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Alamo Chapter 2019

Texas Proud Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

The Alamo, Alamo Hall, April 27th

San Antonio area students, teachers & family gathered on Saturday Apr. 27th at Alamo Hall on the Alamo Grounds for the annual “Letters from the Alamo“ Essay Writing Contest. Brainchild of chapter member Dr. Gilbert Garcia & merged with the already highly-successful Poster Writing Contest started by Al McCutcheon & Bob Benavides, the programs have been extremely popular & have involved 29,000 students since their inceptions.  The Northside Independent School Districts (N.I.S.D) were represented by middle schools Sam Rayburn, H. B. Zachry, Wallace B. Jefferson & Sul Ross, while Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (S.C.U.C. I.S.D) included Dolph Briscoe, Ray D. Corbett, & J. Frank Dobie junior high schools.  Administrator Kim Young oversaw the logistics for the contest for N.I.S.D & administrator Cassie Allen was the point person for S.C.U.C.I.S.D.  The students were instructed to imagine that they were in the Alamo during the final days; cold, hungry, exhausted, missing their loved ones & knowing they will probably never see them again.  One last courier was about leave the Alamo & the students were to write a final letter to their family; the author of the letter could be a real Alamo defender or a fictionalized one.  Our goal was for the students to get as close to “feeling“ what these men & women were going through, so they could truly understand their sacrifice.  Along with historical accuracy, the letters were judged by their creativeness; how well did they reproduce the hardships, sounds, smells & emotions that must have overwhelmed the Alamo compound almost 200 years ago.  Twenty students received “Top Thirty“ certificates while the remaining ten through one were awarded individually numbered & designed certificates.  The first prize earned a 180th Anniversary Commemorative Flag & each of the Top 10 winners also received a 2019 Chapter Medal from President John Meehan. The ceremony began with the pledges, with 1st VP Tom Jones doing the honors with Chaplain Billy Bob Highsmith leading with a prayer. Past President Jason Chall was master of ceremonies & handed out certificates with our Administrator for Education Programs, Al McCutcheon, KSJ announcing the winners. Special guests in attendance were SRT President General Ed Heath, KSJ & 1st Vice President General Ken Pfeiffer. Administrator of Historical Events Bob Benavides rolled out our new chapter medal for 2019 to the crowd, which depicts the Cenotaph located here on the Alamo grounds.. After the ceremony was complete, each school that accurately followed the pre-set guidelines for the contest received a check from The Alamo Chapter to support Texas History in their respected School districts. The Awards ceremony’s great turnout & success was truly a combined effort from all members of The Alamo Chapter, a big thanks go out to all who sacrificed their time to make this event a memorable experience for the students & their families.

Top 30 Winners From N.i.s.d

Top 30 Winners From S.C.U.C.I.S.D. 

Top 10 Winners from Both Districts  

#1 Essay awarded to Jade Jackson from dobie

Top essays are read by Jade Jackson & Grace Saenz

school Group Photos

Battle of Flowers Parade, April 26th

Front row from left to right-SRT  1st Vice President   General  Ken Pfeiffer  , SRT/SJD member  Mike Lemen ,  Heart of Texas Representative    Dick Weitzel  , back row  President General    Ed Heath   &  Alamo Chapter President  John Meehan   attend the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday April 26th.

Front row from left to right-SRT 1st Vice President General Ken Pfeiffer, SRT/SJD member Mike Lemen, Heart of Texas Representative Dick Weitzel, back row President General Ed Heath & Alamo Chapter President John Meehan attend the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday April 26th.

Pilgrimage to The Alamo, April 22nd

( left to right ) SRT  1st Vice President General  Ken Pfeiffer  ,  President General  Ed Heath  ,  Alamo Chapter President  John   Meehan  ,  Secretary  Joe Ramirez  ,  Past President  Jason Chall   &  Administrator for Educational Events  Bob   Benavides   wait to be called to the place a wreath in front of the Alamo at the annual Pilgrimage to The Alamo on Alamo Plaza. Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.  The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

( left to right ) SRT 1st Vice President General Ken Pfeiffer, President General Ed Heath, Alamo Chapter President John Meehan, Secretary Joe Ramirez, Past President Jason Chall & Administrator for Educational Events Bob Benavides wait to be called to the place a wreath in front of the Alamo at the annual Pilgrimage to The Alamo on Alamo Plaza. Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

San Jacinto Day, DRT Event, April 20th

SRT  Alamo Chapter Past President  Jason Chall   addresses the crowd in front of the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza Saturday April 20, in celebration of San Jacinto Day. Pres. Chall was the guest speaker for the event hosted by the DRT  Heroes Chapter

SRT Alamo Chapter Past President Jason Chall addresses the crowd in front of the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza Saturday April 20, in celebration of San Jacinto Day. Pres. Chall was the guest speaker for the event hosted by the DRT Heroes Chapter

After The Fall, Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th

The program, hosted by the Alamo Chapter & led by President John Meehan, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.  SRT National officers, KSJ Commanders, District Representatives, Chapter Presidents & top leaders from our sister organization, The Daughters of The Republic of Texas were at hand to support the event. Our guest speaker was Scott McMahon , the director of Presidio La Bahía, who discussed Col. Fannin & the massacre of his men. Another honored guest was Alamo Chapter member & now SRT President General Ed Heath KSJ, who opened the ceremony addressing the crowd about what The Sons of The Republic of Texas stands for & it's rich history.

Dawn At The Alamo, Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th

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Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo, and The Sons of the Republic of Texas were at the forefront. Presidents & representatives of all the Chapters of The SRT from across the state came to the Alamo Plaza to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Revolution.  As the sun rises on March 6th, Bob Benavides, Admin. for Historical Events, calls out the names of the fallen, while the Alamo Chapter SRT along with others, lay a wreaths in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. Alamo Chapter President John Meehan & President-General Ed Heath KSJ of the SRT are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter along with toasting the Alamo Defenders after the ceremony. Special thanks to Chapter Secretary Joe Ramirez ( pictured above ) for donating & designing the wreath for the Dawn Event.

