John Birch Society Returns to Sidney

With a mission to bring about less government, more responsibility, and a better world by providing leadership, education, and volunteer action with moral and Constitutional principles, a John Birch Society returns to Sidney. 

A society was founded in Sidney in 1959 and is starting to regain traction after Leah Southwell John Birch Society Regional Field Director, met with over a dozen adults to restart the one in the area. 

"JBS has never gone away but it was very strong in eastern Montana since 1959. As our members aged out, the societies influence waned in the area. Some of the very strong members were Math and Doris Dassinger, Wendell Elliot and Russell and Mary Mercer," explained Southwell.

Kris Miller is the local leader for Sidney; the local group will host regular meetings to educate members on Americanism and the threats against it.

JBS was founded in 1958, with a goal to protect the Constitution. Societies are located throughout the nation; members are locally organized into small chapters and follow a National Agenda.

According to, the groups have been men and women of good character, humane conscience, and religious ideals who have worked together to safeguard the Constitution. Members create great pressure and influence originates locally and is felt nationally.

JBS members have worked for over 60 years toward educating and activating Americans to abide by the original intent of the Founding Fathers. Societies are principled, coordinated, and effective activism. 

"Our goal has always been to expose the Deep State and reveal their plans to rob us of our liberties and to turn us over to the globalists. We have always recognized that the only way to restore liberty is through a well-educated and moral populace. It's time for a new generation to take over this work," said Southwell. 

"Everyone should be receiving our very fine publication The New American Magazine." The free daily publication version can be seen at

Learn more about JBS, apply for membership, or speak with Local Leadership for opportunities to get involved at To hear about scheduled meetings, contact Southwell at [email protected].


Reader Comments(1)

ernie1241 writes:

The JBS joined the Communist Party USA in attacking many ANTI-Communist Americans which made the JBS the functional equivalent of a PRO-Communist organization. The official FBI position on the JBS was as follows: J. EDGAR HOOVER, November 1964 press conference: Personally, I have little respect for the head of the John Birch Society since he linked the names of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the late John Foster Dulles, and former CIA Director Allen Dulles with communism.

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