Travis Post 76 Newsletters 1995

January 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Best wishes for a NEW YEAR! The year 195 marks a 50-year anniversary for VE Day and VJ Day of WWII which became a pivotal point in U.S. History. All veterans should take time during this new year to reaquaint themselves and become active in veterans activities.
Once again we will welcome the FBIs Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Austin, Byron Sage, to be our guest and guest speaker at our January 16, 1995 Dinner Meeting. Let's have a good turnout to hear Mr. Sage who has been our annual guest on a regular basis; thanks to Charlie Jones and Ron Turner. We anticipate serving baked lasagna at this dinner, so bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. Attendance has been ranging from 50 to 70 people which requires quite an ample table to satisfy everyone.
Again, we thank Charlie Jones and his wealth of contacts for cajoling former Attorney General Waggoner Carr to be our guest speaker February 20, 1995. We need a good showing of our members to hear Mr. Carrs involvement in Texas with the John F. Kennedy assassination.
Again, best wishes and much success for 1995.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

Who Do Men Say That I Am?

This was Jesus question to his pupils, the Twelve Disciples! It has been my privilege to work, talk, and fellowship with my friend, Vince Taylor and Virginia, his precious wife of 50 years and their children Richard, Hap, Vicky, James, Veronica, Jimmy, Judy and Mary, in their beautiful home off Fitzhugh Road. While driving out Thursday, the closer I got to his home, the more peace and joy came over me. It was so quiet and wonderful to partake of the beauty around me. The deer I saw standing proud and strong, the two turkeys, and the raccoon that I stopped for a while she crossed the road with two little ones.
Vince was in good spirits and a challenge to me as always to be on my best behavior in all that I do for the Legion. I spent a few moments with Vince and his great family, then I was on the road again. I feel that I am too busy with too much to do that life passes me by because I don't take the time to stop and "smell the roses".
My prayer for all this new year will be: that we come together more often to fellowship and enjoy each others company; to learn from each other and to be a part of each others lives. Let us start this year with new visions, with Gods purpose to do great things and accomplish as much as is humanly possible.
On a sad note, I had the privilege to officiate at the graveside services for Felix Legendres mother-in-law, Mrs. Edith Beasley Hall. Her presence with us will be missed. God rest her soul.

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

Happy New Year To Everyone
A story was told about a man walking in the woods. As he was walking along, very suddenly there appeared a big tiger in his pathway. The tiger was huge and ferocious and had every intention of eating the poor man. The man looked for a way to escape, but there were other tigers which ran after him. He finally came to a big ravine, but it was so big and deep he could not possibly get across it. He then saw a grapevine hanging down from a tree over the ravine. He climbed down halfway to be out of reach of the tigers. As he was hanging on for dear life, looked around and nearby there was a bush with beautiful berries on it. They looked good, so he reached out and picked some of them and ate them. They were very good and he enjoyed them.
This story tells us to "live life" and enjoy it all that we can, no matter how hard it is. When little things that are good come to us, take advantage of them and "hang on", never lose hope, and trust in the loving providence of God. If we need a miracle to see us through lifes challenges, ask Him to help us with faith that He will.

Romans 15:4-5"Everything that was written in the past (the Holy Writing) was written to teach us. These things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from patience and strength that the Holy Writings give to us.Patience and strength come from God".

I am wishing you a new year that is bright with promise, glad with hope, and blessed with peace and joy. We each have a new and clean slate to begin our new year. Let's forget the mistakes and blotches we may have made in the past year, and use our new and clean slate to make a better life for ourselves and our fellow man-with new hope of Gods blessings.

For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

Managers Notes
If you were not here for the December Dinner Meeting, you missed our decorations for Christmas-our gift to Post 76. Good food, good fellowship, good singing! Thanks to Bill Montandon and James Albright-talented and gifted men. Thank you!
We pray for a great year in 1995. Happy New Year!
Dean and Marty Smith

Welcome New Member
Robert Riegel

Sick Call
The Chaplain reported that Vince Taylor is confined to bed at this time. Harry Smith is recovering from illness that required a stay in the hospital ICU and was present at the meeting. Carol Wilson has not been well and continues to need our attention.

February 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Our success January Dinner Meeting featuring guest speaker Byron Sage,FBI, also produced in person nine new faces of members Art Ray, Gary Moller, Larry Miller, Guy Davis, Al Block, Stump Sowada, Roger Collins, Jerry Lestio and Hap Arnold. Now spelling and membership of the above may not be totally correct, we want to recognize these people. We did miss regulars Joe Trochta, Harry Smith and Loman Wheeler and their wives. We did have a great turn-out.
Again, we thank Charlie Jones and his wealth of contacts for cajoling former Attorney General Waggoner Carr to be our guest speaker February 20, 1995. We need a good showing of our members to hear Mr. Carrs involvement in Texas with the John F. Kennedy assassination.
For March and the time to reminisce about our Texas heritage, we have General Jay Matthews with his wife Babs, as our guests and guest speaker. Jay will address the history of the Teas military and its role during the Texas Revolution. Again, let's make plans for March 20th, the first day of Spring.

Last year we honored Vince Taylor with his 50-year certificate of continuous membership in the American Legion. This year of 1995 we will have several of Post 76 members receiving their half-century recognition, all having participated in World War II. Among the recognized names will be former Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough, Charlie Jones and others.
For the remainder of this fiscal year ending in September, we need to update our roster for Post 76 members 1995-6; we need to plan for a spring festivity in our spacious front yard to honor old-timers;especially those from WWII; we need to identify needy members of our Post who cannot pay their annual dues (we have many allocated to help); we need to see that all our members have caps and name tags (see Adjutant Loman Wheeler); we need to attend district and state conventions to show our Post 76 strength; and enthusiasm; we need to be aware of and help the Boy Scout Troop we are sponsoring. Small as it is, we now have have learned that there are three Cub Scout Troops in the area that will provide potential members for our troop; we need to help Joe Trochta and Paul Barker in their continuing efforts to have Post 76 one of the best represented Posts at Boys State; we need to continue our efforts to provide young high school students to participate in the local, district, and state oratorical competitions headed up by our own Avadne Montandon, Womens Auxillary; we need to learn more about our French boxcar; its meaning and history (our on-going supporter is Clara Hohertz);we need to spend more time volunteering around our Post home cleaning the ground, sprucing up, and making it a source of pride (Dean can use some weekend help);we need to start thinking about nominating a new slate of new officers for 1995-96. We need to thank Steve Rye, our phantom Editor, for ritually on a monthly basis putting together, publishing and disseminating our newsletter!

New Members
Gary Noller, Robert Lawson, Lawrence Miller, Thomas Anderson, David Ohara, Mirl Jenkins, John Pacheco

TAPS
Our sympathy goes to the family of James Grizzard upon his death. James was a WWII veteran and Past Commander of Post 76.
Judge Advocate and Past Post and Department Commander Vince Taylor and Executive Committeeman Rosie Resenberg passed away recently.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

Psalms 104: 27-28

These all wait for you that you may give them their food in due season. What you give them they gather in, with your open hand you fill theirs with good!
When we observe all the ills, hunger, and needs along with those who are "sick-minded", it can make us want to hide, hoping all will pass. The scriptures teach us that God gives and we are privileged to receive.
The pattern prayer given by Jesus-"Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name As a child I once prayed--"Our Father which art in Heaven, Howard is thy name"! Sometimes we misunderstand what we hear and repeat wrongfully that which we think someone has said. The tongue can be a terrible body part, it can ruin a persons life. Let us guard our tongues in this coming year.
There are so many great men in our Post who are humble, loving, God-praising men who, when called upon, will answer the call with all their being. That is why it is such a privilege to serve as Chaplain of Post 76. Please pray for me in the coming year that I will be healthy and able to carry on.

