
Peter Verbica
peter.verbica@gmail.com

Chairman of Guest Speakers
(vacant)
Email:  adfitch@gmail.com

Chairman of JROTC/ROTC
John Robert Kohli
785 Greer Road
Palo Alto, California 94303-3024
Telephone:  650-856-3587
Email:  jkohli@pacbell.net

Chairman of SVSAR Scholarship
(vacant)
Telephone:  
Email:  adfitch@gmail.com

Chairman of Social Events
John (Jack) Franklin Mallory
12258 Kirkdale Drive
Saratoga, California 95070-3149
Telephone:  408-252-7447
Email:  mallory58@aol.com

SVSAR Webmaster
Terry Briggs
Telephone:  408.984.1061
Email:  tlbaia@comcast.net
PAST PRESIDENTS

1955          Frederick J. Perry
1956          N. Perry Noerdyke
1957          Daniel C. Baker
1958          Allen H. Reid
1959          John W. Wear
1960          John H. Wylie
1961          Robert C. Bush, MD
1963          Maj. Gen James B. Cress
1964          Col. Frank H. Higgins.        
1965          Robert H. Fulton
1966          Col. Francis X. Webster
1967          Thomas N. Berry, EDD
1968-1970  Robert H. Fulton
1971-1972  Allan H. Reid
1973          T. Larned Eastman
1974          I. Allan Whitecar
1975          Robert W. Formhals
1976          Walter B. Balch
1977          Lt. Col. Robert J. Walsh, Jr.
1978          Russell A. Estep
1979          Col. Herbert B. Murnan        
1980          Creel E. Leman
1981          James H. Farr
1982-1983  Arthur L. Ogilvie
1984-1985  Frederic N. Berry
1986-1987  James H. Reynolds
1988          Fordyce L. Osborne
1989          Capt. Willie “Bruce“ Pruitt, USN Ret.
1990          James H. Reynolds
1991          Stanley E. Anderson
1992          Philip C. Alexander.
1993-1995  David E. Searles
1996-1998  Willis Sherman Clayton, III
1999-2000  Donald Britton Miller
2001          David Arthur Dailey
2002-2003  William Howard Jones
2004-2005  John R. Kohli
2006-2007  Charles Andrew Smart, III
2008          vacant
2009-2010  Thor Wiles
2011-2012  Douglas Bergtholdt
2013-2015  Terry Briggs
Silicon Valley Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
TAX STATUS
Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SVSAR)
SVSAR Tax Identification Number
94-6131732
California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR)
CASSAR Tax Identification Number
33-0251511
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)
NSSAR Tax Identification Number
53-0116355
CALIFORNIA SOCIETY of the SONS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION - LADIES AUXILIARY (CASSAR - LA)
The Ladies Auxiliary has been of major assistance to the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR). The ladies group
has raised thousands of dollars to help the Society in carrying out its mission of inspiring patriotism and informing others of the contributions of
our revolutionary ancestors.

According to the President of the Auxiliary, membership in the Auxiliary is open to the wives, mothers, daughters, stepdaughters, sisters, aunts,
nieces and other women relatives of members of the Sons of the American Revolution who are in good standing.

The ladies attend all managers and Spring meetings and schedule many of their own events.  In addition, they attend the National Congress held
every year in a major city in the United States.

At the California meetings, the ladies sponsor raffles, coordinate the prizes, and add decorations to the tables.  You can visit the Website of the
Ladies Auxiliary by clicking on the following link
:  California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution - Ladies Auxiliary (CASSAR -
LA)