Fort Harrison Activities

SEMI-ANNUAL and ANNUAL MEETINGS, REGIONAL MEETINGS(*) Club representation is requested. Upcoming and present officers are encouraged to attend. Subjects/agendas for each meeting are distributed by VSSAR. (Chairman, Thomas A. Pettit, Chapter President)


OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP AWARDS(*) May be awarded in a number of categories including: Outstanding Student (Teacher) in American History and Outstanding Student (Teacher) in Social Studies. Members are requested to look for outstanding individuals in county/city schools for these and for any other possible categories of achievement. Involves contacting schools, municipalities, etc. for assistance in choosing winners and making presentations of medals and certificates. (Chairman, Chapter President)


FIRE SAFETY COMMENDATION and LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMENDATION(*) An award in each category to an area individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or meritorious service in respective field. Requires a selective process and making presentations of medals and certificates. (Chairman, Jim Nelson)


R. O. T. C. AWARD(*) Awards are given to outstanding cadets at James Madison University. This award requires the Committee Chairman to contact JMU for selection of winners, to attend the honors ceremonies, and make the presentations of medals and certificates. (Chairman, Kirk Sheap)


JUNIOR R. O. T. C. AWARD(*) Awards are given to outstanding at Harrisonburg High School. This award requires the Committee Chairman to contact HHS for selection of winners, to attend the honors ceremonies, and make the presentations of medals and certificates. (Chairman, Kirk Sheap)


EAGLE SCOUT RECOGNITION PROGRAM This program provides Certificates of Recognition to Eagle Scouts. (Chairman, Hank Almond)


DISPLAY OF FLAG(*) Chapter gives a citation and medal to a firm that does an outstanding job in displaying the American flag. Requires selection of winner(s) and presentation of the award. (Chairman, Kirk Sheap)


NATURALIZATION CEREMONIES(*) Observances are held at Federal Courthouse in Harrisonburg and at the Frontier Museum in Staunton. Two people required at Harrisonburg observance. (Chairman, Tom Pettit; Co-Chairman, John Cloud)


JULY 4th READING OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Compatriot reads the U.S. Declaration of Independence from the Rockingham County Courthouse steps on July 4th, gives out small American Flags (Chairman, David Hatmaker)


KNIGHT ESSAY CONTEST(*) Students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors or seniors attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools) who are United States citizens or legal aliens. (Chairman, Barkley Rosser)


GRAVES REGISTRATION An on-going project to find and mark the graves of Rev. War veterans. Requires some research to substantiate claims and the placement of markers provided. Event ceremonies can help promote our club. All should be on alert for candidates' graves. (Chairman, David Hatmaker)


MAINTENANCE OF MICHAEL TROUT GRAVE SITE Maintain the grounds to make the grave site presentable and easily viewed by those that drive by. (Bill Robinson)


CHAPTER AWARDS To recognize members of our chapter for outstanding service. (Chairman, Randy Atkins)


ANNUAL CHAPTER REPORT TO VASSAR Compiles all activities for the year and submits FH Annual Report to VASSAR. (Chairman, Hank Almond)


CHAPTER NEWSLETTER Complete review of the chapter' activities. Distributed by email and posted on chapter website three times a year - February, August and November. (Editor Greg Owens)


CHAPTER WEBSITE http://www.fortharrisonsar.org Updated as needed. Revisions sent to the President for approval; then sent to Corresponding Secretary for execution. (Webmaster: Stephen Knight)


(*) Member participation is sought.