Travis Post 76 Newsletters 1996

January 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

The December Dinner Meeting featured a wonderful display in the Freedom Room. Linda Rogers, our manager, prepared the dinner herself as a gift to the Post. Not only was the food good, but the presentation was a sight to behold. Bill Montandon and James Albright led the Christmas carols, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Linda also provided the door prizes. Numbers were assigned based on the order members signed the registration and drawn from a hat.
The January Dinner features Byron Sage, the local FBI man, who will talk about the hearings in Washington and other matters of local interest. 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.

We were busy during December and January calling all the high schools and encouraging participation in the 10th District Oratorical Contest which is to be held on January 14th at Blinn College. We were more successful, but primarily laid the ground work for next year. This is a contest which Post 76 has indicated an interest, but it has been slow getting off the ground. We'll invite our candidates to a dinner after the contest. The National Champion accrues scholarships appraoching $25,000 and there are other sizeable amounts awarded at every level along the way.
Our efforts to raise the financial resources at the Post are meeting with some success. We have a few additions to make to the building and the lighting must be updated outside. However, our goal for this year is to build our reserves. Ron Turner, our Finance Officer, is watching us closely and John Pacheco, a relatively new member, has agreed to assist him this year and maybe accept the responsiblility next year.
Felix Legendre, our scouting guru, has agreed to assist with the building and grounds duties in order to prepare for his possible election as Second Vice Commander next year.
Thanks to Loman Wheeler, our hard working adjutant, who reported at the business meeting that we have achieved 87% of our membership goal. We sure encourage you to get those dues in and help us meet our goal. Although this always seems to be a chore, it is very important for the Legion to maintain and increase its membership. At both the state and national levels this provides the political influence which is necessary to protect veterans benefits and also stand up for the beliefs and values of those who have fought for their country.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now it's time to get back in action. We recently donated $100 to the Veterans Foundation to help homeless veterans. We are sponsoring a youth baseball team as we have in the past and this year we will adopt several American Legion baseball teams. It's time to start preparing for the Boys State and Girls State again.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

The following is from Habakkuk 1:2-4.
"O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you wiil not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous-therefore judgement comes forth perverted
A new year begins and this little known book in the Holy Writ could be todays headlines. We start a new year with the same problems as last year and yet so many think all you have to do is throw money at them and that solves the problem. Look at the eduation system; more and more for less and less! Young people graduating from high school who cannot read and write and have no, or little knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System.
We, who are concerned, must stand up and be counted. I have promised myself to become more involved in 1996. I will speak out! Will you be a part of the solution or are you a part of the problem?
PrayerO Lord, help us to help each other in these times of turbulence. May we conduct our activities in 1996 so that they are pleasing in your sight. Make us better listeners, Lord.AMEN

New Members
William Zurow, Salvatore Marrone, Bill Brooks, Earl Zieger

Sick Call
Chaplain Dean Smith announced that Robert Unks had recent surgery and Will Brown will have surgery within the next week.

February 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

The January Dinner featured Byron Sage, the local FBI man, who talked about the hearings in Washington and others matters of local interest. Byron is a Vietnam veteran and indicated he was interested in becoming a member of Post 76. Our adjutant, Lohman Wheeler was notified and hopefully we'll see more of Byron in the future.

Second Annual Chili Cook Off
February will be our second annual chili cook off. All you cooks who think you make mean chili, bring a pot to our February dinner. There will be prizes for the best of the bunch. Linda Rogers promises to make corn bread and there may be some stew for those who are timid about trying some of the Chili concoctions. The post will also provide some chili that should be mild and edible.Please bring your chili or some desserts or anything else you think might be appropriate.
The February Dinner will feature a talk by Bill Hudson, a representative of Austin Habitat for Humanity. Bill is an accomplished speaker and should prove to be most informative. We have several members of our post who are involved in this charity, including Bob Larson, who was instrumental in getting the first veteran houses built by Austin Habitat for Humanity and funded by the Veterans Land Board.

The Travis County Veterans Bulletin recently featured an article by Gary Offineer concerning homeless veterans. He stated that 60% of the homeless men are veterans. Over 98% of these served honorably and many are in fact highly decorated for valor. An estimated 5% are WWII veterans, 14% are Korean veterans, 55% are Vietnam veterans and the remaining 25% are post Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans. A permanent address and a phone number are two major impediments to these veterans obtaining a job. Gary reports that approximately 4 out of 10 homeless veterans participating in community based programs end up no longer being homeless.
Our efforts to gain participation in the 10th District Oratorical Contest which was held on January 14th at Blinn College, were somewhat successful. Two candidates that we assisted, participated in the contest. Although one of these candidates won the district contest, we were subsequently informed that she should have been a representative of Post 83. However, we have laid the groundwork for next year.

Final Push on Membership
Although this always sems to be a chore, it is very important for the Legion to maintain and increase its membership. This provides the political influence which is neccessary to protect veterans benefits and also stand up for the beliefs and vlaues of those who fought for their country.
We sent flowers to the funerals of our members Ben Knight and Ralph Yarborough. We have already recieved a note from Mrs. Knight, who said that Ben always thought of Post 76 as his friends and military buddies.
Now it's time to get back in action
We recently donated $100 to the Veterans Foundation to help homeless veterans. We are sponsoring a youth baseball team as we have in the past and this year we will adopt several American Legion Baseball Teams. It's time to start preparing for Boys State and Girls State again.

Auxillary Presidents Comments

It's warming up-so we can be brave and venture out again, and I hope many of you are at the meeting in February. We are fortunate to have two new members, Karen Davis and Hazel Miller, and we welcome them to our Auxillary.
To those of you wanting news about Jerri Nied. Our 10th District President is still in Dallas, undergoing her 4th out of 7 week radiation treatments. She hopes to return home soon after they are completed. She is one brave lady and intends to continue in her job for us. She is unable to speak on the phone, but any cards and letters you might wish to send will be forwarded if sent to her at headquarters.
I hope you had a Happy Valentines Day!
Ginny Smith, President
Unit 76

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

It's February 2nd, about 6 o'clock; cold and rainy outside; storms approach which will make life miserable for so many homeless families and men and women who at one time served our country with pride and loyalty. There are so many stories that demonstrate that there is more to life and liveing life than we can see with our eyes or hear with our ears. We may not be able to explain in rational terms what takes place at special times in this life. We live yet God is continually providing those unexpected wonderful healings that astound the doctors and scientists. You cannot put God in a box, build a house for him to dwell in, limit him to church, synagogue, temple; yet He is still in charge of all the universe. We sense the hand of God moving silently, lovingly, mercifully leaving behind the evidence of those unseen miracles.
A sense of awe came over me at Ralph Yarboroughs funeral as I sat in my home church listening to three precious grandchildren tell with joy of life with Granddad. The eloquence of speakers. The love of Pastor Browning Ware. Those who came to bid Gods speed to Ralph as he went to be with our Lord and God in Heaven. My thoughts were of all the men and women who make up Post 76, their families and children.
God and Country is and always should be a special part, prominent in our Post life. We must not put God in a little place; we must exalt Him to the most honored place-above Commander, above business-1st place in all that we do!
May God richly bless and comfort Will Brown, Robert Unks, and anyone else who is ill and needs our prayers. A special blessing to Opal Yarborough and her family that will give them peace and love. May they continue to remember the greatness of a man who loved God with all his heart, mind and soul.
PrayerFather, in Jesus name, we thank you for sharing Ralphs life with all of us. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Love to all, Dean!

