Travis Post 76 Newsletters 1997

January 1997

Commanders Comments

Will K.Brown, Post Commander

Thanksgiving came twice this year...once in November, and again with the the Post Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long and Linda's finger Foods. Many thanks to all who attended, brought their favorite holiday foods, but best of all for their voices to assist Post Chaplain Dean Smith lead the holiday sing-a-long. A special thanks to Charlene Trochta for sharing her musical capabilites.
As we enter the New Year we can count our blessings...a rememberance of Christmas' past with hopes for a strong future. Perhaps our celebrations together help us to remember that true happiness comes when we give of ourselves to others.
A sincere note of appreciation to each of you for continuing to attend and participate in Post activities, business and social. These efforts and those of Linda, and individual Legionaires and Auxilians who give of their time and talents to serve the purposes of the Legion and Travis Post 76.
Our January 20th dinner meeting at 7:00 p.m. will feature Byron Sage, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation,Austin, for his annual brief on the FBI's activities to serve,protect and preserve our freedoms,security and safety. A special spiral-cut ham will be furnished as the entree.

PLANNING SCHEDULE

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings(7:00 p.m.)
February 3rd
March 3rd (St. Patricks Day)
April 7th

Dinner meetings at the Post

Monday, January 20th, 7:00 p.m., Byron Sage, Special Agent, FBI,Austin Office
Monday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. Kyle Thompson will be the speaker. We will also have the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off!
Monday, March 17th (Saint Patricks Day),7:00 p.m.
Presentation of 50-year certificates. One of the recipients,Willie Kocurek, will be the speaker.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

We will start a new year together.So many fond memories in the past year and so many sad ones of those loved ones who have transferred to the Headquarters of our Supreme Commnander in Heaven. I will not list their names as I may not note every name and by mistake hurt someone.
For the past year it has been a privilege to serve all who requested my help. 1997 will be a new beginning for Marty and I. We now live in Leander and it has become very difficult for me, due to health problems and limited time, to do all the things I've enjoyed so much. It has become evident that I will be limited in my service time in the future. I will continue to help as I am able to do so.. Yet, I cannot do many of the things I have done in the past. I will need your help in contacting those who have needs. Please be so kind as to call me and let me know as soon as possible anyone who needs a call, a card, encouragement-I will be grateful for your help.
My thoughts for spiritual growth may help some to face 1997 with renewed strength and God's purpose. I truly believe we are in great need of spiritual help in our nation. My column has reflected the purpose of Christmas all year.
2000 years ago the almighty Jehovah came into this world as a human. The spirit and mind of Jesus was God's! Paul Harvey's story of the birds really tells the story.
Once a man's family asked that he attend Mass on Christmas Eve. He was a kind, loving, gentle man, who could not believe in the virgin birth or the religious teachings of these worldly religions, and this caused them to leave him at home.
Sitting alone reading, he heard "thump,thump,thump"! He went to the door but there was no one there.Again he was reading only to hear "thump,thump,thump"! He walked to the window where he saw young birds sitting in the snow freezing. They had not flown South and were going to die.
He was very concerned. He thought of the warm barn where they would be safe from the cold, So he put on warm clothes, trudged through the snow and opened the door and turned on the lights in hopes of luring these small creatures into the barn. To his dismay they refused his kindness flapping about in the cold darkness. He tried a path of bread crumbs but the birds refused to follow the food, much less eat any. He tried flapping his arms to herd them in,he shouted and yelled all to no avail. His heart was breaking just thinking of these poor dying small birds. His thoughts were, "Oh, if I could become a small bird I would lead them to the safety of the barn where they would be warm,fed and live until Spring"!
At that moment the bells of the church rang inviting all to come worship God, who became a small man to lead all who would follow Him to safety and life! He fell on his knees and wept as God's spirit revealed the truth of Christmas to him. Getting up he ran to the church to join his family.
Start this year with joy and peace knowing that the true God in Christ came to lead us to love, peace and safety of eternal life. Listen! Jesus said,"I am the way, the truth and the life". Not a way! The Way! This year we will seek a closer walk in the WAY!

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Look for a new display in the downstairs dining room display case in January. The new items include scrapbook and histories of Travis Post 76 from several years.

New Members
James Hill, Bennie Uribe

February 1997

Commanders Comments

Will Brown, Post Commander

Editors Note: 1st Vice Commander Jim Burill is doing the Commanders Column this month. Commander Will Brown is temporarily absent.

We were highly favored at our January 20th dinner meeting by having Byron Sage,Special Agent,FBI Austin office,as our speaker.This was his annual report to us about FBI activities in the Central Austin Area.
For our February 17th meeting, our speaker will be Kyle Thompson, who will share his memories of his participation in the building of the railroad which passed over the River Kwai. Mr. Thompson was captured in March, 1942, when the Japanese overran the island of Java, and he subsequently spent three years as a prisoner of war, mostly in Burma. He has also authored a book which he will display at the meeting. For our dinner we will feature some of the areas best home made chili as several of our members compete for prizes in our Annual Chili Cook-off. Please continue to bring food to complement the entree.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings(7:00 p.m.)

March 3rd
April 7th
May 5th

Dinner meetings at the Post:

Monday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. Kyle Thompson.
Monday, March 17th (Saint Patricks Day),7:00 p.m.

Presentation of 50-year certificates. One of the recipients,Willie Kocurek, will be the speaker.
April 21st, 7:00 p.m. April is the Legion of the Youth month.Our speaker will be Charlene Trochta and she will speak on the subject of "Young Children:Survival in Today's world".We will feature BBQ for the entree, and encourage items to complement that meal.
May 19th,7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be John Booth,who will bring us up-to-date on astronomical observations at the McDonald Observatory utilizing the new Hobby-Eberle telescope.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

First a favorite quote of mine:
"Those who are entrusted with public trust have a much higher degree of accountability than others".John Sharp
Prayer means a lot to all who have a great responsibility I sincerely hope and pray. The following few words will lift and encourage all to join with me in prayers.
"When a believing person prays, great things happen".James 5:16
"...if you live your life in me, and my words live in your hearts,you can ask for whatever you like and it will come true for you. This is how my Father will be glorified, in your becoming fruitful and being my disciples."
Father,lead our nation-may your will be done by our president,congressional leaders and state legislatures; may all their thoughts be as you would have them to be.
"He shows those who are humble how to do right and he teaches them His ways".
Psalms 25:9
Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare! Pray hard and long. Pray for your public officials, those who are responsible for making the laws that we all must live by.
"God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him day and night, and He will not be slow to answer them".Luke 18:7
Remember this when you pray!"If my people who are called by my name are sorry for what they have done; if they pray and obey me and stop their evil ways; I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land".2Chron. 7:14
Let us take Jesus at his word and pray. Please let me know of your willingness to pray with me for all the needs of our nation. It is a privilege for me to serve you. Please pray for Marty and I that God will provide our needs to do his work and to help all who seek our help. We are in need of financial help to get our home and property finished. One need is heavy equipment,bulldozer,loader-backhoe, and bobcat to finish road and foundation for our double-wide home. Thank you sincerely for your prayers.
Prayer:Father, may your blessings and knowledge be given to all our national, state, county and city officials. Protect and guide our law enforcement officers and emergency care givers. In Jesus name.AMEN.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

At the last Department convention our own Joe Trochta was elected Department Treasurer. A number of other members of Post 76 have served the Department of Texas. Bertram Giesecke,Ed Riedel and Vince Taylor served as Department Commanders. At various times the posts of Adjutant,Vice-Commander,District Commander,Judge Advocate,Chaplain, Historian and Sergeant at Arms have been filled on the Department level by members of this post.

