Friday, February 26, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/25 to 3/10

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 4 new items.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Grand Rapids Veterans' Home" In case you haven't been keeping up with the news on this subject a recent state audit found shoddy conditions, lack of staff, and abuse of our fellow veterans. Jeff Barnes, head of the MVAA has resigned. There are a couple of articles on this, one the Detroit Free Press, the other on Michigan Radio. Find out what is going on!
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"VA Golden Age Games coming to Detroit" The VA Golden Age Games are coming to Detroit in July 2016. This will be open to all veterans that are enrolled in the VA Health System. To get a sneak peek see early flyer or visit their new website!
"Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Video" The Vietnam 50 Anniversary Commission has released a video about Vietnam and those that served. This video can be seen here.
EVENTS!
"Saturday, February 27, 2016" Last Day Dog Rescue is hosting a public adoption event & fund raiser with no fees for veterans at the Wayne Ford Civic League, 1661 N Wayne Rd, Westland, from 10 AM till 3PM. All donations will help this program that supplies dogs for service men/women with special needs. As a note, this event is not part of the Pets 4 Vets group. That group can be found at this website!For more info call 734-765-8671 or see flyer.
"Saturday, February 27, 2016 (NEW)" The Legal Aid & Defenders Officer is hosting an Expungement Fair downtown to help veterans with some minor criminal offenses on their record. You must register in advance. The fair runs from 9AM till 1PM, but you need to call or email to find out where. Call Karen at 313-967-5881 or email at karen@writeidea.org. See flyer for more info.
"Tuesday, March 1, 2016" Donut Dolly (Ms Joann Puffer Kotcher) is having a book signing at the Lapeer Rotary Club, 425 County Center St, Lepeer, starting at Noon. Her book about her time in Vietnam is now in its second printing. For more info & reservations contact Mary at 810-272-7202.
"Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free lecture series about WW II at their facility at Willow Run Airport, 7PM, in the General Purpose Room. Today's lecture will be on the airport itself, given by Historian Randy Hotton.
"Friday, March 4, 2016" USA Hockey Arena, along with the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, are inviting all veterans to a free "Welcome HomeCelebration" Hockey Game at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth, starting at 5PM. Each vet can receive 5 tickets. For more info and to RSVP call Migon at 734-845-3429 or see flyer. This is all part of a Veterans Appreciation Week hosted by the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Besides the hockey game there are other events so see this flyer for those.
"Saturday, March 5, 2016" The Detroit VA John Dingell Hospital is hosting a Veterans Job Fair, along with Hiring Our Heroes of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 10:30AM till 1:30PM, with a employment workshop at 8:30AM. It is requested that you register in advance. For more info call 202-617-6806 or see flyer.
"Saturday, March 5, 2016" The VFW & UAW Local 5960 in Lake Orion are holding their annual Veteran Benefit Awareness Classes at their hall at 180 E Silverbell Rd, Lake Orion, starting at 9AM. This is a two day class with the second session on the following Saturday, March 12th. Learn about benefits you might be owed and how to help others. Cost for the two day course is $15 and includes lunch. To enroll call Al at 248-377-5555. For application and more info seeflyer.
"Sunday, March 6, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting another in their lecture series on WW II with a book signing by Elizabeth Clemens, a book on Detroit in the war. Museum is located at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation.
"Thursday, March 10, 2016 (NEW)" University of Detroit - Mercy Law School is hosting a Free Legal Aid Clinic covering the Social Security Disability. This will be held at Sts Peter & Paul Jesuit Church Sancturay, 438 St Antonie, Detroit, from 9 till 11AM. You must call in advance for a reservation to 313-596-0258. See flyer for more details.
"Thursday, March 10, 2016" Patriot Hockey has teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings to offer discount Red Wing tickets (tonight's game is against the Winnipeg Jets) with $10 of every ticket sold helping out the Fallen & Wounded Solider Fund, a local group in the Detroit area. There are 7 different games thru April that you can get this discount. All games at the Joe starting at 7:30. For more info call Jamie at 313-471-7138, see the attached flyer, of go on-line at www.detroitredwings.com/PatriotsHockey, and use promo code PATRIOTS.
And from the VFW:
  1. February 25th, 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. February 26th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shore – "FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNERS".  See attachment for "complete" Menu & Prices.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 E. Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the Water Side of Jefferson.


