Membership Appreciation Reception

We hosted our Eisenhower Society Member Appreciation Reception on Sunday afternoon, March 26.  We met at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (GAR) in Gettysburg to chat with fellow members and get better acquainted.  Everyone enjoyed light refreshments, including cheese, fruit, mini cupcakes, brownie bites and chocolate chip cookies.  Thanks to the generosity of Ruthmary and Bob McIlhenny and Duane and Linda Williams, a delicious white Sangria was available as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

We again welcomed sculptor Gary Casteel to display his bas relief plaque of General Eisenhower.  A portion of the sale of each plaque will be donated back to the Eisenhower Society for as long as the plaques are available for sale. For more information  click here.

The historical nature of the GAR Hall and its size made it the perfect venue for this event.  After greetings from President John Burt and Executive Director Carol Hegeman, Vice President Ruthmary McIlhenny shared some information about Eisenhower and religion.  She mentioned that Eisenhower said a prayer at his inauguration, was baptized 10 days after his inauguration and signed the legislation that added “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954. On July 30, 1956, President Eisenhower signed a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto.

At 3:30 p.m. interested attendees had to option to walk one block to take a tour of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, where the Eisenhowers attended. The tour was conducted by Society Trustee Bill Sterrett who received General Eisenhower’s support to get an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Sterrett also had the honor of escorting Mamie Eisenhower the day the church dedicated the Eisenhower Pew.  Bill, assisted by Eisenhower Society member and church historian Dale Molina, gave a tour of the sanctuary, the Eisenhower Lounge and Eisenhower artifacts on display.

We thank our sponsors for their support of this event:  Col. David Belcher, Ken and Sally Weiler, Tony TenBarge, Priscilla Roberts, Ken and Lina Farabaugh, Brigadier General Samuel K. Lessey, Jr., Col. Mary Lowe Mayhugh, Paul Shevchuk and Carol Hegeman, Ruthmary and Robert McIlhenny and Duane and Linda Williams.

We look forward to hosting another Member Appreciation Reception next year.


2023 Membership Appreciation Reception Photo Gallery