Member News and Announcements

This page is intended to inform the members of the Patrick Henry Chapter about chapter plans and operations, Notices from Chapter Officers and Committees, voting details, and other important administrative actions.



Our next Chapter meeting is scheduled for the 4th of February 2023.  We will meet at 11:30 for our snack lunch, which this meeting will be Chili and the fixings, Soft Drinks, and a desert provided by the Seven Hills Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution.  The location for our meetings this year remains unchanged so we will remain at the American Legion Hall Post #16 at 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA

We will have to honor of hosting our State President Mr. Bruce Myer, who will install our officers for the coming year.

Chapter News

  1. During the last few weeks of the 2022 we gained several new members and it is my hope that they will attend and be initiated

    1. Nathanial Walker Mahanes

    2. Douglas Lee Thompson

    3. Thomas Alan Gardner

    4. Isaac Allen Gardner

    5. Nathan Thomas Gardner

    6. Samuel Christian Gardner

  2. With these gains we had 29 Regular members and 7 Duel Members at the end of the year, doubling our membership at the end of 2021.

  3. All Required Reports for the Chapter have been filed with the exception of the 990E, which we hope to accomplish soon.

    1. Our Americanism Report, copy attached, shows that we participated in almost every category and amassed around 4,000 points

    2. Our Virginia Society Supplemental, copy attached, records those activities for which we may receive state recognition at the VASSAR Annual Meeting in South Boston February 10th and 11th.

  1. We have accomplished a great deal since our re-chartering and we should be proud of our Chapters success

  1. I would like to take a moment to also thank Compatriots Jeff Myers, Charlie Driscoll, David Stokes, Chuck Bennett, and Jeremy Gustafson for their help this past year.

  1. At the upcoming meeting, we will be discussing the new State Society Website and the Member Clicks system.  In preparation for that I suggest that you go to and establish a member account.  This will be the system the State Society will be using to disseminate news and information to the membership from now on.

  1. Information about the State Annual Meeting is posted on the State Website if you are interested in attending.  The meetings are in South Boston, whish is not much of a trip for most of us.


I look forward to seeing everyone on the 4th.

In Fraternity

Compatriot Mark, President Patrick Henry Chapter



We will be holding our quarterly meeting of the Patrick Henry Chapter SAR this coming Saturday the 5th of November.  The meeting will be held in our usual location, the American Legion Post 16 on Greenview Drive in Lynchburg.  The meal this time will be Pizza.  Our Lunch and Social time will start at 11:30 am.  The Meeting will start at 12:00 and should be over by 1:00pm.

I have attached a copy of the Agenda to this email.

I have the Membership Certificates for:

Michael J. Hoisington

Thomas Friend Rothwell

Paul Charles Childress

I would like to present these on Saturday.

I also have awards for

Robert  Thornton

Charles Driscoll

Compatriots, our treasurer Charles Driscoll will be sending out the dues notices for the upcoming year later today.  I apologize for the lateness in sending them out, but we only received the information required to forward them out late last week.  The State has increased its dues by $5 so instead of a total of $75 for regular members the fee this year will be $80. This $80 amount is derived by adding the National fee $35 + The State Fee of $30 + the Chapter dues of $15.   Duel In-State members will pay only the Chapter dues of $15 as they pay their National and State dues through their primary Chapter.  Out of State Duels will pay the $30 State Fee and the $15 Chapter dues for a total of $45.  Junior members will pay a National fee of $5 and nothing more.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the meeting on Saturday

In Fraternity,

Mark R. Day, President Patrick Henry Chapter, Virginia SAR

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Just a quick reminder that we will be marking the grave of Charles Lynch, at Avocca in Altavista tomorrow at 11:00 am.  If you are planning to attend please try to arrive around 1):30 so we can get everyone into the cemetery and the program ready to start on time.

In Fraternity,

Compatriot Mark R. Day, President Patrick Henry Chapter




I just want to update you on the Chapters Recent Activities

  1. Last week, Compatriot Charlie Driscoll and I attended the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting and presented the Emergency Medical Service Award to Janet Blankenship.   We have now given out three of the five Public Service Awards for 2022.
  2. We gave out three JROTC Awards to outstanding cadets in ceremonies at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, and in Bedford County. 
  3. We are working on Eagle Scout certificates and hope to present them in the next month.
  4. I attended the Dedication of the William Preston Monument in Daleville Virginia and presented a wreath.
  5. I attended a meeting of the Lynchburg Veterans Council and hopefully this will put us on the local veteran groups radar.  I hope to give the Council an overview of our mission and goals soon.
  6. We have four new members whose approval came in just this week.  This brings our total membership[ to 35

    1. Paul C. Childress

    2. Jordon J. Hoisington

    3. Trenton M. Hoisington

    4. Thomas F. Rothwell II

    5.  We have another new member by reinstatement and transfer of membership to our Chapter.  He is Chuck Bennett, the former Chief of Police in Lynchburg.

