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									                                      The American Legion
                                      Department of Maine
                                         P.O. Box 900, Waterville, ME 04903
                                                 Tel: (207) 873-3229

                                            Weekly Update
                                                 May 16, 2008

                                       Never engage in a battle of wits
                                         with an unarmed person.

                                         ☺ SMILE ☺
Congratulations to the following for achieving 100% in membership:

                                   Gardiner Post 4         Oakfield Post 52

                                               Kudos to The
                                            Department of Maine

The Department of Maine has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the 169th Military Police Company of
the Maine Army National Guard thanking us for our support of the soldiers deployed to Iraq and the families left
behind. The letter accompanying this certificate reads as follows:

Dear American Legion Family Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the mail you have sent to our soldiers here in Iraq
during this deployment. All of us greatly appreciate receiving items from home and words of support that help
us to continue doing our jobs. We are very grateful for the kindness and generosity you have shown to the
soldiers over this last year of our deployment. Both the soldiers and the families are very thankful for the
outpouring of support you have given to all of us. Thanks to people like you, we have enjoyed being able to
hear from people back home in Maine and to hear all of the positive support for us doing our jobs overseas.

Also, I would like to thank every group that sent numerous amounts of packages and mail we received; every
soldier thanks you. We know the great state of Maine has brave men and women serving here in Iraq, but we
could not do it without people like you supporting us at home. Now that our deployment is coming to the end,
we hope you continue the support and keep showing your generosity for other Maine soldiers who are deployed
in the future. Thank you again.

Captain Mitchell M. Bailey, Jr
Executive Officer
169th Military Police Company
Camp Ripper, Al-Asad, Iraq
                                                Veterans Homes

On Tuesday, May 6, the Hancock Memorial Post and Unit 207 in Trenton traveled to the Machias Veterans’
Home to deliver over 1,000 CD’s and tapes to the residents of the home along with a CD/Tape player for each
room and a large one for the day room.

This is part of a project started by Unit 207’s President Ruth Butters and the late Tommy Dean Salisbury. Ban-
gor was the first home to receive these gifts. These tapes and CD’s were all donated by the Country music
artists themselves as well as many others around the country. The program is now known as “The Tommy Dean
Memorial Music for Veterans Program” and will continue until all the veterans’ homes in Maine receive them.

Post and Unit 207 are hoping this will catch on in other states.

Richard Butters, Adjutant
Trenton Post 207

                                                   Thank You

A special thank you to:

       -   All who assisted with the Special Olympics of Maine program this year and a special thanks to those
           who attended the winter games at Sugarloaf and the summer games in Orono.
       -   Old Orchard Beach Post 57, Farmington Post 28 and Mechanic Falls Post 150 for their dedication
           and all they do for Special Olympics. I salute you.
       -   Those who participated in the Lobster Dip on New Year’s Day.
       -   All who gave donations and all the time helping out the Special Olympics and with the clean-up day
           at Camp Tall Pines.

Keep up the good work and remember the Special Olympians in Maine when you conduct a Children and Youth
project for the upcoming year.

George Seeley, Chairman
Special Olympics Committee

                                                Support For Our
                                                 Troops Needed

Pvt. Zach Smith, one of the newest Maine Army National Guard recruits, who was supposed to attend basic
training this summer, was seriously hurt in an automobile accident recently. Pvt. Smith is still in the hospital
recovering from those injuries. For those who would like to send a card or note of encouragement, his mom has
provided her address and will be happy to deliver them to him. Zach Smith, C/O Catherine Smith, 41 Rt. 1
Bypass, Kittery 03904.


    THANK YOU         THANK YOU          THANK YOU           THANK YOU       THANK YOU

    Unity Post 50                                                 $100 – Maine Troop Greeters
    Belfast Post 43                                               $100 – Maine Troop Greeters

    (The following donations are in memory of Past Department Commander Gard Enman)

    Lisbon Falls Post 66                                          $100.00 – National Legacy Fund
    Ron Sailor                                                    $100.00 – National Legacy Fund


Guilford Post 119 for their donations of $500 to the Penquis Navigators American Legion baseball team and
$85 to the Abaris Club.

Old Orchard Beach Post 57 for their donations of $1,000 to The Loranger Band program and $500 for an area
child’s recovery.

                                              District Meetings

District 16 - So. Aroostook: May 17, Caribou Post 15, 1 p.m.

District 6 – Knox: May 18, Camden Post 30, 1 p.m. Nominations and elections.

District 11 - Waldo: May 18, Unity Post 50, 2 p.m.

District 17 – No. Aroostook: May 18, Madawaska Post 147, 1 p.m. dinner, Elections

District 15 – Washington: May 18, Woodland Post 23, 2 p.m., meal to follow.

District 2 – Cumberland: May 18, So. Portland Post 35, 2 p.m.

District 5 - Oxford: May 20, Fryeburg Post 137, 7 p.m.

                                           June District Meetings

District 15 – Washington: Jun. 8, Calais Post 3, 2 p.m. (meal to follow)

District 12 – Hancock: Jun. 10, Trenton Post 207, 6:30 dinner, mtg. to follow.

