Newsletter – September 2017

President – Ginny Lucero – 505-453-7401
At our general membership meeting on August 19, we installed Sarah Faulkner as a senior member.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Sarah’s college going away party a huge success. She got lots of wonderful and useful gifts. We will all miss her, as she travels to visit relatives before heading to Oregon to college in September.

Our Veteran’s dinners continue to be a huge success. We will be serving a roast beef dinner on September 6; we hope you will join us.

McKensi Spears, Karina Gonzalez and Abi Claessen went to Girls State this past June. We will be honoring them and their families at dinner on September 6 when our Veterans are present.
We will be collecting monetary donation to purchase water, Gatorade and/or granola bars for all of our first responders. Look for donations cans around the Post.

Our August bake sale raised $242.45; September 9 is our next bake sale.

We hope everyone will support the Elephant Days celebrations the weekend of September 8-10; we will have golf carts in the parade on September 9, hope to see you all.

Our next ladies lunch will be on September 19 at 12:30 p.m., potluck at the Post.

Bunco will start at 1:00 p.m. on September 14 and 28. We had 20 ladies play August 10 and had loads of fun, hope you’ll join us in September. It’s $2.00 margaritas and Mexican beer day.
Don’t forget that we have an aluminum can recycle trailer on Hwy 195 by the Amberjack sign. We are also collecting box tops and our Give 10 bucket for school supplies is on the table in the non-smoking area.

For all other Post activities, please pick up a calendar and newsletter.

Membership – Linda Nenno
The 2018 membership cards are here and I have started Early Bird renewals. Get your card renewed by September 30, and you will have a chance for a free membership for this year. We have raised our Senior dues to $40, and our Junior dues to $10. So far we have 92 members who have renewed, or joined. If you know someone who is eligible for membership, give them an application or have them contact me. 575-642-6164. Bring them into the Post as your guest and let them see for themselves what a good time we have. Remember, we have an active Junior Auxiliary group for members under 18. Membership is our most important program, and I need everyone’s help to keep it going strong.

The Chaplain’s 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: Linda Ross, Theresa Dunn, Susan McNutt, Susan Gants, Carolyn Bunda, Maida Sanders, Paula Brewster, Pam Carlton, Laverne Baker, Imogene Stark, Kenny Williams.

May God be with you while you get stronger and healthy.

OUR CONDOLENCES: Maurene Propst in the loss of son-in-law. Family of Jack White, Legionnaire, who passed away.

May God Bless during this time of sorrow.

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

Care packages – Marty Novak
In August we sent 28 Care Packages. Thanks to all who came to help pack the boxes. A big thank you to Logan and Tyler, grandsons of Linda Knull, who help us with Care Packages during the summer and other breaks from school. We appreciate all their help and the help of our Junior Auxiliary members who come to help with Care Packages when they are here visiting Grandma and Grandpa.They’ve all gone back to school but we look forward to seeing them again.

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.

NECK COOLERS…It is hot here but even hotter for our deployed troops. We have reports from them that it has been 125 degrees. THAT’S HOT! Neck coolers would be a huge help to them. Anyone interested in sewing the neck coolers please contact me…744-4539 or email novaks@windstream.net and I’ll get you the pattern.

We do Care Packages on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our next packing day is September 13th. We are ready to start filling the boxes about 10:15-10:30 and usually finish by 11. Anyone is welcome.

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..