Greetings and Wishes for a very Happy New Year to our Compatriots and their families!
As we begin 2014 with all of the anticipation that usually comes with the arrival of a new year, I would like to take just a moment to look back with appreciation at a very special 2013 for the Col. William Henshaw Chapter.
Last year was filled with many great events and social gatherings for our members. Among these were our visit to the Higgins Armory Museum in January, our luncheon in Sturbridge at The Publick House Historic Inn last March, Concord in April, our annual chapter picnic in July, the Yorktown celebration in September, and our annual joint chapter meeting with the Bigelow DAR chapter in December. And those are just naming a few! It was quite a year.
The gentleman leading us through each occasion, event and celebration was our President, Verne Thayer. I would like to thank Verne for his outstanding service as Henshaw’s President during the past two years. He has been a good friend. He has led by example and has set a very high standard for me to follow.
I am looking forward to serving as your President and working with our Officers to continue growing our chapter and planning events that you will find enjoyable. I will communicate with you by e-mail and by phone during the upcoming months. And, I ask that you please let me know of your interests and your thoughts on ways we can further improve our chapter. Thank you kindly for your support.
Yours in Patriotism,
Wesley H. Wratchford
President, Col. William Henshaw Chapter
Massachusetts Society Sons of the American Revolution
I’ve been busy giving out Eagle Scout awards this summer. Three in Uxbridge, MA this past June to Jonathan Robert, Jack Coyne , and Thomas Bullock of Troop 1122. Then two to Samuel James Hockenbury and Stephen James Foley of Troop 1 in Hopedale, MA.
And today I gave out an Eagle Scout Award to Paul Edmond Howarth of Troop 107 in Grafton, MA. One thing that all these young men have in common is a strong Character, great parents who take an active role in their son, and a dedicated team of scout leaders. A lot of people do not realize the work that these Scout Leaders put in. They are workers just like you and I. They have a family to raise, and everyday things to do around the house and family activities just like us. But then they also take on the responsibility of being a Scout leader. That in tails planing trips, activities, training, and keeping track of all the scouts needs for progressing though the ranks. Not leaving anyone behind and making sure that they all feel good about themselves and are enjoying scouting.
My Hat goes off to them. I’m happy to see that all the different towns that I have been to, that they all have dedicated leaders.
The Colonel William Henshaw Chapter is comprised of a large membership of Compatriots, primarily in central and western Massachusetts. Through our many social gatherings, programs and civic activities, we strive to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American People.
We are patriotic Americans. Each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor (in some cases, more than just one) who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
We’re involved in historical research, raising funds for local scholarships and educational awards, and work to preserve sites and documents related to the American Revolution. We visit local schools to offer in depth lessons about American history. We honor America’s veterans, past and present. We’re active in cataloging and marking Revolutionary War patriot graves. We also work with local Boy Scout troops and conduct an annual Eagle Scout scholarship program.
The Colonel William Henshaw Chapter is also part of an active Color Guard comprised of Continental Army uniformed descendants of Patriots who served in the American War of Independence. Our Color Guard appears regularly in various public and private venues as a means of community outreach.
We welcome you to join us for a Chapter event!
For more information about the Massachusetts Society (MASSAR) and how to apply for membership, click here http://www.massar.org/membership/.
For more information about the National Society (SAR) and the history of the Sons of the American Revolution, check the menu item “About SAR”.
You can read more about the extraordinary American for whom our chapter is named by clicking on the link: Colonel Henshaw.
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