Travis Post 76 Newsletters 1994

January 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Our Christmas Dinner Meeting proved to be a wonderful beginnig to the Holiday Season. Bill Montandon played the piano as everyone joined in the singing of Christmas songs familiar to this time of the year. To everyone who brought chips, dips, salads and desserts we say--Thank You! To Dean Smith, our Manager, who decorated both the Post outside and inside plus the tables, etc., Thank You! To my wife who spent the previous Sunday afternoon mixing punches and making salad and Monday cutting meats and cheeses plus decorating the trays and arranging those meats and cheeses, I say Thank You and I Love You! I hope that next year every member of our Post will join together at this festive Christmas occasion.
P.S. To Bill Montandon for playing the piano and Avadne who provided the song sheets, Thank You!
The American Legion Mid-Winter Conference is 3-6 February, 1994.This is a good time to attend various sessions and learn more about your American Legion. It is also a good time to meet other Legionnaires and their Ladies.
By the time this bulletin arrives at your home, 1994 will be at its beginning. When we reach its end, may your every wish and dream be fulfilled and may everyone feel better because you touched their life in some caring way.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

A married couple were having a disagreement. The wife said,"You're impossible!" "No," replied the husband, "I'm next to impossible."
Or better still...Wife: "What do you love most about me, my natural beauty or my great body?" Husband "Your sense of humor."
And then there are children and grandchildren to consider... Exasperated mother to child at the dinner table: "Eat it dear, pretend it's mud."
and or...Sign in school: "In case of nuclear attack, the federal ruling concerning prayer in the building will be temporarily suspended!"
least, but no less...Little boy in a letter to his grandmother: "Dear Grandma: I am sorry I forgot your birthday last week.It would serve me right if you forgot mine next Tuesday."
A sense of humor may be the best medicine to begin this time of the year. Let's step off into 1994 in good humor, fellowship and appreciation of the lighter side of ourselves---always remembering Gods goodness in each of our fellow Legionnaires and Auxillary members.

From the Managers
It is a joy to be with you as manager. I appreciate all the calls and accolades. I will try to improve in every category during year.
As Manager I thank you! A a fellow Legionnaire I challenge you to be more active in your Legion. We need the help of service men and women who were in Desert Storm. Fly your colors and ask someone to join us.
Dean and Marty Smith

It's Bowl O' Red Time

We will have our first Chili Cookoff at our January dinner meeting on the 17th. Those who wish to enter bring your favorite homemade pot of Chili and let the judge or judges decide who stews up the best Chili at 76. The Post will furnish crackers, tostados, milk, sweet pickles, coffee and tea. Members please bring anything appropriate to go with chili or bring a dessert. Any non-Chili lovers please bring a brown bag sack lunch and join in the fun.
At our dinner meeting, Monday February 21, the Post will furnish the fried chicken. Members are encouraged to bring those other good things that go with a fried chicken picnic. Such things as salads, vegetables, cole slaw and potato salad plus pickles, etc.

New Members
Calvin Harris-WWII-USAF
Karl Stewart-Vietnam-Army
James Burill-WWII,Korea,Vietnam-Navy
Lynn Foster-Vietnam,Marines

February 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Dr. Ernie Walker, who was our speaker at the January dinner meeting, gave us much food for thought about what has happened, is happening and what will happen in Africa and South Africa. This look behind the scenes questions emotional responses and encourages rational responses that hopefully would help to keep this country from future unecessary conflicts.
Our first annual Chili Cookoff was a great success. Will Ivie selected prizes, judges and supervised the total operation. First Prize: Marvin Beck; Second Prize: Vince Taylor and Third Prize: Ginny Smith. Each of the chilis entered was delicious and we just needed a few more eaters. Next year--don't miss it!
Our deepest sympathy goes to our Manager Dean Smith whose mother passed away the weekend of January 22nd. Please remember Dean and Marty in your prayers as well as other members of Deans family.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

Contentment...with tax time upon us, the beginning of the second month of our "New Years" resolutions, and in general, winter complications of life taken too seriously, a tough season to seek contentment!
Baby screams because Mama won't let him play with the nice, big, shiny butcher knife. Baby is very unhappy; he can't have what he wants, and he doesn't want that silly ole rattle. Baby has yet to learn that contentment consists not in getting what he wants, but in enjoying what he has.
If we grown-ups are contented only when we're going to be getting what we want, we're going to be discontented most of the time. Since we can't get everything we want, we must learn to enjoy what we have. As a matter of fact, we can find something enjoyable in any situation, no matter how disagreeable, if we look for it.
Perhaps the most difficult thing to bear is loneliness or aloneness. What to do when circumstances force us into a solitary existence? First, if you are fortunate enough to have a variety of interests, you must make a real effort to develop them. The American Legion, Veterans Administration facilities, programs for the hungry, homeless and disadvantaged offer a world of opportunities to develop life enriching "service above self". Second, at the very least, you can tell the God of your choice every morning that you hold yourself available for use as His instrument, if only by praying Him to bless everyone whom you meet. Pray for the faith to accept life on lifes terms.
Americanism has always included our caring and sharing what we have with others in need. Remember our veterans, their families, our Great Nation and State, the goals and objectives of American Legion Post 76 and its dedicated Auxillary. Perhaps we can best find contentment by getting involved in solutions, alternatives and acceptance.

Congratulations,Amanda
Amanda Tyler, of Bowie High School, represented Post 76 at the 10th District Oratorical Contest and brought home second place honors. We are very proud of Amanda. Amandas mother thanked the Post members for affording this opportunity to compete. Also, Amanda will be entering again next year to compete for the honor of representing Bowie High and Post 76.

At our dinner meeting, Monday February 21, the Post will furnish the fried chicken. Members are encouraged to bring those other good things that go with a fried chicken picnic. Such things as salads, vegetables, cole slaw and potato salad plus pickles, etc.
Our March dinner meeting will feature lasagna for the main course. This will be homemade lasagna. Please bring appropriate salads, vegetables and desserts. We urge everyone to come.

