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Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter is comprised of Compatriots from Isle of Wight in the south to Gloucester in the north to include the lower peninsula. The purposes and objectives of this Chapter are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of the men, who by their services or sacrifices during the War of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.

National Society Sons of the American Revolution

National Society Sons of the American Revolution

Virginia Society SAR

Virginia Society SAR

2019 Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter Board of Managers

President                     Gary Hodges

1st Vice                   John Priest

2nd Vice                       Gerald Runryn

Secretary                  Mason Ware

Treasurer                    Rick Elofson

Registrar                    Everett Fedlt

Public Relation                          Open

            Surgeon                    William Old III MD

For 60 years the Thomas Nelson Jr Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has conducted bingo games at the VA for the Vets who are receiving treatment.

The Next BINGO game at the Hampton VA is April 6th 2020 at 6:30pm. If you able to help out please email Everett Feldt at:

2020 BINGO nights are:

April 6th, 2020 at 6:30pm

July 6th 2020 at 6:30pm

October 5th 2020 at 6:30pm


Next Chapter meeting is March 10th 2020 Social starts at 6:30pm meeting starts at 7:00pm.

James River Country Club 1500 Country Club Rd Neszport News, VA 23606 Meal Cost: $28.00 per person

 RSVP by Saturday 7th before RSVP’s to Rick Elofson: or 757-596-6825.

Thomas Nelson Jr. 2020 Chapter meetings

March 10th 2020

June 9th 2020

September 8th 2020

November 14th 2020

January 2021 TBD

National Society, Sons of the American each year conducts three contests for high school students; a summary of each is below: Entries Due by December 15th each year.

1.     Revolution The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest.

The contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes (Grades 9 – 12) in the public, parochial, private and home schools within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring state society or district.


The oration must be original of not less than five minutes or more than six minutes.  The subject shall deal with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today.  The oration must be essentially the same as the submitted manuscript.   Notes and props (including military uniforms) may not be used in the presentation.



First Place………………………………………………$4,000

Second Place…………………………………………$2,000

Third Place ……………………………………………$1,000


The above winners also receive an Olympic-size medal

All other finalists…………………………………… $300

All other national Contestants ……………… $200


The winner of the state or district contest may receive expenses toward their trip to compete in the national contest.  The state society or district may give a cash award and/or an Olympic-size medal.

If interested in competing please contact contest chairperson before December 12th, 2016.

Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter, VASSAR contact is:

Bruce Meyer

Phone: 757-238-9050

Email  Thomas Nelson Jr. site:


National Web site:

2.     Knight Essay CONTEST

This contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens.  Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools).   Contestants shall be in the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year.  The contest is conducted in three phases:   local (Chapter), state (State Society) and National.   The contest must be entered through a Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution near the student’s residence.

National Society:

First place: $2,000; a winning recognition certificate and medal; $500 toward travel expenses and one night hotel stay for the winner and a chaperone at the SAR Annual Congress. The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in The SAR Magazine. Participants in this contest agree that their essay may be published in The SAR Magazine and on the NSSAR Knight Essay Contest webpage.

Second Place: $1,000

Third Place: $ 500

AWARDS: State and Chapter prizes vary. Please contact specific chairmen for more information.

Winning essay participants, on all levels, must supply a social security number or alien identification/green card number in order to receive their award.

If interested in competing please contact contest chairperson before December 12th, 2016.

Contact for the Thomas Nelson Jr. SAR chapter:

John Priest

Email:   Thomas Nelson Jr. Facebook site:


For Details go to

  1. The Virginia Society Eagle Scout Scholarship Competition

Is open to Eagle Scouts and offers applicants opportunities to win awards at all three levels:  Chapter, State, and National.

To participate in the Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in Virginia, eligible Eagle Scouts must be sponsored by one of Virginia’s VASSAR Chapters, unless sponsored by the Virginia Society, in the event no regional chapter representation exists.  Winners of chapter competitions will have the opportunity to compete for one of the three Virginia Society SAR Cash Scholarship Awards, ranging from $200 to $1000.  The application of the First Place Winner of the Virginia Competition will be forwarded to NSSAR for entry in the National Scholarship Competition.


First Place……$10,000.00,    Second Place……$6,000, Third Place ………$4,000

Who may apply and deadlines for applications

Any Eagle Scout is eligible to apply who is still actively registered in a Scout unit provided that he does NOT reach his 19th birthday in the calendar year of application, whether he is enrolled in high school or college.  There is no limit to the number of times a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venture may apply.  Prospective applicants should prepare for the Scholarship competition by earning the three recommended merit badges (American Heritage, Genealogy, & Law) and researching their ancestries while still Star or Life scouts.

This annual competition is conducted on a calendar year basis.  The deadline for submitting applications for the VASSAR state competition is the 31st of December each year.  The deadline for the chapter competition submissions in your area of residence is December 15th in order that your application may be reviewed and/or reformatted in time for the state submission deadline of December 31st.  Some chapters permit submission via e-mail.  Moore information and applications can be found at:

Contact for the Local SAR chapter in all districts except First Colony Colonial:

Thomas Nelson Jr. Chapter, VASSAR contact is:

Bruce Meyer

Phone: 757-238-9050

Email  Thomas Nelson Jr. site: