Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association


CBHMA President’s Message Spring 2018

Ted Heath, President


Photo by Sue Heath    

           Welcoming a New Board Member

            and Thanking Those Who Served


I hope this finds everyone well and those of you that are planning on coming out for our June festivities, chomping at the bit in anticipation of a good, informative time. I know I am.

There is no ballot for our annual election in this issue for a good reason: we had three open positions and only received one application. That applicant will be appointed to the board at our Sunday organizational meeting where we will discuss the election and board makeup and develop a working solution for going forward.

The board particularly wants to thank the three outgoing board member -- Jon Heitland, Mike Sullivan and Ron Nichols -- for their service to the board. We appreciate all their input and how much of their valuable time they donated to the CBHMA. This organization cannot exist without such dedicated volunteers. All have done yeoman's work while serving multiple terms on the board.

Annual Get-Together

Moving on, the pieces are all falling into place for our annual get-together. We hope that we won't have a repeat of last year when, due to a rumored visit by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, we had to move our wreath-laying ceremonies and annual meeting at the battlefield to other sites and times. It's not fun moving events around when you are literally 1,000 miles away.

I am personally looking forward to the trip to Medicine Rocks State Park and especially to having Sitting Bull's great-grandson Ernie LaPointe as our guide. Our symposium is booked solid with great topics; Sandy Barnard is lined up to speak at the author's forum and loads of items have been obtained for the auction.

I have found that people do read The Dispatch thoroughly because, as per our requests, the number of address changes has picked up. That helps our job immensely -- especially for Michele Noyes, our hard-working membership chair - when we have the right addresses to go with the right names. Correct addresses, of course, ensure that you will get your copies of The Dispatch and Greasy Grass Magazine in a timely manner. These publications, in addition to being fun and informative reads, are part of your membership so, if for no other reason, you want to make sure to get them because you've "bought" them!

Remember the CBHMA is a volunteer organization. If you have questions, suggestions or wish to volunteer, please contact any of the board members listed on page two of this issue. We would be happy to explain what we can do to help you better enjoy that membership.

That wraps things up from my perspective -- for now. I look forward to seeing many of you at this year's get-together. I promise you'll have a good time.

Garry Owen,