The EchoVETERANSJuly, Augustand September2019HELPINGVETERANSthe Official NewsletterAmerican Legion Frierson NicholsPost 8 Winter Haven Fl.AMERICAN LEGIONFRIERSON NICHOLS POST 8ESTABLISHED JUNE 3, 1919POST 8 WOMEN’S AUXILIARYESTABLISHED AUGUST 24, 1924Squadron 8,Sons of the American LegionJoins Post 8 February 19, 1976ISSUE 7—19For God and Country

GREETINGSFrom the desk of the Commander:CommanderMike O’ Callaghan1st Vice CommanderBill Butler2nd Vice CommanderDave Ergott3rd Vice CommanderDebra LaBelleAdjutantJohn SmithFinance OfficerEd McnultyChaplainDavid GrassSgt. at ArmsFred KnippenbergHistorianRon FraserJudge AdvocateJerry LaBelleService OfficerDan JarvisI hope everyone is enjoying our hot Floridaweather! We have just returned from DepartmentConvention and ready to start another great year.I would like to welcome our incoming Officers, newand old. We have completed some projects andhave a few more to finish. We should be very proudof our beautiful Post.We didn’t quite hit our 100% membership this year.Hopefully we can get it done this year! I am askingevery member to bring one or more potential member in for a tour of our Post and maybe enjoy agreat lunch on the deck!I am starting my 5th year as your Commander. Wecan make Post #8 one of the best in Florida withyour help!Thank you all for your support and understanding.Welcome back to all our northern friends. I hopeeveryone had a great Christmas and a Happy NewYear.Thank you,For God and CountryMike O’Callaghan, CommanderFRAN

New Members and transfersWELCOME TO POST 8Walter KangasMort O. WestcottClarence W. SchraderEdward S. KubikLouis DeSantisR. ThorpeDale D. BrownJeromy J. LaBelleEdwin CieslukRichard DayMark CarlsonValerie KochGreg MarolniakRonald FalzaranoFrederick D. WilsonLinda ParsonsJohnny L. AbneyThomas GlennRoy NicholsGuy R. Hassele, jr.Rocky S. ChioearJack A. SmithDennis L ZumwaltHubert L. McKeeJack L. ZelsmanRobert P. MartlettLloyd WeeksRonald ValentinoHarry SuttonTimothy De WitteKenneth HarrellWilliam C. WardDaniel H. ScherzerJustin Paul HogueGordon S. McGinnisDalbert E. Whitten, Jr.Richard g. HallerDavid A. BurnhamCharles L. StoreyJohn B. CarmanJohn C. CorwinSamantha MartinRichard C. WaltersGerald SlatteryRobert A. WhynotRobert N. WoodEugene GarleyDaniel K. KocherJoin UsGREETINGSHello fellow legionnaires and family members,Here we are starting our 3rd quarter with agoal of 1500 plus members for the 20192020 season. We are asking all our established members to help us achieve ourgoal of 100% for this year. Please ask your neighbor orfriend to join out post. We need your help in order to makethis goal, with your help we can do it!As you can notice the new windows have been installed.We have just a few more smaller items to finish up to complete our renovations.Thank you for your support and patience during our renovations.For God and CountryBill Butler, 1st Vice CommanderADJUTANT REPORTHello to all,Wow, we have been busy over the summer making thepost a nicer place for you to come to and relax. The renovations are complete, and the post looks great.This year, we are striving to meet our goal of 100% membership, and we need your help. Please renew early, and ifyou know of anyone who is a veteran, ask them to comejoin us. We need help promoting all of community services that the Legion provides to our community.I want to thank each and everyone of our members fortheir continued support. It has been our pleasure to serveyou and to make our post a place you can be proud of.Did you know that you now can receive the Echo on our website: www.americanlegionpost8.orgFor God and CountryJohn Smith Adjutant

Honor GuardWell the year has just finished and we have been very busy.The Honor Guard provided in excess of 100 funeral or memorial services for Post members or Polk County residents.These services were provided at various cemeteries or chapels throughout the county as well as the National cemeteriesat Bushnell and Sarasota. We utilized over 1000 people andtraveled more than 3100 miles.In addition, we held over 25 flag etiquette or colors presentations. The classes provided information on the proper way aflag is to be treated, displayed, and folded as well as a historylesson on the flags origins as our national symbol. We presented colors for a variety of organizations or groups such asSpecial Olympics, Pughsville annual celebration, 911 remembrance in Winter Haven and other military and civic organizations.All in all we had a very busy year and I would like to thank themembers of the Honor Guard for their dedication and willingness to provide these services.CommanderJohn Paye, Jr.1st Vice CommanderJohn Weems, Jr.AdjutantDaniel HeierFinance OfficerMike O’CallaghanChaplainBrian McDonaldFor God and Country,Sgt. At ArmsJack BuntingEd McNultyHonor Guard CaptainHistorianDavid BuntingJudge AdvocateJim TuckerED MCNULTYJERRY LA BELLEBRUCE ZELONKYRON WLODARCZAKDEBRA LA BELLEJOHN PAYE, JRFRED KNIPPENBERGSTAN QUAINTANCEJIM WARFCAPTAIN1st LT.1ST LT. QUARTER MASTER2ND LT.CHAPLAINW.O. FINANCE1ST SGTDIRECTORDIRECTORLEGION TAG AGENCYHELP SUPPORT OUR VETERANS BY UTILIZING THE LEGIONTAG AGENCY FOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS AND RENEWALS.FOR FAST CONVENIENT SERVICE COME TO THE LEGION TAGAGENCY LOCATED ADJACENT TO POST 8.Post 8 telephoneLegion Tag Agency(863) 293-7029(863) 293-5551

