|August 2014 Old Town Report Newsletter
Post 534 Video First Place
Post Web Site Took Second!
Congratulations Shody Lytle & Rick Pushies!
The music video which Auxiliary member, Shody Lytle created from the video she took of the 2013 Wounded Warrior Ride 2 Recovery took First Place for Videography in the California American Legion Press Association (CALPA) annual awards.
Our Orcutt Post 534 web site took Second Place in CALPA’s Tim Berners-Lee Award for best web site in the Department of California, for Posts with fewer than 300 members. Congratulations Rick Pushies.
“No one could be prouder than I am for the awards Post 534 has earned through the efforts of Shody Lytle and Rick Pushies. We often do not appreciate all the long hours of hard work that go into putting these things together. "Thank You" doesn't say enough!”
said Post Commander Maher about our new awards.
Subject: AB 935
Veteran Driver's License
Support Letters Needed!
AB 935-Frazier; Veteran designation on driver's licenses, is the top legislative priority for the California legislative session. AB 935 will allow the California Department of Motor Vehicles to offer a driver’s license with a “VETERAN” designation.
Attached is a letter that individual Legionnaires can fill out and send in to the bill's author in support of the bill. A veterans designation on driver's licenses is popular with veterans and is done in over 40 other states. These support letters are needed by August 31 in order to influence the Appropriations Committee's decision.
The California DMV has tried to block the bill because it will impact their budget to make these licenses available. To keep the bill moving, a $15 dollar fee was added into the bill. The fee is voluntary and will only be paid by those seeking the veterans designation. While having a fee is not the ideal scenario, it is the best that can be done within the constraints of the state's budget. Waiving the fee could be attempted in future legislation.
Please distribute this sample letter to all Legionnaires, post to web-sires, etc.
The letter can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to:
The Honorable Jim Frazier
California State Assembly
Sacramento, CA 95814
AB350 Support Letter
10th Annual Legacy Scholarship Poker Run
All motorcycles and vehicles welcome!
Saturday, July 26
This event benefits the The American Legion Legacy College Scholarship Fund established to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have been killed while serving our country. It is a civic duty to provide them with equal opportunity. Your participation in our 10th Annual Legacy Poker Run will help help the children of our warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Register: 8:15 – 10 a.m. Coffee & Muffins served
Orcutt Post 534 – 145 W. Clark Ave.,
Ride Starts: 10 a.m.
- Includes BBQ after Poker Run & 1 drink ticket & $10.00 Poker Hand
- Extra Poker Hand is $10.00
Pay Out: High Hand 30% - Low Hand 20% of run money taken in for Poker Run portion only. 50/50 & raffle prizes.
For more information contact:
Jim Banakus – 805-714-9630 or Harley4Jim2@aol.com
ALR Poker Run Flier
National Veterans Golden Age Games
The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world. The Games serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games in a number of competitive events.
The competitive events include air rifle, bowling, cycling, field (discus, shot, javelin), golf, horseshoes, mind sports (checkers, dominoes), nine-ball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track. Demonstration sport badminton.
More information National Veterans Golden Age Games
Army Veteran Clara Smith-
three generations of Legionnaires
Mrs. Clara Smith turned 95 years old on May 15, 2014. She was born two months after The American Legion was formed in Paris, France after World War I. Saturday, May 17 we held a wonderful dinner to celebrate her 95th. birthday and to honor her 50 years of continuous membership in The American Legion.
Mrs. Smith served in the Army during World War II as a clerk typist, often called "Remington Raiders" because of the manual Remington typewriters they used. Clara's late husband Ray Smith also served during World War II and landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944 as part of the Allied invasion force. The two had a favorite song, "As Time Goes By" popularized by the movie Casablanca that the two lovers cherished until he passed away in 1981. But the song lyrics still today, have special meaning for Mrs. Smith,
“It's still the same old story, A fight for love and glory, A case of do or die. The world will always welcome lovers, As time goes by.”
The celebration was well attended by members of our Post family and Mrs. Smith’s family, as it should be. In the picture to the right Great Grandmother Smith visits with one of her three great granddaughters. She also has three great grandsons!
Mrs. Smith is not the only member of her family that is a member of Orcutt Post 534. Our newly elected Post Commander, Dennis Maher is her son-in-law and our newly elected Sgt-at-Arms, Dave Maher is her grandson. Her great grandson Jonah Maher will graduate from high school soon. Jonah has joined the United States Marine Corps and will also become a Legionnaire in Post 534, just like his Great Grandmother, Grandfather and Uncle Dave. It is fast becoming a family tradition!
The good ladies of our Auxiliary Unit 534 provided a well received pot-luck dinner. And, Jim Keleman as Post Commander made arrangements for a very special certificate from the National office of The American Legion to document Mrs. Clara Smith’s “50 Years” of membership in the American Legion. Jim very respectfully, but with strong emotion befitting such a moment, presented the certificate to Mrs. Clara Smith shortly before the birthday cake was cut.
After the cake was cut and served, grandson David Maher asked all the Legionnaires to come to attention, as all the Legion Comrades of Post 534 gave this World War II Army veteran a heartfelt salute. It was a wonderful moment.
It was a very good night for Legionnaire Clara Smith and a very good night for Orcutt Post 534.
Also called employee fund drives - workplace campaigns are charitable solicitations of people conducted at their workplace.
Through workplace giving and payroll deductions to American Legion Charities, it’s easier than ever to stand up for our nation’s veterans and their families. You support creative and innovative efforts to build better lives for veterans, service personnel and their families. You ensure our war time veterans receive our sincere gratitude, and at the same time promote a genuinely patriotic cause.
Federal government employees can sign up through the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.
There are also unique campaigns for state and local government employees, and many corporations offer matching gift or other workplace giving programs.
When you choose payroll deduction to support American Legion Charities, you simply specify the amount you want to give and your payroll department takes care of the rest, giving you a tax receipt for your records.
For corporate workers, if your employer awards matching funds, American Legion Charities receives an added donation thanks to your participation.
More on Volunteering
Your Volunteer Time Has Value:
The estimated value of volunteer time in California for 2013 was over $26 per hour.
The American Legion is a federally chartered organization in part because it fulfills needs and offers services that might not otherwise be provided. Members of The American Legion devote millions of volunteer hours, and raise millions of dollars that help veterans, military families and communities, every year.
American Legion volunteer opportunities are plentiful and varied, across the country. Legionnaires provide after-school tutoring programs and youth activities in urban communities. They can also be found in most VA medical centers and clinics, offering assistance to patients and their families. American Legion posts adopt military units, National Guard armories and Reserve centers to help out whenever needs arise. Young people participating in American Legion Baseball, Boys State, Junior Shooting Sports, Oratorical contests and other activities depend on volunteer leadership and organization.
The American Legion is dedicated to improving support for active duty servicemembers and veterans during their time of transition and rehabilitation and will continue to provide members with volunteer opportunities.
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The American Legion
The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation’s Capitol! The American Legion is the nation’s largest (2.4 million members), most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization (VSO). Since our very first meeting in Paris, France in 1919, The American Legion has a vision for a Strong America which includes four pillars of service:
Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation
Children and Youth