New Members
Middleton Riley, Dave Thomas, Jack Chavez

Sick Call
Chaplain Dean Smith reported the improvement of Robert Unks and Will Brown.

TAPS
Our sympathy goes out to the family of Ben Knight upon his death. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Ralph Yarborough was a 50 year member of the American Legion. Our sympathy goes to Mrs Yarborough and the rest of his family with the hopes that many happy memories sustain them.
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March 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Second Annual Chili Cook Off
The February dinner meeting featured a wonderful array of chili. I'm reluctant to admit that I was awarded the cookoff title this year in my second annual attempt. Last year I barely received honorable mention. Second place went to Walter Schleuter for his venison chili. And Harry Smith garnered third place. Linda Rogers provided the prizes which included decorative pitcher, bowl and set of mugs. Those attending managed to dispense with quite a bit of chili. Everyone reported that the chili was quite good. Linda Rogers also provided the cornbread, which was appreciated.
Our February dinner speaker was Bill Hudson, a former professional dinner speaker, who informed us about the many things Habitat for Humanity is doing around the world and particularly in Austin. Two homes for veterans were built in 1995 in addition to 11 other homes in Austin. The major hinderance to building more homes for low income veterans is the shortage of applicants. Hopefully, we can figure out how to assist in identifying and promoting veterans for this program. The income requirements are between $12,000 and $23,000 per annum depending on family size. Each homeowner must put 400 hours of sweat equity into their home. The home is sold to the family for the direct costs of construction. However, no interest is charged and the average payment is only $275 per month including insurance and taxes. The Veterans Land Board provides the zero percent loans on veteran houses.
In March we have donated $100 to the Veterans Service Coalition and we sponsored a second youth baseball team. We have now sponsored a team for the Delwood Optimists and one for the University Hills Optimist. This year we will adopt several American Legion Baseball Teams, including one from Westlake, Austin, and Bowie High Schools. Larry Miller reported that there may be a reduced level of participation this year since a competitive league has been formed. However, we'll make a strong effort to get this off the ground this year. It's time to start preparing for the Boys State and Girls State again.

Speaker Schedule

March 18 Emma Bauer, Heritage Society of Austin

Our April dinner features a presentation by Travis Post 76 member, John Sharp. Some of you may know him for his other duties as Comptroller of the State of Texas. We are honored to have John as a member and appreciate learning about the latest activities in state government. Everyone should make a special effort to come hear this presentation. As an added incentive, we have decided to have fried catfish for dinner. We haven't decided whether to bring back the Taylor catfish in the fancy truck or maybe try to get some from the Catfish Parlor. However, since we may have it catered, desserts would be appreciated.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Jeremiah 23:"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture," declares the Lord. "Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds, who tend my people. Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done
So many today are not willing to give care, sending hungry people in search of some promise to help. "We cannot help you, try the Salvation Army! or, "We have a very limited budget and at this time our funds are gone!". It's sort of like throwing a rock to a drowning man instead of a rope.
Sometimes it is much easier to push someone away than to help, to care, to give, to share! I have been criticized for buying gas, giving a few dollars, clothes, warm blankets to homeless persons. Marty and I have taken some of them home to give them a hot shower, clean clothes, food and money. We have little, we are not rich and yet we can share.
I encourage all of you to continue to call and let me know when someone is ill or transfers to the Supreme Commanders Post Everlasting. Thanks for all the encouraging words. Commander Ivey and I are planning a dinner meeting for God and Country this year. This should be an annual event to help the spiritual growth of our post.
PrayerFather, you are our protector and keeper in times of trouble. Give to all in our fellowship your joy, peace and grace until we meet again, AMEN!
Love to all, Dean!

Troop 415 News

The troop attended the LONGHORN DISTRICT CAMPOREE, on January 19-21, in full force. Two patrols, the Bats and the Blue Dragons participated. It was below freezing both nights so the guys all earned their Polar Bear Award. The Blue Dragons took home a Second Place ribbon and the Bats got a participation ribbon. Everyone had a good time.
The troop went to BSA Camp Alma McHenry near Giddings, for a CAMPOUT on February 10-11. We had 11 scouts and five adults go on the campout. We concentrated on advancement and basic cooking on wood skills with a little fishing and petrified wood collecting as a diversion.
The TROOP MEMBERSHIP has grown rapidly from two scouts in October to 19 scouts by February 1996. We now have three patrols and the leadership corps. We also have more adult participation to help the troop run effectively. The new scouts are working hard on advancement, so we are planning a Court of Honor for March. One of the new scouts has been assigned the Quartermaster duties and will soon give us a report on what equipment we need to fix or replace.
Ten scouts and three adults are now signed up for the SUMMER CAMP at BSA Camp Frank Rand in New Mexico. A meeting was held on February 24th to get more information about the camp and to make plans for the travel out and back.

April 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Our March speaker was Emma Bauer, a member of the Heritage Society of Austin. The presentation included slides and was titled "Austin Then and Now". We ran a little long, but everyone seemed to be very interested in the discussion and there were many questions. Bill Montandon said he thought this was the best presentation he had ever seen. The spiral cut ham was deemed some of the best we have ever served. Linda Rogers provided baked sweet potatoes which were a big hit with everyone. I didn't get one until after dinner, but I can attest to its wonderful flavor. My fingernail has recovered from the ten pound of potatoes I peeled for the potato salad.
Our April dinner features a presentation by Travis Post 76 member, John Sharp. Some of you may know him for his other duties as Comptroller of the State of Texas. We are honored to have John as a member and appreciate learning about the latest activities in state government. Everyone should make a special effort to come hear this presentation. As an added incentive, we have decided to have fried catfish for dinner. We haven't decided whether to bring back the Taylor catfish in the fancy truck or maybe try to get some from the Catfish Parlor. However, since we may have it catered, desserts would be appreciated.
Our May dinner will feature fried chicken. Please bring salads, vegetables or desserts that seem appropriate. My first decision as commander was to choose fried chicken for the September dinner meeting. It's hard to believe that we have been able to have something different every month since then.You really can't have fried chicken too often.

