July 15, 2019

American Legion Oro Valley Post and Auxiliary Unit 132 Programs, Activities and Information Relevant To Veterans  

Post and Member meetings: No meetings during the months of July and August. Next Meetings are Thursday, September 19, 2019

See Post, Auxiliary, SAL and Riders contact information at the end of this newsletter


Dates and activities to remember:  

August 15 – Veterans Resource Day (to assist veterans in need):  Services available: VA benefits counseling, housing options, employment and job training opportunities, Veterans Court, meals, clothing, haircuts, and much more. Many volunteer opportunities will be available. Save the dates: Clothing Sort August 13, 10am; Event Set Up August 14, 10am; Resource Day August 15, 8am – 3pm. All activities at the Grand Luxe Hotel 1365 W. Grant Rd, Tucson. Volunteer POC: Deborah Martinez-Garibay tucsonveterans.deborah@gmail.com 520-878-7184

August 31 (Saturday)–Post’s annual golf tournament fundraiser: Because we don’t have a facility of our own, fundraising is a vitally important activity which allows us to fund our nationally acclaimed programs that benefit veterans and service members in need. Tournament to be held at The Views G.C. at Sun City, Oro Valley, a favorite with local golfers. We have maxed out on number of golfer but hope to receive more t-box sponsorships and donations. Donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated. Please help us to help those in need. See flyer on this website.


October 12 –Post 132 sponsored American Legion centennial celebration : The community event, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, will be held at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Included: live entertainment, children activities, food vendors, veterans’ benefits counselors, patriotic theme pet contest, unique door prizes, health and safety demonstrations, history of the American Legion and Post 132, military vehicles, community partners, period equipment and much , more. Public welcome to help us celebrate this historic event. Mark your calendar and tell your friends and neighbors. The American Legion was founded in March 15-17, 1919 in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. It was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919

Post and Auxiliary Activities:

Post member selected as the Tucson VA Male Volunteer of the Year:  Don Luke was selected as SAVAHCS Male Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Don has been a dedicated and faithful volunteer at the Tucson VA for the past five years accumulating more than 2,600 volunteer hours. Don has already volunteered 650 hours since January. Photo: Don with (back row) Bruce Nogar, DAV Patient Transportation Coordinator,  Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), Karen Batelli, Volunteer Services Administrative Volunteer, (front row) Mandy Martell, Volunteer Services Chief, Angela “Kimmy” Kimmerer, Volunteer Services Specialist and Kelly Dolan, Volunteer Services Specialist congratulating Don on his well-deserved recognition.

Another Family Day for our citizen soldiers and their families: June 16. Attended by more than 120 soldiers and family members of one of our adopted National Guard Units, Company D of the 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. Held at Bedroxx Bowling and was a fun filled day with lots of family activities that included bowling, pizza, children’s activities and raffles. Post and Auxiliary 132 members were on hand to ensure another enjoyable family day celebration. A special thank you to Post and Auxiliary members Dan McGregor, Don Luke, Lori Oehlert and Rosie Gonzales.

Post meeting: June 20. CPT Ryan Close, Arizona Army National Guard commander of Bravo Company of 2-285th BN and Linda Miller with the Guard’s Family Readiness Group, attended the meeting and thanked the Post and Auxiliary members for their outstanding support of the Company’s soldiers and their family members. Post member Dan McGregor and Auxiliary Unit member Rosie Gonzales received special recognition for their leadership roles.

Riders donate to Vet Home:  June 23. Riders Chapter 132 donated a popcorn machine, microwave and hotdog warming machine to the Tucson Veterans Home. The items are welcome additions to the new lounge.  The Riders Chapter also recently sponsored a delegate to the 2019 Arizona Boys State program. The American Legion Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State programs are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students.

Post 132 sponsored Legion baseball team:  The Post 132 sponsored “Red Raiders”, which finished the regular season with a 9-3 record, played in the state 4 team tournament July 13 at the Vista Grand H.S. in Casa Grande, AZ. Unfortunately, team did not advance to the state championship series. Maybe next year. The Post 132 sponsored Red Raiders team playing in the Junior League  won the Jr League championship game. More than 3,900 teams, from all 50 states, are competing in this year’s American Legion baseball program. Since its inception in 1925, the league has had millions of players, including countless who have gone on to play in college and professional baseball, with 72 inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.


Contact Info: Facebook: Please like, follow and share with others to help spread the word about our Post and award-winning programs. www.facebook.com/ovamericanlegionPost132

Website: www.ovamericanlegion132.com

Riders Chapter 132 Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ALRChapter132/

Post 132 commanderDan McGregor, 425-681-3962 dash5417@msn.com

SAL Squadron 132 commander – Ed Davis, 520-229-1064 / egdavis@att.net

Riders Chapter 132 president – Jeff Fawks, 661-802-2596 / jeff_fawks@yahoo.com

Post Service Officer: Jim Martens, 503-939-1570 / jamesmartens46@gmail.com

Post, Riders and SAL Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 69665, Oro Valley, AZ, 85737-0020

Auxiliary Unit Mailing Address: P. O. Box 69246, Oro Valley, AZ, 85737-0020

Ed Davis, First Vice Commander/Newsletter Editor, 520-229-1064, egdavis@att.net