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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, 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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  • Minuteman, May 2019

    Tony ShoemehlFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst introduced guest speaker Tony Shoemehl, who spoke about the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, California. He noted that there have been eight ships named USS Hornet. The first Hornet was a sloop that was christened in 1775, and with her sister ship the USS Wasp were the first two ships of the Continental Navy. The second Hornet was a sloop that fought at Djerna in the Barbary War of 1805. The third Hornet was a sloop-of-war that fought in several battles in the War of 1812, carried out anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean Sea, and was lost at sea in 1829 off of Tampico, Mexico. The fourth Hornet was a 5-gun schooner used for inshore patrol and as a dispatch vessel from 1813-1829. The fifth Hornet was an iron-side wheeled steamship which was captured from the Confederate Navy in 1864, and used by the Union Navy for the remainder of the War Between the States. The sixth Hornet was a yacht purchased for use in the Spanish-American War of 1898, which defeated a superior force at Manzanillo, Cuba.

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