President’s Corner March – April 2017

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Since the last newsletter, I have been busy with fundraisers, and awarding plaques to the Local Police, Sheriff, and Fire Department. We had a luncheon with ZackMiller, Vice President-Residential & Commercial Lending and discussed ideas, projects, and future possibilities.

Charles Stapleton, VVA State President, surprised the Chapter with a visit at the Executive Meeting and the membership regular monthly meeting.. We are always glad to see him.

In April, the current Board Members enter the final year of a two year election cycle. Beginning in 2018, the positions will be elected yearly. If you are interested in serving on the board, please get in touch with me at the next meeting.

The Mount Vernon, MO Veteran’s Home is in need of basic items for the residents. The home supports 200 Veterans (14 women and 186 men) who are elderly (80 years or older) and or bed-ridden. Every quarter, Chapter members distribute items to the Mount Vernon Veteran’s Home.

The following items are needed Veteran’s Home:

DVD’s and Wireless headset for TV to offset noise level
Stamps
Hygiene (Shampoo; Deodorant; Soap or body wash; Toothpaste; Toothbrushes) Electrical razors (No straight edge razors).
Hand lotion and Chap Stick
Tissues
Sweat pants and shirts: Sizes small to XXX-Large – T-shirts

Are you interested in helping to distribute or assist? Contact Bill Beeman, Outreach Coordinator bbeeman7@gmail.com for further information on helping with the Veteran’s Home Project and community involvement.

Jim, Charley, and I made the trip to Columbia our quarterly state meeting. I am proud of the Chapter and accomplishments. We are growing with new members and associate members and friends of the Chapter.

I will have a medical procedure on April 5 and a birthday on the April 9th. My wife will have surgery on April 11. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email grizz.b8455@gmail.com. Don’t forget to visit the Chapter’s website. This is your President saying have a good April and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952

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Doc Barb’s Health Corner January – February 2017

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Diabetes

There are two categories of Diabetes in medicine: Diabetes Insipidus and Diabetes Mellitus. If one hears, “that person has diabetes,” one usually understands that the person has diabetes mellitus and is not confusing it with the illness of diabetes insipidus because diabetes insipidus incidence in the general population, as per the Mayo Clinic is 3 people in 100 thousand. Hardly anyone knows another person with this illness. The person with diabetes insipidus has excessive thirst and urination. The most frequent cause of this illness is the person does not make anti diuretic hormone (ADH), also known as vasopressin. ADH is made in the supra optic nucleus of the brain, passed on to the hypothalamus and from there is released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland. There are several reasons, all involving some sort of brain tissue damage as to why a person can quit releasing this hormone into the bloodstream. For example, one nay quit making this hormone because of a tumor or tiny stroke in the supra optic nucleus. Another example, a tumor could block the pathway to the pituitary gland. The pharmaceutical companies have produced an analog for ADH, vasopressin, and this solved the problems of excessive thirst and urination symptoms but not the underlying cause.

Diabetes mellitus is a problem with the insulin/ glucose /fat storage regulation system. Insulin is a hormone produced in the beta islet cells of the pancreas. Sometimes under special circumstances, the liver can produce some insulin but this is not the major source of production of insulin. What kind of problem within this system depends on which type of diabetes mellitus a person is experiencing? Glucose must be tightly controlled; it is needed as a fuel source by all cells of the body but can be at high levels in the bloodstream, it can damage blood vessels. Pure glucose poured through a vein will dissolve the vein much like hot water poured through a gelatin tube. A damaged blood vessel is why individuals with diabetes mellitus are more likely to have strokes.

Diabetes mellitus breaks down into type I and type II. Type I has been called juvenile diabetes because it affects younger people in greater numbers than adults. It also should be noted that type II diabetes mellitus before 1980 was uncommon in children. Type I diabetes mellitus is caused by a virus that attacks the pancreas. It wipes out the beta islet cells which produce the insulin. Interestingly, it most often does not harm the other pancreatic cells that produce the digestive enzymes. This is not true 100 percent of the time and so the person that is infected with a strain of virus that totally damages the pancreas will have type I diabetes mellitus and enzyme deficiency; without sufficient digestive enzymes, a person will experience gas, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and heartburn. Some adults do become afflicted with this family of viruses. They do develop type I diabetes mellitus and an afflicted person may develop the enzyme deficiency as well.

