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SAR hosts contest winners, gives medal, adds members

SAR hosts contest winners, gives medal, adds members
Pictured from left: Cecil Massie, chapter president, with new members Donald Haines and Patrick Trainor. (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

The dinner meeting of the Carroll County Westminster Chapter of the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was held March 27 at Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge.

Dr. Cecil Massie, president of the Westminster Chapter of the SAR, welcomed members and their guests to the meeting.

The speakers for the evening were the winners of the chapter's Knight Essay and Rumbaugh Orations contests.

The chapter winner for the orations contest, Avellina Balestri, a home-schooled senior, presented her speech, "Forgotten Connections and Divided Loyalties." Then the winner of the essay contest, Sarah Giordano, also a home-schooled senior, presented her essay, "What George Washington Would Think of America Today."

Massie and the chapter Medals and Awards chairman, Charles Hedges, presented the chapter's first Distinguished Service commendation medal to Jim Engler in recognition of outstanding personal service to the chapter and the state society.

Massie also welcomed Donald Haines and Patrick Trainor as new members of the Westminster chapter.

The Maryland Society of the SAR was formed April 20, 1889, when 36 charter members met in the old Senate chamber in the statehouse in Annapolis. Anyone interested in membership, as well as the application process, may call Massie at 410-848-4156.

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