The National Society Sons of the American Revolution
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was formed on April 30, 1889 as a fraternal organization "designed to perpetuate the memory of the men who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people."
The Paul Carrington Chapter #5
The Paul Carrington Chapter was originally formed in May of 1930. The name"Paul Carrington" was selected because he was a notable Revolutionary patriot (learn more) and several original members were his descendants. In May 1966, two influential members of the Chapter, Messrs: Paul Wise and Walter Sterling, were unable to agree, and so Walter Sterling and a number of former members of the Paul Carrington Chapter formed the Houston Chapter. These two men eventually reconciled and became good friends again. In 2003, the Houston Chapter was dissolved and many of its members joined the the Paul Carrington Chapter. The Paul Carrington Chapter has as one of its goals, strong and fraternal relations with the Houston Chapter, the DAR, and the CAR.
Meetings are held throughout the year, a Constitution Day meeting is held in September, a Bill of Rights meeting in December, and a George Washington Birthday Dinner in February. Honored guests at the dinner have included former Governor William Clements, former Governor and Supreme Court Justice Price Daniel, Senator Phil Gramm, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas C. Phillips, Senator Harry Byrd, and outstanding leaders of the City of Houston and the State of Texas. The Paul Carrington Chapter is proud of its many patriotic and civic contributions. Examples of these include an award given to the outstanding Eagle Scout; medals and scholarships given to outstanding R.O.T.C. and N.R.O.T.C. students at the University of Houston, Rice University, and local High Schools; awards given to persons who have dedicated their lives to Law Enforcement; Heroism Medals given to persons engaging in a significant act of heroism; an award is given to an immigrant High School student who has demonstrated significant character and achievement and the Chapter supports the Douglas G. High Oration contest among High School Students. Recently, the chapter has given to the city of Houston a monument commemorating the anniversary of the United States Constitution; additionally, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the Chapter has dedicated a flag and flagpole in Hermann Park adjacent to the Paul Carrington speakers podium at the entrance to the Houston Zoo.
Pledge To The SAR
"We descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe."