December 22 1-5 pm
Join us on December 22nd from 1 to 5 pm for the Post 327 Christmas Party! Everyone is welcome, bring a dish to share.
From our friends at VFW Post 8097!
The Auxiliary will hold it's August meeting on Tuesday, August 7 at 6 pm. The Auxiliary always meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. Meetings are held at Walter Howard Shaw VFW Post 327, 22 Fifth Ave., Halethorpe, MD 21227. All Auxiliary members are welcome to attend.
Funeral arrangements for William (Bill) Byrd: Visitation will be held Monday, April 2nd, 2018 and Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 11:00 am. Location is the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 (exit 6 off Rt. 100 south)
It is with the deepest of regret that I inform you of the passing of our dear friend and family member, William "Bill" Byrd. Bill went to the post everlasting this afternoon. I have no further information at this time; as it becomes available, I will let you know. Please keep Bill's Family, Cathy, and family friends in your prayers.
VFW Post 8097 will have BINGO on April 15th.
VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS of THE UNITED STATES
Quarterly Newsletter Jan-Mar 2018
Commander’s Comments: We hope you and yours had a wonderful celebration of our Savior’s birth and we hope 2018 is a joyful and profitable
year for you. As many of you know, our Post celebrated 98 years of service on 16 January of this year; two years to go to meet that magic number of 100. We are fortunately continuing to operate in
the black. Our biggest problem is recruiting new members into the organization. Our present membership is 62.
That number includes 47 life members with the rest coming from continuous membership. If we are to make that 100 years, we need more members, it’s as simple as that. Many of you are the grandparents of former military members. We need you to talk with them and see if you can “light a fire“ under them and get them down to see us at the Post. We would like the opportunity to talk with them, show them the various programs we are involved in and maybe get them to join up with us.
We have many pictures of the Post from years gone by and unfortunately we do not know the names of the people on the pictures. I invite anyone who was a member of the Post from the 60’s thru the 80’s to come look at the pictures and help us identify them. We are open Wednesday thru Sunday. The hours are WTF from 3:00PM and SS from 1:00PM. We would appreciate your help.
Auxiliary: Our next meeting is February 6th at 6:00PM. Be on the lookout for some Pit Ham and Pit Beef in the early spring. We are also looking at some other events such as an Easter Basket of Cheer; Saint Patty’s Day, March 17th with corned beef or ham, cabbage and potatoes. There’s even some talk about something on the Orioles Opening Day. We hope you will join us. Sue Sniadach, Secretary
Service Officer: The overwhelming majority of women veterans want VA to expand access to women-specific health care, which includes hiring more VA health care professionals who are able to identify and treat their unique health care needs. More specifically, women veterans want the opportunity to receive their health care from women health care providers. The VFW has urged Congress and VA to expand its Designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider model to mental health clinics and other health specialties. This would ensure ALL Women veterans have access to health care professionals with specialized women’s health care training. The VFW has also urged VA to allow all women veterans to choose the gender of their health care provider. Women veterans’ who use VA health care for family planning services are also concerned that VA requires copayments for preventive prescriptions drugs, such as contraceptives. This is counter to industry standards for private health insurance plans, which do not require out-of-pocket costs for preventive care prescriptions. The VFW has urged Congress to align VA’s cost share requirements with industry standards.
Operation Uplink: The VFW as the largest organization of combat veterans, understands the importance of keeping military families in touch. That’s why in 1996 the VFW launched the OPERATION UPLINK@ program – a calling program for deployed service members that provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans. Operation Uplink initially provided calling cards to deployed and hospitalized troops, but on Mother’s Day in 2006, due to the growing popularity of the program, and thanks to the generosity of corporate donors like Sports Clips Haircuts and Harleysville Insurance, the program began hosting “Free Call Days.” The program is the only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month when deployed service members can make FREE phone calls home to the U.S. from their Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center or military DSN Line. Free Call Days have provided more than 7.8 Million free connections for service members and their families. If you have questions or would like to request phone time for your loved one, contact Operation Uplink today. Phone: 816 561-8655, facsimile: 816.931.4753 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Topper
Flag Disposal: We have received several phone calls recently from people who want to know the procedure for disposing of a flag that is no
longer fit to display. According to flag protocol, the proper procedure for destruction is by fire.
The flag should be folded in its customary manner.
It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag. (Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.)
Place the flag on the fire.
The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.
Any of the following organizations can assist you with Flag Disposal: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League and the D.A.V. Feel free to drop off your unusable flag at the Post. Adjutant Burrell
Surgeon: There have been an exceptional number of deaths related to the current FLU season. The reported deaths have not been just affecting the elderly population. Deaths have been reported in age groups as low as the late 20’s and people in their 40’s. Don’t mess around with this stuff: GO GET YOUR FLU SHOT! Several area drug stores are offering FREE FLU shots to veterans; check it out. AND finally, contrary to a rumor going around on social media, people HAVE NOT been dying as a result of TAKING the FLU shot. There is NO LIVE VIRUS in the FLU shot. Take care of yourself.
Safety Officer: We still have over two months of winter to contend with. There probably will be more snow and more ice to bother us, so
make sure you take extra special care when driving your car or operating snow removal equipment. And here’s some “food for thought.” Do YOU know what Natural Gas smells like? Natural gas is
colorless, tasteless and odorless. BGE puts the safety additive MERCAPTAN in natural gas, giving it a “rotten egg” odor and making it easier to detect. Recognizing natural gas is important even if
you are NOT a gas customer. Natural gas can enter buildings through walls, even those buildings that are not supplied by gas. If you detect this smell call BGE at 1.800.685.0123 immediately.
