The Lewis and Clark Chapter was instituted April 4, 1992 and is the youngest chapter in the Oregon State Society. At the time of institution, the chapter was composed of 15 members, five of whom were ORSSAR Past Presidents and one was Former Vice President General, Pacific District. The Chapter has since provided several more Presidents to the State Society and another Vice President General to the Pacific District NSSAR. It has grown rapidly since it was instituted and at the present time has about 70 members and is the largest chapter in the Oregon Society. The growth experienced by this Chapter and the members it has gained for the SAR is the primary reason for the ORSSAR being awarded the Kentucky Cup Award at the NSSAR Congresses in 1993 and 1995.
The Chapter has many activities and its rapid growth and success may well be attributed to the fact that it has something to offer everyone that wishes to get involved through our Mentoring program. These activities include American History presentations in school with our Learning Trunk; a traveling booth; a community outreach program; and a Boy Scout program.
One of its most prominent and best publicized activities is its Continental Uniformed Color Guard that participates in a number of civic parades, Eagle Scout Courts of Honor, many veterans and patriotic functions, including the Annual Beaverton Memorial Day Program and the Wreaths across America program where our Color Guard fires a musket volley during the wreath laying ceremonies on the veterans graves at the Willamette National Cemetery.
One of the programs we are passionate about is the building of the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial in the Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park. This memorial will be the largest of its kind West of the Mississippi River.
The Chapter meets on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Street, Beaverton,Oregon 97005, across from the main Library. We often join for lunch afterwards at the Village Inn, 10650 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. in Beaverton. Wives and guests are always welcome.