TROOP 415 NEWS

The Troop has made a New Year resolution to keep the Post better apprised of our activities.
In the hope that two heads are better than one, there are now two of us charged with keeping you informed. Let's hope that this New Year resolution lasts longer than most.
Highlight of the month
On January 14 Erin McGinnis received his due at an EAGLE COURT OF HONOR. Erin has been with the Troop since he was 11 years old and is now a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Erin remains a member of Troop 415 but now as an adult leader, a role that he has played in all but official title since the Troop affiliated with the Post.
Erin has been a model to the younger scouts and I am sure he has been a source of inspiration,too. His regular presence will be missed but we expect to see him again during school vacations.
Weather intruded into the Troops major outdoor activity this month; this is a very rare event but safety,of course, comes before trying to maintain a "perfect" record. We had planned to go camping at the Longhorn Camporee but the icy roads preempted travel.
Of lesser status, but just as important for the individuals concerned, there have been several advancements in rank in the Troop. Recently, Bee Jay and Sam Chesney attained 2nd class and Wolf McGavran was advanced to 1st class. All three boys began their Scouting days with Troop 415 at the Post.
This month we have a camping trip planned at Lost Pines and some Webelos are expected to "cross over" into scouting with Troop 415.

New Members
Chester Skapczynski, Donald Link, Robert Holz, Arthur Whitely, Robert Lopez, Ray Cain, Robert Strauss

March 1997

Commanders Comments

Will K. Brown, Post Commander

Editor's Note: 1st Vice Commander Jim Burrill is doing the Commanders Column this month-Commander Will Brown is temporarily absent.
Our Februrary dinner meeting featured a fine chili cook-off and a very inspirational speaker. Kyle Thompson gave a moving account of his experiences and trials during his POW imprisonment during World War II.
For our March 17th meeting,our speaker will be Willie Kocurek, one of our members who will recieve a 50-year membership award. He will talk on the subject of "Life and the Living of it". He is a fine speaker and will have a most interesting presentation on his five stages of life.
The dinner entree for the March 17th meeting will be seafood from Catfish Parlour.Please continue to bring complimentary food items.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings(7:00 p.m.)
April 7th
May 5th
June 2nd

Dinner meetings at the Post:

Monday March 17th (Saint Patricks Day),7:00 p.m. Willie Kocurek.
April 21st, 7:00 p.m. April is the Legion of the Youth month.Our speaker will be Charlene Trochta and she will speak on the subject of "Young Children:Survival in Today's world".We will feature BBQ for the entree, and encourage items to complement that meal.
May 19th,7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be John Booth,who will bring us up-to-date on astronomical observations at the McDonald Observatory utilizing the new Hobby-Eberle telescope.
June 16th, 7:00 p.m. this will be our annual report from Boys State dinner meeting.

Chaplain's Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Jesus speaks,"In as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these,ye did it not to me".
Matthew 25:45

It isn't the little thing you do,dear one;
It's the little thing you leave undone,
Which gives you a little heartache,
at the setting of the sun.

We allow miserable misunderstandings to go on year after year.We mean to clean them up some day,yet some day never comes. Those silly quarrels,wretched childish things that hinder the best for all. Since we can never quite make up our mind that today is the day to sacrifice our pride and kill them. We actually pass by someone-a fellow Legionaire-not speaking out of some silly spite; and yet if one of those men were to die,we are filled with shame and remorse knowing we missed an opportunity to love and encourage them. We who may be allowing someone to go hungry or a friend whose heart aches for just a word of encouragement,appreciation or sympathy,which we may mean to give them some day. If we could only know how short our time is,maybe it would break the spell and we would all go instantly and do those things that we may never have taken the time to do. Opportunities do not wait for our leisure and when they pass we can never recall them. We must do acts of kindness while our friends are in need. You see,tomorrow may be too late!
Prayer: Father, on your compassion I repose in weakness and in distress; I will not ask for greater ease, or I may love thee less. Oh, what a blessing, such a great thing for me to need your tenderness. May each of us this very day find that need which you have blessed us with and do our part to fulfill it to your honor and glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. AMEN!

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Those of you who have access to the Internet probably have seen the Web Page for the national organization and several departments and posts around the country. I am working on a Web Page for Travis Post 76 and would appreciate any input from the members of the Post and Auxillary. If there is anything you would like to see or not on our page please contact me.

New Officers for Post 76

You will see two new names on our list of officers:W. G. "Bill" Cobb,has been elected Sergeant-at-Arms and Marvin Beck was elected to the Executive Committee in recent elections. These men will serve in the unexpired terms until elections are held this summer.

News from Auxillary Unit 76

Happy Birthday to The American Legion

The American Legion originated in France in March 1919,following Armistice in World War I. The American Legion was organized in the United States in St. Louis in May 1919. Travis Post 76 organized our Auxillary Unit in 1920. In March 1997 we celebrate the American Legion's 78th birthday.
As we look back to the years past,we see that Travis Post 76 and Auxillary Unit 76 have a colorful and exciting past.Most of it has been a working and serving Post and Unit to all mankind for all these any years. Auxillary Unit 76 recently received a scrapbook from the estate of Mrs. Della Schramm,President of Auxillary Unit 76 in the year 1936-37. It is a welcome treasure of recorded history for our Unit to continue to preserve.
The scrapbook won First Prize in Class A at the Department Convention at Beaumont,August 30,31 and September 1,1936. It is a beautiful book illustrated with pictures of the Post home and grounds, highlighted with colorful flags and stars on almost every page. The outside cover is made of natural parquet wood, held together with satin cord and tassel.
The scrapbook has many newspaper articles on the work of the Auxillary. They worked hard to help the veterans and their families, and especially the needy children and elderly. They had food banks for the "bad" days of the Depression. They sponsored dances to help provide food for the food bank. The dances were in the Crystal Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel. They had style shows for Spring and Summer, and for Fall and Winter. The ticket price was 25 cents and 50 cents. There was musical entertainment at these style shows provided by a lady harpist and a lady soloist.
Unit 76 also had frequent carnivals and walk-a-thons sponsored by the Post and Auxillary. They marched in the American Day Parades with the Post 76 Legionaire Drum and Bugle Corps and the Color Guard. They had outdoor barbeques and the Auxillary sold poppies on Poppy Day assisted by the Austin High School girls. They had many gala balls in the Driskill Hotel Crystal Ballroom. They had a committee of ladies in charge of the dinners and decorations for these fabulous occasions.
The highlight of the year of Mrs. Della M. Schramm's Presidency was a visit made by Mrs. Melvin Mucklestone, National President, from Chicago. Mrs. Schramm and her committees planned and prepared for weeks getting everything ready for the dinners and balls in the National Presidents honor. They used fine crystal and linens and decorated the Ballroom with many beautiful flowers.
They wined and dined and everything was judged beautiful and a great success.
The Post and Auxillary had their combined dinner meetings each month and their monthly business meetings just as we do now. They enjoyed their work and had fun times together just as we do today. We can be proud of our past and also of our present works. We have a great legacy to offer the future generations. The scrapbook will be kept in a safe place at the Post home,and you may view it there at your convenience.
Merle Wheeler,President