Guide us O' thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrims in this barren land,
We are weak, but thou art mighty,
Lead us with thy guiding hand.

Prayer:Heavenly Father, God of all who call upon thy name. As blind men, we reach out dor your guiding hand as this old song echoes in our soul. Help us to hold on and be worthy of citizenship in this great country. Bless it with loyal people, dedicated leaders, and guard us from unlawful acts. Keep us from cowardly fear. Bless the Veterans of our nation and grant that the American Legion will always do your will.AMEN

Auxillary Chaplains Comments
Patience is a Virtue

Once upon a time there were three frogs. Their names were "Tad","Ihop", and "Spright". One night they were playing, hopping about and having a good time, until suddenly they fell into a large bucket of milk. All three flopped around for a while, but "Tad" and "Ihop" gave up, started to cry, went into despair, and they then sank to the bottom of the bucket and drowned. Poor things!
But "Spright" didn't give up. He just kept flopping and jumping and kicking all night long, until morning came. When morning came, there he was-safe on top a big clump of butter.
Webster defines "patient" as bearing pain or trials calmly or without complaint, manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain, not hasty or impestuous;steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity, Patience forbears with fortitude.
In the Holy Scriptures, James 1:2-3 reads, "Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, know that the testing of your faith produces endurance".
Hebrews 10:36, "For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise".
Patience is a virtue we all need to practice and improve upon each day. Gods love be with us all.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

Managers Notes
The Dinner Meeting was wonderful and you all were so kind to share our Anniversary. To all who stayed and shared the cake and champagne, thank you! Special thanks to Marvin and all our officers who shared our joy. We missed all those who could not come.
All of you have been so great to Marty and I this past year. Thank you and we look forward to serving you for years to come.
Dean and Marty Smith

March 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

February proved to be a month of rememberances with the loss of active comrades "Rosie" Rosenberg, Vince Taylor, and Wilford Wissian. Their presence and participation in our monthly meetings will be notably missed. Our sincere sympathies are extended to their families.
Our February dinner meeting featuring former Attorney General Waggoner Carr proved quite fascinating with his comments regarding the State of Texas role in the Warren Commissions investigation of the Kennedy assasination. Mr. Carr played a significant role representing Texas.
In April, the month we honor "old-timers" will feature State Comptroller John Sharp as Speaker. Weather permitting we'll have a BBQ catered on the front lawn of our Post home. Be sure to invite "old-timers", particularly those veterans we haven't seen or heard from in some time. Starting time will be 6:00 p.m. for a social hour.

Boys State applicants and selection are well underway in the able hands of Paul Barker and Joe Trochta with help from Dave Dietzen, Albright and others. We've made available $2,000 to help or partially help students who cannot with the help of their schools, come up with $250 each. Boys State participants recieve a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience that helps mold many a youngsters future. Please help if called upon.
Immediately following Boys State, Girls State "honchoed" on our behalf by Avadne Montandon, will take place. Please feel free to call and help Avadne if necessary.
Will Ivie, our Vice Commander, is heading up the requests from EMS, APD,AFD and the Sherriffs department, to select four outstanding members of each of these departments to be honored this fall. If called upon, please help Will pursue this project to make it one of our annual success stories.
We are continuing to provide monthly financial help to "needy" veterans in the Austin area. Our thanks to Gene Volcik for his efforts to totally understand these needs as our Service offficer.
We have also provided financial aid to a young boys softball team in Austin through our ad in the teams program.Our goal in the future would be to "sponsor" a baseball team and become a participant in the American Legion baseball program.
Felix Legendre is continuing to spark our sponsorship of our Boy Scout Troop
We have other Legion programs that we address each year including the oratorical contest (Avadne Montandon); our parade participation; our one-time participation in the Fredricksburg 1995 50th Anniversary of the VE-VJ Day celebrations; and others.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

Very few today will listen to a prophet or prophetic speaker and fewer will hear the words. The heavenly hieroglyphics of today are too much for the highly educated to interpret those who have no God-given knowledge. When God set forth a prophecy by his power and truth, it is joined together with detailed instructions, and the practical way to accept it. You know that it is from God every time and it comes to pass exactly as he set it forth to do.
There have been many "doom sayers"-Jim Jones, David Koresh, Mary Baker Eddy, Jim Bakker--people who have begun with the truth and then changed it. All of these individuals began as good people and then became false prophets. Do not be discouraged by false doctrine. It shows that you know Gods word and says you refuse to live in fear and doubt. God gives purpose and to all who ask, he gives knowledge. We must learn to use the talents given to us by God.
We must follow what it says in Micah 6:8..."and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" The point is that we know Gods word and we refuse to live in fear and doubt. God bless each and every one of you.

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

Not too long ago I was in a Bible Study group and the subject was depression. The question was asked of each one of us, "What do you do when you are feeling depressed to help yourself feel better?" One little "older" lady said. " I take a warm bath and that helps me to relax, and then I make myself a pot of 'chicken and dumplings'." Another lady piped up and said, "Then you invite all your friends in to help you to eat them." To which the first lady replied, "What friends? If I had a friend I would not be depressed!"
What is a friend? Our English word "friend" comes from the same root as the word "freedom". A genuine friend sets us free to be who and what we are. We can pour out our doubts and talk freely about the wolves howling at the door in our life. A friend makes us feel as if we are the most important person in the world. A good definition of a friend is one who multiplies joys and divides grief--one who understands our silence and is a volume of sympathy, a heart that beats true for all time and never leaves us.

I Have One Friend Like This

Some friends know all about us
And likes us just the same.
They fully accept us--
Not asking us to change.

They see the best in us
For they see us with their heart.
They hear the best form us--
Such listening is an art.

Acceptance and approval
May be our deepest need.
I have one friend like this
And I'm grateful indeed.

Our Dearest Friend

Life oft'times seems so empty
When we know great despair,
And we forget our dearest Friend
Is just as close as prayer.
There's always a silver lining
Behind our clouds so gray.
With faith in God our cares and fears
Will quickly fade away.

"Behold, God is my salvation;I will trust and not be afraid".(Isaiah 12:2)
God is our Dearest Friend.

For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler,Chaplain

Managers Notes
It is with kind feelings and a thankful heart that I write this letter. Since coming to Post 76 my life has changed. I've learned to care and love people again. My ministry in life has always been to help others. You have given me your help and love to carry out those things expected of me.
When we first came to Post 76 we were looking for a home and we call this great place home! My work was a joy for I truly love the public rentals and the Post meetings. I will continue to act as Chaplain and Scout Committee Vice-Chairman.
It was painful to give my two weeks notice; however I must for I've been given a position with the State of Texas. I will continue to help in any way I can and will be more active in Post work than ever. It is my intent to petition the comrades to allow me to work on the Building and Grounds Committee. Thank You!
Dean and Marty Smith

TAPS
We note with regret the passing of Wilfed Wisian, a 50 year member of the American Legion and a staunch supporter of Travis Post 76 both as a member and an officer.