The Immortal 32 Honored, Alamo, Mar 1st

Alamo Chapter  Past President    Jason Chall   ( 3rd from right ) marches with 31 other men representing the Immortal 32 from Gonzales, on March 1st at the Alamo. Many of the volunteers were descendants of the famed 32, Jason’s ancestor was  Jesse McCoy .

Alamo Chapter Past President Jason Chall ( 3rd from right ) marches with 31 other men representing the Immortal 32 from Gonzales, on March 1st at the Alamo. Many of the volunteers were descendants of the famed 32, Jason’s ancestor was Jesse McCoy.

Thirty-two men dressed in period clothing, many descendants of the original 32, arrived at the Alamo on March 1st to pay tribute to the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers, aka The Immortal 32. A crowd of over 300 were on hand to support the event, the largest gathering so far for the celebration. The Immortal 32 were the only reinforcements that answered Travis’ call, arriving 6 days before the Alamo fell. Guest speakers were Alamo Trust CEO Douglass McDonald & Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir.

Texas Proud Essay Judging, Cibolo, Feb 21st

On Thurs February 21st, 16 Alamo Chapter members & 2 School District coordinators (   Cassie Allen  ,   Kim Young   ) volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo. The  Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest  is the brainchild of   Dr. Gilbert Garcia  , and under the direction of  Administrator for Educational Events    Al McCutcheon,   has developed into a resounding success. The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at  Alamo Hall  on April 27th .

On Thurs February 21st, 16 Alamo Chapter members & 2 School District coordinators ( Cassie Allen, Kim Young ) volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo. The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of Dr. Gilbert Garcia, and under the direction of Administrator for Educational Events Al McCutcheon, has developed into a resounding success. The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at Alamo Hall on April 27th .

Alamo Chapter 2018

Founder’s Day, Travis Park, Dec 16th

Secretary  Joe Ramirez  ,  Admin. of Historical Events    Bob Benavides  , &  President General    Ed Heath   (  2nd Vice President General  Ken Pfeiffer   not pictured ) attend San Antonio’s Founder Day in Travis Park on Saturday December 16th. The San Antonio Founding Heritage or SAFH mission is to   honor the more than 20 cultural groups and outstanding individuals who shaped our San Antonio heritage and to stimulate interest in reading and learning about our history and heritage in the context of the history of Texas, the nation and the world.  San Antonio Founders DayTM is also an enduring, broad-based information and awareness effort that aims to expand our community’s knowledge and appreciation of our nearly 300-year history and heritage. Our mission encompasses a year-round program dedicated to helping raise San Antonio’s national ranking for History, Reading, the Arts, and the multiple Cultures of this city. The free event is always focused on the children of Texas.  The late San Antonio Historian, Frank W. Jennings, was the Founder of the annual Founders Day. His organizational efforts drew in the many volunteers and those early efforts resulted in the celebrations you can enjoy each year. Today, non-profit San Antonio’s Founding Heritage lovingly manages the yearly cultural and historical festival.

Secretary Joe Ramirez, Admin. of Historical Events Bob Benavides, & President General Ed Heath ( 2nd Vice President General Ken Pfeiffer not pictured ) attend San Antonio’s Founder Day in Travis Park on Saturday December 16th. The San Antonio Founding Heritage or SAFH mission is to honor the more than 20 cultural groups and outstanding individuals who shaped our San Antonio heritage and to stimulate interest in reading and learning about our history and heritage in the context of the history of Texas, the nation and the world.

San Antonio Founders DayTM is also an enduring, broad-based information and awareness effort that aims to expand our community’s knowledge and appreciation of our nearly 300-year history and heritage. Our mission encompasses a year-round program dedicated to helping raise San Antonio’s national ranking for History, Reading, the Arts, and the multiple Cultures of this city. The free event is always focused on the children of Texas.

The late San Antonio Historian, Frank W. Jennings, was the Founder of the annual Founders Day. His organizational efforts drew in the many volunteers and those early efforts resulted in the celebrations you can enjoy each year. Today, non-profit San Antonio’s Founding Heritage lovingly manages the yearly cultural and historical festival.

Christmas Party, Sonterra Country Club, Dec 13th

On Thursday Dec. 13th, members of The Sons of the Republic of Texas Alamo Chapter gathered at The Sonterra Country Club to celebrate the Holiday Season & the achievements of the organization in 2018. Over 50 members along with their significant others were in attendance to show their support for the Alamo Chapter.

Speaker Dr. David Carlson discusses The Bexar County Spanish Archives

Remembering Nick Martinez ( 1943-2018 )

Irene Martinez, wife of Alamo Chapter member Nick Martinez, accepted a cross made of wood from the Alamo grounds, designed & carved by Al Davis. Nick was a very active member of the chapter & rarely missed a meeting even when his Parkinson’s placed him in a wheelchair. Nick was a descendant of Gregorio Esparza, the only defender of the Alamo who was buried and not cremated. Nick will be missed.

Alamo Chapter Awards

Chapter President Jason Chall  honored the 2018 Alamo Chapter Medal winners.  1st VP John Meehan received his second consecutive commendation.

Distinguished Service Award Winner

President Jason Chall had the honor of announcing the 2018 DSA winners for the Alamo Chapter.  This year a new Chapter member joined the ranks, Al Davis received his gold medallion, congratulations Al! The other seven names that were called; Bob Benavides, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, Robert Bohmfalk, Dick WeitzelEd Health & Jason Chall; were all previous award winners. The Distinguished Service Award is to spotlight members who go beyond the call of the duty for the Chapter year after year. To be up for nomination for the DSA you must meet all requirements for the award continuously over a 4 year time frame, not an easy accomplishment.

Retirement of Al Davis & Special Commendation

Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis will be stepping down as of 2018 & the Chapter awarded him with a special “Past Sgt-at-Arms” medal to pay tribute to his tireless efforts at the position.

Swearing in of New 2019 Officers

We were honored to have President General Ed Heath on hand to personally swear in our 2019 Alamo Chapter officers.  Congratulations to President John Meehan, Secretary Joe Ramirez, Treasurer George Chall,  Chapter Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, Registrar Ken Pfeiffer, Chaplain Billy Bob Highsmith, Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides.

