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Good day Legionnaires...Well my hope for last year at this 6me was to be back in full swing of activities, didn’t happen!! I hope
everyone that wants to be immunized has been by now and that alone should help you to get back into some normal activities. The Post has resumed in person meetings, supplemented with Zoom, for any-
one that can’t come to meetings, so you can still know what’s going on and have your voice heard. Welcome to our new members of the American Legion, I hope you are able to find some way to serve
veterans in need and yourself. Poppy letters will be sent out but no selling at doors again this year. Memorial Day activities are still cancelled at Greenwood, but we have decided to do our outdoor
ones at the Renton Senior Center and Mt Olivet Cemetery. Notification will be sent in mid-May as to time. Have not heard anything about Renton River Days for this summer. Take the time to look at the
calendar to see what activities you would like to participate in. The Post has 2 social events each month. Café Vets the 3rd Thursday of every month, except December, 1000 - 1200. Come enjoy coffee,
light snacks, and great conversation. And towards the end of the month there is a potluck dinner or dining out, sometimes we don’t know where we are going 6ll that month. You don’t have to come to
the Post meetings to participate in the social events. If you have any ideas what we can do socially please contact me. There is a hall usage policy in place, if you need space for no greater than 80
people, consider the Post Hall.
Lastly I would like to share a Thank you card from a daughter, Honor Guard did her father’s service at Tahoma. This is the reason what few volunteers we have for this very important service do this twice a month and sometimes three times
To The American Legion: We wanted to write to you and thank you for presiding over the funeral of my dad, Ronald W Haws, on 12-29-20 @ 1330. My Mom & I were overwhelmed by the respect, the attention to detail, the touching prayer, the beautiful poem recited, the moving taps played by the bugler, and the honor of the volley. Thank you for being that link between veterans, who are both here & gone on, to carry on the memory of our loved one and to remind us of how interconnected we are. May God continue to bless your work, your brothers & sister in arms, and yourselves. A memorial service brings so much comfort to the families of those who have passed (especially since we were able to photograph & video record it), however, I commend you for the strength you have to share in our sorrows as well as the myriad of other memorials you must preside over. I am enclosing some photos as our thank you. (At the Post). With warmest regards & deepest appreciation, the family of Ronald W Haws.
Please consider joining the Honor Guard if you are able, even a once a month commitment helps. Be Safe, FOR GOD AND
Patty Hurst Reese - Commander
ADJUTANT’S DESK – James Wilhoit
Kudos to High School student Swadesh Sistla, whom our Post sent to the Dept. of WA Constitutional Speech Contest in Ephrata March 13th. Swadesh won the com- petition. Unfortunately there is no National Contest this year due to COVID-19, but he will receive some very helpful scholarship money to use for his college tuition. And speaking of scholarships, we had four excellent candidates this year and selected Alex DeBartolo of Hazen H. S. to receive the Post’s $2,500 prize to use towards tuition at Cal Poly where he will pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering. Alex is the younger brother of Therese DeBartolo, who received the Post scholarship in 2017. We hope to have Alex and his family at a future meeting. Lastly, we were unable to hold our annual Law & Order Night this year to honor young Renton resident Mark Predki, whom the Post nominated for the Dept.’s Humanitarian & Lifesaving Award for his actions extinguishing a fire and preventing it from spreading last year. Mark was not selected by the Dept. for the award but the Post has sent him a certificate and our challenge coin.
Our Post sponsors four scouting units: Boy Scout Troop 498 (40 youths), Cub Scout Pack 468 (30 youths), and Venture Crew 498 (10 youths). The Venture group just started in 2017 and is made up of both boys and girls, and they meet at the Post on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. If you’d like to get involved with the Scouts, contact Scouting Chair Tom Mechler, 425-255-0922, Tmechler2@gmail.com
My name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired). I am a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion. I
am reaching out to you to see if you can post to your website an annual scholarship we are sponsoring for a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full time student. The
award is for $1000.
It is named in honor of Captain James Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington State in 2015. The following is the link to the website: CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship. I was James’ Army ROTC Professor of Military Science when he was a cadet at the University of California Riverside.
Thanks so much for your help with letting your members know about this scholarship.
LTC Rob Kirklan
FOR INVALID VETERANS
The Post has Medical Support Equipment includ- ing Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Crutches and Shower Chairs. Any member can borrow any of these. items at no cost just by contacting the Chaplain or the Adjutant and showing their Membership card at the time of pick up.
We still need a couple more legionnaires to volunteer for the Honor Guard at the National Cemetery. We go there on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays of each month. The Post supplies some clothing. Call John King at 425-432-0631 for more information.