Dear Legion Family,

 Hope y’all are hunkering down for the snow this week.  It’s good for the Viking blood…  AND, hope all who had the stomach bug are fully recovered, too…  Bad stuff going around…

 Special SHOUT-OUT to all those who came out watch the Army/Navy Game last Saturday.  What a great game – CONGRATS Army.  And many THANKS to Dave P. Miller for setting up the Big Screen, and to the SAL folks who provided the food/munchies.  Great tradition; and a great time was had by all!

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Membership dues must be recv’d ASAP to allow for new Membership cards to be processed for 2018.  2018 Membership cards are required to be shown at the Post effective 01-Jan-2018.  Please send in your dues to your respective Membership Chairs soonest.  THANKS.

 

Year-end Gift/Donation idea:  Support the Post#239 Centennial Capital Improvement Campaign by buying a Veterans Tribute Brick Paver (any and all Veterans can be honored!):

 

Reminders for this week/next:

  • Friday. Dec. 15th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post 9685-7614) for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Dec. 16th, noon-1:30pm.  Luncheon Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Hope.  Hosted by Brad & Ann Cole.  Menu: Philly Cheesesteaks, potato salad, chips & dessert.
  • Sat. Dec. 16th, 6:30pm-10pm.  Post Merry Christmas Party, bring an appetizer/dessert to pass and join in the Ugly Sweater Contest.

 

Military Humor:    OK.  Time to pick on the Marines, again…

M uscles

A re

R equired

I ntellegence

N ot

E ssential

 

USMC = Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

USMC = U Suckers Missed Christmas

USMC… When It Absolutely Positively HAS to be killed overnight.

 

How can you tell the four branches of the armed services apart?

When a helicopter flies over the base…

  • Air Force wingnut says (pointing to the sky): “There goes a rotary-wing aircraft.”
  • Navy puke says (pointing to the sky):  “There goes a helo.”
  • Army grunt says (pointing to the sky): “There goes a chopper.”
  • Marine jar-head says (pointing to the sky): “Oooh, oooh, oooh…”

 

Sick Call Update:  [If you know of Legion Family members to be added/updated, please send info via reply to this email.  Thanks]. 

Please continue to join us in thoughts and prayers for:

  • Lynda Welch (Sheri’s Mom).  Lynda had cancer previously; now the cancer has returned and has metastasized in her spine.  She is undergoing a CAT scan today, and has a biopsy scheduled for 12/18.
  • Wendy Kopley.  Doing better, recovering at home from knee surgery and the stomach bug.
  • Scott Piwinski.  Recovering from successful throat cancer surgery. First round of radiation & chemo therapy will be complete before Christmas.

  

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday. Dec. 15th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Dec. 16th, noon-1:30pm.  Luncheon Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Hope.  Hosted by Brad & Ann Cole.  Menu: Philly Cheesesteaks, potato salad, chips & dessert.
  • Sat. Dec. 16th, 6:30pm-10pm.  Post Merry Christmas Party, bring an appetizer/dessert, join in the Ugly Sweater Contest.
  • Tues, Dec. 19th, 1900 hrs.  Legionnaires/EXCOMM Meeting
  • Wed. Dec. 27th, 1700-2130 hrs.  Syracuse CRUNCH Hockey Night – Free Admission thanks to the CRUNCH honoring our Vets.   We’ll be taking seniors via the Laker Limo. The rest of us will car-pool as needed.  Meet at the Legion 5pm for pizza/salad dinner. We’ll leave by 6pm for the 7pm game at the War Memorial.  Call Dick Pitman (c: 440-6729) or Eric Amberge (c: 585-615-2137) to sign-up no later than Sat. Dec. 23rd.  hockey, Hockey, HOCKEY!!!
  • Friday. Dec. 29th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Jan. 6th, ELVIS Night sponsored by the Ladies AUX.  More info to follow.
  • Sat. Jan 27th.  6-8pm, SAL Prime Rib Topsy.  More info to follow.

  

Remembrance: 

  • WW-II. This week in 1941, Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict.  The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany. Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the United States, he was uncertain as to how the war would be engaged. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor answered that question. On December 8, Japanese Ambassador Oshima went to German Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop to nail the Germans down on a formal declaration of war against America. Von Ribbentrop stalled for time; he knew that Germany was under no obligation to do this under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, which promised help if Japan was attacked, but not if Japan was the aggressor. Von Ribbentrop feared that the addition of the U.S. as another antagonist  would overwhelm the German war effort.  But Hitler thought otherwise. He was convinced that the United States would soon beat him to the punch and declare war on Germany. The U.S. Navy was already attacking German U-boats, and Hitler despised Roosevelt for his repeated verbal attacks against his Nazi ideology. He also believed that Japan was much stronger than it was, that once it had defeated the United States, it would in turn help Germany defeat Russia. So at 3:30 p.m. (Berlin time) on December 11, the German Charge d’Affaires in Washington handed American Secretary of State Cordell Hull a copy of the Declaration of War. That very same day, Hitler addressed the Reichstag (German Parliament) to defend the declaration. The failure of the New Deal, argued Hitler, was the real cause of the war, as President Roosevelt, supported by plutocrats and Jews, attempted to cover up for the collapse of his economic agenda. Referring to FDR, Hitler declared: “First he incites war, then falsifies the causes, then odiously wraps himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy, and slowly but surely leads mankind to war.” In response, the entire Reichstag leaped to their feet in thunderous applause.

 

See ya at the Post!

For God & Country,

Eric