Thomas Jefferson Chapter Sons of the American Revolution

The History of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter 

      The Thomas Jefferson Chapter was organized on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock, February 4, 1939 at the old Dolly Madison Inn, West Main Street, Charlottelsville, Virginia.   William MacFarlane Jones, Past President of the Virginia Society, and at that time Secretary of the Virginia Society, attended the meeting and proposed the name, Thomas Jefferson, for the chapter, which proposal was adopted unanimously.

     The following officers were then elected; Paul B. Barringer, MD, President emeritus for life, Randolph H. Perry, President; Edgar Bradley, Jr. Vice President; Joseph Kent Roberts, Corcoran and Roger's Professor of Geology at the University of Virginia, who sponsored the chapter, Secretary-Treasurer; Linwood H. Warwick, Registrar  James H. Hart, Historian; The Reverend William Kyle Smith, Chaplain; Board of Managers; W. M. McGill; Professor W. A. Nelson; Benjamin Franklin Dewees Runk.

     Five meetings were held in 1939, which set the pattern for activities of the chapter in the decades to follow.  A Constitution and By-Laws were adopted which were identical to those of the Richmond Chapter except for a change in the number constituting a quorum (5).  Dues to the State Society were $5.00 in 1939, of which $1.00 came back to the chapter.  It was decided to have the April meeting as near as possible to April 13 (Mr. Jefferson's birthday and Founder's day at the University) to have the  "Annual Dinner" at that time, and to make it the chapters major celebration of the year, with State Officers of the SAR and local DAR invited.  The first "Annual Dinner" was held in the Parish House of Christ Episcopal Church on January 17, 1940, and was attended by VASSAR President, W. Irving Gilkeson of Norfolk, VASSAR Secretary William MacFarlane Jones of Richmond, the Regents of the Albermarle, Jack Jouett, and Shadwell Chapter, DAR and local compatriots and guest to make a total of 39.  Printed programs were at each place.  The second 'Annual Dinner", at the Farmington Country Club on April 14, 1941, had an assemblage of 26, including VASSAR Secretary Jones, Compatriot John G. Quarles of the Richmond Chapter, and two DAR Regents.

     As with many chapters, when initial enthusiasm waned, attendance fell off.  Between 6 and 14 members attended regular meetings during the war years, and 20 - 30 attended the "Annual Dinner" meetings.  The number of meetings also dwindled from five in 1939 to three in 1940, one in 1941, two in 1942, three in 1943, three in 1944, two in 1945, and one in 1946.  On March 11, 1947, it was decided to adopt a calendar of regularly scheduled meetings to fall as near as possible to April 13th, October 19th (Patriot's Day), December 15th (Bill of Rights day), and February 15th (one week before George Washington's birthday).  On February 18th, 1948, with only eight present  it was decided to have cocktails before the next dinner meeting as a possible means of increasing attendance   This strategy apparently worked. because 41 compatriots and guest attended the Annual Jefferson Day Dinner on April 14, 1948. 

On September 21 -22, 1962, the Thomas Jefferson Chapter was host for the first time to a Semi-Annual meeting of the Virginia Society. It was held at the Monticello Hotel, with a luncheon at Farmington Country Club. On January 25, 1963, Compatriot Charles R Haugh was appointed Membership Chairman. He accomplished the phenomenal feat of adding 23 new members to the chapter's roll of 29 members during the twelve month period, setting a record for both State and National Societies. The Chapter exceeded 100 members by 1993.

    In 1972, the chapter won the Allene Wilson Groves Award at the National Congress.  This award is given to the chapter, which presents the most evidence of implementing SAR resolutions and principles.  This award was won by the Chapter primarily due to the fine reporting of the Chapter's activities by Captain Albert Benjamin in a scrapbook and photo album.  The Chapter was also recognized as the best large chapter in Virginia in 2006 and 2007 through the leadership of Dr. H. Phillips Williams III. 

     Over the years the Thomas Jefferson Chapter has had one Compatriot become National  President General, one become National Chaplain General, and six were Virginia State Society Presidents.  Today the Chapter continues to have five scheduled meetings per year and five Board of Manager meetings.  Three of the meetings are breakfasts and two are dinner meetings.  Our December dinner meeting, a black tie event, which honors our ladies and we also hold a open Garden Party in the late summer.

      In the year 2011 The Thomas Jefferson Chapter continued to be a vital and vibrant organization.  Evidence of our success can be found in the awards, recently received from the State Society, for participants in the Knight Essay Contest, Health Professional of the Year Award, and other chapter sponsored programs. 

