Unfortunately, Chad Sweet, Secretary Chertov's Chief of Staff, understandably had to cancel his visit with us due to hurricane "Ike." Nevertheless, we had an outstanding meeting with wonderful speakers stepping in to help us on such short notice. All of the people who addressed us are greatly appreciated. We are thankful for their making this meeting so interesting.
First, Curt Nelson, State Republican Executive Committeeman for Senate District 25, reported on his interesting-and-exciting experiences at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
Second, retired Col. John Dickson, husband of our member, Gogi Dickson, filled us in on the importance of Camp Bullis; he requested that we contact our state senators and representatives to make sure they protect this valuable asset. Members told me later that they were surprised to learn of the importance of Camp Bullis and what goes on there. Many also commented they didn't realize the future economic impact Ft. Sam will have on the community--much more so than Toyota as stated by Col. Dickson.
Next up was retired Col. Ken Allard. Col. Allard was one of our guest speakers last year. If you are wondering why you have not been seeing his columns in the Express-News lately, it is because he was "let go" because of budget cuts! Interestingly, his opposite--Monsour Ek-Kikhia, the liberal columnist, wasn't "let go" because of budget cuts. Maybe we should call or email the Express-News to say we miss reading his column and to ask why it is not being carried.
Commissioner Lyle Larson addressed us later in the program for a few minutes as did Judge Joe Brown, 57th District Court, Judge Marcia Weiner, J. P. Court, Precinct 2, Ann Comerio, candidate for Chief Justice, 4th Court of Appeals and Dr. Johnny Lovejoy, State Executive Committeeman for Senate District 26.
The October luncheon is going to be another great one. We will have both U. S. Congressman Lamar Smith as our keynote speaker, plus guest speaker Borah Van Dormolen, immediate past president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.