New Chapter President John Meehan

Past President Jason Chall hands over the gavel to new Chapter President John Meehan. John is the 7th serving Chapter President for the Alamo Chapter.

Engraved Pen Presentation to Ed Heath

Past President    Jason Chall   presents  President General    Ed Heath   with an engraved pen crafted by   Al Davis  . Ed is the first member of out chapter to reach the highest position in the SRT, President General, we are very proud to have Ed in the Alamo Chapter.

Past President Jason Chall presents President General Ed Heath with an engraved pen crafted by Al Davis. Ed is the first member of out chapter to reach the highest position in the SRT, President General, we are very proud to have Ed in the Alamo Chapter.

Raffle Winner Butch Ward!!!

Chapter member   Butch Ward   picked the winner number!! Thanks to everyone who donated to our education program!

Chapter member Butch Ward picked the winner number!! Thanks to everyone who donated to our education program!

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec 8th

Historian  Robert Bohmfalk,  Past President  Jim Massingill,  1st VP  John Meehan,  Marketing Officer  Richard Weitzel,   &  2nd Vice President General    Ken Pfeiffer   ( not pictured ) represent the Alamo Chapter & pay tribute on Dec 8, 2018 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio ", there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 10th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Past President Jim Massingill, 1st VP John Meehan, Marketing Officer Richard Weitzel, & 2nd Vice President General Ken Pfeiffer ( not pictured ) represent the Alamo Chapter & pay tribute on Dec 8, 2018 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio ", there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 10th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

battle of Mission Concepción, Oct 29th

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The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 10th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

Membership Meeting, Barn Door, Sept. 20th

At our “Member’s Only” Membership Meeting on Sept. 20th, author & Alamo Chapter Member   Hector Pacheco   discusses his new book  The Canary Islanders of San Antonio .

At our “Member’s Only” Membership Meeting on Sept. 20th, author & Alamo Chapter Member Hector Pacheco discusses his new book The Canary Islanders of San Antonio.

Battle of Salado Creek/Dawson’s Massacre, Sept. 17

Heart of Texas District Rep.    Dick Weitzel,   Chapter  2nd VP    Tom Jones,  1st Vice President  John Meehan  ,  SRT President-General    Ed Health   &  2nd VP- General  Ken Pfeiffer   ( not pictured )     gather to commemorate  The Battle of Salado Creek,  the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek. The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

Heart of Texas District Rep. Dick Weitzel, Chapter 2nd VP Tom Jones, 1st Vice President John Meehan, SRT President-General Ed Health & 2nd VP- General Ken Pfeiffer ( not pictured ) gather to commemorate The Battle of Salado Creek, the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek. The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

Battle Of Medina, Atascosa Cty, Aug 18th

Chapter  Sgt-at-Arms  Al Davis,  1st VP  John Meehan,   member   Butch Ward,  President    Jason Chall  ,  Treasurer    George Chall  , gather together to commemorate the  Battle of Medina , on Saturday Aug 18th. The  Battle of Medina  was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the  Republican Army of the North ), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

Chapter Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis, 1st VP John Meehan, member Butch Ward, President Jason Chall, Treasurer George Chall, gather together to commemorate the Battle of Medina, on Saturday Aug 18th. The Battle of Medina was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the Republican Army of the North), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

Texas Ranger Tribute, Fredericksburg, TX Aug 4th

President General    Ed Heath  ,  Alamo Chapter President    Jason Chall   &  Treasurer    George Chall   were on hand for the unveiling of the The Sons of The Republic of Texas: Texas Ranger Plaque, honoring the brave lawmen who volunteered their lives protecting families along the frontier.

President General Ed Heath, Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall & Treasurer George Chall were on hand for the unveiling of the The Sons of The Republic of Texas: Texas Ranger Plaque, honoring the brave lawmen who volunteered their lives protecting families along the frontier.

Chapter Member's Meeting, Blanco BBQ, May 17th

Guest speaker   Prof. Galan  , Alamo Chapter member   David Barnds  ,  Administrator of Education    Al McCutcheon  , & member   Paul Vielmas   snap a picture together at Blanco BBQ on May 17th.  Dr. Francis X. Galan  is an Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, his subject for the evening was " The Colonial Root's of the U.S.-Mexico Borders. The Spanish Military in the Texas-Louisiana Borderlands and its Legacy. "

Guest speaker Prof. Galan, Alamo Chapter member David Barnds, Administrator of Education Al McCutcheon, & member Paul Vielmas snap a picture together at Blanco BBQ on May 17th. Dr. Francis X. Galan is an Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, his subject for the evening was " The Colonial Root's of the U.S.-Mexico Borders. The Spanish Military in the Texas-Louisiana Borderlands and its Legacy. "

Administrator of Education Al McCutcheon awarded with a certificate from Gov. Gregg Abbott.

Chapter Secretary    Eldon Cagle   presents  Administrator of Education    Al McCutcheon   with a certificate of appreciation from  Texas   Gov. Greg Abbott,  for his efforts with the Alamo Chapter's education program.  Eldon  solicited the certificate & submitted all the paperwork for the application in  Mr. McCutcheon's  name. Great job guys!

Chapter Secretary Eldon Cagle presents Administrator of Education Al McCutcheon with a certificate of appreciation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, for his efforts with the Alamo Chapter's education program. Eldon solicited the certificate & submitted all the paperwork for the application in Mr. McCutcheon's name. Great job guys!

Alamo Chapter member enshrined into the SCUCISD Hall of Honor, Schertz, TX, May 14th

On May 14th, Alamo Chapter SRT  Administrator of Education    Al McCutcheon   is inducted into the SCUCISD  Hall of Honor  at the Schertz Civic Center Ballroom, Schertz, TX.  Mr. McCutcheon  was nominated by school administrator Rebecca Williams for his hard work & unwavering dedication to the Alamo Chapter's education program. Only 100 individuals have been enshrined into the Hall since 1994, a very rare honor! The Alamo Chapter education program has reached over 25,000 students since its conception &  Al  has been at the forefront from the beginning. Congratulations  Al  from all of us at the Alamo Chapter, we are very proud!

