Post 3272 Avon, Connecticut January 2010
“On Target” LETTER #99 th (Our Newsletter’s 10 Anniversary Year)
The Post met on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 at the Italian Club with 48 members in attendance. We had our Annual Christmas Party with the Santa Claus Band from Avon High
School led by Music Director Dave Reposo who brought 9 high school band members who played a delightful variety of Christmas music for our enjoyment. This was followed by a delicious
assortment of pizzas and desserts which were readily and totally consumed by our hungry and
festive members and friends. It was indeed a great way to start the Christmas Season!
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 at the Italian Club.
Cocktails begin at 1800 hours with dinner at 1830 hours.
Join our Post Family for another evening of good food, stimulating conversation and great
friendship. Start the New Year right with a pleasant evening with your Post Buddies!
Since it was our Christmas Party, there was no meeting held and the evening was spent with
music, dinner and good cheer. We had a record turnout of members and their friends for this
occasion and this, coupled with the 10 members from the Avon High School Band, made for a
special evening that helped usher in the Holiday Season for all of us!
Towards the end of the festive evening, Commander Newman did administer the New Member Oath to Dan St. Denis as he will be leaving in early January to attend the University of Maine
where he is seeking a degree in Forestry. We wish Dan the very best on his new quest and hope
to hear from him periodically as his studies and activities permit.
Comrades in Distress this month include Bob August, Mike Battaglino, Mike Busha, Bill Coffey, Mike Dlubac, Josephine Hinman, Dick Harris, John Higgins, Bill Huebner, Jim Katzung, Ben
Pereslugoff, Harold Schaal and Ed Stepian. Those who are indicated in bold are new to the list this month. Please remember to keep them in your thoughts and prayers - and visit them if you are
able. We ask also that you let our Post Chaplain Tom Chrosniak (675-9196) know should you learn of any other Post members who are ill or hospitalized. The Chaplain is also calling a number
of our Post veterans who we haven‟t had any contact with for some time to determine how they
are doing. He will provide with us a status report when he finished this effort.
Post Activities & Developments
New Member Profiles
We are proud to introduce on this occasion two new members to the Post. The first is Peter
Finken from Simsbury, a West Point Graduate, who served on active duty with the U. S. Army thfrom 1988 to 1993. After Basic Training at Ft. Belvoir, he was assigned to the 16 Engineer Battalion as a Platoon Leader and XO in Nuremburg, Germany. After 2 years in Germany, he was stsent to the Middle East and served as a 1 Lieutenant and Brigade Operations Officer during the thstGulf War with 16 Engineer Battalion, 1 Armored Division. He then spent 6 months with Joint
Task Force Bravo in Honduras, was promoted to Captain and completed his military service in
1993. His decorations include the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia
Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).
Our second new member is Al Lapore - a transfer from the Canton Post where he served as
Quartermaster. Al enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard at 17, took basic training at Camp
Pickett, VA and served with the U. S. Army in Munich, Germany in 1951–‟53 as a Motor Pool thrdSergeant with Headquarters Company, 169 Regiment, 43 Division as part of the Occupation Forces. Please welcome both these new members to the Post at your earliest opportunity!
John Ballantyne emailed the following to us in early December from Iraq – “On behalf of B Company, and myself, I‟d like to thank you and the guys at the Post for sending the generous box
of snacks and assorted food items. It was definitely a morale booster to me and my Company. It
also gave me an opportunity to talk about the guys and plug the VFW. All is well in Iraq - we are
starting to wind up on our mission and getting ready to come home. I look forward to getting over
to the Post to thank you and all the guys personally in just a few short months.”
On 11 December, Bill Newman and Art Ostheimer attended the District 3 Meeting at Post in Manchester. There were 12 Posts in attendance. Under the Good of the Order, we informed the
members present of our two recent programs that the Post participated in regarding the Avon Old
Farms Rehabilitation Hospital which operated from 1944 -47 for blinded veterans from WWII.
There was considerable interest in these programs and we were surprised by the positive
comments by several members regarding our Post and its reputation for community activities.
Several members of the Post attended “Wreaths Across America” ceremony held at the Simsbury Cemetery on Plank Hill Road on 12 December at 12 Noon as similar tributes were being
conducted at the same time at 380 cemeteries across America. American Legion Post 84 and
VFW Post 1926 co-sponsored the event with the Abigail Phelps Chapter of the DAR. A good
crowd was present on a bitterly cold and windy day to honor veterans across the country at this
Holiday time. Representing Post 3272 were Art Ostheimer, Bill Newman and Lee Wilson.
The Post once again supported the Salvation Army this year by “ringing the bell” at Wal-Mart on thSaturday, December 12. The following members participated in this seasonal fundraiser to aid
the less fortunate individuals in this community – Lew Affelder, Marty Brighenti, Tim Curran, Dick
Ecke, George England, Dick Hill, Nick Lavnikevich, Bill Newman and Art Ostheimer. Thanks to all
who “stood their watch” and helped “fill the pot” for the Salvation Army.