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Editor, Paul Rosenberger

Editor: Paul Rosenberger


AUGUST 15, 2014



Will Sudduth introduced former member Dave Freyling to give us a presentation on multiple veteran’s organizations in Macon County. He first touted the Macon County Honor Guard that reorganized in 1995 by the VFW and American Legion to provide a flag ceremony and 21-gun salute at memorial services at gravesites for deceased veterans. Some weeks they may participate in up to seven burials. The funeral homes in Macon County immediately donated funds to provide uniforms and vans and the DAV matched their donations.

One of Dave’s passions is flag flying etiquette. He handed out a brochure “Our Flag” that contained flag history, tradition and proper display. He told of a problem he had convincing St. Mary’s to properly display three flags on in line poles - either the American flag should be on the left when observed from in front of the building or on the center pole if it is the highest pole.

Dave described the services provided by the Veteran’s Commission office in the County Building where two employees or volunteers help veterans obtain military records to allow access to VA services, especially medical services. Volunteers drive patients each week to the Danville VA Hospital leaving at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Dave feels that a few veterans try to ‘work the system’ and I reported that my daughter, Jill, who works in a consulting position in the VA, recently confirmed that the recent flap about delayed appointments exists in some VA hospitals and that hospital authorities in a few have falsified records. She helped a team in D.C. develop a better reporting system. But Dave is against privatizing VA services.

Dave ended his talk by discussing the WW2 monument at the Civic Center that has a solid granite centerpiece of the world. He told us that unthinking people sometimes desecrate the monument by leaving trash on it, especially during the Decatur Celebration. Recently they discovered that the world had cracked; the original manufacturer has agreed to replace it at no cost. There are a few heroes left in this world. Thanks for sharing this review of just one more Decatur Advantage, Dave.





August 22 – Regular meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Scovill Golf Course Banquet Facility

August 23 – Elephant Ear Trailer cleanup at 9:00 a.m. at Mark Kennedy’s storage building

September 2 – Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s

September 4-5-6 – Great Lakes Regional Convention in Chicago





VP Hugh Rowden had no report except to tell us that today he and Linda are celebrating their 44th anniversary. Look forward to an October hot-dog roast at Steve and Pam Wentworth’s country farm home.

AUGUST 15, 2014


  17 members and two guests, Alex Prather’s granddaughter, Cloe, and Norm Jensen’s friend from Millikin, Jim Watson, also an active member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, enjoyed our regular breakfast meeting at Scovill Golf Course Banquet Facility. Chuck Shonkwiler presided and read some quotes about life’s strange situations. He told us he and Sid are headed to Greece in early September to see their daughter and son-in-law. I noted that Verlyn and I are headed for Asheville, NC next Thursday to visit Paul’s brother and his wife, who is under hospice care. Norm Jensen invited us again to his 50th wedding anniversary celebration at his and Lori’s new home at 145 N Oakcrest from 2:00 – 4:00, tomorrow, August 16. Rev. Miley Palmer will lead a brief ‘House Blessing’ at 1:30. Mike Boliek reported that Steve Wentworth had recovered sufficiently to play a round of golf (no doubt riding in a cart) and had beaten him. Mick Hoehne reminded us that it was only 18 weeks until Christmas! Duh!





  VP Will Sudduth announced that next Friday, August 22, Dave Shields has invited RN Ann Scott, to speak about organ donations. On August 29 we’ll socialize. Here are September assignments: 5 – Norm Jensen; 12 – Mick Hoehne; 19 – Stu Hawbaker; 26 – Social meeting.




VP Lance Gauble was absent.  Let’s bring more guests every week. 







Deputy Sheriff Mike Borders immediately asked an interesting trivia question: “How many people in the U. S. were killed by sharks in the 1990-2000 decade?” The third person asked correctly guessed two. Mike asked our speaker, Dave Freyling, to make one person happy and 18 sad by drawing out the winning 50/50 badge. Mike Boliek won the drawing for the second week in a row. Maybe he ought to head for Las Vegas.







VP Norm Jensen announced that he’d like to have a small crew help him clean the trailer at 9:00 a. m. at Mark Kennedy’s storage building.  He reported that Tom Smith had recently fitted hearing aids for one of our recipients and made that person very happy



From a Kentucky farm kid in marines now at the San Diego Marine Corps recruit training center.

Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But, I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing! Men got to shave; but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food. But tell Walt and Elmer, you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon, when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on 'route marches', which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back to camp in trucks.

The sergeant is like a schoolteacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school Board - does nothing. Majors and Colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none. This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like them Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit the bulls-eye. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then, we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this, except for that Tug Jordan, from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter, Alice

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