March 23, 2006

A meeting of the Lt. Nathan Gann Chapter, S. A. R., was held at 7 PM Thursday, March 23, 2006 at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Lufkin, Texas. Members and guests arrived after 6 PM to eat prior to the meeting.

Members attending were: Fred Preston, Fred Hutson, Tom Gann, Woody Gann, David Larned, .Neal Naranjo, Jeff Corbett . Members then introduced their guests which  were Betty Preston, Jasper Lee (PM) his wife Terri and their young child, Agnes Hutson, Sam(PM)and Mary Griffin, Vicki Gann, Jacqueline Bryant and her parents Larry and Angela Cordova, Jacob Cordero and his parents David and Kayla Barrera, J.B. Barrera and Favian Cordero, Marcus and Mary Williams, Lisa and El Ray Lee, Martin Netherland (PM), Eagle James Carlin, his mother Ginny Carlin and Colleen and Jonathan Carlin, Eagle Daniel Perry his mother Carol Perry and the rest of the VIP Barbershop Quartet - Tony Perry, John Cavanaugh and Jeff Berquist, also DAR Stella Frances Naranjo.   In total there were 7 members and 31 guests. (PM indicates prospective member)

President Fred Preston called the meeting to order and Woody Gann gave the invocation. Fred Preston led the assemblage in the pledge to the U.S. Flag and the SAR Flag all standing and in unison.

There was no mention of minutes and no treasurer's report, my mistake, sorry.

Preston then indicated that we needed to get a picture of our membership for the State Historian and asked the members to remain after the meeting for a picture.

From Left to Right: Woody Gann, Fred Hutson, Jennings Neal Naranjo, Jeffrey L. Corbett, Fred Preston, David Larned and Tom Gann.

Preston then talked about the purpose of the Poster Contest, to get young students to do some research on the Revolutionary War. The subject of this years contest was "Winter at Valley Forge".

Preston then recounted the conditions of the winter of 1777 and 1778 in Valley Forge where more than 3,000 of Washington's 11,000 soldiers died of lack of food, cold weather and a small pox epidemic. Pictures of the three winning posters were passed around for everyone to see. Preston then called Marcus Williams to the front and presented him with a Certificate and a $50 Savings Bond for 3rd Place. Then Jacob Cordero was called and he was presented with a Certificate for 2nd place and he received 2-$50 bonds. Lastly, Jacqueline Bryant was called up and presented her 1st place Certificate and 3-$50 bonds.

Sar Poster Contest Winners
L to R: Jacob Cordero(11)2nd, Marcus Williams(10)3rd and Jacqueline Bryant (11) 1st.

To see the winning posters go to Posters 2006 Pinewoods Academy

Preston reported that there were 12 students participating at Pineywoods Academy and 10 from St. Cyprian's. He also indicated that sometime in the next month he would come to Pineywoods Academy to present Certificates of Appreciation to the other students.

At this time it was announced that because the competition in the Eagle Scholarship was so close, it was decided to present James Carlin with a check for $50 for his entry. You will remember that James was the winner last year. Then Daniel Perry was called up and presented a Certificate, patch, medal and a check for $100. Both Eagles were from Troop 518 sponsored by Kiwanis and their Troop Leader is Mike Cotton who could not attend the meeting.

Sar Eagle Scout Winners
L to R: James Carlin, 2nd place, Daniel Perry winner and Fred Preston.

At this time the VIP's were introduced, Jeff Berquist - Lead, John Cavanaugh - Bass, Tony Perry - Baritone and Daniel Perry - Tenor. They sang about six old time favorites and were given a round of applause. Everyone seemed to enjoy their singing.

VIP Barbershop Quartet
VIP Barbershop Quartet, L to R:Daniel Perry, Jeff Berquist, John Cavanaugh & Tony Perry.


Jasmine Lee
Everyone enjoyed the singing, even Jasmine Lee.

At this time, Daniel Perry was asked to read his Essay which was part of his Eagle Scholarship Application.

Daniel Perry reading Essay
Daniel Perry reads his Essay on "Songs of the American Revolution".

After this, Preston asked members and guests to put their name badges in the box by the door when they left, thanked the VIP's for their songs and everyone for attending. He then asked everyone to stand and he led the Closing Admonition. He then asked for a motion to adjourn. It was so moved by Woody and seconded by Tom.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 PM.  

Respectfully submitted,

Fred Preston, President

NOTE: The quartet continued to sing to those still there for another 15 minutes and then moved out into the Golden Corral and serenaded several people there for another 15 minutes. Some of us were there until 8:15 PM.

Next meeting May 18, same time and place. Speaker to be announced.

Corrected 3/25/06