PATRIOTIC ORDER SONS OF AMERICA
July, August, 2017
Brothers, Family and Friends,
As I start to write this President's Perspective, the hot summer is here and we are all wishing to be on the beach having fun with family and friends. Please remember to sign up to attend the National Convention or one of the banquets being held at the Eden Resort in Lancaster from the evening of Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24.
As I look back on the two years as the National President, the Order has accomplished so much in a short period of time. I’m happy that we are bringing in new Brothers to many of our Camps. Some Camps have earned the $500.00 for bringing in 5 or more new Brothers and having them obligated before the end of my term. Once again, the P.O.S. of A. is growing!
We have accomplished what many of our Brothers thought was not possible . . . merging the PA State Camp into the National Camp. We did it, even though it was not as easy as we thought it would be. So much of the National and PA State business was done out of the old Philadelphia Office, sometimes we could not tell them apart. Since the move to the Leesport office, we have streamlined the Order and we now have an Order that can move forward and unite us to keep the Patriotic Order Sons of America around another 100 years or more.
We have tried to visit as many Camps as we could. We have made three visits to the Orrstown Camp in Central PA and are happy to see that they are again meeting monthly and growing.
A small group of our Brothers made a visit to Old Swedes Church in Swedesburg, PA to attend their Church service and afterwards walked in the cemetery next to the Church. We found the grave site of Anna Holstein, the lady who asked our Order to help her save George Washington Headquarters in Valley Forge, which the Order did.
The Order also made a commitment this year to raise funds to help the Washington Memorial Heritage make and to send a DVD about the history of Washington and the Troops at Valley Forge. The DVD is being sent all over the United States to raise funds to help the historic Washington Memorial Chapel that was built to honor those Patriots.
Many Brothers and their families made our annual trip to Philadelphia to participate in the Flag Day festivities and show that the Patriotic Order Sons of America is still quite active. We had another great Valley Forge Day this year with the presentation of a new American Flag to the Park Service and raising it at the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge Park.
The Degree Team did an outstanding job on two different nights showing our newest members the way things were done in the past and seeing some of our history. I have to thank Larry Craley, Mike Werley, and Carol for running the Leesport office and making sure everything is getting done for this Order. We still have a way to go to keep the Order running as a business, but I am sure it will be accomplished with the National Trustees watching our investments. I hope to see many of the Brothers and their families at the Convention in September.
Thank you all for the support you have shown me and all the Officers by allowing us to visit your Camps, sometimes on short notice, and by making us feel welcome on all our visits. Thanks also for all the support you have given to me during my term as National President. It is only through this support that we are able to accomplish our goals and continue to grow.
God Bless America, and God Bless the P.O.S. of A.!
Member of Eagleville Camp #523