November 20, 2006

On Oct. 28, Clopper-Michael Post 10, the American Legion, Department of Maryland, celebrated its 85th anniversary.

Post Commander Howard Patterson opened the meeting, followed by a delicious steak dinner. After dinner, the meeting was turned over to David E. Ambrose, Post Adjutant, who acted as master of ceremonies.

Several prominent guests were introduced, including Past National American Legion Commander Clarence Bacon.

Many mementos and photographs of the past were displayed. Twelve pictures of the original 15 charter members were available. The post was charted in 1921 and is the 10th-oldest post in Maryland.

Currently, the post has 720 members. Its current location at 710 N. Main St. was built in 1987.

The highlight of the evening was the cake-cutting ceremony, with the oldest member, 93-year-old Carroll Hose cutting the cake, assisted by Howard Patterson and Orlyn C. Oestereich, chairman of the Post 10 Board of Directors and 3rd Vice Commander of the Department of Maryland.


Oestereich's closing remarks reminded everyone of how rich in history the post is and how well the post has prospered in the past. However, although the past was great, members can no longer depend on it for today's success, he said. Current programs are doing well, membership continues to grow, the post is financially sound, and its relationship with the community is outstanding. For this the members justly proud, he said.

Oestereich closed by saying that he thought the best is yet to come. The future years will be the most successful as long as members all work together for a common cause and pull the wagon in the same direction, he said.

The newly-formed post color guard concluded the evening by retiring the colors of our country.

The Woodland Garden Club of Hagerstown invites anyone interested in taking part in its continuing projects to join the club, which was established in 1952 and federated in 1953.

The club's decorating and gardening projects include Western Maryland Hospital Center, The Miller House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Home and Garden Show and Art Blooms.

The club meets the second Wednesday in September through May at 11:45 a.m. at various locations for a lunch and business meeting. Each meeting has a scheduled program that's always interesting.

For more information, contact Karen Nelson at 301-791-3977, Judy Braun at 301-665-1981 or Betty Easterday at 301-733-0960.

Ken Coffey, vice president and chief development officer for Frederick Memorial Healthcare System, accepts a check for $6,000 from the Frederick Eagles Aerie 1067 to benefit the cardiac service line at the hospital. Joe Baer, left, past Maryland state president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a member of Frederick Aerie 1067, named the FMH Cardiac Service Line as the designated charity for 2006. Robbie Wilson, chairman of the State Worthy President's Charity, also a member of Frederick Aerie 1067, hands the check to Coffey. Wilson said, "We had a really great year! It took a lot of people to raise this money, and we are certain that FMH will put these funds to great use in the Heart Department." In accepting the gift, Coffey said "we are so pleased to have the support of the F.O.E. 1067. This organization has always been generous to FMH and for that we are grateful."

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