BICENTENNIAL POST 1976                                                          Non-profit Organization
4206 Daniels Avenue                                                                         U.S. Postage Paid
Annandale, VA  22003                                                                       Annandale, VA
Post Info Line: 703-941-9608                                                               Permit No. 179


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VOLUME XXXIII ISSUE #58                  OCTOBER   2013



Officers Call


Commanders Corner

            Where has the time gone? It’s already October and while the weather gets colder, we continue to turn up the heat. There are quite a few special events around the Post this month so check your calendars or just come on up and see what’s going on.
September came and went and was another great month with lots of our members coming in and enjoying good times with good friends. NASCAR races, Washington Nationals, and Baltimore Orioles games help us pass the time but we all know, NFL football is here and that brings back Sunday football food!! If it is your groups turn (Legion, Aux, Sons, or Riders), ask if you can lend a hand maybe cooking or setting up or tearing down and cleaning up. It’s all for the good of the Post for sure.
The Crab Feast has come and gone and it was another great event. Hopefully we can continue to make it an annual event.

Lastly, a personal heartfelt thank you to everyone who either patronizes our Post home or volunteer’s their precious time to make everything work at our American Legion Post 1976. Even taking a minute out of your day to stop in and say hi, or an hour to help serve meals early on a Sunday morning, or a day to make food and setup and tear down for large events means an awful lot to me and I am quite sure the people we are helping directly or indirectly appreciate our support too.
Whether you are new or a seasoned vet, young or old, come on in and spend some time with us at good old Post 1976. I am certainly enjoying being Commander so far and plan to keep barreling forward to try to ensure that everyone that walks through our doors leaves with a smile!!

          Until next month’s edition of the “Commanders Corner”,
Roy McCracken, Commander

 1st Vice’s Report

As of September 11th (the date of the most recent report received from the Department of VA), we have reached 62.4% of the Post’s membership goal for the 2013–2014 Legion year: to reach 100% (367 members), we need an aggregate of 138 additional new and renewing members.  The current paid-up membership is comprised of 10 new members, 167 renewing members, 23 paid-up for life members, and 29 members who renewed online.  I do not know what our standing in the District is, and I am not certain that is relevant: we’re not in this for trophies but to provide a community of refuge for all veterans and service to the community.
The bad news is that these numbers may represent an initial surge, which is often followed by a downturn in renewals.  That should not be a show-stopping issue, however, because we will see an increase in new members as a result of everyone’s reaching out to bring them in.  Five came in over the past weekend, four of those in association with the Riders’ Fourth Annual BBQ – an indication of the quality of service of those who produced and otherwise supported the event through their attendance.
We will need volunteers to help with the ongoing membership drive, as several new ideas for reaching out have been proposed and we must staff their execution.  It turns out that there is a Membership Committee, complete with a slot for a Chairman.  I am occupying that slot as 1st Vice and am currently in search of the members of the Committee.  Given that I have been unable to find them, I would appreciate volunteers to staff that Committee.  The work of the Committee is not hard and will be quite rewarding: you will help double or even triple the Post’s membership, almost effortlessly.
We have acquired ten new members.  We have not held an initiation (installation) ceremony for those new members.  A ceremony will be scheduled by the Executive Board and discussed at the next general meeting on the 8th of October.  Since we are one, I would anticipate that the Legion, the Sons, and the Auxiliary will hold a joint ceremony.
Signing up new members is not so difficult.  Determining their interests and getting them involved in Post activities, which might require changing some elements of those activities, is the more challenging yet equally important part.  In fact, doing that represents the future of the Post.

Renewals, New Members and Transfers

            You can renew for the 2013–2014 Legion year in person at the Post or send your annual dues to us at: 
American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976
P.O. Box 1976
Annandale, VA   22003-0976