Eleven members of Post 76 will be in attendance at the annual Mid-Winter Conference in February. This will be an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the operation of the American Legion and the various duties in our Post operations.

March 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Our speaker for Februarys dinner, Byron Sage, the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the FBI gave an outstanding presentation. Anyone who was in attendance will attest to this fact. This is the seventh year in a row that Byron has broken bread with us. His remarks regarding events which took place in his 27 county area over the past year held the audience spellbound. This was followed by a most interesting question and answer session.
During the recent Mid-Winter Conference, Loman Wheeler, Merle Wheeler and Avadne Montandon worked at the registration table for Legion Headquarters. In appreciation of their hours of service, they were each awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Headquarters.
This was a very good conference. I would encourage members to attend next years conference. Especially try to attend the Officers section and the Judge Advocates session. It will give you a good insight into problems and proper procedures to make each Post a better Post.
We are presently in the process of exploring the possibility of again having a Scout Troop sponsored by Post 76. I hope to have a report in next months bulletin.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

Americanism,a strong national foundation based upon God and Country, has a significant meaning to the American Legion and Auxillary. From colonial America at Lexington and Concord to the sands of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, to world-wide peace keeping and humanitarian missions today, Americans continue to be called upon to establish or maintain peace, independence and liberty, to preserve freedom, feed, shelter and help develop many less fortunate nations.
Why America? Why Americans? Perhaps the following poem, whose author is lost to me, touches somewhat on the answer, as to the why this nation has maintained a strong socio-political governmental system based upon the common good of mankind, a sense of caring/sharing, thrift, charity/sacrifice honoring individual, family, national values and ideals under a loving God of our individual choice:

"Drinking From the Saucer"

I've never made a fortune, and I'll never make one now.
But it really doesn't matter,'cause I'm happy anyhow.
I go along my journey, reaping better than I've sowed.
I'm drinking from the saucer, 'cause my cup has OVERFLOWED.

I don't have many riches, and sometimes the goings tough.
But while my kids still love me, I think I'm rich enough.
I'll thank God for his blessings; the mercy He's bestowed.
I'm drinking form the saucer,'cause my cup has OVERFLOWED.

Grant me strength and courage, when the road grows very rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings, I'm already blessed enough.
May I never be too busy to help bear anothers load.
I'm drinking form the saucer, 'cause my cup has OVERFLOWED.

Remember, a family that prays together stays together...keep the faith, honor the God of your choice, remember yesterday, live today and work toward a better tomorrow. Please keep the Post informed regarding how we may be of service to the legion and Auxillary, our veterans and families.

March Dinner Meeting
Our March dinner meeting will feature lasagna for the main course. This will be homemade lasagna. Please bring appropriate salads, vegetables and desserts. We urge everyone to come.
Our April dinner meeting will feature BBQ brisket and Elgin sausage plus a big pot of beans prepared by our own Dean Smith. Members are asked to bring potato salad, cole slaw or other appropriate items or dessert. All members are encouraged to come join in the fun and fellowship.

10th District Convention
The 10th District Convention will be held in Lockhart, Saturday, April 23rd. The host Post is No. 41 located at 1501 N. Colorado in Lockhart. Don't forget that Lockhart is famous for their excellent BBQ!

New Members
Thomas Cotner,Richard Wieland

April 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Our March program was put on by the local Anson Jones Chapter No. 507 of National Sojourners, a Masonic organization whose members are retired military. Their purpose: To develop true Patriotism and Americanism throughout the nation. Their flag ceremony with narration was very colorful, informative and beautiful to watch.
One of the great joys at our dinner meetings is to see new members and members who have not attended in a long time. Our goal is to increase our membership so that we could move up to the big hall upstairs where we could more than double our present attendees.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

"Are your troubles causing you to lose your religion or use your religion--strategies for mastering stress."
Lifes myriad changes often lead to an accumulation of stress. An old saying suggests that obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. The following is a collection of simple, common sense strategies for transforming mental and physical tension into effective and efficient expression. Joel Levey, Ph.D, London Publications, suggests:
Time is one of the most precious ingredients. Every day brings 86,400 seconds...whatever isn't used is lost forever. From a sage of long ago comes the thought:"Perhaps the purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter; to be productive, to be useful, to have it make a difference that you lived at all".
As members of Travis Post 76, American Legion and Auxillary, are we making a difference in the life of someone who matters and may be forgotten? Care enough to give your best...give the gift of yourself. Remember if you are not as close to the God of your choice as you once were, you need not wonder who it is who moved!
May the God of your choice bless you during the seasons of joy we celebrate in his name. Cherish yesterday, dream of tomorrow and live today. Please keep the Post informed regarding how we may be of service to the Legion and Auxillary, our veterans and families.

We have a New Address

Effective February 17,1994, West 1st Street from the West right-of-way line of MoPac Expressway was changed by the City Council, to VETERANS DRIVE. Our new address: 2201 Veterans Drive. This came about thanks to the efforts some time back by Past Commander Joe Trochta.

April Dinner Meeting
Our April dinner meeting will feature BBQ brisket and Elgin sausage plus a big pot of beans prepared by our own Dean Smith. Members are asked to bring potato salad, cole slaw or other appropriate items or dessert. All members are encouraged to come join in the fun and fellowship.
We are pleased to honor "The Employee of the Year" of EMS,Fire. Police, and Sherrifs Departments at our May dinner meeting (May 16th). In addition, we will have guests of the honored employees. In anticipation of a large turnout, we will use the upstairs hall for this event.
The menu will consist of beef and chicken fajitas with garnishes, beans,spanish rice,chili con queso and chips. Members are asked to bring desserts.