VFW Automobile Tags: If you want VFW tags for your car, your local post is no longer authorized to help you. If you want them, you will have to go through Department of Maryland to obtain them. The number is 410.752.6474. Marty
2018 Convention Book Booster Ads: We are going to get an early start on this. Our Post will have a signup sheet in the canteen. Cost is two dollars per name. The example they (VFW) use is John Doe $2.00 – John and Mary Doe $4.00. The names will appear in the VFW Convention Book. The funds collected are used to support the convention and other VFW programs. There is also a “Memorial Tribute” page. The cost associated with this depend on the size of the ad; e.g., full page ad $100.00, half page ad $65.00, quarter page $50.00 and a business card size is $30.00.Photographs and tribute details are to be submitted along with the ad cost. For more details, please give us a call at 410. 247.2757. The DEADLINE for receipt of ALL ADS is April 15, 2018. Marty
Post Chaplain: Unfortunately, our prayer list continues to grow. I have been making home visits and hospital visits for quite some time. I try always to bring a message of hope to whomever I visit and to let that person know they are not forgotten and remain always in our prayers. I ask you, please let us know when a veteran or spouse goes into the hospital or is sick at home. We want ALL our family to know we are here to help. We also ask that you notify us when a veteran or spouse passes to the Post Everlasting. We do have a ceremony that we conduct at a veteran’s funeral, but we can only perform that ceremony IF ASKED to do so. The number to call 410.247.2757. I will close my portion of the newsletter with a prayer honoring our troops. “PLEASE GOD, Grant them courage when times are bleak. Grant them strength, when they feel weak. Grant them comfort when they feel alone. And most of all, GOD, PLEASE bring them all home.” Amen. Chaplain Larry Shipley
Post Canteen Activities: We are very fortunate to have both a Saturday and Sunday Bowling League. Both can use additional players. The Saturday group starts around 2:00PM and is over around 4:30PM. Our Sunday League starts around 5:00PM and is usually finished by 6:30PM. If you enjoy the game of “Shuffle Bowl”, I can tell you that you won’t find a better bunch of folks to bowl with, Saturday or Sunday. Come visit with us and ENJOY your afternoon/evening.
Upcoming events: Looks like the Auxiliary has some plans for the near future and I can tell you from personal experience, the food they provide is OUTSTANDING. I must tell you, we do have the two best chef’s in the business, Bill Byrd and Bill Reynolds, cooking the best food you ever tasted. Of course MOMMA (Jean) and Karla do some right good “cookin” too! We hope you will come and join in with us when the “cookin’ season” begins.
Thank you time: This is ALWAYS the hardest thing to do; I’m afraid I’ll forget someone or something that someone has done for us. When I
do something like that, believe me, it’s the “old age” setting in.
My heartfelt thanks to my pal Marty Bors for keeping everything straight and taking care of the business end of our Post. Thanks to Karla and Monica for all they do in support of the post. Those Saturday meals and the occasional “punch” drinks are outstanding. Our thanks to Bill Byrd for handling both our shuffle bowl leagues. Many thanks to Bill and Jean Reynolds for the multitude of things they do for the canteen and its customers. Many thanks to Gene Weedon for taking charge of the plumbing, Pat Potter for the floors in both the men’s and ladies bathrooms. Rick Scheminant for the great work he has done in hanging pictures all over the place at my request, plus his installation of electrical systems. Thanks to Paul Scheminant for taking care of our FACEBOOK account and our computer needs. Thanks to Shawn Butler for all he does in support of the canteen and the post grounds. Thanks to Jim Frantz and Butch Petruccy for your many “donations” to the canteen; believe me, many a customer thanks you both. Thanks to Chuck Suable for taking those great pictures at our Christmas Party. Thanks to Rick and Loretta Dasch for the cake at our Post 98th birthday party. Thanks to Charles Durnin (Jody) and Post 195 Auxiliary member Colleen Bach for taking the “POLAR BEAR PLUNGE” in support of the Maryland Special Olympics. Colleen deserves a real thanks here as this was her 9th “PLUNGE.” Thanks to ALL our family and friends – without you, there would be no 98 years. Topper
Final thoughts: Patriotism seems to have left our Great Nation and that worries me to no end. It started to disappear with the deaths of the members of the “greatest generation”. President Reagan brought it back for a period of time, but the people who no longer care have somehow gotten themselves in charge of many things that control people's thoughts and minds. THIS MUST END! I want to leave you with something known as the American’s Creed. I have shared this with you before – why this IS NOT in every classroom in America is beyond me. We should make this a National goal for the coming year. Let your delegate know about it.
THE AMERICAN'S CREED
“I BELIEVE IN THE United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a Democracy in a Republic, a Sovereign Nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I THEREFORE BELIEVE IT IS MY DUTY TO MY COUNTRY TO LOVE IT; TO SUPPORT ITS CONSTITUTION; TO OBEY ITS LAWS; TO RESPECT ITS FLAG; AND TO
DEFEND IT AGAINST ALL ENEMIES.’
Written by William Tyler Page of Friendship Heights, Maryland – 1918
GOD BLESS AMERICA, MY HOME SWEET HOME!
Well - we are ALMOST ready for the Auxiliary Birthday Party on the 7th. Ed and Sue Sniadach have the floor upstairs sparkling and they put a fresh coat of paint on the inside of the doors leading into the Post and the Canteen. The place looks great and we appreciate their contribution. The cake has been ordered as well as the food and Pete at the Lansdowne Inn has a large bowl of his VERY SPECIAL pudding ready for us to pick up. We even have a brand new item for our picture wall, thanks to Rebecca Bavis. "Becky" donated an embroidered Patriotic Panel with "GOD BLESS THE USA" in red, white and blue. It's beautiful Becky, Post 327 appreciates your kindness and generosity. We have a list of names, but it is not nearly enough. Please try and make the party - we promise you a good time. It's this coming Saturday, Oct. 7th, from 5:00PM until 8:00PM. We hope to see you here. GOD Bless and take care.
