Thursday, January 29, 2015

Judge Zatkoff instrumental in starting the MIA/POW movement in 1975




Late Judge Zatkoff personified professionalism, civility, colleague says

Lawrence Zatkoff

By Jameson Cook, The Macomb Daily

Posted: 01/26/15, 1:04 PM EST | Updated: 49 mins ago

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The late federal court Judge Lawrence Zatkoff was the consummate jurist, according to longtime colleague Judge George Steeh III.

"Professionalism and civility, he personified that," Steeh said Monday.

Zatkoff, a St. Clair Shores resident, died Thursday following an extended illness. He was 75.

 "He was a great guy, a great judge and ran a very efficient courtroom," Steeh said. "He expected lawyers to be prepared, and he expected a great deal of civility. He expected excellence from attorneys and pretty much got it.

"All of us who knew him are grateful for the chance to work with him and appreciate what he brought to the profession as a whole. We're all going to miss him."

Longtime friend and former colleague J. Russell LaBarge Jr., a Harper Woods-based attorney, said he was "shocked and saddened" by Zatkoff's passing. He said Zatkoff combined a high intellect with the "common touch."

"I could call him for advice at any time," he said. "He really did keep in touch with his Macomb County roots. I will definitely miss him."

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores.

Zatkoff was appointed to the federal bench in 1986 by president Ronald Reagan, after serving on the Macomb County bench for eight years. He served as chief judge of the Eastern District of Michigan from January 1999 to June 2004, overseeing 25 jurists.

Steeh praised his colleague's tenure as chief.

"He was a great public speaker, a great communicator, a great representative of the Bar, the bench and the community," he said. "He articulated our needs very effectively and worked well with individual judges as well."

He was one of only two federal judges from Macomb County over the past 35 years or more. Steeh, now 68, was appointed to the bench in 1998.

LaBarge Jr. said he met Zatkoff in 1969 when Zatkoff and LaBarge's late father formed LaBarge and Zatkoff, based at the Roseville Theatre, which later added another partner, the late attorney Tom Dinning.

"My father saw something in him," LaBarge said. "He was a brilliant attorney. He had a very sharp mind."

He recalled learning about "monumental arguments" between Zatkoff and attorney Bernard Fieger, Geoffrey Fieger's father, in the 1970s during labor negotiations between Roseville schools and the teachers union.

Over the years, "his reputation grew stronger and stronger," LaBarge said.

He became a Macomb Probate Court judge in 1978 and became a Macomb Circuit Court judge in 1982.

On the federal bench, Zatkoff received one of the best honors late in his career, about eight years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court praised him in affirming his ruling, and reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals, in a ruling over patents, Steeh said.

In 2004, Zatkoff re-established having a federal judge sit at the courthouse in Port Huron.

Zatkoff's two favorite hobbies were fishing and antique cars, LaBarge said. For a time he owned "acreage" in Richmond Township where he kept old vehicles in a barn, he said.

Zatkoff was born in Detroit and moved to St. Clair Shores, graduating from South Lake High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at University of Detroit in 1962 and a law degree from Detroit College of Law while also working full time at Chrysler.

He taught at Detroit College of Law from 1968 to 1969 and was an associate government appeal agent for the Selective Service Administration from 1969 to 1972.

As a federal judge, he served on the Judicial Conference of the United States, including a term as chairman of the Committee on Judicial Security.

Zatkoff is survived by his wife, Kelly, children, Catherine (Mike), Joseph and Mary Elizabeth; and grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Jr.

PS It needs to be mentioned that Judge Zatkoff and former Fraser VFW Post 6691 commander, Nelson Amsdil were instrumental in starting the MIA/POW movement in 1975 when they went to Paris to negotiate with the North Vietnamese for the return of Air Force Major, Robert F. Tucci an unaccounted for F-4 pilot shot down over Laos. Tucci was listed a POW for many years after until his remains were discovered. 

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/29 to 2/5

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  Things are picking up since this event listing which has 9 new items.  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!