  1. February 26th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "FRIDAY FISH FRY".  Beer Batter Fish & Fixings for $7.50.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.


  1. February 26th, 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.


7.      February 27th, Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "WINTER BAR-B-Q".  BBQ Pork, BBQ Beef, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw & Dessert.  ALL for $8 per person.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Post 1407.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights.
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/18 to 3/5

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14+ days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 5 new items.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Purse Drive for the Women of Haven" American Legion Aux, 18th District, is collecting purses, wallets, etc., for the women that are housed at Haven in Oakland County. Haven takes care of battered/abused/homeless women. They are also collecting toiletry items. For more info call Sandra at 313-506-1550 or see flyer.
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"VA Golden Age Games coming to Detroit" The VA Golden Age Games are coming to Detroit in July 2016. This will be open to all veterans that are enrolled in the VA Health System. To get a sneak peek see early flyer or visit their new website!
"Buddy-2-Buddy February Job Fairs" Once again this list is not B2B fairs, they simply gather the information to send to everyone.
"Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Video" The Vietnam 50 Anniversary Commission has released a video about Vietnam and those that served. This video can be seen here.
EVENTS!
"Saturday, February 20, 2016" Camp Liberty's Renaissance theme Crusader Gala held at Laurel Manor, Livonia, MI, Saturday, February 20th, 2016, from 5 to 8PM. Camp Liberty an All-Volunteer, 501-c-3 program helps our injured and disabled Veterans. Veteran/Service Member guests receive a free $25 raffle ticket packet; Early Bird registrants are entered for a his or her $600 Glock Pistol package. Register at www.camp-liberty.org or call Rick Briggs at (810) 908-1901.
"Saturday, February 20, 2016" Boat4Vets is hosting a Thank You Vet bowling night at Colony Bowl, 4962 Pointe Tremble Rd, Algonac, from 6 till 9PM. $25 includes bowling, door prize tickets, mystery games, rental shoes, & ball. For more info call 586-716-9254 or see flyer.
"Saturday, February 20, 2016" American Legion Troy Post 14 is hosting a spaghetti dinner at their post, 1340 W Maple, Troy, from 5 till 9PM. Cost is $7 for dinner and includes Karaoke at 8PM by J S Entertainment. For more info call 248-362-2077 or see flyer.
"Sunday, February 21, 2016" The Montford Point Marine Detachment #158 is hosting their annual dinner celebrating the history of African Americans Service in the US Marine Corps. Dinner will take place at the Northwest Activity Center, 18000 Myers, Detroit, from 6 to 11PM. Cost is $45. For tickets or more info call Al at 313-300-6489 or see flyer.
"Tuesday, February 23, 2016" Patriot Hockey has teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings to offer discount Red Wing tickets (tonight's game is against the Columbus Blue Jackets) with $10 of every ticket sold helping out the Fallen & Wounded Solider Fund, a local group in the Detroit area. There are 7 different games thru April that you can get this discount. All games at the Joe starting at 7:30. For more info call Jamie at 313-471-7138, see the attached flyer, of go on-line at www.detroitredwings.com/PatriotsHockey, and use promo code PATRIOTS.
"Saturday, February 27, 2016" Last Day Dog Rescue is hosting a public adoption event & fund raiser with no fees for veterans at the Wayne Ford Civic League, 1661 N Wayne Rd, Westland, from 10 AM till 3PM. All donations will help this program that supplies dogs for service men/women with special needs. As a note, this event is not part of the Pets 4 Vets group. That group can be found at this website!For more info call 734-765-8671 or see flyer.
"Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (NEW)" Donut Dolly (<s Joann Puffer Kotcher) is having a book signing at the Lapeer Rotary Club, 425 County Center St, Lepeer, starting at Noon. Her book about her time in Vietnam is now in its second printing. For more info & reservations contact Mary at 810-272-7202.
"Friday, March 4, 2016 (NEW)" USA Hockey Arena, along with the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, are inviting all veterans to a free "Welcome HomeCelebration" Hockey Game at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth, starting at 5PM. Each vet can receive 5 tickets. For more info and to RSVP call Migon at 734-845-3429 or see flyer. This is all part of a Veterans Appreciation Week hosted by the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Besides the hockey game there are other events so see this flyer for those.
"Saturday, March 5, 2016" The Detroit VA John Dingell Hospital is hosting a Veterans Job Fair, along with Hiring Our Heroes of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 10:30AM till 1:30PM, with a employment workshop at 8:30AM. It is requested that you register in advance. For more info call 202-617-6806 or see flyer.
And from the VFW:
  1. February 19th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shore – "FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNERS".  See attachment for "complete" Menu & Prices.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 E. Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the Water Side of Jefferson.
  1. February 19th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "FRIDAY FISH FRY".  Beer Batter Fish & Fixings for $7.50.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
4.      February 19th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Schafer-Rachelle Post 6782 Eastpointe - "FISH FRY".  Menu also includes Fish, Shrimp, Mac "N" Cheese or "ALL YOU CAN EAT SMELT" dinners.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Post 6782 is located at 17645 E. Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe 48021.  Phone (586) 777-4040.
  1. February 19th, 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.
February 22nd, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue i
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/11 to 2/25

