About Our Chapter
The Fernando de Leyba Chapter is comprised of Compatriots in the East Central MO area, meeting at 7:00 PM the 2nd Monday of every month (except during the months of July and August) at the Embassy Suites, 2 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303 - (Check the message boards for the meeting room) Although our Chapter used to be small, it has been growing. We are a large chapter with over 100 members. Join us and see what you have been missing. Compatriots usually start arriving between 6:00 and 6:30 to socialize. There is also a small buffet dinner available for purchase. Our meeting starts at 7:00 and usually lasts no longer than two hours including our speaker for the night which can be on any topic. Recent topics have included George Rogers Clark, astronomy, Iraq, genealogical research, and the U.S.S. Missouri, a newly built and commissioned nuclear attack submarine.
Spouses of members are always welcome as are prospective members and their spouses. If you need help with your application, don't worry. Our chapter Genealogist is quite talented and willing to work with you.
Our Chapter has several members that form a Color Guard. The Color Guard’s purpose is to teach about the American Revolution by displaying the various uniforms of our Patriots and honoring the flag of our country. The Color Guard is made up of both Continental Army and militia uniforms from the various states, with most compatriots desiring to wear the uniforms that their Patriots wore. Members try to be as authentic as possible with their uniforms. The Chapter Color Guard Members are a part of the MOSSAR Color Guard. They are available for parades, ceremonial functions, living history events, school lectures, and other activities.
The SAR annually sponsors youth award contests for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The SAR Americanism Poster Contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system. The SAR Americanism Brochure Contest is directed at students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system. The SAR George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is designed to give high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. All school children and youth are eligible including ecumenical and home schooled students. The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest. In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry. Our Chapter winners will represent the Chapter at the Missouri SAR Society (MOSSAR) level. Winners at the State level represent MOSSAR at the National SAR Society (NSSAR) level. The winners of these contests receive a certificate and a cash award at each level.
The SAR annually sponsors the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest. Our Chapter winner will represent the Chapter at the Missouri Society (MOSSAR) level. Winners at the State level represent Missouri at the National (NSSAR) level. The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools who are in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior (grades 9 through 12) year of study. The winners of these contests receive a certificate and a cash award at each level.
The SAR annually sponsors an Eagle Scout Scholarship Contest. Our Chapter winner will represent the Chapter at the MOSSAR level. Winners at the MOSSAR level represent MOSSAR at the NSSAR level. Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. (The application year is the calendar year, 01 Jan. to 31 Dec.) The winners of these contests receive a certificate and a cash award at each level.
The Chapter annually strives to select an Elementary, Middle, and High School Teacher of the Year in Social Studies and/or American History/Government. The winners represent the Chapter at the State MOSSAR level. MOSSAR annually sponsors the M. Graham Clark Elementary Teacher Contest, which is is designed to recognize a teacher from a Missouri Elementary, Middle/Junior High, or High School who by their actions in a school setting perpetuates the memory of those patriots who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American People. The MOSSAR level Social Studies Teachers represents MOSSAR at the NSSAR level for the NSSAR Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Contest, which is directed toward elementary, middle and high school teachers whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements. The contests are open to all teachers in public, private, and parochial schools. The winners of these contests receive a certificate and a cash award at each level.
The Chapter presents JROTC State Society Award Certificates to Cadets selected by the following institutions: Beaumont High School, Charles Summer High School, Gateway Technical High School, Jennings High School, Lafayette High School, combined Washington Missouri High School & St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, and Gateway STEM High School. Each SAR Chapter can select an Outstanding JROTC Cadet and enter that cadet into their State Society's Outstanding JROTC Cadet program. The winner of the State competition will be entered into the National Outstanding JROTC Recognition program. The winner of the national program will receive a special award at the SAR National Congress.
The Chapter presents a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate to selected Naval Sea Cadets with the Battleship Missouri Division of the Naval Sea Cadets of Bridgeton, MO. One monetary gift is presented to the Outstanding Sea Cadet.
The Chapter annually strives to select Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Safety, and Law Enforcement Awardees. These awards can be made at the Chapter, MOSSAR, or NSSAR levels. Awardees receive an SAR Medal and Certificate. Awardees will be listed in a Public Service booklet published annually by NSSAR.
In addition to the above, the Chapter throughout the year presents medals and/or certificates to individuals, schools, companies, and other institutions located in the East Central MO area.