Newsletter – June 2017

Auxiliary President – Linda Nenno 575-642-6164
May was a pretty busy month. We started with our Veteran’s Dinner of meatloaf. They don’t seem to mind what the menu is as long as they get to come and listen to the music and dance. What a treat it is to host them every month and see those smiles. Thank you to the American Legion for helping us make this possible with their donations from Charity.

May 6 we had a float and a couple of decorated golf carts in the Fiesta parade. We even got a couple of our Junior Auxiliary members, Sarah Faulkner and Logan Green, to ride on the float. Three other junior members were also in the parade. McKensi Spears marched with JROTC, Karina Gonzales was on the Fiesta royalty float as 2nd runner-up and Micah Spears was on the Fair royalty float as princess. It’s nice to see these young women so active in the community!

The pork chop fundraiser dinner for Logan Green was well attended. Logan will be going to Australia in July to represent T or C and the US in a volleyball tournament. Good luck, Logan.

Our May meeting was jam-packed! We began by awarding a scholarship to Sarah Faulkner and an Americanism National Essay winner pin to Josh Tolley. We initiated 4 new members into the Auxiliary; Cindy Asher, Phyllis Colpitts, Angie Faulkner and Barbara Thompson. Welcome ladies! Then, we elected officers for 2017-2018.

They are:
President—Ginny Lucero
V. President—Martha Thibeau
Secretary—Linda Ross
Treasurer—Maureen (Moe) Graham
Historian—Cyndi Wipf
Chaplain—Barbara Thompson
Sgt. At Arms—Joyce Hudgens
Parliamentarian—Arlea Hadley (appointed)

Congrats ladies! We are confident you will represent our Unit well. I have enjoyed being the Auxiliary President the past 3 years and am now looking forward to having a little free time. These officers take over July 1. Please give them your support!

The membership unanimously voted to raise our annual dues for both senior (18 & older), $40 and Junior (under 18), $10 members. This becomes effective with the 2018 card renewals and new members.

Bunco was well attended on the 25th. Our next Bunco will be June 8, 1:00. Come join us, even if you’ve never played. Margaritas on special also. Most of us will be gone for the June 22 Bunco, but if any of you want to play, feel free.

Memorial Day ceremonies were beautiful. Thanks to all the people who put out the flags and then pick them up. I know it’s a hard job to get them pounded into the ground sometimes. Also, a BIG thanks to everyone who worked the poppy drive. I didn’t have a total of how much we collected before deadline. All of this money goes directly to help Veterans and/or their families. Thank you, Nick and Kathy Howe, Maida Sanders and Dan Lanquist for making poppies for us to distribute.

Mark your calendar for June 10. The Auxiliary and Moose Lodge 2050 are working together to have a red enchilada dinner 4-7 PM, to raise money for care packages. Tickets $9, available from the bar, most Auxiliary members, or at the door. This dinner is open to the public, so bring all your friends.

The Auxiliary will be selling watermelon and lemonade at the Boat and RV show on June 17. Come out and visit us. Because of that event, our June meeting will be held on the 16th at 10:30.

We will provide a Father’s Day Rib dinner on the 18th, 5-6. All member fathers eat free. All others $8.

Our Annual American Legion Auxiliary Convention will be held June 22-25 in Roswell. Registration is due by June 16th, so there is still time to sign up if you’d like to go. Liz Foster will be installed as our 2017-2018 Department President!

For other Post activities, please check the calendars attached to this newsletter.

Membership – Linda Nenno
Thanks to all of you who have renewed your membership and brought in new members. We have reached 81% of our final goal. I’m sad to report we will not make our goal of 100% this year. We will receive our 2018 cards at State Convention in late June, so we’ll be starting Early Bird renewals in July. Membership dues have been increased to $40 for Senior members and $10 for Junior members effective with our 2018 cards.

