We are back with our monthly meetings! If you have not come to a meeting, please think about it. If you cannot make it to a meeting but would like to support in some way, contact the commander to share how you would like to do so. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 3 at 6pm. We will have a Boys and Girls State supper on that night at 5 p.m.
I personally would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers we have at the Post. We could not do what we do without you.
Members are always welcome to join a great group of people, who give so much to support our Veterans!
A big thank you goes out to Envision Rumford for always including us in the schedule of events they plan. Thank you to all who made it out for the Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast. Your support is appreciated. When you support the post we are able to support veterans and our veterans programs.
Post events: Friday, October 25, serving Nacho Grandes and a variety of wraps from 5 to 7 p.m. for members and their guests. On October 26, the Mexico Fire Department will have their annual Halloween Party to benefit the Relief Association. Job Fair Thursday, November 7 from 9 to noon. The Lewiston Career Center has scheduled a Job Fair for veterans as well as the public on November 7 from 9 to Noon. More than 20 businesses plan to be there for this event. The Auxiliary Craft Fair will be on Saturday, November 9. Saturday, December 14 Post Christmas party. More information to come.
The Post continues to have Cribbage on Tuesday nights beginning at 6pm. Come and join the fun! Jeanne also makes a delicious supper for you to purchase before cribbage begins.
On Saturday, November 16, we will have a Female Veterans Luncheon to honor all women veterans. Schedule includes: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a morning of pampering (manicures, hair, Reiki, and massages), 1pm a sit down lunch will be served. We are excited to share that Mrs. LePage will join us for lunch and honor us as our guest speaker. More speakers will follow.
A gift will be given to all female veterans who attend as well as chances for fun giveaways. Please share this info with all female veterans. Please RSVP to Tricia Thurston at 357-3289 if you plan on attending or if you would like more information. Remember, Women are Veterans Too!
Arthur Obie and Henry St. Pierre have organized an event call “A Salute to the Veterans”. This concert is to honor Veterans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 6pm. Free to all Veterans. $20 for others.
The Post will soon have an Early Bird Supper look for more details soon. This supper will be free for all those who paid their dues by October 1.
The following completes the American Legion’s four pillars.
Pillar IV: Children & Youth
The American Legion’s Children & Youth pillar is guided by three main objectives: strengthen the family unit, support organizations that help children in need, and provide communities with well-rounded programs to provide hope and opportunity for young people facing difficult challenges. One program within this pillar is Temporary Financial Assistance. This program provides funds to veterans and military service members’ families who are struggling and have minor children at home. For example, when health problems forced a Vietnam War veteran and his wife to quit their jobs, they still had to care for their five children at home. A local American Legion post in Washington state raised funds to help out and provided money through temporary financial assistance.
After a fire at an apartment complex in New Hampshire left the families of five active-duty service members homeless, The American Legion stepped in with $500 in TFA funds for each family. The American Legion provides temporary cash grants to hundreds of families in need each year. Local posts make requests for funds from the TFA program, which annually distributes more than $500,000 to help families. The above information was taken from the American Legion’s Pamplet “Why You Should Belong”. For more info visit www.legion.org .
If you have not paid your 2014 dues now is the time to do so. Your continued membership is very important in keeping the Post up and running. This is so important today for all veterans. If you have not yet become a member please do so. Stop by the post and pick up a membership application. All you need is a copy of your DD-214 or, if you are retired, a copy of your military ID card (to prove eligibility).
In closing, I ask that you remember our troops who continue to be in harm’s way. They need our support and prayers to return home safe. The American Legion is committed to support Veterans, their families and our communities.