May 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Our own member, Bill McLemore,was our speaker at our April dinner meeting. Bill brought us up to date on veterans and the many problems they are facing today. In covering the local area he presented figures of unemployment and lack of medical VA facilities that were real eye openers. In addition to his job as Travis County Veterans Service Officer, he also serves as Post 76 Service Officer. Bill is an outstanding speaker who holds the attention of his audience and gladly answers questions.
The following evening Bill conducted the City Council Candidate Forum of the Military Service Coalition. This too was an outstanding job well done.
Paul Barker and his committee, as usual, have put together an excellent group of boys from high schools in our area to attend Boys State.
Avadne Montandon and the Ladies Auxillary have put together an excellent group of high school girls for Girls State.
The June bulletin will have more information about both groups. We honor the boys at our June dinner meeting and the girls at our July dinner meeting.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

Welcome to May 1994...yes, there is life after April 15th! You might say, "By the grace of God, I have survived yet another event of responsible citizenship."
May is a special month of rememberance and appreciation...Mothers Day... Armed Forces Day...American Legion Poppy Day... and Memorial Day. A time when Gods grace is surely upon all Legionnaires and Auxillary members to offer themselves to help others.
Perhaps you are asking,"What is the grace of God?" "How does it affect my life?" From a religious dictionary, we note that grace is "the unearned or unmerited kindness, mercy, and forgiveness of God." Gods grace is a continuous, powerful activity of good in our lives, allowing us to be healthy, fulfilled, and free.
As suggested from the old melody, "Onward Christian Soldiers", the grace of God is our assurance that we can be victorious over any situation. We are able to give freely of our forgiveness of others and release them from mistakes with the conviction that each day is a new day...a day to give unto others their due, and to receive love and understanding in return.
God offers no conditions or price on his Grace. It is given freely and without conditions as a means to open our minds and hearts to good.
Remember, life is not a cup to be drained, but a measure to be filled! Please keep the Post informed about events and how we may be of service to veterans and families, Legionnaires and Auxillians of Travis Post 76.

Congratulations Joe!

At the 10th District Convention in Bastrop on Saturday, April 23rd, Past Commander Joe Trochta was elected Commander 10th District. He will officially take office on the 16th of July. Also representing Post 76 last Saturday were Vince Taylor, Merle & Loman Wheeler, Will Brown, Mark Wilson and Ginny & Harry Smith.

From the Presidents Desk
Auxillary Unit 76

Hello members! Where are you on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.? We would love for you to be present at our business meetings and help us make the decisions on our actions items. We do good things and we feel good about it. We want you to be an active part with us. You are most welcome. Come and see, you will be glad you did, I promise. Our next meeting will be on May 2, 1994. Hope to see you then.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler

May Dinner Meeting
We are pleased to honor "The Employee of the Year" of EMS,Fire. Police, and Sherrifs Departments at our May dinner meeting (May 16th). In addition, we will have guests of the honored employees. In anticipation of a large turnout, we will use the upstairs hall for this event.
The menu will consist of beef and chicken fajitas with garnishes, beans,spanish rice,chili con queso and chips. Members are asked to bring desserts.
We are pleased to honor our Boys State representatives and their counselors at our June dinner meeting. We will have Rudys catered BBQ which will include brisket, sausage, potato salad, pinto beans,cole slaw, pickles, onions, peppers and homebaked bread and butter, plus iced tea and coffee. Members are encouraged to bring appropriate food items, dips and desserts.

1993-1994 Service Report for Travis Auxillary Unit 76

1993-4 has been a good year for Unit 76. We are alive and doing good works. In fact we say HIP,HIP,HOORAY!. Three cheers for Unit 76.

We show our honor to God in our opening prayer at our meetings, by asking his blessing and guidance in all the things that we do. We are serving our country by serving our disabled veterans. We have donated money as a group and as individuals to the Poppy Fund, the Christmas Assessment, the Emergency Fund, and individual donations to the Cancer Fund. We have helped individual needy veterans and their families, and we have visited the sick veterans and helped ease their load of worries by sending cards of cheer and flowers while they were in the hospital. Some of our members have sat with the sick after they came home and were recovering, while the caregiver went out to buy their groceries and other needs.

We have worked with the youth of the community through Girls State, Boys State, and by sending out scholarship applications to the students as they request them.

We say "Thank You" to our officers and members who are dedicated in the service of God and Country. Our special thanks go to:

Lu Russell, our Secretary for all the work she does for us, especially for being at every meeting possible to take the minutes and for helping with all the things that are being done.
Avadne Montandon,our Treasurer, for all the work of keeping our books and for the work she does with the Girls State and her help in our part in the Legion and Auxillary Parade on Veterans Day, and the many other acts of service she does.
Clara Hohertz,our Vice President, for all the hours she spends contacting each member to renew their membership and for signing up new members.
Leonora Schlueter, our Second Vice President, for being our hostess and hospitality chairperson.
Virginia Smith, our Historian, and our representative on the 1994 Post 76 Directory Committee. She also helps keep all the projects of service running smoothly.
I'm proud to be an American and a member of Travis Auxillary 76.
For God and Country.
Merle Wheeler, President

The Big Question
by Merle Wheeler

This question was asked a few days ago:
"How old are you? I'd just like to know."
My answer to them was like an old time sage.
It's not the counting of years
That make up your age.
It's what is in your heart,
And in your mind and your soul.
The collection of sweet memories and apples of gold.
It's not how far you have been, or what was your road.
It's how you traveled and carried your load.
How old am I? Well just let me say
I help support the "Oil of Olay"
and "Loving Care" gets rid of the gray.
My teeth may be false ones--I'll never say.
I may use bright paint to cover my nails--
But I don't have the insurance that comes in the mail.
How old am I? How do I feel?
I'm as fit as a fiddle and I still have appeal!

