Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
10 Feb 2008

     Chapter members attended the “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY: WHEN BASEBALL WENT TO WAR” 9 -11 November 2007 at The National World War 2 Museum (formerly the D-Day Museum) in New Orleans. The program was about all the Professional Base Ball Players of the 1940s most of whom volunteered for the various Armed Forces for service in World War II. Most notable was the great Ted Williams, others on the program were; Bob Feller, John Pesky, Morrie Martin, Jerry Coleman and Lou Brissie. The keynote speaker at the banquet was Tommy Lasorda. Taylor Energy Co sponsored twenty of our members for this event.
     On December 1st, 07 members Jim Anthony, Bob Moreau and Lloyd Stout and their spouses attended the Mardi Gras Krewe of Argus’s Coronation Ball which began the events leading up to Chp XXX’s program of HELP HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2008, where we have several combat veterans ride in the Mardi Gras Day Parade.
     The annual Taylor Energy Christmas Party was held on December 6th 2007 where each guest brings an unwrapped Child’s Christmas Toy for the local TOYS FOR TOTS program giving them to underprivileged children. Chapter members present were, Steve & Beth Grimm, Tony & Sandy Riddle, Jim & Mitzi Anthony, Bob & Judi Moreau and Owen Wall with his granddaughter Madeline.
     Jim & Mitzi once again hosted our New Year’s Eve Party at their lovely home. This year we were honored to have a distinguished guest, MG Jack Singlaub, his wife Joan with her brother Jim & wife Brenda Lafferty. The members really enjoyed talking with Gen Singlaub and he was equally pleased to be conversing with them all. He was also delighted when Jim showed-off his (restored) De Lorean automobile. For midnight there was plenty champagne and fireworks that everyone enjoyed.
     Our quarterly meeting was held on Saturday January the 26th 2008 at the Cypress Room of Frank’s Restaurant in Prairieville, LA. The meeting began at 1100 hrs with the Pledge of Allegiance, the benediction and a moment of silence for our fallen brothers, to include Chapter member Albert Maryman. A delicious buffet was served with many people going back for seconds. The Guest Speaker was our newest member Brandon Haynie who returned home last August after commanding a helicopter gunship unit in the mid-east. Brandon presented a power-point display and videos of combat footage from the ships in his unit. It was really engrossing and interesting. The usual business matters were discussed then the installation of new officers was held. Jim McCurry, Chairman of The Election Committee gave the results of the election and swore in the new officers; Pres. Willie Stevens, V-P. Fred Dent Jr., Sect. Jim Anthony and Treas. Bob Moreau. In attendance were twenty members, twelve spouses and seven guests that included Mack McClain, Earl LeBlanc, John & Angelique Hurth, Chase & Brittany Johnson, and her father David Irvin.

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