I am honored to serve another year as President and look forward to working with you in managing Chapter affairs this year. My goals and this year’s schedule were previously submitted with my term plan (attached). Some of my intiatives from 2016 will continue into this year, building on the progress made this past year.
The state of our Chapter is strong overall! At the end of 2015, our membership was at 64 and as of today, we are moving beyond the 80 mark. Our Chapter embarked on a significant effort to recognize Military Veterans in our Chapter, having awarded three War Service Medals and two Military Service Medals. Our efforts in the community include several significant activities, with work in two Veteran’s homes, parade and memorial service participation by our Color Guard, and Patriot Chest program presentations in schools. We also had representatives at Evergreen Cemetery for the reinternment of the remains of Ensign England. In June, we presented a Flag Certificate to the Colorado Springs Masonic Lodge. We presented numerous ROTC awards to various colleges and high schools. Our Eagle Scout recognition program is back on its feet. Many months back we completed the Operation Ancestry Search with the Transition Battalion (Wounded Warriors) at Fort Carson, CO. We have heavy representation on the State Society SAR Board of Managers and participation at NSSAR events, and enjoy excellent liaison with DAR and CAR. Our financial stability has improved over the past two years and we a generally able to support our functions, although the budget is tight.
Our only issue or challenge is our membership participation level remains relatively low. Chapter meeting attendance runs at about just less than 20%, and at functions about 30%. We also still have trouble getting members to “volunteer” for committee assignments.
I encourage our members to bring a guest or guest(s) to our meetings. Our meetings should be used to help publicize what we do in the community and perhaps generate interest in others to consider joining our organization to honor their ancestor(s) as we do. This year’s calendar offers several meetings and events with limited business agendas focused on the Chapter membership.
Your Chapter officers ask for your support this year, and our goal is to offer interesting programs and opportunities for you to honor your ancestor(s). I ask for your constructive feedback as we pursue those efforts. Finally I express my sincere appreciation to our Board of Mangers and Committee Chairmen for their support and dedication to the Chapter.
Gary L. Manning
Chapter President Gary Manning
About the Chapter
The chapter was chartered in 1985. The chapters first President was Carl T. Chilcott. The chapter covers southern Front Range Colorado to Pueblo. The Pikes Peak Chapter has a very active Color Guard dressed in Revolutionary period dress and firearms and marches in several parades a year. The chapter annually presents to the Fire Dept and Police Dept. Medals of Commendation for public service, Flag Display Certificates and Certificates of Appreciation for Patriotic Service to the community.
Portrait Presentation at Cheyenne Mountain H.S. with John Luedecke on left, Student Body President center and Dave Wallace on the right as George Washington.
President Dick Marsh at the September 2012 meeting of the El Paso County Commissioners. Dick and the Ladies of the local DAR chapter were presented copies of the Proclamation proclaming September 17th as Constitution Day in El Paso County. We now have 4 Proclamations. From Fremont, Pueblo, and El Paso Counties as well as from the Governor.
Front Row: Left to right
Mary Daley, Regent of Cheyenne Mountain DAR Chapter; Amy Lathen, Commissioner District 1, Chairman; Sallie Clark, Commissioner District 3, Vice Chairman; Dick Marsh, President of Pikes Peak SAR Chapter; Karen Penley, Vice Regent of Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Penny Fischer, Regent of Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Heidi Baird, Adult Leader of the Pikes Peak CAR Chapter.
Back Row: Left to right:
Denis Hisey, Commissioner District 4; Rebekah Leone, Historian, Zebulon Pike DAR Chapter; Daryl Glenn, Commissioner District 1; Peggy Littleton, Commissioner District 5
2012 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade
With the Mile High Fife and Drum Corps, Dave Wallace as George Washington,Scout Troop 53 and members of the COSSAR Color Guard
Sat, 18 Nov Membership Meeting Maggie Mae’s 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Speaker Topic: Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights – One Common Denominator
Sat, 16 Dec Bill of Rights Luncheon....................................DoubleTree by Hilton 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Speaker Topic: Service to More Than Yourself
Sat, 21 Jan Annual Meeting................................The Penrose House 11AM – 2PM
Membership Meeting 1661 Mesa Ave, COS, CO 80906
Term Plan PPCSAR Feb 2017 – Jan 2018
Gary L. Manning, President
Updated: January 16, 2017
Fellow compatriots I am announcing my candidacy for Chapter President, Pikes Peak Chapter for 2017. I desire to continue and complete the initiatives announced for 2016. My vision remains for a chapter with a culture that fosters member participation, new member interest, and public recognition for our community contributions. I ask for your continued support and participation in this vision. Thank you.
Proposed Slate of Officers
President: Gary L. Manning
Vice President: David T. Mann
Secretary: Richard L. Riepe
Treasurer: Richard H. Hoskinson
Chancellor: Eugene L. Cheney
Registrar: Emory Neal
Historian: Dick P. Marsh
Chaplain: John C. Luedecke
Awards, Membership, By-Laws and Constitution and Resolutions, DAR/CAR Liaison, JROTC/ROTC, Color Guard Liaison, Flag, Education, George Washington Portrait Program, Publicity, Eagle Scouts, Nominating, Budget
Committee chair assignments to be finalized at Mar 2017 Chapter meeting
Enhance programs to increase membership applications and participation
Chapter publicity program & Guest attendance at Chapter functions,
Continue to enhance Chapter funding, Actively seek funding contributions from members
Sustain Ben Franklin Table Anchor Items and fundraising
Expand corporate sponsorship options
Sustain Veteran’s Outreach Program
Sustain DAR/CAR liaison and activity via Chapter liaison
Expand and enhance family communication and involvement
Plan to operate within existing budget funding
By-laws & Constitution: ...Richard L. Riepe
Color Guard: ........David T. Mann, Liaison with Sate Color Guard