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PHOTOS – DEFEND FREEDOM TOUR 2016, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Defend Freedom Tour 2016 was held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel, Raleigh, North Carolina,  on Friday, February 19, 2016.   Concerned Veterans For America sponsored the event and their mission is  to advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity that they and their families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.   The following photos are from the event.

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Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Ayla Brown, daughter of former Senator Scott Brown, singing the National Anthem

Ayla Brown, daughter of former Senator Scott Brown, singing the National Anthem

Ayla Brown

Ayla Brown

Lt. Colonel William Cowan, USMC

Lt. Colonel William Cowan, USMC

Karen Vaughn, mother of a fallen U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 member shot down in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Karen Vaughn, mother of a fallen U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 member shot down in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Cody McGregor, U.S. Army sniper, Afghanistan

Cody McGregor, U.S. Army sniper, Afghanistan

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Madison Rising

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Gadi Adelman, Dee Sams and Martha Williams

Gadi Adelman, Dee Sams and Martha Williams

Gadi, Dee and Martha

Gadi, Dee and Martha

from the left:  Nancy Clark and Janie Wagstaff

from the left: Nancy Clark and Janie Wagstaff

And God said.....

And God said…..

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Sue Googe, candidate for U.S. Congressional District 4, North Carolina

Sue Googe, candidate for U.S. Congressional District 4, North Carolina

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Janie Wagstaff and Desert Storm Veteran

Janie Wagstaff and Desert Storm Veteran

Gadi Adelman, counter terrorism expert and Nancy Clark.  Gadi's radio show is America Akbar !

Gadi Adelman, counter terrorism expert and Nancy Clark. Gadi’s radio show is America Akbar !

Folded U.S.  flag and medals of a fallen U.S. Navy Seal Team member

Folded U.S. flag and medals of a fallen U.S. Navy Seal Team member

From the left:  Teji Kimball, candidate for the U.S. Congressional District 4,  North Carolina

From the left: Teji Kimball, candidate for the U.S. Congressional District 4, North Carolina and Gadi Adelman

Lt. Colonel (ret)  William Cowan, USMC

Lt. Colonel (ret) William Cowan, USMC

A Canadian, born and bred but a fellow patriot

A Canadian, born and bred but a fellow patriot

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Gadi, Dee, the Crimson Queen of America Akbar and their fellow patriots !

Gadi, Dee, the Crimson Queen of America Akbar and their fellow patriots !

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PHOTOS: TEA FOR SUSAN TILLIS, WIFE OF NC SENATOR, THOM TILLIS

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The Chatham County Republican Party sponsored a tea for Susan Tillis, wife of North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Susan shared her stories about the campaign trail, election night, their settling into the Senate and Washington and spearheading Baby Bundles for our military families and the important and ongoing work in the U.S. Senate.

Several candidates who are running for office in North Carolina were also in attendance. The following photos were taken at the event

From the left:  Cathy Wright and Susan Tillis, wife of North Carolina Senator, Thom Tillis

From the left: Cathy Wright and Susan Tillis, wife of North Carolina Senator, Thom Tillis

From the left:  Susan Tillis, Evelyn Poole Kober and Edie Brown

From the left: Susan Tillis, Evelyn Poole Kober and Edie Brown

Sponsors  of  the tea:  from the left:  Emma Parsons, Carol Kelly, Karen Kolias, Gladys Kofalt, Sue Googe, Mary Clemmings,Brenda Dowling, Nancy Clark, Betsy Duncan, Wendy Ball, Cathy Wright, in the back, Linda and Matt Arnold

Sponsors of the tea: from the left: Emma Parsons, Carol Kelly, Karen Kolias, Gladys Kofalt, Sue Googe, Mary Clemmings,Brenda Dowling, Nancy Clark, Betsy Duncan, Wendy Ball, Cathy Wright, in the back, Linda and Matt Arnold

From the left:  Jamie Skinner, Gladys Kofalt, Peter Smith, Sandy Bazley, Wendy Ball and Karla Moellering

