Col. Aquila Hall

Col. Aquila Hall Chapter Meeting

Col Aquila Hall Chapter Members,

Please make note and save the date for our 41th Annual Dinner to be held on November 11, 2017.  Fitting as this date is Veteran’s Day this year.  This will be an evening dinner at a local restaurant with spouses welcome.  Details will be forthcoming.


History of the Col. Aquila Hall Chapter

The Colonel Aquila Hall Chapter was first organized and chartered on September 10, 1920, primarily through the efforts of the Honorable James H. Preston of Baltimore and the Honorable Walter Preston of Bel Air. It was the first Chapter in the State of Maryland, but soon fell inactive. Efforts by Armard V. Motsinger in 1968 to bring it back were unsuccessful.

Col. Aquila Hall Chapter Meeting

Chapter members,


Announcing the April Chapter meeting:


When: Sunday, April 9th, at 1:30 PM

Where: Historical Society of Harford County, 143 N. Main St., Bel Air. 


This is an important meeting as new officers will be installed.  Proposed slate of officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 year.


President Bill Batton 

Vice President  Lou Raborg 

Treasurer  Dave Hoover 

Recording Secretary  Steve Clark 

Corresponding Secretary  Ray Lazzaro 

Registrar  Chris Smithson 

Col Aquila Hall Chapter Meeting

Please save the date for a meeting of the Colonel Aquila Hall Chapter, MDSSAR.


When:  January 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Where:  The Greek Village Restaurant in Bel Air


This will be a working breakfast at each member’s expense.  I’ve included a link to the breakfast menu.  Please RSVP to me by Jan 14th.  I’ll send a reminder as we get closer for final head count.  Hope to see you there.

Col. Aquila Hall Chapter Meeting

Please save September 17th for our summer Chapter Meeting.  Past President Lou Raborg and his wife, Becky, have graciously offered to host the event at their home.  Our current Chapter President is also extending the invitation to the two DAR Chapters and the Bush Declaration CAR Society so this has the potential for a good turnout.  If you haven’t been able to attend a meeting lately, this is the one you should try not to miss.

Col. Aquila Hall Chapter Featured in the Bel Air Fourth of July Parade

The Col. Aquila Hall Chapter helped man the DAR chapter float in the Bel Air Parade.  There was a light sprinkle until the heavens opened up just as we got under way. The spectators were more prepared than we were. We received much applause and the children loved the canon manned by 3rd VP Tim Mallory and Leda Behseresht as Molly Pitcher.  Barbara Adams was Betsy Ross.  Dave Hoover, Chris Smithson and Lou Raborg marched in front escorting the DAR banner carriers.  State president William Smithson stayed relatively dry, driving the truck.    


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