District 12 Updates

Email distributed by your District Hubmaster to key individuals at each post within our district.  Generally sent out weekly with local information and items forwarded to and from the State and Division Commanders.  Any or all items may be distributed by the Post Hubmaster as the Commander/President directs.

For your reference

Tarrant County Voter information

You Can Renew your membership online.  It’s easy, fast, secure and you can use a credit card

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5/22/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Presenting the American Legion Military ROTC and JROTC awards, April - May, 2019

Come on folks, I know we presented lots of these, no pictures?

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--- Coming events:

May 25-27 Texas Energy Savings Sales Tax Holiday (Qualifying items)

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Thursday, May 23 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters at the Patriot House in Unity Park

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Friday, May 24 - American Legion Family National Poppy Day

Live Wrestling at Post 655! at 1900 hrs!

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Saturday, May 25

Fort Worth Police Department community safety fair, Activities include safety exhibits, a children’s area with games, McGruff the Crime Dog and more.

The After Six Band at Mansfield Post 624

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Learn more about Memorial Day here

There are more events in our area, it matters not where but please honor our deceased heroes somewhere.

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10 am: New Trinity Cemetery, NE 28th Street & N Beach St, Haltom City

Please join Haltom City and the American Legion Post #655 as they pay tribute to those who died in our nation’s service, followed by a reception at post 655 with snacks. All Invited.

10 am: Bluebonnet Hills, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville

Hosted by the VFW and American Legion Post 379

10 am: Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth

10 am: Moore Memorial Gardens, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington

10:30 am: Greenwood Memorial Park, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth

Remembrance Service for 12 British, Canadian and American volunteer pilots of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in World War I

11 am: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Cemetery opens at 8 a.m.

Noon: Arlington Memorial Day ceremony; 601 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington

In Front of Elks Lodge 2114 in Cooperation with the VFW and American Legion Post 60, Riders and Auxiliaries.

3 pm: Moment of silence

The National Moment of Remembrance Act declares 3 pm local time on Memorial Day for Americans as an act of symbolic unity, to have a moment of silence in honor of the men and women of the United states who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.

6:30 pm:  Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania and 28th Street, Fort Worth (near the center of the cemetery)

Memorial Day will commemorate 90-years of Tarrant County Veterans participating in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Memorial Day Service.

7:30 pm: Flag Retirement at Post 516 at dusk, 6801 Manhattan Blvd, Fort Worth  (starting at 8:00 pm).

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--- Post Family Elections

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Swim Safe program aims to stop drownings

To help educate Fort Worth residents on water safety, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, of which the Fort Worth Fire Department is a member, is sponsoring these upcoming Safe Swim programs:

June 4-6 and June 11-13, Forest Park Pool, 2850 Park Place.

June 18-20, Open Water Safety session at Burger’s Lake, 1200 Meandering Road.

June 24-26 and July 1-3, Marine Park Pool, 303 N.W. 20th St.

July 16-18 and July 23-25, McDonald Southeast YMCA, 2701 Moresby St.

Class cost is $10 per student and includes parent/chaperone on-deck safety training. Get registered.

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Take an inside look at MedStar operations

Join MedStar for an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at emergency medical services and mobile integrated health care by participating in the MedStar Citizen’s Academy. Classes will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays July 9-Aug. 13.

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Stanley Black & Decker to open Craftsman plant at Alliance Texas

Stanley Black & Decker will expand its U.S. manufacturing footprint with a new Craftsman manufacturing plant at Alliance Texas in Fort Worth. The new 425,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in late 2020.

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5/16/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Saturday, May 18 is Armed Forces Day Observed on the third Saturday every May

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-- From Dan Romeo Stewart, Mansfield Post 624

Run for the Wall comes through this Sunday, Bring your flags to fly on the bridge.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:45 a.m.

Fish Creek Road Bridge over Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, TX

KSU from Post 624 at 6:45 am to ride out to Fish Creek Rd and I-20 Bridge.

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NEXT Thursday, May 23 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters at the Patriot House in Unity Park

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ROTC and JROTC medal presentations

I have pictures from Mansfield Post presenting JROTC medals

I need picture of other presentations so we can show folks what our district gives back..

Send them to this email (reply to sender) or send Facebook link to the picture(s),

Ken

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Vietnam War Memorial on Display In Lewisville, May 4 and 5

American Legion District 12 Boys State Orientation at Post 569, May 14, 2019

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--- FULFILLING OUR MISSION: Taylor Hale shared a link.

Mansfield Post 624 Riders recognized by Legiontown U.S.A. for veterans helping veterans as they cleaned up a Vietnam veterans property.

http://www.legiontown.org/riders/5673/veteran-need

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IT’S POPPY MONTH

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Seniors offer insight, experience to benefit Fort Worth

May is Older Americans Month. Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger. Learn how seniors at two local community centers are contributing to Fort Worth and find a Fort Worth community center near you.

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Enter to win a smart controller for your irrigation system

Enter to win a free Watersense-certified smart controller during May, which is Sprinkler Spruce-Up Month. The pickup date for the smart controller is June 1 in Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth Herd celebrates 20 years

The Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and a top attraction in Texas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on May 10 at 11:30 a.m. The Fort Worth Herd made its first cattle drive on June 12, 1999.

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Cowtown Cleanup collected 143,000 pounds of trash

More than 5,200 volunteers worked in parks and along waterways on March 30. The annual event is the city's largest annual litter cleanup and beautification event. Check out their impressive results!

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5/9/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

2019 5th Annual Sikh Riders of America Benefit Ride, April 27, 2019

Hops and Props veterans’ recognition and craft beer festival at Fort Worth Aviation Museum, April 27, 2019

Canine Police Officer gets his vest at Mansfield Post 624, April 28, 2019

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I have gotten no pictures from the Division Convention and I know a few people went!

Yesterday our fallen Police Officers were honored at Fort Worth’s Veterans Park, if anyone has pictures please share so we can add them to our scrapbook.

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--- Coming events:

Friday, May 10 – Live Wrestling 1900 hrs (7 pm) at Haltom City Post 655

Saturday, May 11 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Karaoke with Hondo James at Mansfield Post 624

Red River Rescue Ride (see our Bulletin Board for details)

Sunday, May 12 – Mothers Day

Tuesday, May 14 – Boys State Orientation; 7:00 pm at Post 569 (pictures from last year)

Each post should bring $25 to the Boys State Orientation on Tuesday to pay for the pizza.

Wednesday, May 15 – Municipal Court to salute marshals and peace officers May 15

National Police Week is May 12-18, and all residents are invited to attend a celebration May 15 as the Fort Worth Municipal Court salutes all Fort Worth marshals and peace officers.

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--- Memorial Day plans:

Normally there are wreath presentations at Haltom City’s Peoples Cemetery and Bluebonnet Hills in the morning.

Post 626 normally puts out the flags at Mount Olivet every year on Saturday or Sunday.

This year there is also a ceremony to honor our British and Canadian Allies at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Please confirm that these are planned and any others you may be attending to spread the word.

Their will be a Flag Retirement at Post 516 that evening at dusk (starting at 8:00 pm).

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--- From the Tarrant County Veterans Council:

Please see the invitation below and attachments from Mount Olivet Cemetery.

This is always a very impressive event and if you hurry you can still make it to Post 516 by 8:00 pm.

 

---------- Original Message ----------
From: John Ott <ottadv@aol.com>
To: tcvc@tcvc.us
Date: May 8, 2019 at 1:28 PM
Subject: TARRANT VETERANS 2019 Memorial Day Service

Dear Veterans,
Memorial Day is fast approaching... And this year's Memorial Day will commemorate 90-years of Tarrant County Veterans participating in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Memorial Day Service. This is outstanding and we look forward to seeing many veterans in attendance. 
However, 
through the years  and  for whatever reason, we have seen a gradual decline in area veteran attendance and participation.  As the oldest and largest Memorial Day Service in Tarrant County we feel the duty to keep this day special for everyone, but especially for Veterans and would like to do what we can to rekindle Veteran attendance and participation in this day of remembrance.  Any advice or help you can provide to encourage more veterans to attend would be greatly appreciated.

 

I am sure better communication on our part would help this effort.

To give you more information, I am attaching a press release that will be going out and a copy of an ad that will be running in the newspaper.  Feel free to distribute both.  The service is a beautiful memorial and we would love to see as many veterans and their families attend on this One Day/One Hour/To Remember.

 

Also, we would like to see as many veterans groups participate in the "Laying of the Wreath Ceremony" as possible.  To do so, all any organization has to do is show up with a wreath and sign in prior to the start of the service.  Near the end of the service members with wreaths will be announced as they walk the promenade and place their wreath in front of the Doughboy and American GI Statue.

 

Here is the general information:

Date:  Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

Place:  Mount Olivet Cemetery 

2301 N. Sylvania @ 28th Street / Fort Worth / 76111

(near the center of the cemetery)

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

 

In case of rain, the service will be held in Greenwood's Mount Olivet Chapel Funeral Home at the same address.

 

In closing... If we don't remember our fallen heroes in our city we stand to lose something very important.  Our nation's freedoms. Our Veterans are the backbone to our nation and are to be honored.  The area Veterans that died for us must be remembered if our freedom is to continue.  

 

Thank you for your service and we look forward to seeing hundreds of veterans Memorial Day at Mount Olivet.

 

All the Best,

JOHN  OTT

p.s.  Should you have additional questions, please email me.  Also, a reply to this email will let me know that the information was delivered.

 

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From the Gold Star Mothers:

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Mosquito season starts now, and prevention is key

Even a few infected mosquitoes can lead to disease outbreaks.

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May 4 election results

Mayor Betsy Price was elected to a fifth term on Saturday.

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--- Interesting:

Fort Worth celebrates opening of HUD EnVision Center

The City of Fort Worth and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have officially opened the doors to Texas’ only HUD EnVision Center at Martin Luther King Community Center

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5/1/19 District 12 Update

District 12 Update (click here for online version without attachments)

Howdy Folks,

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A few great things done before the convention, Hops & Props and the Sikh ride

North East Emergency Distribution (NEED) Easter Bunny, April 17, 2019

Fort Worth Post 569 at Project Hero, April 19, 2019

Post 379 Easter Egg Hunt, April 20, 2019

Paschal High School JROTC dinner at TCU, April 20, 2019

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Now working pictures from this past weekend but have gotten no pictures from the Division Convention.

I know a few people went!

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2019 ALA Bluebonnet Girls State.  June 16-22, 2019

Still time to look for qualified candidates who are between their junior and senior years?

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--- Community, State and Nation:

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Volunteers needed from April 26-May 12:

Sound the Alarm to reduce fire deaths and injuries

With a goal of installing at least 2,000 free smoke alarms from April 26-May 12, the Red Cross is part of a larger nationwide campaign that will oversee the installation of more than 100,000 free alarms nationwide during this period.

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Honor fallen officers on May 8

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This annual event scheduled is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 8.

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Spring into some good, clean fun at Trash Bash May 18.

Each year tons of trash and debris from urban areas and roadsides wind up in the river after a rainfall. Help clean up our river during the Trinity River Spring Trash Bash, 9-11 a.m. May 18.

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2020 Census will aim to count every Fort Worth resident

Fort Worth has begun its efforts to make sure every resident is counted in the 2020 Census. April 1, 2020, has been designated Census Day.

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FTC Releases Article on Keeping Children Safe Online

Original release date: April 26, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips for parents to keep their children safe online.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the FTC article and the following additional resources for more information:

Keeping Children Safe Online

Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” with Your Teens

Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit

Stay Safe Online

Concerned Parent’s Internet Safety Toolbox

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4/24/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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This Saturday, April 27

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First Division Convention in Dallas

Its fun, educational and close to home this year.  Each of our posts needs a representative present to have a vote.

(details) (registration) (SAL delegate certification)

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If not going to the convention please

Join us at our Hops and Props booth on Saturday

5th annual Hops and Props Veterans Recognition and Craft Beer Festival

Everyone welcome to join us at the District 12 Booth.  We are representing all our posts and family organizations but naturally the folks there will be somewhat biased wanting new members.  You are encouraged to bring your post literature and posters advertising your planned events.

Parking is $6 per vehicle and $7 entry (kids 6-16 $2, Families $15) to enjoy lots of great touchy feely aircraft, exhibits, a great little museum and wonderful people.

To enjoy the beverages produced by our local Micro Breweries it costs more but with the number of unique brews available it costs less than a buck a sample each and you can go back for more as long as it (or you) last (details on the poster).

Buy tickets on line now for best prices

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More worthy events this Saturday:

SEIKH Ride for Veteran and Police benefit

The Justin Hunter Band at Mansfield Post 624

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-- After Action Report from Kurt Legere, Mansfield Post 624

 Stay The Course at 624.pdf - PICTURE

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April 22 to April 30 - Early voting for Tarrant County and municipalities elections

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Sales Tax Holiday April 27-29 for Emergency Supplies
(AUSTIN) — With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which occurs April 27-29.

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php

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African-American Health Expo coming April 27

Dozens of vendors and health care providers will help ensure the well-being of the community during the annual African-American Health Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27. Workshops, demonstrations, children's activities are planned.

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April 27 Take Back Meds event provides safe disposal method

There's a smarter alternative to flushing or trashing your unused or expired medications. Drop off unused and expired medications for safe disposal on Take Back Meds Day.

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May 9 Senior Synergy Expo provides essential information for baby boomers, seniors and their caregivers

Residents 50 years of age or older should plan on attending the Senior Synergy Expo. The seventh annual expo is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 9.

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2020 Census will aim to count every Fort Worth resident

Fort Worth has begun its efforts to make sure every resident is counted in the 2020 Census. April 1, 2020, has been designated Census Day.

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4/17/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Medal of Honor Escort Ride with Mansfield Post 624 American Legion Riders, April 10, 2019

Mansfield Post 624 Spring Fling fundraiser Benefit, April 13, 2019

US Air Force Reserve Birthday at NAS Fort Worth JRB, April 14, 2019

Bluebonnet Trail ride with Mansfield Legion Riders, April 14, 2019

Bedford Post 379 Honor Guard posting the colors at the Gaylord in Grapevine, April 16, 2019

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule and Bulletin Board for new events or changes)

Friday, Apr 19 - Annual SAL Fish & Chicken Fry at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 6:00 pm

Saturday, Apr 20 - Benefit Dinner for Jeff Perkins, Candidate for Department Commander at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 6:00 pm

Sunday, Apr 21 - Easter

Monday, Apr 22 - Earth Day

Early voting for Tarrant County and municipalities elections (April 22 to April 30)

Rock and Roll bingo at Bedford Post 379 between 6:00 and 8:00

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--- Coming events:

Are you ready for next Saturday? 

We have the First Division Convention in Dallas, Information booth at Hops and Props in Fort Worth, SEIKH Ride in Bedford and The Justin Hunter Band in Mansfield.

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--- From Our District Vice Commander:

Excellent publication, click on title to download the latest American Legion Training Newsletter - March 2019

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--- Public Relations: Received 4/10/19

Great PR work by Kurt Legere, Mansfield Post 624

I reached out to the Mansfield magazine regarding our spring fling poker run this Saturday and they have published it already. You can view the newsletter by opening the attachment below. Semper Fi!

https://www.mansfieldmagazine.com/2019/04/10/194799/american-legion-riders-post-624-host-spring-fling-poker-fun-run?fbclid=IwAR1iYW0sTTjw1Kp1K9f7n6yZEI9lPVtj09oi8IXCsoNjVdJGCIDj2eW11qI

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---- FULFILLING OUR MISSION:

624-MISSION.jpg

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

New Dream Park helps make Fort Worth a better, more inclusive community for future generations

The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting celebration for the city's largest inclusive playground at noon on Monday, April 15, in the heart of Trinity Park.

The ribbon-cutting celebration of Frank Kent’s Dream Park at noon Monday, April 15. Kona Ice will be on-site from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving away free shaved ice.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, this 57,000 square-foot playground is set to become the city’s largest, as well as one of the largest play spaces of its kind in the state. Its size is only surpassed by its ambitious, inclusive vision: a place where kids of all abilities can share adventures together.

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4/9/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

--- From Division One, Department of Texas:

Fantastic 1st Division,

   The 1st Division Convention is not that far away. Registration deadline is April 13, 2019. Only one (1) week away. To date here are some numbers of registration:

 

Legion - 16 Posts with 27 Registered

Auxiliary - 18 Posts with 35 Registered

SAL - 1 Post with 1 Registered

 

On April 13, 2019 we have to do a preliminary report to the hotel concerning estimated number of lunches for the 1st Division Joint Session. With only 63 pre-registered at this time, the 1st Division will have to reduce our estimated lunches. That means if attendees DO NOT Pre-Register, there may not be lunches available.

With 63 pre-registered and if 37 wait to pay-at-the-door, 25 would not be guaranteed to have a lunch meal.

We must have 127 pre-register. We are barely half-way there to that number. If you are attending the 1st Division, please mail your registrations ASAP.

If you do not pre-register, you can attend the 1st Division Joint Session but there will be no guaranty of a lunch meal.

 

Attached is the 1st Division Registration Form.

 

Gene Toohey

1st Division Commander

(303)718-4819

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Send out on Tuesday

Include the email about the div registration

Apr 27 (Saturday) – First Division Convention in Dallas (details) (registration) (SAL delegate certification)

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If you are not busy Saturday, WHY NOT?

