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NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. FT SAM HOUSTON CHAPTER #17
ALAMO CAMP HEROES OF 76 SEE OUR WEBSITE AT
Editor: Thomas J. Griffy
Minutes of Business
Meeting 4 March 2015
The Monthly Business Meeting of the Chapter
was held 4 March 2015 at The Barn Door. The
meeting was preceded by lunch which was ordered
from the menu provided. 1st Vice President, Broth-
er H. Nelson Dunn opened the meeting in the ab-
sence of the President at 1200 hours. The Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag was led by Vice President.
Dunn; Toast to the Flag was given by Brother PNP
Elliott Samuels, and the prayer by Chaplain Brother
Freddie Freeland. Bro Dunn introduced Bro
Charles Poole who is a member of Ft Bragg Chapter
and now residing in San Antonio.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were ap-
proved as published in the Newsletter.
TREASURERS REPORT: Treasurers report
was approved as presented.
CORRESPONDENCE: Bro Art Polsey submit-
ted for an MIP and his number has been received.
Email from Anson Jones secretary dealing with the
April Encampment in Austin was read to the mem-
REFERRAL OF APPLICATIONS: None.
APPLICATIONS VOTED ON: None.
INITIATION OF NEW MEMBERS: None.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
AMERICANISM: Bro Elliott Samuels deferred to
the committee chairs.
ROTC: Everything is on track. Roster
available to sign up to present the awards. Some
ISSUE 15-04 April 2015
schools have not responded at this time. Help is
needed in presenting these awards.
FREEDOM FOUNDATION: The 2015
Trifold is now available and will be given out to the
Rainbow Girls and Demolay Boys on 9 March. .
Instructions on the MOWW YLCs have been re-
ceived. Received three quotas for Freedom Founda-
tion of which the Chapter will cover the cost of two
and a member will cover the cost of the third one.
Two quotas for the MOWW YLC on the Lexington
second session have been received for June 2015.
ESSAY: Completed for 2015 and will
await the flyer for 2016.
FLAG PROGRAM: Next flag program
will be on 7 March with the Grand Masters march
to the Alamo. We will be the Color Guard. Bro
Lafferty stated the next one after that is on 27 April
2015, possibly one on 27 June 2015. .
BY LAWS: Nothing new.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: Nothing
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Bro Sid Shaen-
field again encouraged members to replace them-
selves and contribute to the 3-6-5 program if they
have not done so. We need to talk to individuals
instead of waiting for them to talk to us.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMITTEE:
None presented this month.
PROGRAMS: The next dinner meeting is on 11
March at the Barn Door. Guest speaker, R:W:
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS: Bro Samuels had
his surgery and is progressing quite well. His wife
Elizabeth is still having problems. Bro Donald Gar-
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President 1st Vice President Secretary / Treasurer Commander Adjutant
T.K. Anthony H. Nelson Dunn J. R. Bob McConnell George H. Cheney J. R. Bob McConnell 345 West Mally Blvd 4411 Talullaw 134 Rhonda Dr 13422 Blackstone 134 Rhonda Dr San Antonio, TX 78221 San Antonio, TX 78128 Universal City, TX 78148 Universal City, TX 78148 Universal City, TX 78148 (210)922-0863 (210)656-8466 (210) 659-6813 (210)566-9957 (210) 659-6813 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org JMcconn529@aol.com email@example.com JMcconn529@aol.com
National Sojourners, Inc. Ft Sam Houston Chapter #17 Alamo Camp Heroes of 76
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rido fell and broke his femur and had surgery at
BAMC. He is still in rehab. Keep these Brothers
and their families in your prayers.
BRIDGE OF LIGHT: The BOL was completed
on 11 February at the Hilton Hotel. Service was
great but attendance was down from last year. Will
need to review how we handle it for next year.
COMMANDER OF HEROES: Bro Dunn an-
nounced that the next Bivouac will be on 29 April
CLMA: Bro Dunn read an email from National
Headquarters that the property that CLMA has in its
possession will be sold. Anyone having an item that
they would like returned must contact National
Headquarters outlining the item and how they want
it returned. National Headquarters will relocate
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.