On May 14th, Alamo Chapter SRT Administrator of Education Al McCutcheon is inducted into the SCUCISD Hall of Honor at the Schertz Civic Center Ballroom, Schertz, TX. Mr. McCutcheon was nominated by school administrator Rebecca Williams for his hard work & unwavering dedication to the Alamo Chapter's education program. Only 100 individuals have been enshrined into the Hall since 1994, a very rare honor! The Alamo Chapter education program has reached over 25,000 students since its conception & Al has been at the forefront from the beginning. Congratulations Al from all of us at the Alamo Chapter, we are very proud!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Donation, Aransas Pass ISD, May 14th

SRT Heart of Texas District Rep Dick Weitzel, Alamo Chapter 2nd VP Tom Jones, President General Ed Heath, Treasurer George Chall , Chapter President Jason Chall , member Erik Chall, & future member Jason Booth gather in Aransas County on the Gulf Coast to deliver a check to Aransas Pass I.S.D. Superintendent Joey Patek ( picture at center ).  After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, that destroyed the elementary, middle & high schools in Rockport, Texas, the Alamo Chapter pulled together to raise $4400 for Aransas Pass ISD. Our goal was $3000, thank you Alamo Chapter for going over & beyond!

Pilgrimage to the Alamo, DRT Event, Apr 23rd

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.  The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

99th Historic & Patriotic Ball, Apr 21st

Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall, Clarissa Rendon, Laura Jones & 2nd VP Tom Jones strike a pose at The 99th annual Patriotic and Historical Ball. The event, among the first of the galas to open Fiesta, recalls early Texas, and leads off with everyone participating in the Grand March.  After opening ceremonies, dancing continues through the evening.  The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio's military personnel and the event has continued since that time.  Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests for the evening. The State Association of Texas Pioneers, founded in 1921, is a statewide organization that stands to keep alive Texas history, perpetuate Texas traditions and cultivate friendly relations between the pioneers of Texas and their descendants. Pioneer membership is based on Texan lineage.

Historic Walking Tour, SRT/SALHA, Alamo, Apr 21st

For over 30 years, Alamo Chapter SRT Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides & Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer have been hosting the Alamo Plaza Historical Walking Tour. Its purpose is to educate the public on the total Mission Compound & not just the Church that many associate as being the Alamo.  Before the tour, Alamo Chapter member Joe Ramirez, who is also part of the Fiesta Commission, awarded Bob with a 2018 Fiesta Commemorative Poster.

San Jacinto Day, DRT Event April 21st

SRT  Alamo Chapter President  Jason Chall   addresses the crowd in front of the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza Saturday April 21, in celebration of San Jacinto Day. Pres. Chall was the guest speaker for the event hosted by the  DRT   Heroes Chapter .

SRT Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall addresses the crowd in front of the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza Saturday April 21, in celebration of San Jacinto Day. Pres. Chall was the guest speaker for the event hosted by the DRT Heroes Chapter .

Pin Pandemonium, Hemisphere Park, Apr 19th

Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall, Treasurer George Chall , & 2nd VP Tom Jones kick off Fiesta 2018 at the Pin Pandemonium celebration in Hemisphere Plaza.  Organizations from all over San Antonio rent tables & sell new & old Fiesta medals for their respected charities.  The Alamo Chapter's medal depicting Father Olivares, the founder of San Antonio, was a huge seller that evening.  The idea & theme for the medal came from the Adminisrator of Historical Events Bob Benavides.  

"Letter from The Alamo" Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, San Antonio CHRISTIAN School, Apr 14th

 San Antonio, students, teachers & family gathered on Saturday Apr. 14th at The San Antonio Christian School for the annual “Letters from the Alamo“ Essay Writing Contest. Brainchild of chapter member Dr. Gilbert Garcia & merged with the already highly-successful Poster Writing Contest started by Al McCutcheon & Bob Benavides, the programs have been extremely popular & have involved 25,000 students since their inceptions.  The Northside Independent School Districts (N.I.S.D) were represented by middle schools Sam Rayburn, H. B. Zachry, Wallace B. Jefferson & Sul Ross, while Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (S.C.U.C. I.S.D) included Dolph Briscoe, Ray D. Corbett, & J. Frank Dobie junior high schools.  Administrator Kim Young oversaw the logistics for the contest for N.I.S.D & administrator Becky Williams was the point person for S.C.U.C. I.S.D.  The students were instructed to imagine that they were in the Alamo during the final days; cold, hungry, exhausted, missing their loved ones & knowing they will probably never see them again.  One last courier was about leave the Alamo & the students were to write a final letter to their family; the author of the letter could be a real Alamo defender or a fictionalized one.  Our goal was for the students to get as close to “feeling“ what these men & women were going through, so they could truly understand their sacrifice.  Along with historical accuracy, the letters were judged by their creativeness; how well did they reproduce the hardships, sounds, smells & emotions that must have overwhelmed the Alamo compound almost 200 years ago.  Twenty students received “Top Thirty“ certificates while the remaining ten through one were awarded individually numbered & designed certificates.  The first prize earned a 180th Anniversary Commemorative Flag & each of the Top 10 winners also received a 2018 Chapter Medal from 1st Vice President John Meehan. The ceremony began with the pledges, with 2nd VP Tom Jones & 1st VP John Meehan doing the honors.  President Jason Chall was master of ceremonies & handed out certificates with our Administrator for Education Programs, Al McCutcheon, announcing the winners. After the ceremony was complete, each school that accurately followed the pre-set guidelines for the contest received a check from The Alamo Chapter to support Texas History in their respected School districts. The Awards ceremony’s great turnout & success was truly a combined effort from all members of The Alamo Chapter, a big thanks go out to all who sacrificed their time to make this event a memorable experience for the students & their families.

After The Fall Ceremony, Alamo, Mar. 6th

The program, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.  SRT National officers, KSJ Commanders, District Representatives, Chapter Presidents & top leaders from our sister organization, The Daughters of The Republic of Texas were at hand to support the event. Our guest speaker was Kay Hindes, a well known & respected archaeologist from San Antonio.  Another honored guest was newly sworn in Alamo Chapter member & now SRT President General Ed Heath KSJ, who opened the ceremony addressing the crowd about what The Sons of The Republic of Texas stands for & it's rich history.

