Post 1 Biddeford


Maine Post1 Newsletter 2015-05-1                           Maine Post1Calendar-15-05-1

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Post # 1 Newsletter Editor              AMVETS Post #1 Commander
Adjutant: J. E. “Gene” Foster              Lionel “Tinou” Lamontagne

Our last breakfast of this season was also our White Clover Benefit Breakfast.  Over the course of our breakfast season, we’ve been fortunate that so many of our members step up and help out at each breakfast.  Sharing breakfast duties are: Lynda Mouzas, Bonnie Yoho, Barbara Field, Tinou Lamontagne, Norm Boisvert, Richard & Paul Thibodeau, Robert Bourgault, Guy Gowen, Rob Rogers, Doris Day, April LaJoie, and probably some others I missed for which I sincerely apologize.  Without dependable volunteers showing up for each breakfast – there’d be no Post 1 breakfasts.  To all the volunteers – THANK YOU for a great season!
Another all volunteer event for Post 1 was our recent turn-out for the Patriot Riders of Maine Chapter 1 Spring Ride for the Troops.  Post 1 was asked to provide the ceremonial color guard for the culmination of the ride.  Over 600 bikes and riders attended and watched the Post 1 color guard anchor the ceremony.  Thanks go out to Keith & Scott Isaac, Guy Gowen, Scott Farley, Mike Cloutier, and Jim LeClair.  In a support role were Amy Farley and Jackie Cloutier and her sister Jean LeClair.
Post 1 Officer Elections!  Open for nomination are the positions of Commander, 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Finance Officer, Adjutant, Judge Advocate, Provost Marshall, 2-Year and 3-Year Trustees.  Appointed positions will also be open.  If you’re curious about what the duties and responsibilities for each position are; ask one of the current officers for a copy of the job description.  Final Nomination Meeting is Wednesday, 6 May at 6:00 PM.  When that meeting is adjourned, no additional nominations will be considered.  Absentee ballots will be available after Thursday, 7 May.  Officer elections will be Friday, 15 May from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Votes will be counted Sunday 17 May before the 9:00 AM regular AMVETS meeting.
Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, 25 May.  The parade will start in Biddeford at the Biddeford Veterans Memorial Park by the intersection of Alfred and Pool Streets after a short opening ceremony about 10:00 AM.  The parade ends in Saco at Eastman Park (across from the 1st Congregational Church) where this year’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place.  After the parade, Post 1 will host an open house with complimentary luncheon.  Post 1 AMVETS, Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS are needed to lead the parade if able but are also welcome to ride in new cars provided by Saco dealerships.  Also available for anyone is transportation – Bentley’s Saloon “The Limo Bus”.  Passenger pick-up and drop-off is at the Biddeford American Legion.
Our May meeting is scheduled for Sunday the 17th at 9:00 AM.  All Veterans are invited to attend.  Participation is welcomed and encouraged.
The Department Executive Committee meets 11:00 AM Sunday, 3 May at Post 3 in Sanford.  This is the last DEC meeting before Department Convention the first weekend in June.
Be sure to watch the reader board in the lounge.  We will be seeking volunteers to place grave marker flags on city cemeteries later in May so our buried Veterans’ graves will be appropriately marked.
MOTHER’S Day – Sunday, 10 May!  Don’t forget your Mom & wife, too!
RIP Roland Lessard – past Commander, Post 1

Ladies Auxiliary
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May  6th at 6:00 PM.  This is our last meeting before convention next month.  We also need to be getting organized for Memorial Day and getting ready to help with the after-parade complimentary luncheon that’s open to the community.  This is a good time to tell folks about the Ladies Auxiliary and perhaps recruit some new members.

Sons of AMVETS
Our April meeting is Sunday, 17 May, at 10:00 AM.  We did a great job supporting the Vets at Bentley’s Saloon with our color guard.  So now we need to look ahead to Memorial Day and the parade.  As usual, our color guard is front and center of the parade from Biddeford to Saco.  Don’t forget; every Friday night is Game Night at Post 1.  Happy hour prices!  Food!  Prizes!  50/50!