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The One Forty Niner For God and Country, We Help America Work Service to Community, State & Nation NEWSLETTER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, J.B. CLARK POST 149, ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: Kentucky Derby Day in the Clubroom! Saturday, May 1st at 1 pm Doug Johnson Karaoke in The Clubroom! Friday, May 7th at 7 pm Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in the Clubroom! Saturday, May 8th at 2 pm Support Poppy Week! May 9th thru May 15th Good Times Band Playing In the Clubroom! Friday, May 21st and Friday, May 28th Memorial Day Service at Oak Hill Memorial Park Monday, May 31st at 10 am


The One Forty Niner The Official Publication of The American Legion J. B. Clark Post 149 Phone (760) 745-1159 Fax (760) 745-1676 Web: Address correction and/or membership: Newsletter Editor: Daleen Moore Submissions:

MAY 2010

ISSUE 1005

Post Meeting News The Post Executive Board Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, and the General meeting was held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. A motion was approved to purchase $100 worth of Vietnam Veterans of America Western Days event tickets with said tickets to be raffled at Post 149. At the General Post Meeting, first nominations of officers were as follows: Commander: 1st Vice Commander: 2nd Vice Commander: Sergeant At Arms: Finance Officer: 2-Yr Executive Board:

Joe Watt (Accepted) Tim Cleland (Accepted) No nominations Wayne Louth (Declined) Dave Caldwell (Accepted) Art Lubben (Accepted) Fred Sidebottom (Accepted) Stephen Rickets (Accepted)

Also, Post Historian Stanley Lenga has submitted his resignation due to health issues.

Commander, Joe Watt Wow‌can you believe it’s already May? We held first nomination for Post officers at the April Post Meeting, with 2nd nominations and elections scheduled for the Post Meeting on May 18th, so if you are interested, come to the next meeting and put yourself in for nomination. There are a lot of jobs to be filled, not just officers. We need committee members and Legionnaires to help make Post 149 a success and give others some well deserved time off. Check out the Clubroom schedule. We are having more things for everyone to do, including karaoke, free pool play and some different bands too, so make sure you come out and spend some time with us!

1st Vice, Cyndie August Hello everyone! I hope you all had a happy and healthy month. Our membership looks better every month! We have gained another 3% with 891 members to date. I hope to see you for our Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 1st. We will have raffles and a hat contest. Stay well and be happy you live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We have all sacrificed a lot to keep it that way!

Chaplain, Harold Olson Sadly, I must report (2) deaths; Harvey Light and Charles Graf. Our Adjutant, Ed Landis is on sick call in Tri-City Hospital and will most likely undergo surgery soon. Please keep him in your prayers. I just returned from my trip to Missouri. While there, I visited Post 21 in Independence. I gave them one of our license plates and received one of their plates that will soon be hung at Post 149.

Auxiliary President, Phyllis Bradford The Birthday dinner turned out great. The Dawn Cheek Dance Troop was very entertaining. We ask again for members to please attend our next meeting. We either have to elect new officers or vote to close our chapter. After 91 years, this is a very sad thing to do. Please come and vote to keep our unit active.

Auxiliary 1st Vice, Irene Gustafson As Membership Chairman of one of the largest units in District 22, I am disappointed to say that we could not hold our April meeting because we did not have a quorum of 7 members present. Out of 169 senior members, 80 of them living locally in Escondido, only 6 were present. We could not vote in a prospective new member. Thanks For The Memories!

TEN WAYS TO KILL A UNIT 1. Don't attend meetings, but if you do, arrive late. 2. Be sure to leave before the meeting is over. 3. Never have anything to say at a meeting; wait until you get outside. 4. When at a meeting, vote to do everything, and then do nothing. 5. Find fault with your officers and fellow members. 6. Take no part in the unit's affairs. 7. Talk cooperation, but never cooperate. 8. If asked to help, always say you haven't the time. 9. Never read anything pertaining to the organization; you might learn too much. 10. If appointed to a committee, never give any time to it; let the chairman do all the work.


Auxiliary Chaplain, Elda Jones

Poppy Chairman, Margaret Miller

Once again, I have to start my report on a sad note. Auxiliary members, we are in need of women to step up to fill positions and we need you to come to meetings. We are very near to the point of giving up our charter. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN. Deloris Hauge is in an extended care home. She needs visitors, cards and most of all, our prayers. Some of our members are having small problems, so please keep praying for them. Our Secretary, Janice Sheffer has had surgery and is still recuperating. “Silence Can Be Valuable. Don’t break it unless

Due to scheduling difficulties, the Auxiliary Poppy Fundraiser (Cook Your Own Steak Dinner) has been canceled. This dinner was planned for Saturday, May 15. However, we will continue accepting donations to the Poppy Fund until that time. Your donations are coming in very well, but we are still far from our goal - to match last years receipts. Please, continue to be generous in our efforts to support our veterans and their families.

you can improve on it.”

