Post # 1 Newsletter Editor
Adjutant: J. E. “Gene” Foster
Commander: Tinou Lamontagne
January 2017 is already in the books. America has a new President and Post 1 also needs new members and we need current members to think about taking on one of the Post Officer positions. Elections are coming up – nominations will be open in April with the election in May. However, there are always open positions for non-elected offices. Those are appointed positions – appointed by the Post Commander. There is plenty of opportunity and we’re willing to teach! Ask some questions and give it some thought.
If you have any questions or just want to see what goes on at a Post 1 AMVETS meeting, you have
an opportunity to find out – maybe get some answers. Our February meeting is scheduled for Sunday,
the 19th at 9:00 AM. An AMVET in good standing is welcome to attend any AMVETS meeting and
have a say if they choose. It’s a Veterans’ post and it’s Veterans who run it. Make this the year you
step forward. Maybe an officer position is something that would interest you. Maybe not. That’s OK.
Officer or not, your opinion is important and you have a voice at our meetings.
Post 1 combined total for charitable donations, community service, and Veteran support for 2016 was over $115,000. That wasn’t an accident; it took a lot of effort, volunteering, and hard work by Post 1 – and that $115,000 would not have been recorded if folks didn’t turn in their Volunteer Service Reports. Those reports are the only way we have of keeping track of the good things we do. But now it’s a new year – January is already done. Did you do something for the Post, donate an item, and volunteer someplace? Please take a moment, put a little information on the Volunteer Service Report, and pass it along to the bartender, Post Officer, or post mail box.
January’s breakfast had to compete with snowy weather but we still had an above average crowd – probably because AMVETS breakfasts are still the best deal in town! And a great breakfast doesn’t just happen – it takes a great kitchen crew that works like a team. They are: Grill Master Dickie Thibodeau, Meat Minder Potato Passer Paul Thibodeau, Toastmaster Bobby Bourgault, Clean Dish Jockey Larry Foster, Bus Runner Dave Field, finally, Egg Cracker and Team Leader this year, Guy Gowan.
The February breakfast will be Sunday, February 12th 8 to 11 AM. All proceeds from this breakfast will go toward the Biddeford High School scholarship.
Friday night 50/50 will continue to benefit the AMVETS disabled Veteran annual Maine moose hunt. Each year Post 1 helps contribute to that fund. For $3000, a disabled Maine AMVET get an all expense paid moose hunt. The hunt includes moose tag, guides, meals, transportation, dressing and packaging the moose.
As long as we have to wait until spring weather, the Post will host Friday Night Game Night with plenty of table games and activities. Don’t just ‘vege-out’ on Friday night; join your friends at the Post for games, food, and fun.
Our thoughts are with long-time life member Robert Borgault who has under gone heart bypass surgery. At one time or another, Bob has held almost every AMVETS office at Post 1. Until his surgery, he was a regular member at AMVETS meetings. Behind the scenes in the corner of the kitchen, he commendably executed the duties of toastmaster for every breakfast. We miss him around here and anxiously await his return.
Don’t forget to renew your dues – it’s that time again! Hope to see you all at the next meeting, February 1st at 6:00 PM. Here’s wishing a speedy recovery from hip replacement surgery for Ladies Auxiliary 1st Vice, Lynda Mouzas – get better fast!
If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to renew your annual dues. Get them in before the last minute rush. Our February meeting is Sunday the 12th at 11:00 AM, right after breakfast!