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American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291

Legion Year 19 – 20 Newsletter No. 1

紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊

June 2019

 

Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友

As we have informed our members in our last two newsletters, the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act was passed by the House of Representatives, the U. S. senate and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on December 20, 2018. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to the brave Chinese American men and women who served honorably and with distinction – it is the highest civilian award bestowed by the U. S. Congress in the United States. These Chinese American Veterans now join a short list of other military units that overcame discrimination and other challenges to serve in WWII. There were more than 20,000 Chinese Americans serving in WWII battlefields all over the world. Their contributions ensured our country’s freedom and these courageous men and women are finally getting their long awaited recognition. Sadly many of these brave men and women have passed on. It is of utmost importance that we need to contact as many of our remaining Chinese American WWII veterans and their families as soon as possible. If you know someone who served in WWII, you should remind them or their family members to register at the website www.caww2.org in order to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

 

The Legion, Auxiliary and SAL Legion Year 2019-2020 officers took their oaths on June 1st, 2019. Please join us in congratulating them for a successful year. We would like to thank you for your support and trust. The officers’ installation took place in the Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium and many Legion and community leaders attended. Guests included Taipei Economical Cultural Office Ambassador Lily Hsu, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Eric Ng and three members of the Boston Chinatown Post. Commander Antonio Chuy pledged to uphold the American Legion’s goals and principles and to carry on the fine traditions that were built before him. He thanked the Past Commanders for their guidance, encouragement and also all of the officers’ cooperation to make his job much easier. He also thanked the two vice commanders, Don Yee and Joe Law for their assistance whenever they were called upon. He also praised the two incoming vice commanders, retired Supreme Court Judge Randall Eng and retired Lt. Colonel Howard Chin for their experience in over thirty years in law enforcement. They are big assets in serving the post and Commander Chuy even joked, I believe everyone will behave now. Auxiliary President Janice Lee and outgoing SAL Commander Corky Lee in their speeches thanked all who had put in effort and worked tirelessly ensuring the passage of the long awaited Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act.

 

We anticipate a very busy year with the planning of the Post’s 75th anniversary celebration next June. As in previous celebrations, every fifth year we are planning to issue a commemorative journal to highlight our past accomplishments and other activities to mark this milestone. A planning committee has been approved in the last membership meeting to get a head start on all planning related to the celebration. A celebration of seventy-five years of history is monumental and now more than ever we need you to step forward and volunteer your time and effort to ensure we have a successful year.

 

在上兩次會務通訊本會都有向會員提供有關第二次世界大戰美國華裔退伍軍人國會金章法案,這法案巳經在眾議院及參議院一致通過並由美國川普總統在十二月十二日簽署成為法例。這個國會金章是美國公民可以獲得的最高榮譽的勳章。所有參與第二次大戰獲得榮譽退伍的軍人或家屬將會得到這個勳章,以表彰他們的忠勇為國及犧牲。在第二次世界大戰期間,超過二萬多華裔服役於二戰每一個戰場,他們不單止忠勇為國,而且受到很大歧視及比其他族裔更多的困難。可惜的是很多二戰英雄都已逝去但是我們應該盡力去與尚在的二戰退伍軍人或其家人聯繫。如果你熟悉二戰退伍軍人或其家屬,通知他們盡快到 www.caww2.org 網站登記領取第二次世界大戰美國華裔退伍軍人國會金章。

 

本會新一屆的職員已於六月一日就職,我們衷心感謝大家的支持及信賴。在此祝全體職員勝任愉快及成功的新的一年。新一屆職員就職典禮在本會伍覺良董事長禮堂舉行,嘉賓眾多,包括台北經濟文化辦事處徐儷文大使,中華公所伍銳賢主席及僑界領袖,民選官員及來自波士頓華裔美國退伍軍人會代表親臨祝賀。朱超然主席致詞感謝在過去兩年任職主席期間得到各位前任主席的寶貴提議及指導,並得到各科職員合作,群策群力,使到本會能全力繼續發展會務,蒸蒸日上。他強調將會繼續遵循美國退伍軍人會規章執行會務,大公無私,繼承本會曆年來建下的良好理念及基礎。朱超然主席特別贊揚兩位卸任副主席余超俊及羅明泰與他配合處理會務,他更感到非常高興能與兩位新上任的副主席退休高等法院法官伍元天及服役三十多年的中校陳煥寧相助,兩位均有多年從事軍、警的經驗,他並向大家開玩笑說,有他兩位,相信大家都會奉公守法吧。婦女會主席梅蕙儀及卸任的子弟部李揚國主席致詞感謝及贊揚軍人會一眾會員為第二次世界大戰美國華裔退伍軍人國會金章法案努力才能順利成功。

 

今年我們亦會忙於慶祝明年六月本會成立七十五週年的籌備工作、如出版本會成立七十五週年紀念特刊及慶祝宴會。雖然上次會員大會通過成立七十五週年籌劃小組,但然需要各會員合作。所以今年持別希望大家的支持及參與本會活動便更為重要,今年的成功需靠大家一同的努力。

 

2019 Scholarship 二零一九年獎學金

Applications for the 2019 Post Scholarship and the Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship are being accepted through August 31, 2019. For details concerning qualifications and requirements, please refer to previous newsletters or contact Post Headquarters. Application Forms can be obtained at Post Headquarters during office hours (2 pm to 4 pm daily) or downloaded directly from our website at www.ltkimlau.com. Anyone who wishes to apply should contact our Post for more information.

