Our speaker for the January 19 meeting was G. William “Bill” Thomas, the 5 term President of the James Monroe Foundation. The James Monroe Memorial Foundation was founded in 1927 by President Monroe’s granddaughter, Rose Gouverneur Hoes and her son, Laurence Gouverneur Hoes, and was incorporated in Virginia in 1947.

The Mission of the Foundation is to preserve and honor the life, ideals, works and memory of the fifth President of the United States of America, James Monroe.

The Foundation is undertaking an effort to reconstruct Monroe’s birthplace. Work to start the reconstructed house’s foundation is scheduled for this Spring.