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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October Citizens Banding

October 4 Meeting (10-4)

President Vic Henke declared this meeting to be in honor of the Citizens Band since the date was 10-4.  Of course, he was referring to us Sojourners, the band of citizen-soldiers-Masons.

Important!!  The November gathering will not be a Sojourners meeting.  We will have a Heroes  of ’76® Encampment instead.  There has been a rustling in the bushes but we can not yet ascertain the cause.  We need to be ready to initiate if we find a lurker worthy of enlistment.
MUSTER!!  Formation will be 01NOV17, 1800 hours at Boughton Memorial Hall, 313 Kearney Ave., Fort Leavenworth.  Catered chow will be provided so bring $15 US and none of that Euro junk.  Dinner will probably be around $10.  Make sure you let Adjutant Wright know you are coming, but if you say you’re coming, be there.  You’re on the hook for the meal whether you show or not.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 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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September is Citizens Month

President Henke declared September as Citizenship Month

Citizenship Day 2017, also referred to as Constitution Day, is a combined holiday observed annually on September 11. It is a day dedicated to commemorating the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787 and is dedicated to all United States citizens. (More information)

Honoring the Constitution and grateful for the fabulous inheritance as American citizens, we decided to extend the holiday to all of September.  At our September meeting, with several Masonic politicians and high mucky-mucks present, Bro. Vic made the bold declaration.  It was unanimous in its adoption and immediately codified. September is Citizenship Month.  (Ed note. Natural and Adopted legal Americans should be grateful every day of the year.)

The rest of the meeting included a fine meal in the “upper room” and lot of great information and business was transacted.  We had only 5 available seats left, so it was a comfortably full house.  Flag Building season has slowed down.  The only one on the books is for May 8th, 2018.   We need more on the calendar if we are to fund our next student to Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge in July.  Heroes camp is still slated for November.  Relief funds were approved for the Texas disaster appeal from MSANA.

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Heroes Build a Flag for Pilgrims

Flag Building Program was conducted at Pilgrim Community Church in Leavenworth on Sunday, July 30, 2017.  Pictured are Brothers Vic Henke and Herb Merrick with kids who witnessed the historical program.  Our Heroes of ’76® will present the program at your club or church.  Use our Contact page to begin the coordination.  More information is available about our Flag Building.

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Let the Fireworks Begin! – July 5th Meeting

Leavenworth Ks. On a steamy July 5th evening, ye old Sojourners had powered wigs and dry powder for their muskets. 
As a final salute to America’s Independence Day celebration, Sojourners gathered at the Pullman in Leavenworth to fire cannons and toast the country’s birthday.  Only seven Sojourners were present so the 12 year old scotch went several times around the table.

For business, we put together Annual Reports for National HQ.   After several tongue-in-cheek responses, we realized that although our Freedom Fund is at 70% funded for a student scholarship to the Youth Leadership Conference, no students were nominated this year for the trip.  We need to do a better job at telling our story so we have a student nominee for next year.

Bro. Richard Schroder is our chapter’s 2017 nominee for Done the Most for Americanism for the Sojourner year.

PRIZES!  All members are automatically entered.   You need not be present to win (and you most certainly want to be present to ‘assist’ with the nominations).  All decisions are final.  Winners of the new year Officer positions are:
SOJOURNERS
President: Vic Henke
1st VP : Tom Dials
2nd VP : Rob LePrez
3rd VP:  Aaron Ewing
Secretary/Treasurer: Dick Wright

HEROES OF ’76
Commander: Herb Merrick
CoS: Tom Dials
ACoS: Vic Henke
OD: Rick Reichert
Adj: Dick Wright

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 2nd.  Stay tuned to this blog for updates for place and program of the evening.

Look for a Heroes of ’76® bivouac in September for the purpose of enlisting a recruit or two into the ranks of the Continental Army.

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