Veterans Notes for the week of Aug. 19

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Due to space considerations, the Veterans Notes sometimes contain only basic information regarding each post. For more information about scheduled activities, meals and more for a specific post, call or email that post at the contact listed.

+ Open spots still remain for those couples and individuals interested in taking a trip to Hawaii with a group of veterans, their families and friends.
The annual trek, coordinated and led by Don McLean, a U.S. Navy veteran, is scheduled this year for Feb. 21 through March 9. Participants will visit the islands of Oahu (Hale Koa Hotel), Kauai (Marriott), Hawaii (stay in the KMC inside the volcano) and Maui (Royal Lahina Resort).
Reservations should be made as soon as possible. Call 352-637-5131, or email dmclean8@tampabay.rr.com.

+ West Central Florida Coasties, Coast Guard veterans living in West Central Florida, meet the third Saturday monthly at 1 p.m. for lunch and coffee at the Country Kitchen restaurant in Brooksville, 20133 Cortez Blvd. (State Road 50, east of U.S. 41). All Coastie veterans are welcome. For more information, call Charlie Jensen at 352-503-6019.

+ Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association meets at Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. All are welcome. Call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.

+ Citrus County Veterans Coalition has a new building holding freezers, refrigerators and all necessary requirements to provide food to veterans in need. Food donations and volunteers are always welcomed and needed.
The CCVC is on the DAV property in Inverness at the corner of Paul and Independence, off U.S. 41 north. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments are encouraged by calling 352-400-8952.
CCVC general meetings are at 10 a.m. the fourth Thursday monthly at the DAV building in Inverness. Annual membership donation is $10 for a calendar year or $25 for three years. The CCVC is a nonprofit corporation, and your donations are tax deductible. Current members should check their membership card for expiration dates, and renew with Gary Williamson at 352-527-4537, or at the
meeting. Visit www.ccvcfl.org.

+ AMVETS William Crow Post 447, Inglis, is on State Road 40 East. For more information about the post and its activities, call 352-447-1816; email Amvet447@comcast.net.

+ Blanton–Thompson American Legion Post 155, is at 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River.  Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner available; entertainment at 7 p.m.
The post is sponsoring a bus trip to Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a baseball game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the New York Yankees.
A chartered bus will leave the post at 4 p.m. with an approximate return at midnight. The cost includes bus fare, game ticket and refreshments. This event is open to the public, including children accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Legion, 6585 Gulf-to-Lake Highway, in Crystal River. Call the post at 352-795-6526 for ticket price and information.
For more information about the post and its activities, call Cmdr. Michael Klyap Jr. at 352-302-6096, or email him at mklyap@gmail.com. Call the post at 352-795-6526.

+ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the post. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization with nearly 1 million members in 10,100 communities. The principles of the American Legion Auxiliary are to serve veterans, their families and the community.
The Auxiliary will serve swiss steak dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the post home, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River.
All members and the public are welcome to come dine with their friends and families for a donation of $7. All profits from the dinners go to support the many programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.
For additional information, call Unit President Sandy White at 352-249-7663.
Eligibility in the Auxiliary is open to mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters or grandmothers of members of the American Legion and of deceased veterans who served during war time (also stepchildren); stepchildren; and female veterans who served during war time. Call Unit President Sandy White at 352-249-7663, or membership chairman Barbara Logan, 352-795-4233.

+ H.F. Nesbitt VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, offers activities such as meals, bingo, golf, darts, karaoke, pool and more for members and guests. Review the monthly newsletter for activities and updates, and call the post at 352-746-0440. The VFW Post 10087 is off County Road 491, directly behind Cadence Bank.
The VFW Mixed Golf League plays Thursdays alternating between Twisted Oaks Golf Club and Citrus Springs Country Club. Tee time is 8 a.m. New players, both men and women, are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the VFW to join. Lunch follows. Call Rich or Jayne Stasik at 352-464-3740.
The post will celebrate Labor Day with an old-fashioned Labor Day Picnic at noon Monday, Sept. 3, at the post. On the menu are half a grilled chicken, including all the fixings, plus dessert and coffee for a donation of $7 per plate. The public is welcome. For more information, call 352-746-0440.
The public is also welcome to participate in the post’s sixth annual golf scramble Saturday, Sept. 15, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Twisted Oaks Golf Club. Registration forms are available at the post. Entry fee is $55 per player, which includes greens fees, cart fees, food and a goodie bag. Proceeds from the event will go to Hospice of Citrus County. A banquet will immediately follow the tourney at the post; it will include awards and presentations, and is also open to the public.
For more information, call Jayne Stasik at 352-464-3740.