VFW Offers Hurricane Harvey Support
Join with the VFW and show your support by making a $10 donation to the VFW’s relief efforts by texting the keyword “NEEDS” to 27722, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General, 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families.
Those service members, veterans and their families in need of immediate assistance should contact the VFW Department (state) headquarters from their respective state:
The last Fundraiser was such a success, we decided to do it again.
The Lansdowne VFW Auxiliary will be holding a Pit Beef and Pit Ham fundraiser on July 22nd from 2pm until we run out of food. For $6 you get your choice of a pit beef or pit ham sandwich with chips and pickle. Everyone is welcome to stop by and support the VFW Post 327 Auxiliary.
22 Fith Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227
New grill was donated to the Post today, along with a cover and charcoal. We would like to thank the Lansdowne Home Depot #2579, and manager Thomas Layden for their generosity. A special thanks to Ed Fitzsimmons for delivering the grill to the Post. We will put it to good use.
Shiny new grill courtesy of Lansdowne Home Depot. Now we just need Bill Reynolds to get here and test her out.
Post Commander Ken Shipley, Quartermaster Marty Bors and Home Depot Associate Ed Fitzsimmons.
New donated grill arriving at the Post.
TODAY WE HONOR ALL WHO HAVE MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
The Post will be open on Monday 29th for Memorial Day festivities. Food donations are always welcome. Please come and support your Post.
Sunday, May 21st the Post will have 1/2 pound of shrimp and fries for only $6!
We ask once again for prayers for an old friend from my school days - Mrs. Paula Evans (nee Bramble). Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Our friend Roxanne Fouts is having surgery today - we hope all goes well and she will be back with us soon. Keep her in your prayers.
Our "life long" friend Gene Weedon had some surgery today - keep him in your prayers. They don't make many like him.
Please add our friend Paula Evans to your prayer list. She is in the hospital and we hope she will be back with us ASAP.
Services for Sib Gude: The viewing is set for Tuesday, 18 April from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 at Ambrose Funeral Home in Lansdowne. A service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 with interment to follow at Garrison Forest.
We seem to be having a run of bad luck lately. Our dear friend, Charlie Walter passed away on 10 April. There will be a viewing at Ambrose on Wednesday 11 April from 5 until 9 PM. On Thursday at 10:00 AM a service will be conducted, followed by interment at Meadowridge. We will miss your friendship Charlie.
It is with the deepest of regret that I inform you of the passing of Sylvia (SIB) Gude. Sib passed away today. Her daughter CC is meeting with Ambrose this afternoon and as soon as we hear from her we will let you know the arrangements. At least we know one thing for certain - The GOOD Lord and her husband Jim are with her now, Our deepest sympathy to Sib's family and friends.
Very special thanks to Jim Sanchez, Stephanie and VFW Post 160 members for your generous gift to Post 327. It is greatly appreciated!
The District 6 Dance was a good time for all.
Congratulations to VFW Post 327, 2016 Patriots Pen award winner Rebecca Bavis. An outstanding young spokesperson of the future.
Congratulations to Joseph 'Dima' Chesley VFW Post 327, 2016 Voice of Democracy award winner. An outstanding spokesperson for freedom.
St. Patrick's Day Party!
Friday March 17, 2017 from 3pm - 7pm. Corn beef or ham, with cabbage and potatoes. Eat in $3.17, carryout $4.00. Sign up sheet in the canteen. Please come in or call to reserve a plate. 410-247-2757. If your name is not on the list, you may not get any. Deadline for your order is March 15th. It also should be noted that Baltimore Archbishop, William E. Lori has said it was ok to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day.
Post will open at 1:00 PM. Food and drink specials will start at 5:00 PM.
On Monday, January 16th, Walter Howard Shaw, VFW Post 327 turned 97 years old.
Services for Frank Potter. Ambrose Funeral Home Sunday, 15 Jan.Viewing 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. Funeral Service at Saint Clement Church on Monday at 1100.
PRAYER FOR FRANKLIN E. (FRANK) POTTER
UNITED STATES ARMY 86TH INFANTRY DIVISION
We come here today to honor the life of Franklin E. Potter, who offered his life as a service to our Nation’s cause and to our GOD. Proudly we remember his Service. Because of men like FRANK, we live in a land of freedom, peace and justice. May our PRAYER of today deepen our reverence for our honored comrade and friend, Franklin E. Potter.
Our belief is that Frank is now in the hands of our Heavenly Father, the Supreme Commander and Judge of all. As we lay our comrade’s body to rest. Let us cherish his virtues and learn to imitate them. Let each of us be loyal and faithful to our remaining missions in life, that we too will be able to join Frank in that grand fraternity which is on earth and in heaven, and remains unbroken.
We realize how futile mere words are to express our deep and abiding sympathy in our loss. May we be comforted by the assurance that Frank, our comrade, friend and loved one is at rest in God’s eternal peace, and abides in a place where all burdens are lifted and there is no more sickness and pain.
Comrades, let us now pledge ourselves anew to provide support and protection for those left behind; to pick up the banner laid down by our comrade Frank, and continue his march to face the challenges that confront us in this life, and may our GOD always be our companion and guide. AMEN.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL FRANKLIN E. POTTER
UNITED STATES ARMY – UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE
COMBAT VETERAN WORLD WAR II
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
ARMY RESERVE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL
ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH ONE BRONZE BATTLE STAR
EUROPE-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPIGN MEDAL WITH 2 BRONZE BATTLE STARS
WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL
ARMY OF OCCUPATION MEDAL – GERMANY
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL
PHILLIPINE LIBERATION MEDAL
PHILLIPINE INDEPENDENCE MEDAL
In memory of Past Post Commander Franklin E. Potter.
