District 12 Updates

Email distributed by your District Hubmaster to key individuals at each post within our district.  Generally sent out weekly with local information and items forwarded from the State and Division Commanders.  Any or all items may be distributed by the Post Hubmaster as the Commander/President directs.

For your reference

Texas Elections and Voter Information: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2014-important-election-dates.shtml

Tarrant County Voter information: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/evote/site/default.asp

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Please check the SCHEDULE and FOOD AND FUN listings to be sure your information is current.

You Can Renew your membership online.  It’s easy, fast, secure and you can use a credit card

---- Be sure to join us at these coming events:

Oct 28 (Saturday) – District 12 Fall Convention, 7:00 am at Arlington Post 60

Nov. 11 (Saturday) VETERANS DAY PARADE

Nov 12 (Sunday) – Massing of the Colors (INVITATION with DETAILS)

Nov 15 (Wednesday) - 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down; 9am to 1pm

Register any time before the deadlines, sooner the better.

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11/19/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- Coming events:

Thursday, Nov 23 – Thanksgiving Day

Dec 1 (Friday) – ALL-PRO Wrestling at Haltom City Post 655 7:30 pm

Dec 4 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 60

Dec 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec 9 – Texas Toy Run

District Christmas Party; 6:30 pm at Post 516

 

--- From Our District Commander:

I hope all of you are getting into the holiday feeling.

I’ll just remind everyone that the 12th District Christmas party this year will be on the 9th of December starting at 6:30 p.m. at Post 516.

I just got off the phone with Glen Moore the Commander of Post 516 and they have got a feast set up for us and a live band. So be prepared to have a good meal with friends have fun and put your dancing shoes on. I do believe we're going to have a gift swap and I think the gift is not to go over $20. If I'm incorrect I'm sure one of the Ladies Auxiliary members will let me know about it. I depend on the ladies to keep me correct.  So mark your calendars Saturday December 9th 6:30 p.m. at post 516 for the 12th District Christmas party.

I'll see you there.

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 655 at Watauga Veterans Day and Boy Scout Troop #205 Flag Retirement, Nov 4, 2017

Tarrant County College Veterans Breakfast, Nov 8, 2017

Post 356 Spent the Day Honoring Veterans at Eagle Crest and Heartis Assisted Living, Nov 10, 2017

Military Order of the World Wars' Massing of the Colors, Nov 12, 2017

Working on Parades and Stand Down now

If you have pictures from Panther Island Pavilion, Tarrant County College or the courthouse please send me a link (or pictures) for the scrapbook.

 

Free copies of Legion magazine delivered monthly to posts

Every American Legion post within the United States will receive three complimentary issues of The American Legion Magazine every month. This started with the October issue. Post members are encouraged to use the free magazine copies as a recruiting tool by showing potential new members one of the many benefits of Legion membership or by leaving copies at the local VA hospital.

If you do not receive your free copies, please contact Jenny Altherr by email at jaltherr@legion.org or by phone at (317) 630-1221.

 

The Salvation Army (picture logo) National site

We are seeking GROUPS to take a full day of bell ringing!

Local organization

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11/12/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Early this week to remind you all about the

STAND DOWN ON WEDNESDAY

 

--- From Our District Commander:

Greetings to all,

 

As some of you may or may not know, but on November 15th the 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veterans Stand down will take place from 9:00am till 1:00pm.  This event will be located in the circle complex across from the Ft. Worth VA Clinic off of Campus Dr.

 

Volunteers are needed to help unload goods and to help handout gifts to our fellow veterans.  If you wish to help and god knows we need all the help we can get, please be there on November 15th by 8:00am (I am sure coffee will be somewhere).  So come on out and show in person your support for our veterans and make this day a SPECIAL day for them.

 

God Bless and thank you.

 

Bill Deal

Commander

12th District

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-- From your Historian:

I am working on compiling pictures from the Mansfield and Tarrant County Veterans Day Parades.  I have not gotten pictures from our folks in the Grapevine or Arlington Parades or any of the other events on Saturday yet.  Lots of great pictures and more I know are coming, this will take some time but it will be worth the wait.  More pictures always welcome.

Pictures from today’s Massing of the Colors are also welcome.

 

Saturday, Nov 18 – Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade debriefing, 10am at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

For those that participated in the Tarrant County Parade we are having a debriefing at the Benbrook Post this Saturday at 10:00 am.  Suggestions and gripes welcome, this is our parade and we want it easier, better and more fun every year.

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11/8/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Early November Hubmasters picture of the month

TCC Veterans Breakfast

 

Lots of stuff happening that is not listed here but I ran out of time to vet all the invitations.

Friday, Nov 10 - Marine Corps Birthday

 

Our district Legion Family is significantly involved in all the events listed below:

Saturday, Nov 11 – Veterans Day

Veterans Breakfast: 7:00 am at Post 838

TARRANT COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Grapevine Veterans Day Parade

Mansfield Veterans Day Parade, 10:00 am; Presented by: American Legion, Post 624, Mansfield, TX

Haltom City Veterans Park Dedication, 11:00 am

National Cemetery Veterans Day Program (time not posted)

Arlington Heroes Parade, 1:00 pm

Taps n Tunes USO Variety Show in Hurst, 2:30 pm

Flag Retirement Ceremony; 5:15 pm at Post 516 followed by Classic Rock and Roll with Vinny and the Jets

 

Sunday, Nov 12 – Massing of the Colors (INVITATION with DETAILS)

 

Wednesday, Nov 15 - 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down; 9am to 1pm

 

More stuff:

Nov. 10-12

Time to find your new four-legged family member

There is more love than you can imagine at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Nov. 10-12. Adoption fees are only $10 during this special event.

http://fortworthtexas.gov/adoptionshowcase/

 

-- From Cathy at Post 624

We are having our coat drive again this year for the Patriot House & the Presbyterian Night Shelter. If you take to the Post, please put by ALA metal locked shelf and let me know asap. We will accept clothes too, but we want coats, jackets, sweaters, sweats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, anything that can keep the homeless warm. Ronnie Erbst / Elizabeth Erbst put up a donation box at his job last year and brought in 2 bags full. Please ask your employer if you can do this too!

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-- Bruce Z at Post 626 shared this from thebalance.com

A big list of free meals and other freebies for Veterans Day 2017. Participating restaurants include Applebee's, Olive Garden, Golden Corral and more! Read More: https://www.thebalance.com/veterans-day-free-meals-1357348?utm_source=emailshare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mobilesharebutton2

 

Bruce did a great interview in here:

Honor veterans at downtown parade Nov. 11

The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade will roll through downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 11. The patriotic event will feature more than 5,000 participants to honor vets.

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11/1/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

Time to get serious, Post level Oratorical Contestants need be determined by Dec 22

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

12TH DISTRICT FALL CONVENTION, October. 28, 2017

--- Happenings:

Great Halloween Parties were held at many of our posts; go to their Facebook pages to see lots of fun photos.

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Thursday, Nov 2 - From the Post 626 newsletter (I have no additional information about this)

Pre-Veterans Day Picnic at the Ft. Worth VA Outpatient Clinic:  A picnic will be held for the Veterans of the Outpatient Clinic on Thursday, November 2nd.  Volunteers are needed to help serve food.  Let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

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Friday, Nov 3 - ALL-PRO Wrestling at Haltom City Post 655 7:30 pm

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Saturday, Nov 4 - Veterans Day Parade meeting, 10:00am at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Nov 4 is the last chance to register your entry for Fort Worth Parade, (you can do it on line)

(To register for Mansfield, Grapevine or Arlington parades, check with the local post)

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Nov 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

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Nov 6 - Commanders Call (no Presidents Parlay this month); 7:00 pm at Post 838

--- From Our District Americanism Chairman Joseph Campbell:

Bring discussion information about the school contact areas listed below for Americanism participation:

Map for proposed AOR (click here for high resolution map)

I would like to give the Post Commander’s an opportunity to discuss the proposed boundaries.

60 (Arlington ISD, Kennedale ISD)

297 (Aledo [Tarrant County],Godley [Tarrant County], Fort Worth Southwest) 

356 (Azel ISD  Wite Settlement ISD)

379 (Hurst Euless Bedford ISD, Grapevine Colleyville ISD, Southlake ISD

467 (Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, Northwest ISD)

516 (Fort Worth East)

569 (Fort Worth ISD Southwest)

624 (Mansfield ISD [Tarrant]

626 (Castleberry ISD, Fort Worth Northwest)

639 (Crowley ISD, Burleson [Tarrant], Everman ISD) 

655 (Birdville, Keller ISD)

838 (Fort Worth ISD Middle South)

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Volunteer with VITA to help provide free income tax assistance for families in Tarrant County

The City of Fort Worth is partnering with the United Way to offer free income tax assistance for local families through the VITA program. VITA targets low- to middle-income families and offers free tax assistance and income tax filing.

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10/25/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- From Our District Commander:

Post Commanders are asked to please attend the District Fall Convention this Saturday, October 28th at Post 60, 601 W Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington.  Also please bring any and all membership renewals you have to turn in.

Bill Deal

Commander 

Registration FormJoint Session AgendaALA Business Session Agenda - Delegate Certification FormConvention Call

See the raffles to be available at the convention on our Bulletin Board.

 

--- This week:

Friday, Oct 27– Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Post 516 (details and buy tickets on line)

Saturday, Oct 28 – District 12 Fall Convention, 7:00 am at Arlington Post 60

Sunday (and Sat), Oct 28-29 - Alliance Air Show -- Navy Blue Angels to soar above Alliance Airport Oct. 28-29

 

--- From Our District Americanism Chairman Joseph Campbell:

Map attached (click here for high resolution map)

I would like to give the Post Commander’s an opportunity to review and think about the proposed boundaries BEFORE the convention workshop next week. Thanks in advance.

 

60 (Arlington ISD, Kennedale ISD)

297 (Aledo [Tarrant County],Godley [Tarrant County], Fort Worth Southwest) 

356 (Azel ISD  Wite Settlement ISD)

379 (Hurst Euless Bedford ISD, Grapevine Colleyville ISD, Southlake ISD

467 (Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, Northwest ISD)

516 (Fort Worth East)

569 (Fort Worth ISD Southwest)

624 (Mansfield ISD [Tarrant]

626 (Castleberry ISD, Fort Worth Northwest)

639 (Crowley ISD, Burleson [Tarrant], Everman ISD) 

655 (Birdville, Keller ISD)

838 (Fort Worth ISD Middle South)

 

Joseph

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Early voting begins started Monday and goes through November 3rd for voters across Tarrant County.

Here's a Sample Ballot to review the propositions before you go to the polls. Find your voting place here: Early Voting Schedule and Locations. You can also visit Tarrant County Elections for more information.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Enjoy a safe Halloween experience at FWPD’s Trunk or Treat

Fort Worth spooks and goblins can experience a safer alternative to traditional trick or treating when the Fort Worth Police Department hosts a Halloween Trunk or Treat event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28.

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

National Cyber Awareness System:

The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

Original release date: October 24, 2017

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The month’s themes educate students and professionals about cybersecurity attack methods, best practices, and preventive measures and are geared toward informing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce and are open to learning more about the growing field of cybersecurity.

US-CERT encourages interested candidates to review the following resources for information on employment opportunities:

Stop.Think.Connect. Cyber Tips for Young Professionals,

DHS Cybersecurity Careers,

Federal Cybersecurity Careers, and

Civil Service Job Opportunities.

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10/18/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,.

 

Congratulations to Bruce Zielsdorf and Post 626 for getting second place at National with the Post 626 history Book.

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 624 American Legion Miliary Appreciation Celebration , October. 7, 2017

Post 60 Riders Annual Car and Bike Show, October. 14, 2017

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Time to register for the District 12 Fall Convention, Saturday, Oct 28 at Arlington Post 60

Registration FormJoint Session AgendaDelegate Certification FormConvention Call

Raffle drawing at the convention details on our Bulletin Board

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Massing of the Colors - Sunday, Nov 12 (flyer) (INVITATION with DETAILS)

Please acknowledge participation by 20 October 2017 to be included in the listing of participating organizations.

Rear Admiral James Lair, US Navy Retired will be keynote speaker (Post 626)

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Now is the time to register your float or vehicles in a Veterans Day Parade.  We now have four in our district and the American Legion is playing a significant roll in all of them.

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Help needed

Dr. Vicki Nejtek at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX is conducting a research study to determine risks for Alzheimer’s disease in veterans with mild traumatic brain injury vs. healthy controls.

At this time, we are looking for veterans & active military personnel with AND without mTBI in the past 6 years –they DO NOT have to be diagnosed—between the ages of 25-45 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and can read, write & speak English.

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Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sample a variety of firehouse chili at Firefighters Chili Cook-off

The second annual Fort Worth Firefighters Chili Cook-off will feature some of the best pots of chili you've ever tasted. The cook-off will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21 at General Worth Square and benefits Firefighters Charities.

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Early voting begins Monday, October 23rd and goes through November 3rd for voters across Tarrant County to cast ballots.

View PDF of Early Voting Schedule and Locations or go to Tarrant County Elections for more information.

GET OUT AND VOTE!

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Shred it on America Recycles Day

Fort Worth celebrates America Recycles Day by hosting Shred Day on Nov. 4. The event will be held rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at La Grave Field. It's not just paper. You can also drop off household electronics, furniture and clothing.

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Sign up for Cowboy Santas distributions

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children 12 and under from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 2.

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10/11/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, New raffle listed on our Bulletin Board.

 

Saturday, Oct 14th

 

Annual Post 60 Riders Car and Bike Show; 9am to 3pm

Entry fee is $20.00. Elks Lodge 2114, 601 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76010.

 

Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

The Tarrant County Parade is produced by the Tarrant County Veterans Council, organized by the American Legion and VFW Posts in Tarrant County with most of the members current Legion Family members.

Less than 30 days out – final preparation – no formalities, everyone welcome.

 (Come early, freshly prepared to order breakfast available for purchase)

 

REGISTRATION deadline for the parade to be listed on the webpage and in the line-up to be announced as you pass the reviewing stand is Saturday, Nov. 4.  Entry form can be saved and emailed to us now; you can sign our copy when you check in.

 

Agenda items:

Overview of the parade route and timeline

Review Parade Marshals and Coordinators areas of responsibility

Introduce Marshals and Coordinators for questions, suggestions, etc.

Break out by area to coordinate activities

 

Still Need:

Coordinators for some activities

More volunteers for the Panther Island Pavilion assembly area.

(Volunteers can send us an email if you can not make the meeting parade@tcvc.us)

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Shred it on America Recycles Day

Fort Worth celebrates America Recycles Day by hosting Shred Day on Nov. 4. The event will be held rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at La Grave Field. It's not just paper. You can also drop off household electronics, furniture and clothing.

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Sign up for Cowboy Santas distributions

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children 12 and under from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 2.

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10/4/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, New raffle listed on our Bulletin Board.

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Please check out this link from our officer’s page and let me know who we missed.

2017 District 12 Members Serving Above and Beyond

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--- From Our District Commanders and President:

Registration now opens for the District 12 Fall Convention, Oct 28th at Arlington Post 60

Registration Form (pdf) – or word document: http://www.12dis.org/2017_FallConventionRegistration.docx

Joint Session Agenda

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at Post 626, September 15, 2017

Honoring our Heroes Dinner at Post 655, September 15, 2017

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 379, September 16, 2017

The 72nd Anniversary of the End of World War II Spirit of '45 Honoring Celebration , September 28, 2017

Globe Life Park in Arlington - Veterans Appreciation Night with Post 379, September 28, 2017

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 379 - Annual Cancer Research Benefit, October. 1, 2017

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--- This week:

Friday, Oct 6 - ALL-PRO Wrestling at Haltom City Post 655 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct 7 - ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624 starting at noon

American Legion Military Appreciation celebration

Wave to the folks on Oct 8 to 15 - 2nd Annual OCW Fundraiser at Sea

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--- Coming events:

Massing of the Colors - Sunday, Nov 12 (flyer)

Please find attached the invitation and flyer regarding the Ft Worth Chapter Military Order of the World Wars annual Massing of the Colors.

Look forward to see you (INVITATION with DETAILS)

Robert J. Williams, Major, USAF Retired

Treasurer, Ft Worth Chapter

Military Order of the World Wars

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--- From the Department of Texas

For Distribution to All Posts in the Department of Texas

John Hafner, Hubmaster, American Legion Department of Texas www.txlegion.org

 

As part of the American Legion Centennial Year, The Department of Texas will dedicate a monument placed at the Bexar County Justice Center in San Antonio Texas which will include a time capsule to be buried nearby.  The time capsule 48” x 36” x 12’ will be designed to be re-opened after 50 years and will include papers, newspaper articles, photographs, coins, insignia pins and clothing. 

District Commanders are directed to contact their Posts to submit items for the 100th Anniversary Time Capsule by January 12, 2018 by mail to Department Headquarters or in person to the Mid-Winter DEC meeting January 26, 2018. 

Items must be clearly marked with a description of what they are, identification of any people in photographs, and the name and address of the Post which submitted the item.

