Just because you retire does not mean things slow down. My wife and I had business to attend to in OKC over the weekend while our Post leadership represented our community at the American Legion State Convention down I-40 from us in Shawnee. I have seen pictures of Doc O’Leary and his beautiful bride Nancy posted and cannot wait to give everyone an update on that convention next week.
We choose to stay at billeting at Tinker AFB in Midwest City saving a ton of money over a normal hotel for our meetings. I have to say the room and service was outstanding. Beats those old WWII barracks I CQ’ed back as an E-2. We also got to drop into a dart tournament (believe it or not) at American Legion Post 73. Their commander is known as “Smurf”. What a great place and what an incredible conversation I had with him and his vice commander. In our careers, though we have never met, we knew dozens of soldiers around the state over the years, including our own post 142 commander. We discussed generals, colonels, and all assortment of enlisted folks. I could have stayed there all day, but my wife started giving me “the look”. You guys know what I mean “the look”. It’s, “okay, I’ve heard this a thousand times, let’s go.” And you better comply.
The 100th American Legion coins are in great demand. We voted to buy 20 more 100th Anniversary coins as we have sold all we had. Those were picked up when the commander and vice commander travelled to the State Convention in Shawnee with our adjutant John Hamilton.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Meal this next one on the 19th as the chef has returned! 6:00 PM before the meeting. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in July are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy 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”.