Whistleblower Exposed

Our president found himself the subject of a whistleblower at the October 2nd meeting of Fort Leavenworth #154. Actually, everyone in attendance were whistleblowers thanks to an anonymous donation of 120 of the famous wood train whistles on sale at the Pullman Place Family Restuarant. “The noise was worse than a parade of kids with kazoos”, said one of the regulars at Pullman’s. “You should all be in the Shrine Oriental Band”, said a member of the Adballah Shriners divan, who wished to remain anonymous. “Yeah, said a Sojourner, “they are just a kazoo band for adults, so same difference.”

Bro. Arnold gave a rousing pitch for High Twelve and the Shawnee High Twelve charity called The Wolcott Foundation. The Foundation awards fellowships for graduate students seeking higher education in government-related studies. Since most of the attendees have had enough government for a lifetime, no one picked up an application.

Attention Heroes of ’76®: Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov 6th for an Encampment Bivouac at Camp Boughton. [Some high muckety-muck at HQ put out the official definition: One charter, one Hero, one camp is a BIVOUAC.  Two charters or more, two Heroes, two or more camps is an ENCAMPMENT.] Chow will either be Rear of Steer or a Rack of Ribs. (We’re opting for the ribs!). Heroes are required to bring your own carcass and muster with us.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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Back to Being Schooled

We max’d out the ballroom at Pullman’s for our September meeting. President Henke could feel the anticipation in the air as the agenda items were ticked off (as opposed to the attendees). Finally, the meeting crescendo was reached and the drawing for the Big Prize resulted in a tie. Apparently, the winning ticket was stuck to another. Wise master Vic was about to declare that the baby should be cut in half, but the prize being only half a cow (the back half) there was some concern that further division would be half-a$$ed. Bro. Neff Befflle acquiesced and allowed Bro. Geo Arge keep the whole half prize.

President Henke then gave a lecture on the History of the National Sojourners complete with color graphic handouts which fostered excellent commentary by those assembled. He is looking for a Sojourner to provide education on the origins of the Camp Followers part of National Sojourners.

Attention Heroes of ’76®: Mark your calendar for Nov 6th for an Encampment at Camp Boughton. Chow will either be Rear of Steer (see above) or a Rack of Ribs. (We’re opting for the ribs!). Heroes are required to bring your own carcass and muster with us.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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April Fresh – Spring is Springing

The mob of Leavenworth area Sojourners met at Pullman’s in the spacious Club Car during a perfect spring evening to conduct the important duty of receiving the Area Representative for Kansas, Lt Col Thomas L. Upton (US Army, Ret.) and his lady, Jane, who made the trip from Omaha.

After the uniformed Army ROTC Color Guard from West Leavenworth Vo-Tech presented the National Colors and the 1776th Army Band played the National Anthem, the Plaid Highlanders Scottish Pipe & Drum Corps piped the Area Representative front and center where he delivered an excellently prepared oratory that kept us spellbound and roused us into a rare standing ovation.

Bro. Herb made a pitch for members of the Kansas Volunteer Infantry to man the Sojourner/Hero table at the Leadership Academy on September 14th at the Doubletree in Overland Park.

President Bro. Vic presented the complete oratory history of Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware at Christmas, December 1776. How sink the potent patriots of these days when compared with those who braved the harsh winter and did what can only be described as mission: impossible. We still owe so much to those who had so little but the grand ideal of living free from a tyrannical government and foreign rule.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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In Labor – Out Sourced

Chapter Commemorates Labor Day

“I see!”, said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.  – Sample of Labor Day Tool Usage

Brother George Arnold gets congratulated after initiation into Sojourners

President Vic noted that today is National Cheese Pizza Day.  Cheese, can you believe that?  President Vic also initiated a new member, Brother George Arnold who took the oath of a Sojourners and did 25, one-handed push-ups to celebrate.  It was a great turn-out to see the feat, or in this case, the arms.  We marveled  over the many upcoming events and activities.  President Vic then reviewed the next series of Sojourner events:

  • Wednesday, October 3rd – Normal meeting at Pullman’s
  • Wednesday, November 7th – Heroes Encampment at Boughton
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Christmas Gathering at Mama Mia’s

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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Sojourner Media Stars

Lately, we’d had several photos of our Heroes in action in the Leavenworth Times.  For example, in the May 22, 2018 edition, Bro. Dick Wright appeared on page A2 receiving a War Wound Certificate and Wounded Warrior Coin from the Sons of the American Revolution at a Henry Leavenworth Chapter meeting.

Then, in the June 8th edition, there’s Brother Dick Wright again on Page A2, at the Sons of the American Revolution, but this time with fellow Heroes of ’76; Brothers Vic Henke and Richard Schroeder.  They presented a history talk on the American Flag.

 

And, there is Bro. Dick again, this time trying to hide his face, but we know it’s him.  This was in the June 19th edition of the Leavenworth Times, page A2, Living History event with Bro. Dick near Henry Leavenworth’s gravesite in the National Cemetery on Fort Leavenworth.