April 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

March ushered in one of the most beautiful "Springs" we have witnessed in Austin. The stage is set for our outdoor April 17 dinner meeting honoring "Old-Timers: and featuring State Comptroller John Sharp, also a member of Post 76, as our dinner speaker. This event will be headed up by the volunteer committee of Dean Smith, Felix Legendre, John Pacheco and Marvin Beck. A brief memorial service for departed Legionnaires will be conducted at the meeting.
Our main meal will be catered and the only request from our members and guests will be to bring desserts.
March also brought in Linda Rogers, our new Manager-Caretaker, who has replaced Dean Smith. Linda has settled in and certainly seems to have made a smooth transition. We welcome her and her enthusiasm as one we look to keep our Post running on a day-to-day basis. We thank the Building Committee for its time and deliberations in filling this slot.
For our May 15th dinner meeting, our featured speaker will be Ms. Betty Baker, Senior Planner and recognized historical authority on Austin homes and structures and in many cases accompanying stories of much interest. This program will be a slight departure from our military theme in 1994-1995. However, having a historical home as our Post, we can appreciate Austins colorful history. Our main entree will be fajita beef and chicken, supplied with tortillas, salsa, cream cheese, and tomatoes. Please bring salads and desserts and the appropriate mexican side dishes of beans,etc.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

My thoughts for the past few weeks are all that has come to pass in the last few weeks: the loss of dear friends and acquantances.
One thing stands out in my mind. Who today would consider becoming a minister. Why would anyone in their right mind seek the judgement or criticism? It seems I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't! Also, seems today that the "super saints" are more critical than ever.
However, praise God that Jesus loves us just as we are; God never intended me or you to imitate Jesus Christ. We are supposed to be real, ourselves; it seems that the old song comes so much to mind-"Oh, Yes! I'm the great pretender!"
Beloved Comrades of the American Legion, take an active part in your Legion. Come to the meeting, join in the program. Boy Scouts, Boys State, Girls State; maybe you will help to start up Girl Scouts, softball, a bowling team, bridge club, domino club, or some other fellowship for young members. Something that will entice Desert Storm and Granada Vets to join. In talking with VFW commanders, they are also losing members. We need change, but good change!
Prayerful Preparation Produces Powerful Performances.
Prayer
Thank you, Oh,great Jehovah, for your continued blessings of our Country, State, City. Please guide us to great awareness to please you!
Amen.

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

Things are not always as they seem
There was a man who thought his wife was having a hearing problem so he spoke to his doctor about it. The doctor said "You can give your wife a simple hearing test for me," and he told the man what to do.
The man went home and as he stepped inside the house, he could see his wife standing at the sink. He said, "What's for supper?", but still got no response. He then went halfway into the room and again said, "What's for supper?" with no answer still. He then stood at her back and said, "What's for supper?" as before. At this, she turned around and said loudly, "Chicken. I've told you four times now, dummy. Get yourself a hearing aid!"
Things are not always as they seem. A can of pork and beans is one example. If we ever opened a can of pork and beans and found it half full of pork, we would probably say this is a big mistake and return it to the store in shock. There are artificial silk flowers that look and feel so real that we have to examine them very closely to know they are artificial. Sometimes counterfeit money can be passed off as the real thing for a period of time.
Things are not always as they seem with people. Every day we mix and mingle with people that pretend to be someone they are not. They will have you believe they are honest and true, a loving and kind person, and all the time they are two-faced, deceitful, and very cunning, just waiting for the chance to catch you in their web, like the spider and the fly. The Holy Scriptures say they are the sons of the Devil, for the Devil is the father of all lies. We read this in John 8:44. We must be wise. "Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be ye therefore wise as serpents and as harmless as doves".Matt. 10:16.
"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world".James 1:27
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler,Chaplain

Boy Scout Troop 415 News

by
Lisa Scott

February was a very active month for the troop. It started with Scoutmaster Eugene Calabro being presented the Silver Beaver award for his work with at-risk youth. The boys have also been busy. Troop member Erin McGinnis passed off on Life, and both he and Robert Scott are pushing on towards Eagle. They are currently working on their basketry merit badge with the help of their leaders.
The troop is also looking towards expansion. We have been in contact with Pack 24, which meets at Maplewood Elementary School. We have attended some of their meetings, as well as their annual Blue and Gold banquet. Robert and Erin were asked to dress in the O.A. dance clothing for the banquet and to talk a little about what our troop is doing.
On the last weekend of February, we had a joint camp-out at Lost Pines with some of the Webolos from the pack. Seven of the boys and three of their parents attended. This trip was planned entirely by Robert and Erin, who are honing their leadership skills. On Saturday, Robert and Erin worked with them on knots, led them on a short hike, and organized some games. While this was happening, Phil Scott (Asst. Scoutmaster) took the parents on a tour of Lost Pines. Later that evening we joined a troop from the Georgetown area for a campfire and some discussion about fire safety. The evening ended with the Webolos (and their parents) preparing and cooking foil dinners and baked apples. In spite of a very wet weekend the Webolos were able to complete their Outdoorsman skills requirements and more importantly--a good time was had by all!. Future plans include inviting them to the annual spring pow-wow for T.I.H.A. (Texas Indian Hobbyist Association), which will be held in April at Robinson City Park, Llano. We will be contacting the pack leaders soon concerning this camp-out.
The next few months will be a busy time for all of us, Besides the usual assortment of Scout activities our plates will be filled with such things as a camping trip to Mustang Island; junior leadership training (Silver Pines); summer camp; pow wows; and Philmont. We will report on all of our "happenings" as they occur.

New Members
Dan Oliver-Vietnam-USAF

May 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Our April "Oldtimers" dinner meeting proved to be quite successful. We commenced with the POST EVERLASTING ceremony honoring our comrades who have been called from our midst. Thanks to everyone for their time and efforts in making this a memorable ceremony. We also honored several "Oldtimers" with 50 year certificates of continuous membership in the Amercian Legion Travis Post 76.
Our dinner meeting was capped off with an excellent BBQ diner prepared by Mikeskas and an informational and 'state-of-the-state fnances' optimistic talk by our state Comptroller John Sharp, also a member of our post.
Our May 15 dinner meeting is scheduled to have Ms. Betty Baker, Senior Planner and noted historical authority with the City of Austin, who wil present a slide program of historical homes and buildings of Austin. Our main entree will be fajita beef and chicken, supplied with tortillas, salsa, cream cheese, and tomatoes. Please bring salads and desserts and the appropriate mexican side dishes of beans,etc.
Boys State will be the main theme of our June 19th Dinner meeting. We will recognize our Post sponsored young men who attended this year and let them relate to us their weeks experiences and achievements. Their parents are also invited. Linda Rogers will assist in preparing a young mans favorite, spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic bread. Members, please bring salads, appropriate side dishes, and desserts. We have also planned for the presentation of oral achievements plaques for the selected Firefighter, Policeman, EMS Person, and Sheriffs Officer. This annual event is spearheaded by Will Ivie and his wife, Pat.

To round out the present fiscal year, the following monthly schedule is in place:

June 19:Boys State honorees dinner with Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs Department honorees; Mikeskas "fish-fry" is scheduled.

July 17:Girls State honorees dinner (Womens Auxillary).

August 21:Installation of new officers;District Commander Joe Trochta administering induction ceremonies.
Also awards to Post 76 members including Steve Rye and Dave Dietzen.

Our many thanks to Harry Smith for the successful ROTC program of support with medals(and in some cases certificates and ribbons) to our local high schools and the University of Texas. Reagan and McNeil High Schools ROTC programs were recognized as well as the ARMY, NAVY, and AIR FORCE ROTC programs at the Universityof Texas. Six medals at individual ceremonies were awarded by members of our Post for a total of 18 medals. Many thanks were passed back to out Post by individual recipients.
Once again our Boys State Program proved to be quite successful, thanks to Paul Barker and Joe Trochta. We sponsored 19 boys from ten schools as delegates and alternates.

