Monday, August 30, 2010
Visitation will be held tonight, Monday Aug. 30, at Central Baptist Church (1715 Hwy 68 in Oak Ridge) from 5 - 7 p.m.
Gerry during his service days:
Gerry at the most recent Veterans' Appreciation Day service held by the Summerfield Historical Committee:
We'll miss you, Gerry.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tonight, Roy and John got the chance to meet Annie face-to-face when she and her parents were guests at the annual post picnic/cookout. The guys hope to have the chance to meet other girls from the team whose awesome season enabled them to take part in the trip of a lifetime.
Roy Lee (left), Annie Elliott, John Lee
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Lyle seemed to always have his camera in hand. Thus, this photo is a classic Lyle pose:
Lyle served as adjutant for many years. He was also active with the Marine Corps League. His full obit can be found here.
RIP, Grumpy. We'll miss you.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This clip ran on Monday, July 5. While the post was appreciative of the attention, we feel it necessary to correct two very important pieces of (mis)information that were given.
First, the Town of Summerfield did not "force" the post off the original memorial site. The Guilford County School System sent Andrew LaRowe to inform the post's monument committee that the system wanted to dig a test well on the site. Ultimately, for the sake of the kids who attend and will attend Summerfield Elementary School, the decision was made to give up the site for testing and relocate. This move added $10,000 to the monument's expense.
Second, we were identified as the Summerfield VFW Post 7999. (We get this a lot. We meet in Summerfield, but honest we're Northwest Guilford Memorial VFW Post 7999.)
An e-mail sent to the reporter who conducted the interview and the station asking for the correct information to be made public ASAP received no response. In all fairness, the reporter was pregnant and days away from her due date, so she may well be on maternity leave. If a correction was aired, we haven't seen it.
Tomorrow's issue of The Northwest Observer will have a full article on the monument.
Please bear in mind that tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the address on the right, or made at any Bank of Oak Ridge branch.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Noah's grandfather, Danny Nelson, is a member of our post, and the king of organizing car shows & hot dog sales.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The book fair and the hot dog sale will proceed as planned at Goldens Antiquest & Treasures 4537 Highway 220, Summerfield.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We'll also be holding a book fair with new books and gifts courtesy of Books Are Fun!
Come enjoy the Books Are Fun book fair held right here at:
GOLDEN ANTIQUES AND TREASURES
Come visit the New Books Are Fun Book Fair in the convenience of your workplace. With over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!
Product categories include:
Children's Story Books, Cookbooks, General Interest Books, New York Times Best Sellers, Stationery & Scrapbooking, Music Collections, Gifts for all ages, Early Learning Products, and Children's Educational Products.
First run, top quality products from the world's leading publishers:
Time Life, Simon & Schuster, Dorling Kindersley, Harper-Collins, Penguin, Random House, Reader's Digest, Rodale, Disney, Publication's International, Thomas Nelson, Peachtree Publishing and many more!
COME OUT TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL VFW POST 7999!!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday. We made nearly $800 for the Memorial Fund!
Come back next week for more delicious hot dogs, and keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming events!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Now for the not-so-great-news: Our yard sale, which was planned for tomorrow at Golden Antiques & Treasures in Summerfield has been postponed due to foreboding weather forecasts.
The yard sale will be held on Mar. 20 at the same location, starting at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to come check out all the great deals!
We will be having our Saturday Hot Dog Sale at Golden Antiques tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. until...we run out of dogs. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Noah also watched over his nephew, Rylan (age 6 weeks):
Later in the day, post members gathered at the Brassfield Chik-fil-A in Greensboro, where diners were encouraged to drop their receipts into a donation box. The restaurant will donate 15% of sales from 4:00-8:00 p.m. to our Memorial Fund. Here, post member Lyle Baker waits to greet diners:
Lyle can smile. We see him do it all the time. He just doesn't do it for photos. ;-)
Many, many thanks to area residents who supported our fund-raising events today, and to our hosts: Golden Antiques & Treasures and Brassfield Chik-fil-A!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Our projected budgets have ranged from $50,000 for pre-cast concrete to $150,000 for solid granite. After determining that pre-cast concrete would be both affordable and more easily formed to suit our design, we launched our fund-raising endeavors and set our hearts on a dedication date of July 4, 2010.
And just when we were within days of signing a binding contract to begin preparation for construction, we received news that Guilford County Schools wanted to dig a test well on our site.
The school system's other two test wells turned up positive for radon. Without a viable well, Summerfield Elementary School (which is literally a stone's throw from our dedicated site in the Summerfield Town Park) cannot be expanded. Aware of the school's desperate need for space, we made a tough decision.
In this clip, post member Danny Nelson speaks before the Summerfield Town Council and members of the news media, explaining our decision to sacrifice the site we've spent well over a year planning as the permanent home for our monument.
Here is a portion of the speech Danny presented:
...Our veterans are certainly accustomed to making sacrifices. After much consideration and discussion we are once again willing to make another sacrifice. These are our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and perhaps great great grandchildren that each of us has fought and died for to afford them the freedoms and the right for education. It is in this case our duty to stand up and make this decision.
We are willing to surrender our site in the grove of trees to allow the Guilford County Schools to proceed with their project on the condition that we are granted the alternate site on the East side of the Summerfield Community Center parking lot. We request this council approve this site with no delay so we can continue with our project and meet our projected July 4th Our post lost five members last year. We simply do not want to bury another comrade without them seeing this monument completed. Therefore we need a solid commitment from this council and
It is our understanding that the town of
Given the short notice regarding the county’s need to test on our dedicated site in the grove of trees we have not had the time or opportunity to obtain estimates for preparing and building on the alternate site. Because of the physical issues involved by changing sites there will be additional expenses that will well exceed our projected budget."
The site that was granted to us by the Summerfield Town Council in a unanimous - but non-binding resolution - is a short distance from the grove of trees we incorporated into our original design. It is closer to the parking lot that the original site. This aspect is very important to us, as we are thinking of visitors who have limited mobility. Whether they are elderly veterans slowed by age or youthful veterans whose mobility was sacrificed in a war zone, whether they are mothers with babies in strollers, we want this monument to be easily accessible. We're having to tweak our design just a bit to accommodate the new site as well as the additional ground work that will be required, but we are determined to get this monument done.
On Tuesday evening, March 16, at 6:30, the Summerfield Town Council will meet. We fully expect that the non-binding resolution will be made binding. Meanwhile, we've spent this week planning more fund-raising events.
Please check back frequently to follow our progress.
Thank you for supporting veterans!