Greetings, everyone! Welcome to our June newsletter. Since our last newsletter, so much has happened, and we can’t wait to fill you in, so please read below. We had a successful fundraiser in San Antonio, a very special event at the museum, had the pleasure of speaking at a nearby library, and honored our fallen soldiers. We are also preparing for our upcoming elections and Juneteenth. Thank you for reading. Enjoy!
San Antonio BBQ Fundraiser
On Saturday, April 6, a BBQ plate sale was held in San Antonio. It was organized by SISCA treasurer Corina Torralba-Harrington. This is the second year she’s put together this fundraiser. We are so thankful for her and her ability to get things done. she most certainly did not do this alone.
Corina (and SISCA) would like to thank Lee Torralba, Ana Gutierrez, Jerry Fay, John Fay, Frank Garcia, Irene Garcia, Murry Bruno, Marki Bruno, Nisha Johnson, Joe Louis Factor, Gloria Romo, Fracia Flores, Linda Wright, Jacqueline Gonzalez. Brian Harrington, LeeJay Krueger Sr., LeeJay Krueger Jr., David Stautzenburger, Juan Torralba, Miriam Auyon, Nancy Gutierrez, Cori Gutierrez. Also, the manager of O’Reilly’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t get his name, but we wanted to publicly thank him. Thank you to everyone who helped sell tickets, gave a cash donation, and volunteered their time.
The Ferdinand Wedelich Plaque Dedication
On Saturday, May 4, a special event took place at the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts Museum that was years in the making. On this day, we gathered to pay homage to Ferdinand Wedelich and his descendants.
Mr. Wedelich was responsible for purchasing the land and constructing the building that now houses our museum. He was a German immigrant who traveled from Kansas City, Missouri to Brackettville. He was a very successful brewer. Unfortunately, his success made
others jealous enough to kill. He was murdered by two assailants. Following his untimely and senseless death, his family sold the building. It exchanged hands five times before it became the property of the Brackett Independent School District, which had purchased the school so the black students in town would have a place to learn.
Most buildings barely last fifty years, let alone 150. We were honored to dedicate a plaque in honor of Mr. Wedelich. During the ceremony, his descendants expressed how the event gave them closure. They’d spent four decades researching their beloved ancestors and were happy to see that his building was being put to good use.
El Progreso Library Speech
On Thursday, May 16, SISCA president Augusta Pines and SISCA secretary Windy Goodloe spoke at the El Progreso Library on behalf of SISCA. Each lady spoke about her experience of learning about her heritage and how she had used that knowledge to help fuel her interest in the heritage. Following the speeches, a very lively Q&A took place. The questions from the audience were extremely thought-provoking and intriguing.
Miss Charles Emily Wilson
Also, on May 16, we acknowledged and honored the birthday of Miss Charles Emily Wilson, our founder. She was born in 1909 and passed away in 2006.
Memorial Day is a sacred time. With all of our busy schedules and hectic lives, it is always so powerful when we are able to take a moment and honor our fallen soldiers. On the Saturday before Memorial Day, several members of SISCA places flags on the graves of our brave dearly departed. This is a very simple act but each year it is done with reverence and respect.
This year is an election year. If you are interested in running for an officer position or board member position, please click on the link below for more information.
If you are a descendant member who has been a member for, at least, one year and who is current on your dues, you are eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
Juneteenth is a special holiday for us. Because the 19th of June falls on a Wednesday this year, we will be celebrating on Saturday, June 15. Join us at the Carver School for our annual program and BBQ sale.
Monthly Meeting - June 2019
Our next monthly meeting will take place on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM at the Carver School. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Is it time to renew your membership? Our website makes it easy. Just click the button below to become a new member or to renew your membership. Or you can send us your check by mail, if you prefer. Your membership is very important to us. There truly is strength in numbers. Become a member of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association today. Thank you!
Thank you so much for your continued support, care, and interest in our beloved association.