  1.  I am going to schedule a meeting of the Chapter Board of Managers in the next few weeks to discuss a few administrative items.

  2.  Our next regular chapter meeting will be on the 6th of August 2022 at the Ame4rican Legion Post 16 on Greenview Drive in Lynchburg.   The meeting will begin with social time and a snack lunch at 11:30 am and be followed by a business meeting from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.  It is my desire to initiate the new members of the chapter and distribute certificates during this meeting.  I hope as many members as possible will be able to attend.

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Since our last meeting a lot of things have taken place and I just want to bring you up to date.

  1. Compatriot Charlie Driscoll and I attend ed the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Society, where our Chapter was recognized with several awards including e the Chapter Excellence Streamer and special recognition for our support of the Presidents145 - Initiatives

  2. The Chapter has gained two more new Compatriots

Aubrey J. Rosser Jr.

Hugh E. Hendrix

  1. We have ___5___ new applications for membership at National awaiting approval

  2. We have ___2___ supplemental applications at National awaiting approval

  3. Our Chapter Website has been posted on the Virginia Society Webpage and it continues to evolve.

  4. The Chapter has presented a copy of Compatriot Mike Lyman’s Genealogical Biographies of Virginia Patriots buried in Virginia to local research libraries in Bedford County and Lynchburg.

  5. The Chapter presented the Fire Safety Public Service Award to Captain Earl Copes of the Lynchburg Fire Department

  6. The Chapter will present the Law Enforcement Public Service Award to Michael J. Brown the recently retired Sherriff of Bedford County on March 22nd 2022

  1. This coming Saturday the 19th of March, the Chapter will have compatriots working as Judges for our regions National History Day Competition.

  1. I am working with a Compatriot who wants to do a Grave marking in Bedford County sometime in the Fall.

  1. The Chapter Facebook Page is up and is updated as event occur.

  1. Planning continues to take place in preparation for the Grave marking Ceremony at Red Hill on May 20thand I hope to have more specific information coming out to you by the end of March.  This event will be the primer event for our Chapter and I hope that every Compatriot will endeavor to attend.

  1. A Compatriot donated the funds to purchase a 250th Anniversary Flag, so that we can start participating in the 250th Anniversary Programs that the Sons of the American Revolution have proposed.  I will send out more information about the 250th events in the coming weeks and months.

  1. The Chapter will plan to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony, which is held at Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace on Observed memorial Day 2022.  I invite all who can to attend

  1. The Chapter is interested in identifying the graves of Patriots in our region of responsibility.  If you know of the location on a Patriot Burial please notify me at


So as you can see, your Chapter is at work and engaged in the community.  Our next Chapter meeting is scheduled for May 21st.  I am looking at possibly holding the Chapter meeting on the 20th to coincide with the Grave marking at Red Hill.  Let me know your feelings on that.

In Fraternity,

Compatriot Mark R. Day, Chapter President

Compatriot Charlie Driscoll and Chapter President Mark Day present a copy of Compatriot Mike Lyman's Book on Patriot Burials in Virginia to the Executive Director of the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, VA on 3/4/2022



Information from the VASSAR Annual Meeting

Let me start with some great news.  Our Chapter did very well in the few short months we have been active.  This past weekend, during the Society Annual meeting, we received many complements from across the State of Virginia.  I brought home five Chapter Award Streamers for our activities, photo’s of which are attached to this email.  One expression of thanks that is particularly significant came from outgoing State President Jeff Thomas.  Past president Thomas was very pleased with our participation in his Leatherwood project and wanted me to pass his sincere thanks on to each member of the Patrick Henry Chapter that provided a financial donation.

