Texas Society News Archive

Fall 2012 Bulletin

The Texas delegation to the 116th General Court held in Chicago included past Governor General Lytt leton T. Harris IV, his nephew Phoenix Austi n Harris , Texas Governor Donald L. Stone, Jr. and his wife Kaye. Staying at the Union League Club along with the other planned activities was a rich and satisfying experience. This year, Governor Stone has represented The Texas Society of the Orders of Founders and Patriots of America at several Sons of the American Revolution events including chapter meetings and the National Congress held this year in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Texas Society is involved with the planning of the Joint Hereditary Societi es of Texas Annual Meeting to be held in Houston on October 26-27, 2012. There will be eight hereditary societies participating—The Texas Society of Colonial Wars, The Texas Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, The Texas Society of the War of 1812, The Texas Branch of the Royal Society of St. George, The Texas Society of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, The Jamestowne Society and Order of the Founders of North America.

Spring 2012 Bulletin

Members from several of the major hereditary societies from around the State of Texas met in Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2011, to attend the Annual Texas Hereditary Societies' Weekend, a tradition for associates of the Texas Society of the OFPA, The Society of Colonial Wars in Texas, Sons of theRevolution in the State of Texas, the Texas Society of the War of 1812, the Captain John Clay and San Antonio Companies of the Jamestowne Society and the Texas Branch of the Royal Society of St. George. This was the first time for the Texas Society of the Military Order of Stars and Bars to meet with the other societies. William M. Marrs, Distinguished Texas President of the SAR was present for some of the meetings.

On Friday evening, Robert M. Clark, Jr. and his wife Kim held a special reception at their historic home in Dallas in honor of Governor General Dr. Thomas Clifton Etter, Jr.

The represented societies held business meetings throughout Saturday, enjoyed a joint luncheon with the ladies and then held an elegant formal banquet at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The banquet Master of ceremonies was Robert M. Clark, Jr., Deputy Governor General of the Society of Colonial Wars. The banquet speaker was Dr. Thomas Clifton Etter, Jr. current

Governor General of the General Society of Colonial Wars. The luncheon guest speaker was author Gary Boyd Roberts who has published several works on genealogy. Dr. Robert J. Devine and Governor Charles E. Luna presented the Colonial Wars Sword Award to Cadet Austin Hartis. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Mrs. Marilee Haughey for her voluntary assistance in providing calligraphy services.

The next Annual Texas Hereditary Societies' Weekend will be held October 27, 2012 in the Houston area. Texas Society Governor Donald L. Stone, Jr. and OFPA past Governor General

Lyttleton T. Harris, IV. will be planning this next meeting.

Fall 2011 Bulletin

The Coushatti Trace NSCAR chapter showing the officers with Don Stone, OFPA-Governor, Texas Society(The Coushatti Trace NSCAR chapter showing the officers.) It was the 30th anniversary of the chapter. The meeting was held at the First Baptist Church in Conroe. From left to right are Paula Dossett, Secretary; Ann Sims, Vice Regent; Marilyn Underwood, Regent; myself Don Stone; Claire Mahaffey, Lineage; and Elva Wilson, Treasurer. The topic was on General Baron Von Steuben. From October 17th through October 19th 2009, the Governor General and Deputy Governor General and wives visited the Virginia Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots.

President General Edward Butler NSSAR and his wife Robin attended the VA Society OFPA luncheon and grave marking on October 17th and the wreath laying and the Yorktown parade on October 19th. The grave marking for the two founders and the patriot was a joint ceremony by the VASSAR and VA Society OFPA.
For the first time ever, that the OFPA marched as a separate group in the Yorktown Day Parade held on October 19th.

Spring 2011 Bulletin

Members from several of the major hereditary societies from around the State of Texas converged on San Antonio, the Alamo City, on October 16, 2010, to attend the Annual Texas Hereditary Societies' Weekend, a tradition for associates of the Texas Society OFPA, Texas Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Texas, Texas Society of the War of 1812 and The Texas Branch of the Royal Society of St. George.

The represented societies held business meetings throughout the day, enjoyed a joint luncheon with the ladies and then held an elegant formal banquet at the Doubletree Hotel of San Antonio.

The banquet master of ceremonies was Colonel Joseph M. Ware, Past Governor of the Texas Society of Colonial Wars and the banquet speaker was immediate-Past President General Edward Franklyn Butler of The Sons of the American Revolution, who gave a most interesting account of his travels across the U.S. while serving as President General of the hereditary society with the greatest number of members in the country. Accompanying his talk was a slide presentation of the many interesting places that he and his wife, Robin, visited during his reign as President General.

At the Annual Meeting of the Texas Society OFPA, associate Donald Leslie Stone, Jr. was sworn in as Governor of the Society for the next two years.