~ A THOUGHT TO REMEMBER ~ People don’t plan to fail. They fail because they don’t plan.

Sons of the American Legion, Jeff Flynt SAL membership is up to 45 for the year. This is the same number of members we ended with last year. Our goal of 48 members for this year is only 3 away! If you haven’t renewed, please do so now, and if you know anyone who may be interested in joining the Sons, please let us know about them too. Contact our Adjutant, Jeff

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Flynt (760) 803-5080 or for membership info. At our last month’s meeting we held the first round of nominations for our officers. Louis Miller was nominated for Commander and accepted the honor. We look forward to his leadership next year and expect to have an active crew helping him. Greg Hardesty was nominated for 1st Vice, Ralph

Gustafson for 2nd Vice, Jeff Flynt for Adjutant and Ray Bradford for Finance Officer. We have openings for Sergeant at Arms and Chaplain available. If anyone wants to fill these positions, please let us know. We had another great breakfast to benefit our baseball program and will be getting the uniforms and equipment ready for the upcoming season. We are still

looking for any support you can give. Also, coming up later this year will be the first annual golf tournament to be held at Reidy Creek. We will follow the tournament with a BBQ at the Post and will have more information soon. Our next meeting is May 9th at 11:00 am at the Post. I hope to see you there.

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Clubroom Manager, Daleen Moore You might have noticed that I’ve made the decision to relocate the pool table to the outside patio. Though this decision was met with some opposition, we are noticing a significant increase in the use of the pool table. I’ve heard some minor complaints from our veterans groups that rent the patio for meetings, but the patio is an important part of Clubroom revenue. I ask everyone to remember— CHANGE IS DIFFICULT. The most damaging phrase is “We’ve always done it that way.” If an idea fails, we can always change it back. For those of you that have been supportive of my efforts, THANK YOU! I’m considering bringing the famous GROVER “DUFFY” FIELDS back in for Line Dancing once per month. If you are interested in the return of line dancing, please let me know personally or e-mail me at We hosted the Army National Guard here at the Post on Saturday, March 13th. If you weren’t here to see the formation of roughly 125 active duty soldiers in our grass area, you missed a beautiful

sight. Our hope is that by inviting these young men to the Post, they will not only become familiar with the Legion family, but be more comfortable coming to enjoy our Clubroom and events. A special thanks to SFC Martin Salazar for not only bringing his troops over, but for all the new members he has recruited for us! On a similar note, I recently met a new member in our Clubroom. Newly widowed, he decided to join the Legion. His departing comment to me was, “It is so nice just to talk to someone again.” If you see an unfamiliar face at the Legion, please take the time to introduce yourself. A “hello” is worth millions when you don’t know anyone!



This year is quickly coming to an end for the Clubroom Committee, which has been very active in taking on the many responsibilities with great enthusiasm. A special thank you to John and Josie Perez, Pete and Alice Vargas, Bob Snyder, Bob Pettit, and Gilbert Renteria for being there when needed, whether for monthly clubroom inventory or putting on the Wednesday night BBQs. With their help, we had a very successful Luau last October and coming May 8th, we expect a highly successful CINCO DE MAYO Festival! Many thanks to Daleen Moore who stepped up to the plate and took over as our Clubroom Manager. With her innovative ideas, the Clubroom is going to be a great place to bring family and friends. Hopefully, our incoming elected officers will have as much enthusiasm as this Committee has shown—and not like last year.

Clubroom Chairman, Don Hansen

Riders President, Dave Caldwell Our last ride took us to Warner Springs. We all enjoyed lunch at the Roundup BBQ at Lake Henshaw, complements of the Riders. Our next ride is Sunday, May 2nd. Meet at the Post at 08:00. I’m sure Hook will devise a pleasant trip for us. April brought us the Riders Convention in Midway City. Our own Jake Jacobsen was elected to the position of Department of California Vice President. Congratulations, Jake! Elected as Area 5 VP was Doyle “Popeye” Tolbert, the VP of ALR Chapter 262 of Fontana. Also in April, several of the riders took the trip to Yuma AZ for the 49th annual Yuma Prison Run. A good time was had by all. In the past month, the Riders hosted the Friday night dinner at the Post featuring “Fish and Chips.” Our crew, with Kathy as our lead cook, did a tremendous job putting on a meal that was very well received by the 90 folks in attendance. Well done all. Several of the ALR Chapter 149 riders participated in the funeral ceremony for Gene Dixon, a WW II Veteran from the Pauma Indian Band on March 20th. The riders formed