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 4 new items.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Purse Drive for the Women of Haven" American Legion Aux, 18th District, is collecting purses, wallets, etc., for the women that are housed at Haven in Oakland County. Haven takes care of battered/abused/homeless women. They are also collecting toiletry items. For more info call Sandra at 313-506-1550 or see flyer.
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"VA Golden Age Games coming to Detroit" The VA Golden Age Games are coming to Detroit in July 2016. This will be open to all veterans that are enrolled in the VA Health System. To get a sneak peek see early flyer or visit their new website!
"Buddy-2-Buddy February Job Fairs" Once again this list is not B2B fairs, they simply gather the information to send to everyone.
"Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Video" The Vietnam 50 Anniversary Commission has released a video about Vietnam and those that served. This video can be seen here.
EVENTS!
"Thursday, February 11, 2016 " The Desert Angels are hosting another in their series of packing parties to ship packages to troops overseas. This event will be at Oakland County Sportsman Club, 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, from 4 till 6PM.. See their website for items needed.
"Saturday, February 13, 2016" Holly Legion Post 149 is hosting a Valentine's Concert Dance at the Karl Richer Community Center, 300 E St, Holly, from 7 till 9PM with the Jump Street Swing Band. Cost is $15 or $25 per couple. For more info call Ray at 248-882-1406 or see flyer.
"Sunday, February 14, 2016" Patriot Hockey has teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings to offer discount Red Wing tickets (tonight's game is against the Boston Bruins) with $10 of every ticket sold helping out the Fallen & Wounded Solider Fund, a local group in the Detroit area. There are 7 different games thru April that you can get this discount. All games at the Joe starting at 7:30. For more info call Jamie at 313-471-7138, see the attached flyer, of go on-line at www.detroitredwings.com/PatriotsHockey, and use promo code PATRIOTS.
"Saturday, February 20, 2016" Camp Liberty's Renaissance theme Crusader Gala held at Laurel Manor, Livonia, MI, Saturday, February 20th, 2016, from 5 to 8PM. Camp Liberty an All-Volunteer, 501-c-3 program helps our injured and disabled Veterans. Veteran/Service Member guests receive a free $25 raffle ticket packet; Early Bird registrants are entered for a his or her $600 Glock Pistol package. Register at www.camp-liberty.org or call Rick Briggs at (810) 908-1901.
"Saturday, February 20, 2016" Boat4Vets is hosting a Thank You Vet bowling night at Colony Bowl, 4962 Pointe Tremble Rd, Algonac, from 6 till 9PM. $25 includes bowling, door prize tickets, mystery games, rental shoes, & ball. For more info call 586-716-9254 or see flyer.
"Saturday, February 20, 2016 (NEW)" American Legion Troy Post 14 is hosting a spaghetti dinner at their post, 1340 W Maple, Troy, from 5 till 9PM. Cost is $7 for dinner and includes Karaoke at 8PM by J S Entertainment. For more info call 248-362-2077 or see flyer.
"Sunday, February 21, 2016" The Montford Point Marine Detachment #158 is hosting their annual dinner celebrating the history of African Americans Service in the US Marine Corps. Dinner will take place at the Northwest Activity Center, 18000 Myers, Detroit, from 6 to 11PM. Cost is $45. For tickets or more info call Al at 313-300-6489 or see flyer.
"Tuesday, February 23, 2016" Patriot Hockey has teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings to offer discount Red Wing tickets (tonight's game is against the Columbus Blue Jackets) with $10 of every ticket sold helping out the Fallen & Wounded Solider Fund, a local group in the Detroit area. There are 7 different games thru April that you can get this discount. All games at the Joe starting at 7:30. For more info call Jamie at 313-471-7138, see the attached flyer, of go on-line at www.detroitredwings.com/PatriotsHockey, and use promo code PATRIOTS.
And from our VFW friends:
  1. February 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. February 12th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shore – "FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNERS".  See attachment for "complete" Menu & Prices.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 E. Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the Water Side of Jefferson.
  1. February 12th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "FRIDAY FISH FRY".  Beer Batter Fish & Fixings for $7.50.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
  1. February 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.
  1. February 15th, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.