From the left: Jamie Skinner, Gladys Kofalt, Peter Smith, Sandy Bazley, Wendy Ball and Karla Moellering

from the left:  Carol Kelly, Ginny Cole, Teji Kimball, Republican  candidate for House District 4

from the left: Carol Kelly, Ginny Cole, Teji Kimball, Republican candidate for House District 4 and Cathy Wright

from the left:  Betsy Duncan, wife of Jim Duncan, Republican candidate for the House District 2, Nancy Clark, Conservative Women's Forum and Teji Kimball, Republican candidate for House District 4

from the left: Betsy Duncan, wife of Jim Duncan, Republican candidate for the House District 2, Nancy Clark, Conservative Women’s Forum and Teji Kimball, Republican candidate for House District 4

Susan Tillis speaking with an attendee

Susan Tillis speaking with an attendee

from the left:  Edie Brown, Karen Kolias, and Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein, candidate for North Carolina Superintendent of Public School

from the left: Edie Brown, Karen Kolias, and Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein, candidate for North Carolina Superintendent of Public School

from the left:  Gladys Kofalt and Karla Moellering

from the left: Gladys Kofalt and Karla Moellering

from the left:  Sue Googe, Republican candidate for the House, District 4, Cheryl Daley, Michala Eichelberg and Ginny Cole

from the left: Sue Googe, Republican candidate for the House, District 4, Cheryl Daley, Michala Eichelberg and Ginny Cole

from the left:  Sue Googe, Betsy Duncan, Jackie Weyhenmeyer, Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein, Carol Ulrich and Evelyn Poole Kober

from the left: Sue Googe, Betsy Duncan, Jackie Weyhenmeyer, Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein, Carol Ulrich and Evelyn Poole Kober

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PHOTOS – ICON LECTURE – WORLDWIDE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

 

 

ICON Lecture Series presented “The Worldwide Persecution of Christians and Jews” on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The guest speakers were Dr. Mark Harris, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, who was also  a candidate in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate in 2014 and Pastor Les Lawrence, author of “Blessing Israel” and “Simple Islam” and who  is also a spokesman for Christian Zionism.  (see: www.ElishaVision.wordpress.com).

As a horrified world watches, ISIS and other radical Islamic groups have been systematically targeting and killing Christians and Jews.   Both of our speakers have visited Israel numerous times and gave us tremendous insight to the magnitude of this persecution and inspiration as to how to stand up and speak out against this threat to religious liberty throughout the world.

Dr. Mark Harris

Dr. Mark Harris

Pastor Les Lawrence

Pastor Les Lawrence

Mark and Beth Harris

Mark and Beth Harris

Doreen Lawrence, wife of Pastor Les Lawrence

Doreen Lawrence, wife of Pastor Les Lawrence

Linda and Matt Arnold and Jim Duncan, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

Linda and Matt Arnold and Jim Duncan, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

Dr. Laura Gutman and Frank Roche, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

Dr. Laura Gutman and Frank Roche, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

From the left:  Evelyn Poole-Kober, Dr. Leon Coleman and Dr. Laura Gutman

From the left: Evelyn Poole-Kober, Dr. Leon Coleman and Dr. Laura Gutman

From the left:  Barbara Beard, Friends of ICON and Janie Wagstaff, President, ICON Lecture Series

From the left: Barbara Beard, Friends of ICON and Janie Wagstaff, President, ICON Lecture Series

Dee Park, originator of the Orange Ribbon Project (remembering the Christians who have been targeted by ISIS for death and forced to wear orange jump suits before they are murdered for their faith)

Dee Park, originator of the Orange Ribbon Project (remembering the Christians who have been targeted by ISIS for death and forced to wear orange jump suits before they are murdered for their faith)

Orange Ribbons

Orange Ribbons

Standing, Meg Gresham and DAve McCusker, seated, Betty Ann Guidry, Jane Hogan and Laura Cox

Standing, Meg Gresham and Dave McCusker, seated, Betty Ann Guidry, Jane Hogan and Laura Cox

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Sandra Bazley, Jeff Vanderclute, Ken Johnson and Jim Duncan

Sandra Bazley, Jeff Vanderclute, Ken Johnson and Jim Duncan

Jimmy Bland and Rod and Gayle Chaney

Jimmy Bland and Rod and Gayle Chaney

From  the left:  Cheri Hardman, EvelynPoole-Kober, Nancy Clark and Meg Gresham

From the left: Cheri Hardman, EvelynPoole-Kober, Nancy Clark and Meg Gresham

Cathy and John Wright

Cathy and John Wright

From the left:  Valerie Johnson, and  Dave and Mary Carter

From the left: Valerie Johnson, and Dave and Mary Carter

From the left:  Jack McCallus, Rod Chaney and Bob Luebke, Policy Analyst, Civitas