We received the following awards

  1. The Chapter Excellence Award

  2. The Forgotten Patriots Award

  3. Participation in Flag Recognition Programs

  4. Participation in Flag Retirement Programs

  5. Participation in the Lift Your Voice Program (Leatherwood project)

  6. We also received a check for $50 from the State Society for participating in the member reinstatement project.

Other news from the Annual –

A Regional level of administration was established for VASSAR.  The Patrick Henry Chapter is in the Central Region.  Other Chapter near us in the Central Region are the Thomas Jefferson Chapter in Charlottesville and the Dan River Chapter in South Boston.  I will provide more information as to the structure and impact of the regional system in the coming months.

Our New State President is Bruce Meyer – at the Banquet he outlined his major focus for the year as Youth Programs and Membership.

Long time State Secretary Wayne Rouse has stepped back from that job and our new State Secretary is Tim Dioquino.  Tim’s email is

The State Color Guard Commander has also changed

Those in attendance at the Annual Meeting asked that the State Executive Board look at the Insurance needs of the Color Guard and obtain any additional coverage that was found necessary

I will be happy to forward the book of reports to any Compatriot that request to have them.

Chapter Activity Updates and Information

I have attached several documents to this email for your use

  1. A copy of the Stark Award Score Sheet (we discussed this at the last meeting)

  2. A copy of the Activity Log used by the American Legion

We are in the early phases of planning a Grave marking for Patrick Henry at Red Hill on the 20th of May.  I will keep you informed on our progress.

I am also going to contact Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to see if they will allow us to have a program there on Jefferson’s Birthday

Scheduled Events

**18 February 2022 – Crossing of the Banister River – Halifax / South Boston

**19 February 2022 – Crossing of the Dan River (National Event) South Boston

21 February 2022 – George Washington Birthday Parade (National Event) Alexandria VA

21 February 2022 – Wreath laying at Tomb of unknow Revolutionary War Soldier in Alexandria, VA

22 February 2022 – Wreath Ceremony at Tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon

12 March 2022      -  Battle of Guilford Courthouse (National Event) Greensboro

***19 March 2022      - National History Contest at CVCC in Lynchburg

**14 May 2022         - Martins Station Program in Martinsville

** signifies a local event which is within 1 hours ride

*** The link for registering to be a volunteer or judge for this contest is just type it into your Browser or look for Virginia History Day Region 1 and fill out the registration form.  This is one of the State Presidents Youth Programs initiatives for this year.

Membership Application Updates

Approved by NSSAR:

We welcome our newest Compatriot Mr. David Stokes who was approved on February

Pending Approval at NSSAR

Revely B. Carwile, Jr.           -   Received at National 12/16/2021  

Paul Charles Childress         -  Received at National  01/24/2022

Hugh E. Hendrix                   -  Received at National  11/30/2021

Michael Charles Reeves      -  Received at National  12/08/2021

Aubrey Jones Rosser, Jr.     -  Received at National  11/03/2021

Thomas Friend Rothwell II – Received at National   02/02/2022

Forwarded to National from VASSAR

Trenton Hoisington

Jordan Hoisington

Supplementals Pending at National

Charles E. Driscoll MD  (Samuel Hornbeck)  Received 10/26/2021

Kenneth G. Smith  (John Smith)                   Received 10/12/2021

Note #1 Initial Membership Application at national are taking about 8 to 12 weeks due to staffing shortages and COVID related issues

Note#2 Supplemental Applications are taking 6 to 8 months

That is it for  now, I will send additional updates as they become available.

In Fraternity,

Compatriot Mark Day

President Patrick Henry Chapter


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I am forwarding you the agenda for this upcoming Saturday’s Regular Meeting of the Chapter.  As before we will meet at the American Legion Hall on Greenview Drive in Lynchburg.  We will start with a lunch consisting of Cold Cut Sandwiches and salads.  If you are partaking I would like you to RSVP to me at so I can get a head count.  Donations to cover the cost are welcomed.

For those who are at a great distance or shut in, I have included a Zoom Meeting invitation so you may join us if you so desire.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday.


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Compatriot Mark Day

President Patrick Henry Chapter VASSAR



This  is to bring you up to date on the Chapter’s activities


1.       All end of year Chapter Reports have been filed with the State Secretary and the State Americanism Chairman.

Annual Meeting attendance:

2.       Currently, two compatriots, Charles Driscoll and myself are signed up to attend the Annual State Society meeting on the 11th and 12th of February. I have attached the Hotel and meeting information that is currently available to this email.  I would love to see a good contingent of members there.


3.       We currently have on roster 17 Regular members and 9 Duel members.

4.       There are more than 5 applications for membership in the pipeline with several of those at National for approval.  If you would like information on the status of a specific application please email me.

