Oro Valley Post 132  Newsletter,  March 28, 2023.

Oro Valley Post 132 and Family activities/notices and information.

Post and Auxiliary membership meetings:

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm at Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley. A social with complimentary refreshments will follow each meeting of the Post and Auxiliary. The Auxiliary Unit members meet in a separate room, same time, same location.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 132 meeting:

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 am, Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. POC is Ed Davis, phone 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net.

Riders Chapter 132 membership meeting:

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 pm at Elks Lodge #385, 1800 N. Oracle Rd. Meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Riders Chapter 132 Director – Garry Lawrence, phone 520-245-8521, email  faretired@gmail.com.

Upcoming Dates, activities and events to remember:

Person touching Vietnam Wall with images of military members reflected in wall.

March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day:

This day marks the official withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam in 1973. Please join together to pay tribute to the valiant service of Vietnam War Veterans. A day to thank and honor Vietnam-era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, with special recognition for former POWs and families of the 1,582 still listed as Missing In Action.

Missing In America procession with members holding United States Flags and soldiers carry cremains.

April 22, Missing in America Project (MIAP) mission:

The mission of MIAP is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of American veterans. At 8am, a brief memorial service followed by the transfer of the urns to a hearse at the Adair Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave in Oro Valley. A procession will escort the hearse to the AZ State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 15950 N. Luckett Rd in Marana. The service at the cemetery, consisting of full military honors, begins at 10:00 am. Set aside some time to attend the service and to honor and remember these heroes. On this day 22 will be interred. MIAP Post 132 POC: Rick Gonzales 520-400-2613 or rickygonzo494@gmail.com.

Invitation to barbeque.

April 23 (Sunday). The annual Post 132 sponsored picnic:

Post, Auxiliary, SAL and Riders members are invited. The picnic will be held at the Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, at the Gila Pavilion in the Group Picnic Area from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Post 132 will provide complimentary BBQ fare and sides, beer, wine, soda and dessert. The picnic is our way of thanking members of our Legion Family for their loyal membership and continued support of the Post’s award-winning programs. It also is an opportunity for the members to show their support of the officers and of those who give of their time to the many Post programs. Two guests max please per Post, Auxiliary, Rider and SAL member. RSVP number in your party to help us plan. Contact Bob Franke 520-909-2070 or orovalleylegionpost132@aol.com Don’t delay. (Park entrance fee per vehicle. A 50% per vehicle discount with proof of veteran status) 

Past Activities and Information:

March 11, “Stuff the Truck” with pet supplies:

for the pets of the homeless and other needy veterans’ was a success. Volunteers from the Post and Auxiliary Unit supported the event. Thanks to those who donated.

Volunteers with bags of clothing and toiletries for homeless veterans.

March 14, donated clothing collection: 

Thanks to the caring residents of Splendido in Oro Valley, the patriotic members of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber, the always generous residents of Vistoso Village coordinated by Kay Williams and Post 132 family members, several truckloads of donated clothing and hygiene items were collected for the homeless and the At Risk veterans and their families attending the March 15-16 Tucson Stand Down event. Photos left to right: 1st photo: Auxiliary Unit 132 member Onita Davis and President and CEO of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber Kristen Sharpe. ; 2nd photo: Post 132 member Alan Dankwerth and Splendido staff member Tammy McCall 

Five members of Post 132 color guard in full uniform, white shirts, blue hats and pants.
Volunteer Barbers giving haircuts to veterans at Stand Down event.
Table full of donated shoes for homeless and at-risk veterans.
Veteran with companion dog.
Tables full of donated clothing for homeless and at-risk veterans.

March 15, Tucson Stand Down for homeless and other needy Veterans and their families:

In addition to providing financial support, twenty-three members of the Post and Auxiliary Unit were volunteers on hand to help ensure that the Stand Down event was a resounding success. The Post color guard posted and retrieved the colors during the opening ceremony. The mission of Stand Down is to provide homeless and other needy Veterans and their families with services such as employment opportunities, housing, legal services, meals, haircuts, clothing and care for their pets. The Oro Valley Post 132 and Auxiliary Unit were recognized for their extraordinary volunteer support of the event and for coordinating the collection of a huge supply of hygiene items and clothing from caring and generous individuals, businesses and organizations. The Tucson Stand Down is sponsored by Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans (TVSV). Barber College of Tucson had four haircutting positions at the event.

Red, white and blue Congratulations banner.

Congratulations: 

The following members have accrued 45 or more years of continuous membership in the American Legion: Don Cox – 51, Fred Creeley – 49, Joe DelBalso – 59, Bob Franke – 54, Marlyn Kienbaum – 55, Dick Kroese – 51, Elwood Mayberry – 51, Ed Reynolds – 62, Alfredo Trejo – 49.

Press the following link button to download the March 11, 2o23 copy of the Post 132 Executive Committee Minutes.

Contact Info: 

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Post Website: 

www.ovamericanlegion132.com.

Post Mailing address:

Oro Valley Post 132, PO Box 69665, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Post 132 commander:

Dan McGregor, call 425-681-3962 or email ovp132@yahoo.com. 

SAL Squadron 132 commander:

Ed Davis, call 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net 

Riders Chapter 132 Director: 

Garry Lawrence call 520-245-8521 or email faretired@gmail.com.

Service Officer:

Jim Martens call 503-939-1570 or email jamesmartens46@gmail.com.

Auxiliary Unit president:

Melinda Nay email  ovunit132@gmail.com.

Past  Commander/Newsletter Editor:

Ed Davis, call 520-229-1064 or email egdavis@att.net       

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