Sons of the American Revolution

Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Virginia Society


There are several committees in the Chapter that work on key mission areas and important functions. Every member is encouraged to join at least one committee and actively contribute and participate toward optimizing the committee's impact. Members should contact the committee chairman to indicate their interest to join the committee. If you have an interest in being a committee Chairman contact the Chapter President.

Awards Committee

Chairman:   George Ax,   email:

The Awards Committee is responsible for the development and execution of the Chapter’s Awards Program. They shall recommend honorees for both intra-SAR service, achievement and appreciation and awards for deserving non-NSSAR persons in fields such as Scouting, proper display of the U.S. Flag, education, public safety (i.e. Police, EMT, Fire fighting and prevention, other 1st responders), military service & achievement, writing, and similar fields relating to the objectives of NSSAR.

Color Guard

Chairman:   Paul Chase,   email:

Many members enjoy wearing the uniforms of their Patriot Ancestor(s) to parades, public events, NSSAR meetings, Naturalization Ceremonies, grave dedications, school programs and more. Uniforms worn by our members reflect the many types of uniforms worn by Revolutionary War soldiers. Some members wear Continental Army uniforms, others wear the “uniform” or clothing of Militia soldiers. Some members demonstrate the Brown Bess flint-lock muzzle loading musket used by Revolutionary War soldiers.

Communications Committee

Chairman:   Ken Morris - Director,   email:

The Communication Committee includes the activities of the newsletter editor, Chapter Facebook editor/developer, Chapter webmaster, development and maintenance of a Chapter brochure, production of meeting programs, and public affairs.

Graves RegistrationCommittee

Chairman:   Paul Shimp,   email:

This committee is responsible for the identification, documentation, and registration for publication by the NSSAR of any grave of a Revolutionary War Patriot

Membership, Recruitment and RetentionCommittee

Chairman:   Barry Schwoerer,   email:

The Committee is not only responsible for recruiting new members, but to ensure new members are welcomed, integrated and retained in the chapter. They are the Chapter point of contact for identifying recruiting opportunities, recommending them to the Board of Managers, budgeting and executing these activities.

Patriot and Compatriot Grave MarkingCommittee

Chairman:   Thad Hartman,   email:

This committee is responsible for identifying unmarked Patriot Graves and coordinating a formal Grave Marking ceremony. These ceremonies typically involve members in uniform, a color guard to present and retire colors, a musket salute (if available), playing of taps, and placement of a bronze NSSAR Patriot medallion. If a descendant of the Patriot can be located they are invited to speak about the Patriot and his family. When a Compatriot passes, a NSSAR Member marker may be placed on his grave. The process of placing a Compatriot Grave marker mirrors that of a Patriot but is typically less formal.

Program Committee

Chairman:   Barry Schwoerer,   email:

The Program Committee is responsible for both the development and content of programs including speaker selection, necessary arrangements for presentation, and the order of conduct of the meeting.

Property Management Committee

Chairman:   Leamon Duncan - Quartermaster,   email:

The Property Management Committee shall have custodial responsibility for all physical property of the Chapter to (except color guard equipment) include flags, banners, wreaths, wreath stands, flag stands, and other acquired equipment. They shall be responsible for its safe storage and maintenance. The Chapter Quartermaster is the head of this committee.

Public Safety and Heroism Committee

Chairman:   Bill Collier,   email:

This committee recognizes the efforts of our first responders: Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians for their contributions in the safety of our communities. The Heroism Commendation recognizes our citizens (non Military) who risk their life in saving another citizen's life.


Chairman:   John Calloway,   email:

Recognizing future leaders of our armed forces who stand out in their service continues the tradition of honoring the Patriots who served and granted us freedom.

Scouts-Eagle Scout Scholarship

Chairman:   Ken Morris,   email:

This scholarship which is open only to Eagle Scouts under the age of 19 and recognizes those who stand out as tomorrow’s leaders. Winners from the chapter level are advanced to the state level. If the state winner has provided a high quality presentation, the VASSAR enters them in the NSSAR level competition.

Veterans Committee

Chairman:   Dave Button,   email:

This committee executes activities that serve the Veteran Community including: recognition of CWG Chapter members serving or who have served their country through military service during periods of peace or war; identifying and providing assistance to CWG Chapter members (or their family members) who are deployed; partnering with the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run to respond to requests for assistance with operations or other activities at the facility; and organizing participation of CWG members in the Manassas Veterans Day Parade.

Youth Activities Committee

Chairman:   vacant

The Youth Activities Committee is responsible for handling all chapter relations with private and public schools in the Northern Virginia area, including, but not limited to: Good Citizenship Awards, i.e. JROTC; Coordinate and identify Chapter contestants for the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, and the Joseph H. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest; Identify and provide judges for the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, and the Joseph H. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest; Identify and provide judges for Virginia History Day; and Coordinate with the Children of the American Revolution. This Committee will determine if the Chapter should establish a Junior Member Program with educational activities specifically designed for Junior Members.