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2016 Veterans Recognition

Veterans who were honored by The Shady Grove Ruritan Club during their regular meeting Monday, November15, 2016 in the Shady Grove Community Center.

 

Standing:

Jack Lynch, J.D. Rinehart, Robert Carper, Robert Miller, Allen Schooley, Robert Snyder, Robert Norris, John Myers, Alen Jimick, Hal Myers, Robert Gearhart, Frank Schieb, John Hykes, Travis Young, Brian Eichman

1st Row:

Larry Williams, Chester Williams, Reed Burke, Glen Haugh, Clint Pentz, John Baer, John Kinney, William Smith

Kneeling:

Stephen Milback, Mike Young

The Awarding of the Tom Downing Fellow

John E. Kinney

Veterans Recognition Banquet November 15, 2016

           

            This evening we have the privilege of honoring our oldest and one of our longest serving Ruritan Members. It is fitting that we honor our member as a Tom Downing Fellow.

          First, let me say a few words about Ruritan and Tom Downing. Tom Downing of Suffolk, Virginia and his friend Jack Gwaltney of Holland, Virginia founded Ruritan in 1928. The name Ruritan  is a combination of the Latin words for open country "ruri" and small town "tan," interpreted as pertaining to rural and small town life. Ruritan's purpose is to create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service, make America's communities better places in which to live and work. A Tom Downing fellowship is awarded to recognize exceptional participation in Ruritan and the community and is achieved when a local club makes a $500 contribution to the Ruritan National Foundation in the name of its honoree. It is a special honor since only about 1% of Ruritan members are honored with as a Tom Downing Fellow.

         

          So, who is the member whom we have chosen to honor tonight?

         

          John Kinney is a charter member of the Maugansville Ruritan Club and its second president. He has been president of this the Shady Grove club four times. He and his wife Helen started our Christmas wreath project. He also started our blue bird project and with Ralph Tracey the Veterans recognition program you are attending this evening.

 

          He saw his civic responsibilities not stopping with Ruritan but was President of the local Rotary club, President of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and was an 18 year member of the Greencastle-Antrim School board serving as its president for 6 years.

 

          John also has a love of Scouting he was a founder and first committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 99 in Greencastle and served as its second Scoutmaster for 14 years. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award the highest award given by a Scouting Council to a volunteer.

 

          He is a 60 year member of his Masonic Lodge

 

          John is a veteran of World War II piloting B-25s in the Caribbean where he shares credit with disabling and the subsequent capture of a German Submarine. Later he piloted B-24s with the 446th bomb group of the 8th Army Air Corp. Flying out of Bungay in the East Anglia area of England he successfully completed 30 bombing missions over Nazi held Europe.

          I could go on but you recognize meritorious service and understand why we have chosen to honor John with the Tom Downing fellowship.  The award reads “This is to certify that John E. Kinney has hereby earned the Tom Downing Fellow in appreciation of unselfish personal effort”.

          In closing let me relate a note of interest. John told me “I knew Tom Downing” Please rise if comfortable while our president Matt Berger confers this honor on John.

         

Stephen J. Milback

2016 Speaker

 Commander Stephen J. Milback, a Syracuse native, is a board certified family physician.  He is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, N.Y.  He completed his medical residency at the United States Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California.   He served two years aboard the USS Ogden (LPD-5) as medical department head.  During his time as medical department head, he qualified as surface warfare medical department officer.  In June 1999, the USS Ogden embarked on a 6 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.  Dr. Milback was the sole embarked physician for approximately 850 Sailors and Marines to include elements of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of Camp Pendleton, and Seal Team Three, based out of Coronado. 

In August 2002, Dr. Milback reported for duty with the 3rd Force Service Support Group, in Okinawa, Japan.  As a medical officer assigned to the Third Medical Battalion, he provided medical support to deployed elements of the 3rd Marine Division.  In January 2005, he deployed to Indonesia with the USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in support of tsunami relief efforts.  When not deployed with the Marines, he served in U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and several medical clinics on the island. 

In July 2005, Dr. Milback received orders to Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland.  NAS Pax River is home to the Navy test pilot school.  Dr. Milback served at the Naval Health Clinic at Pax River where he provided routine and acute medical care to active duty personnel, their dependents, and retirees. 

After 10 years of active duty, Dr. Milback resigned his commission in 2007.  He began his private practice career with Cumberland Valley Family Physicians in Chambersburg, PA.  In addition to his ‘full time’ job with Cumberland Valley Family Physicians, in 2009 he joined the staff of Menno Haven Physician Services, as a part-time physician. 

In 2014, Dr. Milback joined the staff of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic in Carlisle, PA where he once again provides medical care to active duty personnel, their dependents, and military retirees.   In September 2015, he was commissioned as a medical officer in the United States Navy Reserve.  In January 2017, he will assume the role of Occupational Health Department Head at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA. 

Dr. Milback lives in Shady Grove, PA with his wife, Cindi, and their three children.  He and his family attend St. Mark’s Church in Greencastle.  He is a member of the VFW and American Legion.  He also serves as committee member and advancement chair for Boy Scout Troop 413.  His son, Tim, is the first Eagle Scout in the history of Troop 413. 

