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 to and 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

Tarrant County Voter information

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

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9/18/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

Happy Birthday Air Force (Sep 18)

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

City of Euless having their 911 Service with the Bedford Honor Guard presenting the colors, Sept. 11, 2018

 

--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Friday, Sep 21 - POW/MIA Recognition Day - POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony; Haltom City Post 655 at 6:00 pm

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DEC in Austin (Wednesday to Sunday) Sep 20 – 23, DEC

Fall DEC ALR Meeting (Sorry for the late notice but just received)

Our Fall DEC ALR Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 5:00 pm, in the Oaks Room at the OMNI Southpark in Austin.

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Oct 5 - The 10 th Annual Health and Lifestyle EXPO for Boomers & Seniors will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm at First Euless Campus West in Bedford. Register for the event here.              

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--- From Shanna Ruppert, Department of Veteran Affairs

Nov 14 – POSTER

I am excited about the upcoming 10th Annual Tarrant County Homeless Veterans Stand Down event which will be held on November 14th from 9am to 1pm. It will be held at the Resource Connection Gym located at 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119.  Attached is the flyer and the agency invite letter/registration form.  Please have the registration form completed and returned to me prior to November 1st, 2018. 

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Recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity

An often-heard saying is, 'If you see something, say something.' But exactly what is considered suspicious activity, and when should residents contact local law enforcement?

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9/6/18 District 12 Update

Updated District 12 Update

New details just received:

 

From Joseph Campbell, District 12 Vice Commander:

 

Will you please send out an update stating that the 12th District DEC is postponed until 1900 on Monday, 01 October at Post 655? Thanks in advance.

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Joseph

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Also noted from Harriet Wright ALA 626 President in their Newsletter:

 

ALA 12th District Fall Convention:  Will be held on Saturday, October 20th at Post 626.  This is an all-day event that usually begins around 8 am with breakfast and lunch provided.  Everyone is welcome – please let us know if you plan on attending.

 

Homeless Veterans Stand Down will be on November 14th.  Unit 626 will be donating caps, gloves and socks to help our vets through the cold winter months. 

 

By the way, great things going on with their post family.

Their Auxiliary received several Certificates of Appreciation for participation in ALA programs, supported the Operation Homefront, “Back to School Brigade” at the Joint Reserve Base and the Unit will once again be making a donation to the Burton Hill Elementary School nurse to help with needed supplies.

They are planning to assist in the 301st Airlift Wing Family Day Extravaganza and to donate gift cards to needy families from the 301st Airlift Wing for meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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9/5/18 District 12 Update

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

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Saturday, Sep 8Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

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Sunday, Sep 9 – Grandparents Day

Stair climb to honor first responders, vets, 8 am at Burnett Plaza, Burnett Park will have food trucks, live music, vendors, clowns and more. Spectators are welcome.

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Monday, Sept 10 – District DEC 7 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, Sep 11 – Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Another great friend and Legion Family Member called home way too early

Sep 15 (Saturday) – Memorial Service for James “Woody” Estes: Post 516 at 4:00 pm

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Mike McCrady shared a link.

100% Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

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8/29/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Today is Marine Forces Reserve Birthday, Oorah!

Welcome back to those that made The American Legion 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Monday is Labor Day

Any posts got plans for Sep 9 – Grandparents Day or Sep 11 – Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance?

 

Aug picture of the month 2.jpg

Mansfield Legion Riders “Adopt a Street” participation

 

--- From Our District Commander:

If you have not done so, please provide the date, time and location for your post’s General, Executive Committee meetings and contact information for your SAL Commander and Riders Director (if you have them) to the District Commander at  mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

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--- From the Department of Texas, Texas and Fort Worth WW1 Centennial Committees and your Twelfth District:

Information from the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

We’re in the most significant phase of the Texas WWI Centennial (August through November 11). We are encouraging communities around Texas to participate in one (or more) of three key commemoration activities this fall.  Please go to this link for more information: https://www.texasworldwar1centennial.org/2018/08/09/war-end-wars-100-years-later-three.

Bill Deal, Past District Commander

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Please note the Bells of Peace Initiative.  We will be promoting this for Veterans Day this year.  Please pass along to your groups.

Jim Hodgson, fort Worth WW1 Centennial Committee and Chairman and Executive Director Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade is included in the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

The Chairman of the Fort Worth WWI Centennial Committee and a Director on the Texas Commission is Jim Hodgson.  He is a local Legion member, director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum and the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade

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You are invited:

Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Saturday, November 10.  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 next Veterans Day Parade Planning Meeting will be on Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 am.  LOCATION: Benbrook American Legion Post 297, 8201 Old Benbrook Rd., Benbrook, TX 76126 Phone (817) 249-2791.  This is an informal meeting, Family and Friends are welcome and you do not need to be a Veteran to be on the committee.  (Come early, freshly prepared to order breakfast available for purchase). 

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Sept. 15, 2018 - Fall Trinity Trash Bash  8:30 a.m.

Hosted by TRWD, the Trinity Trash Bash is a semi-annual litter cleanup centered around the Trinity River. The one-day event helps rid the Trinity River and the surroundings areas of litter that pollutes our waterways and negatively impacts the river ecosystem. The Trinity Trash Bash is a great place for families, youth groups/scouts, community organizations, local schools and others alike to come together and share in the fun of making our community a better place.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Burn Ban Lifted [Note: this only applies to unincorporated areas of Tarrant County (not in city limits) and you can not burn items at night.]

The Tarrant County Commissioner's Court has approved lifting the burn ban effective August 21st. The Tarrant County Fire Marshal's Office reminds you that if you conduct an outside burn, there are certain rules to follow. See the list here.

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8/23/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- Happenings:

Aug 24 – 30: The American Legion 100th National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details)

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--- From the Department of Texas and your Twelfth District:

Information from the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

We’re in the most significant phase of the Texas WWI Centennial (August through November 11). We are encouraging communities around Texas to participate in one (or more) of three key commemoration activities this fall.  Please go to this link for more information: https://www.texasworldwar1centennial.org/2018/08/09/war-end-wars-100-years-later-three.

 

Bill Deal

Past District Commander

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Hubmaster note:

This year Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade in Fort Worth theme is the WWI Centennial and it is included in the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration, Part of a National Effort of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Texas Historical Commission WWI Centennial Calendar of Events.  The Chairman of the Fort Worth WWI Centennial Committee and a Director on the Texas Commission is Jim Hodgson.  He is a local Legion member, director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum and the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade

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Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Saturday, November 10.  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 next Veterans Day Parade Planning Meeting will be on Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 am.  LOCATION: Benbrook American Legion Post 297, 8201 Old Benbrook Rd., Benbrook, TX 76126 Phone (817) 249-2791.  This is an informal meeting, Family and Friends are welcome and you do not need to be a Veteran to be on the committee.  (Come early, freshly prepared to order breakfast available for purchase)

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Haltom City Post 655 welcomes RWB meeting at their hall

 RWBat655.jpg

RWB is a group or vets that do a lot of outdoor things: 5Ks, walks, etc. It stands for "Red, White, and Blue" they have a website, TeamRWB that indicates "social and physical activities". 

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8/16/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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-- From Mansfield American Legion Post 624:

The Celebration of Life for our beloved Bill O. will be Saturday August 18th at 11:00 at the Cowboy Church 12001 East FM 917 Alvarado. The
Celebration will continue at the American Legion #624 after the service - all are welcome.

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

 

Saturday, Aug 18 Celebration of Life for Bill Oertwich at Mansfield Post 624

Post Adjutant training at C. M. Joslin Post 618, 13054 FM 1097 E, Willis, TX 77378; 10:00 am to 3:00 PM 

            Fundraiser Dinner at Benbrook Post 297; 6 to 8 pm [call post for details (817) 249-2791]

Fundraiser Dinner at HEB Post 379; 6:30 to 8 pm

 

Tuesday, Aug 21 Taco Tuesday at Benbrook Post 297; 6 to 8 pm [call post for details (817) 249-2791]

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--- From Your Historian / Web / Hubmaster:

Our new District 12 Officers and Key Personnel are now posted on our website:

District Officers

Our Texas Chain of Command

Our Key Personnel

If there is an error or you need or want a new picture, please let me know.