       An important event in the History of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, which also took place in 2011, was the election of Past Thomas Jefferson Chapter  President, Dr. H. Phillips Williams III,  to the position of 1st Vice President of the State Society.  Dr. Williams, will now stand for election as President of the Virginia Society in 2012.  In preparation for Dr. Williams tenure as Virginia Society President, the Thomas Jefferson Chapter began planning for the  Virginia Society Semi-Annual meetings, which will be held in Charlottesville during the month of September 2012. 

     In 2012 the 87 members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter mark their 73rd year of service to the community.  The new year brought  a changing of the guard as Compatriot Mark R. Day relieved Compatriot Patrick Kelly, who served in the position of Chapter President for more than three years.  2011 Compatriot Kelly was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in March of 2011 by VASSAR 1st Vice President Williams.  As 2012 began the chapter also saluted compatriot Jock Fiery for his dedication to the goals of the SAR by presenting him a Citizenship Award for his service to the Chapter.  

     During the VASSAR annual meetings on 25 February 2012 Thomas Jefferson Compatriot and past president Dr. H. Phillips Williams III became the President for the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution.  The month of April was very busy as the members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter attended the Jefferson Birthday event at Monticello and completed preparations for the May 5th dedication of a Virginia state historical marker on the site of the Convention Army Barracks.  VASSAR President and past Thomas Jefferson Chapter President Phil Williams officiated at the dedication, which was designated a VASSAR Presidential Initiative.  

     In June 2012, the President General of the National Society was in Charlottesville for the annual SAR Conference on American History.   Members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter leadership were invited to a reception, in honor of the President General,  at the home of VASSAR President Williams.  The following day a private wreath laying ceremony was conducted for the President General at the grave of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of Monticello. 

     September saw the Thomas Jefferson Chapter acting as the host for the VASSAR Semi-annual meetings for the first time in many years.  The meetings were held at the Holiday Inn University and universally hailed by the attendee's as a great success.  As part of the concluding recognition and awards ceremony TJ Compatriot Geoff Cobham  received a commendation, from the state society, for his efforts in coordinating the Semi-annual.

     2012 concluded with the annual "Ladies Night" and Black Tie dinner, which was held at the Greencroft Club.  After the dinner the chapter awarded certificates and medals for Heroism, Eagle Scout, and Teacher of the Year.

      Our Chapter has been and continues to be an important part of Charlottesville's heritage and we are dedicated to the preservation of our history.  To ensure that future generations will have access to the Chapter's records, we have arranged for them to be held for posterity in the manuscripts Division of Alderman Library at the University of Virginia. 

     In 2013 the Thomas Jefferson chapter continued to excel.  The year began with a the chapters State Society Hero and Teacher of the Year nominee's winning those completions at the VASSAR annual meeting.  The  nominee's Mr. Chubby Profit, a veteran of the Second World War and the Teacher Mr. Scott Mace were both presented their awards in a ceremony in the Virginia State Capital building.  In March the Chapter honored these two distinguished gentlemen at our breakfast meeting.  

     In April the members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter joined with the Culpeper Chapter  among others to attend the annual Graves Mountain joint meeting and at that time presented a certificate of appreciation to Compatriot Tom Conner, for his dedicated service as Treasurer of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter.   April also saw the Chapter participate in celebrating the birthdays of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. 