Article from Arbutus Times Nov. 13 1996.
Before we slip from 2016 into 2017 let’s do a “year in review”. Every month OUR Post made a contribution to the Loch Raven VA Hospital. Every quarter of the year WE
made a contribution to the Maryland Food Campaign. WE made a donation of shoes and clothing to a local charity selected by our Auxiliary. In May OUR Post participated in the 111th Celebration of
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Day Celebration at the Lansdowne Christian Church on Clyde Avenue. In August and September WE collected over $265.00 worth of school supplies to donate to
Lansdowne Elementary School. In October and November WE donated food to The Lansdowne Baptist Church, The Lansdowne
Methodist Church and Saint Clement. In December WE collected and distributed over $200.00 dollars’ worth of personal hygiene items (soap, razor blades, body wash, etc.) to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training. In addition, WE donated over $400.00 dollars’ worth of Christmas Toys for the children of our community who were in need. The toys were distributed to Saint Clement Church, Lansdowne Methodist Church and the Lansdowne Baptist Church. WE put a lot of smiles on the faces of those beautiful children. ALL OF THIS THANKS TO THE POST OFFICERS, MEMBERS, THE AUXILIARY AND THE “POST FAMILY.” WITHOUT YOU OUR DOORS WOULD NOT BE OPEN. I THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. 2016 was a good year – let’s make 2017 a better one. Happy New Year to all, take care and GOD Bless.
P.S. The Post will celebrate 97 Years of supporting our fellow veterans and our local community on 16 January 2017. There will be a birthday cake at the Post on January 15th; stop by and have a slice.
Crate full of cheer and Thanksgiving dinner basket. Raffle Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Winner gets both the crate and the basket!!! Tickets for sale in the Post canteen.
Walter-Howard-Shaw Veterans of Foreign wars
Commander’s Comments: Great news for our “annual” membership and new members. In an effort to increase “life” membership in the VFW, the Department of Maryland has implemented a “50/50” membership deal. You pay half of what it would cost for a lifetime membership and the Department will pay the other half. This program is open only to annual members and new members. Reinstatements and “At Large” members are not included. Special requirements must be met before reinstatements and “At Large” members can apply. Significant savings can be realized by taking advantage of this program. ALL applications MUST be forwarded to Department in order to take advantage of the program. For our new and annual members, I have included a copy of the information letter from Department. If you’re interested please contact us at 410 247-2757.
O.K. Grandparents and Great Grandparents, it’s time to show off that patriotism you have been teaching the youngsters; the VFW sponsored Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy programs for the 2016-2017 year are now open. Patriot’s Pen is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who type a 300 – 400 word essay on the following subject: “The America I Believe In.” Entries are due at the Post not later than 1 November. The Voice of Democracy program is for students in grades 9 through 12, who must record an “original” 3 to 5 minute essay (+ or – 5 seconds max) on an audio CD or flash drive on the subject: “My Responsibility To America.” Deadline to the post is 1 November. We have the required entry forms for both programs. Please contact us and we will make certain you get a copy of the forms. This IS a great opportunity for the children as there are monetary rewards and scholarships available to the winners.
Post Surgeon: FREE FLU SHOTS: From NOW through March 31, 2017, ALL veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care System can receive FREE flu shots at ANY Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy. The “joint” outreach health initiative is designed to help serve veterans closer to where they reside. You MUST bring your VA Identification Cards as well as another “photo” ID and complete a short four-question application, which will be used to automatically update your VA electronic health records. No appointments are necessary. (Action Core Weekly)
Sick Call Roster: Past Post Commander Frank Potter, Past Post Chaplain John “Jack” McKenna, Past District Commander and Past Post Commander Jim Frantz, Madame President of the Auxiliary, Sib Gude, Sister Helen Anderson, Sister Pauline Bors, Sister Virginia Shipley, Sister Maureen Potter and Sister Sharon Walsh. Please pray for a speedy recovery for all.
Post Chaplain: I am requesting that all who read this letter to remember to LET US KNOW when you or a family member go into the hospital. Part of my job is to come and visit and to let you know we care about you and will do all we can to help you through your hospital stay. Far too often we are not advised of this or that a member has passed away. This is unacceptable! Our veterans who served this country and helped make us the GREATEST NATION ON EARTH, deserve our respect upon his/her departure from this life to the next. Please let us know when these things occur. WE WANT ALWAYS TO PAY OUR RESPECTS TO THOSE WHO HAVE EARNED IT. GOD BLESS!
Back to School Program: I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Post and Auxiliary “Back to School” program. Together we provided Lansdowne Elementary School with an estimated $263.91 worth of school supplies. That is MORE THAN DOUBLE what we provided last year. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUSITY, we appreciate it and you KNOW THE CHILDREN DO.
Auxiliary Shoe Collection: If you have some OLD, but still serviceable shoes just cluttering up your closets, please put them in a bag and drop them off at the post. The auxiliary is working with another agency to collect the shoes and redistribute them to the less fortunate here in this country and overseas. A worthwhile effort and your help will be greatly appreciated. Please “pairs” of shoes only.
Post Safety Officer: Autumn is almost here and that means raking leaves and getting the house ready for old man winter. Just remember to “take it easy” with all the extra work you’re getting ready to do. Remember when you lay the rake down, make sure the “pointy” ends are face down, and NOT face up. And when that first winter snow starts to fall, DO NOT go outside like gangbusters to clear the sidewalk – the State gives you about 24 hours to do so, so there’s NO reason for you to give yourself a heart attack or a strained back. Stay safe and healthy!