And, one again, Bro. Dick appears in the Friday, July 13, 2018 edition on Page A2 receiving a certificate of appreciation from the Sons of the American Revolution for his portrayal of Henry Leavenworth shown in the previous picture.

Thanks, brothers, for being visible and active in the community.  Big judos to Bro. Dick who has been a media super star.

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Today is Dee Day

“Steamy!” That not only describes the weather outside, but also the show inside.  It being D-Day + 74 years, our venerable President, Bro. Vic opened the meeting with a moment of silence, followed by the Twilight Tattoo from the Fife & Drum Corps, then a reenactment of the storming of Utah Beach.  After all that, he proceeded with the normal order of business.   All this took place in the back room of the Pullman Diner.

At our meeting, we covered the ROTC/JROTC medals and  Essay Contest awards presented in May and upcoming Flag programs.  See upcoming Flag Building opportunities and join us where you can.  Organizations wanting a Flag program should contact us via our Contact Page.   The meeting went down hill when the slate of new officers was read and the All-Volunteer officer corps was voluntold what their new positions would be.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

Note: We had a short May meeting, but pending severe weather required the early adjournment of the meeting and your author to be out weather spotting.

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April Flour Brings Mayflowers

We had a faker’s dozen present for the kick off of our April meeting where the special program was an exposé as to how Colonials baked in the field for the heroes of the Revolutionary War.  Apparently, ingredients included whatever the bakers (sic) could get their hands on.  Bakers were just troops detailed to kitchen duty.  Since the “baker of the day” stayed the baker until someone complained, they were motivated to be very creative with their ingredients.  One diary shows that Private Milus Ryemann once remarked, “This bread tastes like horse dung.  But good!”  The jury is still out whether his quip was a complaint or a compliment.

Leavenworth High School will have their JROTC awards program the evening of May 4th.  We’ll be providing a medal for that.  We also are supporting an Essay Contest at the Junior High School in Fort Leavenworth.  Bro. Dick is looking for readers, so be a hero and sign up for that by calling Dick.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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March Madness – (Insert diabolical laugh here)

Switch to Decaf!

Fire Marshal?

Tough crowd tonight.  We had so many members trying to crowd into the room that the Fire Marshal came by to count heads.  If you missed this one, you missed a good one.  Several of the more known ball players stopped by to sign autographs and give a free-throw demonstration.  Wow!

There was a rousing discussion around the Kansas Masonic Military Affairs Partnership between Kansas Masons and Kansas State University.  Since we are all veterans, this cause should be near and dear to our hearts.  Military Affairs provide vital comprehensive services to current and former members of the military from Kansas, as well as their families. Formed in 2006, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs has matured into a nationally recognized body of educational, research, and outreach services that impacts current and former military members and their families as they move into, through, and out of military services. The program has a specific focus, as it serves Kansas military and veteran communities, reaching 45,000 active duty and 223,000 veterans throughout the state of Kansas.  Our support for this program is another great way to put lodges at the center of their communities as a great place for our valuable veterans to seek assistance.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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February – Heart Check

Pirate hat.   Notice: TWO corners.

Tricorn hat – Three corners – Patriots not Pirates!

Admiral Vic Henke swung the gavel and the meeting began.  Vic was wearing his very nice tri-corn hat on the way to our meeting, but along the way  was apparently given the Jolly Roger by a local youth who thought he was a pirate.

It being the month of Valentine’s Day, each member and guest present was given a complete cardio scan and stress test.  Good idea, since we all needed to work off the steak and lobster special.  Dinner, treadmill and a shower. Everyone passed with flying colors.

Discussions included the Grand Lodge Annual Communication Flag detail in March.  Flag Building opportunities are coming up.  See our Flag Bulding page for more information.  Brother Vic closed the meeting with humor that left us all Jolly, Roger.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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January – Ice Ice Baby

“We’re having this meeting even if everyone in the entire chapter freezes their keister,” says President Vic Henke.  You’d think it was spoken like a true patriot who remembers the sacrifices of our brothers of the Revolutionary War who, in the biting cold of Valley Forge, the Delaware River, and Trenton did what they had to do so we could enjoy the freedoms we still enjoy today.  Not so.  He took off for the warmer climes of Texas.

If you’re trying to figure out where we went in December, we went to Mama Mia’s for dinner.  No business was conducted.  We therefore had a magnificent turn-out; over 20.  We also had a decent turn-out at our January meeting: We had a dozen, presided over by Bro. Dials.  We were thanked for our efforts to fund relief through MSANA in response to the devastating hurricanes this past autumn.

We decided to seek a student to sponsor to the Youth Conference at Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge. We’ll be working with JROTC units in the area to find the best candidate.  The conference runs July 5-8, 2018.  Cost is $460 plus transportation.  Chapter is working on a bake sale in Colorado in attempt to raise funds.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Pullman Place Family Restaurant, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS. Gather at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm. Brothers, you are encouraged to bring your lady. Meetings are usually over well before 8 pm.   Dinner is order-off-the-menu. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a seat available for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. Bring $US cash. The restaurant does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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