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'AFTER ACTION' REPORTS
Great Letters About the Quilt Raffle (Please Read)
Cyndi and Dave.....The letter below was sent to me by my wife so
reply to it directly. I did not have your e-mail address in my address book
and so by her sending it to me it made it much easier for me to send you my
thoughts. You may not know it, by I have been elected as Chaplain's for the
Brotherhood. (In real life I am a Minister for one of our local churches
here in Oklahoma, so you might say that I do come with some qualifications).
When the question was raised to me at our Board meeting on Friday about how
we could get this quilt to Jane, in remembrance of her late husband, I
informed the board that since it was advertised that the quilt was the prize
to be given, there was not to much that could be done about it if Jane was
not the lucky winner. I told John Sweet, who talked to your husband on
Saturday night, after the name was drawn as the lucky winner he might ask
the winner if they really wanted the quilt or were they just buying the
ticket to support the Brotherhood/Sisterhood?
If they really did not want the quilt then I told John to mention how badly
Jane wanted it and if they did not mind we could give it to her in their
name. The Board agreed that was the best way for us to handle it. The
night the drawing took place they brought the box of tickets to me at the
head table and ask me to "stir up the tickets". As I was stirring them, I
said a silent prayer and ask God to find a way for the quilt to reach Jane.
As I was saying this prayer, John Sweet said something very reassuring me
but was addressing the folks in attendance. He said, "And now we have the
hand of God in this folks"....referring to my hand being in the box stirring
up the tickets.
I felt deep in my soul that God had just answered my prayer and I just
simply said, "Thank you Lord". In His word we are told that God works in
mysterious ways.....and your letter just proves it. I simply want to thank
the both of you for taking this opportunity to put some joy and happiness
into the life of a person that is so deserving. I am proud and humble to
know that I have the opportunity serve such a wonder group of loving, caring
God Bless the both of you and your family and be with you and watch over
your each step of the way.
Chaplain - TLCB
----- Original Message -----
Dear Cyndi and Dave,
I am Bob Wheatley, Rosie Wheatley's "better half" : >) I am writing to
personally express my most sincere and heartfelt appreciation for your
letter and for the wonderful thing you have offered to do.
Rosie and I and our son, Jeff arrived back home from the TLCB reunion in
the wee, small hours of the morning. We had been on the road for 13 and 1/2 hours, driving from Fort Walton Beach, Fla to Carthage, Indiana. We were dog tired when we got in, but one of the first things I did was turn on the computer to check the email that had come in during our absence. We are so glad we did! Your email, which Jane Cloud had forwarded was absolutely the best news we could have received. It gave us a great spiritual lift and marked a very special ending to what had been a most memorable and uplifting few days.
Yesterday, the TLCB concluded our reunion with a memorial ceremony in
remembrance of our brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war
in Southeast Asia. It was an extremely moving ceremony, with many of us
in the gathering offering up names of friends and acquaintances who died
over there and the stories of their passing. Our brother David Cloud was specially mentioned and memorialized in the Chaplain's remarks, as was another of our members who passed away in the last year. There was not a dry eye left in our sizable group there by the time the service was over. I know that mine were not. Many times, the tears welled up and ran down my cheeks, and I had to reach up and wipe them away. The ceremony concluded with the group singing in unison, Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the U.S.A." By that point, I couldn't speak for the knot in my throat. The best I could do was to mouth the words. As moving as our closing ceremony was, I have been equally moved by your letter.
Though we did not get out together often, David and Jane have been
special friends to Rosie and me. David was already on the list for a
lung transplant when we first met him. Through his long struggle with
his disease, his ever upbeat and cheerful attitude made him even more
special to us. He was indeed a man to admire and emulate. And Jane's
unqualified, unwavering devotion and support for him makes her very
special in our hearts. The love between the two of them was obvious on
our first outing together.
So in all honesty, from a personal standpoint, I have to tell you, there
was considerable disappointment amongst many of us when the ticket for
the raffle quilt was pulled, and the name on it was NOT Jane Cloud. As
you know, Rosie and the Sisterhood had decided to dedicate the quilt, in
part, to David. And we also knew how much having that quilt would mean
to Jane. So we were feeling just a little bit "down" in spirits because
it did not work out the way we had hoped. Your letter has put the
finishing touches on what has been a near perfect weekend. May God
bless you and yours now and always for your wonderful act of loving
As an F.Y.I., the raffle raised over $1500 to benefit the poor children
of Thailand. There is so much good that will be derived by many from
your participation and that of others. If you would care to learn more
about the TLCB, of which David was a valued member, you can find our web page at http://www.tlc-brotherhood.org
Bob and Rosie Wheatley
P.S. The quilt will be in the mail and on its way to you tomorrow
Cyndi Pressler wrote:
To the TLC Sisterhood & Brotherhood:
Hello Everyone! This is David and Cyndi Pressler, Belton, Texas,
writing to THANK YOU ever so much for the opportunity to win the wonderful quilt from your raffle. We wanted to be sure that ya'll know that our winning the quilt is much more than just a lucky draw of our ticket. We hope the following will bless you and help you to share in our joy.
My husband David was the one who answered the phone the other night when ya'll called to let us know we were the winners. David was a little
confused and did not make the connection right away while on the phone
with you. I was dozing and heard him on the phone but did not make the
connection either until after he hung up the phone and came back in the
living room to tell me he just had the strangest phone call. As soon as
he mentioned the word "won a quilt"... I was wide awake, my mouth
dropping open and in shock!
