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Donald Elton Jennings
9 May 1937 - 23 Nov 2017
Our Compatriot and dear friend Don Jennings of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter passed away at his home Thursday morning. Don was a member of the DC Society, but since moving to Boston, VA, many years ago he has been a very active dual member of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Viewing will be at the United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper, VA, on Tuesday, Nov 28th, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. A Memorial Service will follow in the same church at 12:00 noon.
Don will be buried in Pennsylvania.
Eleven CMM compatriots and six wives attended the Memorial Service for our compatriot, Don Jennings.
18 Nov 2017 Luigi's Restaurant, Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter met at Luigi's Restaurant in Culpeper Virginia for the annual Chapter Awards Meeting. Eighteen members, seven spouse/friends (six DAR members), and three prospective members attended. To begin the awards ceremony, President Jerry Hubbard presented Certificates of Appreciation to Charles Jameson, Michael Dennis, Tom Hamill, Bill Mutziger, Lon Lacey, and Bill Schwetke.
President Jerry Hubbard also presented two medals, the Chapter Distinguished Service Medal to Registrar Bill Schwetke and the Martha Washington Medal to Cat Schwetke.
In the business portion of the meeting, Bill Schwetke strongly encouraged members to attend the Virginia SAR Annual Meeting in Richmond on February 9th and 10th. This would allow CMM compatriots to learn what other chapters are doing and see how our state organization works.
Perhaps the most important order of business was the election of the CMM officers for 2018. The following were elected to serve us in 2018:
President - Tom Hamill
1st Vice President - Jim Lillard
2nd Vice President - Charles Jameson
Secretary - Russ Karr
Treasurer - Bill Mutziger
Registrar - Russ Karr
Historian - Held Vacant for a prospective member
Chaplain - Len Cowherd
11 Nov 2017 Culpeper National Cemetery
On a beautiful, but cold morning, a crowd of about 100 people gathered to honor veterans at Culpeper National Cemetery. The CMM were represented by their Color Guard, today comprising Michael Dennis, Charles Jameson, and Bill Schwetke. The Culpeper County High School Band, led by Duane Clore, provided the music, and the keynote speech was given by Brett Reistat, candidate for American Legion National Commander.
A Service of Morning Prayer for the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Virginia at Valley Forge.
5 Nov 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA
This morning Virginia SAR President Mike Elston led a delegation of eleven Virginia SAR members from five chapters to the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge for a service honoring the Continental soldiers who wintered at Valley Forge during the Revolution. Seven of the Virginia SAR members participated in the Color Guard during the ceremony. Also participating were members of the Virginia DAR and the New Jersey SAR and DAR. The CMM were represented by Larry Alexander, Len Cowherd, Greg Schumacher, Bill Schwetke, and Craig Truskey. Alexander, Schwetke, and Truskey participated in the Color Guard.
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