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  • NEWSLETTER

    NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. FT SAM HOUSTON CHAPTER #17

    ALAMO CAMP HEROES OF 76 SEE OUR WEBSITE AT

    http://www.ftsamhoustonsojourners.txmasons.org

    Editor: Thomas J. Griffy

    Email: FtSamChapter17@kestler.org

    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-

    bers present.

    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:

    Gower.

    SICKNESS AND DISTRESS: Bro Samuels had

    his surgery and is progressing quite well. His wife

    Elizabeth is still having problems. Bro Donald Gar-

    (continued on page 2)

    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 tkbuilder@stic.net zolad@earthlink.net JMcconn529@aol.com gcheney@satx.rr.com JMcconn529@aol.com

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  • National Sojourners, Inc. Ft Sam Houston Chapter #17 Alamo Camp Heroes of 76

    Page 2 | APRIL 2015

    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

    2015.

    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

    soon.

    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

    presentations.

    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

    DEATHS

    Bro. George S. Woodard Jr., BG USA

    (ret)

    29 Sep 2014

    Anita Woodard

    November 2013

  • National Sojourners, Inc. Ft Sam Houston Chapter #17 Alamo Camp Heroes of 76

    APRIL 2015 | Page 3

    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

    presentation

    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