The Chaplain’s Corner – Linda Ross

PRAYER FOR THE MILITARY: Heavenly Father, We ask that you will strengthen and protect the members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. May their devotion and loyalty to you and to their home-land inspire them in moments of challenge, and comfort them in tribulation and long separation from loved ones. And, finally, we ask that they may return safely to serve you and our Country in the days and years to come. Amen

GET WELL WISHES: Bill Laswell, Mary Ann Weaver, Cathy Hill, Jack Hodges, Claudia Thrash, Joy Corpolongo, Tom Novak, Doug Leasburg, Pam Guillot, Charles Bucher, Papa Vince, Maureen and Bill Propst’s daughter-in-law, Linda Knull’s sister, Frank Koch, Maida Sanders and Tom Cleveland.

May God bless each of you and aid you in your recovery. Amen

CONDOLENCES: Cyndi Wipf in the loss of her brother.

May our Father in Heaven comfort you through your grief. Amen

PRAYER FOR FLAG DAY: O God, we thank thee for the Flag of our Country and for all that our Flag represents. We thank Thee for giving the victory to brave and valiant men who have given their last measure of strength in order that it might wave over the land of the free and home of the brave. Grant that this Union of Sovereign States may remain forever an indissoluble Union flying the same Flag. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

Care packages – Marty Novak
In May we sent 22 Care Packages. Thanks to all who came to help pack the boxes.

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. It takes us all to keep this project going.

WE ARE NEEDING HELP TO PAY FOR POSTAGE FOR THE CARE PACKAGES. IT COSTS $13.60 TO SEND 1 FILLED BOX TO A DEPLOYED SERVICE MAN OR WOMAN. THAT’S NOT A LOT TO BRING A BIT OF HOME TO THESE BRAVE PEOPLE AND TO LET THEM KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF THEM AND APPRECIATE WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR US.

YOU CAN HELP BY BEING MORE GENEROUS AT OUR DESSERT TABLE AT THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS. OR JUST A DONATION WILL HELP. IT TAKES US ALL TO KEEP THIS WORTHY PROJECT GOING. PLEASE HELP WHEN, WHERE AND HOW YOU CAN. THANK YOU

We do Care Packages on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our next packing day is June 14th. We are ready to start filling the boxes about 10:15-10:30 and usually finish by 11. Anyone is welcome.

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..

Newsletter – May 2017

President – Linda Nenno, 575-642-6164
Wow, May is here and that means our fiscal year is almost over. We’ll have a busy month with Veterans’ meals, Fiesta, Kentucky Derby, Scholarships, Memorial Day and Poppy distribution. In addition, I’m sure many of us have graduations to attend both locally and afar. Be safe in your travels!

We presented the Girls State program to Hot Springs HS, Manzano and Hatch Valley HS in March and April. So far, we have 3 young ladies registered to attend. It’s a wonderful program that teaches government, leadership and independence. The dates are June 4-9 and it is held in Portales at ENMU. The Auxiliary pays for tuition and transportation. We are currently looking for donations to help with this program. Each delegate costs us $200 plus transportation.

We had 11 players at Bunco on the 13th. We’ve had to cancel on the 27th as too many people have other obligations or will be out of town. Bunco resumes on May 11, at 1:00. Come join us!

At our monthly meeting, we passed the hat for Bountiful Babies and collected $42. The membership approved a $200 donation to the EB Fire Dept. Linda Ross reported on several members that are ill or have family members that are fighting cancer. We lost our dear Betty Hansen, age 92, on April 19.

We made $200 at our April bake sale. This money will help us take our Junior members to convention in June. Thanks to those of you who bake, donate and buy. Group A bakes for May 11.

We will elect officers at our May meeting. The slate is as follows:

President: Ginny Lucero
VP: Martha Thibeau
Secretary: Linda Ross
Treasurer: Maureen Graham
Historian: Cyndi Wipf
Sgt. At Arms: Joyce Hudgens
Chaplain: Barbara Thompson
Parliamentarian (appointed): Arlea Hadley

We will have a float in the Fiesta Parade on May 6. If you would like to ride on it, let me know. If you want to help decorate the boat, we will meet at Tom Cleveland’s house at 203 Calle del Ranchero, EB, at 1:30 on May 4.