You see, Dave and Jane Cloud are very special people in our lives. Jane
and I have been friends since we first met in 1979. I was a young, single
mother of three bouncing babies, newly divorced and wondering about my
children's future when through a set of not accidental circumstances, Jane came into my life along with some other very special, wonderful friends and mentors. Within a few years I met and married a wonderful man, David Pressler, and, of course, Jane became his very special friend as well.
Time eventually brought Dave Cloud into our circle of fellowship. Dave
was as special to me as a friend as my own David was to me as a spouse.
Primarily because he truly loved and cared for my friend Jane and secondly because he truly opened himself to me as a friend, brother.
Dave and Jane's convertible is the first convertible my Dave and I have
ever driven. We now own one. Dave Cloud talked non-stop about his
dream of vacationing in the islands of the world. Jane has kept that dream going by sending us Dave's island magazines on a continual basis and we are hoping and working towards taking some of those trips. And, now, Dave Cloud is once again touching our lives and sending us his love as he
always did during his stay here on earth. Over a very short time, he
became such an important part of our lives and he has left a rich legacy
for us all.
Dave and Jane never stop giving to those around them. I recently lost my
own father from this life. I was able to help him be at home for his passing. It was quite an experience and I have no fear for him. I know
that he is safe and watching over us but it still doesn't make missing
his presence here any easier. And, so, I wait for those special moments when I think I can feel him or touch him. Saturday was one of those days when my dad's presence was very strong. And, then... when the news came in about the quilt, the first thing I heard was... "Your dad is just fine and I'm sending you a gift since we didn't get to see each other before I left." I don't know what you believe but I know that without a shadow of a doubt, God's hand is present and I am overjoyed that two people I love very much were able to be with me again. When we get the quilt, my Dave and I will wrap ourselves in it and feel Dave Cloud's love, add our own to it and then... We plan to mail the quilt to Jane... to send it home where it belongs.
Those are the words I keep hearing ... the quilt needs to go home where
it belongs. Sooo... that woman Mr. Sweet spoke of to my husband (there
was a woman who would like to buy the quilt should the winner decide not to keep it) ...that same woman is our dear friend and sister, Jane... and
she's getting her wish... a big hug from her Dave ... through the loving
hands of Rosie Wheatley and the TLC Brotherhood/Sisterhood.
How could you know when you started this project that so many lives
would be involved and be touched? Thank you for being the hand of God.
The receiving of this quilt has been as fresh spring water in a desert
we've all been walking through these last couple of years.
And, to Dave Cloud, I say: Welcome to Texas! It's about time you got
here for that visit!
We will try to take a picture of us holding the quilt and send by email
to you! It's nice to meet all of you finally, Dave always spoke highly
of his brotherhood friends. :)
All our love to your group, your project has lifted my faith when it
desperately needed a touch...
Dave & Cyndi Pressler, 1113 Lindsay Cr., Belton Tx 76513
Hi to all. It was a great reunion at FWB, a very good turn-out.
all could have attended. The weather couldn't have been better, cool in
the mornings and swell during the days near the lower 80's. The Reunion
Committee did a outstanding job even though changes had to be made
due to Eglin AFB lockdown. There were two trips on different days to the
Armament Museum, which is just outside the fenced Eglin Base, but
belived to be on Government property. The USAF provided bus service
to and from the museum. Really super displays inside the air conditioned
two level building, from weapons to aircraft. Inside the building was a static display of a P-47, F-51, P-80 Shooting Star and a F-105 with the various ordnance she could carry. All kinds of bombs, ammo. and guns/cannons from the modern pod gattling gun and going back to the WWI Lewis Machine gun. I was particularly taken by the experimental 73/75mm aircraft automatic Nose cannon (never went into production). God, what a weapon!!! Also there was a mockup of one of the first nuclear bombs.There was also an excellent small arms display along the wall on almost one whole side of the building. Know that Larry Hughs could have spent days and days in there "drooling" at the various air weapons. There was a nice gift shop also, but prices were on the high side compared to Colo Springs USAFA Shop. I was particularly interested in the electronic sensor display on the main floor. I worked with the end product of these at TFA (Task Force Alpha), NKP 68-69 and brought back memories of going to Sensor School at Eglin/Hurlburt Field 9, some 33 years ago. I took many pictures of the various sensors as years ago, being caught with a camera in the vicinity was a very serious breach of security. (Welcome to Ft Levenworth -get the picture!) The sensors were cut-a way view, but all the electronics inside were long ago removed and replaced with painted pieces of wood. I was also impressed with the 28 cylinder cut-a-way working display of the type of aircraft engine that powered the B-36 bomber. All I can say is :WOW!
Outside was the aircraft static displays, but sadly missing was the 0-1, OV-10, A-1 Series, but there was an 0-2, but in rather sad shape, but all kinds of other aircraft from a B-52G down to the C-47 Gunship, including one of my favorates, a B-47 SAC Bomber.
The "Hospitality Room" at the hotel.,what can I say! Old friends were reunited and new friends made. Stories and stories were told, some even get better as the years go by :>) and lots of smiles, laughs and nodding of heads in agreement with what someone said or mentioning a memory or a particular incident. We had three pools at the hotel and a stones throw from the Gulf, I would have liked to gone in but with my medication I have to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible and head for the shaded areas.
The Reunion Banquet was great, we all sat at large round tables and it was
buffet style with two lines, one on either side of the buffet. All kinds of veggies, salad bar, chicken, beef, rolls. mashed potatoes and you name it for desert.
The guest speakers were great, Colonel Day MOH, was unable to attend.
I didn't attend the Sunday memorial service as my Northwest flight left
at 0630 Sunday. A/C was 80% full going to Memphis, Tenn.
All for now, might write more later. Best regards to all, Ken
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