FOSH Volunteers Win When They Help Home Veterans Play Jingo



Geography was the theme when Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteered for its monthly Jingo game this month. Friends, or FOSH, is now in its sixth year of providing volunteers for this game, which occurs the second Thursday of each month. Some residents are unable to play the game unless volunteers help them get to it, and then help them play. If you would like an opportunity to serve veterans in this evening game, drop us a line at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)comOur next game is Aug. 10!

Photos by Lori Lincoln.

Record Crowd Joins Veterans for Friends of the Soldiers Home July 4 Celebration



More than 3,000 people came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home on July 4 for a gala event that connected the community with veterans in celebrating America’s independence. The sixth annual gathering was the first one since 2014 that didn’t have significant rain — and hence, it was a record turnout. Large numbers of children loved roaming on the green expanse of the golf driving range.

Many kids played in the bounce house while others competed in the contest for most patriotic outfit. Families enjoyed fishing at the well-stocked Soldiers Home pond. Adults mingled and enjoyed food and drink while listening to the Home’s resident DJ, Billy White, spin top tunes. Best of all, a record number of residents of the Soldiers Home joined in the celebration!

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to residents and staff of the Home, the Nam Knights Capital Chapter, Anheuser Busch and DCCX bike group for helping to make the event so successful.

Photos by Lou Avenilla and Isabelle Hughes.

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Call for Volunteers at Annualy Soldiers’ Home July 4th Celebration



Consider giving 90 minutes of your time while you celebrate

Independence Day 

at the Armed Forces Retirement Home – DC!
Great opportunity for young people to rack up some of those needed volunteer service hours!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Volunteers needed from 3 pm – 10 pm
Armed Forces Retirement Home
(festival entry through the gate at Randolph Street and Rock Creek Church Road, NW)

Volunteer through SignUp.comHere’s how, in 3 easy steps:

1 – Click the link highlighted below.
2 – Choose the job(s) you like 
(hurry, before all the good ones are taken)!
3 – Provide your email address, name and contact number.
Note: does not share your contact information with anyone. 

Event Set-Up
3-4 pm

Beverage Servers
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm
8:30-9:30 pm

Ticket Seller
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm
8:30-9:30 pm

Kickball Monitor
4-5:30 pm

Trout Fishing Monitor
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm

Moonbounce Monitor
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm

Parachute Game Assistant
6-7:30 pm

Clean Up
8:30-10 pm

We’ll be in touch to confirm your commitment.
Thank You, and we look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

Enthusiam Was High for June’s Version of ‘Bowling With Friends’



About a dozen Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers came to the bowling lanes at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on June 20 to help elderly veterans have a great time. Volunteers helped residents use racks to line up the perfect shot or they helped steady the the veterans as they prepared to roll a ball. Bowling With Friends always happens the third Tuesday evening of the month. If you would like to join Friends of the Soldiers Home for an upcoming evening, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. You won’t be sorry. Bowling is a great way to help elderly veterans — and have fun!

Photos by Rocelia Johnson and Lori Lincoln.

The Happiest Hour Arrives Last Tuesday of Each Month for FOSH



We had a great Happy Hour in late May, with residents, Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers and Nam Nights. Several of us have been coming so long we’ve started sharing photos with the friends we’ve made at the Home. And who would have dreamed cutting a watermelon could be so much fun! We also had a wonderful time at Happy Hour in April, with family members visiting, young college students ready to dance and too much focus on the bad jokes and general hilarity going on. It was a great evening. See the photos from both events. Come and join us for the next Happy Hour on the evening of Tuesday, June 27 and let’s see if we make it to the rooftop – a great place to bring the residents, share a drink and enjoy a social evening! If you would like to participate, drop a line to volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Story and photos by Liz Cocke.

Friends Volunteers Find Soldiers Home Residents Know How to Roll



Friends of the Soldiers Home had a great time assisting Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents at their campus bowling alley on May 16. In the first photo, volunteer John helps to steady a resident as he takes his best roll. Having John in tow kind of cramps his style, but it enables him to continue bowling his own way – standing up, and rolling the ball himself. After his turn, he coaches the Friends volunteers! In the other photos, volunteer Brenda brings resident Herbie his ball as he maps out his strategy. Herbie’s system seems to work. That’s a good roll! Join us for FOSH bowling night, always the third Tuesday evening of the month.

Our next session will be June 20. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to help.

Story and photos by Lori Lincoln.

