Dr. John A. Turley Elected WVSSAR President

Delegates who participated in the May 30, 2020 virtual Annual Meeting approved the 2020 – 21 slate with the exception of the contested office of president. Delegates were sent paper ballots for the election of president. Ballots had to be postmarked no later than June 2, 2020 and sent to Nominating Committee Chair William H. Lester. He and J. Paul Chapman, president of the John Beckley Chapter and D. Wayne Harvey, WVSSAR Historian, tabulated the ballots cast for the two candidates, Compatriot Turley and Compatriot Rhendal C. Butler.

With Dr. Turley’s election, Compatriot Butler will serve as First Vice President, the office for which he was chosen by the Nominating Committee for the 2020 – 21 slate.

Call for Volunteers Boy Scout Jamboree, 2021


The SAR National Eagle Scout Committee will have a booth at the 2021 National Boy Scout Jamboree. The jamboree will take place at the Summit, situated in the wilds of West Virginia, at Glen Jean.

We will need compatriots to man the booth. We need at least 25 volunteers, so we can have 3 people each day. The jamboree is July 21 – 30, 2021.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Compatriot Harold T. (Ted) Cox, Jr., president Captain James Neal Chapter, (304) 464-5902.

2020 – 21 Slate of Officers and Directors Announced

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Compatriot William H. Lester, announces the slate for 2020-21:

Slate of Officers

President:  John A. Turley – 639 Gordon Dr., Charleston, WV 25314 – (304) 844-8627

1st Vice President:  Rhendal C. Butler – 5549 Heather Hill Dr., Roanoke, VA 24019 – (540) 529-1770

2nd Vice President:  Richard I. Greathouse – 16 Twin Oaks Dr., Clendenin, WV 25045 (304) 548-7952

Sec/Treasurer:  Harold T. Cox – 96 Oak Dr., Parkersburg, WV 26104 (304) 464-5092 cell (304) 893-7143

Registrar:  Henry Louis Ruf III – 8909 Saxton Dr., West Chester, OH 45069 (513) 765-2648

Chancellor:  William W. Booker – 1924 Parkwood Dr., Charleston, WV 25314 (304) 342-5024

Historian:  Douglas Wayne Harvey – 136 Southside Dr., Hinton, WV 25951 (304) 466-0429

Chaplain:  Robert K. Grumbling – 5165 9 Mile Rd., Southside, WV 25187 (304) 675-2113

Board of Management

2021 Martin L. Keesecker – 2137 Files Cross Rd., Martinsburg, WV 25404 (304) 263-4721

2021 Harold T. Cox – 96 Oak Dr., Parkersburg, WV 26104 (304) 464-5092 cell (304) 893-7143

2022 Robert G. Tilley – 117 Matherly Dr., Daniels, WV 25832   (681) 207-2117

2022 Randall L. McGill – 4537 Jericho Rd., Point Pleasant, WV 25550 (304) 675-7079 cell (304) 377-1094

2023 Gregory E. Michael – 1123 10th St., Huntington, WV 25701 (304) 522-4736

2023 George E. Hunter – 143 N. Waterwood Ln., Shady Spring, WV 25918 (304) 763-4915

Editor, WVSSAR News:  Thomas J. Galloway- PO Box 697, Huntington, WV 25711 (304) 697-5363

Color Guard Commander:  Edward A. Cromley IV – 311 Ripley Rd., Point Pleasant, WV 25550 (304) 675-4008 cell (304) 593-6613

National Trustee:  Harold T. Cox – 96 Oak Dr., Parkersburg, WV 25404 (304) 464-3092 cell (304) 893-7143

Vice President General, Central District, 2021-22: William H. Lester — 367 Marshall Circle, Shady Spring, WV 25918 (304) 763-3582 cell (304) 228-6503

Submitted By

2020 Nominating Committee

William H. Lester – 2020                                                         

Richard I. Greathouse – 2020

Robert B. Fish, Jr – 2021

D. Wayne Harvey – 2021

Proposed Nominating Committee for 2021

Robert B. Fish, Jr – 2021                                       Thomas J. Galloway – 2022

D. Wayne Harvey – 2021                                       Edward A. Cromley – 2022

Update on Spring Board of Management and Annual Meetings

The WVSSAR Board of Management held its spring meeting via internet conference on May 2, 2020. The spring meeting was delayed from March 21 and conducted remotely due to the Governor’s stay at home directive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the written request of President Frank C. Khare, Jr., who was unable to chair the meeting, First Vice President James H. Frey presided.

The meeting’s purpose was to set a date for the annual meeting and election of officers and directors, which was scheduled for April 17 and also cancelled. Reports were distributed electronically and were not presented verbally.

The Board voted unanimously to hold the annual election on May 30 at 2:00 via internet conference and to suspend the annual dinner and the first meeting of the 2021 officers and directors until public health directives permit in-person meetings.

A petition for nomination for WVSSAR president was filed by Compatriot Rhendal C. Butler in compliance with Article X, Section 2 of the Constitution. His petition was supported by five chapters and 14 endorsement letters from members.

Delegates to the annual meeting will cast voice votes on the slate of officers and directors, excluding the office of president. In compliance with Article X, Section 3, Item C of the Constitution the contested nomination for president will be voted on by written ballots that will be distributed via email to delegates who participate in the May 30 annual meeting. Delegates will send completed, unsigned ballots via USPS to William H. Lester, chairman of the Nominating Committee for tabulation.

WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017

The WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017 edition is now available.

Our most sincere thanks and appreciation to Tom Galloway, the WVSSAR Newsletter Editor, for his dedication and excellent work that he always performs with the publishing of our West Virginia Society SAR Newsletter. Tom is also the President of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter WVSSAR.

You can view and download the WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017 edition HERE

Foreman’s Massacre Remembered

Foreman's Massacre Memorial
Foreman’s Massacre Memorial

The Fort Henry Chapter and the Wheeling Chapter, DAR presented a memorial service on September 1, 2017 at the Foreman’s Massacre monument in McMechen, WV to mark the 240th anniversary of the event. Participating were McMechen mayor Gregg Wolfe, Central District VPG Robert B. Fish, Jr., WVSSAR president Bill Lester, Debi Smith, regent, Wheeling DAR and Jay Frey, president Fort Henry Chapter. Special guests included descendants of Foreman’s company including compatriots Donald Brown (Capt. James Neal Chapter) and Rick Greathouse (Daniel Boone Chapter). Twelve color guardsmen representing WVSSAR chapters Daniel Boone, Fort Henry, Capt. James Neal, Point Pleasant and Capt. Ralph Stewart together with Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OHSSAR and George Washington Chapter, PASSAR presented the colors and fired a musket salute. Wreaths were presented at the monument. Continue reading “Foreman’s Massacre Remembered”