* For more information about the Robert Forsyth Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, contact president Allen Greenly at (404) 788-8824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Golden Corral on Market Place Blvd.
A new civic club with historical ties continues to grow.
Allen Greenly, who began a local chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, said the Forsyth chapter has made great strides since its initial formation in February.
“It really has surpassed all of my expectations,” he said.
The organization, he said, began with 10 members.
“We have 21 members now and there’s another 29 applications,” he said. “The majority of those are guys from Cumming, Suwanee and Johns Creek.”
Those who wish to join the organization must prove their lineage. They must be able to document family ties to someone who was a patriot or supplied the American cause during the Revolution.
So far, the new chapter has been meeting the second Thursday evening of every month. During its July meeting, members choose an official name and elected officers.
Greenly said members voted on the Robert Forsyth Chapter as the group’s name, in honor of a captain in Lee’s Legion during the Revolutionary War.
Forsyth was also the first U.S. marshal appointed by George Washington in Georgia, and was the first marshal killed in the line of duty in the country.
The county is named after his son, John Forsyth, who served as a governor of Georgia.
Also during the July meeting, Greenly was elected president of the new chapter and several other positions were filled, including vice president, secretary, treasurer, chaplain, editor and registrar.
He said that the chapter should be fully chartered by the state organization in early October.
“We’re already planning a banquet to celebrate the chartering on Oct. 5,” he said. “We just don’t yet have the location or time established for that event.”
Greenly expects about 200 people at the banquet since the chapter should have more than 50 members by that time.
“We’re really looking forward to obtaining our charter so we can then start getting involved in the community,” he said.
The organization provides many opportunities for members to help others, including working with JROTC students in local high schools, with veterans’ organizations such as the American Legion, and with elementary and middle school students.
There are also opportunities to visit nursing homes and hospitals, help residents with genealogical projects, and participate in parades, community festivals and grave upkeep for veterans.
Monthly meetings last about 90 minutes and always include a guest speaker.
Greenly said the meetings, which are held at the Golden Corral restaurant on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming, are open to anyone interested in the organization. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 p.m.
“We are always happy to have new members,” Greenly said.