            Current Legion members can renew online at  You will receive an electronic fulfillment form with a thank you note from the National Adjutant, a temporary membership card and payment receipt, and an instruction to the Post Commander and Adjutant to issue you a new membership card.  The Post will be notified electronically that you have renewed and will send you your 2013–2014 membership card.  You can also print out the form and bring in to the Post to receive your new card immediately.  You should carry a copy of the temporary card and payment receipt until you have received your new card.
Prospective new members can join online at or fill out a paper form available from the Post.
Currently active Legionnaires who are members of the general pool (e.g., Post 0141) or currently affiliated with another Post can transfer to Post 1976 by filling out a Member Data Form requesting such transfer.  Forms are available at the Post or can be mailed to you by writing to
As the world becomes ever more electronic, it is important that we have an active email address for you.  You can send a message to from the account you wish to use for Post messages, and you will be added to the distribution list.  Your email address will be held in confidence and will not be provided to any unauthorized third party.  If you need help setting up an email account, or don’t have access to a computer, let us know and we will help you get set up here at the Post.
Paid-up membership is required for admittance to the Post.  Remember that the cost of membership is small compared to the price you paid to be eligible.
If you have ideas for increasing membership, please pass them on in writing to any Officer or the Manager on Duty (the bartender) or contact me directly on +1.703.879.7065.  Thank you in advance!

            “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt, Jr.
Membership Committee, 1st United States Volunteer Calvary (the Rough Riders)
26th President of the United States

Peter W. Atkinson, 1st Vice Commander

2nd Vice’s Report

No report this month

 3rd Vice’s Report

No report this month

            Tom Ritchie, 3rd Vice Commander

Chaplain’s Report

TAPSGary Grimm


Sick Call:

Please keep everyone in your prayers.


            Inspiration and Strength

Isaiah 41:10  fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 18:32-34  the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer  and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

            Inspiration Through God’s Promises

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.


            Gretchen Trujillo, Chaplain

Service Officer
DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits
             The Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies, the Defense Department will make spousal and family benefits available no later than Sept. 3, 2013, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate. The Department of Defense remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and their families, are treated fairly and equally as the law directs. Entitlements such as TRICARE enrollment, basic allowance for housing (BAH) and family separation allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Court’s decision.  Any claims to entitlements before that date will not be granted.  For those members married after June 26, 2013, entitlements begin at the date of marriage. The military recognize that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another jurisdiction to marry.      That is why the department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relationship non-chargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur.  This will provide accelerated access to the full range of benefits offered to married military couples throughout the department, and help level the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples seeking to be married.
                Robert Stanley, Service Officer
No report this month

Terry Mosher, Historian, Post 1976

Club Manager Report
October birthdays are:

Mike Bray                                            October 1
Bill Moose                                            October 2
Toni Taborga                                        October 2
Jack Disler Jr.                                       October 4
Mike Trujillo                                         October 6
Randy Newman                                    October 6
Ernest Settle                                         October 9
Gretchen Trujillo                                   October 9
Randy Grothke                         October 15
Ron Cummings                         October 18
Karen McDaniel                                   October 19
Sam Long                                             October 20
Tommy Kemp                                      October 25
Peter Atkinson                                      October 26
JoAnn Barnes                                      October 31

            Did you know that you can rent a locker for $2.00 a month?  See me and I will get you
If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you instead of receiving it by mail, please e-mail Patti George at

            Did you know?  If you are a member of American Legion Post 1976, you can use the Tom Weston hall FREE OF charge.  There is a small fee for the hall coordinator.  If you would like use the hall, please call Patricia Ness at 703-822-1012.

            Diane Ramsey, Club Manager

American Legion Auxiliary Report

            We have received brief information from Department (preceding the Plan of Action) on our programs for this year. These will be distributed at our OCT. 5TH MEETING.  First thing on the agenda is National Education Week, Nov. 18-22 and I am asking our members to consider taking cookies, cakes, whatever, to your local school for the teacher’s lounge in appreciation of our teachers. The “Give 10 for Education” school supplies will be supported by our taking items to Fall Conference for distribution to military children. Our Education Chairman, Kay Rutkowski, will be forwarding information on American Legion Aux. scholarships to our local high schools when it becomes available.
Our Fall Spaghetti dinner will be Oct. 18, 5:30-7, $8.  We could use a little help for waitressing and clean up and I hope you can enjoy a dinner with us and help us with this fund raiser.     Also, we still have a few White House Christmas ornaments available for $20. 
Our Poppy Chairman, Donna Martin will have a sign-up sheet for those who can distribute poppies on Nov. 9th.  This year, we can use the funds for support of active duty military   in addition to veterans.  We really need members, and Legion and SAL also, to help us revise this program in our Post.  In years past, we covered many more locations for the full day.  In addition to paying the veterans to make the poppies, the Auxiliary supports 5 Veteran Care Medical Centers with this money. When we hear how other posts in our District do, it makes me rather ashamed of our participation. If you can help, contact Donna at  We will gladly furnish you with poppies to take to your workplace! Also, we will have a quilt wall hanging/ lap top raffle to be drawn on Veterans Day, donated by April Sayers for the poppy fund.
Reminder that if you paid your dues by Oct. 1, you will be eligible to share in the Legion “free drinks day”.  Also, if paid by Nov. 15, your name will be entered in drawing at our Dec. meeting  and the winner will have her 2015 dues paid.
The Virginia Department fall meeting will be in Williamsburg, Oct. 26-27.  The District 17 Fall School of Instruction will be after that time, in November.  Strongly urge members to attend this local meeting.  You will be surprised at how much you can learn.
Thank you to all of for Auxiliary members who helped with the Legion Crab Feast!

