Ken Tooke

About Ken Tooke

Ken is a graduate of The University of Texas with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology. He also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics and is a 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Married to the former Gretchen May Kimbro he has five children who bring much joy to his life.

Awards, Awards, and MORE Awards!!!

Thank you to all of those who have worked so hard in the previous year to make the Patrick Henry Chapter and the State SAR one of the best in the Nation!  And a special Thank You for our veterans that have served and for the members of our armed forces that are currently serving. 

During our awards banquet the following members and supporters of our chapter were formally recognized:

Patrick Henry Chapter Recognitions:

The Bronze Good Citizenship Award

bronze-good-citizenWayne A. Courreges Jr.

This medal recognizes persons whose achievements are noteworthy in the school, community or state. 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Distinguished Service

chapter-distinguished-svcJames Reagan Clements Jr.

The incumbent Chapter President may present one medal during his term (or each year of his term if elected to a multiyear term) at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting, to a Compatriot in recognition for that Compatriot’s conspicuous service to the Chapter during the president’s administration.

 

 

 

War Service Medal

war-serviceJames Reagan Clements Jr.
 
Kent William Lattig
The War Service Medal was first authorized in 1899 for members who served in the Spanish-American War. It was subsequently authorized for members who served in World War I and World War II. Following World War II, the NSSAR authorized a generic War Service Medal with specific service periods indicated by bronze bars.

 

 

Military Service Medal

military-servicePeter Flagg Maxson

Adrian Michael Williams

Jeffery David Wise

Jesse Villarreal

It may be presented by a chapter or society to SAR members who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, Coast Guard, or a country that was an ally of the United States, or in a United Nations Peace Keeping Force, who otherwise do not qualify for the SAR War Service Medal.

The Meritorious Service Medal

merit-svcJeffrey P. Gammon

Jim Horton

Philip Mullins

James A. Nelson

Kenneth D. Tooke

This SAR Member medal is earned for substantial contributions to the SAR over an extended period of time, normally a three to five year period.

 

The CAR Bronze Medal of Appreciation & Texas CAR Pin
bronze-carHenry E. Shoenfelt II

Presented to a member of the C.A.R. or SAR in good standing in recognition of and in appreciation for outstanding services rendered to a local C.A.R. Society

 

 

 

 

Bronze Service to Veterans Medal

service-to-veterans-bronzeJames R. Clements Jr.

Jeffery P. Gammon

Robert W. Hites Jr.

This medal is awarded to SAR members who have given long and exemplary service to veterans.

 

 

The Bronze Color Guard Medal

bronze-color-guardRobert W. Hites Jr.

This medal is awarded for at least three years of service in the color guard at the state/Chapter level.

 

 

 

 

Bronze Roger Sherman Medal

bronze-roger-shermanEmzy T. Barker IV

James R. Clements Jr.

Wayne A. Courreges Jr.

Max K. Miller

David S. Smith

The Roger Sherman Medal may be awarded to SAR members who have rendered faithful service to their chapter, state society, or to the National Society over multiple years.

Martha Washington Medal

martha-washingtonJoyce Pipes Jarman        CAC

Betty Sue Bird                  DAR

Carol Martin Castlebury   DAR

This medal maybe presented to a woman over 18 years of age in recognition of outstanding service to SAR.

 

 

Bronze Bernardo De Gálvez Color Guard Medal 

Bronze Bernardo De Galvez Color Guard MedalQuinn Baker, James Clements

Wayne Courreges, Robert Hites

Robert Jordan, Ronald Moulton

James Nelson, Henry Shoenfelt

Alexander Smith, Nathan Smith

Jeff Wise

 

National Society Meritorious Service Award

Zipra Morgan

Texas Society Board of Managers Recognitions:

Texas Society Silver Service Medal

texas-silver-serviceJohn W. Knox

James F. Horton

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Society Abigail Adams Certificate of Appreciation

Joyce Gammon

Monica Nava

Alice Nelson

Eileen Walcik

National Society Certificate of Appreciation

Emzy T. Barker

David Duncan

Monica Nava

Colonel Andrew Jackson McVeigh

Max K. Miller

James Nelson

Henry E. Shoenfelt

Kenneth D. Tooke

Annual Christmas Banquet

Compatriots and Friends,

We gathered together last Saturday to celebrate another great year of serving and supporting our chapter and the goals of the Sons of the American Revolution!  We had a full house as we recognized the outstanding efforts put forth by our dedicated members and those for our sister chapters in the Daughters of the American Revolution.  We were also honored to have our state SAR President Mike Radcliff and his wife preside over the change of command and the swearing in of new officers for 2017-2019.  And on top of that, we had some really good background music from our resident expert Ron Moulton.  There was in fact so much going on that I think it’s best to break it up into sections!  So without delay here are your Patrick Henry Chapter SAR Officers for 2017 – 2019:

President
Jim Clements
Jim Clements  j.clements.tx@gmail.com
President Elect

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Ken Tooke kenny99c5@yahoo.com
Secretary

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Gary White white512@austin.rr.com
Historian  Henry Schoenfelt hesut@aol.com
Chaplain

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Max Miller  maxk@austin.rr.com
Genealogist & Registrar

 John Fine

John Fine jeverettfine@icloud.com
Color Guard Commander
Robert Hites
Robert Hites robert.hites@gmail.com
Treasurer

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Jim Horton  jekhorton@yahoo.com
Past Presidents

Rosebud, TX Christmas Parade 2014 C

Jim Nelson

Wayne Courreges

2014-2016

 

 

 

Jim Nelson

2012-2014

 

 

Sgt. at Arms Kris Navarro kristopher.navarro@gmail.com
Webmaster Adrian Williams stickamw@earthlink.net

Patrick Henry Supporting Veteran Families

The greatest blessings that we have had this year are the privilege to sponsor several Veteran families for their Christmas Dinner and celebrations.  This past weekend, Patrick Henry Chapter of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution joined with the Andrew Carruthers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Central Texas Returning Hero’s delivered Christmas Dinners to several Veteran Families in Travis and Hays County.  The Christmas Dinners have been generously donated by Chris Walsh General Manager at our Wimberley HEB Store.
DAR Ladies with gift baskets

 left to right: Joyce Jarman, Lindsey Baker, Kelly O’Shieles, Rebecca Dark & Gretchen Tooke

One such family is the Holden family of Wimberly.  Stefani is an Air Force veteran who is taking care of her three grandchildren.  Saturday, we were very honored to gift Stefani and her family wrapped presents for their tree, gift cards to movies and Toys –R- Us, and a wonderfull Christmas meal provided by Chris Walsh at HEB.

Holden Family with Gifts


Wrapped Presents for the Holden FamilyPatrick Henry Chapter in partnership with the DAR and the CTRH have donated Christmas toys for the children and ATM gift cards for a dozen veteran families in Hays and Travis Counties.  To learn more how you can help these families please let us know.  We are hoping to expand this program so that we may help more families in the coming year!

 

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 – President George Washington

George-Washington

“WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

“NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;- and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

“GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.”

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Signed: George Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789