Welcome back to “Chairman’s’ Chatter”! The daffodils are in bloom and the dandelions are up! Spring is finally here! As many of you know Karen and I have been absent for the past couple of weeks. We have been visiting my son and his family. We have been staying at his comfortable home in Huntsville Alabama. For those who may not know, Huntsville is the historical home of the U.S. Space program and NASA. When Dr. Werner Von Braum and his counterparts defected from Germany late during the Second World War he was given his choice of where he might want to locate to further his development of our rocket program. He chose the Huntsville area based upon the relative obscurity of the area and the presence of a “mountain” retreat. This mountain area is known as Monte Sano or Mount Sano. It is naturally eight to ten degrees cooler at its apex during a majority of the year. In the days before air conditioning it is said that Von Braum and his staff would retreat to Monte Sano in the early summer afternoons as working conditions became to unbearable to continue until early the following day. The U. S. Army Redstone Arsenal where my son is presently stationed is home to the Marshal Space Flight Center and the original Saturn V-5 rocket which is on display. Young “campers” from all over the U.S. come here to learn about rocketry and space exploration during annual Space Camps held on base. Our son David has had a very rewarding assignment working with the U.S. Army Security & Assistance Command (USASAC) which is involved with Foreign Military Sales or FMS. Although this has resulted in a great deal of travel to host nations and time away from his family, he has gained a wealth of information about the workings of our military industrial complex and has made contacts that will certainly help him throughout the remainder of his career and beyond.
It has been a very good “Spring break” to be here with my extended family. During our time here David received orders reassigning him to the Iowa City (Iowa) area. He will be working with the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program after a short certification program at my old duty station at Fort Knox Kentucky. We as well as our daughter-in-law Traci’s family are excited about this move as it will become much easier to see them on some type of regular basis.
Great communication is a goal that I intend to continue to work on as our year progresses. During our last board meeting we had the opportunity to discuss “mapping” and detailed networking. Pastor Tom and I both have ideas on how to institute some of the ideas that became fertile in many minds in recent weeks. As we continue to work on these and other ideas to improve our church I welcome your calls, emails and personal visits with YOUR ideas on how to improve and strengthen First Church of Christ. We have made the commitment to locate here and we have a responsibility to help out wherever we can. None of us had to defect from a foreign country to align ourselves with FCC and we certainly didn’t have to endure the sacrifice that our Savior did on the cross. That alone makes our jobs so much easier! Until next time.
I can be reached via email at: Weinreich@frontiernet.net or by phone: (712) 375-5035.