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Why Join the SAR?

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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?

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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, April 2019

    howardJonesPresident Tim Ernst introduced guest speaker Howard Jones, who is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He retired as an entrepreneur in the battery industry. Howard served as a Commissioner on San Mateo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). He was Commander General (2014-16) of the Military Order of the Stars & Bars (MOS&B); the founder of the California Society, MOS&B; the former President of the Silicon Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; and President of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table. Howard is proud of both his American heritage and his Southern heritage. He is distantly related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    Howard Jones spoke on “Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans,” which took place in 1814-1815 at the conclusion of the War of 1812. Technically, the War of 1812 was already over because a treaty had been signed by Britain and the United States. However, the treaty had yet to be ratified by Britain or by the US senate, and history would have been significantly altered if Britain had won this battle.

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  • Minuteman, March 2019

    daleAmaralFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst called upon Chief of Police Michael Carroll to introduce Commander Dale Amaral. He said Dale Amaral was an icon in law enforcement, and a personal role model. Chief Carroll met him at Chabot College, when he took a class taught by Amaral. Amaral made law enforcement sound like the best job in the world, and Carroll determined to pursue it as a career. Five years later, when Carroll took the test for the Newark Police Department, Amaral told him that he remembered him from class, and thought he would make a great police officer. Carroll said that Amaral was the most approachable boss he ever had, and he would not have missed being here to honor Amaral for the world. In his 53-year career, Amaral has had a huge impact on law enforcement.

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  • Minuteman, January 2019

    Steven BurchikSteven Burchik graduated from Manhattan College in the 1960’s. After graduating, he joined the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War. After training in the United States, Sergeant Burchik was sent to Vietnam to spend a year in the rice paddies north of Saigon as a forward observer with the 1st Infantry Division from June 1968 to June 1969. After returning from Vietnam, Burchik graduated from Michigan State University with an MBA degree, and was a successful marketing executive and food industry entrepreneur. He is the author of two books – Compass and a Camera: A Year in Vietnam, and Focus on Vietnam. The Town of Danville had a photo exhibition from November 1 through December 16, 2018, entitled Conflict and Compassion Through the Eyes of a Veteran, which had photographs from Steven Burchik.

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Welcome to the Electronic Home of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. We are all descendants of the patriots who helped to establish our great country during the Revolutionary War. We welcome all descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots to Join our Great Society.

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