Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers had a great time bowling this week with residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home! We help residents to and from the lanes and bowl with those who need assistance. We do this the third Tuesday evening of each month. The Home has nice lanes and volunteers get an opportunity to roll a few balls as well! To join us on May 15, drop a line to the FOSH volunteer coordinator, Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
During our first bowling event of 2018, eleven volunteers – some new, and some returning from long hiatuses – had a lot of fun helping residents enjoy themselves and win prizes! The Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC bowling lanes once again proved to be a great place for residents and community volunteers to form friendships. Volunteers loved helping residents bowl, and veterans on the winning team (where 120 was the lowest score!) chose beautiful hand-knit blankets as prizes. Do you want to join Friends of the Soldiers Home for a great time on bowling night? We always gather the third Tuesday evening of the month. Write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
Story and photos by Lori Lincoln.
The first FOSH event of 2018, Saloon Night at Soldiers Home DC, was a great time on Tuesday evening, Jan. 2! Defender’s Inn looked beautiful for the event. Zach Hartman, a Friends of the Soldiers Home board member, was emcee of a competitive match of team trivia. FOSH volunteers teamed with residents to try to come up with the most correct answers. Every answer was a year for the New Year-themed game. When was the Wright Brothers’ first flight? When was the first loaf of sliced bread offered for sale? What year did Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” come out? What year did President Nixon resign? And so on. Beer and pizza were courtesy of FOSH. And the winner of team trivia night was … drumroll … the team called “The Bartenders!” This team’s members actually were the bartenders for the evening’s fun, and we think they cheated by serving all the others drinks and knocking them off their game! The next Saloon Night will be Feb. 6. Join us!
Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers for bowling once each month — and we sure had fun at the September and October sessions! On Sept. 19, Geico sponsored the bowling event and there was a huge turnout of helpers from nearby Catholic University. On Oct. 17, we had another great group of young people that made the evening special. We want to thank everyone for helping out on bowling night! Our next bowling event will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6pm at Soldiers Home DC. If you can join us, drop a line to FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com and she will tell you how it is done. Thanks to Lori for these great photos of our last two bowling sessions!
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
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.
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.
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