George Washington Endowment Fund

Robert Stanley Phillips

Joe K. Pickett

C. Bruce Pickette 
Rita V. Pickette

William C. PIttman, Jr.

Howard D. Poarch 

C. W. Posey, Jr.

Richard D. Price, MD
Clarence Rhea

Robert H. Richey 
Donald L. Roberson
George W. Royer, Jr. 
Diane Brandenberg Seales
B.D. Shaw

Wayne E. Sirmon 
Hoyt O. Smith 
Andrew H. Spann
Blake C. Stephenson 
Walter B. Stevenson, Jr. 

Charles R. Stone
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

George Eldon Vinson, Jr.

John David Wallace 
John R. Walker 

Thomas G. Walker, Jr.
John R. Wallace
Mary Ann Wallace 
James Lee Wardlaw 
Elizabeth C. Wells
Michael C. Wells 
Benny West

Roger Harold Whitesides, Jr. 
Dr. Benjamin B. Williams

​Charles M. Winstead

Donis R. Wolfe, Sr.

George Washington Endowment Fund

The official website of the

alabama society

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 $2.3 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 yearly over five years, $250.00 yearly over 4 years, and $100.00 monthly over 10 months. 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 James K. (Jim) Griffith, Jr. ( 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 Griffith ASAP.

Stephen R. Hooks II

Stephen Christian Hooks

Charles S. Howell

Laura Nelle Clark Howell

​Robert B. Hunter

Preston E. Irving

Charles A. Isbell
John B. Isbell III 

Stephen S. Jackman 
Kenneth B. Jaggears​

Janice A. Jennings

Randal S. Jennings

​Richard M. Johnson

Wylie Pierson Johnson 
David M. Jones 

Joseph M. Jones
Marvin Henry Kelley
John Alan Kelsoe 
Richard A. Kemp
Carl Bruce Kilgore 
William D. King

William A. Kirkland II
Billy Ray Land 
Hartwell Lane 
Price L. Legg
Thelma "Jean" Legg 

​Raymond L. Livingston, Jr.

Kenneth E. Mahan
Linda Alcott Maples 
Jay G. Maples
James H. Maples 

Scott A. Martin
Henry N McCarl

Edmon H. McKinley 
Robert B. Melton

​Victor Kenneth Michel

Millard E. (Mac) Moon
Malon Murphy 
Helen Claire Murphy 
John Paul Myrick
Thornton L. Neathery 
Robert Glenn Nivens

Charles R. Nuckolls, Jr. 
J. Fred Olive III

Charles R. Olling
Ann S. Packard 
John Mallory Packard 

Edwin Travis Parker, Jr.

​Lillian Mae Pennington

Owen F. (Chip) Pharr, Jr.


​​James G. Alexander, Jr.

​Eric D. Alford

Robert L. Anderson, Jr.

​James K. Barksdale

​Joseph D. Barker, Jr.

Ronald Allen Bearden 
Clarence David Billings 
Nancy Carter Billings
George Blair 
Richard Booth 

Joseph A. Breland
Marion Bailey Brunson, Sr.
John Evans Bryan

Bruce A. Buehler

Edwin Dudley Burwell III

Marcus David Byers, Jr. 

Ray V. Cassell II
R. Jefferson Coker

David W. Cole
Larry P. Cornwell 

James S. Corum
William L. Crabtree

​Sarah K. Curtis

William E. Daniel, Jr. 
Philip C. Davis, Sr.

Linda J. Doherty
Robert Doherty 
Walter C. Dorsey

John L. (Jack) Dwyer
Robert D. England

Richard Erickson

Nancy Folk 
Michael Foster 
John Ray Fuller, Jr.

Patrick C. Gifford
James E. Gilmer 
John H. Graham 
Linda S. Graham
Gaines Eugene Gravlee 

Wayne Gregg

Jerry R. Green

James K. Griffith, Jr.
Nelson Gwinn 

Benny H. Hannah, Jr.
Ernest Hansberger, Jr

​Howard Wayne Hay, Sr.

James F. Haynes
Dan Henry

Allen R. Herrod

Rod Hildreth 
James J. Holt, Jr.