Larry Miller and Guy Davis, two of our members had a wedding reception at the post last weekend and reported that it was exceptionally successful. They highly recommended the post for such events. Larry Miller also reports that our efforts to sponsor an American Legion baseball team may not be successful this year due to a reduced level of participation, since a competitive league has been formed. However, we'll make a strong effort to get this off the ground this year.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Greeting from your Chaplain. It is been my privilege and honor to serve you as your Chaplain for the past three years. I want you to know what joy and fulfillment in my life so many of you have made possible.
There have been times of disappointment and many walls of pride and jealousy which I have observed. I have sincerely tried to enlist and encourage new members to come and take part in our Legion, many of whom do not attend meetings. We are approaching the nominations of new officers and it becomes neccessary to get men to make known their availability to serve. We wish to encourage anyone who would desire to be Chaplain to make it known so we can nominate you for this year. I would be happy to help you in any way I can. We need to place God and Country in the proper place of honor in our Post and stop pushing this great part of our Legion aside. I have failed you in that I have not been the spiritual leader you need. For this I am deeply sorry. Please step forward and make it known that you will serve. I will always be at your service, willing to continue to try to put the spiritual growth into out Legion that it so greatly needs.

We must have leadership and the inspiration to do greater things. There are some of us who have been discouraged from attending our meetings. Please don't be; come to the meetings and participate. We are not what we once were and we are not what we should be, yet we can become a very productive force in our community and nation by working together to have great programs and communtiy projects. We are only limited by the pouters and doubters who would rather gripe and procrastinate than to help pull the wagon. We cannot push the wagon, we must stand on equal ground and pull together.
Take a look at your time and do what you can, that's all that anyone could ask. Thank you very much.
PrayerFather in Heaven, give to each member your grace and love to know that which you would have each to do and the power to do it NOW. In Jesus name. AMEN
Love to all, Dean Smith.

New Members
Alfred Martinez

May 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Our April speaker was Billy Hamilton, John Sharps right hand man. John fell victim to the flu and was unable to attend. However, Billy gave us a very interesting and informative discussion of the lottery, performance reviews, food cards and other activities in the state. We were pleased to present 50 Year Membership certificates to some of our members. Virginia Taylor accepted for Donald O'Connor. George Dacy, Willie Garcia, Marshall Nichols and C.W. Sponberg accepted their certificates. Earl Lindsey and John Mason will be presented individually by post members. Ralph Yarborough also earned a certificate which will be presented to Mrs. Opal Yarborough.
Those in attendance were treated to 35 pounds of fried catfish from the Catfish Parlour. Pat Ivie prepared 20 pounds of fresh coleslaw which was well recieved. Desserts were in abundance. The catfish was not as hot as we would have liked, but the flavor was the best I've had in a long time and there was more than enough for everyone to get their fill. We'll have to try this experiment again.
Our May speaker will be Betty Baker from the Austin Conventions and Visitors Bureau. Betty spoke to us last year and presented a slide show of the wonderful old homes and buildings in Austin. She has been involved in historic preservation in Austin for many years.
Marvin Beck informed me that Betty fought for the post to receive full funding of the foundation repairs on the building, which will begin soon. The bids were provided to the requisite officials and a contractor wiil be selected from these bids. However, the post will be required to match these funds with another major project. Marvin suggested that the steps will in front of the flag pole would be an excellent choice. These steps will provide access to additional parking on the street and enhance our ability to rent the building for wedding and other functions.
Our May dinner will feature fried chicken. Please bring salads, vegetables or desserts that seem appropriate. My first decision as commander was to choose fried chicken for the September dinner meeting. It's hard to believe that we have been able to have something different every month since then.You really can't have fried chicken too often.
Our June dinner will feature the Boys State participants sponsored by Post 76. The boys and their families are invited to attend. They are asked to report their experiences at Boys State.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

If I remain silent: "the sin of silence when one should protest makes cowards of men."Abe Lincoln
Through all of history the most common human ailment has been cold feet,procrastination, I don't know if I can do this or that, etc. This is not character or meekness, we all can take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. Character is what you really are, not what you think you are and not what others perceive you to be. Today we are in desperate need of real men and women of character.
MY Dad once told me, Son, be wary of anyone who always grins at you, remember a grinning dog will bite you!" I have said many times that I don't know the answers but I do know the real questions. I make no boast about the few solutions to problems it has been my privilege to come up with because I know who gave me those answers.
You missed a blessing in Billy Hamilton. He was excellent in his explanations to all questions. Thank You Billy, you're great. I have had many requests for the following poem from the last Dinner meeting.
"You know not what shall be tomorrow...for what you ought to say; if the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that."James 4:14-15.

Yesterday has come and gone and never more will be,
Tomorrows dawn is Grace of God.
That may not be light for me;
But still: today to live, today belongs to me,
I must live each precious hour, the best that I can be.

I can't recall: to better live; that day that passed away
Can't be sure God mean for me, to try another day.
So, all I have is just today, this tiny breath of time
To do, to say what best endears
each treasured love of mine.

Not as though I have already attained anything
Nor have I become perfected,
Yet I will follow the path before me
with courage and hope that,
I am apprehended by Jesus Christ my Lord.

Thanks for the loving comments.
Your Chaplain, Dean Smith

Post Historian

Alan Denman

I am still looking for old newsletters and minutes of the Post to copy. Does anyone have any materials from the years 1989-1993? Who were the officers during that period?
Recently Bob Proctor brought in some notebooks of minutes and newsletters from the mid to late 70's. Many thanks to the Past Commander for helping fill in a big gap in the Post archives.
The Post newsletter has had several different names over the years. From 1948 (the earliest issue in the files) to 1961, it was called Travis Postings. Later it was titled Members Bulletin, Travis Post Bulletin, Newsletter, Commanders Message, Post Newsletter, and Spirit of Seventy-Six. In 1981, the style changed from a simple typed sheet to the format it has today.
Occasionally though, there were special issues such as the color typeset Christmas issue of December,1948.

