As autumn arrives it brings many fall activities to our Post and community. Wednesday November 6th the high school music department once again is having its Veterans Concert in the high school auditorium .Our support is needed for these young people who do a great job in honoring our veterans.
Saturday, November 9th will be our Veterans cover dish dinner at 7:00pm. A signup sheet will be near the bar at the Post. Good food and members will combine for a great evening together. Happy Birthday Marines! Monday November 11th at 11:00am our Post will celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Legion with a service followed by a luncheon for all the Veterans within our area.
Our fish fries will continue until November 22nd and help is needed on Friday morning’s as well as evenings of the fish fry’s. Please let us know if you’re interested, you can make the difference on our success at Roberts Post!
Remember, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be time that we spend with our family and friends to help bring in the New Year. Let us remember our Veterans who may be in hospitals, nursing homes and other places that are less fortunate. Take the time and show them we care. For they need us to get though these hard times.
Remember our service men and women around the world. God bless them and God Bless America!
Veterans Serving Veterans
Richard Roberts Commander
This is my second newsletter and there is a lot to report. First, “thank you” to all of you who have been attending the meetings. Your enthusiasm and willingness to work and donate is mind boggling. There isn’t a TEAM of ladies any better than 161′s.
We are hard at work getting ready to do the fish fries every Fri. night until Nov. 22. We need your help to make this a successful event. If you are unable to work, we would love to see you come in and let us make you a delicious dinner. We are also planning our annual Halloween Party for the children at the firehouse in H.P. for Oct. 31 at 6:00pm.
Don’t forget, October was "Breast Cancer Awareness" month. Ladies, get your mammograms. I am a breast cancer survivor, don’t let fear of what might be there keep you from getting one. It could save your life. If you need me, I’ll be there for you.
November and December will be busy months for all of us. There will be a lovely Veterans Day Observation on Nov. 6 at 7:00pm in the H.P. High School auditorium to honor our Veterans. If you have not attended one, please try to make this one. The students do a magnificent job every year on this program.
On Sat., Nov. 9 at 6:00pm there will be a covered dish dinner for our members to celebrate Veterans Day. Please call the Post at 865-9921 if you would like to attend. On Mon., Nov. 11, at 11:00am the Post will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony, with a lunch being served afterwards for all area Veterans in attendance.
On Sat., Nov 30, at 10:00am the ladies of unit 161 will have their annual Christmas card making day. This day we make Christmas Cards for our veterans who are in area nursing homes. It is a great way to let them know someone cares about them and to make their Christmas a little merrier. Please try to come; you will be glad you did. Last year we made about 450 cards and this year we will have to do more. That is a lot of work, but it is so worth it. If any of you have old Christmas cards from previous years, could you please get them to me or-leave them at the Post, or bring them with you on Nov. 30. We can recycle parts of them to make new cards.
Dec. is always busy. We will be decorating the Post for Christmas, making food baskets for area families, and giving poinsettias to area seniors. We are always looking for volunteers because there is always something worthwhile that needs to be done.
There is a box at the Post for donations of personal care items to be given to our veterans who attend the VA clinic in Rome. Also, if you would like to donate new puzzles, word search books, or playing cards, these items can always be used at the clinic by our men and women who are waiting for their appointments. It’s the little things that mean the most.
We did the Sitrin’s "Stars and Stripes" walk/run for its Wounded Warrior Program. What a warm and touching event that was. If any of you would like to make a donation to that, please get in touch with me or leave a message at the Post. Let’s help these men and women who are serving our country and making great sacrifices in some cases to do this. Let’s show them our love and appreciation.
Finally, have a very Happy Thanksgiving, an even Merrier Christmas, and the start of a Happy New Year.
Yours in service,
Debra Roberts, President
2014 Dues Notice
Legion Dues for 2014 are due before December 31, 2013. Any dues received after that date will be considered delinquent. This is especially important this year because Department of NY has raised its portion of our dues by $5 effective January 1, 2014. This means that the Post will have to pay more than we receive to register members for 2014 after that date. I am asking each of you to pay your dues before the deadline and encourage others to do the same.
Thank you to all the “Early Birds” who have already paid their dues. The final date for Early Bird status is Veterans Day. Let’s try to achieve 100% by then. The “Early Bird” party is November 24th 2-5PM.
Gary Wedgewood, Membership