Questions can be directed to Susan Marty, Department Historian and Time Capsule Sub-Committee Chair, 714-309-2449, smarty632@hotmail.com 

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--- Opportunities:

I have put this on an email from Housing Channel (formerly Tarrant County Housing Partnership)

They have a potential housing deal for veterans in Tarrant County (White Settlement). 

I have no further information, just passing it on FYI.

Ken

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin 1 OCT 2017

Importance of Walking

Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where he is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

I joined a health club last year and spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise' I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die they'll say, 'Well, she looks good doesn't she?'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years just getting over the hill.

Every time I start thinking too much about how I look I just find a Happy Hour to walk to and by the time I leave I look just fine.

We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it

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9/26/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

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This Thursday, Sep 28 - Globe Life Park in Arlington - Veterans Appreciation Night, 7 PM

American Legion Post 379 Honor Guard will be posting the colors at the beginning of the game.

Buy tickets in section 112 using the discount code "MILITARY17" for $35. If you attend, wear your cover to show your support for the Post.

 

This Friday – State Fair free admission with Veterans ID Card

Military Appreciation Day, in partnership with the Texas Lottery Commission.

On Opening Day of the Fair – Friday, September 29, 2017 – all active military, retired military, and veterans receive FREE admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive FREE admission.

 

This SaturdayVinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:30 pm

Free admission to enjoy some Classic Rock-N-Roll like it should be.

 

This SundayBreast Cancer Awareness Benefit Breakfast at Post 379

The 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Bedford Post helping to raise funds for Cancer Research....

 

Check to see if you can still make a reservation for this cruse!

Oct. 8 OCW FUNDRAISER AT SEA,

 

 

---- Be sure to join us at these coming events - Register any time before the deadlines, sooner the better.

Oct 7 (Saturday) - ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624 starting at noon - American Legion Military Appreciation celebration

 

Oct 28 (Saturday) – District 12 Fall Convention, 7:00 am at Arlington Post 60

 

Nov. 11 (Saturday)

Tarrant County VETERANS DAY PARADE in downtown Fort Worth

Mansfield Veterans Day Parade

Grapevine Veterans Day Parade

 

Nov 12 (Sunday) – Massing of the Colors

 

Nov 15 (Wednesday) - 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down; 9am to 1pm

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9/20/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

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Fort Worth receives $300,000 grant to improve the lives of veterans

The funds will be used by the City of Fort Worth's Community Action Partners (CAP) program to fund the Forward Home Veteran Assistance Program, which assists income-eligible veterans with rent, mortgage and utility bills.

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Oct. 3, 2017 National Night Out:  Sign up by Sept. 25

Groups should register by Sept. 25.

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the citywide event to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

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---Catching up with New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 626 hosting Texas Retired Military Golf Classic, September 1, 2017

Post 655 Assisting local evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, September 5, 2017

District 12 Hurricane Relief, September , 2017

Post 379 Hurricane Relief, September , 2017

Post 379 Red Lion Poker Run, September 9, 2017

Post 624 Red Lion Poker Run with HEB Post 379 , September 9, 2017

Haltom City 9/11 Memorial Service, September 11, 2017

Euless 9/11 Memorial Service with Post 379 Honor Guard, September 11, 2017

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 379, September 16, 2017

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Cowboy Santas elves donate goodies to children at emergency shelters

Staff and volunteers from Fort Worth's Cowboy Santas program provided more than 50 backpacks filled with toys to the displaced children of evacuees from Hurricane Harvey who had been staying at shelters in Fort Worth.

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Potential Phishing Scams Related to Equifax Data Breach

Original release date: September 14, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on scams related to the Equifax data breach. FTC warns consumers to be wary of calls or emails purporting to be from Equifax agents. Legitimate Equifax representatives will not contact consumers to ask for verification of their information.

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It takes a village to be prepared for disasters

During National Preparedness Month, adopt the Neighbors Helping Neighbors approach to emergency recovery. The approach seeks to support state and local agencies, civic organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations.

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Sept. 30 - 2017 Trinity Trash Bash

Do you want to Keep Haltom City Beautiful...of course you do! The Trinity Trash Bash, part of Keep Texas Waterways Clean, is a city-wide litter clean-up event that helps keep our city clean and litter free. This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. at Little Fossil Park to meet your neighbors, get a free t-shirt, have a picnic, play games, win give-a-ways, and clean up your city in the process!
Haltom City Location: Little Fossil Park, 4412 Hadley St, Haltom City, TX 76117, USA

Help protect our pre­cious water source, the Trinity River, by volunteering with us. Please register at www.haltomcitytx.com. T-shirt sizes only guaranteed if you registered by Friday, September 8th.

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9/12/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

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District Commander Bill Deal wants to thank all from our Legion Family for the donations that his team took to south Texas last week.  This is not finished and a program to assist school kids relocated to our district with school supplies is in the works.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation officially designating September 12th “Hand In Hand Day” in the State of Texas.

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-- Last call for Sept 14 movie screening:

I would like to formally invite you to attend a movie screening at Tarrant County College. A reception with food and drinks will be provided by the college. Please have those interested to RSVP below. We honor your service and graciously welcome your attendance.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-vietnam-war-documentary-screening-tickets-37211136511?aff=es2

 

THE VIETNAM WAR Documentary Screening www.eventbrite.com

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The ten-part series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides - Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.  Join KERA and Tarrant County College for a special one-hour screening of the documentary.  Reception: 6:00 - 6:45pm Screening: 7:00pm

 

Kevin D Curry III, M.Ed., LPC. BCPC

Veterans Counselor | Tarrant County College

Trinity River Campus | Office: TRTR 1401B

300 Trinity Campus Circle | Fort Worth, TX 76102 

Office 817-515-1273  | fax: 817-515-0890

Kevin.curry@tccd.edu

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 624 - FEEDING THE TROOPS September 6, 2017

Post 624 - 911 Honor Ride September 10, 2017

 

--- This week:

Sep 15 (Friday) – National POW/MIA Recognition Day

POW-MIA Remembrance Day ceremony in the American Legion Post 626 ballroom at 6:00 pm

Sep 16 (Saturday) – Division One Executive committee meeting at Post 838, 8:00 am to noon

Sep 21 – 24, 2017 - Fall DEC in Austin

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

Hurricane-Related Scams; US-CERT warns users to be watchful for various malicious cyber activity targeting both disaster victims and potential donors.

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--- Public Relations Oct 28 Table in the veterans tent to hand out information

From the Fort Worth Police Department

I have attached a brochure for the Convoy Of Hope that will be at Southwest High School on October 28th. I am the Veteran Coordinator for the event. I have been tasked with recruiting organizations to set up a table in the veterans tent to hand out information that would help veterans that stop by our location.  The event is free and we will provide lunch. If you can look over the brochure and let me know if you have any questions please. Thanks.

Officer D. Gilbert# 3268

Fort Worth Police Department

South Neighborhood Police Officer

817-988-1032

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Nominations for the 99th District of Texas Veteran Citizen of the Year Award

Please find attached and below the Press Release concerning the 2017 "Charlie Geren Veteran Citizen Of The Year”. 

The Charlie Geren Veteran Citizen of the Year Award was created to recognize veterans that have settled in the 99th District of the Texas House of Representatives and have worked to contribute to the improvement, vitality, and sustainability of the community.

(Attachment: CGVCYA Press Release (082217)  1- FINAL copy.pdf)

 

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can”

Before disaster strikes, have a plan

National Preparedness Month is the ideal opportunity to create and practice an emergency plan for your family or household. Make a plan today!

From the City of Fort Worth

 

Employees, neighborhoods stage another successful food drive

The 2017 City of Fort Worth Employee & Neighborhood Food Drive was a huge success. More than 670 pounds of food and $4,970 in cash will help support the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

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9/5/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

 

--- From Our District Commander:

On Labor Day, Post 655 joined with the VFW Post from Hurst and served the 100 +evacuees at a Ft. Worth Shelter of Wichita St a brisket meal with all the trimmings.  What a pleasure it was to see the look on everyone's face as they were served.  You could tell that they did appreciate the meal.

 

While we were there my wife Kim had an opportunity to talk with a Red Cross worker who told Kim that within the next two weeks, an additional 10,000 evacuees will be coming to the shelters in Ft. Worth seeking food and shelter.  This is a stark reminder that this is going to be a long haul for a lot of our fellow Texans.  

 

All Posts Commanders are asked to please continue to accept donations to help those in need until further notice.  This is probably been the norm for the next few months.

 

Also it is asked that posts please try to sort the items they receive and box them if at all possible.  This makes it easier on those who have to load and unload the truck and those who will be opening the boxes. The plastic bags take up more space than the boxes.  

 

Just a reminder I will be coming around to your post tomorrow to pickup what donations that you have already collected.  I can not give you an exact time that I will be there but we will be picking up the trucks tomorrow morning at 11:00am.  We will get around to you all just as quick and safely as we can.

 

Thank you for you hard work.

 

Bill Deal

 

--- Our neighbors on duty:

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

136th Airlift Wing mobilized for Hurricane Harvey

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Members of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, stationed at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, were called to state active duty to support the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey in southern Texas, Aug. 28. The wing deployed five C-130H2 Hercules aircraft to Galveston, Texas, with equipment and personnel to establish secure airfield operations and prepare evacuation aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Texas Air National Guard wing transports 468 Hurricane Harvey evacuees

Pictures can be found at https://www.facebook.com/136AW/

301st supports Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Trophy Club Military Heroes Run with Post 379 Honor Guard, August 26, 2017

Haltom City Veterans Memorial Park Fundraiser, August 26, 2017

New Veterans Park in Trophy Club to be dedicated Nov. 11th, 2017, posted Aug. 30, 2017

 

--- This week:

Wednesday, Sep 6 - Bill Deal will be coming to each post to pickup Hurricane Harvey donations

 

Saturday, Sep 9 - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Post 379 Red Lion Poker Run

District 5 Annual VA Benefit Run

 

Sunday, Sep 10 (Grandparents Day) - Stair climb to honor first responders, vets (see below)

 

Monday, Sep 11 – Patriot Day - National Day of Service and Remembrance

Haltom City Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony 8:30 - 9:00 am at Central Fire Station - 5525 Broadway Ave.
Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

 

MORE DETAILS AND EVENTS LISTED BELOW

 

--- Community, State and Nation

Sept. 10 in Fort Worth - Stair climb to honor first responders, vets

Fort Worth’s first responder stair climb, Climb for a Calling, is a tribute to the sacrifices of fallen heroes. Fulfilling a promise to never forget their brothers and sisters who have died in the line of duty, participants will climb honoring the fallen at 8 a.m. Sept. 10.

The climb will be no easy feat. At 40 stories high and 567 feet tall, Burnett Plaza is the tallest building in Fort Worth. Burnett Plaza is at 800 Cherry St.

The climb consists of two and a half laps for the First Responders Challenge and is open to anyone who wants to pay tribute. Register on their website.

Medical teams and water stations will be staged throughout the climb to ensure a safe experience for all.

Spectators are welcome to the event. Burnett Park will be transformed into a carnival atmosphere with food trucks, live music, vendors, clowns and more.

 

Sept. 11 - Haltom City Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us at the Central Fire Station for a ceremony remembering those who lost their lives on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on our country. The ceremony will take place from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Central Fire Station - 5525 Broadway Ave.
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Sept.12 - hiring expo at Globe Life Park (1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011).

Hiring Our Heroes hiring expo for veterans, service members, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses taking place on Tuesday,
More information and the registration link can be found here:
https://www.uschamberfoundatio n.org/event/arlington-hiring-e xpo-texas-rangers-2
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Sept. 14 - North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas' annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits that is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration...and of course you!

North Texas Giving Day's goal is to help build awareness and support for nonprofits in the North Texas region.

Since 2009 Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $155 million, for more than 2,500 local nonprofits, into the North Texas Community.

All donations are tax deductible

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8/31/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

 

Governor Abbott Issues A Proclamation For Day Of Prayer In Texas After Hurricane Harvey

VP Pence joined Governor Abbot in Rockport, Texas as our governor signed a proclamation designating Sept 3 as a day of prayer in Texas.

VP Pence to the people in Texas "You've inspired the entire nation by your courage and your resilience."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 3, 2017, as a Day of Prayer in Texas.  I urge Texans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers on that day for the safety of our first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel, healing of individuals, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of the entire region struck by this disaster.

 

--- This week:

Saturday, Sep 2 - ALA Unit 838 Charter Anniversary Celebration and Appreciation Day at 2:00 pm

 

Wednesday, Sep 6th I will be coming to each post to pickup what donations you have.  I can not give you time I will be there.  We pick up our trucks at 11:00am and will be heading out then.

Please have someone at your post to meet us and help load.

Thanks,

Bill Deal

Commander

 

Need a pet?

Selling: One Jersey Steer with horns named Buster & One Jersey Steer named Willis

Closes: September 6, 2017 Beginning at 3:00 PM CDT Tarrant County, Texas (Fort Worth)

 

--- From National:

NEF: the word needs to be spread

From: Mark Sutton, NALPA President

 

The American Legion National Emergency Fund is ready to answer the call, but the word needs to be spread. Note 100% of donations to NEF go to the cause.

Please spread the word about NEF, there are several ways you can help do this:

 

If you are a member or a Post in Texas or your know of members there, direct Legionnaires or Sons of the American Legion to www.legion.org/emergency to learn how they can apply for assistance through NEF.  Go to this link https://vimeo.com/album/4371837/video/231586540 and download the 40 second PSA on the Legion NEF fund and post it to your website, Post social media pages, and your social media accounts.

Ask your local TV stations to run this 30 second PSA to spread the word further: https://vimeo.com/album/4371837/video/231586564

Give to NEF. Giving can be hard during natural disasters if people do not trust the organization they are giving to, but they still want to help. Give to The American Legion National Emergency Fund and know every dollar helps a fellow Legionnaire or Son in need.

 

To our members in Texas, Louisiana, and other Gulf coast states our prayers are with you.

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From: Steven Ferrell <stevenbferrell@gmail.com>
Date: 08/31/2017 9:22 AM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Fwd: My HealtheVet Update | August 30, 2017

VA Update below to include Digital VA Benefits Handbook and locating VA healthcare during this current crisis.

Also I received an important message from Chris Holt, Commander 13th District concerning filling VA medications:

***VA has activated the Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan in response to Hurricane Harvey.  Eligible veterans with a VA ID Card needing an emergency supply of medications will be able to go to any CVS or HEB pharmacy with a written prescription or active VA prescription bottle to receive a 14-day supply.   Veterans needing assistance can also call the Heritage Health Solutions Veterans Help line at 1-866 265-0124 to speak to a representative.

Edward A. (Ted) Diaz

Management & Program Analyst

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Office (202) 461-4375

 

Steven B. Ferrell | Ph 972-898-0534 | stevenbferre ll@gmail.com | www.linkedin.co m/in/StevenBFerrell

1st Division Hubmaster 2017/2018

4th District Zone Commander/Hubmaster 2016/2018

Post 310 Service Officer/Hubmaster 2017/2018

On Facebook at American Legion Fourth District Department of Texas

You can catch up on past emails or post events at our Yahoo group page: https://groups.yahoo.com /neo/groups/TX4thDistrict/info

You Can Renew your membership online.  It’s easy, fast, and secure; you can use a credit card

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Veterans Health <veteranshealth@public.govdeli very.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:52 AM
Subject: My HealtheVet Update | August 30, 2017
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVHA/bulletins/1b3de67

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8/28/17 Special District 12 Update

Special District 12 Update – Hurricane Relief

 

--- From Our District Commander:

POC: Bill Deal bdeal911@hotmail.com

Phone: 817-287-8872

 

Greetings All,

 

As you all are well aware of, Hurricane Harvey is causing damage and destruction all along our southern coast.  Flooding has left Houston and San Antonio as well as parts of Corpus all but impassable.  I just got off the phone with Commander John Hinc our Department Commander.  He advised me that he has been in contact with some post commanders in the southern part of our state but has yet been able to make contact with those in the Corpus and San Antonio area.

 

Commander Hinc informed me that in Dallas an Evocation Shelter as been set up in Dallas Convention center to help evacuees from Hurricane Harvey.  The shelter is in dire need of the following items:

 

toiletries

diapers (all sizes and shapes)

underwear (men, women and children, all sizes) 

socks (all sizes)

sweat pants/shirts (men, women and children, all sizes)

Pac N Play for the babies to sleep in

blankets

 

I am asking my District Auxiliary President and ALL my post commanders to please put the word out to your membership ASAP and set up a collection site at your post.  I am working on getting a couple of U-Haul trucks to make a run later this week to each post to make a pickup of all donations collected to take to Dallas.   Posts that receive monetary donations are strongly recommended to keep a record of every donation received such as from who, the amount and the date received.  These monetary donations will be collected and turned over to the department for future distribution.

 

Please remember this is not a ONE TIME collection.  Our fellow Legionnaires and their families and our fellow Texans are going to need all the help they can get for a long time to come.

