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Outpost #1 met at Elgin Public House in Elgin, Illinois, on 23 May 2017. The meeting started at 11:50 AM with the members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendees introduced themselves and stated their time in service and how they are connected to the 3rd Infantry Division.

Phil Quarnstrom bought his friend, Chuck Pickens, who was stationed in Bamburg, Germany, from 1967-1969. Chuck submitted an Associate Membership form and paid his first year’s annual dues of $20. Chuck was welcomed into the outpost. Bill Burns moved for the Outpost to pay for lunch, seconded by Wally De Jongh. A vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

President Richard Longfellow read a letter from the author and publisher that are putting together a book for the 100th anniversary of the 3rd Infantry Division. They are asking for stories and input from Society members to include in the book. The outposts are being asked to promote the book. A motion to support and promote the book by Phil Quarnstrom was seconded by John Spratt. A vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously. By a show of hands, members voted on their preference of three choices for the book’s cover. The example labeled Cover #1 won by overwhelming majority. The popular book cover includes the Society logo and the Walt Disney bulldog caricature.

[Editor’s note: It was reported that members would receive 40% off the price of the book; however, we have verified that this is not correct. If the Society bought books, which they do not intend to do, the Society could receive 40% off. This has been verified by President Toby Knight. The Society does not intend to purchase books for resale.]

The meal was served and members conversed with one another. Following lunch, several members made donations to offset the cost of the lunch. The total donations received were $158.00. The group sang the “Dog Faced Soldier” song, and the meeting was adjourned.

Following the meeting the group drove to Veterans Memorial Park where they walked around enjoying the memorial and the riverfront. A small group then went to the Elgin American Legion Post to help John Keller celebrate his 93rd birthday.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM, the fall meeting will be at Al’s Steak House, 1990 W Jefferson, Joliet IL 60435 Phone:  (815) 725-2388 e-mail www.alssteaks.com

If you plan to attend, please contact Richard Longfellow email: dlongfel1776@gmail.com, phone: 1-815-973-0201 or by mail at 807 Washington Avenue, Dixon IL.  61021-1230 or Secretary/Treasurer John Spratt at email:  jpspratt@gmail.com.

Submitted by Richard Longfellow, President

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