The following are excerpts from a letter from Legionnaire Elmer McLain to Adjutant Loman Wheeler.
Dear Adjutant Wheeler,
It is with deep regret that I must decline your kind and welcome invitation to come to Austin to receive my 50 year Certificate of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. All 50 years were in Travis Post.
My thoughts were flooded with wonderful memories of my association with the Post:
the early years when I, along with other kids, played on the grounds and maybe (if we weren't too loud) a little pool, as Dad and/or Mom attended the meetings,
the excitement of State Conventions in Austin,
the colorful and stirring Drum and Bugle Corps and the Color Guard,
the fascination I had for the World War 1 memorabilia at the Home.
the Armistice Day parades,
the aroma of BBQ cooking over the long smoking trench west of the Home and the delicious flavor in eating it,
the food bank in downtown Austin during the "bad"days of the Depression,
the sponsored dances (some of which provided food for the food bank) in the Crystal Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel,
the Skill Ball Parlor on Congress Avenue near Lammes Candy and Ice Cream Parlor when Mr.Lamme, with his white hair and large moustache, often personally served patrons,
the frequent carnivals and the walk-a-thon sponsored by the Post,
the Fourth of July celebrations at Barton Springs and Zilker Park,
being a member of the Junior baseball team which won the state championship in 1937 and then the trip to New Orleans (my first trip of more than 30 miles without the family) for the regional tournament,
participating in the Sons of the American Legion,
being proud of becoming a member of Travis Post when Mom and Dad paid my dues for my first year for 1945 while I was still with the Army in Europe,
serving as Adjutant-Finance Officer of Travis Post (over 1000 members then) before my wife and I moved to Dallas in 1949,
In Flanders Field, Taps, and finally,
Just knowing and working with the comradeship with the truly amazing and remarkable group of men and women particularly those of the WW1 generation who had gone thru only WW1 but health epidemics of one kind or another, bank failures, depression, joblessness, the dust bowl and much more.
Please convey my best wishes to all including Vince Taylor. As far as I know, he is only person I know who is still with the Post.
Yours truly,
Elmer McClain

New Members
Robert Rasmussen-Vietnam-USAF,Martin Margullis

June 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

Mark Wilson arranged for our last months dinner speaker, Matt Mathias. Matt is an excellent speaker and shared with us the experiences he and his wife have had in Russia in dealing direct with the Russian people. They buy today because they know that the price tomorrow will be so much more. The admiration they have for Americans and the fact that we have a God to look up to. Matt held our attention and fielded our questions with both grace and a sense of humor.
Elsewhere in this bulletin is an article on our new Membership Directory. Steve Rye is one of those listed for their efforts. As usual, he gave us the benefit of his talents in laying out the beautiful 3-color Directory that we are so proud of. He has also these past months put all of our personnel records into the computer and keeps them updated. The layout of this bulletin each month is another contribution to his Post. He also arranges for the printing and mailing of each months bulletin. Steve, in addition, is very active in many facets of Masonry which does not give him time to also attend Legion meetings on Mondays. Words alone are inadequate as a Thank You, Steve!, but you are a true Legionnaire and we at Post 76 are honored to serve with you in furthering the causes of Post 76 and the American Legion.We are most appreciative.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

Lifes Changes
Everyone wants to lead a happy life. Noted author Joan Coultas describes in her "Handling Change in Adult Life", that it is important to realize that you can do something about making your life happier by making mental preparation with regard to the changes which take place in your life.
Changes in the early to mid-30s, include material issues: job and family building, and the place of God in your life. Later mid-life changes in the 40-50s focus on your outstanding needs, usually the ones you have been neglecting or avoiding, including issues regarding health, stress in marriage, career, etc.
At any age, the best way to cope with change is to enter it with an open mind, take time to analyze what's happening, don't hesitate to seek help from a friend and counselor, try to come forward with a more suitable way of living for yourself, and turn to the God of your choice in sincere prayer.
One day you will look out into the sunshine and say: "Gee, I feel happier and more at peace with myself than I've felt in years." The you'll know you have made it through...you will know yourself better...your relationships with your loved ones will be strengthened..and enriched, and wonder of wonders, you will know that you are closer to God than you have ever been...what could be better than that?
Remember, "Do unto others as though you were the others."The Post extends best wishes and speedy recovery to our Legionnaires and Auxillary members and veterans families who may be ill or in distress. Please keep the Post informed about events and how we may be of service to ur families and veterans.

At our dinner meeting in May, those members attending were the first to see and receive our beautiful new Membership Directory. Thanks to many hours of hard work by the following persons, Loman Wheeler, Chairman, Marvin Beck, Alan Denman, Steve Rye, Mark Wilson,and Ginny Smith, Ladies Auxillary.

June Dinner Meeting
We are pleased to honor our Boys State representatives and their counselors at our June dinner meeting. We will have Rudys catered BBQ which will include brisket, sausage, potato salad, pinto beans,cole slaw, pickles, onions, peppers and homebaked bread and butter, plus iced tea and coffee. Members are encouraged to bring appropriate food items, dips and desserts.
At our July meeting we will honor our girls who attended Girls State. This too is always an exciting event and I encourage everyone who can attend.

Thanks to the hard work of Paul Barker and the members of his committee, Post 76 will be represented by 14 boys at Boys State.

New Member
Frank Calhoun

TAPS
Max Flusche died on Sunday, April 24,1994. His 26 year military career began with duty in World War II as Intelligence Officer with the China-Burma-India Theater. He flew 76 combat missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial flight.He returned to civilian life and received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1950. In 1951, he was recalled to active duty where he remained until 1965. He retired as Staff Judge Advocate of Travis AFB, a LTC. After retirement he was empolyed by the District Attorneys Office, the Attorney Generals Office, and the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He retired from the state in 1976 and volunteered his legal service to the County Veterans Service Office.

July 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

We had 89 folks on hand for our June Dinner Meeting. In addition to honoring our Fire and Sherrifs Departments Employees of the Year, we also honored our Boys State delegates, their guests and counselors. Our Pledge of Allegiance was presented by Paul Barker and Dave Dietzen in the very impressive way that it is given at Boys State. Paul Barker and the Boys State members present put on an excellent program. Many thank to Paul and his comittee members: Dave Dietzen, Vince Taylor,Don Phillips, and Joe Trochta for hundreds of hours of work on behalf of Boys State and Post 76.
At our July meeting we will honor our girls who attended Girls State. This too is always an exciting event and I encourage everyone who can attend.
At our August dinner meeting our new Officers and Executive Committee members will be installed. This will be our new 10th District Commander Joe Trochtas official visit to the Post and he will be our installing officer.
The new Ladies Auxillary Officers will also be installed at this meeting. The installing officer will be the new President of the 10th District Ladies Auxillary, Jeri Neid.
In support of our 10th District leaders, our new Officers, Executive Committee members, and the new Officers of the Auxillary, let's have the best turnout that we've had in years.