New Members
Franklin Harris, Bill Strambler

June 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Our May speaker was Betty Baker of the Austin Convention and Visitors Center. She presented a slide show of the historic homes around Austin. Her comments concerning the history of these homes were appreciated. Marvin Beck thanked Betty for her assistance in getting a $6,400 grant from the city for foundation repairs at the post. The dinner featured fried chicken and was well received.
Our June dinner will feature the Boys State participants sponsored by Post 76. The boys and their families are invited to attend. They are asked to report their experiences at Boys State.
The July Dinner features the Girls State participants and will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. I'm told that it will feature chicken fried steak provided by the Taylor boys from Mikeska's. Since the dinner will be catered, please bring desserts. The girls and their families are invited to attend and present an entertaining account of their experiences at Girls State.

This year the post sponsored 17 high school boys and again led the state in the number sponsored. Thanks to Paul Barker for heading up this endeavor. Thsi is one of the most successful programs of the American Legion and the efforts of the post are returned many fold in recognition within the community for veterans service to community. We traditionally cater this dinner, so please bring desserts.
John Sharp wrote to tell us that a surplus Toshiba 1200 laptop computer and printer had been allocated to Post 76. John added that he was proud to be a member of our post.
Guy Davis and Larry Miller suprised us at the May business meeting by telling us that about 25 teams for American Legion Baseball will likely be formed and Post 76 will attempt to sponsor as many as we can with the funds allocated. It is a great pleasure to this this Legion activity added to the community services supported by our post.
The post provided additional funds to two veterans who will attend truck driving school. Although tuition was covered by a grant, they needed $200 each to cover the weeks expenses at the school. Upon graduation they will have a job and be capable of supporting themselves.
We also nominated two police officers to the 10th District, which were forwarded to the 3rd Division for consideration for state awards. Add this to our participation in Oratorical Contests, Opitmist Baseball, Boy Scouts and assistance to veterans and veterans organizations and you see a very active post. We need your help to continue these activities and add additional ones.
Thanks to the Ladies Auxillary for the new curtains in the Freedom Room. They soften the appearance of this room and are yet very appropriate to the theme of the room.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Proverbs 28:5-6"The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be crooked in ones ways even though rich".
Spring is upon us and we have so many things to do. Clean up, go through the closet to give away those clothes that have shrunk in the washer. Flowers, gardens, and other outdoor projects.
We are living in a world that pulls us in many directions. Our minds are bombed with words, political rhetoric, religious zealots, so many choices. We begin at birth cuddled and cared for by Mom and Dad. We begin school and learn slang, sex from restroom walls, conflict and bigotry. We are taught to win at any price. We are to lose our individuality, become a member of the team; all is for the good of the team; do not walk to a different drum beat---after all, "He who controls the gold makes the rule".Every measure of success is determined by how many toys you acquire---expensive homes,luxury automobiles, fancy suits, etc. The business world is divided into three categories in the quest for success. Those who are making money, lots of money; those who are not making money and those who are getting extremely wealthy teaching seminars to the # 2 group---"How the #1 group make their money"!
Spiritual things are forced to take a back seat. Who needs God? "I'm busy and I don't have time for religion". Great! I don't have time for religion either. Dr. James Dobson says, "Religion and Christianity can be described as a person riding a two-seat bicycle. If you guide the bicycle, that's religion; if Jesus Christ guides the bicycle, you ride the back seat and you don't control the direction. You trust His guidance- that's Christianity. You may worship the God of your choice. Morality, kindness, charity and care come from many places. As for my home and family, we choose to serve Jesus Christ.
We must all work together to promote the general well-being of all people. We cannot do this if we allow prejudice and bigotry to invade our nation, our state, our county, city or neighborhood". May we renew our pledge to God and Country this year and may each of us do what we can to see a better way to walk together every day we live.
Prayer: Father, you have many children who are disobedient to your commands. Bring us to the truth and knowledge of your way. for our life, unite our hearts in service to you first and show us what to do next for your honor and glory. AMEN
Your Chaplain, Dean Smith

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Our Post home has had many fine caretakers over the years. Does anyone remember some of these names from the past? We would be grateful for any interesting facts or corrections to this list.
Y.P. Kuhn 1935-37
Mr. Lang 1935-37
Homer Nichols May 1937-July 1950
Uel Ives July 1 1950-November 16 1963
O.R.Roberts September 1 1964-?
Mr&Mrs Jerry King 1966
Darwin & Marcy Caldwell 1967
Mr&Mrs Veronica Roebuck 1968
Mr& Mrs Guyon 1969-?
Michael & Shirley Sklar 1972-77
Sandy Cambio October 1977-May 1978
Barbara Broberg July 1 1978-July 1979
Bruce Broberg August 1979-1982
Errol Schuyler July 1982-?
John Peterson 1985
Dean & Marty Smith 1993-95
Linda Rogers 1995-date.

New Members
Dennis Hanson, Allen Burch, John Lally, William Pickens, Chuck Mellgren, Franklin Harris

Sick Call
Chaplain Dean Smith suffered a heart condition that required a trip to the hospital emergency room. His wife Marty suffered a broken foot. An injury from an accident of Auxillary member Clara Hohertz was also reported.

July 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

Our June Dinner featured the Boys State participants sponsored by Post 76. The boys and their families were invited to attend. We were pleased to welcome John Sharp, who attended with his son Spencer. Paul Barker led the program and we enjoyed the entertaining stories. The dinner was catered by Dick Kitchens of the Texas Rib King and was highlighted by the wonderful barbecue ribs, brisket and chicken. The desserts were in abundance. Thanks again to Paul Barker, Dave Dietzen and Joe Trochta for heading up this endeavor.
The July Dinner features the Girls State participants and will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. I'm told that it will feature chicken fried steak provided by the Taylor boys from Mikeska's. Since the dinner will be catered, please bring desserts. The girls and their families are invited to attend and present an entertaining account of their experiences at Girls State.
The August Dinner will feature the Policeman,Fireman and Sheriff Officer of the year as recognized by Post 76. This year the Policeman and Fireman were also selected by the American Legion Department of Texas at the convention. We are very proud of these officers and hope you will be in attendance to hear about their courageous actions and see them honored by Post 76. The post will provide the Ham, so please bring vegetables and desserts.

