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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: 

 

This will be the final mailed out Newsletter. I encourage all members that want current information to visit www.Post152.com or stop into the Post for current calendars.

 

I want to thank Theresa for doing the Thanksgiving Dinner again and also heading up the Christmas Basket project. Plus covering for me when I am out of town. I also want to thank Bill Taylor and Erika Clayton for covering the Bar Poker. When you see Doug you should thank him for hanging the new “Exit” signs. A special thanks goes to Bob and Bonnie for putting on so many great events and Phyllis for covering my Commander dinners.

 

Christmas is right around the corner and we will be assembling and delivering 150-200 baskets to deserving families in our community. Please come in on 12-20-19 to help package the baskets. We will also need people to deliver these baskets on Saturday the 21st. Please tell Theresa if you are available to help.

 

Sorry to say but after almost 20 years as a member of Post 152 I am now very disappointed in the membership for lack of participation in Post events.

 

In recent months we have:

  1. Only collected about $6000 from Smoke Out program. We need much more to make your Post truly smoke free. That's $6 average per member. Terrible support.

  2. Lost 2 Sweeps machines\due to low participation

  3. Lost Queen of Hearts due to low participation

  4. Bar Poker is hanging on by a thread

  5. Steak shoots are also in jeopardy

  6. WHAT'S NEXT ????       

 

Members need to start supporting these functions, our Post and our Veterans if you want to keep the American Legion Post operating. Please consider attending these events and functions. Thanks much.

 

I have heard all kinds of yacking about smoking but I have NOT seen an increase in attendance from the Non-smokers. Where are you hiding?

 

On a positive note:

  • The Riders are growing very fast and scheduling many upcoming rides.

  • Bob still doing exciting events

  • Doug still covering my back

  • Theresa also has my back

  • Eboard is still the best one I have seen

 

Remember that our purpose if to support Veterans and the community. Please step up and participate so we may accomplish this mission. Please don't let the Veteran down, they didn't let you down when it counted.

 

Yours in Service,

Armond Laframboise

Commander Post 152

 

American Legion Second Vice Commander Message:

I want to thank everyone who came out and participated in the Oktoberfest and in the Halloween party, there was some really good costumes. Congratulations to those winners. We got the Christmas party coming up and Wreaths Across America ride. Check the calendar or contact me for details.

 

See ya at the Post,

Bob Lehmiller

2nd Vice Commander Post 152 


Chaplain's Message

"That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. 'Don't be afraid!', he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord, has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find the baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.'

 

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising God and saying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’”

Luke 2:8-14 NLT

 

The Jews had a specific idea of how their Messiah would arrive. They imagined him coming with great fanfare and glory, arriving like a conquering general to free them from their Roman oppressors. But, when Jesus arrived it could not have been more different. He came not as a grand king or general, but as a humble baby, totally dependent on a young teenage girl for his survival. He didn't even have a nice room to stay in. He was born near a small, insignificant village in a cave that was acting as a barn - filled with all kinds of animals and, I'm sure, very unpleasant smells. He didn't even have a bed. He was laid in a feeding trough filled with hay. When he was born, God did not announce it to the great heads of state of the time. Instead, he chose to share the news that would change the world with shepherds, who were seen as the lowest of the low in society at the time.

 

We can get ideas in our head of how events should happen. But, the birth of Jesus shows us that sometimes the biggest blessings can some in the most unusual ways and from the most unexpected places. He did not come in grandeur as many expected. His life started in the same way it would eventually end - in total humility. 

 

So often we can get caught up in the shopping, decorating and planning that we can lose sight of the simple blessings that can come during the holidays: The joyful laughter of little children, meals enjoyed with friends and family and just taking stock of all we have been blessed with (not just material things. We all have been blessed in many ways if we would stop long enough to see them).

 

May you and your family experience the joy this time of year brings and may your eyes be opened to the many blessings that come during this festive time of year...especially the simple ones.

 

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!

 

In Him and in your service,

 

Cathy Cornish

Chaplain

 

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 

Hello again, much to report since our last newsletter. 

 

VA bingo on October 8th, was sponsored by our auxiliary unit and was once again a hit. USF health major students were also in attendance handing out ice cream, much fun had by all and greatly appreciated by the veterans.

 

Our ALA dinners, bingo and steak shoots are moving along as usual and thanks go out to all who volunteer their time for these activities. 

 

Kids Halloween party held October 26th, fun had by all.

 

The Auxiliary celebrates its 100th year anniversary and will participate in the Veterans Day parade on November 9th.

 

Kids Christmas party to be held December 14th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Post 152 hosted by Kathy Driggers and Joann Lathers, signup sheet for donations to be posted.

 

15th District Past Commander/President’s dinner was hosted by our Post 152. Many throughout our district attended.  Great opportunity for networking, great dinner hosted by Mary Kelly- Perkins, assisted by Manyna Fivehouse. The dinner, 50/50 and blind auction yielded a huge profit for Boys and Girls State transportation.

 

Oktoberfest was a blast hosted by Bob and Bonnie Lehmiller. Fun, great food and music.

 

In closing, going forward the auxiliary will no longer have a full newsletter; our events will be posted at our post and can be viewed on the post152.com website as always. Thank you once again to all who volunteer for all events. 

 

In your service  

Lisa Anseeuw,

Unit #152 President

 

American Legion Riders Director's Message:

Just a quick update from the Post 152 American Legion Riders on what’s happening.

 It’s riding season and we are beginning to Crank up the miles. ALR Chapters are judged within the District and the Department on the events we participate in and number of miles we travel.

We continue to serve a dinner each month on the third Wednesday and we want to thank you for the great response. It makes us happy to see so many smiling faces at dinner.

We do the Steak Shoot on the fourth week of the month.

We do the Bingo when there are five Wednesdays in the month.

We try to make all our events a great experience and fun. Let me know when you see me what you think.

To date we have greeted the returning Honor Flight at St Pete Airport, represented Post 152 in ALR District Rides, Post 152 was represented (thank you Mike “Tank” Sherman) at the Unaccompanied Veterans funeral ride in Sarasota, we had fun supporting the Sons at the Honor Flight Golf outing, we will Ride in the Veterans Day Parade for the first time this year, We placed Flags on the graves of Veterans in Dade City Cemetery for Veterans Day, We represent Post 152 at the Bushnell Ceremony in December escorting the wreaths from Lakeland and placing them on veterans graves, we participated in Flag Dedication ceremonies.

To date (early November) we have traveled more than 7,000 miles and accumulated 837 volunteer hours representing Post 152 in the District.

Mike “the Crank” Thorpe

Director Post 152 American Legion Riders

  

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

Troop 246 Summer Camp

 

     This year we attended camp at Woodruff Scout Reserve in northern Georgia June 16th through 22nd.  Four adults and 9 scouts were able to attend camp because of their hard work and support of the Legion during our monthly car washes, as well as the generous donations from various post members.

 

     This year at camp we were able to go white water rafting, work on many merit badges like, fingerprinting, archery, photography and many others.  We camped in two person tents, ate ok food in the mess hall, and enjoyed swimming, hiking, fishing and it was topped off with a  five mile hike using a compass and a topographical map.

 

Benjamin Freeman,

Bugler, Troop 246

 

 

 

 

   

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