Post 1 Biddeford

AMVETS Post 1 December 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
when opened.
If you know of someone who’d like a copy of the Post Newsletter & events
calendar, send that E-mail address to us and we’ll get them on the list.  Same
goes for getting off the list.

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

AMVETS NEWS
This December edition of the newsletter is early.  And for good reason.  The busiest holidays and events are coming fast so it’s not too early to get out the word.
The first is right around the corner – Thanksgiving!  Lately it seems to get clouded over with retail stores rush to Christmas – apparently they don’t realize that it doesn’t matter who starts their Christmas sales first, Christmas won’t get here any earlier!
But first; Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving at Post 1 has traditionally been a Ladies Auxiliary & Sons of AMVETS event.  This year is no different – and as usual, they welcome everyone’s help.  Non-perishable food and cash is always in short supply – donate if you can.  If you find yourself running a little short this Thanksgiving, stop in for a complimentary, traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Even if you’re not too hungry, stop by anyway and visit, snack on some desert, take in a Football game, or just socialize.
Our Post’s calendar for December is getting crowded with activities and events for everyone!  One by one, those events are chronically ordered:
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Sunday, December 7th (Flags at half-mast until sunset.)  There will be a short, informal ceremony about noon in Saco at the Laurel Hell Cemetery.  At the same time, a more formal remembrance ceremony, hosted by Department of Maine AMVETS, in Portland at the Eastern Promenade Park.  The ceremony includes wreaths, speakers, firing squad, & TAPS.  This ceremony is usually covered by one of the Portland television stations.
Saturday, December 13th – Post 1 Christmas Party – 4 pm to close.  Music.  Food.  Dancing.  Donations accepted.
AMVETS meeting, Sunday, December 14 @ 9 AM.  All Vets invited!
Patriot Football – 1 pm, Sunday, Dec. 14 – vs. Miami Dolphins.  (happy hour prices and complimentary snacks)
Public Breakfast!  Sunday, December 21st from 8 to 11 AM.  There’s always plenty of breakfast fixin’s cooked fresh when you order.  In a hurry?  Breakfasts to go as well.  And, as usual, additional kitchen help is also welcome which includes breakfast! Proceeds from this breakfast will go toward the 2015 Biddeford High School scholarship.
Christmas, Thursday, December 24th – The club plans to be open.
Patriot Football – 1 pm, Sunday, Dec 28th – vs. Buffalo Bills.  (happy hour prices and complimentary snacks)
While most of this newsletter is about coming events, I can’t omit Post 1’s contribution to Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11th.  Post 1 went all out.  Several Post Veterans and Sons of AMVETS marched at the head of the parade carrying the American Flag, State flag, and Veterans flags.  At the same time, others were in the kitchen and function hall preparing an after parade luncheon.  As usual, the Post was appropriately decorated and the hall was spotless when parade goers and members of the community poured in for the complimentary luncheon.  In addition to the community, Post 1 hosted crew-members and their families from the USS ALEXANDRIA.  They participated in the parade and the ALEXANDRIA Captain was the guest speaker at the ceremony.
It’s also that time of year that the 3-digit calendars are sale.  Ask you bartender about them.  They make great stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, and Yankee Swap items.  When you buy a calendar, you help your bartender win valuable holiday gift certificates.  Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Department of Maine AMVETS Service Foundation and that money is used to send deserving high school students from Maine to the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge.
Our next AMVETS Meeting is Sunday, 14 December at 9:00 AM.

LADIES AUXILIARY NEWS
Our December meeting is on the 3rd at 6:00 PM.  With Christmas nearly here, there’s a lot going on and everyone’s help is really needed.  Snacks at the meeting will be available.

SONS OF AMVETS NEWS
Our December meeting is Sunday, 14 November, at 10:00.