Guy Davis and Larry Miller recommended that we sponsor nine American Legion Baseball teams and we have paid the registration fees. Since a $900 budget was approved for this year, we are considering using the remainder of the budget to provide baseballs for the teams. It is a great pleasure to see this legion activity added to the community services supported by our post. The election of officers was held at the June Business meeting. There were no nominations from the floor and those nominated by the nominating committee were elected unanimously.
These officers will be installed at the August dinner meeting.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Every day we walk in this life we are affected by all we come in contact with; at play, at home; all bring pressures to sway us one way or the other. We are to be cautioned to guard our heart and mind against anyone or any philosophy which attacks Freedom, Justice, Mercy and Care! All our Veterans who served our great Nation are in need of The American Legion. We must continue to fight for the rights of all our comrades whose living is in jeopardy. The more members we have, the greater voice we will have in Washington.
We must dedicate our hearts and minds to God and Country. I will continue to pray for all who are ill; Clara Hohertz in Round Rock, continue to pray for Loman Wheeler. I hope we will see more of our men and their wives. Take part in our Legion. Please contact me if I can serve you.
PRAYER: Father, in your mercy and love, heal those whose bodies are broken and in pain. Be with all who grieve for the loss of loved ones and provide for every need of your children as we begin a new year. AMEN.
Your Chaplain, Dean Smith

POST HISTORIAN

Alan Denman

For a number of years, the trophy display case in the downstairs dining room has had an eclectic collection of historical objects. It has been decided that in order to make the display more interesting, the arrangement will be changed periodically. The Post has many items to put on display on a rotating basis. We are also interested in any interesting historical objects that members may wish to loan for temporary display.
If you have something of historical interest to Legionaires or to veterans in general that you would like to loan for display, please contact me.

August 1996

Commanders Comments

Will Ivie, Post Commander

The July Dinner featured the Girls State participants and was hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. We enjoyed Mikeska's chicken fried steak and the stories provided by the girls in attendance. The most inspiring perspective came from the mother who spoke on behalf of her daughter, who was elected Lieutenant Governor and represented Post 76 and the state at Girls Nation. She told us how much it meant to the girl, but also how much it meant to the family for the girls to have this opportunity to learn and grow as members of society.
The August Dinner will feature the Policeman,Fireman and Sheriff Officer of the year as recognized by Post 76. This year the Policeman and Fireman were also selected by the American Legion Department of Texas at the convention. We are very proud of these officers and hope you will be in attendance to hear about their courageous actions and see them honored by Post 76. The post will provide the Ham, so please bring vegetables and desserts.
Monday September 16th Dinner meeting speaker will be Sue Foy, Austin History Center.
Dinner will be fried chicken, please bring your recipe favorite rolls, side dishes and desserts.

Joe Trochta has served his term as 10 District Commander and is no longer a district officer. However, at the Department convention he was elected Department Treasurer. He was also named Department of Texas Legionnaire of the Year and received an award from National Headquarters for forming a New Post. The 10th District had the highest percentage of posts attaining 100% of their membership goal and the district also achieved 100%. Joe received four nights free hotel stay at the national convention for all his efforts.
Another Post 76 Member, Bill McLemore, will be recognized for meritorious Service by the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission.
The August Dinner will also feature the installation of new officers.Thus, this is my last newsletter as Commander commander of Post 76. I want to thank all who assisted in making this a great year for Post 76. Joe Trochta and Bill McLemore certainly represented us well. Marvin Beck assisted us getting a grant to repair the foundation. Felix Legendre took over the duties of Second Vice Commander to oversee the maintenance of the post and directed our support of the Boy Scouts. Paul Barker and Avadne Montandon headed up Boys State and Girls State that saw a record number of sponsorships by Post 76. Guy Davis and Larry Miller got American Legion Baseball back on our agenda. we also continued our support of two youth baseball teams. We sent two candidates to District Oratorical. Eugene Volcik assisted in our efforts to support veterans, including sending two veterans to Driving School and providing food and support for other veterans. Dean Smith attended funerals and sent cards of sympathy and support. Bill Montandon played wonderful music at our dinners and bolstered our caroling at the Christmas dinner. Loman Wheeler did a terrific job as our Adjutant. Dave Dietzen provided his train for our Veterans Day parade and assisted in Boys State. We had a wonderful Past Commanders Breakfast prior to the parade. Ron Turner oversaw our finances again. Alan Denman began an effort to make our historical information and artifacts available to the Post. Ralph Vertrees helped us extricate ourselves from a problem with a Mr. Little. Harry Smith gave his support in general and chaired our nominating committee. The Auxiliary provided curtains for the freedom room and sponsored the Girls State Dinner. Thanks to Steve Rye for his endeavors in preparing the newsletter. Our newsletter has become more informative as more members contributed articles. I hope this can be expanded more in the future.
Linda Rogers maintained the post and achieved a record amount of rentals. She also cleaned up the mess we made when we added the walk-in closet and the door from the meeting room to her quarters. We continued to improve the post with the renovation and painting of the walls in the meeting room. Incidentally, I hope you notice the new chairs in the meeting room this month. This is a long list of volunteers. You may not have realized how many people contribute to the community service by Post 76. I want to personally thank all of you and all the others who have contributed their support to our post. I encourage all members to come to the Dinner Meeting. Get involved in your Post.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

This month is the installation of officers for the coming year. In years past other offices were used which have not been seen recently. These include
Publicity Officer
Buddy First Class
Buddy First Class Emeritus(Paul Bowman)
Color Guard
Assistant Service Officer
Assistant Adjutant
Third Vice Commander.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Beloved friends: I greet you in Jesus' name. We enter into this new year with great expectations. We are getting older, oh! forgive me, we are becoming maturely advantaged. There are so many challenges and so many disappointments. Man continues to disappoint man, ministers who have been put on a pedestal as super saints, when they come into temptation we are devastated. Yet these men and women are no different than you or I, we all stand equal before God. We are taught to love and help our neighbors.
This is what we hear from God's word in 1 John 4:21 ... "those who love God should also love his brethren". And in 1 John 5:2, "by this we are the children of God, as we love God and keep his commandments! Love! Don't you hear daily - I love my work; I love my car; I love my dog; I love my wife; I love my children! What kind of love? I know we love our country because we're willing to die to defend this precious land.
We are coming to a time of God and country service. This year we will begin with new efforts to bring the old story to mind and heart again. I pray we will all grow closer in grace and knowledge of real love, not religion.
Continue to pray for Clara, Loman, and all who are ill. May you all be healthy and happy.
PRAYER: Father, you are all I will ever need, you are the controller of my destiny. I trust that you will guide my steps as I go in this world. You will heal the sick, comfort the broken-hearted. Lift up the fallen and restore your true worship to the hearts of men and women. Guide us as we work together in life to help your children. Give your thoughts to all in our government that we may overcome the negative work of the evil one to your honor and glory forever. AMEN.May you be in peace. Please call if I may serve you.
Your Chaplain, Dean Smith