5.       We have one supplemental application in process at National


6.       Membership Cards were mailed to each Regular Member of the Chapter.   Duel members should be provided membership cards by their primary chapter

7.       We have established a Bank Account with the Bank of the James here in Lynchburg

8.       We have obtained an EIN # for tax purposes

9.       There will be a Chapter Board of Managers meeting in the last week of January via ZOOM, Date to be determined.

Old Events attended

10.   Compatriot Clif Potter and myself participated in Wreaths Across America on the 18th of December

11.   I attended the Surrender Day ceremonies in Yorktown on 19 Oct and placed a wreath

12.   I attended the Battle of Great Bridge Ceremonies on 4 December. and placed a wreath.

Upcoming Events:

13.   Chapter Meeting on 5 February at the American Legion Post #16 here in Lynchburg, additional information to be provided in a separate email.

14.   State Society Annual Meeting at the Omni Hotel in Richmond February 11-13 February

15.   Crossing of the Dan Ceremony (National Event) in South Boston, VA 19 February

16.   Battle of Guilford Courthouse (National Event) Greensboro, NC at the National Battlefield Park in March.

Other items of interest:

17.   I have attached to this email a message from the State President requesting that Chapter Presidents inform their membership about the program to raise donations for work at Patrick Henry’s Leatherwood plantation site.  We have one compatriot who has made a donation and a donation was given to the Patrick Henry Chapter for this program.  I encourage each member of the Patrick Henry Chapter to read the document and consider making a donation either directly to the program or through the Chapter.  Donations for this worthy project can be sent to the Chapter Assistant Treasurer Charlie Driscoll at 111 Westminster Way, Lynchburg, VA 24503-1257.

18.   A donation of $40.00, by a chapter member, was made to the local Seven Hills Chapter of the Children of the American revolution in the name of the Patrick Henry  Chapter.

19.   I have been invited to Speak to the Lynchburg Chapter of the  D.A.R.  We have five D.A.R Chapters in our area

20.   I am working with the Peaks of Otter Chapter DAR and the Seven Hills Chapter CAR to perform a grave marking in Bedford on Route 122 near Big Island sometime in the Spring.

21.   We will present our first Bronze Good Citizenship Award at the February 5th Meeting.

22.   I will be looking for volunteers to help me present Good Citizenship Pins and Certificates to exceptional student6s in the local schools during the Spring

23.   Likewise, I will be looking for help presenting ROTC awards locally

As you can see, I hope to set a busy and rewarding schedule for the Chapter in 2022.

In Fraternity,

Mark R. Day, President Patrick henry Chapter SAR



  1. I have attached a flyer for an SAR grave marking event in Roanoke on the 14th of November.   This event will honor William Fleming, who served as Virginia’s Governor in 1781.   I intend to go and represent the Chapter but would love to have some additional Patrick Henry Chapter members also attend.

  2. A ceremony to honor the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the unknown Soldier is being held at the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg this coming Saturday the 6th of November at 2 pm.  The Ceremony is sponsored by the Lynchburg Chapter of the DAR and will include the rededication of the WWI memorial that is on the grounds of the Library.

Also just a reminder that our regular meeting will be held beginning with social time at 11:00 am on the 13th of November at the Legion Post 16 in Lynchburg.  I look forward to seeing you there.

In Fraternity,

Compatriot Mark, President Patrick henry Chapter 



           Just a quick note to advise you of a few things


  1. Our latest Roster will now include 24 members and we are expecting to add several more soon.  I am very please to say one of our new members is Patrick Henry Jolly, who will be a duel member of our Chapter.  We also welcome the sitting President of the North Carolina SAR Compatriot Jay DeLoach as a duel member.  Both of these fine men are descendants of Patrick Henry.

  2. I had a called meeting of the Chapter Board of Managers on 9/20/21 to respond to a request from the registrar to set a chapter application fee.  This fee would be necessary to cover the cost of 1st class and priority mail expenses which occur during the application process.  In accordance with our Constitution Article V, which allows the BOM to fill vacancies and manage the affairs of the chapter, a quorum of the BOM, meet and voted to set the fee for Chapter new member applications at $12.00.

  3. I have two membership packages, which need to be presented.  I would like these two gentlemen to call me at 540-797-7754 so we can talk about making the presentations.

    1. Compatriot Wilmer Bedford Nolen

    2. Compatriot Kenneth G. Smith

Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Compatriot Mark, Chapter President


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