Newsletter – April 2018

Auxiliary President – Ginny Lucero – 505-453-7401
We donated $200 to the Hot Springs High School Grad Bash and $250 to the K-9 Forensics Group.

The District 7 meeting will be in Elephant Butte at Post 44 on April 7. A joint meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., the Auxiliary meetings will be at the RV Resort in the lower clubhouse; lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Donations are being accepted for Oak Street-paper goods, coffee, non-perishable food and toiletries.

Diane Duscheck, the Auxiliary National President will be in Elephant Butte on Wednesday, April 11. She will be touring the NMVH first, then lunch at the American Legion around noon. Mark your calendars to meet and have lunch with our National President.

We have had 16-20 ladies playing Bunco in March. Our April Bunco dates are the 12th & 26th at 1:00 p.m. It’s $2 margaritas & Mexican beer day.

We have picked up the poppy posters from the high school and will be collecting the remaining posters from all the schools the first of April.

Linda Nenno and Cyndi Wipf have met with the schools to present the Girls State program. If you know of a young lady completing her junior year of high school who would like to attend Girls State, please call Linda Nenno at 575-642-6164.

April 14 is the bake and book sale during the monthly breakfast. The next ladies lunch will be April 17th at 12:30 p.m. at the golf course in Elephant Butte.

Don’t forget that we have an aluminum can recycle trailer on Hwy 195 by the Amberjack sign. We collect box tops & Campbell’s soup labels for education, as well as Bullock’s receipts.

Chaplains Corner – Barbara Thompson
PRAYER FOR THE MILITARY: Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR HEALING: May God be with you while you get stronger and healthy.
Marty Novak, her younger sister is ill.
Sue Barr, serious car accident, in hospital.
Lucy Newton’s Bill Laswell is ill but at home.
Nancy Trueblood, was in hospital.
Linda Ross is ill but at home.

OUR CONDOLENCES: May God Bless during this time of sorrow.
Marty Novak, brother in law Kenneth, Veteran, passed.
Sharon Pierson, Mother’s brother passed, age 91.

Creator God, who has given us such a great country with beauty and wealth and opportunities, continue to inspire our hearts as we work in our jobs, our churches, and in our homes. We pause to ask You to give comfort and healing to our comrades in homes and in hospitals and to guide and strengthen the doctors and nurses who serve them. May we be good examples for others in all we do. Help us lift America and the entire American Legion Family to its true ideals. Amen

Barbara Thompson

Membership – Linda Nenno
Membership keeps growing slowly. We now have 354 paid members, still a long way from our June 1 goal of 442. We have had quite a few new members join in the last few months, and that is wonderful. If you have not renewed, please do it soon. If you need assistance, contact me at 575-642-6164 or

Invite your eligible friends to join. You, as a member, know what good works we do in the community, and how much fun we have at the Post.

Care Packages – Marty Novak
In March we sent 30 Care Packages to our deployed service men and women. Each month Pam Carlton and her K-2 class at Manzano Christian School colors pictures and wr1te letters to be included in the packages. She also writes a letter telling them a little about what is going on in our community. Several of the recipients have written back telling her and the students how much they enjoy the pictures and letters. One of our new recipients, a Medic, is the brother of one of Pam’s co-workers so these cards and letters will be very special to him. Pam, thanks to you and all your students for their monthly cards and letters.

Sargent Haro will be bringing his ROTC cadets again to help with the Care Packages in April. They are a great bunch of kids and a lot of help. They just get right in there and do whatever needs doing.

Thanks to our American Legion Family for the help and support they give us, to the members, non-members, groups, organizations, and business of our community for their monetary donations, memorials and donations of supplies.

Our next Care Package day is April 11. The ROTC will be arriving at 10 so we will be starting a little earlier than usual making boxes, arranging supplies, making up toiletry bags. We start packing as soon as everything is ready. We are usually finished in less than an hour. Anyone is welcome to come help us pack. It’s lots of fun.

Cell Phones for Soldiers
We are no longer collecting cell phones. Homeland security will only allow me to send 3 cell phones at a time rather than sending them in the medium flat rate box. This is making it too costly to continue.

What is a Veteran: A Veteran…whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve…is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to, and including his/her life.” That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that act…