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The Founding of Jamestown

Paul Snodgrass

March 11, 2008

The March meeting of the Northern Virginia Regional Group of the EFV8CA was special in that we had five ladies in attendance and the program had nothing to do with Ford V8s or cars in general!

Vice president Eric Sumner asked for short reports about coming events following by the 50/50 drawing won by Steve Groves. Cliff Green displayed the 5th place award plaque from the newsletter contest. The refreshments were raised to new higher standards by Maury Roesch who brought CATERED sandwiches, chips, pickles and cookies from Panera Bread! There were so many remaining that Maury insisted we take some home. It was indeed a surprising and most welcome spread. Thanks Maury!

Our program speaker was introduced by NVRG member Bill Simons . Paul Snodgrass, a lo0ng time business associate and friend of Bill's serves as the Chairman of the Town of Vienna's Jamestown 400th Anniversary Committee. Paul's background includes membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, the Optimist Club of Vienna, the Fairfax Genealogical Society and Historic Vienna, Inc. Because of Paul's extensive volunteer service he was named Citizen of the Year for 2006 by the Vienna Times newspaper.

Mr. Snodgrass topic was "Celebrating Jamestown, Virginia, America's Birthplace." Since 1807, and every 50 years thereafter, the founding of Jamestown is celebrated. One hundred five male passengers sailed in three small ships for 4 months on a venture sponsored by the Virginia Company of London. Their basic mission was to find timber since England had been stripped. They landed and settled in a community on a river that they named after King James. Half of the members  died the fist year for lack of food. This was 13 years before the pilgrims land at Plymouth!

Paul continued his interesting and enlightening talk about Jamestown, John Smith and Pocahontas with support from handouts, pamphlets, maps and historical material. There were considerable questions from the membership after the conclusion of his talk. The evening was concluded with a hearty round of applause.

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