Programs

Speaker’s Bureau

The George Mason Chapter holds regular meetings throughout the year, and many are opportunities for speaking or presenting on subjects around the American Revolution. One of the primary missions of the SAR 🔗 is to commemorate, memorialize, preserve, and educate the membership and the general public on the people and events of the American Revolution.

For more information, contact an officer of the George Mason Chapter. 📧

Revolutionary War Graves Program

The Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution is specifically involved in the identification, preservation, and memorializing of the final resting places of our honored Virginian Patriot Ancestors. Often involved in such programs in other states where our other ancestors may lie, members of the George Mason Chapter regularly participate in the marking and honoring of these gravesites.

For more information on the VASSAR Revolutionary War Graves Committee, please click here. 🔗

Joseph E. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Students in Grades 9 through 12 are welcome to participate annually in the George Mason Chapter level Rumbaugh Oration Contest, held each year in December at the Chapter Meeting. Virginia has a long history of success in this national contest. Participants may be from any local school in the Arlington or Fairfax area, including public, private, charter, and parochial schools. Cash prizes are awarded at the Chapter, State, and National levels.

For more information on the Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest, including the application and instructions, please click here. 🔗

To submit an application, download and complete it from the link above, then email it to the Chapter Chairperson, Compatriot Keith Reeves.

George and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Students in Grades 9 through 12 are welcome to participate annually in the George Mason Chapter level Knight Essay Contest, held each year in December in conjunction with the Chapter Meeting. Participants may be from any local school in the Arlington or Fairfax area, including public, private, charter, and parochial schools. Cash prizes are awarded at the Chapter, State, and National levels.

For more information on the Knight Essay Contest, including the application and instructions, please click here. 🔗

To submit an application, download and complete it from the link above, then email it to the Chapter Chairperson, Compatriot Keith Reeves.

VASSAR Teacher of the Year Contest

The Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year is an award program open to teachers who are currently recognized for excellence in teaching American History in the Revolutionary War era from the time period of 1750 to 1800. Note that this teacher does not necessarily need the title of “history teacher,” but rather is a teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching the subject.

Applications are due from the Chapter to the State Society no later than December 31 of each year, meaning the application process must be initiated and completed prior to that time.

For more information about this annual program, you can download a PDF of the Nomination Instructions from VASSAR by clicking here. 🔗

For more information, contact an officer of the George Mason Chapter. 📧

Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Contest

Middle and high school teachers of American History who recognize the importance of teaching today’s students about the people and events of the American Revolution are eligible for the annual Lawrence American History Teacher Award, conferred each year by the SAR. Conferring as a prize a professional development opportunity selected by the winning candidate from a number of choices, the Award recognizes educators who distinguish themselves in addressing the American Revolution.

Applications are due to the George Mason Chapter no later than December 15 of each year.

To submit an application, download and complete the appropriate sections of the Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions, available by clicking here. 🔗 Email the completed document to the Chapter Secretary, Compatriot Ken Morris.

Eagle Scout Program and Contest

The many common bonds and common purposes of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America has led to a long-lasting interrelationship between the organizations. Consequently, all Eagle Scouts are recognized by the SAR through the Virginia Society Eagle Scout Recognition Program.

Additionally, scholarship opportunities exist for Eagle Scouts.

For detailed information about this program, and instructions on how to obtain recognition certificates and/or apply for scholarships, please click here to visit the VASSAR page on the subject. 🔗

For more information, contact an officer of the George Mason Chapter. 📧

ROTC/JROTC Program and Contest

SAR awards the ROTC Medal to honor the example of the “citizen-soldier,” mirroring the role of the Minutemen who served the cause of the American Revolution. Presented by the George Mason Chapter, as well as the State and National societies, ROTC and JROTC cadets who demonstrate leadership, military bearing, and general excellence may be conferred this award. Recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the respective corps of cadets.

Each individual who is conferred the ROTC Medal is eligible for State and National recognition, which may carry a cash award.

For detailed information about this program, and instructions on how to participate, please click here to visit the National SAR page on the subject. 🔗

For more information, contact an officer of the George Mason Chapter. 📧