The Saguaro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution hosted the 2022 Constitution Day luncheon Sept. 17 at Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City.
More than 120 celebrated the signing of the United States Constitution by the 39 signers exactly 235 years ago on the same date as the luncheon. This luncheon is an annual event hosted by the Saguaro SAR Chapter and the Agua Fria and Estrella DAR Chapters in the West Valley.
Next year’s event will be Sept. 16 at Palmbrook.
The meeting was opened with the Arizona Society SAR Color Guard advancing and posting the colors and the attendees reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the SAR Pledge, The American’s Creed, the Preamble to the Constitution and then the formal meeting began.
Saguaro President Mike Fisch welcomed the State President of the Arizona Society SAR Bob Hoover from Tucson and the State Regent of the Daughters of the Revolution Sallie Lovorn from Sierra Vista, as well as the President of the Children of the American Revolution Lezlee Alexander from Glendale.
They were also were privileged to have Abbey Harris, the State First Vice President of the CAR, in attendance each of them bringing greetings to the audience who was made up of SAR, DAR and CAR members and guests.
In addition, there were 14 students from Canyon Ridge School in Surprise who came dressed as founders of the Revolution. Each student had researched the particular founder they represented and shared that founder’s story with the attendees during dessert. The Canyon Ridge students were led by Canyon Ridge teacher Christopher Raso, a National SAR History Teacher of the Year and seventh-grade social studies teacher.
The program this year was a multiple speaker event with 39 members of the audience including the students who each read one of the 39 signers biographies, reminding everyone of the contributions these men made in developing the U.S. Constitution. A large poster of each of the signers was created and presented to Canyon Ridge school for their educational use.
The attendees also contributed more than $600 for funding of programs for the state CAR organization to be used for their educational programs. President Fisch also recognized several of the attendees for their involvement with the SAR Color Guard with SAR members Ed Dalley and Don Dedrick honored for their work.
In addition, a new member was inducted into SAR by State President Bob Hoover. New member Tony Gomez shared his comments about his patriot ancestor.
After the main program was completed Arizona State SAR chairman of the SAR 250th Committee discussed plans for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution coming up in 2026. The meeting was closed after benediction and the retiring of the colors.
For information about the SAR and the Saguaro SAR Chapter contact Fisch at 623-518-8271.