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JULY 2016




Hard to believe it is already July. This year has been a wonderful journey for me personally and for our chapter. Much work has been completed and more is needed by our officers and members.

The 4th of July celebration and parade was amazing as usual. We had a good crowd of participants who represented our chapter. Our color guard performed in their usual high manner

ard and the crowds along the seawall was very receptive.

Membership is up, and we are doing well with attendance in our monthly chapter meetings. Thank you for making my experience as your chapter president a memorable one. Let’s finish the year together in the way we came in; with hard work, high expectations and the continued desire to make our chapter the best chapter in the nation. Let us continue honoring our patriot ancestors in all we do and all we accomplish here in your Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1.

Larry D. Tidwell

Chapter President

Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1 meets upstairs at Fish Tales on the Third

Saturday of each month at noon except September and December


President – Larry D Tidwell

1st Vice – John Loper

2nd Vice – John (Pete) Lenes

3rd Vice – Bill Whatley

Treasurer – Merlin (Gene) Shaner

Secretary – John M. Hamlin

Registrar – John (Pete) Lenes

Chaplain – John M. Hamlin

Parliamentarian – Gordon Robinson

Historian – David Peterson

Webmaster – Clark Wright

We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

Special Guest Speaker, from the Arlington #7 Chapter, Bill Covington delivered the program about Bernardo de Galvez Contribution to several battles along the Gulf Coast

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.  ~Theodore Roosevelt


By Former Texas SAR President

David Peterson



Seems like every time I turn around it’s time to prepare another one of our quarterly Newsletters. It is amazing how much our chapter has accomplished in the last three months. Two parades (Memorial Day, and 4th of July), awarding 29 Eagle Scout Awards, and three regular Chapter meetings. The Executive Committee, mainly Parliamentarian Gordon Robinson, has approved our new By-Laws, and our webmaster Clark Wright has done a great job on our webpage. If you have not been a part of the things that chapter does then you need to get involved.

If you have not been coming to our regular monthly meetings the third Saturday of the month at Fish Tales then you have missed a number of great speakers. If you know of anyone who would make a great speaker please contact me or Vice President John Loper, so we can arrange for their speaking date.

In the next three months many exciting things will be going on such as the State Board of Managers meeting in Austin in October, and the Patriot Grave clean up on July 31st. We also will have our Annual DAR/SAR joint meeting at the San Luis Hotel in September.

PLEASE get involved with your chapter.


Chapter Treasurer Gene Shaner and 3rd Vice President Bill Whatley present 6 Eagle Scout Awards in May

July 4 – Galveston 4th of July Parade

July 8 – 13 NSSAR Congress in Boston, Mass.

July 16 General Meeting at Fish Tales in Galveston

July 30th Patriot grave Clean up and Historical sign clean up meet at 9:00 A.M. at the Historical House on Post Office Street

August 20th – Regular Chapter meeting at Fish Tales

August 26 and 27 - South Central District Meeting at Oakland Park, Kansas

Sept, 17 – DAR/SAR joint meeting San Luis Hotel

October 14-16 - Board of Managers Meeting Austin, Texas

October 15 – no monthly meeting due to BOM

November 19 - Regular Chapter meeting at Fish Tales - Officer Elections

December 3 – Dickens on the Strand and Installation of officers


One more rejection from the Clayton fund, more grant applications to be filed.

The Pensacola statue has been molded and is almost ready to be cast.


African saying 6:

"When an elder dies, it is as if an entire library has burned to the ground."


Deuteronomy 32:7 7:

"Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you."

President Larry Tidwell and Registrar Pete Lenes present EMS Firefighter John Tuder his EMS Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation to Capt. Wendell Wiley

George Washington before the Battle of Trenton, c. 1792 –





Former President Bill Whatley and Secretary John Hamlin present an award to an Eagle Scout at a Eagle Scout Award Ceremony in April.


“16 July 2016

Bernardo de Galvez # 1

Applications and Supplementals

1. Supplementals and Applications submitted as of 16 July 2016.

Supplementals submitted – 4

John Loper – 1 – Sent to National Registrar

George Loper – 1 NSSAR Registrar

George Loper – 1 State Registrar

Bill Hall – 1 State Registrar

Membership Applications submitted – 2

George Blandford – Sent to NSSAR Registrar

Marshall Parker - sent to State Registrar

2. Regular applications being worked on

Bill Mayo – Problem

Mark Knight – working

Patrick Geary – working

David Gindratt - working

3. Approved applications – 2016 – 2

George Keller Cheney, IV

Zachary Adriance

4. Approved Supplements -2016 - 12

Austin Loper -2

Caleb Loper - 2

Henry Loper - 2

Jarrod Loper - 2

Jonah Loper - 2

Thomas Loper - 2

Medals and Certificates

1. Certificates of Appreciation – SAR – 2

2. Certificates of Appreciation – Non SAR – 16

3. Eagle Scout Recognition Certificates – 23

4. Flag Certificates – 129

5. SAR Members – Medals and Certificates – 9

6. Non SAR Medals and Certificates – 11

7. Memorial Certificates – 1

8. ROTC – Senior Medals and Certificates – 2 Jr. ROTC – 10

Stark Report

438 Toiletries and 152 magazines –

Membership - 63



JULY 8 TO 13, 2016

As Reported by

Compatriot James Mitchell

Synopsis: Our next annual SAR Congress is set now for Knoxville, TN. Hotel reservations will be made available in a few weeks. If you wish to be a part of the 2017 Congress please email <Hollis1776@att.nett>.

Lodging plans are essentially the 1st step toward, planning you're attendance at every SAR Congress! Also, if you later wish not to attend you are given time to drop your hotel reservations. 