"Attention Riders!" The MI Freedom Center at the Delta Terminal at Metro, and the center at the Troy MEPS, has served over 137,000 veterans, dependants, new enlistees, & retirees since opening in 2011. We would request when working on your 2015 ride calendar don't forget Northville High School on May 16th (Armed Forces Day). Meet in the parking lot at 10AM so that a grand entrance can be made of all the riders attending! This event will help provide funds for the Freedom Center so they can continue serving veterans passing thru Metro. For more information contact Chuck at 586-362-5560. Hope to see you there!

"Women Marines Need Your Help!" The Women Marines Association Motor City Chapter is working to not only send our troops a card but to break the Guinness World Record for the most cards sent from a single location. To do this we need to collect at least 3000 cards. Participation is easy. Simply write out a card thanking our troops for their service, put it into a stamped envelope and add your return address. We will add the addressee. You can bring the card(s) to the Romeo Masonic Temple "Gray's Block Romeo Village Opera House on Feb 7 and on Feb 14th. On Feb 14th we will start the stamp cancellations and attempt to break the record. The Romeo Post Office will be on hand at the Temple to hand cancel each and every card with a special cancellation that says "From Romeo with Love" The Post Office will also have on hand cards and stamps for purchase on both the 7th and 14th at the Romeo Masonic Temple. Schools, churches and businesses are invited to participate. If you are unable to attend you can box up your collected cards and either drop off at Romeo Post Office or mail them in a separate envelope to WMA Motor City, PO Box 590, Romeo, MI 48065

EVENTS!

"Thursday, January 29, 2015" The Madison Hgts VFW, Post 9507, is hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 7 to 9PM at their post, 630 E 11Mile, Madison Hgts. The MI Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions. For more info call Sean at 248-850-8350 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 30, 2015 (UPDATE)" 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. The event will be held at the University of Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor. Tickets range from $30 to $150. To check ticket prices and to purchase see their offical link.

"Friday, January 30, 2015" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and the Plymouth Whalers, are inviting all veterans to attend a pregame celebration and free tickets to their game (first 250 requesting) starting at 5PM at the Compuware Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth. See flyer on where to call or email for tickets by January 16th.

"Wednesday, February 4, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum Historic Presentation Night Welcomes Melissa Pung, Washtenaw County Community Development, on a presentation onWillow Run Airport and the Bomber Plant. This is a free event to the public starting at 7PM in the general purpose room of the Museum, located at Willow Run Airport.

"Wednesday, February 4, 2015" The Women Supporting Women Veterans group is having a fund raiser at Tony Saccos's, 10051 E Highland Ave, Howell, all day. 20% of all items will be credited to the group to help support women vets. You must bring the attached flyer!

"Saturday, February 7, 2015"The Detroit VA John Dingell Hospital is hosting an OEF/OIF/OND Welcome Home Event & Hiring Fair at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 8:30AM till 1PM. Over 75 employers will be present, plus there will be free medical exams, benefit info, etc. For more info call Mike at 734-222-7135 or see flyer.

"Saturday, February 7, 2015"The Student Veterans at Wayne State are hosting a Winter Extravaganza Bowling day at Garden Bowl at the Majestic Theater, 4120 Woodward, Detroit, from 12 to 4PM. 5 person teams, 3 games, $25 per person. Pizza & drinks provided along with a cash bar. Register at wsusvo.org. For more information contact them at studentvetsorg@wayne.edu or see flyer.

"Sunday, February 8, 2015 (NEW)" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting "Revisiting Rosie the Riveter" as part of its Arsenal of Democracy. The guess speaker is Professor Charles Hyde. Starts at 2PM at the museum, located at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe. Admission is by donation. See flyer for more info.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. January 29th, Thursday 2 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – VFW 6691 Fraser – "BLOOD DRIVE".  Call Red Cross for Appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS.  One Pint of Blood can save (3) three lives.  It takes only an hour and cookies and juice are a bonus treat. Post 6691 is located at 17075 Anita in Fraser 48026.
 
