Texas Hall of Fame - Class of 2018
Native Texan Tom Green has been active in both the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Much of his time since retirement has been promoting these the history of these two societies. Tom was the founding president of the Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels Chapter #50 of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and he has also served as Hill Country District Representative of the Sons of the Republic of Texas for four years, and currently serves on several national committees such as the Youth Essay Committee and currently serves as chairman of the Speakers Bureau Committee and the Honor Days Committee. In 2006, Tom was inducted as a Knight of the Order of San Jacinto at the annual convention of the SRT, which is the highest award of the SRT, which was started in 1843 by President Sam Houston during the Republic of Texas days. Tom was named Texan of the Year by the San Jacinto Descendants in 2005, and was awarded the National Merit Award by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge in 2007.
Tom was elected as National Color Guardsman of the year, and received the George Washington Award from the SAR. Tom is a member of the Texas Army, and was appointed an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Perry.
Judge Lawrence has a long history of dedicated service to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, having served as President General for the 2015-2016 term. Previously, Judge Lawrence served the National Society as Secretary General [2014 – 2015], Treasurer General [2013 – 2014] and Chancellor General [2010-2013]. In addition, he served as Texas State President for Sons of the American Revolution for the 2009-2010 term.
Lawrence has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award, Bronze, Silver & Gold Good Citizenship Medal, Minuteman Award, Texas & National Distinguished Service Medal and the George Washington Distinguished Service Award by the Sons of the American Revolution. Judge Lawrence and his wife Mickey Jo have established a lasting legacy with SAR through creation of the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.
Lawrence, who received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1980, was sworn in as Justice of the Peace on January 1, 1983 and re-elected to seven successive four-year terms before retiring December 31, 2014. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct in 1991, elected Vice-chairman in 1994-1995, and Chairman in 1996-1997, becoming the first Justice of the Peace to serve as Chairman. The Texas Supreme Court appointed him to serve again from 2008-2009 becoming the only person ever appointed to serve a second time on the Commission.Judge Lawrence has a long-standing record of service to his community having served in the following positions: District Chairman Flaming Arrow District – Boy Scouts (1995); Director Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce (1989); Former Trustee, North Harris Montgomery County College Business and Industry Council, Mercer Arboretum Foundation, North Harris Montgomery Community College Foundation; and Former Advisory Board Member of the Roseate, Inc., Junior League of North Harris County, the Spring Independent School District Occupational/Technical Education Committee; and Former Board of Regents of the Texas Chiropractic College (2014-2015). He is a Past or Current Member of the Humble Rotary Club, 1960 Exchange Club, and Champions Breakfast Club, in addition to Sons of the American Revolution.
Judy Callaway Ostler
- currently serves as Vice President General National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. From 2016-2018, she served as Texas State Regent. Mrs. Ostler has been recognized for her contributions by the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution with the Martha Washington Medal, Medal of Appreciation and the SAR Medal of Liberty. She initiated and coordinated a project to provide more than $100,000 in Disaster Relief Funds to veterans, school children and DAR members who were victims of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding aftermath.
Mrs. Ostler led efforts to raise more than $100,000 for the restoration and preservation of the Texas First Ladies and DAR Historic Gown Collection at TWU. As a part of that effort, she published Courage, Charm, and Character, a Texas history book on the First Ladies of Texas and the DAR Historic Gown Collection at TWU. She created a DAR-SAR Liaison Committee for TXDAR to promote collaboration between chapters of the two organizations. Mrs. Ostler also created an ‘Adopt-A-Scholarship’ program to raise funds for TXDAR scholarships and endowment funds.
Cheryl Whitt Rios is a native of Kentucky, although she moved to Texas as a young child. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Summa cum Laude degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. She was a fingerprint specialist with the Fort Worth Police Department, owned a medical transcription service and served as a project coordinator for a criminal justice institute “think tank.”
Cheryl is a member of forty-eight lineage societies and has co-founded three lineage societies. She has served on the national board of ten lineage societies in varying offices and is an Honorary President General of three societies: Descendants of Sheriffs and Constables of Colonial and Antebellum America, National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor and Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565-1861. She is the current Commander General for the Order of the Blue and Gray.
She has also led two Texas societies (TX Governor for Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, and TX State President of the Daughters of Colonial Wars). Cheryl also led two California state societies (Governor of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and State President of the Dames of the Court of Honor). She is a member of the Royal Society of St. George and a Dame Chevaleresse in the Prior of St. Matthew Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar), as well as the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Cheryl is a Past High Priestess, Phillaron Court, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America. Cheryl has received appointments as a Kentucky Colonel from Kentucky’s Governor, an Arkansas Traveler from the Governor of Arkansas and Governor Abbot of Texas appointed her a Yellow Rose of Texas. She wears four National Society Sons of the American Revolution medals for women to include the Lydia Daragh medal. In 2018 Cheryl was awarded the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Distinguished Citizen Medal.
Mrs. Tillman has made a significant contribution as a pioneer in the use of computer and internet technology for lineage societies. In NSDAR technology work is grouped under the title of Volunteer Information Specialists. She served as one of the first state chairs for the VIS Committee 1995-1997. DAR named Mrs. Tillman the Volunteer Information Specialist of the Year in 1997 and 1998, in recognition of her contributions. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly to streamline genealogy and administrative processes for DAR through the use of computer applications. She was a significant contributor to the DAR’s electronic membership data-base and the DAR Genealogy Research System which is used by all DAR chapters and state societies as well as national officers and committee chairs. During her term as TXDAR State Recording Secretary, she created an electronic data-base of all state society motions. She continues to innovate in the use of technology to preserve the history of the Texas Society DAR and improve accessibility to that historical information for all Texas members. Her leadership and vision for the recently released public website for TXDAR has created a ground-breaking public relations tool for the State Society. Mrs. Tillman served as State Registrar for the Florida Society United States Society Daughter of 1812; Texas Society DAR, State Vice Regent; State Recording Secretary; State Treasurer; State Historian, Florida Society DAR; State Senior Treasurer, Texas C.A.R.; Senior State Parliamentarian, Texas C.A.R.; Senior Second Vice President, Florida C.A.R; NSDAR National Chair of VIS, DAR Genealogy Preservation, Membership and Genealogical Records committees, National Parliamentarian for National Society New England Women and the National Society Dames of the Court of Honor; and served as Texas Society DAR State Regent.