Monday, December 29, 2014

Starting Feb. 1, Recreation Passport needed for Belle Isle vehicle entry


Abundance of outdoor recreational activities available at Belle Isle Park
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Belle Isle


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 23, 2014

Contact: Jason Fleming, 517-284-6098, Debbie Munson-Badini906-226-1352 or Ed Golder517-284-5815

Starting Feb. 1, Recreation Passport needed for Belle Isle vehicle entry
Recreation Passport holders get year-round access to Michigan state parks

February marks the one-year anniversary of Belle Isle operating as Michigan's 102nd state park and also ends the gradual phase-in of the Recreation Passport at the island park. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 1, all vehicles entering Belle Isle will need a Recreation Passport – $11 for vehicles, $5 for motorcycles. The Recreation Passport will provide vehicle entry not only at Belle Isle, but also at other state parks throughout Michigan.

Belle Isle became a state park in February 2014 under a 30-year lease agreement between the city of Detroit and the state. The park offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, golf and more.

During the past year, vehicles could access the island without a Recreation Passport until the vehicle owner's next registration renewal date. Starting Feb. 1, Belle Isle visitors driving a vehicle without the Recreation Passport will be required to purchase a window sticker at the park. This requirement applies only to vehicles – not individuals. Pedestrians, bicyclists and those using public transportation can, as always, enter the park for free.

"The gradual introduction of the Recreation Passport during the past year mirrored the initial introduction of the Recreation Passport at all Michigan state parks back in 2010," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief. "We wanted to employ the same soft transition at Belle Isle. When the first full year of state management has cycled – in February – all vehicles will need the Recreation Passport for entry to the park."

Passport to statewide outdoor recreation
Belle Isle is one of hundreds of recreational opportunities available to residents and visitors through the Recreation Passport, which grants vehicle entry to Michigan state parks and recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, boat launch parking and nonmotorized trail head parking.

"Purchasing the Recreation Passport not only gives visitors vehicle access to the island," Olson added. "It also gets them into many other state parks in the Detroit area and across Michigan."

State parks and recreation areas in the Detroit area include Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Dodge 4 State Park, Highland Recreation Area, Island Lake Recreation Area, Maybury State Park, Milliken State Park and Harbor (no Recreation Passport required), Proud Lake Recreation Area and Sterling State Park.

Shelter reservations update
Also beginning in February, all visitors (and their guests) who rent Belle Isle picnic shelters, facilities and green spaces must have a Recreation Passport for vehicle access to the island. This includes smaller, private events such as weddings, reunions and birthday parties. During the transition to state management, waivers were given to visitors who reserved events through the city of Detroit prior to 2014.

All Belle Isle shelter reservations are now taken through the DNR's Central Reservation System and can be made up to one year in advance. Reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS.

"We worked hard to make Belle Isle's transition to a state park as seamless as possible," said Jason Fleming, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division's resource management section. "Visitors making reservations for 2015 are being informed of the Recreation Passport requirement and are given the chance to ask questions and purchase the Passport.  The best value is to purchase it when you renew your registration. Eleven dollars for a full year of access comes out to three cents a day. Purchase of the Recreation Passport provides a great opportunity to enjoy Belle Isle while supporting state and neighborhood parks."

Recreation Passport purchase, pricing and benefits
Ten percent of Recreation Passport revenue is available to neighborhood parks through the Recreation Passport community grants program. In fact, just a few years ago the city of Detroit received a $30,000 grant to fund improvements at Lorwyn E. Peterson Playfield. Recreation Passport grant application materials and eligibility information are available at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

The Recreation Passport is available for purchase through the Secretary of State during license plate registration renewal (just check "YES" on the renewal form) and is valid for state park entry until the next registration renewal date. Residents who purchase the Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State get entry to state parks for a full year, as well as access to the Passport Perks retail discount program.

The Recreation Passport also can be purchased as a window sticker at Michigan state parks and recreation areas, including Belle Isle. Visitors to the island park can purchase the Passport between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at the White House (administrative building), located on Inselruhe Avenue across from the Belle Isle Aquarium. When purchased at a park, the Recreation Passport is valid until the holder's next license plate registration renewal date.