  1. January 29th, Thursday 7 p.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "TOWN HALL MEETING".  The Michigan Department of VA will be at this meeting.  Post 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
 
  1. January 29th, 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. January 29th, 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. January 30th, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – "ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY".  NEW LOW PRICE!  Adults are $10.  Children 5-12 $5.  Children 4 and Under Free.  Carry Outs available.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 6802 is located at 34339 32 Mile Road in Richmond 48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.
 
11.  January 30th , Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "BURGER & FRIES for $5.50".  Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Tell your Family & Friends.  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
  1. January 30th, 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. January 30th, 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.
 
14.  January 30th, 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.
 
15.  January 30th, 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.
 
16.  January 31st, Saturday – "DEADLINE TO HAVE QUARTERLY AUDITS to VFW Department of Michigan in Lansing.
 
17.  February 1st, Sunday – "SUPER BOWL SUNDAY".
 
February 1st, Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon - VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "BIG BREAKFAST".  Includes Eggs and Omelets to Order, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Homemade Gravy, Biscuits, Bacon, Sausage, and Potatoes.  Minimum donation of $6 per person.  Children 10 and Under $2.  WW II VETERANS eat "FREE"!  Great Breakfast! Awesome price!   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Invite your Family & Friends.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lowe's of Monroe, MI is #Hiring #Jobs

Good afternoon everyone – just a quick update on current posted positions at Lowe's of Monroe, Mi

 

I'm currently seeking:

1 Full Time PSI – This position has very specific skill requirements (see below)

 

The Project Specialist - Interiors (PSI) is a salary plus commission sales and design position that executes the Lowe's interior selling model. The PS-I position plays the primary, customer-facing role in designing and coordinating the development of a kitchen and/or bath project that meets the needs and expectations of the client. The PS-I will collaborate with the store's sales team, general contractor, production office, vendors, and Store Management to ensure "Best in class" customer experiences, while meeting sales and margin expectations.

The PS-I will positively impact kitchen and bath project sales volume, margin, project completion, and customer satisfaction by doing the following:

Build relationships with clients and proactively communicate throughout the project.

Meet with clients in the store to assess their Kitchen or Bath project needs

Perform an in home visit with the general contractor to collect project specifications and detailed measurements

Collaborate with store associates to develop comprehensive Kitchen and Bath designs & quotes.

Close kitchen and bath project sales

Perform limited duties during the project installation phase that includes performing job site reviews.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

3 years of experience in one or more of the following fields: Kitchen and/or Bath Design ,Kitchen and/or Bath Design Sales, Kitchen and/or Bath Design Project Management

Preference for experience in both Kitchen and Bath, and experience in multiple fields (i.e., Design, Sales, PM). Related Degrees/Certifications can count toward this requirement.

3 years of customer service experience.

2 years of experience managing multiple tasks and coordinating multiple projects at different stages in the project cycle.

Must have reliable transportation to travel to the sales call/job site and to and from the store.

Must pass a semi-annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) review and maintain a valid driver's license.

If the state or local municipality requires a salesperson license for this position, you must either be licensed or pass the requisite licensing exam within sixty (60) days of starting employment in this position.

Preferred Qualifications

2 years of experience selling in the home.

Prior experience in measuring, estimating, and project planning.

5 years of experience in one or more of the following fields: Kitchen and Bath Design, Kitchen and Bath Design Sales, or Kitchen and Bath Design Project Management.

NKBA Certification (i.e. AKBD, CKD, or CBD)

1 Full Time CDL –B Delivery Driver

Must have a current CDL A or B to be considered for this position.

