Previous Meetings - Presentations
2011

Date: January 15, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was, John Swensson, a professor at De Anza College, Retired Lieutenant Colonel in
the Army, Director of Global Association Partnerships, Eagle Scout, and Film Producer of “Firebirds” who gave an
excellent talk on a number of subjects including Vietnam 30 years after, Martin Luther King, Jr., and his West
Point classmate Jack Wheeler who was recently found dead and his contributions to our country.  Those present
greatly enjoyed John’s presentation.r guest speaker will be John Swensson of De Anza College.  John Swensson’s
topic will be: Vietnam 30 years after the War. John will also make brief remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King.
John is an old friend of the SVSAR and is well known for his tenure as a Department Head at De Anza College.
John was instrumental in facilitating the launch of the SVSAR scholarship program at De Anza several years ago.

Date: February 19, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Commander David Slayton, USN who gave a riveting speech about the current
conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Commander Slayton spoke about the difference between the wars, the impact of
the war on soldiers and their families, and what to expect in the coming days and months. The speech lead to
extensive questions and discussion about the impact of communications technology, historical events and lessons
from previous wars. Commander Slayton's presentation would have continued much longer had we not been
required to vacate the room. After the presentation, Commander Slayton was provided an SAR outstanding citizen
pin by the chapter.

Date: March 19, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Ray Cosyn who gave a presentation about the Flying Tigers and their participation
in the Sino – Japanese War and following in World War II.
 

Date: April 16, 2011  The meeting was cancelled due to the death of Sue Bergtholdt, wife of our President and
longtime friend of the chapter.

Date: May 21, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Phillip Giolia who gave a presentation about the history of the San Francisco
Presidio from it’s initial founding by the Spanish in the mid 1700’s to it’s closure as a military installation in the
mid 1990’s.
 

JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2011 - No meetings.

Date: September 17, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Warren Riley, who gave a very interesting presentation about the history of the
San Francisco Bay Area Lighthouses. He focused on the history of the lighthouses in the area, the mechanics of the
lighthouses and the people behind their management.

Date: October 15, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Bob Louden, who gave a very thought provoking and informative presentation
about anticipated changes in our lives and technology in the coming 20 years.  He focused on advancing technologies
which would result in technology and automation taking over many tasks that have been performed by people in the
past.  The expected impacts of these changes on people’s lives and occupations were also discussed.
 

NOVEMBER 2011 - No meeting.

Date: December 3, 2011
Program:  Our guest speaker was Jim Hollabaugh, who gave an informative presentation about “The Encampment
at Valley Forge during the American Revolution.”
 
Silicon Valley Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
2012

Date: January 21, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Ray Cosyn who gave a presentation about Prohibition in the U.S.

Date: February 18, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was DAR member Isabelle Long who gave a presentation about Paul Revere.


Date: March 17, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Past SVSAR President, Howard Jones who gave a presentation about General
George Washington and the winning of the Battle at Yorktown, VA.



Date: April 21, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Jim Hollabaugh who gave a presentation about the American Legion.




Date: May 19, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was SVSAR President Doug Bergtholdt who gave a presentation about The New
Almaden Quicksilver Mine and the Casa Grande and it's restoration at the mine.




Date: September 15, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Richard Ferman who gave a presentation about genealogical research
using church records.




Date: October 20, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Chris Palmer who gave a presentation about the 1775 Battle of
Trenton, NJ.



Date: December 8, 2012
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Jeff Moore who gave a presentation about Benedict Arnold, hero to
traitor.
2010

Date: January 16, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was San Francisco art historian, Kay Payne who gave a presentation about Conflicts,
Confrontations and The American Dream as seen in art during and about the American Revolutionary War.




Date: February 15, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was DAR District VI Director, Susan Bergtholdt who gave a presentation about
Whaling in America and California.

Date: March 20, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was Dr. Lionel Nelson who gave a presentation about how he retired from his private
medical practice to serve as a chief medical officer during the war in Iraq and Afganistan.

Date: April 17, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was skipper Walt Jones who gave a presentation about Experience of sailing the
Northwest Passage from Maine to Alaska.

Date: May 15, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was Donna Axelson who gave a presentation about the experiences of her late son,
Navy Seal Matt Axelson who died with his Seal team in the war in Afganistan and about the memorial that was built
in Cupertino to honor Matt and his Seal Team.

Date: September 18, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot John Mascali who gave a presentation about the history of Moffett
Field and NASA Ames Research Center and the Moffett Field Museum.




