THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS ORGANIZATION
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Greetings to all White House Boys ,Families and Friends please note that The Official White House Boys Org has confirmed a location and date for Reunion and we looking forward to seeing everyone !!
Location : We have you scheduled for Shelter 6 - Ft De Soto (FORT DE SOTO) at
( Fort De Soto Park)
3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
PLEASE NOTE: A daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle is now in place. Cash and credit cards accepted (MasterCard and Visa).
Those with Handicap Tags and Decal will be N/C
We will be serving subs for lunch. Feel free to bring dessert and drinks for you and yours. We are giving the ladies and Gents a break this year. Keeping it easy and simple. Click Me!
Pastor Tom and Lori are bring large cooler and water to share . We could use a couple smaller coolers with ice. Please advise me if you can help with coolers.
There will be a 50/50 and a Raffle but per request no Auction this year.If you have any suggestion for Reunion please call me it is a WHB reunion AND WE ARE OPEN TO ALL ideas.
The bathrooms and parking are close to shelter as well as sidewalks FOR SCOOTER'S AND WHEELCHAIRS and Handicap parking available.
PET'S ARE WELCOME BUT MUST BE ON SIX FOOT LEASH.
NO ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
For those of you that need Hotel please find we have agreement with the Hampton Inn for 89.00 + tax. Please acknowledge your Discount Code (WHB ) White House Boy when you call for reservation .
The number is 727 322 0770 and the address is 1200 34th Street North, St Petersburg ,Fl 33713.
This includes Breakfast.
Any questions feel free to call me 239 994 1280.
Please bring your Happy Hearts and Positive Thoughts to Share !! It is a WHBFF Day to " Fellowship and Enjoy the Brotherhood and Families " !!
Safe travels and many kind thoughts your way.
Chairperson - 239 994 1280
PLEASE RSVP !!
URGENT! Anyone who attended Okeechobee School for Boys in the 1950s or 1960s, PLEASE CONTACT JERRY COOPER URGENTLY! We need your name, date of birth, approximate time you were at Okeechobee URGENTLY. There is presently an investigation to find those records, so you must send your info immediately. Either call Jerry at 239-994-1280 or email him HERE with your information!
An Essay by White House Boy, Mike Sapp, about being a Survivor:
Make Being A Survivor Mean Something To Those Around You
Don't Let It Go To Waste
According to the dictionary a survivor is “a person who lives through an event in which others died”. That definition certainly is appropriate for the White House Boys. Some boys saw death, and watched children -- young, skinny kids – wore down to the bone with hard work and slave-type labor. They would slowly wane away to nothing but skin and bones – and then some just disappeared. We've seen the pictures – little boys – mostly looking scared to death.. They were not near old enough or big enough to physically take the beatings administered by large, grown adult men.
Why are there so many of us? Usually there's only a handful of survivors left to struggle through the painful memories of living a nightmare on any given night. Not one single night goes by that grown men don't cry as they remember the fear that accompanied their sleep.
So why are there so many survivors of our particular cause? Is it because we earned extra credit for surviving such a life-altering event?
Why so many? Over 500 little boys shed the same tears, and live the same fears for oh, so many years? Why us? And why did You, Father God, keep each of us alive? Why me Lord? What have I ever done? To deserve even one of the pleasures you've shown?
What is there still left for each of us to do? We're old and most grateful just to be alive! Physically, we are exactly where you want us. Some are better off still, others quiet. But we are indeed giving You the glory for all the success we have had. Especially for life itself. As we assemble ourselves at the foot of mercy, we lift Your Name high above all names.
Yet many of us are still blind and we beseech You to remove the scales of blindness so all may see the foot of the Cross and meet Jesus on a personal level. Lead us, oh Lord, through the power of Your Holy Spirit as we travel this road we are on – the Road to Justice against child abuse. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
You said that those who hurt the little children would be better off if a millstone was tied around their neck and them be dropped into the deepest sea*. We, as survivors, claim that promise today Lord. We forgive them, to the best of our ability, but still believe they must pay the penalty. Have mercy on them Father. We pray for our enemies at Dozier Boys School -- those who mistreated us, those who beat us and those who watched and did nothing. Living with that is punishment enough... until Judgment Day.
Look how far we have come. From a nobody group of old and tired men to being world renown. We have made TV, radio and major newspapers all around the world. And, as our accounts of old are proven true through modern day technology, the gravity of the situation is finally being recognized as accurate and true. Nobody believed something this terrible could happen a stone's throw away from our State Capitol. They could hear the screams from there.
Today we are extremely grateful to still be alive, able to hug and kiss our families, friends and WHB brothers. To still be in the fight for justice and truth – just the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We will be completely satisfied when all the truth is finally revealed. Will we be here? Maybe, maybe not?
So, we must continue to do our part, however little it may be, and keep the ultimate goal in the foremost of our mind. We do it so this type of poison can be erased from human life.
We must continue to stand up strong and brave, and always vigilant against the intrusion of those who seek to harm our little ones. Cradle them when they're babies. Cuddle them when they want to wiggle.
And always remember how precious they are. And, how dependent upon you for their everything. Be tender, patient, long-suffering, and always quick to forgive and forget. Children need love, guidance and protection. Always remember how the mistreatment of little children will be judged one day.
