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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: 

 

With installation of officers being behind us we are now ready for 2017-2018.  Let’s make this year as good if not better than 2016-2017.  We are still need of 2nd Vice Commander, so if anyone has any interest in filling that position please let us know. 

 

We are having a good time on Tuesday nights with bar poker, come out to join us.  We start just after 7:00 pm and currently our charity is Wreaths Across America.

 

I hope that all of those that came out for our July 4th celebration with burgers and hot dogs enjoyed them. 

 

Don’t forget to sign up for the SAL sponsored Fishing Trip on August 5.  It’s going to be hot but for those of you that like to fish I’m sure that it will be a blast and hopefully catch lots of fish.

 

Do remember to keep an eye on upcoming events and do remember that we are still having Saturday Steak Shoots, come to have some fun. 

 

We will be having a vote to ban smoking inside the building on September 21st.  If this interests you then please come to the general membership meeting on September 21 at 7:00pm.

 

Yours in service,

Theresa Zipler

Post 152 Commander  

 

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Auxiliary year! I would like to sincerely thank the 2016-2017 officers for all of the hard work and commitment this past year and am looking forward to another year filled with wonderful people. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind Auxiliary members, that our general meeting is the third Monday of each month at 7:00. We would love to see some new faces and the return of some familiar faces at these meetings; it is the best way to find out your Auxiliary is doing.

 

As we gear up go another fantastic year I would like to reach out to those of you that are not active, we need your help! Although we have started planning activities such as the annual cookie walk and craft sale and first responder treat delivery, you may have fresh ideas. You may not think that you have anything to offer but you won’t know until you try. The Auxiliary hosts a dinner one Wednesday each month and we need cooks, perhaps you can plan or assist with the monthly dinner.  If you would like to volunteer to host a Wednesday dinners please contact Laura Bartlett. Laura will be happy to go over the availability with you. If you are not able to do a Wednesday night dinner for the coming year perhaps you have an idea for a project, we would love to hear from you and as always volunteers are always welcome.

 

School starts early again this year – August 10. We will be placing a box to collect school supplies for Hillsborough County Schools.

 

On Monday September 11 we will again meet at the post to pay homage to those that gave so much on that day by waving flags from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. We will NEVER forget.

 

I would like to both congratulate and thank the 2017/2018 officers for accepting their positions as officers in your American Legion Auxiliary.

This year’s officers are: President: Sheryl Kinsler;

1st Vice-President: Phyllis Roman;

2nd Vice-President: Laura Bartlett;

Chaplain: Jeri Hoover;

Treasurer: Jeanne Kerens;

Historian: Manya Fivehouse;

Secretary: JoAnn Lathers;

Sergeant at Arms: Lisa Anseeau and

Executive Committee: Debbie Kilcoyne, Carol Bauer and Vicky Irby.

 

The newly elected officers will be installed July 29, 2017 at 1:00.

 

 

Yours in Service to God and Country,

 

Kathy Driggers

Unit President

 

Sons of the American Legion Commander's Message: 

  

In case you have not heard, the Golf Tournament that Patrick, Elaine and crew put on, netted $7,019.25 for the Honor Flight of West Central Florida. Congratulations and Thank You to all who made it a great success!

 

The SAL voted to stop mailing the newsletter to SAL Squadron 152 members, so this is the last issue SAL members will receive via mail. The same information that is published in the newsletter and more can be found online at Post152.com. Also calendar of events is on display in the lounge and on the sign out front of the Post. 

For God and country,

 

Mike (Cowboy) Vaughn

SAL Commander

 

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

 

The Scouts and leaders of Troop 246 are so thankful for the American Legion Post 152 in all they do to support us. Our most recent adventure took us to Washington D.C.  During the drive to Camp William B. Snyder in Virginia we made our way to Appomattox Court House where we saw the final battle field of the Civil War and the very room where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. A few hours later we arrived at Camp Snyder where we were housed in a cabin for the week.

 

The following day we visited Arlington National Cemetery where 4 scouts: Jacob Freeman, Billy Reeves, Lucas Wilson, and James Robitaille laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The wreath was sponsored by Post 152 for which we are extremely grateful. Immediately following the wreath laying we made our way to the United States Capitol Building where we took a tour around the building. After the tour we had a relaxing hour at the National Mall. Upon arrival at the cabins there was a story published in Virginia, that there was a mishap at the Changing of the Guards soon after our departure. One of the Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment was wounded with a bayonet in his foot. The wreath placed by our troop stood proudly in the background of the photo published in the article.  On Tuesday we visited Mt. Vernon, our 1st President’s home, where we experienced a somber moment visiting George Washington’s burial site.  A beautiful boat guided tour on the Potomac River followed. After departing Mt. Vernon, we paid a short visit to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. Wednesday morning, we visited the National Museum of the American Indian, where we completed requirements needed for the Indian Lore Merit Badge. The afternoon, was filled with keeping our heads in the clouds at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Thursday, we took a double decker bus tour around the Capital and to the National Museum of American History. Then we walked to the National Archives where we saw the real Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta, soon after exiting the Archives we found ourselves outside the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building. Friday, we visited the White House, Boy Scout Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. While at the top of the steps Scouts took turns reciting the “I Have a Dream” speech in the same spot that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did 54 years ago. Then we walked to the Vietnam Wall where we honored fallen soldiers and had some charcoal rubbings of heroes that directly affected our families. We then went to the Korean Memorial and memorials for World War I and World War II. We then finished up back at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.

This experience was powerful and enlightening for each of us. Not only did we learn a great deal about our National History but, we also gained experience in time management and working together. This Troop would not exist if it were not for the great leaders we have and the support from Post 152.

 

James A. Robitaille

Star Scout

Senior Patrol Leader

Troop 246

 

Mark Wilson

Scout Master

 


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