+ Edward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, 352-465-4864. Wi Fi is now available at the post; bring your laptop or any other item that will access the Internet and enjoy the free service.
The Friday night dinner Aug. 24 will be chicken from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8. Children younger than 6 eat for $4. All are welcome.
Karaoke with Mike and all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the post. Cost is $5. All are welcome.
The post is planning a bus trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Cost is $30. We will leave the post at 8 a.m. Call the post for more information.
The post is now a nonsmoking facility; smoking is allowed on the porch.
All are welcome to join the post for its Labor Day Picnic at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans will be served for $5. Karaoke with Mike.
Information regarding any post events is available at the post or call 352-465-4864.

+ Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 70 meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at the chapter hall, 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41. The chapter hall is on the corner of Independence Highway and Paul Drive.
We thank veterans for their service and welcome any disabled veteran to join us from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. any Tuesday or Thursday at the chapter hall. This is also the time that we accept donated nonperishable foods for our food drive.
Our main function is to assist disabled veterans and their families when we are able. Anyone who knows a disabled veteran or their family who requires assistance is asked to call Commander Richard Floyd 727-492-0290, Ken Stewart at 352-419-0207, or 352-344-3464.
Service Officer Joe McClister is available to assist any veteran or dependents with their disability claim by appointment. Call 352-344-3464 and leave a message.
Ambulatory veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville should call the veterans’ service office at 352-527-5915. Mobility challenged veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville may call the Citrus County Transit office for wheelchair transportation; call 352-527-7630.
For more information about chapter activities, veterans’ benefits or membership, Call Ken Stewart at 352-419-0207.

+ Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit No. 70 will not have its regular monthly meeting during August, but will resume meeting in September. Phone Commander Linda Brice at 352-560-3867 or Adjutant Lynn Armitage at 352-
341-5334. The DAV Auxiliary continues projects to help needy veterans. We need clean cotton materials, yarn, lap robes, etc., and toiletry articles.
Membership has expanded to include more families and members. Call Brice at 352-560-3867 or Armitage at 352-341-5334.

+ Eugene Quinn VFW Post 4337 and Auxiliaries are at 906 Highway 44 East, Inverness.  Call the post at 352-344-3495, or visit www.vfw4337.org for information about all weekly post activities.

+ The American Legion Wall-Rives Post 58 and Auxiliary, 10730 U.S. 41, Dunnellon. Post and auxiliary meet the first Wednesday of the month.
The public is welcome at bingo at 6 p.m. Thursdays.
The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will Sept. 15.
For information about activities and the post, call Carl Boos at 352-489-3544.

+ Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 7 meets the second Saturday monthly at the DAV building at 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness.
This is an advocacy group for current and future veterans, as well as for POWs and MIAs. Florida Chapter 7 welcomes new members to help promote public awareness of the POW/MIA issue and help veterans in need of help.
Rolling Thunder is not a veterans group or a motorcycle club. Full membership is open to all individuals 18 years or older who wish to dedicate time to the cause.
Visit the website at www.rollingthunderfl7.com for more information about the group, as well as information about past and future events.
Rolling Thunder would be happy to provide a speaker for your next meeting or event. Call club President Ray Thompson at 813-230-9750 (cell), or email ultraray1997@yahoo.com.

+ A Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary Citrus Unit meets at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at the VFW in Beverly Hills. New members are welcome. Membership fee is $30 a year. Female relatives ages 16 or older who are a wife, widow, mother, stepmother, sister, daughter, stepdaughter, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt or daughter-in-law of honorably discharged Marines and FMF Corpsmen are eligible to belong to the Marine Corps League. Female Marines (former, active and reserves) and associate members are eligible for MCLA membership. Call President Elaine Spikes at 352-860-2400 or Secretary/Treasurer Joan Cecil at 352-726-0834.

+ Leroy Rooks Jr. VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary 3190 N. Carl G. Rose Highway, State Road 200, Hernando; 352-726-3339. Email vfw4252@tampabay.rr.com.
Everyone is welcome. Post and auxiliary meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday.
Post honor guard is available for funerals, flag raisings and nursing home visits.
The public is welcome to the Friday night dinner and dance at 5 p.m.
Google us at VFW 4252, Hernando.

+ Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 is on West Veterans Drive, west of U.S. 19 between Crystal River and Homosassa. Call 352-795-5012.
VFW membership is open to men and women veterans who have participated in an overseas campaign, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Call the post at the phone number above for information.

