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Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter

Minutes of the
February 9, 2007, Meeting


The regular monthly luncheon meeting of the General George S. Patton, Jr., Chapter SAR was held Friday, 9 February 2007, in the Garden Room of Marie Callender’s restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. The meeting was called to order by Chapter president Bill Henry. In attendance were twelve compatriots: Ron Risley, Dick Hawley, Richard Caldwell, Frank Budroe, Bill Henry, Ward White, Steve Hurst, Hale Hamilton, Dick McMullen, Gary Smith, Bob Colbern, and Bob Taylor; and four guests, Mrs. Bernie Smith, Mrs. Rosemarie Risley, Mrs. Sonny McMullen, and Mr. Karl Hinderer, guest of Richard Caldwell.

The invocation was given by compatriot Gary Smith, followed by the pledges to the Flag and the SAR.

The membership certificate for Frank Henry was presented to his father, Bill Henry (ancestor Maj Peleg Heath); and a supplemental certificate was presented to Bob Taylor (ancestor Michael O’Hair).

Reports: The following reports were presented:

The minutes for the meeting of 12 January 2007 were read and approved.

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.

The registrar’s report was read. The supplemental applications for Bob Taylor (1), Hale Hamilton (3), Richard McMullen (1), and Steven Colbern (1) are pending. Two prospective members, Robert Loren and Brian Keith Taylor, are preparing applications.

The chaplain’s report discussed the poor health of member Don Montgomery, while member Walt Yates has recently passed away.

There was a 25 minute break for lunch.

The Essay Committee’s report was presented by Bill Henry. Six essays were received and evaluated by Ward White, Ron Risley and Bill Henry. The winner was Jolene Paul of Los Angeles, whose essay was “Women’s Rights Flourish in the American Revolution”. All will receive a certificate of commendation, while the winner will receive a bronze Good Citizenship medal and have her essay submitted to state. Richard Caldwell asked if a notice had been submitted to the Ventura County Star. Bill Henry noted that more publicity is required for Chapter news. Bill called for a volunteer to take the committee chairmanship, but offered to continue if a volunteer was not forthcoming.

The Valley Forge teacher program committee was reported on by Steve Hurst. One letter has been received, and is being evaluated by compatriot Hurst.

Old Business:

Ron Risley reported no news has been received regarding the status of the state meetings to be held in Santa Barbara the 1st week of Nov 2007.

The Massing of the Colors at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn, scheduled for 18 Feb 2007 was discussed. Compatriots Frank Budroe, Steve Hurst, Ron Risley and Michael Winters will form the color guard, which has been invited to join the Kansas group.

All members were encouraged to provide e-mail addresses to the chapter for distribution of the newsletter and other information.

New Business:

The chapter has been invited to join the DAR for their meeting of 22 March 2007. Bill Henry will be the guest speaker and will speak on the Cincinnati Society. This meeting will not take the place of the regular chapter March and April meetings.

The Children of the American Revolution have requested donations, and a donation of $25 was recommended and approved.

Ron Risley’s wife, Rosemarie, prepared three Valentine’s gifts. The lucky recipients of the drawing were Bill Henry, Dick Hawley and Frank Budroe. Dick Hawley will miss 14 Feb this year, due to crossing the International Date Line.

Program: The program titled “Patton: A Study in Leadership” was presented by Bob Colbern, and provided an in-depth review of the Patton family history. Among the interesting facts brought out was that special permission from the Patton family was required to name our chapter after General Patton.

The next meeting will be on Friday, 9 March 2007. The program will be the “Battle of Brandywine – Part 2”, presented by compatriot Richard Caldwell.

The meeting was adjourned following the benediction by Gary Smith.

Respectfully submitted

Robert Taylor, Chapter Secretary.