Hub@12dis.org

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--- From Our District Commander:

Commanders,

Please provide the date, time, and location of your general membership meeting to the District Commander at  mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

Please provide the date, time, and location of your Executive Board meeting to the District Commander at mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

Please provide the name and contact information for your SAL Commander and Riders Director to the District Commander at mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

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Post 838 had a great School Supply Give-A-Way last Saturday

(Hope to get some pictures)

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August picture of the month

Shay elected State ALA President in Benbrook paper

More pictures from the state convention provided by the fine folks at Unit 655

Department of Texas Annual Convention, July 14, 2018

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

[Resources listed available to all Tarrant County folks]

Resources that help individual’s currently experiencing homelessness including assistance to veterans.  http://fortworthtexas.gov/directionshome/

Handy resource guide available to aid homelessness

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth SNAP program provides help for special-need residents in times of emergency

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is asking residents with a special, access or functional need to register in its free Special Needs Assistance Program to assist individuals vacating their residence in case of a disaster.

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8/9/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

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Aug. 10 - 12, 2018. During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

Sales Tax Holiday - Texas Comptroller - Texas.gov

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/

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Saturday, August 11 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook Post 297

Annual School Supply Give-a-Way at Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Chess Tournaments at Post 379 register at 10:00 am

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details)

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Sept 10 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post 655

Dec 3 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post 379

Mar 4, 2019 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post [TBD]

April 6, 2019 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post [TBD]

March 10, 2019 – Coffee Tour

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Register now, then celebrate Fort Worth's night out against crime on Oct. 2

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the citywide event to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Groups should register by Sept. 24.

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin:

Veterans Creed

In an effort to promote public service and camaraderie among former service members, advocates unveiled a new “Veteran’s Creed” on 14 JUN

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8/2/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Congratulations to Shay Kuehner, ALA Unit 297, Department of Texas President-Elect for 2018-2019

Shay’s membership theme is “Stepping Across Texas for Veterans and Families.” 

(Thanks to Harriet Wright, ALA 626 for passing this on in their newsletter)

Our National Commander Denise H. Rohan’s theme is “Family First,” so we are all together.

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

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Saturday, Aug 4 - Coast Guard Birthday

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details and more events there)

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Joe Mac's Chili Cook Off benefiting the Patriot Guard Riders

Love Field Post 453, 2755 Bachman Dr. Dallas, TX, 75220 phone: (214) 358-2934

The American Legion Post 453 Riders & Family have invited The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders to be part of their Fund-Raising Event on August 4, 2018. Funds raised will go to Supporting the Patriot Guard Riders.

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Monday, August 6 – President Parlay; 7:00 pm at Benbrook Post 297 (Due to some officers having other commitments on August 7th)

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Tuesday, August 7 - Purple Heart Day

Commanders Call; 7:00 pm at Post 516 – Agenda attached  [Commanders Call August 7.pdf]

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New events to add to your calendar:

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Aug 18 (Saturday) - Post Adjutant training at C. M. Joslin Post 618, 13054 FM 1097 E, Willis, TX 77378; 10:00 am to 3:00 PM 

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Oct 6 (Saturday) – ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624

Post Finance Officers training session 9 to 11 am at Mt Vernon Post 243

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--- From: 1st District Adjutant Bobby Baker < legion1dis@aol.com>
Subject: Finance Officer Training

The First District wants let everyone know that on October 6, 2018, at Mt Vernon Post 243; Terry Meyering the Division Finance Officer will conduct a short training session for Post Finance Officers.  It will be from 0900-1100, provided no restraints are put in place.  This training will be during the First District's Fall Convention.

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Dec 1 (Saturday) - Post Adjutant Training: Location: VFW Post 8560 in Sulphur Springs

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--- From Our District Commander:

Keller Field of Honor

Nov 11 to 17 (Sun. to Sat.) - Keller Field of Honor

The first annual Keller Field of Honor, The goal is to fly 1,400 flags to honor our Veterans, Police and Fire Departments.

Details and how you can help.

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin: TRICARE update

http://www.nhc-ul.org/Bulletin%20180801%20(PDF%20Edition).pdf

The final version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act no longer includes a plan that would have resulted in unfair fee increases for many retirees and their families enrolled in TRICARE

The final version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, released 23 JUL, no longer includes a plan that would have resulted in unfair fee increases for many retirees and their families enrolled in TRICARE. This decision, made by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, follows a campaign from the Military Officers Association of America and thousands of their members to get the measure removed, which would have eliminated the grandfathering for beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE prior to January 1, 2018 with the intent to establish a single co-payment structure for all beneficiaries. Congress's inboxes were flooded with over 17,000 MOAA-suggested messages explaining that yet another round of fee increases was unacceptable for TRICARE beneficiaries.

This mass swell of grassroots support, combined with many thousands more messages from partners in The Military Coalition, played an important role in shaping the conversation as the defense bill went to conference committee.

--- From Your Hubmaster:   Formed in 1985, The Military Coalition (TMC) is a consortium of 31 military, veterans’ and uniformed services organizations working cooperatively to maintain a strong national defense. TMC represents more than 5.5 million current and former service members and their families and survivors.  https://www.ausa.org/articles/military-coalition-works-strong-national-defense

The American Legion is not part of TMC but I expect that most of our members are a member of a participating organization.

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7/26/18 District 12 Update

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

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Sunday, July 29 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps

            BINGO benefit and Fundraiser at Post 569, 2 pm to 6 pm

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin:

Native American Veterans Memorial [01] ---- (“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Chosen)

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7/18/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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July 21, 9:00 am to noon

PD event helps parents keep kids secure

The Fort Worth Police Department's Northwest Division will sponsor Operation: Safe Child from 9 a.m.-noon July 21. Free fingerprint and photo cards will be created for each child attending.

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Congratulations to Bruce Zielsdorf (Post 626) and Joseph Campbell (Post 379) for Post Narrative’s placing first and second in the Department.  Bruce’s book will move forward to the National competition in August.
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National Ice Cream Month - From Peter Elias with the Mid Cities Stamp Club:

President Reagan dedicated July to be “National Ice Cream Month” (and with the 3rd Sunday of the month being “National Ice Cream Day” as a public law on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation 5219.

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Several Local Post Installations of Officers June 2018

Send me pictures from your post and I will add them.

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Had a real good time at a local community parade and enjoying fireworks outside Post 655

Met a lot of great folks but only about 1 of 20 were eligible for the Legion and they were already members somewhere.

Independence Day with friends, July 4, 2018

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Passed on from Jason McGlasson, Mansfield American Legion Post 624.

Why are the younger Veterans avoiding the Veteran Service Organizations?

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Back to School Events

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Mansfield ISD Back-to-School Bash! will be held on Sat., Aug. 4, 8am to 1pm at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts. This event is meant to bring the community together for a day of FREE family fun to kick off the school year. Food trucks will also be available on site.  

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Tarrant County Back-to-School Roundup - A one-stop shop to prepare the whole family for the start of school, the Roundup provides pre-registered families with free school supplies as well as health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts and information on education, health and social services. Don't miss this year's event on Thursday, August 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

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Arlington ISD Back to School Kickoff  will be held on the west outdoor plaza and in door platform of AT&T Stadium on August 11th from 8:00am to Noon. Pre-registered students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate to their grade level, as well as the opportunity to visit a variety of resource booths. 

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Helping Is As Easy As 1-2-3...

For many families vacations and pool memberships are the main financial pressures of summer. For others, those luxuries are out of reach. Instead, they worry about saving money to get their children ready for the coming school year. About one in five children under the age of 18 live in poverty in the United States, according to Communities In Schools. The cost of backpacks and supplies add up quickly and is enough to bust a struggling family's budget.  How you can help? Back to School Roundup serving qualified Tarrant County children grades Pre-K through 12 has made it very easy! Backpacks filled with school supplies can be purchased through EPI on our special BTSRU page. One backpack with school supplies is $16.65 plus tax. Supplies purchased will be distributed at the Tarrant County Back to School Roundup on Thursday, Aug. 9.  BTSRU ONLINE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE LINK

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FFA convention's service project helps Fort Worth homeless, community parks

Hundreds of blue-and-gold-clad members of Texas FFA made an impact on their host community through donations and service projects.

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7/9/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Just a quick reminder from the beautiful rolling hills of East Texas (at the McDonalds hotspot with a Quarter Pounder)

 

NO COMMANDERS CALL THIS MONTH (July)

 

Hope all had a wonderful Independence Day

If going, have a great time at the Convention in San Antonio (July 11-15)

 

If not going everyone is welcome on Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 am to the

Veterans Day Parade planning meeting at Benbrook Post 297

 

Be sure to mark Tuesday, August 7 (Purple Heart Day) for the next

Commanders Call [and Presidents Parlay?]; 7:00 pm at Arlington Post 60

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6/29/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

TENTH ANNUAL Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, June 16, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at NRH Centre’ 6000 Hawk Avenue North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Discover Real Possibilities in your Community!

AARP is improving neighborhoods all across Texas by offering exciting events for people of all ages. Staying active and involved in your community is a great way to have fun while increasing your overall well-being and health.   The Tarrant County Historical Commission has a table and offered to share with other groups to offer literature for visitors at the event to learn about the opportunities with each of us.  I have provided pamphlets about the American Legion and Auxiliary with copies of our district brochure listing the local posts to them.  If you attend please thank them.

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Tuesday, July 3:

ARLINGTON Light Up Arlington: Tuesday, July 3rd at 6:00pm 

MANSFIELD Rockin' 4th of July: Tuesday, July 3rd @ 7:00pm

 

Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day

Arlington July 4th Parade: Wednesday, July 4th @ 9:00am

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Westcliff West Parade; 10:00 am

Like cars, Fort Worth Fire Dept vintage fire truck, Corvette, Volkswagen, Jeep Clubs and more

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Fort Worth Forth gates open at 10 am

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--- Coming events:

Have heard rumors that the July 9 Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay originally scheduled has been rescheduled.  I have no confirmation about this.

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July 11-15 - Department Convention at San Antonio, Texas

Details: https://txlegion.org/conventions/department-convention/

A little info in the Legion Times: https://www.txlegion.org/Files/times/legion_times0618.pdf

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--- FYI:

Pet owners in Fort Worth need to read this

New animal ordinances approved

After more than a year of discussions and public input, the Fort Worth City Council approved a series of updated animal ordinances on June 26.

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Weather the heat with these tips from MedStar

Summer is just getting started and already the heat is taking its toll on Fort Worth residents. Emergency calls are on the rise, but there are steps to take to avoid falling victim to high temperatures.

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First responders need our eyes and ears to help prevent an act of terrorism

It is up its residents to help keep Fort Worth a safe community. Report suspicious behavior to the Fort Worth Police Homeland Security Unit hotline.

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6/20/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Let us know if your post has a special July 4 Independence Day event.

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Some of the great Flag Day events by our Legion Family, several events I know of without pictures:

Post 655 and Haltom City Honoring Veterans on Flag Day, June 14, 2018

Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Mansfield Post 624, June 14, 2018

Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Benbrook Post 297, June 14, 2018

DAR and Legion joint Flag Retirement Ceremony at HEB Post 379, June 16, 2018

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Post officer installations in progress please let me know your new Post Commander, Adjutant and Hubmaster; Auxiliary President, SAL Commander and Rider Director for this newsletter.

We can also include additional key personnel but we need to keep this mailing list manageable.

Thanks,

Ken

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Ongoing Veteran assistance program with funds now available, please distribute widely

The Forward Home Veteran Assistance Program helps veterans, active duty and their families.

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Thursday, June 21 - RESTOCK TARRANT

UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY’S 2018 DAY OF ACTION

Our local shelters and partner agencies help thousands of people in need each year with basic

hygiene and cleaning items like toothbrushes, shampoo and more. We’re restocking the shelves of these agencies and need your help!

During the month of June we will be collecting the items listed below, and on June 21st, a community of volunteers will come together to create basic needs kits for the following agencies: Presbyterian Night Shelter, Center for Transforming Lives, GRACE Grapevine, Community Enrichment Center, Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Dental Health Arlington.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Thursday, June 21 - Kennedale, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mayor's History Lecture Series: The 4th Amendment

This History Lecture Series is presented by Mayor Brian Johnson, with support and light refreshments provided by the Kennedale Historical Society

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Visit PD's open house on June 23

Gain an inside view of Fort Worth Police activities at an open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex

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6/13/18 District 12 Update

District 12 Update (click here for online version without attachments)

Howdy Folks,

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CORRECTION, CORRECTION to District 12 Update

 

Mondays Commanders Call is not at Post 655

 

Monday, June 18 – Commanders Call 7:00 pm at Saginaw Post 467

 

Saginaw Post 467

Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Building

 

301 S Saginaw Blvd, Saginaw, TX 76179

(Also known as 301 S. Main St. if going north from Loop 820 in Fort Worth)

This is the first building on the right (east) backing up to the RR tracks.

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/M9GK6vXKVuD2

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I have not lost my mind; just forget where I left it sometimes.

Ken

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6/12/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

Today is – Woman Veterans Day - Highlights in the History of Military Women

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Chapter 379 Legion Riders 2nd Annual Red Lion Poker Benefit Run, June 9, 2018

2018 Boys State send off from south Fort Worth Post 569, June 10, 2018

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-- From Mike McCrady, Post 379 Adjutant

Official enrollment for 2018 Texas Boys State: 1,111 Statesmen! Thank you to the many American Legion posts across Texas for sponsoring these young men.

-- From Joseph Campbell, District Americanism (and Boys State) Chairman:

Follow us periodically on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, and flickr. Texas Boys State 2018, another phenomenal Legion program.

--- From Your Hubmaster:

Also check out the daily news and social media links at the bottom right of the Texas Boys State webpage.

http://texasboysstate.com/

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

--- From the City of Fort Worth: Juneteenth observations celebrate 153 years of freedom in Fort Worth

A full weekend of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 153rd anniversary of emancipation in Texas. A City Hall observance, parade and festival are scheduled June 14-19.

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Thursday, Jun 14 – U.S. Army birthday – Flag Day

Flag Retirement Ceremonies at Benbrook Post 297 (7:00 pm) & Mansfield Post 624

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Saturday, Jun 16 – Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride – Benbrook to Terrell

Post Service Officer Training at Post 243 Mount Vernon, TX; 8:00 AM till 1PM

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Sunday – Fathers Day

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Monday, June 18 – Commanders Call 7:00 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, June 19 – Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day (see city events linked above)

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

 

Tarrant County School Supply Drive

Participate in the Back to School Roundup "School Supply Drive".  Join Tarrant County Back to School Roundup in providing free backpacks with school supplies for children living in poverty.

Click here and use the QR code to purchase school supplies. Can you help?

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6/8/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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

            Red Lion Poker Run from Post 379 – KSU 11:00 am

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

Sunday, 10 June 2018 – Friday, 15 June 2018 Texas Boys State

 

This Sunday, June 10th the Boys State Delegates will be departing Post 569 off of Felix St.

It has become somewhat of a tradition for Legion Riders of the 12th District to provide escort for the Boys State bus from Post 569 to the Flying J truck stop in Waco. 

 I am asking all riders who are available to join in this Sunday and show our support for our future leaders. 

I would like to be there with you but I am currently out of town on vacation with my bride..

Ride proud and ride safe.

 

Bill Deal

Commander (and Rider)

12th District 

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June 12 – Woman Veterans Day - Highlights in the History of Military Women

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Cracker-Jax turn 125 years old this month, first offered at the Chicago Worlds Fair.

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Be sure to check your schedule:

This coming Thursday is the U.S. Army birthday and Flag Day with Flag Retirement Ceremonies at the Benbrook and Mansfield Posts

Next weekend we have the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride and Post Service Officer Training in Mount Vernon, TX

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Subject: Post Service Officer Training
IF PLANNING TO GO; LET THEM KNOW SO THEY HAVE ENOUGH MATERIALS

 

From: Steven Ferrell and Bobby Baker <legion1dis@aol.com>  Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 4:29 PM
If any Posts in your Area will be sending anyone to the Post Service Officer Training which will be held Saturday June 16th (8 AM - 1 PM) at Post 243 Mt. Vernon.  Mike Lacy, from the Houston Office will be the facilitator.  If anyone wants to attend, please let me know by this weekend, by sending me their name & Post.  We have to ensure plenty of material is available.

 

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY - VETERANS STILL SERVING AMERICA

 

Bobby Baker

First Division

Commander

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth to represent United States at Italian sports games

Fort Worth will send nearly 100 student-athletes and coaches to the sixth annual Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy, July 5-14. The Tricolore Games are held every four years.

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--- From our IRS:

Updated forms and publications:

Publication 3386, Tax Guide - Veterans Organizations

Publication 4220, Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status 

Publication 5248, IRS Form 990-N Electronic Filing System (e-Postcard)

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5/31/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Just a few of the events from the weekend (more event pictures are welcome):

HEB Post 379 members placing American Flags for Fallen Veterans, May 26, 2018

The American Legion District 12 Memorial Day Activities, May 28, 2018

Post 379 Memorial Day Service at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, May 28, 2018

Post 655 NEW TRINITY CEMETERY in Haltom City, Texas, May 28, 2018

Arlington Elks Lodge, American Legion and VFW Memorial Day Service, May 28, 2018

 

Now just rust relax this weekend, we have a busy month coming up

Saturday, June 2 SAL Horseshoe Tournament at Mansfield Post 624; 1:00 pm

--- FYI:

From Jason at Mansfield Post 624

I just paid my motorcycle insurance and as I was looking at the website noticed that a discount could be applied if I am in an approved motorcycle riding group. So I called and found out that ALR is an approved riding group and will get a discount. Check into your ins companies and see if they offer a riding group discount.