The Recreation Passport is $11 for Michigan-registered vehicles, $5 for motorcycles and $16.10 for buses. Vehicles not registered in Michigan will require a $30.50 nonresident Recreation Passport for entry. This can be purchased at the park or online by visiting www.michigan.gov/estore and clicking on State Park Recreation Passport in the left-hand menu.

Learn more about the Recreation Passport – a creative way to sustain Michigan's state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities – at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. Learn more about Belle Isle – including the events calendar, partnerships, vendor information and frequently asked questions – at www.BelleIslePark.org.

Follow us on Twitter @MichiganDNR and @BelleIsle_Park. We encourage Belle Isle partners and others interested in the park's revitalization to use the hashtag #AllinforBelleIsle


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/25 to 1/1/15

Listed below are the events I have for the next 21 days here in the Metro Detroit area, and things are slowing down.  I have attached my latest event listing which has 1 new item.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

"Snow Removal Help for Disabled Vets" A new program to assist disabled vets with their snow removal has been started by EverGreen in partership with BOSS Snowplow. For more information call 877-758-4835 or see their attached letter.

"Housing Assistance for Vets" A new VA program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is being run by Southwest Solutions to help low income vets moved into a home of their own. Contact Tamika at Southwest at 313-963-6601, ext 4207. For more infomation see the attached flyer.

EVENTS!

"Monday, January 5, 2015" CARE of SE Michigan is starting a program to assist female veterans with problems of trauma, substance abuse, etc., at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield, Clinton Twp, from 6 to 8PM, every Monday till March 5th. Cost is $30 but can be waived. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum will be hosting another in their free seminars, starting at 7PM in the General Purpose Room. The subject for this seminar will be a "Dress Rehearsal for the Arsenal," about Detroit's involvement in World War 1. The museum is located at Willow Run Airport. See flyer for more information.

"Thursday, January 15, 2015" The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law is offering a free legal clinic at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St Antoine, Detroit, from 9 to 11AM. Today's help will focus on Tenant Rights. To register call Alesa at the Law School at 313-596-0258. See flyer for other upcoming clinics.

Nothing going on with the VFW this week either!
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Oratorical Deadline Jan 2nd, 2015 & Police Officer and Fire Fighter Nominations Due Jan 2nd

Just a reminder as most students will be heading on holiday break on Friday that the deadline to participate in The American Legion Oratorical Contest for 2015 is Jan 2nd, 2015

Contestants will compete at several levels for scholarship money to be used for college education. A 1st and 2nd place winner at the State level will win $1500 and $800. The state's first place winner will then move on to the National level and compete for $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 in scholarship money. However, as the student progresses through competition on the National level they will receive $1500 for each level they advance.

Ninth to grade 12 students (U.S. citizens and under the age of 20) enrolled in a high school or junior high school or equivalent may compete. The topics will be on one of 4 Constitutional amendments.

For information please respond to this email or visit www.michiganlegion.org/oratorical

Note students can participate every year they are still eligible; younger students can compete multiple times over several years.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, December 26, 2014

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED!

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED!
By: Steve Striggow, Department Membership Director

Since July we have been putting out an important message. That message is to be in the final push mode from the start, rather than waiting until it is too late. That time is almost upon us. All the easy renewals have been received and now the hard part really begins. As I write this, there are 20 posts at 100%. The incentives for 100% posts come to an end on December 31st.  Please remember for the Commander to receive the blazer for 100 % membership, the Post Adjutant must submit verification to Department with the size required.
The Early Bird Drawing will take place at the Winter Meeting in Flint.

            In the last Legionnaire, I asked how well you knew your membership. I hope this caused you to take a look and ask some questions. There really are no excuses for the posts lagging behind. With all the help available with a phone call or email, we can all succeed. There have been instances of posts holding membership for extended periods, even after being asked to send it in as soon as you receive it. If Department does not have it, it does not count.

