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Post # 1 Newsletter Editor AMVETS Post #1 Commander
Adjutant: J. E. “Gene” Foster Tinou LamontagneAMVETS NEWS:
The April 9th breakfast was our annual White Clover breakfast. All went toward the White Clover Fund – not one cent is taken out for administrative costs. And every cent spent stays right here in Maine.
April was also AMVETS Officer Nomination month. Nominated candidates are:
Post Commander – Marshall Archer, Post 1st Vice Commander – Guy Gowan and Rey Souliere, 2nd Vice Commander – Tinou Lamontagne, Finance Officer – Jim Thibodeau, Adjutant – Gene Foster, and 3-Year Trustee – Mike Daigle. All but candidates for the 1st Vice Commander’s position are unopposed. AN election will be held to determine who will be the 1st Vice Commander. That election is set for Friday, May 5th from 9 AM to 6 PM. AMVETS who are unable to be here and cast their ballot for 1st Vice Commander can vote using an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available in the canteen from the bartender on duty. Regardless of whether you vote absentee or on election day Friday, AMVETS will need to present a valid Post 1 membership card in order to be issued a ballot.
Just around the corner later this month is Memorial Day. It’s a busy time for Post 1. For starters, Post 1 has responsibility for placing Veterans’ grave marker flags in 3 cemeteries: Woodlawn, Greenwood, and St. Mary’s. Post 1 gladly accepts volunteer help from any individual or organization that wishes to participate. Dates when the flags will be place are not yet know but usually happen in the week or two preceding Memorial Day.
Memorial Day itself is a full schedule! Post 1 conducts brief Memorial Day ceremonies at each cemetery, sets up the Veterans’ Memorial Park in Biddeford for Memorial Day ceremonies. Post 1 participates in the Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. While the parade and ceremony are going on, more Post 1 folks are setting up the function hall and preparing a complimentary luncheon for parade participants and spectatiors.
Don’t forget – there’s still something for high school sophomores and juniors – an all expense paid trip to Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge. It’s a great opportunity for any student to meet others from across America as well as find out how government works. Ask for an easy to fill out application and someone you sponsor could be on their way to Valley Forge in Pennsylvania! Applications are available on-line: amvetsofmaine.com. You can also get an application from the Post Adjutant.
Looking ahead a little farther, remember the last Department Executive Committee meeting is Sunday, May 21st at AMVETS Post 6 in New Gloucester. This is the last DEC meeting before convention. If you need to make one more DEC to qualify for a room paid for at convention, then you need to make it to the Yarmouth DEC.
LADIES AUXILIARY NEWS:
Hope to see you all at the next meeting. Don’t forget, along with
the Sons of AMVETS, we’re co-hosting a ham dinner on Sunday, May 6th.
At the Saturday April, 29 testimonial dinner for AMVETS Department
Commander Jim Dewitt, Post 1 Ladies Auxiliary member Frances Allen
also honored as America’s longest serving Auxiliary member.
We also need to start thinking about our 2017 Department Convention in
Augusta. It is the weekend of June 2, 3, & 4.
SONS OF AMVETS NEWS:
It’s time for Friday night under the Lights! It’s also time for a gut-
buster ham dinner! You can’t miss when the Sons and Ladies hook up to
put on a dinner. It doesn’t get any better than that!
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