Thursday, April 24, 2014


Yesterday (4/23/22014) was a day of firsts.

  • WWAN held it's first event for/with the Adaptive Sports Military Program from Fort Sam Houston.
  • Food (and lots of it) was provided by First United Methodist Church & First Baptist Church both of Seguin.
  • The event was held at the Lazy U Ranch, Seguin, TX. 
  • Helen Stein, 93 years young, presented a wounded warrior with a hand made quilt.  One of her quilts is hanging in the Smithsonion!!

Helen Stein Made & Donated This Quilt 

Activities at the ranch included kayaking, fishing, bow & arrow, bicycling, hiking, relaxing by the water and watching the grass grow.

Craig (center) Sharing History of Ranch
Craig & Nancy Russell, ranch owners and our hosts, were there to visit with everyone and share the history of the ranch and the Memorial to all American Veterans which will be dedicated July 3rd.  Be sure to go to their website and get the details of the memorial and the wonderful 4th of July Celebration they are having.  There is limited space for the 4th so if you are interested you need to act quickly.  Their theme is God, Country, Family.  (Photo to follow)

25' Wall

Mid afternoon about a dozen of the warriors went to ZDT Amusement Park to "rock climb".  The park has a 25' climbing wall inside and two 60' towers outside.  Watching the warriors and some spouses climb was amazing.   ZDT was very generous.  In addition to waiving the entry fee they set all the video machines on free so everyone could play.  Even the smallest children had a great time.

Sharon, Brad & Abdul  (Brad & Abdul climbed)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Exciting Things Are Happening

2014 is proving to be a very exciting year.  We now have a General Board comprised of representatives from Fredericksburg Churches.  These are the churches who stepped up and helped welcome, feed and entertain guests from Fort Sam Houston coming to the Hill Country for R&R weekends and/or Day Events last year.  General Board Members are: Joyce Robertson-Bethany Lutheran, George Watts-Faith Baptist, Richard Gray-First Baptist, Kathy McNeill-Memorial Presbyterian, Bob & Molly Sagebiel-St. Mary's Catholic, Brad Findley &Bobbi Grimmer-South Church.  The board has already decided to "sign up" in advance for each of the coming events.

Therefore, the Executive Board of WWAN in conjunction with Chaplain Rob Ginsburg has introduced a working version of its May 2014 - May 2015 calendar.  Tentative plans include five (5) R&R weekends (we feed & house the guests but they decide what they want to do). & four (4) Retreats, (more structured, includes counseling usually with the chaplain) as well as several Day Events, e.g., a Day Out for Care Providers.  Recreational opportunities for day events are based on needs assessments provided by personnel at Ft. Sam Houston, in addition to specialized activities designed & led by Adaptive Sports Military Program.  Also this year, the Fritztown Bass Club and WWAN will host the 2nd annual American Heroes Fishing Tournament-a popular and well attended event.
2013 American Heroes Fishing Tournament

Lazy U Ranch
Activities will take place in multiple locations in & around Fredericksburg, including lakes & recreational areas such as Lady Bird Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area & Lazy U Ranch in Seguin.

WWAN will continue to offer card making classed & serve lunch at the WFSC, Ft. Sam Houston, on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month.

This is a very ambitious schedule and will have several events at Lazy U Ranch added during the year.  Cost to provide everything is approximately $50,000.    If you would like to help with funding you can use the "Give On Line Now" button on the right of this blog or mail your donation to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N Llano, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624.  Please make the checks out to FUMC-WWAN.  We will post progress toward our goal so you can watch it grow with us.  We are praying that as in the past, GOD will provide.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Fisher House Enjoyed Cookies

Remember the 800 boxes of cookies Girl Scout Troop  17417 and Ephriam Andrews Chapter DAR  donated and we distributed to various locations on Fort Sam Houston? (see March 20th post)

The Army Fisher House sent a nice thank you. We appreciate the Girl Scouts and DAR for allowing us to be a part of this generosity.  Besides, it was really fun watching the faces of people when we walked in with cases of cookies and explained they were a gift.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March R&R and Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Event

What a blessing God bestowed upon us this past week-end.  Eight families from Fort Sam Houston came to the hill country for some R&R time.

