Oro Valley Post 132  Newsletter,  November 29, 2023.

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

Chef with white had and hand positioned to say Magnifico.

Post and Auxiliary membership meetings:

Thursday, December 14 (Note date change), at Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley. This is our special December meeting. A complimentary catered meal will be served beginning at 5:15 pm. An abbreviated business meeting begins at 6:30 pm. All members of the Post, Auxiliary, SAL, and Riders are invited to attend both the meal and meeting and are welcome to bring one guest (one only, please). NOTE: The Auxiliary Unit will not have a separate meeting.

Riders Chapter 132 membership meeting:

Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 pm at Elks Lodge #385, 1800 N. Oracle Rd. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. For information, contact Riders Chapter 132 Director – Jeff Fawks at email address jeff_fawks@yahoo.com   or call 661-802-2596.

Mark your calendar. Upcoming Dates, activities and events to remember:

U. S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol banner, white and blue.

December 1, Civil Air Patrol Birthday (USAF Auxiliary):

Created December 1, 1941, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) carries out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. The CAP is the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The organization is made up of citizen volunteers who are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. About 60,000 members nationwide.

Adopt a Road Program banner, asphalt road going through countryside with trees and homes.
Volunteers needed sign, red with light letters.

December 2, 8 am, next Adopt-A-Road clean-up:

Volunteers needed! Meet at the East parking lot of St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, 2727 W. Tangerine Rd. in Oro Valley. Please provide name and phone number in advance to POC Tom Roblee, email to  roblee.thomas@yahoo.com or call 509-910-9323. Equipped with pick-up tools and trash bags, help pick up trash along a stretch of Tangerine while enjoying the company of others. This is a low-stress, fun activity. Legion, Auxiliary Unit, Riders, and SAL members are welcome.

National Pearl Harbor Remebrance Day, December 7.

December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Hanukkah Menorah.

December 8, 1st Day of Hanukkah:

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that reaffirms the ideals of Judaism and commemorates in particular the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem by the lighting of candles on each day of the festival.

Past Activities and Information:

Three female conference attendees at table, one with white top, one with blue top and one with red top.
American Legion Fall Conference attendees in American Legion uniforms.

November 3-5, 2023 Department of Arizona Annual Fall Conference:

Post and Auxiliary Unit 132 were the “Host” Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit for the conference held at the El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. A combined total of 716 Legionnaires, Sons of The American Legion and Auxiliary members, from across the state, attended the three-day conference. The “host” is responsible for volunteers to staff the Legion and the Auxiliary registration and check-in, event promotion and processing of ads for the event program guide. A major theme of this year’s conference was the American Legion’s “Be the One” initiative. The program, which encourages everyone to take action to reduce veteran suicide, emphasizes “Ask, Listen and Reach Out”.

Post 132 Flags for Eagles presentation with United States flag being presented to a new Eagle Scout.

Nov 5, Eagle Scout Court of Honor:

Scout Ricky Sanchez with Troop 007 in Oro Valley received the Eagle Scout award during his Court of Honor ceremony. Post 132 member Larry McNamee attended the award ceremony and presented Ricky with a certificate and a folded American Flag that had flown over the US Capital in his honor. The American Legion has been an active supporter of Scouting since 1919 and the Post’s Flags for Eagles program is one of the Post’s signature Americanism programs.

Six American Legion Post 132 Color Guard members in full uniform of blue berets, white shirts and dark blue pants.
Four members of the American Legion Post 132 Color Guard with one holding United States flag and one holding Arizona State flag.
Four members of American Legion Post 132 Color Guard in full dark blue dress uniform with one holding United States flag and one holding Arizona State flag.

November 8 – November 12, Legion Tradition, Pride and Honor:

A busy Veterans Day week for members of the Post’s color guard who participated in 9 Veterans Day week assemblies at schools and other community venues. Known and respected throughout the Southern Arizona, our Post’s Color Guard and Honor Guard represent American Legion tradition, pride and honor and we are proud of the important and visible role that they play within the community.

National Park Service sign with green conifer tree in foreground and snow covered mountain in background.

Free lifetime passes to national parks and other public lands for Veterans and Gold Star Families:

Find information at the following website: www.news.va.gov/110751/free-lifetime-pass-to-national-parks.

Three collector coin set commemorating 100th anniversary of the American Legion

United States Mint, American Legion 100th Anniversary 2019 Three-Coin Proof Set:

Original purchase cost was $750.00. This coin set is no longer available from the United States Mint. The set consists of  three proof coins, a $5 Gold coin, a silver dollar & a clad half dollar. Tickets $10 each. Drawing December 14, 2023 during the Post membership meeting. Need not be present to win. To purchase tickets, contact Post 132 member Bob Franke at email address orovalleylegionpost132@aol.com or call at 520-909-2070.

Contact Info: 


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Post Mailing address:

Oro Valley Post 132, P.O. Box 69665, Oro Valley, AZ, 85737.

Post 132 commander:

Steve Didio, call 520-219-9997   or email stevedidio@comcast.net.

SAL Squadron 132 commander:

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

Riders Chapter 132 Director: 

Jeff Fawks, call 520-245-8521 or email DirectorALR132@gmail.com.

Service Officer:

Jeri Harwood call 208-351-9945 or email jjakita@aol.com.

Auxiliary Unit president:

Lori Oehlert,  phone 920-319-6700 or email 15oehlert@gmail.com 

Past  Commander/Newsletter Editor:

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

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