--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#Getoutthevote NEWS RELEASE: Voter registration deadline nearing for March presidential primary




Media Release from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

-- For immediate release --

Voter registration deadline nearing for March presidential primary

Every Vote Counts

Secretary Johnson encourages participation in upcoming election

LANSING, Mich. - Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that they have until Monday, Feb. 8 to register to vote in the March 8 presidential primary election.
"Each vote is equally important, and so I encourage everyone who is not yet registered to vote to do so," said Johnson, Michigan's chief election officer. "Voting is one of the foundations of our democracy so I urge you to participate."
The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.
Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at www.Michigan.gov/elections. First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote, where they also can view their sample ballot. Residents can also find information there on absentee voting, how to use voting equipment and how to contact their local clerk. In addition, they will find a map to their local polling place.
The presidential primary is open to all registered voters. Michigan does not require voters to register as a member or supporter of a political party so voters can choose to participate in either the Democratic or Republican party primary. When voters request an absentee ballot or arrive at the polls and fill out their application to vote, they must indicate in which party's primary they wish to vote. They will then receive a ballot listing candidates for that party. Some communities will have additional special local election items on the ballot. Voters who wish only to vote in the special election may request a ballot that does not include presidential candidates.
Additional information regarding Michigan's presidential primary can be found here at www.Michigan.gov/elections.
Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:
  • age 60 or older.
  • physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day.
  • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
Those who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 7. Voters who request an absentee ballot in person on Monday, March 7 must fill out the ballot in the clerk's office. Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. on Election Day.
As a reminder, voters will be asked to provide identification when at the polls on Election Day. They will be asked to present valid photo ID, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls can still vote. They will be required to sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of photo ID. Their ballots will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.
Voters who don't have a Michigan driver's license or identification card can show the following forms of photo ID, as long as they are current:
  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state.
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
  • U.S. passport.
  • Military identification card with photo.
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, such as a college or university.
  • Tribal identification card with photo.

