Dear Friends, Family and Fellow Members of the Greendale American Legion Post 416,
It is with both regret and joy that I must announce that Barb and I are relocating to Palm Springs, California. After much discussion with our doctor, it was recommended I seek out a warmer and drier climate for Barb who has been contending with chronic arthritis and constantly nagging fibro myalgia. We took a vacation this last October into January to see Las Vegas and Palm Springs and we fell in love with Palm Springs. We were fortunate to find a home there at the right price and made the leap. We weren't sure if our offer was accepted until we returned to Milwaukee. It was gladly accepted. We are now heading to the west coast by the end of February.
It is sad to think about all the good friends I am leaving behind at the Post. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of guys and gals to hang with and be a part of so many wonderful lives. If I'm going to miss anyone, it's going to be all of you. Joining The American Legion was the best thing I ever did. For anyone who is reading this who isn't a member but should be, get in here now. Your life is passing you by and you are missing out on a very important part of it. These Legionnaires are the best ever in every way. So are the members of the Auxiliary. If you are married and a wartime veteran, you both need to join. I mean it! If you want to do something important in your life, if you want to build a legacy, if you want to do something that helps somebody else, The American Legion is where you should be. It is always better to give than to receive. But in this case, you can have the best of both worlds. I've never been so proud to be a member of the Firing Squad in uniform to honor our fallen, to carry the colors, to march in a parade, and to just have fun. Wherever they go, whatever they do, every time you see the squadron in their dress blues, people say, "WOW!" and rightfully so. These are the sharpest looking threads you'll ever put on and be proud of.
And now that I am leaving, I am sure the Post is going to be looking for a new web guy, or someone who likes working at their computer at home to make a difference in the lives of others. If you like passing information along, this job is for you. You don't have to be exceptionally gifted or a super star at websites. All you have to do is be willing to try and willing to learn. That's how I got started. Believe me, I wouldn't have it any other way. I've even had job offers come in. Now that's neat. If you volunteer for this job, I'll help to train you, even all the way from California. I'm at your service.
So now, not only have you been invited to join the Greendale American Legion Post 416, but you are invited to become active too. You can participate on the Firing Squad and look sharp with every chance you can, you can be an officer (OJT is available with formal training if desired), or you can do just about anything you want that's good, that serves your fellow veterans, serves the community, the state, and the nation. We are for God and Country. We are all veterans still serving America. It's up to you. You are in the driver's seat. So come on, be all you can be...seriously! Be a member of the Greendale American Legion Post 416.
And now I've given my spiel on finding a replacement for myself and letting you know that I will miss the best people I have ever met in my life. I will miss the sharing and caring we've had among each other. Thanks for being there for me and thanks for letting me be a part of you. It doesn't get any better than that!
Love and regards,