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Deadlines for Specific Events

 

Deadline: 2 weeks following the election of chapter officers

Report Chapter Officers

Email the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the newly elected officers to the FLSSAR Secretary 

 

Deadline: Fall

High School History Fairs

Chapters are encouraged to contact their local school system to determine if a local History Fair will be conducted. If so, the chapter is encouraged to recruit knowledgeable members willing to serve as judges and to offer this service to the Fair organizers. The Fairs are typically held later in the school year but arrangements must be made in the fall. Contact FLSSAR History Fair chairman Frank Hodalski (fhodalski@msn.com) for more details.

 

Deadline: 

Submission of FLSSAR Bylaw Amendments

Proposed changes to the FLSSAR Bylaws must be submitted to the FLSSAR Charter and Bylaws Committee by the date of the Fall Board of Management Meeting. Email proposals to Sr. Vice President or hand deliver the proposal at the meeting.

 

Deadline: December 1

Submission of the Chapter Annual Report and Dues

Detailed information will be sent by the FLSSAR Secretary in mid-September. The report accounts for the current membership listing those who have paid dues and those who have dropped their membership. The check paying for National and State dues will accompany the report and is sent to the FLSSAR Secretary.

 

Deadline: December 15

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Information about this contest can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/rumbaugh.html. Included on the website are rules, judging criteria, and much more. The FLSSAR contest will be held in January at the Winter Board of Management Meeting. In order to enter a contestant from your local chapter contact FLSSAR Rumbaugh Chairman mid-December.

 

Deadline: December 15

NSSAR Chapter Newsletter Contest- the Carl F. Bessent Award

To be eligible for competition, there should be a minimum of two (2) issues per year submitted to the NSSAR Committee Chairman by December 15.   However, editors are encouraged to place the Committee Chairman on their normal distribution list. Currently, only printed copies may be submitted.

 

Deadline: December 31

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

Chapters are encouraged to recognize all Eagle Scouts with a letter and certificate. Eagle Scouts who are currently active in their unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application are eligible to enter the scholarship competition. Contest details and the applications form can be found at the National Website..

 

Deadline: January 2, 2010

Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The FLSSAR is not heavily involved in this National program. However, if your chapter knows of an exceptional middle or high school American History teacher you might consider entering them into this contest. Specifics can be found at http://www.sar.org/committee/americanism/Lawrence.html. Send entries to the FLSSAR secretary who will handle the state part of this contest.

 

Deadline: January 30

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Scholarship Contest

Information about this contest can be found at http://patriot-web.com/essay/. Included on the website are rules, judging criteria, and much more. The FLSSAR contest is primarily run at the state level however chapters are welcome to conduct local contests. If your chapter wishes to participate the rules found on the website can be changed to suite the local situation. The state committee asks chapters to send ALL entries received at the local level- not just the winning essay – to the state chairman.  

 

Deadline: February 1

Earl Marlin Publicity Contest

This contest seeks to encourage and reward chapters in their efforts to gain publicity for their chapter and the SAR. The contest is run on an annual basis, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of the calendar year. Entries are due Feb. 1. Information can be found at http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/EarlMarlinCriteria.pdf

 

Deadline: February 1

Stark Award: Service to Veterans

This contest seeks to encourage and reward chapters to engage in veterans affairs programs. Find the required form at http://www.sar.org/forms/USS.Stark.Award.Scoresheet.pdf. Also send this form to the FLSSAR Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman.

 

Deadline: January 16, 2010

Patriot Medal Nominations

This award is the highest award given by the State Society and honors significant service to the local chapter and state society. Information: http://www.sar.org/node/453

Send to Patriot medal Committee chair.

 

Deadline: March 1

Chapter Challenge

This contest pits Florida chapters of similar size against each other in friendly competition based on their activities for the calendar year. Complete the form and send it to your Regional Vice President. [Find the form on the FLSSAR website. Click on the “Forms” link at the left side of the page. You’ll find the Chapter Challenge form listed.]

 

Event Date: 1st Saturday in March

Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution

This event commemorates the last naval battle of the American Revolution which took place off the eastern Florida coast near Cape Canaveral. Visit the event website at http://www.flssar.org/LNBAR.htm for information on the battle, pictures from last year’s event, and the celebration planned for 2010.

