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Town & Country Memorial Post 152

11211 Sheldon Rd, Tampa FL 33626 (813) 920-3282

Lounge Hours: Sun 1 - 9PM,   Mon - Thurs 1 - 10PM,   Fri 1PM - Midnight,   Sat 11:30 AM - Midnight

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American Legion Commander's Message: 

 

We are still having a good night out on Tuesday nights with Laura playing bar poker, come on out to join us. 

I hope everyone enjoyed the Veteran’s Day Parade, which was very nice, and also enjoyed the B-B-Q spread that Pepper Contracting provided for our post.  Thanks to all of you who came out to watch the parade and enjoy the good food at our post after the parade.  Thanks to the Pepper Contracting and the cooks who prepared all of the wonderful food.  It was very good. 

Thanks to all for the generous donations for preparation of our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, and a BIG THANK YOU for everyone that helped in the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner.

We did not have steak shoot Saturday, November 11th due to Veteran’s Day Parade and events at our post after the parade.  Come on out and join us one Saturday afternoon fun and laughs and who knows maybe you will be the lucky winner of the bonus pack, which is always good.

Now that December is here please keep an eye on the calendar for dates and times of events and celebrations happening.  We will be assembling the Christmas Baskets on Friday the December 15th and delivering them on Saturday December 16th.  We could always use and appreciate help with the assembly as well as delivering the baskets to families.  Also please check your calendar for the Christmas Party in December.  Hope to see many of you there.

Then of course don’t forget about our New Year’s Eve party.  We always have a really good time, don’t miss it. 

Let’s start the new year off with friends and family.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Just a heads up AARP will be preparing tax returns at our post again this tax year starting Monday, February 5, 2018 through April 9, 2018.  First come first serve during the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

We are thinking about starting an American Legion Riders at Post 152. If this interests you, please contact me.

Stay safe for the holidays.

 

Yours in service,

Theresa Zipler

Post 152 Commander  

 

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 

 

The Holiday season is once again upon us. Oh my, where has the year gone? As we approach the busiest time of year for many of us, please remember your friends and neighbors that could possibly need a little assistance with things that they aren’t able to do on their own such as a grocery store run, perhaps a trip to the mall or even decorate a Christmas Tree. Just a few hours of community service time could mean the world to someone who isn’t able to do these things.

 

On October 10th we hosted VA bingo at James A Haley. We had 5 Auxiliary members in attendance and many behind the scenes who donated time and food to prepare the 50 goodie bags which were delivered to 35 bingo attendees. Thank you Phyllis Roman and crew for your dedication in making this a fun evening that means so much to the Veterans at James A Haley.

 

November was a month to honor First Responders. On November 10th Auxiliary members delivered pizzas to our local first responders. 27 Pizzas were generously donated by Dominos Pizza.  We sincerely thank you for your donation toward our worthy cause.

 

Just a reminder: We have been made aware that the men and women at Baldomero Lopez state nursing facility are in need of puzzles. There is still time to make a donation of these items. We are collecting 50 to 100 piece puzzles (content doesn’t matter) and puzzle books. I had found 50 piece puzzles at the Dollar Store (Waters and Dale Mabry) and puzzle books at Ollie’s for a VERY reasonable price (.79). Please contact me if you have any questions. I will be delivering the puzzles and puzzle books to Baldomero Lopez state nursing facility mid December.

 

Ladies start your ovens! (can almost smell the snickerdoodles and sugar cookies now)

On December 9th we will have our cookie walk and craft show. Tell your friends and neighbors and I promise that we won’t tell that you didn’t bake them yourself. We hope to have a great bake sale.

As you bake for the cookie walk, please consider making a couple of additional batches as we are also again looking forward to a treat delivery to our First Responders. They truly appreciated our fattening little show of appreciation last year and having a couple of recent opportunities to speak with them they are looking forward to the cookies, breads and more Christmas Crack, guess I will be firing up the old crock pot.

 

The annual Christmas party will be held during our December 18th meeting. We will have a $15.00 gift exchange and a gag gift of any sort (bring them all). Erin is looking forward to the infamous dryer lint ornament, start gathering of your White Elephant and join us for the zany fun.

 

I would also like to remind you that we need volunteers to host our Wednesday dinners, please see Laura Bartlett to go over the availability. Your help is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Yours in Service,

 

Sheryl Kinsler

President

 

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

 

Troop 246 held a dragonboating event on October 22, 2017alongside the Hillsborough River. Along with the scouts and leaders, parents and siblings could join in for the event also.

 What is a dragonboat? A dragonboat is a 40-foot-long “canoe-style” boat that is human powered. There are 20 paddlers along with a drummer and steers person during a race. Races typically range from 200 to 2000 meters. The sport is worldwide, highly competitive, and engaged with strategies by each team.

 The dragonboat team we paired with was the SACA (Suncoast Asian Cultural Association) Golden Dragon Paddling Club. This team was formed in 2010 and has built a strong team dynamic that is focused on fun, fitness, and family-centered teamwork on and off the water. The team gains strength in their diversity, but they are united with spirit.

