On June 21st, we met at the Lincoln Elks Lodge at 6:00PM for beverages and conversation prior to serving dinner at 6:30PM. This month it was cold cuts, salad, several kinds of bread, potato salad and dessert. Everyone enjoyed the meal as always. Our June meeting began at 7:00PM where we voted in our new group of officers that will guide us through the new Voiture #103 year starting Aug. 1st, 2022 through July 31st, 2023. The July meeting (7/19) will feature the swearing in of our new officers and our annual Potluck Picnic Dinner. This year it will be held inside at the Elks Lodge starting at 6:30PM. Hope to see all Voiture #103 members there. Many of the Voiture #103 members attended the American Legion State convention in Columbus, NE. June 23rd-June 26. It was well attended, and we have a new slate of officers to lead the Nebraska American Legion through the new year 2022/2023. New officers bring new ideas and enthusiasm to help us grow and get better at what we do, serve veterans in Nebraska. Your input will be invaluable to them. I have enjoyed serving as your 2022/2023 Voiture #103 Chef de Gare. It was a pleasure and an honor. We have grown some in numbers this past year and I believe that will continue. If you have been thinking about asking a friend to join the 40/8 now is the time to do it. Start off the new year with new members sponsored by current members. Thank you all so much for your support this past year. Respectfully,
Wade Graft Chef de Gare Voiture # 103 402-770-9126 email@example.com
Lodge. Dinner will be ready at 6:30PM and the 40/8 meeting starts at 7:00PM.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED
Each year at its annual Christmas Party, Voiture 103 of the 40 & 8 presents a Distinguished Service Award to one of its members. It is the Voiture’s most prestigious award.
The recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award was Art Jones. Art is a 50- year member of the American Legion and a 25-year member of Voiture 103.
Voyageur Jones was born on October 31,
1928 in Cranston, Rhode Island and enlisted
in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 in Boston,
Massachusetts. He survived the Battle of
the Chosin Reservoir and also served in VietNam 1969 -1974. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years.
Art was employed by Montgomery Ward for 12 years and Southeast Community College for 12 years. He has been a member of the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve continuously for over 40 years and, among many other awards, received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering at the VA Hospital in Lincoln. Art has been very active with the Post 3 Honor Guard for over 28 years, participating in well over 170 funeral services.
In his spare time, Art volunteers with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and also is a member of the Elks and VFW --- sharing his time with these organizations on a regular basis.