Grande du Michigan

La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux

From the Grand Chef de Gare


    It certainly is a great pleasure to address the Grande du Michigan as your newly elected Chef de Gare! My policy is communication, programs, fun and honor. This all leads to our ultimate goal—membership. 

    We must work hard to increase our pool of qualified members who we can groom into the leaders of tomorrow. 

    I have said before, many of you meet at a local legion post or another venue. You must do something in your Voiture that sets you apart and thus makes the 40 & 8 an attractive proposition. Get the train out, have dinners, fun stuff that extolls the privilege of membership in the Fun and Honor Society of American Veterans.     This bulletin is the first of many where several Grande Officers can share information and ideas. It is the responsibility of the Grand Cheminot and Chefs Locale to see that this information is passed on to the membership. My contact information will be included somewhere here along with the Grand Correspondant. Don’t hesitate to contact us for questions, upcoming events, etc. 

    Right now, we are packing to head for Bossier City, LA for Promenade Nationale. A select few of us will be representing our state during this five-day convention. We will also be picking up pins for the various programs. 

    That brings up another issue—I need a Director for Carville Star. Someone please step up and take this program. It is a great opportunity to get involved . 

    All of what we get in Louisiana will be disseminated at Fall Cheminot on 7 Oct. in Oscoda. This is a Saturday only meeting. Executive Committee at 10 a.m., lunch available at noon, Cheminot at 1 p.m. All Grand Cheminot, Grand Officers and Locale Chef de Gare’s are invited. This is THE most important of meetings, as it kicks off the whole year. All pins will be available then.

    Next up is 21 Oct. in Lansing for another wreck. We have a few PGs lined up and need more. PGs report at 10:00 a.m., Wreck at 1:00 p.m. Here’s the deal—you bring ‘em, I’ll wreck ‘em! Let’s get this year started with a bang! Like the new Avocat stated at our Grande Promenade, “There’s a new sheriff in town!” 

    By the way, I must thank everyone who attended Grande Promenade in Lansing. It was by far the biggest and could have been close to the best, if it wasn’t for the choice of background music. You missed a good one! See you down the road soon! Let’s get this train back on the track, roll up our sleeves, and go to work. Thanks!

Chef Jim