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Today is INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANT DAY

On May 31, International Flight Attendant Day recognizes the dedicated members of the flight crew who rise early, stay late and remain alert throughout the flight providing comfort, care and reassurance of the safest travel.  International Flight Attendant Day (also known as International Cabin Crew Day) has been celebrated around the world since at least 2015.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar

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5/23/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion District 12 Boys State Candidates Orientation at Post 569, May 15, 2018

Some notable events before Memorial Day

Post 379 Honor Guard at Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery, April 27, 2018

Mansfield Post 624 Dallas National Cemetery ride, May 19, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, May 24 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

May 25 - National Poppy Day

Saturday, May 26 – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH

Leaves Crowley at 10 am heading for Fort Worth

Leaves Amon G Carter Stadium – 3 pm heading to the Fort worth Police and Firefighter Memorial and leaving there at 6:30 pm

Sunday, May 27 – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH

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Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day

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

10 am New Trinity Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony (located at 28th & Beach St in Haltom City)

10 am Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville

10 am Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth

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

11:00 am DFW National Cemetery Ceremony

Noon – Arlington Memorial Day ceremony; Elks Lodge 2114

3:00 pmThe National Moment of Remembrance moment of silence

6:00 pm - HALTOM CITY MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION at Post 655

6:30 pm -  Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth

8:00 pmPost 516 Flag Retirement

(Pictures from the events you attend will be appreciated for our scrapbook)

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--- From Our District Commander:

As what has become a tradition, the Legion Riders of the 12th District are being asked to come together on Sunday, June 10th at Post 569 to help escort the Boys State bus to the Flying J truck stop in Waco. The bus is scheduled to depart post 569 at 1000hrs.  Riders are asked to please be at Post 569 by 0930hrs.

Come one come all Riders! Let's show these young men we support them. RIDER PROUD!

 

Bill Deal

Commander 

12th District 

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

SATURDAY, June 16, 2018; 8:00 AM till 1PM

Post Service Officer Training

HOSTED BY: 1st District

Location: Post 243 Mount Vernon (1557 CR SE 4265, Mt Vernon 75457)

I has been requested, and I know it has taken some time to get this together.  However, it is happening.

The attached flyer has all the information.  Please, at least send your Post Service Officer (if you have one) or any interested Legionnaire!!!  It is open to all wanting to learn how to help all Veterans!  Just be sure to respond back on how many and who will be attending.

Bobby Baker

First Division Commander

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth will soon ban smoking in city parks

The City Council voted to expand the city's smoking ban to include city parks, except in certain instances. The expanded ban goes into effect Aug. 15.

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5/16/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

May 16-25 - RUN FOR THE WALL Southern Route leaves from California

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Saturday, May 19 – Armed Forces Day

            Summer Vacation Pageant at south Fort Worth Post 569

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Thursday, May 24 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

May 25 - National Poppy Day

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Next Weekend (May 26-28) is Memorial Day Weekend:

Several of our posts will be preparing for their participating in events.  If you would like to help I am sure they would appreciate your participation.

FYI: May 26 (Saturday) – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH will come through Fort Worth

Leaves Crowley at 10 am heading for Amon G Carter Stadium; at 3 pm goes to the Fort worth Police and Firefighter Memorial until 6:30 pm

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(insert picture)

From Gold Star Moms

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Mansfield Post 624 Chop Shop Ride, May 12, 2018

Post 379 Mike Garlington Memorial Golf Tournament, May 14, 2018

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--- From the Trinity River Vision Team:

Join us for the 4th Annual Spring TRWD Trash Bash on Saturday, May 19th 2018 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. 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.

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This is Privacy Awareness Week

FTC Promotes Privacy Awareness Week Original release date: May 14, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an announcement promoting Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) May 14–18, 2018. PAW is an annual event fostering awareness of privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information. This year’s theme, “From Principles to Practice,” focuses on privacy protection and online security for businesses and individuals.

NCCIC encourages consumers and organizations to review FTC’s post and these related NCCIC resources:

Protecting Your Privacy

Safeguarding Your Data

How Anonymous Are You

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FBI Releases Article on Digital Defense Against ID Theft Original release date: May 16, 2018

FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains that the growing number of data breaches put more people at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. However, implementing basic security practices can help users minimize their risk.

NCCIC encourages consumers to review the FBI Article and the following NCCIC Tips for more information:

Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Choosing and Protecting Passwords

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ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday - May 26-28, 2018

You can buy certain ENERGY STAR® energy-efficient products tax-free during the annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday.

This year's tax-free ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins Saturday, May 26, and goes through midnight on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).

Qualifying Products: air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less), refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less), ceiling fans, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers…

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/96-1331.php

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5/9/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- Action Items:

Be sure everyone is aware of the

Boys State Orientation on Tuesday, 15 May at 7pm @ Post 569

And Friday, May 11 is the Deadline to sign up for Golf Tournament on Monday

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

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

Sunday, May 13 – Mothers Day

Monday, May 14 – MIKE GARLINGTON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, May 15 - Boys State Orientation, 7:00 pm at Post 569

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

HEB Squadron 379 and their annual Fish Fry dinner, May 4, 2018

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Prevention is key as mosquito season begins

The 2018 mosquito season has officially begun for the Fort Worth Code Compliance Department, which has begun setting out 62 mosquito traps weekly. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from potentially deadly diseases.

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--- From our IRS:

New IRS online tool offers expanded access to information on tax-exempt organizations; newly-filed data available to public for first time

The IRS introduced a new online tool designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations.

The new Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) replaces EO Select Check, a more limited tool available since 2012 that focused primarily on providing information on an organization’s tax-exempt status. Among the enhancements, the new TEOS tool includes images of newly-filed 990 forms and it’s mobile friendly so you can access it using smartphones or tablets.

"This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations."

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Many tax-exempt organizations must file information returns by May 15; do not include Social Security numbers or personal data

The IRS reminds certain tax-exempt organizations using the calendar year as their tax year of the Tuesday, May 15 filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns. Organizations must not include Social Security numbers or personal data in their filings. Additional information is in the IRS Fact Sheet.

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

First Lady’s 'Be Best' Initiative Addresses Kids' Online Safety

Original release date: May 07, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump has announced her initiative to help children be their best. As part of her initiative, the First Lady released a guide to help parents and other adults discuss online safety and responsibility with children. Children taught about internet safety, appropriate online conduct, and responsible social media behavior, become safe and responsible users.

NCCIC encourages users to review the First Lady’s Guide on Talking with Kids About Being Online for more information. Refer to the NCCIC Tips Keeping Children Safe Online and Dealing with Cyberbullies for additional best practices.

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5/2/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures added, see if you are in them:

12th District 2018 Spring Convention at Post 838, April 21, 2018

Sikh Riders of America Benefit Ride, April 28, 2018

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, April 28, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, May 3 - All Fort Worth Library branches will close for one day for staff training and development. All branches will resume their regularly scheduled service times the following day.

Friday, May 4 – Squadron 379 Fish Fry (see Bulletin Board for details)

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Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo, National Day of Prayer, Mayfest and BOND ELECCTION VOTE in Fort Worth

            First Division Convention

Date:      Saturday, 5 May 2018   Registration Time:   8:00 AM

Location:  Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Dr, Hurst 76054                 

Onsite registration:  $35.00

DivisionConventionRegistration2018 information

Div-Agenda-Convention

Div-Agenda-JointSession

Div-American Legion Agenda

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May 6 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day

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

May 8 - VE Day (Victory in Europe)

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--- From the Fort Worth Aviation Museum Newsletter (linked):

Hops and Props Breaks Records

Our 4th annual Hops and Props was another great success with over 1,300 people attending

Eight Veteran Support Organizations joined us along with sixteen family-friendly vendors, and a few surprises. 

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4/25/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Bedford Post 379 members at the Texas Rangers Ballpark, April 19, 2018

12th District 2018 Spring Convention at Post 838, April 21, 2018

BILL CROCK - CELEBRATION OF LIFE at Post 516, April 21, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, April 28 (Arbor Day)

Hops and Props district 12 booth at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum (Homepage with directions)

Sikh Ride benefitting Children in special needs, veterans and law enforcement

Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Post 297; Sign up at 2:00 pm (starts at 3 pm)

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Sunday, April 29 – Cinco de Mayo Tardeada event at Post 569 starting at 2:00 pm

            Overnight Casino Trip sponsored by Auxiliary Unit 297.  Everyone is welcome

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--- From Our District Americanism chairman:  Joseph Campbell

Follow-up details from the District Convention

Recommended Areas of Operation for the Post Boys State, Oratorical and membership recruitment.

