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The Action Post on the Lake December 2016/January 2017 • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2093 • Orlando, Florida www.VFWpost2093.org

Buddy Poppy What do you think of when see a poppy flower? For some, the poppy conjures up images of Dorothy falling asleep in a poppy field on her way to see the Wizard. Others equate the poppy with its medicinal properties. Still others are reminded of the small red bloom’s role in mythology. To many, if not most, Americans the poppy is a reminder of our fallen veterans. The Buddy Poppy, a small red flower symbolic of the bloodshed in World War I by millions of Allied soldiers in defense of freedom, was originally sold to provide relief for the people of war-devastated France. The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. During the 1923 encampment the VFW decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with financial assistance.

The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time. In February 1924, the VFW registered the name Buddy Poppy with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name Buddy Poppy. Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals. The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.

Ring in the New Year at the Post

Join us in the large hall on New Years Eve for dinner, dancing and New Years Eve festivities. Denney and the Jets will be providing the music. The event will include a 50/50. Dinner is included in your ticket price of just $20 per person/$40 per couple. Tickets are available in the Canteen.


On behalf of myself and my family, I’d like to wish all of our Post and Auxiliary members and your families, a very Merry Christmas and the happiest holiday season ever. Ho Ho Ho!

Russell Carpenter Go Army!

Chaplain’s Corner Thought for the day! When it RAINS look for the RAINBOWS, when it is DARK, look for the STARS! Another month of continued praise, we have once again lost no members. A praise in itself. With the election over and a new leader chosen, let us all work together to get our country back to where it should be — no matter if the person of your choice won or not. That is not the issue now. It is done and now we all need to accept it and work together to support the choice made. Continue to pray for our service men and women that will not be home for the holidays with their families, but fighting overseas for your safety and freedom. May they be kept safe and godspeed them all home safely.

Prayers for our police and firemen as they leave their homes daily to serve the people of our city not knowing what to expect in their day. May they be safe and return home to families each and every night. Without mentioning any names, there are needed prayers for members of our post. Continue to keep them in your daily prayers. May each and everyone have a Merry Christmas. If you know of any member that is either in the hospital or has gone to their heavenly home, please let me know. My home number is 407-629-5808 or you can call the canteen at 407-296-2502 they will notify me. Sam Ramsey Post 2093 Chaplain and Lifetime Member

Mats for Homeless Vets The Auxiliary of Post 2093 has been busy making mats for homeless vets to sleep on. The project is headed by Jeanne Holmes who has been very patient in teaching all the folks involved. Many Auxiliary members have helped. We even had a Girl Scout helping — Patty's granddaughter — and toward the end, a Post member named Tom. Some of us did the cutting of the plastic bags into strips, others made the strips into balls of “plarn” and others did the crocheting of the mats. One actual mat takes about seven hours to finish using 700 Plastic bags. We meet every Thursday at 6:30 in the game room. If you would like to join in and be a part of this worthwhile cause, please do. You will come away feeling so good about a homeless vet having a dry mat to sleep on. Thank you to Cindy Stull for letting us know of this very needed project. 2


From the Auxiliary President’s Desk Happy Holidays to All! Mark your Calendars for the December Meeting Please! This is not a permanent change. The meeting will be Tuesday December 13th at 7 pm. It is not going to be a regular meeting, but an initiation for all the members who have joined and not been properly welcomed into the Auxiliary. We will do the initiation, present them with their pins and afterwards have our annual Christmas cookie exchange. so bring two dozen cookies and take home two dozen. If you know anyone that has joined and not received their pin, please let them know to come that night. Great news, our first-place Voice of Democracy winner placed 3rd in the District. I have met the young man and was thoroughly impressed by him as well as his mom. We will be doing a short ceremony to present the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen on Tuesday December 13th, prior to the meeting at 6:30 pm. I would like to see a big turnout for this ceremony to show your support for these students. Don't forget our annual Christmas Party in the Canteen on December 16th at 7:00 pm along with karaoke. Please bring a holiday side dish to feed 30 people. The post will provide the meat. Also, sign up your child or grandchild for the Kids Party on the 17th of December beginning at 11:00 am. See Linda Atwell or Debbie Rowell for further info on this. Please come and support Marge Maxwell on December 3rd. We are hosting a fundraiser dinner to help her out. Marge has recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia. She will be in the hospital for a month getting chemo daily. We will be doing a raffle that night of different items and a 50/50, so come out help support this member. Marge is a veteran herself. She was in the Marines, so all you Marines out there, stand up and help her out. If You would like to make a monetary donation, make a check out to Auxiliary Post 2093 and earmark it for Marge Maxwell.