Dawn At The Alamo, Alamo, Mar. 6th, 

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo, and The Sons of the Republic of Texas were at the forefront. Presidents & representatives of all the Chapters of The SRT from across the state came to the Alamo Plaza to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Revolution.  Bob Benavides Admin. for Historical Events, hosts & MCs the program through SALHA. The Alamo Chapter SRT, as the sun rises on March 6th, lay a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall & President-General Ed Heath KSJ of the SRT are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter along with toasting the fallen after the ceremony. 

96th SRT Convention, Mar. 2nd-4th, Georgetown

Alamo Chapter member, Ed Heath KSJ, is inducted into

the Knights of San jacinto

It was a busy night for Alamo Chapter member Ed Heath KSJ at the SRT National Convention in Georgetown March 3rd. Along with becoming President General of the SRT, Mr. Heath was also knighted into the very prestigious & exclusive club; The Knights of San Jacinto. To be honored among its roles is an extremely difficult task & Ed Heath's dedication to the SRT sealed his nomination & confirmation.  With this knighthood Ed Heath becomes also the first Knight of San Jacinto from the Alamo Chapter along with being the first President General SRT.  Once again we are very proud!

Alamo Chapter Member, Ed Heath, sworn in as President General

Alamo Chapter member Ed Heath become the top man in The Sons of the Republic of Texas on March 3rd, when he accepted the job of President General SRT.  Ed will oversee over 50 chapters & well over 4000 members.  Mr. Heath is also the first member of the Alamo Chapter to reach the level of President General, I know I speak for the whole chapter when I say congratulations President General Ed Heath!

Texas Proud Judging Contest, Feb. 22nd, Cibolo, TX

On Thurs February 22nd, 14 Alamo Chapter members volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo. The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of   Dr. Gilbert Garcia  , and it appears to be a resounding success. The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at the  San Antonio Christian School Student Life Center  on April 14th .

On Thurs February 22nd, 14 Alamo Chapter members volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo. The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of Dr. Gilbert Garcia, and it appears to be a resounding success. The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at the San Antonio Christian School Student Life Center on April 14th .

Membership Meeting, Blanco BBQ, Feb. 15th

Guest speaker   Eleanor Marie Zepeda   presented to the Alamo Chapter the history of her ancestor Don Juan Ximenes. Mr. Ximenes was born in San Antonio de Bexar in 1810 & was a veteran in the Texas War for Independence, from 1835-1836, the highlight being involved in the storming party at Battle of Bexar on December 5, 1835.

Guest speaker Eleanor Marie Zepeda presented to the Alamo Chapter the history of her ancestor Don Juan Ximenes. Mr. Ximenes was born in San Antonio de Bexar in 1810 & was a veteran in the Texas War for Independence, from 1835-1836, the highlight being involved in the storming party at Battle of Bexar on December 5, 1835.

Alamo Chapter 2017

Christmas Party, Sonterra Country Club, Dec. 14th

On Thursday Dec. 14th, members of The Sons of the Republic of Texas Alamo Chapter gathered at The Sonterra Country Club to celebrate the Holiday Season & the achievements of the organization in 2017. Over 70 members along with their significant others were in attendance to show thier support for the Alamo Chapter.

Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon updates the crowd on our Essay Contest

2016 was a busy year for Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon & 2017 was no different. Since starting the educational project Mr. McCutcheon & his colleagues have awarded thousands of dollars in donations & involved over 21,000 students & staff in the contest.  After addressing the crowd, 1st Vice President General Ed Heath presents Al with a check for $3000 for the Education Program.

Rock Port Fulton School District Relief Fund

Treasurer    George Chall   discusses the damage done to the Rock Port Fulton School District after Hurricane Harvey hit the small coastal town this past summer. So far the Alamo Chapter has raised over $1500 for the fund, it's goal is $3000.

Treasurer George Chall discusses the damage done to the Rock Port Fulton School District after Hurricane Harvey hit the small coastal town this past summer. So far the Alamo Chapter has raised over $1500 for the fund, it's goal is $3000.

Guest Speaker Billy Kiser “Texas history post-Texas Revolution up to the Civil War”

After an introduction by 1st VP John Meehan, Guest Speaker Billy Kiser goes into detail about his book “Texas History Post-Texas Revolution Up to the Civil War.”  The book focuses on the ways Texas changed & didnt change in the 20 years leading up to the Civil War.

President's Star Award Winners

Chapter President Jason Chall recognized two winners of the President's Star for 2017.  Treasurer George Chall & Vice-Communication Chairman Wes O'Neill

Alamo Chapter Award Recipients

Chapter President Jason Chall  honored the 2017 Alamo Chapter Medal winners.  Pictured from left to right are Budget Chairman Nick Martinez, 2nd VP Tom Jones, Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis & 1st VP John Meehan.  The medal recognizes Chapter Member's dedication & exceptional service on a yearly basis. Three winners were 3rd year recipients, with John Meehan receiving his first award.

Distinguished Service Award Honorees

President Jason Chall had the honor of announcing this years DSA winners for the Alamo Chapter. Seven of the names called; Bob Benavides, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, Robert Bohmfalk, Dick WeitzelEd Health & Jason Chall; are all previous award winners. The Distinguished Service Award is to spotlight members who go beyond the call of the duty for the Chapter year after year. To be up for nomination for the DSA you must meet all requirements for the award continuously over a 4 year time frame, not an easy accomplishment.

The Alamo Chapter Remembers

Tommie Wood & Father Omar Pittman

2017 was very tough year for the Alamo Chapter, two important leaders of the organization, Texas Proud Chairman Tommie Wood & Chaplain Father Omar Pittman went to join their ancestors. A wooden cross, designed & carved by Alamo Chapter Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis was presented to Father Omar's wife Mary & another to Tommie's wife Bobby for their husbands' unwavering service to the Chapter.