Let the commander’s know that I would like their approval of the boundaries or their desired changes.

Attachment: Recommend Post AOR.png

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We need a flag ceremony on July 1

We, The Legacy Singers (LegacySingers.org), are putting together a 4th of July program as we do every year. This year, on the evening of July 1, we are looking for an organization that can do a 15-minute flag ceremony at the start. This would include posting the colors and a flag folding tribute using a script. Please let me know whether you would be able to do that or if you know of an organization that might.

Thank you!

Ron Whiteurst (http://ronwhiteurst.com)

--- From Your Hubmaster:

If your post can support this please advise (reply to this District 12 Update), so we will not forward to other organizations.

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--- FYI:

Early voting started Monday, April 23rd

City/School Board Elections and Primary Runoff Elections

Elections for City Council and School Boards are Saturday, May 5th. Early voting starts Monday, April 23rd and goes through Tuesday, May 1st. Click here for more information.

Primary Runoff Elections are Tuesday, May 22nd. Early voting starts Monday, May 14th and goes through Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information.

 

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Arlington National Cemetery -- Passed on by M. B. "BluHog" Ingersoll, Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders

Arlington National Cemetery will close for new burials in 23 years if current eligibility policies remain in place. Further expansions should not be expected to solve the dilemma at ANC. The next possible expansion, into the area south of the cemetery (the Southern Expansion; around 40 acres) will add about 10-15 years of life to the cemetery – closing the cemetery to new burials by the mid-2050’s. This does not achieve the objective or the desire of previous survey respondents to keep ANC open for new burials well into the future.

Please watch the video prior to taking the survey. https://www.youtube.com/embed/at0mXZozIzc?rel=0

Survey https://survey.foreseeresults.com/survey/display?cid=EshUt0ZwxRE9xtVJtglx9g4C&sid=link-en

If you are a member of a veteran’s organization, please pass this information along.
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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm 26th Annual Day with the Law

Dalworthington Gardens is hosting their 26th Annual Day with the Law at Pappy Elkins Park on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm. This is a great day of camaraderie with fellow officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. It's all  about enforcing positive interactions with the youth and public in the community. All Public Safety personnel are invited to attend. Please feel free to bring your fire apparatus, air units, police cars, K-9 units, police bicycles, police motors, and any other specialized unit you would like to show off!

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4/18/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, welcome to National Volunteer Week

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April 21 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 (map)

Convention registration - Delegate Certification - Joint Session Agenda – ALA Agenda – Legionnaire Agenda

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Not going to the convention, how about the

Mansfield Post 624 Poker Run, Ride Brief at 1145

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And then everyone can come to the

Memorial Service for Bill Crock; Post 516 starting at 6:00 pm

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--- From National

Without volunteers, where would we be?

This week is National Volunteer Week, a time for organizations across the country to honor volunteers for their selfless contributions and recognize the irreplaceable impact of their time and energy all year round.

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-- Speaking of great volunteers, Shay sent this along to share:

Attached is a flyer about an awesome organization called "Compassionate Friends" that helps family members deal with the loss of a child, sibling, parent, or other close relation.  They are non-denominational, there are no fees, and several Legion family members have experienced comfort and hope through this amazing support group.  Please feel free to share with all your Posts or anyone who may be in need of grief assistance or support. 

 

Shay Kuehner
American Legion Auxiliary

Vice President

Department of Texas
817-300-2043

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Around Town and more:

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Air Force seeking input on F-35 location in Fort Worth

April 19 public meeting will discuss the scope of a planned environmental impact study.

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African-American Health Expo coming April 21

April 21 - Dozens of vendors and health care providers will help ensure the well-being of the community during the annual African-American Health Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21. This free event addresses many needs including early detection and prevention.

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April 22 - Join us for our 9th Annual Puppetry Festival! 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday

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Free nature event scheduled at Chisholm Trail Community Park

April 29 - Spend a spring afternoon learning about wild plant and animal species in a city park that preserves a portion of the historic Fort Worth Prairie. Participate in a Bioblitz and record the wildlife you see in the park, 2-5 p.m. April 29.

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--- From the Stare of Texas

Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 28-30
(AUSTIN) — With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.
“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”


There's no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;

Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and

Portable generators priced at less than $3,000.


Purchases that do not qualify include:

batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;

camping stoves and camping supplies;

chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.


 A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.
The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

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

Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Original release date: April 16, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert (TA) about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the Russian government as GRIZZLY STEPPE.

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4/12/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

April 13 (Friday) – Pro Wrestling at Post 655 – Times and details

April 14 (Saturday) – Air Force Reserve Birthday

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

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Apr 18 (Wednesday) - Veterans/First Responders Briefing Day in Dallas

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

The Annual Sheriff Dept cleanup at the local Bedford Post 379, April 7, 2018

Your Celebration of Service and the 99th Birthday of the American Legion at Post 655, April 7, 2018

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--- Action Items:

Tomorrow, Friday the thirteenth is the last day to pre-register

April 21 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 (map)

Convention registration - Delegate Certification - Convention Call

Joint Session Agenda – ALA Agenda – Legionnaire Agenda

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In the past 3 weeks we the 12th District has dropped from the 4th position among the 23 Districts in the Department to the 7th position.  The 2018 membership year will officially end on June 9th.

 

I know everyone is concentrating on their upcoming elections.  I know all of you have really been working hard on your membership and I want you to know that I greatly do appreciate all that you have done.  I to have been working along side of you.  Hopefully the system will catch up with all the 345 transfers that have been submitted.  I have submitted approximately 125, 345 transfers for several posts. 

 

I have one more BIG favor to ask of you.  Can you continue to get your renewals up and try to bring in ONE new member before the June 9th deadline?  If there is anything that I can do to help you, please let me know.  

 

Don't forget our Spring District Convention on Saturday, April 21st at Post 838 in Ft. Worth.  Commanders are encouraged to bring membership renewals and transfers to the Convention for turn in.

 

Have a great day and as always, "Thank You" for your service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Deal

Commander 12th District.

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Passed on from Kurt in the American Legion Riders Post 624 Mansfield, Texas

Earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes

 

Special Extra Earnings for Military Service

Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.

Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training.

If your active military service occurred

From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.

From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.

After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

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4/4/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, April 7

Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 am

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Mission 22 Support ride; Start (8:00 am) and Finish at Post 379

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Your Celebration of Service and the 99th Birthday of the American Legion

Haltom City Post 655; starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Show off your uniform, collections, pictures or stories (RSVP ASAP to msgdarrell@gmail.com)

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mike.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to the VA rehab center.

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--- Action Items:

District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Early registration ends April 13

Convention Call – Convention registration - Delegate Certification

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Please display and/or distribute the attached poster

Saturday, April 21, 2018 after the convention everyone is invited to Post 516 starting at 6:00 pm

Celebration of Life & Benefit in Memory of Bill Crock

Bill was a long-time member, leader and supporter of the American Legion.

Please join us as we remember Bill, celebrate his life, and raise money to help with his final expenses.

(Poster with food, entertainment and info attached)

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

EASTER EGG HUNT at American Legion Post 838, Mar. 31, 2018

Charity Car Show at American Legion Post 516, Mar. 31, 2018

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--- FYI:

IC3 Issues Alert on Tech Support Fraud Original release date: March 29, 2018
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on tech support fraud. Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that don't exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading lock screens, and sending emails to entice users to accept fraudulent tech support services. Users should not give control of their computers or mobile devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the IC3 Alert and the NCCIC Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information. If you believe you are a victim of a tech support scam, file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov.

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3/28/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Business After Hours at American Legion Post 379 in Bedford, Mar. 21, 2018

Post 655 hosted a, "Meet Your Neighbor" reception with a meal, music and fun activities, Mar. 24, 2018

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--- Action Items:

Form 990 processing changes, reminders and overview course

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/1e52f38?reqfrom=share

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 (see details below)

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

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District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Early registration ends April 13

Convention Call – Convention registration - Delegate Certification

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, Mar 29 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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From Sarah at Mansfield Post 624

Friends, I want to remind you that we have nine (9) events coming up just this weekend! A great way to support these events (and the Legion) is to invite your friends to events you think they'd enjoy and/or to share individual events to your page or to their page.
Here is the link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MansfieldALPost624/events/

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Friday, Mar 30 – Benbrook SAL Annual Good Friday Fish and Chicken Fry; 6 to 8 pm

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Saturday, Mar 31 – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Fun; American Legion Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Eating Contest; Mansfield Post 624 starting at 2:00 pm

            Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show at Post 516 starting at 5:00 pm

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Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunrise Services at many of our posts

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Next Wednesday, Apr 4 - Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade

NTX PGR will once again lead the civilian motorcycle contingent of this year’s (11th Annual) Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade from DFW Airport property to the grounds of Gainesville High School.  All MC Riders are welcome, however, participants should be comfortable with both high and low speed, close formation riding.

