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.
Glenn J. Schmitz was born in Springfield, Minnesota, in 1935. He has never called any other community home. Starting out as a farmer, he spent two years in the U.S. Army, rising from recruit to Specialist First Class in the Signal Corps while serving in Korea after the ceasefire had been proclaimed. Glenn spent most of his working years with the State Bank of Springfield. From an entry-level position as teller, he rose in 15 years to become the bank’s president, and he held that post for another 15 years.
Along the way, he attended the University of Wisconsin Banking School and served in several posts within the Independent Bankers Association of Minnesota. When his younger brother died in Vietnam, Glenn’s search for answers about that no-win war brought him to The John Birch Society. He joined in 1971 and has been a very effective Chapter Leader and Section Leader for many years. He and his wife, Donna, are very proud of their youngsters, several of whom launched their own private school that now claims 120 students in a K-8 program. Glenn was appointed by Robert Welch to the JBS Council in 1980.
George B. Wallace was born in Minnesota in 1932, but he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After two years at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the Aviation Cadet program. In 1955, he received his wings and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
He served several tours of duty as a fighter pilot. During the Vietnam War, George survived a combat tour flying the F-105 fighter/bomber. For his efforts, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He retired from the military in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Settling in Oklahoma City, he completed college in 1978, earning his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma City University. George later founded Sunbelt Recycling Company, a firm he operated until he sold it in 2004.
Following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, he joined the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee. He was instrumental in the committee’s efforts to force a county grand jury investigation of the crime and in the research and publication of the committee’s comprehensive report. He accepted appointment to the JBS Council in 2004.
F. Ward Rowley was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1932. He is a graduate of Choate School, Dartmouth College, and the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University. Surviving those years of indoctrination is a testimony to Ward’s innate conservatism. He attributes his success in avoiding capture by the liberal Establishment to the many years he spent competing in intercollegiate athletics.
During a widely divergent business career, Ward repeatedly traveled to Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Acquiring considerable expertise in the field of international marketing, he rose to become a vice president for international marketing at Allied Signal, Inc.
During Central America’s turbulence during the 1980s, he provided the Society with sound counsel about the worthiness or unworthiness of some political leaders. In addition, his knowledge of the business world has proven to be an asset to our organization.
He accepted appointment to the JBS Council in 1988. Now retired from business, Ward and his wife, Thelma, spend their winters in Florida and most of the year in and around the hills of New Hampshire in the beautiful community of New London.
Dominick Odorizzi was born in Ottawa, Illinois in 1926. During WWII he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an electronics technician. In 1949 he received a BS degree in electrical engineering. He designed electronic equipment for testing missiles and radar systems for 40 years before he retired from Hughes Aircraft Company in 1989.
Dominick joined the Society in December 1961 and became a Chapter Leader and a Section Leader the following year. He still holds those positions today. He accepted appointment to the Council in 2007. Dominick and his wife Gloria, who married in 1951, now live in Porter Ranch, CA.
Birching has been a major part of their lives for all but ten of their married years. They always worked together as a team on their Birch activities. Besides becoming life members, they made their two children life members when they were in grade school. Their daughter Nancy was an active Bircher when she was a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for over 20 years. She was a detective when she died of leukemia in 1997. Their son Michael is a JBS Chapter Leader in nearby Canyon Country. His wife and three children are all JBS members.
Dominick is perhaps best known to JBS Bulletin readers for his leadership in setting up JBS booths at the annual San Fernando Valley Fair since 1981.
David Eisenberg was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1926. After his family relocated to southern California, he received his early education in Los Angeles schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the latter stages of World War II.
Dave graduated from Inglewood, California’s Northrop University with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1948. The specialized training he received enabled him to obtain employment in one of our nation’s up-and-coming industries. Upon graduation, he began a brilliant 40-year career as a project engineer for the Hughes Aircraft Company at a southern California plant and later transferred to its Tucson, Arizona, facility in 1956. He retired in 1988.
In the early 1960s, Dave, who is Jewish, launched a determined personal effort to combat the work of The John Birch Society, having been assured by many that it was anti-Semitic. He carefully examined many of the Society’s materials and eventually met with some members. Upon learning the truth, he became a proud member and has since been a fearless and effective voice against false charges hurled at our organization. Appointed to the JBS Council in 1995, he resides with his wife, Natalie, in Tucson, Arizona.
Daniel L. McBride was born in Los Angeles in 1949. The son of a Chapter Leader, Daniel became a member in 1963 at age 13. His college education was interrupted by the Vietnam War. Daniel joined the Army and became a Green Beret, and was later assigned to a Ranger unit in Vietnam. Because of his exemplary service, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Daniel is the owner of Neptune Plumbing Co., and is a long-time advertiser in The New American. Daniel has been married to his wife Tara for 34 years. They have four third-generation JBS children, each of whom has attended several Birch Camps.
Tragically, Clifford and his beloved wife Dorothy were killed in an automobile accident, Sunday, January 4, 2009. Thoughts and prayers from all at The John Birch Society go out to their family as well as to the family of the third accident victim, in the other vehicle.
To those that knew Cliff and Dorothy, and it was rare to find someone in their community that did not know them given their successful family-run pharmacy, “Wasem’s”, they will be greatly missed.
Cliff was born in Clarkston, Washington, in 1928 and resided there his entire life. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in pharmacy and joined his father in the family-owned pharmacy. Cliff became the pharmacy’s sole proprietor in 1965. Under his energetic leadership, the business diversified and provided a wide variety of products and services.
Cliff served as his county’s Republican chairman for 15 years and as an elected state representative during the 1960s. He also served on the city council and was active in his local community affairs his entire life. He faithfully led a JBS chapter for more than 35 years.
Always an enthusiastic promoter of the Society’s programs, Cliff was known by every customer and friend as a man who stood up for his beliefs. Consequently, many in his community have rallied around his leadership.
Cliff had expended some of his boundless energy as treasurer of the local hospital and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association. He accepted appointment to the National Council of The John Birch Society in 1999. Cliff had credited his wife, Dorothy, for making his widespread activities possible.
As the CEO of The John Birch Society, Art Thompson expressed, “Cliff’s influence in politics, health matters, and helping to preserve the Constitution extended all across the nation and touched literally thousands of people. He will be missed by the many, many people who loved him and Dorothy.”
Cliff leaves behind a vacant seat and very large shoes to fill on the National Council. His tireless enthusiasm will be felt for years to come. He and Dorothy are survived by their four children.
Clark was born and raised in Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma. Upon graduation he immediately found employment in the insurance industry. Now president of Curry Insurance Agency, he was appointed Chief Operations Officer of The John Birch Society in June, 2010. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee for several years.
He has actively worked with state legislators the past thirty years on such issues as opposing the Equal Rights Amendment and opposing a Constitution Convention.
Clark and his wife Janis were married in 1968. He is a church elder and they actively support a Christian school and several ministries.