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Sync Call for Wednesday June 29 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. West Virginia World War I Centennial Commission created by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

2. Maryland state's secretary of planning, David Craig, will step down next month from his current position in order to lead the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission

3. "Remembering the Women of WWI" OpEd penned by Commissioners Libby O'Connell and Monique Seefried.

4. National Maker Faire in DC pilots WWI Activities for kids

5. French Delegation meet with WW1CC in Washington DC

6. American Legion Magazine features Q&A in Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard

7. Special donation appeal video for 4th of July

Read more below!


Sync Call Minutes
June 29, 2016

Update from the States

West Virginia
We are pleased to announce that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued Executive Order No. 3-16 creating the West Virginia World War I Centennial Commission.
Many thanks to Commission Edwin Fountain who has been instrumental in this process. Also thank you to friends of the national Commission, Ms. Stephany Neal and Dr. Joel Beeson, who have both been appointed to the West Virginian Commission.

Maryland state's secretary of planning, David Craig,  will step down next month from his current position in order to lead the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. He will be responsible for coming up with a plan by next summer for a statewide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.
This is great news for Maryland and our volunteers there. Thank you all!

Save the date- The next  Upper MidWest Region Meeting will be on September 13 at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. 1 pm Central Time. Susan Mennenga has been hard at work planning this event and has managed to arrange representatives from each of the Upper Midwest states, which include:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin

State outreach Collaboration Call
We’ll take a break for the month of July - we will have no call in July - and will reconvene the call on August 4th. August’s call will look at the Commission’s educational resources.

News and Announcements

OpEd in the Virginian Pilot
Commissioners Libby O’Connell and Monique Seefried wrote a column that was printed this weekend in the Virginian Pilot titled Remembering the Women of WWI.  This piece was written right after the US Navy ship naming ceremony for the USS Lenah Higbee, a Chief Nurse who served in WWI.

National Maker Faire in Washington, DC
Photos are available at: https://goo.gl/9C1bae
The National Maker Faire took place on June 18-19 in Washington DC. Makers from across the United States participated in the “Week of Making” (June 17-23). The Faire gave curious, inventive people a place to share what they love to make.  Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors
This year provided an excellent event for pilot testing the first of a series of WWI Maker Activities under development by Virginia 4-H for the United States World War One Centennial Commission. The activities spotlight specific historical topics that relate to WWI, as well as integrating STEM in a fun and engaging way.  Families worked together to build a string telephone, while hearing the history of the Hello Girls who served as telephone operators in WWI.
Thanks so much to our tireless volunteer, Nancy Schaff, for managing this program, facilitating our partnership with 4H and for helping with our national Education plan.
There were more than 15,000 attendees for both days. 
More info about the event: http://makerfaire.com/national/
Photos at our booth: https://goo.gl/9C1bae
General Maker Faire photos: https://goo.gl/TR6OkQ

French Delegation in Washington
Last week, Senior officials of the French government visited WWI Centennial Headquarters in Washington for a working session on international plans for the centennial. The delegation was welcomed by Commission Vice Chair Edwin Fountain and Executive Director Dan Dayton.
Last year, France and the United States entered into a bilateral agreement of cooperation regarding centennial efforts in the coming years.  Jean-Marc Todeschini, Secretary for Veterans Affairs of France, noted the success of the cooperation so far, citing the re-dedication of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial earlier this year.
Discussions included process, education efforts, and fundraising initiatives. Vice Chair Fountain who serves as general counsel for the American Battle Monuments Commission [AMBC], also discussed joint AMBC projects regarding World War I cemeteries, as well as future centennial events in various former Allied nations.

Upcoming Events:

EAA AirVenture- Oshkosh, WI

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It’s the largest aviation show in the world.
The EAA AirVenture Airshow will take place July 25-31 and the  2016 focus this year is WWI.  This is huge, week long event with 700,000+ attendees and dozens of defense contractors.
We will have a booth set up for the week.. Our Commissioners have daily speaking roles in two different amphitheaters that seat 2500+ people.
Let us know if you plan to attend and can help us at our booth! We’ll be selling WWI CC merchandise, etc.  contact Meredith Carr at meredith.carr@worldwar1centennial.org, if you plan to be at the EAA AirVenture Airshow July 25-31.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park
American Legion Magazine
The July issue of American Legion Magazine featured a Q&A with Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard.  Both are available in hard copy and online.

Donation appeal for the 4th of July!
We’ve filmed a series of donation appeal videos with our special advisors:  The Honorable Leon Panetta,  Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, General Barry McCaffrey, Mrs. Sandra Pershing, and Dr. Vint Cerf. 
We are asking all of our partners, associates, volunteers and friends to post our Fourth of July Donation Appeal video to your facebook page, website, etc between now and July 4.
It’s very simple to do-  you can use this link to download the video: https://vimeo.com/171609482
Then upload to Facebook with this copy:
“Help us build the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in our nation’s capitol. We need you to speak for these American veterans who sacrificed so much, 100 years ago. They are not forgotten if we remember.  Thank you” and include the link: ww1cc.org/memorial

The Great War Channel


Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

The Great War in the Sky

As we approach the Oshkosh Airshow, this week we continue with our new segment called “The Great War In the Sky".
Noted author and decorated Air Force pilot, General RG Head has created and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
Here is Theo Mayer, our project technologist to show you what happened in the Great War In The Sky this week, 100 years ago.

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster

And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week on the ground with Mike Shuster.

Join us again next week! Register here.


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