Swearing in the New 2018 Officers

We were honored to have 1st VP President General Ed Heath on hand to personally swear in our 2018 Alamo Chapter officers.  Congratulations to President Jason Chall, 1st VP John Meehan, 2nd VP Tom Jones, Secretary Eldon Cagle, Treasurer George Chall,  Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis, Chapter Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, Registrar Ken Pfeiffer, Chaplain Billy Bob Highsmith, Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides, Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer. 

2017 Christmas Raffle Winner: Martha Esparza!!!

After raising over $300 for the Rock Port Fulton School District, devastated by Hurricane Harvey, it was time to announce the winner of our Chapter Raffle.  With some help from Holly Chall, Chapter President Jason Chall selected the number for the top prize & Martha Esparza was the winner! Congratulations Martha!!!

Battle of Bejar, La Villita, Dec. 9th

Admin. for Historical Events  Bob Benavide s ,  Secretary General    Ken Pfeiffer  , member   Butch Ward  ,  Chapter   President  Jason Chall  , &  1st VP   General    Ed Heath   support  SALHA  with The Battle of Bejar reenactment at La Villita.   Bob Benavides   also Chairman of  SALHA,  led a group though the narrow streets of La Villita, bringing to life the battle that drove the Mexican Army out of San Antonio & Texas.

Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides, Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer, member Butch Ward, Chapter President Jason Chall, & 1st VP General Ed Heath support SALHA with The Battle of Bejar reenactment at La Villita. Bob Benavides also Chairman of SALHA, led a group though the narrow streets of La Villita, bringing to life the battle that drove the Mexican Army out of San Antonio & Texas.

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec. 7th

Marketing Officer  Dick Weitzel,  2nd VP  Tom Jones,  1st VP General  Ed Heath,  Admin. of Historical Events  Bob Benavides,  1st VP  John Meehan   &  Sgt-at-Arms    Al Davis   representing the Alamo Chapter pay tribute on a rainy Dec 7, 2017 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio ", there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 9th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, 2nd VP Tom Jones, 1st VP General Ed Heath, Admin. of Historical Events Bob Benavides, 1st VP John Meehan & Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis representing the Alamo Chapter pay tribute on a rainy Dec 7, 2017 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio ", there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 9th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

battle of Mission Concepción, Oct 27th

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 9th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 9th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

Battle of Salado Creek, Sept. 15th

1st Vice President General    Ed Heath  , Chapter  2nd VP    Tom Jones  , founder   Albert Gallatin  ,  Marketing Officer    Dick Weitze  l, member   Paul Vielmas   ,   Admin. for Historical Events    Bob Benavides   &  Secretary General  Ken Pfeiffer   ( not pictured )     gather to commemorate  The Battle of Salado Creek,  the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek. The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

1st Vice President General Ed Heath, Chapter 2nd VP Tom Jones, founder Albert Gallatin, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, member Paul Vielmas, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides & Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer ( not pictured ) gather to commemorate The Battle of Salado Creek, the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek. The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

Battle of Medina, Atascosa Cty, August 19th,

President    Jason Chall  ,  Treasurer    George Chall  , members   Paul Vielmas   &   Davis Barnds  ,  1st VP    John Meehan  ,  Historian    Robert Bohmfalk  , &  Admin. for Historical Events    Bob Benavides   gather together to commemorate the  Battle of Medina , on Saturday Aug 19th. The  Battle of Medina  was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the  Republican Army of the North ), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

President Jason Chall, Treasurer George Chall, members Paul Vielmas & Davis Barnds, 1st VP John Meehan, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, & Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides gather together to commemorate the Battle of Medina, on Saturday Aug 19th. The Battle of Medina was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the Republican Army of the North), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

Astros Game w/ Sam Houston Chapter, Aug 6th

Alamo Chapter  Treasurer    George Chall  ,  President    Jason Chall   & Sam Houston   Chapter  President    Ben Warren   pose for a picture before the Houston Astros & Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday Aug 6th. Over 60 SRT members from San Antonio & across Houston came out to watch the Astros exciting come back victory in the 9th inning. The Astros scored 4 runs in the final inning to finish the game 7-3. Special thanks goes out to  President  Ben Warren  , who planned & put the event together.

Alamo Chapter Treasurer George Chall, President Jason Chall & Sam Houston Chapter President Ben Warren pose for a picture before the Houston Astros & Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday Aug 6th. Over 60 SRT members from San Antonio & across Houston came out to watch the Astros exciting come back victory in the 9th inning. The Astros scored 4 runs in the final inning to finish the game 7-3. Special thanks goes out to President Ben Warren, who planned & put the event together.

Membership Meeting,  River City Seafood & Grill, May 18th

Chapter 1st VP John Meehan once again selected a great location & exceptional speaker for our 2nd quarter membership meeting at River City Seafood & Grill on Thursday May 18th. Guest speaker William V. Scott, a native San Antonian, and seventh generation Texan, educated the chapter on Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers. William is a passionate historian specializing in the Texas Revolution, Antebellum South and the War Between the States. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas A&M University – San Antonio and is currently earning a Masters of Arts in History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. William is currently serving as Captain and Chairman of Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers, Chairman of Archives and History Committee of Oak Island UMC, Director of Lone Star Heritage Association and President of the Oak Island Cemetery Association. 