Staging Time / Location: 3:15 PM at Former Amon Carter (“Great Southwest International”)   Airfield/Tarmac, Amon Carter Blvd., DFW International Airport, TX, 76155 Link

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

Post 655 Membership committee will be hosting a celebration of service in conjunction with the Legions 99th Birthday.

Asking all legion members and veterans to bring in their uniforms and or memorabilia from their era to display.

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mic.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to 

the VA rehab center.

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Apr 21 (Saturday) - After the District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 come on over to Post 516 for Chili, raffles and enjoy Vinny and the Jets playing Rock ‘n Roll like it was meant to be played.  This is a Benefit to help with Bill Crock medical expenses.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Three great companions to have during storm season

By receiving advance alerts, you’ll have more time to find shelter and prepare for an emergency

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Panther Island Project.

http://trinityrivervision.org/panther-island/project-goals/?utm_source=Panther+Island+Pulse&utm_campaign=4c7f421f02-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8ca24d9c4b-4c7f421f02-216870069&mc_cid=4c7f421f02&mc_eid=9956976a5c

Bypass Channel Scale Model Video - Trinity River Vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7F1QkEVdA

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3/21/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Saturday, Mar 24 – District membership revitalization event at Haltom City Post 655 starting at 11:00 am (note location change)

Thursday, Mar 29 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

District 12 Membership and Coffee Tour, Mar. 17, 2018

Please fill in the gaps

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--- Action Items:

District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Convention CallConvention registration - Delegate Certification

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

 Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.

 Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email

 

Post 655 Membership committee will be hosting a celebration of service in conjunction with the Legions 99th Birthday.

Asking all legion members and veterans to bring in their uniforms and or memorabilia from their era to display.

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mic.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to 

the VA rehab center.

 April 7th!

 Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.

 Text 8173018053 or email

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Mar 31 (Saturday) – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Fun; American Legion Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Eating Contest; Mansfield Post 624 starting at 2:00 pm

            Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show at Post 516 starting at 5:00 pm

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3/15/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

IN THE NEWS

Great story in the National Magazine on page 10 about our Benbrook Unit 297 Junior Members.

While here, check out the story about where our target audience should be now (Millennials on page 18).

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Mar 6 Governor Abbott Proclaims March 2018 to be Women’s History Month

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--- This week:

Today, Mar 15 – American Legion Birthday

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Saturday, Mar 17 – St Patrick’s Day

Coffee Tour / Membership Drive starting from Post 655

Saint Patrick's Day Dance and Karaoke; Mansfield Post 624 at 8pm

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Sunday, Mar 18 – Chili Cook-off at Post 569

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SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE THEATER March 21, 2018 @ 6:00PM — 8:00PM

Tarrant County Veterans Council,

 I’m writing on behalf of Texas Ballet Theater to invite your members to a special event that we are holding next week here in our Fort Worth studios.

 

Texas Ballet Theater will be performing a piece entitled Mozart Requiem, along with another work, during Easter weekend at Bass Hall. Our Artistic Director, Mr. Ben Stevenson, created Mozart Requiem after being impacted by words shared with him by a U.S. army soldier who served in Afghanistan. The dancers who will be performing this piece expressed an interest to our staff to hold a special evening with a performance of this piece in honor of men and women who currently or have previously served our country, as well as a time to meet them, speak with them, and hear their stories. They realize that the meaning of this piece goes deeper than just outwardly portraying a role, and they are sincerely interested in interacting with those who have made a sacrifice greater than they could understand without meeting them and hearing from them personally.

 

Details are below, and I am happy to answer any questions that you have. The evening will be casual, with a rehearsal performance of the piece followed by a time to enjoy some light refreshments and for audience and dancers to speak with one another if they wish.

 

On behalf of Texas Ballet Theater, please accept our sincerest thanks for your service. We hope that you’ll join us.

 https://texasballettheater.networkforgood.com/events/5934-march-3-21-18-in-studio

 

Best,


Catherine Roe

Community Enrichment Coordinator

817.763.0207 ex. 103

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--- Public Relations

April 28 Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Several Veterans Organizations are participating in this event.

We, The Twelfth District, have a booth, all we need are folks to attend the event, have fun and show folks who we are.

Visit the Hops and Props Facebook Page for the latest news and Earlybird tickets. 
CLICK HERE to download a flyer.  

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Apr 7 (Saturday) – Mission 22 Support ride; Start (8:00 am) and Finish at Post 379

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

2018 Don't mess with Texas® Scholarship

The Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and communities. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school in Texas may apply. One $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded this May. Apply now!
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--- From the City of Fort Worth

FWPD recognized for adopting best practices for law enforcement

The Fort Worth Police Department has been honored by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation's recognition program. The statewide honor assures residents that the PD is operating in line with the most current law enforcement practices.

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--- From the Stare of Texas

State updates fish consumption advisory for Lake Worth, portions of Trinity River

Concentrations of the pollutants in certain fish exceed state health guidelines and pose a risk to people who consume them.

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Stay safe with natural gas

Atmos Energy urges: Use all your senses to recognize a gas leak. Be aware of what to do and how to prevent incidents involving natural gas pipelines.

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3/7/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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March 6 - Proclamation - Governor Abbott Proclaims March 2018 to be Women’s History Month

March 8 – International Women's Day

March 4–10 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW),

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School District Map – Attached is the Tarrant County map discussed at the Commanders Call for recruiting areas.

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Please click on your post  WEB and SOCIAL page information at the bottom and let me know any changes!

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ATTENTION POST COMMANDERS AND ADJUTANTS:

The Annual Post Data Report has been mailed from Department.  This report has to be completed, signed and back to Department by April 15th 2018.

This is the form you use to increase your post's annual dues, change your address for the post add/delete/change address, website, phone numbers. 

IF a post fails to submit this report, their membership package for 2019 will be delayed. 

This is the 1st of 3 annual reports each post has to submit to Department. 

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to the American Legion. 

 

Bill Deal

Commander 12th District 

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--- This week:

Friday, Mar 9 - Post 569 Spring Fling 2018

Let’s shake off the cold weather at the Post 569 Spring Fling 2018 featuring Sammy Perez and the Fender Benders from 7 to 11 pm.

Let’s enjoy the great music and camaraderie of our fellow District members!

Contact Mary Gunter if you have any questions.  601-940-1024 Mary.Gunter@fwisd.org

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

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 - Daylight Savings Time starts; set your clocks ahead one hour.

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--- Happenings:

Mar 17 (Sat) – Coffee Tour / Membership Drive starting from Post 655

Download the schedule and welcome folks to your post.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Must pre-register by March 7, 2018 to receive free lunch at the Mar 21 Arlington Aging Well Expo

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-- From The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Staff 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Click here to read Issue 2 of the VWC SITREP, which highlights National Vietnam War Veterans Day and some of the exciting events that will take place on that day.  Our Tarrant County Veterans Council is a Commemorative Partner.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Funding partnership makes riding Molly the Trolley free again

Fort Worth residents and visitors will now be able to ride around downtown for free on Trinity Metro's Molly the Trolley.

The popular trolley runs every 15 minutes from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free service restarts March 1.

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--- From Your Hubmaster:

Lots of our public contact information at Department (State) level is out of date.  Please check the list below to be sure it is the one you want to use.  I am sending Bill West an updated list for our district.  Current list at Department: www.txlegion.org/links/

Reply to this email with any changes

Arlington 60 - Bad webpage( no slash at end),  no Facebook listed

Use: www.americanlegionpost60texas.org/   -   www.facebook.com/groups/BubbaonhisHarley/about/

Azle 356 – Add webpage:  www.post356.12dis.org/ - No Facebook page (delete)

*Bedford 379 – DOUBLE ENTRY – see below (Bad Facebook page)

Benbrook 297 – post not listed (need to add) Add www.post297.12dis.org/ - www.facebook.com/alapost297/

Fort Worth 14 – no post listed (In process of reactivation)

Fort Worth 516 - Bad webpage, use: www.post516.org - No Facebook page

Fort Worth 569 – no webpage -Facebook good www.facebook.com/americanlegionpost569

Fort Worth 626 – all good: txlegion626.org - Facebook www.facebook.com/Txlegion626

Fort Worth 838 – Add webpage: www.americanlegion838.weebly.com/ Facebook good: www.facebook.com/emanuel.l.young.7

Haltom City 655 - Add webpage: www.post655.org/ - Good Facebook: www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Post-655-208161965863270/

*Hurst-Euless- Bedford 379 – webpage good hebtxpost379.org - Needs Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/125243774198731/

Mansfield 624 - webpage good:  www.post624.org - Facebook good: www.facebook.com/MansfieldALPost624/?hc_location=ufi

Saginaw 467 - Add webpage: www.post467.12dis.org/ - No Facebook page (delete)

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3/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week:

Thursday, Mar 1 – Veterans Job Fair in Arlington AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 76011; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Friday, Mar 2– Texas Independence Day

Today is the last day for early voting

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Saturday, Mar 3 Navy Reserves Birthday

American Legion Leadership Course, Phase 1.

