Our group, at about 50% strength, met on Tuesday, October 11th at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club for our quarterly luncheon. Our gathering included Bill Jokela, Brian Tung, Eric and Paula Wester, Gary and Susan Dahl, Wayne Lehrer, Rick Cantrell, Donna Weddle, Timothy Mallard, Pedro Reyes and Randall Bowen. It was a great chance to reconnect to catch up on Summer travels and hear updates about ministry developments. We were especially blessed to have senior chaplains and the chapel NCOIC welcoming us and leading us in prayer.
More than half of our group, however, were away and many sent greetings. For Ben and Betty Ness it was moving day to their new home, Renee Klish, Bob Richter, Dennis Madtes, Ivan Ives and Kristi Pappas all sent their regrets. Jeff and Monika Young and Jerry and Sherry Reynolds explained they are looking forward to the national gathering in San Antonio. Benchuck Manning was committed to a VA Hospital Pastoral Care luncheon. Doug Lee and Ron Crews were both traveling (to Hawaii and North Carolina), and David and Janice Hicks let us know they will soon depart for a visit with their son and family in England.
Our Washington DC-area chapter of the USACCRA will be well-represented at the San Antonio gathering at the end of the month. And we will look ahead to our next gathering when we will reconvene in the new year with two dates set: Thursday, 2 February at Ft Myer and Tuesday, 16 May at Ft Belvoir.
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