Type II diabetes mellitus is the result of developing the metabolic syndrome. The individual continues to make insulin in their pancreas but the fat cell receptors have become resistant to the insulin and do not facilitate storing the excess glucose as fat in the fat cell. How one suspects one has developed the metabolic syndrome is by noticing one is overweight and one’s body shape has gained fat around one’s middle between the rib cage and the hips. If the belly fat is protruding beyond the chest, it would be a good idea to have a blood test called hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) drawn for analysis. If the HbA1c is above 5, it is out of range and it is abnormal indicating diabetes mellitus is beginning. Medical science does not know exactly why the metabolic syndrome makes the fat cells less receptive to glucose storage. The metabolic syndrome also involves imbalances of the cholesterols and increases of their levels. Since glucose is running at high levels and doing damage to the cardiovascular system, some of the cholesterols are being stuck in the blood vessels. This causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). If blood pressure rises, this process increases faster. This also makes it likely the individual will develop conditions for stroke or a heart attack. As a side note, a common bacterium is found in the mouth which normally is controlled by the immune system. This species has an affinity for the heart and if the mouth’s blood vessels do not remain intact, this species will have access to the heart. That species weakens the heart and it becomes more likely to have a heart attack.

The first treatment of diabetes mellitus is to lose weight and to increase exercise. Non-exercise affects the bowel; it will slow the peristaltic movements of the bowel. The bowel works best if the lower body has enough physical movement. Alternative medicine has been leading the way in looking at the gut issues and only recently is the AMA following.

The National Institute of Health finally gave into studying the gut’s environment, the microbiome, 6 years ago. A wealth of information has been learned and it is backing up alternative medicine’s claims regarding yeast, bacteria and parasites must be in balance. Often poor digestion is a cause of weight gain; therefore, dietary changes alone do not change weight.

Digestion relies on more than just digestive enzymes; the gut needs a functioning, balanced microbiome. The organisms of the microbiome finish digestion and produce some vital byproducts the body absorbs. The AMA-FDA complex had previously held the view that all parasites and yeast must die; however, the evidence for a balance in the microbiome is overwhelming. Slowly, the medical establishment is changing; therefore, one’s AMA doctor might recommend adding probiotics to one’s diet. Many physicians are beginning to encourage people to prepare their foods from scratch and not use processed foods.

Mentioned above is since 1980, children have been developing diabetes mellitus. This seems to be in association with the use of corn syrup in foods and soft drinks. Corn syrup is fructose. Whether the human be a child or adult, too much unopposed fructose is poisonous to the body because it throws off metabolism. The liver has a complex system to handle fructose which involves eating the whole fruit. A liver can process about 4 oz. of fruit juice in 24 hours without problems. So, putting fructose into other foods and drink is excessively much and there are consequences such as the liver producing insulin and extra cholesterols (especially the undesirable very low density variety). It is a good guess that the great increase in the use of fructose has contributed to the problem of the people the United States having issues with being overweight including diabetes mellitus. This is another reason to prepare meals with whole foods from scratch.

If dietary/exercise changes do not bring the HbA1c back to 5, then the second line of treatment is added to the diet and exercise. These are medications to encourage the body to produce more insulin to force the fat cells to store the glucose as fats. If this strategy fails, then the person is placed on insulin along with dietary requirements. Exercise is always encouraged.

**Barbara J. Houk, MD, Psychiatrist (board eligible), Fellow American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Houk has retired from clinical practice of Psychiatry. Her chief residency was in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (today known as Psychosomatic Illness Psychiatry) and retains the medical approach to the whole body through integrated medicine.

Email questions for Doc Barb’s Corner in future newsletters to Susan revsp19@gmail.com

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Tom’s Corner January – February 2017

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The Genesis Project

Tom Blubaugh

I’m Tom Blubaugh, the author of The Genesis website. I’m seventy plus years old. I feel like I’ve experienced enough for two lifetimes. I have had a lot of pain in my life–emotional pain–as a child and as an adult. I’ve spent most of my life hiding the real me–pretending I was someone else to try to earn admiration, respect and most of all–love. I was a performer.