Soldiers’ Home Golf Course Seeks Community Members


Members of the DC Soldier Home’s golf course are seeking more members, and FOSH is happy to pass along this message from them:

MEMBERS WANTED AT THE OLD SOLDIERS HOME GOLF COURSE LOCATED AT THE ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME IN PETWORTH. For many of you who may be unaware, the Old Soldier’s Home Golf Course, located on the same property as President Lincoln’s Cottage, is open for membership and current members are interested in recruiting new members to help keep the golf course running optimally. This nine-hole golf course and driving range is currently one of the best kept secrets in Washington, D.C. and current members are looking to change that. In the past, the approximately 200 active members of the course may have been inclined to keep the course a secret because it had enough money to operate, so this may be one of the reasons why so few people even know the course exists and that joining is very easy!

Due to a recent drop-off in funding, the plan for the 2017 season is for the members to volunteer a few hours each week to maintain and run the course, mainly, physically maintaining the course by cutting the grass, etc. Those members will still be paying a $700 annual membership for the privilege to play the course and participate in the maintenance, which we believe is a strong testament to how much this golf course is valued by its current members. With an increase in membership, this will not be necessary and members will be free to enjoy as much golf as their schedules can handle.

The Old Soldiers Home Golf Course is attractive to DC residents for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, unlimited golf within city limits, the course’s convenient location, low projected annual cost for membership and a great atmosphere with phenomenal views of DC. Currently, with 200 active members, any one member can essentially play the entire course at any time without seeing another soul. Therefore, we believe that we could double the current membership and the course would still maintain a very private/intimate atmosphere while the increased funding would benefit the course for the enjoyment of all members. An additional benefit to increasing the membership base would be to alleviate the financial burden on the AFRH itself, which currently provides the course some funding, albeit not enough to keep it running the right way. In the future, we would love for the course to operate solely on membership fees so that the money the AFRH currently diverts to the course could serve our retired veterans living at the AFRH in other ways.

Anyone that is interested in becoming a member is encouraged to visit the course free of charge by visiting the course at 140 rock Creek Church Rd NW. Just tell the gate staff at the entrance that you are headed to the golf course and you can see for yourself how much potential the course really has. Additionally, please feel free to contact the members spearheading this campaign by emailing us at oldsoldiersgolf(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions you may have.”

Resident testimonial:

“Playing a course in the middle of DC, steps from Lincoln’s cottage, is fantastic. I’m incredibly grateful to the residents of the Old Soldiers Home for sharing their back yard with us and am committed to helping them keep their much-loved facility open. It needs community support to survive. I encourage everyone, even those who have never played, to try this incredibly accessible and enjoyable course.” Catherine Mellor, Petworth Resident

Monthly Jingo Brings FOSH Back to Routine After Spring Fling Festival



After an exciting, yet rainy, Spring Fling festival May 6 attended by 500 people from the community, Friends of the Soldiers Home returned to its “ordinary” volunteering schedule with “Fairy Tales” Jingo at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on May 11. Mr. Velasquez-Ortiz won a game, and Mr. Springer and Mr. Brotski won big. Young volunteer Denver Parker just happened to be sitting across from and between them. Clearly, he brought the luck! Join FOSH in volunteering for JINGO the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Mark your calendars for June 8!

Photos by Lori Lincoln.

Here is your guide for enjoying Spring Fling this Saturday, May 6, noon to 5pm. What an event!


Marine Color Guard (March on the Colors)

Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX, Annie’s Hardware and Capital Park Realty

Performance Times:
12:15: St. Michael’s High School Concert Band/Chamber Choir
1:15: Marine Color Guard (March on the Colors)
1:30: Daka 2 Martial Arts Academy Karate Demonstration
2:00: Ari Jacobson
3:00: Suspicious Package

Old Line Garrison, 501st Legion, Darth Vader’s Army!
Games: Double Hoops, Soccer, Ring Toss, Alien Pinball
Food Trucks: Tender Rib, OooDatChicken, DC Ballers
Beer: Delightful draft choices courtesy of Anheuser Busch

St. Michael’s High School Concert Band/Chamber Choir

Weather: Breezy, cloudy, chance of scattered showers, highs in the low- to mid-60s. Event happens rain or shine, with a tent to keep you dry!

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Ari Jacobson

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for parking

Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer for part of the event, go here:

See you at the Fling!

Suspicious Package

Daka 2 Martial Arts Academy Karate Demonstration

Star Ward Storm Trooper