Congratulations to Marvin Beck and the officers and Executive Comittee members who were elected to serve our Post for 1994-95. Marvin has always been ready and willing to help his Post and its Commander on a moments notice and his enthusiasm is contagiuous. Marvin, I am ready to do my best to serve you and the Post any and every time you call.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

July 4th is a special day for Americans, especially veterans and service families. Independence, like freedom is not new, never has been and never will be free.
Faith of our Fathers, Strong to Save"
To some, faith is a strong conviction that God is in charge, that there is no greater power in the universe than God working in and through all for good. Sound familiar? Look around at the world and ask yourself...has America made a difference? Today, do I have the required faith to help America continue to make a difference? Have I kept the faith of our fathers, strong and wise?
To others, faith may be a gentle knowing, a quiet assurance from within that all is well, regardless of outer appearance.
As reflected in the Daily Word, September 1993, "Whether my faith is demonstrated as a deep inner conviction or a peaceful gentle knowing, I place it unwaveringly in God. I trust God to direct and protect me without fail."
A Truth teacher once wrote, "To have faith in God is to have faith of God."Surely there is no greater faith than this--a faith that never doubts, a faith that knows no fear,a faith which assures me of health and happiness. Is there a better definition of America the beautiful...the brave...the free?American currency and coins say it all "In God We Trust." I place my complete trust in God and through God...America!
Question: Do you need proof of God?
Answer: Does one light a torch to see the sun?
The Post extends best wishes and speedy recovery to our Legionnaires and Auxillary members and service families who may be ill or in distress. Please keep the Post informed about events and how we may be of service to our families and veterans.

Auxillary Presidents Message
As it is near the end of the year, I want to express a heartfelt "Thank You" to all for allowing me to serve as Unit 76 President for the past three years. It has been fun and a great pleasure to me. I am extremely proud to be a member of Unit 76 and the Legion. We have had challenges and through Gods guidance we have met them all. We have a fine group of people in our Post and Auxillary. We have served together with love, kindness, peace and harmony--this is the secret of our success. I pray that it will always be that way. I want to express my deepest appreciation to our Commanders, Joe Trochta, and Harry Smith.They are gentlemen, kind and true, and are good friends with caring hearts, always so helpful to me and the Auxillary. What more could we ask of them? I am looking forward to a great year of 1994-95. It will be the time to face new challenges and have the best time ever. I congratulate our new officers and wish them the best. Our future is in their hands and is unlimited. May God bless them with wisdom and us all with his guidance.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler,President

July Dinner Meeting
We are pleased to honor our twelve Girls State representatives, their guests and counselors at our July dinner meeting. The girls chose chicken fried steak for their main entree plus baked potato, peas, tossed salad and home-made bread. Members are encouraged to bring complimentary vegetables, salads and desserts. Our program will be under the direction of the Ladies Auxillary and Girls State Chairperson Avadne Montandon.

The following is an excerpt from a letter to Post Commander Harry Smith and Members of Travis Post 76 from Duane McNeill, the recent Post honoree as Austin Police Department Employee of the Year.
I am writing to thank all of you for the memorable evening that my wife and I spent with you on May 16,1994. The American Legion honoring me as an Austin Police Department Employee of the Year is such a wonderful blessing. When I played football as an offensive lineman, I always made it possible for someone else to make touchdowns. When you handed me that plaque, I felt like I had been allowed to score a touchdown for the first time. It was definitely a new and unfamiliar experience, but one that made me happy and want to do a dance in the endzone.
I deeply appreciate the honor you have bestowed upon me.
Thank you once again for this gracious award and your warm hospitality. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you.
Sincerely,
Duane McNeill, Lieutenant

New Members
Bob Snider, John Sharp, Ken Cauthern

TAPS
Louis Kocher, a long time resident of Austin died Friday, June 3, 1994. He was the owner and proprieter of Buck Saver Corral and Henny Penny Antiques for 18 years.

August 1994

Commanders Comments

Harry Smith, Post Commander

It has been a distinct pleasure, privilege, and honor to serve as Commander, Travis Post 76 for 93-4. It is a memory I will always treasure. I believe we have had an excellent year. Many improvements have been made at the Post and many are yet to be accomplished.
The Officers and Executive Committee members, that has been my privilege to serve with, deserve all of the credit fo a job well done. To them, to each of you individually, and to my wonderful wife, Ginny, I am eternally grateful. The Post members along with the Auxillary members make up a truly great working-together team; may it ever be so.
At our July meeting we recognized the girls who attended Girls State this year. Avadne Montandon as usual provided an outstanding program for our meeting. We are very proud of Avadne and her girls. Also, thanks to the members of the Auxillary who helped Avadne and to everyone in the Auxillary for their work in this important area.
At our August dinner meeting our new Officers and Executive Committee members will be installed. This will be our new 10th District Commander Joe Trochtas official visit to the Post and he will be our installing officer.
The new Ladies Auxillary Officers will also be installed at this meeting. The installing officer will be the new President of the 10th District Ladies Auxillary, Jeri Neid.
In support of our 10th District leaders, our new Officers, Executive Committee members, and the new Officers of the Auxillary, let's have the best turnout that we've had in years.

New Member
Robert Unks

Sick Call
Sterling Fulmore, Carol Wilson

August Dinner Meeting
We'll have ham as our main entree. Members are encouraged to bring complimentary vegetables, salads, including potato, pickles, olives,etc. Also desserts. New Post and Auxillary Officers to be installed.

Chaplains Corner

Will Brown

Now, then and Tomorrow

With Gods help, I can release the past,
live in the now and work toward tomorrow.

