November – December, 2014 NEWS AND EVENTS 713-472-4255
From the Post Commander
Greetings fellow Legionnaires! With November and December around the corner, I know that all of you are busy with your families and friends getting prepared to enjoy the holidays. We also have a lot of other activities that are coming up in the next two months. As indicated on the calendar, we are having a large event on Saturday, November 8th. The “Celebrating America’s Veterans” is an opportunity for you and the public to come by the Post and experience some of the many activities that the American Legion supports.
We will have a JROTC competition starting at 8 am and a free breakfast from 9-11. At noon, we will be unveiling the refurbished F-4 Phantom, along with four Eagle Scout projects. After the projects are view by everyone, we will be serving a free lunch.
On December 7th we will be hosting a Pearl Harbor observation starting at 8 am that will include a free breakfast. We hope to have three additional Eagle Scout projects to present to the Post during our celebration, along with a Flag Folding ceremony, Rifle team from Deer Park High School and a very special guest.
All of the events are opportunities for us to reach out to the general public and let them learn about the history of our men and women who have served in the armed forces. You can become involved in the Eagle Scout projects and teach these young men the skills that you learned as a young man or woman or you can visit with the JROTC members and impart upon them some of your knowledge as to military drill. Whatever you choose in becoming active at the Post, your knowledge and skills are very welcomed. I look forward to seeing everyone at our events and hope that you remember to be careful during the holiday season as you travel about.
For God and Country,
Joseph L. Thomas, Commander
From the Post Adjutant
As I stated in the last newsletter, our 2015 membership cards are in. Unfortunately, our renewals are not coming in as they should. Everyone has received a notice from National, so let’s get those renewals sent in. Also, you can safely and conveniently renew your dues by going to www.legion.org/renew and click on “Renew Now.” We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.
Dan King, Post Adjutant
From the Auxiliary President
As citizens of our great nation, I don’t think we spend enough time appreciating all that we have. We tend to complain and always want and expect more. We criticize others without knowing the whole story or seeing the full picture.
I truly appreciate the American Legion and Auxiliary members whom I have gotten to know. They are amazingly dedicated individuals. We don’t have to agree on all of the details and ways of doing things; we must remember our common goal: to serve our veterans and their families. This is being done on a regular basis by those who are involved in our Legion and Auxiliary. We all should be proud. Thanks to those who give.
Our work continues, and we need support from all members in some way to fulfill our mission. As listed on the calendar, we need desserts on 12/5 for our Family Day for US Army Reserve 451st CA BN on 12/6. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts who donated the turkeys and hams! Accolades to Heather Reat who chairs this amazing event!
The Wreaths across America is on 12/13; contact Diana King at (832) 651-1576 if interested in attending. The Auxiliary adopts female Veterans and their children at Christmas, a time of giving. Most importantly at Christmas, we invite everyone to show their fellowship by joining in our Christmas Family Dinner at the Post on Saturday, December 20, at 1 p.m. Each family brings a side dish or dessert to share and gifts for their children or grandchildren for Santa to present. The Auxiliary will furnish the turkeys and hams. As well, we will have a raffle drawing for a beautiful, decorative garden glass sculpture, created by Diana King; proceeds go to VA & R. Our Legion and Auxiliary are family; we need to reach out and cherish this joyful time together.
Thanks to Pat Mitchell for teaching our Jr. Auxiliary girls about Christmas decorations that they will make for two homes with veterans. Also, a huge shout-out to Virginia Rodriguez, our Ways and Means chair, for the No Show Tea and a casino trip planned for January 29 & 30.
I heard that some people don’t like to come to meetings and to the Post because we are always asking for donations and such. Well, maybe they’re right because we are the voice of the Veterans who are homeless, hungry, crippled, and forgotten. Let’s remember our cause, our purpose!
Working together for God and Country,
Carol Chance Fleury
From the Squadron Commander
Greetings to All,
Just a quick reminder that S.A.L. 2015 membership dues are due and cards are available upon receipt of dues. Dues are still $15/year.
Our meetings are the third Monday each month at 7 p.m. I encourage those of you who can come to a meeting once in a while to get an insight as to what we really do for our veterans, youth, and community. We, the S.A.L. along with the rest of the Legion family, work very hard to uphold the foundation of our great organization.
We are always in need of volunteers to help out at fundraisers. We would have no Post programs if not for fundraisers. We are taking our BBQ fundraiser back to Food Fair, located at Spencer & Underwood on the second weekends from November through May or June. Monies raised go to Boys State, Child Welfare Foundation, Post grounds maintenance, and assistance to Post and Auxiliary service endeavors.
Please check the calendar and other listed events; contact the Post if you have a desire to lend a “helping hand” in order for us to achieve success in all of our fundraisers and various other programs that are going on.
For God and Country,
Squadron Commander 2014-2015