 

本會二零一九年獎學金及司徒旺中國文化獎學金申請日期由一月一日起至八月三十一日止。如你需要有關兩項獎學金詳情,可以參閱以往的會務簡訊或向本會辦公室詢問,有意報名申請者請於該期間填妥表格及預備各種文件,送交本會。獎學金申請表格請於本會辦公時間親臨本會索取或可由本會電腦網站www.ltkimlau.com 直接下戴。如有疑問,請與本會聯系。

 

Legion Year 2019 – 2020 Officers 本年度職員

Position 職位

Name(s) 職員

Commander 主席

Antonio Chuy 朱超然

Vice Commander 副主席

Randall Eng 伍元天

Kai S. Chung 李禎年

Howard Chin 陳煥寧

Adjutant 幹事

Gabe B. Mui 梅本立

Ass’t Adjutant 助理幹事

Wing Y. Tam 譚永源

Chinese Secretary 中文書記

David Lam 林善群

Treasurer 財政

Wan Y. Tam 譚煥瑜

Judge Advocate 評議

Richard Shin 單志然

Historian 會歷

Mimi Wang 王咪咪

Sgt. at Arms 糾察

Thomas Ong 鄧燦業

Kenneth Wong 黃建中

Auditor 核數

Don Yee 余超俊

Sean Tse 謝國寶

Post Chaplain 宗教主任

Philip Eng 伍沃欽

Executive Committee 執行委員

Jia M. Wu 伍家明

Joe Law 羅明泰

Albert Eng 伍澄江

Jimmy Quan 關志文

Johnny Kung 龔耀宗

Arvin Chin 陳毓堂

Yeuk Chung Moy 梅若松

David Yee 余龍青

De Zhi Yu 余德志

Lester Chang 鄭永佳

Thomas Lee 李振宏

 

Come Join Us for a Day of Fun

Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 2019 Annual Picnic 二零一九年郊游細節事項

When 時間及日期:

Sunday July 28, 2019 (9 am to 5 pm). Bus will depart from the Legion building 9:00 am sharp

七月二十日星期日,上午九時至下午五時。在軍人會門前集合,巴士準九時開車

Where 地點:

Krucker’s Catering & Picnic (privately owned facility), 81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, New York 10970, Phone 845-354-9832

紐約上州 克魯加私立公園,地址如上

Who 參加者:

Legion, Auxiliary, SAL, families & friends 凡屬軍人會、婦女會、子弟部會員及親朋戚友均可參加

Cost 費用:

$20/person Maximum 2 tickets per Legion/Auxiliary/SAL member. First come first served. 隨本會巴士前往者每人費用二拾元。凡屬軍人會、婦女會、子弟部會員,每人最多購票兩張,先到先得。

$15/person (Lunch only, own transportation and parking fee) 自行開車前往者每人費用拾五元(僅包括午餐食物及飲料、泊車費用自理)

Registration Date 報名日期:

From Monday July 8, 2019 – Sunday July 21, 2019 (2 to 4 pm daily at Post Headquarters)

由七月八日起至七月二十一日止,每日下午二時至四時在書記處報名購票,賣完即止。

Activities 活動:

Volleyball, badminton, Tug-of-War, Raffle ……

排球、羽毛球、拔河……等等,並有各種抽獎活動

 

First CAVMBC Membership Meeting for LY2019-2020

Sunday June 30, 2019, 1pm at Post Auditorium

For members joined on January 17, 2004 and prior / members has been approved for CAVMBC membership only

二零一九至二零二零年第一次華裔美國退伍軍人實業公司會員大會

六月十三十日星期日,下午一時在本會禮堂舉行

會員必需在一月十七日, 二零零四年前加入本會或已經獲實業公司董事局批准入會才能參加會議

 

First Post General Membership Meeting for LY2019-2020

Sunday June 30, 2019, 3pm at Post Auditorium

For all members, please come and see what’s going on, we need your involvement

二零一九至二零二零年第一次會員大會

六月三十日星期日,下午三時在本會禮堂舉行

請各會員踴躍出席參加,共商會務及各重要事項

 

 

We hope the above information will be of interest to you and we hope to hear from you soon. Let us know what we can do for you. Until we meet again, stay well!

 

我們希望這份簡訊,對你有所幫助,更希望在不久的將來,能得到你參與本會各種活動的回應。假如我們有任何可以為你服務之處,務請隨時提出意見。

 

THE STAFF 本會行政小組仝人敬啟

Antonio Chuy 朱超然, Randall Eng 伍元天, Kai S. Chung 李禎年, Howard Chin 陳煥寧

Gabe B. Mui 梅本立, Wing Y. Tam 譚永源

David Lam 林善群, Paul Tam 譚煥瑜

 

 

 

 

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Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017

A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/16/pentagon-to-open-online-exchange-shopping-to-vets-in-2017.html

To get started, please visit the site to register:

https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans

The Exchange is excited to welcome Veterans of all United States Armed Forces as part of the Veterans online shopping benefit. We will soon be able to serve you through the lifelong shopping privileges you’ve rightfully earned.