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LGAR Headquarters

After many attempts at obtaining a National Headquarters for at least 100 years now, we can now call the Military Museum on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home our new “Headquarters.”  The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic has had a long and close association at this location.  Well into the 1920’s the annual appointment of an “Entertainment Committee” was made to participate in all holidays and special events.  At least one visit was made yearly by our Ohio Department President to present gifts of cash as well as donations of thousands of items.  On June 2, 1922 the General M.F. Force Circle #86, LGAR was instituted at the home, and in April 1976 we instituted the Robert Burns Brown Circle #103, thus recognizing the two men most influential in establishing the Ohio Veteran’s Home.  We were honored to include Commander Brown’s daughter, Margaret Brown Kearney, as a member of our organization.  Over the years we have left visual evidence of our support in the form of such things as the 1930 pillar at the entrance gate, the bandstand, and a bronze plague presented on the occasion of the home’s 50th anniversary in 1938.

The LGAR Headquarters room is patterned from a late 1880’s LGAR meeting room, which was/is based upon the original Grand Army of the Republic meeting rooms, with stations for the Altar, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Chaplain, Patriotic Instructor and head table (desk) for the President, Secretary & Treasurer.  The stations on loan in the room are from an original G.A.R. Hall.  Other furniture pieces in the room include locking display cases and book shelves, file cabinets of archival material that consists of genealogy for all LGAR members detailing their Civil War Veteran that they joined under, and original chairs that came from the LGAR Swissvale, PA Veteran’s Home.   Additional items include pictures from 1881 to present of LGAR Officers & members, a display of badges used through the decades, framed charters, photo albums and scrap books, a collection of proceedings from 1881 to present, original dyes & stamps and an original set of the “Bugle Call” our national newsletter, and much more.  It is the intent of local members in Ohio to participate at the Museum when there are special events/weekends, to be present during their successful Civil War Living History weekend during summer, and to assist visitors with questions, genealogy assistance or education.

Ohio Veterans Home, Military Museum, LGAR National Headquarters
3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870
419-625-2457 x1447

Support the Ohio Veterans Home and the Military Museum by attending the
"Pirates and Prisoners, 1864" Living History Event
on the 23-24 of August 2014. For Registration information contact:
Elizabeth Rock, National Secretary, LGAR
Email:  OctagonLR@aol.com

National Convention Information

Convention Info:
**Ladies please book your hotel room for the National Convention ASAP.  If you are unable to get in the SUVCW block of rooms, please contact the SUVCW Committee Chairman Brad Quinlan at 404-610-9922.  The rooms are $105 plus tax.  Please be aware that the hotel restaurant is a little pricier than we’ve been accustomed to for the last few years.  Rooms have refrigerators, but there are no outside restaurants close by.   
**We are unable to get the name or number of our Meeting Room, so please check the signs that are suppose to be at the elevators. 
**We are also unable to get the room # of the National President’s Suite, where we will have Thursday registration and an important R & R Advisory Council meeting.  Please ask for Judy Rock’s room #, or call her cell phone when arriving 586-212-4044. 
**Please make every effort to pre-register this year, and include your email/phone.  We will do our best to email or call with information as it becomes available.

Attention Members:   There is no Sales/Display Room at this year’s National Convention.  We are asking all members in attendance to help sell Raffle Tickets at the Campfire.  Please do not ship anything for a silent auction, and please do not bring with you anything that is to be placed in the museum/headquarters.

129th Annual National Encampment
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 14
4 PM – 5 PM
Budget Committee
Headquarters Suite #?
7 PM – 9 PM
Headquarters Suite #?
7 PM – 9 PM
Revision of By-Laws/Advisory Council
Headquarters Suite #?
Friday, August 15
8 AM – 9 AM
Memorial Service
SUVCW Meeting Room ?
9 AM – 10 AM
Advisory Council
Meeting Room ?
10 AM – 10:30 AM
Meeting Room ?
10:30 AM
Formal Opening
Meeting Room ?
11 AM – 11:30 AM
Initiation of New Members
Meeting Room ?
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Recess
(on own), PNP’s Lunch
1 PM – 4:30 PM
Business Session
Meeting Room ?
7:30 PM
Saturday, August 16
9 AM – 11:30AM
Business Session
Meeting Room ?
11:30 AM – 1 PM
(on own)
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Lunch Meeting
Betsy Ross/Pioneer Club
1 PM – 3:30 PM
Business Session
Meeting Room ?
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Advisory Council
Meeting Room ?
Allied Orders Banquet
Sunday, August 17 
Non-Denominational Church Svc

Marching to Georgia...National Encampment at Marietta (Aug 14-17, 2014)

In August 2014 the National Encampment comes to Georgia! Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Siege of Atlanta, the 2014 National Encampment site will be in Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta and the site of Marietta National Cemetery and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. This will be the first time a National Encampment will be held in Georgia.

