AMVETS Post 1 September 2014 Newsletter is reprinted below. By opening the
attached Microsoft word document you will be able to view more detail.
The monthly Calendar is also attached as a Microsoft Excel file and easy to read
Post # 1 Newsletter Editor AMVETS Post #1 Commander
Adjutant: J. E. “Gene” Foster Lionel Lamontagne
Way to go Post 1! That’s how we do August and wrap up summer! Big Events! Big Participation! Big Results!
Here’s just a recap of what Post 1 accomplished this August:
Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, Saturday, 9 AUG – The day began early with a huge breakfast that we had to move the breakfast across the street to the Eagles Hall (thank you Eagles). Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that made this happen. Watch for the next newsletter as it will have a breakdown on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team events complete with activities, volunteer list, and funds raised.
Later that same day (Sunday, 9 August), Post 1 opened its doors for a fundraiser to benefit two of our members, one a Ladies Auxiliary and the other a Veteran. The event began at 3 PM and went on until well past 11 PM. There was a pig roast (donated), dancing to live music, horseshoes, raffles and a big 50/50. Again, a really big thanks to all who helped – especially Lynda Mouzas.
Present at the Post meeting on August 17th was Jacob LaFlame, the winner of the 2014 Biddeford High School Scholarship. Jacob was presented with a $500.00 check. Congratulations Jacob.
Before the month was done, Post 1 also hosted two celebrations of life for recently deceased members. They will be missed.
Of course, since September marks the beginning of fall, the post has scheduled the first breakfast for the season – Sunday, September 14th from 8 to 11 AM. Proceeds from this breakfast will go toward 2015 Biddeford High School Scholarships. For the last several years, Post 1 has funded scholarships for deserving Biddeford High School Seniors. One way we fund these scholarships is through our community breakfasts. So far, Post 1 has awarded nearly $5000 in scholarships. As always, to help in the kitchen with breakfast, volunteers are needed and sincerely appreciated. With enough volunteers, no one has to do a lot but a lot gets done.
While not a direct sponsor this year, AMVETS Post 1 encourages everyone to take in the POW/MIA Recognition Day on Saturday, 20 September at the Old Orchard Beach ball park. Besides special guest speakers, Veterans will be awarded overlook medals, a military band will play, and a Cobra Gun-ship will be on static display.
The highlight event for September is unquestionably a very big deal – the Biddeford AMVETS Post 1 Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, 28 Sept. This year’s tournament will benefit the Travis Mills Project. Travis Mills, a retired 82nd Airborne US Army Staff SGT, is a wounded warrior, motivational speaker, actor, and advocate for Veterans and amputees. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis’s motto: “Never give up. Never quit.” Travis’s story has been featured on local and national news. For more information or how you can help or participate, contact the tournament chairman, Fred Hoyer at 207-468-2630.
Our next AMVETS Meeting is Sunday, 21 September at 9:00 AM.
Auxiliary News The recent “Benefit” was a great success thanks to many people and especially Lynda who organized it all. Participation by everyone was great. Many thanks.
This month we entertain Department Officers and hear first-hand what goals have been set and our part in the end results. This on Sept. 3rd at 6 PM is an important meeting and would be beneficial for as many members of the Auxiliary to attend.
In other news, the “bus token” project in collaboration with Hannaford is still a work in progress – and one we intend to continue.. To date we have supplied the “Career House”, “Huot House”, “Community Partners” and the Biddeford “Welfare Office” with over 750 bus tokens that carries an estimated value of over $900.00.
We have also delivered 50 new bath towels to York County Shelter for the “homeless”. These were just a few things that have been accomplished the last couple of months. EVERYONE – PLEASE HAVE A SAFE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.
Our September meeting is Sunday, the 14th at 10:00. Don’t forget our Friday Nite horseshoes & BBQ under the lights!