American Legion 
George Beach Post No 4.
 Fort Collins, Co 80535-0966
  (970) 484-0418
"Pride of the Front Range"
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October 2014 News Letter

Pride of the Front Range



Greetings Legionnaires:

The POW/MIA remembrance service was well received.  A big thank you to Dwight Miles for helping out.  A big thank you also goes out to Karen Boehler, Alison White and myself for getting wet in the Ice Bucket challenge.  The District Officers will be at the Post Oct 1st for visitation.

I will be heading to Longmont for the District meeting on the 25th.

There will be a sign up sheet to help with the Veteran’s Day celebration next month.  We will need volunteers for breakfast, clean up, raffles, black jack dealers, etc.

If you have not renewed your membership, please do so.  Also if you know anyone we can sign up as a new member lets us know.

Football pools still going on at the post so come on in the water is fine.


R.I.P. Mac McSay

Jim Perlinger
Post 4 Commander
Pride of the Front Range



Important date! Saturday Oct 25th – District 4 Conference – 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Longmont Post 32, 315 S. Bowen, Longmont, Co.  Please attend and show your support for the American Legion and our District 4 officers.  Also, our District 4 officers will be present at our Post membership meeting Wed Oct 1st for a visitation.  Please show them our gratitude and appreciation by attending this meeting.

Membership renewals continue to come in at a good pace, however we ask you to please renew as soon as possible so we may have more time for recruiting new members.

The November election will soon be upon us!  Let us all work on getting people to VOTE!  If you are not happy with the way things are, remember, your vote is the most precious and powerful freedom you have.  USE IT!

May GOD Bless America.

Ideas are a dime a dozen.  People who put them into action are priceless.

Jerry Swann




Veteran’s Stand Down is Fri Oct 17th - at Catholic Charities, 460 Linden Drive.  Flu shots, oral cancer screening, consultation, clothing and basic living essentials, free haircuts, Colorado Legal services, bicycle tune ups.  Added this year are basic veterinary services for service dogs.

Stand Down at Longmont Post 32 is Nov 20th.

Female Veterans, maternity care at the Cheyenne VA is a benefit.  If you have no disability rating there is a co pay, otherwise there is no cost.

Couples workshops are available at the Vet Center staring Oct 14.  Register at 221-5176.

Did you know there is a Veterans Farm Program?  Me neither.  But there is.  You can get information at or locally at


Dwight Miles
Service Officer


An Old Cowboy was riding his trusty horse followed by his faithful dog along an unfamiliar road.  The cowboy was enjoying the new scenery, when he suddenly remembered dying, and realized the dog beside him had been dead for years, as had his horse.  Confused, he wondered what was happening, and where the trail was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall that looked like fine marble.  At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch topped by a golden letter “H” that glowed in the sunlight.  Standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like gold.  He rode toward the gate and as he got closer, he saw a man at the desk to one side.  Parched and tired out by his journey, he called out, ‘Excuse me, where are we?’ ‘This is Heaven, sir,’ the man answered. 

‘Wow! Would you happen to have some water?’ the man asked.  Of course, sir.  Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.  As the gate began to open, the cowboy asked, Can I bring my partners, too?  I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.  The cowboy thought for a moment, then turned back to the road and continued riding, his dog trotting by his side.            

     To be continued……

George McCambridge

        AUXILIARY NEWS             

 Hi Ladies:

Boo! Yes, it’s that Halloween month (do you know about All Saint’s Day?)? and yes, in answer to queries about dressing up for our meeting (I’m guessing those witches’ hats will be back in force), feel free to do so!  Just warning you – I’ll be wearing my angel’s halo to ward off any spells you might cast.  Please bring snacks to share for this meeting.  Our schedule will be a bit different.  We’ll enjoy snacks first, so we have time to visit with our Girls’ State delegate Katelynn before she gives her talk.  After her presentation is over we’ll continue with our regular business meeting.

As I reviewed last month’s article, I noted I was off to Charlotte for our National Convention, which was so inspiring!  Meeting other dedicated women and men within the Legion family is always like a homecoming.  It’s heart-warming to see friends I’ve met over the years and meet new folks who share our common bond of service for God & Country.  Next August we meet in Baltimore.  Can you be there?

I was elected National Chaplain –would you please pray for me?? (Thanks)!  In fact, at this moment I’m heading to DIA to travel to Indianapolis to train our chaplains from across the country.  Part of my plan is to send National President Janet a weekly devotional, specifically with Scripture and inspiration for each day.  Would you please send me your ideas?  Your name will be included with the items you send, and these devotions will be part of President Janet’s keepsake Chaplain’s Prayer Book.

The urgency of recruiting new and retaining current ALA members was stressed once again.  National has generated a 5 year strategic plan, with the goal of attaining a million members by our Centennial year, 2019.  Can we do it?  Have you done your part?  It’s been wonderful to hear from Martha Zielen, a Unit 4 member now living in Indianapolis.  Thanks for being in touch, Martha!  It’s great to hear from our members at a distance.

In my next newsletter I‘ll be sharing numbers of hours/dollars our Auxililary served last year, as well as how many veterans and children we served.  Be on the lookout – you’ll be amazed!  I look forward to seeing many of you at our October meeting.  God’s blessings on you and yours as you do His work.

Our condolences to Denysia & Sabra for their losses.

Karen Boehler
Auxiliary President




Hi Ladies:

We are currently at 27% and need 75% by the first of November.  Please renew soon – even if you usually renew on Veterans Day that will be too late for our goal.  Do you have family members/friends that could also be members?  What about neighbors?  Let’s get some new blood in here!

Til next month.



  S. A. L. NEWS  

Hello Sons:

Our condolences to the Purcell family.  Lt. Colonel Leonard Gerald (Jerry) Purcell passed away on Sept 19, 2014.  Services & a celebration of his life will be held Oct 18th , at the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins. At 2:00 PM.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends during this time of sorrow.

We are still looking for officers for 2014-2015.  For those interested, Squadron meetings will return to the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM.

Tony Souders



October 1 – Meeting night 7:00 PM

October 11 – Hayride 3:00 PM with Pig roast to follow at 5:00 PM.  $5.00 for hayride and $5.00 for pigroast if you didn’t go on hayride.  Please bring a side dish to share.

Also Texas Hold-em’ at 5:00 PM

October 17 – Veterans Stand Down at The Mission 9:00 AM to Noon.

October 18 – VA Flu shots at VA clinic.

October 23 – Newsletter due

October 25 – Kids Halloween party at 2:00 PM. 

     District 4 – Longmont

     Texas Hold em – 5:00 PM – Come on out and play – everyone is invited.  $20.00 buy in - $2.00 high hand.  Will be playing twice a month during Winter!!!

October 26 – Fold Bulletin. 

October 31 - Halloween



Greetings from the All Veterans Honor Guard

The last part of August & first part of September we had 7 funerals and 1 flag program at Martinez Park.

96 veterans involved, drove 1780 miles and accumulated 323 community hours.

Thank you Vets for all you do.
 Curt Cameron