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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: 

 

Welcome to summer!

 

We had some great events already and the year is just beginning. The 100th Year Anniversary Party was fabulous and if you missed it then you missed one of the best events of the year. Thanks Bob for putting that together.

 

Elections are over and I want to congratulate the new officers and Eboard members for 2019-2020 calendar year. Please see updated list in this newsletter. Thanks to Patrick for serving on the Eboard last year.

 

We have a new addition to the Legion family as we have obtained a Charter for the Post 152 Riders. Mike Thorpe is the 1st Director of our Riders.

 

I must thank Phyllis, Marium, Vickie, Debbie and Jeri for all the help in the kitchen for my dinners.

 

Thanks to Jose Cortes for putting up boards for posting fliers and notices in the restrooms.

 

The 1st Post 152 Cruise was April 25th and we had a great time on the ship. Look for a new cruise coming up sometime in the Fall. Thanks goes to Jeri Hoover for co-coordinating all the activities and the entire agenda.

 

Please congratulate Dave Taylor and Richard Wickson for 50 years continuous membership in the American Legion. Very few members will ever achieve this honor. We are proud to have them both as members of Post152.

 

The first Honor flight of 2019 was on May 7th and three of our own Post members were honored on this flight: Patrick Maguire, Cliff and Charmaine Zimmerer.

 

We have had many problems with members using the kitchen facilities; mainly the ovens, and NOT cleaning after they are used. I have personally witnessed two times that the ovens were so dirty that we could not use as it filled the back hall with smoke from burning junk left by previous users. Please clean up after yourself or we may have to forbid use of the kitchen. We cannot chance a fire or the Health Department write up that goes along with such dirty ovens.

 

I will be looking for help filling my committees again this year; so if you want to help the Post and your fellow Comrades, please let me know and we can discuss getting you on a committee.

 

As every month, a big thank you to my Eboard for picking up the ball when I am out of town. Please check the Post site www.post152.com for updated calendar of events as we have many things going on and the events change.

 

Yours in service,

 

Armond Laframboise

Commander Post 152

 

American Legion Chaplain's Corner

Over 240 years ago we declared our independence from oppressive British rule, and a new nation was born. We were free.

 

Thousands of years before that day, we also gained freedom. Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross we have freedoms that were not previously available. Before the events on Calvary, no one dared to approach God. Only the high priest could, and even then he could do that only on one day a year. He had to go through a long ritual to make himself ready to enter the innermost part of the temple - the Holy of Holies - otherwise he would immediately be struck dead! But now, "because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence (Ephesians 3:12 NLT)." None of us could not see the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the President without an appointment, but we can come before the Creator of the Universe any time we choose! We can have a personal, intimate relationship with God - one where we can call him, "Papa! Father! (Galatians 4:6 MSG)". What a great privilege this is!

 

There is another freedom we have because of Christ. 

 

"Therefore there is no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2 AMP

 

The whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to fulfill God's greatest desire - to be reconciled to us and have an intimate relationship. Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden separated us from God, but Jesus paid the price for our sin once and for all, reconciling us with God. This is the Good News! "If the Son gives you freedom, you are free! (John 8:36 CEV)"

 

This coming 4th of July, as you enjoy your cookouts and fireworks, I hope you take time to fully appreciate the freedoms you have, both as a citizen of the United States and as a child of God.

 

In Him and in Your Service,

 

Cathy Cornish

Post Chaplain


American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:

 

As this will be my last newsletter to our members I would like to thank each and every one of you including all Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion for a fantastic year as Unit President.

 

Our reporting to District has been completed and mailed to the respective District Chairmen and now I am in the process of writing the Unit Presidents Report.

 

We had a great year even though we had a few ups and downs but we came together and worked as a team.

 

Congratulations to our newly elected 2019-2020 Unit Officers and thank you for stepping up and being ALL IN.

 

We have had a few new members join this year and I hope that when you meet them please welcome them to the Unit. Many of them ate already volunteering at our dinners and events. 

 

As you know the District held the annual Past Commander and Presidents dinner on April 27 and all net proceeds are being used to help defray the cost of the transportation busses for Boys and Girls State. That night over $2000 was raised. An Absolutely awesome dinner was prepared by Patty Pritchard and Joseph White along with their crew of volunteers. 

 

Installation of the newly elected officers will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM. You are all invited to attend.

 

I will be bringing the 2020 membership cards back from Convention and just wanted to remind everyone that the 2020 dues will be $40.00.

 

Please continue to support our programs and events including dinners and steak shoots. 

 

Wishing you a pleasant summer and I hope to see you all at our meetings.

 

It has been indeed a pleasure and honor to serve as the Unit President.

 

Till we meet again, 

Mary Kelly -Perkins

 

 

American Legion Riders Director's Message:

I am excited to say that the American Legion Riders of Post 152 has received its charter and we are now official. I want to thank Armand for offering me the opportunity to get the ALR started and his support once we got into it. I want to thank everyone who jumped on board with me to help make this happen. There are too many to name here but the Charter Members were key and made it all possible by committing time and energy to the start of the group.

 

I also want to thank all the Support Members. They don’t have bikes but they want to help and be part of our group. We appreciate the help and love the company. If you would like to become a support member just let one of the officers know and we will get you on board. See the list of officers below.

Our Moto is FOR the cause, NOT the applause

We will be doing ceremonial rides, Poker runs and fun rides to different Posts just to say hi. We will be doing dinners, 50/50s and other fund raisers to support the veteran’s charities. We are still developing our calendar but as soon as we have things set we will let you know what’s happening.

 

In the meantime look for this symbol on the back of our vests or on our “T” shirts or even an event flyer because good things are happening with American Legion Riders of Post 152. 

 

Thank you from the ALR Post 152,

Mike Thorpe

Director, American Legion Riders of Post152                                                    

 

Director - Mike (Crank) Thorpe

Asst. Director – Chuck (Biggr) Bigley

Adjutant /Finance – Bonnie (Tweety) Strom

Road Captain – Bob (Yeehaw) Lehmiller

Sgt. at Arms – Earl (Ghost) Gloster

Chaplin – Jim (Crash) Reedy

Historian – Karen (Sweetee) Bigley

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

 

This summer eight scouts from our troop will be attending Camp Woodruff in Georgia. We began planning for the trip in February.  Part of this planning process includes selecting which merit badge classes each scout will attend during their day. Scouts can choose between classes such as: rifles, shotgun shooting, archery, computer game design, wilderness survival, physical fitness, citizenship and many more. Our first year scouts will be taking a course called Mountaineer which will help them with their tenderfoot, and second class ranks. One day of our week will be spent white water rafting on the Nantahala River in Tennessee which is just a bus ride away from camp. To pay for the cost of camp (about $400 per scout) many of our scouts are participating in monthly car washes. In addition to the cost of camp, we have to pay for meals and gas on the way to and from camp. To commute to camp, we will be carpooling in some of our leader’s personal cars. All of this would normally be very expensive but some of the burden of cost has been relieved with the help of fellow Legion and Auxiliary members.  Jim Powers donated a very generous $400 and Bob Lehmiller and Bonnie Strohm donated about $270. We send to them our biggest thanks from the entire troop!

 

Jacob Freeman

Star Scout

Patrol Leader

 

Adam Robitaille

Scout Master

   

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