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The John Birch Society


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We are pleased to announce that Ronald Arlen Britton of Midland, Texas will serve as a member of the Council of The John Birch Society.  Mr. Britton was born in El Paso, Texas.  His father was in the Army Air Corps and they moved throughout his youth living  in Arizona, California, Florida and Ohio. After graduating from Westchester High School in Westchester, California, Mr. Britton attended what is now Oklahoma State University. Mr. Britton then spent five and one-half years as a Naval Jet Fighter Pilot on the Nuclear Carrier USS Enterprise.  He returned to Midland, Texas after discharge from the U. S. Navy and entered into the oil business full time.  Mr. Britton is President and CEO of Rohill Energy, Inc. and is now currently managing Rohill Operating Company with other various affiliated companies in oil and gas exploration and development programs.  Mr. Britton is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Oklahoma.

Over the past fifty years Ron has continued in the oil and gas business. He also operates Rafter R Cattle Company, and a wide variety of other business ventures.

In 1962 he married Susan Alstrin of Midland, Texas.  They are the parents of three children and three grandchildren.  Ron, his wife and family have been active participants in many organizations.  He is past chairman of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program, has served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, has served on the Midland Independent School Board and serves as a lifetime Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force.

Mr. Britton is a lifetime member of The John Birch Society and currently serves as Chairman of the Midland Business and Professional Chapter in Midland, Texas.

Robert M. Owens was born in Connecticut in 1973. He is an alumnus of Ohio Wesleyan University, Oxford University (St. Catherine's College) and Capital University Law School. Robert is a trial lawyer with offices in Delaware, Ohio, where he and his wife Teri reside. Robert has previously served as a village prosecutor in Delaware County.

Robert and Teri joined the Society in April of 2004 and both serve as JBS volunteer leaders – Robert as Chapter Leader and Teri as Assistant Chapter Leader. Robert also works in his local community as a leader in various political and civic organizations.

Robert K. Bell has never called anywhere but Tulsa, Oklahoma, his home. Born in 1940, he is a graduate of the University of Tulsa. Immediately after finishing school, he teamed up with his father at Bell’s Amusement Park and soon became its owner.

Bob’s early warnings to fellow park owners about the plans of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to impose its examiners on their industry won him a special award presented by grateful peers at their annual convention. He later challenged the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s intention to acquire jurisdiction over their industry. Taking this matter all the way to Denver’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he won his case with such unimpeachable evidence that the federal government dropped the plan.

Bob and his wife, Sally, also helped to scuttle the dangerous Equal Rights Amendment by persuading key members of the Oklahoma legislature to vote against ratification. They have both served in numerous capacities at the Robert Welch University Summer Camps. Appointed to the Council in 1995, Bob continues to serve as a local JBS leader and speaker for the national JBS Speakers Bureau.

Ray Clark was born in 1941 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His family relocated to Southern California in 1951. He claims that diligent study of the American government helped him not only to pass the U.S. citizenship exam in 1961 but also made him a strong defender of the U.S. Constitution.

Ray joined The John Birch Society in 1963 and has functioned as a Chapter Leader, Section Leader, and volunteer Coordinator. After working for several years in nutrition stores owned by others, he opened his own Clark’s Nutritional Center in Riverside, California, in 1970, and now has branches in San Bernardino and Loma Linda. He is a graduate of the Donsbaugh University School of Nutrition in Huntington Beach, California.

Each of the Clark establishments sells a huge amount of John Birch Society literature from large and conspicuous displays. Ray has been a leader in the fight against unconstitutional federal regulatory agencies, especially the Food and Drug Administration’s attempt to gain control over the vitamin and health products industry.

Appointed to the Council in 1999, Ray and his wife, Carol, reside in Lake Arrowhead, California.

A member of The John Birch Society since 1960, Paul was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1921. He has always called Ohio’s capital city his home, and it is where he has served as a chapter leader for more than four decades.

Paul graduated from Capital University in Columbus, where he studied business and economics. Intending to become an accountant, he soon gravitated to the medical field and graduated from Ohio State University’s medical school in 1948. After serving an internship in Dayton, Ohio, he returned to Columbus, where he established a family medicine practice from which he retired in 1991. Still active in the medical field, he accepted appointment as a medical director at a local hospital, where he specializes in treating drug addiction.

A past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Paul has spent considerable time fighting to keep the federal government out of the medical field. An outspoken opponent of drug abuse, he has tangled frequently with forces that want to legalize marijuana use. His article about marijuana’s dangers appeared in The New American magazine in October 1997.

With his strongly supportive wife Mildred, to whom he was married in 1953, he is the proud parent of three sons and 16 grandchildren.

