In Memoriam — Alan Brown Brooking

Alan Brown Brooking (87) died peacefully at home on December 1, 2020, after a three-year battle with throat cancer.

Alan joined the SAR in 2012 and immediately became active at the chapter, state, and national levels. He was a member of both the Sacramento and Gold Country chapters. He served the Sacramento Chapter as member of the Color Guard, Telephone Committee, Greeter and Cashier, and as President of the Sacramento Chapter in 2017.

Alan and his wife Susan, a DAR member, never missed an SAR or DAR meeting when they were in town. The Gold Trail Chapter DAR was also a beneficiary of his many kindnesses— if DAR chapters had mascots, Alan was Gold Trail’s.

Alan was a native of Oklahoma City, born November 29, 1933, to Ludie (Pickett) and Levi Henry Brooking. He attended Oklahoma City University.

Alan was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy, particularly his Mediterranean Cruises aboard the USS Intrepid. His flight operations photos and cameras are part of the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex in New York City.

He was a successful small business owner providing window coverings for most Silicon Valley tech companies, hospitals and schools. Alan met Steve Jobs when Apple Computer was just one small building in Cupertino. Apple and Alan’s company continued their relationship through construction of the Infinite Loop Campus.

Alan’s personal interests were varied: he created stunning stained-glass windows; crewed on Porsche race teams at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring; autocross’d his own Porsches and prepared them for show in club concours events. During the 1970’s, Alan became an avid antique fountain pen collector and traveled to international pen shows throughout the US.

Those who knew Alan know he welcomed an opportunity to share interesting conversation and a wee dram of good Scotch Whiskey.

November 2020 Chapter Meeting

The Gold Country SAR is meeting on Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 8:30 am via Zoom. (An email was sent out to Chapter Membership from President Barker with the login details)

Our speaker is Dr. M. Kent Gregory, a member of the Orange County Chapter SAR. He will talk about historical artifacts that have been collected for the SAR Museum in Louisville, KY.

Kent Gregory was a teacher in California public schools for 38 years, and taught evening classes at Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and USC. Since joining the SAR, he has served as a Chapter Registrar, Chapter President, California Society President, Vice President, and an Invested Funds Trustee.

Active at the National Society level since 2011, Dr. Gregory has served as Alternate Trustee, Trustee, Recording Secretary, Vice President General – Western District, and on the Executive Committee. Currently he is the Chairman of the SAR Museum Board.

October 2020 Chapter Meeting

The Gold Country SAR is meeting on Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 at 8:30 am via Zoom. (An email was sent out to Chapter Membership from President Barker with the login details)

Our speaker is Dr. Matthew Bowdish, California SAR State Surgeon, will talk about Genetic Genealogy.  You will not want to miss it.

At the September chapter meeting, we were inside and not able to socially distance and several individuals commented to Chapter Leadership their concerns about Covid.

There is not space outside to socially distance.

August 2020 Meeting

We are still meeting, the meetings are just online for now. The August Meeting will be hosted as a Zoom Meeting just like the last several meetings. For security purposes, you will need to contact the Chapter President directly for login information.

President Barker’s message about the meeting that already went out:

Was Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 the first rebellion in the Colonies?  Cause and Results.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Saturday, August 15 and find out.

The invites have already gone out in advance, so if you did not receive one, please contact President Barker for the passcode to join the meeting.

July Online Chapter Meeting

Because we still cannot hold an in person meeting with more than 10 people, the July Meeting will be hosted as an online Zoom Meeting. For security purposes, you will need to contact the Chapter President directly for login information.

Registrar and Past President Tony Chakurian will be presenting the SAR Genealogical PRS system via Zoom.  It should be very informative.

Please join us at 8:30AM on Saturday July 18th.

 

June Online Meeting

Because we still cannot hold an in person meeting with more than 10 people, the June Meeting will be hosted as an online Zoom Meeting. For security purposes, you will need to contact the Chapter President directly for login information.

March Meeting Canceled

Due to the current coronavirus emergency our Gold Country SAR poster judging meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21 is cancelled.

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Stay safe, compatriots.