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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: 

 

Now that we have elected our 2018-2019 officers and will be having installation during the month of July, I want to take this time to thank everyone that helped and supported me during the past two years as commander.  You made the job so much easier.

 

Now, let’s congratulate Armond as upcoming commander and give him all the help and support that everyone gave me for the past two years. 

 

We are still enjoying our Tuesday night bar poker and we are also added a Tuesday night 9 ball tournament, sign in starts at 6:30.  If you enjoy playing pool come out to join the fun.

 

Bonnie and Bob are continuing to raise funds for Wreaths Across America Project in which they expect to have a dinner with proceeds going to Wreaths Across America.  Again be sure to watch the calendar for these times.  Let’s help out as much as we can for this project.

 

Be sure to watch the calendars for upcoming events.  Just as a reminder we are continuing to have Saturday Steak Shoots on the first, second and third Saturdays.  Come on out and enjoy the fun. 

 

I know that summer will be here very soon.  Enjoy you vacations and have a good time.  Be safe traveling. 

 

Everyone is invited to the 15th District Constitutional Conference on Saturday, June 2, sign in at 9:00 am with meeting to start at 10:00 am.  The meeting will be held at American Legion Post 138, on 555 W Prescott Street.  District officers will be elected at this meeting.

 

 

Yours in service,

 

Theresa Zipler

Post 152 Commander  

 

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 

Greetings from the ALA Auxiliary! Summer is quickly approaching with that come many outdoor activities. As we plan our family picnics or group golf outings please remember safety first and sunscreen, lots of sunscreen.

 

As we prepare to wind down our year I would like to sincerely thank the 2017-2018 officers and many members of our wonderful organization for all of the hard work and commitment this past year. Also, as of this writing the Auxiliary has not yet held elections so I am not able to list the new officers but would like to encourage each of you to consider becoming involved in the workings of our unit. You may not think that you have anything to offer but little things can turn into big things and mean the world to someone. Positions within the Auxiliary are very rewarding when one considers the good that can be done through the programs of the ALA; with your support we can continue to fulfill the needs of our Veterans and community. The many things that Auxiliary accomplishes cannot be done without you.

 

A reminder of the upcoming activities as we prepare to close our 2017-2018 year:  

District Constitutional Conference which will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 hosted at Hugh Gilbert Strickland American Legion Post #138. Located at 5535 W. Prescott Port Tampa 33616 .

Please note sign in time is 9:00 AM and the meeting at 10:00 AM.

 

Department of Florida Convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriot Resort, Jul 5 at 8 AM to Jul 8 at 12 PM

 

I would also again like to remind Auxiliary members, that our general meetings are held the third Monday of each month. Please note the time change; meetings now start at 7:15. 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.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Sheryl Kinsler

President

 

Sgt at Arms Message:

Hello to my fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and SAL members,

 

This letter is for everyone but mostly to Legionnaires because only we can make final decisions concerning our Post. We really need to revisit the non-smoking policy. It’s time to eliminate smoking in the confines of our Post. I’m not saying you can’t smoke at Post 152. I’m saying smoke outside the way you do at home and every other gathering place. Does that sound harsh? What is harsh is putting non-smokers through the discomfort of having to endure the smell and potential health issues that go with smoking. A lot of us used to smoke and fortunately we were able to get that monkey off our back. I do not propose to anyone that is an easy task. That is why we don’t want to be exposed constantly to it at a place we go to have fun and relax with friends. I love to bring friends and relatives to our club when in town, but none of them smoke and I really don’t think it is fair to subject them to it. I usually tell them it is a smoking establishment and more often than not, they decline to go. We are losing club participation because of the smoke. People join and come once and say there is too much smoke and we don’t see them anymore. Why join if you don’t go? I wouldn’t. I run the bingo on Wednesday night and have lost at least six players to not liking the smoking environment. Some because of health issues that forces them to stay away from smoking areas. All these no shows are a loss of revenue and good people. People who might like to get involved to make our Legion progress into the future. To ask smokers to go outside is an inconvenience, to drive people away because of smoking is foolish for the future of our Post.

 

 Just a side note. Between the cost of the upkeep of the smoke eaters, the ozone generator, the filter replacement on the HVAC systems, the repainting due to nicotine staining and the loss of hall rentals because of the smell that never goes away, is keeping smoking in the building really financially smart?

 

Regards,

Lon Hathaway

SGT at Arms


Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

 

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