Names for Post Rooms
The upstairs room is now the Hall of Honor.
The southwest room downstairs is now the Freedom Room.
The southeast room downstairs is now the Texas Room.
The northeast room downstairs is now the Alamo Room.
These names were approved at last Julys business meeting.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

As manager and Chaplain of Post 76, it was my privilege to observe not only the implementation of programs but to sit in on meetings of Buildings and Grounds, Executive, etc.
I am very concerned about those members of the Post that annually pay their dues but never participate in any of the activities. We are in need of young people to participate; it seems we are too quickly approaching the time where we will not have any members active.
For the past two years I have enlisted as many members as possible--I've walked and talked Legion. I am sincerely interested in Post 76 and those elected to represent it. If our image in the community is that we are not very involved, we are in danger of a great loss. Many will not take the time to ever read the newsletter;sad! Election time is here again, come and take part, be counted.
PrayerFather of all and our Supreme Commander, grant us the privilege to serve our city, county, state and nation. Recieve all to your presence who have passed on in the last few months. Keep us safe in your peace until you call us to that great Reunion.AMEN

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

Holding a Grudge

One day a visitor leaned on the old fence around a farm while he watched an old farmer plowing with a mule. After a while the visitor said to the farmer, "I don't like to tell you how to run your business, but you could save yourself a lot of work by saying 'Gee' and 'Haw' to that old mule instead of just tugging on the lines."
The old farmer pulled a big handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his face; then said."Reckon you're right, but this animal kicked me five years ago and I ain't spoke to him since."
There is a Country-Western song that's titled"Digging Up Bones". The theme of the song is about holding a grudge of digging up old hurts and holding them and never letting go. So forgive and forget. It is very obvious that a grudge is harder on the one who holds it than the one it is held against.
The Apostle Paul said that we are to forgive any man if we have a quarrel against him Just like Christ forgave us, we are to forgive each other.
Col 3:13"For when the One Great Score-Keeper comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game".
We must remember if God and Christ can extend mercy to us for our wrongs, surely we can be merciful to those who offend us.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

Boy Scout Troop 415 News

by
Lisa Scott

On the first weekend of the month, March 3-4, there was an Order of the Arrow fellowship held at the Lost Pines Scout reservation in Bastrop. There was the usual O.A. action as well as a Pow-Wow, which was attended by O.A. members and their guests.
On the weekend of March 15-16, there was the annual Spring dance for T.I.H.A. (Texas Indian Hobbyist Association) held in Llano. We camped along the Llano River in Robinson City Park. We admired the wild flowers, visited, danced and even won a few raffles. Besides troop members, Legionnaire Felix Legendre joined us in our general good time. We hope that other members of the Post will join us in future outings and especially Felixs lovely wife, Pat.
Members of the troops are working on Leather Working and Basketry Merit Badges and continue to do yard maintenance at the Post. We wish to thank American Legion Post 76 for their benerous support. Because of their help, both Robert and Erin will be able to attend the Silver Pines Jr. Leadership in June.

NEXT MONTH: MUSTANG ISLAND!

New Members
Jim Bacchus,Lawrence Trevino,George Stone

Sick Call
Chaplain Dean Smith reported two on the sick list. Mirl Jekins is in a local nursing home and enjoys visitors. David McDonald is seriously ill in a local hospital.

TAPS
We were recently advised by Mrs Lanning of the death of Frank Laning. Our sympathy is extended to that family.
Also, our sympathy goes out to the family of Tim Harris upon his recent death. Tim had 48 years of continuous membership in the American Legion.
The Post received word just before the meeting that Mrs A.O.Willman passed away. She lived in a nursing home in Dripping Springs and was the widow of of a 70 year member of the Legion.

June 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Betty Baker, Senior Planner for the city of Austin, kept our group of regular attendees captivated with her slide show of historic Austin structures and homes, minced with her wit, humor and anecdotes of "old time Austin". Betty will be leaving her position with the City of Austin to assume a role with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Boys State will be the main theme of our June 19th Dinner meeting. We will recognize our Post sponsored young men who attended this year and let them relate to us their weeks experiences and achievements. Their parents are also invited. Linda Rogers will assist in preparing a young mans favorite, spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic bread. Members, please bring salads, appropriate side dishes, and desserts. We have also planned for the presentation of oral achievements plaques for the selected Firefighter, Policeman, EMS Person, and Sheriffs Officer. This annual event is spearheaded by Will Ivie and his wife, Pat.
Our July 17th Dinner Meeting will feature Girls State representatives sponsored by our Post. Ginny Smith, President of the Womens Auxillary, and Avadne Montandon, our everlasting honcho for Girls State, will be responsible for the menu and the program. Many thanks to Ginny and Avadne for their ongoing efforts to make our Post inviting for the Auxillary.
The July 17 Dinner Meeting will honor the young ladies and their families from our Post 76 region who attended Girls State in Seguin, Texas. Mrs, Virginia Smith, President of the Womens Auxillary, and Avadne Montandon, our Girls State icon, will be in charge of the program. "Good 'ole fried chicken" will be be furnished by the Womens Auxillary. Please bring salads, the appropriate side dishes, and desserts to compliment fried chicken.
The August dinner meeting will focus on the installation of the new officers of Travis Post 76 for the 1995-96 year. Our member and District Commander Joe Trochta will conduct the installation of Legion officers and deliver a brief follow-up message to our membership. Prior to the Legions installation, the Womens Auxillary will also install their new officers for the 1995-6 year. The main course for the dinner will be honey-baked spiral cut ham. Please bring the appropriate side dishes, salads and desserts.

Thanks to Mrs. Dennis donation of the historic mirror to our Post. This mirror once hung above our fireplace in the late 1800s and early 1900s and once again will hang in the same place.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

In the beginnning God!

I find that our God does not in any way need me. If I were to choose to do absolutely nothing, it would not affect his work at all. My little life is as a grain of sand on the great beaches of the world-insignificant. There are those who think their little grain is the center of the beach and all the other grains of sand are held together by them! The Scripture says:"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to flesh, but according to the Spirit".
Do not worry about mans plans and eogos. The Scripture also says:"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". This scripture is why I have little care about what man thinks of me. I must walk my individual walk and no one elses. I thank God daily for all Legionnaires and especially those who made sacrifices. In looking at the old records, I've seen where Clara Hohertz and the Ladies of the Auxillary had bake sales to pay the taxes. If they hadn't, we would not have our beautiful home. For Emmett Shelton, and many other Commanders, who served selflessly; Joe Trochta for his beginning the repairs to the building and also when he recommended that if we wanted to continue to rent the Post, we needed a facelift; then Marvin, Harry and others that carried the ball to get the work done. It takes a special kind of man to be Commander and one to be Buildings and Grounds Vice-Commander.
A special thank you to Mrs. Jo Dennis for her wonderful gift to our Post of the 150 year-old mirror that belonged to her great-grandfather Charles Johnson, that hung over the mantle in the Formal Room. It will be "home" again because of her generosity. We will honor her for her gift.
I hope and pray for you all that you will join those who come to the meetings and take part in the great fellowship at Post 76.
Prayer:O Father of all life, may your presence be felt in every home of our Legion. May your grace and peace abound. may your loving kindness give strength to the weak, healing to the sick and spiritual awareness to us all.AMEN

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

There is a song dear to my heart that goes like this:

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful minds,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace--Amen

This is the prayer I have in heart for everyone. Sometimes we forget that God is in control. We become discouraged with daily disappointment, with things going wrong from the way we want them to go. We become weary from hearing things like--"In the past things were different and better than now." The past is gone, but we should not forget the past is the backbone of the present that we can learn from and build on to grow successfully into a body of people for today and the future years to come, making changes or carrying on with present plans.
We should remember the past as history and study it with open minds, believing we can still use the examples set before us to plan for the future.
The younger generation should listen to the older generation for advice and guidance. They have been down the roads of experience and have passed through the good, the bad, and the ugly, and they know the better ways.
There are some of my thoughts as we approach a new beginning, a new year of service in our Auxillary Unit 76. We need all members to come to ur business meeting to help the faithful few that are now trying to keep our Auxillary in existence. We don't want to let our Auxillary go out of existence--it has been in service since March 11, 1920--for 75 years! Wouldn't it be a shame for us to be the ones, in our foolish ways, to give it all up. We don't plan on doing that but this is a cry for help and perhaps a warning of the seriousness of how things stand. I thought you all needed to know the way things are.
Written with Hope.
Respectfully,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

