The only thing certain following the conclusion of the various investigations into the IRS' targeting of conservative charities is this: Americans' distrust of big government in general and the IRS in particular will continue to grow.
Mr. Moon is a graduate of the University of Idaho, School of Mines with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. After graduation he spent six years with Schlumberger International as a field engineer and station manager for North Sea, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian oil field operations. Darr is a licensed professional civil engineer and land surveyor heading up his engineering firms primary offices in Rupert and Challis, Idaho. Darr grew up in the mining industry working mostly on small family owned placer and lode gold mines in Central Idaho. He and his family are involved in mining, milling and gold production on various Central Idaho properties.
William H. Blewster first saw the light of day in Houston, Texas, in 1939. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M University in 1962. After graduation, Bill entered the U.S. Navy’s flight training program. Commissioned as an Ensign and awarded his wings as a Navy Flight Officer, he specialized in navigation and air intelligence. Deployments took him to Alaska and Japan from his home base at Whidbey Island, Washington. He left active service in 1965 with the rank of full Lieutenant.
The Blewster family settled for a time in Houston, and Bill began his life’s work in the insurance industry. In 1972, the family relocated to Phoenix, where Bill’s expertise in his field won him promotion to president of an insurance company that was later sold to a large international brokerage firm. In 1985, he launched his own Blewster Insurance Services, Inc., providing a wide array of coverage but specializing in commercial insurance. He accepted appointment to the Council in 2003. From their home in Mesa, Arizona, Bill and his wife, Barbara, a former Arizona state representative, continue as JBS activists.
Thomas D. Sellers was born in Detroit in 1933 and has always called Michigan his home. In 1956, he earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and art history from Albion College in nearby Albion, Michigan.
Upon graduation, Tom spent three years honing his business skills as an employee of the Burroughs Corporation. He teamed up with his father in 1959 at the Dean Sellers Ford agency. In 1970, he purchased the firm outright and eventually moved it to a new location in Troy, Michigan, where it has become a highly respected industry leader. Under his leadership, the firm has grown to be the largest Ford dealership in the state of Michigan.
Tom has long worked to build a better appreciation of the importance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and to educate Americans about their true meaning. He has also been active in a variety of civic affairs, especially the Troy Rotary Club.
He became a member of The John Birch Society in 1977 and accepted appointment to the JBS Council in 1985. He and his wife, Nona, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Judge Sterling E. Lacy’s life is as interesting as it has been varied. An ordained minister, he has served for over 40 years in churches in Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. An accomplished scholar, he holds three graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Christian psychology.
Seeking to serve and assist others, he continues to work as a family counselor, something he has done for over 35 years, having counseled more than 10,000 clients in that time. Author of the best-selling book Valley of Decision: A Christian Primer to the Political Arena, he has also dedicated substantial time to education, having served as President of Christian Heritage College in Arkansas and Superintendent of Topeka Christian Academy in Kansas. In November 2010, Judge Lacy was elected by residents of Bowie County, Texas to serve as Judge.
Judge Lacy has long been an ardent member and support of The John Birch Society. Over his 40-year-long involvement with the Society he has been not only an active member but also a Chapter Leader and a Coordinator. As part of the Society’s Speakers Bureau, Judge Lacy gave dozens of speeches and presentations during the 1970s and 1980s. Judge Lacy has been married to his wife, Jean, for 48 years and has been blessed with 3 children and 9 grandchildren. The Lacy’s reside in Texarkana, Texas.
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.