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Barnegat Bits                                     Vol 8 Iss 25

President's Message: Valley Forge
I have often wondered why George Washington was appointed to lead the Continental Armies during the War for Independence.  What made him so great?  How did he build a reputation that gained him such broad support in a time when each of the colonies operated very independently of each other?  How was he able to lead so many men to war and to gain their undying respect?  Certainly, he was wealthy, and he must have had a very charismatic persona.  But he has been revered to the point of a deity in our history and culture.  How does that start?
Honestly, I have only begun to scratch the surface to learn the answers to this nagging question.  Before being a lawyer, I was and will always be an historian.  But I may not have to go far to research this question.  I recently heard a story about old George that you might have heard.  It is not the mythical representation of our most famous founding father; it the story of a soldier----of a leader and his men. Back in 1777, George moves the Continental Army into Valley Forge for the winter.  It is cold.  The troops set up camp.  They live in their field tents until they are able to build themselves cabins.  But George has a house waiting for him.  He could move right in, but he doesn’t.  He too lives in his field tent.  Until last man of the Continental Army has a cabin to live in, George too lives in his tent.
It is not hard to imagine how such a man would gain the respect of the men under his command.  He is a wealthy man, but he is a soldier just like them.  So maybe my search for an answer is already over.
Last Week's Meeting: The Danger of a Single Story
Last week Jason played a TED Talk from host Chimamanda Adichie. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Quote of the Day

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

-- Theodore Roosevelt

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