Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Northerner: May - June 2014

I hope all is going well for you and your family. On April 5th our Post hosted the Annual Commander's Dinner. I have received word that all went well. I do apologize for not attending as I was very sick and ended up booking a room at Flagstaff Medical Center for 5 days, all is well. I'd like to thank my Officers for stepping up to make sure all went smoothly, also to include members of the Ladies' Auxiliary and members of the S.A.L.
On April 13th our Post hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the community. It was a success, all the kids including the parents had an awesome time, just to see the kids' smiles and eager to get as many eggs as possible. Myself, you Jr. Vice/Chaplain Michael Nigg, Landa and a few others tried to over a thousand eggs in Wheeler Park. Again the Ladies' Auxiliary donated prized and refreshments for everybody, thank you very much ladies.
May 16th, 17th, and 18th we will have our second year in participating with the Northern Arizona Homeless Veterans Stand Down. A variety of events will be taking place, we will be giving education instructions such as Hygiene, seeing a V.A. Service Office to help you get your claims filed with the VA, Haircuts, blankets and other services. So if you know of a Homeless Veteran who needs instructions or guidance we can try and help as much as we can. It will be held at the Army National Guard Armory at Thorpe Park. The times will be from  0800-1700 Hours.
The Post will be having their Nominations and Elections on May 13th at their regular meeting starting at 7:00 PM. Come on over and vote for your candidate, we all have a voice. Again we would like to see more participation for events and would like to see more volunteers for our Sunday and Wednesday Bingo nights even for an hour it will help the post. If you have any questions concerning any of the information I have mentioned give the Post a call for any updates.
In closing, I wish everybody safe travels abroad and all your families remain strong, healthy and happy.
Orrin Chimerica

Membership is coming in great. As of the 15th of this month we are at 95.3% of our 2014 goal. So if you haven't paid yours, please get them in and help the Post make its 100% membership this year.
Sean Kane
Sr. Vice

For Commander: Ken Grover, Orrin Chimerica, Michael Nigg
For Sr. Vice: Sean Kane, Michael Nigg
For Jr. Vice: Open
For Finance Officer: Betty Luther
For Sgt at Arms: Scott Woods
For Exec. Board: Dennis Meyers, Randy Luther, Betty Luther, Kraig Ziegler, Robert McMillen (3 will be elected)

The people that have been nominated must be present at the Post meeting on May 13, 2014. If they are not present to accept the nomination, their name will be removed from the ballot.

The Sons of the American Legion are also having their nominations and elections on April 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM during their meeting. Please make plans to attend and get involved. 

Greeting Everyone,
We are near the end of our fiscal year and it's time for elections, we really need everyone to attend our next meeting on May 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM. It's very important you be heard by casting your nominations and vote for you new officers. As president I would like to thank all our officers and members for their contribution and time, your hard work has made this year a success, even with some obstacles we had to face. It was my honor to be you president and I want to thank everyone. Our State President Karen Smith had a nice visit and she was very thankful for her fruit basket we left in her room. she said it took her awhile to go thru all the wonderful goodies she received. She also thanked us for the donation we made towards her special project.
Our Easter Egg Hunt we smoothly, we had quite a few children and they all had a blast.
At the end of April, we will be selling enchiladas on 4/27/14 for $10.00
For the month of May and June we have a few things to finish up the year on a good note, we will be putting out our poppy cans during the whole month of May, so if you have any change lying around please donate to our poppy fund, the funds are used to help our veterans, their families and various other projects, including the VA Hospital.
We will be having a Mother's Day Brunch at the Post. The cost will be $6.00 a plate and if you are a a current Auxiliary member your brunch will be half off when you present your card.We are hoping to give current post veterans a discount as well. As far as teh menu, we will be posting fliers at the Post so please come out and enjoy a delicious brunch and treat your loved ones.
During the Memorial Day weekend, we will be selling food on Sunday, May 25th. In June, we are hoping to combine with the Post to have at least two more fundraisers, with by selling burgers and hot dogs during events that will be coming up at Wheeler Park and downtown Flagstaff, so please come out and support out Post, the Ladies' Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.
The following are the nominations made at our last meeting. Keep in mind that we will do one more round of nominations before we do elections at our meeting in May. 
Nominations for President: Rita Rodriguez
1st Vice: Betty Luther
2nd Vice: Wildine Rodriguez
Treasurer: Margaret Jaramillo
Chaplain: Beverly Muns
Historian: Maryann Snowden

Rita Rodriguez, President

On Monday, May 5th, the Post will be having a Cinco de Mayo dinner. The cost will be $7.00 per plate which will include: Homemade Taco, Tostada, Enchilada, with Rice and Beans, and Salsa and chips. Come on down and enjoy a great homemade meal and support your Post.

The next Community Blood Drive will be held on May 19th thru the 23rd. If you can give the gift of life please donate.

The annual Armed Forces Day Parade will be held on May 17th in Downtown Flagstaff, starting at 10:00 AM. This will also be the 2nd Annual High Country Stand Down at The National Guard Army at Thorpe Park. If you can volunteer some time to help please do so. We can use a lot of help.

Prior to Memorial Day on Saturday, May 24 we will be setting out flags on our Veteran's graves. We are asking anyone that wishes to volunteer to meet at Calvary Cemetery or at Citizens Cemetery at 10:00 AM for instructions on placing the flags. (Please bring with you either a large screwdriver or a cordless drill with a large bit to make holes in the hard ground prior to placing the flag.)
Memorial Day Ceremonies will be held on the 26th of May at Calvary Cemetery and Citizens Cemetery. The Ceremonies at Calvary will be conducted by the VFW, Purple Heart, Marine Corps League at 9:00 AM. The City wide Ceremonies will be conducted by The American Legion starting at 11:00 AM in Section "K" Veterans Section. We can use some volunteers to take chairs, podium and other items needed for the ceremonies. So if you have truck and can help out it will be greatly appreciated. Be here at the Post by 10:00 AM so we can start loading up the equipment.

On Flag Day, we will be having a Flag Retiring Ceremony in the Parking Lot starting at around 7:00 PM. Come on down and let us show you how to properly retire the American Flag.

Taps: Dave LaValley

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