President’s Corner November-December 2016

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

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 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 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

Your President,


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