Eventually, my life caught up with me in the form of severe depression. At the age of fifty-six, I ended up broke and homeless. The only thing left was my relationship with God. In March 1998, at the age of 56, I found myself homeless. God saved my life by leading me to a Christian shelter. It was a safe place where I was a resident for five months. At that time I joined the staff and was there over five years. During that time I turned men away nearly every day because there was no vacancy, they had problems we could not deal with (medical or mental), they did not meet certain requirements, could not give up employment, could not deal with the structure, or for other reasons, could not enter the program. It hurt me to see these men walk out the door and return to what they were hoping they could leave or change.

A vision started to develop within for an outside support program for men like these where they could get a large share of the benefits of a full-time rehab program. God opened doors for me to leave my employment and devote the necessary time to the development of this program and it was born.

This was the beginning of this vision. The Genesis Project has a world wide presence that is available to those seeking support regardless of their location. Although it is a virtual location, as opposed to a brick and mortar building, it, nonetheless, is a safe place where one can go to find help, support, and a sense of belonging. God is the author and finisher of this vision.

The Genesis Project means the beginning of a planned undertaking. That undertaking is the start of a new or different life. No one can change their past but they can, by the grace of God, change their future.

Who can participate in The Genesis Project program?
It is open to anyone who is trying to improve their life whether addicted or not. Statistics tell us that 85% of our country’s population is either addicted or somehow affected by someone who is.

Let go and let God. Eph. 3:20, 21

The Genesis Project

Tom Blubaugh 417-812-6110

The Genesis Project Website

www.genesisproject.biz/contact-us

For more information visit Tom’s website

Email Tom at Tom@TomBlubaugh.net

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President’s Corner January – February 2017

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Come And Grow With Us

Christmas and New Years has come and gone for another year. I hope everyone had a great time and are thankful. I know I sure am.
My family and I had a great time visiting, exchanging gifts, and a lot of shared laughter.

We had two happy people at the Chapter Christmas Party. The drawing was held and the lucky local winners received either a Quilt or a Marlin 22 Rifle. Dan Igou received a plaque for his service as past President for six years. Thanks Dan for an awesome job!

Bobby had a fantastic graduation in Mt. Vernon with seven members of the chapter joining with the celebration. He was happy and we are happy for him. Great job Bobby.

The plaques for Sheriff, City Police, and Fire Marshall are ready to be presented. Charlie is working on media coverage at the presentation. I will get back with you as to the presentation location.

A big Welcome to the new Members and Associate Members! The Chapter includes Veterans of All  wars to join the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 952. Rex is the Chair of the Membership; so be sure to contact Rex for more information. rexdk10@sbcglobal.net

The Chapter has an ongoing project for the homeless to include: Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, snacks, socks, gloves, shaving cream, disposable blades, pencils, notepad, poncho, diabetic socks, etc. The Dollar Tree is a good store to look for items. To assist: Contact the Homeless Veteran Coordinator, Sam Hudson at samhudson44@aol.com

It was hard to say good by to 2016 but I’m looking forward to 2017 and what lies ahead. I know a lot of projects were accomplished, completed, and awards given in 2016. Lets get together and work together for a fantastic 2017! All ideas are welcome so don’t be bashful.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email grizz.b8455@gmail.com.
I wish you all a very successful 2017. Until next time everyone take care and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Your President
Harlan

 

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Ash Grove’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat

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On October 7, 2016 the Springfield Chapter 952 of the Vietnam Veterans came out to support Ash Grove’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat event. The Ash Grove community makes monetary and candy donations to the Secondary Pirates Association (SPA), the AG JR/SR HS teacher’s organization, which is all converted into candy and supplies to host the completely free event for the community to attend. This always happens at the last home game of the football season. The Ash Grove Football team lost to the Fair Grove Eagles in the KY3 Game of the Week. The VVA was featured in the Trunk Or Treat interview held for the KY3 live news at 5. The Ash Grove community loves seeing the VVA members at local events.

You can expect to read more about the VVA and their involvement at Ash Grove Junior High school by next month’s news letter. Volunteers from the organization have been signing up to speak to Mrs. Compton’s Junior High English class during the last week of October and the first week of November as a part of her Veterans Day Curriculum. To learn more about presenting please contact Mrs. Compton via email at ccompton@apps.ashgrove.k12.mo.us. You are also welcome to join the Ash Grove community on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9am for breakfast in the cafeteria of the High School and the Veterans Day Assembly to follow at 10am. Ash Grove is a very patriotic town and loves the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s veterans.

