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Presidents Corner

July 2018 Newsletter

We will not meet in July and August. Our September program is our first of the 2018-2019 Program Year, which runs from September 2018 through June 2019. In September, Frank and Bonnie Orlando will present their program “General and Mrs. Lee in Character”.

2018 NPS Albert Z. Conner Intern, Thomas Ritz

I would like to thank Thomas Ritz, “our” 2018 Albert Z. Conner Intern, for attending the June meeting.

Thomas Ritz is from Apalachin, New York. He is an Eagle Scout and has worked at a Boy Scout Camp. He also gained excellent public contact skills working at McDonalds. Among his interests he includes playing an old-time fiddle. Thomas is attending Davis College in Johnson City, New York pursuing an Associate’s degree in Christian Ministries. He then plans to enroll in Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and their Bachelor’s program in Civil War/19th Century America. Thomas would like to become a Park Ranger.

June Program

Our June program was presented by Ryan Quint on the “The Battle of Portland Harbor”. We appreciate his insight, knowledge and passion regarding this unique battle.

The Program Committee

The Program Committee consists of Pat Quinn, Scott Boyd, John Pavlansky and Paul Scott. I wish to personally thank them for their extra ordinary efforts in identifying, contacting and acquiring such unique and interesting programs for the year ahead. (See Program Year 2018-2019 )

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

As a reciprocal courtesy, we provide a regular feature each month of the speakers for the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table's current program. The RVCWRT meets the second Monday of each month at Brock's Riverside Grill, Sophia Street at Lafayette Blvd. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations should be made by emailing Bob Jones at (preferred) or call (540) 399-1702.

Brochures and Community Contacts

The new brochures have been printed and distributed throughout the city retail establishments, libraries and local museums. Professional cards for our officers and general membership have been printed and are available. See Beth Daly, Secretary, if you would like some cards. Special thanks goes to Ted Watkins for his expertise in designing the brochures and professional cards. Front Porch Magazine continues our ads each month. Notices of our meetings are printed in Alan Zirkle's History Alert, The Civil War News newspaper, North South Traders Civil War magazine and the History Calendar of the Town & County Section of the Free Lance-Star.

CWRTF Website, Facebook and Email Address




Please take the time to check out your media sites. If you have stories, pictures or other items of interest you would like to share, please forward them our webmaster Roger Leturno at

Membership and Roster

We have had substantial membership growth and a proportionate increase in the number of guests this year. Please make our new members feel at home and our guests welcome by introducing yourself and inviting them to sit at your table. Continue to bring your friends and acquaintances as guests to our meetings and ask them to join. Membership is an investment into the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg. I hope you will agree that the learning and social experiences of our monthly meetings, as well as our Heritage Awards and Albert Z. Conner Internship make for an excellent return on investment.

Rather than having an officers' head table as we have had in the past, the officers are sitting with the membership to facilitate getting better acquainted. Besides the speaker, we have also endeavored to seat some guests and new members at the head table. So take the opportunity to ask your fellow members about themselves, their backgrounds, their history, whether it be professional or military or whatever, and you'd be surprised at the "history" of each person.

Updating our membership roster is an ongoing process. Members can update their contact information by signing into our website or by giving it to our secretary, Beth Daly.

50/50 Raffle

Please buy raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle in order to support the projects of our club at the table just inside the Rappahannock Grand Ballroom.


The entrance table also contains brochures and printouts for other history related events, and is available for such bulletins as members may wish to place. Books donated to the club may also be placed there by members.


Please make your reservations for our September 26th meeting by Friday, September 21st, 2018, by calling (540) 361-2105, emailing or responding to this newsletter by email. Late reservations can usually be accepted, but it can present difficulties in food preparation. Our caterer prepares our meals based on our expected attendance, and we do not want to be short of food. If you, subsequently, find that you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation in a timely manner so that the club does not have to assume the cost of that meal.

Thank you, members, for your attendance, participation and input in our club. It has indeed been a pleasure to see and experience the passion and interest of our members both in the study of the Civil War and in sharing it with others by bringing guests and new members on board.

I look forward to seeing you all at the September 26th meeting.

John Harris

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