a Flag Line at the church, preceded the procession over to the Pauma Cemetery and then formed an Honor Line for a final salute to our Veteran. The Riders voted to donate $100 to the Vietnam Veterans of America 1st Annual Western Days event to be held on June 19th at the Moose Lodge. We will have 20 tickets for this event to be distributed to Riders who would like to attend and will be available at our next meeting. Our next meeting has been temporarily moved to the 2nd Wednesday for next month only (May 12th, 7:00 PM). This adjustment was due to the fact that a number of the Legion Riders will be participating in a Run to Gallup NM on Wednesday May 19th in support of the RFTW, nationwide run to Washington DC. Our own “Smoke” Murphy is planning to do this run again this year. Until next time, Ride Safe!

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On behalf of the entire Post, I would like to send a special THANK YOU TO JOSE ROMERO for the fine artwork of the American flag that he painted on the wall next to the BBQ area. My sincere gratitude to the following Post and Clubroom Committee members that made monetary contributions to make this improvement possible: Don Hansen, Tim Heck, John Perez, Bob Pettit, Bob Snider, and Gilbert Renteria.

“LIFTING UP OUR NEIGHBORS” PROGRAM It is amazing to me the amount of opportunities available for our less fortunate homeless veterans. I recently had the privilege to visit a new, 72-bed apartment complex in Oceanside that is open to homeless vets. It is a live/work facility. It also furnishes meals, resume services, job training, job application skills and computer instruction. This is all furnished through INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES, an Escondido-based group of talented and professional people. They also have a 75-bed barracks type facility and another apartment complex in Escondido. They consider this a “hands up, not a hand out.” These programs afford these veterans an address and stability while seeking employment. If you know of anyone that could use these services, please contact Interfaith at (760) 489-6380. We need to help our own. If any person wishes to contribute to this cause called “Lifting UP our Neighbors” or buy purchasing a brick for the “Wall of Heroes” that will be on display at the Interfaith’s Veterans Housing in Oceanside, please contact Interfaith. Jerry Hinsch, Encinitas Post 416

DOUG JOHNSON KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM Friday, May 7th—7 to 10 pm Friday, June 4th—7 to 10 pm

Cinco de Mayo Saturday, May 8th at 2 pm  Carnitas, Rice, Beans, Salads, Chips & Salsa     

and dessert Spanish Dancers @ 3 pm Raffle Prizes Margarita Drink Special $3 Bottled Corona $8 Per Person

MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE EVENT Monday, May 31st at 10:00 am You are invited to attend the Escondido Allied Veterans Council Memorial Day Remembrance Service at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido. Directions from Veterans Memorial Building: South on Juniper, left onto E. Washington Ave., right onto Citrus, left onto Glenridge Ave. and follow into Oak Hill Memorial Park. Distance is approx. 4-1/2 miles.

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May 16 Post Officers Breakfast Ham & Eggs 12 NOON CVMA Meeting 6 PM Square Dancers in Hall *Open Pool Table in Clubroom * May 23 40 et 8 Breakfast Steak & Eggs 11 AM 40 et 8 PROMENADE 11 AM 8 & 40 Meeting *Open Pool Table in Clubroom * May 30 SAL Breakfast Self Service Buffet *Open Pool Table in Clubroom *


Apr 28

Apr 29




Dinner Served 6:00-7:00 PM Live Music - (7-10)

Special Events Day


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Jun 1 May 31 10 AM Taco Tuesday Memorial Day 7 PM VFW Meeting Service @ Oak Hill Luncheon follows @ Post



May 21

May 22

May 28 May 29 Dinner by Boys Scouts Clubroom Committee BBQ Roast Pork Lin Burgers & Dogs 7 PM Submariner’s Mtg GOOD TIMES BAND IS PERFORMING Jun 2 Jun 3 Jun 4 Jun 5 6 PM Planning Meeting Dinner by Auxiliary SAL BBQ 6 PM BUNKO Cook Your Own Steak Clubroom Committee Chicken, Burgers & Dogs 7 PM Auxiliary Meeting DOUG JOHNSON KARAOKE Mtg @ 10 AM IN CLUBROOM 7—10 PM

May 26

May 27

May 20 May 19 6 PM BUNKO Auxiliary BBQ Chicken, Burgers & Dogs


Patio BBQ 5:30-6:30 PM


6 PM Post General Mtg * Riders start RFTW to DC * Election of Officers

May 18 Taco Tuesday

Apr 27

May 24 May 25 Bun Monday—French Dip Taco Tuesday

Bun Monday—Ham Torta

May 17

MONDAY Apr 26 Bun Monday—Reuben

Clubroom BUN MONDAY Clubroom TACO TUESDAY 12 Noon till gone 12 Noon till gone Donation Only! Donation Only!