New Members
Francis Thomas from Ohio. Legionnaire Thomas is a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Sick Call
Commander Brown is in Seton Hospital undergoing tests and treatment.

April 1997

Commanders Comments


Will K. Brown, Post Commander

Editor's Note: 1st Vice Commander Jim Burrill is doing the commanders Column this month-Commander Will Brown is temporarily absent.
Our March dinner meeting featured one of our members,Willie Kocurek as speaker.He gave a very fine inspirational address.Mr. Kocurek was one of those awarded a 50-year membership certificate.Roy Stoll and Joe Gooth were also awarded certificates.
For our April 21st meeting,our speaker will be Charlene Trochta. April being Legion of the Youth Month, Charlene will talk on the subject of "Young Children: Survival in Todays world".We will feature BBQ for the entree, and encourage items to complement that meal.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings (7:00 p.m.)

May 5th
June 2nd
July 7th

Dinner meetings at the Post:

Monday April 21st, 7:00 p.m. Charlene Trochta.

May 19th, 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be John Booth,who will bring us up to date on astronomical observations at the McDonald Observatory utilizing the new Hobby-Eberle telescope.
June 16th, 7:00 p.m. this will be our annual report from Boys State dinner meeting.
July 21st, 7:00 p.m. This will be our annual report from Girls State.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

For many years it was my privilege to write for a small newspaper a full-time column under the pen name-the "Devil Disturber".My life is given totally to serve those in need.For so long I have in a way,been lax in my attack on the evil one who tempts and perplexes all of us. Well, I am back! This year will be a new dawning of the "Devil Disturber".
From 1 Corinthians 7:24-"Let every man, wherein he is called therein abide with God!".
Give me O Lord an earnest heart anxious to do thy will,contented with whatever part in life 'tis mine to fill.

We must all bear our daily cross with humble respect to God who use problems and pressures to bring about that even temperament and trust we need to face every trial and tribulation that may come our way,always praising God. God prizes our love and devotion to him and allows us to come close to him.We can run to and fro seeking many things to fill the empty place in our life that only Christ can fill.My house will always serve the only true God Jehovah,the Father,the Son, the Holy Spirit and my Lord.
My prayers are for will Brown,our Commander,who will be healed by God and returned to service.To Ken Smith who desires to return to Austin with his family.I thank those of you who sent a check or money to help him.His address is P.O. Box 471, North Easton, MA., 02356.He deeply appreciates any help.

PRAYER

Father,in Jesus' name,unite your people together that we may work and do all we can to point all who seek truth to you and your son. May we as a people and nation repent and seek your guidance as our fathers before us when they concieved this great nation.AMEN.

News from Auxillary Unit 76

Sweeter than the notes sung by a little bird.
Sweeter than any music ever heard.
Sweeter than a lullaby sung softly from the birdies cage,
Words of music to our ears written on a rose-trimmed page.

I quote:
"Dear President Merle,Officers and Members:
Congratulations to each member of Unit 76 for reaching 100% membership goal for the year 1997.Enclosed is your membership certificate.Your help toward your District and Division making goal is greatly appreciated".
(signed) Elizabeth Braune Division III President
We also recieved a Thank You and Congratulations letter from our Department President,Elsie Edgett.I want to add my Thank You and Congratulations to Unit 76. We are a working team. We try harder.We are a relatively small unit, but we do what we can to be a working,winning Unit.We have a lot of love for each other and we all care about our Legion Unit 76, and Legion Post 76.
I am so proud of our Unit and all the good works we are involved in.We all realize that our purpose is to serve in all the ways we can.We try to serve the veteran and his family, and also the senior citizens.All the little children are uppermost in our hearts.We honor our pledge to Serve our God and Country.That's what life is all about.We feel good when we do good.The god of Heaven smiles on us when we try.
We have many more good works to accomplish in the future.I want to encourage everyone to come to our business meetings as well as our dinner meetings.Bring a friend with you.We will welcome them.We are warm and friendly and we "whistle while we work".(you know what that means).We have fun together.We want you to be a part of all that we do.We will see you soon.God Bless us all.
Merle Wheeler,President

TROOP 415 NEWS

The February camp-out was at the Lost Pines Scout Reservation.Friday night was a little chilly but the remainder of the weekend was beautiful camping weather.The two major activities were an Orienteering course and a 5-mile hike.The post mortem revealed that everybody enjoyed their weekend in the woods!
The troop gained two new scouts this month.Two Webelos from Pack 24 crossed the bridge into Scouting and are very excited about beginning this new phase of their lives.
We are beginning to plan for Summer Camp.Once agian we will be going to Lost Pines for the week of June 29 through July 4.Any ideas for fund-raising activities to help defray the costs for boys in need are welcomed.

POST HISTORIAN

Alan Denman

April marks the 80th anniversary of America's entry into the Great War,World War One.It was the veterans of that war who founded the American Legion.The current exhibit in the display case in the downstairs dining room is dedicated to the memory of the "war to end all wars".