 

Come on folks, I joke and call us the Dirty Dozen, but lets show how Mighty the 12th really is.

 

All post commanders are asked to let me know when and IF you will be setting up a donation station so that I can pass this info on to Commander Hinc.

 

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the Evacuation Shelter in Dallas can go to www.voly.org/join

 

Thank and god bless you.

 

Bill Deal

bdeal911@hotmail.com Phone: 817-287-8872

Commander

12th District

 

--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

Original release date: August 28, 2017

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8/24/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

 

. --- This week:

Saturday, Aug 26 – Haltom City Veterans Memorial Park fundraiser at Post 655 starts at 12 noon

Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 8:00 pm

 

Sunday, Aug 27 - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Casino Night Fundraiser at Post 516, August 19, 2017

 

--- Community, State and Nation

Texans will celebrate the 34th annual National Night Out on Oct. 3.

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors, public safety officers and other city personnel.   Most other communities have events going also.

Some info to register your event or find other events going in your area:

Fort Worth,  Arlington, Burleson, Mansfield,

National Night Out events as of 8/17/2017:

Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 Ne 36th St. starting at 5 pm

Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St. starting at 5 pm

Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave. starting at 6 pm

 

--- FYI:

New fares in effect for local transit

The new rates were approved this summer and went into effect this week.

 

Work progressing on Panther Island bridges

Residents and motorists will notice a lot of activity over the next year as concrete V-piers are prepared north of downtown. In the coming weeks, traffic will be rerouted.

 

University of North Texas Health Science Center Veterans Project

From: James, Rachael <Rachael.James@unthsc.edu>

To whom it may concern:

 

My name is Rachael James at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) here in Fort Worth, TX. I am a research assistant for the Centers for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research, a department at UNTHSC, and was hoping to speak with someone about our recent project involving veterans.

 

As you may already be aware, many soldiers involved in active theater have been exposed to explosions and blasts at a fairly close range. The concern is that, though they may appear outwardly unharmed, at such close ranges the force of these explosions can wreak internal damage to the brain. Based off of literature, mild traumatic brain injuries (or concussions/mTBI) can have residual effects of up to 6 years after the incident and those who suffer from an mTBI are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Though this is fairly well-known in the scientific community, there is no “golden standard” in place to assess these risks.

 

That is why, under the direction of the principal investigator, Dr. Vicki Nejtek, we will be linking biomarkers in the blood and cognitive functioning in veterans with mTBI to risks for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We will be observing biomarkers and cognitive functioning in veterans without mTBI and healthy controls as well. With the results from this study, we hope to create a foundation for effective assessment of risk for AD, as well as provide insight into future protection protocol for our troops in active theater.

 

We are reaching out in hopes that you will be interested in helping us recruit veterans that could be eligible to participate in our study. For further details, please contact me at (817)735-7689. We will be more than happy to schedule a meeting as well to discuss our project.

 

Thank you,

 

Rachael James

 

Research Assistant

Dr. Nejtek Laboratory

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fort Worth, TX

 rachael.james@unthsc.edu

O: (817)735-7689

Invitation to THE VIETNAM WAR Documentary Screening

I would like to formally invite and family members to attend a special movie screening at Tarrant County College. A reception with food and drinks will be provided by the college. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. The event will be September 14, 2017 from 6 - 8:30 pm.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-vietnam-war-documentary-screening-tickets-37211136511?aff=es2

 

THE VIETNAM WAR Documentary Screening

www.eventbrite.com

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The ten-part series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides - Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.  Join KERA and Tarrant County College for a special one-hour screening of the documentary.  Reception: 6:00 - 6:45pm Screening: 7:00pm

 Respectfully,

 

Kevin D Curry III, M.Ed., LPC. BCPC

Veterans Counselor | Tarrant County College

Trinity River Campus | Office: TRTR 1401B

300 Trinity Campus Circle | Fort Worth, TX 76102 

Office 817-515-1273  | fax: 817-515-0890

Kevin.curry@tccd.edu

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8/17/17 District 12 Special Update

Fraudulent donation request

 

From William Bill Deal <bdeal911@hotmail.com>

Today at 3:01 PM

 

Greetings All,

We have a serious situation going on in Tarrant County involving the American Legion Name and image and I need your help to put an end to this problem. 

I have received several reports about individuals wearing military ball caps American Legion t-shirts collecting donations for boys state or Operation Comfort Warriors.  These folks will have tables setup with a banner on it with the Legion Emblem on it. They do not have legal authority to use the Legion Emblem.  In addition to that,  these individuals are not members of the American Legion and the money that they are collecting is not going to any of the American Legion programs they claim to be. So what I'm asking is if you run across any of these individuals please take a picture with your camera on your phone and send it to me with the location where you encountered 

them, date and time please. I will then turn it over to the Department Judge Advocare who is going to go after these individuals.  

These individuals could cause serious problems for our American Legion family image.  If you wish to text message any pictures to me you can do so at 817 287-8872 or you can email them to me at bdeal911@hotmail.com . 

Help put a stop to this problem I thank you.

 

Bill Deal 

Commander 

12th District 

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8/16/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

 

Aug 16 to 24 - The American Legion National Convention in Reno NV

Appreciation to all that are going, represent us well.

 

Saturday (Aug 19th)

For the kid in all of us (and our kids)

Fort Worth Aviation Museum National Aviation Day; games, fun, and special exhibits, ALL FREE, from 9 AM to 5 PM 

 

And then some good grown up fun:

Casino Night at Post 516, starts at 6:00 pm, professional tables

Raffle winning ticket to be drawn at Casino Night, need not be present to win.

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

District Installation of Post Family Officers, June, July and August 2017

Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay at Post 516, August 7, 2017

 

--- Happenings:

Don’t forget that school is starting and school zones will be active.  School bus laws will be enforced also.  Lets all protect our kids.

 

--- FYI: District Oratorical Contest

Just received from Joseph Campbell to change Oratorical from 838 to 356 on new date and time

From: Joseph Campbell

Today at 10:19 AM

To Ken Cox

Hope all is well. Please change the date and time for the district oratorical from Saturday, 06 Jan. The new date, time and location is Saturday, 13 Jan at noon at Post 356. Thanks in advance.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Tarrant County Meals on Wheels serves 20 Million Meals! 

On Friday, August 11th, Meals On Wheels served it's 20 millionth meal!

Meals On Wheels began in Tarrant County in 1973 serving about 25 meals per day. Today, they are serving just over 3,700 meals! In order to deliver that many meals, they have over 5,000 volunteers. Take a moment to view the celebration. Thank you all for your dedication and service to our community! 

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8/9/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

Congratulations to Cheryl Estes with Unit 297, our new Auxiliary Department Sergeant at Arms

 

Texas sales tax holiday is Aug. 11-13

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are available on the Texas Comptroller's website.

 

--- This week:

Friday, Aug 11 – Sock Hop at HEB Post 379

Saturday, Aug 12 - Veterans Day Parade meeting at Post 297 (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

            Car Wash at Mansfield Post 624 (9am to noon)

 

--- Community

Register now, then celebrate Fort Worth's night out against crime on Oct. 3

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. The citywide event is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

 

A good time to make your reservations - 2nd Annual OCW Fundraiser at Sea

 

Veterans Day Parade and membership information http://tarrantcountyveteranscouncil.org/

Time to make your plans and fill out the registration for your group, no charge to be in the parade but you must register.

Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Veterans Day November 11.

The Tarrant County Parade in Fort Worth is produced and directed by the Tarrant County Veterans Council.  Most of the members are Legion Family members.

 

The Patriot Guard Riders do an excellent job of honoring our Veterans.

You do not need to own a motorcycle to show your patriotism.  All it costs is time, patience and patriotism.  Many of our American Legion Family members are PGR members, see how to join us.

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8/3/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Oops, missed this one last week

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 379, July 22, 2017

 

Now for this week:

Risen Kings Annual Bike and Car Show at Post 516, July 29, 2017

Presentation to Target in mansfield by Post 624, August 1, 2017

 

At Post 516 we are getting prettier every day.  Please come by and see the progress or better yet buy a Casino Night ticket and help us keep the project going.

Café opens at 7 am (closed Sunday and Monday); Canteen opens at noon (closed Monday)

 

--- Coming events:

Monday, Aug 7 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 516

 

--- CONGRATULATIONS

Our new Division 1 President is Tina Hill, Unit 626 VP

Our new Dept. Vice President is Shay Kuehner, from Benbrook Unit 297

Bruce Zielsdorf’s Post History won first place honors at the Department of Texas, State American Legion Convention, in Killeen, Texas. This the second year in a row that his Post History has placed first.

 

--- Community information needed:

Good Afternoon,

C.C. Stewart Jr, of Ft Worth, and C.H. Grimes who died in Ft. Worth, served with my father in law during WWI. They were in France, 7Div, 34th infantry, Co. F.

 

I have a photograph taken by the Ewing Inc of the entire F. Co, about 165 men in the picture. After the war, soldiers could buy the photos, and they received a list of all the men in the photo, including their home addresses. I have scanned the photo in my computer in four sections, but sadly have lost the list.

If you know any descendants of these Vets, who might have the photo and list, I would be most grateful for a copy of the list.

I have attached the first section of the photo, it's a great picture!

 

Thanks for any assistance!

Bessie Spivey

bspivey2009@gmai.com

 

--- This could be a good Legion Family, scout or youth project

The American Legion’s Veterans Memorial Identification Project,

Released in November, has reached 700 entries. It stood at 440 in early March, showing the sharpness of the growth curve. Entries come from 45 states and six foreign countries. More than 100 entries are from North Carolina alone.

 

All I see in Texas are nine listed now, I know of at least 5 in Tarrant County and bet there are over 25.

https://www.legion.org/memorials?location=TX&submit=View

 

--- From Division One, Department of Texas

A Division DEC will be held at Post 838, Fort Worth on September 16, 2017, 0800 - Noon. 

We will keep it short and to the point on all aspects.  I do hope everyone can attend, and if a District Commander can not attend then the Vice Commander should and be prepared to present what your District will be doing for this year.  We are getting a little late start, but everyone's calendars were filled up till then.

 

We will be sending out an agenda prior to the time. 

 

Bobby Baker
First Division Commander

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7/27/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

 

-- Our folks in the community SPREADING THE WORD

Post 655 at the Fort Worth Central Library World War I Centennial exhibit, July 11, 2017

Post 624 at the Girl Scout Troop 2181 Bridging Ceremony, July 23, 2017

Unit 516 and Target Supports Homeless Veterans, July 25, 2017

 

-- Inviting folks to visit and support our posts

Wild Wheels Car Show at Post 655, July 22, 2017

Evening Car Show at Post 516, July 22, 2017

 

-- WE are special:

Twelfth District 2017 / 2018 Planning Meeting, July 22, 2017

(Send me the pictures and I will let folks know what you are doing each week)

 

--- This week:

July 28th (Friday) - SAL Dinner at Haltom City Post 655; 6:30 pm

 

July 29th (Saturday) – Bike and Car Show at Post 516 (with bike games) 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

            ALL-PRO Wrestling at Haltom City Post 655 5:00 pm

Clothesline Blues’ theatrical production at Post 838; 7:00 pm

 

--- From Our District President: (attached)

Hi Ladies,

Here is the Calendar for the coming year.  I do not have the dates for Girls State Registration or Orientation.

 

Service not Self

Brenda A Straten

12th District President

 

--- FYI:

Sylvia Chess has again created a magnificent newsletter for her post (838) but I can not figure out how to link it for your viewing pleasure.  If a member of your post would like to see it just email me (or her) and have a copy forwarded to you.

---.

Time to make your plans and fill out the registration for your group, no charge to be in the parade but you must register.

Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Veterans Day November 11.

The Tarrant County Parade in Fort Worth is produced and directed by the Tarrant County Veterans Council.  Most of the members are Legion Family members.

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From Dennis Brand
FYI - New Ruling VA Disability pay not community property in a divorce

The Supreme Court ruled that "VA Disability Payments" are not Community property in a divorce settlement and that a former spouse is not entitled to half in a divorce. Those concerned need to contact their divorce attorney about recovering a current award to a former spouse.

See http://tinyurl.com/ycxsw2mv

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7/20/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Presidents, AL and SAL Commanders Planning meeting Reminder

This Saturday July 22, 11:00 AM at Benbrook Post 297 (map)

 

--- This week:

July 22nd (Saturday)

Wild Wheels for Warriors Bike and Car Show at Post 655 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.

Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

RIO GRANDE playing at Post 379 (8 to 12 midnight)

 

July 23rd (Sunday)

Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

--- Interesting:

Fort Worth still growing, continues to be 16th largest city

New U.S. Census estimates put Fort Worth’s population at 854,113. Fort Worth's ranking has remained consistent at 16th since 2010, except for one year when Fort Worth ranked 17th.

 

American Legion Family membership with lots of room to grow

All District 12 Family Members total: 5,245*

6 Posts with Fort Worth address totals: 1,943*.

*District 12 numbers with dual members counted twice and including ALA Juniors (current as of AL-7/18/17; ALA-6/14/17; SAL-7/19/17).

 

--- From the Department of Texas

VA annual clothing allowance for certain circumstances

Did you know that you may be eligible for an annual clothing allowance if you use a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance and/or medication for a service connected skin condition that causes permanent damage to your outer garments? 

 If you’re eligible, and you haven’t yet applied for this year, you need to act fast! If you have already submitted your application, then no further action is required on your part. Your application should be submitted on or before August 1, 2017. To apply, submit (in person, by mail, or fax) VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance, to the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service at your local VA medical center

 Additional information on this benefit is available at https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/Clothing_Allowance.asp.

 Thank you for your service!

 Sincerely,

 Veterans Benefits Administration 

 

--- Fort Worth City News

Hiley Subaru, a partner of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, has stepped-up to host an adoption event July 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at its Fort Worth dealership

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7/10/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Coming out real early this week so those going to the convention in Killeen will be in the know.

Found nothing listed on the various post WebPages so I guess everyone is going?

Check our Bulletin Board for posters that can be shared about things we are doing.  Send me your Legion related poster and I will be happy to include it,

 

July 12th – 16th 2017 Department Convention at Killeen, Texas

(Need to be on the floor at the convention Sunday to vote your delegates)

 

--- From Our District Commander: Bill Deal 

Attention Fellow Legion Riders,

This message from Department ALR Advisor is being forwarded to you about a meeting for ALL Legion Riders.  

The time, date and location is included in the message.  This would be a good reason for a "Road Trip ".

 

From: Jim Fleming <alrtriker@att.net>
Subject: State Convention ALR Meeting

 Hi Texas Riders,

 

This is just a reminder that we will have our State Convention ALR Meeting on Saturday, 15 July at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held at Harker Heights Post 573, 225 E. Cox Drive.  (This is right on US-190)  I am attaching an agenda for the meeting for information purposes.  If you have something else to bring up, please do so in Section 10 (Other Matters) as any input will b e greatly appreciated.

 

 Immediately after our meeting Dan Corbin, a candidate for State Judge Advocate, will be having a reception and you are invited to attend.  The post is having a DJ that evening also for the convention attendees who may wish to attend.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing you all next week.

 

Jim Fleming

State ALR Advisor

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Grant will help veterans with housing, utility needs

Posted July 3, 2017

Fort Worth will receive a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to implement the Forward Home veteran assistance program. Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners program, part of the Neighborhood Services Department, will administer the program.

The Forward Home grant will help Tarrant County veterans and their families by providing them with one-time rental/mortgage and utility payments, and up to five months of payment in arrears, to prevent homelessness. Veterans will be screened to determine their eligibility for other programs administered by Community Action Partners.

“We are elated to be able to administer the Forward Home veteran assistance program,” said Sonia Singleton, assistant director of Neighborhood Services. “The program is unique, because at the time we completed the grant, there were no other programs in the area that provided financial assistance to all veterans and their families regardless of era, branch of service, duty status and specific character of discharge.”

Learn more about the Forward Home program by contacting Singleton at 817-392-5774

 

--- From the Department of Texas

 

***The Legion Times***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department Public Relations Chair

 

The July 2017 edition of "The Legion Times" has been posted on the front page of the Texas Legion website - txlegion.org

 

***”We hire vets" - Recognition Program***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: John McKinny, Immediate Past Department Commander - 512-970-1102 or jdmckinny@aol.com

 

Here is a link to the press release from the office of the Governor and the Texas Workforce Commission “We Hire Vets” Employer Recognition Program.  The link to the nomination form is at the bottom of the press release.

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/office-of-the-governor-and-texas-workforce-commission-launch-we-hire-vets-e

Please note the quote at the bottom of the press release... “Because hiring veterans is not good will, it’s good for business.”

 

***Texas Boys State 2017 - Elected Officials and Scholarship Winners***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Texas Boys State Committee
The chart below shows the Statesman Name, Top Three Elected Officer/Honor, High School, Sponsoring Post Number, Post Location & District.  There are over 500 elected offices at Texas Boys State and you can review the full list at texasboysstate.com.  Posts that participated this year drove the record attendance of 1,100 Statesmen…for what is being enthusiastically referred to as “The Best Boys State - Ever”.  