Post activities: On 10 September our Shuffle Bowl League returns – we will be so happy to see them. We can ALWAYS use new players, so if you’re interested, come on down and join us. It usually takes about 2 and a half hours from start to finish and it’s always a lot of fun.
We are still looking for some cribbage and pitch players for Sunday’s. The pitch league will also be starting up shortly and if you like the game they would like for you to join them.
The Post and Auxiliary will be having a “Basket of Cheer” Raffle. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The raffle will go off on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Thank You time: I want to express my sincere appreciation to the following people who continue to support this post in an outstanding manner: Bill Byrd, Monica and Karla, Rick and Paul Scheminant, Pat and Theresa Hartzell, Shawn Butler, Ronnie Hanne, Sue and Ed Sniadach, Jim Frantz and the EVER young, Marty Bors. There are just NOT enough ways to say “THANKS” to these folks for all they do for Walter-Howard-Shaw Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 327. If there is anyone I have not mentioned, chalk it up to “old age.”
Food for thought: “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who DO NOT VOTE.”
George Jean Nathan
Perhaps the most important election America has ever faced is almost upon us. I believe the course of this Great Nation will be changed forever by the results of this election. I cannot tell you whom to vote for, but I can tell you that your vote will count. Please DO NOT stay home and NOT VOTE. If we can assist you by getting you to the voting location, please let us know. We will do our best to get you there and back.
Here are a couple of thoughts about politics:
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the FIRST things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rouke
“After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and Sincerity of Hollywood.” – Fred Thompson, actor turned U.S. Senator
“To err is human – To blame someone else is politics.” Hubert H. Humphey
“Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” George Carlin
“Our elections are free. It’s in the RESULTS where eventually we pay.” Bill Stern
“The way my luck is running, if I were a politician I would be an honest man.” Rodney
And finally – “The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly, ‘ ‘meaning many’, and the word ‘ticks’ meaning ‘bloodsucking parasites.” Larry Hardiman
Final thoughts: Famous quotes from General George S. Patton, Jr.
“May GOD have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t!”
“A man MUST know his destiny. If he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice or at the very most, three times, FATE will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder. If he has the imagination, he will turn around and FATE will point out to him what fork in the road he should take. If he has guts, he will take it.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS AND TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF YOUR SELVES.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Auxiliary member Maureen Potter who is facing some severe medical issues. According to her Mother, Agnes, the Auxiliary Chaplain, she will undergo an operation in the near future to help eliminate the issues. We wish Maureen all the best and we will keep her in our prayers.
Our Auxiliary President, Sib Gude is making progress in the healing process according to her friend Gary Oleman. Sib spent the other day "out" with her family for a few hours and enjoyed a nice "family get together." We wish her well and we hope to see her soon back with our Post 327 Family.
We need some more donations of school supplies to help us with the "Back to School" campaign to Post and Auxiliary are running. Anything you can donated will be greatly appreciated.
New or used SHOE donations: The Auxiliary is looking for slightly used or new PAIRS OF SHOES to collect for needy families here and abroad. A box will be placed in the canteen for any that you may want to donate.
September 4th, the Post will celebrate Labor Day with a cookout at the post. The "theme" will be a
"Family Day". There is a sign up sheet located with the quarter book if you would like to attend.
We sure would like to see you there.
Governor Larry Hogan Announces Permanent Vehicle Registration for Disabled Maryland Veterans
Customer Service Initiative Allows Qualified Veterans to Skip the Trip to MVA
ANNAPOLIS, MD -Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will begin issuing permanent vehicle registration cards and license plate stickers to Maryland veterans who qualify as 100 percent disabled. While the stickers and registration cards have been free to qualified veterans for several years, this allows qualified veterans to skip the trip to the MVA to renew their registration. This initiative was developed by employees at the MVA and is part of Governor Hogan's initiative to improve customer service across Maryland state agencies.
"Since taking office, our administration has been committed to finding ways to provide veterans the support they have earned and deserve," said Governor Hogan. "This includes tax relief, down payment assistance for home ownership, and expanded job opportunities. Today's announcement is another opportunity to give back to our veterans and show our gratitude to those brave men and women who have served our country."
Qualified veterans do not need to take any action to enjoy this new benefit. The MVA will begin mailing the permanent registration cards and stickers on August 1 to approximately 5,200 Maryland veterans who qualify as 100 percent either by rating or being paid at the 100% rate based on unemployability (permanently and totally) disabled as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to this initiative, qualified Maryland veterans had to renew their vehicle registration, free of charge, every two years at an MVA office.
"Governor Hogan challenged us to improve services to our customers and we are delivering on his call to action," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "By avoiding a trip to the MVA, we are saving time not only for our veterans, but also for customers who must visit one of our offices to complete a transaction."
"In keeping with the Governor's commitment to improve customer service, the MVA's new policy now makes vehicle registration more convenient for veterans living with disabilities," said Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George W. Owings, III. "The issuance of permanent registration cards follows the designation of veteran on the front of the driver's license and identification card. These two new practices demonstrate Maryland's continued commitment to supporting the men and women who honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces."
Last month, Governor Hogan launched the Customer Service Initiative, a continuous program designed to foster improvements in customer service across Maryland state agencies. The initiative focuses on three core deliverables: a renewed focus on a strong service culture in state agencies; improved customer service training for state employees; and the establishment of new service performance metrics, which will allow the administration and all Marylanders to track improvements in customer service over time.
Walter-Howard-Shaw Veterans of Foreign wars
Of the United States Post 327 Newsletter
Commander’s Comments: We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and so far 2016 has been good to you and yours.
