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Why Join the SAR?


Show pride in your heritage and in your country. Remember your ancestors and strive to sustain the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought to create.​

Why Join Thomas Jefferson Chapter?


Make a difference in the East Bay by recognizing patriots in our community and helping your neighbors rediscover America's founding principles that make from many people, one nation, the last best hope of man on earth.

nominateDo you know someone who makes their school or community a better place right here in the East Bay?  Would you like to see that person acknowledged for the difference they have made?  Part of the Sons of the American Revolution's charter is to recognize ordinary citizens who have accomplished extraordinary things in our community. One of the ways we do this is by awarding medals for various forms of public service--what used to be called good citizenship.  We offer the opportunity to commemorate the accomplishments of both youth and adults with nationally-recognized medals and awards:

Good Citizenship Law Enforcement

Fire Safety EMS

Heroism Life Saving

Latest Newsletters

  • Minuteman, November 2019

    Tim Ernst Speaker 1Past President Brown introduced our speaker, Past President Tim Ernst, who spoke on Yosemite National Park. Tim was born and raised in Yosemite, and he was married there. His father was a forester in Yosemite, so Tim went to school there. He said the major icons of Yosemite are Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. The area around the base of the falls has been cleared, so there is now a better view of the falls.

    American Indians were in Yosemite about 3,000 years ago, and the Southern Sierra Miwok moved there about 800 years ago, and called the area Ahwahnee, which means “big mouth.” They traded acorns with their neighbors for pine nuts.

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  • Minuteman, October 2019

    herriageFollowing lunch, President Greg Owens introduced our guest speaker Anne Herriage. She discovered that most of the attendees were involved in Scouting at one time, and was pleased that we begin our meetings by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She noted that people involved in Scouting know the responsibilities of citizenship, and the importance of patriotism. She asked those in the audience who were involved in Scouting to recite the Boy Scout Oath:

    On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;  To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

    She also had them recite the Scout Law:

    A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

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  • Minuteman, September 2019

    ragu hoffmanFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst introduced our guests from Amador Valley High School’s We The People program – teacher Jeremy Detamore, and students Gali Hoffman and Deepak Ragu (who both represented the entire team from Amador Valley). The Thomas Jefferson Chapter SAR and the Jose Maria Amador Chapter DAR made contributions to help send the students to Washington, DC, for the national finals.

    President Ernst introduced Jeremy Detamore, who has been teaching the "We The People" program for eleven years at Amador Valley High School. This is the third time he has had the opportunity to take a class to Washington, DC, for the national finals.

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