For media questions, please call Gisgie D├ívila Gendreau or Fred Woodhams at 517-373-2520.


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DAV Department of Michigan is Collecting Water for Flint



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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

SOS Express News from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson




Final express newsletter header
ballot

Absentee ballots now available to
vote in March 8 presidential primary

Absentee ballots are now available for the March 8 presidential primary in Michigan, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced. 
Voting absentee is only allowed in certain circumstances for registered voters in the state, including if you are:
  • age 60 years old or older
  • unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • expecting to be out of town on election day
  • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons, or
  • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
When voters request an absentee ballot or arrive at the polls and fill out their application to vote, they must indicate whether they wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican party primary. They will then receive a ballot listing candidates for that party. Some communities will have additional special local election items on the ballot. Voters who wish only to vote in the special election may request a ballot that does not include presidential candidates.
Johnson continues to support secure absentee voting in Michigan, which if passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor would allow registered voters to cast absentee ballots up to 45 days before an election. Voters wanting to vote absentee would have to pick up the ballot at a local clerk's office and show ID.
For more election resources, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at mi.gov/vote.

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Visit the SOS at the Michigan International Auto Show in GR

Visitors to the 2016 Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place Jan. 28-31 will have the opportunity to renew their driver's license and license plate tabs.
Customers visiting the full-service Secretary of State booth, located near the Ford display, will also be able to change their address, update their voter registration, sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry or order a replacement vehicle title. The Mobile Office hours are:
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 30 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 31 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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872 lives saved!

According to Gift of Life Michigan, 1,134 people in the state donated the gift of life through organ and tissue donation in 2015. 
Through the generosity of these individuals, 872 patients received organ transplants and countless more will receive an improved quality of life through tissue grafts.
If you have not joined Michigan's Organ Donor Registry, please do so today at mi.gov/organdonation.

SOS, AG team up
to protect consumers

Secretary of State Johnson and staff are working with Attorney General Bill Schuette's office to protect consumers from illegal vehicle title loans with highly excessive interest rates.
More than 440 Michigan consumers are believed to have been taken advantage of by Liquidation, LLC and several associated alias companies. 
Schuette has obtainied a premlinary injunction against the organizations so they cannot collect from the consumers who took out the loans.

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REMINDER: Million Party Training Feb 4th; Important Legislation Update


MiCGA Training November 6, 2015 in Lansing, MI
TRAINING

MiCGA's next Millionaire Party training will be on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Location 
Rosemack Bingo, 20791 East 13 Mile Road, Roseville, MI 48066



Come join MiCGA Representatives and room operators as we discuss millionaire party rules, bingo and raffles!  Also receive the latest on legislative action.



Register below or by email to info@micga.org or by phone 517.253.0897.


Anderson House Office Bldg., downtown Lansing

SB 187 has already been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform, and will be before the committee on Wednesday, February 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m., Room 519, House Office Building, Lansing, Michigan.  This is a huge victory for charities, and its passage by the House can signal some peace and clarity as it relates to MGCB's currently onerous rules.


STEP 1:  Please contact your own Representative (find your representative here), to ask for support.

STEP 2:  Contact Members of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, who can be found  here, to ask for support.


STEP 3:  Contact the following House members:

Rep. Ray Franz (R-Onekama) (Chair, House Regulatory Reform Committee)

Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville)(bill sponsor)

Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) (Speaker of the House)

 Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) (Majority Floor Leader)

STEP 4:  Plan to attend the Regulatory Reform Committee hearing on Feb, 10th @ 12:00 p.m.

The committee is expecting testimony on this bill.

Please contact MiCGA asap if you are interested in attending and/or speaking on behalf of your organization and its support of SB 187, so we can help provide you with some talking points!  

We are looking to pack the room with charities! 

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