Any male person, above the age of twenty-one years, shall be eligible to regular membership in the “SONS OF THE REVOLUTION” who is descended from an ancestor, as the propositus, who, either as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, or official in the service of any one of the thirteen original Colonies or States, or of the National Government representing or composed of those Colonies or States, assisted in establishing American Independence during the War of the Revolution, between the 19th of April, 1775, when hostilities commenced, and the 19th of April, 1783, when they were ordered to cease.
Provided: That when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor in the “minute-men” or “militia,” it must be satisfactorily shown that such ancestor was actually called into the service of the State or United States, and performed garrison or field duty; and
Provided, further: That when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor as a “sailor” or “marine,” it must in like manner be shown that such service was other than shore duty and regularly performed in the Continental Navy, or the Navy of one of the original thirteen States, or on an armed vessel other than a merchant ship, which sailed under letters of marque and reprisal, and that such ancestor of the applicant was duly enrolled in the ship’s company, either as an officer, seaman, or otherwise than as a passenger; and
Provided, further: That when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor as an “official,” such service must have been performed in the civil service of the United States, or of one of the thirteen original States, and must have been sufficiently important in character to have rendered the official specially liable to arrest and imprisonment, the same as a combatant, if captured by the enemy, as well as liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain.
Service in the ordinary duty of a civil office, the performance of which did not particularly and effectively aid the American Cause shall not constitute eligibility.
In the construction of this article, the volunteer Aides-de-Camp of General Officers in Continental Service, who were duly announced as such, and who actually served in the field during a campaign, shall be comprehended as having performed qualified service.
The civil officials and military forces of the State of Vermont during the War of the Revolution shall also be comprehended in the same manner as if they had belonged to one of the thirteen original States.
No service of an ancestor shall be deemed as qualifying service for membership in the “SONS OF THE REVOLUTION” where such ancestor, after assisting in the cause of American Independence, shall have subsequently either adhered to the enemy, or failed to maintain an honorable record throughout the War of the Revolution.
Any male person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years may, through any regular member of the Society in good standing, apply for Junior Membership to the “SONS OF THE REVOLUTION IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA.” Said application process for Junior Membership shall be the same as that for Regular Membership, and the application shall be accompanied by payment to the Treasurer of the Society of such amount as, at the time of application, shall be deemed by the Board of Managers to be sufficient. Once approved by the Board of Managers said applicant will maintain the status as a Junior Member until such time as he has reached his twenty-first birthday. At such time said Junior Member may make a formal request to the Board of Managers for acceptance to Regular Membership. A Junior Member shall enjoy all the privileges of a Regular Member except that they may not vote, hold office nor attend social functions unless otherwise invited and accompanied by a Regular Member.
Every application for membership be it Regular, Legacy or Junior, shall be made in writing, subscribed by the applicant, and approved by two members, over their signatures. Applications shall contain, or be accompanied by, proof of eligibility, and such applications and proofs shall be submitted to the Board of Managers, who shall have full powers to determine the qualifications of the applicant.