The VFW band will be doing a Christmas Concert on December 18th at 3:00 pm in the large hall. They are asking guests to bring a side dish and the band will supply the meat. It will be an hour of traditional music with friends, so join us. One of our members, Sandy Beasley, is in the band, so come out support Sandy. Don't forget the New Years Eve Party in the large hall. Tickets are $20 per person and includes dinner and music. Reserve your table now. A reminder: Don't forget to pay your dues!! I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday. Wherever you may be, please say a prayer for our service men and women that will not be home to celebrate the holidays with their families. May they be safe where ever they may be. I am here for anyone that needs to talk if you have a problem, remember it can be worked out. Remember to be kind! Bitter words hurt. Someday you may be on the receiving end and not like it. Respectfully submitted, Jani Ramsey Lifetime Member Proudly Serving as your Post 2093 Auxiliary President

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Friday, Dec. 2

The Band “Steel” & Fundraiser for March Maxwell. 7:00 PM. Raffles and 50/50. Please come out enjoy a baked chicken dinner, listen to some great music and help support our member who has recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christmas Caroling at Community Living Center. 10:00 AM to noon. The group of carolers will move from village to village bringing their Christmas inspiration to all.

Monday, Dec. 5

Christmas Party at the DOM. 7 - 8:30 PM. They will be joining Terry for some trivia, pizza, drinks, and desserts.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Meat Bingo. 2:30 PM in the Canteen

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Auxiliary and Post Meetings. 7:00 PM. This is a schedule change for December only. At 6:30, there will be short ceremony for the winners of the VOICE OF DEMOCRACY AND PATRIOTS PEN. Please show your support for these students. Our first place winner in VOD took 3rd place in the District.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Christmas Party at Ft. McCoy. 11 - 2:00 PM. Lunch is $5.00 and we’ll be joining the residents for lunch. After lunch, we will sing Christmas carols and hand out gifts.

Friday, Dec. 16

Post Christmas Party. Along with karaoke in the Canteen. Join us for an evening of fun. Meat is furnished by the Post. Bring your favorite dish (enough to feed 30 people) and an unwrapped present for Toys for Tots. There will be a Chinese gift exchange, limit $10. This present should be wrapped.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Children’s Christmas Party. 11:00 AM . Party, activities and pizza lunch. Train rides by Conductor Leon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there too! Sign up by December 12 in the Canteen so we know how many gifts to buy!

Sunday, Dec. 18

Christmas Concert. 3:00 PM by the VFW Band led by Smitty. The band will supply the meat and is asking for guests to bring sides. If you have not heard this concert, you need to come and listen to them. It’s a wonderful hour of traditional Christmas music.

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Years Eve Party. 7:00 PM in the large hall. Music begins at 8:00 PM by Denney and the Jets. New Years Eve favors and champagne toast at midnight. Get tickets at the bar.

LOOKING AHEAD February 12, 2017

District 18 Meeting. 3rd Quarter, Post 2093 – Orlando

May 6, 2017

District 18 Meeting. 4th Quarter, Post 4287 – Orlando

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RECURRING EAT, EVENTS DRINK & BE MERRY Karaoke With Martin Every Friday at 7:00 p.m., except the 1st Friday of each month, plus the 3rd Saturday at 6 PM

Queen of Hearts* Every Friday at 7:15 PM *Becomes Ace of Spades if a winner is drawn within the first four cards. VFW Members Only

Bar Bingo Every Saturday, EXCEPT 12/31 at 1:00 PM in the Canteen, by the Auxiliary. Food is available.

Meat Bingo The Second Sunday of Every Month at 2:30 PM in the Canteen, by the Post. Food is available (aside from the food you can win!)

Car Races

Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, 25¢ off each drink

Bloody Mary Special $1.00 Bloody Marys every

Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Wing Wednesday Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Join us for the best chicken wings in town

Friday Night Specials Stop by and try a different dinner special each Friday night beginning at 5:30. The full kitchen menu will also be available.

Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Canteen

MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE Auxiliary: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 PM (The Canteen will close between 7:00 and 8:00 PM to allow for attendance.) DEC. ONLY Band Practice: 1st, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7:00 PM Events Committee: 2nd Thursday, 6:30 PM Honor Guard: 3rd Saturday, 10:00 AM House Committee: 2nd Thursday, 7:00 PM (All are welcome.) Post: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 PM (All are welcome.) DEC. ONLY VFW Riders: 2nd Saturday , 10:00 AM

Local Boy Scout Alex Hardy placed this beautiful flag collection box at the Post in November as part of his Eagle Scout requirements. Flags that are ready for retirement may be placed in the box. Flag retirement ceremonies will be held periodically on an ongoing basis. We thank Alex for this beautiful addition to our Post.

Annual Children’s Christmas Party

The Auxiliary's annual Children’s Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 AM. Children 10 and younger are eligible to participate. A pizza lunch is included along with train rides by Leon and a guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Sign children up in the Canteen by December 12th. 5