New Members
Sheila Moses

May 1997

Commanders Comments

Will K. Brown, Post Commander

A sincere note of appreciation to each of you for continuing to attend and participate in Post business and social activities. These efforts and those of Linda, and individual Legionnaires and Auxillians, who give of their time and talents to serve the purposes of the Legion and Travis Post 76, your extra service support to the Post, and to my family during these past three months of illness are greatly appreciated...many thanks to each of you.
During the business meeting of April 7th, Marvin Beck, Past Commander, was selected by the Post Executive Committee to chair the 1997-98 Nominations Committee. Serving with Marvin are all Past Commanders of Post 76.
For our May 19th meeting, our speaker will be John Booth,an engineer with the University of Texas Astronomy Department. He will talk about the installation and testing of the newest telescope at the McDonald Observatory. Our dinner entree will be fried chicken. You are encouraged to bring the usual accompaniments of vegatables,salads or desserts.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings (7:00 p.m.)
June 2nd
July 7th
August 4th

Dinner meetings at the Post:

May 19th, 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be John Booth,who will bring us up to date on astronomical observations at the McDonald Observatory utilizing the new Hobby-Eberle telescope.
June 16th, 7:00 p.m. This will be our annual report from Boys State.
July 21st, 7:00 p.m. This will be our annual report from Girls State.
Monday, August 18th,(Installation of new officers with American Legion, Department of Texas, Tenth District Commander Tom Tvrdik, serving as installation officer). The Post will furnish HAM and Linda will prepare mashed potatoes and gravy, so please bring appropriate side dishes to complement this fare. Don't forget those good desserts, also.

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

There are so many today who are searching for themselves always studying, trying to prove to themselves their worth, building self-esteem. Now I challenge you to the truth. Try to hear with your heart. You already possess exactly what you need for happiness,success, a full productive life. There are lofty goals we aspire to, yet if our basic needs are met we have food, water and air so we have witin us the ability to be very happy. Gandhi once said,"God comes to the hungry in the form of food".
We are only happy when we are doing what we truly love. In order to experience abundant life we must be transformed in such a way as to be able to do what we love and love what we do.
Know the truth in your life. When you're resisting doing what you love, believing the work is painful and entails suffering-it does not have to be that way. Imagine yourself doing what you love to do and having fun doing it;to know you are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.When you spend your mental energy to see yourself doing what you love to do, keeping those thoughts uppermost in your mind the happiness will expand for you.It must!You have chosen to see it to be as if it were already done.We must be positive regardless of our place in life. If there are those who don't like us, we must overcome with love. Everything that you are against works against you, blocking your abundant life.
We only keep what we give away and lose what we greedily hold on to. God says to give and it will be given unto you. Jesus said,"I am the way, the truth and the life." We cannot know life abundantly unless we obtain the life that brings abundance. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
You are special, unique, one of a kind. There will never be another human exactly like you! So, be yourself and quit trying to be someone you are not.
Take the time to do those things you are doing right and always remember that we all have a place in life. It is important though, that we take what means necessary to tend to those less fortunate in mnay,many ways. Be kind to all.
The folowing poem illustrates what might happen when we go through life only being concerned about our self and not taking the time to tend to others.
No Time

I knelt to pray,but not for long
I had too much to do.
Must hurry off and get to work
for bills would soon be due.
And so I said a hurried prayer
jumped up from my knees;
My Christian duty now was done,
my soul could be at ease,
All through the day I had no time
to speak a word of cheer,
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me ,I feared
No time, no time, too much to do,
that was my constant cry,
No time to give to those in need,
at last my time to die.
And when before the Lord I came,
I stood with downcast eyes,
Within His hands He held a book,
It was the book of life.
God looked into His book and said,
"Your name I cannot find,
I once was going to write it down,
but never found the time."

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

Clara Hohertz has donated to the Post a scale model of the Merci boxcar. It has been installed in a display case in the trophy room just above the clock.The Merci boxcar has an interesting history. It was part of a train of 49 cars filled with gifts from the people of France in gratitude for our help after the Second World War.The boxcar itself is the same type used to carry our troops to the Western Front during the First World War.Its capacity,as written on the side in French, is 40 men or 8 horses.An organization composed of Legionaires has taken its name from this, the Forty and Eight.The Locale Voiture #175 is responsible for preserving the boxcar and its heritage.They have extended an invitation to all members of our Post to attend their monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Post 83.

Albert Einstein once admitted that figuring out his U.S. income tax was beyond him-he had to go to a tax consultant. "This is too difficult for a mathematician," said Einstein. "It takes a philosopher."

Sick Call
We recently heard that long time member and Past Commander Don O'Connor is recovering at home form a heart problem that hospitalized him for a time. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Finance Officer John Pacheco has just undergone knee surgery.

July 1997

Commanders Comments

Will K. Brown, Post Commander

A sincere note of appreciation to each of you for continuing to attend and participate in Post business and social activities. These efforts and those of Linda, and individual Legionnaires and Auxillians, who give of their time and talents to serve the purposes of the Legion and Travis Post 76, your extra service support to the Post, and to my family during these past three months of illness are greatly appreciated...many thanks to each of you.
Other Post News:
American Legion Baseball continues alive and well with 30+ teams this summer, thanks to the efforts of Larry Miller and Guy Davis, with funding for ten teams from Travis Post 76.
There were 540 attendees to this year's Girls State. Those sponsored by Post 76 will be guests, with their parents, at the Post dinner meeting, July 21st.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive Business meetings (7:00 p.m.)
August 4th
September 8th
October 6th
Dinner meetings at the Post (7:00 p.m.)
Monday July 21st, Girls Staters and Parents)
Monday, August 18th,(Installation of new officers with American Legion, Department of Texas, Tenth District Commander Tom Tvrdik, serving as installation officer). The Post will furnish HAM and Linda will prepare mashed potatoes and gravy, so please bring appropriate side dishes to complement this fare. Don't forget those good desserts, also.
Monday, September 15th, 7:00 p.m. Major General Darrel Baker.
Monday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Dave Smith.
He will be discussing football radio broadcasting.
Entree...Chicken Fried Steak

Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dean Smith

Beloved friends:this will be my last effort to write to all who have called or written saying that you enjoyed my writings. I thank you sincerely. There are some who have voiced concern that I have preached too much in my column. It is the directive in the American Legion that the Chaplain is to lift the spiritual nature of Post affairs, to always present the truth and God first. I resigned as Chaplain at the April business meeting as it has become more difficult to be active. I will continue to be active with the Boy Scouts, Boys state and as much as possible in other activities.
Thanks to all for your prayers for Marty and me. Now my final message follows:2 Thessalonians 2 "And now what about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our being gathered together to meet him?"
Please don't be upset and excited, dear brothers, by the rumors that this day of the Lord has already begun. If you hear of people having visions and special messages from God about this, or letters that are supposed to have come from me, don't believe them; don't be carried away and deceived regardless of what they say. for that day will not come until two things happen. First, there will be a time of great rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion will come- the son of Hell. He will defy God, tear down everything that shows adoration and worship. Men's hearts will grow calloused toward God.
So much has been done to erase God from our national heritage, to eliminate any and all references to God, especially Jesus our Lord. So many seem to apologize for being Christian. Some of these folks are even called Bible thumpers, fanatics, religious right, among other things.
The most beautiful thought is when you know the Lord as Savior. It doesn't matter if He comes today if you are ready to go. We continually look for ways to tell the story of Jesus' love and to point the way to the cross. It is so sad when many close their eyes and ears to love and truth. Jesus said, "I am with you always even to the end of the world".Paul taught,"I will be all things to all men that in so doing I may win some". Guard your heart. Don't allow men to seperate you from the truth. God bless you all.

