Friends of the Soldiers Home to Pick Up Litter Saturday, Nov. 4. Join Us! 

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Help us beautify the grounds in and around the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., by picking up trash and litter. We will meet just outside the grounds at the triangle park at Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place Northwest. To navigate to this location, use 580 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C. , 20010. Be on time for the 10am start because we will enter a normally locked gate as a group, and late entry won’t be possible. We will supply trash bags, but bring your own garden gloves and any tools you desire like trash grabbers. Last year we had a blast at this event and filled 10 large trash bags of litter. We can’t wait to repeat this activity! Let us know you plan to come by dropping a note to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

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More Than 1,000 People Attend Fall Fun Fest 2017 at Soldiers Home

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On a perfect, sunny day at the Armed Forces Retirement Home golf course driving range, more than 1,000 people joined Friends of the Soldiers Home in a gala celebration of music, games and camaraderie at Fall Fun Fest on Oct. 1.

The bluegrass band Fretnauts and classic rock group The Loose Ends entertained visitors and Soldiers Home residents under the big tent, while scores of children roamed the green grass of the driving range and played games. An obstacle course moon bounce proved particularly possible with young ones, as many climbed through the attraction multiple times.

In the early part of the day, on the upper part of the Home’s campus, visitors and residents enjoyed an antique car show, military medical displays and military drill team demonstrations.

Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making Fall Fun Fest 2017 possible. In addition, FOSH thanks all the volunteers and is grateful for the financial support from the following: Anheuser-Busch, ANC1A, Annie’s Hardware and CollEDGEucation.

Photos by Lauren Kessler

FOSH, Nam Knights Partner for Happy Hour With Soldiers Home Veterans

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Friends of the Soldiers Home solidified its partnership with Nam Knights Capital Chapter in a festive celebration with residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Dozens of residents gathered for food, drink, music and joke telling in the large community room of the Scott Building on the AFRH-Washington campus.

Nam Knights brings in the drinks for the celebration and join FOSH volunteers in mingling and serving treats to the veterans. AFRH staffer Carol Mitchell leads the joke telling while AFRH resident Ray plays the tunes.

The monthly event, called Happy Hour, happens the last Tuesday evening of each month. If you would like to be part of the fun, write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. This is an outstanding way to connect with many great men and women who served the country and now live in Washington, D.C.

Photos courtesy of Pete Rauner of the Nam Knights.

From L-R that’s Liz Cocke, Friends of the Soldiers Home VP; Pete Rauner, who leads Nam Knights Capital Chapter, and Carol Mitchell of AFRH.

Peter Rauner of Nam Knights with FOSH volunteer Stella Henderson, left, and Lori Lincoln, Friends of the Soldiers Home Volunteer Coordinator.

‘Second Thursday’ Means FOSH Plays Jingo at Soldiers Home

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Once each week, Friends of the Soldiers Home organizes volunteers for the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. On Thursday, Aug. 10 we played Happy Birthday Jingo and recognized the many birthdays being celebrated during the month. With the exception of one game, the lively crew at the back table took home all the money! Jingo always happens the second Thursday evening of each month. Our next game is Sept. 14 — mark it on your calendar and join us! Drop a line to volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos and story by Lori Lincoln.

Friends, Nam Knights Take It To The Roof With Summer Partnership

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Friends of the Soldiers Home and Nam Knights Capital Chapter love to partner in volunteering for Happy Hour on the last Tuesday evening of the month at Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. As the photos from the last event show, we finally got a summer opportunity to enjoy Happy Hour on the rooftop of the Scott Building! We were all so glad to be out there, watching the retiring sun, enjoying the breeze, the conversation, the music and so much more. Happy Hour on the rooftop! It couldn’t be better. There’s so much we do with the residents, and for the residents – come and join us. To be part of the fun at the next Happy Hour, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos and story by Liz Cocke.

August 15 FOSH Bowling Night Aims to Replicate Fun of July’s Event

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Tuesday Aug. 15 is the next Friends of the Soldiers Home bowling night — join us! You can see from these photos of the July bowling night how much fun we have. This is a wonderful way to give back to veterans, as we volunteers assist residents who would not be able to use the bowling alley on their own. Plus, you will get a chance to roll some balls of your own at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington alley.

If you would like to join us for this early evening event, write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com

FOSH, Bloomberg Team Up For Kastles Tennis Fun With Veterans

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For the third time in the four years, Friends of the Soldiers Home partnered with Bloomberg to take residents from the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC to a Washington Kastles tennis match. The Kastles lost the July 26 match against the New York Empire, 20-19, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a great time! FOSH thanks Bloomberg and the Kastles for supporting this event. Friends is also grateful to the volunteers who assisted. Above all, we thank the veterans of Soldiers Home-DC for all they have done. We are appreciative for the opportunity to show our gratitude!

Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln and Carol Mitchell.