Committees

Americanism Committee / Chairman Lee Johnson

Americanism is the patriotic efforts shared by the Chapter within the communities.  A few examples of Americanism are attendance/participation at Rev. War Patriot grave markings, attendance atWreaths Across America events, and speaking engagements.  The Chapter's Americanism chairman compiles all the informationof those items and files an end of year report to the State each year. Chapter members who wish to report an Americanism event in which they have participated, please do so at the monthly Chapter meetings, or by contacting the  Chapter by EMAIL.


Color Guard Committee / Chairman (Open)

 The color guard is the face of the Stephen Holston Chapter.  Our color guard is involved with all 

Chapter activities and events.  If you are a Chapter member and have questions of joining the color guard, please contact our Chapter President via the "Contact Us" tab at the left of the page.  He can give you more details on our incentive program to help offset the cost of your uniform.
Requests:  
If you have an event in which you would like the presence of the Stephen Holston Rifle Co., please use the "Contact us" button at the left.


Program Committee / Chairman Lester Phinney, Jr.


The program committee consists of a chairman and co-chairmen who are engaged with the task of creating the invitations & programs of an event, printing them, and providing those to all visitors to the Chapter's events throughout the year.




Veteran's Recognition Committee
/ Chairman Lester Phinney, Jr.

The Veteran's Recognition Committee was begun by the NSSAR several years ago in efforts to recognize all SAR members who served during WWII.  Now that this is completed, the NSSAR has begun recognizing those veteran members who served in wars between WWII and the Gulf War.  Any Stephen Holston Chapter members who are a veteran of a war between WWII and the Gulf War, please email the Veteran's Recognition Chairman.



ROTC/JROTC/SEA CADET Committee
/ Chairmen Paul Jorden & George Lane

The committee chairman and co-chairman coordinate the appearance of several Chapter members at 19 ROTC and JROTC award ceremonies, and the Sea Cadet Ceremony, held throughout the Knoxville area during the months of April and May.  The ROTC/JROTC/Sea Cadet medals are awarded to foster the principle of the "citizen soldier" exemplified by the minutemen.  The winning Cadet is chosen by the senior instructor for having a high degree of merit in respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, good citizenship, and general exellence.

Sea Cadet Program Brochure


Troop Support Committee / Chairman (Open)

As a matter of logistics, I pick up about $150.00 of goodies at a local retailer and divide them into four boxes, one for each quarter.  It costs about $13.00 to send each package.  We have selected the contents carefully.  If it can melt, it will;  if it can crush, it will; if it can break; it will.  The secret is in the packing of the items.  Beef jerky packets line the bottom for padding, which is then covered with a layer of hard candles, followed by popcorn packets, chewing gum, and chewy candies.  Hard candies are scattered throughout and the box is shaken to get the contents to settle.  Once a quarter, this results in a goody box of 12lbs, sent off with a letter addressed to our selected patriot for distribution to the troops.


Wreaths Across America Committee / Chairmen Lee Johnson & David Johnston

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a program that places wreaths on the graves of our fallen veterans.  The purpose ofWAA is to "REMEMBER" those who have fallen, "HONOR" those who serve and have served, and "TEACH" our children the price of our freedoms. Our Chapter sells wreaths year-round to be placed on the graves at the East Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery (Lyon's View) in Knoxville.  Usually the second weekend of December, at noon, our Chapter's Color Guard, along with many other volunteers and organizations, attends a ceremony concluded with the placement of wreaths upon our heroes headstones.
Video: Wreaths Across America Cermony 2016

Wreaths Across America 2018 Donation Form

DONATE ONLINE to Wreaths Across America

Eagle Scouts Committee / Chairman Sam Miller

The Stephen Holston Chapter supports the National SAR's Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout

Scholarship program through it's Leonard R. Hill Eagle Scout Award.  This Chapter award is a 

$100.00 U.S. Savings Bond given to the outstanding applicant from the Great Smoky Mountain Council.  Applications are due to the chairman in late December of each year.  Specific information can be obtained from the chairman by using the "Contact Us" tab to the left.  The Chapter believes that those who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout share its members' belief in the principles of patriotism and American heritage and deserve special recognition.  Only one Great Smoky Mountain Council Eagle Scout can receive the Hill Eagle Scout Prize, but all receive a Certificae of Recognition.  Since support began in the 1990s, the Chapter has provided over 2,000 certificates to local Eagle Scouts.  There is no need to apply for a certificate - thanks to the outstanding support of the BSA, certificates for each new Eagle Scout are provided monthly to the Council  coordinators, who give them to District Executives for dissemination to the troops and their Eagle Scouts.


Flag Committee / Chairman Steve Heisler

The Chapter's Flag Committee recognizes those businesses and individuals in our communities who fly the American Flag with Patriotic Etiquette. 


Graves & Landmarks Committee / Chairman Lee Johnson

The Graves & Landmarks committee is dedicated to finding the location and promoting the preservation of histoical landmarks, Revolutionary War Veteran's graves, and the graves of Patriots who provided services for the cause of the Revolutionary War.  Currently, we have an ongoing project in attempts to collect and

compile data to be maintained by the Stephen Holston Chapter, Tennessee SAR.  The data to be collected is names of Rev. War Soldiers & Patriots, photos of their headstones, names of places of burials, GPS coordinates of burial plots, and whether it has been marked by the SAR, or DAR.  Lastly, we wish to post a copy of their Revolutionary War Pension Application if possible.  This compiled information may be found in the "Research" link to the left.
The Chapter is actively marking these soldiers' and patriots' gravesites.  If you have an Patriot ancestor whose grave you would like to have marked, please use the "Contact Us" link on the left.

Youth Programs Committee / Chairman (Open)

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic organization that focuses on the American Revolution.  As a part of our educational outreach, the SAR conducts serveral programs across the country.  Some of our most active programs are targeted to our future leaders, our children and those who are educators.  On the "Youth Programs" link you will find a list of the programs that the SAR runs, and a brief descriprion of each.  If you are interested in entering one of these programs, please contact us using the link to the left.


Education Committee / Chairman Robert Beamer

TNSAR invites all American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.  Application / Rules


Speakers Bureau Committee / Chairman Tracy Wilson

Are you looking for a speaker for your classroom, fraternal organization, or other groups?  The Stephen Holston Chapter has several members which will be happy to come speak and give presentations to your group concerning the Revolutionary War period.  Simply use the "Contact Us" tab on the right to give us possible dates of your request for a speaker.  Depending on the speaker's personal availability, we will work out a date for a presentation.

Website Committee / Chairman Lee Johnson

We appreciate your constructive feedback.   Please contact us if you find missing links, items needing corrected, etc...
Please contact us with any input you may have for new content.  We may be reached by the "Contact Us" link at the left of the page
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Newsletter Committee / Chairman Robert Beam

The "Holston Valley Gazette" will keep Chapter's membership up to date on the Chapter's news, past events, and upcoming events.  To submit information to be posted in the newletter, please log in to the member's area for more information.  To submit info for consideration of adding to the newsletter, please send email to THIS address.