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Bill Welsch, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Glen Allen, VA 23060                 Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

Did they get a Christmas Dinner? Presents? How did they do that? by Steven E. Anders, Ph.D. Retired Military Historian 7:30pm, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA.,
4602 Cary Street Road, 23226. A parking lot is available behind the church with an entrance off the parking lot to the right and up a few steps into the DINING HALL on the left. Logistics: Sometimes you can't live with them but you certainly can't live without. We've all heard about the battlefield aspect of a battle but was there anything else going on? More interesting and necessary than you can imagine, logistics will be explored. Dr. Anders was born in 1946, in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in nearby Washington Court House. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History (1968), a Master of Arts degree in History (1973), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History (1981), all from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Steve's specialties include U.S. Military History, the American South and the American Civil War. Prior to becoming the Quartermaster Historian at Fort Lee in 1984 he served as a Documents Librarian at Miami University and taught at Indiana University East. He also taught a U.S. History survey course at John Tyler Community, and most recently taught mini-courses on the history of Fort Lee Civil War Logistics for the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond. His list of many accomplishments is too long to list here. From January 2010 until his retirement from Federal Service in January 2013, Dr. Anders served as the Command Historian for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee. He also held the title of Professor of Military and Logistics History at the Army Logistics University at Fort Lee. Steve is married to Colleen Langen Anders, a lifelong elementary school teacher and now retired Assistant Principal at Bettie Weaver Elementary School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. They have two sons, Christopher, 25, and Matthew, 23. Meeting Attendance for Last Month's Dinner: 85
Message from Our President Thanks to Troy Arnold, our November holiday dinner was a wonderful night, with about 80 members and spouses attending. Feedback from many of you confirm my own opinion - good food and good fellowship. And thank you to Dr. Ed Ayers, who enthralled all with his presentation on Staunton, as occupied by both sides. His many stories and vignettes gave us a fuller picture of the trials of civilians during the Civil War. Be on the lookout for his new book The Thin Light of Freedom, due next fall, which presents the entire story. The December gathering is our annual business meeting, where new officers are elected and other business transacted. As I wrote last month, the executive committee will be presenting a change to our current dues structure, combining the existing membership categories into only regular and couples. Please review last month's newsletter for all the details. Your support is critical to keep this round table on sound fiscal ground. Thank you for that anticipated support. The list of 2017 officers is included in this newsletter. You'll notice the the name of long time treasurer Richard Grosse isn't there. After about eighteen years of faithful service, Richard has decided to retire. But you'll still see him at meetings. Art Wingo, with extensive experience in banking and as treasurer of groups such as ours, has stepped forward to fill the big void left by Richard. Kudos to Art for that and especially to Richard for his service above and beyond. He deserves your thanks. Here's one last web site for the James I. Robertson Jr. Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Collection. This was originally the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, but has been renamed in honor of Dr. Robertson. And, finally, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president for this last year. Thank you, also, to the members of the executive committee for their support and guidance. This has been an enjoyable term that actually went by very quickly. But the good memories will remain. I am very confident that Troy and the new officers will provide strong leadership into 2017. It's been fun! Bill
December is our regular yearly business meeting. We will be voting on next year's officers plus several dues items: President - Troy Arnold 1st VP - Elaine Duckworth 2nd VP - Rob Monroe Secretary - Sandy Parker Treasurer - Art Wingo Newsletter and Web Site - Gary Cowardin (In addition you will vote on 3 additional officers) We will also be voting on changing the categories and dues amounts at the December meeting, instructions for our 2017 dues will be outlined in the January newsletter. As per the norm, dues will be collected at the January, February, and March meetings. Checks are preferable and will be used to document payment at meetings and via mail. Cash will be collected at meetings and a receipt will be given to the payee. We will not be collecting 2017 dues at the December meeting.
Our Annual Members Dinner Meeting Was held on Wednesday, December 15 at the Willow Oaks Country Club. Below are several photos from that night. (If you click on each photos a larger version will be opened in a new tab)
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