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LGAR Headquarters

After many attempts at obtaining a National Headquarters for at least 100 years now, we can now call the Military Museum on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home our new “Headquarters.”  The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic has had a long and close association at this location.  Well into the 1920’s the annual appointment of an “Entertainment Committee” was made to participate in all holidays and special events.  At least one visit was made yearly by our Ohio Department President to present gifts of cash as well as donations of thousands of items.  On June 2, 1922 the General M.F. Force Circle #86, LGAR was instituted at the home, and in April 1976 we instituted the Robert Burns Brown Circle #103, thus recognizing the two men most influential in establishing the Ohio Veteran’s Home.  We were honored to include Commander Brown’s daughter, Margaret Brown Kearney, as a member of our organization.  Over the years we have left visual evidence of our support in the form of such things as the 1930 pillar at the entrance gate, the bandstand, and a bronze plague presented on the occasion of the home’s 50th anniversary in 1938.

The LGAR Headquarters room is patterned from a late 1880’s LGAR meeting room, which was/is based upon the original Grand Army of the Republic meeting rooms, with stations for the Altar, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Chaplain, Patriotic Instructor and head table (desk) for the President, Secretary & Treasurer.  The stations on loan in the room are from an original G.A.R. Hall.  Other furniture pieces in the room include locking display cases and book shelves, file cabinets of archival material that consists of genealogy for all LGAR members detailing their Civil War Veteran that they joined under, and original chairs that came from the LGAR Swissvale, PA Veteran’s Home.   Additional items include pictures from 1881 to present of LGAR Officers & members, a display of badges used through the decades, framed charters, photo albums and scrap books, a collection of proceedings from 1881 to present, original dyes & stamps and an original set of the “Bugle Call” our national newsletter, and much more.  It is the intent of local members in Ohio to participate at the Museum when there are special events/weekends, to be present during their successful Civil War Living History weekend during summer, and to assist visitors with questions, genealogy assistance or education.

Ohio Veterans Home, Military Museum, LGAR National Headquarters
3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870
419-625-2457 x1447

Support the Ohio Veterans Home and the Military Museum by attending the
Living History Event on the 21-23 of August 2015.
For Registration information contact:
Elizabeth Rock, National Secretary, LGAR
Email:  OctagonLR@aol.com

National Convention for the Ladies of the G.A.R.

To be held at our National Headquarters Museum
On the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home, Sandusky, Ohio 3416 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870

Your Sisters from the Buckeye State cordially invite you to the National Convention on August 6, 2015 to August 9, 2015, in the historic I.F. Mack Administration Building (aka Military Museum), on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky, Ohio. Members may enter the museum up the front steps, or use the rear door and elevator for handicap access. Your hosts, the Margaret M. Orr Circle #105, have been busy planning a most memorable convention for you. Your Thursday tour will be a relaxed afternoon visiting a few tourist landmarks in the area. Thursday evening you won’t want to miss our wine and cheese reception at the museum, when the drawers and cases in our L.G.A.R. Museum room will be unlocked and open for you to explore. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast at your hotel each morning. Also enjoy a complimentary lunch both meeting days at the OVH Dining Room. Our meetings will be in the museum, where it is likely that our members of years gone by celebrated many Christmas’s and gatherings with the Veteran’s. Special to this year, will be the Friday evening dinner at the “Berardi's Family Restaurant”. We will be joined in fellowship with the local DUVCW tent, followed by a tour of the Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison Camp. Extras to our meeting time will include a traditional Memorial Service, the past customary Patriotic Instructor’s Program, and the revival of our Mother’s & Father’s Banquet, complete with guest speaker Barbara Brugler, portraying Mrs. Lincoln.. Greetings will be received Saturday afternoon, and we welcome all family members to join in all activities.

Please note: All hotel room reservations must be made no later than July 5th, 2015 to ensure that you get the discounted price. When booking your room state that you are with the “Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.” Because this is a prime tourist area, the room rates are graduated. Stay 4 nights and spend less per night, at $115.20 room rate (plus tax). Stay 3 nights and spend $121.86 (plus tax). All rooms have 2 queen beds, microwaves and refrigerators. An indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool, and poolside cabana bar (open at noon) are available. A restaurant/bar is open for dinner/evening on site.
Comfort Inn
5909 Milan Rd. Sandusky, OH 44870
For those flying: Please contact Chairman of Arrangements, Lynne Bury, with your flight information and a Sister of the Orr Circle will personally pick you up at the airport of your choice: Cleveland Airport or Akron-Canton Airport. 330-855-4251
We hope that many of you will consider joining us for this year’s convention, from near and far, for this unique opportunity to view and share our glorious history.

Schedule of Events

130th Annual National Encampment
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic

TIME                                                 DATE & EVENTS                                      PLACE

Thursday, August 6th

12 PM-5 PM                                     Tour of Local Attractions                              Depart Hotel Lobby   

3 PM – 5 PM   & 7 PM-9 PM           Registration                                                  Headquarters/Museum

7 PM - 9 PM                                     Wine/Cheese Reception                                Headquarters/Museum

9 PM                                                  Budget Committee Review                           Hotel President’s Room

Friday, August 7th   

8 AM-8:30 AM                                 PNP Meeting with Breakfast                         Hotel Breakfast Room           

9 AM – 10 AM                                 Advisory Council                                           Headquarters/Museum

10 AM – 10:30 AM                           Registration                                                   Headquarters/Museum

10:30 AM                                          Formal Opening                                            Headquarters/Museum

11 AM – 11:30 AM                           Initiation of New Members                            Headquarters/Museum

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                        Complimentary Lunch                                    OVH Dining Room   

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                           Business Session-All Reports                        Headquarters/Museum

