Dear Post 5 Members,                                                                                         October 6th, 2019

October 6th, 2019: Post meeting at 2pm at the Peterborough Community Center. Enter at the front.
November 3rd, 2019: Post meeting; set your clocks-fall back and spring ahead one hour
November 11th, 2019: Veterans’ Day is on a Monday.
December 8th, 2019: Christmas Dinner is at noon! Please note this is the second Sunday in December because the first Sunday is the weekend of Thanksgiving. Pot luck! Let us know if you are coming

In Memory:
William T. Clark, 81, of Peterborough, served in the Air Force during Korea and then the Air Force Reserve. Bill was in the Post for 20 years. He was survived by his wife Gerry of 41 years, a daughter and son and three step-sons. The Post gave $25.00 in Bill’s name to: NE Scottish Arts Center, 27 Cricket Lane, Concord, NH 03301.

Sick Call: David Geoffrey, Joseph Labrie, Stephen Mallory, and Virginia Moore of Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts of Rindge; Warren Howe of Jaffrey; Joseph Garcia of Hancock; Rachael Belville of Peterborough and Barbara Campbell of Keene;

Thank you
to Paul and Jane LaRoche and Jeff Allen for their donations to the Scholarship Fund.

Membership: 161
paid at 74.88 % for Post (need 215); 33 paid at 80.48 % for Auxiliary (need 41); two new Auxiliary members are Lisa Oja of Dublin and Dorothy Vaidya of Peterborough. 48 Post members have not paid their dues. If you don’t wish to belong please let us know. If you wish to belong and can’t pay your dues please let us know because we won’t turn you away. Dues are $35.00 payable to Post 5 NH and send to PO Box 172, Peterborough NH 03458 OR go to click on renew and pay online. Thank you. We have 48 currently in the Post who have not paid.

New Member: Donald H. Wright of Dublin,
served in the Navy during Vietnam.

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The Nightingale Tribute
Major Joan Mary English
United States Air Force (Retired)

“The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association in 2003 to be used to honor deceased nurses, any Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse for their years of service; to be presented during the nurse’s funeral by a nurse colleague or friend.”
Laura Elcoate’s older sister Joan died on March 15th, 2019. Here are some excerpts of what was said during her funeral.
“The Society is a nonprofit Veterans Organization comprised of current, former, and retired Air Force nurses with a purpose to provide support and social opportunities for its members by sharing with, and caring for each other, as well as remembering them when they have passed on. The Nightingale Tribute is used by the Society of Air Force Nurses to recognize any retired or former United States Air Force Registered Nurse or United States Army Air Corps World War II Flight Nurse for their years of service to the public and to their country. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues and friends, not only during their career, but also at the end of their life’s journey.
Major English was patriotic and very proud of her service to her country. She was one of the earliest and a long-standing member of the Society of Air Force Nurses from 1987 until her death on March 15th this year. Her military service is also registered with the Women In Military Service for America Memorial which stands at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.
In closing, let me end by saying that by any yardstick one would use to measure success, Major Joan English was an outstanding nurse. During her nursing career which spanned many decades of varied practice in unique and interesting roles and settings, she exemplified the care, the compassion, and the trust associated with the profession of nursing, both here and around the world. How fitting that Major Joan English, Registered Nurse, is being laid to rest on National Nurses’ Day.”

                                “She Was There” © by Duane Jaeger, MSN, RN
Kansas State Nurses Association, 2004
When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, Major Joan English was there. 
In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, Joan was there. 
When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member or friend, Joan was there. 
At those times when the unexplained needed to be explained, Joan was there.
When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, Joan was there.
When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, Joan was there.
In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates, Joan was there. 
To witness humanity—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, Joan was there. 
To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, Joan was there.
And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side, Major Joan English IS there. 
Major Joan M. English, United States Air Force (retired), we honor you this day,
Monday, May 06, 2019, National Nurses’ Day, and give you white flowers to symbolize our respect and appreciation for you, our nursing and military friend and colleague.

News for the Auxiliary. The wording has been changed from WIFE to SPOUSE. Men can now join the Auxiliary. Yea! This was decided at the National Convention.
Picnic at MacDowell: we had 71 at MacDowell day before Labor Day. Our thanks to the Department Commander Oliver Brooks for attending from Woodsville. Thanks also goes to Auxiliary member Lisa Oja for helping with the set up and to Alan Zeller for cooking. It was a beautiful day and everyone pitched in to make it GREAT The winner of the 50/50 was Gordon Stone who walked away with $74.00. So we received $244 in donations plus $73 from 50/50 to equal $317.00 which means the cost of the picnic was almost a wash. Thank you all.

Sea Cadet report: September saw the squadron embarking on a new and exciting undertaking. An adult from Francestown saw a recruiting poster in Greenfield and signed on as a volunteer. He is Richard Welch, a retired teacher and Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict who is a licensed Merchant Mariner and owns a 30-foot sailboat. He has agreed to teach all aspects of sailing to our cadets, including such subjects as Rules of the Road, Navigation, Engineering, Basic Seamanship, Communications, and others. In return, cadets have been working on the boat, which is currently hard aground in Francestown. Relaunch is scheduled for spring, with sailing trips to occur this coming summer and which will be ongoing. Cadets who put in the effort will be assigned leadership roles on the boat, the “Black Rose”, and will crew the craft for both Sea Cadet trainings and for civilian hires. Meanwhile, the regular Sea Cadet events will continue: physical readiness testing, bullying and harassment training, completing correspondence courses and exams for advancement, and other activities. Respectfully submitted,
John Franklin

For unresolved issues, Post members are requested to contact their Post leadership, then, if not resolved contact their District leadership. We are all former service members and understand the “chain of command”. Give your Post and District leadership an opportunity to clear up any issues. Keep them in the loop with issues that you may have.
“Mergatroyd!   Do you remember that word?   Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd?   Heavens to Mergatroyd!”

“The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?”   He had never heard of the word jalopy!   She knew she was old … But not that old.
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.”

“Don’t touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right. Heavens to Betsy!   Gee whillikers!   Jumping Jehoshaphat!   Holy Moley!”
“We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.  Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?   Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.;   of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back!   Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” Or, “This is a fine kettle of fish!”  We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.
Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone. Where have all those great phrases gone?
Long gone:   Pshaw, The milkman did it.   Hey!   It’s your nickel.   Don’t forget to pull the chain.   Knee high to a grasshopper.   Well, Fiddlesticks!   Going like sixty.  I’ll see you in the funny papers.   Don’t take any wooden nickels.   Wake up and smell the roses.
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.   This can be disturbing stuff!   (Carter’s Little Liver Pills are gone too!)
Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…
See ya later, alligator!   Okidoki Monkey Business”!!!

We are volunteers and have our own life as well as the Post. Please Pay your Post dues or Auxiliary dues for 2020. If you are not interested in being a member please let us know!!!!!

Contact Information:

The American Legion
Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 NH
PO Box 172
Peterborough NH 03458-0172
cell: 603-759-3134


Wayne E. Thomas,

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