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American Legion Commander Post 10
Commander’s Corner Input March / April 2020 Newsletter
As we head into the third month of 2020, putting behind us a cold and snowy February, it’s time to begin the annual process of nominating and electing Post 10 officers for 2021. At our monthly meeting in April, we will be soliciting nominations for the eight officer positions. At our May meeting, we will elect officers, and those elected will be installed at the June meeting. Any member in good standing is encouraged to participate in this process. The future of our Post depends on having as many members as possible participate. If you have free time, please get involved and help coordinate and assist with the many worthwhile programs, projects, events, and ceremonies throughout the year. By volunteering, you can help your fellow veterans and learn more about your Post.
Certain veterans now have an opportunity to shop at commissaries. DTM 19-012 recently extended commissary privileges to certain disabled veterans, Purple Heart veterans, former POWs, and certain caregivers enrolled under the VA’s Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program. These commissary privileges will expire on December 20, 2020, unless renewed. This is a new program and is in transition. If you qualify and wish to take advantage of it, ensure that you have security access to the base, post, or station where a commissary is located as well as the required documentation. There’s a list of such documents in the DTM.
Come to the Post between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on March 13th to celebrate the American Legion’s 101st birthday. Tim Stevens, his staff, and volunteers have planned a special event for you. Watch the weekly Blast and bulletin board for additional information.
Join us in the reception hall from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 29th for a special ceremony honoring Vietnam era veterans called Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans. Tim Stevens is coordinating this event for the Post with TRU / Community Care. We will be honoring veterans who served from 1965 to 1975 and who were not treated with respect upon their return home. This should be a well-attended event so, if you can RSVP, please respond to: truwelcomehome.rsvpify.com. Watch the Blast and bulletin board for additional details.
The efforts to recruit Colorado American Legion Boys State delegates is ongoing. From May 30 to June 4, young men who will have just completed their junior year of high school will have the opportunity to learn about local and state government. The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus will again be the host. Post 10 pays the sponsorship fees for its attendees at this life-changing, educational and leadership-development program. Any interested high school junior should apply online at before May 1, 2020.
As always, come visit the Post and say hello. This is your Post. Come share your stories with other members and enjoy the entertainment, particularly the college basketball games during March Madness. Also, Tim Stevens, his staff, and the Entertainment Committee do an outstanding job of planning events in the Lounge for everyone to enjoy. We need your continuing support and participation to make this a successful year at Post 10.
As of February 9th, Our Post 10 Legion membership was 190 or 82% of our goal. If you haven’t paid your $40 annual dues for 2020, please contact Adjutant Roland Seibold as soon as possible and encourage your eligible friends and neighbors to join the American Legion.
Finally, thank you for supporting your Post.
For God and Country, Don Eldhart, Commander
For God and Country,—Don Eldhart, Commander
Unit 10 Auxiliary President
Happy Birthday to us! The Legion birthday party is on Friday the 13th! Legend has it you will avoid all bad luck if you bring sides to share. Why not give it a try?
Please watch your weekly blasts for some special events coming up over the next two months.
There is a “welcome home” party for our Vietnam veterans on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm. It should be everyones duty to be there to express our gratitude.
In April we’ll have our kids Easter party on April 12th. Sign up your kiddos so we have plenty to go around. The ladies will be having our usual egg dyeing “EGGstravaganza” April 11th. Come in and join the fun.
As always... please volunteer, attend a meeting, please share your ideas and feedback, and please come out and join in the fun! Happy Spring!
SAL Squadron 10 Commander
Our SAL meetings are always the first Sunday of the month at 12 noon. Please come and voice your ideas. This is your Post, so get involved!
The SAL spends a lot of time planning events and scouting talent to entertain you. We host Steak Night the first Friday of the month. The March 6th event features live music by Hillbilly Aliens – four veteran musicians who play a variety of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, classic rock and more.
Our April 3rd Steak Night event features The Invasion. They are a classic rock band playing the most popular and danceable songs from the ‘British Invasion and the Yanks Revenge’ era, featuring artists such as The Beatles, Kinks, Rolling Stones, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Dress like your favorite Brit costume party!
We will be hosting Sunday afternoon pool tournaments on March 15th and April 19th. This is a very popular event that features the most delicious wings with a variety of sauces.
Don’t forget our SAL breakfasts – the last Sunday of the month. Served 10:00-noon. Reasonable price and great food.
See you at the Post. God bless America.
Notes from the Lounge:
Holy cow! This year is flying by. Lots of fun events scheduled for March and April.
We would like to welcome our new bartender Dani Sullivan. She is doing a great job. Come on in and welcome her to the club. We are glad to have her on board.
As always keep your eye on the board at the club and your newsletter for upcoming events. If you are not getting your newsletter by email, come in and drop off your email address so we can get the weekly blast and newsletter to you promptly.
— Tim, Pam, Ann, Sandy, Kyra and Dani
VFW Post 807 Commander
Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255) soon to be 988, three digits.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved using the 3-digit number 988 as a suicide prevention hotline number.
The agency says that in studying the issue, it found that the 3-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.” Suicide rates increased in 49 of 50 states from 1999 to 2016, with an increase greater than 20% in more than half of those states, the FCC says. Rates are higher across several at-risk populations, including Veterans. The agency is seeking public comment on the proposal.
40/8 Voiture Locale 766
We are working with 40&8 Voiture 97 to create a coin commemorating the 100th anniversary. We are also working with Voiture 97 on dinner around April 18 to present community awards to community Heroes and First Responders. We will keep updates as we get them.
The 40&8 Voiture 766 has applied for our own Tax I.D Number and will discuss this at the March Meeting and more about the awards dinner with 40&8 Voiture 97 at the March Prom. The March 26th Prom will be at the Johnstown American Legion and the April 23 Prom will be at the Boulder Post 10 American Legion.
Have a safe Spring.
—Jerry Hedke, Chef De Garr Voiture 766