11 Feb 2017 - Chili!!!

Here is an event to support – it is a fundraiser for Post 100, Hurricane, to raise funds for their boys and girls state program.  Enter a dish, or just come to eat.

American Legion Annually Repeated Mess "Chili Challenge"

(TS) Operation Rolling Thunder
Meritorious Awards to be presented for excellence in each of the following categories
1.  Let the Journey Begin - "Pipe Me Aboard Matey"
2.  Bean All You Can Be - "I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning"
3.  Life Begins at Mach 2 - "Go Full Afterburner"
4.  The Few, The Plowed - "It's an Adventure"
5.  Born Deadly - "Not For Sissies"
Legionnaires Call to Arms
Don't Desert Your Post...100
Don't be AWOL
Who says there's no free lunch?  Come join the fun and enjoy all you can eat Homemade Chili. Everyone who wants to compete, bring a large hot cauldron of your best chili recipe. Everyone can sample each entry then cast your vote for the appropriate category.
Time on Target - 02/11/2017 (Saturday, Feb 11, 2017); 1800Zulu (1200 Local)
Target Coordinates - 37deg 11' 15.5" N; 113deg 17' 29.5" W (American Legion Hall)
Target Elevation - 3347'MSL

10 Feb 2017 - Eagles Landing Luxury Spa Open House

Eagles Landing Luxury Spa Open House
Southern Utah Veterans Home
160 N. 200 E., Ivins, UT
February 10, 2017; 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
(Drawings every 30 minutes)

4 Feb 2017 - No Flight Honor Flight

Saturday, 4 February 2017
1000 hours
Southern Utah Veterans Home
Ivins, Utah

Once again the Utah Honor flight program will be enacting our “No Flight” Honor Flight at the Veterans Home, specifically for those Veterans who are in-house at the facility and are not physically able to actually take part in the standard flights.

The initial “Non Flight” last year was not only successful, but provided the opportunity for these deserving Veterans to receive recognition of their services and not be limited by their somewhat restricted mobility.  It is yet another chance to witness how much of a boost this program is to these veterans.  We urge you to attend  and meet the “Flyers’ in their brief duplication of what those taking the actual flight have experienced.

Again, Captain Ron Lewis will be the Flight “pilot” and boarding greeter/leader, and this will give everyone present yet another chance to meet our local Utah Honor Flight chairpersons Celeste Sorenson and David Cordero. 

On another note, the event  will provide a convenient chance for our previous Veterans Coalition members to re-meet and consider how we can re-institute the periodical activity which Bill Toole  created as a method to bring the local Veterans groups into a closer and mutually supportive entity.

The activities for the “Flight” will begin at 1000 hrs. on Saturday, February 4th  at the Ivins facility. Ideally it would be a great symbol if each of the branches of service would have a uniformed officer present to meet and circulate with each of our “Flyers.”

If your unit would like to designate an Officer to attend, please let me know.
Thanks and Regards,
Gordon Poppitt
UHF Volunteer

New Hours Cedar City National Guard Armory

I was just recently at this facility to update my DEERS card after Bill's death.  It is easy to find and this time there was no waiting line.  Erin Henrie has sent this flyer with new hours.

Open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 0800 to 1730
1065 North Airport Rd, Cedar City, UT

Please bring two forms of State or Federal ID. One needs to have a photo.  For more information visit:  http://www.cac.mil/docs/required_docs.pdf

Here's the FLYER 

1 December 2016 News Items

Maynard Sorensen reports:

Two items for the December News.

1.  American Legion Post 711 is in the process of merging with Post 90. Former Commander Maynard Sorensen is third Vice Commander of Post 90 and will continue to serve the Ivins area with assistance of Post 90 membership with American Legion projects. Some of the former members of Post 711 are now serving in the Post 90 Honor Guard.

2.  For some time, former Commander of American Legion Post 711, now in Post 90, Maynard Sorensen has been working on re-naming the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson for one of five Medal of Honor winners in Utah. Recently, Gary Harter, head of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Utah, announced that the name change had been approved, and that it would happen on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7th, 2016 at the Veterans Home in Payson, Utah at 2 p.m., which facility was built as the same time as the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. Maynard Sorensen will be a speaker on the program and will assist in an unveiling of a new monument and special photo at the conclusion. The public is welcome to attend.

The Payson facility will be re-named The Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans Home. Captain Bennion was killed while in command of the USS West Virginia defending his ship and crew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th, 1941. This year is the seventy-fifth anniversary. Captain Bennion grew up just fifty miles to the West of Payson on a sheep and cattle ranch near Vernon, Utah. He, and his Brother Howard, both graduated with honors for the military academies and had very successful  careers in the military.

10 Nov 2016 - Military Honors for Bill Toole

On the Marine Corps' 241st birthday, Bill Toole was given military honors by the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270, Marine Corps League at Spilsbury Mortuary in St. George.  The Toole family sends a huge thank you to the Detachment and to Devil Pup graduates for a beautiful tribute to Col. Toole.  MCL 1270's Facebook page has a few photos posted, including these photos of the rifle detail and Devil Pup pallbearers.

MILITARY HONORS  You might have to log in to Facebook to see the photos.

10 November 2016- Remembering Bill Toole


Visitation:2:00-4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Services:4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Address: Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT