Horizon City American Legion, Post 598

141 Elsworth Drive, Horizon City, TX 79928 915-852-4823

Monthly Newsletter


141 Elsworth., Horizon City, TX 79928 (915) 852-4823

              FOR GOD AND COUNTRY  

June 2017                   "THE CAN DO POST"      

Vol. 17 No.6

Archived Newsletters/Print Friendly Version

Commander's Corner                                   Ladies Auxiliary News


Hello fellow Horizon City Post 598 family.  A new fiscal American Legion year is upon us.  We held Legion elections during the General Membership meeting and as usual we have a great group of officers.  I thank you for supporting me this past year and am honored to continue on as your Commander.

 Unfortunately I will be having back surgery June 1st and 1st Vice Joe Roe will be acting Commander whilst I get my rough skies legs back.  He will do a great job. 

Remember the Legion meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month for Executive Committee and the 3rd Tuesday of the month for General Membership.  The General Membership meeting is open to all entities of American Legion Horizon City Post 598.  If you have concerns, ideas or want to know what is going on at your Post please sit in the meeting. 

This past May 29 was Memorial Day.  It is sad to report we lost 12 of our members from the Legion, Auxiliary and SAL.  An old Indian custom is to say the departed tribe member’s name out loud.  That way that tribe member will never be forgotten.  God bless our members and their family.

One very important change to report is your Post will have ownership of the VSweeps machines.  We have a great new addition to it.  Along with the usual cash payout, for every dollar you donate you will also be getting dollar for dollar cash value towards the purchase of items through www.gift-liquidation.com.  You will have to create a new account through that program to redeem your goods but it’s easy peasy to do.

Don’t forget Saturday June 10th we will be holding our Flag Day ceremony, veteran feast and flag retirement ceremony. 

Also keep September 1st through 4th on your calendar.  That’s when we are having our 1st annual Post 598 Aspen Camp Out.  There will be a signup sheet shortly. 

Then there is the ALR’s USO Run to benefit the 3 El Paso USO Centers.  Always a great event for a very good cause.  I’ve spent many a day and night being helped or entertained by the USO.  

For any events I’ve missed please come over to your Post and look at the White Board as Georgia keeps events well posted with Mike Chavez’s posters.

 I REALLY want to thank Jimmy Carrizal for everything he has done to better your Post.  His last beautification was to repair the siding and paint the trim on the front of the building.  It looks great!

Again thank you for your support and for your support in the future that will only make your Post better for everyone.

Just in case I missed something this month stay up to date and see what is going on go to the Post 598 website at http://www.alhorizoncitytx598.org/   

Thank you one and all for making our Post a better place.

For God and Country

Clay Durbin wcdurbin@yahoo.com


American Legion Post 598

 Hope to see you all at  our meeting, it's very important to try and make it out to our meeting as we will be voting on new Officers and see what our Auxiliary future holds  and to see if we have an Auxiliary or not.

Eva Valles - President

Auxiliary Chapter 598 American Legion


June Fun Facts

1. June 1, 1792, the state of Kentucky, also known as the Bluegrass state, became the 15th state of the United States.

2. June 1, 1796, Tennessee, also known as The Volunteer State became the 16th state of the United States.

3. Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, born June 3, 1808.


4. June 5, 1947, George C. Marshall, the Secretary of State, described the Marshall Plan.

5. June 5. 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy shot by an assassin. Died the following day, 1968.

6. Nathan Hale, American patriot, born June 6, 1755.

7. June 12, 1924, George Bush, 41st President of the United States, born in Milton, Massachusetts.

8. June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States was adopted by the Continental Congress.

9. June 14, 1900 - Hawaii was organized as a territory

10. June 15, 1775, George Washington was appointed the commander in chief of the Continental Army.

11. June 15, 1836, Arkansas also known as the Natural State, became the 25th state of the United States.

12. June 15, 1844, Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization.

13. June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain.

14. June 18, 2017 is Father’s Day

15. June 19, is known as Juneteenth Day. A holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.

16. June 20, 2017 is the 1st day of summer.

17. The JUNE BUG also known as June beetle, is the name for several large beetles seen in the United States during May and June. They are usually seen at night, when the light attracts them.

