Upper Snake River Valley Newsletter November 2017

The prelude music was a series of patriotic songs played by Sylvia Walker at the piano.
On Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing who gave a welcome to 68 members and guests.
His thought for the day was “Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” Opening prayer was offered by Richard Larsen.

Dan Porter recognized the guests Reed and Susan Thurman, Keith and Tracy Wilcox and Lee Barney and Joanne ( Keith Wilcox’s father gave him a lifetime membership in 1965, Lee Barney attended for the first time at the October meeting.)

We then enjoyed an awesome meal provided by Alton and Paula Wilde and their food committee. It consisted of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, turkey dressing and our Chapter 25th Anniversary sheet cake.

During the meal Ron Gibb explained that the annual dues are $15.00 for the chapter which are given to him and $50.00 for the National which are sent to the National office or can be given to him.

The historical moment, given by Lewis Clements, was a short history of the Spori Building, which was the first built on the Ricks College (BYU Idaho) campus. Its location was way up the hill on Second South up from College Avenue and between Center Street and First East. At the March 1900 Fremont Stake Conference it was announced that the new Stake Academy building would be built, which was authorized in late 1899. Its dimensions would be 126’ x 130’ and contain three floors with considerable classroom space as well as a large auditorium. The building would be constructed of cut stone from the nearby quarry which cost sixty-five cents per ton, and would be the most modern building possible. The cornerstone was laid by George Q. Cannon of the First Presidency and the building took three years to complete. The building was estimated at $40,000 but ended up costing about $50,000.

Because of the number of students planning to attend the academy, a boarding house or dormitory was authorized. It was constructed on the northeast corner of the academy property and was dedicated on 19 December 1902. The academy was completed in time of the 1903-04 school year.
The building had two offices and six classrooms on the first floor. On the second floor there were two rooms for the principal’s offices, a library and four classrooms. The third floor had a large auditorium and four classrooms. In 1909 a canal was dug leading to the campus for watering the grounds. About 2004 the old Spori Building was razed and a new building built, closely resembling the old one in design. President of Ricks/BYU-I David A. Bednar supervised its construction.

President Grover announced that Douglas Ladle had been nominated to be the President Elect for the year 2018 and President in the year 2019. No one else was nominated and after being moved and seconded that Nominations be closed, a vote was held and it was a unanimous decision that Douglas Ladle be the President Elect for 2018.

He then turned the time over to the BYUI ROTC for the program. The BYU Idaho ROTC with cadets Call, Kemp, Irvine, Hatfield and Kuhn presented the colors followed by the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Cadet Kuhn. Cadet Irvine led the Pledge of the Allegiance.
ROTC Cadets Hall and Irvine presented the Historical American Flags with a description of each. (examples were Red Cross of St George, Meteor Flag used on ships, British Flag, New England Pine Tree Flag, Rhode Island Flag, Grand Union Flag flown over Valley Forge, Bunker Hill Flag, Continental Navy Jack with inscription “Don’t Tread on Me”, Rattle Snake Flag, Vermont Flag, Culpepper Minute Men Flag, First Stars and Stripes 14 June 1777, South Carolina Battle of Charleston 1776, Green Mountain Boys Flag, Star Spangled Banner and the Civil War Flag of the Union. The flags and their history were provided to us by the Grand Teton Peaks Boy Scout Council.
ROTC Cadet Hart told the history of the National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” He indicated that there were several songs before this one, for example, “Hail Columbia”, “My Country Tis of Thee”, and America, the Beautiful”. The Star Spangled Banner became the National Anthem on 3 Mar 1931.
ROTC Cadet Hatfield spoke on “Patriotism” and emphasized that service in the military is an excellent way for men and women to demonstrate their patriotism to show that they vigorously support our country and its flag. He also indicated that the spouses and families of those serving is another example of those who vigorously support the country as well.
Sergeant First Class Abriam, one of the ROTC Leaders, spoke on how much she admired the cadets for the sacrifices they make and the quality of young men and women they are and that they will be excellent leaders of the Army in the future because of their “love of country”.
President Grover recognized those in our Chapter who had served in the United States Military Service. He then asked each one to relate something about their service. Those who served in the Army were: Nile Boyle, Kenneth Brown (Served in WWII at Iwo Jima), Max W. Brown, Steve Bunnell, Lawrence Coates, Robert Cox (who served in the Philippines during II World War), Jerry Glenn, F. Martell Grover, Phil Harmon, Douglas Ladle, Daniel Porter(Military Police), Robert Pyle (Navy), Dwayne Seeley, William Skinner, Byron H. Meader (also served during WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars), Nancy Quarez (who served in the Navy), Alton Wilde, Gordon Williams (Korea and Italy) and Lee Workman (Air Force). Reed Thurman, a visiting member of SUP, also shared his experiences in the Military.
President Grover directed the two Door Prize drawings, which were two calendars for 2018 prepared by the National Museum of the United States Army. Those who won were Ron Gibb and Hettie Brown.
The closing prayer was offered by Robert Pyle.
The Postlude music was provided by Sylvia Walker.

We were reminded that next month’s meeting would be on 21 December with speaker, John Thomas from BYU-I, on “Religious Freedom in America”.

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