Position Description

Pull, load, and deliver customer purchases in a friendly, timely, safe and efficient manner. Greet and acknowledge all customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service. Responsible for all other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Required. Requires morning, afternoon and evening availability any day of the week. Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and knowledge of weights and measures. Understand and respond appropriately to basic customer and employee inquiries. Read, write and communicate using English language sufficient to perform job functions. Ability to operate store equipment in assigned area (including but not limited to LRT, telephone, paging system, copiers, fax machines, computers, CCTV surveillance system, key cutting, panel saw, paint mixing computer, blind cutting, forklifts, pallet jacks, electric lifts, etc.). Ability to interpret price tag and UPC information. Ability to read maps, follow specific delivery directions and instructions, determine cost efficient routes and time efficient scheduling of deliveries. Ability to follow instructions. Ability to move throughout all areas of the store; sales floor, receiving, register areas, lawn and garden , including the outside perimeter of the store. Ability to work in both inside and outside environmental conditions. Physical ability to move large, bulky and/or heavy merchandise. Physical ability to perform tasks that may require prolonged standing, sitting, and other activities necessary to perform job duties. Meet physical qualifications for CDL or non-commercial driver's license as appropriate.

 

1 Full Time Customer Service Associate – Appliances

Position Description

Responsible for providing quick, friendly customer service by answering customers questions, providing purchase assistance and keeping shelves stocked. Assigned primarily to one zone on the sales floor, but may be required to work in other areas.

1 Part Time Unloader –

 

 

 

Position Description

Must be available to work Sunday 3p-8p, & Mon-Thur 5p-10p to be considered for this position.

Responsible for safe, accurate and efficient unload and dispersement of RDC freight. Responsibilities also include routine completion of down stocking assignments as directed by store management. Greet and acknowledge all customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service. Responsible for all other duties as assigned.

1 Full Time Pro Services Specialist

Responsible for the overall sales and merchandise maintenance of the assigned department. Maintains the department according to company merchandising standards and store operations policies. Maximizes sales of department merchandise and related products. Ensures that all merchandising and operational activities take place on a consistent basis. Provides and ensures quick, responsive, friendly customer service.

All positions Require:

Job Requirements

Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and knowledge of weights and measures. Understand and respond appropriately to basic customer and employee inquiries. Read, write and communicate using English language sufficient to perform job functions. Ability to operate store equipment in assigned area (including but not limited to LRT, telephone, paging system, copiers, fax machines, computers, key cutting, panel saw, paint mixing computer, blind cutting, forklifts, pallet jacks, electric lifts, etc.). Satisfactorily complete all Lowe's training requirements (including annual Hazardous Material, Forklift certification/departmental training, etc.). Ability to interpret RDC label, price tag, and UPC information. Ability to process merchandise information through store computer system, POS register system and complete all required paperwork according to policy. Ability to follow instructions. Anticipates, recognizes and responds to change by innovative problem solving. Develop and plan activities to ensure proper completion in a timely manner. Ability to work in both inside and outside environmental conditions. Physical ability to move large, bulky and/or heavy merchandise. Physical ability to perform tasks that may require prolonged standing, sitting, and other activities necessary to perform job duties.

 

We are also beginning to post our Seasonal Positions – these will be a variety of opening on a Seasonal (temporary) basis to help us through our very busiest time of year.  It's a great way for candidates with outstanding customer service skills to come in learn about Lowe's and develop a career.  Seasonal employees can be considered for regular Full Time/ Part Time opens at the end of the season. 

Please have interested & qualified candidates view and apply to our open positions at Lowes.com/careers.  Candidates must use a valid email address as they will receive a pre-hire assessment after completion of the application that must be completed in order to be considered.  Candidates who have already completed the survey in the past year will not be required to repeat the survey. Candidates should include a full resume with their application.


Lowe's is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.

 

 

 

Thank you –

 

Vicky Pare

Human Resources Manager

Lowe's ~ Monroe, Mi

Phone # (734)384-8882

Fax # (734)384-9454

victricia.k.pare@store.lowes.com

Interested in a Career w/ Lowe's?

Apply online @  Lowes.com/careers

 

 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/22 to 1/29

Listed below are the events I have for the next 21 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have attached my latest event listing which has 3 new items.  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!

"Wreaths Across America, Part 2" The wreath program in December was a huge sucess with over 11,000 wreaths placed by over 2500 volunteers. But now those wreaths need to be taken down and the Holly National Cemetery needs your help. Starting at 10AM on aturday, January 24th, volunteers are needed to help remove all these wreaths. Come out and lend a hand if possible.

