Charter Member Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Barackington, DC
OK, first- I was a member twice- from 1980 to 1983, and then in 1989, in SE Indiana. What they are like now or what they were like in other areas, I can’t say.
In the first phase, we had an established Chapter going. The only leadership was
the Chapter Leader, who I think was just the point-man who got the chapter going & would host the meetings in his house. There may have been a Chapter Secretary & Treasurer, and that was whoever had the will & ability to do it.
Basically, we had just a monthly get-together. It did indeed open with a prayer & the Pledge. We usually watched a little film or listened to a tape brought by the Regional Co-ordinator, discussed whatever issue it dealt with, whatever was in the news, or in the monthly JBS Bulletin, the monthly journal “American Opinion” and the weekly “Review of the News” (both of the latter now subsumed into the weekly “The New American”). Sometimes we planned to write our Congressmen about these issues or distribute literature or talk up the issues among our friends & associates. Stuff like that. And of course, there’d be a snack at the end & chit-chat. No picketing or boycotts or blacklists or anything like that planned.
We were less than a dozen people at our peak- three families & myself. Two of the families were small business owners, middle-aged. I don’t recall what the third family did- probably white collar, in their mid-30s. I was a college student at the time. I think everyone was college educated. We had various visitors but no new members. Our biggest activity was distributing articles about Sen. Birch Bayh’s record during the 1980 election, in which he lost to Dan Quayle. High victory! Yay us!
The Chapter Leader & his family moved as did the other family that owned a business, and the rest of us just didn’t have the will or ability to recruit more people & keep it going. I kept getting the literature for about two years later & then realized I wasn’t as into it anymore.
In 1989, there was an attempt by the Chapter in the next county over to start a Chapter here. We met at the business of an interested party. However, many of the possible recruits were kinda flakey- a couple of blue-collar workers who were kinda racist & anti-Semitic, the business owner & another guy were paranoid about occult & UFO conspiracies, and I myself realized that either the JBS itself
had drifted farther right or I had drifted left or both. Anyway, it just didn’t gel & the attempted Chapter faded into oblivion.
And that was the boring saga of my forays into Birchism.
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