Dear Fellow Patriot,
What a year this has been for everyone! It is hard to believe it has only been thirteen months since Covid-19 shut down all social activity.
The Sons of the Revolution hosted a wonderful George Washington Birthday dinner in February 2020. We were still paying bills and discussing possible improvements/changes to our programs when the Governor issued his stay-at-home order.
As a result, all of the work done by Stan Southworth and his team to set up our Annual Meeting in May was delayed with the hopes that June 2020 would see a return to social gatherings. Ultimately the Governor’s order remained in place, nothing opened, and even our June date was cancelled.
Undeterred Scott Bussells arranged a great recruiting event in the outside courtyard at the Commonwealth Club in October 2020. Forty prospective members turned out! It was encouraging to see the level of interest and support. Another recruiting event was hosted in
Fredericksburg with much local support by Walter Sheffield also in October. A recruiting & outreach event in Williamsburg was also planned; this too was shut down by the Governor.
Despite Covid, the Board continued to plan extraordinary events for the Sons. As the Colonial Dames cancelled the November 2020 Oyster Roast, the Sons remained positive and obtained an alternative site to host the Oyster Roast. Tuckahoe Plantation, a historic outside venue, would serve as the site for our first social engagement. All the planning worked well and there was to be an outside venue with 225 sons submitting reservations. Folks were ready to Party and Visit. The weather was perfect. We remained within the Governor’s guidelines. Unfortunately, one week before the event, the Governor once again imposed new restrictions which limited outside gatherings to 25 persons. Once again, we were forced to cancel.
In lieu of the 2021 GWB In February, we did support the Mount Vernon Virtual George Washington Birthday event on February 22nd. It was a national event to promote President Washington and raise awareness for Mt. Vernon. Usually, it is a Black-Tie event with various
District of Columbia dignitaries in attendance. This time it was virtual by Zoom.
If all goes well, we are planning another recruiting event April 22nd at the Commonwealth Club. The new members from the Fall that were approved at the January 2021 Board meeting and the other new members from the Spring will be officially recognized at a Recognition event in May. They will receive their certificates and Challenge coins then. Hopefully if we are allowed to gather for a GWB celebration in February 2022 they will be officially honored again.
Unfortunately, the Commonwealth has not yet approved full openings for outside events. Thus, this year’s annual meeting must be Virtual again. It is set for 6pm on April 29th. Please make sure you “attend” and at least have some interactions with fellow Patriots.
Our fall Oyster Roast has once again been rescheduled for Saturday, November 13th at Tuckahoe Plantation. Hopefully this will be permitted under the guidelines. However, as you know there is NO way to predict the Covid-19 trends or the Commonwealth’s restrictions.
Please remember to update your e-mail with the Son’s Executive Assistant, Lee Boisseau at email@example.com or (804)741-4516. In any case, please continue to check your e-mail, our website srvirginia.org and our Facebook page for information concerning future events as well as interesting bits of historical data. It is our hope that more events or activities can be
added to our Agenda as allowed by the Commonwealth.
Many thanks to all Patriots for your support and perseverance throughout these unprecedented times.
John M. Daniel, III