"Attention Riders!" The MI Freedom Center at the Delta Terminal at Metro has served over 137,000 veterans, dependents, & retirees since opening in 2011. We would request when working on your 2015 ride calendar don't forget Northville High School on May 16th (Armed Forces Day). Meet in the parking lot at 10AM so that a grand entrance can be made of all the riders attending! This event will help provide funds for the Freedom Center so they can continue serving veterans passing thru Metro. For more information contact Chuck at 586-362-5560. Hope to see you there!

EVENTS!

"Friday, January 23, 2015" Autumn Woods Health Care Facility is hosting a fund raiser for Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 at Sterling Lanes, 33200 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, from 6 to 8PM. Admission at the door is $15 but $10 if paid in advance, which includes bowling, shoes, pop, & pizza. For more information contact Kim at 586-306-0976 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, January 27, 2015" Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting a Welcome Home & Thanks event at their post, 34339 Division, Richmond, from 6 to 7:30PM. A movie will be shown on the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. For more info call the post at 586-727-1436 of see flyer.

"Thursday, January 29, 2015" The Madison Hgts VFW, Post 9507, is hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 7 to 9PM at their post, 630 E 11Mile, Madison Hgts. The MI Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions. For more info call Sean at 248-850-8350 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 30, 2015 (UPDATE)" 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. The event will be held at the University of Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor. Tickets range from $30 to $150. To check ticket prices and to purchase see their offical link.

"Friday, January 30, 2015" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and the Plymouth Whalers, are inviting all veterans to attend a pregame celebration and free tickets to their game (first 250 requesting) starting at 5PM at the Compuware Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth. See flyer on where to call or email for tickets by January 16th.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. January 23rd, 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. January 23rd, 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.
 
11.  January 23rd, 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.
 
12.  January 23rd, 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. January 25th, 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.
 
14.  January 25th, 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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/15/2015 to 1/22/2015

Listed below are the events I have for the next 21 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have attached my latest event listing which has 4 new items.  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!

"Wreaths Across America, Part 2" The wreath program in December was a huge sucess with over 11,000 wreaths placed by over 2500 volunteers. But now those wreaths need to be taken down and the Holly National Cemetery needs your help. Starting at 10AM on aturday, January 24th, volunteers are needed to help remove all these wreaths. Come out and lend a hand if possible.

"Volunteers needed at the VA Dingell Hospital" The Detroit VA Healthcare System is hosting the 2015 OEF-OIF Welcome Home Event on Saturday, February 7 from 8a – 1pm. As part of our mission to help returning service men and women as they transition, we are providing a Hiring Fair at the medical center. We have partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, State of Michigan Veterans Affairs and Wayne County Veterans Services to sponsor the event. We are expecting over 75 employers will be on hand, including the Big Three. We asking for your help. Volunteers are needed for the event for greeters, navigators, concessions, registration among others. Two shifts available – 7A – 11a and 11a - 2pm. If you can volunteer for this event email Bill at the VA

EVENTS!

"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.

"Saturday, January 17, 2015" The American Legion Rider's Post 32 is hosting their 9th annual Polar Bear Steak Fry from 5 to 8PM at their post, located at 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia. Cost is $18, non dinner is $10. Includes 10oz New York Strip, baked patato, etc. For more information contact Debbie at 734-502-7274 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 23, 2015" Autumn Woods Health Care Facility is hosting a fund raiser for Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 at Sterling Lanes, 33200 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, from 6 to 8PM. Admission at the door is $15 but $10 if paid in advance, which includes blowling, shoes, pop, & pizza. For more information contact Kim at 586-306-0976 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, January 27, 2015" Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting a Welcome Home & Thanks event at their post, 34339 Division, Richmond, from 6 to 7:30PM. A movie will be shown on the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. For more info call the post at 586-727-1436 of see flyer.