A Historical Report on some of the Activities of Auxillary Unit 76 in Times Gone By

Narrarated by Clara Hohertz, Past President to Merle Wheeler, Chaplain and Past President

The 1950s, 60s, and 70s were very busy but prosperous years for Auxillary Unit 76. Clara says she was a new member in early 1950 and she was employed at the University of Texas, so having full-time employment kept her from participating in a lot of the activities, but she remembers all the many things that were being done for the good of the public, and most of all for the good of the Post and Unit 76. Clara was employed at UT for 30 years during this time, but was involved as much as her time would allow in the work of Auxillary Unit 76 to her fellow man.
During the 30 years she was a hard worker and received several awards for her services.
These are some of the services rendered by our Unit 76 as remembered by Clara.
In the 1950s each year there would be a City-wide picnic at Barton Springs on the Fourth of July. American Legion Post 76 would have a Bingo Booth. The ladies of Unit 76 would help with food and "goodies" and with the Bingo Booth, thus acquiring some money for their Unit to help with expenses. At least once a month, the ladies prepared and sold fried chicken dinners at the courthouse to the public. The workers and people on jury duty really appreciated this as there were not many good food establishments nearby.
Once a month. the ladies served supper to the Forty and Eight meetings, receiving just payment for their services. Once a year they served a semi-formal banquet for the Forty and Eight Convention, using formal dinnerware. Clara says they had a lot of dishes to wash afterwards with only one small sink to work in, but with a lot of hard work the dishes all came out clean. When Post 76 had special dances, the ladies had a refreshment stand to serve drinks and goodies to everyone.
The ladies did lots of volunteer work also. Some of the work was at the Temple Veterans Hospital, and the Unit donated many gifts such as TV sets and radios, and lots of special foods.
The prepared food and took it to families when there was sickness, or a death in the family, and served food to the bereaved on the day of the funeral. The Legion presented the flag to the wives of the one that had passed on, and the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps was present also. Unit 76 served refreshments to the Girls State participants who were housed at the Institute for the Blind and Deaf in South Austin.
Our Unit 76 has a history of serving people. Members have a lot of care in their hearts, and they brought us to where we are today. I say we owe them a big vote of THANKS!

New Members
Karl Burkett, Bobby Coffey

July 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

Our Boys State Dinner combined with our public service honorees (Fireman, EMS, Sheriff & APD) was attended by more than one hundred in our upstairs banquet hall.
Commander Elect Will Ivie, and his wife, Pat, receive our thanks for their efforts in obtaining candidates for our public service awards. Both written commendations and engraved plaques were presented to four recipients with impressive credentials.
We thank Paul Barker, District Commander Joe Trochta, Dave Dietzen, Don Phillips and others of Post 76 who participated in the Annual Boys State week making it a memorable experience in the working of our state government and the resulting comraderie for the nineteen or so young men sponsored by Post 76. Approximately fourteen of these young men and their familes (quite a turn-out) atttended our dinner and afterwards gave us a verbal account of some of their experiences and lasting impressions. The sponsorship of these young men in this nation-wide program should make us proud as a Post. Boys state is sponsored and financed by the State Legion Departments across the United States and delegates from states are then selected to attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
The July 17 Dinner Meeting will honor the young ladies and their families from our Post 76 region who attended Girls State in Seguin, Texas. Mrs, Virginia Smith, President of the Womens Auxillary, and Avadne Montandon, our Girls State icon, will be in charge of the program. "Good 'ole fried chicken" will be be furnished by the Womens Auxillary. Please bring salads, the appropriate side dishes, and desserts to compliment fried chicken.
The August dinner meeting will focus on the installation of the new officers of Travis Post 76 for the 1995-96 year. Our member and District Commander Joe Trochta will conduct the installation of Legion officers and deliver a brief follow-up message to our membership. Prior to the Legions installation, the Womens Auxillary will also install their new officers for the 1995-6 year. The main course for the dinner will be honey-baked spiral cut ham. Please bring the appropriate side dishes, salads and desserts.

Auxillary Presidents Comments

All the ladies of the Auxillary wish to thank the Post for the generous donation you made to our benefit last month. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate to the National Auxillarys Cancer Research Program, Auxillary Fund (from which monies are distributed to needy members), and the Nursing Scholarship Program. We also paid our Fidelity Bond Fee, made our Christmas donation to the Veterans Hospital in Temple (and added a donation for postage,etc), paid delegate fees to the District and State Conventions, along with a small check to our District President for her travels to visit our Unit and all her help. We also purchased poppies (all funds we receive from poppies are used only for veterans affairs), and purchased sympahty cards we send to members, along with our prayers which are donated with much love. We will be buying the fried chicken for the Girls State Dinner., and in the near future will be purchasing some tablespoons which are needed in the kitchen. We have also voted $125.00 for Service Officer Gene Volcik to aid a needy veteran with.
Once again, Thank You.
Ginny Smith, President
Auxillary Unit 76

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

In life we share.
We learn to care,
We see and do,
We watch each clue.
When called to arms,
We protect from harm,
We do not dare,
To walk away, not care.
Listen as we tell,
Of a country going to Hell,
We must not whine and pout,
We bring all back with a shout.
We can't give up, we can't give out.
We'll call to all repent,
In all of Life were sent,
To Tell of thy Son, our Lord,
Of Life eternal with you our God.

In these days of carelessness I fear we live with many who refuse to honor God above Country. This may wreck our great nation. We are in a transition period of return to the truth. Many of our wonderful young people are returning to honesty, integrity, worship and respect. We, who are responsible, must honor this return with love, prayer, respect and example. The day will come when we will cry before God for forgiveness if we fail.
James Albright, our Sergeant-at-Arms, has fallen and damaged his knee and foot. Your prayers for him will be appreciated.
Prayer:Heavenly Father, glory, honor and praise be ours at the altar of our heart. Forgive us our trespasses toward our chidren. We pledge to you our faithfulness to follow the path you light before us, to help all our comrades who need our encouragement. Help us to not place our faith in money; help us to place all faith in your tender mercies. Bless our leaders as we embark on a new year. Give our leaders the knowledge and wisdom to make the right decisions that will overcome all obstacles. May we accomplish more this year than last and we plead with you to create a desire in the hearts of all to support these efforts in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.AMEN

Auxillary Chaplains Comments
GETTING ALONG
It takes a soft answer and a Loving Touch!
Sometimes when I'm in front of my mirror combing my hair. I will make faces at myself and see how many different expressions I can make, just for fun.I start with pleasant, joyful, happy, estatic--and I change the mood. I become sad, remorseful, frightened, angry, ugly, mean, upset, sick, grieved, and then relief, glad and happy. I'm me again. They were just facial expressions, and I was just having fun.
But facial expressions and the tone of ones voice can turn love into hate, the important things into unimportant, and the truth into a lie.
An illiterate laborer gave a letter from his son to a busy co-worker to read aloud. "It's from your son." the bothered worker said gruffly, "He's sick and wants you to send him some money right away." The worker sniffed and then added, "Some son you've got!"
"That boy! Who does he think he is, demanding money! I'm not sending him a dime," the angry father replied.
On the way home that evening, the man met a member of his church."I want you to see the letter my son sent me," he said. The kind friend read in a soft voice, "Dear Father, I am very sick and I haven't any money. Please send me some so that I might come home. Love, your son, Bill."
When the friend had finished, the father felt very sad. "Poor Bill," he said."I'd better send him some money right away. He's a good boy."
We can make life sad or joyful by our attitudes toward others. God wants us to get along well one with another. He wants us to be kind and gentle with each other. It takes a soft answer and a loving touch.
Proverbs 15:1 says, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger!"
Respectfully,
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

Sick Call
On the sick list, Dean Smith was reported to be in the hospital last week, but is recovering at home.