      Perhaps the most exciting event of the year took place on July 4th when the Thomas Jefferson Chapters  Color Guard was asked to provide their services for the annual naturalization ceremony being held at Monticello.  The Color Guard did a magnificent job and is expected to continue to perform this duty in coming years.  
     The fall brought a return to the cycle of meetings and the Board of Mangers meet at the mountain top retreat of Compatriot Harvey Hague to plan begin the planning for 2014.  In September the annual garden party was a huge success and several new members were inducted.  In fact 2013 was a banner year for new members who are quickly becoming engaged in the business of the chapter.
      Sadly, 2013 also meant saying farewell to several compatriots and friends who passed on to their final reward.  As the year was ending the chapter suffered  a sudden loss  with the passing of Past Chapter President and State President The Rev. Ramsey Richardson.   Ramsey was a friend and and counsel to many of our current leaders and his guidance will be greatly missed. 
     On the 5th of December the Chapter ended the year in its traditional manner by hosting the Annual Ladies Night Dinner.  During the dinner program the wives of Past Presidents Ken Wallenborn, Phil Williams, and Patrick Kelly as well as the wife of current President Mark Day were presented the Lydia Darragh Medal for the support they provided to their husbands.  We also recognized the Naval ROTC program and presented our citizenship award for 2013.
       2014 will be the diamond anniversary of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter. Building on those seventy-five years of service, to our community, we will be lead once more by President Mark Day, who was approved by the BOM for a third term as president and one of our newest compatriots Mr. Robert Short who will serve as Vice President.   The year 2014 started of with the Presentation of the Chapter Hero Award to Mr. David A. Maurer, a Vietnam veteran who saw service with the Green Berets.  
     In April the chapter was well represented at the Graves Mountain seven chapter meeting, with President Day reporting on the chapters activities and that same month the chapter was  represented at the birthday ceremony for President Jefferson at Monticello. 
     In late May the chapter took part in both the Charlottesville, and Lynchburg Memorial Day ceremonies.  
     In June, during the chapter breakfast meeting, we hosted the DAR Chapter regents from Shadwell, Albemarle, and Jack Jouett and heard a wonderful program on the Childhood of Thomas Jefferson.  
     As September arrived and fall began, we once again held our Annual Board of Managers retreat at Harvey Hague s "High Ground" and enjoyed the camaraderie of the annual Garden party, which was held at the home of compatriot Mark Chapman.
     With 2014 coming to an end we morned the loss of Compatriot Admiral Tom Bass and began preparing for the final event of the year, our annual Ladies Night Black Tie Dinner, which was held in December.  VASSAR President Bill Brodus was the guest speaker for the evening and he gave the oath of office to the newly elected officers for 2015.  The gavel was passed from outgoing Chapter President Mark Day to incoming Chapter President Robert T. Short and Past President Day was awarded his Past Presidents Pin along with a Roger Sherman Medal for his service to the Chapter.

Items of Historical Notes for 2012 

 Compatriot Phil Williams [center] attends Thomas Jefferson birthday program in Washington, DC

 The Joint VASSAR and TJ Chapter Flag Certificate Ceremony in recognition of the University of Virginia conducted on the 31st of March 2012 was the first event of its kind. 

Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution

President Williams’ Installation as VASSAR President

February 25, 2012

President Williams’ Remarks

Ladies, Distinguished Guest and fellow Compatriots,

There will be another election later this year, arguably of greater importance than the election of the Virginia Society SAR President. But for me, this is a great honor. I am, however, no more than a steward, the 92nd in fact, in a succession of dedicated men who have taken a year of their lives to serve this worthy organization. I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me to lead in the vital, patriotic, educational and noble, yes noble, work of the SAR. I would be overwhelmed by the responsibilities that go with this office were it not for the expertise, institutional memory, and support I will be given by fellow State Officers, Committee Chairs, Chapters and Compatriots all across this Commonwealth. Here I take some comfort in the words of Ben Franklin upon the Signing of the Declaration of Independence said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly, we will all hang separately”.

I would be remiss if I did not further acknowledge a debt of gratitude to our Sisters of the DAR, the Children of the American Revolution, the Camp womenfolk and all the long suffering wives of Compatriots who, for the most part, can’t quite comprehend what we do, why we do it, and take solace in the hope that we will one day surely grow out of it. However, what these good women may not know, that we do, is best revealed in the words of William Faulkner when he said, “The past is not dead. It is not even past.”

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One of those long suffering wives is my bride, Marilyn. I want to thank her publically for supporting me lo these many years of ceremonies, commemorations, trips at my side, and keeping the home fires burning in my absence. As for this coming year, I can only hope that absence makes the heart grow fonder. [And, if it doesn’t, you may see me on the dais next year, alone, thereby disproving the old adage.] She has already had the patience of a saint. This year, I am asking her to ratchet it up to that of Job – and, as additional insurance, I have put Renu’s[the immediate Past President’s wife] number on her speed dial for “consultation and support”. Marilyn, these may be little consolation, but please accept these flowers as a small token of appreciation, in advance, for your continued forbearance. I love you liebschen.

