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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Pulled Back to Pullmans – July 5th

Brothers, Ladies, and Guests – We’ll be at Pullman’s, 230 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, for the July 5th meeting.  Gather at 6PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM with meeting to follow.  Bring $US cash. The Pullman does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).  See you there.

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Beast-Roe: Oh Dear!

Based on decisions made at the May Sojourner meeting, the 7 June meeting will be at the FAMILY BISTRO. The address is 227 Cherokee Ave, Leavenworth. It is across the street from Pullmans Restaurant.   We will meet at  1800  and order off the menu. The Family Bistro is closed on Wed night so we will have the entire place to ourselves. As in the past please let me know of your attendance so I can let them know the count.  We decide where we will meet on a recurring bases at this meeting.

Thanks,
Dick

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Old Salts and Peppered Tales

April 5, 2017 – Ten of the indians gathered around the camp fire and swapped a lot of old tales while the roast reached its perfect doneness. After a fine repast and some after-dinner brandy, we got down to business.

Topics of importance covered during the brief moment while all were focused: Commitment of funds to send a worthy Cadet to Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge for the Youth Leadership Conference in July, 2 May JROTC Awards night at Leavenworth High School, Essay Contest at Patton Jr  Tuesday 2 May with daytime award ceremony, sickness and distress, and remembrance of our recently passed brother, Billy McAfee.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Cafe, Abernathy Building, 1102 N 2nd 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 $10 per person. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a meal ready for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. You are obligated to pay for the meal whether you show or not. Bring $US cash. The Cafe does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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Back to the Future

Change #2:  “The Sojourner Chapter  will meet on the  first Wed in April, 5 April, at Pullman Restaurant on Cherokee St  Leavenworth. NOT AT THE CAFÉ. Originally the meeting night was changed to 12 April because of the Armed Forces Scottish Rite Reunion. But I just checked the AFSR home page and see the Reunion is not until 18 April.  Also April 12 is in the middle of Holy Week and a lot folks have church commitments.” – Bro. Dick Wright.

Therefore, the meeting is back to the original Wednesday.  Please  let Bro. Dick know if you are planning to attend.

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A Shift in the Space-Time Continuum

This shift could … unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!

A Note from the Chapter Secretary.  March and April Sojourner chapter meetings will by off their normal Wednesdays.  In March we will met on 8 March at Pullman Restaurant because 1 March is Ash Wednesday.   In April we will meet on 12 April at Pullman Restaurant because Scottish Rite Reunion is scheduled on 5 April.  If these dates change I will let everyone know.

Remember 13 April is Maundy Thursday and 14 April is Good Friday. Palm Sunday being on 16 April.  Thanks, Bro. Dick

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March Meeting Change of Date!

Note: March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday.  In order to ensure our membership does not have to make a choice between Ash Wednesday observances and Sojourners, Fort Leavenworth Chapter #154 will be moving meeting night to Wednesday, March 8, 2017. All other arrangements remain the same.

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Fabulous February – Furry Feast

It’s a short month and the first Wednesday arrived quickly (Feb 1st!), the day before Groundhog Day.  Rather than wait for the rodent to predict gloom and doom for the next six weeks, Brother WhistlePhigg took the initiative to yank the woodchuck from his burrow and make him part of the evening’s repast.  BBQ marmot went well with the fricasseed spotted owl and the clubbed seal bacon.  As always, a great meal.

Business of the hour included Flag Building reports, Americanism Essay offering at Patton Jr High, the indecorous dressing down of our officers by the National Commander at our October encampment, and Color Guard for Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, all of which was quickly adjudicated and properly disposed.  Prayers were offered for Brothers McAfee, Patterson, and Cook, and their ladies.  Concerns were raised for absent Brothers Henke, Merrick, LaPreze, Weilemann, and Larson.

Oh, and since there was no ‘dirt weasel’ to make prognostications, there was no shadow.  Therefore, spring will arrive six weeks early.  You’re welcome.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Cafe, Abernathy Building, 1102 N 2nd 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 $10 per person. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a meal ready for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. You are obligated to pay for the meal whether you show or not. Bring $US cash. The Cafe does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).

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Run Out on a Rail

Our ship has come in!  Unfortunately, we were at the railroad depot.  In a pre-snow, cold, January evening, the gang gathered at Pullman’s in Leavenworth for the first meeting of 2017.  Keeping with the railroad motif, a train whistle was plainly heard when the idea of initiating a new member was proffered.

Bros. Barry, Robert, Vic, and Dick immediately after Bro. Robert’s initiation.

President Bro. Barry engineered a fine initiation ceremony for Bro. Robert LePreze who is now a Sojourner in good standing.  After making the grade, he’s seen in the picture (left) shown holding his new Sojourner’s medal.

We remember our good friend Brother Joe Madenjian was seen on a video taken this past Thanksgiving.

Next Sojourners meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Cafe, Abernathy Building, 1102 N 2nd 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 $10 per person. Please let Brother Dick know you are coming so we have a meal ready for you. But, please, if you say you are coming, come. You are obligated to pay for the meal whether you show or not. Bring $US cash. The Cafe does not accept devil’s dollars (i.e. Euros).  Stay tuned, because we may change venues due to a change in commitment by the Cafe.

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