President’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

SAR members are male decedents of a patriot who fought or assisted the cause of American Independence between 1774 and 1783.

The objective of the SAR is to celebrate and perpetuate the ideals on which our nation was founded.

We sponsor many youth programs and are actively involved in our community.  The Gold Country Chapter was founded in 1924 and is based in Placer County.  Our membership comes from throughout the foothills and Sacramento region.

This website contains information about our programs and meetings, as well as how you can join the S.A.R.

Thanks for visiting!

Greg Hill
President, Gold Country SAR

October Meeting is This Saturday

The October Meeting of the Gold Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, is this Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 AM. We will meet at our usual place, Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant, 13460 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Please plan to attend if you can. (Map and Details) 

We will have a couple of special speakers; learn about Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox) and hear from Militia Officer Wife, Dorcas Nelson Richardson, who was forced to turn over her plantation home and food to British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and his troops.

August Meeting is this Saturday

The August Meeting of the Gold Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, is this Saturday, August 16 at 9:00 AM. We will meet at our usual place, Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant, 13460 Lincoln Way in Auburn. This is an important meeting, so please plan to attend if you can. (Map and Details) 

Among the items on the agenda:

  • Swearing in of new members
  • Presentation from Ron Barker and Dave Gilliard on the National Congress, held last month in South Carolina, and Revolutionary War battlefields in the area
  • News on how California’s (and Gold Country’s) poster did in the national judging
  • Discussion of plans for the Constitution Day Parade and Revolutionary War Days event in Nevada City this September
  • Report from the By-Laws Committee on possible revisions

Armed Forces Day Guest Speaker is LCDR Lou Conter, USN Ret

Saturday, May 17th is Armed Forces Day. The Guest Speaker at our regular meeting will be LCDR Lou Conter, USN (Ret.) who served aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

The following press release went out to local media:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014
Contact: Dave Gilliard
(916) 626-6804

Pearl Harbor Survivor LCDR Lou Conter USN (Ret.)
to speak at Gold Country Chapter,
Sons of the American Revolution Meeting
on Armed Forces Day in Auburn

AUBURN, CA — The public is invited to join the Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as they comemorate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17th at 9:00 AM at their meeting held in Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant at 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA. The meeting’s Guest Speaker will be LCDR Lou Conter, USN (Ret.) who served aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On the morning of 7 Dec 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack against the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 2,400 casualties and many more wounded resulted from the attack, which led directly to America’s entry into World War II.

The battleship USS Arizona was lost, with her dead accounting for nearly half lost in the attack. One of the fortunate survivors of the attack was Lou Conter, then 20 years old and serving aboard the Arizona. Conter went on to become a naval aviator and flew many dangerous missions in the Pacific Theater. Though he was shot down twice he continued a long career in the Navy retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1967.

Conter, now in his nineties, resides in Nevada County.

SAR members are patriotic Americans who have traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who fought for or actively supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. They are a non-profit, educational group dedicated to keeping America’s history alive for future generations. If you are interested in joining, but don’t know if you have a Revolutionary War ancestor, we want to help. Visit GoldCountrySAR.com to fill out an on-line form that will get you started.

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Patriots’ Day 2014

The Gold Country Color Guard, chapter members, and guests participated in Patriots’ Day in Auburn, CA. There was an historic flag display and literature was passed out to the passing public. Gold Country SAR Ladies Auxiliary and neighboring DAR ladies were also present and in costume.

Patriots’ Day commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord on April 19th 1775.

Pictures have been posted in the Photo Gallery.

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