Western Reserve Society
Sons of the American Revolution

America's Largest and Oldest Local Chapter

Events & RSVPs


The WRSSAR holds regular events throughout the year. These events are open to members, their families, friends and the community at large. We hope that all of our events can fun and educational. If you have ideas for future events, please do send them to us: wrssar.communications@gmail.com

  • RSVPs are required for all events. Members and their families can pay at the door (cash, check or credit card).
  • Non-members do need to send payment in advance. Cancellations must be made in writing or by phone 72 hours ahead of time.
  • Unfortunately, if you do not show up without canceling in time, we will need to request payment in full since we will be charged by our facility provider.

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Event Calendar

2020 Quarter 1 Board Meeting
Feb 4 @ 11:45 am – 2:15 pm

1st Board Meeting of the 2019 year.  Union Club of Cleveland.

Annual George Washington’s Birthday Luncheon featuring Lt Colonel Fleek of West Point @ Shaker Heights Country Club
Feb 22 @ 11:45 am – 2:45 pm

Join us for our annual Luncheon in honor of George Washington’s Birthday.  For over 125 years, the Western Reserve Society SAR has been holding this event which is open to the public.  This year’s featured Speaker will be West Point historian Lt Col Sherman Fleek.

Start (Color Guard enters):  12pm
Where:  Shaker Heights Country Club, Shaker Heights, Ohio
What:  Luncheon featuring petit filet, potato, vegetable, rolls, salad and apple pie a la mode
Speaker Topic:  Washington’s role and participation at West Point during the REV War and his desire to establish a military academy during his presidency.

Cost which includes meal, valet parking, coat check (all donations above $38 are tax deductible):
Basic Lunch ticket $38
Militia man ticket $50
Captain’s ticket $75
General’s ticket $150
Commander in Chief ticket $250
Founding Father ticket:  $500 or greater

Sherman Fleek retired from the U. S. Army in 2002, after a 25 year career, as a lieutenant colonel.  He served as an aviator, Special Forces officer, and enlisted armor crewman, ending his career as Chief Historian of the National Guard Bureau.  Lt. Col. Fleek joined the Army in 1973, serving in Mainz, Germany. Commissioned from the ROTC in 1982, he has also served in air cavalry, air assault, and fixed wing support units. He was commander of several units, served two joint tours, and served in combat arms units from platoon through division.

As a historian, he has more than thirty articles published on military, frontier army, Mexican War and Civil War history in national periodicals and historical journals.  In 2006, his first book appeared, the award-winning History May be Searched in Vain: A Military History of the Mormon Battalion; his second book, Place the Headstones Where they Belong, a biography of Thomas Neibaur, a World War I recipient of the Medal of Honor, appeared in 2008.  He later published two historical novels on the Mexican War in the Far West.  His latest book, Saints of Valor: Mormon Medal of Honor Recipients, was published in late 2011, and again in 2013.

He served from 2002-2005 as historian for a Civil War preservation foundation, telling the Civil War story in the Shenandoah Valley.  In 2005, the U.S. Army appointed Mr. Fleek as the historian to record and to write the Army’s official history of the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, then served in Iraq in early 2006.  In May, 2007, he became the first ever historian for Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  In 2009, he was appointed the command historian for the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Also Fleek has taught military history to cadets at West Point since 2013, and a graduate history course to Army officers affiliated with Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Lt. Col. Fleek’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and eight other decorations including the Master Aviator Badge, being qualified in several rotary and fixed-wing aircraft with more than 2,200 flying hours. He also received the Army Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and Air Assault Badge. In May 2016 Fleek received the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor for disrupting an armed robbery at a restaurant in California in May 2015.


Annual Poster, Brochure & High School Oration Contest @ Rose Senior Living
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Join us for our annual Youth Outreach Contests at Rose Senior Living auditorium off of I-90 in Avon.  Come support high school students from around the region who compete for cash awards and the chance to represent the WRSSAR at the Ohio and maybe even national levels.

At 10:00am, we will watch students perform 5 minute original orations (speeches) related to the American Revolutionary War – without any notes!  Following the oration contest, wander the front of the building and enjoy the WRSSAR Elementary School Poster contest entrants and the WRSSAR Middle School Brochure Contest entrants.

For the first time, this event is not a luncheon.  But, you can stay at Rose Senior Living and enjoy a wonderful lunch in the cafeteria with friends and fellow SAR members.   There is no charge to attend this event and you will pay your own way for lunch.  Parking is free.

For anyone who ever said “They don’t teach history in school anymore”, you need to show up and support the SAR and these students – because we are putting history in the schools.  Bring your friends and support our programs and the students and then stay for a nice lunch.

2020 Quarter 2 Board Meeting
May 5 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm

Quarter 2 Board Meeting held at the Union Club of Cleveland

Fundraising Gala @ Exclusive Shoreby Club in Bratenahl
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Save The Date:

Check back for more details.  It will most likely be an evening event 6pm-9pm time frame but details will be posted soon.

2020 Quarter 3 Board Meeting
Oct 6 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm

Quarter 3 Board Meeting at the Union Club of Cleveland

Annual SAR / DAR Veterans Day Luncheon @ 100th Bomb Group Restaurant
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please JOIN US for our annual SAR / DAR Veterans Day Luncheon to honor all of those who have served.

Where:  The 100th Bomb Group Restaurant
When:  Thursday, November 12th, 2020 starting at 12 noon (Color Guard enters at noon).
Cost:  $35 per person

Speaker and event details:  TBA closer to the event


2020 Quarter 4 Board Meeting
Dec 1 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 pm

Quarter 4 Board Meeting at the Union Club of Cleveland

Annual Meeting and Family Christmas (Holiday) Party @ 100th Bomb Group Restaurant
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for an Annual Meeting and Holiday Party at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant.

When:  530pm  Christmas music, warm cider and social hour
6pm:  Color Guard Enters – Annual Meeting begins
6:20pm:  Presentation of the Highest Honor: The Archibald Willard Award
6:30pm:  Short sing a long
6:35pm:  Buffet Dinner
Events, activities or speaker TBA closer to event