Never forget what you survived, but let it go and try to make the best out of what you have now. You are alive and mostly well. Some do better then others, but accept your lot. Spend more time being thankful, because some are worse off. Spend your latter years trying to “Live As If It Never Happened”, while you try to help somebody along the way.
That's the message here today. Help somebody along the way. It doesn't have to be a big deal -- little things mean so much. Help a WHB or a neighbor with a problem. Pay for a mother's groceries at the supermarket. Give back without expecting anything in return. Make being a survivor mean something to those around you.
Don't let it go to waste. Share even if you only have love, then share your love! Share your compassion! Open your heart to the joy of being a survivor who cares. There are many survivors in our organization, but we are looking for survivors who care. Who cares enough to join us in our search for justice. The key word “join” means: help us, get involved, do something to promote our plight to the world.
Be a doer and not just a survivor. Be more than a survivor. Be a survivor who cares enough to put forth some effort helping others, especially children, along the way.
*Matthew 18:6 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
White House Boys –
Prayer for Healing and Unity
Pastors John and Frances Marx
Almighty Father, we lift up all the White House Boys and their families.
Our Father, you know the pain each one has endured and the injustices each one has suffered.
We thank you Father, that you have provided a means by which each one can receive healing, restoration and a peace that goes beyond understanding through your Son, Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ Name, we pray Lord that you would send the Holy Spirit to minister to each one’s heart and mind.
We thank you Father for your amazing grace and pray that by the Power of the Holy Spirit, each one is empowered to receive and embrace your healing and peace.
Although during the time spent at Florida School for Boys, many were separated and divided because of race, we rejoice that you have made us one body in Christ.
We thank you Lord for the unity only You can bring to enable us to be one family, all brothers and sisters in Christ.
URGENT ATTENTION!!! VERY IMPORTANT!
IF ANYONE WAS AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN 1962 OR 1963 AND KNEW WAYNE TILLIS OR EDDIE TILLIS, PLEASE CONTACT BEN MONTGOMERY AT THE ST PETE TIMES / TAMPABAY TIMES IMMEDIATELY OR CALL JERRY COOPER AT 239-542.3831.
IF ANYONE WAS AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN 1965 AND KNEW GREGORY SAMPSON, PLEASE CONTACT THE COOPERS AT ONE OF THE NUMBERS ABOVE!
CONTACT INFO FOR OUR ATTORNEYS:
THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS REUNION WAS THE 15TH OCTOBER 2011
URGENT LEGAL NEWS! PLEASE READ!
FOR ALL WHITE HOUSE BOYS -
IF YOU WERE ABUSED AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA, a.k.a. DOZIER or OKEECHOBEE *PLEASE READ THIS IMMEDIATELY* The letter from the attorney follows. If you have any questions, you can also contact Jerry Cooper at 239-542-3831
We have recently met with our lobbyists in Tallahassee, and are hoping to present the claims bill at a legislative committee hearing early this year. In presenting our case to the legislature, we need your assistance.
Please see the list of questions below. If you answer “YES” to ALL questions, please contact our office immediately for further discussion.
#1 – Have you ever received any counseling or treatment from either a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed mental health counselor?
#2 – Did you discuss the abuse you experienced at FSB during the counseling or treatment?
#3 – Does the doctor or counselor believe the abuse caused mental health issues?
We thank you in advance, and look forward to hearing from you.
Gregory J. Hoag, Esq.
Masterson Law Group, P.A.
699 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-896-3641 -- 727-895-3559 (fax)firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a message from Frank Marx to all White House Boys.. (Although Frank went to be with his Maker on 8/17/10 at approximately 10pm, Frank would have wanted his message to carry on.) Besides leaving a comment in our Guestbook (to the left) if you wish, there is a also a memorial website for frank HERE
PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISE REPORTS FOR ALL WHB'S AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE HERE.
TO ALL WHITE HOUSE BOYS > > AS ALL OF YOU KNOW I HAVE NOT CHOSE ONE SITE OVER ANOTHER ONE GROUP OVER ANOTHER>> WE ARE ALL! WHITE HOUSE BOYS > BROUGHT TOGETHER FROM THE JAW`S OF HELL > > WE SURVIVED THE WORST NIGHTMARES A CHILD CAN SUFFER AND CAME OUT ALIVE > WE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH FAMILY OR FRIENDS AND LIFE IS AS ALWAYS TOO SHORT > > MY FEELINGS ARE WE CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY SITES TOO MUCH EXPOSURE, TOO MANY PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO GO AND SEE OUR STORIES. THIS SHOULD IN NO WAY DIVIDE US FROM BEING BROTHERS > > I WANT YOU TO KNOW THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO ME > CALL ME ANYTIME FOR ANY REASON I WANT TO TALK TO ALL MY BROTHERS`S AND LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE WELCOME TO CALL ME ANY TIME MY NUMBER FOR THOSE WHO DON`T HAVE IT IS > 941-356-2517 >PLEASE CALL ME AT YOU LEISURE > > I TRY TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE SITES WITH PEGGYS HELP THAT I CAN AND WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS I CAN. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON > > > > > > FRANK MARX
REST IN PEACE FRANK