“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?
And what duty is more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
– George Washington
The NSSAR’s 1903 Federal charter specifically directs the Society to “extend the institutions of American Freedom and educate [American citizens].” These are not just inspirational words. They are mandated by Congress and backed by Federal Law.
Preserving and extending the institutions of American Freedom are predicated upon the education of its citizens.
Therefore, we as Compatriots can do nothing more important than educate as many Floridians as possible. Effectively implemented, the positive impact of this Initiative will endure for many generations.
Consistent with its founding purpose, the St. Petersburg Chapter, working in concert with the FLSSAR Education Committee, accumulates, maintains and provides access to a substantial body of authoritative genealogical, historical, civics and related resources. It also has an extensive talent and expertise reserve available to support schools and develop educational initiatives that focus on Early American History, Civics, and related topics.
Through planned, consistent and focused outreach, provide proactive input, advice and guidance to community thought leaders, media, parents, school boards, system superintendents and their designees, state educational system leadership and governance, legislators, legislative committees, and the governor as well as other decision-makers on educational curricula approved by NSSAR.
We, the St. Petersburg Chapter, are also a growing community of like-minded compatriots all desiring to promote and protect the legacy of freedom, liberty, and justice that we are the direct beneficiaries of from our ancestors who fought, bled, and died during the founding of our nation. But in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Finally, the Board of Governors for the St. Petersburg SAR is responsible for overseeing the activities of our chapter and provide direction and advice to our chapter’s governance.