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2024 George Washington Birthday Luncheon

17 Feb 2024 11:30 AM | William Ritchie (Administrator)

The District of Columbia’s Children of the American Revolution (“DC C.A.R.”), Sons of the American Revolution (“DCSAR”) and Daughters of the American Revolution (“DCDAR”) jointly held The George Washington Birthday Luncheon on February 17, 2024, at 11:30am at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. The host for the luncheon was DCSAR President Bill Ritchie. Lunch was served after the invocation by DCSAR chaplain The Rev. Dr. John Stonesifer and comments by dais guests that included NSSAR VPG Mid-Atlantic District Jim Engler, DCDAR State Regent Beth Hicks, DC C.A.R. President Mia Malur and NSDAR Corresponding Secretary General Janet McFarland.

The guest speaker was William Jamieson “Jay” Bosanko who was appointed Deputy Archivist of the U.S. on December 1, 2023. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) since 2008. Since January 2013 he had served as NARA’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing NARA's archival mission. From 2011 to 2013 he served as NARA's Executive for Agency Services and was responsible for NARA's efforts nationwide to serve the ongoing records management needs of Federal agencies and to represent the public's interest in government records with regard to accountability and transparency. Mr. Bosanko previously served as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office from 2008 to 2011 where he was responsible for oversight of the government-wide security classification system, the controlled unclassified information system, and the National Industrial Security Program. Mr. Bosanko began his career with NARA in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. 

Bosanko spoke about the important role of the National Archives.  Specifically, of the importance of records in our unique form of democracy where the government is held accountable by the people.  He also discussed the compiled military service records and the pension files that document the service and sacrifices made by the patriots and their families.  Bosanko also gave an overview of the struggle to get these very records transferred to National Archives and the important role the Sons of the American Revolution played.  In the summer of 1892, then Senator Porter of Vermont who was active in the SAR, played a leading role in the passage of a law signed by President Harrison that brought about the preservation and organization of the records at the Department of Defense.  Bosanko closed his remarks encouraging members to dive into the National Archives and research their patriot ancestors, particularly as the nation approaches the 250th. Mr. Bosanko was presented the DCSAR Honor in Service Medal.

DCDAR Regent Hicks conducted the induction of four new DAR members that included the granddaughter of President Ritchie, Destiny M. Joiner. 

DCSAR Secretary Paul Hays conducted the induction of two new SAR members and the reinstallation of a third member. Capt. Charles Philip Sidney Mayer is a cyber warfare officer currently stationed at the National Guard Bureau, and is the 6th great grandson of David Davis, who furnished supplies to the South Carolina Militia.  Larry Miller and Secretary Hays are his sponsors. Roger Russell Ream is an officer of the Fund for American Studies with offices near Dupont Circle.  He joined the Michigan Society last October by right of descent from Col. Samuel Francis Temple of the Caroline County VA Militia, his 5th great grandfather.  He has now transferred his membership to the DCSAR.

Deputy Archivist Bosanko originally joined SAR in 1994 through his grandfather’s chapter in Virginia.  Eventually his membership lapsed, but today he signed the paperwork to reinstate and transfer to the DCSAR.

After announcements, the benediction was given by Susan Stonesifer, DCDAR State Chaplain. 

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