18. June 29, 1858, George W. Goethals, American engineer who built the Panama Canal, born.



“...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability.”  George S. Patton Jr.

SAL's  Scoop…                                          American Legion Riders Trail Dust

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If you would like to contact me, please feel free to do so at any time.  My cell # 915-820-0244, e-mail pohara@elp.rr.com

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY                                       Patrick O’Hara                                                                       SAL Commander






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“Leaders become great not because of their power but, because of their ability to empower others.” John Maxwell



Welcome all, I hope everyone is doing well.

The trip to Eagle on Wheels run in Douglas, Arizona was a resounding success with all riders returning home safely. I it was great seeing our fellow brothers and sisters from Douglas, and for the third time Lawman won the prestigious Walk of the Cock honors.

By the time this newsletter comes out, we would have had the Thin Blue Line LE MC event at the Legion and should be a great event.

This month we’re hosting a stop for the Men of War MC on 13 May, this is another run for veteran cause, with proceeds going to the USO.

Also, would like to have a serious discussion about taking a trip to Alpine, TX, and inviting Chapter 58. And remember, our USO run is scheduled for 9 September….still working out the stops. If anybody would like to join me to the Coalition meetings, they are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Ysleta VFW Post 6388, 9170 Cananea Ln. (off Alameda), and starts at 1900hrs. I’m usually there NLT 1830hrs to get good seating as it gets pretty full.

Remember, our meetings are always on the fourth Saturday of every month at 10:00am, unless, for whatever reason it has to be changed. Hope to see everyone at our meetings. Ride safe, be careful and God Bless. And more volunteers are needed for community service, it’s not too hard.

For God and Country                                           Jesus “SHADOW” Velasco                DIRECTOR ALR 598



For the year 2016-2017


DIRECTOR:  Jesus Velasco (Shadow)

DEPUTY DIRECTOR:  Jerry Tillson (Frosty)

SECRETARY: Jeremy Lehmen (Viking)

TREASURER: Ruben Duran (Lawman)

Sergeant At Arms: Joe Paxton (Papa Joe)

ROAD CAPTAIN: Marty Martinez (Spirit Rider)

HISTORIAN: Gilbert Pedroza (G-Man)

CHAPLAIN:  Debbie Duran (Jewel)

MEMBERSHIP:  Daniel Saucedo (Sauce Man)

News and Blurb from Bar Manager

 Hello Everyone!

The Commander (my hubby) will be having back surgery June 1st please keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery I’ll keep everyone posted on his status.

The Auxiliary had great support for their enchilada dinner last month. If you haven’t been involved in ‘Your’ Auxiliary you need to be more now than ever. We were visited by the District Madam President at our April meeting and she clearly informed the Auxiliary what will happen if no ladies volunteer to hold officer positions. This just doesn’t affect the Aux but also ‘Our’ Post, elections will be June 13th.

The ‘Adult Easter Egg Hunt’ had a small turn out but those that were there had a lot of fun!

The benefit run for Agent Barraza was awesome! They raised close to $3000.00 and we recruited several new members. This will be an ongoing venture with them and we look forward to next year.

The post had a fund raiser for the upcoming 4th of July festivities by selling tickets to the Comic Strip I want to thank all that bought tickets and thanks to those members who sold them.

The CASI Chili Cook-Off had a good turn-out of judges and participants Laura won for best ‘Salsa’ congrats!

Man of War benefit run on May 13th also proved to be beneficial to the Post we were the first stop and riders from our sister Chapter 58 chose to stay and enjoy our hospitality.

Our first friendly pool tournament with members of VFW Tigua and AL Post 36 on May 20th was great! Our Post won bragging rights and we look forward to them hosting the next tournament. I want to thank ‘All’ our regular players that came out and supported this event.

June 10th will be the annual ‘Flag’ retirement ceremony with the Post providing hotdogs, hamburgers and all the fixings.

We still have a lot of events and activities coming this summer and beyond, we are doing great and I look forward to each one of them.

Always Live, Laugh and Love

Georgia Durbin

Post 598 Bar Manager








Post Hours:


4:00 PM – 10:00 AM


3:00 PM – 12:00 AM

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(915) 852-482



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