Local chapter of Sons of the American Revolution marches toward 10-year anniversary

By CLARKE STACKHOUSE / Staff Writer

 

MONTEVALLO—The Alabama Society of Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cahaba-Coosa chapter on Aug. 22, 2013.

The event will be held at Heritage Hall at American Village in Montevallo, said Bobby Joe Seales, senior vice president of the Alabama Society.

Reservations are open for the event at $35 per person, with a reservation deadline of Aug. 5.

Gov. Robert Bentley will be the events guest speaker and will be inducted into the ALSSAR during the anniversary. Bentley is a Columbiana native

“It is rare that we have a sitting governor become a member of the ALSSAR,” Seales said. “We are very fortunate the governor accepted our invitation to apply.”

Bentley will be a member of the Cahaba-Coosa chapter and his induction is fitting for the 10-year anniversary, Seales said.

The governor’s induction ceremony will take place before he speaks. He will then address the room as the newest member of the Cahaba-Coosa chapter of the ALSSAR.

Afterwards there will be a catered dinner and Bentley will be presented with a silver medal and certificate for good citizenship, Seales said.

The past 10 presidents of the chapter will cut the cake with a memorial sword, finishing the evening, Seales said.

The chapter was initiated on Aug. 22, 2003 and has become the largest chapter in the state.

The chapter covers the area from the Cahaba River to the Coosa River, giving the chapter its name.

Seales, who was a member of the Birmingham chapter, there was a need for a chapter in Shelby County.

“A group of members met together and started the Cahaba-Coosa chapter,” Seales said. “I was lucky enough to serve as their president for the first year.”

If interested in attending the celebration, or for more information, visit Rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alshelby/cahaba-coosachapter, or contact Seales at (205) 902-6383.