August 1995

Commanders Comments

Marvin Beck, Post Commander

We'd like to thank the Womens Auxillary of Travis Post 76 for hosting the July dinner meeting which recognized and honored Girls State participants sponsored by our post. Special thanks go to Auxillary President Mrs. Harry Smith for the delicious fried chicken furnished by the Auxillary and Avadne Montandon for the Girls State program.
The August dinner meeting will focus on the installation of the new officers of Travis Post 76 for the 1995-96 year. Our member and District Commander Joe Trochta will conduct the installation of Legion officers and deliver a brief follow-up message to our membership. Prior to the Legions installation, the Womens Auxillary will also install their new officers for the 1995-6 year. The main course for the dinner will be honey-baked spiral cut ham. Please bring the appropriate side dishes, salads and desserts.
The September meeting will feature fried chicken and potato salad.

The August dinner meeting will mark the end of my year as Commander of Post 76. The year has been enjoyable and rewarding for me and I want to thank the membership for entrusting the Commander role to me. I hope we have introduced a few new programs, a few new faces, and renewed enthusiasm for being a part of Travis Post 76. As long as we have an Adjutant such as Loman Wheeler we can be assured of a smooth running Post.
There are other members to whom I will silently thank and they know who they are. I wish the best for the new officers and Executive Committee and have faith that they will continue the long standing history of leadership of Travis Post 76.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

God and Country:God and Soldier we adore; In times of danger not before; Danger gone and all things righted; Gods forgotten and Soldier slighted. Winston Churchill

Precious men and women of Post 76, as you are all aware of by now, I have had some health setbacks. Anemia, thyroid, heart problems. Because of many prayers, the medication seems to be working and the reports of my demise are grossly exaggerated. Ha!
We are all concerned about patriotism and the knowledge of our great national integrity. As I watched a show recently, my heart broke as young people did not know the answers to patriotic questions.
My last column was somewhat negative to some but it is my heart felt wish that all men and women would examine our efforts to help all we can to know just how much our Legion cares for our city, county, state and nation. Some of the best men and women I have ever met are members of the Legion. I take pride in our accomplishments and even our failures that we can learn from. I encourage all who have not been active to come; you won't know what you are missing until you do take an active place along side of other great men and women. We can accomplish more for God and country.
Prayer: May our hearts and minds be ever filled with your goodness and love. Help us to have the knowledge to put into our lives those things that will help others to know the truth and be free! May we understand the rights of all humanity and stand strong for our great United States. Grant healing to our sick and strength to our weak. In the name of the Father,the Son, and the Holy Spirit.AMEN

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

WHERE IS THE BEAUTY?
The Bible says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned". Proverbs 31:30.
Charles Dickens said, Cheerfulness and contentment are a great beautifier and are preservers of youthful looks.
"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones". Proverbs 15:30
Where is the beauty? A man and his wife were driving along on a vacation trip out west. As they were getting near a town, the man said, I think we will stop here at this gas station.
His wife said in a rough, high pitched voice, What for?. To buy some gasoline, he answered. Again in her ugly tone of voice, she asked, What for? She sat with a scowl on her face, over against the door on her side of the car.
As the station attendant was finshing servicing the car, he said, So you folks are here on vacation. Where are you from? The man answered, We are from Hope, Arkansas.
The wife said in her ugly tone of voice, What did he say? The station attendant said,
Oh, yeah! Hope, Arkansas! I know where that is, I dated a girl there one time for about a week. It was the most miserable week I ever spent in my life.
The wife, still in her ugly attitude once again said, What did he say? The husband answered her, He said he thinks he may know you.
Where is beauty? "Be beautiful inside, in your heart, with lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit which is so precious to God".Peter 3:14.
"For the eyes of the Lord are intently watching all who live good lives, and he gives attention when they cry to him".Psalms 34:15
Be careful of the words you say!
Keep them soft and sweet,
You never know from day to day,
Which ones you'll have to eat!

Strive to be sweet--
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

New Members
James Tate, James Evans, Fred Spillman

TAPS
We regret the passing of Jerry Listz, a veteran of Vietnam, with 12 years membership in the Legion. Our prayers are with his family.

September 1995

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Please accept my gratitude for all who participated in my recent election as Commander of this post. Several years ago we began a process of successorship which I believe has and will serve this post well into the future. The other officers such as First Vice-Commander Will Brown and Second Vice-Commander Mark Wilson have contributed to this post in other positions prior to the recent election. Others such as our Adjutant Loman Wheeler and our Finance Officer Ron Turner have given tremendous service for years and have allowed us to impose another year of service in these offices. These years of service provide an insight which is absolutely necessary to effectively contribute to the decision making required for this post. Our immediate Past Commander Marvin Beck now sits on our Executive Committee, where he will continue to provide valuable guidance. I am sure they all join me in asking that those of you who are receiving this newsletter and have not attended a meeting recently, would make an effort to become involved in our activities. One of the easiest ways is to enjoy a dinner meeting with us on the third Monday of each month.
This month our business meeting will be on the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday. Due to a shortened planning time frame I will have to suprise you with the speaker. However, the choice of a menu is easy and should draw a crowd. It seems to me at least that the favorite dinner menu has been fried chicken and that we have it far too infrequently. Thus, my first decision as commander is fried chicken. Please bring potato salad if you can. Maybe you could put your name and recipe on a card and we could enjoy the great variety of tastes. Of course, desserts are always welcomed.
For the October dinner meeting, two representatives from the Elder Law and Healthcare Division of the Texas Attorney Generals office will discuss fraud against the elderly. One of the speakers is a retired Colonel. We will have BBQ brisket along with some beans and fresh bread. Potato salad or cole slaw will go nicely, but use your imagination. There's always room for dessert.

Finally, let me comment on the continuous effort to get new members and to get existing members to rejoin by paying their dues. This past year we did not meet our goal, although we did exceed our prior year membership. I ask that you get those dues in as soon as possible. If you need assistance, please contact our adjutant, since we want to keep you as a member.

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

Merl Jenkins is in Monti Siesta Nursing Home with his wife. Maybe some of us can go by occasionally to visit. He is lonely. James Albright is up and running...slowly! He attended the August Business Meeting.

WHO ARE GODS SEERS TODAY?
1 Samuel 9:18-10:1-28 The prophet of God speaks,"I am the seer, go up ahead of me to the high place for today you are to eat with me...in the morning Saul ascended">
Where are Gods seers today? God never changes, he is always the same. He has seers today, annointed by God, guided by God, blessed by God, purified by God, able to take you and I to a high place to commune and have fellowship and worship God. Seers, not those who claim to see through worldly blinded eyes, to hear through deaf ears and to speak with tongues of deceit.
1 Samuel 9:27Saul was given a personal message from God.10:1 He was annointed by Gods seer, appointed by God to be king over Israel.
Listen to ten things from Chapter 10:1-28.
1.Leader over Israel
2.That which was lost to you will be found
3.Your Father seeks you, his worry!
4.You will be fed by Gods people.
5.You will prophesy, by Gods spirit.
6.You will be changed into a different man.
7.You will be told by God what to do to please God. Your ears will be tuned to hear his voice.
8.Your former acquaintences will wonder about your authority.
9.Family will question your faith.
10.You are set apart from other men.