Auxillary Presidents Comments

As the years ends we are pleased that we have a good report to give. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to support many of the National Auxiliary's programs.
We, of course, paid all our convention, meeting and bond fees, and were able to support the Cancer Research, Nursing Scholarship and Auxiliary emergency funds. Also donated to the Veterans Hospital, Veterans Hospital Christmas Fund and were able to help the Veterans foundation and as their request, the widow of a vet.
At the Post we added some table & serving spoons, and then some additional spoons as our first donation disappeared. We bought the fried chicken for the Girls State dinner and hope you are enjoying the valances in the Freedom Room. Sadly, we made a contribution to M.D.Anderson Hospital in the name of Albert Nied, husband of our 10th District president who died of cancer this past year.
We certainly thank you for your current donation which will enable us to continue in a like vein. We started off by funding half the catered chicken fried steak dinner for the Girls State meeting this past month. I hope you were there. We were impressed by the young ladies, as we were by the young men who attended Boys State.
We are happy to have a new member, Barbara Hanson, wife of Dennis Hanson, who is an enforcement assistant at the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Welcome aboard, Barbara.Thanks for your support and friendship during this past year.
Ginny Smith, Unit 76 President

Welcome New Member
Joseph Diaz

Sick Call

Chaplain Dean Smith passed around a getwell card for Clara Hohertz, recently hurt in a car accident and asked members to sign it.

TAPS
The Post received a note of thanks from the Bodenhamer family for the Legionnaires who attended the John Bodenhamer funeral and folded the flag.
We have learned of the death of Mirl Jenkins. Our sympathy goes out to his family on their loss.

September 1996

Commanders Comments

Will K.Brown, Post Commander

Please accept my gratitude on behalf of the officers and members of the executive committee, 1996/1997, for the trust you have placed in us as a leadership team to work with and through each Legionnaire and Auxillary member to implement and sustain the ideals, goals and objectives of the American Legion and Travis Post 76 to care for our membership, the military veterans and their families in our community, and to protect and improve our post home. We were honored to have as Installation Officer, Joe Trochta, Treasurer, American Legion, Department of Texas, Past District Commander, and Past Commander, Travis Post 76. We are most thankful for Auxillary President Merle and her sister officers and members, as well as, the number of past post and auxillary officers and members among our activities during this post year.

Monday September 16th Dinner meeting speaker will be Sue Foy, Austin History Center.
Dinner will be fried chicken, please bring your recipe favorite rolls, side dishes and desserts.
Our October 21st dinner meeting will feature our own, Dean Smith, Post Chaplain. Americanism is alive in Austin. Dean will provide a special inspirational program as a foundation for all of our American Legion purposes and programs, and especially our citizenship. Vice Commander James Burrill has promised sliced roast pork with trimmings from each of us bringing our own specialty breads, favorite side-dishes, salads and desserts.

Managers Comments

Linda Rogers

I would like to thank everyone for helping with the Dinner Meeting on August 19th and getting the Post set for church on Sunday.
I spent a very full vacation week with my grandchildren in Sherman, TX. My granddaughter turned 3 and I got to go with my grandson for his first day of kindergarten. Also enjoyed time with my son and daughter-in-law.
Glad to be home and when the rain will permit I will again get to the lawn. Thank you again and I will see you at the Dinner Meeting on the 16th.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Beloved Friends: You missed a real blessing on the 19th of August. The food was excellent. Honoring our Fire, Sheriff and APD officers was a joy along with meeting the families that stand by these men.
Our Ladies of 76 Auxillary are always a joy and Ginny Smith did a great job this past year as their President. I am sure that Merle Wheeler will do as well this year. Mrs Vince Taylor did an outstanding job as the Auxillary Installing Officer.
Our own Joe Trochta was inspiring with his installation of Post 76 Officers. Charlie Jones brought to our attention the loss of Don Phillips. We will miss him and his work with Boys State. After Will Ivie passed the gavel to Will Brown, it was a privilege to say a few words and try to encourage all as Joe did to be more active. I pray you will be in 1997.
Twenty years ago, I published a booklet, {The Jesus Letters". The following is a page from this book.

Dear Precious Seekers and Obedient Ones,
The voice of our Father is no longer heard or his word heeded. How few truly seek him. Few realize that Father continues to move daily whether heard, obeyed or ignored. I would that all tune your ears to his loving voice, choose his way. Child-like obey. Have no fear or dread. Walk in me together with Father by the power of his Holy Ghost. I will hold your hand tightly and keep you from getting ahead of my protection. I will guide you in the way you should go.
I desire to open your spiritual eyes to mature you so that you will see the path before you. Come before the Father in prayer with praise and thanksgiving. I can only testify of that which is pure and true. The knowledge of the Father, we are one. I condemn no one. My instruction to you is to love one another, teach, preach and baptize in the name of Yehovah Roplee, Yashuah, Hoshua and Elolime, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The truth is so simple. Not by much speaking, writing or preaching. The Gospel is summed up in one word-LOVE. This is followed by obedience. How can you half yourself in decision? Obey the Father! Keep your tongue, guard your eyes, heart and ears. I love you for all eternity, Jesus. P.S. See you soon.

PrayerFather, may we in Jesus name make quality decisions to be totally obedient in all we do.AMEN.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Travis Post 76 is the first American Legion Post established in Austin, but it has not always been the only Post in the local area. From 1921 to 1928 University Post No. 288 served World War I veterans attending the University of Texas. After World War II, University Post No. 485 performed the same function from 1946 to 1951. During those same years the Austin Womens Post No. 639 served the women veterans of the Second World War. Members of these posts later joined Post 76 as did those of the Capital City Professional and Businessmens Post No. 316.
Kerns Taylor, a Past Commander of Post 76, was also a Past Commander of Post 316 which met downtown from 1935 to 1951. For a short time in the late 1970's, Vietnam Veterans Post No.349 met at St. Edwards University. Attempts have been made to form another UT Post. In 1959, Knebel Post 83 was formed in South Austin.

New Members
William Pullum, Wesley Williams, Shaun McDonald, Justin McCulloch

TAPS
James Albright, long time member and lead singer at the meeting renditions of God Bless America transferred to Post Everlasting recently. He was involved with helping in the activities around the Post home and also with the Boys State. Also, Jim was also active with the Gideons. He was Post Sargeant-at-Arms at the time of his death.
Our sympathy goes out to the family af Amba Mann upon his recent death.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Donald Phillips. Don played an important part in recruiting for Boys State and was a Past Chaplain of Post 76.