From the left: Jack McCallus, Rod Chaney and Bob Luebke, Policy Analyst, Civitas

From the left:  Kimberly Sanchez and Kaye Chitsaz

From the left: Kimberly Sanchez and Kaye Chitsaz

Evelyn Poole-Kober and Frank Roche

Evelyn Poole-Kober and Frank Roche

From the left: Ty Elliott, Meg Gresham, Karin Nemetz and Chris Elliott

From the left: Ty Elliott, Meg Gresham, Karin Nemetz and Chris Elliott

From the left:  Maia Szulik, Orit Szulik and Mary McKinney

From the left: Maia Szulik, Orit Szulik and Mary McKinney

From the left:  Lee Green and Karen Macomson

From the left: Lee Green and Karen Macomson

Carol King and Ted Hicks

Carol King and Ted Hicks

Gladys Kofalt and Jim Duncan

Gladys Kofalt and Jim Duncan

From the left:  Terry Wiegers, Meg Gresham and Andrea Rock

From the left: Terry Wiegers, Meg Gresham and Andrea Rock

The ICON Board enjoying desert and coffee after the lecture with Mark and Beth Harris and Les and Doreen Lawrence at the Washington Duke Club

The ICON Board enjoying desert and coffee after the lecture with Mark and Beth Harris and Les and Doreen Lawrence at the Washington Duke Club

 

 

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PHOTOS: 13 HOURS IN BENGHAZI – KRIS PARONTO

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

 

Kris Paronto, one of the survivors of the attack on the U.S. Special MIssion in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was the guest speaker in an event entitled “What Really Happened in Benghazi”.   The event was sponsored by the Chatham County Republican Party and  took place at Fearrington Village,  in North Carolina on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. 
Kris Paronto is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion  75th Regiment and a private security contractor who has deployed throughout South and  Central America, the Middle East and North Africa.  He also worked with the U.S. Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low-profile security in high-threat environments throughout the world.  Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S.  Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours.  Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff along with his five surviving annex security team members.   A movie of the attack entitled “13 Hours” is now being filmed and is due to be released on January 15, 2016.   The following link is to the movie trailer of this soon to be released  movie : 
Kris gave an intense and detailed accounting of the events of that fateful long night of 13 hours of fighting off the terrorists to a packed audience which gave him a standing ovation at the end of the evening.   Kris and his fellow survivors of that attack are our country’s  heroes and we owe a debt of gratitude to every one  of those brave men.

 

Kris Paronto

Kris Paronto

Chatham County Sheriff's Honor Guard

Chatham County Sheriff’s Honor Guard

From the left:  Kris Paronto, Chatham County officer, Jim Duncan, Republican candidate for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District and Chatham County Sheriff Webster

From the left: Kris Paronto, Chatham County officer, Jim Duncan, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District and Chatham County Sheriff Webster

Kris Paronto at  "13 Hours in Benghazi" book signing

Kris Paronto at “13 Hours in Benghazi” book signing

North Carolina Republican Party  Chairman, Hassan Harnett

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman, Hassan Harnett

Brian Bock, Chatham County Republican Party Chairman

Brian Bock, Chatham County Republican Party Chairman

Colonel (Ret) Jay Stobbs and his wife, M.J. Hall and Candace Hunziker

Colonel (Ret) Jay Stobbs and his wife, M.J. Hall and Candace Hunziker

From the left:  Sandra Bazley,Ken Johnson, Ruth and Steve Bishop, Terry Kane, Joan Malone and Dee Park

From the left: Sandra Bazley,Ken Johnson, Ruth and Steve Bishop, Terry Kane, Joan Malone and Dee Park