Location: Haltom City Post 655

Time: Course check-in will begin at 7:30 am; class will begin at 8:00 am and end around 5:30 pm.

(No breakfast this Saturday but lunch will be provided for participants)

Cost: $25.00 at the door

Description

The Texas American Legion College, Basic Course will held in Haltom City at American Legion Post 655.

Topics covered will be Public Relations, Legislative Priorities, Manual of Ceremonies, Americanism, Children & Youth Programs, Leadership and Post Officers.

This session is limited to 75 Legionnaires.

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Monday, Mar 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, Mar 6 – Local Primary Elections, poles open 7am to 7pm

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--- Coming events:

Mar 9 (Friday) - Post 569 Spring Fling 2018

Let’s shake off the cold weather at the Post 569 Spring Fling 2018 featuring Sammy Perez and the Fender Benders from 7 to 11 pm.

Let’s enjoy the great music and camaraderie of our fellow District members!

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--- From Your Hubmaster:

We have many discrepancies in our district’s listing of web and Facebook links at Department.

It is important that we keep these up to date so folks can find us.

The person who publishes a Homepage on the Internet supporting and/or promoting The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of The American Legion or any of their programs, is responsible for notifying the Department and National Headquarters of The American Legion in writing of such page’s existence and providing the National Headquarters with the page’s URL.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Learn the basics of water conservation

Series of free monthly programs offer savings in water and money.

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2/22/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24, 2018

Ah yes, Future Farmers of America activities, those WERE the good old days.

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--- This week:

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Friday, Feb 23 – Dinner by Squadron 655 at 6:30 pm

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Saturday, Feb 24 – Post 60 Legion recruiting table at Elks 150 Anniversary Event 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson; 7:00 PM at Post 838

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

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Sunday, Feb 25 - American Rodeo in Arlington TX

RFD-TV and the Texas FFA have partnered on the promotion of the American Rodeo, the world's largest one-day rodeo event! On February 25th, the event will take over Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, Texas for this world class exhibition of competitive events and sportsmanship. More importantly, our friends at RFD-TV are offering a special deal just for FFA members, teachers, family and supporters. Enter the code “FFAFAM” in the offer code section and you’ll receive 4 tickets for the price of 3. Click here to buy tickets!

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 655 recognized as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year for 2017 , Feb. 1, 2018

Post 379 Auxiliary-Mardi Gras, Feb. 17, 2018

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--- FYI:

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Print Out Your VA Welcome Kit

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

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The VetCo Resource Guide* is given in honor of all the Veterans who have served to protect our country and freedom.  The sacrifices you and your family have made during and after your service are inspiring and we understand how these sacrifices can continue to impact your life.  Click on a service category to find services in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and/or Wise counties using our searchable Online Resource Guide. Use our interactive map to find service providers near you.

Download a PDF copy for print. 

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See something? Say something

Fort Worth residents can help local authorities mitigate the possibility of a local terrorist act by reporting suspicious actions or behavior to local law enforcement agencies. Help Fort Worth by reporting suspicious activities and actions.

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2/14/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Feb 16 (Friday) – Dinner by Unit 655 at 6:30 pm

Feb 17 (Saturday) – MARDI GRAS TIME and MASK CONTEST at HEB Post 379

            Valentines Day Dance; Mansfield Post 624 at 8 pm

Feb 19 (Monday) – Presidents Day

Feb 20 - Early Voting starts

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Now on line and attached:

The Twelfth District MEMBERSHIP TOUR SCHEDULE for MARCH 17, 2018

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--- Mansfield Post gone public!

Mansfield American Legion Post 624 has a public page if you are interested in liking & joining. All the current events are being posted to it.

They have lots of events coming up, check it out.  This is now the link on the District 12 homepage also.

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--- From National

Feb. list of Legion member discounts.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Severe weather season is approaching. Are you ready?

Sign up for Nixle alerts and receive emergency text messages directly to a cellphone or email. Your participation may be a critical advantage in an emergency situation.

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2/9/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Proclamation Feb 9 (attached)

Governor Abbott Proclaims February 2018 To Be African-American History Month

Feb 24 – Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson; 7:00 PM at Post 838

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--- From Our District Commander:

Post 655 is in need of your help.  We have a video security system that has decided to take a break. Sadly enough we have no members who have experience working on this type of system.  

If anyone out there has the experience or knows of someone who does would you please contact Bill Deal at 817 287-8872 or just reply to this email.

God Bless and thank you.

Bill Deal 

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--- This week:

Friday, Feb 9 – Wrestling 7:30 pm at Post 655

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Saturday, Feb 10

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

Valentines Day Dance at Post 655 – 8:00 pm

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Sunday,  Feb 11 – Jazz Monsters 6:00 pm at Post 655

Feb 14 – Valentines Day

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 379 Legion-Canteen Games, Jan. 28, 2018

Post 379 Clean up Party, Feb. 3, 2018

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33rd annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup and Earth Party promote litter-free Fort Worth

Participants can choose their own public location to clean, or can choose one of eight predesignated cleanup hubs. After the cleanup, head to the Earth Party. The event goes on March 24; registration runs through Feb. 28.

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2/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Feb 4 (Sunday) – Scout Sunday

USO Birthday & Four Chaplains Day (first Sunday in February)

Superbowl 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Monday, Feb 5th

Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at HEB Post 379

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Monday, February 5th at 5:00pm, is the Voter Registration Deadline for the 2018 Primary Elections

Voter registration applications are available on the county's website and are available through the mail by calling the Elections Office at 817-831-8683. Voter registration applications are also available at area sub-courthouses, city halls, libraries, and post offices in Tarrant County.

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Tarrant County Elections is hiring

Tarrant County Elections needs poll workers to ensure the March 6 primary runs smoothly. (These are paid positions.)

Election Workers work at the polls on Election Day and during early voting to ensure voters are able to exercise their rights in an honest and well-organized manner. Tarrant County needs approximately 2,500 Election Workers for each general election. To get more information visit Tarrant County Elections

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--- From the City of Fort Worth February is Warrant Forgiveness Month

The City of Fort Worth Municipal Court is declaring February, 'Warrant Forgiveness Month.' The Court is inviting anyone who has outstanding citations with the Court to participate in this initiative to help resolve their cases from Feb. 5-March 2.

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--- From Congressman Michael Burgess

 The Department of Homeland Security has information on how to prepare for events ranging from extreme weather to chemical accidents. To learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, please visit www.ready.gov.

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--- From the Texas Co-op Power magazine February 2018 edition WORTH REPEATING

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

—GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER,

a former slave turned botanist who revolutionized agriculture by inventing new uses for such crops as peanuts and soybeans, producing adhesives, bleach, buttermilk, ink, shoe polish, synthetic rubber, pavement and more. February 11 is National Inventors’ Day.

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1/24/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week:

Jan 28 (Sunday) - Canteen Games at Post 379; registration 1:00 pm - $5.00 entry fee

Lots of work being done at Post 379; see the pictures on their Facebook page

See a panoramic 360 degree view in Google Maps, click on the picture below the picture of the building.

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--- Coming events:

 

Feb 4 (Sunday) – nothing happening?

Scout Sunday

USO Birthday

Four Chaplains Day

Superbowl 2018

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Feb 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at HEB Post 379

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Emanuel L. Young American Legion Post 838 presents

Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson

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--- From Our District Commander:

Please send to our Dist Family.

Attachment:

American Legion National Commander issues statement on re-opening federal government

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Efforts beginning to earn Dementia Friendly City designation

Join Councilmember Brian Byrd in the official kickoff of Fort Worth's entry into earning the Dementia Friendly City designation. The kickoff event will be 9-11 a.m. Jan. 27.

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Join Mayor Price in the Community Challenge for fitness

Fort Worth faces a tough battle with Plano to see which community can best demonstrate its commitment to healthy living. Register online, then help Fort Worth earn points.

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1/17/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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2017 - 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!

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion 12th District Oratorical Competition, Jan. 13, 2018

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--- This week:

January 20th at Post 297

We are having a "fond farewell" luncheon for Cat Jones on Saturday, January 20th at Post 297 at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome, please bring a side dish and RSVP to Dollie Norton at 817-723-5325

Shay Kuehner
American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Vice President

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Fridays are 50% off for seniors at the Legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo! Grounds admission is just $5 for anyone 65 and older.

