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

Announcing…. Suspicious Package to headline Spring Fling May 6!



Suspicious Package

Announcing…. Suspicious Package to headline Spring Fling May 6!
Ari Jacobson
DAKA 2 Martial Arts Academy
St. Michael CHS Concert Band and Chamber Choir

About Suspicious Package:
Long-rumored in existence but kept tightly shrouded in the secrecy of Tom Toles’ basement, Suspicious Package finally exploded onto the Washington, D.C. music scene in May 2008 with their sell-out premiere performance at the Red and the Black in DC’s Atlas District. They’ve since performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel, the National Press Club, the Hard Rock Café, the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium, the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City harbor, and other venues.  The band plays frequently for charity benefits.  In 2010 they performed for over a thousand people at Arena Beniamino Gigli in Porto Recanati, Italy, and appeared on national television.  In 2015 Suspicious Package had the honor of performing for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.  Suspicious Package has been mentioned in SPIN magazine and Rolling Stone (Italian edition) magazine.  They are a three-time winner of the Journopalooza battle of the media bands for the title of DC’s best media band, and may also be Washington’s only band containing three Pulitzer prizes.  In 2017, the Washington Post dubbed “Suspicious Package… practically the house band of Official Washington.”

Suspicious Package plays a mix of rock, blues, punk, funk, pop, alternative and originals. Pulitzer prize-winning Washington Post political cartoonist Toles drives the rhythm of Suspicious Package on drums and vocals, VICE contributor and former TIME Magazine reporter Tim Burger plays bass, with POLITICO senior investigative reporter and two-time team Pulitzer prize-winning Josh Meyer on lead guitar and vocals. Senior government officials Bryan Greene and Christina Sevilla also sing and play rhythm guitar and keyboard, respectively. Suspiciously, none of the members had ever played in a rock band prior to their 2008 debut.

Seeking Volunteers for the May 6 Fling — Now Is Your Chance!



The Spring Fling celebration at the DC Soldiers’ Home is getting closer — Saturday, May 6, noon to 5pm. Many of you have asked how you can volunteer to help with this wonderful event. Here is your chance! 😀

Use this link and you will see opportunities to sign up for set up, takedown, games and other activities. It’s easy — you will not need to register an account or keep a password on Hurry, sign up today, before your favorite jobs are taken! Questions? Contact Terence Bennett at terence.bennett(at)gmail(dot)com

Gardens Plots Available This Season at the Soldiers’ Home



Gardening at the old Soldiers’ Home.

Love to garden and volunteer?

The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.

Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).

Come join us!

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com