ALHAMBRA POST 139

Fellow Legionnaires, October was another great month and now we’re
headed into the busiest part of the year so don’t hesitate to volunteer for
our Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas and New Year party set up and clean
up. Let’s close out this year on a good note and a profitable one for the
Post! Together we can make this Post a place that will be the envy of the
town. The Post is shaping up and looking sharp inside and out. Many
thanks to Mike Ramirez, Ralph Quinonez, Ron Davis, Ben Saenz, Gabe
Beltran and all the others that worked on our new roof. Great job men!
One of our goals for very near future is to have our newsletters on line.
The purpose of this is so you are able to check our web site: http://
www.alhambrapost139.org/ and view the monthly newsletters and all
other updates we make throughout the month. You don't even need
email service at your house. You can access any PC at your local library
and check this site. You don't even need an email account. But you can
create an email yahoo or gmail account if you want to start getting
emails and even, Gulp, get on facebook!
Would like to thank Jimmy Schmidt for putting out a great early bird
breakfast with help from Ron Davis and Veronica Ramirez and Marlena
Uranga for working at the bar, all went well.
On a sad note we will miss our comrade Gene Nash. A loyal member and
fine Marine. May he rest in peace.
COMMANDER’S CORNER RICHARD KELLY
This Month:
• 3 NOV General Mtg
• 6 Nov Fall Boutique
• 11 Nov Veterans Day
• 16 Nov Alhambra Mixer
• 18 Nov Dart tournament
• 20 Nov Sr Citizens
Thanksgiving luncheon
• 24 Nov Thanksgiving
Day
The American Legion
J o h n H o w a r d S t r a i n ,
A l h a m b r a P o s t 1 3 9
1ST Vice Commander Joe Duran
Volume 4, Issue 4
1 NOVEMBER 2011
2nd Vice Commander Jim Schmidt
The Early Bird breakfast went well. I would like to thank Gino Razo for his
generous donations, Ron Davis, Veronica Ramirez, Alex Orozco and my bride
Mary for all their help. Get your dues in. Dues go up to $40 Effective 1 Jan
2012.
Do You have any upcoming announcements you would like posted in following Newsletters? Let us
know. Point of contact is the Post Adjutant.
Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday Nov 11th at 11AM at the Alhambra Park
Memorial. Be sure to be part of it and come by the Post after the ceremony
for refreshments. Get involved any way you can. Thank you.
Fellow Legionnaires,
I want to thank you for your continued support of your American Legion Post!
Events such as last month’s Luau and more recently, Early Bird breakfast, are
not only a good opportunity to for the Post to raise money, but for members to
connect and swap service stories. With the addition of the overhead projector
we have been showing movies with an increasing frequency. For those who
haven’t been to 139 lately, we have shifted our emphasis to revitalizing the
outside of the building; recently the exterior was sandblasted as a precursor
to a fresh application of stucco, to not only make you proud of the historic
building, but to appeal to possible hall renters as well!
In other news, some of you may be aware that bank fees are changing/
increasing, which may be as a result of the Credit Card Act of 2009 into law
May 22, 2009. The new requirements were phased in over a 15-month period.
The first batch of new credit card protections took effect Aug. 20, 2009,
and the majority of provisions started on Feb. 22, 2010, while the final batch
began Aug. 22, 2010.
The law limits the way financial institutions can charge certain fees, however
as a possible side effect, banks have looked elsewhere to recoup some of
those fees. One tactic I have personally seen is the implementation of the
monthly bank fee for not maintaining a certain balance in your checking/
savings account. Citi bank recently sent out letters to customers stating if they
did not maintain at least $6,000 amongst their accounts, a $15 a month fee
