So, we are now in the dog days of August. Every day is hot, steamy, and even walking to the mailbox can be a sweat-inducing slog. But, unlike those poor souls up North, we have the beaches, the Gulf, and most importantly, our Post and its Eagles Lair Lounge. Our lounge is air conditioned, roomy, filled with music on the jukebox, with televisions tuned to sports and more, and it does not run out of cold libations.
This Summer we have a few interesting events are underway to replace others that went on hiatus until Fall returns. To start, the Lounge is experimenting with Karaoke on Saturday nights at 1900pm. We already have Karaoke on Friday nights, and now the tunes are flowing on Saturdays too. Karaoke replaces live bands for the Summer as bands can be quite expensive and are not as well attended during the Summer months. There’s also an Italian Cook-off coming to the Lounge on August 10th at 1700. There will be prizes I hear for the Best-In-Show for: Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts. I do like pasta!
Did you know the AL Riders are operating the Rider’s Grill on Tuesdays. These Taco Tuesdays start at 1700 and seem to be picking up quite a following – and no wonder, they are priced right at a dollar a taco! The Riders are also preparing to begin Meat Bingo nights on the first Saturday of the month beginning next month on September 7th. If you don’t know what Meat Bingo is, think Bingo but with prime cuts of beef, pork and chicken, etc., as prizes instead of cash. My grill can hardly wait!
In other news, I am pleased to report that two teams from our Post played in the NAS Pensacola 69th Invitational Golf Tourney – and both teams placed in the money, coming in third in their respective flights! Congratulations to the teams of Rick Morgan and our Adjutant Joe Bodmer, and also to the team of Bradley Hampshire and Rob Mangan. A hearty well done!
As for other golf news, our Post is sponsoring two teams for the Pensacola Area CPO Associations Charity Golf Tourney on Friday, August 30th. Our sponsorship, approved by the General Membership meeting held on July 9th, includes our Post’s name and information prominently displayed on all of the tourney’s advertising and signage, as well as all entry costs for our two teams. Sign-ups to join one of the two teams are being taken on a sheet behind the bar. A random drawing from among those who signed up will fill the two teams of four. We’ll do the drawing before our General Membership Meeting on August 13th.
And lastly, there was some big news coming out of Washington, DC this past week with the U.S. Congress passing, and the President signing, the “The Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act (LEGION Act)”. The Act opens the door for millions of veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
You can read more on this and how the eligibility requirements for membership in the American Legion have changed for the better on Page 2 of our newsletter.
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— Dave Forsman