We are pleased to announce that Nelson Bunker Hunt of Texas will again serve as a member of the Council of The John Birch Society. Mr. Hunt was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. His family moved to Tyler, Texas, during his youth, and finally to Dallas. After graduating from the Hill School, Mr. Hunt attended the University of Texas prior to his service in the Navy during World War II. Like most veterans, he returned to school after discharge from the Navy, attending S.M.U. before going back into the oil business full time.

Mr. Hunt worked with his father and brothers in the Hunt Energy Corporation and its various affiliates as an active participant in oil explorations and development programs. He also initiated his own personal oil and gas exploration and development projects, concentrating on overseas exploration.

Over the past 50 years Bunker has continued his multifaceted worldwide operations, including cattle, thoroughbred horses, real estate, and a wide variety of other business ventures. He received the T.I. "Pop" Harkins award for outstanding service to the Texas Thoroughbred Association as well as being in the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Lloyd W.Bailey, M.D. was appointed to the JBS Council in 2008.  He received his B.S. degree from Wake Forest College in 1949, his from Jefferson Medical College in 1953 and completed his ophthalmology training and residency at the University of Pennsylvania and Wills Eye Hospital.  As a committed opponent of socialized medicine, he never accepted payment from government for medical services and always treated those in need without charge.

Joining The John Birch Society and becoming a lifetime member in 1961, he later was a substitute chapter leader and chairman of the TRIM (Tax Reform Immediately) and Support Your Local Police committees.

In 1968, he drew national attention as a Republican elector when he voted independently rather than for the Republican ticket, which was permitted by North Carolina law at that time.  His vote was upheld after its legality was debated by both houses of Congress and he testified to defend the Electoral College as conceived by our founding fathers.  A lesson his children learned early was that the corrupting influence of government contaminates everything within its reach.

He has a son who is a chapter leader, two daughters and a grandson.  He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Rocky Mount and Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

John F. McManus was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935. At graduation from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, he received a bachelor's degree in physics and a commission in the United States Marine Corps. After serving three years of active duty, he entered the field of electronics engineering, where he won an award from the U.S. Air Force for designing a component used in fighter aircraft.

Jack left the engineering field in 1966 to accept a full-time position with our organization. Working closely with Founder Robert Welch for many years, he was named the Society's Public Relations Director and its official spokesman. In 1991, he was appointed President.

The author of several books and numerous articles, Jack has represented the Society in hundreds of media appearances, spoken from JBS platforms in all 50 states, and written and produced several JBS films and videos. With his wife, Mary, Jack resides in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

My original interest in the JBS came from hearing Charlie Smith on a televised "Meet the Press" interview in Orlando, Fl in the early 1970's. I intended to contact someone then, but before I acted on that decision, I was transferred by my company, Penn Life, to Jackson, MS, where I have remained until now. In 1978, I called on JBS Coordinator Bob Wells, and he invited me to a meeting where my wife, Mary and I both joined the John Birch Society. We have remained active since that time.

I am currently Regional Director for Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company, with offices in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. I serve as Chairman of the Board of Stewards at Riverside Independent Methodist Church, and as the Treasurer for the international Association of Independent Methodists. I am also an active member of the Jackson-Madison Camp of the Gideons International.

Hillard W. Welch was born to Marian Probert and Robert Welch on December 4, 1925 in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Welch attended Yale University for one year before entering the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Field Artillery Signal Corps. After the war, Mr. Welch returned to Yale, earning his B.A. in 1948.

After graduation, he joined the staff of the family business, the James O. Welch Co., a candy manufacturing business. He served on the staff of the company until 1950, when he took a position with Chirug and Cairns, an advertising and marketing agency, where he worked until 1977, eventually rising to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the firm's Boston office.

In 1977, Mr. Welch formed an importing company in the field of opthalmic surgical instruments and systems and diagnostic cameras, working with suppliers in Germany, England, and Switzerland. He sold the business in 1997, planning to retire, but he continues to work as a consultant for companies wanting to market their medical devices in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Welch has held a variety of posts with a number of organizations and services, including: the Board of Directors of the Ameican Association of Advertising Agencies, President of the New England chapter of the National Industrial Advertsing Association, elected to the Board of Trustees of the New England Deaconess Hospital, Executive Director of the Massachussetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and President of the Wequaquet Lake Protective Association. He also helped organize the Bluecoats of Barnstable, Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to assisting the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. He currently serves as Vice President and member of the Board.

Mr. Welch married Joyce K. Tyler of Brookline, MA on June 30, 1956. Mr. and Mrs. Welch have 3 wonderful daughters and eight grandchildren. He speaks French, Italian, and some German, is a former champion figure skater, and enjoys tennis, golf and sailing.

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