 

Texas Boys State is a 'once - in - a - lifetime - opportunity’ and if your post participated in the program you are sincerely appreciated by the program leaders and staff.  If your post has not participated in the past now would be a good time to consider its importance to the student, to your community…and to your post and become involved in 2018.

 

Statesman Name

Role / Honor

High School

Post Number

Post Location

District Number

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. Smith

Governor

Belton High School

560

Houston --  Garden Oaks

8

J. Cascino

Lieutenant Governor

Trinity Valley School (Private School)

163

Weatherford

17

M. Bruning

Speaker of the House

Smithson Valley High School

35

New Braunfels

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. Smith

Boys Nation Delegate – Primary

Belton High School

560

Houston --  Garden Oaks

8

J. Mills

Boys Nation Delegate – Primary

Friendswood High School

129

Alvin

9

C. Harris

Boys Nation Delegate – Alternate

Lake Travis High School

76

Austin -- Travis

10

G. Marconi

Boys Nation Delegate -- Alternate

Langham Creek High School

560

Houston --  Garden Oaks

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

T. Blackard

F.C McConnell Scholarship

Pearland Dawson High School

129

Alvin

9

A. Lleras

Samsung Scholarship

Flower Mound Marcus High School

71

Denton

13

C. Harris

Senior Counselor Memorial Scholarship

Lake Travis High School

76

Austin -- Travis

10

A. Stewart

Senior Counselor Memorial Scholarship

Flower Mound Marcus High School

71

Denton

13 

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7/6/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

Expect that all had an excellent Independence Day celebration, I know we did.

 

--- This week:

 

July 8th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

            Excellent breakfast available for purchase, meeting is open to all.

 

July 9th (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm;

everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

July 12th – 16th 2017 Department Convention at Killeen, Texas

 

--- FYI:

The Legion Cap (and SAL) and the Programs and Trademark articles are a very good short read.

Ken

 

***American Legion Training Newsletter***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution 

FROM: Bill West, Department Adjutant - billw@txlegion.org or 512-472-4138

 

Edition 1, Volume 2 of the American Legion Training Newsletter has been distributed to those who are signed up.  This great issue covers the following topics:

Basic Training: American Legion Style

Wearing the American Legion Cap

Post Programs & Trademark Protection

National Training

Leadership, Education & Training

If you are not already signed up for automatic distribution you can access the July Newsletter at this link.

 

--- More from the Department of Texas

 

***July Hubmaster Report*

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster - depthubmaster@txlegion.org or 972-977-9342

https://txlegion.org/Files/hubmaster/2017-7.pdf

 

***The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Summary***

FOR:   Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM:           Bill West, Department Adjutant - billw@txlegion.org or 512-472-4138 (Relayed from National Headquarters)

 

As you know, this year an enhancement to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship was implemented for providing need-based scholarship awards, wherein: 

 

1) A financial gap of up to $20,000 is bridged after all federal and state educational benefits have been applied.

2) Expansion of eligibility to now also include consideration of children of disabled veterans having been assigned a combined VA disability rating of 50% or greater.  

 

This year, $671,892 in American Legion Legacy scholarships was awarded.

 

During this first year of enhancement the number of online applications that were electronically opened totaled 896.  Of those 896, there were 362 students who closed their application indicating “complete”; 27 were received from children of the fallen and 335 from children of a disabled veteran.  Of that 362, there were 109 applications screened as having provided all appropriate, required information.  And of those 109, there were 55 screened by the Committee on Youth Education as demonstrating eligibility and a verifiable financial need.  

 

All 55 awardees are children of a disabled veteran.  In accordance with the governing resolution, all the applications received from children of the fallen were given priority first consideration, although none demonstrated a verifiable financial need, as illustrated through the supporting documentation they’d provided. 

 

Number of Winners by State

AK

1

MT

1

AZ

1

NC

5

CA

1

NE

2

CO

4

NY

3

FL

4

OH

3

GA

2

OR

1

IL

1

PA

2

IN

2

SC

2

KS

1

TN

1

KY

2

TX

9

MA

1

VA

3

MD

2

WA

1

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6/28/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- POST EVERLASTING: Jerry Anderson of Post 516

We will be having a Memorial for Jerry Anderson on Saturday, July 1st at 1:00pm at Post 516.  Joyce Anderson has requested this day to celebrate his life and remember him with our Legion family.  Anyone who knew Jerry knows what a wonderful, giving and loving man he was, so if you know of anyone who would like to join us, please invite them to be with us.  The Ladies Auxiliary will furnish lunch. 

 

SHARE the JOY of VOLUNTEERING

Want to let prospective members know what our American Legion Family is doing now, Refer them to our Community events in District 12 link

It is conveniently located as the “Community Activities” button on our home page

You will find links to FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONIES, the VETERANS DAY PARADE, MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES and pictures of MORE COMMUNITY EVENTS TO SHARE.

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, June 10, 2017

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6/28/17 District 12 Staff Update

Subj: Planning meeting request

 

Howdy all,
Passing on request from Bill

This is going to the Hubmaster listing of Commanders, Presidents, Adjutants and AL Staff only.

Please forward to the person(s) with a need to know this information.

Please check this page 2016 Department, Division, District and Post level SENIOR OFFICERS and send corrections to hub@12dis.org

 

Looking for location for the July 22 planning meeting (please see forwarded message below).

 

Greetings All,

 

As you all know, the Department Convention is close at hand. Start date is July 12th and ending July 16th.  This year's convention will be in Killeen.

 

Looking for location for the July 22 planning meeting.

 

In keeping with District tradition, I would like to call for a meeting of all district officers, auxiliary officers and post commanders to set up our district schedule for August 2017-July 2018.  I would like to start the meeting at 11:00AM. I am looking for a post to conduct this meeting as Post 655 will not be available to hold this meeting.  So Commander, if you would like to host this meeting please let me know as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your service and support.

 

Bill Deal

Commander

12th District

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6/21/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Look at these great events – this is what we do;

Universal Health Resources Veterans and First Responders Memorial Garden dedication, June 10, 2017

District Twelve sends 48 boys to American Legion Boys State in Austin, Texas, June 11, 2017

Benbrook American Legion Post 297 Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 14, 2017

Mansfield American Legion Post 624 Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 14, 2017

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

 

Hey, check this out and send me feedback (check bottom listings also) please.

 

--- This week:

 

Friday, June 23 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

            SAL Catfish Nugget Dinner at Haltom City Post 655

            Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, June 24

Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

Post 626 Auxiliary Brisket Dinner by Joyce Nunn and Crew, 5-7 pm; Proceeds go to VA&R (Veterans Program)

 

Sunday, June 25

Post 516 will be closed today for remodeling, volunteers welcome.

Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

--- More new Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 655 at NEW TRINITY CEMETERY in Haltom City, May 29, 2017

Post 60 and Arlington Elks Lodge 2114, May 29, 2017

And composites to wrap up Memorial Day for now:

Folks prepare for Memorial Day, May 26-29, 2017

Memorial Day, May 29, 2017

 

***2018 Oratorical Assigned Topics***

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

 

The 2018 Oratorical Contest Assigned Topics are now available HERE or on the National website at legion.org.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. 

 

From the AFSA Magazine, Spring 2017 edition:

AAFES WELCOMING HOME ALL OF AMERICA’S VETERANS WITH ONLINE SHOPPING BENEFIT*******************

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6/13/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Tomorrow, Wednesday is Flag Day and the U.S. Army birthday

The Origins of Flag Day

From the VA compliments of American Legion H. U. Wood Post No. 245 in Seguin, Texas

 

‎From Charles Rucker‎ to Mansfield American Legion Post 624

Ladies and Gentlemen -

As you know this Wednesday, June 14, 2017 is Flag Day and in keeping with tradition, we will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Post beginning at 18:30 hours. All Patriots are welcome to attend and participate in the dignified retirement of the symbol of our great nation.

 

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Mansfield Post 624; 6:30 pm

 

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Benbrook Post 297; 7:00 pm

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 626 providing Memorial Day Flags to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, May 26, 2017

Post 379 Placing American Flags for the Falling Veterans Arwin, Bear Creek, Minter and Bedford Cemeteries, May 26, 2017

Post Everlasting-Robert Bowles, Post 379 Honor Guard, May 27, 2017

Eagle Scout project at Haltom City Cemetery, May 29, 2017

Post 838 honoring those who served at Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Arlington, Texas, May 29, 2017

Post 626 and Auxiliary Unit 626 honor our British and Canadian Allies at Greenwood Cemetery, May 29, 2017

Post 379 Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, May 29, 2017

Post 838, Children and Youth, celebrated Memorial Day with an awesome ceremony, May 29, 2017

Just 8 more in work and I am caught up to today (not counting the ones I missed).

 

--- From Your Hubmaster:

As you elect new Commanders, Presidents, Directors and Adjutants/Secretaries please have them contact me with their name and email if not already getting this newsletter.

Former officers or others that no longer want to receive it, let me know so I can keep the mailing list manageable.

 

Our future Legionnaires

[May picture of the month]

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth

June 16–18 Shelter Pets Rock Adoption Weekend

Get ready to meet some of the most adorable dogs and cats waiting to give you unconditional love during the Fort Worth Animal Shelter’s Shelter Pets Rock Adoption Weekend, June 16–18. Adoption fees are only $10 during this special event.

-

--- From the Department of Texas (more added)

Click here for Everything I have been asked to pass on about this year’s Dept. Convention (so far).

-

***Wrap-Up Report - 85th Legislature***

TO:  Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, Department Adjutant - Relayed from Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations

Attached, in both Word & PDF, is the Wrap-Up Report on the Legislative Priorities for the 85th Legislature 

 

***Constitution & By-Laws Approval Instructions***

TO:                  Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR:   Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM:           Bryan Coleman, Department Judge Advocate - 713-824-4512 or bdcoleman@yahoo.com

 

Every year, at the State Convention, various people hand me Constitutions & By-laws to approve, when I don't know whether they have been logged in at Department or not.  Obviously, the Department staff is very, very busy at the convention; and we could be a little considerate of their work schedules, their going beyond the scope of their jobs every day, on weekends, nights and during the various committee meetings and other official business before and after the Convention. 

 

I am caught up on all Constitutions & Bylaws, which have been sent to me by Department. If you are amending your constitution and by-laws, please get the amended constitutions and by-laws to department ASAP, so we aren't doing that work and our other scheduled duties at the convention.  Please send them to Department, where they have procedures which require that they be scanned and logged in, BEFORE I AM PRESENTED THEM TO READ AND APPROVE.  If you walk up to me with a new constitution and by-laws, without the department received stamp, I am going to have to decline your request.

 

Send them to either Bill West or Nancy Bullard,  The American Legion Department of Texas, P. O. Box 140527, Austin, Texas 78714; or, if you have to scan them and send them by email, due to time constraints, email them to billw@txlegion.org or nancyb@txlegion.org.  DO NOT SEND THEM DIRECTLY TO ME BECAUSE I WILL THEN SEND THEM TO DEPARTMENT.

 

Please don't make me tell you "that's impossible", even though I am trained in logistics and have had to say that to some very high ranking officers in the military. THANK YOU FOR BEING CONSIDERATE OF THOSE WHO SERVE US ALL YEAR LONG.

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6/7/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Post Everlasting, Hubert Foster

Hubert was Commander of Post 14, member of the Tarrant County Veterans Council and many other organizations (see obituary).

Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram carries the obituary for Hubert Foster, Sr. - Grave side service 10AM Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth - memorial service follows at 1PM at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall.  Hubert, 91, was a WWII veteran, member of the "greatest generation".

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=hubert-james-foster&pid=185727569

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Today at 11:30 AM; To Ken Cox; CC TCVC

The Fort Worth City Council closed last night's meeting in honor and memory of Hubert Foster for his many contributions to our community and our veterans.

 

Jungus Jordan

Council Member

City of Fort Worth

District 6

-----

Today at 9:22 AM; To Ken Cox

Thank you.  Councilmember’s Shingleton and Jordan closed last night’s Council meeting in Mr. Foster’s honor.

 

Sami Roop

District Director for Mayor Pro Tem Shingleton

Fort Worth City Council, District 7

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--- This week:

Friday, June 9 – Auxiliary Unit 60 Dinner and more (Arlington Elks Lodge) at 6:00 pm

 

Saturday, June 10 - Veterans Day Parade meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am)

AMRR Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride

Dedication ceremony for Universal Health Resources Veterans and First Responders Memorial Garden (10:30 am)

Benbrook Post 297 Commander Tim Terry will hold a License to Carry class at the Post.  Cost is $40.  Sign up sheet is at the Post.

 

Sunday, June 11

Boys State Bus Send Off at 10:00 am – leaving from Post 569

            Legion Rider escort to Waco; show time 9:00 am, safety brief 9:45 am, KSU 10:00 am

Girls State Bus Send Off in Irving, Texas - Legion Rider escort by Mansfield Post 624 Chapter

Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

Army 242nd Birthday Celebration with Arlington American Legion Post 60

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 655 Memorial Day Preparation in Haltom City, May 28, 2017

Post 516 Annual Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony, May 29, 2017

Post 626 Flag Donation to Burton Hill Elementary School, May 31, 2017

 

***Legionnaire Day At Texas Boys State***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Paul Barker, Department Boys State Chair

 

Legion Day at Texas Boys State will start at 1300 hours on Thursday June 15 and conclude at approximately 1300 hours on Friday June 16, 2017.  Legion Day has grown in popularity over the past few years and once you attend you will understand why…follows is a brief summary of what you will observe:

Thursday

  1330 – District Party Conventions: General election speeches for State offices

·      1730 - Dinner - in the ‘mess hall’ and it’s good!

·      1915 – General Assembly, keynote speaker is General Ramirez (you don’t want to miss this).  HERE is his bio.

·      2030 – Talent show…this is not to be missed either

·      2215 – General assembly ends – General Election results announced

Friday

·      0800 – Flag raising ceremony at UT Main Tower

·      0900 – Your choice: College Fair, Olympiad and/or Band Concert

·      1050 – Final assembly & Graduation

·      1130 – Parents & Sponsors meeting

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--- From the Department of Texas

Click here for Everything I have been asked to pass on about this year’s Dept. Convention (so far).

-

***The Legion Times***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department Public Relations Chair

The June edition of The Legion Times has been posted on the Legion website - HERE

-

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Texas Health Wellness For Life - Mobile Health Program  Public Access Dates

Are you a women without insurance? You may qualify for fully funded screenings. Click on the link above to see where the mobile unit will be in the next few weeks. To make an appointment call: 1-855-318-7696

Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Bring insurance card and driver's license or state issued ID to your appointment.

Available Screenings: Screening Digital Mammograms, Well Woman Exams, Take-Home Colon Cancer Screening Kits

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--- FROM: Bryan Coleman, Department Judge Advocate - bdcoleman@yahoo.com or 713-824-4512

***New Bingo Ruling***

TO:                  Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR:   Distribution to Post Affected

HB 874 by Representative John Kuempel and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Lois Kolkhorst was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on May 29, 2017.  This legislation is effective immediately.  HB 874 relates to a charitable raffle ticket awarded as a bingo prize. This bill authorizes a licensed organization conducting bingo to offer and award as a bingo prize a ticket for a charitable raffle conducted under Occupations Code Chapter 2002 (Charitable Raffle Act).

 

Organizations that use this newly enacted law must record the value of the bingo prize as the cost to purchase the raffle ticket in its records.  Player prize fees must be calculated on the cost to purchase the raffle ticket. As required by the Bingo Enabling Act (Sec. 2001.502), for all prizes over $5, to include raffle tickets awarded as a prize, the prize fee must be collected from the winning player and remitted to the Commission. Licensed authorized organizations may choose to pay the prize fee for prizes awarded of $5 or less. These prize fees must also be remitted to the Commission. Raffle tickets must be printed and formatted in accordance with the Charitable Raffle Act. The raffle ticket prize should be recorded as a non-cash or merchandise prize in bingo occasion records for the bingo occasion during which it was awarded.

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6/1/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Atwood's Hot Dog Day for Poppy Month with Post 626, May 20, 2017

Pre Memorial Day Cookout for Fort Worth Veteran Homes, May 25, 2017

Post 626 providing Memorial Day Flags to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, May 26, 2017

I have pictures from four of the Memorial Day events we participated in and more are coming in (I hope).  I will have a listing with pictures next week (I hope, again).

Excellent coverage of Memorial Day on Fox 4 News.  In addition to other events a good interview with Post 379 members and Tarrant County Veterans Council officers Phil Vaughn and Terry Bigley placing TCVC Wreath at Mount Olivet Doughboys Monument.  The flags at the monument and along the road are provide and placed by members of Post 626 each year.

 

Do not forget

This Monday, June 5 – District Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655.