Post Historian Column

Alan Denman

Recently our Post manager came across an interesting item. It was a card table with advertisements from various businesses and organizations printed on it. Travis Post 76 also had a space on this table. Probably the ads were meant to help pay the costs of these tables. From the names of the businesses and the old-style phone numbers it was probably made before the mid-1960's.
If any of the long-time members of the Post remember anything about these card tables please let me know.
Suggestions encouraged from members! The display case in the downstairs dining room is currently filled with items relating to World War One. Do you have any suggestions as to future exhibits? If any of the members have items they would like to show off for a period of time please contact me. The case is kept securely locked at all times and a card would be mounted acknowledging the lender of the items on display.
Our Web Page is up at http://travispost76.tripod.com. Currently it shows the names of officers of the Post and Auxillary and the Newsletters for 1997. More to come in the future. If anyone has any suggestions as to future contents please let me know. The page also needs some good pictures scanned into it.

Troop 415 News

March:The Troop went camping at Pedernales Falls State Park, March 21 through 23. We were camping in the primitive area so there was a fair hike in on Friday night. It still got dark before we had to set up camp, we're looking forward to the longer hours of daylight. The troop worked on backpacking and camping skills, there was a nature hike on Saturday to identify plants, another hike to fetch more water (for the boys who are still learning to be prepared!) and then a relaxing and fun swim in Bee Creek. The weather could not have been better and the boys were better able to demonstrate their knowledge of the Outdoor Code. They cooked only with stoves (no ground fires),packed out everything they took in, includng all of their trash. They left the campsite better than they found it. We were proud of them.
April:Two new scouts joined the Troop in February and rather than go on a campout we did a 5 mile hike along Barton Creek. The newcomers needed to have a break-in hike before camping and the older boys had a chance to show some leadership. All in all, it was a good experience, paving the way for completing some of the required scouting fundamentals. This month also saw some advancement. We now have two new First Class Scouts (Singletary & Chesney) and one new Second Class Scout (Cummins).
We are now preparing for the May campout at Mustang Island over the Memorial Day weekend and getting ready for summer camp at Lost Pines at the end of June.

ROTC AWARDS
Additional notes thanking Travis Post 76 for awards presented for Military & Scholastic Excellence were recieved since those previously reported. Altogether, notes were recieved from: Samuel J.Dale,Samuel Ellsworth,Sandra Hakopian,Connie Lane,Robert A. Waterson,Simon Dietsch,Tyree N. Clark,Mark W. Hopkins,Elizabeth Levitt, & John Sorenson.

Sick Call
Gene Volcik reported on a visit to member Don O'Connor, who continues to be in ill health.

August 1997

Commanders Comments

Will K. Brown, Post Commander

How many ways can you say "thank you"! This year as your Commander has been one wrought with medical problems and I have been unable, at times, to attend meetings and attend to Post business matters. Thanks to so many that "went the extra mile" to see that Post No. 76 never missed a beat in the activities during this past year. Even though I was unable to participate at times, it was comforting to know that everything would run smoothly at the Post home.
There are so many to thank that performed so well during my absences that if I started naming them I would surely leave someone out. I will not mention anyone in particular but suggest to all Legionnaires and Auxillians that Travis Post No. 76 is definitely in good hands. Thanks to evryone that helped.
I am excited about the upcoming year and know that Commander-Elect Jim Burrill will keep our colors flying high. Please get behind him and help with what you can even if it is nothing more than strong moral support. Jim will lead our Post very well in the coming year. My sincere well wishes to the incoming officers who will be installed at the August dinner meeting.
Thanks so much to Linda Rogers, our outstanding Post Manager, who continues to do such a marvelous job in her activities. I know that everyone knows but she is the "link" between the outside world and our Post home and without her excellent support, we would not be as far down the road as we are;several activities have been going on-painting,fixing up, much needed repairs,etc,- and all under her supervision. Thanks, Linda, for a job well done.
Again, thanks to all that have participated and helped out with everything this past year.
I appreciate your many cards and prayers and look forward to helping anyway that I can in the years to come. I have enjoyed serving as your Commander. Best wishes to all for a happy prosperous future.

Planning Schedule
Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings (7:00 p.m.)
September 8th (Labor Day-1st Monday conflict)
October 6th
November 3rd

Dinner meetings at the Post (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, August 18th,(Installation of new officers with American Legion, Department of Texas, Tenth District Commander Tom Tvrdik, serving as installation officer). The Post will furnish HAM and Linda will prepare mashed potatoes and gravy, so please bring appropriate side dishes to complement this fare. Don't forget those good desserts, also.
Monday, September 15th, 7:00 p.m. Major General Darrel Baker.
Monday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Dave Smith.
He will be discussing football radio broadcasting.
Entree...Chicken Fried Steak
November 17th...Holland Young, New airport
Project Team reporting on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Entree...Turkey and Dressing

Post Historian

Alan Denman

The Texas State Historical Association has just published a book about Frances Goff called "Texas, Her Texas", written by Nancy Beck Young and Lewis L. Gould. Goff was a Past Commander of Austin Womens Post 639 which merged with Travis Post 76 in the early 1950's.
At the core of the book is the Bluebonnet Girls State Program of the American Legion Auxillary,an annual citizenship session for young Texas women that Goff directed for four decades. More than twenty thousand high school girls experienced Goff's charismatic leadership and took to heart her message of public service and involvement. From her youthful days in Kenedy to the corridors of the Texas Capitol,Goff knew the movers and shakers of Texas and became one herself. She was,says Ann Richards, a "grand lioness of a woman".

Post Manager Comments

Linda Rogers

We have been doing a lot of fixing up, painting and repair. We have added a chair rail in the Alamo & Freedom Rooms. This makes boths rooms look very nice. Each room has also been painted along with the entry hall, bathroom hall, stairway and landing walls.
Mark is replacing the screens upstairs with sun screens to block the heat on the landing. He is also painting all the screens above the Alamo Room.
This week we will start on the Ball Room. We will paint the ceiling to cover the rust spots and repair and paint the walls. The floor will be cleaned and finished with a polyurethane finish.
Last week, the ceilings in my apartment were repaired. While doing the repairs, they found termites in the living room and kitchen. These were treated. A ceiling fan was added to the kitchen ceiling. Also,they had to replace half the sheetrock in the living room;while they were doing these repairs, they supported the ceiling beams that had termite damage.
We will be getting new carpet in several places in the Post home which will be a dark navy blue with gold flecks. this really should help the appearance and will make a big difference in cleaning.
Mark Polastry has been doing the painting and I must say he is a very fine painter. He respects our Legion home as much as we do. Mark takes great care in insuring that his work is done right.
With his help, the Post home is looking very elegant. I know you will be very proud of all the work that is being done(and still to be done); why don't you come take a look?
Thanks to everyone for your support.

