Pelham - Windham News June 24, 2011 - 7
John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 Wins Majority of Awards at State Convention
Winner – Past State Commanders Award – Best Program Reporting Winner – All-State “Captain” for Commander – Top Honor White
submitted by Rita McCabe The Department of New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary held their annual State Convention the weekend of June 10-12 at the Nashua Radisson Hotel. The purpose was to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the many statewide VFW Posts and their Ladies Auxiliaries over the past year and to vote in new State Officers for 2011-2012. During Friday’s Awards Ceremony, Pelham’s own John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 and its Ladies Auxiliary found itself being recognized over and over for many veteran and community programs. By the completion of the Awards Ceremony, Post 10722 had earned the majority of awards, including the highest awards presented annually to the participating body of New Hampshire VFW Posts. VFW Division Awards: Americanism – first place Highest Percentage Membership – first place VFW State Awards: Hospital – third place
Winner – All-State “Captain” for Quartermaster – Top Honor White Hat VFW National Award: Outstanding Post Teacher Award Chairperson The VFW Post 10722 Ladies Auxiliary, while only Chartered in October 2010, were measured against all other more established Department of NH Ladies Auxiliaries who had the benefit of a full year worth of reporting. LA Division Awards: Americanism – first place Veterans & Family Support – first place Youth Activities – first place Legislative – second place Community Services Program – second place Hospital VAVS – second place LA State Awards: Winner – Past Department Presidents Award Winner – Outstanding Ladies Auxiliary President LA National Award:
National Military Service During the 2010-2011 term of office, Dave Ouellette of Pelham
served with distinction as the Department of New Hampshire VFW State Commander. He is proud of all the Posts throughout the State, but especially his home Post of Pelham. At the installation ceremony on Sunday morning, Ouellette handed the gavel over to the incoming State Commander, Paul Lloyd of Concord. Also noteworthy—after being nominated from the convention floor, Mark McCabe, who is the current Commander of Pelham’s VFW Post 10722, was elected to the high office of State Surgeon. He will now begin the move up the “Chairs” toward the higher VFW State Offices in the coming years. “I am very proud of our members and new Ladies Auxiliary for their hard work and successful effort of working toward
Ride for the Future Close to Fundraising Goal submitted by
Marianne Bemister On June 16, a group of Windham Middle Schoolers and Principal Mr. Moullis gathered at Howie Glynn’s plaza to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. This event started three years ago as a way for Steven Bemister to honor his brother C.J. Bemister, as he battled stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Steven and his friend Corey Alborico
left to sell before they present the Jimmy Fund with their donation. If you are interested in helping the boys reach this year’s goal of $2,000, then e- mail Stevie at bemboys@comcast. net, or send donations to 58 Turtle Rock Road, Windham, NH. This year, the
A group of soon-to-be graduates after completing the ride
wanted to raise money for the Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, MA. They decided to make T-shirts and have all the eighth graders ride their bikes to school together on there last day of school. This traditional ride was something CJ did with his friends on their last day of eighth grade and Stevie wanted to make it an annual event. The boys organized
Former eighth grade classmates and now high school graduates came back to support CJ and the Ride for the Future: Erin Masucci, Jamie Calamari, Nick LaRochelle, and CJ Bemister
the event and were supported by the local police and fire departments. They made T-shirts that honored CJ and Maddie Beck, whose mother, Corey Beck, was principal at the WMS. The event took in $500 in the first year, $1,500 last year, and $1,800 this year so far. The boys have T-shirts
boys decided to add to the event by honoring another
Jimmy Fund patient, Lyndsay McAlpine, who is a Windham resident and has been a patient at the clinic for over five years. The ride is a way for Stevie and Corey to
have “kids help kids!” They hope that the WMS will include this ride as part of their eighth grade graduating events so that the kids graduate middle school feeling like they not only got an education, but made a difference!
the betterment of the organization and community. We are enthusiastically driven to continue supporting veterans, their families and the town of Pelham through our community programs,” stated Commander McCabe. “Past Commanders were instrumental in obtaining the building through the vote of the townspeople in 2005 and revitalizing the former Grange/Town Hall. The Pelham VFW Post was brought to further prominence with the dedication of the ‘Veterans’ Memorial Wall’ by Pelham’s own Girl Scout, Abby Blais’, Gold Award project that was dedicated on Veteran’s Day 2010. The Post has seen consistent district, state, and national officers visit on a regular basis wanting to see the Memorial Wall. Thanks to the dedication of its members, community leaders, and organizations to help fellow veterans, we all can be proud of these continuous accomplishments. Thank you to all.” On July 8, the Post will be having its “All American” Theme Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at 6 Main Street. All are welcome. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children—all you can eat. During the evening, in an encore of our Memorial Day Ceremony, the Claudia Combs Music Academy Choir will be singing patriotic songs, the Pelham High School band will be playing patriotic background music, and then at dusk, the Pelham Boy Scouts will be performing a flag retirement ceremony on the grounds of the VFW. If you have flags in need of retirement, feel free to bring them that night, or you can drop them off at a designated area at the Pelham Library as well. We encourage our citizens to come and join us in this very patriotic evening.
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