July Dispatch Newsletter

- 7/3/2018

VFW 152 July Dispatch

Greetings friends of VFW Post 152. Quick update of what your VFW Post has been up too and things we are looking forward too. If you have any question please feel free to contact the Post Commander at CMD@VFW152.org 

What a great June our post had. First congratulations to our very own Matt McCoy who was awarded the veteran of the year for the State of Rhode Island for his hard work and dedication with the WWI commission. Truly an incredible honor and very well deserved. We gave out over 30 helmets at our Bike Safety Event despite the clouds and rain. To close out the month, we had a great time at the cookout we hosted for the families of the deployed soldiers from 1/126 AVN. The families are doing an ice cream fundraiser on Thursday, July 19th if you can go to a Sundeas Ice Cream parlor to help out it would be appreciated. One last thing we were able to give a local veteran more freedom by giving him a mobile scooter we refurbished for him. All and all a great month taking care of RI Veterans and their families.

Always moving forward this is what we have in front of us. Our events can be found on our post calendar located here.
Monthly Meeting. Our July meeting is Monday 2nd of July at 7 pm at the North Kingstown Senior Center 2nd floor. Feel free to stop by or meet us for drinks after at the Oak Hill Tavern.
The North Kingstown Independence Day Concert This will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at the town beach at 7 pm. We will be presenting the colors at the beginning of the concert. This is a free concert of patriotic and popular music and is followed by a fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. In case of rain, the concert and fireworks will be postponed to Friday, July 6.

Bristol Parade- The VFW it will be marching in the Bristol Fourth of July parade. If you have never had the chance to experience it, this a fantastic opportunity to march in the Nation's oldest parade. Please see the attached flyers for details. It is very easy to bring your family or friends to the Bristol VFW post right on the parade route. Family can enjoy restrooms and a place to eat and relax and get out of the sun while we march in the parade. Marchers can link up with them at the Bristol VFW Post afterward. Hope you can join us.

Council of Administration Meeting. Our state will hold its quarterly Council of administration meeting on Saturday 14 of July at 1000 am down at the Westerly VFW. Some of our post officers will be attending but no need for any post members to attend unless you desire.
Newport Polo. On Sunday, 15 July we will be Partnering with Team Red White and Blue at the Newport polo grounds for a fun afternoon out. This is a free event for all of our Post members, their families and whoever you would like to bring as a guest. Great chance to bring a friend to show them what our Post is all about. All food will be provided for you. You just need to bring your own adult beverages. It is basically a tailgate party with horses! Great kid and pet-friendly event The fun starts around 3:30 PM and goes until 8 PM. Please let me know by the next meeting if you are interested in going so we can get your tickets. Feel free to invite others here if you would like. 

Korean War Remembrance BBQ at McCoy Stadium. On Friday, July 27th at 5:30 pm at McCoy Stadium. This year is the 65th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War! The Rhode Island Hospice Veterans Partnership (RIHVP) is co-sponsoring and commemorating this special day by inviting all of our Korean War Veterans and their families. Our Post will purchase the tickets for any Korean War Veteran who would like to attend. Please let me know at our Post meeting or email me at CMD@vfw152.org if you are interested.
Wickford Kayak Race. The Henseler Foundation is once again hosting their annual kayak and paddleboard race on Saturday, August 4 at 8 AM at Wilson Park in North Kingstown, RI. The Henseler Foundation does a great job with its Veterans in the classroom program. We may provide some support to this event more to follow. You can learn more about this event here. If anyone in our post is interested in participating please let us know and we will cover the entrance fee.
Chamber Golf Tournament. Because of our Post's good works, the North Kingstown Chamber has elected us to be a beneficiary of the annual golf fundraiser. This event is being held on Monday the 6th of August at noon at the Quidnessett country club. Not only do you get lunch, 18 holes on pristine waterfront golf course, cart, contest, prizes but you also get a full Prime Rib dinner at the country club with gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay. $170 per golfer or $680 for a foursome. Learn more about it here. Please help spread the word as we benefit from the proceeds to this event.

Other tidbits for you. 
  • The Ponagansett Schools are hosting the Moving Wall this September. In preparation for this, the students for their summer learning will begin to explore the historical, social, economic, political, regional, and cultural influences of the Vietnam War on the American people. There are some great educational items listed here. Please feel free to share with any other educators who would be interested. 
  • The PAWSOX hosts an In Debt to a Vet Program. Every home game they honor the brave men and women who serve this great country. You can sign up yourself or nominate someone else. All members of the service members family/friends get free tickets to the game, a free meal, and recognition on the field between the 5th and 6th inning. Click here to nominate a veteran or active duty serviceman or woman.
Looking ahead we have our yearly participation in the National Guard back to school program on August 18. We have also been asked to participate in the Annual Quahog Festival on 26 Aug in Wickford. On September 11 and 12th we will be participating in the Old Glory Relay partnering with Team Red White and Blue. A US flag will be carried from Boston to California and we will help it along as it goes through Rhode Island on the 12th of September. More details to follow.

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