October 1996

Commanders Comments

Will K.Brown, Post Commander

Many thanks to each member of Post Committees that labored during September to begin Post Year 1996/1997-purposefully, positively,persistently and prayfully. Vice Commander James Burill, Chairman, Programs and Dinners, provided an excellent September program and chicken dinner with trimmings by Linda and Post Legionnaires and Auxillians in attendance. Sue Foy of the city of Austin Library History Center provided a superior benchmark for future speakers.
Many thanks to each of you responsible for "Helping to Continue Lifting the Level of American Legion Post 76 Participation", through your active committee work, support to Linda for in-house projects and rentals, community endeavors on behalf of veterans and their families, and Americanism programming sponsored by the American Legion.
Our October 21st dinner meeting will feature our own, Dean Smith, Post Chaplain. Americanism is alive in Austin. Dean will provide a special inspirational program as a foundation for all of our American Legion purposes and programs, and especially our citizenship. Vice Commander James Burrill has promised sliced roast pork with trimmings from each of us bringing our own specialty breads, favorite side-dishes, salads and desserts.
Monday November 18th, 7:00 p.m. Dinner meeting with RADM Chuck Grogean, USN, (RET) as speaker.
Monday, December 16th, 7:00 p.m., "Lindas Annual Post Finger-food Delights", home made goodies from each Auxillary and Legion member are encouraged and welcomed. Bill Montandons Annual Post Christmas Good Sing-A-Long, will have assistance from Charlene Trochta, and our own Dean Smith. TO ONE AND ALL, HAPPY HOLIDAY GOOD WISHES, LET'S HAVE GOOD CHEER AND FELLOWSHIP AT THE POST HOME ON DECEMBER 16th.

News from American Legion Auxillary Unit 76

Unit 76 Auxillary had our first business meeting of our new year on Monday evening, September 9,1996. We had a good positive meeting and made some new plans for this year.
We are looking forward to a great year of service in many programs and activities side by side with the Post 76 members. Our purpose is to serve together with them with love and harmony. We pledge our support to the work. We wish to continue our association together with devotion to each other, and for service to god and Country.
Merle Wheeler, Unit 76 President.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

It will be a privilege to be your speaker at the October Dinner Meeting. I look forward to seeing all of you!
"Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord, til he comes and rains righteousness upon you".(Hosea 10:12)
To all who can recieve this, I say to you, listen! We are now at a crossroad in this nation. We are in need of men, women, teenagers and children to seek truth to serve God.
Our great nation was founded on Gods work. As they say, we need to get God and religion out of school. Now we have a generation of no respect, no loyalty, no morals. They say we must teach sex education-now we have more teen pregnancy, more promiscuous sex, aids and part-time marriages. They said we need to be more tolerant and open in our churches-now every denomination is dying, young people are not going, joining or worshiping. They said do not discipline a child, you will warp their psyche, ruin their personality-now we have more gangs, drive-by shootings.
We are a government by the people, for the people. We have no king,we have not succumbed to socialism totally, yet, but I believe and many believe, that we are in danger of Gods discipline which will be awsome.
My short life has been filled with error. I am a sinner against God. I am guilty of misleading many and even though I am, through the love and mercy of God, I am forgiven. We can and are forgiven when we confess our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Government cannot solve our problems because we are the government. Repentance is necessary. We must seek God and his love.
Prayer:Father in Heaven, I ask for your mercy and forgiveness for all who seek you with broken hearts and draw us back to your perfect love. Help us to confess our sins and receive your forgiveness. In Jesus name, Amen.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

The Travis Post 76 Drum and Bugle Corps was organized in 1927 and won its first state championship at Texarkana in 1928, the first of a half dozen or more such championships. The last year that Travis Post entered state competition was 1949. In drill competiton at Corpus Christi, Travis Post won first place and Brownsville second with five corps competing, but in the parade, Travis came in second to Brownsville. The Post 76 Corps also made trips to six national conventions as State champions. The cost of uniforms, instruments and travel was raised by special annual dances and other promotions, as well as donations from the Post. During the life of the Corps, John T. McCutcheon, Jr., Y.P.Kuhn, and Fred B. Dickson served as musical directors. The Post has one bugle and one uniform in the storeroom which may be put in the display case some day.

New Members
Jerry Conway, Joel Geister, G.D. Buddenhagen, Robert Graves, Billy Green

November 1996

Commanders Comments

Will K.Brown, Post Commander

Many thanks to Post Chaplain Dean Smith for his outstanding October dinner meeting program on Americanism.His honest and dedicated service to the Post is recognized and greatly appreciated. Thanks also is extended to Felix Lejendre and his new Post Color Guard...the initiation of this team was great and will continue to sparkle at our meetings. Our appreciation is extended also to Auxillary President Merle Wheeler with best wishes to win the award for the best dressed "Poppy" hat contest and sucess in the American Legion Poppy Sales prior to Veterans Day activities. Congratualtions to First Vice Commander Jim Burrill and his staff for the excellent meal planning and monthly speakers. My personal note of appreciation to each of you for continuing to bring dinner trimmings. These efforts and those of Linda and Felix, and all of you in Travis Post 76...just make the occasions what they are...opportunities for hospitality and fellowship.
Our November 18th dinner meeting will feature Rear Admiral Charles Grojean, USN, retired, who is the Executive Director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, which supports the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center in Fredricksburg. He will speak about the museum, present and future. We will have a turkey dinner. The members are requested to bring their favorite vegetables, rolls, salads or desserts.

Dinner/Breakfast meetings at the Post:

Monday, November 11th, Past Commanders Breakfast at 6:00 a.m. for the chefs among us, and no later than 7:30 a.m. for breakfast. Special invited guests, Legionnaires from American Legion Post 83,Austin. Form-up with parade at 8:30 a.m. from City Palmer Auditorium. Post Auxillary member, and Parade Secretary, Avadne Montandon, will keep us posted on scheduled parade events.