 

Deadline: March 31

JROTC Scholarship Contest

The JROTC contest is open to cadets in their next to last year (typically juniors). The nomination form can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/jrotcnomination.pdf.

 

Deadline: March 31

American Revolution Video Scholarship Contest

This new contest asks students grade 8 to 12 to create a short educational video on some aspect of the Revolutionary War. The students will post their entries to You-Tube or a similar video sharing website where their work can be seen by a world wide audience. Judging criteria includes accuracy, effectiveness in conveying the information, and technical merit. In addition, consideration will be given to the number of “hits” received by the video on the website. Like the Knight contest, this program is conducted primarily at the state level. Chapters are welcome to organize local contests if they choose. Information can be found at http://www.patriot-web.com/video/.

 

Deadline: Spring

JROTC Program

In the JROTC program chapters present the SAR JROTC medal and certificate to an outstanding cadet chosen by the local unit commander. Additional information can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/jrotc.html

 

Deadline: Spring

Good Citizenship Program for 5th and 6th Graders

Chapters provide one or two Good Citizenship Certificates to 5th and 6th grade classrooms at local elementary schools. The certificates can be obtained without cost from the FLSSAR Good Citizenship Committee Chair. Details of the program can be found at http://www.flssar.org/Docs/GoodCitProg.pdf

 

Deadline: April 1

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

Purpose: To help stimulate interest in American History in support of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade curriculum. Use this link: http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/AmerPosterLtr.pdf to find the guidelines and entry form.

 

Deadline: April 1

Robert B. Vance Website Award

This is a National award and is presented during the Annual Congress.  This award has two levels Chapter and State Society. Chapters may enter by completing the form found at http://www.sar.org/forms/Robert.B.Vance.Website.Award.Entry.Form.pdf

 

Deadline: May 8

Request for Credentials to the annual National Congress

FLSSAR members wishing to serve as delegates to the Congress must indicate this to the FLSSAR Credetials Chair. Late requests will be accepted as long as the number of allowable delegates is not exceeded.

 

Event Date: May

Battle of Pensacola Commemorative Celebration

This event commemorates the battle for Pensacola.

 

 

Monthly Deadlines

These items are required on most months.

 

Chapter Newsletter

Send your chapter newsletter via post or email to FLSSAR Historian and to FLSSAR Newsletter & Periodicals Committee Chairman . The former will allow your newsletter to be archived with the FLSSAR History. The latter will enter your newsletter into the annual FLSSAR Chapter Newsletter contest.

 

 

 

Quarterly Deadlines

These items are required to be completed prior to each Board of Management Meeting

  

Public Service and Heroism Awards

After making the award at your chapter completed this form (http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/PSHAR.pdf) and send copies to the National Headquarters AND the FLSSAR Public Service and Heroism Committee chairman.

 

Veterans Affairs Activity

Report any chapter activity regarding veterans to the FLSSAR Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman.

 

Quarterly Chapter Activities

Report all your chapter activities for the most recent period to your Regional Vice President so that the work may be published in the Board of Management Meeting Proceedings Book. Please be sure to include information on flag certificates presented during the time period of your report.

 

Quarterly Color Guard Activities

Report all your Color Guard activities for the most recent period to Commander so that they may be published in the Board of Management Meeting Proceedings Book.

 

Donations to the Center for Advancing American’s Heritage

Report donations for the most recent period to Center for Advancing American’s Heritage Committee Chair. 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing Items and Responsibilities

The following need to be completed as needed throughout the year.

 

Member Change of Postal or Email Addresses

If you have access you may log in to the National Membership Database to make these changes directly. The FLSSAR database is not linked to National so it is ALSO necessary to send the change via post or email to the FLSSAR Secretary

 

Deceased Members

Use http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/ObitRpt.pdf to report deceased members. Post or email the form to the FLSSAR Secretary AND the FLSSAR Chaplain 

 

ETD reimbursements

Chapters may submit requests to the Endowment Trust Fund to have certain expenses reimbursed.