Date: October 16, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Howard Jones who gave a presentation about the post Civil War
Robert E. Lee as General, statesman and college president.





Date: December 4, 2010
Program:  Our guest speaker was author Craig McDonald who gave a presentation about his book on Holiday and
Christmas Stories from the California Gold Rush Days.
2009

Date: January 16, 2009
Program:  

Date: February 15, 2009
Program:  A presentation about World War II Costal Defenses in the Bay Area.

Date: March 20, 2009
Program:  A presentation about the California Highway Patrol.

Date: April 17, 2009
Program:  Compatriot Arthur Hardee spoke about the US Military Academies and the process of gaining entrance
to the US Military Academies.






Date: May 16, 2009
Program:  Our guest speaker was past SVSAR President, Howard Jones  who gave a presentation about the 17th US
President, Andrew Johnson.

Date: September 18, 2009
Program:  The members present had a discussion about searching for our patriot ancestors.


Date: October 16, 2009
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Jim Long who gave a presentation about the aircraft carrier the USS
Hornet and the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA.





Date: December 4, 2009
Program:  Our guest speaker was author Craig McDonald who gave a presentation about his book on Stories from
the California Gold Rush Days.
2008

Date: January 19, 2008
Program:  Our guest speaker was Susan Williams who gave a presentation about War Horses, Hayburners to
Steam Engines.

Date: February 16, 2008
Program:  Our guest speaker was Jack Leathers who gave a presentation about General Frances C. Marion, "The
Swamp Fox" and the role he played during the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas.

Date: March 15, 2008
Program:  Our guest speaker was Dr. Robert C. Craig who gave a presentation about his experiences as a math
teacher in a Federal penitentiary.

Date: April 17, 2008
Program:  City of Santa Clara Librarian, Mary Hannel spoke about the history and genealogy resources available at
the City of Santa Clara main library and home of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Date: May  2008
Program:  A presentation about the League of Women Voters.

Date: September 2008
Program:  Compatriot Howard Peters spoke about chocolate and the making of chocolate in Pennsylvania.

Date: October 18, 2008
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Charles Chicks who gave a presentation about genealogy research
and the search for his great grandmother.

Date: December 2008
Program:  .
2007

Date:  January 20, 2007
Program:  Compatriot Arvie Hartsog and local members of the National Sojourners gave a performance of
"Building The American Flag".

Date:  February 17, 2007
Program:  Jack Leathers gave a presentation about the French explorer Rene-Robert de Chevelier, Sieur de
LaSalle.

Date:  March 17, 2007
Program:  Dr. Robert Craig gave a presentation about my experiences as a Commissioner on an Apache Indian
Reservation.

Date:  May 19, 2007
Program:  Sergeant Ray Pagan gave a presentation about his experiences as an US instructor of Iraqi Police Forces.

Date:  September 15, 2007
Program:  Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond gave a presentation about Transforming schools, communities and the
futures of children in the context of the Ravenswood Charter School in East Palo Alto, CA.

Date:  October 20, 2007
Program:  Compatriot Howard Peters gave a presentation about scientist Joseph Priestly.

Date:  December 8, 2007
Program:  East Palo Alto Police Chief, Ronald L. Davis gave a presentation about the work of the East Palo Alto
Police Department.
2006

Date:  February 18, 2006
Program:  John Gleed gave a presentation about pre-Revolutionary War English genealogy research.

Date:  April 15, 2006
Program:  Denny Weisgerber gave a presentation about "The Jamestown Line" during the Korean War.

Date:  May 20, 2006
Program:  Menlo Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Harold Schapelhouman gave a presentation about Menlo
Park Fire Department's participation in the Hurricane Katrina Rescue Effort.

Date:  September 16, 2006
Program:  Our guest speaker was Compatriot Charles Chicks who gave a presentation about genealogy research
and the search for his great great grandmother.

Date:  October 21, 2006
Program:  Past SVSAR President, Howard Jones, gave a presentation about the ancient art of dowsing for water
and grave dowsing.

Date:  December 9, 2006
Program:  Ray Bisio, a National Parks Interpreter, spoke about the 1781 siege of Yorktown, VA during the
Revolutionary War.
Previous Meeting Presentations

Program:  Jack Boyd, History of Moffett Field and NASA Ames Research Center (2003).