Pilgrimage To The Alamo, DRT Event, Apr. 24th 2017

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.  The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

Historic Walking Tour & Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, Alamo, Apr 22nd, 2017

Alamo Essay Awards Ceremony, Minuet Room, Menger Hotel

After a tour of the Alamo Compound grounds, under the banner of The Alamo Plaza Historical Walking Tour, hosted by our Administrator for Historical Events, Bob Benavides, & our Administrator for Fiesta Events, David Jauer, Alamo Chapter guests were directed to the Minuet Room in the famous Menger Hotel. Within an arm’s reach of the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, students, teachers & family gathered for the annual “Letters from the Alamo“ Essay Writing Contest. Brainchild of chapter member Dr. Gilbert Garcia & merged with the already highly-successful Poster Writing Contest started by Al McCutcheon & Bob Benavides, the programs have been extremely popular & have involved 22,946 students since their inceptions.  The Northside Independent School Districts (N.I.S.D) were represented by middle schools Sam Rayburn, H. B. Zachry & Sul Ross, while Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (S.C.U.C. I.S.D) included Dolph Briscoe, Ray D. Corbett, & J. Frank Dobie junior high schools.  Administrator Kim Young oversaw the logistics for the contest for N.I.S.D & administrator Becky Williams was the point person for S.C.U.C. I.S.D.  The students were instructed to imagine that they were in the Alamo during the final days; cold, hungry, exhausted, missing their loved ones & knowing they will probably never see them again.  One last courier was about leave the Alamo & the students were to write a final letter to their family; the author of the letter could be a real Alamo defender or a fictionalized one.  Our goal was for the students to get as close to “feeling“ what these men & women were going through, so they could truly understand their sacrifice.  Along with historical accuracy, the letters were judged by their creativeness; how well did they reproduce the hardships, sounds, smells & emotions that must have overwhelmed the Alamo compound almost 200 years ago.  Twenty students received “Top Thirty“ certificates while the remaining ten through one were awarded individually numbered & designed certificates.  The first prize also earned a 180thAnniversary Commemorative Flag.  Each winner also received a Chapter Medal from Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer. The ceremony began with the pledges, with Roger Duncan & 1st VP John Meehan doing the honors.  President Jason Chall was master of ceremonies & handed out certificates with our Administrator for Education Programs, Al McCutcheon, announcing the winners.  Before the awards were given, Chapter members Jason Chall, Billy Bob Highsmith & Al McCutcheon educated the crowd on their ancestors & the difficult lives they had during The Texas Republic. The highlight of the afternoon was past winner Sara Lancaster who had prepared a speech for the event.  Sara gave encouragement & some words of advice to the students in the audience, on history & in life.  Ms. Lancaster was also awarded a 180th Anniversary Commemorative Flag from 1st Vice President General Ed Heath.  After the ceremony was complete, each school that accurately followed the pre-set guidelines for the contest received a check from The Alamo Chapter to support Texas History in their respected School districts. The Awards ceremony’s great turnout & success was truly a combined effort from all members of The Alamo Chapter, a big thanks go out to all who sacrificed their time to make this event a memorable experience for the students & their families.

Historic Walking Tour, SRT & SALHA Event, Alamo Plaza

For over 30 years, Alamo Chapter SRT Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides & Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer have been hosting the Alamo Plaza Historical Walking Tour. Its purpose is to educate the public on the total Mission Compound & not just the Church that many associate as being the Alamo.  On this date Apr 22nd & in cooperation with the San Antonio Living History Association ( SALHA ) is was the students, teachers & parents of the Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest who were our honored guests for the tour.  Mr. Benavides started at the main gate with David Jauer handling the sound system & Gilbert Garcia & Historian Robert Bohmfalk handling flag detail. After a brief statement about The Sons of the Republic of Texas organization by President Jason Chall, SRT member Rusty Busby discussed the 18 pounder at the southeast corner & the importance of artillery at the Alamo.  After a stop at the Trevino House the tour headed to The North Wall.  President Jason Chall along with SALHA 1st VP Phillip De La Pena (portraying Lt. Col. William Barret Travis ) explained the vulnerability of this area & why it was so quickly overrun during the battle. Mr. De La Pena recited to the crowd the letter Travis sent out to “To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World “,  a letter that ended with the famous words “ Victory or Death “ .   After educating the crowd on the Long Barracks, Bob Benavides led our guests to the last stop, The Palisades & The Church.  Here Chapter Member Wes O’ Neill brought to life the eerie last moments of David Crockett & The Tennessee Mounted Volunteers. 

San Jacinto Day-DRT, Alamo Plaza, Apr 22nd, 2017

The Alamo Heroes Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas celebrates San Jacinto Day in front of the Cenotaph at Alamo Plaza on Saturday Apr. 22nd.  SRT Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall was invited to be an honored guest at the ceremony.

New Gonzales Chapter Up & Running! Apr 1, 2017

From left to right:   Braxton Steen, Rick Steen, Brayden Steen, Kirk Lubbock, Eric Chester   (Gonzales Chapter Registrar),   Judge David Bird   (Gonzales Chapter President),   Richard Crozier   (already a Gonzales Chapter member),   Kenneth Fink, Edward Heath   (SRT 1st Vice President General), and   Dick Weitzel   (SRT “Heart of Texas” District Representative)

From left to right: Braxton Steen, Rick Steen, Brayden Steen, Kirk Lubbock, Eric Chester (Gonzales Chapter Registrar), Judge David Bird (Gonzales Chapter President), Richard Crozier (already a Gonzales Chapter member), Kenneth Fink, Edward Heath (SRT 1st Vice President General), and Dick Weitzel (SRT “Heart of Texas” District Representative)

County Judge David Bird is leading the effort to reactivate Gonzales Chapter 29 of “The Sons of the Republic of Texas” (SRT). The next meeting, which will be the first Chapter Meeting, will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at 2:00 PM, at the County Courthouse.  All prospective members are encouraged to attend, to learn more about becoming a member of the Gonzales Chapter, and to receive assistance in completing their application.  All interested, and eligible, descendants are encouraged to attend.

Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest Judging, Cibolo,TX Mar. 23rd, 2017

Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Robert Bohmfalk, Jim Massingill, Billy Bob Highsmith, John Meehan, George Chall, Jason Chall, Roger Duncan, Dick Weitzel, Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, David Jauer, Bob Benavides   &   Tom Jones

Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Robert Bohmfalk, Jim Massingill, Billy Bob Highsmith, John Meehan, George Chall, Jason Chall, Roger Duncan, Dick Weitzel, Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, David Jauer, Bob Benavides & Tom Jones

On Thurs March 23rd, 15 Alamo Chapter members volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo.  The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of Dr. Gilbert Garcia, and it appears to be a resounding success.  The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at Alamo Plaza April 22nd .

