AMERICAN LEGION POST 257
LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE
"THE FRIENDLIEST POST IN CALIFORNIA"
JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER (click here)
WWII Air Museum in Orange County
By Jim Shaffer
There is a “hidden” treat for all veterans in Orange County, not well known yet fabulous. My daughter Gina introduced me to the Lyon Air Museum, which I had never heard of.
The Lyon Air Museum is on the west side of John Wayne Airport in a large building with airplane access to the runways and located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, phone 714- 210-4585. Online it is Lyonairmuseum.org.
It houses some 7 WWII aircraft including a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell and fighter and trainer planes. They are all ready to fly . Also are many military vehicles, and a few collector cars including a Model T and Duisenberg. A theatre runs a continuous film on WWII.
Our escort was Walter Drake, 93, and a WWII fighter pilot who served in the ETO with 68 combat missions. The museum was founded by Major General William Lyon (retired) and founder of a large house building firm. Entrance fee for seniors and vets is $9. It is a rare treat and not yet well known.
OLD FASHION 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION
BOYS STATE 2015 DELEGATES
Left to right, Warren Marr, Wes Lynd (El Toro HS) Andrew Hseih (Laguna Hills HS) Tyler Smith (El Toro HS) Sam Higa.
Indoctrination dinner held at Newport Harbor American Legion Post 291 for delegates and parents. District 29 sponsored 94 students to Boys State for a week at Cal State Sacramento. The boys were nominated by their schools then selected by Post 257 Boys State Committee, each exhibited exceptional academic records, athletic ability, community service and leadership potential.
Rare poster with signatures of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and three Medal of Honor Recipients found after renovation of US Submarine Veterans facility:
American Legion features a busy April
By Jim Shaffer
Laguna Woods Post 257 of the American Legion will host 4 events during the month. The first is the support dinner at Polly’s on Thursday April 9 from 4:30 to 6:00, in which vets and friends eat in a private room, talk, exchange war stories, and gossip. Call Jerry Anderson at 949-837-0102 for information. The Memorial Day Poppy Platoon is gearing up.. Also call Jerry Anderson for info.
The second is Wednesday April 15, all day at The Laguna Café in the Von’s Mall . The Café is decorated with pictures of service men, many being members of our Post. Chris Schaefer, owner of the Café, is a Post member and Gulf War vet. Call Chris at 949-949-380-0465.
The third is the monthly Post dinner and meeting on Thursday the 23rd at Clubhouse 1. Doors open at 4:45, dinner is served at 5:45, followed by a brief meeting and entertainment. Commander Mike Thayer will preside. The Nominating Committee will announce the proposed officers for the coming year. The Do-Whoppers will sing the memorable songs of the big band, rock and roll, twist again, years, The dinner will feature baked ham and apple pie, all for only $13, plus the best bar prices in California. Everyone is invited. Please call Ken Sigmund at 949-455-0608 for reservations which gives a head count for caterer Martinez.
The Legion has its annual free program coming up for Memorial Day, Monday May 25 at 10:00 at Clubhouse 3, chaired by 1stVice Joe Rainey and Commander Mike Thayer. Memorial Day honors all who have served their country and are now in “Post Everlasting”.
Sam Higa has created an informative web site at AL257.org/ . Punch it up. To join the Legion for only $40 a year call Hugh Seamster at 949-472-9690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He can help if you cannot find your discharge certificate.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
Copied from : http://www.legion.org/mission
PHOTOS OF 2015 LITTLE SAIGON TET PARADE (click here)
POST COMMITTEES NEED YOUR HELP (CLICK HERE)
EVENTS IN DISTRICT 29 (CLICK HERE)
The Bob Hope USO Orange County Fundraiser was a huge success. Tickets sold out (over 370) a few days before the rockin’ Saturday night event. Over 100 items were donated for our silent auction, including a private box at an Anaheim Ducks game. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and many high-ranking military personnel from all branches of service attended. Classic military vehicles marked the entry to the event with full dressed active military members presenting the colors. Bob would have loved it. A huge thanks Sue Blanco, Jan Spriggs, Lynne Savran, Barbara Boskovich, Melvetta Mason and to all their helpers for their hard work, enthusiasm, and faith. Without all of you this event would have only been an idea. L
POST 257 MAKES A DONTAION TO THE BOB HOPE USO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOB KURKJIAN
More photos (click here)
FIRST VICE COMMANDER JOE RAINEY AT VOCATIONAL VISIONS
American Legion and Kiwanis are Santa Claus to Camp Pendleton Elementary School
By Jim Shaffer
Laguna Woods American Legion Post 257 and Kiwanis recently arrived as Santa Claus at Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School located at Camp Pendleton. They delivered Holiday presents to the 800 students and 42 teachers… a $50 gift certificate for the teachers to Lake Shore Learning Center stores.