Given the grace of a higher power, who loves, protects and guides us, we can accept the above statement as true. By accepting Gods presence in our lives, we are able to release the past rather than reliving it. The past cannot control our lives because we release it now!
Holding on to hurtful memories would take us down a road that leads nowhere. We choose a new direction turning from a nowhere destination to live in the here and now. We give prayerful attention to thinking positively and focusing on the present moment.
Today is a new day in which we can discard the baggage of old habits and limitations. We start anew with God. Through divine guidance, we take control of our lives! We must always be open and receptive to all the goodness that God has to offer us as individuals, and as members of American Legion Post 76.
Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson stated it best, "Finish each day and be done with it...You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is another day; You shall begin it well and serenely".
The Post extends best wishes and speedy recovery to our Legionnaires and Auxillary members and service families who may be ill or in distress. Please keep the Post informed about events and how we may be of service to our families and veterans.

The following is an excerpt from a letter to Post Commander Harry Smith from Mark McMullen, the great-great grandson of Charles Johnson who originally built and lived in our Post Home.

Please accept my thank you for your generous hospitality when I visited Austin in March. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your friends in Austin at your March dinner meeting. Your hospitality was unexpected and very special, and being Charles Johnsons great-great grandson, it brought new meaning of feeling "at home".
Sincerely,
Mark McMullen

September 1994

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

I want to thank Travis Post 76 of Austin for entrusting me with the Post Commanders role for the 1994-5 year. For starters, we should continue the agenda set forth by our immediate Past Commander Smith who brought forth members who were not participating in our business meetings as well as our dinner meetings. We have had an opportunity also to meet their wives and families during many of our social hours.
We have a large post of approximately 385 paid members. I would like to see at least 10 to 15% of these people actively participate by committing themselves to one of our committees which serves veterans and the youth of our communtiy.
We are sincerely proud of our historic post, its past, and the present accomodations which serve as a revenue producing means to support our youth and veterans programs as well as the maintenance, upkeep and improvements whcih are constantly required. This revenue also affords us a manager-caretaker in the present form of Dean and to encourage our acquaintances and organizations to lease our facility to groups in order for us to maintain our necessary and projected revenues to sustain our Post.
Thanks,
Marvin Beck

Our next dinner meeting scheduled for October 17 will feature Brigadier General Clay Matthews, a military historian, who will talk to us about the military history of the Texas Revolution.
At our November 21st dinner meeting we will have a flag disposition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. dinner meeting. Turkey and dressing will be our main course. Our special guest and speaker for the evening will be General Turk of the National Guard. We need to thank Mark Wilson for his extraordinary efforts in staging this event including the leg work necessary to obtain a fire department permit to burn. For those who wish to witness this ceremony, a 6:00 p.m. arrival would be desirable. Our flag disposition ceremony, the disposing of torn, tattered, soiled and out-dated U.S. flags, will be headed by Mark Wilson, our Sergeant-at-Arms.

Chaplains Corner

Bill Montandon

Thank you, Will Brown, for your example, love and spiritual insight as our Chaplain 1993-4.
The Highest reward for mans toil is not what he receives for it, but what he becomes by it.
Prayer:Father of all, we praise thee for your daily protection; keep all who have gone on before us until we are reunited, and give us the privilege and the opportunity to pray for the sick; and for those who are troubled, give them grace to grow daily closer to you; in loving care for others.AMEN

From the Auxillary
We hope you are enjoying the new flag as much as we are. We know how much time, effort and money you have put into remodeling the building (which is really looking great) and we wanted to contribute as we are able. We are looking forward to being able to do more as time passes, and know that this will be a year of sucesses for both the Post and Auxillary.
Call on us if we can be of service to "Our Vets".
Ginny Smith
President

October 1994

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Our Post 76 was honored at our September 19th Dinner Meeting with State Commander Bill Farmer as our guest. Also at the head table was Division Commander Ron Cherry and his wife from San Antonio, and District Commander Joe Trochta and his wife from our Travis Post 76. We should appreciate these people who dedicate so much of their personal time and for their dedication to the good of the Legion and Veterans as a whole. I would also like to thank the overflow crowd of approximately 75.
Our next dinner meeting scheduled for October 17 will feature Brigadier General Clay Matthews, a military historian, who will talk to us about the military history of the Texas Revolution.
At our November 21st dinner meeting we will have a flag disposition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. dinner meeting. Turkey and dressing will be our main course. Our special guest and speaker for the evening will be General Turk of the National Guard. We need to thank Mark Wilson for his extraordinary efforts in staging this event including the leg work necessary to obtain a fire department permit to burn. For those who wish to witness this ceremony, a 6:00 p.m. arrival would be desirable. Our flag disposition ceremony, the disposing of torn, tattered, soiled and out-dated U.S. flags, will be headed by Mark Wilson, our Sergeant-at-Arms.
Again, November is a special month including the Veterans Day parade up Congress Avenue in Austin. Post 76 always participates with the inclusion of Dave Dietzens miniature train as our means of conveyance. We should go out of our way to thank Avadne Montandon for her leadership in helping stage the parade. Speaking of Avadne, we need to immediately call for volunteers to work with her in staging the Oratorical Contest.
Also, our welcome mat is out for the Boy Scout Post No. 415 which we now sponsor at our Post. Thanks a million to Felix Legendre for his persistence in locating a troop in need.
Our Post renovations are being completed and look great. Thanks to all the participants.

New Members
Leonard Bankford, Ralph Vertrees, Tell Matlock, Russel Hain, Donald Shaver, Joseph Jackson, Herman Ivey
TAPS
It is with regret that we note the death of Dennis Latrop who was of great service to Post 76. Dennis had been ill for several years.