If you will indulge me a further moment of family pride, I would like to thank my mother who, if questioned, might tell you a story or two on the subject of “long suffering” where I am concerned. Just how long you say? Let’s just say it began in the Truman Administration. In any case, she is nothing if not cut from old American Patriotic stock, a Connecticut Yankee through and through. As the matriarch of our family, I am honored Mother that you can be here with us this evening. And how lucky can a man be to have two such fine children to carry on the next generation of our family. Margaret and Phillips are Marilyn’s and my window on the future. Margaret is short listed for a job in Tunisia, and Phillips leaves the day after tomorrow for work in Italy. What fine ambassadors for our Country they will. I couldn’t be more pleased that two of my three siblings are here tonight. Dick, my wonderful older brother, is here from historic Annapolis. My younger sister Judy is here from the “mistake by the Lake”, I mean Cleveland, together with her Woodberry Forest Tiger son, Henry. He is an outstanding young man and has had the good sense to come south of the Mason Dixon line for his High School education. Missing, however, is my younger brother, Charles, who is in The Turks & Caicos at this very moment celebrating his 60th. Can’t really understand why he would prefer to be there, when he could be here at the Holiday Inn in Midlothian. There are two ladies who have long since joined in our family table. Yvonne Leveque and

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Julia Van der Water are our dearest of friends. And, they are “legally blond”! Marilyn and I are so honored that you would join us for this occasion. Sitting next to Margaret is, Vinicio Vannuccini, a young Florentine who has captured our daughter’s fancy as well as ours. He is Italian. He is in the shipping industry. But assures us he is not, I repeat not, related to the Captain of the Costa Concordia.

[By the way, I attended a wedding banquet recently. The preacher asked all the men in the room to stand by the one person who made their lives worth living, were there for them through thick and thin. …Within a matter of minutes, the poor bar tender was crushed to death.]

Let’s try this again. Would all the ladies in the room please stand? Gentlemen, would you all now rise. Now, there’s the correct response!

And now that I have you standing, think of this as the 7th inning stretch. Please turn to the back of your programs. Following the lead of the Simpson family, and all join in the singing of the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee”.

Now that our women know where their men “rightly” stand, and we have fired up our Patriotic voices, would you all please be seated.

I stand here before you this evening in large measure due the persuasive efforts of past VASSAR presidents, including Trice Taylor, Bob Justice, Joe Dooley and Ramsey Richardson, who promoted my candidacy to get in line for the leadership of the State organization. Since that process began, I have tutored at the feet of five predecessors. They are: Joe Dooley, Larry McKinley, Bill Simpson, Bob Bowen and Mark Brennan. I learned important things from each.

From Joe I learned that when he has the floor, wherever he is on the floor …he has the floor. From Larry, I learned that it is “all about the kids, the youth, OK”.

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From Bill I learned the importance of having a man with black shoes, a black suit, black tie, black hat and black mustache having my back – you’s knows what ‘a means? From Bob, I learned that it is risky to buy a brand new uniform when you come into back into it when it comes time to pass the gavel to your successor. And, I know what that is all about, since I have not only been shrinking “down” in recent years, but also apparently shrinking “out”, before even taking this job.

From Mark Brennan, I learned that you as the President need to take yourself with a grain of salt. And, as for your fellow Compatriots when they start taking themselves, shall we say, a little too seriously, Mark further advises the President should immediately up the dosage - more like a heaping tablespoon.

In all sincerity, these men have been incredibly helpful and instructive. Having said that, my good friend here, Mark Brennan, stands out in my book as being a most gracious mentor. We have truly become good friends. As President, he steered a straight and true course. He managed the affairs of his office seamlessly, while achieving success in the fulfillment of all his Presidential Initiatives. Let me say now, that I can only hope to do half as well by my successor. And so my friend, a small token of appreciation – a bottle of “Johnny Walker Green”. Of course, you all know why they call it JW Green. It is because to whomever you give it, you instantly become “green” with envy.

I would be remiss if I did not declare my undying affection for the Thomas Jefferson Chapter stalwarts who have been of enormous support to me over the years – including Father Nick Minich, Ken Wallenborn, Lea Schultz, Tom Conner, Jim Parrish, Geoff Cobham, Pat Kelly, Stuart Jones, Bob Rogers, Harvey Hague, Lee Scouten, and, hot off the press, our new President, Mark Day. [Would the members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter here tonight please rise? I salute you. My TJ predecessors who have served as VASSAR President reach back, to Dr. Trice Taylor, the Rev. Ramsey Richardson, Howard Hamilton, Charlie Haugh …and , I think, Mr. Jefferson himself, although I might have that wrong. Certainly, the Norfolk Chapter would take issue with that claim.

-5- What these gentlemen have not taught me over the years… Take Father Nick Minich for instance. Until I knew him, I never knew that the King James version of the Bible is the very one that Jesus actually used.