Courtney Compton is the incoming Company Commander for the 428th Transportation Company out of Jefferson City and Springfield, MO in the Army Reserves. She celebrates six years in the United States Army Reserves as a civilian and soldier. In the past six years she has moved from Central New York to Southwest Missouri to teach junior high English and lead soldiers in the transportation branch. 1LT Courtney Compton and her husband, 484th HHD Company Commander, 1LT Thomas Compton, are expecting their first child, Cora Compton in January 2017.

Courtney Compton

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Are Phone Books Going Away?

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Over the past several years, I have noticed what one might call a interesting phenomenon. The big thick phone book has shrunk. I can remember using the phone book as a booster seat for my kids and it was always handy. When I decided to clean out the old phone books, I decided to use as a back stop for rifle target practice 30 or so years ago.

Today, the phone book resembles a smaller thick pamphlet and target practice would take more than three phone books as the thickness, height and width have reduced as well.

As far back as I remember, the phone book has been the “go to” place for finding businesses’ and individuals’ contact information. Need a plumber? Go to the phone book. Need to know what Betty Sue’s phone number is? Go to the phone book. The phone book was the “Holly Grail” of personal or business information.

The businesses listed in the phone book showed legitimacy. Otherwise, the business could be considered a “fly by night” company. The phone book was the number one external sources

for locating a business in the community.

All individuals were published in the phone book. Why? Because every home had a big heavy desk phone tethered to the wall. Many phones had the round dial dialing one number at a time.

If you knew a person’s name and the town, the phone book listed the phone number and address.

Recently, I have investigated, and there is a perfectly logical explanation for the overall phone book content reduction. In a nut shell, the phone book is phasing out.ayer, the smart phone. So what happened? The internet.

Now all I do is “Google it.” Or use some other search engine or directory ap for the number and/or business address. Need an industry rated? Simply look at the reviews, testimonials, rankings, in depth editorials, and analysis of the business or businesses.

So is the phone book gone completely? Well, no. The reason might even surprise you, or maybe not. In some areas, printing phone numbers is a required service even though costly

and unprofitable. Other areas, the printed yellow pages or business pages are profitable though advertisements and businesses realize a return. Over 80% of the phone books are delivered to homes while other statistics show that fewer than 11% of the households ever open the phone book.

I’m not here to advocate for or against the phone book. I am simply giving my observations as a long time business owner. In my experience, the phone book as an advertising tool is dead. It took me many years of throwing money away to come to that conclusion. Once I redirected the advertising money, I my response and profit grew. In one of my businesses I saw a 3000% ROI from online advertising. O was surprised! I had never seen that kind of response from the phone book.

*Corey and his wife Jennifer developed VVA Chapter 952 website http://springfieldveterans.org/ and support veteran organizations.

Corey Harrison

Founder and President
Harrison Marketing Systems

844-200-9800

www.HarrisonMarketingSystems.com

corey@harrisonmarketingsystems.com

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Tom’s Corner November-December 2016

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Look Who’s Talking

Several months ago I started writing to the Lord. In the past, I would write a letter to the Lord when I was going through a tough time. Writing seemed to be the only way I could really get my deepest thoughts out. I have to admit that when I just talked to the Lord, at times, it seemed I was just talking and not communicating. You probably know what I mean. It has always been hard for me to keep my thoughts focused in prayer, but when I write it is different. Does it make a difference how we communicate to Him? I don’t think it does to Him. Or where? Again I don’t think it does to Him. We have sunrise services, candle light services, retreats, campfires and lots of different ways we try to make it more spiritual. More meaningful for us.
For me, sitting at the kitchen table in the quiet of the morning is my prayer closet. When I first started writing it was pretty much a one way thing. On the third day, while I was asking Him a question, the answer starting coming before I had finished. This started a two way conversation that has been going ever since. I never know what the topic of our conversation is going to be. Sometimes I have something on my mind. Sometimes He starts it after we say good morning (or good afternoon) to each other. (He has reminded me He does not live in time. It is all present to Him.) Sometimes He asks me if there is something on my mind. It is really quite interesting how it progresses. Maybe you have experienced all of this. If you haven’t, I heartily recommend you try it. It is a trip.

