President’s Message, November 2013

November is almost gone!  How time flies.  With the arrival of much needed rain, all our ponds are full and we even experienced water over the low water crossing on Oakridge Road, Miller Creek Loop, and County Road 215. The leaves are now falling and it is too easy to get stuck in the sand.

Wounded Warrior Hunt – December 14-15, 2013:
Each year ORWMA hosts a deer hunt for wounded warriors from BAMC in San Antonio.  Up to 20 soldiers and their guests join us for weekend full of deer hunting, hog/dog hunting demonstrations, great food and fellowship.  Everyone from the Oakridge community is invited to join us.  The main meal is Saturday, December 14th at Noon.  Bring a side dish or dessert and visit with the soldiers and other community members.

Preparations are under way for our Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt.  Let us recognize some volunteers for this Event:

  • Vernon Wallace– Communication with Brooke Army Medical Center, overnight accommodations;
  • Vickie Wallace- Hunting jackets through her employer SM Energy;
  • David Mitchem– Acquiring deer stands, allocating permits;
  • Barbara Mitchem-w/Carolyn Trickett, Peggy Wilcox—Gift Bags;
  • Cecil & Donna Stevenson- Allowing us to use their barn for the main location;
  • Wayne Wolfford- Heading up the cleaning station at Community Center;
  • Douglas Mason- Enlisting TDHA volunteers to clean deer;
  • Jerry Rogers- Coolers through his employer CBI, Inc.;
  • Ray Poole, Douglas Jeske- donating and cooking briskets for Saturday lunch;
  • Jean Herring- Setting up all the food.

This year we will also be making chili for the Saturday night supper for our wounded warriors.  Come join me for a day of fun and fellowship, be part of the chili team.  As in previous years, this will be at the Petter Place Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 AM.  Breakfast and coffee will be available from 7:30 to 9.  Contact any ORWMA Board member if you can help.

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” to be celebrated on Thursday, November 28.  As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.  Have a safe family holiday from your ORWMA Committee.

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Larry Petter, President-ORWMA
November, 2013

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