Some great friends and supporters are no longer with us. They include Bob Justice, John Tyng, Steve Bredin, and Arthur Stocker. These are all men I have held in high esteem and from whom I learned much.

My Vision

I will continue to support: CAAH (Ctr./Adv.AM/Heritage), the DAR, the C.A.R. and our many fine Patriotic Education Programs, which are the heart of our investment in the next generations;

The State Society and Chapter Community Recognition Awards provide us the forum to showcase the men and women around us whose exemplary courage and leadership inspire us as a Nation;

We remain in deep and abiding appreciation for those who gave the “final measure”, Veterans and our Armed Forces. Political life has us currently focused on the 1% and the 99%. The SAR and the Virginia Society will continue to focus on another 1%, our soldiers and their families, from whom the 99% is all too often estranged. These men and women are the living embodiment of our Patriot Ancestors;

Historical Observances, National Days of Commemoration and the superlative work of our State Color Guard who faithfully attend these ceremonies, and in so doing, represent the most publically recognized face of the SAR must enjoy our continued support, and finally,

The “History of the Virginia Society” Project, launched by President Brennan and piloted by historian Compatriot Aaron of the Dan River Chapter, remains of enduring importance.

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Presidential Initiatives

I will seek to extend the geographic reach of our Society. To that end, I am planning to present wreaths and bring greetings to the Connecticut Society’s commemoration at the Gov. Trumbull House and at the New York Society’s commemoration of the Battle of Saratoga. These are the homes of my Militia and Continental Line Patriot Ancestors, respectively.

In keeping with my internationalist background, as I visit Chapters, I will dedicate time to talk about the American Revolution in its global context. This will include exploring the philosophical antecedents of the Revolution, with seminal ideas coming from Ancient Patara to Magna Charta, the Scottish Enlightenment to the French Philosophes. We will look at how those words we just sang, “sweet land of liberty…let freedom ring” found their way into Thomas Paine’s galvanizing rhetoric in Common Sense, Patrick Henry’s Oratorical tour de force of “…Give me Liberty or give me death” here in Richmond at St. John Church, George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights , Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, Madison and Hamilton’s Federalist Papers , to the critical debates surrounding the creation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and on to the French Revolution, and might I suggest, the Arab Spring today.

It will include contributions from military men like, Lafayette, Kosciusko, DuPortail, DeGrasse, and Statesmen like Lord North, Vergennes, Beaumarchais, Adams, Jefferson, and from financiers like Robert Morris, Dutch and French bankers, and last but not least, the machinations of the Emperors, George III, Louis XVI, Carlos III, and Catherine the Great. All of the men (and Catherine) noted above were keenly aware of the global context in which they were operating.

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On a less global plane, Presidential Initiatives will offer Streamers for participation in the following: 1. An Historic Roadside Marker ceremony, marking, “ The Convention Army at the Barracks on Ivy Creek, 1779-1781” – the story of 4,000 British and German prisoners from the Battle of Saratoga. It will be hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, and held just outside of Charlottesville on Sat. May 5th;

2. A private wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, for President General Magerkurth at Jefferson’s grave site at the beginning of the SAR Conference on the American Revolution at Monticello on Friday June 22nd;

3. A joint Revolutionary War and War of 1812 grave marking for Patriots buried at an historic church in Botetote County, hosted by the Fincastle Resolutions Chapter, and finally,

4. Chapter submission of the Americanism Award Report Form. This is the most direct way by which National gets a snapshot of the many activities of our Chapters and Compatriots interacting with their communities. In large measure, it is an offshoot of our Chapter Reports. [I know some of you have had difficulty answering score sheet category16 “Contributions to the SAR”, and, in particular, the question, “Do the men of your Chapter drink too much?” The choices are Always, Sometimes or Never. I asked Michael Tomme, who is the National Americanism Chair, and is here tonight, for some guidance on this one. He said he checks “Other”. I said that’s not even a choice. So I asked his wife, Cilla, about his answer. Looking a little uncomfortable, she took the Fifth…away from him. ]

And speaking of Chapter Reports and the spirit of “friendly competition”, participation in each of these will be addressed under Question #14.

