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Sterling LacySterling 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Lacy gave dozens of speeches and presentations during the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. 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.

altRobert 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.

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.

Art ThompsonArt Thompson was born in Seattle, Washington in 1938. Art attended the University of Washington, the Washington Military Academy and other business related institutions, before going into business for himself.

He joined the Society in May, 1964 and rose through "the ranks" becoming a successful Area Coordinator for The John Birch Society in the 1970's. He left the staff to go back into business in 1981 and returned to the staff again in the 1990's.

In the 1980's and early 90's, his business took him all over the United States. A frequent visitor to Western Europe on business, as a tourist, and once on a political fact-finding tour for the JBS, Art was at the Berlin Wall as it was coming down. During this tour, he became acquainted with many businessmen, academics, and members of the German cabinet and European Union.

Art has also served on his small town City Council, as the chairman of his local Chamber of Commerce, as an official and an elector for the Republican Party, and as a local leader in the state of Washington for the Christian Coalition. He also served as an officer in the Select Reserve Force of the Army and National Guard.

Art has held virtually every volunteer and staff position in the Society, including National Director of Development and Communications and National Director of Field Activities. For several years, he represented the Society in a variety of media events, including appearing on "60 Minutes," and was for a short time on our Speakers Bureau.

Ronald Arlen BrittonWe 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. 

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