Four little words that aren't heard often enough are, you may be right.

Sick Call
Donald O'Connor continues to be quite ill. Cards and phone calls to Don are encouraged.

TAPS
Member Kenneth Smith has died after a long illness.

September 1997

Commanders Comments

Jim Burrill, Post Commander

Our August dinner meeting featured the installation of new officers,with Tom Tvrdik, 10th District Commander, as the installing officer. It is a great privilege for me to have been installed as your new commander. I am supported by an excellent staff of officers, most of whom have served in the previous administration, thus giving good continuity for the coming year. For my own part, I entered the U.S. Navy in June 1942 and continued on active duty until June 1976. As an engineering duty officer, I was involved in ship engineering and electronics, aircraft carrier conversions, submarine missile testing and major surface ship construction. I have recently served as commander of several of the retiree/veteran organizations in Austin.
Our next business meeting will be on September 8th (to avoid meeting on Labor Day). For our September 15th dinner meeting, our speaker will be Major General Darrel Baker, Commander of the Texas National Guard 71st Troop Command. All of our members are strongly encouraged to attend. We have a large membership in our post but relatively few attend the regular meetings. Our activities are very important and we need more participation to keep them going.

Planning Schedule

Post 1st Monday Executive/Business meetings (7:00 p.m.)
September 8th
October 6th
November 3rd

Dinner meetings at the Post:

Monday, September 15th, 7:00 p.m. Major General Darrel Baker.
Monday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Dave Smith.
He will be discussing football radio broadcasting.
Entree...Chicken Fried Steak
November 17th...Holland Young, New airport
Project Team reporting on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Entree...Turkey and Dressing

Post Historian Column

Alan Denman

Some time ago Post 76 was given a scrapbook compiled by Roy Hudson,one the early members of the Post. Captain Hudson was a dentist from Killeen who served in the A.E.F. in 1918 in the Medical section. He kept a diary of his experiences in France along with letters and bits of other information.
I am currently making a web page of his scrapbook which can be found at http://members.tripod.com/~travispost76/hudson/index.html.
If any members of Post 76 have any personal writings of their military experiences that they would like to publish on the web page please contact the Post Historian.

Chaplains Corner

by Eugene Volcik

Sometimes things happen in our lives that makes such an impression that it becomes part of our lives. The occasion for me was the first sermon I heard in service.
Imagine this kid from a small town, the first time away from home by himself-kinda lost, definitely scared and slightly confused-you probably know the feeling.
On my first Sunday in service, I learned how to pick up cigarette butts, this was a big switch from my regular routine of attending church.
The next Sunday, I attended church and the sermon was very appropriate for my situation because the date was April 21st, my 18th birthday. The scripture was 1 Corinthians 13:11-"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; When I became an adult, I put an end to my childish ways". The ministers sermon convinced me that on that day, I became a man. Suddenly, there was this immediate transformation from a cigarette butt picker-upper to a man-in just one week. Now I am responsible for everything I do-my parents are off the hook. This was the same type of feeling one gets the moment when Christ enters in their life.
From that sermon,I realized that from that point forward, I need to make adult decisions. So as Legionnaires,when we come to a crossroads in life, we need to take the correct road and set a good example in our community.
Dean,thanks for your spiritual leadership you have given to our post. God bless you.
We need to keep Donald O'Conner in our prayers and remember him with phone calls, cards and visitations.

TAPS
Joe Perrone passed away.

October 1997

Commanders Comments

Jim Burrill, Post Commander

Our September dinner meeting featured a fine talk by Major General Darrel Baker about the Texas National Guard and its relationship to the Regular Army. We had a less than anticipated attendance, probably because of Monday night football. We start our meetings on time and try to finish early enough to allow members to see most of the game, so don't hesitate to come.
Our October 20th meeting will feature Dave Smith who will discuss football broadcasting in the days of radio.This should be an exciting program and I hope that each of you can make it.

Planning Schedule

Executive/Business meetings at the Post Home on first Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
October 6th
November 3rd
December 1st

Dinner meetings at the Post Home on third Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

October 20th...Dave Campbell
Entree...Chicken Fried Steak

November 17th...Holland Young, New airport
Project Team reporting on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Entree...Turkey and Dressing

December 15th...Traditional Carols by Members and Friends!
Entree...Party Trays and Finger Foods

Auxillary Presidents Comments

Merle Wheeler, President

In 1942 I was a Junior in high school, living in Navasota, Texas, only 18 miles down the road from Texas A & M College. The U.S. Navy had the V-12 program, and the Army had the ASTP program at A & M, and on the weekends, the boys came to our town to look around and find something to do.
The Ladies of Navasota formed an American Legion Auxillary. They invited the high school girls to become junior-members, and that was my first time to be in the American Legion Auxillary.I still have my membership card tucked away in an old scrapbook somewhere in my souvenirs.
We served in the USO Canteen and had parties and dances chaperoned by the Auxillary and our parents. Little did I know then that some day I would be President of Auxillary Unit 76. For this honor I want to thank you for your trust in asking me to serve in this office. I am proud of the Good Works that all our ladies did in the past year and I'm looking forward to a good year ahead.

Our slate of officers are:

Merle Wheeler.................................................President
Avadne Montandon............................First Vice-President
Virginia Smith...............................Second Vice-President
Marna Cobb.....................................................Secretary
Pat Ivie............................................................Treasurer
Molly Denmark...........................Corresponding Secretary
Marna Cobb......................................................Historian

Please hurry if you haven't sent in your membership dues. It's time and we want to make our 100% again this year. Thank you!

Chaplains Corner

by Eugene Volcik

How do we Pray?
How many times have we prayed using a shopping list of wants. Many a person has prayed that they would win the lotto, a sporting event, or recieve some materialistic gain. We should pray for God to free us from our problems because these things probably won't happen and probably just as well. It is not for God to change things.

Romans 8:26-27 "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

If only we can understand what prayer is all about and rid ourselves of unrealistic expectations. God does not send our problems but gives us the strength to cope with them through prayer.
When someone asks for help through prayer, they know they are not facing their frightening situation alone. When group prayer is done, it releases people from isolation-it assures them that they need not feel alone or abandoned. It lets them know they are part of a greater reality with more depth, more hope, more courage, and more of a future than any indivivdual could have by himself.
Prayer, like religion as a whole, is meant to enlarge our spiritual soul.