would be levied (rather harsh, but then again it’s Citi bank!). Chase is charging
customers as well for not maintaining $1,500 in their accounts. And as you
may have heard, Bank of America (the primary account for John Howard
Strain, Post 139) will be surcharging customers $5 a month if they use their
debit card to make a payment in that month.
I thought having ATMs and debit cards was to do away with cash society…it
appears not!
So bottom line, if you are like most people and ignore bank mail, especially
when it’s not a statement, you may want to take another look or call your
bank and see if you will be effected.
AND IF YOU ARE…you may want to look at a credit union, they have a reputation
for being more ‘user friendly’.
Take care and God bless!
FINANCE OFFICER Frank Murguia
The first Thanksgiving has spawned all sorts of mythology, lore and mystery. But, the first
Thanksgiving was a simpler event than many people think.
For instance, the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 when the pilgrims and Indians sat
down at the bargaining table together and the pilgrims said, "We’ll give you some sand for
Long Island, New York". The Indians said "What kind of sand?"
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TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES,
HAVE A SAFE AND
HAPPY Holiday!
ADJUTANT Dan Flores
Fgdfgddffgggt s d s Happy Thanksgiving to all! Time is going by quickly—so please get
Your dues in before the end of December. Dues will be $40 per
Year starting 1 January. This has been mentioned at the past two
Meetings. If you haven't been by the Post lately, come by and see
The improvements that have been made. This is a post to be proud
Of to bring your family and friends to. See you at the next General
Meeting on 3 Nov at 6:30PM and at our Veterans Day Ceremony
On 11.11.11 at 11AM at the Alhambra Park Memorial.
Thank you all for your service and your support of The
American Legion.
Veterans Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day
Of the 11th Month.
SAL Commander Mike Ramirez
Fellow SAL members, it’s time to get your dues in. The dues are going up effective 1 January 2012 for us
as well.
I expect you to do your part and keep your membership up to date. Your support here at the post will not
go un-noticed. Step up to the challenge and volunteer. Thank you.
POST CHAPLIN Gil Aguero
Comrades, family and friends. Good day and best of health to all.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Mr. Gene
Nash. He passed away on Monday 17 Oct 2011 after a courageous
Battle with cancer. Gene was a great supporter of our post and a
Proud Marine Corps veteran. May he rest in peace. “Semper Fi”
We extend our loving thoughts and prayers to the Nash Family. The
AMVETS extended an excellent Military Tribute at the funeral.
Other news. Mr Glen Chapman is now residing at Vista Cove Care
Center. 909 W. Santa Anita St. San Gabriel, CA 626.289.5365
Visiting hours are from 11AM to 8PM 7 days a week. He is in Room11B. As of this writing he is doing
Well. Stop by and visit him he would appreciate it. No other reports of sickness or distress to report.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember our military in your prayers.
For God and Country.
Be sure to visit our Post web site for all future updates!
http://www.alhambrapost139.org/
24 N. Stoneman Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801
JOHN HOWARD STRAIN,
ALHAMBRA POST 139
NOVEMBER EVENTS
3 NOV AUXILIARY & GENERAL MEETING 6:30PM
6 NOV FALL BOUTIQUE 10AM TILL 2PM
7 NOV RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING @ 6:30PM
11 NOV VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL AT THE
ALHAMBRA PARK MEMORIAL. Starts at 11AM Sharp.
16 NOV ALHAMBRA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MIXER AT 5:30 PM
20 NOV SENIOR CITIZEN THANKSGIVING
LUNCHEON. 1 TO 4PM
24 NOV HAPPY SAFE THANKSGIVING TO ALL !
28 NOV E-BOARD MEETING 6:30PM
Phone:626-458-2723
http://www.alhambrapost139.org/
We’re on facebook
COMMANDERS CORNER  Richard Kelly
 
