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VPG Mike RowleyI am the current Vice President General of the North Central District, supporting the Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Dakota societies. My family lives in Rochester, Minnesota. My wife and I have three children who are active in the Children of the American Revolution. As a dual member in the Nebraska, Iowa, and Dakota societies, I look forward to participating in various meetings and color guard activities throughout the district. Feel free to contact me with any question that you might have.

Sincerely,
Christopher Moberg
Vice President General, North Central District, SAR
moberg.chris at gmail.com

SAR Fall Leadership Report

Louisville, Kentucky – The Fall Leadership Meeting of the SAR was held from September 19 through 21, 2019 at the historic Brown Hotel. My first event was the Council of VPG’s meeting on Friday morning. The representatives of the various districts were encouraged to promote member retention, reinstatement, and mentorship. We were informed that one of the most effective ways to increase retention is to have a national level dues program, in which there is an option for automatic dues renewal. While the idea is being actively pursued by National, it is acknowledged that it will take some time to implement, as there is currently a wide variance among states and chapters as to how dues are handled.

On Friday afternoon, there was a tour of the National Headquarters. In addition to seeing staff offices and the library, we saw the first floor museum space, where the proposed layout of each display was marked with tape on the floor. That evening, I had the honor of participating with the color guard in posting the colors for the banquet. An informative update was given by a representative from Solid Light, Inc. on the progress of the SAR Education Center and Museum (see www.sarfoundation.org).

On Saturday evening, there was a banquet where we saw an interesting presentation on Bermuda and the American Revolution and learned about the upcoming SAR/DAR/CAR Bermuda trip planned for May 13-18, 2020. I joined the “SARpremes” in singing a few Revolutionary War era songs at the banquet, as well as a version of the famous Kingston Trio song “M.T.A.” in honor of Massachusetts resident and President General, Jack Manning. Finally, I participated with the color guard in retiring the colors.

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