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.

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‘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.

Friends ‘Bring the Gardens’ to Soldiers Home Residents

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This summer, Friends of the Soldiers Home is having several events to “bring the garden to the residents” so that more folks can enjoy the beautiful flowers produced on campus. We kicked things off with a flower bouquet making event on a Saturday earlier this month. We brought large buckets of gorgeous flowers to work with, all grown at the garden or at gardeners’ homes. One resident lit up with joy when seeing the gladiolus – he told us about his wife who was a passionate gardener during her life and grew many of that type of flower.

A few residents stopped in for the event, but we reached many more when we placed the bouquets on tables in the dining hall during lunch and in the coffee area. The fresh flowers were met with smiles and words of thanks. Volunteers Linda Cotton and Sarah Clinehens put on the event, and the flowers were contributed by Carol and George Herwig, Susan Minnemeyer, Linda Cotton, Sarah Clinehens and Scot Bohl. Next up will be a tomato tasting and a repeat of the fresh flower bouquet give-away scheduled for Saturday, August 19th.

Friends of the Soldiers Home operates the volunteer garden program so that residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington have an opportunity to grow things on campus without doing too much of the heavy lifting.

Story and photos by Sarah Clinehens.

FOSH Volunteers Win When They Help Home Veterans Play Jingo

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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

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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

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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: SignUp.com 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!