Membership continues to be one of our major challenges; attempting to get the young folks to join is a bit more difficult than it was in our “hay day.” The Auxiliary has posted a new member pamphlet in the canteen, which contains all the necessary information for joining their organization; it also contains membership applications. I ask you once again, if you have any relatives who are eligible for the post or the auxiliary, please have them come to the post and talk with us – we need their help. This is the ONLY way to continue the work of the VFW and to help them remain a strong supporter of Veterans, Veterans’ right and Veterans Families.
Nomination and election of Post Officers will take place on the 8th of this month. We hope you will be able to attend the meeting and make a nomination or vote for whom you support.
Service Officer: Were you exposed to burn pits while deployed? Did you serve in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, Djibouti, Africa, Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southeast Asia Theater or operations after August, 1980? Some veterans have reported respiratory symptoms and health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits. The “long-term” health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards are not fully understood. In an effort to better understand these health effects, VA has launched The “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry” (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp) for Veterans and Service members. If you are having respiratory difficulties call 1-800-273-8255 or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net
SAFETY: The SPRING 2016 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT (for Baltimore County residents only) will take place from 9:00AM until 1:00PM at the Central Acceptance Facility located at the intersection of Drop-Off Road and Warren Avenue in Cockeysville on April 10th. Only the following items will be accepted: Household chemicals, paints, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, medicines, mercury thermometers Fluorescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, ammunition, fireworks, and automotive fluids. NO TRASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EVENT!
CHAPLAIN: It is with the deepest of regret that I inform you of the passing of Life Member Thomas J. (Tommy) Grimes. Tommy was in the Navy during WWII serving in the Pacific Theater of Operation aboard the USS Le Hardy, DE 20. The Le Hardy has the distinction of participating in the Japanese Surrender of Wake Island. The Le Hardy also sent crew members onto the island to raise the Flagpole so the American Flag could once again be flown over the Island. Tommy built the WWII Memorial that stands on the front Lawn of the Post Home. Thank you Tommy, for your service, your contributions to our Post, and most of all for your friendship; we will think of you often, always with the fondest of memories and greatest of respect. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Shirley, his family and friends.
On SICK CALL we have Past Post Commander Franklin Potter and Comrade Vernon Walsh. The Auxiliary has Sisters Helen Anderson, Pauline Bors, Trudy Kaiser, Virginia Shipley, Woneta Smith and Sharon Walsh. Post Family members Mary Byrd and Kathy Metz; keep them in your prayers!
YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Our Auxiliary presented two entries for the “Patriot’s Pen Contest.
After evaluating the entries, we selected the one submitted by Trevor Rodriquez to forward to the District. We had NO entries for the Voice of Democracy” Contest. Both these contests are very important VFW Programs and more effort needs to be put forth to make certain we have entries for the upcoming VFW Year.
HOSPITAL REPORT: We have contributed $150.00 so far this year the the VA Hospital at Loch Raven in support of patient programs. Fortunately, we currently DO NOT have any post members in the hospital.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Earlier this year we donated three boxes of groceries to a needy family in the Riverview area. We now have a box located in the canteen for food items to be delivered to the Maryland Food Bank. If you have a chance, drop by the canteen and drop some items in the box.
SURGEON REPORT: SPRING is here and it won’t be long until summer arrives with ALL that beautiful warm sunshine. DON’T FORGET that warm sunshine can also cause skin cancer, heat stroke and numerous other ailments. Be sure to use “sun screen” and wear a hat if you plan to spend long hours out in the warm sunshine. BE SMART ABOUT IT, PROTECT YOURSELF!
The Post has walkers, crutches and a limited number of wheel chairs available for those who have a need for them. Please call us if you or a family member go to the hospital – the very least we can do is offer up our prayers for you. Contact us at 410 247-2757.
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Sixth District Dance will take place on 16 April at Post 160 located on Dorsey Road. Tickets are $20.00 each, which includes a meal and music by “Bert and Nancy”. Festivities start at 6:00PM
On 22 May, the Military Retiree’s Club will be having a “day at the Races” here at the Post. The event begins at 1:00PM and will last until 30 Minutes after the last race. There will be food, draft beer and soda provided. Tickets are $12.00 each.
Also on 22 May, 2016 Fort Meade will be hosting a “Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony AND the “Thirtieth Annual Massing of the Colors” at the Fort Meade Pavilion at 2:30. This IS a Patriotic Ceremony held to REDEDICATE FAITH in the United States and to demonstrate the Military Order of the World Wars support of our Armed Forces. This is a by invitation event; if you would like to join us please let us know not later than 6 May.
Maryland Public Television (MPT) will broadcast a three hour documentary ; MAYLAND VIETNAM WAR STORIES on May 24, 25, and 26. There are many other events to take place in June saluting our Vietnam Veterans. The Post, via our FACEBOOK account will advise you of these events as they become known to us. Those who do not have a computer can receive the information via MPT, local radio and television station since a good many of the events are being sponsored by the State of Maryland.
The Post will, again this year, participate in the Memorial Day and Grand Army of the Republic Ceremony held each year at the Lansdowne Christian Church (HULL Memorial) located at the intersection of Clyde and Baltimore Avenue. Further information will be provided for the exact time and date.
THE POST WILL BE OPEN ON ORIOLE OPENING DAY. Hot Dogs and all the trimmings provided by Butch Petruccy. We will open at 2:00PM on Monday, 4 April 2016.
THANK YOU TIME: This is always my favorite part of the letter, BUT it is also the scariest; I am ALWAYS afraid that I will “forget” to say thank you to someone who has done us a good deed. If that happens, please attribute it to “memory loss” by an “old geezer.”
I have to start by in February for the “Super bowl Party”. Billy Byrd and Billy Reynolds cooked up some of the finest food you could ever want to taste. The deviled eggs, salads and other goodies brought by our “family” members were absolutely outstanding; this was obvious to all in attendance as practically everything had been eaten. Our Ladies, Sue, Sib, Pauline, Mindy, Lorrie and Jean made the best desserts you can eat. Many folks there claimed to be 110 pound weaklings – they sure weren’t that anymore after that feast.