Upcoming EventsLabor Day Monday September 2ndfrom 1—3 pmthe auxiliary will be providingPulled chicken & Pulled porkMembers DiscountsAuto RentalAlamoEnterpriseNationalFinancial & InsuranceBring a dish to shareMutual of Omaha & USAADJ Davie on the deckMedicalNovember 2nd 12—9 PMConcert on the WaterFeaturing 5 bandsTo benefit theArts Ensemble of Winter Haven&PTSDAmplifon Hearing Health CareCVS CaremarkLifeStationMoving & RelocationNorth American Van LinesPost DiscountsOffice Depot/Office MaxRetailOffice Depot/Office MaxTravel & LodgingGOV Vacation RewardsMotel 6Veterans HolidaysWyndham Hotels & Resorts

Post 8 CaféAUXILIARY UNIT 8Open Monday thru Friday11AM to 3 PMMonday & Wednesday Evening5 PM to 8 PMOFFICERSJoint installation of OfficersJuly 8th @ 5 PMPresident1st Vice President2nd Vice PresidentSecretaryTreasurerChaplainHistorianSgt. At ArmsJr Past PresidentAudra AndersonJanice ChumneyLoraine (Bird) AnthonyJoann O’CallaghanBonnie WillardGustine BoydJoAnn O’CallaghanCarolyn KostalJanice ChumneyExecutive CommitteeNancy Fosie, June Dutcher & Lorraine AnthonyJr. Past President Louise MillerMarine Corps LeagueHeart of FloridaDetachment # 1107U.S. SeabeesVeterans of AmericaIsland x-2Meetings at 7 PM atAmerican Legion Post 8On the 4th Thursday of the monthExcept November & DecemberWhen it is on the 3rd WednesdayMeetings on the2nd Saturday of each monthFor information callJohn Blount @ 407 760-1407OrKevin [email protected] 813 695-62034632 S. Florida AvenueLakeland, FLFor information call863 647-1616Or863 299-0009Our Snow Birds have left us and we miss them. We arelooking forward to them coming back.Our fish dinners will still be continued in July, August,September but we will only be having one each month.The dates will be July 12th, August 9th, and September27th. We will pick back up with two each month in October.We will still be doing the 50/50 raffle on 1st and 2ndWednesday and Friday of each month. We appreciateeveryone that contributes to the raffle as the money goesto our veterans and their families.Our Department Convention will be June 27, 28, & 29. OnJuly 13th we will be installing our new officers. Our newofficers are Audra Andersen President, Janice Chumney1st Vice, Lorraine Anthony 2nd Vice, Bonnie Willard Treasurer, Gustine Boyd Chaplain, Joanne O’Callaghan Historian, June Dutcher, Barb Duckstein and Nancy Fosie Executive Committee.Watch for our next Echo as we will begin our busy yearstarting in October.For God and CountryJanice ChumneyAuxiliary President

Greetings from your TDYHello from the new improved TDY Clubroom. As youknow we are in the middle of the dog days of Sumersweating it out with the rest of the local peeps. Ournew remodel seems to be working out fine with a fewtweaks. Things are going along famously with tryingout some new groups and hopefully getting somenew entertainment on Saturday nights to appeal tonew young members. Also me being and executivemember of the Aux. we have decided to try and dosomething on Labor day to appeal to those who wantto celebrate the holiday. Hopefully we will get agood turnout. Still holding our own with Bingo onMonday Night and of course the Shumates are stillpacking the place for Karaoke on Wed. nights. WellI am late with this article so will close for now. Wecontinue to appreciate your support over these summer days and look forward to seeing all our Winterfriends in the very near future See ya soon!For God and Country .June Dutcher TDY ClubroomLegion RidersPhilip SchmitzJimmie NewmanJoe SwaderMichelle PrindleLarry DayOpenDirectorAsst DirectorFinanceSecretarySgt. At ArmsRoad CaptainPennies“If you look after the pennies,the dollars will look after themselves”.J.R.Al & Flo GeaseyStan & NancyBarbaraLisa 1.58 11.50 .18 8.30 1.00Joe BaileyGeorgeJohn WeemsEd HookFred 7.85 1.12 2.00 1.00 1.13Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. EpictetusThank you one and all for your Kindness. We build a better tomorrow by what we do today.

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