Hello friends! This past month has been full of excitement and anxiety as Jennite Paving and Cousino Electric waited for good weather to break ground. Unfortunately, there was about a foot of water underneath the asphalt due to our soil consisting of predominantly clay on top of bedrock. According to Jennite, this would make for a sloppy job of our new parking lot, and we wouldn’t be happy with the results. The tear-off and new parking lot will be installed next April. If you’ve been to the post lately, you’ve probably seen the beginnings of our new islands and light poles. The poor weather has delayed their completion, but we hope to have new lighting installed before the end of the year.
We also recently wrapped up our Toys for Tots Family Night, organized by Kelly Sporleder. This is one of our highlights each year as it brings families together for a good cause. If you haven’t been to this event in years past, make a point to come our next year. It’s always on Black Friday 🙂
Speaking of Black Friday, our Post once again came together to provide Thanksgiving baskets to Veterans and their families. The overall number of veterans served was down this year from 26 to 20 – but based on family size, the number of people fed this holiday rose to 108! This is a collaborative effort between the Post, the VA clinic in Toledo, Troop and Family Assistance Centers of Lucas and Wood Counties and Heroes in Action. Donations made by post members, VA staff members and veteran group around the area made our job easy this year with less than $200 needing to be spent to “fill in the gaps.” Connie and Joe had it easy for their annual shopping trip this year!
Prior to Thanksgiving, our Color Guard was busy presenting colors at area Veterans Day events. Our commander spoke at two ceremonies at Maplewood Elementary School after presenting the students with mini American flags to wave! The Color Guard was also asked to participate for the first time at Timberstone Junior High School. Both sets of programs were beautiful and we were so excited to be apart of their services.
Be on the lookout for more exciting events in the coming weeks and months. Most importantly is our Post Christmas party on December 15th! Toledo’s largest danceband, Swingmania will be in attendance to add to the quality of the event. Food options include Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Chicken and Salmon for a steal of only $25! Bring your co-workers, friends and family members to the fanciest night of the year!
We also have another Blood Drive on December 29th, thanks to the efforts of Tony Roemmele! Please give him a call to schedule your appointment at 419-276-3062.
Looking ahead to January 25th – we also have our Toledo Walleye night! Tickets are $15 each and include a club-level seat and an All American buffet! Reserve your seats in the Canteen and tickets will be provided closer to the date of the game!
That’s all for this months Doughboy Update – I promise these will continue to improve as time goes on 🙂
As always – try to make it out to the Post and take part in all the action that’s happening. We are so blessed to be apart of an American Legion post that is THRIVING with activity and family involvement. We are able to continue our success because of people like YOU.