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.

DAR Finder Form

A member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) may receive the SAR Appreciation Medal for referring at least five new SAR members.  The count will be maintained by use of the DAR Finder Form.  The form is provided here for your use.

WVSSAR chapters are encouraged to submit the DAR Finder Form with SAR applications when DAR members refer candidates for SAR membership.  For additional information, please contact Frank C. “Joe” Khare, WVSSAR DAR Liaison, at FrankK5600@aol.com or (304) 876-3817.

You can download a copy of the DAR Finder Form from HERE

General Andrew Lewis Chapter Meeting

Well-known Historian Karen Nance will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter. Nance’s topic will be “Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Tri-State”.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Enslow Park Presbyterian Church,
1338 Enslow Blvd., Huntington, W.V.

Refreshments will the served and is open to the public.