Chattanooga Chapter Of The Freedoms Foundation At Valley Forge Installs Officers

Gene And Stephen Pike To Lead As Co-Presidents

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - by Dennis Norwood

Sitting around the tables at any Sunday afternoon meeting of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is a living history lesson. The members of this civic organization represent our Greatest Generation in a prolific manner.

 

As the group gathered at the Ruritan Club facility on Highway 58 for their annual installation of officers, it was like time travelling to Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and the skies over Germany.

 

Ralph Painter, a 96-year-old veteran of the Normandy Invasion and The Battle of the Bulge and Richard Edgerton, a P-51 reconnaissance pilot who joined the Army Air Corps just after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, reminded us all of why we enjoy the freedoms we have today.

 

These men, and others like them, exemplify the core values and principles of the organization:

 

Educate – About American Rights and Responsibilities

·         Democracy depends on an active citizenry, informed about our revolutionary constitutional heritage and free enterprise system

·         Hands-on and experiential learning form the core of our educational approach

·         Honor – Acts of Civic Virtue

 

Honoring community service and those who give selflessly strengthens civic society

·         Recognizing those who promote the principles and values of a free society ensures a future of freedom

·         Challenge – Reject Apathy and Get Involved

·         Participating in community while respecting the rights and beliefs of others strengthens freedom for all

·         Freedom to choose carries with it the responsibility for our choices

 

Further evidence of the role the Freedoms Foundation plays was found in listening to two of the local students the club had sent to the 2018 “Spirit of America Youth Leadership Summit” in Philadelphia.

 

Tanaisha Montgomery and Sandy Chen, both of Red Bank High School, were among six students the local chapter sponsored earlier this year.

 

According to Miss Montgomery, “It was a bit nerve wracking, but learning about the Constitution solidified my patriotism for my country.”

 

Miss Chen said, “The experience defined, for me, what freedom is. It’s not just a word.” She added, “The experience was really, really enjoyable.” Both young ladies expressed their thanks to the group for the opportunity to attend the summit.

 

The chapter works throughout the year to raise the funds to fly attendees to Philadelphia and to provide hotel accommodations and per diem for their stay. Attendees are from local schools in the Hamilton County and North Georgia areas and are selected on the basis of written essays.

 

Judge Clarence Shattuck was the installing officer and remarked that “there were those who, if not held in check, would erode or lessen our freedoms.” He continued, “I still believe in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

 

As he installed the incoming chapter officers, he read from a preamble to the responsibilities of each about to be installed:

 

“Freedom and Responsibility are mutual and inseparable. We can ensure the Enjoyment of one by exercising the other. Freedom for all of us depends on responsibility. To secure and expand our liberties and fully carry out the Mission of Freedoms Foundation at valley Forge each of you must accept and agree to accept the responsibility to help educate, inspire and preserve the ideals upon which the United States was founded.”

 

Upon accepting his installation to the office of Co-President, Gene Pike reminded the chapter that “we know what’s been given for our freedoms in the past.”

 

“Today’s generation has been given their freedoms on a silver platter,” he continued. He concluded, “It is up to us to educate and instill what freedom means.”

 

The officers installed were: Gene and Stephen Pike, Co-Presidents; Larry Henry, 1st Vice President; Patsy Henry, VP Membership; Linda Mines, VP Education; Earl Freudenberg, VP Public Relations; Steve Highlander and Charlotte Ellington, Co-VPs Youth; Robbie and Dean Morehouse, Co-VPs Awards; Gail Pike, VP Hospitality; Lea Pike, Recording Secretary; Jim McKinney and Jeanne Abbott, Co-Corresponding Secretaries; Valerie Rutledge, Treasurer; Jeff Scott, Past President; and, Bettye Parker, Parliamentarian.

 

The meeting concluded with Geraldine Charton leading the group in a rousing chorus of “God Bless America.”

 

More information about the organization can be found at www.freedomsfoundation.org . Locally, requests for information may be sent to Chattanooga Chapter, FFVF, P.O. Box 21443, Chattanooga, TN 37424-0443.

 

 (Contact Dennis Norwood at sportsshooter614@gmail.com; follow him on Twitter at @DennisENorwood)



Cambridge Square Hosts 5th Annual Oktoberfest

Cambridge Square, a mixed-use community in Ooltewah, will host the 5th annual Oktoberfest in Ooltewah on Oct. 6 from noon until 5 p.m. Cambridge Square is less than a quarter mile east off of I-75’s exit 11. Admission to the event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. "The Oktoberfest at Cambridge, we are proud to say, has received its official tenure as a ‘can’t ... (click for more)

Ammon Murphy Earns Eagle Scout

Ammon Murphy of Ringgold has earned his Eagle Scout award.  Only four percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout, after a lengthy review process.  Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. Ammon is a 2018 graduate of Ringgold High School and played on the baseball team.   For his Eagle project, Ammon organized and carried out a blood ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scream ‘Sexual Assault!’

Candace Owens, a communications director for the conservative non-profit “Turning Point,” wasted not a minute’s time as the Democratic debauchery of Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh raced like a prairie fire across America. There is little doubt that many politicians -- on either side of the aisle -- play a little loose with the truth. But this Eleventh Hour attack on the ... (click for more)