June 6 is D-Day and next Saturday, June 10 is the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride (detail on the FLYER)

 

--- Important information for Posts with Honor Guards or who want to form one (attached files):

FROM:    Bill West, Department Adjutant - Relayed from TAL Washington Office

We are providing an update of the M1 Garand TM. “Revisions to the Operation and Maintenance Guide” consists of Blank Firing Adapter/Barrel Inspection Procedures and Physical Security and Inventory Requirements for the rifle.

Please refer to the M1 Garand website for the latest information for use and maintenance.  M1 Garand website ( http://www.m1garandtraining.com/ )  Please forward to all posts within your jurisdiction.  

 

--- Attention all 12th District Family:

District 12 Riders should have this already but everyone is invited to visit and see the Boys off.

(An escort is also planned for Girls State, check with Mansfield Post 624 for details)

 

Attention all 12th District Riders

On Saturday, June 11 the Boys State candidates from the 12th District will be departing for Austin to participate in Texas Boys State 2017.

In the past it has become a tradition for our Legion Riders escort the Boys State bus from the local area to the Flying J truck stop in Waco (exit 331 New Road).  With this in mind I am asking all Legion Riders to join in continuing this tradition.  Not only is it a good thing for the riders BUT the boys get a big kick out of seeing all those motorcycles in front of the bus.  It makes them feel even more that they are important to the American Legion Family.

 

This year the bus will pickup the candidates at Post 569 located at 400 W. Felix St in Ft. Worth.  The bus will depart at 10:00am.  All riders are requested to be at post 569 no later than 9:30am.  Riders brief at 9:45am with KSU at 10:00am or when bus is ready to roll out.

Come on Riders and let’s show who we are!

 

Thank you for your service.

Bill Deal

Commander, 12th District

Legion Rider

 

--- From Our District Commander:

Greets all,

 

I know the below event is not until November 15th but I wanted to get this out so we all can put it on our schedule and plan on being there in force.  You will notice as you read that WE the 12th District had only 2 members of our family who attended this event last few years, yet members from other districts make more of a showing at this event to help the homeless veterans in our HOME.  I am personally asking each of you to please join me at this year’s Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down.  This is our District and our area and we should be the biggest organization in attendance.  I will be calling for a meeting as we get closer with our ladies auxiliary, the sons, riders and post commanders to see what we can do.

(See details below)

 

--- Community, State and Nation:

Nov 15th (Wednesday) - 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down in Fort Worth; 9am to 1pm

For the last two years posts from District 6 have participated but only 2 people from District 12 even attended.

Unit 426 in Alvarado (Johnson Co), Unit 388 in Midlothian (Ellis Co) & Unit 491 in Granbury (Hood Co.) staffed tables distributing items.

http://www.12dis.org/scrapbook/20161108standDown/

http://www.12dis.org/scrapbook/20151118stand/

 

--- From the Department of Texas

***NRA Level 1 Clinic***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, Department Adjutant

The American Legion Post 159 and Texas State Rifle Association will host an NRA Level 1 Coaching Clinic this summer.  Please see the link and flyer attached if you are interested.  This is a good course for those who want to start a similar Shooting Sports program in their own communities and groups (e.g. Scouts, VFWs, Heritage Girls, 4H, Youth Church Groups, Home School Programs.)

https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=438538&seats=12&State=y&SearchState=TX&id=44&bsa=&youth=&women=  

 

***June Hubmaster Report*** (attached)

TO:   Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

 

--- From National

***Digital Archive***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Butch Sparks, National Executive Committeeman

The American Legion Digital Archive https://archive.legion.org/

The American Legion National Library and Museum administers the Digital Archive, which represents the library's digital holdings. The Digital Archive provides full-text access to The American Legion magazinenational meeting digests, post and officer manuals, newsletterspress releases, and other publications published by the national organization. Additionally, the archive contains the ruling documents of The American Legion including current resolutions.

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5/24/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Thursday, May 25 – Pre Memorial Day Cookout at Fort Worth Veteran Homes; 2400 Cypress St, Fort Worth.

            Volunteers arrive 3:30 pm, food at 4:00 pm, Vietnam Veterans Recognition at 4:30 pm.

 

Friday, May 26 - NATIONAL POPPY DAY

 “The American Legion is pleased to bring Poppy Day to the United States, joining countries around the world who use the symbolic flower to remember our fallen and support the living,”

 

Saturday, May 27 – Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

 

Sunday, May 28 – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH; Memorial Day at Reverchon Park in Dallas, Texas

 

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day - Great facts about Memorial Day

(Links and maps for the following events are on the poster, please share)

8:30 am - Forrest Hill Memorial Day Ceremony at the Civic and Convention Center

10 am - New Trinity Cemetery in Haltom City

10 am – Bluebonnet Hills in Colleyville

10 am - Veterans Park in White Settlement

10 am – Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth

10:15 am - Greenwood Cemetery Fort Worth, WW-1 Royal Flying Corps

11 am - DFW National Cemetery

12 NoonArlington Elks Lodge

3:00 pm – The National Moment of Remembrance Act declares 3 pm local time on Memorial Day for Americans as an act of symbolic unity, to have a moment of silence in honor of the men and women of the United states who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.

6:30 pm - Mount Olivet Cemetery Fort Worth at the Doughboy Monument

 

More events on Memorial Day:

6:00 pm - HALTOM CITY MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

The Jazz Monsters Big Band will present a free concert saluting current and retired members of the United States Military Armed Services on Monday, May 29, at 6:00 pm, at the Donald N. Thompson American Legion Post 655 located at 2817 Carson Street in Haltom City 76117

 

8:00 pm – East Fort Worth – Post 516 Flag Retirement (open at 2:00 pm with free hotdogs & brats)

6801 Manhattan Blvd, Fort Worth (loop 820 service road on the east side of town) 817-451-7222

 

***American Legion GI Bill Forum***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Butch Sparks, National Executive Committeeman

This link will take you to full details of the exhibit at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans beginning June 20, 2017.  The exhibit will include the cover and signature pages of the original Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944.  This bill was drafted and pushed to passage by the American Legion in 1943 and 1944.

Posts are requested to print this Press Release from National and post on bulletin boards.

 

***Air Force Gold Star ID Card***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: John Hafner, Hubmaster District 20

Immediate family members of fallen troops now can receive long-term access cards for Air Force Bases

http://www.military.com/daily- news/2017/05/17/air-force- introduces-gold-star-id-card. html

 

--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

National Cyber Awareness System:

ICS-CERT Releases WannaCry Fact Sheet Original release date: May 17, 2017

The Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has released a short overview of the WannaCry ransomware infections. This fact sheet provides information on how the WannaCry program spreads, what users should do if they have been infected, and how to protect against similar attacks in the future.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the ICS-CERT Fact Sheet on WannaCry.  A copy of this publication is available at www.us-cert.gov

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5/17/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base Change of Command, April 27, 2017

District 12 Boys State Orientation at Post 569, May 16, 2017

 

--- This week:

[May 17-24 - RUN FOR THE WALL (schedule)  Southern Route leaves from California]

 

Saturday, May 20th – Armed Forces Day

10:00 am to 2:00 pm come by Atwoods Ranch and Home Charity HOTDOG EVENT for American Legion Auxiliary Unit 626 poppy and veterans programs.

6001 Lake Worth Blvd (Jacksboro Hwy), Fort Worth, Texas [2 hotdogs and drink for a buck – WOW]

 

Spring TRWD Trash Bash from 8:30am to 10:00am. Pick a location and bring a group, a friend or just yourself to help clean up trash along the Trinity.

When the trash is all bashed, volunteers are treated to an after party with free food, door prizes and entertainment at Panther Island Pavilion and Cobb Park.

 

Chapter 655 Riders Celebrity Photo Ride, The ride starts at 1:00PM and goes until 5:00PM with prizes awarded for the best "Picture with a Celebrity" 

And then BBQ and Elvis Show at the Post 655 ($10 cover) starting at 6:00PM.

 

May 25-28 Rolling Thunder (Washington DC) 30th Anniversary

 

Thursday, May 25 – Pre Memorial Day Cookout for Fort Worth Veteran Homes; 2400 Cypress St, Fort Worth.

What:  To help us serve food and swap some war stories with the homeless veterans of Patriot House, Liberty House and the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

When:  May 25 (Thursday afternoon).  Showtime 3 - 3:30 pm.  Serving food at 4 pm.  Pinning ceremony at 4:30 pm. 

Where:  Unity Park located in Downtown Fort Worth on 1400 block of East Presidio.  It's a fenced-in park nearby the Presbyterian Night Shelter (2400 Cypress).  Parking lot available.

 

NATIONAL POPPY DAY

May 26 - The American Legion Family has called upon Congress to designate May 26, 2017, as National Poppy Day to expand awareness and provide support everywhere for all who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. armed forces.

“The American Legion is pleased to bring Poppy Day to the United States, joining countries around the world who use the symbolic flower to remember our fallen and support the living,”

 

--- Community events (tell your friends and neighbors):

May 29th (Monday) – Memorial Day events (poster, please share)

 

***Grassroots Action Needed***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Will Martin, Chair, Department Legislative Commission

I need everyone that can dial a phone to please call their State Senator in Austin and ask them to support HB1708.  This bill will put the American Legion Halls that participate in bingo on the same level as the commercial halls in the State of Texas.  This will help us raise more money to help our Veterans and their families.  If anyone has questions on how to reach their Senator, please call me any time....361/564-8436.  

We need everyone to call their State Senators in Austin, and have all their friends call also and ask their Senator to support HB1708.  HB1708 has passed the house and been referred to the Senate.  It is a bill that is supported by the American Legion, and is on our list.  It will put local American Legion Post that conduct bingo on the same level as the big commercial halls, thereby making it possible for them to make more money for our Veterans and their families.  Even if your Post doesn't conduct bingo there are approximately 65 American Legion Post in the State that do, and they need our help.  So please make that call and tell the Senator or their staff to that the American Legion needs you to support HB1708.  If you have any questions please call me.

 

Thanks,

Will Martin

Chairman Legislative Commission American Legion Dept. of Texas

361/564-8436

wimaty48@gmail.com

 

***Introduction to the Constitution***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Barbara Hemmer, Department Oratorical Chair

Considering that the Legion has a yearly contest centered on the Constitution, it seems that Legion members may find this of interest.  Exclusive sneak preview: Introduction to the Constitution   I invite you to take two minutes to watch this captivating trailer for our revamped course, “Introduction to the Constitution.”   It’s a new way of presenting the topic, and I think you’ll be impressed.   Watch the trailer now.

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5/10/17 District 12 Update

Pssst; Have you heard about National Poppy Day???

Howdy Folks,

 

--- Familiar faces on the National Stage.

Congratulations to our own American Legion Auxiliary Unit 838 for making the ALA National magazine (May 2017, page 20) and being the main attraction in the featured article on page 28.

 

--- Public Relations

Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, May 3, 2017

 

--- Boys State Orientation, Bus and Pizza

From: District Commander Bill Deal and Americanism Chairman Joseph Campbell:

Post Commanders who are sponsoring a Boys State candidate are asked to send $50.00 per candidate to John Straten, 12th District finance officer ASAP so that John can make payment for the bus transportation.  Also each post who have a candidate to send a check for $25 to post 569 for the pizza party we are having during the boys state orientation. That is just one $25 payment and not $25 per candidate.

Do not forget the district wide Boys State orientation Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 7pm at Post 569 (400 W Felix St, Fort Worth, TX 76115)

Thanks for your hard work and dedication towards boys state.

 

--- Coming events:

District 12 Memorial Day events poster, please share

 

--- This week:

 

Saturday, May 13 - Veterans Day Parade meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am)

 

American Legion Post 655 Family Day; Games, bounce house and activities for kids and of course, good food.

Also at Post 655: Horseshoe Tournament; register at 10:30 am ($15), start at noon

 

Sunday, May 14 – Mothers Day – (fly your flag)

 

Monday, May 15 – Peace Officers Memorial Day – (flag at half staff)

In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2017. The President is requested to issue a proclamation; when issued the text of the proclamation can be found @ https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions

 

Tuesday, May 16 – Boys State Orientation, 7:00 pm at Post 569

 

--- Burial Detail; Monday, May 15 at 10 am

American Legion Post 60 member Jan Smits' FRIENDS Dad passed recently. He was a USAF vet of over 25 years and is to be interred at DFW National Cemetery next Monday, 5-15-17 @ 10 a.m. Jan has asked if Riders could attend. Currently only he and one friend will be there. We need to give this Vet the burial he deserves and his family the support they should have. Asking all Rider Directors to try and send at least one Rider.

 

Chuck Bayne

Past Director, American Legion Post 60 Rider

Phone: 817-822-0455

FaceBook: Bubba's Post 60 Riders Page  

Post 60 Riders Arlington TX <post60riders@gmail.com>

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--- Attention 12th District Riders

On June 11th at 10 a.m. the bus transporting our Boys State candidates from the 12th District to the University of Texas in Austin, will be departing from post 569 in Fort Worth off of Felix Street at 10 a.m.

As in the past our Legion Riders have escorted the bus to Waco. We will escort the bus to the Flying J truck stop in Waco and from there the Riders can return on your own pace and the bus will continue on to Austin. 

I'm asking every Legion Rider the gets his email to please show up for the escort for these fine young men who are representing our district. We are the only District in the state of Texas who's writers provide an escort. SO gas up and show up on the 11th of June to show your support for these fine young men.

 

Bill Deal

Commander 

12th District 

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***May Edition - The Legion Times***

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department Public Relations Chair

The May 2017 edition of “The Legion Times” is now available on the Home page of the Department website txlegion.org…or you can go HERE.

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--- Privacy Awareness Week, celebrated this week in the U.S.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an announcement with good resources.

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5/2/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- Just received

Honor fallen officers May 3

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The service will be at 6 p.m. May 3 at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

District 12 at HOPS AND PROPS, April 29, 2017

Post 624 ALR - Spring Fling Poker Run, April 29, 2017

 

--- This week:

Friday – Cinco de Mayo

 

Saturday - May 6th

First Division Convention; Greenville Texas (details and registration)

The dress code for Saturday May 6, 2017 is business casual.  In other words wear your Legion shirts that represent your District or Post.

David Harvey, 1st Division Commander

 (If not going to the convention and already voted, enjoy the evening)

 

Fish Fry at Post 838 (their SAL’s first fundraiser); noon to 4:00 pm

ALL-PRO Wrestling at Haltom City Post 655 5:00 pm

Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:00 pm (poster)

 

 May picture of the month

GREAT TIME at HOPS AND PROPS

 

---The Vietnam Combat Veterans War Memorial

*** From Jim Fleming, State ALR Advisor

I'm forwarding this for info and possible participation by your ALR riders.

Sachse is about 20 miles N.E. of downtown Dallas

 

Sachse Historical Society is hosting The Vietnam Combat Veterans War Memorial. It will be on display continuously Friday May 26 - Monday May 29th.

The Wall will be located at the Sachse Municipal Complex, 3815 Sachse Road, Sachse, Texas 75048

There are two attachments

2017 Sachse Vietnam Moving Wall Kick Stands

2017 Sachse Vietnam Moving Wall 2017 May

 

The 2017 Sachse Vietnam Moving Wall Kick Stands - References escorting the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial to Sachse, Texas. The contact is Bryan Tillman 214-702-2473.

There are separate links for the Motorcycle Escort and volunteers on the website.

www.SachseHistoricalSociety. org

 

Mary M. Lange

972-658-3835 cell

 

***May Hubmaster Report***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

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4/26/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion Post 655 - Ribbon Cutting, April 20, 2017

Haltom City Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony , April 21, 2017

District 12 Spring Convention at Post 624, April 22, 2017

 

*** FYI: It’s amazing all the things these folks do

North Texas Patriot Guard Riders 20 Veteran Inurnment Service

Mission Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017; Staging Time: 1215

(This is a monthly event if they have unaccompanied Veterans)

 

--- This weekend:

April 29th (Saturday)

Post 624 Spring Fling Poker Run; registration at 9:00 am

 

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Vendors, VSO (including American Legion District 12) and Brewers POD 041717.doc attached)

 

Post 379 Blood Drive, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Benbrook Unit 297 Wine Tasting Event (Unit 297 Fiftieth Anniversary) 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Fort Worth Community Safety Fair; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

Take Back Meds Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29, 2017.

The National Take Back Meds Day is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Walgreens and area cities to allow residents to bring expired, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs, veterinary medicines, samples, vitamins and herbal supplements for safe disposal -- no questions asked. Medications are accepted at the following Walgreens locations:  (see link).

 

***Texas Boys State Update***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

 

We are only 3 weeks away from the Texas Boys State Application deadline.  Registrations after May 15 will go on a “Wait List” and only 7 weeks away from the start of the program.  

We know there are many Posts that have not yet submitted their Applications and only 134 openings remain before we reach our cap.  It is very important that Applications be transmitted now.

Registrations (a registration is when the application and payment are received in Austin) need to be completed quickly so that staffing and planning for the week can be completed.

 

*** 1st Division Convention (see attached registration and agendas)

Too late for the $50 gift card drawing but not too late to register. 