Apr 13 (Saturday)

 Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 am

Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

VETERANS BENEFIT FAIR, 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.; Dallas VA Medical Center, 4500 South Lancaster Road, Dallas TX 75216; 800-252-8387\800-849-3597

Spring Fling Poker Run (11:00am) benefit starting at Mansfield Post 624

Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 1:00 pm

Karaoke with dirty Harry at Mansfield Post 624

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion Post 569 assisted the Murphy Family obtaining her US Naturalization, Mar 26, 2019

District 12 Spring Convention at Mansfield Post 624, Mar 30, 2019

Legion Family members from Mansfield Post 624 assisted a veteran after storm, Mar 31, 2019

New picture added to tour, A snippet from the Benbrook paper for the coffee tour.

2019 District 12 Centennial Membership Tour, Mar 16, 2019

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival street closures

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, the largest fine arts event in Texas, is returning to downtown Fort Worth for its 34th year April 11-14. With all the art, music and cuisine come a few traffic closures.

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4/4/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Haltom City American Legion Centennial Day, Mar 11, 2019

2019 District 12 Centennial Membership Tour, Mar 16, 2019

Vietnam War Pinning Ceremony at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Mar 29, 2019

2019 Fort Worth Veterans Open Chess tournament, Mar 31, 2019

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule and Buletin Board for new events or changes)

Friday, Apr 5 – Karaoke by Crash, Post 516 starting at 9:00 pm

Saturday, Apr 6 – Chili Cook Off 9 am to 6 pm at Post 655 (cancelled)

Monday, Apr 8 – Rock and Roll Bingo 6 to 8 pm at Post 379

Wednesday, Apr 10 – Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade

Apr 11-14 - MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

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Post 297 invites all members of the American Legion Family to join us for any (or all) of these events.  We promise you will have a good time and support a worthwhile cause! 

April 13 - Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 1:00 pm

Apr 19 - Annual SAL Fish & Chicken Fry at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 6:00 pm

Apr 20 (Saturday) – Benefit Dinner for Jeff Perkins, Candidate for Department Commander at Benbrook Post 297 starts at 6:00 pm

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--- Action Items:

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Register to vote by April 4 for May 4 municipal elections

The mayor and all eight seats on the City Council are up for election. The deadline to register to vote in the May 4 city election for mayor and council is April 4. In-person early voting begins April 22.

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Show your support for law enforcement on April 6

Fort Worth residents have two opportunities on April 6 to express their support and appreciation for the city’s first responders. A 5K run and a community block party with an Easter egg hunt are scheduled for April 6.

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--- Opportunities and benefits:

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Camp leaders wanted for this summer’s Camp Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is currently seeking applicants to help out with Camp Fort Worth programs across the city’s 20 community centers and four mobile recreation sites this summer. Those interested can attend a hiring fair on April 13.

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Mayfest in Fort Worth (volunteer opportunities available) May 2 to May 5

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3/28/19 Extra District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Just a few last minute items to be aware of before the convention on Saturday:

By the way, most of you missed a most inspiring funeral today for a great person.

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The 100 Years Anniversary Celebration

If you have Riders or if you know folks that want to ride in the 100 Years Anniversary Celebration rolling though Fort Worth, we need your help spreading the word.  This is in connection with the 2019 Texas State Convention in July.(see attachment)

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April 4 event Volunteers are needed

Annual event to connect homeless with vital services

Fort Worth's homeless population will reach out to a variety of service providers under one roof during the annual Homeless Connect, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 4. Volunteers are needed.

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Early Bird Unlimited Tasting Sale Ends Sunday!!

https://mailchi.mp/ftwaviation/join-us-for-hops-and-props-btb-2689117?e=0ebe1dc388

This is a friendly reminder that Early Bird prices on Hops and Props tickets ends Sunday, March 31st.  

On April 1st, general admission "unlimited" beer tasting tickets will increase to our pre-order price of $25.  
Veterans and museum members will continue to be able to buy $20 tasting tickets until the day of the event, April 27th.

For a limited time, we continue to offer Early Bird specials on VIP packages and "Beer Flights."

You can learn more on our website at  www.FortWorthAviationMuseum.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FWAMHopsandProps/

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Crud Cruiser rolls out its spring schedule

April 6 location

The Crud Cruiser tour is coming to Fort Worth neighborhoods starting in April, making it easy for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste. View a complete list of the 2019 mobile schedule.

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3/26/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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HEY – this Saturday is our CONVENTION

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Wednesday, Mar 27 - Robert T McDaniel services (obituary)

Fort Worth’s last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen died last Tuesday at the age of 96.  Robert T McDaniel was one of the elite black airmen who flew combat aircraft in World War II at a time when the military was segregated.  Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at historic Baker Funeral Home.

Wake: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Presbyterian Church, 5801 Truman Drive.

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Thursday, Mar 28 - FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 2823 North Houston St., Fort Worth.

Burial: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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Friday, Mar 29 – Vietnam Veterans Day

Pinning Ceremony and VSO information tables at NAS Main Exchange 10am to 1pm

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Saturday, Mar 30 – District 12 Spring Convention at Mansfield Post 624 (registration) (conv. Call)

Flag Retirement Ceremony, 9 AM at HEB Post 379

3rd Annual Fort Worth Veterans Championship, Fort Worth Veterans Out Patient Clinic, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2201 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76119

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Saturday and Sunday, Mar 30 and 31 - Department Legion College at Post 593, 326 Legion Drive W, Converse, TX 78109

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Monday, Apr 1 – April Fools Day

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Still searching for more “membership tour” pictures to complete scrapbook.

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MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival returns to downtown April 11-14

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, the largest fine arts event in Texas, is returning to downtown Fort Worth for its 34th year April 11-14. Changes for 2019 include a new locals stage, revamped kids zone and an upgraded VIP program.

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3/22/19 District 12 Update

District 12 Update (click here for online version without attachments)

Howdy Folks,

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From American Legion Post 838

To Legion Family, 3/22/19 at 3:01 PM

I brings me great sadness to Inform everyone that Tuskegee Airman Robert T. McDaniel passed on 3/20/19.  Info on services TBA.

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Tomorrow is the last chance to pre register for our District 12 spring Convention

Mar 30 – District 12 Spring Convention at Mansfield Post 624 (registration) (conv. Call)

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Mar 22 (Friday) – Live Wrestling at Post 655 starting at 7:00 pm

Karaoke by Crash at Post 516 starting at 9:00 pm

Mar 22 – 23 (Fri-Sat) - 11th Annual Cops For Kids BBQ Cook Off - Friday @ 8:00 PM and Saturday @ 11:00 AM.

Proceeds from March 22-23 event will bolster local law enforcement's efforts to support children through scholarships, school supplies and other social activity opportunities.

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

 

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Cowtown Brush Up improves property values, creates neighborhood pride

Volunteer for the program to promote neighborhood stability, create pride in ownership and stimulate a sense of community.

Teams of volunteers from local corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and faith-based organizations are encouraged to participate by painting and repairing homes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6.

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3/13/19 District 12 Update

District 12 Update (click here for online version without attachments)

Howdy Folks, Mar 15 to 17 – American Legion Birthday

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Haltom City American Legion Centennial Day, Mar 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019: Haltom City Council in public session proclaims March 16 2019 as "American Legion Centennial Day". In attendance to accept the proclamation were 1st Vice Darrell Eaton, Adjutant Rich Haas and Judge Advocate Mike Gori. Mike Gori spoke for Post 655 briefly explaining the Legion birth and also invited members of the Council to the open house/reception at the Post on Saturday, Mar. 16th. 

 

Inserted “2019 March picture of the month.jpg”

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--- This weekend:

Saturday, Mar 16 - Coffee Tour / Centennial Membership Tour starting from Post 379

            Haltom City Post 655 American Legion Centennial Celebration starting at noon

            Benbrook Post 297 Education and Cancer Research Dinner 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Saturday and Sunday - Department Legion College at Post 163

200 Cartwright Park Rd, Weatherford, TX 76086

Training in Weatherford – Post 163 is paying for lunch so no $20 fee

Free training, free parking, free lunch; ain’t life great.

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Sunday, Mar 17 St Patrick’s Day

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--- From Our District Commander:

Ken please post 

From: Chris Holt < c.j.holt98@gmail.com>
Subject: Resolution

Please read and make your own. District

Attachment: District_ways.docx

Chris Holt

Commander, 13th District, Texas

940-447-1726"

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--- Interesting: Info from Bruce Zielsdorf

From: Dwayne Lee <southernflair@sbcglobal.net>
I have two 30-minute programs on the D-Day area in Normandy that I have been giving, so far mainly to Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs and Lions Clubs - at no charge.

I would love to share them with any and all Veterans associations, as well. Is there any way you could help me hook up with local DFW Veterans groups?

 

Dwayne Lee

Southern Flair Photography

Past President, Southwest Professional Photographers Association

Past President, Texas Professional Photographers Association

Past President, Association of Wedding Professionals

Past President, Ft. Worth Professional Photographers Association

Past President, Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club

Member, Board of Directors, Arlington Chamber of Commerce

 

817.277.0477

214.773.1414

www.sflair.com

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COMMUNITY: from the City of Fort Worth

Volunteers needed for Lanterns in the Garden

Hundreds of volunteers are need to ensure the success of this long-running program. Some of the duties include greeting visitors, interacting with the public, scanning tickets and applying wristbands. The show runs March 9-May 12.

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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training to be presented March 21

CRASE training will be offered for free to Fort Worth residents at 6:30 p.m. March 21. The program provides civilians with information to help them during an active shooter situation.

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Fort Worth Police Department recruiting trainees

Online applications will be accepted through March 25.

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3/7/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule and Bulletin Board for new events or changes)

Mar 8 (Friday) – International Women's Day

Live Wrestling at Post 655 starting at 7:00 pm

Mar 9 (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Mar 10 - Daylight Savings time begins

Mar 11 to 18 - American Legion “Buddy Check National Week of Calling.”

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FAMILY BUSIINESS:

Now is the time to be interviewing Boys State and Girls State candidates. 

Texas Boys State quota will most likely be filled before the registration end date.

I could not find details about our Texas Girls State for this year.

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COMMUNITY: from the City of Fort Worth

Volunteers needed for Lanterns in the Garden

Hundreds of volunteers are need to ensure the success of this long-running program. Some of the duties include greeting visitors, interacting with the public, scanning tickets and applying wristbands. The show runs March 9-May 12.

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STATE: from Texas Co-op Power Magazine

Texas: A Blues State

Widespread influences created ‘a sort of international blues, a United Nations gumbo of sounds’

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NATION: from our IRS’s Dirty Dozen

IRS Launches ‘Dirty Dozen’ Campaign on Tax Scams

Original release date: March 04, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched its annual awareness campaign on the 12 most prevalent tax scams, known as the “Dirty Dozen.” As part of the campaign, IRS will highlight one scam each weekday. The first topic in the campaign focuses on internet phishing scams that lead to tax fraud and identity theft. IRS warns to be on alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, texts, websites, and social media attempts to steal users’ personal information.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages taxpayers, businesses, and tax professionals to review the IRS’s Dirty Dozen alert, check the IRS website for more daily Dirty Dozen tax scams, and see CISA’s Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.

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2/27/19 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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WOW: is it coincidence or destiny; Photograph depicts the early Legion Riders

Picture from Sheriff’s Star Post 309, Los Angeles, California

ALR Chapter 379 Lt. Dan wheelchair program, Feb. 9, 2019

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Still keeping the traditions alive:

Post 379 Flag Retirement Ceremony, Feb. 23, 2019

Post 379 Four Chaplains Ceremony, Feb. 23, 2019

I know we have other posts doing much of the same but have not received pictures; just wish the pictures would show lots of participation.

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--- From Our District Commander:

[Note: The updated mailing address for the District Spring Convention Payments is P.O. Box 434, Mansfield, TX 76063]

Commanders - The quarterly DEC is Monday, 04 Mar 19 at Post 516 at 1900. The Agenda is as follows:

- The Coffee/Membership Tour on 16 Mar 19, starting and ending at HEB Post 379 at 0700

- The 12th District Convention on 30 Mar 19, starting at Mansfield Post 624 at 0700

- The 1st Division Convention on 27 Apr 19, starting at the MCM Eleganté Hotel & Suites in Dallas starting at 0700

- The Department Convention: 09-14 Jul 19 at the Westin Hotel in Irving

- The Department Legion College Training locations and dates. Weatherford: 16-17 Mar 19, Converse: 30-31 Mar 19, Willis: 15-16 Jun 19, Pleasant: 22-23 Jun 19

- Vote to close Everman Post 639

- First reading of Southlake Post 14 resolution

- Membership and membership initiatives

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--- This week:

Eagle Scout of the Year Nominations are due to Department Mar 1

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Saturday, Mar 2 - Texas Independence Day (fly your flag)

Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil at Post 569; 3pm; $20 per person; featuring the Veterans Group Guitars for Heroes.

American Legion Post 569, sponsoring a Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil fundraiser, Saturday, March 2nd, 3pm at 400 W. Felix, 817-924-0931, $20 per person. Featuring the Veterans Group Guitars for Heroes (Honoring Valor & Dignity through Music).

Please share and tell your family and friends!

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Monday, Mar 4 – District DEC Post 516 at 7:00 pm

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Apr 6 (Saturday) – Chili Cook Off at Post 655 from 9 am to 6 pm at Post 655

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 655 is hosting a Chili Cook Off. Advance entry fee $20.00 at the door $30.00. Doors start at 9:00AM, Judging at 3:00PM. No precooked items. Everything must be prepared fresh on-site. 1st place 50/50 of entry fees plus a trophy, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place will receive a trophy

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth Public Library hosts Digital Bookmobile National Tour

Free tech event features e-books, magazines and audiobooks available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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2/19/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Time to get your calendar (and budget) organized for all the attached events.

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--- From Our District Vice Commander: Joseph Campbell

For those attending the District Convention on 30 Mar 19, please mail payments to Post 624, P.O. Box 434, Mansfield, Texas 76063. Please see the attached updated registration form for more information. 

(Attached: Convention Call and Registration Form)

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--- From Division One and the Department of Texas:

Legion College Training dates:

Weatherford, Mar. 16-17, Post 163, 200 Cartwright Park Rd., Weatherford, TX 76088

Converse, Post 593, 326 Legion Dr., Converse, TX78109

Willis, June 15-16, Post 618, 13053 FM 1097, Willis, TX 77378

Mount Pleasant, June 22-23, Mount Pleasant Civic center, 1900 N. Jefferson, Mount Pleasant, TX 75456

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-- From: Bobby Baker

Subject: New Flyer for Legion College in Mt Pleasant

Attached is an updated version of the Department Legion College to be held in Mount Pleasant.

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District Commanders,

Due to some confusion between the ALEI Basic Course and the Dept Legion College Basic Course, the Training Committee is changing the names of the Department Legion College (DLC) to Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Attached are the new flyers to reflect that change, please send out to your Posts.

Anyone who has taken the previous DLC Basic or Intermediate course they are still valid and do not have to retake them.

Thanks

 

Bill West

State Adjutant

The American Legion, Dept of Texas

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--- From District 12 and Division One, Department of Texas:  Mike Regan and Gene Toohey

ANNOUNCING the 2019 1st Division Convention

When: Saturday April 27, 2019, (1st Division Registration.pdf, 1st Division Program Information.pdf)

Location: MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites

2330 W Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75220

(214) 351-4477

 

For more information contact:

Legion - Gene Toohey, (303) 718-4819 socogun@yahoo.com

ALA - Tina Hill, (817) 564-4240 bmhbehmom@sbcglobal.net

SAL - Tom Arista, (214) 306-1598 toma5thdistsons@gmail.com

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth officially adds new sister city in France

Nîmes, France, is now Fort Worth's ninth Sister City. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Nîmes Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier signed the official documents during a reception this week. Mayor Price will lead a delegation to Nîmes this fall.

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New flood warning website helps protect lives, property

Fort Worth’s new flood warning information web page is designed to provide real-time flood warning risk levels to protect people from hazardous flood conditions. The system draws upon data from dozens of weather stations around Fort Worth.

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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training to be presented Feb. 21

CRASE training will be offered for free to Fort Worth residents at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The program provides civilians with information to help them during an active shooter situation.

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2/13/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Hey girls, tomorrow is Valentines Day and guys like hugs and candy.

--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule and Bulletin Board for more events or changes)

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Thursday, Feb 14 – Valentines Day

Veterans Job Fair, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday, Feb 15 – Post 655 Auxiliary Dinner (Jambalaya this month) starts at 6:00 pm

Saturday, Feb 16 – Valentine Celebration at Benbrook Post 297 starting at 6:30 pm

Monday, Feb 18 – Presidents Day

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Next Tuesday,

The Coast Guard Reserve celebrates its 77th birthday this February 19.

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2019 Centennial Membership Tour Schedule and Map (attached)

From Joseph Campbell:

Reminder: Those wanting to ride the charter bus during any point of the tour must RSVP with the tour coordinator, John Straten, at 817 360 7558 by this Monday, Presidents’ Day on February 18, 2019.

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Also from Joseph Campbell:

Attached are the Spring District Convention Call Letter and Registration Form

Registration is due to Mansfield Post 624 NLT 23 MAR 19.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Dickies Arena to host job fairs

The management company is looking to add full and part-time staff leading up to November 2019 opening.

Job fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon each of these days: Feb. 14, Feb. 16, April 25, April 27, June 27 and June 29.

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The Patriot Guard Riders do an excellent job of honoring our Veterans.

You do not need to own a motorcycle to show your patriotism.  All it costs is time, patience and patriotism.  Many of our American Legion Family members are PGR members, see how to join us.

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2/6/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule and Bulletin Board for more events or changes)

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Wednesday, (today) Feb 6 – $5.00 Burgers at Post 655 starts at 6:00 pm (every Wed. at 6:00 pm)

Deadline to register for the Domino Tournament at Post 838 (call C.A. Glaspie 817-991-9826 or Marie Love 817-719-7928 for details)

Friday, Feb 8 – Live Wrestling at Post 655 starting at 7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb 9 - 1st Division Oratorical Contest at 1100 hrs on the campus of Midwestern State University. in the Dillard College of Business, 3410 Taft Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX.

Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Valentine’s Day partiy at HEB Post 379

Sat & Sun, Feb 8 and 9 – DOMINO TOURNAMENT at Post 838

Sunday, Feb 10 – Scout Sunday

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Next Thursday, Feb 14 – Valentines Day

Veterans Job Fair, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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-- Subject: Dept Legion College (attachment)

From: Bill West, State Adjutant, The American Legion, Dept of Texas

Date: 2/5/19 9:15 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: Gene Toohey, Division 1 Commander

Attached are the flyer for the 5 locations were we will be offering the Department Legion College – Basic & Intermediate Courses.

Please distribute to your Posts.

District Commanders,

Please distribute to your District hubmaster for immediate notification 

Gene Toohey

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- Have a “GOTCHA”?

The City of Fort Worth Municipal Court is declaring February, Warrant Forgiveness Month. Anyone with outstanding citations with the Court is encouraged to resolve their cases

More details here.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Registration open for Cowtown Great American Cleanup

Join the largest annual litter cleanup and beautification event! The Cleanup goes on March 30 with a slate of events to include a 5K run and the annual Earth Party afterward.

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Fort Worth adding a sister city in France

Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier of Nîmes, France, and a delegation will travel to Fort Worth. The official signing will take place between Mayor Betsy Price and Fournier at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and is free and open to the public.

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 --- From our IRS – Job openings:

Internal Revenue Agent (Exempt Organizations)

Internal Revenue Service /Department of the Treasury/Multiple Locations

Starting at $33,394 (GS 05-11) /Permanent

This job is open 01/30/2019 to 01/29/2020

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Internal Revenue Agent (Employee Plans)

Internal Revenue Service /Department of the Treasury/Multiple Locations

Starting at $33,394 (GS 05-11) /Permanent

This job is open 01/30/2019 to 01/29/2020

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You can find more information for these positions and apply at USAJOBS.

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-- Save the Date

April 27 (Saturday) - 5th annual Hops and Props Veterans Recognition and Craft Beer Festival.   We are again planning for at least 15 local brewers, live music, more food options, shade, a family area, veteran’s recognitions and planes, planes, planes Facebook page

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1/30/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Feb 1 (Friday) - Karaoke by Crash; Post516 starting at 9:00 pm Karaoke

Feb 2 (Saturday) – Fish Fry at Post 838; 1 to 5 pm

Feb 3 (Sunday) USO Birthday and  Four Chaplains Sunday (first Sunday in February)

Super Bowl 53; Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT. (many posts having game parties, everyone welcome at all of them)

Feb 4 (Monday) – Fort Worth Stock Show  Military Day

Feb 6 – Deadline to register for the Domino Tournament at Post 838

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--- From Our District:

Commanders and Madame President

Attached is the 2019 Centennial Membership Tour Schedule and Map. Please post at your respective posts and have your Legion Family Members RSVP by Presidents’ Day on 18 FEB 19 to John Straten.  

Mr. Bill and Knight Hawk - Please let me know if the District Riders are still escorting this year.

Joseph Campbell

District 12 'The Dirty Dozen' Vice

Attachment: 2019 Centennial Membership Tour Schedule and Map.pdf

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--- Community events you may find of interest:

Very good to see this on the news to remind folks that all Veterans are special

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/what-happens-when-a-veteran-dies-and-no-one-claims-the-body/269-fad0f637-c160-4ed6-8e7f-e1c17867b158

Unfortunately they did not mention that we have the same event every month here

North Texas Patriot Guard Riders 3rd Wednesday Honor Roll at DFW National Cemetery

http://www.northtxpgr.org/event/third-wednesday-honor-roll/?eID=5162

To see what is happening for the current month check the mission calendar at http://www.northtxpgr.org/

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--- From the Department of Texas:

Subject: Training Dates

Commanders: I have attached training dates. You can pass this information down to your Posts. The Hubmaster will also send more information later.

Note: Training will be Basic on Saturday and Intermediate on Sunday. The cost for training is $20.00 for each course. So if participants want to take both course that weekend it will cost them $40.00. This price includes lunch for each training date.   Attachment: Training Dates.pdf

Everyone can sign up on eventbrite, info is on  http://www.legion.org. We need to get as many possible to these training sessions. It is also highly recommended but not necessary to have taken the ALEI Basic Training course before hand..

 

Bret Watson

Vice-Commander

Department of Texas

American Legion

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Give input on the city’s active transportation plan

Share your input on the city's active transportation plan that will improve safety and mobility for people who walk, bike and use public transportation in Fort Worth. Meetings are scheduled Jan. 24-31.

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1/23/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Jan 24 – 27 - Department DEC in Austin

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After a multi year gap, Post 516 is again having Sunday Brunch from 10am to 4pm every Sunday.  As the seasons change to Ride Weather this Post was a favored lunch or mid afternoon stop for fresh cooked grub and cold libations.  The restraint is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am to 2pm and for Sunday Brunch. The Restaurant is open to the public but all profits go to the post for American Legion programs. 

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- From: Joseph Campbell

The attached updated Post AOR (Area of Responsibility) includes the removal of Everman Post 639 and transfers the responsibility of Everman ISD to Post 569, Burleson ISD to Post 624, and Crowley ISD to Post 297.

Attachment: Post AOR (22 Jan 19)-LR.pdf

This is also on our server http://www.12dis.org/Legion_AOR_Map.pdf

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Eagle Scout of the Year – Nominations for the 2019 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year are open and packets must be received by the Department of Texas no later than 01 March. The Applicant must have received the rank of Eagle Scout, must be in high school and must be the child of a Legion, Auxiliary or SAL member, or the member of a Scouting unit chartered to an American Legion Post. The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year receives a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards are granted in the amount of $2,500 each. Additionally, The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year is honored during the annual National Convention. Application packets are located at https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/Eagle-Scout-Nomination-Form-2019.pdf

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Invite your local Boy Scouts to your post meeting in recognition of Scout Sunday – 08 February is Scouting Anniversary Day. In an effort to acknowledge the event, each year the Boy Scouts of America designates the first or second Sunday in February as Scout Sunday, which is to recognize the contributions of young people and adults in Scouting. Sunday is chosen due to the fact that of the more than the 100,000 Scouting units owned and operated by chartered organizations, approximately 70% are chartered to faith-based organizations who traditionally meet on Sunday, 22% are chartered to civic organizations like The American Legion, and nearly 8% of are chartered to educational organizations. Invite them to post the colors, participate in the general membership meeting opening/closing, tell you about the Scout Oath, Law, and Motto, thank them for their service to the community state and nation, ask them if they have a relatives who served, teach them about our organization and remind them that if they choose to serve in the military that they may be eligible for membership in The American Legion. 

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- Data Privacy Day

Original release date: January 22, 2019

January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), an annual effort to promote data privacy awareness and education. This year’s DPD events, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), focus around the theme, A New Era in Privacy.

The NCSA Stay Safe Online website will feature a live stream of the Data Privacy Day 2019 – Live From LinkedIn event, which includes presentations on opportunities and challenges and the future of privacy, as well as a TED-style talk with the Amazon Web Services Global principal security architect.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encourages users and administrators to review NCSA’s tips on Managing Your Privacy and the following NCCIC tips:

Safeguarding Your Data,

Protecting Your Privacy,

How Anonymous Are You, and

Choosing and Protecting Passwords.

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1/16/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Here is the full Obituary Text for JT Stevens, quite a read, very impressive.

https://northtxpgr.org/event/john-stevens-iii/?eID=5253

American Legion Memorial Services for Major Stevens will be held at Post 356 at 404 West Main Street, Azle, TX located in the Azle Chamber of Commerce Building from 1pm-3pm on Saturday January 19, 2019.   Several of our ALR chapters are planning rides to the service.

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From Joseph Campbell.

12th Distirct Oratorical Champion, High School Senior Deja Burch of Founders Classical Academy.
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From Mrs. Gori

Here is, Daja Burch, Post 655's Oratorical winner, who went on to win the 12th District contest and is headed on to the Division contest. This will be held on February 9th in, Wichita Falls, TX.
Pictured are the Judges, Reps and Officials.
Congratulations to Daja Burch and Post 655!!!
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Stock Show parade - Jan. 19

Don’t miss the tradition of the Fort Worth Stock Show’s “All Western Parade” scheduled Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Downtown Fort Worth!

(Feb 4 is Military Day)

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Honor city's aviation innovation at First Flight Day - Jan. 19

First Flight Park commemorates the site where Fort Worth's first powered flight took place in January 1911. Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 19 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth. Activities begin at 11 a.m.

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Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse about starting about 10 pm - Jan. 20

Blood Moon 2019: A Great Total Lunar Eclipse Is Coming Soon!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade - Jan. 21

Fort Worth’s 34th annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 21.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza from about noon-1:30 p.m.

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--- From National:

District Commanders; please pass on to your Posts.

 

Commander Reistad calls for 'Buddy Check National Week of Calling'

American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad has designated the week leading up to the organization’s 100th birthday, March 10-16, as “Buddy Check National Week of Calling.” He’s asking departments, districts and posts to put together teams to call expired members and those who have yet to renew, and to check in with current members and let them know that “we are a better American Legion with their involvement,” Reistad said during The American Legion’s National Membership and Post Activities Committee meeting in Indianapolis, Jan. 11-12.

“A phone script could be something I close meetings with … ‘Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for your continued service to our communities, our veterans and youth through your membership in the American Legion Family.’”

A “Buddy Check National Week of Calling” toolkit was talked through during the meeting with committee members and members of the Legion’s 21st Century Ad Hoc Committee. The toolkit will be released soon and will contain several items such as introduction letters to departments, districts and posts detailing what the week of engagement is and their role; sample phone scripts; a buddy-check poster; ways to access expired lists through MyLegion.org; specifics to share about what The American Legion does from the national, department and post level; and incentives for conducting the week of calling.

“This is coming from our commander. When he says he wants a week of calling, we’re going to do that. This is very important,” said Membership & Post Activities Committee Chairman Rev. Daniel J. Seehafer of Wisconsin. “I really, truly believe that this will be the basis for our retention. It has to start somewhere.”

Past National Commander David Rehbein stressed that “this is important enough that we need to stop everything else (during March 10-16) and concentrate on contacting our members.”

When Paul Dillard of Texas, the national commander’s representative on the National Legislative Commission, called on former Legionnaires who had let their membership expire he had an 85 percent success rate. “Call on those expires, and they will rejoin,” he said.

A message Seehafer said that can be shared with expired members is, “Thank you for your service. Help us celebrate The American Legion’s 100th birthday and lead us into our second century strong by becoming a part of our family.”

In addition to the call for members to make personal contact in their communities, Reistad reiterated his new Team 100 recruitment and retention awards. A post that signs up a former Legionnaire whose membership expired in 2014, 2015 or 2016 can receive $5 each for every one of those members who rejoins in the 2019 membership year. American Legion departments worldwide can receive $2,500 in reward bonuses by hitting their 100 percent membership goals by May 8, 2019. Those departments who hit 105 percent by June 30, 2019, will receive an additional $5,000 each.

Seehafer shared that a department who has been reaching out by phone to expired members said a response they are hearing is, “'Now you call?’ It says something doesn’t it? The intention is for this to be an annual thing. And so when we talk about a national week of calling, it’s not just those who are expired. We want to call every single member of the American Legion Family. Every single member … ‘How’s it going? Just want to thank you for being a member.’

“We want to take this message … the why. Why we belong and take that to the next level.”

 

Bill West

State Adjutant

The American Legion, Dept of Texas

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1/4/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

Pretty light Legion doins this month, lots of other stuff.

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Fwd on VA notice from Joseph

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Jan 12 (Saturday) – District Oratorical Competition; 1:00 pm at Azle Post 356;

Location: Azle Chamber of Commerce 404 W. Main St, Azle, TX. 

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Boys State online registration opens Wednesday, 02 Jan 19 for High School juniors and closes Friday, 10 May 19. Applications should not be completed before the sponsoring post has vetted the candidate. Forward all completed and signed applications, and the $295 tuition fee per candidate to the Department HQ. The Boys State Orientation is Tuesday, 14 May 19 at 19:00 at Post 569. There is $25 per post fee due to Post 569 for the orientation Pizza Party. There is also a $50 charter bus fee per candidate which is due to district during the orientation. Boys State 2019 is Sunday-Friday, 09-14 Jun 19. Additional information is located at http://www.texasboysstate.com

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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training to be presented Jan. 10

CRASE training will be offered for free to Fort Worth residents at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The program provides civilians with information to help them during an active shooter situation.

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Kick off 2019 with Stock Show, MLK Day parades

You won't want to miss Fort Worth Stock Show's All Western Parade scheduled for Jan. 19 and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade stepping off Jan. 21. Both events will roll through downtown Fort Worth.

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Volunteers needed for Jan. 24 homeless count

Annual enumeration begins after shelters end intake for the night.

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Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division (TE/GE) has announced many revenue agent positions across the country for Exempt Organizations and Employee Plans:

 Internal Revenue Agent (Exempt Organizations)

Internal Revenue Agent (Employee Plans)

Internal Revenue Service /Department of the Treasury/Multiple Locations

Starting at $33,394 (GS 05-11) /Permanent

These jobs are open 12/19/2018 to 12/18/2019

People interested in exploring these positions can get more information and apply at USAJOBS.

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181 homeless veterans housed in 100 days

The City of Fort Worth, along with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and other partner organizations, housed 181 homeless veterans in 100 days, exceeding the goal of housing 100 homeless vets by the holidays

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Try out to become a lifeguard at a city pool this summer

Once an applicant passes the mandatory tryout, they will complete the American Red Cross lifeguard certification course.

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12/18/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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But wait, there is still some time this year to

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Spread the word at the Armed Forces Bowl

This years Veterans Day Parade theme will include the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Centennial Celebration

Wear your branded merchandise and covers (be sure to bring membership applications).

All Legion Family members are invited to join us at the Tarrant Co. Veterans Council booth in the Veterans Village located inside the Ulterra Tailgate Outpost adjacent to Amon Carter Stadium prior to the Armed Force Bowl on Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the TCU campus.

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For more information or to let her know you will be there, email Pixie (ALA Unit 297) at VetParade2019@tcvc.us

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For more about the big game between the Army Black Knights of West Point and the Houston Cougars, visit http://www.armedforcesbowl.com.

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12/12/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Another slow week but a great event:

Legion-Toys For Tots at Post 379, December 8, 2018

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Dec 15 - National Wreaths Across America event, send me pictures of your participation

The next event is the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22

Unless there is an important message or notice I will most likely skip a week or two on this newsletter.

Please keep sending pictures from events and I will have Mansfield and Fort Worth Parade pictures done at some time.

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From is Ray Arreola from Post 569

I have access to a robotic arm for a Veteran. 

This is the type of arm that has a seat to place a person in and out of of tub. 

If any of you know a Veteran that needs one call me today. 

Ray Arreola cell phone number is 808-754-8729!

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From William Wetmore

Hospital bed appreciation

I would like to thank you all for your attention to this request. Our member in need has informed me that all is well and the bed no longer needed.

Mr. Bill

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From Joseph Campbell

Post 655 Oratorical Winner

The winner is Daja Burch a Senior at Founders Classical Academy.

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Hubmaster choice picture of the month

---------Navy Parade - Copy

Lots of potential members here.

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Are you ready for winter conditions?

Check out the simple tips for preparing your vehicle and your home for the upcoming winter weather. Do you have everything you’ll need to comfortably ride out an ice storm or heavy snowfall in your vehicle and home?

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TEXRail will kick off service with free rides

From the first day of service on Jan. 5 through the end of the month, riders won’t be charged a fee while traveling to and from DFW Airport. On Feb. 1, customers will pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket.

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Preparedness only takes a few minutes

If a natural disaster or massive terrorist act happened in Fort Worth, are you and your family prepared to seek shelter in your residence for an extended period? It’s always best to be prepared for uninvited trouble, whether it comes or not.

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Tarrant County, Texas (Fort Worth)

Selling: One Brown And White Wether Goat & One Brown Wether Goat

Online Auction Closes: December 12, 2018 Beginning at 4:00 PM CST

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11/29/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, Dec 1

Post Adjutant Training: Location: VFW Post 8560 in Sulphur Springs.  This training includes the ‘New Electronic Transmittal System Training‘.

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Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF).

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Finally got a little time to catch up on our scrapbook pages, know I missed some but all are important to our image.  These are posted to share and use for recruiting new members.

Annual Legion Riders Badass Chili Challenge at Post 379, October 20, 2018

Auxiliary Unit 624 prepares boxes to send to troops, October 28, 2018

38th Annual Massing of the Colors, November 4, 2018

Veterans Day Parade in Grapevine, Texas, November 10, 2018

Texas Roadhouse honoring the Veterans, November 11, 2018

Bedford Honor Guard at Ellery Arbor Memory Care, November 12, 2018

Annual Cowtown Homeless Veterans Stand Down, November 14, 2018

WW1 Centennial at the FW Public Library, November 17, 2018

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Still need some pictures from Veterans Day Parades.

Have pictures from Grapevine and assembly pictures from Mansfield and Tarrant County.

Need pictures of parade floats passing in review from Mansfield and Tarrant County (downtown Fort Worth passing in review.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Cowboy Santas scramble Dec. 1 at three municipal golf courses

Help provide a meaningful Christmas for underprivileged kids by playing in the Cowboy Santas Scramble; entry fee is $50 per player plus an unwrapped toy valued at least $10. Entry deadline is Nov. 28.