"Thursday, January 29, 2015" The Madison Hgts VFW, Post 9507, is hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 7 to 9PM at their post, 630 E 11Mile, Madison Hgts. The MI Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions. For more info call Sean at 248-850-8350 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 30, 2015 (UPDATE)" 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. The event will be held at the University of Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor. Tickets range from $30 to $150. To check ticket prices and to purchase see their official link.

"Friday, January 30, 2015 (NEW)" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and the Plymouth Whalers, are inviting all veterans to attend a pregame celebration and free tickets to their game (first 250 requesting) starting at 5PM at the Compuware Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth. See flyer on where to call or email for tickets by January 16th.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. January 15th, Thursday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
 
  1. January 15th, 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. January 16th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "PASTA DINNER".  Includes Pasta, roll, salad and dessert.  $8 per person.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
 
7.      January 16th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "BURGER & FRIES for $5.50".  Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Tell your Family & Friends.  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
  1. January 16th, 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. January 16th, 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.
 
10.  January 16th, 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.
 
11.  January 16th, 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. January 18th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
 
13.  January 18th, 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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/8 to 1/15

Listed below are the events I have for the next 21 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have attached my latest event listing which has 4 new items.  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!

"Volunteers needed at the VA Dingell Hospital" The Detroit VA Healthcare System is hosting the 2015 OEF-OIF Welcome Home Event on Saturday, February 7 from 8a – 1pm. As part of our mission to help returning service men and women as they transition, we are providing a Hiring Fair at the medical center. We have partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, State of Michigan Veterans Affairs and Wayne County Veterans Services to sponsor the event. We are expecting over 75 employers will be on hand, including the Big Three. We asking for your help. Volunteers are needed for the event for greeters, navigators, concessions, registration among others. Two shifts available – 7A – 11a and 11a - 2pm. If you can volunteer for this event email Bill at the VA

"Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund Interview" The FWSF is an organization here in Michigan that assist veterans in fininacal need, many here in the tri-county area. The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed a number of people about this program and can be seen at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/see-interview-free-canton-mich-760526

EVENTS!

"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.

"Saturday, January 17, 2015" The American Legion Rider's Post 32 is hosting their 9th annual Polar Bear Steak Fry from 5 to 8PM at their post, located at 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia. Cost is $18, non dinner is $10. Includes 10oz New York Strip, baked patato, etc. For more information contact Debbie at 734-502-7274 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 23, 2015" Autumn Woods Health Care Facility is hosting a fund raiser for Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 at Sterling Lanes, 33200 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, from 6 to 8PM. Admission at the door is $15 but $10 if paid in advance, which includes blowling, shoes, pop, & pizza. For more information contact Kim at 586-306-0976 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (NEW)"  Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting a Welcome Home & Thanks event at their post, 34339 Division, Richmond, from 6 to 7:30PM. A movie will be shown on the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. For more info call the post at 586-727-1436 of see flyer.

"Thursday, January 29, 2015 (NEW)" The Madison Hgts VFW, Post 9507, is hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 7 to 9PM at their post, 630 E 11Mile, Madison Hgts. The MI Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions. For more info call Sean at 248-850-8350 or see flyer.

"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.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. January 8th, 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. January 8th, 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. January 9th, 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. January 9th, 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.
 
8.      January 9th, 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.
 
9.      January 9th, 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. January 11th, 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.
 
12.  January 11th, 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


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/1 to 1/8

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 2 new items.  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 New Year!

"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.

"Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund Interview" The FWSF is an organization here in Michigan that assist veterans in financial need, many here in the tri-county area. The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed a number of people about this program and can be seen at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/see-interview-free-canton-mich-760526

EVENTS!

"Wednesday, January 7, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum will be hosting another in their free semiars, 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.

"Saturday, January 17, 2015 (NEW)" The American Legion Rider's Post 32 are hosting their 9th annual Polar Bear Steak Fry from 5 to 8PM at their post, located at 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia. Cost is $18, non dinner is $10. Includes 10oz New York Strip, baked patato, etc. For more information contact Debbie at 734-502-7274 or see flyer.