For further information please feel free to contact Jim at 972/924-8007.

 

 1st Division Convention attendees,

I just found out that the Chase Bank will not accept the registration checks address to Division Convention.  They must be made out to:   "American Legion Department of Texas."   You can put "Div Conv" in the memo part.  

You are all still pre-registered.  Fortunately one bank is going to accept them so we are OK. 

If you have not registered please make your check out to "American Legion Department of Texas," when you register.  I'll be processing registrations right up through Thursday, 4 May, if you wish to miss the line at the registration table at the convention.  Hope to see many of you there.

 

Jim Fleming

Division Adjutant

 

April picture of the month

 Mansfield American Legion Riders on the road again

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4/18/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Medal of Honor Host City Honor Motorcade to Gainesville, TX, April 5, 2017

Commemoration of the U.S. entry into the First World War, April 8, 2017

Karaoke with Al Taylor at Post 516, April 13, 2017

 

--- Important --- This Saturday, April 22nd

District 12 Spring Convention, 7:00 am at Mansfield Post 624 (Convention Call)

REGISTRATION FORM

2017 spring Agenda

2017 spring Legionnaire Business Agenda

 

Next Saturday (April 29th)

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum – Latest update

We have a booth with table and chairs

We can give out stuff – come join us at the event and hand out your flyers, etc.

(If you can not make it, leave any flyers at the registration desk for me at the convention this Saturday)

I will have small cooler with water, anyone wanting to bring more let me know.

Ken

 

This Saturday after the convention come to the Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

and then on Sunday check out the great Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert & Dance at Post 655 starting at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

--- Community, State and Nation

National High School Oratorical Championship

Let’s show our support for Isaac Taylor and Joseph Campbell as they head off to Indianapolis this weekend to represent the Department of Texas against 49 other states during the American Legion 2017 National High School Oratorical Championship which is a constitutional speech contest. Isaac has participated in a series of competitions since November resulting in him being selected as the top orator in Texas while Joseph has been his escort and ‘hype-man’ from the very beginning. Joseph is also participating as a member of the competition staff. This event will be streamed live April 22-23 at www.facebook.com/americanlegionhq.

(picture)

 

--- Happenings:

Fort Worth Military Museum Finds Lifeline to Stay Open

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4/12/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- Important ---

District 12 Spring Convention, 7:00 am at Mansfield Post 624 (Convention Call)

Next Saturday, April 22nd (early registration ends this Friday)

REGISTRATION FORM ATTACHED

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

For those that did not make it, here are pictures from lots of folks:

American Veterans Traveling Tribute in Benbrook, Texas; 29 Mar to 1 Apr 2017

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--- This week:

April 13th and 14th (Thurs. and Fri.) – Mansfield Post 624 Annual Yard Sale (vendor space available).

April 13th (Thurs.) – Karaoke with Al Taylor at Post 516 (8pm – midnight)

April 14th (Friday) - SAL Squadron 297 Benbrook annual Good Friday Fish & Chicken Fry

April 16th (Sunday) - Easter

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---- Be sure to join us at these coming events:

(You can register now for any of these events)

April 29th (Saturday) Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum – Latest update

May 6 (Saturday) First Division Convention; Greenville Texas

Oct. 8 OCW FUNDRAISER AT SEA,

Nov. 11 (Saturday) VETERANS DAY PARADE

Register any time before the deadlines, sooner the better.

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***April Edition - "The Legion Times”***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Delivery

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department PR Chair

The April 2017 edition of "The Legion Times” is on the Texas Legion website txlegion.org  or you can follow this link.  This edition is packed with many interesting articles and HINTS that you will not want to miss.
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May 6th (Saturday) – First Division Convention; Greenville Texas (details and registration)

From: Jim Fleming <alrtriker@att.net>
Subject: First Division Convention Registration

 

Hi First Division Hubmasters and legionnaires,

 

District Hubmasters, please forward this to every district Hubmaster and Districts, please forward to all your posts. 

The convention is only a month away and, to date; there are only a small number of registered attendees.

A good count of prospective attendees is desired so that the caterer will have a idea of the amount of food to prepare for our luncheon.

 

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Jim Fleming

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***Legacy Scholarship Program***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Danny Muth, Commander, Post 593 Converse

 

The American Legion is proud to honor the memories of servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war on terrorism. Our Legacy Scholarship helps children of those killed while on active duty afford college. New this year, the scholarship is also available for children of veterans having a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.

 

To qualify and apply for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, you must be able to answer YES to the following 3 questions.

  1. Are you currently a high school senior and/or accepted at or attending an institution of higher education?
  2. Is your institution of higher education a nonprofit and regionally-accredited institution? (If you are unsure, contact your institution's admission office. Regional accreditation applies to the whole school not a program.)
  3. Does at least one of the following statements apply to you?
    1. A legal parent of mine died while serving on active duty, U.S. military service on or after September 11, 2001. (Does not have to be a death out-of-country or in combat.)
    2. A legal parent of mine is a Post-9/11 veteran of the U.S. military, who has been given a disability rating of 50% or higher by the Veterans Administration.

The deadline to apply this year is April 20.To Learn more and apply, please visit www.legion.org/scholarships/ legacy

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Park department now hiring for part-time summer jobs

Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is hiring for a variety of part-time positions this summer for Camp Fort Worth, pools and municipal golf courses. Full job descriptions are available on the City of Fort Worth's jobs portal.

 

Fort Worth named a Tree City USA — again

Fort Worth was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The city also received a 2016 Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

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4/5/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Watching live feed and it appears the Medal of Honor escort has cleared the Metroplex without incident (windy out there).  I hope to have some pictures from out folks on the ride.  I can also use some pictures from the Coffee Tour at the Bedford Post.

 

Hope all spent time at the Wall in Benbrook, great job by folks from Benbrook, the VFW and Legion Posts 297 and 626 (working on pictures now).

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

2017 District 12 coffee Tour, Mar. 18, 2017

Sheriff Dept at Post 379, April 1, 2017

 

--- This week:

April 8th (Saturday)

Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 amMOH attendees this year

Veterans Day Parade meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am) http://goo.gl/maps/cok2D

Veterans Park WW1 Monument Dedication 1:00 pm

Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Post 297; starts at 3:00 pm

STRAY DOGZ playing at Post 655 (7 to 9 pm)

 

---- Be sure to join us at these coming events:

April 22nd (Saturday)

District 12 Spring Convention, 7:00 am at Mansfield Post 624 (Convention Call)

 

April 29th (Saturday)

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum – Latest update

           

You can sign up now for the Oct. 8 OCW FUNDRAISER AT SEA,

and the Nov. 11 VETERANS DAY PARADE

any time before the deadline, sooner the better.

 

Our BOYS STATE link on the District 12 Webpage is updated for 2017 with all updates added..

***An Important Message from the Texas Boys State Chairman***

FROM: Paul Barker, Texas Boys State Chairman

Please ensure this message is delivered to all Commanders & Boys State Chairpersons at all levels

 

Due to unprecedented support at the Post, District & Division level, applications to this year’s Boys State Program are running 50% ahead of last year’s record numbers and more than double the registrations for 2015.  Additionally, the number of approved, paid registrations are also running more than double last year’s record highs.

 

While these outstanding numbers are something of which to be extremely proud, I would like to ask that at each Post you now double your efforts to convert those applications into registrations as quickly as possible , provided, the applicant meets the Post’s standards.  

 

We are in the midst of planning and preparing for this year’s program and one of the most difficult things we have to do is estimate the counselor and staffing needs when historically 80% of our registrations come to Legion HQ in the last two months before the program begins.  We are asking that you press to finalize the registration process so that we can do a better job of anticipating our staff needs and continue to present an outstanding product.

 

Please note that we are having to increase the cost of the tee shirts we provide each year to the boys upon arrival.  One free shirt is included in the registration fee, and the boys typically buy 4 additional shirts for each day.  These shirts have been priced at $5 for at least 30 years and the costs to us have gradually risen above our sales price.  In addition, we are being presented with price increases from the University at every level.  We have no other choice but to raise our prices this year for the shirts.  Our proposed pricing for tee shirts this year is as follows:

On behalf of the Boys State Committee we thank you and express our appreciation for your commitment to Texas Boys State.  Our driving desire is that no qualified person be left behind from experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  We hope you are planning to join us for Legion Day starting at noon on June 15 and ending with graduation on June 16, 2017

 

***Directive From Department Judge Advocate***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission/Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bryan Coleman, Department Judge Advocate - bdcoleman@yahoo.com

 

Every day, I get several calls complaining about various Post's operations; and, when I ask what their constitution and by-laws say, the answer is always, "I don't know".  I know that we, men, have a reputation for not following instructions; however, I do not have a file of every constitution and by-laws of every post in Texas.  Therefore, I would STRONGLY recommend that, before calling or emailing me with questions, you get a copy of your post's constitution and by-laws, read them, and determine if the answer is therein.  If you do not have a copy, call Nancy Bullard at Department Headquarters and ask her to mail, email or fax them to you.  The phone number there is 512 472 4138, her email address is nancyb@txlegion.org, and her fax number is 512 472 0603. 

 

When you have your constitution and by-laws in hand and have read them, almost any question will have been answered.  If you are then confused, call me; and we will go over them together.  If someone is doing something, which violates the Post's constitution and by-laws, bring it up at the next general meeting, read the applicable provision to them, insure it is in the minutes, move the membership to direct the person to comply with the constitution and by-laws, and, when the Motion passes, call me, send me copy of the minutes, and, if they refuse to repent and turn away from their unconstitutional behavior, I will write to the offending person to encourage them to perform in compliance with the constitution and by-laws.

 

Only at that stage may I take action on behalf of Department.

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4/1/17 Notice and Department of Texas Hub Update

Subj: Important information for the Post Commander

Notice

This is going to my listing of 2016 Post Commander and/or Adjutant emails only.

Please forward to the person(s) with a need to know this information.

 

The Commander's Call scheduled for Monday, April 3rd is canceled. 

 

Respectfully, 

 

Bill Deal 

Commander 

12th District 

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Excellent information, save and print for Adjutant use.

***Membership Tools***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Michael Bob Starr

During the recent 17th District Convention the attached “Membership Tools” document was handed out to the attendees during their training.  This ‘tool’, if used, will pay dividends in promoting membership in our Posts.  Credit goes to Michael Starr with Abilene Post 61 for putting this together so that we might all benefit.

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***Legislative Days Information***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, State Adjutant

 

The American Legion, Department of Texas Legislative Days will be held on April 17 – 18, 2017 in Austin. We will meet on Monday, April 17th at 1:00pm to discuss and provide information on the current legislative issues and on Tuesday morning we will go to the State Capital to speak with our representatives. We will be meeting and staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6121 IH 35, Austin, TX. 78752. 

 

You will have to contact State Adjutant Bill West with your personal Credit Card to book a room in our block. Our group rate is $104.00 and the deadline is April 5, 2017.  Contact information:

billw@txlegion.org or 512-879-8299 - Do not reply to this email

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***April Hubmaster Report***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmaster, Commission and Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

2017-4.pdf attached

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***Membership Cards***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, State Adjutant

Post Commanders & Post Adjutant, 

We received word from National today that the 2018 Legion & SAL Membership Cards will be changing. Please see the attached documents explaining the changes to the membership cards.

Bill West, State Adjutant, American Legion,  Dept of Texas 

 

For 2018 we have redesigned the three-part annual membership cards for both The American Legion (TAL) and Sons of The American Legion (SAL). 

 

The overall length of the three-part card has increased in width to 14” as opposed to the prior years’ 12”. The department and national portions of the three-part card have increased in size in order to capture more information than in the past. The size of the actual member card has not changed. 

New fields that have been added to the national card include:  

These changes will allow you to report address updates on the national card which has been prohibited in the prior years. And since this is the only form that is received at national annually for every member of The American Legion and Sons, these improvements will greatly enhance our record keeping. There have also been some minor updates to the department card, as well.  All this information, and more, is in the attached letter. 

 

Hopefully this clarifies the changes.

David W. Elmore, Internal Affairs

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3/28/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, please look at the attached newsletter.

It has some great information about our local volunteer population.  Unfortunately as I scroll through the excellent events with lots of participating organizations, I do not see the Legion Family.  I know we support some of these and many similar local activities all the time, but they don’t know who we are.

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 624 Dedication of Texas Historical Marker at Veterans Park, Fort Worth, Texas, Mar. 25, 2017

Post 516 Car Show, Mar. 25, 2017

 

--- This week:

Wednesday (March 29)

Riders escort the Vietnam Wall into Benbrook at 4:00 pm

City of Fort Worth Town Halls for All; Mayor's Rolling and Walking Kickoff; 6-7:30 pm at Casa Mañana, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave

 

Thursday – Sunday (Mar 30- Apr 2) - Vietnam Traveling Wall at Benbrook, TX

 

Thursday (Mar 30) - Arlington's Aging Well Expo,

 

Saturday (April 1)

Cowtown Cleanup 8 a.m. (Various locations)

Laughter Saves Lives Comedy Show at Haltom City Post 655; doors open at 6 pm

 

Sunday (Apr 2) - Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony, 1 pm at the Traveling Wall in Benbrook

 

Monday (April 3rd) - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 569

 

Next Wednesday (April 5th) – Medal of Honor escort Recipient Motorcade from DFW Airport to Gainesville Texas

 

--- Public Relations:

Don't miss this opportunity to be included in the 2017-2018 VETCO Resource Guide for Veterans!

In the 2015/16 edition only Post 297 is listed (Social Organizations and Serving the Community).

​​The 2017-2018 Veterans Resource Guide will be Distributed to Veterans and Their Families in North Texas

Organizations Serving Veterans in North Texas Please Submit Your Information no Later Than…

SUBMISSION DEADLINE Friday, April 21, 2017

Organizations serving veterans in North Texas, submit your information HERE.

 

The item from Bill West (below) is from the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organization and the Legion is a member. 

Does anyone know if they are active in our area? http://www.texascoalitionofveteransorganizations.org/

***Action Requested***

TO Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division / District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, Department Adjutant

The American Legion, Department of Texas is a member of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organization and they have requested we send this out to all of our member to sign this petition to let our State Legislators know we will not support the proposed changes to the Hazlewood Act. 

Bill West

State Adjutant, American Legion,  Dept of Texas

 

The following is for your information and distribution to your grassroots members as appropriate.

 

The Lone Star Veterans Association is a member of TCVO.  LSVA is comprised of Post 9/11 veterans and is extremely active in the greater Houston metropolitan area. As younger veterans, LSVA members are directly impacted by legislation pertaining to Hazlewood.  LSVA is asking all generations of veterans to support their action to keep the Hazlewood Act intact.  The LSVA petition request is being forwarded to you and your Veteran Service Organization to make you aware of the concerns of LSVA as a member of TCVO.  A link to the online petition is shown below.

 

Note: At this time TCVO doesn't have an official position on any legislation pro or con regarding any potential changes to the Hazlewood Act.  

John A Miter,

TCVO Research/Resource Director

 

We have opened up the online petition to support our push against those that intend to make changes to Hazlewood and Legacy benefits.  I have included the link for your review and consideration below.  Please provide verbiage feedback soonest so we can mass deploy:

 

https://www.change.org/p/ texas-state-house-defend-the- current-hazelwood-act-in-the- texas-congress

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3/22/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- Happenings:

Post 838 Youth at the Patriot House, Mar. 15, 2017

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MUST WATCH VIDEO

Excellent video composition of our 2017 District Coffee Tour by Unit 838 President Sylvia Chess

Working on scrapbook, send me your pictures from the event.

 https://youtu.be/_vFv8kNa6p4
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--- This week:

Mar 23 - Job& Resource Fair at the Tarrant County Resource Connection 10 AM to 1 PM

Mar 24-25 Cops for Kids Cook-off, car show, 5k and music festival, Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, Texas

Mar 25th (Saturday) – Veterans Park Texas State Marker Dedication, 10:00 am at 4100 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth

Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

Mar 26th (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

-- Coming next week:  Mar 29/30 – Vietnam Veterans Day (DoD)

Mar 29th (Wednesday) - Motorcycle Riders to escort the Vietnam Wall into Benbrook at 4:00 pm

Mar 30- Apr 2 - Vietnam Traveling Wall at Benbrook, TX

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***Membership Recruiting Opportunity***

FROM: Butch Sparks, National Executive Committeeman

 

Here is a huge opportunity for American Legion Posts to reach out to the Student Veterans of America chapters in Texas - there are 86 Chapters.    In my discussion with their leadership in Washington, it would be great for their members to learn about and possibly join the Legion.

 

To find the chapter nearest your Post go to the following website: http://studentveterans.org/ … hit the Chapters tab and then click on the State of Texas.  By hitting the + button on the map chapters will show up in a specific area, such as Dallas, San Antonio, Houston.  Then click on the indicator and a box will open with full contact information.

 

Post 490 is working with Student Veterans of America at the University of Houston Clear Lake and have recruited new members and helped them with their programs. 