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--- From Our District Commander:

Well it appears we all survived the holidays 

With that being said it is time for us all to get back to taking care of our posts. 

I am again asking all Commander's to double check to ensure membership transmittal are being submitted at least weekly. The 12th District has dropped from #3 in the Department to #6.  Some posts have not submitted a transmittal in over 60 days.

Please ensure your Adjutant is signed up to use mylegion and is checking "Members Renewed on line.   When a member renews on line, the post must send the member his new membership card. You DO NOT send in the other parts to department on a transmittal.  Just right on these parts, "O/L" and file it.

 

Thank you all for your service.

 

Bill Deal 

Commander 

12th District

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Celebrate the Year of the Dog!

The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated festival in SE Asia and it’s time to celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year in Precinct 2! If you haven’t ventured out to experience the food, music and cultural traditions of the Far East, you are truly missing out. Parking for all events is FREE as is admission to most of the events. Dates are listed below. Click on the links for additional information:

Ben Thanh Plaza—Friday/Saturday/Sunday—February 9th, 10th and 11th

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1/11/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Today, January 11 is National Milk Day, and while it’s not exactly a well-known holiday (nobody we know gets today off!), we feel it’s definitely worth celebrating with the  515,000 milk cows in Texas according to the Dept of Agricultures estimate in July 2017.

https://hollywoodlife.com/2018/01/11/got-milk-ads-vintage-pics/

http://www.nmpf.org/events/national-milk-day-0

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Saturday, Jan 13

Honor city's aviation innovation at First Flight Day

First Flight Park commemorates the site where Fort Worth's first powered flight took place in January 1911. Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 13 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

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Monday, Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. Learn more.

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MLK Day of Service in Arllington

January 15th

Make it a day on, not a day off!  Commemorate Martin Luther King (January 15th) by joining people of all ages, service organizations, schools, fraternities, sororities and churches to work together to make a positive impact on our community! Meet up at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex to get tools, supplies and assignments.

The first 200 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

Continental breakfast for volunteers provided by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. See you there!

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--- FULFILLING OUR MISSION:

From Bruce Zielsdorf, Post 626 on 1/10/18

A Legionnaire’s salute to Post 626 Judge Advocate Collin Andrus for helping a 91-year-old WWII veteran and fellow Marine as he’s awarded his long-overdue Purple Heart. Watch and read about the moving ceremony from CBS DFW Channel 11 at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/01/09/retired-marine-purple-heart

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Worlds only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza

Saturday, March 17th at 1:00pm

Downtown Mansfield, Texas

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 --- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Moving forward into 2018, while we have had many successes, challenges are looming. Tarrant County added over 35,000 residents last year, topping two million in population and is expected to add one million more by 2035. Keeping three million people moving, living, working, learning, and thriving requires proactive leadership and frugal stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

 

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE

This is an election year starting with the primaries on March 6th. Take the time to educate yourself on the candidates and where they stand on issues important to you. Then VOTE in all your local elections! Your city council person, school board trustee, mayor, et al, will someday be your senator, congressman, or governor.

You can also visit the Tarrant County Elections Department website to find out where to vote early and on Election Day, view a sample ballot, and review ID Requirements. If you have any trouble, please contact our office directly at 817-548-3900.

NOTE: Generally, primaries are in March; city/school board elections in May; and county/state/federal elections in November.

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1/7/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Jan 8 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Sure is quiet in the neighborhood, just funerals and memorial services.

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--- From Our District Commander:

Happy New Year to all.  I hope we all are keeping our New Years Resolutions.   

Question for you.  Are you a WWII or Korean War Vet?

                               If so would you like to go to a free lunch in your honor in Bedford?

Adam Smith Harley-Davidson in Bedford has reached out to me to see if we have any WWII or Korean War Vets.  Adam Smith HD wants to honor you and your service by hosting a luncheon at their Bedford location.  The date has not been set as I don't have a list of you that would like to attend.

If you are interested in attending this luncheon,  please let me know ASAP via this email or give me a call at 817 287 8872.

Thank you for your service.

 

Bill Deal

Commander

12th District

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Kick off 2018 with Stock Show, MLK Day parades (Posted Jan. 4, 2018)

Two upcoming parades celebrate the rich heritage and traditions of Fort Worth. You won’t want to miss these events:

 

Fort Worth Stock Show Parade

The Fort Worth Stock Show’s All Western Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in downtown Fort Worth. Nearly 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. Plenty of horses and other livestock can be seen — but no motorized vehicles are allowed.

The parade starts at the corner of Weatherford and Main streets and ends at Houston and Bluff streets.

To reserve parade seating, contact the ticket office at 817-877-2420 and keep your seat ticket because it also serves as general admission to the Stock Show grounds any day during the 23-day run (rodeo performances are not included).

Learn about all the western activities coming up at the Stock Show, Jan. 12-Feb. 3.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. Learn more.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

MLK Day of Service

January 15th

Make it a day on, not a day off!  Commemorate Martin Luther King (January 15th) by joining people of all ages, service organizations, schools, fraternities, sororities and churches to work together to make a positive impact on our community! Meet up at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex to get tools, supplies and assignments.

The first 200 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

Continental breakfast for volunteers provided by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. See you there!

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AGING WELL EXPO

March 21, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. –  Arlington Convention Center

The 2018 Aging Well Expo is scheduled for next March and sponsorships are now being accepted. Sponsorship and additional information can be found on the city's website. You can also email Kelly Geer at Kelly.Geer@arlingtontx.gov or our office at commissionerprecinct2@tarrantcounty.com.

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1/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks and HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Some sad news from Post 516

In the past weeks we have lost three valued family members to Post Everlasting:

Dottie was an ALA officer, Willie Jr. was a SAL member and Allen was a Post officer.

 

From the Commander today 1/1/18:

I found out last night (Sunday) that Dottie Mayo passed about 3:30 p.m. yesterday 12/31. As soon as I know about service arrangements I'll forward the information.

Willie Mulley Jr. passed on Saturday 12/30. Once arrangements are set I'll let you everyone know.

Allen Collet passed on 12/22.  Services are on Tuesday 1/2/2018 at 11:30 am at Greenwood Funeral Home in Ft. Worth.

 

Glen Moore

Commander

American Legion Post 516

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--- Coming events:

Jan 8 (next Monday) - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Jan 13 (Saturday) – District Oratorical Contest, noon at Post 356

(See next item)

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--- From our Americanism Chairman Joseph Campbell:

District Oratorical Contest

During the next update, please request that posts notify me by Friday, 05 January if they have anyone competing in the District Oratorical Contest or not. Thanks in advance.

 

Joseph Campbell

808.646.0460

iokepa789@gmail.com

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

HEB ALA Unit 379 Christmas Party, Dec. 20, 2017

Finally finished the entire parade, click on the link if you want to see all the fun.

Legion Family in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade, Nov 11, 2017

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--- Community

Squadron 379 Josh Dogs Programs

Squadron 379 Josh Dogs Programs at Ft Worth Cooks Children Medical Center do a wonderful job.

They send out 4 boxes a year and folks are welcome to join in.

See the attached letter to see how much good it does.

 

Send along my info if anybody wants to contact me on this matter

Squadron Adjutant 379

Danny Fallon

djfallon@sbcglobal.net

attachment: Josh Thank You (1).docx

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Volunteers needed for Jan. 25 homeless count

12/28/2017 12:00 AM CST

Annual enumeration begins after shelters end intake for the night.

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--- Passed on from my cousin Shirley:

A number of you may have attended one of Bob Hope’s shows.  This time of the year always reminds me of this great American with a heart and soul for the American military!

 Subject:  Bob Hope... It's Priceless
He would never be allowed to perform with his acts, today.

Girls, short skirts, off colored jokes, religious Christmas songs, all politically incorrect.

GREAT GREAT MAN.

This will most likely be the very best ten minutes of your day, hope you all enjoy this great AMERICAN PATRIOT.

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Here's a history lesson for today

Alan Alda first saw Bob Hope in WWII. Until the day he died his Dad never ever missed a Bob Hope special.  Alan remembered him laughing and

crying at every show but he never understood why.  Now he knows.

A little travel back in time.

Warning; this might make your eyes wet!  Those were the days.....jokes were funny, not disgusting.......and the girls were dressed to make them look pretty, not vulgar...

This is some priceless footage..... This is a great e-mail.  It makes me thankful that I am old enough to have lived in the time of Bob Hope.

http://biggeekdad.com/2011/02/ bob-
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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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