Ed Sanchez, Debbie Engels and Kimberly Sanchez

Ed Sanchez, Debbie Engels and Kimberly Sanchez

Dr. Rosemary Stein and her daughter, Hannah

Dr. Rosemary Stein and her daughter, Hannah

From the left:   Martha Jenkins, Sheila Salter and Nancy Clark

From the left: Martha Jenkins, Sheila Salter and Nancy Clark

Melrose and Rob Fisher

Melrose and Rob Fisher

From the left:  Elly Keeley, Bret Kelly and Joyce Cotten

From the left: Elly Keeley, Bret Kelly and Joyce Cotten

Mary and Dave Carter

Mary and Dave Carter

Mike and Elly Smith,  Adam Auslander and Michelle Currier

Mike and Elly Smith, Adam Auslander and Michelle Currier

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From the left:  Nancy Clark, Dee Park, Zan Bunn and Sheila Salter

From the left: Nancy Clark, Dee Park, Zan Bunn and Sheila Salter

John Marino

John Marino

Jane and Joe Gannon

Jane and Joe Gannon

Marty Martin with Kris Paronto at book signing

Marty Martin with Kris Paronto at book signing

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PHOTOS – 9/11 NEVER FORGET EXHIBIT AT UNC – CHAPEL HILL

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The following photos were taken at the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus commemorating the attack on New York’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

This tribute, presented by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, is part of a nationwide tour to remember the victims of 9/11 and to remember the heroism displayed by the first responders on that day. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created to remember the life of Stephen Siller, and the sacrifice he made on September 11, 2001, as well as the sacrifices of every other public servant on that day.

 

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PHOTOS – RICHARD MINITER ICON LECTURE – CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

 

Another incredible ICON lecture !   Richard Miniter, award winning investigative journalist and New York Times best selling author, was the guest speaker on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Richard, with years of experience as an investigative journalist, gave us the inside scoop  on How the Media Covers Politics .   His perspective and personal stories were fascinating ! 
Don’t miss our next ICON lecture – Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 16 as Frank Roche, a Market Economist, Adjunct Professor of Economics and a capital markets expert  will be discussing The Five Structural Barriers  to American Strength and Prosperity.   
The following photos are from the Richard Miniter lecture

 

 

 

Richard Miniter

 

Richard Miniter with the ICON ladies – Terry Wiegers, Andrea Rock, Janie Wagstaff and Dr. Laura Gutman

 

Emily Biggs and Mark Lazenby

 

From the left: Immanuel Jarvis and Bob Appleby

 

Cheri Hardman and Les Lawrence

 

Georgia and Tom Craig

 

From the left: Dr. Laura Gutman and Karin Nemetz

 

Terry Wiegers and Gregory Akinbiyi

 

Dr. Laura Gutman and Jerry Currin

 

Noelle Randal and Dane Bergland

 

From the left: Mary McKinney and Kathy Arab

 

 

Sandy Bazley and Ken Johnson

 

From the left: Herman Joubert, Cathy Wright and Dave Carter

 

Betty Ann and Guy Guidry, Tony Brunno, Jay DeLancy and Mike

 

From the left: Dr. Rosemary Stein and P.J. Gentry

 

  A CASUAL GATHERING AFTER THE LECTURE AT CITY KITCHEN IN CHAPEL HILL

 

 

Ray Frisch, P.J. Gentry and Lee Green

 

Dave McCusker, Kimberly Sanchez and Debbie Engles

 

Richard Miniter and Nancy Clark

 

From the left: Linda Arnold and Janie Wagstaff

 

Richard Miniter and Lee Green

 

Carol King and Tony Bruno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHOTOS – SENATOR THOM TILLIS SPEAKS AT LINCOLN/REAGAN SOLD OUT EVENT

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

 

The Orange County Republican Lincoln/Reagan Dinner was held at the Sunrise Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  The keynote speaker was our  newly elected Senator Thom Tillis.  The following photos were taken at this exciting sold-out event. 
 

Becca Scarlett singing Our National Anthem with University of North Carolina College  Republicans

 

Newly Elected Senator Thom Tillis

 

Senator Thom Tillis

 

Senator Tillis and his wife, Susan

 

Child singers, Trey and Katie Knight with Senator Tillis and Bill Knight

 

Senator Tillis kneeling to speak with Trey and Katie Knight

 

Senator Tillis with Earl Tye, Orange County GOP and a young man from the UNC College Republicans

 

Judge Richard Dietz, North Carolina Court of Appeals

 

Associate Justice Bob Edmonds, of the North Carolina Supreme Court

 

6th District Congressman, Mark Walker

 

Frank Pray, VP UNC College Republicans

 

Evelyn Poole-Kober introducing Senator Thom Tillis

 

From the left: Dr. Gail Hayes and Valerie Johnson

 

Guy and Betty Ann Guidry with Douglas Levine, UNC College Republicans – note Betty Ann is holding up Douglas’s elephant tie !