2015 Veterans Recognition

Front Row L-R

Middle

Back Row L-R

Chet Williams

Steve Milbeck

Glen Haugh

Larry Williams

John Brooks

John Hykes

Don Dunning

Hal Myers

Al Schooley

Bob Miller

Calvin Farrar

Wally Reynolds

Jack Lynch

Tony DeAngelis

Al Jimick

Larry Kennedy

Calvin Pentz

John Myers

Rob Lininger

Bob Snyder

Gary Shatzer

Frank Schieb

John Fisher

2014 Veterans Recognition

Shady Grove Ruritan Club (SGRC) hosted its 9th Annual Veterans Day Banquet on Nov 11, 2014, at the Shady Grove Community Center (SGCC), to recognize and offer their sincere gratitude to invited local Veterans for their sacrifice and dedicated military service. Welcoming remarks were provided by SGRC President Brian Kirkpatrick, followed by an invocation from Reverend Donald Bohn, U.S. Army Retired Colonel and Chaplin. A catered meal was provided by Bit O’Catering (Tina Bitner), followed by a program from Guest Speaker, Ken Harness, son of SGRC member Jerry Harness. Ken shared some of his experiences while serving in the U.S. Army as a Helicopter Pilot during Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East.


Ken is a 1985 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and 1989 graduate of Purdue University. Upon graduation from Purdue, Ken was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch of the U.S. Army and named distinguished graduate from the U.S. Army’s flight school at Fort Rucker. After serving in the U.S. Army, Ken spent the next 18 years in the aerospace industry in progressive management roles with turbine engine and aircraft manufactures. Ken currently serves as Project Leader for a management consulting firm. Ken holds a BS degree in Aviation Technology from Purdue University, MBA from Oakland University and is co-inventor on four patents related to fire suppression technologies. He also received the 2009 Distinguished Technology Alumni award from Purdue for his work in the aerospace industry.


Veterans in attendance were individually recognized and those who chose, posed for a group photo. The program concluded with all standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the USA Flag.

Shady Grove Ruritan 9th Annual Veterans Day Banquet Veterans:  Sitting on floor: Charles Neikirk; First Row sitting: Chet Williams, Bill Smith, Al Jimick, John Baer, John Kinney, Bob Ebersole, Reed Burk; Second Row: John Hykes, Jack Lynch, Larry Williams, Clinton Pentz, Bob Miller, Bob Carper, Allen Schooly, Bob Snyder, Frank Barr, Rev. Colonel Donald Bohn, Ray Stull, Jr.

Third Row: Ken Harness, John Norman, Dave Mercer, Hal Myers, Bob Izer, Bob Gearhart, John Myers, Bob Linnger, Gary Shatzer, Travis Hudson, Frank Schieb


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Shady Grove Ruritan Club (SGRC) hosted its 8th Annual Veterans Day Banquet on Nov 12, 2013, at the Shady Grove Community Center (SGCC), to recognize and offer their sincere gratitude to invited local Veterans for their sacrifice and dedicated military service. Welcoming remarks were provided by SGRC President Brian Kirkpatrick, followed by an invocation from Reverend Donald Bohn, U.S. Army Retired Colonel and Chaplin. A catered meal was provided by Bit O’ Catering (Tina Bitner), followed by remarks from guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Todd Hirneisen. LTC Hirneisen was a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and an Army ROTC graduate of Bucknell University in 1991 when he received a Commission as 2LT. LTC Hirneisen now serves with the 235th Civil Engineer Flight in Baltimore, MD, as a staff officer and liaison with the HQ Air Force Staff and Joint Staff Engineer Division at the Pentagon. Veterans in attendance were individually recognized and those who chose, posed for a group photo. The program concluded with all standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the USA Flag.
2013 Veterans Banquet

3rd. Row: Franklin Schieb, John Hykes, Larry Kennedy, Robert Izer, Robert Miller, Clark Baer, Dave Mercer, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Todd Hirneisen, John Meyers, Robert Linnger, Rev. Colonel Donald Bohn, Allen Schooly, Al Jimick, Gary Shatzer

2nd. Row: Jack Lynch, Hal Myers, Ray Stine, Clarence Suffecool, Larry Williams, Clinton Pentz, Frank Baer, Robert Snyder, Robert Gearhart, Bob Carper,

Sitting: Bill Smith, Chet Williams, John Kinney, Robert Ebersole, Reed Burk, Lloyd Lynch

2013 Veterans "90's" Group
Ralph Tracey presenting to "Over 90" Chet Williams, John Kinney, Robert Ebersole, Reed Burk, Lloyd Lynch and Brian Kirkpatrick presenting.
2012 Veterans Banquet

Standing:  left to right: Robert Izer, Herb Mollery, al Jimick, Bob Carper, Bill Gearhart, Larry Kennedy, David Mercer, Bob Gearhart, Bob Miller, Hal Myers, Travis Hudson, Reed Burk


Sitting on chairs: Chet Williams, Bob Snyder, John Hykes, Clinton Pentz, Bob Ebersole, Ray Stine, Bill Smith, John Kinney

Sitting on floor: Larry Williams, Matthew Bryan, John Norman, Frank Schieb   
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Shady Grove Ruritan free Banquet for Veterans held on Nov 10th. Those who chose to pose for a group picture:  are as follows: sitting in the front row,
left to right, Chet Williams, Bill Gearhart, John Kinney, Bob Ebersole, Bill
Smith, Clint Pentz, Franklin Scheib, Reverend Donald Bohn, Paul Keckler, back
row standing, left to right, Larry Williams, Bob Gearhart, Ray Stine, Dave
Barr, Bob Miller, Hal Myers, Bob Snyder, Larry Kennedy, Allen Schooley, John
Myers, John Hykes.  

John Kinney did initiate our first Veteran's Day Banquet held Nov
13, 2001. However, the next Vets Banquet was Nov 2006 and there has been one
every November since; 7 total. John went "all out" in 2001 with
a program held at SGCC with dinner catered by Mountain Gate Restaurant, Press
coverage from Echo Pilot, special guests that included the Ruritan Potomac
District Governor, Pen Mar Chapter #532 National Sojourners who
demonstrated the building of the US flag, a flag folding ceremony by several
SGR members and playing of TAPS by 2 buglers.

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