Our volunteers, Monica and Karla outdid themselves with the service they provided to our VFW Family members. It is safe to say “A good time was had by all.”
Saint Patrick’s Day was one of our OTHER main events. Bill BYRD took care of the ham and corned beef, as usual it was outstanding. Shawn Butler and Paul Scheminant helped tremendously with the “clean up” detail. Again, the ladies brought the “goodies” and I can tell you NO ONE left the post hungry that day, or “thirsty” either, thanks to our volunteers.
Somewhere in between those two events, we wound up with oysters, fish, fish balls, steamed oysters, ribs and deer meat. We have Bill and Jean Reynolds to thank for most of that. We especially want to thank Jim Frantz for “shucking” all those oysters. Jim did have some help from “novice shuckers” Johnny Brocata and Shawn Butler.
On a routine basis, we have to thank Rick and Paul Scheminant, Sue and Ed Sniadach, Ronnie Haney and Shawn Butler for their assistance in all sorts of projects and programs at the Post.
Thanks to our “Bowling League” as ALWAYS! You are a GOD send.
Thanks to Barry (Bear) Kratz for forming up a new “Pitch” League on Sundays.
I want to thank Auxiliary Secretary, Sue Sniadach, for putting together the information packet in the canteen which outlines the requirements for joining the Auxiliary.
I want to say a personal and special thanks to Bill Byrd for purchasing the five service flags (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) for the Post; we will display them proudly.
Thanks to my brother Larry Shipley for filling in for me at the Memorial Service for Tommy Grimes. I regret having to miss that.
Thanks to the Post Officers and Auxiliary for their continued outstanding support throughout the VFW year; we couldn’t continue to function without them.
Thanks to Marty Bors for his continued outstanding support to the Post and to me; he’s been doing it for so long AND so well for so many years, he’s become an “institution” of knowledge and one of Post 327’s most effective leaders. Thanks Marty!
Finally, we come to our “volunteers”, Monica and Karla. THEY ARE the reason people come to our canteen; they make your visit a fun and memorable experience. THEY DESERVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.
THANKS to all for participating in our Post Flag Details; a duty we never tire of.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Things I have learned from my “Joint Service” tours. My Army
Artillery friends say: “The HARDER you pull the LANYARD, the FURTHER the ROUND will go.”
My Navy friends say: “Fair winds and following seas.”
My Marine friends say: “THE CORPS LIVES FOREVER.” (I agree)
My Air Force friends say: “Off we go into the wild blue yonder.”
My Coast Guard friends say: “I am not a fresh water sailor.” (Just kidding)
On the serious side, THANK all of you for your service – we would not be FREE if it were not for YOUR dedication to duty, YOUR bravery in the heat of battle and YOUR constant vigilance – ALWAYS GUARDING THE GATES OF FREEDOM. THANK YOU!
Three things you cannot recover in life: “The WORD after it is said, the MOMENT after it is missed and the TIME after it is gone. Be Careful.” Unknown
“The SOLDIER IS the Army. No Army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” General George S. Patton, Jr.
Take care and GOD Bless!
A DAY AT THE RACES: 13 March 2016 1300 (1:00PM) until 15 Minutes after the last race. Spaghetti Dinner. Cost $12.00 per person. Where: American Legion Post 195 on Virginia Avenue in Baltimore Highlands.
We have some important information for you. The SAL at American Legion Post 195 are sponsoring a BUS TRIP TO CHARLESTOWN, WVA. The cost is $45.00 per person. Included in the trip are beverages and snacks UP and BACK. The Casino will give each of you $15.00 on your arrival. The bus leaves at 0930 and will return at 2100 (9:00PM) on Saturday, 23 April 2016. Tickets must be paid for in advance. Please contact Dave Hullihen @ 410 446-5468 or via e-mail at the following address: email@example.com. We are asking you to please share this post with your Facebook friends. The proceeds from this trip are going to support the VA.
SAINT PATRICK'S DAY at the Post. Ham, Potatoes and Cabbage OR Corned Beef, Potatoes and Cabbage. $3.17 at the Post, $4.17 for take out. Hours 4 to 7 on March 17th. There will be s sign-up sheet in the canteen. We need to know who wants what so we can purchase what we need to make certain we can accommodate everyone who wants to participate. FREE DESSERT provided by the AUXILIARY.
A DAY AT THE RACES will be held at the Post on 22 May 2016. This event is sponsored by the "Retiree's Club". Tickets are $12.00 per person. The menu is Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and salads, with draft beer and setups from 1:00 to 6:00PM. More info to follow as it becomes available.
SPECIAL THANKS to Sue and Ed Sniadach for the table decorations in the canteen - it is GREATLY APPRECIATED.
POST NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS. We need some NEW BLOOD in our Post. We are looking for new members for the Post and the Auxiliary. The nomination of officers will take place at our March and April Meetings with election also at the April Meeting. If you would like to be a part of our organization please come to our next meeting which takes place on 11 March, 2016 at the post home at 8:00PM. Please give it some thought!
GOD Bless America! We certainly need it.
Commander Shipley sends.
16 ounce Budweiser aluminum bottles for only $2.30! Come in and get yours while supplies last.
Commander Comments: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States held their 116th National Convention in Pittsburg, PA from 18 through 22 July, 2015. Several amendments were adopted; two of which have a significant impact on local posts.
As of 15 July, 2015 there is no longer a Ladies Auxiliary; it has been renamed as “Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary.”
“Membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary shall be limited to spouses, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren of a person who was or is eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.”