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11/21/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Tomorrow, Nov 22 (Thursday) – Thanksgiving Day

I appreciate all the things you do.  May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving!

Ken

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National Red Kettle Campaign Kick-off

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Working on scrapbook updates, any parade pictures (Mansfield, Grapevine or Fort Worth) welcome

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Nov 26 (Monday) – RSVP deadline for District DEC/Christmas Party at Post 379

The District DEC/Christmas Party on Monday, 03 Dec 18 is ONLY for the District Staff and Post Commanders, and their spouses. This event is NOT for all Legionaries. We begin with a meeting at 18:15 followed by dinner and the party at 19:00.
Joseph.

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11/15/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Still playing catch-up on event pictures, if you have more, send them to me.

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Saturday, Nov 17– Veterans Day Parade debrief (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

            SAL tournaments at Mansfield Post 624 starting at 1:00 pm

 

Sundance Square's Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 17

Sundance Square will kick off its holiday festivities with the arrival of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree at 9 a.m. Nov. 12. The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Sunday, Nov 18 - Parade of Lights begins the holiday season in downtown Fort Worth

The GM Financial Parade of Lights will deliver the magic of the holiday season to downtown Fort Worth at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. There will be a new route for Texas’ largest illuminated holiday parade this year.

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Nov 22 (Thursday) – Thanksgiving Day

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Monday, 03 Dec 18 at 1900 – mark your calendars

The December DEC/Christmas meeting is held at Post 379 (1245 N Industrial Blvd, Bedford, TX 76021) on Monday, 03 Dec 18 at 1900. Post Commanders, District Staff and their spouses/significant others are invited to attend. The free dinner and a free cocktail are complements of the 12th District Commander. Dinner includes Bob’s Burgers, fries and all the trimmings, prepared by Post 379 Commander Bob Roberts. 

RSVP no later than 01 DEC 18 to mregan2709@gmail.com with the number of attendees

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2018 Red Kettle Campaign has started –volunteers needed

For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been a pathway of hope to overcome adversity. The biggest fundraiser of the year is a Christmas tradition – the Red Kettle Campaign. Be part of the movement to help those in need in the DFW area this year by volunteering to “ring the bell”. Your time is very valuable to our success. www.registertoring.com Please share our post.

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Mission accomplished. Fort Worth provides veterans a home for the holidays.

The Fort Worth community embarked on an ambitious goal — to end veteran homelessness in 100 days. After eight weeks, the community has housed 105 veterans. The campaign continues through Dec. 21.

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Panther Island Ice ups the cool factor

The Trinity River Vison Authority is bringing back one of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth's only outdoor skating rink brings a winter wonderland of fun and excitement Nov. 16-Jan. 14.

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Fort Worth Animal Shelter, Humane Society of North Texas join for Mega Adoption Event

More than 500 amazing pets — dogs, cats, rabbits and a few other soft and fuzzy pets — will be under one roof at the Will Rogers Coliseum, Cattle Barn 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8-9.

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11/8/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Please congratulate our new SAL 12th District Leadership:

District Commander – Fred James

District Adjutant – Kris Cole

District Advisor – David McCullough

 

Please congratulate our new ALR 12th District Leadership:

District Director – Bill Whitmore

District Adjutant – Frank Spears

District Advisor – Steve Christoph

 

Joseph

 

--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Honor veterans at downtown parade Nov. 10

Patriotic event with more than 5,000 participants to commemorate World War I and honor all military vets.

 

--- From Your Hubmaster, Historian and President of the organization that puts on the Fort Worth parade:

We also are part of great Veterans Day Parades in Mansfield and Grapevine, no excuse not to be at one of them.

The only thing better than watching a great parade is being in one.

 

--- From VETCO - Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County:

** Note: to watch the parade you need to be on Main or Henderson St.

Best place is near Sundance Square for the opening ceremony.

VETCO newsletter attached with several activities around town all week.

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10/31/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Tonight (from the Legion Magazine)

My daughter wants to be really scary this Halloween, so instead of a costume she’s going o carry a school fundraising packet door to door.

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Tomorrow, Nov 1 – LAST DAY TO RESERVE A TABLE AT THE STAND DOWN

Even without a table you can participate, check with your Auxiliary or the District Auxiliary.

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Saturday, Nov 3 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Last chance (at the meeting) to get your entry listed in the lineup and announced.

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Sunday, Nov 4 – Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance at 2:30 pm

NEW LOCATION: Trimble Tech High School Auditorium, 1003 W. Cannon Street, Ft. Worth.

MOTC-2018-Flyer.pdf, MOTC-General-Invitation-2018

Free – no charge to park and  come in to watch – great show

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NOTICE

The 12th District SAL and ALR DECs are held this Monday, November 5th at 7pm at centrally located Post 838 (1250 Mansfield Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104).

THERE IS NO LEGION DEC UNTIL MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd AT POST 379

 

Monday, Nov 5 - 12th District ALR District Executive Committee meeting (DEC); 7:00 pm at Post 838

12th District SAL District Executive Committee meeting (DEC); 7:00 pm at Post 838

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Client Services Heater Drive

It's getting cold outside! Meals on Wheels inc. of Tarrant County is in need of electric space heaters, blankets, gloves and mittens, and other items to keep our clients warm and cozy during the winter months. Your donation to Meals On Wheels in support of the Client Services program will provide these much-needed items for someone in need.

You can easily donate by going online, or if you prefer, you can drop off these items at our office, located at 5740 Airport Freeway, Haltom City, TX 76117 anytime during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Due to liability issues, we can only accept new, unopened items.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Do your part to keep Fort Worth from being a terrorism target

You can do your part in keeping Fort Worth from becoming a target for terrorism. If you see, read or hear something that could lead to a terrorist act, report it to the Fort Worth Police.

Parking fines going up Jan. 1

The City Council voted to increase fines and late fees for parking offenses effective Jan. 1, 2019. The increases bring Fort Worth's fine structure in line with other like-sized cities in Texas.

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10/24/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Early voting started Monday

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RIDERS and ITEMS NEEDED for November 11 Scout Event at the Presbyterian Night Shelter

Meeting at American Legion Post 379. 11am

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--- From Our District Vice Commander:

- Post Commanders – Please forward the date, time and location of your Post High School Oratorical Contest to the District Oratorical Chairman, Joseph Campbell at iokepa789@gmail.com or 808-646-0460.  

 

- Post Commanders – Please forward to your SAL Squadron Commander: Squadron Commander - In an attempt to organize the Sons of the American Legion at the District Level so that squadrons can better support one another and their endeavors, you are invited to attend the 12th District SAL DEC (District Executive Committee) meeting held at 7pm on Monday, November 5th at centrally located Post 838 (1250 Mansfield Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104). During this meeting, you will introduce your squadron, let everyone know what you have going on, exchange contact information, and elect a District Commander, Vice Commander and other District Officers as needed. If you or someone from your squadron wants to run for office, tell them to come prepared to speak for a couple of minutes. If you can’t make it, please send someone in your place. You are also welcome to bring others from your squadron.

 

- Post Commanders – Please forward to your ALR Chapter Director: Chapter Director - In an attempt to organize the Riders at the District Level so that chapters can better support one another and their endeavors, you are invited to attend the 12th District ALR DEC (District Executive Committee) meeting to be held at 7pm on Monday, November 5th at centrally located Post 838 (1250 Mansfield Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104). During this meeting, you will introduce your chapter, let everyone know what you have going on, exchange contact information, and elect a District Riders Director and Vice Director. If you or someone from your chapter wants to run for office, tell them to come prepared to speak for a couple of minutes. You are also welcome to bring others from your chapter.

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--- From: Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas

Where do I go to dispose of unused medication?

https://www.cookchildrens.org/health-resources/safety/Pages/Medication-Safety.aspx

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security:

FTC Promotes International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2018/10/22/FTC-Promotes-International-Charity-Fraud-Awareness-Week

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Free Training for the Community on Oct. 28 and 30

This two-hour course will train, equip and empower you to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Proper first aid at the scene of an emergency is emphasized. Community and Scouting groups are welcome!

This training would be beneficial to adults and school-age children. We are pleased to offer weekend classes so students may attend.

Sunday, October 28 - 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.
or
Tuesday, October 30 - 9 to 11 a.m., Noon to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.

At Medical Center North Hills

http://view.marketing.hcahealthcare.com/?qs=7ea4c1d7d061fd90ab98b75df0526bf41e380576e1544efea01a23f1f70d0e25c35f8068f12c386087a2b7ba932302d15e2495798e12e7505eedaf1e3f9f9176755af00722c7caa82690d08b458a20d6

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10/17/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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And then it rained.

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Saturday, Oct 20 –

ALA 12th District Fall Convention at Post 626

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Post 379 Riders Badass Chili Challenge (see the bulletin board)

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Enjoy the OCW Cruise in a boat instead of a car on the water.

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Early voting starts Monday

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Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Saturday, November 10.

Time to make your plans and fill out the registration for your group, no charge to be in the parade but you must register.

Veterans Day Parade and membership information

The Tarrant County Parade in Fort Worth is produced and directed by the Tarrant County Veterans Council.  Most of the members are Legion Family members.

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Who should register for Fort Worth’s SNAP program?

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is asking residents with a special, access or functional need to register in its free Special Needs Assistance Program to assist individuals vacating their residence in case of a disaster.

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The Patriot Guard Riders do an excellent job of honoring our Veterans.

You do not need to own a motorcycle to show your patriotism.  All it costs is time, patience and patriotism.  Many of our American Legion Family members are PGR members, see how to join us.

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10/10/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Good things happening at 379

Texas Rangers Veteran Appreciation Day, September 21, 2018

HEB Unit 379 Annual Cancer Research Pancake Breakfast, October 7, 2018

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This weekend:

Saturday – Navy Birthday

Veterans Day Parade planning meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

 

Oct 13 – 14 -Alliance Air Show

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds head to North Texas Oct. 13-14

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--- From Bill Deal - Attention Riders Directors

Corrected email: aelowen@yahoo.com

All directions are being asked to contact 1st Division ALR East Advisor Andy Lowen at 903 355 3733 or by email at aelowen@yahoo.com.

Also directors would please send me your contact information?

bdeal911@hotmail.com 

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--- From the Department of Texas:

All Posts in the Department of TEXAS can now process their membership online.  

This feature utilizes electronic payment methods via myLegion, and eliminates the need for Post Officers to send the National/Department portion of the (3-part) membership cards and paper-checks to the Department Headquarters office. 

If you are currently a myLegion user, just select the “Process Membership” option in the left-menu.  The attached instructions should help you navigate through this new feature.

If you are NOT a myLegion user, go to www.mylegion.org and sign-up by completing the “Authorization Form” located at the bottom of the web page.

Please print the attachment for instructions and more details. (Post Transmittals.pdf)

If you experience any problems or issues, please respond to this email or call 1.800.433.3318.

Best Regards

Joe Gallagher

The American Legion

Deputy Director, IT

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10/4/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Saturday, Oct 6 – Car and Motorcycle Show at Arlington Post 60, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 7 – Annual Cancer Research Pancake Breakfast at Post 379

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Friday and Saturday, Oct 5 and 6 -  Celebrate Harambee Oct. 5-6

The festival begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 with a seafood and chicken dinner and Blues Fest. Oct. 6, the festival starts at 9 a.m. with a parade. NBC 5 news anchor Evan Anderson will be grand marshal and will host the opening ceremony.

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Saturday, Oct. 6 - Joint PD and FD event helps keep kids safe

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fire Department are joining forces to keep children safe at a free Kids Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 6. The activity will be held in the parking lot of The Home Depot on North Freeway.

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--- From Bill Deal - Attention Riders Directors

All directions are being asked to contact 1st Division ALR East Advisor Andy Lowen at 903 355 3733 or by email at aelown@yahoo.com.

Also directors would please send me your contact information?

bdeal911@hotmail.com 

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--- From Our District Commander:

 

Each Post Commander is ENCOURAGED but not required to complete ALEI within 90 days of being elected. Only District Officers and above are required to take the course as outlined in Article IV. Section 3.e. of the Department Constitution and By-Laws approved 15 JUL 18. 

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Post Adjutant training is scheduled for Saturday, 01 DEC 18 at VFW Post 8560 in Sulphur Springs. See the District calendar for more details.

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Post Finance Officer Training is scheduled during the Department Midwinter Conference 24-27 JAN 19 in Austin. More to follow.

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Service Officer Training may be scheduled through the district. The classroom portion occurs on Thursday for approximately four hours and the optional hands on observation occurs on Friday. Please forward the names and contact information of your Service Officer who need training to the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com no later than Friday, 12 OCT 18 so that a class can be scheduled.   

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Real Time Membership link goes live on or about 10 OCT 18. More to follow.

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Commanders please let your SAL Commanders and Riders Directors know that we will soon coordinate activities at the district level and to be on the lookout for the details within the next week.  

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--- Community, State and Nation:

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Give Saint Nick a hand: Donate to Cowboy Santas

Help put smiles on more than 10,000 faces this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy, book or game to Cowboy Santas, and don't forget the Silver Stars program, which provides homebound and isolated seniors with a holiday care basket.

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Provide veterans a home for the holidays

The Fort Worth community is embarking on an ambitious goal — to end veteran homelessness in 100 days. The campaign runs through Dec. 21.

Reply to inquiry regarding above:

Shannon Barnes<shannon@ahomewithhope.org>

9/13/2018 4:32 PM To  tcvc@tcvc.us  

As a community, we’ve embarked on a 100-Day Challenge to end Veteran homelessness; it kicked off September 10th  and goes through December 21st . During this 100 days, we are working to move 14 Veterans per week off the streets/out of shelters and into a place for them to call home permanently. Our ultimate goal is to house 180 vets in 100 days.  It’s a huge community undertaking, but we’re committed to it and are working collaboratively with many partner organizations, businesses, landlords and other community members to make it happen.

Please feel free to spread the word. For more information you can visit our website at www.ahomewithhope.org.

 

Shannon Barnes

CoC Plannning Coordinator

Tarrant County Homeless Coalition

1201 E. 13th Street  |  Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Mobile 817-509-3635 | Fax 817.791.9489  |  www.ahomewithhope.org

Follow TCHC    Facebook

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More than 300 Fort Worth organizations now supporting Blue Zones Project

But no Legions or even any VSO’s

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Original release date: October 01, 2018

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens. NCCIC will be participating in NCSAM through weekly posts in the Current Activity section of the NCCIC website. Over the course of the month, these will touch on

- Cybersecurity at home,

- Careers in cybersecurity,

- Workplace cybersecurity, and

- Critical infrastructure cybersecurity.  

NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Stay Safe Online NCSAM page and the Stay Safe Online NCSAM Events page for additional information and details on NCSA events.

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9/25/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, Sept. 27 – Deadline to sign up for National Night Out
Saturday, Sep 29 – ALR fundraiser Steak Dinner; Benbrook Post 297 at 5:30 pm

Sunday, Sep 30 - Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Monday, Oct 1 – District 12 DEC 7 pm at Post 655 (see below)

Tuesday, Oct 2 – Texas National Night Out (let me know what folks are doing)

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Commanders,

The next DEC is Monday, 01 OCT 18 at Post 655 at 1900. Please be prepared to discuss the following topics:

 

• Recommended District and/or Post Officer training that you want to see scheduled.

• Possible post merger with your post and Everman Post 639.

• High School Oratorical Contest plan.

• Post membership status and successful recruitment initiatives.

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Now is the time to line up contestants

High School Oratorical: Post level contests must occur between 27 OCT 18 and 14 DEC 18 using National rules. Each public high school, private school, charter school, and home school, with grades 9 thru 12 are eligible to compete. Each post is allowed to advance ONE contestant to the district level contest which is held 12 JAN 19 at Azel Post 356 at 1300. Post winners are to be certified by the Post Oratorical Chair or Post Commander, who will then notify the District Vice Commander/District Oratorical Chair, Joseph Campbell at iokepa789@gmail.com, on the attached form no later than TWO days after the completion of the post contest. Contest forms and additional information is located at the bottom of the page at https://txlegion.org/programs/oratorical/

Good luck!

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COMMUNITY, STATE and NATION

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Additional funding will assist veterans

The Texas Veterans Commission awarded grants to the City of Fort Worth and six North Texas agencies.

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Election 2018 Important Dates to Remember

October 9, 2018 - Last Day to Register to Vote

October 22 to November 2, 2018 - Early Voting by Personal Appearance

October 26, 2018 - Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (received, not postmarked)

November 6, 2018 - Election Day

For more information go to Tarrant County Elections

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Texans will celebrate the 35th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors, public safety officers and other city personnel.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. Texas celebrates the event on the first Tuesday in October. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.
National Night Out is designed to:
Heighten awareness of crime prevention.
Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts.
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.
Sign up by Sept. 27.

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Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Sunday November 4, 2018

You are invited to participate in the 38th Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) and the Fort Worth ISD JROTC.  The non-denominational service honors our flag and America’s veterans on the afternoon of Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm at A NEW LOCATIONTrimble Tech High School Auditorium, 1003 W. Cannon Street, Ft. Worth.

Please acknowledge unit participation not later than Friday, 19 October 2018 to be included in the listing of participating organizations.

MOTC-General-Invitation-2018.pdf

MOTC-2018-Flyer.pdf

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9/18/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

Happy Birthday Air Force (Sep 18)

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

City of Euless having their 911 Service with the Bedford Honor Guard presenting the colors, Sept. 11, 2018

 

--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Friday, Sep 21 - POW/MIA Recognition Day - POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony; Haltom City Post 655 at 6:00 pm

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DEC in Austin (Wednesday to Sunday) Sep 20 – 23, DEC

Fall DEC ALR Meeting (Sorry for the late notice but just received)

Our Fall DEC ALR Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 5:00 pm, in the Oaks Room at the OMNI Southpark in Austin.

