The next Men’s Round Up is Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. Tex has General Mark Welsh, retired four-star general and Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force; now the dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M College Station coming to speak.
The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet meal. Go to mensroundup.org for more information. Seating is limited.
Tickets are online at mensround.org or Krause’s event site.
Men’s Round Up was started by Retired General Tex Brown. A command pilot, General Brown has flown more than 3,500 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft, with 140 combat missions in Southeast Asia in the A-1 Skyraider, becoming one of the most decorated pilots in the Vietnam War. After 20 assignments, he retired as three-star general, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He now spends his time playing golf, hunting, enjoying grand kids, but mostly sharing his faith.
Tex, a preacher’s kid, has always been a gregarious man leading other men in all aspects of life, both in the military and in the church. A couple years ago, he had a dream of bringing together men in a non-church setting for fellowship. He always believed men sharpen each other like iron sharpens iron. He took action, knowing a number of high profile friends would draw men to hear their story.
He was looking for a non-church setting to do this here in New Braunfels. One look and it was decided, Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten was the natural choice, as it offers a Norman Rockwell-like gathering place where families eat, drink and socialize. Melissa at Krause’s put it all together, a perfect setting for an evening of fellowship, a beer, a meal, good conversation and a speech by an accomplished man.
The kickoff event was Charlie Duke last September. He told about his life as an astronaut who walked on the moon, along with being the voice in mission control when when Neal Armstrong landed on the moon. Charlie was also part of the astronaut team who brought back Apollo 13.
More than 125 men and women came to hear the amazing story of Charlie’s life and his devotion of the last decades to talking about Jesus, taking the saving message of the gospel to places only the 10th man to walk on the moon can.
He was followed by Burt Hooton All-American pitcher at UT and the LA Dodgers, and the 1981 winner of the British Open, Bill Rodgers.
This year speakers have been, DeLoss Dodds, former athletic director of UT, Jerry Leachman former high school football coach and chaplain for the Washington Redskins under Joe Gibbs, and last month D.W. Rutledge, a Jim Wacker disciple, former director of the Texas High School Coaches Association and head coach at Judson high school with four state titles.
Each speaker has drawn well over 100 men, each of them telling their personal story and how Jesus Christ guided their lives.
The future holds more high profile speakers with Tex working to get speakers like David Robinson, Chad Hennings, Lance Berkman and a wounded warrior. Lots of men will not go to a church or even talk about anything meaningful with other men, but they will come with a friend to meet a hero they admire and would like to be.