            Karen McDaniel, Auxiliary President



             Thank you ladies.  We have transmitted a total of 45 members.  This includes two
New members - Rhonda Jones and Simone Ferrire-Thomas.  Make Them feel at home our next meeting is oct. 3rd.  I have received more renewals & will have an update for you at that time.        We are at 28%.  We need 55% by Oct. 29th. Keep on working.  We can do it.
            For God And Country 

 Wilma Ranck, Membership Chairman
Sons of the American Legion

            SAL Squadron 1976 is building our Membership for the Year 2014.  We have 27 members updated so far for 2014 Membership; 20 renewals and 7 new applicants.  Don’t forget the Post’s Early Bird celebration for any members who have renewed their membership for 2014 or have joined our Post prior to the September 30, 2013 deadline.  The Early Bird celebration will be scheduled in October; specific plans will be forthcoming in the October Newsletter.
If you would like to renew, you can place your renewal request in an envelope addressed to Mike T, with the $30 renewal fee.  Dual members who pay only the State Membership cost will pay $11 for their dual SAL membership. The bartender on duty will pin it on the bulletin board, and I will provide a 2014 membership card; which I will either mail to you or place in an envelope on the bulletin board for your retrieval.
The October SAL meeting is scheduled for the first Thursday of October, 10/3/2013. We would like any recommendations for events or other worthwhile endeavors that we can undertake during the year which would benefit the Post.
A couple of things the SAL Squadron is considering are a Hot Wings contest and a Chili Cook-off; both are being considered for the upcoming winter season.
Please schedule this meeting in your calendar, and if you are interested in renewing that night, and getting in for the Early Bird celebration, you will receive your 2014 card immediately.

            Mike Trujillo, SAL First Vice

American Legion Riders

            Wow, September is gone and October is on us, much cooler days and nights make for some good riding.
September was a good month, Had some good rides, the honor flight on the 7th was good up until Joyce’s bike would not start and I didn’t know it and yes I was in deep poo. Roy and Jen’s wedding in Ocean City was great, congrats to them.  Hope you two have a long happy life together.
Our ALR group came in 4th place in the Traveling Trophy Game. We will get em next year. Thanks to all the Riders that made the rides to get the plates. Welcome home Dick after your 3 week ride across the country.
October looks as if it will be a slow month, let’s just get together and go for some rides as the leaves turn and check out all the colors. Maybe have a small get together for an end of season throw down. If anyone has any ideas please share them with us.   
Well that’s about all I have for now, so Ride Safe keep the rubber on the ground and Leather Up its getting colder.
Cornbread (Eugene Kimbrell), Director - ALR Chapter 1976
For our calendar, click Riders logo on the post website or visit us on Facebook: Legion Riders, Annandale, Va




~ October 2013 ~










Executive Board Meeting


SAL Meeting – 6:30pm
Auxiliary Meeting – 7pm
Queen of Hearts – 8pm

Free Pool All Day


ALR Providing Food


General Membership
Meeting – 7pm


Queen of Hearts – 8pm

Free Pool All Day


AUX Providing Food

14 Columbus Day



ALR Meeting – 7pm
Queen of Hearts – 8pm

18 Free Pool All Day
Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner
 5:30 – 7:30pm


Commander’s Breakfast
  9am – 12pm.  $8.00  All
  You  can eat!

SAL Providing Food




Spiced Shrimp
Queen of Hearts – 8pm

25 Free Pool All Day

Karaoke w/Babs 8pm
Halloween Costume Party

Legion Providing Food




31 Halloween







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