Tom Riley is yet another intern working with The John Birch Society for the summer of 2013. A rising senior in college, Tom has chosen to center his attention on digital cinema. Tom’s area of expertise is shooting and editing motion pictures. While hoping to one day prepare documentaries, Tom is presently archiving old footage of the company itself. Digitizing the old archives makes it possible for us to regain knowledge of older speeches and videos once produced. When asking Tom what his goals were for The John Birch Society and himself, he answered “to further promote The John Birch Society media wise.” Furthering his explanation, he stressed the importance of educating the general public particularly through different types of media.
This interview and accumulation of knowledge about Tom Riley leads us into the topic of our next blog, “Sharpening your Sword.” While we stressed the lack of exceptional education among young scholars in the previous blog, Tom had also articulated his hope for the education of the general public to be broadened through different types of media. It is of the utmost importance for each individual to understand the power of knowledge and education and apply it to their everyday lives.
A number of interns just arrived at the JBS headquarters after finishing school for the summer. One of the interns is Mary Elise Dugan. We’ve asked her to write a little about herself and her family link to the founder of JBS, Robert Welch:
“While interning with the John Birch Society for the summer of 2013, I will be providing numerous informational blogs. But before we get cracking on the latest, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mary Elise Dugan. I am a sophomore in college burying myself in political science, economics, business and neuroscience. In all my spare time, I do extensive research on the happenings of the world.
While we all know college in itself is a whole different world, you may ask yourself how I am a Bircher and how as a sophomore in college, I am so concerned with the future of this country. Well… I can answer the first question more easily. I was born and raised a Bircher; Robert Welch Jr. was my great-grandfather! No family pressure or anything like that. On a serious note though, yes, I am his great-granddaughter. I specifically remember dinner conversations when I was younger about the John Birch Society! Yet throughout my education, the New American magazine and the Issues page on the John Birch Society website were crucial for my research in classes such as environmental science and macroeconomics. So naturally, I guess I answered the second question too!
Just from reading the website and following the magazine, anyone would rightfully be concerned about the future of this country. Yet, I am also concerned with the lack of concern and action among college students. While on campuses, College Republicans and College Democrats clubs are offered, it is hard for scholars to apprehend the true occurrences of this country. My main goal for this summer is to reach out to students on college campuses and help educate them and spread the message the John Birch Society has to offer!! My generation is the next to embrace society; consequently, with a source of actuality, we will be more than prepared to act accordingly. I immensely appreciate the support I have been given so far, and I look forward to keeping you updated throughout this summer!
Forever keep in mind ‘Less government, more responsibility, and –with God’s help—a better world.’”
Now available, a new DVD set of the talks held in Houston at our Council Dinner. Price is $15 for the set of two, and talks include:
John F. McManus – “The North American Union: A Step Toward World Government” – 23 min.
Dr. J. Michael Ritze – “Nullifying ObamaCare: What States Need to do to Protect Health Care” – 41 min.
Arthur R. Thompson – “What Aren’t You Being Told About ObamaCare” – 37 min.
DVD total = 101 min.
Debra Medina – “The Case for Private Property” – 39 min.
Dr. Duke Pesta – “The Trials and Tribulations of Teaching the Truth” – 29 mins.
Judge Sterling Lacy – “One Man’s Journey From Preacher to Political Leader” – 47 mins.
DVD total = 105 min.
(2012, 206 total min., DVD)
The John Birch Society has now released a new DVD, “Agenda 21: How Will it Affect You?” This DVD will explore the agenda environmentalists have in store for you and your family.
This 20 minute DVD has received nothing but great reviews and offers a great introduction to Agenda 21 using the words and actions of those who are promoting this agenda.
Imagine if the government intentionally began rationing the use of water, electricity, natural gas and gasoline. And now imagine that these policies came from your local government’s committee or department of “sustainability.”
This DVD is an excellent tool to use to educate new audiences and to generate interest in the “Choose Freedom, Stop Agenda 21” action project.
They toured monuments, museums, boats, the Boston Pops, breaching whales and were even able to take in a game at the historic Fenway Park. Although they were able to see many amazing sites, Nathan says the most amazing part was working with the students. They took time to offer to help carry equipment, open doors and elevators and most importantly were extremely cooperative.
The trip was an overall success! They got over 15 hours of footage of true American history, learned a lot about our country’s history and saw a ton of fantastic sites.
We are sure you have all been waiting for the new Agenda 21 DVD, “Agenda 21: How Will It Affect You?”
Well, your wait is almost over!
The almost complete DVD was shown at the Council Dinner in Salt Lake City last weekend. “Agenda 21: How Will It Affect You?” received nothing but great reviews and attendees at the dinner couldn’t be more excited to see it.
Explore the agenda environmentalists have in store for you and your family. This 20 minute DVD offers a great introduction to Agenda 21 using the words and actions of those who are promoting this agenda. Use this DVD to help educate new audiences and to generate interest in the “Choose Freedom, Stop Agenda 21” action project.
The DVD will be available for purchase in roughly three to four weeks!
The JBS Spring 2012 Council Dinner was held in Salt Lake City this past Saturday. It gave members and supporters the opportunity to attend educational seminars during the day and listen to keynote speakers during the dinner.
For the afternoon sessions, JBS President John McManus gave an update to his popular Dollars & $ense presentation. Utah State Representative Christopher Herrod offered a truthful look at immigration. JBS Council Member Darr Moon presented an insight into the federal government’s war on our natural resources. The New American (TNA) Contributor Joe Wolverton discussed the details of the National Defense Authorization Act, and JBS National Director of Field Activities Jim Fitzgerald gave an in-depth look at why its important to support your local police.
At the evening Council Dinner, American Policy Center President Tom DeWeese gave a rousing speech on the successes of anti-Agenda 21 efforts across the country, which the JBS is an integral partner. JBS CEO Arthur Thompson paralleled winning an election with successful organizing in his speech.
JBS COO Clark Curry joined the Executive Committee of the JBS Council. He was then voted Chairman of the Committee. We thank former Chairman Art Crino for his many wonderful years of active leadership on the Committee. Mr. Crino will still remain on the Council.
JBS welcomed two new members to the Council, Darr Moon and Don Griffin.
If you missed this Council Dinner, join us in Houston, Texas for the fall Council Dinner on October 20.
We would like to thank everyone who participated and to all those who support JBS!