Share the Load Happy Holidays to everybody at Post 2093. We have a lot of fun happenings to look forward to this month, and a lot great times to remember as well. Most of us have already paid our dues (a really great value when you think of all the fun we have and all the good we do with the money that is raised.) However, I wonder if we all realize how all this good stuff happens. The answer my friends, is not blowing in the wind, It rests right on the shoulders of the many volunteers who step up to cook food, mow the grass, mop the floors, decorate the tables, etc, etc., etc. Sadly, too many of the volunteers are overused, overworked and under appreciated. (Also, pretty lonely when there is real work to be done!) Believe me, it is no fun to be the only one scrubbing pots in the kitchen when every one else is in the canteen having a good time. Can you imagine how easily all the activities would come off if every dues-paying member would pledge just one hour a month to lend a hand? Think of it - just ONE HOUR a month. That's 12 hours a year or three hours a quarter. For some of us, that would equal about 10 minutes for every hour that is spent in the canteen. And it's not all manual labor, either. You could call Bingo or sell Bingo cards, man a Buddy Poppy booth, or visit vets in the hospital at Lake Nona. If you can't see anything to do, just ask the Commander, or the Quartermaster or the Auxiliary President; they are all sure to have jobs to fill. So, my husband and I (both in our 70's) would like to challenge our younger members, men and ladies (especially those under 35) to join the 12 hour group. We'll post a signup sheet in the Post. Everyone is responsible for keeping track of their own hours (of course, no one would even think of cheating!) Highest number of hours at the end of the next year wins. (Probably nothing but bragging rights, but we'll see.) After all, the real winner will be the Post!

2016/2017 Officers Post Commander: Russell Carpenter Senior Vice Commander: Leon Jones Junior Vice/Judge Advocate: Glenn Jackson Quartermaster/Adjutant: Gary Godard Chaplain/Surgeon: Samuel Ramsey 1 Year Trustee: James Pope 2 Year Trustee: George “Sarge” Piliogios 3 Year Trustee: Lee Wozniak Service Officer: Charlie First

Auxiliary President: Jani Ramsey Sr. Vice: Kathy Godard Jr. Vice: Cindy Stull Secretary: Roxy Sands Treasurer: Kathy Swoger Conductress: Lori Loftis Guard: Mark Campbell Chaplain: Shirley Colburn Patriotic Instructor: Josh Mendonca

Lifetime Member

1 Year Trustee: Susie Schiebel 2 year Trustee: Chrissy Campbell 3 year Trustee: Sharon Mabie

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Get your Post T-Shirt today!! Support the Post by purchasing a custom-made T-shirt. These quality shirts are printed front and back with the iconic picture of our flagpole on the back and the POW*MIA flag design on the front upper chest area. You can personalize your shirt with your branch as well (U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USMC, USAF, USCG, or Auxiliary). See the bartender for an order form and get yours today. Pricing is as follows: Sizes x-small through x-Large: $25 2X through 5X: $30.00 Long sleeved: $35.00

Jay H. Albrecht

Memorials Raymond Hooker

From Mary Albrecht

From Loving wife Carrie & Family

Richard Archer

Richard “Curly” Hoskins WWII

From Joe Velkavrh

Jerry Bowton

From American Payroll Inst.

From Loving Wife Joy and Family

Bert Johnson

From Jim Altensee

Sgt. Jam. Alexander Robinson, USMC Retired From Priscilla Robinson

Sally Salamy-Life Member From Maurice Salamy, With Love Shirley Soule

From Michael Budenski

John Leonard

From Daughter Barbara Calvert & Ed

From Donna & Rick Harper

Philip Coppersmith

Raymond (Jack) Miller

From Alice M. Sousa

Wesley B. Budenski

From Mary Ann Coppersmith, missing you

From Jack Swarm, Life Member

Norman Crosby

Sandi Miniard

With Love From Ginny Johnston

From Jani, Kathy & Susan

Edward S. Gaythwaite

Zack A. Plemmons and Frank Edwards

From LynDea Drury

John Warren Gray, Jr. From Charlie & Cheryl Gray

From Betty & Patty Plemmons

Clyde & Jean Ray From Cindy Clement

Albert “Al” Sousa Julius J. Thomas From Sally Florsek

Stephen Wawnzenski From Barbara Keller

Dora Wright

“I love you” From Harry Wright

Harry Wright

From Kathy Douglas

Boosters Linda Atwell

Patricia Golis

John Wayne Massaro

Glenn Bailey Pricilla Bailey

Donna & Rick Harper Genny Harvey

Haward May Raymond Morefield

Paula Barnett

Bryan & Donna Hewitt

Lawrence W. Murphy

Doris Birkinbine Loretta & George Blumenauer Deloris Budenski Barbara Calvert Ed Calvert Mary Cooper Smith

Vicki Hewitt Joy Hoskins Richard “Curly” Hoskins, WWII Betty & Lee Jipp Bob & Doris Johnson

Betty H. Plemmons Joseph & Betty Portoghese Jani &Sam Ramsey Kathy Ross JD Rowell John Rutcho

Philip Coppersmith

Ginny Johnston Leon Jones

Maurice & Sally Salamy

R. P. Derwinis

Barbara Keller

Theressa Seitzer

Ruth Donenfeld GW Dunn & JC Dunn Susan & Lorin Dupree Mary Gaythwaite

Bob & Rita Leahy Chad Lennon Lewis E. Maddox Mike & Janet Mankins

Anna Marie Smith Alice M. Sousa Mary Soyer Martin & Shelley 7


VFW Post 2093 4444 Edgewater Drive Orlando, Florida 32804

The Action Post on the Lake

Office (407) 296-2553 Canteen (407) 296-2502 www.vfwpost2093.org vfwpost2093@gmail.com mapost2093@flvfw.org

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VFW Post 2093 - December 2016