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***National Commanders Incentive Pin***

FROM:           Butch Sparks, National Executive Committeeman

Please help spread the word to our membership.  Butch

 

Just a reminder that National Commander recognition is available for any Legion member that recruits one or three new members! Please make sure requirements and certification forms are available to all members in your departments by posting on your websites and newsletters. Mention during your Department Conventions.  Ensure your District Commanders have this information and help pass it down to post members.  Encourage recruiting legionnaires to let National  know of their achievements by submitting their certification form.  Post Adjutants can also submit forms on behalf of their recruiting legionnaires.  What an easy way for Post Leadership to show appreciation to its members!

 

Certification forms and details on how to earn the awards can be found at https://www.legion.org/commander/pin.  I have also attached the forms for your convenience.  All forms should be submitted to Membership:  Scan/email to ssparks@legion.orgrherron@legion.org,  fax to 317-630-1413, or mail to American Legion National Headquarters; Attn: Membership; PO Box 1055; Indianapolis, IN  46206.

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3/15/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Happy Birthday American Legion Birthday and Friday is St Patrick’s Day

(Correction: The craft fair is on the 18th not 17th)

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Mar 18th (Saturday)

Coffee Tour / Membership Drive; Start at Post 655

Benefit Craft Fair at Haltom City Post 655 (vendor space available)

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--- Public Relations

For those that use the District 12 (all post) brochure, the updated version can be downloaded from the HUB, PR and History button/brochure link from our home page.

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Fort Worth WWI Commemoration Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm

The entry of the United States into the First World War will be commemorated in Fort Worth Texas on the site of the former Camp Bowie at Veterans Memorial. For more information, please visit: 

https://foursquare.com/v/veterans-memorial-park/4f36ce87e4b0f4cfddefaa88

Contact: jhodgson@ftwaviation.com Fort Worth Veterans Memorial Fort Worth, TX

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April 8th (Saturday) – Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 am

Veterans Day Parade meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am)

Added events:

Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Post 297; starts at 3:00 pm

STRAY DOGZ playing at Post 655 (7 to 9 pm)

 

2nd Annual OCW Fundraiser at Sea

See details below

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***March Edition - "The Legion Times”***

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department PR Chair

The March 2017 edition of "The Legion Times” is on the Texas Legion website txlegion.org  or you can follow this link.  This edition is packed with interesting articles and HINTS that you will not want to miss.

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***Harvey Klee House of Representatives Guest Chaplain***

FROM: Harvey Klee, National & Department Chaplain

During The American Legion Washington D. C. Conference held last month in the Capital, Harvey H. Klee, who concurrently holds the position of National Chaplain and Texas State Chaplain was sponsored by the 11th District Congressman, Michael Conaway, to serve as Guest Chaplain in offering the opening invocation for the United States House of Representatives, February 28, 2017.

The following is a link to the proceedings beginning with Chaplain Klee's prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Mike Conawy's introduction of Chaplain Klee as Guest Chaplain.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?424686-101/us-house-meets-legislative-business

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*** Please “Take Action” now!***

FROM:  National Headquarters

The #1 most effective way to influence legislation is from a Grass Roots effort…here is our opportunity to let our desires be known and it only takes 1 minute.  

Three veterans bills up for House vote this week

On March 8, the House Veterans Affairs Committee sent three bills to the full House which The American Legion supports. They will be voted on later this week. Please take a moment to send the prepared e-mail to your legislators to seek their support for these bills.

 

H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act.

H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Roe, would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees, for performance or misconduct.

H.R. 1367, introduced by Rep. Wenstrup, would improve the authority of the VA Secretary “to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”

 

Please “Take Action” now!

Just click on the Take Action link in the heading below.

Take Action! Contact your representative today

For more details http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/alert/?alertid=76070626&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

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Greetings to our 12th District Family.  As you may or may not know but last year Post 655 along with the help of Lorraine Larrew of Leisure Travel by Lorraine put together our 1st OCW Fundraiser cruise which was a great success and helped raise money for the American Legion Operations Comfort Warriors program.  We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Fundraiser Cruise.  Below is information about this year's event.  I cordially invite each of you to come join us on this great cruise and help our injured veterans.  Hope to see you on board the Breeze.  Bill Deal, Commander, 12th District.

2nd Annual OCW Fundraiser at Sea

7-Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Ports of Call are Cozumel, Belize and Honduras

October 8, 2017 on the beautiful Carnival Breeze

Deposit is $500.00 per cabin for two and includes Cabin, Food, Entertainment, one hour Cocktail Party, Group Photo and more.

For every booking made Carnival Cruise Line will give back  $35.00 per person (up to $60.00 per cabin) to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors. (100% percent of the proceeds goes to our Veterans)

 For rates and to make your deposit for this “fantastic” fundraiser cruise contact Lorraine Larrew  (817) 991-9969 or go to:  http://llarrew.cruiseonegroups.com/2ndAnnualOCWFUNDRAISER                                    Website:    www.leisuretravelbylorraine.com

I am thrilled to put together another cruise that will benefit a worthy cause such as Operation Comfort Warrior. Please jump on board and have a great time with your family and friends and at the same time become a way and means to raise funds for our Veterans. A great way to support, to give back and to say thank you for their service to our country.

Lorraine Larrew-

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3/8//17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Today is International Women's Day

In addition to all you do, without you no kids and no next generation, THANK YOU.

Office of the Governor; 03/01/2017

March is Women’s History Month, honoring the women of the Lone Star State and recognizing their accomplishments.

 

Lots of great pictures here, take a look

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo POW/MIA ceremony, Jan. 30, 2017

Post 379 City Proclamation for 50 Years in Bedford, Feb. 28, 2017

 

--- This week:

Tomorrow is the last chance for discount on  2017 Hops and Props - Early Bird ticket deadline

 

Saturday, Mar 11th

Everyone is welcome to the Veterans Day Parade planning meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am)

Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:00 pm

 

Sunday, Mar 12th

Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

This Sunday - Daylight savings time

Move clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (so at 2 a.m. on that day, the clocks will then read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

 

[Picture]

Joey Campbell, representing Post 379, is the 2017 Department of Texas Eagle Scout of the Year. He'll represent the Department during the National Level completion in April. GREAT job, Joey.

 

--- New events to add to your calendar:

Mar 17th (Friday) – St Patrick’s Day – Benefit Craft Fair at Haltom City Post 655

April 1st (Saturday) - Laughter Saves Lives Comedy Show at Haltom City Post 655; doors open at 6 pm

April 13th and 14th (Thurs. and Fri.) – Mansfield Post 624 Annual Yard Sale (vendor space available).

 

--- From George Tank Sherman

Benbrook, Texas will be hosting the AVTT Vietnam Traveling Wall March 30 - April 2. On March 29 there will be an Escort to bring the wall into Benbrook; assembly point for the Escort of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Benbrook, Texas will be at Winscott Rd. and Z-Boaz Park. Requesting riders show around 3:45. Also if you or someone you know has a flag pole for their bike, We are looking for as many as we can get to fly the American Flag ! Thank You everyone who has shared this event !

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Also on the 2nd of April, at 1:00 at the Vietnam Wall at Dutch Branch Park, Vietnam Veterans will be recognized for their service.

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--- From the Department of Texas

***Legion Baseball Updates***

FROM: Gary Smith, Baseball Sub-Committee Member

Please distribute the two attachments to all posts within your area of responsibility.  

District Commanders are requested to include Legion Baseball on your agendas during your Spring Conventions.

 

***March Hubmaster Report*** (attached, also available on the Department Webpage)

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Free Classes for Senior Citizens

Classes deliver training to seniors who have limited or no previous experience in using technology for FREE. Classes help develop skills to use computers, tablets and smart phones.

For more information contact Tarrant County College Southeast Campus at 817-515-3420.

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Free Clinic

Mansfield Adventist AMEN Free Clinic

Services include: Medical, Vision, Dental. First Come, First Serve.  All services are free of charge.

Friday, May 5th and Sunday, May 7th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 6th Health Seminars Only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Mansfield SDA Church 1951 N. Main St. Mansfield, TX 76063

 

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2/28/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

MARCH is Community Service Month and Mar 2nd (Thursday) is Texas Independence Day

Also happening on Thursday:

H.E.B. Post 379 50th Anniversary come out and celebrate

And a Veterans Job Fair, Hurst Conference Center, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Be sure to mark your schedule to include your participation in the

Mar 18th (Saturday) – Coffee Tour / Membership Drive

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--- Public Relations

Sylvia did it again.

Sylvia Chess with our Unit 838 has her name in the February 2017 ALA National magazine with a great statement.  This magazine is a very good read with lots of events listed that folks are doing.  If you don’t get one at your home, borrow one.  In our district we have done many of the same things and some even better; but lots of good ideas here.  Here is the challenge, find her name in the magazine.

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

H.E.B. Post 379 Scout Pack 546 Pine Box Derby, Feb. 25, 2017

Post 379 Flag Retirement Ceremony, Feb. 25, 2017

 

From Fred Rogers

***Eagle Scout Award - Reminder***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

Time is Running Out!  Eagle Scout applications for 2017 MUST be received in department headquarters no later than close of business March 1 2017.  With no exception. 

If you have a worthy Eagle Scout the form fillable application can be found at:

https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/16ACY0716-Eagle-Scout-Nom-Form.pdf.

The important thing to remember in the application process is to have signed letters of reference.  A letter that is not signed is worthless as you do not know who wrote it.  

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--- Opportunities and benefits:

For Military Service Members who are transitioning out of active duty, returning to civilian life can be an unexpected challenge. But these men and women have given so much for our country that we’re driven to help them find the stability and satisfaction of a promising career in the collision and auto body industry. That’s why Caliber offers a free 18-week career skills program that results in job placement opportunities across the U.S. upon successful completion.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1792983/592ebccff2/545884463/c8eb75fa06/

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2/22/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Note date change: District 12 Spring Convention, April 22nd (Saturday) – 7:00 am at Mansfield Post 624

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--- This week:

Feb 26th (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert& Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

MARCH is Community Service Month and Mar 2nd is Texas Independence Day

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--- Looking for Motorcycle Riders to escort the Vietnam Wall into Benbrook, Wednesday, 29 March

AVTT Vietnam Traveling Wall is coming back to Benbrook, Texas

--- From George Tank Sherman

The AVTT Vietnam Traveling Wall is coming back to Benbrook, Texas. Looking for Motorcycle Riders to escort the Vietnam Wall into Benbrook, Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Riders will be meeting at Winscott Road and Z Boaz Park (Near the Train Track) beginning at 4:00 P.M. will be riding down Winscott to Dutch Branch Park. This is an open ride for all riders, but please, leave all attitudes else where!  Also, if you do plan on attending, could you please let me know so I can pass on numbers to the folks that need to know! Any questions please Ask!

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--- Hops and Props

Saturday April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The American Legion District 12 Family will have a table at this event.

(*See details linked above and pdf attached)

March 9th - 2017 Hops and Props Early Bird ticket deadline

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--- From the Department of Texas

***Announcing Department Oratorical Winner***

Congratulations to Issac Taylor who today won the Department Oratorical Contest.  Issac will now proceed to the National Contest on April 22-23, in Indianapolis, representing the State of Texas.  Issac was sponsored by Bedford Post 379, 12th District, 1st Division.  The contest was held today at Bryan Post 159.  The oratorical contestant, Isaac Taylor, that we have sponsored has now won the American Legion Department of Texas contest and will now advance to the American Legion National contest.

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***American Legion Legislative Agenda***

Attached please find a copy of a trifold covering the subject agenda which highlights the top issues the American Legion will fight for in 2017.   Our National Commander will be testifying before Congress at 10 a.m. on March 1, 2017.  Hopefully this testimony will be available for viewing by our membership.  You can also find this document HERE

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--- FYI:

June 16 and 17

The International Folk Art Alliance on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington

Sister event to Folk Art Market set for debut in Texas

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2/15/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

The VA Clinic Ft Worth is looking for volunteers to help serve Veterans appreciation lunch tomorrow, Thursday February 16th. If interested, contact Betty Heedley 817.229.5903. BTW --- they can use volunteers daily.

Passed on from Cathy at Unit 624

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

POW/MIA ceremony at the Fort Worth Stock Show by Post/Unit 626

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo POW/MIA ceremony, Jan. 30, 2017

The American Legion First Division 2017 Oratorical Contest, Feb. 11, 2017

 

--- This week:

Feb 14 – 18 (Tues-Sat) – The Wall That Heals - Traveling Vietnam Memorial at FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS (131 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164) 

The Wall will also be in Benbrook Mar 30- Apr 2 (see details below)

 

***Important Boys State Information***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Committee/Commission Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM:  Texas Boys State Committee

 

This year Texas Boys State will accept the first 1,200 Applications and then a “Wait List” will be started.  We want to ensure that no qualified and deserving candidate is left behind from this “once in a lifetime opportunity", so it is important that we keep all Posts informed on where we stand in relation to our cap on applications.

 

Applications - We are in the 5th week of opening applications and we are 50% ahead of where we were last year at the same time and last year was way ahead of the previous year.

Registrations - We are now 40% ahead of where we were last year at the same time and last year was way ahead of the previous year.

 

What is the difference between an Application and a Registration?

Application - we have received the potential candidates application

Registration - we have received the delegates completed application and the check for tuition from the Post

 

What this means is - it is very important that Posts move quickly to select their candidates and forward to Austin both the completed application and check for tuition.

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--- FYI:

ALLIED MEMORIAL REMEMBRANCE RIDE DATE CHANGE

June 10th (Saturday) – AMRR Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride (FLYER)

 

--- Community events you may find of interest:

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Help locate all the AEDs near you

The communitywide scavenger hunt's goal is to identify all the lifesaving devices in the area during National Heart Month. Prizes range from $50-$500

 

Get your Saturday morning started with a fitness walk Feb. 18

Join FitWorth at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18 for a community walk at the Trailhead at Clearfork. Participants will help Fort Worth earn points for the It's Time Texas Community Challenge

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

22nd Annual Benefit Powwow, Saturday, March 4

A festivity bringing together the different tribes of Texas and surrounding states to display their dance styles and regalia. Bring an appetite because delicious Indian Tacos will be available. There will also be a variety of arts and crafts displayed. Saturday, March 4 from 11:00am - 11:00pm

UT Arlington, University Center, E.H. Hereford, Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St., Arlington, TX

 

Arlington's Aging Well Expo, Thursday March 30

Learn ways to improve your health and lifestyle at the Arlington Aging Well Expo.

This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at the Bob Duncan Center and will feature a variety of informative presentations on wellness to empower adults of any age.

 

--- From VFW Post 8397 via Post 626:

Vietnam Traveling Wall at Benbrook, TX Mar 30- Apr 2

Apr 2 (Sunday) - Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony, 1 pm at the Traveling Wall in Benbrook

 

--- From the Trinity River Vision Team

Cops for Kids Cook-off, car show, 5k and music festival, March 24-25

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, Texas

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association and Fort Worth Cops for Kids invite you to their annual fundraising event, March 24-25. The event kicks off Friday night with a benefit concert and continues through Saturday with more music and a BBQ cook-off with more than $7500 in cash and prizes to win.

 

--- From the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum April 29

(The Legion can have a table/booth at no charge in this event)

 

--- From the Fort Worth Police Department:

Fort Worth Community Safety Fair April 29

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2/13/17 District 12 and Department Notice

Subj: Important information for the District Officers

Notice

This is going to my listing of 2016/17 District Officers only.

Please forward to the person(s) with a need to know this information.

 

--- From Our District Commander:

We will be holding our 1st meeting to layout the plans for our upcoming District Spring Convention on Saturday,  February 18th at the Mansfield Post starting at 11:00AM.

Note to Commander Post 379, we will like to have the leader of your color guard at this meeting. 

See you there.

 

Bill Deal 

Commander 12th District 

 

--- From the Department of Texas

***Important Boys State Information***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Committee/Commission Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM:  Texas Boys State Committee

 

This year Texas Boys State will accept the first 1,200 Applications and then a “Wait List” will be started.  We want to ensure that no qualified and deserving candidate is left behind from this “once in a lifetime opportunity", so it is important that we keep all Posts informed on where we stand in relation to our cap on applications.

 

Applications - We are in the 5th week of opening applications and we are 50% ahead of where we were last year at the same time and last year was way ahead of the previous year.

Registrations - We are now 40% ahead of where we were last year at the same time and last year was way ahead of the previous year.

 

What is the difference between an Application and a Registration?

Application - we have received the potential candidates application

Registration - we have received the delegates completed application and the check for tuition from the Post

 

What this means is - it is very important that Posts move quickly to select their candidates and forward to Austin both the completed application and check for tuition.

 

***American Legion Programs***

TO:  Department Officers, Past Department Commanders, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

Today the Texas Boys State Committee received the message below…names have been edited as indicated.  Even though this message deals directly with Boys State you can easily insert any American Legion Program in its place…Baseball, Oratorical, Scouting, Junior Shooting and the list goes on. 

The Point - The American Legion, is recognized as having great programs that provide outstanding opportunities to the youth in our communities?

