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Brevard Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution


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Membership Requirements & Application Process

Requirements
Any male shall be eligible for membership in the Society being a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause of American Independence either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress of any one of the several Colonies or States, as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence, as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature, as a foreign national of, but not limited to, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland who rendered service in the cause of American Independence or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain, provided, however, that no person advocating the overthrow of the Government of the United States by use of force or violence shall be eligible for membership in the Society.


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Information on SAR for Prospective members

These will provide basic information on who we are as an organization, where we are, and what we are involved in. Brevard Chapter Brochure, General activities, and Brevard activities. The National website has further documents that provide more information for prospective members by using the 'About Us', 'Membership', and 'Youth/Education' menu tabs. TheBrevard Chapter Home page includes a slide show some of the current year's events and activities.

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Working with the Chapter
The contact for the Brevard Chapter is the Registrar who will work with you throughout the application process. Currently, the Registrar is Steve Williams. He can be reached at e-mail or 321/632-5663.
The application process typically involves a meeting with the Registrar except for non-local applicants

  • Gathering your genealogical information,
  • Filling out an application worksheet with that information - tips,
  • Reviewing the worksheet with the Registrar,
  • Documenting the names, dates, locations listed in the worksheet,
  • Filling out the Application on the required paper - this will be done by the Registrar,
  • And finally, signing the application

  • At this point the Chapter Registrar mails the application with applicable checks to the State Registrar.
    The costs, exclusive of any research expenses, can be found using this matrix. The National SAR website also lists the costs involved for the various types of membership.

    The Brevard Chapter has, like other chapters may have, a level of affiliation, Associate, for those that either don't have a Patriot Ancestor, who are working on proving lineage to a Patriot Ancestor, or those who have submitted their applications and are awaiting approval from National.

    Thereafter, all annual Dues whether they are chapter, state, or national are due to the chapter by November 15th.  The chapter must submit the Member Reconciliation Form with dues payment to the Florida Secretary by December 15th.  Dues received after this date must be submitted as Reinstatements.  Current dues are:
    • National - $35 (as of January 1, 2016)
    • State - $20
    • Chapter - $10
    • submitted one check for $65 to Brevard SAR.

    An exception to this is the current policy for the Brevard Chapter and the Florida Society to waive the State and chapter dues for Active Military personnel. Active status must be documented.
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    Application Process


    The usual process is in 4 phases: The chapter section as detailed above; Review by the State Registrar; Application Review by the National Society's genealogists; upon approval, the processing of the New Member packet by National to State to Chapter which culminates in the new member induction.  Understanding this process will hopefully lessen any anxiety for the applicant.
    1. Phase 1 can take from a few days to a year or more depending on the depth of research needed and difficulties in obtaining documentation.
    2. Phase 2 - State Registrar review is normally done within 3 to 5 days after which the application is mailed to National.
    3. Phase 3 - National's normal Review process is currently (2010) from 85 to 115 working days (Monday thru Friday). Then another 5 to 15 working days to have the National Number assigned and registered.
    4. Phase 4 - New Member packet processing can be from 4 to 6 weeks depending on mail deliveries,  availability of signators, and new member for the Induction Ceremony; and involves mailing the Member Certificate and accompanying informational materials to the state secretary and then to the state president for certificate signature. It is then mailed to the chapter for presentation at a Ceremony.


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    Last Updated December 4 2015