First Vice Commander

Carl Loman Wheeler

"VITA"

I want to thank the Post 76 members for selecting me to serve as First Vice Commander, and to add thanks for the support I received in the years I served as Adjutant. Serving as Adjutant gave me the opportunity to know something of the many members with a glimpse at their military background and family. I have a sincere interest in continuing to serve veterans and their dependents, and I will draw on experience on committees of the AICHE, and church committees in addition to service in various offices of the TPEA. (AICHE=American Institute of Chemical Engineers; TPEA=Texas Public Employees Association)
I am pleased that I have passed on the duties of Adjutant to a qualified and capable Guy Davis. He will be sending your membership cards, keeping up with addresses and phone numbers, and ordering caps and such to name a few of his many duties.
The Commander has asked that each officer write briefly on our background, and I seem to be first on the list.
I enlisted in the Army right after high school in time to serve in the Army of Occupation in Korea.
I recieved Infantry basic and was assigned to an Infantry Regiment based on a former Japanese airfield near Kunsan, Korea. My company was quartered in barracks built oriental style for the Japanese Army. Korea had been occupied by the Japanese since 1910, and the southern part was essentially a wholly agricultural region.
In the spring of 1947, the army changed us from an Infantry company to an Engineer Maintenance Company and moved us to Kimpo Air Base near Seoul. We occupied quarters with an Engineer Construction Battalion and that's when I decided that I wanted to be an engineer. I visited Seoul on pass at a time when none of us could guess that the country would be completely changed by war in less than five years. A Russian military commission was meeting with a U.S. mission at Duk Soo Palace and going through the motions of discussing the reunification of North and South Korea.
The Russians pulled down their flag and left the conference about October 1947. Wen I returned to the States, I enlisted in the Army Reserve and started my engineering studies. I was meeting with a Reserve Engineer Brigade Headquarters Unit that was called to active duty in September 1950. We were stationed in Alabama and our primary job was to support training of personnel going to Korea. When my enlistment term was ended, I returned to the University of Houston, where I had one more semester of eligibility under the WWII G.I. Bill. Congress obligingly passed the Korean G.I. Bill that summer so that I was able to finish my first degree uninterrupted.
In looking back, I realize that this experience was interesting to me, but is another case of "You had to have been there". I look forward to the coming year as your First Vice Commander.

Post Historian Column

by Alan Denman

At a recent meeting of the Forty and Eight your Post Historian was elected to the office of Historian of the Forty and Eight Voiture #175. Are there any members of Travis Post 76 who have been associated with the Forty and Eight in years past? I am looking for any historical materials in connection with the Forty and Eight. Copies of photos, newsletters, personal recollections or any other artifacts would be welcome.
The Voiture #175 is closely involved in the preservation of the Merci Boxcar which sits beside our Post Home. France sent the U.S. 49 boxcars (one for each state and D.C.) full of gifts in the 1940's in gratitude for our help in World War Two. These happened to be the same type of boxcars that our doughboys rode in France in the First World War. In French on the side of the cars was written "40 Hommes 8 Cheveaux" (40 men or 8 horses)-which is the maximum capacity of the car. ( Not the luxury of a Pullman but it beat marching all the way ! ) The name Forty and Eight comes from this. Our Post Home was privileged to be the home for the boxcar for the State of Texas.
In other states the boxcars are not looked after as well or have been neglected or even lost. Texas is the only Department that still maintains the tradition of an annual Merci pilgrimage. Every February members of the Forty and Eight from all the local Voitures in the Department of Texas come to our Post to conduct a special ceremony at the boxcar.
You can contact me by mail here at the Post or phone 452-1842. I am also at the meetings here at the Post on the third Mondays of the month and the Forty and Eight meeting on the last Wednesday of the month (7:00 p.m.) at Post 83 which is located in south Austin on E. St. Elmo near Todd Lane.

November 1997

Commanders Comments

Jim Burrill, Post Commander

November is a month that means much to our members.On the 11th, Veterans Day, we will honor those who have served in the Armed Forces (which includes all of our members). There will be the customary Past Commander's breakfast at the Post, starting at 0700. Those involved in the food preparation should be there right after 0600. Following this will be our participation in the Veterans Day parade up Congress to the Capitol. It is planned to have a decorated conveyance large enough to hold those who participate in the ride up Congress Avenue. Formation for the parade will begin at 0730 on Third Street with parade start-off at 0900.
One of the items that I will emphasize for the coming year is to encourage more of our members to attend the dinner meetings. I continually meet individuals with the object of getting them to join, but find that they are already members of our post but rarely attend. We have a fine post building and have good meal entrees supplied by the post, with additional food items being provided by attending members. We also have a great opportunity to enjoy each other's companionship and learn about interesting stories.

Planning Schedule

Veterans Day - November 11th
Breakfast at the Post, 0700, Parade starts at 0900.

Executive/Business meetings at the Post home on first Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Dinner meetings at the Post home on third Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Auxiliary Presidents Comments

Merle Wheeler, President

On October 18, 1997, the Tenth District Convention was held in Giddings Post 276. Virginia Taylor, Clara Hohertz, Marna Cobb, Merle Wheeler, and Loman Wheeler in our group attended.
We all met at the H.E.B. parking lot at 7:30 a.m. (Ugh! Early!) Marna Cobb was the designated driver and we went in her car. We had a very pleasant drive to Giddings and arrived about 8:45 a.m. We joined Joe Trochta, Department Treasurer for Texas, from our Post and Post Commander Jim Burill at the joint session which convened at 10:00 a.m.
The theme of the meeting was "Meeting the Challenge Together:Involvement,Harmony,Service". Our Host and Hostess were Commander Monroe Becker and President Vernelle Loch of Post and Unit 276.The guest speakers were Major Jack Flynt II, Chairman of Texas American Legion Boys State, and Sharon Gavin, of the staff of American Legion Bluebonnet Girls State.
After the joint session we were served a delicious lunch of turkey, dressing and other goodies.
The Auxilliary business sesion was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by Helen Brizendine, 10th District President. The main topic of the meeting was Unit management. The District President proposed a Unit Management School. There was some discussion of the location of the school, and a decision will be made soon and the Units will be notified at that time. We purchased a book entitled ABC of Unit Management that will be used as a guide in the school lessons. It has many useful suggestions and guidelines that will be helpful at all times for us.
A letter came in the mail to our Unit on October 23 from Jean Kattner, A.L.A. Representative of the Temple VA Hospital, stating that they are preparing for the Christmas season at the hospital. They are in need of gifts for the Christmas Gift Shop and postage money for the veterans to mail the gifts to their families.
They are also in need of home-made (or bought) cookies as well as Christmas cards and occasional cards for veterans to send to their loved ones. The mailing address for packages:

Jean Kattner, ALA Representative
Bldg. # 3011K
CTVHC (Temple VA Hospital)
1901 South 1st Street
Temple, Texas 76504

Please keep a list of all your donations and turn them in to Unit 76 President Merle Wheeler and you will receive recognition in our service records. Deadline for mailing is November 18,1997. On behalf of the veterans, "Thank you" for your contributions.
For God and Country,
Merle Wheeler

Chaplains Corner

by Eugene Volcik

November is a month of thanksgiving and for remembrances.

