Friends of the Soldiers Home ‘Turns 100′ at Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day

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familyday3Friends of the Soldiers Home marked its 100th volunteer event by staffing a table at which people created cards for residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC. Eight volunteers worked at the table at the annual Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day on Sept. 13 from 10am to 5pm. So far this year, 142 different people have volunteered at least once for Friends of the Soldiers Home. Thanks to this participation, the Friends has sustained a vision of better connecting the Home with the surrounding community, a vision that began with a handful of neighbors getting together on 11/10/11. Thanks to all volunteers, Home residents and staff, and organization supporters for making this happen! Now, on to the next 100 …

Photos below by Isabelle Hughes

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99 and Counting, Friends Partnership With Veterans Grows

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Great photo of Nora, Tee, Drew, Michael, Tamia, Erin and Jeffrey (above) — this was most of our volunteer crew for Jingo at the Soldiers Home-D.C. on 9/11. This was a special day to give something back to veterans! In the other photos, volunteer Tee gives assistance to her left, and to her right, during the game. This was the 99th volunteer event for Friends of the Soldiers Home since it formed on 11/10/11. News from the 100th event coming in a few days! Thank you volunteers, thank you veterans. Photos by Lori Lincoln.

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Fall Fun Fest Oct. 5 Includes Two Golf Tournaments

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We will post details of Sunday Oct. 5 Fall Fun Fest activities through the month so watch this space. The number of different activities at the all-day event is almost staggering! We begin with golf. There will be two golf tournaments that day — one for community participation at 9 a.m. and one for active military, retirees and Wounded Warriors at 1:30 p.m. See details on flyers below. Both events will raise money for the Armed Forces Retirement Home Resident Fund. This is a fund that supports activities for residents who live at the Home. Remember that besides golf, the day will feature many other activities, including a community walk, Oktoberfest band and dancers, food, drink, military displays, Lincoln’s Cottage activities, car show, and so on. This is the most extensive event open to the public at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in D.C. that I can recall. Mark your calendars and get ready to have fun! Stay tuned for more information.

– John Hughes, president, Friends of the Soldiers Home

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Flyer for active military, retirees and Wounded Warriors:

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Saloon Night With Geneva Renee Makes For Memorable Night With Friends

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Unforgettable … that describes both the evening and a song sang by Ms. Geneva Renee at the monthly Saloon Night Sept. 2 sponsored by Friends of the Soldiers Home at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in D.C. Ms. Renee, who did a duet with resident Chuck Felder seen in the photo below, has been among the more popular entertainers the Friends bring in for this event. saloon2

Ten Friends volunteers added to the enjoyment by serving up pizza, drinks and pleasant conversation with our veteran pals. Other photos: Kerry Hamblin checks in with Chuck and Bill; Mosesso, Fergie and Woessner kick back and enjoy the music; Joe enjoys his visit with Amalia. To be part of the fun, drop a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos courtesy of Kerry Hamblin and Lori Lincoln.

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Friends, Veterans Enjoy Wonderful August Weather for Happy Hour

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Story and photos by Liz Cocke.  

Happy Hour in August – what a wonderful time. Hot dogs, sodas, beer, and blue skies – what else could anyone ask for? Perhaps some great conversation with Friends of the Soldiers Home and the residents? We had that too. Everyone had a great evening Aug. 26 – with smiles on their faces, remarks about great hot dogs – and several new Friends who joined us for the first time and were delighted with the experience. Come and join us – we’d love to see you. To get on the Friends volunteer e-mail list, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Lincoln’s Cottage Hosts Family Day, 5K in September

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Freedom5K_LOGO_small-1024x555Our friends at Lincoln’s Cottage are hosting two September events — the annual Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first-annual Freedom 5K XC on Saturday Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. One of the many things that makes the Armed Forces Retirement Home-D.C. special is that Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds. Family Day features free activities on the Cottage grounds including the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, a petting zoo and the chance for kids to make a stovepipe hat. The 5K, led by legendary runner Joan Benoit, costs $40, but if people sign up by this coming Wednesday, Aug. 27, the cost is $30. Proceeds support Cottage programs and initiatives, such as the Students Opposing Slavery program. See: http://www.lincolncottage.org/freedom5kxc14

Friends Marks 30th Jingo With Cake, Fun and Lots of Kids

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jingo814Back in December 2011, some neighbors who live near the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC got together to volunteer for the first time at something called Big Bucks Bingo. We didn’t realize it, but a tradition was born. Thursday, Aug. 14, marked the 30th time Friends of the Soldiers Home provided volunteers for our monthly game night, now Jingo instead of Bingo. While Friends does many different things, Jingo remains our flagship event. And we haven’t had to cancel yet because of a lack of volunteers, thanks to the wonderful people who come forward. Some of our august, albeit more physically challenged veteran friends need help hearing the clues, seeing their game boards or understanding when they’ve won, so the more volunteers who come, the more veterans are able to play. Thursday may have been our best night yet, as 15 volunteers came forward! Volunteer John Salatti made the evening special by sharing some of his special birthday cake. The night was also fun because it included seven children! This month we feature photos of some of the kids, and residents — Mr. Burroughs and April, Mr. Dozier and De’von, and Mr. Mosesso and Mercer. Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln, who is the person you should contact if you want to be part of this fun at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Veterans, Friends Grow Vegetables Together — Then Celebrate

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gardenpic5Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC gardeners recently got together with Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers for a spectacular picnic. We had corn, cucumbers and ripened tomatoes grown through the Friends-AFRH garden project at the picnic tables. The event encouraged numerous new veteran faces to come down for the comfortable breeze and cold beverages. Gardening and non-gardening residents snatched spots with a neighborhood view under breezy trees in chairs and picnic tables. AFRH Garden Director Lori Thompson brought all the vital vittles and fire making to ensure a successful BBQ. Garden volunteers like Ellen Hughes helped with cooking, kindly purchased drinks and helped serve. The garden of AFRH resident Terry supplied all of the corn and then some. Terry has some popcorn on the way. Maybe we’ll have some homegrown, homemade popcorn at the next social! Story and photos by Ken Rubotzky.

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Friends, Veterans Come Out Winners in Trivia Saloon Night

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The Defender’s Inn on the Soldiers Home DC campus was a lively place Tuesday, Aug. 5 as veterans and Friends of the Soldiers Home got together for the monthly Saloon Night. The entertainment this time around was a trivia competition. Questions ranged from what is the Diamond State (Delaware) to what is the only medal with the words `of valour’ on it (Victora Cross) and who won the most Academy Awards (Walt Disney). In the end, team Mensa was tied with the Old somethings for the lead. That brought an overtime question on how many voting members are there in the U.S. House excluding delegates. The Old somethings were first to answer 435 and hence were the victors! Everyone wins, however, when the community and veterans get together.

Photos: Sheila Marshall Story: John Hughes

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