Chapter President Duane Booth and our Capital Region Vice
President Robert L. French were both awarded the Society's
Patriot Medal at the ESSSAR Annual Meeting held at the Beeches
in Rome, New York on Saturday, May 17, 2003. The Patriot Award,
which requires National Society approval, is the highest given
at the state level. The award is given for service at the state &
chapter levels but may include community service.
Duane has been active at the chapter and state levels since
becoming a member in 1994. Duane joined the SAR as a member of
the Saratoga Battle Chapter and switched his primary membership
to the Walloomsac Battle Chapter while retaining "Dual Chapter"
membership with the Saratoga Battle Chapter. He has been the only
Treasurer of the Walloomsac Battle Chapter and has served on,
and chaired various committees in that chapter.
Compatriot Booth was elected to the position of Vice President/Treasurer
of the Saratoga Battle Chapter in February 2001 and served
in that capacity until elected President in February of this
year. Duane has also served on various committees in the Saratoga
Battle Chapter and worked on several Chapter projects.
He was elected to the State Society's Board of Managers in
1995 and served in that capacity until May 1998. In December
1997 he was appointed Treasurer of the State Society and was
elected to that position in 1998 and served in that capacity
until May of 2001. While State Treasurer he was asked to assume
responsibility for the Society's membership database. He
accepted that challenge and he greatly improved the accuracy
and reliability of the data and improved the reporting to the
Duane has served on various church committees, as an usher
and as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
In addition to this award, President Booth has received the
Meritorious Service Medals at both the State and Chapter levels.
Other Saratoga Battle Chapter members receiving this prestigious
award include Carlton E. Covell; Ronald E. Newton; Dennis F.M.
Marr; Jonathan E. Goebel; and Peter K. Goebel.
Robert (Bob) French joined the SAR in 1970 and was an organizing
member of the Columbia Chapter. Bob served two years as Chapter
President; as Chapter Registrar from 1980 to 2002 and has served
on, and chaired, several Chapter Committees.
Compatriot French was first elected to the State Board in 1985
and served as the Society's Chaplain from 1990 to 2000 when he
was elected Capital Region Vice President. He has also served
on State Society Committees.
Bob French has enrolled many SAR members and has earned the
Society's coveted Liberty Medal.
In addition to the SAR, Compatriot French is active with
the Boys Scouts, Masons and his church.