Chaplains Corner

Bill Montandon

A Reputation for Gentleness
Philippians 4:5

It is natural to work hard to make a mark in life. Most of us would like to be known as people who made a difference in life. Few of us,though, will accomplish things that put our names on buildings. That's not really important. What is important is who we are. What God has done in us is more important than what God has done through us. If we truly see this in life, we will see what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:5; "let your gentleness be evident to all". It will be evident by the way we relate to others. Stephen Grellet, a Quaker said, "I shall pass through this world but once; any good thing I therefore can do, any kindness that I show to any human being, let me do it now...for I shall not pass this way again". It is better to know something as it is really is than believe it as you think it is!
Prayer: Our gentle Lord Jesus, may our life be such as to develop a reputation of gentleness and kindness. May we reflect your character and be known as the children of God. In Jesus name. Amen.

November 1994

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Our October 19th Dinner Meeting at Post 76 proved to be a double success. We were able to present Past Commander and holder of most of the American Legions state offices, Vince Taylor, with a national 50-year framed membership certificate; quite an honor for any veteran. We also had the opportunity to meet his wife, Virginia, and some of their immediate family.
Our second success of the night was to have Past Commander Emmett Shelton, Jr., accompanied by his wife, Jeanette, speak to us on "One Can Make A Difference". Emmett publishes a Marine Corps newsletter, "the Guidon", monthly which is disseminated nationally as a non-profit effort by Emmett. We thank Emmett for his last minute availablilty to speak in place of previously announced General Clay Matthews.
At our November 21st dinner meeting we will have a flag disposition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. dinner meeting. Our special guest and speaker for the evening will be General Turk of the National Guard. We need to thank Mark Wilson for his extraordinary efforts in staging this event including the leg work necessary to obtain a fire department permit to burn. For those who wish to witness this ceremony, a 6:00 p.m. arrival would be desirable. Turkey and dressing will be our main course.
For our Christmas program, James Albright, our vocalist, and Bill Montandon, our pianist, will co-chair this event and lead in a program of song and music. Finger food will be our main course.

Chaplains Corner

Bill Montandon

Beloved Comrades, have you heard the term religious apartheid? Religious apartheid is rampant in our politically correct society; in D.C., and in Congress, both the Senate and the House; in State, County, and City government and in Burgville, U.S.A. There is today a lack of knowledge, a lack of spirituality. Yet among the young adults, there exists a search for truth, a sincere desire for a good and wholesome home, respect, patriotism, loyalty, love and worship.
I have always called this the pendulum swing. Loving friends are sceptics and unbelievers our enemy. For the good of our Legion Post, let us bring back a renewal of spirituality, a deep love and respect for God. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; not a way a truth and a life, the! Love and truth are universal.
May grace abound in all our lives as we begin a new year. May every need in your life be provided for each of you. May peace be in all our lives.
Prayer:Open all eyes to see the way you would have us to move this year. In all we attempt to do, keep us loving, kind, and friendly to each other, and keep us from anything that might cause us to walk away from your path. AMEN
In the days ahead, remember the past! Don't live in it, enjoy today, don't take it for granted, plan for the future. Don't make the future your God!

Auxillary Presidents Message
Our November meeting will be of interest to everyone I am sure. Our very own Lu Russell, who is a member of the Texas State Association of Parlimentarians, and also the National Association is going to give a brief synopsis of parlimentary procedure that we all can use, and will be using in our meetings. Come and learn some new wrinkles and possibly some fun things.
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

Real People with Real Needs

A father was buying a doll for his daughters fourth birthday. "This is a lovely lifelike doll". said the young salesperson, "You lay her down and she closes her eyes just like a real little girl."
"I can see you never had a real little girl," replied the father, "Small children, if ever, just lay down and go to sleep. They need lots of love and attention and kind direction."
As servants to God and Country, we should become more aware of the "real people with real needs." They are real people that are hurting. They are hurting in their hearts and bodies,and their souls. The pain in their hearts is from the loss of a loved one. Their loss could be caused by death, or through strife and anger in their lives. It could be caused by jealousy and loss of trust, by separation and divorce. Their real need is for someone who cares to be here for them. The pain in their bodies is from illness, weakness, or from injury. It could be from broken bones, broken hearts or broken bodies. They need someone to lend a helping hand and tender care.
The pain in their soul is caused by their separation from God. They have lost hope and faith and perhaps they are disillusioned about Gods love and care. They need to be shown kindness, tenderness, instruction and guidance to change their direction and way of life.
We should help them with their needs without judgement--Matthew 7:1 and 2 in the Bible says "Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you". Luke 6:36 says,"And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way Let's find a need and fill it.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

New Members
Bryan Grinnell, Roger Collins

Sick Call

The Chaplain reported today that Charlene Trochta, wife of Joe Trochta, had broken her leg. Members signed a card to be sent to her.

Managers Notes
Being managers, Marty and I are the Legions representatives in dealing with our clients. We want all of you to feel proud of us to your friends and family. Please let Will Brown hear any remarks made about our work so that we may improve where and when necessary. Thank you for a great year!

Johnsons Home on the Colorado
Over a century ago, there was a house on the Colorado River above Austin that was known all over Central Texas as one place where a friendless person could always find food and a place to sleep.
Built in 1858 by Charles Johnson on the banks of the Colorado River, many traditions of early days cling about the homestead. The house is still standing in Austin, and has been a landmark for many years.
It became the refuge for newly arrived Swedish immigrants (Charles Johnson himself one in 1854) who had not yet become settled in the country. There were always a dozen or more of them there,it is said, and the number frequently ran over twenty-five.
The men were employed in the rock quarry operated by Johnson, or found other jobs and moved on to make room for other folks who had not fully settled.
The Johnson Home is now the home of our own American Legion Post 76.

Johnson Family Reunion Set for July 24,1995
This will be a spirited, memorable event at the original Charles Johnson home. Take part in an enjoyable event to meet your relatives, renew and strengthen family bonds. It's a chance to learn more about our ancestors and the historic role they played in Austin and Texas.
This reunion will be a big event for everyone! There will be games for the kids, music, lots of information about the Johnson family, a commemorative pamphlet, family tree charts, and much, much more.

