A Salute to the Past Leadership

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
by Gary Lanham

Seldom do I have the opportunity to ramble a bit. Normally I have much to lay out and inform the readers of our weekly article on the “doings” of our Band of Brothers. While I do have a few things this week will be more relaxed. One thing I would like to share is that this week I will have the privilege to meet a fellow who has been a pillar to our group.

Michael Frazier is the son of Jim and Polly Frazier (former leadership for the Hut but still serving). In the few years I have been writing these offerings Michael has been posting them in a website he created for us years ago. He has been diligent and thoughtful, always consistent. Although he lives out of state he has always been on target supporting our group and has been a great asset. He has come home for a brief period for personal reasons and soon we will work on the transfer of the website updates (which you can find at the end of my article) from him to me. As retired military guy I recognize talent fairly quickly. This young man has been remarkable. Salute Michael, you were raised right!

Rambling on, Babo has a few tasks he has been working on for the good of the Post and the community. He has been arduously working to capture the history of our past commanders going all the way back to the start. With some inputs from locals including Mrs. Ingersoll next door he is approaching the finish line. He has obtained, at a discount, picture frames to refashion the picture gallery we have. Soon they will display with all the information we can pull together. He has also taken that “Flag Guy” role on again. Labor Day weekend is approaching, He will head up the posting of Old Glory on Main Street. Being a Boomer Sooner kind of guy I have to offer my Pistol Pete buddy a salute!

There has also been some upgrades to the Hut, new things on the walls, things moved around. Rex Mantooth has an outstanding display of paraphernalia of the past you would enjoy seeing. You should drop by the Hut during our meetings to check it out. The O’Leary’s have done a great job enhancing the look of the Hut but we still have more to come.

I would be remiss to not ramble a bit about my good friend Jerry Sebert. Also a former fly boy, he consistently serves in so many ways. He jumps in to mow lawns and help with the Hut’s structure. On top of that “Chef Jerry” taught me how to finally smoke pork ribs correctly (that is important). When I retired I had a custom made smoker created and I was having a terrible time trying to following online recipes. Jerry nailed, and now I have. Thanks Jerry for all you do. Salute!

I dove into the raffle for the Damascus Knife raffle donated by Dan Rathbun. They are selling those tickets and I got mine last week (fingers crossed). The drawing will be November 11th, Veteran’s Day. Tickets are $1 each and 6 tickets for $5. You can get your ticket around town where you see advertising or any American Legion member (the usual gang). I suggest you buy a lot as I am determined to make it mine!

Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM (September 3rd and 17th). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in August are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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