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And lastly, in the area of innovation, fellow Compatriots and I are working on three projects. The first two are joint State and Chapter Flag Certificate presentation ceremonies. The first is with the Thomas Jefferson Chapter honoring The University of Virginia and will be held in front of Jefferson’s statue in front of the Rotunda on Saturday March 31st. The second is a ceremony planned for the Annin Flag Co. in South Boston, where the flag that flew over Iwo Jima was made. It will be jointly given with the Dan River Chapter in connection with “Race to the Dan” event in mid-February of next year. The UVa ceremony will have a University of Virginia ROTC Color Guard and the South Boston ceremony will have a VASSAR Color Guard, Southern Division. In connection with these ceremonies, Kirk Sheap, our Flag Chair and the apparent re-incarnation of Admiral Furlong himself, has been of enormous assistance.

The third project involves a technological innovation I am pursuing between Monticello and the Virginia Society. We are working on establishing a link off the Monticello website to the Virginia Society website related to Jefferson’s grave site whereby people visiting the Monticello website may link to our website for additional information, including young people who are now using their “smart phones” with special applications, as they actually tour historic sites. If this works, it will serve as a template for other lineage organizations to seek to create similar links. I am, of course, hoping that this technology will bring further recognition to the SAR, the Virginia Society and the educational work it undertakes all across this Country.

Well, so much for my Vision…. It is fair to say that it has been declining in recent years. So there are no guarantees I will be as successful with my Initiatives as have my predecessors.

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Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes”. While we as Compatriots must not be slavish to our passion for history, there are lessons to be learned and immutable principles to be trumpeted. We have taken a solemn oath to preserve, protect and pass on to succeeding generations our Nations’ Founding Principles. We must do this with pride, with passion, with purpose and with humility. Here we must heed the prescient words of the English Parliamentarian, historian and contemporary of our Founding Fathers, Edward Gibbon, who challenged his contemporaries to look for clues from the past that might inform and guide them. Gibbon’s challenge is no less relevant in our time.

There are those who see signs of the decline of this country, those who think that the wisdom of our Forefathers is outmoded, that the great experiment of this Republic has peaked and that “American Exceptionalism” is a fiction of the 20th century. It is true, America has seen many a Valley Forge, when the “smart money” was betting on America’s defeat. To this I say, America’s Yorktowns, America’s inspiration and leadership in the world, must, should and will continue. It must be nurtured and fought for. That fact has not changed since Lexington and Concord.

An optimist looks at our condition in America and may opine - the situation is serious but not hopeless. For the men of this organization and others like it, we must be more than optimists. We can say - the situation is looks hopeless, but not serious. This kind of optimism moves us to persevere, remembering the edifying courage and promise offered by Washington to his men before braving the icy waters of the Delaware on Christmas Eve 1776, when “the smart money” said “there is no way”.

In facing this job which you have entrusted to me, I am guided by the words of an Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore who said, “I slept and dreamt / That life was joy. I awoke and saw life was duty / I acted and behold / Duty was joy”.

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In closing, I wish to say that I fervently believe that the work of this State Society, and the 26 Chapters that are its backbone, is both relevant and important. I ask for your prayers as I strive to lead this group of fine men, some 1600 strong, in the coming year. Thank you.

The Thomas Jefferson Chapter Hero of the year Mr. ________________ [right] was selected as the VASSAR Hero of the year during the Annual meeting.  Past Chapter President Pat Kelly, holding ribbon, and VASSAR President Mark Brennen made the presentation

Items of Historical Note for 2011 

 Newly installed Thomas Jefferson Chapter President Mark Day {center} stands with VASSAR President Mark Brennan {right} and Past Chapter President Pat Kelly {left} for photo's during the Thomas Jefferson Chapter Ladies Night program at the Greencroft Club hled on December 1, 2011

Thomas Jefferson Chapter Officers for 2011 are sworn in by VASSAR 1st Vice President Phillip Williams III during the 5 March breakfast meeting at Farmington Country Club.  The offcicers are  from Left to Right     ,                                 , Chapter Surgeon Dr. Ken Wellingborn, Chapter Vice Presdient Mark Day, Chapter President Patrick Kelly, Chaplain Henry Minnick, Secretary Geoff Colbham.

During the April 16th breakfast meeting theThomas Jefferson Chapter presented the Law Enforcement Award to Lt. Wendy Lewis of the Charlottesville Police Department.  The event was significant being the first time the Law Enforcement Award has been presented to a woman in the long history of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter

On Satudrday 16, April 2011, Colonel Paul E. Kantwill USA , spoke to the Thomas Jefferson Chapter on the topic "A Bridge to Far: The Seperation of the All-Volunteer Force from American Society"  Colonel Kantwill serves as tjhe Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Fort Lee, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 In Memorium

 

 

We Will Meet Again