The evening meeting for January featured the four Republican candidates running for the Illinois State Senate, 54th District.
George Barber, Rafael Him,
Jason Plummer and Benjamin Stratemeyer
Each candidate was given equal time to present their qualifications and desire to run for office.  A question and answer session followed.

Richard "Rick" Watson, St Clair County Sheriff, was not able to attend the meeting so he sent his Deputy in his place.



Anne Cori, daughter of Phyllis Schlafly, will be the guest speaker at our evening meeting June 22, 2017. She will discuss her mother's book, "A Choice Not An Echo." It isn't required to read the book but those who are interested can learn more via this Amazon link.

The book is also available through local public libraries.

Anne Schlafly Cori is Chairman of Eagle Forum and has served on the Eagle Forum Board of Directors for ten years.

From 2012-16 Anne Cori hosted 50 programs for “Eagle Forum Live," a weekly radio show on the Bott Radio Network. Additionally, she has emceed several Eagle Forum events over the years, including Eagle Council and Collegians.

Anne has a B.A. in history from Georgetown University and her hobby is teaching people how to cook.



Speaker: Al Cochran
Superintendent of Jefferson Barracks
Mr Cochran presented an overview of the history and operations of the cemetery. Me Cochran gave the history of and explained criteria for burial in National Cemeteries.

Jefferson Barracks, one of the National Cemetery Administration's oldest interment sites, has served as a burial place for soldiers from all wars. The original military post was built south of St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River to replace Fort Bellefontaine. Selected for its strategic geographic location, the post was opened in 1826. Jefferson Barracks became the Army’s first permanent base west of the Mississippi River. By the 1840s, it was the largest military establishment in the United States. During the Civil War Jefferson Barracks served as a training post for the Union Army. There was also a hospital at the post for the Union army’s sick and wounded. Jefferson Barracks was formally established as a national cemetery in 1866 by passage of a Congressional joint resolution. The first burial is believed to have occurred the year after the post’s founding on August 5, 1827. On that date, Elizabeth Ann Lash, the infant daughter of an officer stationed there was interred at the post cemetery.



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