Food serving times are approximate — Call 745-1159 and use auto menu for updates

May 2010

FRIDAY SATURDAY Apr 30 May 1 40 et 8 Breakfast 6 PM BUNKO Italian Delight Dinner by Clubroom Committee Steak & Eggs Taco Tuesday Clubroom Committee BBQ Richard Cross & Crew Mtg @ 10 AM 11 AM 40 et 8 PROMENADE 7 PM Burgers & Dogs KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT 11 AM 8 & 40 Meeting Coast Guard Auxiliary Mtg GOOD TIMES BAND IS IN CLUBROOM *Open Pool Table in Clubroom * PERFORMING 1 PM May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6 May 7 May 8 Auxiliary Breakfast 6 PM Planning Meeting Dinner by Renee & Crew CINCO DE MAYO Self Service Buffet Bun Monday—BLT on Rye Taco Tuesday SAL BBQ 6 PM BUNKO Country Fried Steak FIESTA IN THE *Open Pool Table in Clubroom * 4:30 PM Teamsters in Hall Chicken, Burgers & Dogs 7 PM Auxiliary Meeting DOUG JOHNSON KARAOKE CLUBROOM 6 PM Allied Veterans Mtg 7 PM VFW Meeting IN CLUBROOM 2 PM 7—10 PM Bingo @ VA La Jolla May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 9 Taco Tuesday Riders BBQ 6 PM BUNKO Dinner by Future Farmers of Natl Guard Drill Weekend Bun Monday—Fish Burger 5:30 DAV Mtg 40 & 8 Wreck—Perris Post Burgers & Dogs America—Traditional SAL Breakfast DAV Installation Dinner 7 PM Riders Meeting Mexican Dinner 2 PM Boys State Luncheon Self Service Buffet *Open Pool Table 6 PM Post E-Board Mtg at La Mesa Post 282 in Clubroom * NO BAND 3:30 PM Armed Forces Day Program 4 PM Polish Club in Hall

Apr 25


Breakfast in the Main Hall 7:30 - 10:30 AM


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OUR FORGOTTEN WARRIORS (Editor’s Note: I was blessed to have met Carol’s son, Brandon Gauvreau, at the Superbowl Party in our Clubroom and couldn’t help but pass this information along to you all. I know the economy is in a sad state of affairs, but donations, in any amount, would greatly help their cause “to take care of our own.”) I represent a group of concerned citizens who are family members and friends of service members injured while performing their assigned duties. Many of the wounded have been through medical and rehabilitative services provided by DOD and VA facilities, but have not yet been able to reintegrate with their family and community. Our Forgotten Warriors is a charitable organization with a plan to assist these heroes. Our aim is to help every soldier re-enter the civilian world on their terms, able to make a viable contribution to their community using their individual strengths and abilities. We recognize that we cannot accomplish this alone, and that every warrior will need to be located reasonably close to their families while they complete their reentry training. To that end, we are asking that you consider assisting us with getting every state to consider buildings / locations on or near military installations where a 10 to 25 person treatment facility could be located, until such time as a more permanent facility can be constructed. Our initial plan is to begin in Washington State near Joint Base Lewis/McChord. Our goal is to establish and validate the program and then expand to other states. Our aim is to ensure that every warrior is given the opportunity to progress beyond what DOD and VA have been able to accomplish thus far, by providing more individualized care and services. We have already received encouragement from members of Congress. We are now on the verge of putting the tires to the road. Our question to you is "will you help us by being a part of the solution?" Your decision now to help bring our heroes all the way home, and demonstrate your personal willingness to take care of our own, will reflect great honor upon you, your Governors and the men and women who voluntarily undertook to defend our lives, our liberties and the Constitution of the United States. Donations, in any amount, can be mailed to: Our Forgotten Warriors, PO Box 33278, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433. If you include an e-mail address or mailing address, a tax deductible receipt will be sent to you. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. Carol Blake,

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