Prayer:Father, we are beginning a new year. There are many needs in our fellowship. There are those who need encouragement and love. Help us to lift up the fallen, heal the broken-hearted, visit the sick and support our Legion home for you and our country. Remove all obstacles that stand in the way of our team work.

Auxillary Chaplains Comments

THE PARADE
Joe was a little eight year old boy who lived with his mom and dad in a very small country town. There was only one street in this little town and it went down the middle of the town. The tiny schoolhouse was at the far end of the street from Joes house so he walked all the way down Main Street from his house to school and his parents are proud of him because he was a good boy.
One morning as he went to school, Joe saw lots of banners and posters on each side of the street advertising the Circus that was coming to town the next Saturday. When he got to school, all the kids were excited about the circus coming to town. Joe was excited also because he had seen pictures in books about the circus that had shown big lions, elephants, and clowns, but he had never seen a real circus. He decided he wanted to see this one. He told his parents about the circus coming to town and asked if he could go. They said, "Yes, you may go."
All week long he was excited and could hardly wait for Saturday to come. Saturday morning finally arrived, and Joe said. "Dad, I have done all my chores. May I go to the circus." His dad said, "Yes", and gave Joe a dollar bill. As Joe walked down Main Street, he could hear a band playing, and there were many people standing on each side of the street. He then saw this big wagon being pulled by two big horses, and he saw a big lion in a cage on the wagon. Behind the lion came the elephants marching side by side. Some pretty girls were riding on them. Joe was excited and all the people were cheering.
Finally, the clowns came along. They were the last of the parade. Joe ran out to the last clown and gave his dollar bill, and told the clown, "Thank You!" It all happened so fast that the clown didn't know what happened, so he went on out of sight with the rest of the parade. Joe went home content and happy, thinking he had seen the circus, when he had only seen the parade.He missed the main event--the Circus.
How many of us miss the "main event" in Gods plan for us? We skim the surface in life and just see and reach the little things when all we need to do is reach out, look up, and listen to the voice of god. God wants us to experience great things through his love for us.
Seek the Lord continuously
It's not enough to say, "I believe."
It's not enough to ask and receive.
It's not enough to reat the Lords Prayer
It's not enough to just say "I care".
It's not enough to be pleasant and kind.
It's not enough to keep God in mind.
It's not enough just to feed the poor.
It's not enough to forbear and endure.
For while these things are all good to do,
It's not enough for God---and you.
Jude 20,21--"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to eternal life".
Merle Wheeler, Chaplain

We just received word that member Maxie Templeton has been appointed Chief Petty Officer in the local Naval Reserve.

Managers Comments
After six months working here, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed working closely with Marvin Beck and Will Brown. There isn't always a thousand things to do but there are 101 things.
Marvin jumped in with both feet and did as much as he could. Thanks, Marvin. Will Brown has been a pleasure to work with, he has always been there when I needed him. He offered suggestions and answers, but he always makes me feel he is "helping" and not "bossing".
I also want to thank all the people who help in so many ways. You may not realize how big a help even the smallest job is but when you have so many to get done, they all help. Thank you, everyone.
Linda Rogers, Manager

The following was submitted by Walter Schlueter

GOD IS
God is like a Coke;
He's the real thing.
God is like aspirin;
He works wonders.
God is like a Hallmark card;
He cares enough to send the best.
God is like VO5 hair spray;
He works in all kinds of weather.
God is like Dial Soap;
Aren't you glad you know Him?
Don't you wish everybody did?
God is like Scotch Tape;
You can't see Him but you know He is there.
God is like your American Express Card;
Don't leave home without Him!

The following is a letter recieved by Adjutant Loman Wheeler from member Kerns Taylor.

Dear Mr. Wheeler:
Thank you for your letter and picture of my receiving my 50 year certificate. I deeply appreciate your coming to Houston and presenting it to me, beyond the call of duty. What an efficient Adjutant of the Post we have!
I was a Post Commander of the Post as was my father, O.C. Taylor, and I regret that I can't continue to come to meetings living in Houston, but I do look forward to the Post letters and following the progress of our historic Post and its members.
My best wishes to you and the Post members and appreciative regard for your and their continued loyal devoted service.
Yours very truly.
Kerns Taylor
United States Administrative Law Judge
Bellaire, Texas

The following was submitted by Past Commander Harry Smith

IT'S THE SOLDIER!
When the country has been in need, it has always been the soldier!
It's the soldier, not the newspaper which has given us the freedom of the press-
It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech-
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate-
It's the soldier, who salutes the flag, and serves under the flag-
It's the soldier whose coffin is draped with the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag-
And, it's the soldier who is called upon to defend our way of life!

TAPS
We note with regret the passing of member Richard Widup, an Air Force veteran of WWII.

October 1995

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Our September dinner meeting had an interesting format. The program consisted primarily of a presentation to our immediate Past Commander Marvin Beck. A very nice plaque was presented in appreciation for his past service as Commander and also for the many years he has served as Vice Commander. We also had a brief ceremony in which we installed the Missing in Action or POW chair which will be set at a table for all future dinner meetings. Our Chaplain Dean Smith provided insight into this new tradition.
Due to the limited program we were able to experiment with the timing of the dinner program and allow additional time for members to eat and converse with other members. I received some positive feedback that this was welcomed. However, I also heard that the speaker was an important part of the dinner meeting. I will continue to stretch the uninterrupted time devoted to the meal and conversations, but we will also have some very interesting speakers.
For the October dinner meeting, two representatives from the Elder Law and Healthcare Division of the Texas Attorney Generals office will discuss fraud against the elderly. One of the speakers is a retired Colonel. We will have BBQ brisket along with some beans and fresh bread. Potato salad or cole slaw will go nicely, but use your imagination. There's always room for dessert.
In November,we will have Pot Roast and potatoes as the main course. The speaker will be Glenn West of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, who will tell us about the wonderful things about to happen in Austin.

Please extend your best wishes to Emory Weldon fell in the line of duty while assisting the post by making an opening between the meeting room and the caretakers quarters. Emory felt bad when he returned home that night and went to Seton Hospital where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Thank you, Emory for all your hard work and we hope we'll see you soon at an upcoming meeting.
The scouts of our post are hosting a celebration on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. until noon. Food will be served. Please come and support our wonderful scouts as they build a strong troop.
On Saturday November 11th we will have our Past Commanders Breakfast. Cooks should come about 6:00 a.m. to prepare for a meal at about 8:00. Our First Vice Commander Mark Wilson now works in the Governors office and says he has asked that the Governor participate in the Veterans events. He suggests that we contact the Governor to see if he would like to eat breakfast with us prior to the Veterans Parade. I can't promise he'll choose our post, but please come and show your suport of Post 76; enjoy the best breakfast of the year and honor veterans.

