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Why Join the SAR?

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Show pride in your heritage and in your country. Remember your ancestors and strive to sustain the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought to create.​

Why Join Thomas Jefferson Chapter?

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Make a difference in the East Bay by recognizing patriots in our community and helping your neighbors rediscover America's founding principles that make from many people, one nation, the last best hope of man on earth.

nominateDo you know someone who makes their school or community a better place right here in the East Bay?  Would you like to see that person acknowledged for the difference they have made?  Part of the Sons of the American Revolution's charter is to recognize ordinary citizens who have accomplished extraordinary things in our community. One of the ways we do this is by awarding medals for various forms of public service--what used to be called good citizenship.  We offer the opportunity to commemorate the accomplishments of both youth and adults with nationally-recognized medals and awards:

Good Citizenship Law Enforcement

Fire Safety EMS

Heroism Life Saving

Latest Newsletters

  • Minuteman, March 2019

    daleAmaralFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst called upon Chief of Police Michael Carroll to introduce Commander Dale Amaral. He said Dale Amaral was an icon in law enforcement, and a personal role model. Chief Carroll met him at Chabot College, when he took a class taught by Amaral. Amaral made law enforcement sound like the best job in the world, and Carroll determined to pursue it as a career. Five years later, when Carroll took the test for the Newark Police Department, Amaral told him that he remembered him from class, and thought he would make a great police officer. Carroll said that Amaral was the most approachable boss he ever had, and he would not have missed being here to honor Amaral for the world. In his 53-year career, Amaral has had a huge impact on law enforcement.

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  • Minuteman, January 2019

    Steven BurchikSteven Burchik graduated from Manhattan College in the 1960’s. After graduating, he joined the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War. After training in the United States, Sergeant Burchik was sent to Vietnam to spend a year in the rice paddies north of Saigon as a forward observer with the 1st Infantry Division from June 1968 to June 1969. After returning from Vietnam, Burchik graduated from Michigan State University with an MBA degree, and was a successful marketing executive and food industry entrepreneur. He is the author of two books – Compass and a Camera: A Year in Vietnam, and Focus on Vietnam. The Town of Danville had a photo exhibition from November 1 through December 16, 2018, entitled Conflict and Compassion Through the Eyes of a Veteran, which had photographs from Steven Burchik.

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  • Minuteman, November 2018

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    Following lunch, President Tim Ernst introduced our special guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Stiles Bowdish, an allergist and clinical immunologist from Rocklin, California. Dr. Bowdish graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in cellular-molecular biology, and minors in chemistry and political science. He graduated from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine with an MD degree. He completed his training in allergy and clinical immunology from Yale University School of Medicine. He has published on the subjects of allergy, asthma, HIV immunology, immunodeficiency, and cancer gene therapy in a number of scientific journals and textbooks. He is a member of over 65 hereditary societies, including the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, and Society of Colonial Wars. Dr. Bowdish presented a program on the health of George Washington. Dr. Bowdish stated that as a physician, he was very interested in the medical history of his ancestors, since many diseases run in families. He researched the causes of death as part of his family history and genealogy research.

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Welcome to the Electronic Home of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. We are all descendants of the patriots who helped to establish our great country during the Revolutionary War. We welcome all descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots to Join our Great Society.

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