The Sons of the American Revolution’s
Good Citizenship Medals and Awards

     The Paul Carrington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) annually presents SAR Good Citizenship Medals to citizens in the Houston metropolitan area. Most are for non-members; however, Compatriots are eligible for these awards as well.

Click here to download the Chapter’s Good Citizenship Medal brochure. For questions, please email the Good Citizenship Committee Chairman.

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Outstanding Citizenship Award Lapel PinOutstanding Citizenship Award Lapel Pin

     The SAR Outstanding Citizenship Award Lapel Pin is designed to recognize individuals for their high ideals of character and citizenship.

     This award can be presented to youth in middle school through college or university. Examples include: youth who participated in UIL speech/debate competitions on American History or patriotic topics; those with the highest grades in American History and/or U.S. Government; organized voter registration drive for students; participated in the Mayor’s Youth Council; led and/or participated in community service projects; participated in HAMUN; 8th-grade students with the highest grades in American History; participated in Wreaths Across America; cleaned or maintained cemeteries; walked in a July 4th parade; participated in America 250 events; and other similar activities.

     While the award is generally presented to minors, adults who do not meet the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal criteria can presented this award. For example, young professionals, educators, or volunteers can be recognized for their community service dedication. Also, Scout leaders, JROTC/ROTC SMIs, teachers, and others who support the various SAR youth contests.

     This award can be presented to any runners-up in the chapter-level Eagle Scout, Knight Essay, Orations, Texas CAR Essay, and Outstanding JROTC contests.

     This award is a portrait of a Minuteman with the “Sons of the American Revolution” encircling the upper half and “Outstanding Citizenship Award” encircling the lower half. This award is suitable for middle and high school students who might not otherwise qualify for the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal. A certificate of recognition accompanies the medal.

Click here to download the Outstanding Youth Good Citizenship Medal Nomination form

Click here to download the Outstanding Adult Good Citizenship Medal Nomination form

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Bronze Good Citizenship Medal


     bronze-good-citizenship-medalThe SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal is a multi-purpose award designed to recognize individuals whose community (i.e., school, locality, or state) achievements are noteworthy. This medal is authorized for presentation to individuals who have been nominated by their peers, community leaders, employers, etc. This medal is intended to recognize an individual’s contribution to their local community rather than their state or region.

     Examples of nominees would include educators, civic leaders, Scout leaders, non-profit leaders, long-time community volunteers, etc. The qualifications for non-Compatriots are determined by Chapter.

     However, in the case of a Compatriot, the following requirements have been established by national to have uniform criteria. A Compatriot shall have served in four leadership capacities in any of the following local organizations: Church, School, Scouting, Fraternal, Business Associations, Government, Patriotic, Military, Veterans, Conservation, Hereditary, Genealogical, Historical or organized Sports (Little League, etc.). The medal should not be used to recognize service to the SAR.

     In addition, while the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal can be presented to youth (high school and college-aged), there is a separate Outstanding Youth Medal Nomination for those individuals.

     For youth, qualifications for the medal focuses on the student’s community and/or school involvement. For example, students who have made significant contributions through their service to the community would qualify. Considering school involvement, recipients would be outstanding high school students in their school regarding both citizenship and scholarship. For example, one with the best record in citizenship, or based on a student’s overall scholarship and citizenship, would qualify. Generally speaking, the medal recognizes a student’s leadership and excellence of character, scholarship, and citizenship over a period.

     This medal is authorized for presentation to a cadet in the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps by their commanding officer. This would be equivalent to the Bronze ROTC medal for JROTC cadets/midshipmen, as Sea Cadets are ineligible for the Bronze ROTC medal.

     The SAR Bronze Good Citizenship consists of a bronze medal struck on a circular planchet. The obverse inscription reads “Good Citizenship Medal” and depicts a Minuteman holding a rifle with a plow and the Liberty Bell in the background. The reverse is inscribed, “Our inspiration is from the past, our duty is in the present, our hope is in the future.” The medal is suspended from a blue, buff, and white striped ribbon drape. The ribbon is reminiscent of the colors selected by General George Washington for the Continental Line uniform. A certificate of recognition accompanies the medal.

Click here to download the Outstanding Youth Good Citizenship Medal Nomination form

Click here to download the Outstanding Adult Good Citizenship Medal Nomination form

Click here to download the Outstanding Compatriot Good Citizenship Medal form

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Silver Good Citizenship Medal


     Silver Good CitizenshipThe SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal recognizes outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service at the state or regional level. The medal is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government (including military service), religion, education, business, and other fields of endeavor. Since it recognizes extensive service, a biographical sketch of the candidate should accompany the nomination. There is no requirement that persons must have received a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal before being nominated for a Silver Good Citizenship Medal.

For potential nominees, consider those who have held leadership positions in educational, Scouting, fraternal, veterans, conservation, historical societies, organized sports (i.e., Little League, etc.), and other community organizations over a more extended period.

     The Texas Society must approve all nominations for this medal. In addition, the SAR President General must authorize the presentation of this medal to a national officer of organizations before the Paul Carrington Chapter may present this award.

     In the case of a non-Compatriot, the qualifications are determined by the National Society or a State society. However, in the case of a Compatriot, the following requirements have been established to have uniform criteria. A Compatriot shall have served in six leadership capacities in any of the following local organizations: Church, School, Scouting, Fraternal, Business Associations, Government, Patriotic, Military, Veterans, Conservation, Hereditary, Genealogical, Historical or organized Sports (Little League, etc.). The medal should not be used to recognize service to the SAR.