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Oct 5 - The 10 th Annual Health and Lifestyle EXPO for Boomers & Seniors will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm at First Euless Campus West in Bedford. Register for the event here.              

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--- From Shanna Ruppert, Department of Veteran Affairs

Nov 14 – POSTER

I am excited about the upcoming 10th Annual Tarrant County Homeless Veterans Stand Down event which will be held on November 14th from 9am to 1pm. It will be held at the Resource Connection Gym located at 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119.  Attached is the flyer and the agency invite letter/registration form.  Please have the registration form completed and returned to me prior to November 1st, 2018. 

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Recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity

An often-heard saying is, 'If you see something, say something.' But exactly what is considered suspicious activity, and when should residents contact local law enforcement?

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9/6/18 District 12 Update

Updated District 12 Update

New details just received:

 

From Joseph Campbell, District 12 Vice Commander:

 

Will you please send out an update stating that the 12th District DEC is postponed until 1900 on Monday, 01 October at Post 655? Thanks in advance.

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Joseph

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Also noted from Harriet Wright ALA 626 President in their Newsletter:

 

ALA 12th District Fall Convention:  Will be held on Saturday, October 20th at Post 626.  This is an all-day event that usually begins around 8 am with breakfast and lunch provided.  Everyone is welcome – please let us know if you plan on attending.

 

Homeless Veterans Stand Down will be on November 14th.  Unit 626 will be donating caps, gloves and socks to help our vets through the cold winter months. 

 

By the way, great things going on with their post family.

Their Auxiliary received several Certificates of Appreciation for participation in ALA programs, supported the Operation Homefront, “Back to School Brigade” at the Joint Reserve Base and the Unit will once again be making a donation to the Burton Hill Elementary School nurse to help with needed supplies.

They are planning to assist in the 301st Airlift Wing Family Day Extravaganza and to donate gift cards to needy families from the 301st Airlift Wing for meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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9/5/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

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Saturday, Sep 8Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

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Sunday, Sep 9 – Grandparents Day

Stair climb to honor first responders, vets, 8 am at Burnett Plaza, Burnett Park will have food trucks, live music, vendors, clowns and more. Spectators are welcome.

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Monday, Sept 10 – District DEC 7 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, Sep 11 – Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Another great friend and Legion Family Member called home way too early

Sep 15 (Saturday) – Memorial Service for James “Woody” Estes: Post 516 at 4:00 pm

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Mike McCrady shared a link.

100% Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

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8/29/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Today is Marine Forces Reserve Birthday, Oorah!

Welcome back to those that made The American Legion 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Monday is Labor Day

Any posts got plans for Sep 9 – Grandparents Day or Sep 11 – Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance?

 

Aug picture of the month 2.jpg

Mansfield Legion Riders “Adopt a Street” participation

 

--- From Our District Commander:

If you have not done so, please provide the date, time and location for your post’s General, Executive Committee meetings and contact information for your SAL Commander and Riders Director (if you have them) to the District Commander at  mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

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--- From the Department of Texas, Texas and Fort Worth WW1 Centennial Committees and your Twelfth District:

Information from the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

We’re in the most significant phase of the Texas WWI Centennial (August through November 11). We are encouraging communities around Texas to participate in one (or more) of three key commemoration activities this fall.  Please go to this link for more information: https://www.texasworldwar1centennial.org/2018/08/09/war-end-wars-100-years-later-three.

Bill Deal, Past District Commander

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Please note the Bells of Peace Initiative.  We will be promoting this for Veterans Day this year.  Please pass along to your groups.

Jim Hodgson, fort Worth WW1 Centennial Committee and Chairman and Executive Director Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade is included in the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

The Chairman of the Fort Worth WWI Centennial Committee and a Director on the Texas Commission is Jim Hodgson.  He is a local Legion member, director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum and the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade

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You are invited:

Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Saturday, November 10.  The Tarrant County Parade in Fort Worth is produced and directed by the Tarrant County Veterans Council.  Most of the members are Legion Family members.  The next Veterans Day Parade Planning Meeting will be on Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 am.  LOCATION: Benbrook American Legion Post 297, 8201 Old Benbrook Rd., Benbrook, TX 76126 Phone (817) 249-2791.  This is an informal meeting, Family and Friends are welcome and you do not need to be a Veteran to be on the committee.  (Come early, freshly prepared to order breakfast available for purchase). 

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Sept. 15, 2018 - Fall Trinity Trash Bash  8:30 a.m.

Hosted by TRWD, the Trinity Trash Bash is a semi-annual litter cleanup centered around the Trinity River. The one-day event helps rid the Trinity River and the surroundings areas of litter that pollutes our waterways and negatively impacts the river ecosystem. The Trinity Trash Bash is a great place for families, youth groups/scouts, community organizations, local schools and others alike to come together and share in the fun of making our community a better place.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Burn Ban Lifted [Note: this only applies to unincorporated areas of Tarrant County (not in city limits) and you can not burn items at night.]

The Tarrant County Commissioner's Court has approved lifting the burn ban effective August 21st. The Tarrant County Fire Marshal's Office reminds you that if you conduct an outside burn, there are certain rules to follow. See the list here.

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8/23/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- Happenings:

Aug 24 – 30: The American Legion 100th National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details)

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--- From the Department of Texas and your Twelfth District:

Information from the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration

We’re in the most significant phase of the Texas WWI Centennial (August through November 11). We are encouraging communities around Texas to participate in one (or more) of three key commemoration activities this fall.  Please go to this link for more information: https://www.texasworldwar1centennial.org/2018/08/09/war-end-wars-100-years-later-three.

 

Bill Deal

Past District Commander

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Hubmaster note:

This year Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade in Fort Worth theme is the WWI Centennial and it is included in the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration, Part of a National Effort of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Texas Historical Commission WWI Centennial Calendar of Events.  The Chairman of the Fort Worth WWI Centennial Committee and a Director on the Texas Commission is Jim Hodgson.  He is a local Legion member, director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum and the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade

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Registration is now open for the Veterans Day Parade, The parade will be on Saturday, November 10.  The Tarrant County Parade in Fort Worth is produced and directed by the Tarrant County Veterans Council.  Most of the members are Legion Family members.  The next Veterans Day Parade Planning Meeting will be on Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 am.  LOCATION: Benbrook American Legion Post 297, 8201 Old Benbrook Rd., Benbrook, TX 76126 Phone (817) 249-2791.  This is an informal meeting, Family and Friends are welcome and you do not need to be a Veteran to be on the committee.  (Come early, freshly prepared to order breakfast available for purchase)

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Haltom City Post 655 welcomes RWB meeting at their hall

 RWBat655.jpg

RWB is a group or vets that do a lot of outdoor things: 5Ks, walks, etc. It stands for "Red, White, and Blue" they have a website, TeamRWB that indicates "social and physical activities". 

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8/16/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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-- From Mansfield American Legion Post 624:

The Celebration of Life for our beloved Bill O. will be Saturday August 18th at 11:00 at the Cowboy Church 12001 East FM 917 Alvarado. The
Celebration will continue at the American Legion #624 after the service - all are welcome.

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

 

Saturday, Aug 18 Celebration of Life for Bill Oertwich at Mansfield Post 624

Post Adjutant training at C. M. Joslin Post 618, 13054 FM 1097 E, Willis, TX 77378; 10:00 am to 3:00 PM 

            Fundraiser Dinner at Benbrook Post 297; 6 to 8 pm [call post for details (817) 249-2791]

Fundraiser Dinner at HEB Post 379; 6:30 to 8 pm

 

Tuesday, Aug 21 Taco Tuesday at Benbrook Post 297; 6 to 8 pm [call post for details (817) 249-2791]

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--- From Your Historian / Web / Hubmaster:

Our new District 12 Officers and Key Personnel are now posted on our website:

District Officers

Our Texas Chain of Command

Our Key Personnel

If there is an error or you need or want a new picture, please let me know.

Hub@12dis.org

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--- From Our District Commander:

Commanders,

Please provide the date, time, and location of your general membership meeting to the District Commander at  mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

Please provide the date, time, and location of your Executive Board meeting to the District Commander at mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

Please provide the name and contact information for your SAL Commander and Riders Director to the District Commander at mregan2709@gmail.com and the District Vice at iokepa789@gmail.com

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Post 838 had a great School Supply Give-A-Way last Saturday

(Hope to get some pictures)

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August picture of the month

Shay elected State ALA President in Benbrook paper

More pictures from the state convention provided by the fine folks at Unit 655

Department of Texas Annual Convention, July 14, 2018

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

[Resources listed available to all Tarrant County folks]

Resources that help individual’s currently experiencing homelessness including assistance to veterans.  http://fortworthtexas.gov/directionshome/

Handy resource guide available to aid homelessness

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth SNAP program provides help for special-need residents in times of emergency

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is asking residents with a special, access or functional need to register in its free Special Needs Assistance Program to assist individuals vacating their residence in case of a disaster.

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8/9/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

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Aug. 10 - 12, 2018. During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

Sales Tax Holiday - Texas Comptroller - Texas.gov

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/

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Saturday, August 11 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook Post 297

Annual School Supply Give-a-Way at Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Chess Tournaments at Post 379 register at 10:00 am

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details)

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Sept 10 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post 655

Dec 3 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post 379

Mar 4, 2019 (Monday) – District DEC 7 pm at Post [TBD]

April 6, 2019 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post [TBD]

March 10, 2019 – Coffee Tour

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Register now, then celebrate Fort Worth's night out against crime on Oct. 2

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the citywide event to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Groups should register by Sept. 24.

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin:

Veterans Creed

In an effort to promote public service and camaraderie among former service members, advocates unveiled a new “Veteran’s Creed” on 14 JUN

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8/2/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Congratulations to Shay Kuehner, ALA Unit 297, Department of Texas President-Elect for 2018-2019

Shay’s membership theme is “Stepping Across Texas for Veterans and Families.” 

(Thanks to Harriet Wright, ALA 626 for passing this on in their newsletter)

Our National Commander Denise H. Rohan’s theme is “Family First,” so we are all together.

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

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Saturday, Aug 4 - Coast Guard Birthday

Karaoke at Mansfield Post 624 (see Bulletin Board for details and more events there)

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Joe Mac's Chili Cook Off benefiting the Patriot Guard Riders

Love Field Post 453, 2755 Bachman Dr. Dallas, TX, 75220 phone: (214) 358-2934

The American Legion Post 453 Riders & Family have invited The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders to be part of their Fund-Raising Event on August 4, 2018. Funds raised will go to Supporting the Patriot Guard Riders.

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Monday, August 6 – President Parlay; 7:00 pm at Benbrook Post 297 (Due to some officers having other commitments on August 7th)

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Tuesday, August 7 - Purple Heart Day

Commanders Call; 7:00 pm at Post 516 – Agenda attached  [Commanders Call August 7.pdf]

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New events to add to your calendar:

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Aug 18 (Saturday) - Post Adjutant training at C. M. Joslin Post 618, 13054 FM 1097 E, Willis, TX 77378; 10:00 am to 3:00 PM 

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Oct 6 (Saturday) – ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624

Post Finance Officers training session 9 to 11 am at Mt Vernon Post 243

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--- From: 1st District Adjutant Bobby Baker < legion1dis@aol.com>
Subject: Finance Officer Training

The First District wants let everyone know that on October 6, 2018, at Mt Vernon Post 243; Terry Meyering the Division Finance Officer will conduct a short training session for Post Finance Officers.  It will be from 0900-1100, provided no restraints are put in place.  This training will be during the First District's Fall Convention.

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Dec 1 (Saturday) - Post Adjutant Training: Location: VFW Post 8560 in Sulphur Springs

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--- From Our District Commander:

Keller Field of Honor

Nov 11 to 17 (Sun. to Sat.) - Keller Field of Honor

The first annual Keller Field of Honor, The goal is to fly 1,400 flags to honor our Veterans, Police and Fire Departments.

Details and how you can help.

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin: TRICARE update

http://www.nhc-ul.org/Bulletin%20180801%20(PDF%20Edition).pdf

The final version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act no longer includes a plan that would have resulted in unfair fee increases for many retirees and their families enrolled in TRICARE

The final version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, released 23 JUL, no longer includes a plan that would have resulted in unfair fee increases for many retirees and their families enrolled in TRICARE. This decision, made by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, follows a campaign from the Military Officers Association of America and thousands of their members to get the measure removed, which would have eliminated the grandfathering for beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE prior to January 1, 2018 with the intent to establish a single co-payment structure for all beneficiaries. Congress's inboxes were flooded with over 17,000 MOAA-suggested messages explaining that yet another round of fee increases was unacceptable for TRICARE beneficiaries.

This mass swell of grassroots support, combined with many thousands more messages from partners in The Military Coalition, played an important role in shaping the conversation as the defense bill went to conference committee.

--- From Your Hubmaster:   Formed in 1985, The Military Coalition (TMC) is a consortium of 31 military, veterans’ and uniformed services organizations working cooperatively to maintain a strong national defense. TMC represents more than 5.5 million current and former service members and their families and survivors.  https://www.ausa.org/articles/military-coalition-works-strong-national-defense

The American Legion is not part of TMC but I expect that most of our members are a member of a participating organization.

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7/26/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks, Have you seen your poster on our Bulletin Board?

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Sunday, July 29 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps

            BINGO benefit and Fundraiser at Post 569, 2 pm to 6 pm

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--- From the RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE Bulletin:

Native American Veterans Memorial [01] ---- (“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Chosen)

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7/18/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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July 21, 9:00 am to noon

PD event helps parents keep kids secure

The Fort Worth Police Department's Northwest Division will sponsor Operation: Safe Child from 9 a.m.-noon July 21. Free fingerprint and photo cards will be created for each child attending.

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Congratulations to Bruce Zielsdorf (Post 626) and Joseph Campbell (Post 379) for Post Narrative’s placing first and second in the Department.  Bruce’s book will move forward to the National competition in August.
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National Ice Cream Month - From Peter Elias with the Mid Cities Stamp Club:

President Reagan dedicated July to be “National Ice Cream Month” (and with the 3rd Sunday of the month being “National Ice Cream Day” as a public law on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation 5219.

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Several Local Post Installations of Officers June 2018

Send me pictures from your post and I will add them.

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Had a real good time at a local community parade and enjoying fireworks outside Post 655

Met a lot of great folks but only about 1 of 20 were eligible for the Legion and they were already members somewhere.

Independence Day with friends, July 4, 2018

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Passed on from Jason McGlasson, Mansfield American Legion Post 624.

Why are the younger Veterans avoiding the Veteran Service Organizations?

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Back to School Events

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Mansfield ISD Back-to-School Bash! will be held on Sat., Aug. 4, 8am to 1pm at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts. This event is meant to bring the community together for a day of FREE family fun to kick off the school year. Food trucks will also be available on site.  

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Tarrant County Back-to-School Roundup - A one-stop shop to prepare the whole family for the start of school, the Roundup provides pre-registered families with free school supplies as well as health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts and information on education, health and social services. Don't miss this year's event on Thursday, August 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

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Arlington ISD Back to School Kickoff  will be held on the west outdoor plaza and in door platform of AT&T Stadium on August 11th from 8:00am to Noon. Pre-registered students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate to their grade level, as well as the opportunity to visit a variety of resource booths. 

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Helping Is As Easy As 1-2-3...

For many families vacations and pool memberships are the main financial pressures of summer. For others, those luxuries are out of reach. Instead, they worry about saving money to get their children ready for the coming school year. About one in five children under the age of 18 live in poverty in the United States, according to Communities In Schools. The cost of backpacks and supplies add up quickly and is enough to bust a struggling family's budget.  How you can help? Back to School Roundup serving qualified Tarrant County children grades Pre-K through 12 has made it very easy! Backpacks filled with school supplies can be purchased through EPI on our special BTSRU page. One backpack with school supplies is $16.65 plus tax. Supplies purchased will be distributed at the Tarrant County Back to School Roundup on Thursday, Aug. 9.  BTSRU ONLINE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE LINK

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FFA convention's service project helps Fort Worth homeless, community parks

Hundreds of blue-and-gold-clad members of Texas FFA made an impact on their host community through donations and service projects.

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7/9/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Just a quick reminder from the beautiful rolling hills of East Texas (at the McDonalds hotspot with a Quarter Pounder)

 

NO COMMANDERS CALL THIS MONTH (July)

 

Hope all had a wonderful Independence Day

If going, have a great time at the Convention in San Antonio (July 11-15)

 

If not going everyone is welcome on Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 am to the

Veterans Day Parade planning meeting at Benbrook Post 297

 

Be sure to mark Tuesday, August 7 (Purple Heart Day) for the next

Commanders Call [and Presidents Parlay?]; 7:00 pm at Arlington Post 60

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6/29/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

TENTH ANNUAL Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, June 16, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at NRH Centre’ 6000 Hawk Avenue North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Discover Real Possibilities in your Community!

AARP is improving neighborhoods all across Texas by offering exciting events for people of all ages. Staying active and involved in your community is a great way to have fun while increasing your overall well-being and health.   The Tarrant County Historical Commission has a table and offered to share with other groups to offer literature for visitors at the event to learn about the opportunities with each of us.  I have provided pamphlets about the American Legion and Auxiliary with copies of our district brochure listing the local posts to them.  If you attend please thank them.