            The three Directors have been traveling around their areas of responsibility offering assistance and guidance. Only by everyone working together can we achieve our 100% membership goal. DMS Coordinator Holt has been sending out the DMS slips and Project Stay Active slips on a weekly basis. He has held several classes on MyLegion.org and quite frankly, the attendance at these training classes has been very disappointing. This program is being improved regularly and the Adjutants need to know about all the tools available to them. Director Money has covered a good many miles to make sure they are receiving all the help they need at the post and district level. The Zone Commanders have been doing an excellent job getting the word out. The remainder of the TEAM (all Legionnaires) has been doing a good job.

            I encourage you to visit the national website (legion.org) to take advantage of the national incentives. Remember, the National Family Award is available to posts. All members of the Legion Family Working together can be a powerful tool. We can make our 100% goal.

I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.



The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

There is a difference......

Veteran’s Day
By David Gillis
Thumbprint News, Clay Township, Columnist

Before the worship began, the pastor stepped to the church’s pulpit and asked as he did in previous years that all military veterans stand to be recognized for their service to the country.  He said, “We are grateful for your service,” as members of the congregation applauded.  What a great gesture. right?  Not quite.  You see, it was Memorial Day, a time designated to remember those who gave their lives protecting our freedoms.

Now, before someone suggests that I’m picking on the clergy, please understand that this same mistake is made by government officials at the highest level, by well-educated university administrators, by newspaper journalists, and by television news commentators every year.  What makes it even more concerning and unfortunately, less respectful is that the actual Veterans Day is often forgotten.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in armed conflict.

Veterans Day is actually a time set aside to honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether in times of war or peace.  In reality, Veterans Day is substantially intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to national security are appreciated, and to underscore the sacrifices of all those who considered it their duty to serve.

Veterans Day is always officially observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it occurs.  When Veterans Day falls on a weekday, a diminishing number of communities have chosen to conduct recognition events on the weekend before or after November 11.  Sadly, however, throughout the country, Veterans Day is simply overlooked, except for retail businesses that use the holiday name as an advertising gimmick to promote another sale.  Sometimes that may be the only mention of  Veterans Day offered to the public by the media.

In most school textbooks today there is mention of the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended “The Great War”,  or as we know it, World War I.  You probably won’t discover much attention given to the fact that fighting actually ceased seven months before the June 1919 treaty signing.  With greater difficulty, your history book search will probably not find that a temporary cessation of hostilities or armistice between Germany and the nations of the Allied Forces actually went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of what was known then as “The War to End All Wars”.

Five months following the execution of the treaty, in November,  1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of “Armistice Day”.  He said in his pronouncement, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory,  both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”  In the subsequent recognition by the United States Congress, the original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades, public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Until the mid-1950’s, Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I.  However, in 1954, following our history’s greatest mobilization of military resources as witnessed in World War II and the hard fought aggression in Korea, veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to amend its original action by striking out the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans”.  From that time until now, November 11 has been the day to honor all American veterans.

Now,  for those who read my column and are thinking that I may have focused on this subject before, thank you for remembering.  Yes, I concentrated on Veterans Day in the past, and, will do so again in the future.

I can recall a time in elementary school when Veterans Day was recognized.  In fact, I can remember when it was still Armistice Day.  I think back to a time when we actually had community events honoring veterans on Veterans Day.  My recollection, too, is of politicians who actually knew the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Until we return to that form of respectful recognition, I’ll keep writing about those who served us well.  I am grateful that the editor of Thumbprint  News allows me this annual opportunity to salute my fellow soldier, sailor, airman and Marine veterans.  I thank you comrades, for your service. 

David Gillis
Thumbprint News, Clay Township, Columnist


Reprinted & retransmitted with permission. Please leave this authorization and recognition of  Mr. Gillis attached to any further transmissions or publication of this article.  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from The American Legion Department of Michigan

Merry Christmas!


