RECENT EVENTS

JUNE

At our June meeting we had a swearing in ceremony for our FY2022 officers.  District 12 Commander Lewis Atwater presided for the ceremony.

After the ceremony we had a nice social gathering with a snack buffet prepared by Penny Haigler and Dave VanWormer and deserts prepared by Diana Beckley.

Our FY 2022 Officers.

L to R:  Lewis Atwater, Dave Beckley, Rodney Lewis, Chuck Gantos, Dave VanWormer, Tom Harris, Lou Popowsky, Donnie Williams, Kathy Yax, Roy Duffer, Richard Johnson,

 

Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for us.

We honor our deceased veterans in the North Lawn and Burlington Cemeteries by placing flags on their grave stones.  We also participate in the county’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Memorial Wall in Graham.

The following pictures were taken in the North Lawn Cemetery.

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Front Row:  Dave Beckley, Robert Hubbard, Lou Popowsky, Bob Pare,

Rodney Smith

Back Row:   Bill Ford                   and Larry Love

The following pictures are of the Pine Hill Cemetery.

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Placing flags around Walter B. Ellis’ family plot.

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Pine Hill (front L to R):  Larry Love, Ron Allred, Dave Beckley, Roy Duffer,

Bob Pare

Back row (L to R):  Donnie Williams, Rodney Smith, Tom Harris, Chuck Gantos, Bill Ford.

On Memorial Day there is a Ceremony to honor our veterans at the Alamance County Memorial Wall.  The County Sheriff’s presented the colors,  The names of 577 Alamance County veterans, who passed away since the last ceremony in 2019, were called out.  20 Veterans organizations presented wreaths.  Three rifle volleys were presented by the Marine Corp League’s Honor Guard, Taps were played by a member of “Bugles Across America”.

Before the ceremony

Before the ceremony began

Memorial Day Color guard

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First Vice Commander Rodney Smith presents the wreath for Post 63

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40 & 8 Chef de Gare  Rodney Smith presents a wreath for Voiture 1237

The Wall

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The Honor Guard “Presents Arms” during the reading of the names of the 577 veterans who passed away.

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One of the rifle volleys

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Taps

 

MAY

We had our first and only Flags for First Graders presentation this school year.  We went to the Grace Christian School in Haw River and gave our presentation to their first and second graders. 

Grace Christian 1st Graders (3)

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Grace Christian 2nd Graders (2)

Second Grade Class

Presenters are (L to R) Robert Hubbard, Lou Popowsky Richard Johnson,

Ron Allred and Rodney Smith

 

At our May membership meeting, Nominating Committee Chairman, Chuck Gantos, presented the following slate of officers for the 2022 fiscal year:

Post Commander                     Dave Beckley 

1st Vice Commander                Rodney Smith                                  

Post Adjutant                          Chuck Gantos                                  

Finance Officer                        Dave Van Wormer                         

Service Officer                         Tom Harris                                       

Historian                                 Lou Popowsky                              

Chaplin                                   Robert Hubbard                             

Sergeant at Arms                     Donnie Williams                             

Judge Advocate                       Kathleen Yax                                    

Director #1                              Tom Byrne                                     

Director #2                              Richard Johnson                             

Director #3                              Roy Duffer           

The slate was elected by acclamation.

Installation will be at Next month’s meeting (2 June).

District 12 Commander Lewis Attwater was at the meeting.  He gave a brief talk thanking the Post members for renewing their membership, and invited us to the District meeting this coming Saturday at Post 6 at 11 AM. 

December

Not much new to report.  The lock downs due to COVID-19 are still in effect, and many seniors are unwilling to go to outside venues for entertainment.  Our attendance at Bingo is holding in the 30s.

Participation in the Lounge has also been light, but some of our members are getting out and taking the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of other members.

October 

The sound absorbing panels are now completed and installed.  There are 31 in all and the sound in the main hall is noticeably better.

 Our Bingo games are doing very well.  Our attendance has been in the high 30s and everyone seems to be having a great time.

The latest relaxation of restrictions have allowed us to have membership meetings again, and to open our Lounge for membership attendance.  Our first meeting in months will be October 7. 

We have decided to open from Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 PM.  Our drinks will be on donation only, and we will not serve food, except some snacks.

We have also started our “Buddy Check Program” again.  This is a program where we call all of our members just to find out how they are doing.  Similar to when we were in the service we would always look out for our buddy.  Quite a bit more extensive now that we have more members, but also very nice to talk to our members and see how they are doing. 

September

The Governor is putting North Carolina on Phase 3 starting Friday, and we have heard from our Bingo vendor that we are now allowed to have Bingo.

Bingo will begin on Tuesday (October 6)

Our schedule is:  Doors Open at 5 PM

                               Early Bird Games start at 6 PM

                               Regular Games start about 7 PM

For the safety of all persons in the room we will be taking the following precautions:

1.  Our Tables have been moved to accomplish “Social Distancing”.  Please do not move the tables.  However, families may add chairs to tables so they can sit together.

2.  We will be taking everyone’s temperature as they enter.  Persons with temperatures above 100.4 will be asked to go home.

3.  We ask that everyone wear a mask at all times.

The snack bar will be open, however there will be no prepared food.  Only drinks and packaged food (i.e. chips) will be sold.

The sound absorbing panels are now completed and installed.  There are 31 in all and the sound in the main hall is noticeably better.

We drew the raffle ticket for the grill during our September 2nd board meeting. The winning ticket number is #1147. The name on the ticket is Ledley S.  Ledley happens to be the brother in law of Donnie so Donnie will contact him and figure out how to get it to his home in Tennessee.

June

One of our handy Post members has been at work making sound absorbing panels for our main meeting hall.  He has mounted 10 panels on the wall, and plans to make and mount several more.  We’re hoping this will reduce the echo and make it much easier to hear at meetings and other events.

One of our home town youths (Jameson Hodges) wanted to do a good deed for our veterans in town, and he decided that he wanted to plant a tree in their honor.  It was decided that the best place to do that was on our Post home grounds, where many veterans could enjoy it rather than just one veteran.  Jameson and his family and several Post members met on the 8th at the Post and we had a tree planting, as well as a small ceremony afterward where Commander Beckley presented a certificate to Jameson and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

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Jameson and his Dad and Mom digging the hole

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Commander Beckley presents a certificate to Jameson

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