NEW BUSINESS: None.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: The South Central Area
will hold a Conference and Encampment 10 and 11
April 2015 in Austin, Texas. Brownwood Com-
mandery will hold its meeting tonight at 1800.
Scottish Rite meeting 5 March 2015 at the Scottish
Rite. March to the Alamo on 7 March. A Demolay
Brunch at the Shrine 1100 hours 7 March, followed
by the Grand Masters Conference. All Masons can
attend. A MM forum will be held following the
conference. Sign up for flag programs and ROTC
CLOSING: There being no further business, Vice
President Dunn closed the meeting, at 1245 hours.
Peace and harmony prevailing.
(continued from page 1) MONTHLY BIRTHDAYS !!!
Max Harvey 4/4
Rowland Tessier 4/6
William White 4/6
James Potter 4/7
James Carnes 4/7
Lester Notbohm 4/13
George Kawanami 4/19
Robert Tench 4/19
Roger Hopkins 4/22
Hilario Carreon 4/23
James Vardeman 4/26
Harold Gellert 4/27
Robert Van de Riet 4/30
FT. SAM HOUSTON CHAPTER 17
Bro. George S. Woodard Jr., BG USA
29 Sep 2014
National Sojourners, Inc. Ft Sam Houston Chapter #17 Alamo Camp Heroes of 76
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tary announced that there was none.
PROGRAM: The program for the evening was a
presentation by R:W: Brother Mike Gower, Past
Grand Master of Masons in Texas and a member of
this chapter. He spoke on the Scottish Rite Hospital
for Children of which he is a Board Member. He
gave a comprehensive power point presentation
which covered the hospital and its history. He then
presented a video of what actually takes place at the
hospital and comments that some of the past pa-
tients, doctors and nurses told about their experienc-
es with patients. It also depicted what some of the
patients go through. His presentation was very well
received and he encouraged all to take the time and
visit the hospital. You can take a tour and even eat
at the hospital. A standing ovation followed his
PRESENTATIONS: President Brother T.
K. Anthony then presented R:W: Gower with a Cer-
tificate of Appreciation for presenting the program
for the evening.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Brother Anthony
announced that the next Heroes degree will be on 29
April at Gradys. Next Business Meeting will be on
1 April and the next Dinner Meeting will be on 8
April. Brother Secretary then read the message
from National Headquarters concerning the upcom-
ing move to a new location due to the situation at
Collingwood. Sign up sheets for presentation to
ROTC cadets was on the back table along with the
sign up sheet for Flag programs. Next Flag program
is on 25 April at the Ft Sam Houston Golf Course.
One is also on tap for 27 June 2015. A Color Guard
was conducted on 7 March 2015 for the Grand Mas-
ters walk to the Alamo.
DRAWING: Bro Nick Ramos conducted
the drawing for the evening. The winners were: Zo-
la Dunn, Elizabeth Samuels and Barbara Gower.
Congratulation to all the winners. A special draw-
ing will be held at the April Dinner Meeting.
CLOSING: Without further ado the meet-
ing was officially closed at 2115 hours by President
Anthony. Peace and harmony prevailing.
MINUTES OF THE DINNER
MEETING 11 MARCH 2015
The monthly Dinner Meeting was held on 11 March
2015 at the Barn Door Restaurant. An enjoyable
social hour beginning at 1800 hours was held. Presi-
dent T. K. Anthony welcomed those present at 1845
hours, and had Chaplain Freddie Freeland give the
blessing on our endeavors and meal.
INTRODUCTIONS: Bro McConnell in-
troduced attending dignitaries and guests: R:W: W.
M. Mike Gower, Past Grand Master, Grand
Lodge of Texas and his lady Barbara, R:W: T. K.
Anthony, Committee on Work, Grand Lodge of
Texas, R:W: Paul Adkins, District Grand Master at
Large, R:W: Nick R. Ramos, District Deputy Grand
Master District 35-B, District Instructors, Brother
Dan Mason, Instructor at Large, Brother Paul Ad-
kins, District 35B, Brother David Wolfe, District 40
and his lady Ruth Mary. Bro Elliott Samuels, Past
National President and Recipient of the Legion of
Honor, 2011 and his lady Elizabeth, Bro Bob
McConnell, Past National President, Member of
Board of Trus