The Laguna Woods Santa’s were Jerry Anderson, Sam Higa, Vince Howley, and Jim Shaffer. They all forgot their beards. They visited each of the classes in sessionwith a certificate. They were guided by Vice Principal Emily Just and Staff Executive Patty Drew.
Prominent in every room was a logo or banner from various colleges all over the United States. They were a part of a new directive encouraging students to go to college. USC, UCLA, and many Cal States were represented plus Utah U, Brown, Kentucky U, Purdue, but no Slippery Rock.
The 4 unbearded Santa’s joined the students in the auitorium for carols and lunch. No fast food, burgers, or fries. A choice of a chicken sandwich or mac-cheese plus a salad-fruit bar and no sod… milk only, plain or chocolate.
Ninety percent of the students at Mary Fay have a parent in service in the marines.
Laguna Woods Veterans Day program , 2014
By Jim Shaffer
Over 150 attended Post 257’s annual Veterans Day program at Clubhouse 3 in the auditorium. The program was diverse and featured a Junior ROTC drill team from Orange High School introduced by Warren Marr, retired Marine officer , plus a memorable talk by WWII fighter pilot Ted Tanner.
City Council board member Cynthia Conners . who is also the Post’s Judge Adjutant General, welcomed the audience. She was a Judge Advocate officer in the U.S. Army. Retired Lt.Col. Chaplin Jim Juhan spoke of the honor of military service and two recent Post members who just went to Post Everlasting… Dean Davisson and John Badgley. Janice Badgley distributed gratis, John’s distinguished book “Frigate Men”. .Mike Evans welcomed each branch of the military and introduced the musical staff-- Nick Alpino, Kathy Rath, Shirley Harper and celebrated pianist Sunshine Lutey.
Jerry Anderson told the story of the Poppy and thanked the 14 post members who exchanged Poppies at Stater Brothers, Ralph’s in the Arbor Mall, and Trader Joes in the Oakbrook Village Mall. He was assisted by Gina Shaffer.
Vanda Bresnan, Auxiliary Commander and retired Marine officer, introduced Bivian Marr and Nancy Alpino, who performed the POW-MIA ceremony. Hugh Semester and Joann Killian served as recruiting officers. Quarter Master Vince Howley high lighted the gratis program for canes, crutches, walkers, and wheel chairs. Pat Burr, Mara Hodgkins, and Ken Sigmund distributed the programs. Mike Bresnan acted as set-up manager.
Bugler and Sgt at Arms Lou Tirado and Chaplin Ray Fico, opened and closed the program. Jim Shaffer served as M/C. as Post Commander Mike Thayer could not make it.
HONOR FLIGHT TO WASHINGTION DC
PHOTOS FROM THE O.C. STAND DOWN (click here)
Korean American Club Honoring Korean War Veterans
The Korean American Club has recorded the entire August 2014 program and is available on this website:http://www.lagunawoodskac.com/MemberNews/memPhoto.html
Photos of the 15 July 2010 event are available at:
Color Guard at 2014 Aquadettes 50th Birthday
American Legion, Kiwanis and US Submarine Veterans visit the Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach to deliver "Medical Dolls" and Kaps for Kids.
American Legion and Kiwanis highlight Olivewood and San Joaquin graduations
Lisa Graham, principal of San Yermo Elementary School, holds a thank you note written by one of fifty students. These notes will be included in a package for the troops as part of Operation Interdependence. These notes and packages put a little joy in the day of the recipeints. Thank you students of Glen Yermo Elementary School.
Post 257 Chaplain Ray Fico with Thank You Notes for the Troops made by students of San Joaquin Elementary School. These will go as part of a package for Operation Interdependence.
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
BOYS STATE DINNER 15 MAY 2014
John Badgley, JEREMY WEYLAND (Laguna Hills HS), Warren Marr
Warren Marr, DANIEL BUSHNER (El Toro HS), John Badgley, Sam Higa
Kohl Thorlakson Post 257 Boys State delegate 2013 from El Toro High School has posted a Utube video about his Boys State experience.
The Aktion Club in res Tee's, with 14 members from three Laguna Woods c
The Aktion Club in red Tee's, with 14 members from three Laguna Woods clubs.....Kiwanis, TGIF, and the American Legion. The occasion was celebrating the comming Memorial Day.
The Bon Family will be our entertainment for March Dinner Meeting.
- Watch our new promotional video here: https://vimeo.com/44113244
- They were our entertainers in Jan. 2012 Dinner Meeting. They were a big hit with the members.
POST 257 NEWS
From the Winter 2014 U.S.Navy Cruisers Assocciation
Since our charter in 1967, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.
To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Laguna Woods Village community. Join our Post as a Booster or Sponsor. (click Sponsor or Booster Button for details). 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans, and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.