Membership Committee Update

1 year ago

Members and Friends,

I hope you have all enjoyed the waning summer months and are looking forward to Fall. We are certainly ready for it here in Perry, Georgia. Cool mornings and evenings have arrived, and my family is gearing up for several camping trips including a Veterans Day trip to the Georgia Veterans State Park.

Our membership has reduced some since the Centennial reunion but remains strong. We still have as many Tomb Guard voting members (309) as we did last November. Additionally, our Sentinel membership of currently serving Tomb Guards remains just as strong. I am confident this will be sustained or even grow as Life Member SFC Brian Gougler (2011-13, 2022-Present) takes over as the Sergeant of the Guard.

I would like to highlight the continuing reunions that occur among our members and other Tomb Guards throughout the year. Founding member, and retired Sergeant Major, Gavin McIlvenna (1997-98) has well established the Tomb Guard Cocktail Hour that occurs virtually monthly throughout the year. If you have not yet participated, you should email him for an invite. They are great for both educating on current Society activities, as well as catching up with the busy lives of our fellow Tomb Guards. They are open to both members and non-members who share our connection. Everyone I have attended has been time well spent, whether for fellowship or education. Additionally, there are more than a couple local in person “mini reunions' ' that occur throughout the country. Herb Smith (1966-69) generally sets one up in Georgia on an annual basis.

I am sure there are other “mini” reunions that occur throughout the year and country. I would love for those who meet based upon our fellowship to please share photographs and details of the meeting with the Society. Please email photographs and details of the meeting to

Respectfully Yours,

Scott J. Sengenberger
Vice President
Membership Committee Chair

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