 

From the left: Lee Green, Misty Odell and Cynthia West

 

From the left: P.J. Gentry, Cynthia West, Nancy Clark, Meg Gresham and Ben Meadows

 

From the left: Tracy Murillo, Rosemarie Wenzel, Mary Jane Ferris, Congressman Mark Walker, Kelly Walker and Kyle Hall

 

From the left: Susan Tillis and Misty Odell

 

From the left: Meg Gresham, Ben Meadows, Tracy Murillo and Zan Bunn

 

From the left: Mary Campbell, Laura Lloyd, Virginia Ferguson, Carl Lloyd and Mary Jane Ferris

 

Brenda and Dean Dowling

 

From the left: Dave Carter, Edgar Agosto, Mary Lopez Carter, Matt and Linda Arnold

 

Judge Paul Holcombe  and Joyce Cotten

 

From the left: Nancy Clark and Sheila Salter

 

Ray and P.J. Gentry

 

Margaret Gresham and her grandson, Ben Meadows

 

From the left: Sheila Salter and P.J. Gentry

 

Georgia and Tom Craig

 

 

Associate Justice Bob Edmonds of the North Carolina Supreme Court

 

From the left: Martha Jenkins and Judge John Tyson and his wife, Kirby

 

Senator Thom Tillis and his wife Susan and Evelyn Poole-Kober

 

Trey and Katie Knight singing God Bless America

 

 

Judge Paul Holcombe and Evelyn Poole-Kober

 

Senator Thom Tillis and the UNC College Republicans

 

Kimberly Sanchez, ICON Lecture Series Executive Board member

 

The Missing Man Table – MIA / POW

 

The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.

The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.

The chairs are empty – they are missing…………….. (silent moment)

 

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PHOTOS – NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR THOM TILLIS – HIS SWEARING IN – JANUARY 6, 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

 

 

 

It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the election of  our new U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Thom Tillis.   The following photos were taken at the swearing-in celebration on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C .       Nancy 

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From the left: Sheila Salter, Susan Tillis, Pearl Burris-Floyd and P.J. Gentry

 

From the left: Sheila Salter, Meg Gresham, Susan Tillis and Nancy Clark

 

 

Thom Tillis and Nancy Clark

 

From the left: Linda Petrou, Meg Gresham, Martha Jenkins and Evelyn Poole-Kober

 

From the left: Val Nagle, Donna Williams and Jeff Mixon

 

From the left: Joyce Cotten, Evelyn Poole-Kober and Linda Boesch

 

Thom Tillis taking the oath of office

 

From the left: Emily Walker, Nancy Clark, back row – P.J. Gentry, Sheila Salter and Meg Gresham

 

North Carolina Supporters attending the swearing in

 

 

On the way to Washington !

 

From the left: Val Nagle and Donna Williams

 

A night on the town at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C., From the left: Hanna Stein, Dr. Rosemary Stein, Sheila Salter, Nancy Clark, Meg Gresham and P.J. Gentry

 

 

One of the ornate bars at the Old Ebbitt Grill

 

A definite conversation piece !

 

Look who we ran into at the Old Ebbitt Grill – Zan Bunn and Linda and Matt Arnold who were also there to celebrate. By the Way, Karl Rove was also at the restaurant that night for a private party. I saw him walk in – what a fun night !

 

A snowy Washington, D.C.

 

 

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The Old Supreme Court Chamber 1810 – 1860

 

 

 

The Baptism of Pocahontas 1839 by John Gadsby Chapman

 

A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET ON THE WAY HOME TO NORTH CAROLINA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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PHOTOS – GOP AWARDS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, The Durham County GOP held its Awards Christmas Party at the Parizade Restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. An award was given to Valerie Johnson for her outstanding work as the Chair of the very active Black Republican Committee that is doing excellent work in their outreach to the Black community of Durham. The success in this endeavor of the Durham GOP should hopefully be an example for other Republican groups throughout our country. We all need to work together for successful future elections.