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Tuesday, July 3:

ARLINGTON Light Up Arlington: Tuesday, July 3rd at 6:00pm 

MANSFIELD Rockin' 4th of July: Tuesday, July 3rd @ 7:00pm

 

Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day

Arlington July 4th Parade: Wednesday, July 4th @ 9:00am

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Westcliff West Parade; 10:00 am

Like cars, Fort Worth Fire Dept vintage fire truck, Corvette, Volkswagen, Jeep Clubs and more

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Fort Worth Forth gates open at 10 am

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--- Coming events:

Have heard rumors that the July 9 Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay originally scheduled has been rescheduled.  I have no confirmation about this.

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July 11-15 - Department Convention at San Antonio, Texas

Details: https://txlegion.org/conventions/department-convention/

A little info in the Legion Times: https://www.txlegion.org/Files/times/legion_times0618.pdf

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--- FYI:

Pet owners in Fort Worth need to read this

New animal ordinances approved

After more than a year of discussions and public input, the Fort Worth City Council approved a series of updated animal ordinances on June 26.

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Weather the heat with these tips from MedStar

Summer is just getting started and already the heat is taking its toll on Fort Worth residents. Emergency calls are on the rise, but there are steps to take to avoid falling victim to high temperatures.

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First responders need our eyes and ears to help prevent an act of terrorism

It is up its residents to help keep Fort Worth a safe community. Report suspicious behavior to the Fort Worth Police Homeland Security Unit hotline.

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6/20/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Let us know if your post has a special July 4 Independence Day event.

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Some of the great Flag Day events by our Legion Family, several events I know of without pictures:

Post 655 and Haltom City Honoring Veterans on Flag Day, June 14, 2018

Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Mansfield Post 624, June 14, 2018

Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Benbrook Post 297, June 14, 2018

DAR and Legion joint Flag Retirement Ceremony at HEB Post 379, June 16, 2018

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Post officer installations in progress please let me know your new Post Commander, Adjutant and Hubmaster; Auxiliary President, SAL Commander and Rider Director for this newsletter.

We can also include additional key personnel but we need to keep this mailing list manageable.

Thanks,

Ken

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Ongoing Veteran assistance program with funds now available, please distribute widely

The Forward Home Veteran Assistance Program helps veterans, active duty and their families.

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Thursday, June 21 - RESTOCK TARRANT

UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY’S 2018 DAY OF ACTION

Our local shelters and partner agencies help thousands of people in need each year with basic

hygiene and cleaning items like toothbrushes, shampoo and more. We’re restocking the shelves of these agencies and need your help!

During the month of June we will be collecting the items listed below, and on June 21st, a community of volunteers will come together to create basic needs kits for the following agencies: Presbyterian Night Shelter, Center for Transforming Lives, GRACE Grapevine, Community Enrichment Center, Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Dental Health Arlington.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

Thursday, June 21 - Kennedale, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mayor's History Lecture Series: The 4th Amendment

This History Lecture Series is presented by Mayor Brian Johnson, with support and light refreshments provided by the Kennedale Historical Society

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Visit PD's open house on June 23

Gain an inside view of Fort Worth Police activities at an open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex

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6/13/18 District 12 Update

District 12 Update (click here for online version without attachments)

Howdy Folks,

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CORRECTION, CORRECTION to District 12 Update

 

Mondays Commanders Call is not at Post 655

 

Monday, June 18 – Commanders Call 7:00 pm at Saginaw Post 467

 

Saginaw Post 467

Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Building

 

301 S Saginaw Blvd, Saginaw, TX 76179

(Also known as 301 S. Main St. if going north from Loop 820 in Fort Worth)

This is the first building on the right (east) backing up to the RR tracks.

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/M9GK6vXKVuD2

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I have not lost my mind; just forget where I left it sometimes.

Ken

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6/12/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

Today is – Woman Veterans Day - Highlights in the History of Military Women

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Chapter 379 Legion Riders 2nd Annual Red Lion Poker Benefit Run, June 9, 2018

2018 Boys State send off from south Fort Worth Post 569, June 10, 2018

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-- From Mike McCrady, Post 379 Adjutant

Official enrollment for 2018 Texas Boys State: 1,111 Statesmen! Thank you to the many American Legion posts across Texas for sponsoring these young men.

-- From Joseph Campbell, District Americanism (and Boys State) Chairman:

Follow us periodically on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, and flickr. Texas Boys State 2018, another phenomenal Legion program.

--- From Your Hubmaster:

Also check out the daily news and social media links at the bottom right of the Texas Boys State webpage.

http://texasboysstate.com/

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

--- From the City of Fort Worth: Juneteenth observations celebrate 153 years of freedom in Fort Worth

A full weekend of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 153rd anniversary of emancipation in Texas. A City Hall observance, parade and festival are scheduled June 14-19.

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Thursday, Jun 14 – U.S. Army birthday – Flag Day

Flag Retirement Ceremonies at Benbrook Post 297 (7:00 pm) & Mansfield Post 624

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Saturday, Jun 16 – Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride – Benbrook to Terrell

Post Service Officer Training at Post 243 Mount Vernon, TX; 8:00 AM till 1PM

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Sunday – Fathers Day

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Monday, June 18 – Commanders Call 7:00 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, June 19 – Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day (see city events linked above)

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen:

 

Tarrant County School Supply Drive

Participate in the Back to School Roundup "School Supply Drive".  Join Tarrant County Back to School Roundup in providing free backpacks with school supplies for children living in poverty.

Click here and use the QR code to purchase school supplies. Can you help?

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6/8/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Saturday, June 9 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

            Red Lion Poker Run from Post 379 – KSU 11:00 am

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Sunday - Boys State Bus Send Off at 10:00 am – leaving from Post 569

Sunday, 10 June 2018 – Friday, 15 June 2018 Texas Boys State

 

This Sunday, June 10th the Boys State Delegates will be departing Post 569 off of Felix St.

It has become somewhat of a tradition for Legion Riders of the 12th District to provide escort for the Boys State bus from Post 569 to the Flying J truck stop in Waco. 

 I am asking all riders who are available to join in this Sunday and show our support for our future leaders. 

I would like to be there with you but I am currently out of town on vacation with my bride..

Ride proud and ride safe.

 

Bill Deal

Commander (and Rider)

12th District 

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June 12 – Woman Veterans Day - Highlights in the History of Military Women

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Cracker-Jax turn 125 years old this month, first offered at the Chicago Worlds Fair.

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Be sure to check your schedule:

This coming Thursday is the U.S. Army birthday and Flag Day with Flag Retirement Ceremonies at the Benbrook and Mansfield Posts

Next weekend we have the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride and Post Service Officer Training in Mount Vernon, TX

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Subject: Post Service Officer Training
IF PLANNING TO GO; LET THEM KNOW SO THEY HAVE ENOUGH MATERIALS

 

From: Steven Ferrell and Bobby Baker <legion1dis@aol.com>  Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 4:29 PM
If any Posts in your Area will be sending anyone to the Post Service Officer Training which will be held Saturday June 16th (8 AM - 1 PM) at Post 243 Mt. Vernon.  Mike Lacy, from the Houston Office will be the facilitator.  If anyone wants to attend, please let me know by this weekend, by sending me their name & Post.  We have to ensure plenty of material is available.

 

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY - VETERANS STILL SERVING AMERICA

 

Bobby Baker

First Division

Commander

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth to represent United States at Italian sports games

Fort Worth will send nearly 100 student-athletes and coaches to the sixth annual Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy, July 5-14. The Tricolore Games are held every four years.

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--- From our IRS:

Updated forms and publications:

Publication 3386, Tax Guide - Veterans Organizations

Publication 4220, Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status 

Publication 5248, IRS Form 990-N Electronic Filing System (e-Postcard)

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5/31/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Just a few of the events from the weekend (more event pictures are welcome):

HEB Post 379 members placing American Flags for Fallen Veterans, May 26, 2018

The American Legion District 12 Memorial Day Activities, May 28, 2018

Post 379 Memorial Day Service at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, May 28, 2018

Post 655 NEW TRINITY CEMETERY in Haltom City, Texas, May 28, 2018

Arlington Elks Lodge, American Legion and VFW Memorial Day Service, May 28, 2018

 

Now just rust relax this weekend, we have a busy month coming up

Saturday, June 2 SAL Horseshoe Tournament at Mansfield Post 624; 1:00 pm

--- FYI:

From Jason at Mansfield Post 624

I just paid my motorcycle insurance and as I was looking at the website noticed that a discount could be applied if I am in an approved motorcycle riding group. So I called and found out that ALR is an approved riding group and will get a discount. Check into your ins companies and see if they offer a riding group discount.

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Today is INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANT DAY

On May 31, International Flight Attendant Day recognizes the dedicated members of the flight crew who rise early, stay late and remain alert throughout the flight providing comfort, care and reassurance of the safest travel.  International Flight Attendant Day (also known as International Cabin Crew Day) has been celebrated around the world since at least 2015.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar

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5/23/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion District 12 Boys State Candidates Orientation at Post 569, May 15, 2018

Some notable events before Memorial Day

Post 379 Honor Guard at Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery, April 27, 2018

Mansfield Post 624 Dallas National Cemetery ride, May 19, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, May 24 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

May 25 - National Poppy Day

Saturday, May 26 – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH

Leaves Crowley at 10 am heading for Fort Worth

Leaves Amon G Carter Stadium – 3 pm heading to the Fort worth Police and Firefighter Memorial and leaving there at 6:30 pm

Sunday, May 27 – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH

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Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day

8:30 am Forrest Hill Memorial Day Ceremony Forrest Hill Civic and Convention Center

10 am New Trinity Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony (located at 28th & Beach St in Haltom City)

10 am Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville

10 am Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth

10:15 am Greenwood Cemetery Fort Worth, WW-1 Royal Flying Corps

11:00 am DFW National Cemetery Ceremony

Noon – Arlington Memorial Day ceremony; Elks Lodge 2114

3:00 pmThe National Moment of Remembrance moment of silence

6:00 pm - HALTOM CITY MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION at Post 655

6:30 pm -  Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth

8:00 pmPost 516 Flag Retirement

(Pictures from the events you attend will be appreciated for our scrapbook)

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--- From Our District Commander:

As what has become a tradition, the Legion Riders of the 12th District are being asked to come together on Sunday, June 10th at Post 569 to help escort the Boys State bus to the Flying J truck stop in Waco. The bus is scheduled to depart post 569 at 1000hrs.  Riders are asked to please be at Post 569 by 0930hrs.

Come one come all Riders! Let's show these young men we support them. RIDER PROUD!

 

Bill Deal

Commander 

12th District 

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

SATURDAY, June 16, 2018; 8:00 AM till 1PM

Post Service Officer Training

HOSTED BY: 1st District

Location: Post 243 Mount Vernon (1557 CR SE 4265, Mt Vernon 75457)

I has been requested, and I know it has taken some time to get this together.  However, it is happening.

The attached flyer has all the information.  Please, at least send your Post Service Officer (if you have one) or any interested Legionnaire!!!  It is open to all wanting to learn how to help all Veterans!  Just be sure to respond back on how many and who will be attending.

Bobby Baker

First Division Commander

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Fort Worth will soon ban smoking in city parks

The City Council voted to expand the city's smoking ban to include city parks, except in certain instances. The expanded ban goes into effect Aug. 15.

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5/16/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

May 16-25 - RUN FOR THE WALL Southern Route leaves from California

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Saturday, May 19 – Armed Forces Day

            Summer Vacation Pageant at south Fort Worth Post 569

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Thursday, May 24 - Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans Shelters; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

May 25 - National Poppy Day

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Next Weekend (May 26-28) is Memorial Day Weekend:

Several of our posts will be preparing for their participating in events.  If you would like to help I am sure they would appreciate your participation.

FYI: May 26 (Saturday) – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH will come through Fort Worth

Leaves Crowley at 10 am heading for Amon G Carter Stadium; at 3 pm goes to the Fort worth Police and Firefighter Memorial until 6:30 pm

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(insert picture)

From Gold Star Moms

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Mansfield Post 624 Chop Shop Ride, May 12, 2018

Post 379 Mike Garlington Memorial Golf Tournament, May 14, 2018

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--- From the Trinity River Vision Team:

Join us for the 4th Annual Spring TRWD Trash Bash on Saturday, May 19th 2018 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Pick a location and bring a group, a friend or just yourself to help clean up trash along the Trinity. When the trash is all bashed, volunteers are treated to an after party with free food, door prizes and entertainment at Panther Island Pavilion and Cobb Park.

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This is Privacy Awareness Week

FTC Promotes Privacy Awareness Week Original release date: May 14, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an announcement promoting Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) May 14–18, 2018. PAW is an annual event fostering awareness of privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information. This year’s theme, “From Principles to Practice,” focuses on privacy protection and online security for businesses and individuals.

NCCIC encourages consumers and organizations to review FTC’s post and these related NCCIC resources:

Protecting Your Privacy

Safeguarding Your Data

How Anonymous Are You

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FBI Releases Article on Digital Defense Against ID Theft Original release date: May 16, 2018

FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains that the growing number of data breaches put more people at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. However, implementing basic security practices can help users minimize their risk.

NCCIC encourages consumers to review the FBI Article and the following NCCIC Tips for more information:

Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Choosing and Protecting Passwords

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ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday - May 26-28, 2018

You can buy certain ENERGY STAR® energy-efficient products tax-free during the annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday.

This year's tax-free ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins Saturday, May 26, and goes through midnight on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).

Qualifying Products: air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less), refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less), ceiling fans, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers…

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/96-1331.php

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5/9/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- Action Items:

Be sure everyone is aware of the

Boys State Orientation on Tuesday, 15 May at 7pm @ Post 569

And Friday, May 11 is the Deadline to sign up for Golf Tournament on Monday

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, May 12 – Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Sunday, May 13 – Mothers Day

Monday, May 14 – MIKE GARLINGTON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, May 15 - Boys State Orientation, 7:00 pm at Post 569

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

HEB Squadron 379 and their annual Fish Fry dinner, May 4, 2018

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--- From the City of Fort Worth:

Prevention is key as mosquito season begins

The 2018 mosquito season has officially begun for the Fort Worth Code Compliance Department, which has begun setting out 62 mosquito traps weekly. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from potentially deadly diseases.

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--- From our IRS:

New IRS online tool offers expanded access to information on tax-exempt organizations; newly-filed data available to public for first time

The IRS introduced a new online tool designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations.

The new Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) replaces EO Select Check, a more limited tool available since 2012 that focused primarily on providing information on an organization’s tax-exempt status. Among the enhancements, the new TEOS tool includes images of newly-filed 990 forms and it’s mobile friendly so you can access it using smartphones or tablets.

"This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations."

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Many tax-exempt organizations must file information returns by May 15; do not include Social Security numbers or personal data

The IRS reminds certain tax-exempt organizations using the calendar year as their tax year of the Tuesday, May 15 filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns. Organizations must not include Social Security numbers or personal data in their filings. Additional information is in the IRS Fact Sheet.

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security:

First Lady’s 'Be Best' Initiative Addresses Kids' Online Safety

Original release date: May 07, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump has announced her initiative to help children be their best. As part of her initiative, the First Lady released a guide to help parents and other adults discuss online safety and responsibility with children. Children taught about internet safety, appropriate online conduct, and responsible social media behavior, become safe and responsible users.

NCCIC encourages users to review the First Lady’s Guide on Talking with Kids About Being Online for more information. Refer to the NCCIC Tips Keeping Children Safe Online and Dealing with Cyberbullies for additional best practices.

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5/2/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures added, see if you are in them:

12th District 2018 Spring Convention at Post 838, April 21, 2018

Sikh Riders of America Benefit Ride, April 28, 2018

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, April 28, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, May 3 - All Fort Worth Library branches will close for one day for staff training and development. All branches will resume their regularly scheduled service times the following day.

Friday, May 4 – Squadron 379 Fish Fry (see Bulletin Board for details)

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Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo, National Day of Prayer, Mayfest and BOND ELECCTION VOTE in Fort Worth

            First Division Convention

Date:      Saturday, 5 May 2018   Registration Time:   8:00 AM

Location:  Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Dr, Hurst 76054                 

Onsite registration:  $35.00

DivisionConventionRegistration2018 information

Div-Agenda-Convention

Div-Agenda-JointSession

Div-American Legion Agenda

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May 6 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Monday, May 7 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 516

May 8 - VE Day (Victory in Europe)

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--- From the Fort Worth Aviation Museum Newsletter (linked):

Hops and Props Breaks Records

Our 4th annual Hops and Props was another great success with over 1,300 people attending

Eight Veteran Support Organizations joined us along with sixteen family-friendly vendors, and a few surprises. 

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4/25/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Bedford Post 379 members at the Texas Rangers Ballpark, April 19, 2018

12th District 2018 Spring Convention at Post 838, April 21, 2018

BILL CROCK - CELEBRATION OF LIFE at Post 516, April 21, 2018

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, April 28 (Arbor Day)

Hops and Props district 12 booth at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum (Homepage with directions)

Sikh Ride benefitting Children in special needs, veterans and law enforcement

Pop Kuehner Memorial Dart Tournament at Post 297; Sign up at 2:00 pm (starts at 3 pm)

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Sunday, April 29 – Cinco de Mayo Tardeada event at Post 569 starting at 2:00 pm

            Overnight Casino Trip sponsored by Auxiliary Unit 297.  Everyone is welcome

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--- From Our District Americanism chairman:  Joseph Campbell

Follow-up details from the District Convention

Recommended Areas of Operation for the Post Boys State, Oratorical and membership recruitment.

Let the commander’s know that I would like their approval of the boundaries or their desired changes.

Attachment: Recommend Post AOR.png

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We need a flag ceremony on July 1

We, The Legacy Singers (LegacySingers.org), are putting together a 4th of July program as we do every year. This year, on the evening of July 1, we are looking for an organization that can do a 15-minute flag ceremony at the start. This would include posting the colors and a flag folding tribute using a script. Please let me know whether you would be able to do that or if you know of an organization that might.