"Friday, January 23, 2015 (NEW)" Autumn Woods Health Care Facility is hosting a fund raiser for Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 at Sterling Lanes, 33200 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, from 6 to 8PM. Admission at the door is $15 but $10 if paid in advance, which includes blowling, shoes, pop, & pizza. For more information contact Kim at 586-306-0976 or see flyer.

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



Wreaths Across America/removal - Saturday, January 24th, beginning at 10 AM

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, an estimated 2,500 participants placed 11,000 + wreaths on Veterans graves at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. There were three (3) semis fully loaded with the wreaths.
 
Scroll down in the article by Sharon Longman in the Oakland Press,from 12/28/14, to see the story (link shown below).
 
 
The wreaths are scheduled to be removed on SATURDAY, JANUARY 24th, BEGINNING AT 10AM.
 
Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated.
 
This message is being "blind copied to all my Veteran contacts, friends, family, and media contacts to "spread the word".
 
I'm hoping to get the C & G newspapers to get an article in all of the community newspapers in the Metro area. Sharon Longman of the Oakland Press, and Linda May of the Macomb Daily have always helped, in getting the word out, in print. I'm also copying some contacts in the major Detroit TV/newspaper media, to see about some coverage.
 
On a personal note - "Spreading the word" helps: This is not to toot my own horn, or hurt my arm by patting myself on the back, but to point out that it does work, and encourage everyone that gets this message to pass it around.... 
 
1. A family from my church came for the first time; Ed's father, a WW II Vet had passed away earlier in the year. He was unaware of WAA  - Fifteen family members came, and sponsored five wreaths. The employer  of one of the family members donated $200.00 toward WAA........
 
2. My son, and his wife, who live in Clarkston, had posted the event on their his Facebook page. Friends of theirs who live in Lewiston, Idaho (retired Military) are going to start a WAA program there, locally.
 
3. The sister of my Shipmate for whom I sponsor a wreath, sent me a donation of $100.00, after I had made her aware of what I do. The donation has already been made to WAA for 2015.
 
See you on Saturday, January 24th, 10 AM......
 
Willy/John/Dad
John Williams, United States Navy, 1958-64 - ETR2 - USS Newport News CA148, 1959-1962
Trustee, Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition
American Legion Post # 253, Royal Oak MI
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, South Oakland County


Home Depot grants available to American Legion Posts, Legionnaires


 


Dear American Legion
department and national leaders:

Improvement projects at American Legion posts and necessary home repairs for veterans in need are eligible to receive grants from The Home Depot Foundation, a longtime supporter of The American Legion. The Home Depot Foundation announced at National Convention last summer that it is dedicating no less than $1 million for American Legion projects throughout the country.

The Home Depot Foundation grants provide American Legion posts with funds and volunteer help to fix the little things that make huge differences: weatherizing windows, insulating attics, interior and exterior painting, installing new ceiling tiles, replacing fans and replacing flooring. Additionally, these grants provide an opportunity for Legion posts to aid veterans in need of home repairs. For one example, on Veterans Day, The Home Depot volunteers made repairs to the St. Louis home of a Vietnam War veteran. A similar effort made a life-changing difference for a veteran couple in Idaho . The Home Depot Foundation and The American Legion have teamed up hundreds of other projects in communities everywhere.

There are two options for applying for the funds:

  • Community Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards for any project to be completed by The American Legion and/or community volunteers. Team Depot volunteers are not involved in these projects, but these grants are a great option for engaging your Legionnaires and community.
  • Team Depot Grants fund volunteer projects that utilize Team Depot, The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force, along with volunteers from your American Legion post.

Legionnaires are encouraged to apply for both grants offered by The Home Depot Foundation, but only one at a time. To review guidelines for eligible improvement projects and both application processes, go here . Legionnaires are encouraged to contact their local The Home Depot stores and ask for the Team Depot captains who can assist with grant applications.

It is important to note that applying for a grant does not guarantee approval.

To see if your improvement project qualifies, and to apply for a grant, follow the simple instructions found here.

Questions should be directed to Scott Miller, Deputy Director, Strategic Alliances at smiller@legion.org or 317-630-1220.