The Encampment will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center.  Located on a hilltop setting in Marietta the hotel is the site of the former Georgia Military Academy and exudes the essence of Southern hospitality.  The hotel is located just 15 miles from downtown Atlanta and nearby attractions.
You may contact the hotel at the following web site for reservations.  
www.mariettaatlantaconferencecenter.com or call 1-770-427-2500
There is a special rate for attendees of the National Encampment.  Be sure to state that you are with the Sons of Union Veterans CW or use the code SUVCW.

Banquet Info:
No Info Available.  Please call SUVCW Committee Chairman Brad Quinlan at 404-610-9922 or email him at 21stohio@charter.net.

Tour Info:  Thursday, Aug 14th
Trolley Tours of Historic Marietta 
Ride in comfort on a guided tour that includes many of the historic sites in Marietta, from Marietta National Cemetery to the peak of Kennesaw Mountain.  
Tour times:  11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM
Two trolleys are available for each tour time.  30 seats per trolley.  

Price:  20 dollars per person.  Pre-register to guarantee your seat.  Walk-ons will be welcome pending seat availability.  No Form Available to date, please call SUVCW Committee Chairman Brad Quinlan to reserve your spot, 404-610-9922 or email 21stohio@charter.net.
Please reserve your tour spot early for the 11 AM Trolley Tour so that you are able to participate in the R & R/By-Laws Advisory Council meeting at
7 PM in the National President’s room.

CITY/STATE/ZIP ________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT _______________________CIRCLE #____________
Complete with check or money order (no cash) for $5.00, made out to “National Organization, LGAR” by July 15th and mail to:
Elizabeth Rock, National Secretary, LGAR
68 W. Marion St.  Doylestown, OH  44230
Pre-registration will be acknowledged by e-mail
If you pre-register but are unable to attend, your packet will be sent after the convention with meeting minutes.
Onsite registration will be $5.  Registration will be Thursday afternoon in our National President’s Room/Headquarters ??? And Friday morning in our meeting room, ?????. 

Attention Members:   There is no Sales/Display Room at this year’s National Convention.  We are asking all members in attendance to help sell Raffle Tickets at the Campfire.  Please do not ship anything for a silent auction, and please do not bring with you anything that is to be placed in the museum/headquarters.

National Convention to be held in Marietta, GA on August 14-17, 2014, or visit the www.SUVCW.org website for more information.

Meet the National President

Judy Rock

I am honored to be serving as the National President of the LGAR. I will do my best to continue to make this organization grow and prosper. If we all work together this will be an easy task.

I have been a member of the LGAR since the National Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1987.  I was initiated by PNP sister Lynne Bury during her first term as National President and was honored to have her install me as the National President 24 years later. I joined the organization under my great uncle Alonzo A. Aldrich who was a private in the 22nd MI Volunteer Infantry.  I have since discovered several ancestors that served including my great grandfather John W. Minnie, who served as a corporal in the 5th MI Volunteer Infantry and another great uncle that served with the 7th MI Volunteer Infantry at the angle in Gettysburg during Picket’s charge.

My husband, Ervin and I have been married for 46 years. We have 3 sons, who married wonderful young women, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  Our family has been active in Civil War reenacting for 30 years and attended the 125th anniversary battles and plan to attend a few of the 150th anniversary battles.

History has been a passion of mine since I was in grade school, so I guess this is a perfect place for me.

I look forward to working with you and visiting as many Departments as possible, Please send me your annual meeting schedules as soon as possible so I can create a schedule for myself.

What’s New?

Preview and print the new 2013-2014 National Brochure. Be sure to your contact information in the area provided on the back.

Need a quick copy of a Membership Application?  Preview and Print the application or send one to prospective members.


Supplies can be ordered from the National Treasurer Carolyn Agosto by mailing requests to 4710 Eby St., Merriam, KS 66203 or by email at cagosto8@gmail.com

Checks should be made payable to "National Organization, L.G.A.R."

Forms and Report Blanks

Below you will find several links for the Report Blanks that are necessary for the organization as a whole. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the National Secretary.

ChaplainCircle Election │  Credentials │  Department Election │  Historian │  Patriotic Instructor │  Per Capita Tax │  Registrar │  Veteran ServiceInventory

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