December 1994

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

"Hats Off' to our Post 76 participants in the November 21 evening flag retirement ceremonies. Not only did our post implement a ceremony from the past, but we received television coverage from our local Channel 36 Jim Swift in his November 22 evening news finale. Our ceremony was a tribute to the symbol of our nation and the men and women who have served. Many thanks to Mark Wilson for directing the ceremony.
Our Christmas meeting of Decmber 19 will feature Bill Montandon and James Albright as pianist and vocal leader respectively for a sing-song of Christmas favorites. Please bring a dessert to compliment our "finger food buffet" and don't forget canned goods or other appropriate food donations for the Capitol Area Food Bank, an annual project of Post 76 members who want to help the hungry during the Christmas season.
Our January 16,1995 dinner meeting and the observance of Dr. Martin Luther Kings birthday, will feature Byron Sage of the F.B.I. who has annually for several years been a guest speaker apprising us of what the local FBI has been engaged in to the extent that is public knowledge...always most interesting and informative, and always a welcomed guest.
As a Post we would like to thank Dave Dietzen who faithfully and with much effort gathers up his train with all its gadgets and has it waiting at Palmer Auditorium for the Post 76 members who participate in the November 11 Veterans Day Parade. As usual, the parade and following ceremonies at the Capitol, although "politically winded", were quite impressive and quite successful.
Please see the article elsewhere from the "Texas Voyageur News" which honors Clara Hohertz through Cabane 175. Clara and her husband, Adolph, a past Post Commander, were instrumental in having the 40 & 8 French train car placed in permanancy on the grounds of Post 76.

Chaplains Corner

Bill Montandon

Beloved friends: What is the purpose of life? I plead with all my heart those who read these words not to take them lightly! Micah 6:8 What is the purpose of man-"to act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with thy God." Please never confuse purpose with good purpose! Good is the way of man. Good is dangerous, it will get your focus off Gods will into good work, feeding and clothing the poor, shelter, and other help; you will become so busy you will forget to be obedient to God.
What if God wants someone hungry so they will call out to Him for help. Consider the story of the prodigal son, rich and wild. He left home, spent his fortune on wine, women, and parties. As long as he had money he had friends, when the money ran out, the friends ran out. He ends up in a hog pen working for a hog herder; you and I will never know what it meant for an Israelite man to be forced to feed the forbidden hog! He repented and came home to his Dad. This is an Old Testament story. In todays society, some "do-gooder" would slap a Big Mac, Coke, and Fries in his hand and he would keep feeding the hogs waiting for the next Big Mac.
Thanks to all who have helped me to learn this lesson in the past year. We cannot help everyone, we cannot feed everyone, and we cannot clothe everyone--BUT--we can and do help those we believe God has led us to help and every member of Post 76 has a part. Each time a person is helped by the Benevolent Committee and our Service Officer, we all help. Remember in your prayer each officer and committee member in Post 76; that we may continue to serve God, Country, Family, Community, State and Nation.
If you missed the Commanders breakfast and the parade this past Veterans Day, you missed a blessing in your life. God bless you always!
Life is sometimes hard! When we see those we love so dearly, ill and under intensive care we sometimes overrun the feelings of friends we love in order to protect ourselves. Love and friendship are precious and delicate. In my many years as Pastor and Counselor, in hospitals, prison ministries, Veterans hospitals, etc. it has been a joy and privilege to pray for and with the families.
Thank you for sharing your prayer and comforts for the sick. continue to hold up Harry Smith and family in the weeks ahead. Remember all who have been ill and pray for their recovery and quick return to fellowship.

Auxillary Chaplains Comments
"Mend the Fence

The story is told of a father who took his little son on his knee and told him the story of the lost sheep. "A little lamb,"he said, "found a hole in the fence and crawled through." It was glad to escape and wandered far away and couldn't find its way back. The lamb was chased by a wolf, but it got away. It met with other perils, but finally the shepherd rescued it and carried it back to the safety of the fold.
The child was greatly interested, and when the story was over, he asked," And did they nail up the hole in the fence?"
Our Auxillary has members who have crawled through the hole in the fence and wandered away, people who have lost interest in coming to our meetings on business night, and even on dinner meetings nights. They have strayed away and we failed to keep in touch with them, or tried to bring them back. Perhaps the hole in the fence that caused them to leave is one of these:
  1. The members are unfriendly or cold
  2. The people are cliquish
  3. It's boring, nothing ever happens
  4. I'm wasting my time, I'm too busy
  5. That's a bad night for me
  6. There's too much negative thinking
  7. People are narrow-minded
  8. A failure to communicate
  9. Lack of caring or tenderness
  10. Selfishness--no love
"And did they nail up the hole in the fence?" Ah, the wisdom of the very young. The practical mind of a little child will ask the logical question that somehow does not occur to adults.
How do we mend the fence? Perhaps the answer is: love, caring, tenderness, concern, reaching out, and better communication among us all.

A Common Love
A common love for each other
A common love for our Savior
A common bond holding us to the Lord
A common strength when we're weary
A common hope for tomorrow
A common joy in the truth of Gods Word

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13: "Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its way; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, and now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love".
God is Love---
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

The following is an excerpt from the Texas Voyageur News as mentioned in the Commanders Comments column

Cabane 175 Honors Dame Clara Hohertz
Cabane 175-Austin recently presented Dame Clara Hohertz with a life membership at a luncheon in her honor. Attending were La Presidente Jackowski, and Dames Hawkins and Smith. Dame Hohertz is a loyal American Legion Auxillary member of Post 76 and Cabane 175 is honored to have her as Their Dame. Clara is a beautiful 86, with so much knowledge of life, love of friends and growing beautiful plants and flowers keep her young at heart.
One note of information about our Clara. If you want information about the Box Car which is at Post 76, just ask Dame Hohertz. She is a source of information which should never be forgotten. Clara,our Cabane loves you!

New Members
Michael Cloy, Thomas Anderson

Sick Call

The Commander and the Chaplain reported on the status of Past Commander Harry Smith who has been in ICU but is now in a private room, with very limited access to visitors at present. Our continued concern and prayers is appreciated.

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