Program:  Colonel Bruce Pruitt gave a presentation about the Santa Clara County Grand Jury System. (January
2004)

Program:  Captain William Tate gave a presentation about Special Operations and how they were structured in
Desert Storm. (December 2003)

Program:  Charles Hanson gave a presentation about the Louisiana Purchase.

Program:  Past CASSAR President, Marsten Watson spoke about his ancestor who hung the lanterns in the
Boston Old North Church on April 18, 1775.
2013

Date: January 19, 2013  - Chapter Meeting
Program:  SVSAR Compatriot James Hollabaugh gave a presentation on George Washington




Date: February 16, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program:  CASSAR Executive Vice President Stephen Hurst made a presentation on the California State Society
SAR current focus and programs





Date: March 16, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program: Round-table discussion on ideas to enhance SVSAR chapter meetings and programs.

Date: April 20, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program:  SVSAR President Terry Briggs made a presentation on the April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington and
Concord.




Date: May 18, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program:  SVSAR Compatriot Mike Malone spoke about his book Four Percent about Eagle Scouts.







JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2012 - No meetings.

Date: September 21, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program: Compatriot Bob Bencini has written a published book about the Shakers and made a presentation titled,
"The Shakers during the American Revolutionary War."




Date: October 19, 2013 - Chapter Meeting
Program:  Compatriot Mike Malone made a presentation, A Battle, A Soldier and A Flag, about the Revolutionary
War Period Bennington Flag.
Presentation: Juan Corrales read his 1st Place Essay for the 2013 SVSAR De Anza College Patriotic
Essay/Scholarship.




NOVEMBER 2013 - No meeting.

Date: December 7, 2013 - Chapter Meeting & Holiday Celebration
Program:  Fritz Trapnell will make a presentation about his father, Admiral Frederick M. Trapnell, pioneering Naval
aviator.
JANUARY 2015

Date: January 17, 2015
Chapter meeting program:  Presentation about the organization, Children of the American Revolution by SVSAR
President Terry Briggs.


FEBRUARY 2015

Date: February 2015 MEETING CANCELLED due to schedule conflict and meeting room unavailable.


MARCH 2015

Date: March 21, 2015
Chapter meeting program:  The scheduled guest speaker had a last minute emergency and was unable to attend.


APRIL 2015

Date: April 25, 2015
Chapter meeting program:  Compatriot Jeff Moore gave a presentation titled, "Interesting facts about Benjamin
Franklin."


MAY 2015

Date: May 23, 2015
Chapter meeting program:  Historian Ray Cosyn gave a presentation about the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train of
150 years ago.


JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2015 (no meetings)


SEPTEMBER 2015

Date: September 19, 2015
Chapter meeting program:  Compatriot Jim Hollabaugh gave a presentation titled, "Tories! The Expulsion of
Loyalists, America's First Civil War."


OCTOBER 2015

Date: October 17, 2015
Program:  Compatriot Chris Palmer gave a presentation titled, "Bleeding Kansas during the U.S. Civil War."


NOVEMBER 2015 (no meeting)

DECEMBER 2015

Date: December 5, 2015
Chapter meeting:  Election and installation of 2016 chapter officers.
Date: January 18, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  Compatriot Neal Hotelling, 2014 President of the Monterey Bay Chapter, SAR, author on
golf and Monterey history gave a presentation titled: "John Steinbeck, the westering spirit of a noble knight."




Date: February 15, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  Dr. Robert Senkewicz, Professor of History, Santa Clara University made a presentation
titled, "The Civil War at 150 Years" about the US Civil War and how our understanding of that war has changed in
the past 150 years.



Date: March 15, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  SVSAR Compatriot James Hollabaugh gave a presentation titled, "George Washington,
Spy Master."




Date: April 19, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  Compatriot Alan Fitch made a presentation about one of his ancestors titled, "Governor
Thomas Fitch: Populist vs. Imperial Politics - The Revolution of 1766."

Date: May 17, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  Sally Moore, DAR member, gave a presentation titled, "Puritan Boston and Quaker
Philadelphia, the effect of religion on the American Colonies.
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JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2014 (no meetings)

Date: September 20, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  The members discussed SVSAR support of SAR youth programs.

Date: October 18, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  SVSAR compatriot Mike Malone gave a presentation titled, "The Silicon Valley at the
time of the American Revolution."

NOVEMBER 2014 (no meeting)



Date: December 6, 2014
Chapter meeting program:  Compatriot Chris Palmer gave a presentation titled: "The War of 1812, the 1814 defense
of Washington and Baltimore."