 When we first arrived at our meeting location, we learned the safety and paddling commands. Then, we geared up with our PFD’s, paddles, and water bottles. Even though this was the first time the scouts were on a dragonboat, the coach had the leadership scouts lead the boats by sitting them the first rows of each boat.

Once everyone loaded on the 2 dragonboats, we started to paddle to get the feel of the boat. After a while, the dragonboat coach worked one on one to learn the correct fundamental and technical breakdowns. The greatest technique of dragonboating is synchronization. After we learned the breakdowns, we took a snack break to get ready for a fun race.

While we were racing, we could feel how fast dragonboats can really go. It was exciting even though you were trying to catch your breath at the finish line. Racing time was also fun because some parents and scouts were on separate boats and competing against each other.

At the end of the day, we helped the dragonboat team clean the boats and put them away.

The most important thing to learn from dragonboating is communication and team work. We had so much fun!

 Aaron Thomas

Life Scout

Liberian

Troop 246

 

Mark Wilson

Scoutmaster

 


Honor Flight of West Central Florida.

Past Commander George Pinner recently traveled to Washington DC on Honor Flight of West Central Florida’s 29th mission. If you see George ask him about this awesome experience.

 

If you are interested in going on an Honor Flight as a Veteran or as a guardian, we have applications at the Post. You can also find applications on line at this URL:  http://honorflightwcf.org/apply-for-a-flight/. Don’t forget the SAL is sponsoring a Golf tournament on June 17th with the proceeds going to Honor Flight.

 

ELEMENTS OF OUR EMBLEMS

 

The American Legion Emblem. It is your badge of distinction, honor and service. It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of men and women. Of its several parts, each has a meaning. “The rays of the sun that form the background stand for the principles of The American Legion—for Loyalty, Justice, Freedom and Democracy will dispel the darkness of violence, strife, and evil.“The two gold rings around the field of blue, bearing our name, typify two of our four main objectives—rehabilitation of our sick and disabled veterans, and the care for the children and youth of America. Within the rings is placed a wreath for remembrance of those who died that liberty might live. Upon the wreath is set a star reflecting the glory of victory and promising to the world the perpetuation of the cardinal principles of The American Legion.“Set upon the star are two bronze rings which represent the other two of our main objectives—a deep and abiding spirit of Americanism, and service to the community, state and nation. “The inscription demands that the wearer shall ever guard the sanctity of home, of country, of free institutions.”

 

The American Legion Auxiliary Emblem.  The emblem of the American Legion Auxiliary is your badge of distinction and honor. It stands for God and Country and the highest rights of man. It consists of several parts, and each part has a meaning. The rays of the sun that form the background stand for the principles of the American Legion Auxiliary,  for Loyalty, Justice, Freedom and Democracy; dispelling the darkness of violence, strife and evil. The unbroken circle of blue represents unity and Loyalty. The field of white exemplifies the hope of Freedom. The star of blue is the emblem of service in war; it is no less the emblem of service in time of peace. The emblem of the American Legion Auxiliary is the emblem of Americanism. As members of the American Legion Auxiliary, we must preach and teach principles of Americanism. Let us not forget that to each generation comes its patriotic duty and that upon your willingness to sacrifice and endure as those before you have sacrificed and endured, rests the hope of the nation.

 

The Sons of the American Legion Emblem.  It is your badge of distinction, honor and service.  It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of men and women.  The design of our emblem was taken from the emblem of our parent organization, The American Legion.  But our emblem is oval in shape so as to be easily distinguished. The star in the center represents our country, and the five points of the star represent the five-point program of The Sons of The American Legion. The sun in the background represents The Sons of The American Legion and the rays represent the loyalty of its membership. The blue of the emblem, like the blue of our flag, stands for justice. The two stars in the blue border stand for freedom and democracy. The wreath below the star is in memory of our comrades; and those of our fathers who willingly gave their lives for their country. The ten points of the emblem represent the ten ideals of every Legion son. Wearing the emblem should always remind us of the sanctity of the home, our Country and its free institutions.

 

Community projects: 

Sometimes we lose sight of what the American Legion is all about. Here is a partial list of community activities, charities and functions the Post 152 family is involved in. See your Commander or President if you are interested in helping support these efforts. 

 

Boys State – an American Legion sponsored program which teaches boys for an intense week about government, held in Tallahassee. Held in the Capital building and recognized by the governor.  

 

Girls State – an American Legion Auxiliary sponsored Program which teaches girls for an intense week about government, held in Tallahassee. Held in the Capital building and recognized by the Governor.  

 

Faces of Courage – nonprofit cancer patient support organization with a primary goal of helping the cancer patient navigate their way through the treatment process and to thrive as a survivor.

 

Honor Flight - Providing War-era Veterans free Honor Tours to their memorial in Washington, D.C.  Conducted fundraisers and donated several thousands of dollars.  

Sponsor Boy Scout Troop #246

 

The National Child Welfare Foundation - The Auxiliary and SAL donate annually.

 

St Francis House – a Catholic organization that helps individuals and families through the AIDS crisis.

 

Alpha House – a home for pregnant teenagers helping them through their pregnancy and placement of child if desired.