The following photos were taken at the event. Nancy

 

 

Ted Hicks, Chairman, Durham County GOP, thanking and recognizing student Macey Bryant for starting a

Republican club at Voyager Academy

Jim and Ann McKenzie

 

From the left: Vernon Robinson,Campaign Director of National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, Robert Appleby and Linda Arnold, NCFRW VP Capital Region and National Federation Regent Chair

 

Emmanuel Jarvis, currently Finance Chair, Durham County GOP and candidate for Chairman, Durham County GOP and Valerie Johnson, Black Republican Committee Chair

 

 

From the left: Torian Webster, Marlene Waller and Larry Beckler

 

from the left: Lee Green, Vice Chair, Durham County GOP and Zan Bunn, NC 13th District Chair and President, NCFRW

 

Dr. Gail Hayes and Matt Arnold, Chairman, NC 4th District

 

from the left: Velma and Elton Futrell and Nancy Clark, Conservative Women’s Forum and ICON Lecture Series Board member

 

 

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REAR ADMIRAL ROBERT B. ERLY – THE PASSING OF THE GREATEST GENERATION

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

 

In honor of Veterans Day, the following photos were taken at the funeral of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert B. Erly, (retired).  Admiral Erly was a decorated survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and died at the age of 100 on July 31, 2014 in Coronado, California, and was buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,  Maryland, on November 3, 2014.
  I was honored to  attend his funeral as a member of my husband’s family who very fondly called Admiral Erly, “Uncle Bob”.  Scroll down below the photos for Admiral Erly’s biography.  He was one of the last of  “The Greatest Generation”.    Nancy 
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert B. Erly, (retired)

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Rear Admiral Robert Broussard Erly
          Rear Admiral Robert Broussard Erly, a resident of Coronado, California, and a highly decorated military veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, at age 100.
          Admiral Erly was born in Washington, D. C., on June 12, 1914, to the late Alfred Angus and Beatrice Erly.  He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1933 with an at-large appointment and graduated in 1937.
          On the morning of December 7, 1941, while Japanese planes were bombing his destroyer, the USS Cassin, the destroyer USS Downes, and the battleship USS Pennsylvania (the three ships were together in dry dock), then Lieutenant Junior Grade  Erly organized the turning of water hoses on the burning ships.  As the bombs continued to fall, Lt. Erly, with the help of two members of the ship’s crew, water hosed the torpedoes and depth charges to prevent them from exploding and further damaging the Pennsylvania and the two destroyers.  All three ships were later repaired and returned to service.  Erly received the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V. 
          During the remainder of the war, he served on various destroyers in the Pacific and Atlantic and commanded the destroyer USS Phelps.  During the war and after, he also served many years on numerous missions to Cuba and Venezuela and received many medals and commendations.
          During the Korean conflict, he commanded the USS James C. Owens, and in May l952, the Owens dueled with enemy shore batteries, hitting and destroying at least two enemy guns, rail lines, trains and storage yards in Songjen Harbor.   He was awarded the Bronze Star with a Combat V.
          Erly served tours of duty at the Pentagon and was a commander of amphibious forces.  He was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet.  He received the Legion of Merit and three Gold Stars for meritorious service.  He served as Director of Pan American Affairs and received medals and commendations from several South American countries.
          His final tour of duty was in Portugal as Commander of Iberian Forces Atlantic Fleet and Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group to Portugal.
          After his medical retirement as Rear Admiral in l974, he moved permanently to Coronado, California, where he was active in the Navy League, Community Playhouse, American Cancer Society, Navy Yacht Club of San Diego, San Diego Cruiser Association, and other civic associations.  An avid boater, Erly, also a member of the Coronado Yacht Club, continued to race and win races through this year.
          He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Retired Officers Association, a former trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
          Admiral Erly was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 60 years, Lois Richards Erly; his sister, Clare Erly Wootten; and his brother, John K. Erly.  He is survived by his wife, Thea H. Wallace Erly of Coronado and numerous nieces and nephews.
          Burial services will be conducted at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, at a later date.

 

 

 

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