Thank you!

Ron Whiteurst (http://ronwhiteurst.com)

--- From Your Hubmaster:

If your post can support this please advise (reply to this District 12 Update), so we will not forward to other organizations.

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--- FYI:

Early voting started Monday, April 23rd

City/School Board Elections and Primary Runoff Elections

Elections for City Council and School Boards are Saturday, May 5th. Early voting starts Monday, April 23rd and goes through Tuesday, May 1st. Click here for more information.

Primary Runoff Elections are Tuesday, May 22nd. Early voting starts Monday, May 14th and goes through Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information.

 

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Arlington National Cemetery -- Passed on by M. B. "BluHog" Ingersoll, Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders

Arlington National Cemetery will close for new burials in 23 years if current eligibility policies remain in place. Further expansions should not be expected to solve the dilemma at ANC. The next possible expansion, into the area south of the cemetery (the Southern Expansion; around 40 acres) will add about 10-15 years of life to the cemetery – closing the cemetery to new burials by the mid-2050’s. This does not achieve the objective or the desire of previous survey respondents to keep ANC open for new burials well into the future.

Please watch the video prior to taking the survey. https://www.youtube.com/embed/at0mXZozIzc?rel=0

Survey https://survey.foreseeresults.com/survey/display?cid=EshUt0ZwxRE9xtVJtglx9g4C&sid=link-en

If you are a member of a veteran’s organization, please pass this information along.
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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm 26th Annual Day with the Law

Dalworthington Gardens is hosting their 26th Annual Day with the Law at Pappy Elkins Park on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm. This is a great day of camaraderie with fellow officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. It's all  about enforcing positive interactions with the youth and public in the community. All Public Safety personnel are invited to attend. Please feel free to bring your fire apparatus, air units, police cars, K-9 units, police bicycles, police motors, and any other specialized unit you would like to show off!

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4/18/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks, welcome to National Volunteer Week

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April 21 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 (map)

Convention registration - Delegate Certification - Joint Session Agenda – ALA Agenda – Legionnaire Agenda

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Not going to the convention, how about the

Mansfield Post 624 Poker Run, Ride Brief at 1145

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And then everyone can come to the

Memorial Service for Bill Crock; Post 516 starting at 6:00 pm

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--- From National

Without volunteers, where would we be?

This week is National Volunteer Week, a time for organizations across the country to honor volunteers for their selfless contributions and recognize the irreplaceable impact of their time and energy all year round.

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-- Speaking of great volunteers, Shay sent this along to share:

Attached is a flyer about an awesome organization called "Compassionate Friends" that helps family members deal with the loss of a child, sibling, parent, or other close relation.  They are non-denominational, there are no fees, and several Legion family members have experienced comfort and hope through this amazing support group.  Please feel free to share with all your Posts or anyone who may be in need of grief assistance or support. 

 

Shay Kuehner
American Legion Auxiliary

Vice President

Department of Texas
817-300-2043

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Around Town and more:

--- From the City of Fort Worth

Air Force seeking input on F-35 location in Fort Worth

April 19 public meeting will discuss the scope of a planned environmental impact study.

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African-American Health Expo coming April 21

April 21 - Dozens of vendors and health care providers will help ensure the well-being of the community during the annual African-American Health Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21. This free event addresses many needs including early detection and prevention.

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April 22 - Join us for our 9th Annual Puppetry Festival! 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday

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Free nature event scheduled at Chisholm Trail Community Park

April 29 - Spend a spring afternoon learning about wild plant and animal species in a city park that preserves a portion of the historic Fort Worth Prairie. Participate in a Bioblitz and record the wildlife you see in the park, 2-5 p.m. April 29.

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--- From the Stare of Texas

Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 28-30
(AUSTIN) — With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.
“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”


There's no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;

Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and

Portable generators priced at less than $3,000.


Purchases that do not qualify include:

batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;

camping stoves and camping supplies;

chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.


 A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.
The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

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--- From US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Original release date: April 16, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert (TA) about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the Russian government as GRIZZLY STEPPE.

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4/12/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

April 13 (Friday) – Pro Wrestling at Post 655 – Times and details

April 14 (Saturday) – Air Force Reserve Birthday

Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Apr 18 (Wednesday) - Veterans/First Responders Briefing Day in Dallas

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

The Annual Sheriff Dept cleanup at the local Bedford Post 379, April 7, 2018

Your Celebration of Service and the 99th Birthday of the American Legion at Post 655, April 7, 2018

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--- Action Items:

Tomorrow, Friday the thirteenth is the last day to pre-register

April 21 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 (map)

Convention registration - Delegate Certification - Convention Call

Joint Session Agenda – ALA Agenda – Legionnaire Agenda

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In the past 3 weeks we the 12th District has dropped from the 4th position among the 23 Districts in the Department to the 7th position.  The 2018 membership year will officially end on June 9th.

 

I know everyone is concentrating on their upcoming elections.  I know all of you have really been working hard on your membership and I want you to know that I greatly do appreciate all that you have done.  I to have been working along side of you.  Hopefully the system will catch up with all the 345 transfers that have been submitted.  I have submitted approximately 125, 345 transfers for several posts. 

 

I have one more BIG favor to ask of you.  Can you continue to get your renewals up and try to bring in ONE new member before the June 9th deadline?  If there is anything that I can do to help you, please let me know.  

 

Don't forget our Spring District Convention on Saturday, April 21st at Post 838 in Ft. Worth.  Commanders are encouraged to bring membership renewals and transfers to the Convention for turn in.

 

Have a great day and as always, "Thank You" for your service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Deal

Commander 12th District.

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Passed on from Kurt in the American Legion Riders Post 624 Mansfield, Texas

Earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes

 

Special Extra Earnings for Military Service

Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.

Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training.

If your active military service occurred

From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.

From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.

After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

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4/4/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Saturday, April 7

Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 am

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Mission 22 Support ride; Start (8:00 am) and Finish at Post 379

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Your Celebration of Service and the 99th Birthday of the American Legion

Haltom City Post 655; starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Show off your uniform, collections, pictures or stories (RSVP ASAP to msgdarrell@gmail.com)

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mike.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to the VA rehab center.

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--- Action Items:

District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Early registration ends April 13

Convention Call – Convention registration - Delegate Certification

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Please display and/or distribute the attached poster

Saturday, April 21, 2018 after the convention everyone is invited to Post 516 starting at 6:00 pm

Celebration of Life & Benefit in Memory of Bill Crock

Bill was a long-time member, leader and supporter of the American Legion.

Please join us as we remember Bill, celebrate his life, and raise money to help with his final expenses.

(Poster with food, entertainment and info attached)

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

EASTER EGG HUNT at American Legion Post 838, Mar. 31, 2018

Charity Car Show at American Legion Post 516, Mar. 31, 2018

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--- FYI:

IC3 Issues Alert on Tech Support Fraud Original release date: March 29, 2018
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on tech support fraud. Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that don't exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading lock screens, and sending emails to entice users to accept fraudulent tech support services. Users should not give control of their computers or mobile devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the IC3 Alert and the NCCIC Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information. If you believe you are a victim of a tech support scam, file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov.

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3/28/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Business After Hours at American Legion Post 379 in Bedford, Mar. 21, 2018

Post 655 hosted a, "Meet Your Neighbor" reception with a meal, music and fun activities, Mar. 24, 2018

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--- Action Items:

Form 990 processing changes, reminders and overview course

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/1e52f38?reqfrom=share

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 (see details below)

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

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District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Early registration ends April 13

Convention Call – Convention registration - Delegate Certification

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--- This week: (be sure to check the schedule for new events or changes)

Thursday, Mar 29 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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From Sarah at Mansfield Post 624

Friends, I want to remind you that we have nine (9) events coming up just this weekend! A great way to support these events (and the Legion) is to invite your friends to events you think they'd enjoy and/or to share individual events to your page or to their page.
Here is the link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MansfieldALPost624/events/

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Friday, Mar 30 – Benbrook SAL Annual Good Friday Fish and Chicken Fry; 6 to 8 pm

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Saturday, Mar 31 – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Fun; American Legion Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Eating Contest; Mansfield Post 624 starting at 2:00 pm

            Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show at Post 516 starting at 5:00 pm

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Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunrise Services at many of our posts

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Next Wednesday, Apr 4 - Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade

NTX PGR will once again lead the civilian motorcycle contingent of this year’s (11th Annual) Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade from DFW Airport property to the grounds of Gainesville High School.  All MC Riders are welcome, however, participants should be comfortable with both high and low speed, close formation riding.

Staging Time / Location: 3:15 PM at Former Amon Carter (“Great Southwest International”)   Airfield/Tarmac, Amon Carter Blvd., DFW International Airport, TX, 76155 Link

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

Post 655 Membership committee will be hosting a celebration of service in conjunction with the Legions 99th Birthday.

Asking all legion members and veterans to bring in their uniforms and or memorabilia from their era to display.

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mic.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to 

the VA rehab center.

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Apr 21 (Saturday) - After the District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838 come on over to Post 516 for Chili, raffles and enjoy Vinny and the Jets playing Rock ‘n Roll like it was meant to be played.  This is a Benefit to help with Bill Crock medical expenses.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Three great companions to have during storm season

By receiving advance alerts, you’ll have more time to find shelter and prepare for an emergency

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Panther Island Project.

http://trinityrivervision.org/panther-island/project-goals/?utm_source=Panther+Island+Pulse&utm_campaign=4c7f421f02-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8ca24d9c4b-4c7f421f02-216870069&mc_cid=4c7f421f02&mc_eid=9956976a5c

Bypass Channel Scale Model Video - Trinity River Vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7F1QkEVdA

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3/21/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Saturday, Mar 24 – District membership revitalization event at Haltom City Post 655 starting at 11:00 am (note location change)

Thursday, Mar 29 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

District 12 Membership and Coffee Tour, Mar. 17, 2018

Please fill in the gaps

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--- Action Items:

District 12 Spring Convention 2018 forms to download:

Convention CallConvention registration - Delegate Certification

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

 Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.

 Text 8173018053 or email msgdarrell@gmail.com

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Apr 7 (Saturday) - Celebration of Service at Post 655 starting at 4 pm, Dinner and show at 6 pm

Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.  Text 8173018053 or email

 

Post 655 Membership committee will be hosting a celebration of service in conjunction with the Legions 99th Birthday.

Asking all legion members and veterans to bring in their uniforms and or memorabilia from their era to display.

Display opens at 4 Pm, if you have a story to tell there will be an open mic.

A small laser show will be presented before dinner and music at 6 Pm.

It’s a catered dinner of chicken cordon-blue. Music provided by Guitars 4 Heroes!

This group of Vets are in Rehab for stress issues, this activity is their therapy and all donations to them go directly back to 

the VA rehab center.

 April 7th!

 Please RSVP, by 1 April so the chef can prepare the meal.

 Text 8173018053 or email

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Mar 31 (Saturday) – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Fun; American Legion Post 838; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Eating Contest; Mansfield Post 624 starting at 2:00 pm

            Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show at Post 516 starting at 5:00 pm

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3/15/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

IN THE NEWS

Great story in the National Magazine on page 10 about our Benbrook Unit 297 Junior Members.

While here, check out the story about where our target audience should be now (Millennials on page 18).

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Mar 6 Governor Abbott Proclaims March 2018 to be Women’s History Month

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--- This week:

Today, Mar 15 – American Legion Birthday

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Saturday, Mar 17 – St Patrick’s Day

Coffee Tour / Membership Drive starting from Post 655

Saint Patrick's Day Dance and Karaoke; Mansfield Post 624 at 8pm

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Sunday, Mar 18 – Chili Cook-off at Post 569

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SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE THEATER March 21, 2018 @ 6:00PM — 8:00PM

Tarrant County Veterans Council,

 I’m writing on behalf of Texas Ballet Theater to invite your members to a special event that we are holding next week here in our Fort Worth studios.

 

Texas Ballet Theater will be performing a piece entitled Mozart Requiem, along with another work, during Easter weekend at Bass Hall. Our Artistic Director, Mr. Ben Stevenson, created Mozart Requiem after being impacted by words shared with him by a U.S. army soldier who served in Afghanistan. The dancers who will be performing this piece expressed an interest to our staff to hold a special evening with a performance of this piece in honor of men and women who currently or have previously served our country, as well as a time to meet them, speak with them, and hear their stories. They realize that the meaning of this piece goes deeper than just outwardly portraying a role, and they are sincerely interested in interacting with those who have made a sacrifice greater than they could understand without meeting them and hearing from them personally.

 

Details are below, and I am happy to answer any questions that you have. The evening will be casual, with a rehearsal performance of the piece followed by a time to enjoy some light refreshments and for audience and dancers to speak with one another if they wish.

 

On behalf of Texas Ballet Theater, please accept our sincerest thanks for your service. We hope that you’ll join us.

 https://texasballettheater.networkforgood.com/events/5934-march-3-21-18-in-studio

 

Best,


Catherine Roe

Community Enrichment Coordinator

817.763.0207 ex. 103

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--- Public Relations

April 28 Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Several Veterans Organizations are participating in this event.

We, The Twelfth District, have a booth, all we need are folks to attend the event, have fun and show folks who we are.

Visit the Hops and Props Facebook Page for the latest news and Earlybird tickets. 
CLICK HERE to download a flyer.  

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--- New events to add to your calendar:

Apr 7 (Saturday) – Mission 22 Support ride; Start (8:00 am) and Finish at Post 379

 

--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

2018 Don't mess with Texas® Scholarship

The Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and communities. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school in Texas may apply. One $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded this May. Apply now!
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--- From the City of Fort Worth

FWPD recognized for adopting best practices for law enforcement

The Fort Worth Police Department has been honored by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation's recognition program. The statewide honor assures residents that the PD is operating in line with the most current law enforcement practices.

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--- From the Stare of Texas

State updates fish consumption advisory for Lake Worth, portions of Trinity River

Concentrations of the pollutants in certain fish exceed state health guidelines and pose a risk to people who consume them.

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Stay safe with natural gas

Atmos Energy urges: Use all your senses to recognize a gas leak. Be aware of what to do and how to prevent incidents involving natural gas pipelines.

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3/7/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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March 6 - Proclamation - Governor Abbott Proclaims March 2018 to be Women’s History Month

March 8 – International Women's Day

March 4–10 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW),

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School District Map – Attached is the Tarrant County map discussed at the Commanders Call for recruiting areas.

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Please click on your post  WEB and SOCIAL page information at the bottom and let me know any changes!

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ATTENTION POST COMMANDERS AND ADJUTANTS:

The Annual Post Data Report has been mailed from Department.  This report has to be completed, signed and back to Department by April 15th 2018.

This is the form you use to increase your post's annual dues, change your address for the post add/delete/change address, website, phone numbers. 

IF a post fails to submit this report, their membership package for 2019 will be delayed. 

This is the 1st of 3 annual reports each post has to submit to Department. 

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to the American Legion. 

 

Bill Deal

Commander 12th District 

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--- This week:

Friday, Mar 9 - Post 569 Spring Fling 2018

Let’s shake off the cold weather at the Post 569 Spring Fling 2018 featuring Sammy Perez and the Fender Benders from 7 to 11 pm.

Let’s enjoy the great music and camaraderie of our fellow District members!

Contact Mary Gunter if you have any questions.  601-940-1024 Mary.Gunter@fwisd.org

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Saturday, Mar 10Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 - Daylight Savings Time starts; set your clocks ahead one hour.

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--- Happenings:

Mar 17 (Sat) – Coffee Tour / Membership Drive starting from Post 655

Download the schedule and welcome folks to your post.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Must pre-register by March 7, 2018 to receive free lunch at the Mar 21 Arlington Aging Well Expo

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-- From The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Staff 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the President signed into law S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Click here to read Issue 2 of the VWC SITREP, which highlights National Vietnam War Veterans Day and some of the exciting events that will take place on that day.  Our Tarrant County Veterans Council is a Commemorative Partner.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Funding partnership makes riding Molly the Trolley free again

Fort Worth residents and visitors will now be able to ride around downtown for free on Trinity Metro's Molly the Trolley.

The popular trolley runs every 15 minutes from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free service restarts March 1.

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--- From Your Hubmaster:

Lots of our public contact information at Department (State) level is out of date.  Please check the list below to be sure it is the one you want to use.  I am sending Bill West an updated list for our district.  Current list at Department: www.txlegion.org/links/

Reply to this email with any changes

Arlington 60 - Bad webpage( no slash at end),  no Facebook listed

Use: www.americanlegionpost60texas.org/   -   www.facebook.com/groups/BubbaonhisHarley/about/

Azle 356 – Add webpage:  www.post356.12dis.org/ - No Facebook page (delete)

*Bedford 379 – DOUBLE ENTRY – see below (Bad Facebook page)

Benbrook 297 – post not listed (need to add) Add www.post297.12dis.org/ - www.facebook.com/alapost297/

Fort Worth 14 – no post listed (In process of reactivation)

Fort Worth 516 - Bad webpage, use: www.post516.org - No Facebook page

Fort Worth 569 – no webpage -Facebook good www.facebook.com/americanlegionpost569

Fort Worth 626 – all good: txlegion626.org - Facebook www.facebook.com/Txlegion626

Fort Worth 838 – Add webpage: www.americanlegion838.weebly.com/ Facebook good: www.facebook.com/emanuel.l.young.7

Haltom City 655 - Add webpage: www.post655.org/ - Good Facebook: www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Post-655-208161965863270/

*Hurst-Euless- Bedford 379 – webpage good hebtxpost379.org - Needs Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/125243774198731/

Mansfield 624 - webpage good:  www.post624.org - Facebook good: www.facebook.com/MansfieldALPost624/?hc_location=ufi

Saginaw 467 - Add webpage: www.post467.12dis.org/ - No Facebook page (delete)

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3/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week:

Thursday, Mar 1 – Veterans Job Fair in Arlington AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 76011; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Friday, Mar 2– Texas Independence Day

Today is the last day for early voting

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Saturday, Mar 3 Navy Reserves Birthday

American Legion Leadership Course, Phase 1.