 

Hope Children’s Home – home for physically, mentally and sexually abused children. The ALA help them financially and with supplies for the home.

 

Tools for Hillsborough Schools – warehouse of supplies for teachers to pick supplies for underprivileged children.

 

Ronald McDonald House – a house for parents and relatives to stay while children are being treated and cared for during hospital stays.

 

Angels Unaware – a home for mentally challenged children and young adults.

 

Paws for Patriots – help with funding and training of Guide Dogs for disabled veterans.

 

Freedom Foundation – a government learning experience in Pennsylvania. Chosen by submitted essays about America.

 

Thanksgiving dinner – held at the Post for veterans and other members of the community.

 

Support 7 VA Clinics – Fort Myers, Sarasota, Daytona, Oakland Park, Tallahassee, New Port Richey and Jacksonville. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.

 

Support 8 VA Medical centers – Bay Pines, Lake City, Miami, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Gulf Cost (Pensacola). Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.

 

Support 6 VA Nursing Homes – Daytona, Lake City, Land ‘O Lakes, Port Charlotte, Pembrooke Pines and Springfield. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.

 

Fisher House – Fund 7 including West Palm Beach, Bay Pines, Orlando, Ft Walton Beach, Gainesville, Miami and Tampa. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary to buy needed supplies.

 

Special Olympics – Officiated some of the events and sent $4,000 donations last year.

 

4 Children’s Hospitals – fund All Children’s Hospitals, Northview Community Center, Mailman Center, Florida State Hospital and Northeast Hospital. Funding is sent to help the American Legion Auxiliary representative projects and programs.

 

Creative Arts Program – fund supplies for VA hospital for Recreational therapy used to bring veterans back into the main stream or life.

 

Stand down for homeless Veterans - includes medical exams, food, bus passes to get to local VA Hospitals, counseling and clothing.

 

Christmas Baskets - for needy families. Last year over 300 families were provided with Christmas dinner and other staples.

 

Purchase Spinoza bears - to donate to sick children. Sick children will not tell an adult all of their problems because they blame themselves. These bears have a recorder, the children can play the recorder and the bear talks to them or it records what the child tells it. The doctors can listen to the recordings and learn a lot that the child will not tell him.

 

Supply the V. A. Medical Centers with lap robes and ditty bags (carry personal items to and from bathroom).

 

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

 

I am sure you have heard varying excuses for not renewing your dues…..i.e.: I don’t go there much anymore. I’ve lost interest. I don’t know any of the members, etc. But, what Legionnaires fail to realize is that there are 3 reasons for paying your dues.

 

1. Dues support programs of the American Legion such as Children and Youth, Americanism, Flag Education and other.

 

2. Dues afford benefits for Legionnaires such as Travel Discounts, Free Insurance, Medical and Dental Insurance and others.

 

3. Perhaps the most important of all is the fact that by paying your dues every year, Washington politicians can’t cut the VA Budget and decrease veterans’ benefits. We need to hold steady or increase our 2.7 million membership.

I thought you ought to know.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Bill Seemann

Past Commander

 

THE FINAL INSPECTION

 

The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

 

"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

 

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

 

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

 

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

 

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

 

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

 

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

 

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

 

"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

 

 

~Author Unknown~

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SPC Kelly, Marilyn

CoC228FSB 2-28BCT

APO AE 09362-9997

 

Dear Members of American Legion Post #152,

 

I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I joined your (our) post 5 years ago while in Tampa on a visit to my dad. My father is a member there. He is a former Marine in during the Korean War. I joined based on my time served during the Panama Conflict. 1989-1990. After 9/11, I felt the need to serve again and enlisted in the PA National Guard in Nov 2002 where I am a combat medic. Last Nov we found out, we were getting deployed in Jan of this year. Right now, I am currently in Ramadi, Iraq serving the people of the great United States with pride and dignity. I’ve been receiving my newsletter here in my care packages from home.

I just wanted to send a quick note to let all of you know that the future of the American Legion across the country will continue with all the great servicemen and women I have met along the way during my deployment.

 

Sincerely,

 

SPC Marilyn D Kelly

 

No Hero:

 

Thank you Sir and Madam, but,

Please don’t call me a hero.

I only did my job.

I was part of a group of men

Who went where we were sent.

And did what had to be done.

We put our personal plans on hold

So that we could assist others

In building a new life or

Securing a more stable life.

So, please don’t call me a hero.

I only did my job.

 

Thomas R Bubb

US Navy Retired

 

A Man Named Paul

 

A wall of black stone: how could this cause pain,

and make the strongest of men weep?

A man, tall and robust, determined to walk past this

black stone to say a farewell to old friends.

The tears flow without control as a stranger

boldly embraces the man named Paul.

First tears after 23 years, hiding behind his wall

of pain, doubt, questions, and fears.

As he shares his burden with someone who knows

the tears rush to freedom.

Knowing that a healing has started in his heart

so long broken and frozen in time.

Walks down the lonely walk, erect and proud,

undefeated by the wall of back stone.

 

- Marilyn L. Baker