Also, effective 20 August, 2015:” Persons eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE AUXILIARY; however, members in good standing of the Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States PRIOR to August 20, 2015 may retain membership in both.”
I welcome this change and I say it’s about time; It is an idea that is long overdue in its implementation. Remember, if you have anyone interested in joining the “Auxiliary”, make sure they have a copy of their sponsors DD Form 214.
The next meeting of the Auxiliary is scheduled for 6 October, 2015 at 6:00PM in the Post Home located at 22 Fifth Avenue, Lansdowne, MD 21227.
I want to thank everyone who made a contribution to our “Back to School” program. Thanks to your generosity, we gave Riverview Elementary over $325.00 worth of supplies for the children. Topper
Service Officer: Marty and I attended OTI on 29 August, 2015; while there we received a package from the Department Service Officer containing numerous forms required to be completed BEFORE a case can be submitted to the VA. If you need any help with filling out this paperwork, stop by and see us. ALSO, Department wants us to let EVERYONE know “Agent Orange IS NOT A DISABILITY – IT CAUSES DISABILITIES.” Finally, If you know someone who is attempting to “upgrade” their discharge, the American Legion in Washington, DC can help; their number is (202) 861-2700. Topper
Post Surgeon: Looks and feels like “Autumn” has finally arrived’, and with it, colder temperatures, the chance of catching a cold, flu or pneumonia. Be smart, if you haven’t had your flu shot or the pneumonia shot, go get one; MOST are covered by your insurance. Also, make certain you “dress” for the weather – none of us are 21 anymore and these “old bones” just seem to ache when the temperature drops. STAY WARM! Tommy
Safety Officer: CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY – It’s that time of year when we start using all kinds of heaters to keep the house warm to include the Fire place and/or furnace. Carbon monoxide poisoning is usually caused by INCOMPLETE combustion and inadequate ventilation. Some of the signs of buildup off this COLORLESS, ODORLESS GAS include: Stuffy, stale, or smelly air, high humidity and soot from fireplaces or furnaces The BEST treatment is to get lots of fresh air and immediate medical attention. To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas and oil appliance manufacturers recommend a YEARLY safety check up. A qualified heating contractor can perform this service. Marty
Chaplain Report: So far, so good - no reports received concerning the passing of a comrade. We did have a couple of the auxiliary ladies spend some time in the hospital and that would be Agnes Potter and Woneta Smith; thank the Good Lord, both are home now and we hope they will "rest up". Get better and come back to see us soon. Naturally, they are on our sick call list along with Sister Helen Anderson, Sister Sharon Walsh, Sister Pauline Bors and Sister Virginia Shipley from the auxiliary. The Post members on sick call are Past Post Commander Frank Potter, Comrade Thomas (Tommy) Grimes and Comrade Vernon Walsh. Please remember to keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers. GOD Bless. Larry
Scholarship Programs: The "Voice of Democracy" (VOD) and "Patriot's Pen" (PP) programs are currently in effect. The theme for the VOD is MY VISION FOR AMERICA. The deadline for submission to the Post is 1 November, 2015. All students in grades 9 through 12 can apply.
The PP program is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders and the theme for this year is "WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME." This is an "essay" writing program and can garner the National Willer $5000 in scholarship funds. Should you find a young person who would be interested in participating, please contact the Post at 410-247-2757, Wednesday through Sunday AFTER 3:00pm for further information. Topper
Veteran of Foreign Wars Vehicle Tags: If you desire to purchase VFW License Plates please contact Marty at the Post at 410-247-2757, Wednesday through Sunday AFTER 3:00pm.
Upcoming Events: VFW Post 2462, 1720 Bayside Beach Road, in conjunction with the Pasadena Seniors, INC., is hosting a Bull Roast on October 18th. Cost is $40 per person. Hours are from 1pm until 5pm. Call 410-222-0030 for further information.
American Legion Post 195, 2603 Virginia Avenue, is hosting a Bull and Oyster Roast on October 24th. Cost is $45 per person. Hours are from 1pm until 5pm with music from 2 to 6. Call 410-789-6266 for further information.
Canteen Activities: Recently we had an End of Summer Luau. Monica and Karla were busy little bees. The place was jam packed and the food was excellent. Thanks to all who brought items of food and drink to the affair. Thanks to Bill Byrd and Bill and Jean Reynolds for the great job they did cooking the goodies. Thanks to Monica and Karla for their outstanding efforts in keeping everyone satisfied. Special thanks to Sharon Daughton for loaning us her copy of "Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii." If you missed it, you really missed a great time. Thanks Mindy for Jim's cake.
The Post will be having a Halloween Party at the end of October; we will keep you posted on what we plan to do via FACEBOOK and flyers in the canteen.
We are also placing a food collection box in the canteen for the Maryland Food Bank. Last time we did this we had over 100 pounds of food for the less fortunate. Let's see if we can beat that total this time. Monica and Karla look forward to your visit and they do their very best to see that you have a good time while you are here. WE are very fortunate to have them with us.
The bowling league is back, and as always, we welcome new bowlers. We play every SATURDAY starting around 1:30 and we are usually done no later than 4:00pm. If you have a couple of spare hours, come join us for a fun time. Topper
Thank you time: Thanks to the post officers and our auxiliary for all their support. Thanks to Paul and Rick Scheminant for all the good work with the entertainment and "outside speaker" support. Thanks again to Billy's Byrd and Reynolds for the great help at the Luau. Thanks to Monica and Karla for all they do for us. Thanks to Shawn Butler for keeping the place looking good and thanks to my pal Marty Bors for all his help and support in keeping Post 327 "up and running." Topper
Final Thoughts: "Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life--and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next." Dean Koontz - Fear Nothing