     The SAR Silver Good Citizenship consists of a silver-colored medal struck on a circular planchet. The obverse inscription reads “Good Citizenship Medal” and depicts a Minuteman holding a rifle with a plow and the Liberty Bell in the background. The reverse is inscribed, “Our inspiration is from the past, our duty is in the present, our hope is in the future.” The medal is suspended from a blue, buff, and white striped ribbon drape. The ribbon is reminiscent of the colors selected by General George Washington for the Continental Line uniform. A certificate of recognition accompanies the medal.

Click here to download the Outstanding Adult Good Citizenship Medal Nomination form

Click here to download the Outstanding Compatriot Good Citizenship Medal form

The Paul Carrington Chapter has awarded the Silver Good Citizenship Medal to the following:

              2015 – Steven Allison

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Gold Good Citizenship Medal


     The SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal is awarded for outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service of national Gold good-citizenship-medalimportance to persons of prominence on a national level in government (including military service), religion, education, business, and other professions.

     The National Society’s Medals and Awards Committee and Executive Committee must approve the Gold Good Citizenship Medal. The Texas Society must approve nominations for the medal by the Paul Carrington Chapter. All nominations should be submitted on the standard Gold Good Citizenship application form. Please carefully read the form and follow the instructions relative to the supporting documentation needed. The application packet should be submitted to the SAR Executive Director no later than twenty-one (21) calendar days before a scheduled meeting of the Medals and Awards Committee and Executive Committee (usually at the NSSAR Leadership Meetings and NSSAR Congress) to allow time for dissemination and review. If the application is not submitted by the deadline, it will be carried over until the next regularly scheduled meeting.

     Payment for the medal should accompany the nomination, but this is not required. If payment does not accompany the nomination, the medal will not be shipped until payment is received. Because the medal contains gold, the price can fluctuate. The most recent price was $350. Please consult with the Executive Director for the current price of the Gold Good Citizenship Medal.

     After a review by the Medals and Awards Committee and the Executive Committee, the requesting Chapter will be notified within two weeks of the decision. If approved, the medal will be mailed to the submitter: (i) immediately, if payment accompanied the nomination, or (ii) upon receipt of payment. If disapproved, any payment accompanying the nomination will be returned to the submitter. A letter of explanation from the Executive Director will accompany all disapprovals.

     A maximum of two medals may be presented by a State Society each year. It may only be presented posthumously if the recipient died between the time the award was approved by the Medals and Awards Committee and Executive Committee and the date it was to have been presented. The National Society maintains a record of all past Gold Good Citizenship Medal recipients, which should be consulted in advance to avoid an invalid request.

     An individual may receive this medal only once. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.

     Since this is one of the NSSAR’s highest awards, plans for presentation should be made sufficiently in advance to allow time for award approval, society leadership participation, and publicity arrangements.

     The SAR Gold Good Citizenship consists of a gold medal struck on a circular planchet. The obverse inscription reads “Good Citizenship Medal” and depicts a Minuteman holding a rifle with a plow and the Liberty Bell in the background. The reverse is inscribed, “Our inspiration is from the past, our duty is in the present, our hope is in the future.” The medal is suspended from a blue, buff, and white striped ribbon drape. The ribbon is reminiscent of the colors selected by General George Washington for the Continental Line uniform. A certificate of recognition accompanies the medal.

     The following individuals have been awarded the Gold Citizenship Medal by the Paul Carrington Chapter, the former Houston Chapter (which merged with the Paul Carrington Chapter), or the Texas Society (for Houston area residents):

Year

Recipient

1958

Wise, Paul E.

1959

Barry, Desmond A.

1960

Dyer, Mrs. Frank G.

1961

Abercrombie, J. S.

1964

Werlein, Judge Erwing

1965

Morrow, Wright

1966

Mecom, Sr., John W.

1967

Garrison, Jr., Homer

1967

Greer, Dewitt C.

1967

Kearn, G. V.

1967

Gallegly, Joseph S.

1968

Rudder, Earl

1968

Sterling, Walter G.

1968

Moore, Fred W.

1969

Verheden, Jack Clyde

1970

Short, Herman

1970

West, Judge Gordon

1971

Herring, Robert R.

1971

Holiday, Jr., Harry

1971

Ransom, Dr. Harry

1971

Vandiver, Frank

1972

Clark, Dr. Randolph Lee

1972

Perry, Mrs. Marcella D.

1972

Fly, Claude L.

1973

Mischer, Halter M.

1973

Haley, J. Evett

1973

Clark, PG Dr. M. Graham

1974

Rarick, Rep John

1975

Dunn, Sr., John S.

1975

Dall, Tom T.

1975

McArthur, Mrs. Jean

1975

Northen, Ms. Mary Moody

1977

Peoples, Dr. C. E.

1977

Ingraham, Judge Joe M.

1977

McDonald, Dr. Larry P.

1977

Werlein, Judge Presley E.

1978

Hackerman, Dr. Norman

1978

Cooley, Dr. Denton

1978

Helms, Senator Jessie

1978

Thompson, Jr., Meldrin

1983

Halbouty, Michel T.

1988

Bentsen, Senator Lloyd

1988

Baker III, James Addison

1992

Brandau, PG George H.

1998

Archer, Billy

2003

Bush, George W.

2018

McIngvale, James Franklin

 

 

Paul Carrington Chapter No. 5, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution
1415 South Voss Ste 110-425 — Houston, TX 77057-1086

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The Paul Carrington Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting patriotism,
preserving American history, and supporting education for our future generations.

Copyright © 2023 Paul Carrington Chapter  —  Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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