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Veterans in the Classroom Committee

Ms. Sheila Martin Coordinator
215-675-7504

Mr. George Stiftinger
Public Relations
215-657-1595

Ms. Charlotte Goerlich Secretary
215-887-2153

Mr. Brandon Traister Webmaster
856-296-9256


Veterans in the Classroom Speakers

Mr. Jack Agnew
U.S. Army Airborne

Mr. Jack Boutcher
U.S. Navy

Mr. Carl Bove'
U.S. Army Aircorp

Col. Ernest Bryson
U.S. Marine Corps

Lt. George Hinckley
U.S. Navy

Mr. Warren Kimmel
U.S. Army Aircorp

Mr. Donald Lewis
U.S. Army Aircorp

Mr. Sheila Martin
U.S. Navy WAVE

Mr. Craig Schoeller
U.S. Army Infantry

Cpt. Mike Stefanowicz
U.S. Marine Corps

Mr. George Stiftinger
U.S. Army Aircorp

Mr. Tony Zanzinger
U.S. Army Airborne

Veterans in the Classroom


July 28th, 2003
We are pleased to notify you of a new outreach effort by the World War II Lecture Institute. For the past 5 years, over 70 World War II veterans have spoken to audiences of almost 200 once a month at the Abington Public Library in Abington, Pennsylvania. They are now beginning a service to local high schools and middle schools. The veterans are pleased to share with students their personal experiences in World War II. The veterans, all local, include Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marines. Our first lecture will kick off on Veteran's Day 2003 at the new National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please let us know what date and your needs (large assembly presentations or small classroom tables.) You are also invited to attend our Abington Lecture Series on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:00PM and 7:00PM at the Abington Public Library in Abington, Pennsylvania or to our Doylestown Lecture Series on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM at the Bucks County Public Library in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to hear some of the men and women veterans who are interested in talking to local students. Please call Charlotte Goerlich at 215-887-2153 or Sheila Martin at 215-675-7504 for information or reservations.

Veterans Day 2003 - November 11th, 2003
On Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 the World War II Lecture Institute's Veterans in the Classroom Project visited the new National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Respresenting the Abington and Doylestown Lecture Series were Craig Schoeller, Donald Lewis, Sheila Martin, and Tony Zanzinger. Each veteran was given one hour to speak. We hope to return there someday in the future to hold special programs.



December 3rd, 2003
On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 the World War II Lecture Institute's Veterans in the Classroom Project visited Springfield High School. Representing the Abington World War II Lecture Series were Tony Zanzinger, Warren Kimmel, Sheila Martin and Mike Stefanowicz (all past guest speakers). Each veteran was given 20 minutes to speak. There were about 50 students, and all of the students seemed very attentive. The students were particularly eager to see the Japanese samurai sword, which Mike brought with him. We will be returning to that high school in March. Again, if you are interested, please contact Sheila Martin.

Articles in the Springfield Sun about the visit...
Springfield Sun
Veterans bring history to life
History beyond the books



February 27th, 2004
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, February 23rd, 24th, and 25th, the World War II Lecture Institute's Veterans in the Classroom Project visited Abington High School. Representing the Abington World War II Lecture Series were George Stiftinger, Warren Kimmel, Craig Schoeller, Tony Zanzinger, Sheila Martin, Jack Agnew, Carl Bove, George Hinckley and Ernie Brydon (all past guest speakers). We held four classes each of the three days we were at the high school. We received a very good response from the students, teachers and adminstartors at Abington High School.


March 2004
The World War II Lecture Institute's Veterans in the Classroom Project will be visiting Springfield High School for the second time this year.


April 2004
The World War II Lecture Institute's Veterans in the Classroom Project will be visiting Upper Dublin High School for the first time this year.


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