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season.  The whole month of November was very busy and this month is no different. The Hall is booked every weekend and that’s what we need to see more of. Also with our other activities that we have here,  December will be fantastic. Thank you a...ll for your support as volunteers and participants. Please share this info with fellow legionnaires that aren't coming here often enough.  Our November Chamber of Commerce Mixer was great and made more local businesses aware of why we’re here and what we do and that the Hall is available. It was a great turn out. 
I can’t thank the Ladies Auxiliary enough for all their hard work for all our major functions like the Luau & Halloween Party’s. It’s a big task and they go all out. 
Hope you all made it through safely during the
High winds we recently had.                                                                                              
 
From me and my family, have a safe       
1st Vice Commander   Joe Duran
 
        
The Ladies Auxiliary has done it again!   Great job with the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner! 
Get your due’s in before the end of this month and stop by the post to see the improvements and learn what’s going on this month. 
We will also be having our annual Christmas Secret Santa list going on soon for those that care to participate.
Hope to see you all at the New Years Eve Party.
Rosario & I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 
       
2nd Vice Commander   Jim Schmidt
 
             
HO HO HO,
Have a great Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year.
Tentatively  on Sunday 22 January 2012 we will schedule a breakfast from 9 to 12.   So save the date.
 
See you all at the New Years Eve Party!
        
Finance Officer Frank Murguia
 
No input at this time.  Will update on our website :
 http:/www.alhambrapost139.org     soon!
 
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year.
 
Chaplin Gil Aguero
 
Holiday greetings to one and all, here’s hoping that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you gave thanks to God for all your good tidings and said a prayer for our service members serving this grateful nation around the world. May God bless and keep them safe. November was a busy month for us. Thanks to all who attended our Veterans Day ceremony at our Memorial at the park. It was a great turnout followed by a warm reception at Post 139.  I, with the help of Larry Uranga, Ray Roscoe, Eva Nino, Mike Berru and Bill Young visited a couple of Care Facilities and performed a Flag folding ceremony for our veterans. It was well received and appreciated—then we went back to the Post for our POW-MIA ceremony.  On a sadder note:  Our Comrade Eddie Martinez passed away. His burial was held on Nov 23rd 2011 at Rose Hills Cemetery with full military honors. Rest in peace our legionnaire brother.  Also we received late notification that another fellow veteran and legionnaire, Toru Kawahara had passed away back on 28 July 2011.  Our heart felt condolences to his family as well.  It is important to keep us at this Post informed so that we may be of service to you and your families should you have any questions or need assistance.  Post member Ray Roscoe has had surgery and is now home recovering.  No other reports at this time.   May you all have a joyous holiday and a safe New Year.  With God blessings to all.
 
SAL Commander Mike Rameriz 
 
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.  Please be sure to get your dues paid before the end of this month.
 
Adjutant Dan Flores
 
Aloha. Mele Kalikimaka !  Happy Holidays to all. 
November came up on us fast and the rest of the year will fly by so get your dues in now because 1 January they go up to $40 bucks a year.   Thank you.
We are posting this on our web site and will send out the abbreviated Postcards in the future to those who aren't on line yet.   Thank you all for your support with the Legion. We are making strides in making this Post more assessable to more legionnaires and families.  We have a lot of events coming up to include the New Years party.  We have widened up awareness within the Alhambra Community due to hosting the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer here at our Post this past 16 Nov.  It was a success and the word can only spread that we are here and we are part of the city! 
Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2012.
 
Womens Auxuilary
 
Come join us here at the American Legion for a fine time any time.  We the Auxiliary will do our best to have
everything in place for the Annual New Years Eve Party.  Spread the word to other members we haven't seen on a regular basis.  Word of mouth is always the best advertising.
We are accepting donations of clothing and other items for the Veterans Womens Homeless Christmas Party which will be held on 15 Dec.  Thank you in advance
For any and all donations.
Hope to see you on Friday the 16th to hear a new band to our Post, Heart n Soul.
 
We the Ladies Auxiliary wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season.
                                                        
 
DECEMBER EVENTS
 
1 DEC         GENERAL MEETING /AUXILIARY MEETING
 
           9 DEC           EDISON POST CHRISTMAS PARTY
 
           10 DEC           ARMY VS NAVY GAME !
 
11 DEC FOOT PRINTERS X-MAS PARTY
 
15 DEC WOMENS HOMELESS VETERANS  CHRISTMAS PARTY
 
16 DEC       HEART N SOUL BAND  9 TO 12
 
23 DEC DART TOURNAMENT AND EOM B-DAY POT LUCK PARTY
 
31 DEC NEW YEARS EVE PARTY !
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