If you will be in town Memorial Day weekend and would be willing to help with the poppy drive, please contact Sharon Pierson at 575-740-3639. We will be distributing them Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Walmart, Pat’s, Bullocks and a couple more locations. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Memorial Day ceremonies will be held on May 29, beginning at 9:00 at the new cemetery and progressing from there to old cemetery, the Wall and ending at Ralph Edwards park at 10:30.

Our June meeting date will be changed due to a conflict with the Boat and RV Show. The SAL will be serving Hamburgers and Hotdogs and the Auxiliary will be selling something cool—maybe popsicles and watermelon. The meeting will be held on Friday, June 16 at 10:30.

Please see the Legion and ALA calendar for events not listed in this newsletter.

Donations for Girls State
Our delegates to Girls State will be working on several different projects. They are in need of some supplies. For their service project, they are collecting new toys, games and books for Carrie Tingley Hospital. PLEASE, no stuffed toys or toy guns!

For their campaigning, they need poster board, construction paper, markers, stickers, glue sticks, and any other craft supplies you might be able to donate.

And, of course, monetary donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

Please have your donations to the Post by June 1.

Thank you,
Linda Nenno, Girls State chairman

Membership – Linda Nenno
Membership keeps growing slowly. We now have 349 paid members, still a long way from our June 1 goal of 442. We have had 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 xsklmrm@msn.com. 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.

The Chaplain’s Corner – Linda Ross
PRAYER FOR THE MILITARY: Heavenly Father, We ask that you will strengthen and protect the members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. May their devotion and loyalty to you and to their home-land inspire them in moments of challenge, and comfort them in tribulation and long separation from loved ones. And, finally, we ask that they may return safely to serve you and our Country in the days and years to come. Amen

GET WELL WISHES: Bill Laswell, Mary Ann Weaver, Pete Baldwin, Cathy Hill, Jack Hodges, Claudia Thrash, Joy Corpolongo, Tom Novak, Doug Leasburg, Pam Guillot, Charles Bucher, Papa Vince, Ted and Moe Graham’s Daughter, Maureen and Bill Propst’s daughter-in-law, Linda Knull’s sister, Doris Miller and Frank Koch.

May God bless each of you and aid you in your recovery. Amen

CONDOLENCES: Cathy Hill in the loss of her sister, Elaine; The family of Ken Sanders in their loss; Betty Hansen’s family in her passing; and Mary Jo Cordova in the loss of her son.

May our Father in Heaven comfort you through your grief. Amen

PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY: Almighty God, with reverence and love we pause to pay tribute to our honored and valiant departed comrades. Grant that we may ever be mindful of their service to God and country and of our comradeship of The American Legion. Hallow their graves; give courage and comfort to those having suffered the loss of a loved one. May the souls of all departed veterans rest in peace. Amen

WHAT IS A MOM? She is words that encourage, hugs that care, hands that help when you need it the most. She is the voice of experience, the wisdom that guides, and eyes that see the best in you always. (Anon)

Care packages – Marty Novak
In April we sent 20 Care Packages. Thanks to all who came to help pack the boxes.

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. It takes us all to keep this project going.

WE ARE NEEDING HELP TO PAY FOR POSTAGE FOR THE CARE PACKAGES. IT COSTS $13.60 TO SEND 1 FILLED BOX TO A DEPLOYED SERVICE MAN OR WOMAN. THAT’S NOT A LOT TO BRING A BIT OF HOME TO THESE BRAVE PEOPLE AND TO LET THEM KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF THEM AND APPRECIATE WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR US.

YOU CAN HELP BY BEING MORE GENEROUS AT OUR DESSERT TABLE AT THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS. OR JUST A DONATION WILL HELP. IT TAKES US ALL TO KEEP THIS WORTHY PROJECT GOING. PLEASE HELP WHEN, WHERE AND HOW YOU CAN. THANK YOU

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

Cell Phones for Soldiers
We are still collecting used cell phones. These phones are sent for recycling and provide calling cards for our Troops. There is a collection container in the entry way of the Post.

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..