As we sit with our family and friends to day celebrating the holiday season, please take time to remember our men and women in uniform who, today, will be away from family because of their service to our country.  

To them we say THANK YOU!!!

To the family left behind missing them we say THANK YOU!!! Too because when someone serves, the whole family serves.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/18 to 12/25

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, and things are slowing down.  I have attached my latest event listing which has nothing new, just what is coming up.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Snow Removal Help for Disabled Vets" A new program to assist disabled vets with their snow removal has been started by EverGreen in partership with BOSS Snowplow. For more information call 877-758-4835 or see their attached letter.

"Housing Assistance for Vets" A new VA program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is being run by Southwest Solutions to help low income vets moved into a home of their own. Contact Tamika at Southwest at 313-963-6601, ext 4207. For more infomation see the attached flyer.

EVENTS!

"Monday, January 5, 2015" CARE of SE Michigan is starting a program to assist female veterans with problems of trauma, substance abuse, etc., at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield, Clinton Twp, from 6 to 8PM, every Monday till March 5th. Cost is $30 but can be waived. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, January 15, 2015" The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law is offering a free legal clinic at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St Antoine, Detroit, from 9 to 11AM. Today's help will focus on Tenant Rights. To register call Alesa at the Law School at 313-596-0258. See flyer for other upcoming clinics.


"Friday, January 30, 2015" The U of M - Ann Arbor Student Veteran Association (SVA) is holding it's 6th annual Benefit Dinner the Washtenaw County Veterans Treatment Court. The keynote speaker will be Rep John Dingell. For more info see attached flyer and stay tuned here for more information.


"Thursday, March 19, 2015" The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law is offering a free legal clinic at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St Antoine, Detroit, from 9 to 11AM. Today's help will focus on Veterans Benefits. To register call Alesa at the Law School at 313-596-0258. See flyer for other upcoming clinics.


"Monday, May 25, 2015" The City of Royal Oak is already gearing up for their annual Memorial Day Parade and they are looking for groups to participate. See attached form to join the parade!

--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org



Constitutional Speech Contest Seeks Contestants in Michigan #CollegeScholarship #moneyforschool

The American Legion Department of Michigan
212 N Verlinden Ave, Lansing, MI 48915

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Constitutional Speech Contest Seeks Contestants in Michigan

The American Legion Department of Michigan Oratorical Contest entry deadline is January 2nd, 2015.  Contestants will compete at several levels for scholarship money to be used for college education.  A 1st and 2nd place winner at the State level will win $1500 and $800.  The state’s first place winner will then move on to the National level and compete for $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 in scholarship money.  However, as the student progresses through competition on the National level they will receive $1500 for each level they advance. 
Ninth to grade 12 students (U.S. citizens and under the age of 20) enrolled in a high school or junior high school or equivalent may compete.  The topics will be on one of 4 Constitutional amendments.
For more information visit www.michiganlegion.org /oratorical  or call Roxanne Osga at (517) 371-4720 ext 23.
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Press release contact Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director, The American Legion Department of Michigan, info@michiganlegion.org or 517-371-4720


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/11 to 12/18 #DetroitArea

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, and things are slowing down.  I have attached my latest event listing which has just 2 new items on it.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Snow Removal Help for Disabled Vets" A new program to assist disabled vets with their snow removal has been started by EverGreen in partership with BOSS Snowplow. For more information call 877-758-4835 or see their attached letter.

"Housing Assistance for Vets" A new VA program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is being run by Southwest Solutions to help low income vets moved into a home of their own. Contact Tamika at Southwest at 313-963-6601, ext 4207. For more infomation see the attached flyer.

EVENTS!