About our 2016 Annual SAR Congress, Boston represents a once in a life time to return home to the origin of descent against King George, Parliament, and the tyrannical leadership corps of the British army. 

Boston's geography, topography and scenic historical charm still infatuates every visitor when you walk a mile to the Freedom Trail and enter the Boston Common where one can observe 250 year old Horse Chestnut trees, Copper Elm, and Catawba trees that continue to mature since King George II was defender of the faith and King of Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain and its vast colonies.    

Within a planned walk from The Westin Copley Place I managed to skip a SAR morning general session for an enjoyable hike to The Boston Public Library opposite our SAR Congress hotel. The public library was founded by Ben Franklin, and I spent only an hour in its reading room looking for a particular historical document about George WASHINGTON, and I found it!

Next, I made my advance to the Boston Common to observe nature and green park space with mature trees that date back to the early 1700's. Between Charles Street and Beacon Hill uptown situated within the Boston Common are a set of bronze ducklings seemingly on permanent parade across cobblestones with their parent - these charming brass objects are worn bright & shiny as children in the park regularly visit and have their photo taken upon the mother ducks back! They represent the 75th anniversary children's story by (1941) writer Rob't. McCloskey the author of Make Way For Ducklings

Members of the Galvez Color Guard participate in the Seabrook Memorial

Day Celebration

On day one of the Congress, Fri., Jul 8 I joined with SAR attendees for a duck, land, and water tour aboard a replica (1942) GMC 6x6 truck with a boat shaped hull for buoyancy at sea. It was named DUKW, with the letter "U" for utility vehicle and 21,000 were made during WWII as a troop, fuel and supply carrier from ships to the beach and across rivers primarily within the ETO i.e., European Theater of Operation.  My duck left Copley Place, Boston and made its way uptown to Beacon Hill, to observe Freedom Trail, Old State House, King's Chapel Burying Ground where Boston Alarm rider William DAWES Jr., was initially buried during 1799 after closure of the Rev War. That's another Patriot Biography for each of you to Look-UP on the <http://www.sar.org/> website utilizing -Genealogy, enter the Patriot Search feature and retrieve his Biography on the new SAR website template

Have you something to do to-morrow; do it to-day.

Benjamin Franklin


For weeks now, Share file has afforded attending Congress members stay abreast of the Minutes from the Spring 2016 Trustee Meeting held a Louisville. Also, shared among Congress goers are reports including SAR Branding that will change the definition of "logo"  as official insignia; change identity from using "society" to "State" SAR example, Texas SAR; use new logo and new identity protocols on website, Face book, advertising, etc.

The SAR website no longer offers a search feature for 'Notable Speeches by SAR Members' regrettably, that was easy to locate. "If you can find these interesting topics of history, still on our SAR website kindly advise me. I wish to express to members that Share file i.e., Bill Marrs SAR's expansion and IT needs have partially been funded for the remainder of 2016 including 1) Member Application Module 2) Merchandise Module 3) Events Module and 4) New Web Site. Trustees have partly funded $105,000 out of $175,000 needed for IT through the end of 2016.

The Patriot Index Module is included among the above IT spending estimates for 2016. The Patriot Index Module is critical to our database and will form the basis for our Genealogical Research System (GRS). This will allow us to index and to research member applications, supporting documentation, patriot biographies, grave locations and any other information that we might have available. This will be a searchable database available to SAR members.

Operating budget goals for departments: Administrative; Genealogy; Merchandise; Library; Education: and Facilities are planned for discussion at Congress for years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Among proposals for serious future SAR consideration by members and trustees alike are topics including continence of a tradition of presenting a Special SAR Award to graduating cadet/midshipmen at each of our five (5) U.S. Service Academies. Also, SAR and Family Search are considering an independent of each other project to digitally photograph SAR Membership Apps with their supporting documentation from earliest to present. Family Search will create digital images of records on site at SAR's HQ facility based on Family Search's standard (available upon request) without charge. When needed, SAR may request a single digital copy of the Digital Images for its internal use.

Compatriot James Mitchell (L) with President General Elect Mike Tomey at the Color Guard Breakfast in Boston for the 126th Congress

Lastly, for inclusion in the chapter newsletter -recently, I copied you a road-map entitled: Texas SAR Patriot Index / RevWar Graves Registry Cmte. Calendar Report. It would be useful for Benardo de Galvez Chapter members to have immediate access to the new SAR website template and be comfortable in navigating the Patriot & Grave Index search feature including, Biography. 

I wish too, that you identify Massachusetts Militiaman, Jason Russell, SAR Patriot & Grave Index, Ancestor # P-283152, Service State: Massachusetts as singularly for me, the most interesting historical American patriot killed on Apr 19, 1775 at his farm home in Monotomy, now Arlington, MA, along the Concord Road. Please encourage our chapter members to utilize the SAR Patriot Search feature and navigate to read Jason Russell's Biography. CONTRIBUTED BY James Mitchell


July 4 1776 – The Continental Congress approved adoption of the amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary, without dissent. However, the New York delegation abstained as directed by the New York Provisional Congress. On July 9, the New York Congress voted to endorse the declaration. On July 19, Congress then resolved to have the “Unanimous Declaration” inscribed on parchment for the signature of the delegates. Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence, two went on to become presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1 Color Guard leads the Memorial Day Parade in Seabrook, Texas


Compatriot group picture of the Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1 from the April Meeting

The Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1 Color Guard help lay a wreath at the Memorial Day Parade in Seabrook Texas

Maj. Mathew Warren receives a Certificate of Appreciation for his Military Service

The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!”
Patrick Henry

Bernardo de Galvez Chapter #1 meets upstairs at Fish Tales on the Third Saturday of each month at noon except September and December





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