Instructions and guidelines: http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/ETFgrantAppl-07dir.pdf

Form: http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/ETFgrantAppl-07f.doc

 

DAR Recruiting Contest

Every year at the NSSAR National Congress the National Society presents the DAR / SAR Award to the DAR state society that recruits the most members for SAR during the calendar year. Please complete this form (http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/DAR500.pdf) and submit it with the membership application that resulted from the DAR referral.

 

Present a Flag Certificate

Each chapter is asked to present one Flag Certificate which recognizes an individual or group for “Exemplary Patriotism in the display of the Flag of the United States”. Report the presentation to your Regional Vice President.

 

Liberty Tree

Report the dedication of a Liberty Tree to FLSSAR Liberty Tree Committee Chairman. Also include this in the chapter’s quarterly report to the Regional Vice President.

 

NSSAR Library – Friends of the Library Program

Individuals and Chapters are encouraged to become a “Friend of the SAR Library” with a donation of $25 per year. Please be sure to renew your membership in this program when it comes due.

 

 

Youth Scholarship Contests and Programs

The following youth scholarship contests and programs are sponsored by the FLSSAR. Deadlines listed here are also included in the “Deadlines for Specific Events” section above.  They are repeated here for ease in seeing the full slate of programs for our youth.

 

Deadline: Fall

High School History Fairs

Chapters are encouraged to contact their local school system to determine if a local History Fair will be conducted. If so, the chapter is encouraged to recruit knowledgeable members willing to serve as judges and to offer this service to the Fair organizers. The Fairs are typically held later in the school year but arrangements must be made in the fall. Contact FLSSAR History Fair chairman Frank Hodalski (fhodalski@msn.com) for more details.

 

Deadline: December 15

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Information about this contest can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/rumbaugh.html. Included on the website are rules, judging criteria, and much more. The FLSSAR contest will be held January at the Winter Board of Management Meeting. In order to enter a contestant from your local chapter contact FLSSAR Rumbaugh Chairman by mid-December.

 

Deadline: December 31

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

Chapters are encouraged to recognize all Eagle Scouts with a letter and certificate. Eagle Scouts who are currently active in their unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application are eligible to enter the scholarship competition. Contest details and the applications form can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/eagle.html.

 

Deadline: January 30

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Scholarship Contest

Information about this contest can be found at http://patriot-web.com/essay/. Included on the website are rules, judging criteria, and much more. The FLSSAR contest is primarily run at the state level however local chapters are welcome to conduct local contests. If your chapter wishes to participate alter the rules found on the website changing the section on how to submit an entry. The state committee asks chapters to send ALL entries received at the local level- not just the winning essay – to the state chairman.

 

Deadline: Spring

JROTC Program

In the JROTC program chapters present the SAR JROTC medal and certificate to an outstanding cadet chosen by the local unit commander. Additional information can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/jrotc.html

 

Deadline: March 31

JROTC Scholarship Contest

The JROTC contest is open to cadets in their next to last year (typically juniors). The nomination form can be found at http://www.sar.org/youth/jrotcnomination.pdf.

 

Deadline: March 31

American Revolution Video Scholarship Contest

This new contest asks students grade 8 to 12 to create a short educational video on some aspect of the Revolutionary War. The students will post their entries to You-Tube or a similar video sharing website where their work can be seen by a world wide audience. Judging criteria includes accuracy, effectiveness in conveying the information, and technical merit. In addition, consideration will be given to the number of “hits” received by the video on the website. Like the Knight contest, this program is conducted primarily at the state level. Chapters are welcome to organize local contests if they choose. Information can be found at http://www.patriot-web.com/video/.

 

Deadline: April 1

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

Purpose: To help stimulate interest in American History in support of the Fourth and Fifth Grade curriculum. Use this link: http://www.flssar.org/Docs/Forms/AmerPosterLtr.pdf to find the guidelines and entry form.

 

Deadline: Spring

Good Citizenship Program for 5th and 6th Graders

Chapters provide one or two Good Citizenship Certificates to 5th and 6th grade classrooms at local elementary schools. The certificates can be obtained without cost from the FLSSAR Good Citizenship Committee Chair. Details of the program can be found at http://www.flssar.org/Docs/GoodCitProg.pdf

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