Upon arriving Friday evening they were welcomed with a meal provided by the St Barnabas Episcopal Church and also treated to some beautiful music by a local orchestra who practices at the church on Friday nights!!

The families were welcomed with open arms and such warmth that each wounded warrior and family member left with excited anticipation of what was to come during the next two days.

Ashley showing off her Catch
Giving the Fish a break

Saturday the Fredericksburg Fly Fishermen (FFF)  hosted a day event at Still Waters Ranch for even more wounded warriors from Fort Sam who came just for the day.  Several good sized fish were caught, filleted and sent home with the warriors.  For some it was a first time fishing experience.
Dustin admiring Stan's catch
Wounded Warriors, FFF & Volunteers ready to fish

Bruce Ward-Chief Cook

Ray Sims-Transportation & Guide

While some were fishing, others visited the shops in town, toured the Nimitz Museum or climbed Enchanted Rock. Still others went to the kite flying event at LBJ state park then enjoyed the Sauer Beckmann Farm where they were treated to a taste of what life was like in the Fredericksburg area 100 years ago. 

After a full day of fun events, we gathered together at the Enchanted Rock Pavilion for dinner and fellowship.  Entertainment during the evening was provided by John Hardaway and 30-60, a local band. Rabke’s catered the meal with volunteers Ann Matthews, Rita Travis, Sandy Doudna and Johna Clark providing cupcakes for dessert.

Sunday morning found several of the families attending different churches in town.  After a morning of worship, the families headed back to San Antonio to get ready for their regiment at Fort Sam.  Our prayer for each of these warriors is that healing and peace will come to their body and soul.

Thanks to Susan Quindry, Stacy Johnson & Sharon Massey for providing the Information and pictures for this blog.

Go to to see more photos of the weekend.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cookies Anyone?

Last Tuesday was our regular day to teach card making at WFSC.  Susan Quindry, one of our executive board members was there and was gracious enough to send the following recount of the day.

What a wonderful day we had on yesterday (Tues March 18, 2014).  An anonymous donor through the Girl Scout Troop #17417 of Katy, TX and the Ephraim Andrews Chapter of the DAR of Fredericksburg, TX donated 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be distributed to active military at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

We enlisted our volunteers to come with us and help with the distribution.  Richard Gray and Bobbi Grimmer along with Sharon Massey, Stacy Johnson, Rhonda Strelke, and Susan Quindry made the deliveries.  The cookies were distributed to Fisher House, The Intrepid, the 4th floor burn unit of BAMC hospital, Navy, Marine, Powless Hotel, the barracks and Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC).

While the distribution was going on, Lisa Davis was conducting a card making class at WFSC for the wives of the wounded warriors.  Lunch was provided by the Wounded Warrior at Nebo ministry and fun was had by all.

What a beautiful day we enjoyed surrounded by the special people who serve our country to give us our freedom.  THANK YOU!
Richard, Stacy, Bobbie & Melonie 

Richard, Melonie & Stacy Unloading at Fisher House

Workers at  Powless Hotel

Stacy, Melonie, Sharon & Rhonda at Liberty Barracks

Boxes tempting all who enter WFSC

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Challenges Met!!

Recently an anonymous supporter issued a $500 challenge.  He/she would match every donation dollar for dollar up to $500.  The funds to be used for March R&R for wounded warriors and their families.

 You all met the challenge!! 
 Thank you 

This month's R&R over laps with Spring Break so guest houses, B&Bs, etc. that are normally donated for the warriors' use are not available.  That means we have to go to hotels to house our guests.  The funds will really help.

Also, as you probably read in an earlier blog, Mike & Debbie McCurdy issued the same type of challenge for April's R&R. They will match donations up to $500.  These funds will also go toward housing since April is one of the busiest months for B&B and guest house rentals.

You Did It!!  The challenge has been met.
               THANK YOU!