There is something I am to share with you from this morning’s session. This is very personal but I am willing to share it with you as He has told me to do. I have no idea who will read this or who He is speaking to other than me. First, I need to give you some background so you will understand the context and then I will simply quote the conversation. Several months ago, The Lord told me to get out into the community and meet people on the streets.

The method, I understood, was to ride on the city bus. I am to use it for running errands and get to know people in the process for the purpose of witnessing. I have done this a few times but my heart has not been in it. My last eNewsletter, TOAD, dealt with my lack of desire to do this.

This morning I was thinking of all my blessings and comparing my life now with how it was seven years ago when I found myself homeless and depressed. It is as different as night and day. I had just told Him how grateful I am. As I write, He responds to my thoughts. I do not always write my thoughts down as I am concentrating on what He is saying. What He says is far more important than what I am thinking.

“You are very blessed Tom and you are very welcome. It is time to give back son. I will give through you to many in many ways. You do not need to know who or how. You will know in eternity. For now it is not important for you to know. I know you were very perplexed yesterday. It is difficult for you to see you fulfilling your purpose, but I assure you that you are. Again, you do not need to know son. Just be yourself and listen to me. You glorify me through being yourself and all that you do. It is not all a matter of ministry. It is also about relationship. Your relationship with me. So many perform yet do not have a relationship with me. You have been one of those at times. That has changed. You keep thinking about warm weather. You will ride the bus then. This is okay although any weather is acceptable. You have psyched yourself about cold weather. This can be changed if you want. Think about it son. Life goes on in spite of the weather. Comfort is not everything. There are different levels of warmth. Not just physical. My love is unconditional Tom. No need to fear. Ever.”

“Thank you Lord. I am apparently unaware of my fear.”

“It is not always an emotional fear son. Sometimes it is just hesitation. Not wanting to do or be. Reluctant. No desire. It is all a form of fear. As Barbara said, procrastination is brought about by fear on some level.”
“You have to show me Lord. You just let me get a glimpse of it regarding the bus didn’t you?”
“Yes. You know it is there son. This is why you are putting it off till warm weather. When warm weather gets here it will be no different. You do not see yourself as knowing what to do or what to say?”

“Exactly Lord. I get on the bus and I just sit and watch. There may be a hello that slips out or a nod, but basically no eye contact or conversation. No one is there for any purpose but to get on the bus to get some where else. I see myself in warm weather getting off at different stops and waiting with people for the next bus or something like that.” “This is you trying to make something happen Tom. Your ways are not the same as mine. I just need you to be willing and available. I will bring them to you. I will give you the thoughts and the words. Trust me. I can do this. This makes you laugh?”

“Yes Lord. It seems funny to me when I write that you can do something. I think it is because I know you can do anything. The thought of you making a donkey talk just went through my mind. Am I that stubborn?”
“Yes Tom. (smiling). Sometimes. The donkey didn’t really talk. I used it as a vessel. I was the one speaking. There is a difference. With you, I give you the thoughts. You have a choice to voice them or ignore them. You have a free will. The donkey didn’t.”

“This is something to share isn’t it?”

“Yes son. Share it. Genesis.”

 

For more information visit Tom’s website email Tom at Tom@TomBlubaugh.net

Perhaps you’ve written a book, your first or even your tenth, and you’re not sure how to strategize with all the changes that are happening at breakneck speed across the ever-evolving literary marketplace. Tom Blubaugh has faced each of these questions and many more. Through strategic relationships with experts, patience, perseverance, and action, Tom has discovered and now applies and shares these all-essential literary skills and competencies.

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President’s Corner November-December 2016

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Come And Grow With Us

Thank you all for supporting the Chapter with your gracious gift of time and financial support. Two cars were donated to the Chapter and given to two veteran families in need. We also set up a scholarship fund to assist a veteran in College.

We are winding down with fundraisers and events by the end of November. And, I have to say, I am ready for the winter season.

Tuesday, October 25-VA Clinic Groundbreaking

Senator Blunt’s office invited Post 1214 and all veterans to attend the groundbreaking for the new VA Clinic in Springfield at 1 p.m., Republic Rd/ Kansas Expressway across from All Pet Supply.