5:30 PM                                            Dinner & Johnson’s Island Tour                     Depart Hotel Lobby   

Saturday, August 8th

8 AM-8:30 AM                                 Pioneer/Betsy Ross Club Breakfast               Hotel Breakfast Room

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM                          Memorial Service                                          Headquarters/Museum

9:30 AM – 11:30AM                         Business Session                                           Headquarters/Museum

11:30 AM – 1 PM                             Complimentary Lunch                                   OVH Dining Room

1 PM – 2:00 PM                                Business Session                                           Headquarters/Museum

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM                            Installation of Officers                                   Headquarters/Museum

2:30 PM - 3:00                                  Advisory Council Meeting                             Headquarters/Museum

3:00 PM- 3:30 PM                            Patriotic Instructor Program                           Headquarters/Museum

3:30PM – 4:30 PM                            Greetings Brought                                         Headquarters/Museum

6:00 PM                                            Mother’s & Father’s Banquet                        Hotel Banquet Room

Complimentary Lunches

Both your Friday & Saturday Lunches will be complimentary meals in the Ohio Veteran’s Home Dining Room.  Although this meal is complimentary, we still need an RSVP to obtain meal tickets.  Please check if you are participating.  Lunch will be served only to registered LGAR members.

à Yes, I will be attending Friday and Saturday Lunch


Mother’s and Father’s LGAR National Banquet August 8, 2015

Enjoy an evening reminiscing with Mary Todd Lincoln by Mrs. Barbara Brugler.


Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________

Street: _____________________________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip: ______________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Organization: ______________________________ Department:_______________________________________

Local Unit (Camp, Auxiliary, Corps, Tent, or Circle): ________________________________________________

Any dietary restrictions? _______________________________________________________________________

Reservations will be confirmed via e-mail.

All meals include Chicken Marsala, Salad, Vegetable, Potatoes, Beverage and Dessert

Cash bar available

Reserve _____  @ $35 each   Total Enclosed $ _____________       


Send this form with check (payable to “Margaret M. Orr Circle #105, LGAR”) prior to July 15, 2015 to: 

Elizabeth Rock

68 W. Marion St.

Doylestown, OH  44230



An inexpensive Tour Day has been planned, to include the Carousel Museum, Edison’s Birthplace, Milan Attractions, Downtown Sandusky, and Toft’s Dairy.  There will be no pre-payment required for this tour day.  Any fees for museums etc. will be listed in the next issue of the Bugle Call, and you can pay when you get there.  Please just RSVP that you will join us for touring the area, so that we have enough drivers to transport members.  Please check if you are participating.

à YES, I AM JOINING YOU FOR THE THURSDAY TOUR (total # including family members ______)


Dinner & Johnson’s Island Tour

Friday, August 7, 2015

Enjoy Dinner at Berardi's Family Restaraunt, who have been serving locals for over 70 years.  Afterwards, take a complimentary tour of Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison Camp on the shores of Lake Erie.  Dinner will be order from the menu, but an RSVP for the evening is requested.

 Menu pricing ranges from $6.99 to $11.99

à Yes, I am joining you for the Friday Dinner/Tour (total # including family members ___________)





CITY/STATE/ZIP ___________________________________________


DEPARTMENT ______________CIRCLE #_______

Complete with check or money order (no cash) for $5.00, made out to “National Organization, LGAR” by July 15th and mail to:

Elizabeth Rock, National Secretary, LGAR
68 W. Marion St.
Doylestown, OH  44230

Pre-registration will be acknowledged by e-mail

If you pre-register but are unable to attend, your packet will be sent after the convention with meeting minutes.

Onsite registration will be $5.  Registration will be Thursday afternoon in our Museum Room, Thursday Evening at the Museum Reception,  And Friday morning in our meeting room at the Museum. 

Meet the National President

Judy Rock

I am honored to be serving as the National President of the LGAR. I will do my best to continue to make this organization grow and prosper. If we all work together this will be an easy task.

I have been a member of the LGAR since the National Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1987.  I was initiated by PNP sister Lynne Bury during her first term as National President and was honored to have her install me as the National President 24 years later. I joined the organization under my great uncle Alonzo A. Aldrich who was a private in the 22nd MI Volunteer Infantry.  I have since discovered several ancestors that served including my great grandfather John W. Minnie, who served as a corporal in the 5th MI Volunteer Infantry and another great uncle that served with the 7th MI Volunteer Infantry at the angle in Gettysburg during Picket’s charge.

My husband, Ervin and I have been married for 46 years. We have 3 sons, who married wonderful young women, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  Our family has been active in Civil War reenacting for 30 years and attended the 125th anniversary battles and plan to attend a few of the 150th anniversary battles.

History has been a passion of mine since I was in grade school, so I guess this is a perfect place for me.

I look forward to working with you and visiting as many Departments as possible, Please send me your annual meeting schedules as soon as possible so I can create a schedule for myself.

What’s New?

Preview and print the new 2013-2014 National Brochure. Be sure to your contact information in the area provided on the back.

Need a quick copy of a Membership Application?  Preview and Print the application or send one to prospective members.


Supplies can be ordered from the National Treasurer Carolyn Agosto by mailing requests to 4710 Eby St., Merriam, KS 66203 or by email at cagosto8@gmail.com

Checks should be made payable to "National Organization, L.G.A.R."

Forms and Report Blanks

Below you will find several links for the Report Blanks that are necessary for the organization as a whole. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the National Secretary.

ChaplainCircle Election │  Credentials │  Department Election │  Historian │  Patriotic Instructor │  Per Capita Tax │  Registrar │  Veteran ServiceInventory

2014 revised national constitution and bylaws

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