Fall Bulletin 2010

San Antonio, the Alamo City, will be the setting for the 28th Annual Meeting of the Texas Society which will meet as usual as part of the traditional Texas Hereditary Societies' Weekend along with the Texas Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Texas, the Texas Branch of the Royal Society of St. George and the Texas Society of the War of 1812.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, October 16th, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Antonio and the participating societies will conduct their individual business meetings during the day with a break for a group luncheon and a formal banquet in the evening. The speaker for this year's banquet will be Texas' own Edward Franklyn Butler, outgoing President General of Sons of the American Revolution. Honorary Governor of the Texas Society of Colonial Wars, Col. Joseph Milton Ware, will serve as the banquet master of ceremonies.

Any OFPA associates who happen to be in the San Antonio area during this time are cordially invited to be a part of this activity.



Fall Bulletin 2008

TX Governor Casey presented greetings on behalf of OFPA and is pictured with DAR State Regent Lynn Forney Young at the Hilton Lincoln Centre Hotel.

Governor Lawrence King Casey, Jr. and Past Governor Robert James Devine were guests of
honor at the 109th. Annual Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Dallas, Texas on March 13, 2008. Past Governor and ROTC Chairman Devine presented the OFPA Superior Achievement award to Texas Christian University (TCU) Army ROTC Cadet Anne Cenney at the TCU Student Center ballroom on April 10, 2008. The TCU Army ROTC program is ranked among the best in the nation and continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

Spring Bulletin 2008

Attending the 25th annual meeting and formal banquet of the Texas Society on October 13, 2007 were (from left) Texas Society Governor Lawrence King Casey, Jr., OFPA Governor General J. Michael Phelps, Past Governor General Lyt Harris and past Texas Society Governor Paul Woolman Adams, Jr.

Fall Bulletin 2007

The Texas Society is planning its annual fall court and meeting in San Antonio on Saturday, October 13, at the Doubletree Hotel. Special guest will be Governor General J. Michael Phelps who will be visiting the Texas Society for the first time since he became Governor General.
Scheduled activities include a luncheon and a formal banquet with the other members of the Hereditary Societies of Texas which includes the Texas Society of Colonial Wars; Sons of the Revolution in the State of Texas; Texas Society - War of 1812, Texas Branch - The Royal Society of St. George, Texas Branch - The Holland Society of New York; and Knights Templar. Each group will also conduct their own business meeting during the day.

Spring Bulletin 2006

Governor General Robert Vivian and past Governor General Lyttleton T. Harris IV

The Texas Society held its 2005 annual meeting and banquet in conjunction with the joint gathering of the Hereditary Societies of Texas at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel on October 29th in Houston. The participating societies included OFPA, Texas Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Texas, Texas Branch of The Royal Society of St. George, Texas Society of the War of 1812, The Holland Society and Knights Templar. Each society held a one hour business meeting during the day and then met together for a luncheon and evening banquet at the Hilton.

Guest speaker for the formal banquet was OFPA Governor General Robert P. Vivian who spoke on the early days of the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia.

The 2006 joint gathering of the Hereditary Societies of Texas will be held the last weekend in October in the Austin area with Texas Society Treasurer Barry Cotton in charge of the arrangements.

Fall Bulletin 2005


Governor Robert Devine with ROTC TCU graduating Cadets

Charles R. Jones ‘05, an Army ROTC cadet, earned the Superior Achievement Award from the Texas Society OFPA in April. Jones represents the only Army ROTC cadet in Texas to receive the award given for outstanding moral character, excellence in leadership and scholarship, and the first Horned Frog to ever earn it. Robert Devine, ‘74, [MA ‘76], the Texas Society’s state, governor, said he was delighted to give the award to a fellow Horned Frog.


Governor Robert Devine presenting to Charles R. Jones

It has been an eventful year for the Texas Society and Governor Devine is proud to say that we have reinstated our ROTC awards program with Naval ROTC at the University of Texas at Austin and have added Army ROTC at Texas Christian University. In addition next year we will be honoring the top Air Force ROTC cadet at Texas A&M University in College.

Station and the society was recently notified by the Texas Adjutant General, IL General Charles G. Rodriguez that the Texas National Guard has decided to participate in the Texas Society OFPA’s Top Unit Citation award.

Fall Bulletin 2002

OFPA Award Medal Presentation

On May 2, 2002 Governor Paul W. Adams presented the OFPA Award Medal and Certificate to the outstanding Naval ROTC cadet at the University of Texas. Shown above, Gov. Adams stands beside Midshipman 3rd Class Austin Long at the moment of presentation. The award ceremony was most impressive.

OFPA Award Medal Presentation

On May 1, 2002, Associate W.A. Meroney presented an OFPA Award Medal and certificate to Cadet Cleve Rodriguez at Baylor University in Waco, TX. This was the first such award made at Baylor and the recipient was quite appreciative.