The official website of the alabama society

Robert H. Richey 
Donald L. Roberson
George W. Royer, Jr. 
Bobby Joe Seales 
Diane Brandenberg Seales
Wayne E. Sirmon 
Hoyt O. Smith 
Andrew H. Spann
Blake C. Stevenson 
Walter B. Stevenson, Jr. 
William O. Stone
Oura L. Swart 
Alfred W. Tate 
Bruce Harold Taylor
Thomas Robert Thomas 
Harold E. Thornton
Henry W. Tuttle
Edmond Van Orden 
Viola L. Van Orden 
Roger Vaughan
Reginald Vick 
Marvin K. Vickers, Jr. 
Walter Perry Vickers
John David Wallace 
John R. Walker 
John R. Wallace
Mary Ann Wallace 
James Lee Wardlaw 
Elizabeth C. Wells
Michael C. Wells 
Benny West 
Dr. Benjamin B. Williams

Wylie Pierson Johnson 
David M. Jones 
Marvin Henry Kelley
John Alan Kelsoe 
Richard A. Kemp
Carl Bruce Kilgore 
William D. King
Charles R. Nuckolls Jr.
Billy Ray Land 
Hartwell Lane 
Price L. Legg
Thelma "Jean" Legg 
Linda Alcott Maples 
Jay G. Maples
James H. Maples 
Henry N McCarl 
Robert B. Melton
Malon Murphy 
Helen Claire Murphy 
John Paul Myrick
Thornton L. Neathery 
Robert Glenn Nivens 
J. Fred Olive III
Ann S. Packard 
John Mallory Packard 
Robert Stanley Phillips
C. Bruce Pickette 
Rita V. Pickette 
William C. Pittman, Jr.
Howard D. Poarch 
C. W. Posey, Jr. 
Richard D. Price, MD
Clarence Rhea 

George Washington Endowment Fund

Very often one hears the question, "What is that gold lapel pin you are wearing?" or "What is the purpose of the GWEF"? To answer these and similar types of queries one has to look back several years into the history of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Prior to 1993 the National SAR committees had no means of covering the costs related to the work of the committee such as printing, mailing, etc. It often fell to the committee chairman to foot the bill for things as postage/printing or a "hat was passed" at a meeting to raise funds for the particular project.

Many ALSSAR members remember those days and provided money out of their own pocket to cover costs associated with the mission of the national committee. In 1993 the national trustees approved the establishment of the George Washington Endowment Fund (GWEF) with a charter to provide financial support to unfunded and underfunded national committees and special projects with the earnings of the endowment fund being distributed to appropriate committees and projects.

Eighty percent of the income (defined as dividends and interest) are made available annually to help with these causes. Currently the endowment is valued at approximately $1.9 million and over the years has provided thousands of dollars to the SAR.

With the advancements in communications technology such as e-mail, file share, texting many of the original needs for funding have gone away. While supporting the unfunded and underfunded committees remains the primary focus of the GWEF, the endowment has been able to expand its scope of help to support outreach education and, when possible, unique projects sponsored by state societies. In this latter category the Alabama Society has benefited from the GWEF through financial support for the Galvez signs placed in the Mobile area, the refurbishment of the marker dedicated to those Revolutionary War soldiers who settled in the Tuscaloosa area and the Jim Capers Grave Dedication in Pike County for the first fully documented free black Revolutionary War Soldier known to be buried in Alabama. The state society is currently seeking support for the second printing of the Revolutionary War in Alabama pamphlet that is placed in State Welcome Centers.

The GWEF also provides funding for projects that often go unnoticed. The endowment provided $5,000 toward the cost of the base for the Minute Man Statute located in front of our National Headquarters in Louisville, while annually providing funds for some of the events at Congress such as the printing of the Public Service Awards booklet which is distributed at the Tuesday night banquet and the cost of the Sunday morning Orations Contestant breakfast. 

People who donate $1000.00 to the endowment fund are known as GW fellows and are entitled to wear the small gold lapel pin bearing the bust of George Washington. This can be done with a single donation or paid out at the rate of $200.00 per year for five years. Once someone is a fellow he or she will never be asked to donate again and membership is not restricted to a compatriot but also open to wives and children. In fact anyone who would like to make a $1000.00 donation may become a fellow.  Your donation is never spent, only the interest and dividends that it earns are used. When you donate you are truly leaving “a patriotic legacy for life.”

It is hard to believe but only 2-3 per cent of past and present SAR members are George Washington Fellows. The Alabama Society has, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the GWEF and has on three occasions won the national Howard F. Horne, Jr Award for having the largest annual percentage increase in GW fellows based on total membership. Our society has also won the Buck Meek Award which is based on the largest number of new members in the contest period. If you would like additional information please contact Compatriot Bobby Joe Seales (bjseales@bellsouth.net) for an application form. It is possible to receive your pin at this state meeting should you desire to support this endowment.

The following is a list of GW Fellows from the Alabama Society. If you are a fellow, and not listed, please contact Compatriot Seales ASAP, as this list is generated and maintained by the national society.


George Washington Endowment Fund

Ronald Allen Bearden 
Clarence David Billings 
Nancy Carter Billings
George Blair 
Richard Booth 
Marion Bailey Brunson, Sr.
John Evans 
Bryan Bruce A. Buehler 
R. Jefferson Coker
Larry P. Cornwell 
William L. Crabtree 
Philip C. Davis, Sr.
Robert Doherty 
Walter C. Dorsey
Robert K. Dunaway
Richard Erickson 
Michael Foster 
John Ray Fuller, Jr.
James E. Gilmer 
John H. Graham 
Linda S. Graham
Gaines Eugene Gravlee 
Nelson Gwinn 
Ernest Hansberger, Jr
Dan Henry 

Rod Hildreth 
James J. Holt, Jr.
Charles S. Howell
Laura Nelle Clark Howell 
Charles A. Isbell
John B. Isbell III 
Stephen S. Jackman 
Kenneth B. Jaggears