Friday, October 28-DEADLINE for Volunteer Registration

Seeking volunteers to serve as event guides for Hope Connection/Veteran Stand Down at Springfield Expo Center (downtown) on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Volunteers are matched with a homeless or high poverty guest attending the event which provides immediate access to essential services. Volunteers must be available from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on the day of the event and be able to attend a 30 minute training between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm the previous day. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to volunteers. To register or for more information, please visit www.hopeconnectionspringfield.org

Tuesday, Nov. 1 – HONOR FLIGHT

Welcome the veterans back and handing out flowers to the women veterans at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Time for plane arrival is TBD, but it is usually around 9:30 p.m. Chapter members are asked to arrive between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

All Veterans Invitation: Wednesday, Nov. 2 – National Legion Commander Meet and Greet/1st Anniversary –

Post 1214 is hosting a “Meet and Greet” for the newly elected American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fire Station 8 (Community Room), 1405 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO. Festivities include a presentation by Commander Schmidt, recognition with a Quilt of Valor by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and a Willard JROTC tandem rifle performance. This event will be held in conjunction with the Women’s Post 1214’s one-year anniversary celebration of their permanent charter. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Veterans Day Parade (Downtown Springfield)

The parade will assemble and breakdown in Parking Lot across from Hammond’s Field between Trafficway and St. Louis Street at 9:00 a.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m.. be at assembly area at 9 a.m. Wear Patriotic clothing. For a parade map, go to http://www.swmoveteransdayparade.com/parade-map.php PAGE 2

Calendar Dates (continued)

Saturday, Nov. 5-Sunday, Nov. 13 – VETERANS WEEK (Branson)
For a complete listing of Veterans activities taking place in Branson, please refer to the Branson Bugle or http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/holidays/veterans-week We have a condo in Branson that week (Roark Resort) which members can use as a ‘home base.’ Mary Clapper is the contact.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Tribute to Women Veterans & Rose Petal Ceremony

Event takes place noon to 2 pm at the Radisson Hotel, 120 South Wildwood Drive, Branson. The Tribute includes a Rose Petal ceremony and Women Veterans Appreciation gathering. Both are FREE to women veterans. RSVP if attending to Brenda Meadows, 417-337-0563.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Women Veterans Mini Reunion

Event takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in Branson. RSVP required no later than Nov. 1 to Arlen Lipper, 417-230-2278.

Friday, Nov. 11 – Free Veterans Day Breakfast at Hyvee in Springfield

 

Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Parade (Branson) – Parade starts at 11 a.m.

 

Sunday, Nov. 13 – Quilts of Valor Reception

At 2 p.m., the Patriotic Piecemakers will be presenting more than 20 Quilts of Valor to military combat veterans. This is a very special event and it would mean a lot to all if we could have as many of members in the audience (patriotic clothing) showing our support. The presentation will take place at 2738 S. Campbell Street, Springfield, Missouri – on Campbell, north of Battlefield and south of Sunset, in the Village Shopping Center, behind Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – Hope Connection/Veterans Stand Down

Information posted under October 28, the deadline for the online registration. The event takes place this day, however, with a 30-minute training the day prior.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email
grizz.b8455@gmail.com.

Your President,

Harlan

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Women Veterans Post to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

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Commander Schmidt

Women Veterans Post to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary, Host “Meet and Greet” with National American Legion Commander

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri, American Legion Post 1214, will celebrate their one-year anniversary in conjunction with a “Meet and Greet” event for newly elected American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt of Oregon. The event will take place at Fire Station #8 (Community Room), 1405 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO.

Festivities will include a presentation by Commander Schmidt, recognition with a Quilt of Valor by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and a Willard JROTC tandem rifle performance. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

The official traveling party will include National Commander Charles Schmidt,
National Commanders’ Aide Dirk Levy, Department Commander Betty Gonzales, Senior Vice Commander Cary Kellett, Department Adjutant Lowry Finley-Jackson, National Executive Committeeman Kenny Goth, Alternate National Committeeman Tom Goodin, National Historian Paul Bennett, Zone and District Commanders when available.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Post 1214 by calling 417-882-2557 or emailing ALpost1214@yahoo.com

Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri is the second largest (of five) all-female American Legion posts in the state of Missouri and is the only one in the Springfield area. The post received its permanent charter in November 2015 and to date has 54 members, ranging in age from 19-94. In September 2016, Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri was awarded “Post of the Year” by American Legion’s 17th District.

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