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American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291, Inc.
Legion Year 16 – 17 Newsletter No. 4
紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊

 

April, 2017
Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友:

 

We are pleased to announce two new scholarships for this year. We want to express our thanks to the family of Raymond Chung. They have made a donation of $1007 to create a scholarship in memory of our long time member. The Chung family is very appreciative of the post scholarship program as two of Raymond’s grandchildren were proud scholarship recipients. We also want to thank the family of our Past Commander Lester Fong. The Lester Fong family made a $1000 donation for a scholarship in memory of our long time leader and mentor. Both of these one time scholarship will be awarded during our annual Christmas Party in addition to the ten annual post scholarships of $500 each; the “John. H. Wong Memorial Scholarship”, which is in the second year of a five year program of $1000 per scholarship annually to one student; and the “Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship”, which is in the fifth year of a ten year program that awards five students $100 per scholarship annually. Our post will also award a “Roger Ling Memorial Award” of one thousand dollars to a senior student who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, community service and patriotism from Cardozo High School, the school Roger Ling graduated from before he joined the Army. For more details on qualification requirements for scholarships, please contact the Post Headquarters during the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 pm daily. Please note that in order to make it easier for students to arrange for transcripts to be sent while they are still in school, applications are now accepted until August 31, 2017.

 

“To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars…” is part of the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution and By-laws we recite at every meeting. To preserve our memories, The American National Executive Committee recently approved Resolution No. 10: Veterans Memorial Identification Project. The American Legion family are asked and encouraged to document all military and veterans memorials within their local communities. The military and veterans memorials in a community speak to our history as a country. The values and sacrifices made to defend our freedoms by men and women in those communities who went to war must be preserved and advanced to new generations. The only way to protect all memorials that honor those who served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and all others are to have clear and manageable records. Documentation of these memorials are no small feat. However, if we all do our part, we can make a very extensive job very manageable. The following items will be required to completely catalog any given memorial: a photograph or the memorial, preferably in electronic form, and its location; who built the memorial and who maintains the memorial (research will be required in some cases); a narrative about the memorial that best describes its meaning and purpose; and the person responsible for completing the document. Please forward the above information by email (post1291@yahoo.com) to the Post Headquarters for consolidation before submitting to the Department.

 

As we have done in the last few years, we would like to once again to remind our members to step forward to serve. We all know for any organization to continue to grow and be successful in the future, its members must get involved in carrying on the legacy. We understand that most of you are either busy with school, building your career or spending valuable time with family, but if you have time and would like to get involved, we are here to guide you along. Just let us know that you can help. Or at the very least, come join the post’s activities and support our programs.

 

We would like to remind you once again if you have not renewed your membership, please remit membership dues of $25.00 by mail or in person as soon as possible.

 

本會非常感謝張培年家人捐贈一千零七元及前任主席鄺榮耀家人捐贈一千元在今年增設兩個獎學金,這兩個奬學金是在今年本會舉辦的聖誕午餐時頒發給兩位學業成績優秀的學生。同時本會亦將頒發每年一次的十名五百元奬學金,另有「黃雄源紀念獎學金」,這為期五年的奬學金是每年頒發一千元給一位學業成績優秀的學生及五位一百元的「司徒旺中國文化學習獎學金」。本會亦在每年六月頒發一千元的「凌志騰獎學金」給一位就讀凌志騰母校科多索高中成績優秀及富有愛國精神的畢業生。本會為了方便學生申請獎學金,特別修改接受申請獎學金期間改為由一月一日開始至八月三十一日截止。學生可利用仍在上課時間向學校要求將成績表寄到本會,以避免在放假後再向學校索取的煩惱。

 

「盡力保全國家參與戰爭及一切有關戰爭的記憶……」這是我們在每一次大會時必朗誦的美國退伍軍人會憲章及辨事細則的道言。美國退伍軍人總會為了提倡我們不會遺忘對戰爭的記憶,總會執行委員會最近通過議案第十條「退伍軍人紀念碑鑒定方案」。美國退伍軍人總會要求並鼓勵 各會員恊助將所有為紀念及表頌軍人保家衛國,捍衛自由,社區繁榮安定而犧牲的英勇事蹟而建立的紀念碑詳細紀錄下來以流芳百世。這個意義重大的責任並非容易辦到,但如果我們各盡本份,全力以赴,齊心合力去將所有為紀念而建如美國建國革命戰爭,南北戰爭,第一次世界大戰,第二次世界大戰,韓戰,越戰及其他美國參與的戰爭的紀念碑逐一紀載下來。要編成一個完整,清唽及易於管理的紀錄,以下項目是不可缺少的:紀念碑的地點及照片、以電子照片最為適合,紀念碑建立要旨及其保持或維修的詳細資料寄到本會或電郵post1291@yahoo.com,我們會將收集所得資料合併後再寄到紐約州退伍軍人總會。

 

過去幾年本會都趁著這個機會提醒各位會員,本會極需年輕一輩的會員出任職員為會服務。無論任何一個機構或團體能擁有持久的存在,必須不斷地有一些熱心的會員為會服務。本會亦嘹解到年輕的會員經常忙於求學,工作繁忙或是為了養兒育女而忙碌。但如果你能抽空為本會服務,我們一定歡迎你及指導你。如果你沒有時間為本會服務,但也希望你能參加本會各種活動。

 

會員尚未繳交二零一六年至二零一七年會員費,請你儘快將二十五元會費以郵寄方式或親臨本會繳交(辦公時間,每日下午二時至四時)。