Monthly Meeting for January 2013


Patrick Henry Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution held their monthly meeting Sat, January 18th.  During our meeting we inducted two new members into our Chapter: Please welcome Compatriot Jim Darwin and Compatriot Carl Baker as our newest members!

20140118_111728Compatriot Dave McGlamery awarded on behalf of the Patrick Henry Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, the chapter level Eagle Scout Essay Award to Joshua Smith.  Joshua’s essay now goes to the Texas Society where his essay will be one of many from around the state to compete for the ultimate award, the National Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout scholarship award.  Good luck Joshua!


And Ali James, Curator of Texas State Capital, brought in old photographs and gave an excellent talk on the State Capitol building and its history.  We learned quite a lot on the building of the state capital building and early Austin and look forward to having her back.

We encourage those that are interested in joining the Sons of the American Revolution to reach out to one of our officers.  We look forward to meeting you and are here to help.


January Edition “The Compatriot Campfire”

There is an old story often told to young boys and girls that rings true even today for us full grown Sons of the American Revolution.  Although the author is unknown, the story often takes place in the great Northwest where there lived a Mountain Man and he knew how to get many things done with very little help. He had almost nothing to work with except the raw resources that nature provided him, but this Mountain Man always seemed to overcome every obstacle and accomplished great things.  Whether the task was to build a fire underwater or stop a waterfall from falling, it seemed he could take care of it no matter the difficulty. It was amazing to see the things that he could do when he set his mind to it and in time his reputation became legend.

As a Mountain Man he was seldom seen by others, but on such rare occasions he was always asked how he accomplished so many seemingly impossible things?  After being asked countless times and growing older, he one day decided to share his closely held secret.  He said that a long time ago, he had discovered a magical solution to nearly all challenges that came his way. He said it was all contained in a single, ancient word that held mystical powers.  He said that when one truly understood the meaning of this word, it unleashed immense strength and abilities; it made a mind clearer; it made imagination run wild with ideas.

What was this single, ancient word?

He said in a wise, serious voice “YAGODDAWANNA”.

In order to accomplish anything, whether it is small or big, easy or difficult, trivial or of utmost importance, in order to be successful, you’ve got to want to do it!

To be a good Compatriot, “ya godda wanna” be one. To become a good leader or even a good follower “ya godda wanna”. The main reason we don’t succeed at any undertaking is because we really don’t want to do it. By really wanting something, we invariable come up with a new innovative idea, develop a winning plan, and we invariably accomplish our goal.  As Patrick Henry Chapter Compatriots, we can chose to be the very best at what we chose to be, but it has to be what we want to be.  Together we are strong and our opportunities are limitless.  To build on the ancient word revealed to us above and take it one step further, let’s create our own magical word to insure our success -“WEGODDAWANNA”!

Together we can!

God Bless Texas & the Patrick Henry Chapter

By Compatriot Wayne Courreges

George Washington’s Birthday luncheon – February 15


The Patrick Henry Chapter will host the annual joint SAR/DAR Luncheon celebrating George Washington’s Birthday on February 15, 2014 beginning at 11:00 am.  The location will be the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street.  Patrick Henry and Alexander Hamilton Color Guard members will present the colors.

Gen. Dave R. Palmer will be our guest speaker and his topic will be “George Washington’s Military Genius.”  General Palmer is an Army officer, educator and author.  His most recent book is “GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MILITARY GENIUS.”

 Reservations are required and your check must be received by Tom Ridpath, Treasurer, no later than February 7th.  Please make your check for $25.00 payable to “Patrick Henry Chapter SAR” and mail the check to Tom at the following address.

 Tom Ridpath 3205 Blue Ridge Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613

 We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.


 Jim Nelson