Annual National Meeting, Kerrville, Mar. 18th, 2017

Rebecca Williams  of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District receives the 2016  Educator of the Year Award  from SRT  President General  Bob Steakley   at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrville, Texas on March 18th.  Mrs. Williams  has been instrumental in the success of the Alamo Chapter's Texas Proud Essay Contest.

Rebecca Williams of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District receives the 2016 Educator of the Year Award from SRT President General Bob Steakley at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrville, Texas on March 18th. Mrs. Williams has been instrumental in the success of the Alamo Chapter's Texas Proud Essay Contest.

Alamo Chapter  Marketing Officer  &  Past President    Dick Weitzel   ( far right ) gets swore in as the new  Heart of Texas District Representative  of The Sons of Republic of Texas at the National Meeting. Congratulations Dick!

Alamo Chapter Marketing Officer & Past President Dick Weitzel ( far right ) gets swore in as the new Heart of Texas District Representative of The Sons of Republic of Texas at the National Meeting. Congratulations Dick!

Dawn at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, Mar. 6th, 2017

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo, and The Sons of the Republic of Texas were at the forefront. Presidents & representatives of all the Chapters of The SRT from across the state came to the Alamo Plaza to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Revolution.  Bob Benavides Admin. for Historical Events, hosts & MCs the program through SALHA. The Alamo Chapter SRT, as the sun rises on March 6th, lay a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall & President-General Robert Steakley of the SRT are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter along with toasting the fallen after the ceremony. 

Toast to the Fallen

The Sons of the Republic of Texas President General Robert Steakley & members from across the state raise their glasses in remembrance to the men & women who lost their lives at the Alamo March 6th, 1836.

Texas Independence Day, The Alamo, Mar. 2nd, 2017

Marketing Officer  Richard Weitzel  ,  2nd VP  Tom Jones  ,  President    Jason Chall  ,  Historian    Robert Bohmfalk  ,  Admin. of Educational Events  Al McCutcheon  ,   Rusty Bugsby  , &  1st VP General  Ed Heath   gather in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.

Marketing Officer Richard Weitzel, 2nd VP Tom Jones, President Jason Chall, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Rusty Bugsby, & 1st VP General Ed Heath gather in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.

On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States.

Membership Meeting, Milano's, Feb 16th, 2017

Guest Speaker   Art Martinez   brings to life to the Alamo Chapter some important historical players from the earliest families of San Antonio & gives examples on how they influenced this multi-cultural, cross-road city.

Guest Speaker Art Martinez brings to life to the Alamo Chapter some important historical players from the earliest families of San Antonio & gives examples on how they influenced this multi-cultural, cross-road city.

Alamo Chapter 2016

Christmas Party Oak Hills, Dec 8th, 2016

On Thursday Dec. 8th, members of The Sons of the Republic of Texas Alamo Chapter gathered at The Oak Hills Country Club to celebrate the Holiday Season & the achievements of the organization in 2016. Over 70 members along with their significant others were in attendance along with special guest SRT President General Bob Steakley, KSJ.  

SRT President General Bob Steakley, KSJ addresses the Chapter

President General Bob Steakley, KSJ brings the audience up to speed on the future of The SRT & its goals for 2017.  PG Steakley also stated how proud he is of The Alamo Chapter & it's high level of activity in the organization.  Outgoing Chapter President Dick Weitzel thanked Mr. Steakley's kind words with a gift from The Alamo Chapter; a 180th Commemorative Flag.

Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon updates the crowd on our Essay Contest

It has been a busy year for Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon. Since starting the educational project Mr. McCutcheon & his colleagues have awarded thousands of dollars in donations & involved over 21,000 students & staff in the contest. His efforts did not go unrecognized in 2016, for Al McCutcheon was awarded the " National SRT " Distinguished Service Award.  President Dick Weitzel presented Al with a picture of Mirabeau B. Lamar ( Father of Texas Education ) from all of us at the Alamo Chapter to express how proud we are of his achievments.

Speaker Donaly Brice educates the Chapter on the Comanches

Speaker Donaly Brice brought to life a common fear many Texan settlers faced during the early years of the Republic; kidnappings by Native Americans.  After an excellent introduction by Chapter Member Tommie Woods ( a personal friend of Donaly's ) Mr. Brice told the story of a Texan family that had three of their children abducted by Comanches & their long, difficult struggle to get them back. After the talk, President Dick Weitzel thanks Mr. Brice with a picture of Chief Bowles.

Christmas Raffle for Education Progs.: Winner PG Bob Steakley!

A gift basket containing a Yeti mug, spices from Bolner's & a 180th Commemorative Flag was raffled off to the members & guests during the dinner.  All proceeds were to go to the Education Program of the Alamo Chapter. When the winning number was announced the lucky recipient was none other than President General Bob Steakley.

2016 Alamo Chapter Medals Awarded

1st VP Jason Chall & President Dick Weitzel honored the 2016 Alamo Chapter Medal winners.  Pictured from left to right are Tom Jones, Al Davis & Nick Martinez.  The medal recognizes Chapter Member's dedication & exceptional service on a yearly basis. All three winners were 2nd year recipients, having also received the medal in 2015.

2016 Distinguished Service Award Winners

President Dick Weitzel had the honor of announcing this years DSA winners for he Alamo Chapter. Eight of the names called; Bob Benavides, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, David Jauer, Tommie Wood, Jim Massingill & Ed Health are all previous award winners.  This year three new members where enshrined into this exclusive club; Robert Bohmfalk, Jason Chall & Dick Weitzel. The Distinguished Service Award is to spotlight members who go beyond the call of the duty for the Chapter year after year. To be up for nomination for the DSA you must meet all requirements for the award continuously over a 4 year time frame, not an easy accomplishment.

Swearing in of Alamo Chapter Officers for 2017

We were honored to have President General Bob Steakley on hand to personally swear in our 2017 Alamo Chapter officers.  Congratulations to new President Jason Chall, 1st VP John Meehan, 2nd VP Tom Jones, Secretary Eldon Cagle, Treasurer George Chall,  Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis, Chapter Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, Registrar Ken Pfeiffer, Chaplain Omar Pitman, Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides, Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer. 

Changing of the Guard: 2 years of dedicated service