+ Joe Nic Barco Memorial VFW Post 7122, 8191 S. Florida Ave., Floral City. For information about the post and its activities, call 352-637-0100.
Friday is AUCE fish or three-piece chicken for $7.

+ American Legion, Beverly Hills Memorial Post 237, 4077 N. Lecanto Highway, in the Beverly Plaza, invites all eligible veterans and their families to visit our post and consider joining our Legion family: American Legion, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), or American Legion Auxiliary (ALA). Color Guard/Honor Guard accepting volunteers.
Visit the post for printed schedule or visit the website at www.post237.org. Call the post at 352-746-5018.

+ The Korean War Veterans Association, Citrus Chapter 192 meets at the VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly. Any veteran who has seen honorable service in any of the Armed Forces of the U.S. is eligible for membership if said service was within Korea, including territorial waters and airspace, at any time from Sept. 3, 1945, to the present or if said service was outside of Korea from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Call Hank Butler at 352-563-2496, Neville Anderson at 352-344-2529 or Bob Hermanson at 352-489-0728.

+ Allen-Rawls American Legion Post 77 and Auxiliary Unit 77 meet the first Thursday monthly at the Inverness Highlands Civic Center at 4375 Little Al Point Road, Inverness.
Call Post Cmdr. Norman Brumett at 352-860-2981 or Auxiliary president Marie Cain at 352-637-5915.

+ U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI)-Sturgeon Base meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday monthly at the American Legion Post 155, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. Visitors and interested parties are always welcome.
Call Base Cmdr. Billy Wein at 352-726-5926.

+ American Legion Post 166 meets 1:30 p.m., first Saturday monthly at the Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 Ladies Auxiliary facility on Veterans Drive, Homosassa, on the west side of U.S. 19 at Dixon’s Auto Sales across from Harley-Davidson. We meet in the small building to the left of the main building. All former and current post members, as well as all interested veterans, are cordially invited to be a part of American Legion Post 166.
For information about the post or the American Legion, call and leave a message for the post commander at 352-697-1749. Your call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

+ Seabee Veterans of America (SVA) Island X-23 welcomes all Seabees and Honeybees to its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Citrus Hills Country Club, Rose and Crown restaurant, Citrus Hills. Call John Lowe at 352-344-4702.

+ Citrus 40/8 Voiture 1219 and Cabane 1219 conducts its meetings at 7 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at the American Legion Post 155 on State Road 44 in Crystal River (6585 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway). For more information about the 40/8, call the Chef De Gare Tom Smith at 352-601-3612; for the Cabane, call La Presidente Carol Kaiserian at 352-746-1959; or visit www.Post155.org.

+ Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. All combat-wounded veterans, lineal descendants, next of kin, spouses and siblings of Purple Heart recipients are cordially invited to attend and to join the ranks of Chapter 776. To learn more about Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, visit the chapter’s website at www.citruspurpleheart.org or call 352-382-3847.

+ Marine Corps League, Samuel R. Wall Detachment 1139 will meet at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at DAV Post 70 in Inverness at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North. All Marines welcome. Call Jerry Cecil at 352-726-0834 or Wayne Howard at 352-634-5254.

+ Marine Corps League Citrus Detachment 819 meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday monthly at VFW Post 10087 on Vet Lane in Beverly Hills, behind Superior Bank. Social hour follows. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome. Call Morgan Patterson at 352-746-1135, Ted Archambault at 352-382-0462 or Bion St. Bernard at 352-697-2389.

+ Gilley-Long-Osteen VFW Post 8698 is at 520 State Road 40 E., Inglis, one mile east of U.S. 19. The Men’s Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday. LAVFW meets at 5 p.m. and the membership meeting is at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday at the post.
Call the post at 352-447-3495 for information about the post and its activities.

+ Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 186 will meet at 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the DAV Building, Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Call Bob Huscher at 352-344-0727.

+ Herbert Surber American Legion Post 225 meets at 7 p.m. third Thursday at the new post home, 6535 S. Withlapopka Drive, Floral City. All eligible veterans welcome. Call Commander Tom Gallagher at 860-1629 for information and directions.
The post will have its inaugural yard sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. Come and check out all the military, household and unique items available, including homemade goodies at the Auxiliary’s bake sale. For information, call Roger Galyean at 352-344-5159 or Tom Gallagher at 352-860-1629.

+ Landing Ship Dock (LSD) sailors meet at Denny’s in Crystal River at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. Call Jimmie at 352-621-0617.

+ Suncoast U.S. Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II meetings for 2012 will be at 11:30 a.m. at Kally K’s restaurant in Spring Hill on the following dates: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.