Stats for viewers of Blog as of 12/04/2023

on December 4, 2023

 Here is the last on viewership of our Blog.Came across this feature in the Blog in Oct.   Interesting info on viewership.

sent in email on Oct 18.                                                      Nov 1st                  Dec 4th

Today (10/18):                 116                                           44      (11/1)                26

Yesterday (10/17):             81                                           65    (10/31)                43 (12/3)

This Month (Oct):         1070                                            44   (Nov)                 208 (Dec)

Last Month (Sept.):    10,574                                        1838  (Oct)                   2266  (Nov)             

Recap Speakers during 2023

 In 2023, We heard many excellent discourses on a variety of American Revolution topics.  Members who were not present missed great presentations!

Nov. 28, 2023.   Our own Dr. Chis Hammond delivered a very detailed examination of the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party on the approach of the 250th Anniversary on December 16th.

Sept. 30,2023.  Wesley Wright presented an excellent presentation on Gen. George Washington and his Farewell Tour to his troops.  He provided members with a professional printed booklet of George Washington's actual Farewell Address.  A handout on the Newburgh Conspiracy was included.

July 25, 2023.  Dr Gregg Dimmick on the subject in his book "Sea of Mud".  The book and his archeological excavations deal with the discovery of artifacts near Houston on the Brazo river relating to the Mexican forces retreat back to Mexico.  Many military articles were lost in the mud along the river and at their crossing. 

May 30, 2023.  Andy Hall presented a topic was titled First Ashore, the Continental Marines at New Providence in the Bahamas in March 1776.

March 28, 2023. Our fellow member, Randall Hankla presented a very good topic on the Battle of King's Mountain.  The presentation was accompanied with a map of the arrangement of forces during the battle.  Additionally, examples of the firearms used during the battle was also present.

January 31, 2023.  Texas SAR District VP, Richard Zdunkewicz spoke with a slide presentation of his family history of immigrating to Texas from Louisiana. The legacy family names of Chauvin, LeBleu, Camersac and Sallier are associated with this heritage. His family fought under Bernardo De Galvez command as an ally of the American government.  Also, his family founded the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana.  

Proclamation from National SAR on 2023 Wreaths Across America



2023 Wreaths Across America

    WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad; and,

    WHEREAS, the mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom; and

    WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America has chosen “SERVE AND SUCCEED” as its
2023 theme to encourage everyone to become involved in their own communities to serve and succeed in their own ways; and,

    WHEREAS, one of the patriotic, historical, and education purposes of the Sons of the American Revolution is “to perpetuate the memory of those individuals who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people;” and,

    WHEREAS, the Sons of the American Revolution seeks to foster cooperative
arrangements with patriotic organizations such as Wreaths Across America in pursuit of our common goals to honor, respect, and support veterans, and to inspire our communities to “a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers;” and,

    WHEREAS, Saturday, December 16, 2023, which also is the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, has been designated by Wreaths Across America as the date for these wreath laying ceremonies to occur;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, John L. Dodd, President General of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, encourage all Compatriots to join with the more than two million volunteers and supporters of Wreaths Across America and other patriotic, community, and veteran's organizations, on Saturday, December 16, 2023 to participate in wreath-laying ceremonies and activities and find individual ways to SERVE AND SUCCEED in your own communities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution this twenty-seventh day of November, two thousand twenty-three and the two hundred and forty-eighth year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.

Speaker for Meeting on Nov 28 - Dr. Chris Hammonds

on November 23, 2023

Our SAR chapter dinner meeting will be on Tuesday November28, at Spring Creek Barbeque. The address is 4895 Hwy Six in Missouri City. 

The featured speaker will be our own Dr. Chris Hammonds, and he will speak on “The Boston Tea Party at 250”.

Reminder - The Wreaths must be Ordered by 2nd week of Nov, so money to purchase must be in.

on November 5, 2023

 Send checks to Carl Hill (call him for address).  He will order the number that has been purchased.  

Cost is $17.00 each.

Plan is to place them Dec. 16th.

Viewer Stats for our Blog

on November 1, 2023

 Came across this feature in the Blog in Oct.   Interesting info on viewership.

sent in email on Oct 18.                                  Today's info (11/1)

All-time:                   190,529                                  191,341

Today (10/18):                 116                                           44      (11/1)

Yesterday (10/17):             81                                           65     (10/31)

This Month (Oct):         1070                                            44     (Nov)

Last Month (Sept.):    10,574                                        1838     (Oct)

Event: Members join DAR members to greet Honor Flight on Sept 30, 2023

 Alexander Hodge Chapter President, Carl Hill and Secretary, Steve Barber joined with members of the DAR Alexander Hodge Chapter to greet the returning Veteran's Honor Flight at Hobby Airport.

The returning flight had the 25 Veterans who served in American Wars who had travelled to Washington D.C. to visit American War Monuments.

Patriotic groups who met them on their return to Houston included the SAR, DAR, American Legion, and others.

Pictured below:

Ed Sellers left in uniform, next to him is Steve Barber and wife Sandy Barber, Carl Hill, Art Bynum is in the SAR uniform on the right, The rest of the ladies are in Sandy's Alexander Hodge DAR Chapter.  Ed and Art that are in uniform are members of the Freedom SAR Chapter in the Woodlands.

Mark your Calendars for clean-up at Alexander Hodge Cemetery on Dec 2, 2023. Meet 9am

 All members are invited to lend a hand and make short work of the clean-up of Hodges Bend Cemetery on December the 2nd.  Time to meet is 9am.  Will plan to finish by 12pm.

Weeds and vines need to be cut down so bring tools for the job. 

Here are some pictures I took on May 30, 2023.  I dropped by there before a Meeting.  It is not far from Spring Hill BBQ.

Needing a member who would be interested in filling the position of Youth Awards Chairman

 The Chairman would administer SAR Programs that are encourage and award students sponsored by our Alexander Hodge Chapter.  

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is for local high school students and will commence this Fall.  Students submit an 800-1200-word essay, based upon original research dealing with a topic that shaped American history.  

It can be on a person, event, philosophy or ideal associated to the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Local winners will be submitted to the State SAR competition and then those winners will be submitted to the National SAR competition.  Submissions from our local students will be judged by Alexander Hodge members Randall Hankla and Dennis Giuffre.

State Competition Awards: 1st place is $3500; 2nd place is $1500 and 3rd place is $500.

National Competition Awards: 1st place is $6000; 2nd place is $2500 and 3rd place is $1,000.

We need a Chairman to oversee and administer this worthwhile Program. 

Anyone interested contact our President, Carl Hill.

Help from members needed for purchase of Christmas Wreaths for placing Veteran's graves

In preparation for a planned Event on Dec 16th, we need help from members by purchasing the needed Christmas wreaths which will be placed on the graves of Veterans.  The price is $17.00 each.

We voted at the Business Meeting on the 31st to authorize the purchasing of 3 wreaths from Chapter funds.  Additionally, a member has also purchased one.  I am planning on purchasing 3 wreaths.  Any help in making this a successful Event will be appreciated.

The wreaths will be delivered to our president, Carl Hill, and he will hold onto them until the Event.

More of the planned Event will be Posted at a later date.  Please put Dec. 16th on your Calendar to save the date.