"Friday, December 12, 2014" Stiggy's Dogs, which matches rescue dogs with returning vets in need of a companion, is hosting an Pawliday Open House at their training center, 203 Brookside Lane, Brighton, from 4 till 7PM. For more information see attached flyer.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" The Navy Sea Cadets are hosting a Wreaths Across America at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Twp, starting at 1PM. Come help place wreaths on all the veteran graves. Afterward they are hosting Tailgate party at 3PM at the American Legion Post 4 on Grosbeck Hwy. A full menu, bake sale, etc., for $5 per person. Contact Jerry at 586-873-5172 if you would like to attend.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" Wreaths Across American will be placing wreaths at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, starting at 10:30AM. If you wish to participate go to http://www.tiny.cc/WAAGLNC to find out what you can do.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" The Macomb County Vet Center is hosting a watch the Army Navy game party at the Macomb Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, starting at 3PM. RSVP to Katie at 586-412-0107. No alcohol will be permitted. See flyer for more details.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" St Clair Shores VFW Pst 1146 is hosting a King of Rock & Roll Show at their post, 24404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, starting at 7PM. See Rock Harley as Johnny Cash & Matt King as Elvis. Tickets are $20, $35 for two. For more info see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. December 11th, Thursday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
 
  1. December 11th, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. December 12th, Friday 3:00 p.m. to Midnight – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "Burger & Fries for $5.50".  Karaoke from 9 p.m. to Midnight.  $.75 for 12 oz. Draft Beer.  $1.75 for 22 oz. Draft Beer.  VFW 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
 
  1. December 12th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
9.      December 12th, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
10.  December 12th, Friday 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – VFW 1146 St. Clair Shores – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  No Cover Charge!  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
                                                                                                           
  1. December 13th, Saturday 11:00 a.m. – "WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA" at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.  Public Invited!  Great Lakes National Cemetery is located at 4200 Bedford Road in Holly 48442.
 
  1. December 13th, Saturday 11:00 a.m. – "WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA" at Resurrection Cemetery on Clinton River Road, East of Garfield in Clinton Township.  Meet at Fern Hill Country Club on Clinton River Road for coffee.  Public Invited!
 
13.  December 13th, Saturday 7:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "ELVIS & JOHNNY CASH will be in the House".  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Show starts at 7:30 p.m.  $20 per person or 2/$35.  Reserve your tickets and/or Reserve your Table for your Group by calling Commander Tim Litz at 586-713-1519.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. December 14th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
 
15.  December 14th, 2014, Sunday 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, December 5, 2014

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/4 to 12/11 #AmericanLegion

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, and things are slowing down.  I have attached my latest event listing which has just 1 new item on it.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Snow Removal Help for Disabled Vets" A new program to assist disabled vets with their snow removal has been started by EverGreen in partership with BOSS Snowplow. For more information call 877-758-4835 or see their attached letter.

"Housing Assistance for Vets" A new VA program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is being run by Southwest Solutions to help low income vets moved into a home of their own. Contact Tamika at Southwest at 313-963-6601, ext 4207. For more infomation see the attached flyer.

EVENTS!

"Friday, December 12, 2014 (NEW)" Stiggy's Dogs, which matches rescue dogs with returning vets in need of a companion, is hosting an Pawliday Open House at their training center, 203 Brookside Lane, Brighton, from 4 till 7PM. For more information see attachedflyer.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" The Navy Sea Cadets are hosting a Wreaths Across America at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Twp, starting at 1PM. Come help place wreaths on all the veteran graves. Afterward they are hosting Tailgate party at 3PM at the American Legion Post 4 on Grosbeck Hwy. A full menu, bake sale, etc., for $5 per person. Contact Jerry at 586-873-5172 if you would like to attend.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" Wreaths Across American will be placing wreaths at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, starting at 10:30AM. If you wish to participate go to http://www.tiny.cc/WAAGLNC to find out what you can do.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014 (NEW)" The Macomb County Vet Center is hosting a watch the Army Navy game party at the Macomb Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, starting at 3PM. RSVP to Katie at 586-412-0107. No alcohol will be permitted. See flyer for more details.

"Saturday, December 13, 2014" St Clair Shores VFW Pst 1146 is hosting a King of Rock & Roll Show at their post, 24404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, starting at 7PM. See Rock Harley as Johnny Cash & Matt King as Elvis. Tickets are $20, $35 for two. For more info see attached flyer.

--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org