Location: Haltom City Post 655

Time: Course check-in will begin at 7:30 am; class will begin at 8:00 am and end around 5:30 pm.

(No breakfast this Saturday but lunch will be provided for participants)

Cost: $25.00 at the door

Description

The Texas American Legion College, Basic Course will held in Haltom City at American Legion Post 655.

Topics covered will be Public Relations, Legislative Priorities, Manual of Ceremonies, Americanism, Children & Youth Programs, Leadership and Post Officers.

This session is limited to 75 Legionnaires.

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Monday, Mar 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

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Tuesday, Mar 6 – Local Primary Elections, poles open 7am to 7pm

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--- Coming events:

Mar 9 (Friday) - Post 569 Spring Fling 2018

Let’s shake off the cold weather at the Post 569 Spring Fling 2018 featuring Sammy Perez and the Fender Benders from 7 to 11 pm.

Let’s enjoy the great music and camaraderie of our fellow District members!

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--- From Your Hubmaster:

We have many discrepancies in our district’s listing of web and Facebook links at Department.

It is important that we keep these up to date so folks can find us.

The person who publishes a Homepage on the Internet supporting and/or promoting The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of The American Legion or any of their programs, is responsible for notifying the Department and National Headquarters of The American Legion in writing of such page’s existence and providing the National Headquarters with the page’s URL.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Learn the basics of water conservation

Series of free monthly programs offer savings in water and money.

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2/22/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24, 2018

Ah yes, Future Farmers of America activities, those WERE the good old days.

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--- This week:

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Friday, Feb 23 – Dinner by Squadron 655 at 6:30 pm

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Saturday, Feb 24 – Post 60 Legion recruiting table at Elks 150 Anniversary Event 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson; 7:00 PM at Post 838

            Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:30 pm

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Sunday, Feb 25 - American Rodeo in Arlington TX

RFD-TV and the Texas FFA have partnered on the promotion of the American Rodeo, the world's largest one-day rodeo event! On February 25th, the event will take over Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, Texas for this world class exhibition of competitive events and sportsmanship. More importantly, our friends at RFD-TV are offering a special deal just for FFA members, teachers, family and supporters. Enter the code “FFAFAM” in the offer code section and you’ll receive 4 tickets for the price of 3. Click here to buy tickets!

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 655 recognized as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year for 2017 , Feb. 1, 2018

Post 379 Auxiliary-Mardi Gras, Feb. 17, 2018

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--- FYI:

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Print Out Your VA Welcome Kit

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

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The VetCo Resource Guide* is given in honor of all the Veterans who have served to protect our country and freedom.  The sacrifices you and your family have made during and after your service are inspiring and we understand how these sacrifices can continue to impact your life.  Click on a service category to find services in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and/or Wise counties using our searchable Online Resource Guide. Use our interactive map to find service providers near you.

Download a PDF copy for print. 

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See something? Say something

Fort Worth residents can help local authorities mitigate the possibility of a local terrorist act by reporting suspicious actions or behavior to local law enforcement agencies. Help Fort Worth by reporting suspicious activities and actions.

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2/14/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

 

--- This week:

Feb 16 (Friday) – Dinner by Unit 655 at 6:30 pm

Feb 17 (Saturday) – MARDI GRAS TIME and MASK CONTEST at HEB Post 379

            Valentines Day Dance; Mansfield Post 624 at 8 pm

Feb 19 (Monday) – Presidents Day

Feb 20 - Early Voting starts

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Now on line and attached:

The Twelfth District MEMBERSHIP TOUR SCHEDULE for MARCH 17, 2018

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--- Mansfield Post gone public!

Mansfield American Legion Post 624 has a public page if you are interested in liking & joining. All the current events are being posted to it.

They have lots of events coming up, check it out.  This is now the link on the District 12 homepage also.

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--- From National

Feb. list of Legion member discounts.

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Severe weather season is approaching. Are you ready?

Sign up for Nixle alerts and receive emergency text messages directly to a cellphone or email. Your participation may be a critical advantage in an emergency situation.

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2/9/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Proclamation Feb 9 (attached)

Governor Abbott Proclaims February 2018 To Be African-American History Month

Feb 24 – Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson; 7:00 PM at Post 838

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--- From Our District Commander:

Post 655 is in need of your help.  We have a video security system that has decided to take a break. Sadly enough we have no members who have experience working on this type of system.  

If anyone out there has the experience or knows of someone who does would you please contact Bill Deal at 817 287-8872 or just reply to this email.

God Bless and thank you.

Bill Deal 

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--- This week:

Friday, Feb 9 – Wrestling 7:30 pm at Post 655

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Saturday, Feb 10

Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Valentines Day Dance at Post 655 – 8:00 pm

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Sunday,  Feb 11 – Jazz Monsters 6:00 pm at Post 655

Feb 14 – Valentines Day

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

Post 379 Legion-Canteen Games, Jan. 28, 2018

Post 379 Clean up Party, Feb. 3, 2018

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33rd annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup and Earth Party promote litter-free Fort Worth

Participants can choose their own public location to clean, or can choose one of eight predesignated cleanup hubs. After the cleanup, head to the Earth Party. The event goes on March 24; registration runs through Feb. 28.

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2/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Feb 4 (Sunday) – Scout Sunday

USO Birthday & Four Chaplains Day (first Sunday in February)

Superbowl 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Monday, Feb 5th

Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at HEB Post 379

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Monday, February 5th at 5:00pm, is the Voter Registration Deadline for the 2018 Primary Elections

Voter registration applications are available on the county's website and are available through the mail by calling the Elections Office at 817-831-8683. Voter registration applications are also available at area sub-courthouses, city halls, libraries, and post offices in Tarrant County.

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Tarrant County Elections is hiring

Tarrant County Elections needs poll workers to ensure the March 6 primary runs smoothly. (These are paid positions.)

Election Workers work at the polls on Election Day and during early voting to ensure voters are able to exercise their rights in an honest and well-organized manner. Tarrant County needs approximately 2,500 Election Workers for each general election. To get more information visit Tarrant County Elections

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--- From the City of Fort Worth February is Warrant Forgiveness Month

The City of Fort Worth Municipal Court is declaring February, 'Warrant Forgiveness Month.' The Court is inviting anyone who has outstanding citations with the Court to participate in this initiative to help resolve their cases from Feb. 5-March 2.

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--- From Congressman Michael Burgess

 The Department of Homeland Security has information on how to prepare for events ranging from extreme weather to chemical accidents. To learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, please visit www.ready.gov.

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--- From the Texas Co-op Power magazine February 2018 edition WORTH REPEATING

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

—GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER,

a former slave turned botanist who revolutionized agriculture by inventing new uses for such crops as peanuts and soybeans, producing adhesives, bleach, buttermilk, ink, shoe polish, synthetic rubber, pavement and more. February 11 is National Inventors’ Day.

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1/24/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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--- This week:

Jan 28 (Sunday) - Canteen Games at Post 379; registration 1:00 pm - $5.00 entry fee

Lots of work being done at Post 379; see the pictures on their Facebook page

See a panoramic 360 degree view in Google Maps, click on the picture below the picture of the building.

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--- Coming events:

 

Feb 4 (Sunday) – nothing happening?

Scout Sunday

USO Birthday

Four Chaplains Day

Superbowl 2018

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Feb 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at HEB Post 379

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Emanuel L. Young American Legion Post 838 presents

Black History Celebration with Guest Speaker, Dr. Frank Jackson

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--- From Our District Commander:

Please send to our Dist Family.

Attachment:

American Legion National Commander issues statement on re-opening federal government

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Efforts beginning to earn Dementia Friendly City designation

Join Councilmember Brian Byrd in the official kickoff of Fort Worth's entry into earning the Dementia Friendly City designation. The kickoff event will be 9-11 a.m. Jan. 27.

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Join Mayor Price in the Community Challenge for fitness

Fort Worth faces a tough battle with Plano to see which community can best demonstrate its commitment to healthy living. Register online, then help Fort Worth earn points.

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1/17/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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2017 - Another great year SPREAD THE WORD

These are just the events that we got pictures to link or upload.

http://www.12dis.org/scrapbook.html

Still room for more!

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

American Legion 12th District Oratorical Competition, Jan. 13, 2018

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--- This week:

January 20th at Post 297

We are having a "fond farewell" luncheon for Cat Jones on Saturday, January 20th at Post 297 at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome, please bring a side dish and RSVP to Dollie Norton at 817-723-5325

Shay Kuehner
American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Vice President

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Fridays are 50% off for seniors at the Legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo! Grounds admission is just $5 for anyone 65 and older.

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--- From Our District Commander:

Well it appears we all survived the holidays 

With that being said it is time for us all to get back to taking care of our posts. 

I am again asking all Commander's to double check to ensure membership transmittal are being submitted at least weekly. The 12th District has dropped from #3 in the Department to #6.  Some posts have not submitted a transmittal in over 60 days.

Please ensure your Adjutant is signed up to use mylegion and is checking "Members Renewed on line.   When a member renews on line, the post must send the member his new membership card. You DO NOT send in the other parts to department on a transmittal.  Just right on these parts, "O/L" and file it.

 

Thank you all for your service.

 

Bill Deal 

Commander 

12th District

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Celebrate the Year of the Dog!

The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated festival in SE Asia and it’s time to celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year in Precinct 2! If you haven’t ventured out to experience the food, music and cultural traditions of the Far East, you are truly missing out. Parking for all events is FREE as is admission to most of the events. Dates are listed below. Click on the links for additional information:

Ben Thanh Plaza—Friday/Saturday/Sunday—February 9th, 10th and 11th

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1/11/18 District 12 Update

Howdy Folks,

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Today, January 11 is National Milk Day, and while it’s not exactly a well-known holiday (nobody we know gets today off!), we feel it’s definitely worth celebrating with the  515,000 milk cows in Texas according to the Dept of Agricultures estimate in July 2017.

https://hollywoodlife.com/2018/01/11/got-milk-ads-vintage-pics/

http://www.nmpf.org/events/national-milk-day-0

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Saturday, Jan 13

Honor city's aviation innovation at First Flight Day

First Flight Park commemorates the site where Fort Worth's first powered flight took place in January 1911. Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 13 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

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Monday, Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. Learn more.

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MLK Day of Service in Arllington

January 15th

Make it a day on, not a day off!  Commemorate Martin Luther King (January 15th) by joining people of all ages, service organizations, schools, fraternities, sororities and churches to work together to make a positive impact on our community! Meet up at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex to get tools, supplies and assignments.

The first 200 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

Continental breakfast for volunteers provided by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. See you there!

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--- FULFILLING OUR MISSION:

From Bruce Zielsdorf, Post 626 on 1/10/18

A Legionnaire’s salute to Post 626 Judge Advocate Collin Andrus for helping a 91-year-old WWII veteran and fellow Marine as he’s awarded his long-overdue Purple Heart. Watch and read about the moving ceremony from CBS DFW Channel 11 at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/01/09/retired-marine-purple-heart

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--- New event to add to your calendar:

Worlds only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza

Saturday, March 17th at 1:00pm

Downtown Mansfield, Texas

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 --- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Moving forward into 2018, while we have had many successes, challenges are looming. Tarrant County added over 35,000 residents last year, topping two million in population and is expected to add one million more by 2035. Keeping three million people moving, living, working, learning, and thriving requires proactive leadership and frugal stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

 

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE

This is an election year starting with the primaries on March 6th. Take the time to educate yourself on the candidates and where they stand on issues important to you. Then VOTE in all your local elections! Your city council person, school board trustee, mayor, et al, will someday be your senator, congressman, or governor.

You can also visit the Tarrant County Elections Department website to find out where to vote early and on Election Day, view a sample ballot, and review ID Requirements. If you have any trouble, please contact our office directly at 817-548-3900.

NOTE: Generally, primaries are in March; city/school board elections in May; and county/state/federal elections in November.

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1/7/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks,

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Jan 8 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Sure is quiet in the neighborhood, just funerals and memorial services.

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--- From Our District Commander:

Happy New Year to all.  I hope we all are keeping our New Years Resolutions.   

Question for you.  Are you a WWII or Korean War Vet?

                               If so would you like to go to a free lunch in your honor in Bedford?

Adam Smith Harley-Davidson in Bedford has reached out to me to see if we have any WWII or Korean War Vets.  Adam Smith HD wants to honor you and your service by hosting a luncheon at their Bedford location.  The date has not been set as I don't have a list of you that would like to attend.

If you are interested in attending this luncheon,  please let me know ASAP via this email or give me a call at 817 287 8872.

Thank you for your service.

 

Bill Deal

Commander

12th District

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Kick off 2018 with Stock Show, MLK Day parades (Posted Jan. 4, 2018)

Two upcoming parades celebrate the rich heritage and traditions of Fort Worth. You won’t want to miss these events:

 

Fort Worth Stock Show Parade

The Fort Worth Stock Show’s All Western Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in downtown Fort Worth. Nearly 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. Plenty of horses and other livestock can be seen — but no motorized vehicles are allowed.

The parade starts at the corner of Weatherford and Main streets and ends at Houston and Bluff streets.

To reserve parade seating, contact the ticket office at 817-877-2420 and keep your seat ticket because it also serves as general admission to the Stock Show grounds any day during the 23-day run (rodeo performances are not included).

Learn about all the western activities coming up at the Stock Show, Jan. 12-Feb. 3.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. Learn more.

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--- From Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

MLK Day of Service

January 15th

Make it a day on, not a day off!  Commemorate Martin Luther King (January 15th) by joining people of all ages, service organizations, schools, fraternities, sororities and churches to work together to make a positive impact on our community! Meet up at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex to get tools, supplies and assignments.

The first 200 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

Continental breakfast for volunteers provided by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. See you there!

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AGING WELL EXPO

March 21, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. –  Arlington Convention Center

The 2018 Aging Well Expo is scheduled for next March and sponsorships are now being accepted. Sponsorship and additional information can be found on the city's website. You can also email Kelly Geer at Kelly.Geer@arlingtontx.gov or our office at commissionerprecinct2@tarrantcounty.com.

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1/1/18 District 12 Update

"NO LONGER A SECRET-SPREAD THE WORD" 

Howdy Folks and HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Some sad news from Post 516

In the past weeks we have lost three valued family members to Post Everlasting:

Dottie was an ALA officer, Willie Jr. was a SAL member and Allen was a Post officer.

 

From the Commander today 1/1/18:

I found out last night (Sunday) that Dottie Mayo passed about 3:30 p.m. yesterday 12/31. As soon as I know about service arrangements I'll forward the information.

Willie Mulley Jr. passed on Saturday 12/30. Once arrangements are set I'll let you everyone know.

Allen Collet passed on 12/22.  Services are on Tuesday 1/2/2018 at 11:30 am at Greenwood Funeral Home in Ft. Worth.

 

Glen Moore

Commander

American Legion Post 516

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--- Coming events:

Jan 8 (next Monday) - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Jan 13 (Saturday) – District Oratorical Contest, noon at Post 356

(See next item)

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--- From our Americanism Chairman Joseph Campbell:

District Oratorical Contest

During the next update, please request that posts notify me by Friday, 05 January if they have anyone competing in the District Oratorical Contest or not. Thanks in advance.

 

Joseph Campbell

808.646.0460

iokepa789@gmail.com

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--- New Pictures (in our scrapbook):

HEB ALA Unit 379 Christmas Party, Dec. 20, 2017

Finally finished the entire parade, click on the link if you want to see all the fun.

Legion Family in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade, Nov 11, 2017

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--- Community

Squadron 379 Josh Dogs Programs

Squadron 379 Josh Dogs Programs at Ft Worth Cooks Children Medical Center do a wonderful job.

They send out 4 boxes a year and folks are welcome to join in.

See the attached letter to see how much good it does.

 

Send along my info if anybody wants to contact me on this matter

Squadron Adjutant 379

Danny Fallon

djfallon@sbcglobal.net

attachment: Josh Thank You (1).docx

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--- From the City of Fort Worth

Volunteers needed for Jan. 25 homeless count

12/28/2017 12:00 AM CST

Annual enumeration begins after shelters end intake for the night.

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--- Passed on from my cousin Shirley:

A number of you may have attended one of Bob Hope’s shows.  This time of the year always reminds me of this great American with a heart and soul for the American military!

 Subject:  Bob Hope... It's Priceless
He would never be allowed to perform with his acts, today.

Girls, short skirts, off colored jokes, religious Christmas songs, all politically incorrect.

GREAT GREAT MAN.

This will most likely be the very best ten minutes of your day, hope you all enjoy this great AMERICAN PATRIOT.

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Here's a history lesson for today

Alan Alda first saw Bob Hope in WWII. Until the day he died his Dad never ever missed a Bob Hope special.  Alan remembered him laughing and

crying at every show but he never understood why.  Now he knows.

A little travel back in time.

Warning; this might make your eyes wet!  Those were the days.....jokes were funny, not disgusting.......and the girls were dressed to make them look pretty, not vulgar...

This is some priceless footage..... This is a great e-mail.  It makes me thankful that I am old enough to have lived in the time of Bob Hope.

http://biggeekdad.com/2011/02/ bob-
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The Making of a Leader in a Great Organization by Sylvia Chess January 4, 2017

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! READ THIS! LEADERSHIP ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

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