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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 the elections now over we will be having installation for the 2017-2018 officers during the month of July.  I want to give a big thanks to all those that helped and supported me during this year as well as ask for your continued help and support in the coming year since I will again be Commander. 

 

Just an update Credit/Debits card are now being accepted in the lounge.  I just wanted to be sure that everyone is aware.

 

We are having a good time on Tuesday nights with bar poker, come out to join us.  We start just after 7:00 pm.

 

Easter Sunday breakfast was delicious.  Thank you all who came out to support this breakfast that Bob and Bonnie hosted, it was very good and they had plenty of food.  But, best of all, the proceeds of this breakfast will be going to Wreaths Across America Project which is a very good organization.

 

Be sure to watch the calendars for upcoming events and do remember that we are still having Saturday Steak Shoots, come to have some fun. 

 

I know that summer is just around the corner and there are so many things to do and places to go, so enjoy but do be safe, especially when traveling. 

 

In case anyone is interest in attending the 15th District Constitutional Conference it will be held at American Legion Post 111, on Florida Avenue and Sligh Avenue on Saturday, June 3, sign in at 9:00 am and meeting starts at 10:00am.  District officers will be elected at this meeting.

 

If you are a golfer don’t forget to sign up for the Honor Flight Golf Tournament June 17 at the Silver Dollar golf course sponsored by the SAL.  I’m sure they will have lots of good food and door prizes as always.  Then come join us for Father’s Day Breakfast the next day Sunday, June 18.

 

Yours in service,

Theresa Zipler

Post 152 Commander  

 

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Thanks go out to everyone that helped with the Poppy distribution this year.  Also to everyone that wore their poppy in remembrance of the veterans that have served as well as the men and women still serving.  A very Big thanks goes to our poppy chairman, Debbie Kilcoyne for all her hard work.

 

The kid Easter Egg Hunt and Party was a great success this year.  The kids actually had an extra treat of the appearance of one of our Hillsborough County Fire Engines. (Thanks for the idea Erin).  The firefighters were great with the kids and took time to interact with them and let them go all over the fire engine.  Thanks also goes out to Jeri Hoover for the awesome Easter baskets she made for each child and also to Patty Pritchard for the special homemade treat for the baskets.  As always I had great help with the party –  thanks JoAnn for being there even though you didn’t feel well and last place you probably wanted to be.

 

We would like to congratulate Patty Pritchard on receiving a very prestige award from her employer - nationwide.  With this award she received a monetary donation to go to a charity of her choice and she gave it to the Auxiliary.  At our last meeting it was voted that these monies would be spent for much needed items for Baldomero Lopez VA Nursing Home. 

 

Thanks goes out to all the ladies that have been very dedicated this year to doing the Wed. night dinners, also Phyllis for your special project of the Veterans Homeless Food pantry, Katherine for helping each month with Wed. Bingo, Jean K for the Crafty Ladies that have made so many wonderful items for the Veterans as well for our Children in need, Laura B and everyone that helped with the Steak Shoots each month. 

 

Since this is my last newsletter for the 2016-2017 year I would like to give a HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to all my officers as well as the members for all the help and support given to me this year.

 

Our membership kickoff will be the weekend of July 8th.  I know some members renew online, but it is better to come in or mail a check to our auxiliary.  This way we are able to get you your membership card to you faster.  I am very happy to say Vicky Irby is going to continue to be our membership chairman for the next year.  She does an awesome job and this takes a lot of time and dedication.

 

We have some wonderful officers that have been elected for the 2017-2018, please come out and give them the support they need.  This is YOUR auxiliary.  Our meetings are every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00.

 

Yours in Service to God and Country,

 

Kathy Driggers

Unit President

 

 

Sons of the American Legion Commander's Message: 

  

First of all I would like to send a special thanks to George and his crew for their fabulous dinners.

    

As most of y'all know the SAL pet project has been the Lopez Veteran’s Nursing Home out in Land O Lakes. I'll say again thanks to EVERYONE that has supported steak shoots, bingos and 50/50s. As well as queen of hearts. A large portion of the proceeds have gone into this fund. With that said a very special thank you to our Commander Theresa Zipler for collecting and donating through the Queen of Hearts the Legion has generously donated $700.00 to the fund. Also a special thanks to Patty Pritchard and the ALA for donating $500.00 towards the fund. So with that said the contributions has been $1,500.00 to date. That has allowed us to purchase over 1,500 Depends disposable underwear and send $300.00 cash for monetary bingo money/gift cards for the residents of the home.

    

Our Honor Flight golf tournament will be held on June 17, 2017 at Silver Dollar Golf Course. You don't need to know how to play to come out and have a good time. The door prizes and giveaways are just as much fun if you don't play golf. All are welcome.

    

By the time you read this newsletter we will have our officers in place for the upcoming year but as Commander I still ask anyone who is interested to come to our meeting on the first Monday of every month at 7:00pm.

 

For God and country,

 

Mike (Cowboy) Vaughn

SAL Commander

 

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

Boy Scout Troop 246 would like to thank all members of Post 152 for their support of our Troop.  We are thankful to be able to hold our meetings on Tuesday evenings at the Post home.  Also, thank you for allowing us hold car washes in the parking lot.   We specifically would like to thank Mr. Doug for advertising, Mr. Cliff for getting us on the Post calendar and Ms. Theresa for giving permission.

 

The car washes were a huge success! We washed 50 billion cars or so we thought. All the proceeds are helping us towards our Washington, DC trip in June.  As we travel up and back, we will be visiting monuments and hiking historic trails all the while working on our Citizenship in the Nation, American Heritage, American Culture and a few other Merit Badges.  Merit Badges give us life skills and show us career opportunities by helping us learn and explore many different things.  We are still hopeful about visiting the White House though have not gotten an answer as of yet.  Our next couple of meetings we will be working on some prerequisites for our merit badges and also creating “custom” tee shirts to wear on this exciting adventure.

 

Our most recent adventure was a camping weekend at the Lakeland Sun n’ Fun. It was very exciting to see all the planes, demonstrations, and learn more about their capabilities.  My personal favorite was watching the Blue Angels perform. They were UNBELIEVABLE! Not to mention, we all get giant metal mugs of endless root beer to enjoy all day long.

 

Thank you again all Post 152 members!

 

Jacob Freeman

2nd Class Scout

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