                                              What’s Happening?

Hermon Post 200: May 17, bean supper, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Hermon Rescue Squad Building on the Bill-
ings Road. Adults $5, children $2.50.

Farmington: May 17, 9:00 a.m. On this day our hero, District 4 Commander Charlie Bennett is holding a
“Support Our Troops AND Honor Our Flag” rally in Farmington, which is a follow-on event to the recent flag
desecration activity that Charlie represented us so honorably at previously. Please bring a U. S. Flag or sign to
show your support. This will be held on Main St. in Farmington in front of the Post Office. Everyone is

Fairfield: May 17, 10:30 a.m., Veterans Appreciation Day in the town of Fairfield for all veterans, active
military, National Guard, Reserves, and their families at the Kennebec Valley Community College on Western
Ave. in Fairfield.

Madawaska: May 17, Madawaska Post 147, 10 a.m. registration, The American Legion Riders of Madawaska
Post 147 will be conducting their first annual Poker Run and BBQ with all proceeds to go to the Maine Veterans
Home in Caribou. FMI please call Post 147 ALR Director Mike Gantnier 436-0160 or Asst. Director David
Daigle 436-8177 or Committee Chairman Bob Parent 444-6458.

 Veterans Cemeteries Decoration Day: May 24, 9 a.m., Maine Veterans Cemeteries. In Augusta at the Civic
Center Drive cemetery and at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou. More help is needed to
remember our Maine heroes who are buried in the Maine Veterans Cemeteries. If we have a similar group as
last year, it will take about two hours for us to complete this task. FMI please call PDC Don Simoneau at 897-
4139 or District 4 Commander Charlie Bennett at 778-2340.

Joint Testimonial: May 31, Augusta Post 205, honoring District 9 Commander Russ Tregembo and District 4
President Judy Lewis. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Chicken cordon bleu, etc. – no charge. Guests are
requested to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Shepard of Faith Food Pantry. Please call
C. C. Atwood at 737-2253 for reservations. Cutoff is May 19.

                                                  June Events

Special Olympic Summer Games: Jun. 6 – 8, University of Maine in Orono at the athletic field. Jun. 6 at 6:00
p.m. is the Opening Parade at which Department Commander Paul L’Heureux will present the Arthur Ambrose
Award to the outstanding parade unit.

Wounded Warriors and What They Can Teach Us: Jun. 6, Dover Post 29, 5 p.m. Pot luck dinner with
program to follow. This is a joint effort between Dover Post 29 and the Maine Hospice Association. Open to
the public and please bring a friend. FMI please call Post Commander Ed Conroy at 564-3265 or Cynthia Scott
at Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4359.


Department Finance Officer John Hargreaves’ mother recently passed away. John’s address is 642 Maine Ave.,
Farmingdale 04344.

                                        Sons of The American Legion
                                             Detachment News

As you know May 17th is Veterans Assistance Day. National Commander Ray Gheill has proclaimed this day as
a day that The Sons of The American Legion should assist a veteran in any way. This quite literally means in
any way that it may help a veteran. The ways are many and the method is determined by your imagination. I
think that I will spend that day erecting another Healing Field at the Togus, VA Veterans Hospital. If you would
like to help you are more than welcome to join in the fun. We will be at the hospital at 9 a.m. We will have a
tremendous amount of flags to post so all help is welcome and many hands make the work light. The flags will
remain flying until Monday May 26th when there will be a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day. The
ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. and after the ceremony those individuals who have purchased flags may retrieve
them and those that are left will be available for sale at $20.

I would like to thank the efforts of this Detachment of Maine for surpassing the 100% mark in membership by
May 15th! We made this mark with 100.027 %. All of you can be proud of this achievement as WE pulled to-
gether and combined our efforts to make this milestone! Detachment Vice Commanders Danforth and Pierce
are to be commended for their outstanding legwork. Detachment Adjutant Ron Densmore has made himself
available to complete this process and we thank him for his efforts. This shows much pride in the detachment
and sets a precedent for future membership campaigns.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Department President “Kitty” Wing and Department Com-
mander Paul L’Heureux for great service to their respective organizations and if I don’t get the opportunity to
express this at the testimonial on Saturday evening I am now. Of course I think I might have a little time to do
this. This team has proven to be very productive in the Department of Maine and I hope we will set the bar for
future administrations. The only way we can remain effective is by cooperation and collaboration with all of
our family. This begins with you the blue cap, the post, unit and squadron members, and your support of our
programs. We thank you and please keep up the good work.

There is a Detachment Executive Committee meeting on Sunday May 18th at the Bath Post on Congress Avenue
at 2 p.m. The main order of business is to set our awards and to choose those winners in each category. We
want all committees present to complete the tasks.

Don Allisot
Detachment Commander

                                                     Best Wishes,

                                                     Ron Sailor
                                                     Department Adjutant

                                 THE MAINE LEGIONNAIRE
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