NEVADA STATE SOCIETY
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution trains good citizens, develops leaders and promotes love of the United States of America and its heritage among young people.
Our six objectives are:
To acquire knowledge of American History.
To preserve and restore places of Historical importance associated with men and women who forwarded American Independence.
To ascertain the deeds and honor the memories of the men, women and children who rendered service to the cause of the American Revolution.
To promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.
To honor and cherish the Flag of the United States of America above every other flag.
To love, uphold and extend the principles of American liberty and patriotism.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 16, 2020 - Nevada State Conference
April 17 - 19, 2020 - National Convention
June 2020 - Western Region Meeting
Founded in 1895, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, is the oldest patriotic organization for youth in our country. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution.
Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society.
Meetings and activities are planned for all ages with special consideration given to younger members.
Members gain invaluable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary procedures and standard protocol, serving as delegates and speaking before groups at local, state and national conferences. The responsibility and privilege of selecting officers helps members gain an understanding of the democratic process.
For more information on about the Nevada State Society, contact Senior State President Lisa Zeles.
Nevada State Project 2019-2020
Volunteering with and supporting Nevada Veterans
In my years with the Children of the American Revolution, I have felt that the most important aspect of membership has been service. Therefore, for this year’s Nevada state project this president is imploring all chapters to spend at least 20 hours as a collective volunteering to spend time with Nevada’s veterans. This president would like to have our members learn about history from those that have lived it, by helping and volunteering for all who have served. This president wants members to learn firsthand from veterans’ pasts and to hone their leadership skills by practicing communication skills, and by learning from the veterans on how to be better leaders. This inclusion of veterans on different service opportunities and meetings would forge positive relationships and would benefit both members and the veterans, hopefully each learning from the other.
Additionally, this President would like to call to action a drive of supplies to be delivered to a local VA hospital or another veteran facility. These facilities differ on what is needed at a certain time, so before a drive is started contact your local facility. Nevada has one of the highest rates of homelessness and consequently a high homeless veteran population, concentration should be on the homeless veterans in your community, however all veterans should be provided for if needed, and through our hard work CAR and Nevada’s veterans will forge connections and learn leadership skills from each other.
National Project 2019-2020
Foundations of Freedom
Each year, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution creates a National Theme and the National President develops a project that will benefit the Society and the nation.
The National Theme for the 2019–2020 N.S.C.A.R. year is FOUNDATIONS OF FREEDOM.
George Washington’s boyhood at his family’s home, Ferry Farm, shaped the man he would become. Many of the characteristics that made Washington a great leader were founded in his early upbringing at Ferry Farm. In 1738, Augustine Washington moved his family to Ferry Farm on the banks of the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The bustling nature of Ferry Farm and its surroundings played a critical role in George’s development. Tragedy struck in 1743 with the death of George’s father and his then single mother, Mary Ball Washington, remained at the farm to raise George and his siblings. Mary drilled into young George the principles of moral and civil behavior—honesty, dignity, integrity, dogged determination and self-confidence.
The first goal of the Foundations of Freedom project will be to raise funds for the reproduction Washington Family Desk at George Washington’s boyhood home. The replica desk would have been the desk that was in the parlor and used by all members of the Washington household to write letters or do school lessons. We will also support the development of Ferry Farm’s web-based educational initiatives for students all over the world. One example of an exciting initiative the George Washington Foundation has begun is the creation of educational programming surrounding George’s beloved Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior targeting school-age children. For those who cannot visit in person, web-based educational programs will carry the lessons of young George’s upbringing well beyond Virginia and provide insight into growing up in colonial times.
The second goal of the project will be to highlight the leadership development opportunities that the National Society Children of the American Revolution offers our members. As our creed says, “as the boys and girls of 1776 took an active part in the War for Independence, so the boys and girls of today have a definite work to do for their Country.” What better way to become good citizens than develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime?
This project strives to connect history and leadership. By learning about the early life of George Washington and the code of conduct he strove to live by, members across the country can learn the foundations of citizenship he developed at Ferry Farm. This project can be embraced by all members, regardless of their geographic location. Ultimately, it is an opportunity for members to learn about George Washington’s upbringing, influences he had at a young age and experiences he received given the circumstances of his boyhood. They can do this through planning meeting programs, completing contests and other fun activities. The desk is a way we can leave a tangible contribution to this important site.
As George Washington learned life lessons at an early age, our members are learning how to become leaders at an early age by participating in C.A.R. activities. This project will formalize the educational opportunities our members are acquiring from the National Program and by completing state and national contests. Through the National Project, N.S.C.A.R. will be emphasizing that one doesn’t need a title to be a leader.
STATE OFFICERS 2019 - 2020
President Jackson Bellard
Vice President Marcus Green
Chaplain Alexia Gaskill
Recording Secretary Rachel Perry
Organizing Secretary Dana Surweil
Treasurer Ameilia McCurdy
Registrar Phebee Stuke
Historian Olivia McCurdy
Librarian/Curator Madison Van Ness
Senior President Lisa Zeles
Senior Vice President Kristina Perry
Senior Chaplain Rev. Anthony Perry
Senior Secretary Alexx Green
Senior Organizing Secretary Michelle Bellard
Senior Treasurer Stacy Woodbury
Senior Registrar Lori Bagwell
Senior Historian Sandra Apfel
Senior Librarian/Curator Susan McCurdy