The Question - Are we doing the best we can to "Spread The Word” in our communities about these opportunities or are we waiting for someone to contact us?

 

One of our District Commanders ends all of his memos with - “Legion Programs Change Lives”…isn't’ it also true that when we become involved in Legion Programs it changes our lives.

My job with (edit) ISD entails pairing high achieving young people with quality summer opportunities. My caseload includes 4 high schools in (edit), and my colleagues serve the other high schools. When I asked school sites if they were aware of Boys or Girls State nominations at their schools, I was met with blank looks. I want to know what the nomination process looks like in ( edit). I found at least 13 American Legion posts in the (edit) area but I do not know how they divide/sponsor all of the high schools in the Metro area. I would appreciate some more information about this so that we can move forward with the nomination/application process. 

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2/8/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

***Scam Alert***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Bill West, Department Adjutant 

There is an individual using Facebook to scam individuals out of their money. They are using a picture of a Dept of Texas Officer, you will recognize the photo. If you have been contacted or possibly scammed out of money by this individual contact Department Adjutant immediately.

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--- This week:

Saturday, Feb 11

Division One Oratorical Contest at Post 838 starting at 11:00am

Veterans Day Parade meeting at VFW Post 8235 (10:00am)

Mrs. Sylvia's Valentine Dinner and Stage Play at Post 838; dinner at 7:00 PM (tickets)

Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:00 pm (poster)

 

Sunday, Feb 12

Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert & Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentines Day

Feb 14 – 18 (Tues-Sat) – The Wall That Heals - Traveling Vietnam Memorial at FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS (131 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164) 

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--- From Our District Commander:

Calling all Legion family members that are Ham Radio Operators.

Check out The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC).

Membership is free to members of The American Legion family.

The club has established an amateur radio station at National Headquarters with the call sign K9TAL (K9 The American Legion)

Several Posts in the country have set up affiliated stations; see the list and more good links here (https://www.legion.org/hamradio/resources)

In January 2005, the Legion signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to support emergency disaster preparedness.

Amateur-radio support was an integral entity. 

https://www.legion.org/hamradio/about

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--- From Your Hubmaster:

From National Magazine and Dept Hubmaster Report:

Support American Legion Charities Inc. through your purchases on smile.amazon.com

It is now possible to support American Legion programs through donations made while shopping on Amazon. American Legion Charities Inc. is now one of the charities available to donate to through AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you

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--- From the Department of Texas

FROM:  Tina Hill, 2016-2017 Membership Chairman

American Legion Auxiliary

Department of Texas

 

We are all aware the American Legion family, along with other veterans organizations, are experiencing a decline in membership.  With that in mind, I thought you might find this article worth a read.

http://ameriforce.net/younger-veterans-avoiding-veteran-service-organizations/
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***February Edition "The Legion Times"***

FROM: Gerry Hince, Department PR Chair

The February 2017 edition of "The Legion Times” is on the Texas Legion website txlegion.org  or you can follow this link.  

You will not want to miss the excellent article on page 5 about Anderson-Roberts Post 283 Bonham, Texas.  
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***100th Anniversary Notifications***

FROM: Ronnie Pietzsch, 100th Anniversary Committee Chair

This message contains two important items

 

1 - The 100th Anniversary Committee is asking all Posts, who are named after a
WW1 veteran to please contact Ronnie Pietzsch randwpeach@aol.com or Gerry
Hince hince57@msn.com with the name of the Veteran and any information you
have on the individual.

 

2 - 100th Anniversary merchandise and order form is attached.

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Mansfield ISD Multicultural Festival

Mansfield ISD will be holding their annual multicultural Festival at The Center for Performing Arts on March 4, 2017 from 11am-3pm. Check here for more details!

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2/5/17 Department of Texas Hub Update

Subj: Important information for the Post Commander

Notice

This is going to my listing of 2016/17 Post Commander Emails only.

Please forward to the person(s) with a need to know this information.

Please check this page 2016 Department, Division, District and Post level SENIOR OFFICERS and send corrections to hub@12dis.org

I will also need email address for the Commander if different than the person receiving this notice.

 

Do not forget we have a Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; Monday, 7:00 pm at Post 379.

 

--- From Our District Commander:

-------- Original message --------
From: David Harvey

Date: 02/04/2017 11:31 AM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Membership Standings

My internet has been down for awhile, it is up and running now.  Let's look at where we are:

The 12th District is in 5th place in the State at 70% of the 90 percent goal.

The 4th District is in 9th place in the State at 68% of the 90 Percent goal.

The 5th District is in 10th place in the State at 66% of the 90 Percent goal.

These three Districts are to be commended for being in the Top 10.  Now at the next level:

The 1st District is in 15th place in the State at 65% of the 90 percent goal.

The 3rd District is in 19th place in the State at 59% of the 90 percent goal.

The 13th District is in 22nd place in the State at 55% of the 90 percent goal.

I used the 90 percent goal as the benchmark because it is the next date that we will be measured by.

You will notice that there is only 1 percentage point between the 5th District in 10 place and the 1st District in 15th place.  This is just a random example.  No one is out of the race everyone has an opportunity to finish in the Top 10.

We need to concentrate on new members, this is our biggest deficit.  Of course we want renewals but new members are where we get growth.  I will be corresponding more and visiting more.  Let's get the ship headed in the right direction.

David Harvey, 1st Division Commander 

 

--- From the Department of Texas

***February Hubmaster Report***

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

Attached is the February Hubmaster Report in Word and PDF…please forward to all Posts

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2/1/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- POST EVERLASTING:

Tomorrow (Thursday) Funeral service for SSgt. Patrick R. Griffin, USMC

11:30am-12:30pm at Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 

Celebration of Life luncheon afterwards at the American Legion, 1125 Burton Hill Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76114.

 

Received Tuesday:

For what it's worth - there was at least one SAL member (dual member Legionnaire) present when SSgt. Griffin arrived at the funeral home early this morning (it was around 0130 or so).  I knew his mother's name was Patterson - but I failed to connect the name or I'd have stepped forward and said something.  Still, there were about 25 Patriot Guard Riders present for his arrival so Honors were definitely rendered.

  M. B. "BluHog" Ingersoll,   Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders,   Adjutant, American Legion Post 135 and SAL Squadron 135

 

--- From Your Hubmaster:

The Patriot Guard Riders do an excellent job of honoring our Veterans.

You do not need to own a motorcycle to show your patriotism.  All it costs is time, patience and patriotism.  Many of our American Legion Family members are PGR members, see how to join us.

 

--- Coming events:

Feb 6th (Monday) – Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 379

And don’t forget the Oratorical Contest next Saturday (2/11/17) at Post 838

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 838 Youth- Biggest Poppy in Texas, Jan. 21, 2017

Vietnam Memorabilia at HEB American Legion Post 379, Jan. 27, 2017

Bedford Post Girl Scout Troop. Buy cookies and send them to the troops, Jan. 28, 2017

 

--- Belated January picture of the month

Jan2016-624,jpg

 

--- From the Department of Texas

***Surety Bonds***

FROM: Bryan Coleman, Department Judge Advocate

Because I have received so many inquiries about surety bonds and where I got that information, I enclose the following quote:

 

The DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS BY-LAWS state:  “ARTICLE V –BOND OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES states Section 1.  All Department and Post officials handling American Legion money shall be bonded with a bonding and surety company in an amount equal to double the average amount of money handled in a single year or such other amount as the Post Executive Committee deems adequate to protect the funds of the Post…..Section 3 (b) Posts shall provide the Department Judge Advocate a copy of all surety bonds annually by October 1st.”

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security:

This is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, and many federal agencies are offering consumers information and resources on the topic. US-CERT encourages taxpayers, business owners, and tax preparers to educate themselves on tax identity theft by reading Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publication Taxes.Security.Together. and the US-CERT Tip on Identity Theft. Users can also check out these events on avoiding tax identity theft hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies.

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Ever stop to think and then forget to start again?

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1/25/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Thurs to Sunday - Jan 26 – 29 – DEC in Austin (tell them Hi for me)

Monday - Jan 30th – Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Military Day Presented by Denbury Resources

 

Tues --- Opportunities and benefits:

Hiring Our Heroes expo

Tues, Jan 31st at the American Airlines Arena (2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219)

Free for veterans, service members, National Guard and reservists, and spouses, taking place on Tues, Jan 31st at the American Airlines Arena with the Dallas Stars.  The event, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and sponsored by the Dallas Stars, begins at 9:30 - 11:00 am with an employment workshop for attendees, followed by the hiring expo with employers from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 
Additionally, all pre-registered participants will be eligible to receive up to two free tickets to the evening's Stars vs Maple Leafs game, while supplies last. 
More information and the registration link can be found here:
https://www.uschamberfoundatio n.org/event/dallas-hiring-expo -dallas-stars

--- Good information from Mike McCrady at Post 379

If your family or if you know of a family who has had a veteran pass away and need information on what to do, the attached file is a great place to start

Attached and linked: Survivor Assistance.pdf

 

--- January 28 - Data Privacy Day

From Homeland Security: DPD is celebrated every January 28 and is an international effort to promote the importance of data privacy. DPD is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the theme for this year's DPD is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust.  Many NCSA-sponsored events are available, including advice for businesses and consumers on January 25 and 26. The largest event held via Twitter will include a presentation on scams, ID theft, and fraud. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to participate in these events and to review basic privacy tips from Stay Safe Online. Related resources from US-CERT are:

Safeguarding Your Data,

Protecting Your Privacy,

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks, and

Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft.

 

Traveling Vietnam "Wall that Heals" LOCATION HAS CHANGED

-- From Rusty Baker
Public Affairs Officer, NAS Fort Worth JRB
Vietnam War Commemoration Committee

February 13 - 18

Location for Traveling Vietnam "Wall that Heals" AT THE FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS (131 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164)  on February 13 - 18.  It does not move to AT&T Stadium until Feb. 19.
Times available to sign up and be a volunteer are filling up fast!  Online signup for volunteers:  http://signup.com/go/q7CZuf

FYI:

The Vietnam War Commemoration Committee is a joint effort initiated by the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Public Affairs Office to recognize our local Vietnam War Veterans.  Our American Legion District Representatives are Bill Ray (Post 624) and Christine Willesen (Unit 624).  Our Tarrant County Veterans Council Representative is Ken Cox (Post 516).

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Happy Lunar New Year! 

This year, 2017, is the Year of the Rooster. The Lunar New Year is the longest and most important holiday throughout Asia. The Lunar New Year 2017 begins on January 28th and ends two weeks later on what is known as the Lantern Festival. One very fun tradition of the New Year is exchanging gifts. A traditional present that is given is small red envelopes filled with "lucky money". These envelopes are given to children by their family and friends.

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1/20/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

Jan 21st (Saturday) – Unit 838 Youth presents the making of the biggest Poppy in Texas 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Jan 22nd (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters 20 Piece Big Band Concert & Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone is invited and admission is free!

Delicious hamburgers and hot dogs are available for purchase.  Everyone is invited

 

-- From Rusty Baker
Public Affairs Officer
NAS Fort Worth JRB
Organizers say that the response to the [Fire watch for the Traveling Vietnam "Wall that Heals"] volunteer opportunity has been great.  They have now created an online sign link up for volunteers that should make things a lot easier and convenient: 
POC:  Rachael Lehman (cc'd) can be contacted at 480-518-0363 or rachael@rfdtv.com

Details:

Rural Media Group / American Rodeo have asked for help from our local veteran community to provide a 24/7 fire watch and greet visitors at the Traveling Vietnam Wall that Heals while at AT&T (Cowboy's) Stadium from Feb. 13 - 18, 2017.  Please see the flyer. 

- Volunteers are encouraged to greet visitors and be available to chat.
- In return for volunteering, each volunteer will receive two tickets to The American Rodeo and a hat and shirt.  The Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 19.
***Boys State Program Update***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Officers, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Paul Barker, Department Boys State Chair

This link will take you to the 2017 Boys State Program Update.  Several very important items are included which everyone should be informed.  This is a ‘must read’ for all involved in Texas Boys State.

 

-- From M. B. "BluHog" Ingersoll

  Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders
  Veteran, USAF 1973-83

  Adjutant, American Legion Riders Post 135

  Adjutant, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 135

 

The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.
The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

 

I'm "spamming" this out to many Veterans I know.  Some of you are retired military, so this won't be of benefit to you, but you may have people who could benefit from this information.  Some of you are not Veterans, but are relatives of Vets who are "internet/email/1990s-challenged" so, hopefully, you can print out copies for your father, right, Marcia?

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1049503/department-of-defense-extends-online-military-exchange-shopping-privileges-to-v?source=GovDelivery

 

-- From the RAO Bulletin:

OPINIONS: On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. It read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents  ...'

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1/10/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- From Your Hubmaster:

The 2017 District Calendar is online and ready to print, get yours here.

 

--- Public Relations

The January 2017 edition of "The Legion Times” is on the Texas Legion website txlegion.org <http://txlegion.org/> or you can follow this link <http://www.txlegion.org/Files/times/legion_times0117.pdf>.
You will not want to miss the excellent article on page 4 about the importance of securing our borders.

Post 626 also there with the Massing of the Colors.

 

--- Opportunities and benefits:

Veterans,

They always tell you not to volunteer, but some details are worth it. 
Rural Media Group / American Rodeo have asked for help from our local veteran community to provide a 24/7 fire watch and greet visitors at the Traveling Vietnam Wall that Heals while at AT&T (Cowboy's) Stadium from Feb. 13 - 18, 2017. 
Please see the attached flyer. 


Here's what you need to know:
- Volunteers for fire watch for the Wall that Heals can contact Rachael Lehman to schedule dates and times.
- Volunteers are encouraged to greet visitors and be available to chat.
- In return for volunteering, each volunteer will receive two tickets to The American Rodeo and a hat and shirt.  The Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 19.
Rachael Lehman can be contacted at 480-518-0363 or rachael@rfdtv.com
Sincerely and respectfully,

Rusty Baker
Public Affairs Officer
NAS Fort Worth JRB
Rusty.Baker@navy.mil
(817) 782-7815 Office
(817) 825-6403 Cell
www.facebook.com/NASFortWorthJRB

 

--- From the Department of Texas

Boys State Timeline

Dates: Sunday, June 11th through Friday, June 16th, 2017.

Cost: $295.00 which includes tuition, room and board, and one Boys State Tee shirt 

How: The website is ready at texasboysstate.com

Timelines:

Consider applying to the Texas Boys State staff to assist with this great program

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1/4/17 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Howdy Folks,

 

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! READ THIS! LEADERSHIP ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

Please skim over this newsletter and then read the excellent article.

The Making of a Leader in a Great Organization by Sylvia Chess January 4, 2017

It is also posted as an attachment so you can print it, share it and read it again.

 

Do not forget

This Saturday, Jan 7 – District Oratorical Contest, 11:00 am at Post 379

Everyone is invited and an audience can be good for these kids preparation moving up.

 

2016 - Another great year SPREAD THE WORD

These are just the events that we got pictures to link or upload.

http://www.12dis.org/scrapbook.html

Still room for more!

 

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Unit 838 Youth honoring our fallen heroes of 2016, December 10, 2016

Squadron 379 taking Josh Dogs to Cooks Children Hospital in Fort Worth, Dec. 15, 2016

American Legion Texas District Twelve Christmas Party, Dec. 16, 2016

Post 516 Family Christmas Party with Santa, Dec. 16, 2016

Post 379 Christmas Party with Santa, Dec. 17, 2016

Texas Roadhouse presenting donation to Post 379, Dec. 21, 2016

Burton Hill Elementary "Adopt A Family" for Christmas, Dec. 22, 2016

 

Looking for Flag Retirement Set-Up to loan to Post 626 (Post 516 no longer has one)

Hi Ken, Happy New Year!

I am looking for a burn apparatus to perform a disposal ceremony.   I am getting over run with tattered flags.  Scuttlebutt has it that P516 has a mobile unit...I would like to borrow same, or if you know of another post that might have one.  I will plan on doing the ceremony at Burton Hill to demonstrate to the students and staff the correct method of disposal.  Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated!

Art

 

--- Coming events:

From The Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Our 2017 First Flight Day celebration will be Saturday, January 14th from 10 am to noon at First Flight Park, 2700 Mercedes Avenue.  The park is complete with the exception of the Bleriot XI replica.  This year we will have new displays for the public, along with our traditional paper airplanes and helium balloon activities for young and old.  One of last year's balloons made it all the way to Atlanta, Georgia.
Our guest speaker this year will be Bruce Bleakley, Museum Director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.  Bruce is a noted author on North Texas and Dallas aviation.

For information and directions to First Flight Park,

CLICK HERE.

Map

 

***January Hubmaster Report attached***

TO: Department Officers, Past Department Officers, Division/District Commanders & Hubmasters, Department Commission & Committee Chairs

FOR: Immediate Statewide Distribution

FROM: Fred Rogers, Department Hubmaster

 

The Making of a Leader in a Great Organization by Sylvia Chess January 4, 2017

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! READ THIS! LEADERSHIP ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

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