Monday November 18th, 7:00 p.m. Dinner meeting with RADM Chuck Grogean, USN, (RET) as speaker.
Monday, December 16th, 7:00 p.m., "Lindas Annual Post Finger-food Delights", home made goodies from each Auxillary and Legion member are encouraged and welcomed. Bill Montandons Annual Post Christmas Good Sing-A-Long, will have assistance from Charlene Trochta, and our own Dean Smith. TO ONE AND ALL, HAPPY HOLIDAY GOOD WISHES, LET'S HAVE GOOD CHEER AND FELLOWSHIP AT THE POST HOME ON DECEMBER 16th.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Thank you one and all. your kindness and reception of my presentation at the October Dinner Meeting was deeply appreciated. I will pray for a better program next time; this was our first effort. Again, thank you.
Thanksgiving is the season each year for a time of reflection on the many blessings of the past year and the year to come. Our attitude toward God and Country show our thankfulness all year. Our lives are blessed as we live in the greatest nation on earth. Our freedoms, our rights and our opportunities are tremendous; we are limited only by our doubts, fears and negative thoughts.
In Proverbs 23:7 we read:"As a man thinks in his heart so is he". We will become what we think! That which is paramount in our thoughts will overshadow God, country,family and become our idol. We also read: A man should not think more highly of himself", "Pride goes before a fall", "Let another praise you?" These are words of wisdom to guard our hearts against too much pride.
In my short life it has been my privilege to work with so many great men who were and are little known. One man I'm thankful to have known was a retired New York bus driver who lived in Harlingen, Texas. His name was Frank Faree.You will not find his name in Who's Who or any historical record. His work was anonymous, however I once sat in his converted bus and listened as he talked to Richard Nixon and Mexican President Escheveria. He was on a conference call to gain permission to help the poor Latinos on both sides of the border.
There are so many today who are seeking a real leader. Someone who is honest, moral, truthful, loving, kind, giving, loyal, has integrity and willing to help others. One whose life is worthy to follow. There of course is only one leader, Jesus Christ. HE IS THE LEADER. I challenge each of you to take your eyes off of man and mans plan and put your faith in the revelation of Gods loving path where He will show you the way, the truth and the life.
Prayer:Father, please unite the hearts of all, young and old so that we may all follow as you lead us. Help us to overcome all negativism that stunts our spiritual growth. make us posititive, prayful, productive and thankful citizens in this great nation. In Jesus name we pray,AMEN.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

There is a new display in the downstairs dining room trophy case. On display are various books on the history of the American Legion. If you have any item you would care to loan to the Post for temporary display please let me know.

Sick Call
Bill Montandon continues his recovery in Seton Hospital.

TAPS
Dave Dietzen passed away recently. He worked on Boys State and drove the little train in the Veterans Day Parade. He was very involved in childrens activities both at the Post home and in his local community. He built and operated the little train for the Cedar Park Kiwanis, raising thousands of dollars for needy children each year.

December 1996

Commanders Comments

Will K.Brown, Post Commander

A wonderful reunion of Naval Academy Graduates resulted in our outstanding program in November. First Vice Commander Jim Burrill introduced our speaker, and his classmates from the academy, RADM Chuck Grogean, USN, (RET), who presented an outstanding update on the Admiral Nimitz museum and futurisitic plan for its growth and service to Americans of all ages. Admiral Grogean serves as Executive Director of the Admiral Nimitz Museum Foundation. Guests included two additional classmates from the academy, Bruce Cunnungham and Ken Pettycrew, and their wives.
Many thanks to all who attended and participated in the Past Commanders Breakfast and Veterans Day activities and parade on November 11th. A very special occasion for the community to remember all who served America and the families who have paid the price of freedom.
A personal note of appreciation to each of you for continuing to bring dinner trimmings. These efforts and those of Linda and Felix, and all of you in Travis Post 76...just make the occasions what they are...opportunities for hospitality and fellowship.

Dinner meetings at the Post:
Monday, December 16th, 7:00 p.m., "Lindas Annual Post Finger-food Delights", home made goodies from each Auxillary and Legion member are encouraged and welcomed. Bill Montandons Annual Post Christmas Good Sing-A-Long, will have assistance from Charlene Trochta, and our own Dean Smith. TO ONE AND ALL, HAPPY HOLIDAY GOOD WISHES, LET'S HAVE GOOD CHEER AND FELLOWSHIP AT THE POST HOME ON DECEMBER 16th.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Beloved Friends: This is the month when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Savior, King,promised deliverer.
We see many men who want to be God. I tell you the truth, our loving god gave up his glory to become a man.
I have studied Gods word and I will try to tell you the true story of the Son of God who took the sins of the world upon himself. For all who will believe he said, "Ye believe in God, believe also in me".
Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost and gave birth to Jesus. Please allow me to take you back to a place and time. It is law Joseph must return to his home to pay tax. His home is Bethlehem (the city of Bread). Remember Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." Born in the home town of bread! Let us go on the journey with Joseph and Mary. I call your attention to the facts, not a little story.
This is the home town of Mary and Joseph. They had family here,aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers. Can you begin to see, this precious couple were not received by family. Just think, it could be that Uncle Josh owned the town that they were denied a room in-because of the pain of childbirth they took refuge in the stable. The son of the living God was born among animals. Why? All the family knew Joseph was not the father of the child. It was a stigma unacceptable for a woman to have an illegitimate child. All the Hebrew people ostracized them from the society of their day.
Because the king was killing every first-born male child, Joseph and Mary and the child Jesus went into Egypt. They traveled up through the Middle East and returned to Israel from the north into Nazareth where Jesus grew up in a carpenters home and you know the rest of the story.
This Christmas, try to remember we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We give gifts to the Jesus in each of us. We give as He gave, a gift of love to honor Him, not to satisfy greed.
Let me challenge you to look into your heart to see that space that God created in all humanity for himself. Nothing else will satisfy the empress, only Jesus will fit in-nothing else will fit.
Prayer:Father, help all who can see the truth, to see. Give to all who ask your wisdom and peace. Bless our lives with your love and kindness.AMEN

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Today, Travis Post 76 meets in our old historic post home. In the early days meetings were held in various places. An organizational meeting was held in 1919 in the District Court room of the courthouse. For a time the Post met in a room over the old Hancock Opera House . From there they moved to upstairs quarters in the 900 block of Congress Avenue taking over the lease of the Austin Press club and purchasing some of their furniture and equipment.
Later the Post moved to upstairs quarters in the Pope Building on 6th Street across from the Driskill Hotel. In 1924, Travis Post purchased the present Legion home property. Meetings have been held here ever since with the exception of periods of major renovation or the rental of the entire building.

Christmas Love Alert For Those Who Care

Dean Smith,Chaplain

Ken Smith has called your Chaplain many times this past year asking for my help in assisting his family to move his family back to Austin.
This veteran who gave his body as a sacrifice for our freedoms, Ken has a cancer and his son is also ill. His wife needs our help to get Ken back home to Austin, Texas. They will need thousands of dollars to move back. I think there are some could write a check for total expenses and take it off their tax for 1996.
It's Christmas, what would God have you do? Do what you can, I will do what I can and together we can get it done. maybe someone either has or knows someone who has a tractor-trailor rig to move them.
If you would like to help, please send your check to the American Legion Post 76, Ken Smith Fund, 2201 Veterans Drive, Austin, TX 78703. Your Chaplains committee with Gene Volcik will see that the funds are used to help Ken.Your gifts can be anonymous.
Thank you in Jesus name.

New Members

Harry Rogers

TAPS

We note with regret the deaths of Arnold Farquhar and Weldon Horton.

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