We were thrilled to welcome six first-time volunteers at Jingo Night in January. This is always one of our favorite monthly volunteer events through Friends of the Soldiers Home because we get to work one-on-one with elderly veterans who have served our nation so well. The event is kid friendly, which is a wonderful way for young ones to rack up those much-needed volunteer hours for school. Lots of people wonder, “What is Jingo?” When they show up, they realize that Jingo is like bingo, but with a trivia question added. Fun! The next opportunity is Thursday evening, Feb. 14. Hmm, I sense a Valentine’s Day theme will be coming for that game! Join us by dropping a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
It is always a pleasure when Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers meet up with the wonderful Armed Forces Retirement Home veterans at the bowling lanes. Our latest get together on a cold Tuesday evening in January was like many of our other ventures at the lanes. We are happy that we get to help residents use their wonderful bowling facility. We have fun rolling a few balls ourselves. And when the evening is over, we are always glad we came!
Join us for the next Bowling Night on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (the day after President’s Day) by expressing your interest with an email to our volunteer coordinator, Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
For the fourth January in a row, Friends of the Soldiers Home kicked off its volunteer year with an event called “Trivia Night With Zach Hartman.” As usual residents and volunteers divided into teams and competitively tried to answer questions correctly from FOSH volunteer and board member Zach. The action on this Jan. 3 night ended in a tie between one team called Old Geezers and another one called The Rebels. The tie-breaker question? Which year did the White House burn. Geezers correctly answered and won the game! If you know the answer, then consider yourself a trivia master — and someone who might want to join us for a future Soldiers Home “Trivia Night.”
Just before 2018 ended we snuck in one more fun event with Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents. Every year Geico sponsors a bowling challenge for the AFRH residents by providing food and prizes for the occasion. This year, the winning scores only differed by a few pins (107, 106, 103 and 101)! Next year we look forward to an expanded tournament for both the residents and FOSH volunteers.
For those who love great fall weather, cyclocross, and an opportunity to spend a day or two at the Soldiers’ Home, this weekend you are in luck. The annual DCCX races are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. The full schedule of events can be found at https://dcmtb.org/dccx2018/
Visitors can access the race area via the Randolph Street Gate located on Rock Creek Church Rd., NW.
Thanks everybody who came out for Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 30. More than 1,300 people enjoyed antique cars, music, food, games and fun. The weather was glorious! Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for welcoming us to your beautiful campus. We are grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Cocke.
Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer gardeners recently had an opportunity to share the bounty of the gardens with residents of the Home. They brightened up the AFRH canteen and cafeteria with bouquets of fresh flowers grown by the volunteers. There are more flowers yet to bloom and more bouquets will be coming to the Home later this summer. Pictured below with some of the bouquets is volunteer gardener Susan Minnemeyer.
Photos courtesy of Sarah Clinehens.
More than 2,600 people came to the green open space of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington for a gala July 4th celebration. The seventh annual gathering hosted by Friends of the Soldiers Home featured entertainment by the Hortonville, Wisconsin marching band and two Soldiers Home residents, DJ Billy White and singer/guitarist Waymon Lucas Jr. There was facepainting, a bounce house and pond fishing for kids, who mostly enjoyed running amok on the green expanse of the Home’s grounds. There were many food and drink choices, and of course the highlight was viewing fireworks from the National Mall and the neighborhoods surrounding the Soldiers Home. We can’t wait for July 4, 2019!
Photos courtesy of Betsy Eves, Lauren Kessler, Mike Madden and Drew Schneider.
Thank you volunteers who came out to FOSH Bowling Night at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on Tuesday! Volunteers maybe had more fun than residents did … or at least as much. We aren’t keeping score, but remember that bowling night happens the third Tuesday of each month. To become part of FOSH Bowling Night — and have fun while giving back to veterans — contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
Photos courtesy of Rocelia Johnson.