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Immediate Past State Deputy 2020 - 2021

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Bob Baemmert

August 2020

Hi Brothers,

When I was a kid, I remember how excited I was when the Milwaukee Braves’ first game of spring finally arrived. My best friend and I would hop on our bikes and ride down to Milwaukee County Stadium for the big event. We would buy a bleacher seat for seventy-five cents and we would sit in left field behind Henry Aaron. Peanuts and hotdogs were on our menu, and I often think of how happy we were back then. With the sixty-game baseball season about to start this year, I am starting to feel that same excitement.

My buddy and I filled our summers with playing baseball on the Park and Recreation League and when we were not playing ball, we were riding our bikes all over town. | In late summer, we would head to the Wisconsin State Fair. We would save all summer for that event and we would ride every ride at the fair park. The day was a grand success if we survived the rollercoaster and wild mouse and the paratrooper and every other ride without creating a corndog or cotton candy mosaic on the pavement. Again, some fond memories of more simple times| We were happy.

I guess kids have a way to shut out the news. It was not important to us. News was something that adults talked about and worried about. There actually was plenty to worry about back then. The Vietnam War and anti-war protests, racial riots, and political assassinations were a few of the “headline-grabbers” when I was young. It did not matter to us; we just were happy. If things got bad, we were only a block away from the summer ice-cream stand that could erase all your issues for 5, 10 or 25 cents, depending on what size ice-cream cone you could afford.

Guess the whole point is that we have been bombed with a lot of bad news lately and this COVID-19 stuff is getting pretty old. So, my advice is to turn off the news, rediscover some of those things that made you happy as a kid, and just do that and enjoy what is left of this summer. We could all use that right now!!! 

God Bless and have a Great Month!

PS- See you at Dairy Queen!!!


Bob Baemmert

Immediate Past State Deputy

Washington State Council