Auxillary Presidents Comments

The ladies of the Auxillary were pleased to have the installation of our officers at the dinner meeting last month. The Auxillary officers have done a yeomans job this past year, and we are looking forward to another banner year. And in this connection, we invite all the wives of Post 76 to come and join us. We meet the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Post when the men are having their business meeting. So you can just ride along with your husband and spend some time with the Auxillary. Come find out what we are all about.
We would especially like to thank the Post for having our Charter framed for us. It will be hanging on the wall in our meeting room so all can see it. Thanks for doing such a nice favor for us.
Ginny Smith
President,Unit 76

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

"Ye search the scriptures daily, for in them ye have salvation",Jesus speaks to the Pharisees. "Building on thought instead of facts!
We liken the kingdom of God to a building not made with hands, a spiritual construction. The Architect is God with plans or blueprints drawn up by God! Men penned to paper for us to follow. A solid foundation he prepared for our benefit.
There are many today who build on other foundations; they have never read or understood the plan. They claim to be mechanics of this blueprint educated beyond men of the past, building in the name of God, yet never have they met the architect. Before you can build the building, you have to know and follow the directions of the Architect.
As a builder or General Contractor, I found my knowledge and understanding was not acceptable to City ordinance approval. I had to enlist an Engineer or Architect to get my plans approved. A release stamp before I could begin building. There is and has to be accountability and obedience of law.
The same is true when we talk of the church. If you don't know what to look for, how will you locate the church. Its beauty is sometimes hidden by the trees of indifference or a false wall built by the stones of idolatry covered by the grass of neglect. Through prayer and proper spiritual maturation, we can prepare ourselves for that time when Jesus will return to claim his building. Will we all be ready? Prayer:Father, restore the joy of our Lord and prepare in us ways to serve you in others and to live every day in anticipation of Jesus return. Thank you for helping all the leaders of our once great Nation. Restore our Christian heritage again. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

New Members
Earl Truesdale, Timothy Wright

Sick Call
On sick call, Chaplain Dean Smith reported that Emory Weldon suffered a heart attack and had a quadruple bypass. Emory is making satisfactory progress and has been released from the hospital.

New Members
We note with regret the passing of member Frank Eidelbach, who was active in Post 76 in the years following WWII.

November 1995

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

The 10th District Meeting in Brenham was interesting. Retired Colonel John Stavast, spoke about his time in Vietnam as a POW.
At our dinner meeting in October the BBQ Brisket from Braggers received rave reviews. There was plenty, so we'll have some leftovers at this months dinner. However, we will have Pot Roast and potatoes as the main course.
The speaker will be Glenn West of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, who will tell us about the wonderful things about to happen in Austin. We'll sing carols and have finger foods at our December meeting.
Thanks to Charlie Jones, we'll have Byron Sage from the FBI back to speak at our January meeting. We will discuss the recent hearings in Washington concerning the events in Waco.
John Sharp, the Comptroller and one of our members has agreed to speak in April.
We need to recommend a candidate for the Oratorical contest by the end of the year. Anyone interested in participating in this program please let me know.
November 11th is Veterans Day. We will have our Past Commanders Breakfast. We alerted you last month and it may have occurred by the time you receive this newsletter. We plan to serve bacon, scrambled eggs, big biscuits with Sausage Cream Gravy, Orange Juice and Coffee. If you haven't attended in the past, you're missing a great event. However, the cooks may be having the most fun. We start cooking about 6:00 a.m. and serve breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30. The Veterans Day Parade starts at 9:30, but we begin to line up on 3rd street right after breakfast. Thanks to Dave Dietzen for again providing the train. It attracts a lot of attention to our post and makes our participation more enjoyable. The Memorial service and the placing of the wreath at the Capitol will commence about 11:00.

Auxillary Presidents Comments

It has been a quiet month, but we're still here. As you may know, Lu and Betty Russell are probably having the time of their life on their "Round the World Trip". We are anxious for them to return so we can see the pictures. Merle Wheeler, Clara Hohertz and I will be attending the 10th District Meeting in Brenham, Saturday the 28th. We are sure to come home all fired up!
We are sorry to report the deaths of two of our members, Lois Hansen and Mary Willman. Our sympathy goes out to their families.
This wonderful fall weather should give us all a boost of energy to get on with the work at hand. Don't forget the Veterans Day Parade and we will have poppies for a donation at the November business meeting.
Ginny Smith
President, Unit 76

Chaplains Corner

Dean Smith

Mathew 20:1-16

In life there are many disappointments, many problems to solve, each person deals with them in a different manner. Some run, some procrastinate (I'll do it tomorrow!, and some never show up at all. Thank God for those who do. The faithful many of us are guilty of spreading ourselves too thin. We continue to ignore our limitations and therefore become overburdened with more to do than we can possibly do. We should consider giving a valid answer sometimes, NO! You see "no" is an answer, not the one some like to hear, but nevertheless a valid one.
In Matthew 20:1, there is a wealthy man who begins to hire workers. At days end he had hired all day long. Some had worked all day long, others only an hour. He paid them all the same wages. Those who had worked all day complained. The man replied, "Did you not agree to work all day for half a dollar. Take your pay and go! Don't chastise me for my generosity, it is my money to do with as I please." Be careful in what you agree to do. If you cannot perform a task in good faith and complete it without regret and complaint, then do not accept the job. And don't be jealous of anyone who comes in at a later date to work and get the job done!
On a sad note, Will Ivies mother has joined all our loved ones with God. We all look for that day when we will be reunited. Our prayers go to Will and his family in this time of sorrow.
PrayerFather, comfort all who have lost a loved one. Keep in our mind all who gave their lives for our freedom. Help each of us to stand up to the work needed to be done. Give each of us the knowledge and will to do what we can and to say no to what we cannot do!

Boy Scout Troop 415 News

We welcome to our troop four new scouts. Three from their crossover at Pack 24 and a transfer from another troop.
The boys are off to a good start already achieving the Boy Scout badge and on their way to Tenderfoot.
Our "Roast at the Post" was a well executed event. All scouts carried the work load and had a good time.
A round robin was organized by Robert Scott and Erin McGinnis. The younger scouts learned how to put up a tent and about back-packing equipment. Knot tieing and rope techniques were also taught.
Thank you for your support and pledge of confidence at the roast. Thanks also to Felix Legendre, Dean Smith, and your commander, Will Ivie.

Managers Comments
We now have our fence at the end of the front parking lot. As soon as it quits raining and dries out, I will paint it. The catering gate leading from the alley to the dining room will come later as the fence company is very busy at this time.
Rentals are going well. December is just about full for Christmas parties. I'm looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and the New Year.

TAPS
We note with regret the passing of member Joeseph Atikson. Joe was a member of the Legion for 48 years and volunteered for much of the electrical work in the Post Home during the fifties and sixties.

December 1995

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

November was a full month of activity. First was our annual Past Commanders Breakfast. Thanks to all the cooks for the bacon, eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy. Walter Schlueter provided the cast iron skillets, which have become a necessity. After breakfast, we participated in the parade down Congress Ave. Dave Dietzen provided the train which was a big hit. It is wonderful to see parents bring their children to remember the veterans. After laying the wreath at the Capital, Harry and Virginia Smith and I went to the Vietnam Memorial for a short service.
Afterwards, we decided to visit Post 83, where they had an open house and lunch for veterans. This was our first visit to this post, so we both discovered how to get there and had a good time meeting our fellow veterans.
Our November dinner was great. Emory Weldon was honored for his many years of service to the post. An apparently hungry crowd cleaned up more than thirty pounds of roast beef, along with baked and mashed potatoes and gravy. Our guest speaker detailed the growth and future of Austin. Thanks to Glenn West, the president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce for a truly outstanding talk about Austin.
Our December dinner will feature Christmas Carols, small sandwiches and other finger foods. Please bring your favorite finger foods and desserts. This has been a good time for all for the last few years.
Byron Sage, our local G-man will return in January to bring us up to date on the hearings in Washington regarding the FBI activities at Waco. I'm sure he'll tell us about local activities. The dinner will feature fried chicken. Potato salad, cole slaw and various desserts would be appreciated. Byron has visited us every year and had been well received.
First Vice Commander Mark Wilson now works in the Governors office and has suggested we invite Mr. Bush to one of our dinners. Don't expect anything soon, but we'll at least ask.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! to all of you. After the holidays, we need to get to our busy schedule of Boys State, Girls State, Boy Scouts, American Legion Baseball and other activities.

New Members
Dr. George John, William Lattimer, Edward Scroeder, Charles Standifer, Richard Ratcliffe, Earl Zieger.

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