Psalm 107:22 "Sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing". (116:17) "I will offer unto thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord".
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims who knew the real meaning of being thankful. They were thankful to God who had given them the strength and determination to struggle for survival in a land that was worth their sacrifices. Sometimes, we wonder and ask ourselves about our past and present generations whether we could or would make such a sacrifice. As we enjoy the day of Thanksgiving with festivals, food and prayer, let us not forget the men and women who fought to keep our country free.
The other important day is Veterans Day - a day of remembrance.
John 15:13"Greater love hath no man than this, that one may lay down this life for his friends".
What more can be asked of a man than to die in the cross for you and I? Our veterans have done the same for us - many laid down their lives for this country. We should always be proud because we live in America, where we enjoy the freedom of speech and religion - just two of the many rights we possess. We all are of different faiths and travel down different roads but we are all headed in the right direction - belief in God.
Let us resolve to each other and all others that we are proud of our nation because of the endurance of the pilgrims and dedication of our comrades.

First Vice Commander

Carl Loman Wheeler

November Dinner Meeting

Entree for the November 17th dinner meeting wil be turkey and dressing.
Our November speaker is Holland Young, Planning and Environmental Manager for the New Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. His role in the new airport includes the devleopment of long range airport plans and environmental analysis. He has been with the projest from its inception in 1992.
Eevn though you may not be a "frequent flyer" you will see changes in traffic patterns on our streets when the airport is open.

Post Historian

Alan Denman

The Commander has asked that each officer of the Post write about their experiences while in military service.
In the early 1970s I served in the U.S. Air Force at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas with the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing (TAC) in the Office of Logistics Plans (LGX).
The 463rd was composed of three sqaudrons of C-130 E-model cargo aircraft (the 772nd,773rd, and 774th Tactical Airlift Squadrons).The mission was to carry troops and cargo anywhere, anytime and on short notice.One of the most well-known of these was King Grain which delivered food supplies to the drought-stricken countries of Chad and Mali.The wing also took part in regular rotations with Pope and Little Rock AFBs to RheinMain in Frankfort, Germany,Mildenhall in the East Anglia area of England, and Howard AFB in the Canal Zone in Panama. I was fortunate enough to get to go on all these TDYs during my time at Dyess. On the way we also stopped at places like Goose Bay (Labrador), Keflavik (Iceland) and Lajes (Azores).We also held regular mobility exercises to practice for a short-notice deployment. My work in Logistics Plans had a lot to do with that, mostly maintaining the computer lists of personnel and equipment. I also took care of the building we used for a personnel processing center during the exercises and the actual rotation deployments. It was just an old B-47 nose dock with some partitions put inside.
I also worked on anything else necessary during these operations.When I went on the TDYs I served as a liason between maintenance and supply. We also carried all our own ground support equipment and WRSK Kits (a number of rolling cabinets full of spare parts) so we were able to support our own missions in primitive locations. That was the most interesting and challenging job I had in my time in military service.

Second Vice Commander

by Larry Miller

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to the Post membership. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, I grew up learning to love the outdoors i.e. Fun and Sun! There are not many residents who were actually born in the Sunshine State.
My education took me to Louisiana where I attended LSU and graduated with a degree in Industrial Management in the College of Business. While at LSU, I participated in the Army ROTC program and earned my reserve Commission as a 2nd Lt. in the Army and was assigned to the Corps of Engineer branch. Upon graduation, my orders sent me to the Engineer Officers Basic course at Ft. Belvoir, VA.
From there, I went on to serve my first of two years on Active Duty at Ft. Stewart, GA., where my duties included completing the firing ranges for the Huey Cobra flying school. My second year of service provided me with a tour in the Republic of Vietnam as a military advisor with MAV. Living with the Vietnamese, along with four other Americans on the Cambodian border, proved to be an exciting time in my military career. My efforts earned me the Bronze Star with the "V" device, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Air Medal, Vietnamese National Honor Medal along with other service medals. After Viet Nam, my military career concluded with six years in the USAR and terminated my service as a Captain with Company A, 841st Engineer Bn, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
While in college, I met and married my wife Hazel. My new family included many Cajun relatives who have changed my outlook on life forever. What a fun loving group of people to be associated with. Hazel and I have three beautiful children with Mollie(26), Will(24), and Stephen(16).
Since I joined the Post, my interest has been in helping with the American Legion Baseball program. I am proud to say that in the last two years the District program has gone from under ten teams to thirty teams and I feel privileged to have been a part of the program. This year I have agreed to serve as District Chairman. Also, I have committed to performing the duties of Second Vice Chairman. I look forward to working with Linda in maintaining the grounds and building and supervising the operations of the Post.
I am happy to be a member of Post 76 and would like to encourage everyone to become active in the life of the Post.

December 1997

Commanders Comments

Jim Burrill, Post Commander

Many activities in the month of December are in everyone's plans. It is hoped that your plans include the Post's dinner meeting on Monday the 15th. This will be quite informal, featuring a Christmas "sing-a-long". We appreciate those who participated in the Veterans Day Past Commander's Breakfast and other Veterans Day activities. Hats off to the cooks at the breakfast and to those hardy souls who braved the cold to either ride in or witness the parade.
Our dinner meeting on November the 17th provided an outstanding opportunity to learn all about the present status and plans for the new airport. Holland Young has worked on the project for several years and made a fine presentation.

Planning Schedule
Executive/Business meetings at the Post home on first Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Dinner meetings at the Post home on third Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

December 15th..Traditional Carols by Members and Friends!
ENTREE...............................Party Trays and Finger Foods

January 19......Scoutmaster Gene Colabro will coordinate a presentation on Scouting and our sponsored Troop 415
ENTREE.....Baked Chicken and Rice

Chaplain's Corner

by Eugene Volcik

There is so much to love about Christmas. The singing of carols, the beautiful story about the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, the Christmas tree, the beautiful decorations, and the love of giving presents to family, friends and person in need or distress.
God's greatest gift to us at Christmas was the gift of Jesus, who came into this world to get nothing, but to give everything.
John 3:16-17:"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

When God gave us Jesus, he thought of us as one family-not Jewish or Gentile-but his chosen peopoe of the entire world. We are all God's children-not because we are good but because God is merciful. The child born that night so long ago redeemed us and claimed us as his family.
What would be your choice of a gift at Christmas-love,hope or a feeling of worthiness? It is always more blessed to give than to receive. Nothing can replace the warmth one gets when she or he has given of themselves in sharing their fortune or feeling with someone whether it be their children or someone else.
When the angels said, "Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy", little did anyone realize that this small infant would set the course for all humanity to follow. Faith will carry us through the darkest night, hope that we are on the right path, and love that is the greatest element of human kindness.

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