November 19, 2004
Subject: Soldiers Memorial Fund
Friends, I am taking your time with this email to make you aware of an item that makes me very proud of our small town of Bigfork, Montana. In our small town of about 2500 persons in Northwest Montana we have the confluence of two very unusual resources:
a. A men's Friday Morning non-denominational Christian Bible Study/men's fellowship that attracts about 150 men every Friday at 8:00 AM in the only place in town that is big enough to hold that many people, the corner bar! The name that the group has given itself is the "Dirtbags"! This is intended to reflect the fact that no one there considers himself especially religious. Aside from their faith in Christ they have little to compare themselves to the TV evangelists that are sometimes the face that people see of Christianity.
b. A resident by the name of Major General (retired) Paul Vallely who
when he is not playing golf up here in Montana with me or other of his
Well, this motley crew of "Dirtbags", led by Paul has recently
raised over $45,000 for a Soldiers Christmas Gift program. This is no
"give a kid a toy" program. The group has recently sent over
a ton of often-requested "luxury" items to Special Forces
(Each year they pick a military unit or group to concentrate on. Last
year it was the 101st Airborne Division). These "luxury" items
are things such as disposable razors, beef jerky, moist toilettes...things
that we take for granted and that are indeed luxuries for troops in
the field. This activity will be an ongoing program sponsored by the
"Dirtbags" in memoriam to Paul's son Scott who passed away
earlier this year while in Special Forces Training in the US Army.
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