Annual General Meade Society
Deluxe Champagne Brunch & Award Ceremony 2017
The Meade Society of Philadelphia once again celebrated history, camaraderie and service with its annual Champagne Brunch. Sixty-two glasses were raised in a toast to the great general and Philadelphian. The Society held an auction, with proceeds going to the Meade Foundation benefiting the George G. Meade School in North Philadelphia, the GAR Museum, Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Spangler Farm at Gettysburg, the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Historical Museum in Carlisle, the Virginia Military Institute and George C. Marshall Museum, among others.
Mike Wunsch, corresponding secretary of the Society, honored several members with award certificates: Emma Stern and the staff of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bill Linhart, newly appointed to the board of directors, and charter members Mary Ann Hartner, Jane Peters Estes and Pat Caldwell.
President Andy Waskie took the podium to promote future trips: a tentative talk by Edwin Bearss, the May 6th “Rails to Ales” trip, and the three day fall trip to Boston in October. He then awarded tokens of special recognition created by yeoman Society member Blair Thron using the wood from the Meade tree, to Bob Hanrahan, Jack and Carol Lieberman, Bernie and Marge Bujak, and Sam Saperstein, creator of walking sticks from the Meade tree wood.
Carol Ingald won the 2017 Legion of Honor, along with Guillermo Bosch, Gettysburg certified guide. Linda Gillette, who has made many, many beautiful wreaths for the society, was also honored.
The Award of Merit, the Society’s most prestigious award, was given to Hugh Boyle, president of the GAR Museum & Library, Del-Val Civil War Round Table and noted Lincoln scholar. Mike Peter accepted the award for Hugh, who was away on a 50th wedding anniversary Caribbean cruise with his wife.
As usual, the Society wants to thank all of the members responsible for another successful brunch, not to mention the Cannstatter general manager Roman Gardyasz and his staff! KUDOS!