I 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.
Vice President General, North Central District, SAR
moberg.chris at gmail.com
SAR Spring Leadership Report
Louisville, Kentucky – The Spring Leadership Meeting of the SAR was held from Thursday, February 27 to Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the historic Brown Hotel. The first event that I attended was the Council of VPG’s meeting on Friday morning. President General Manning was present and encouraged VPGs to work with the states in their district to promote new membership and increase member retention. In the afternoon, I attended a color guard meeting and rehearsed with the men’s chorus. That evening, I had the honor of participating with the color guard in posting the colors for the banquet. After the dinner, there was a presentation by professor David Armitage on the topic of George III and the Law of Nations. Professor Armitage was the SAR visiting professor at King’s College London for 2019.
On Saturday morning, I attended the donor recognition breakfast and the trustee meeting. Some of the items of business conducted at the trustee meeting included:
1. Approved application fee increases. For example, the regular membership application fee will increase from $80 to $100. Note that the cost per application for a genealogist is $106. The cost of dues was not increased.
2. Shipping containers were damaged upon return from the National Congress in Costa Mesa last summer. The insurance claim of $3000 against the shipping agent was denied. A motion was approved not to file a law suit, since the cost of the law suit would outweigh any benefit gained.
3. Approved seven near term building maintenance and appearance projects, with the total cost not to exceed $30,000.
4. Approved a motion to build up the long term capital reserve fund for future repairs, replacements, and other building projects.
5. Approved the investment allocations that were proposed for various funds.
6. Approved a museum board recommendation for the deaccession of a donated brown bess musket that was found to have been restocked with a mixture of parts in the early 19th century.
7. After watching an impressive new video showing a walk through of the new SAR Education Center and Museum (available at http://www.sarfoundation.org), the trustees approved the final design steps of phase 2 for the Education Center and Museum project. It is anticipated that the final phase (construction and build-out) will begin next year.
On Saturday afternoon, I attended a trustee training seminar and rehearsed with the men’s chorus. There was a banquet in the evening. After the meal, I joined the men’s chorus in singing a number of favorite songs from past meetings. It was our last performance under the direction of Richard D. Brockway, and the songs were well received. Afterwards, there was a presentation by West Point Academy professor LTC Seanegan P. Sculley on military leadership in the Continental Army. Finally, I participated with the color guard in retiring the colors.