Membership Appreciation Reception
Eisenhower Society members gathered Sunday afternoon, March 27th for our first Member Appreciation Reception. We met at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (GAR) in Gettysburg to chat with fellow members, learn about some Eisenhower Society programs, and enjoy light refreshments. In addition to cheese, fruit, mini cupcakes, and chocolate chip cookies, we enjoyed a delicious sangria thanks to the generosity of Ruthmary and Bob McIlhenny and Duane and Linda Williams. Non-alcoholic drinks were available as well.
The historical nature of the building and its size made the GAR Hall the perfect venue for this first-ever event. Eisenhower Society Trustee and Program Chair Paul Shevchuk presented a short Powerpoint program, “Major Eisenhower’s Neighborhood.” He discussed the use of the GAR Hall and other buildings in the neighborhood as they were pressed into service during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic when Eisenhower commanded Camp Colt, the U. S. Army Tank Corp Training Camp in Gettysburg.
Sculptor Gary Casteel also unveiled his new 8X10 inch bonded bronze bas relief of General Eisenhower. For one year, Gary is donating a portion of each sale to the Eisenhower Society. Get details about this sculpture, click here.
We thank our sponsors for their support of this event: Col. David Belcher, Ken and Sally Weiler, Dr. Walton Jones, Tony TenBarge, Priscilla Roberts, Ruthmary and Robert McIlhenny and Duane and Linda Williams.
We look forward to hosting another Member Appreciation Reception in the future.