Dear Legion Family,

Hope y’all are having a great week, ol’ man winter is knocking at the door…

Thanks to all those who came out last Thurs and supported our SKAN Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” social.  It was a smashing success and all those who attended were highly impressed with our spruced up Hall & Kitchen facility!  Great work and many thanks again to all who helped us make this milestone a great success.

 

More hands on-deck! – need Fish Fry Volunteers for the upcoming Fish Fry events to be held the 1st and 3rd Fridays in through February, followed by every Friday for Lent through end of March.   For each event, there are four teams:

  • Prep team.  Meets Thurs eve to prep the Fish, chop the potatoes.
  • Set-up team.  Meets Thurs eve to set-up/cover tables and place chairs in the Upstairs Hall
  • Serving team.  Take/expedite orders. Work the cash register. Serve orders from the Kitchen.
  • Clean-up team.  Help clean-up afterward – kitchen and hall.

Please contact Sheri (c: (315) 730-4450, email: sheriley55@aol.com) to sign-up for a team today.  Thanks!

 

Be advised:  In honor of Veterans Day, Tops Markets is offering an 11% discount off total purchases on Saturday, Nov. 11th, 2017 to all veterans and their family members.

 

Reminders for this week & next:

  • Time is running out!! à Fall Raffle Tickets are on sale now at the Post.  Please support the Post (tickets $20/each or 3 for $50). Sales close on Friday, Nov. 10th. All tickets/payments need to be recv’d by John Vincent by Friday, Nov. 10th. Drawing is Nov. 11th.  Four great prizes:
    • First Prize: SU Football Pkg –  4 great seats on the 50 yard-line – (valued at $500)
    • Second Prize: Rifle from Tim’s Guns – (valued at $400)
    • Third Prize: SU Basketball Pkg – 4 non-conference tickets – (valued at $100)
    • Fourth Prize: Fuzzy Zoeller Vodka – Indy-500 Commemorative Bottle – (valued at $50)
  • Thurs. Nov. 9th, 6-8pm, Dinner to benefit the Steen Memorial Scholarship. $10/person.  Sponsored by the SAL.  Menu: Sauerbraten, Fried Noodles, Red Cabbage.  Please RSVP to the Post by calling 685-7614.
  • Sat. Nov. 11th.  5:30-8pm, Veterans Day Soup & Sandwich Dinner, Legion Post#239, hosted by the Ladies Aux.
  • Friday. Nov 17th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.

 

 

Military Humor:    OK.. OK.  So, I’ve been humbled being that Army beat AF quite soundly last week:

Q: Why doesn’t Air Force Football have ice on the sidelines during games?

A: The guy with the recipe graduated.

 

Q: How many Air Force Cadets does it take to change a flat tire?

A: Three, two to go for a beer and one to call daddy.

 

Q: How many Air Force Cadets does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: One — they just hold onto the bulb and expect the world to revolve around them.

And, just to keep chumming the water for the Army/Navy game next month:

An Annapolis grad shouldered his way into a packed dive bar, sat down and said, “Hey barkeep, you hear the joke about the four West Point players in a farmhouse?” Things got real quiet, and chairs scraped behind him. Four of the biggest, meanest guys in the bar stood up.

The biggest one said: “We played for Army. You sure you wanna tell that joke?”The Navy grad smirked in disbelief and said, “What, and have to explain it four times?”

 

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:

  • Paul Fritsch.  Unfortunate news relayed to me by son Bruce – Paul is now in hospice care.
  • Sherry Herrmann (Gunny’s CO).  Awaiting a second MRI to diagnose a potential brain aneurism.
  • Marshall Skiff.  Feeling a bit better.  Now off oxygen.
  • Scott Piwinski.  Recovering from successful throat cancer surgery. Radiation & chemo therapy have begun.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Thurs. Nov. 9th, 6-8pm, Dinner to benefit the Steen Memorial Scholarship. $10/person.  Sponsored by the SAL.  Menu: Sauerbraten, Fried Noodles, Red Cabbage.  Please RSVP to the Post by calling 685-7614.
  • Sat. Nov. 11th.  5:30-8pm, Veterans Day Soup & Sandwich Dinner, Legion Post#239, hosted by the Ladies Aux.
  • Friday. Nov 17th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Nov. 18th, 9am-11:30am, Legion-Family CY18 Budget Brainstorming Team session.
  • Tues, Nov. 21st, 1900 hrs.  Legionnaires/EXCOMM Meeting
  • Thurs. Nov. 23rd, 3-5pm, Thanksgiving Topsy Dinner. Post will be open from 1-8pm. Please call the Post and RSVP today so the team has an accurate headcount.
  • Sat. Nov. 25th, noon-1:30pm, Luncheon Fundraise for Op Christmas Hope, hosted by the Dove Boys.
  • Sat. Dec. 2nd, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Op Christmas Hope – Guest Bartender Party

 

Remembrance: 

  • Vietnam. For action this day in 1965 in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade earned the Medal of Honor, becoming the first living African American since the Spanish-American War to receive the nation’s highest award for valor. Joel was also the first medic to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.  When his unit was outnumbered in an attack by an enemy force, Specialist Joel, who suffered a severe leg wound in the early stages of the battle, continued to administer aid to his wounded comrades. Wounded a second time—with a bullet lodged deep in his lungs—Joel continued to treat the wounded, completely disregarding the battle raging around him and his own safety. Even after the 24-hour battle had subsided, Joel, a 38-year-old father of two, continued to treat and comfort the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered.  President Lyndon B. Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Specialist Joel on March 9, 1967, in ceremonies held on the South Lawn of the White House. Here is an extract from his MoH citation: “Throughout the long battle, SP6 Joel never lost sight of his mission as a medical aidman and continued to comfort and treat the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered. His meticulous attention to duty saved a large number of lives and his unselfish, daring example under most adverse conditions was an inspiration to all. SP6 Joel’s profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.”   SP6 Joel was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia.

See ya at the Post!

For God & Country,

Eric

 

Eric J. Amberge

Commander