Local Chambers Host Flag Display

This past week Sedro Woolley Community Troop Support President, Cassie Freer, and Vice President, Kym Kelly, delivered a flag to each of following local chambers:  Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Each flag was donated to us by a service member who received a Christmas Care Package while deployed overseas. These flags will remain on display with each Chamber of Commerce office so our community can share in the heroic efforts of our service men and women.

Additionally, the Sedro Woolley and Burlington Chamber of Commerce will host year round drop off spots for troop support efforts!  Thank you to each of the Chambers for their continued support of our efforts!

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In this photo: Cassie Freer and Burlington Chamber Director Linda Fergusson
 
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In this photo:  Cassie Freer and Janis Cyr and Paula Johnsen of the Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce
 
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In this photo:  Cassie Freer is with the Mount Vernon Chamber staff Jeremy Kindlund, Karen Miller and Maytham Taleb
 
 

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Poker Run Update

Hi, folks!  Our group of volunteers are working on putting together an amazing Poker Run…we’re talking some great prizes, an awesome band, cool card stops, you name it – we’re on it!

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The day will start at the Eagle’s Club in Sedro Wolley with a great breakfast and lots of fellowship and our day will end at Riverfront Park in Sedro Woolley with a Ride Bike Show, band, food and prizes!

We do have one confirmed card stop at WWIA ~ Camp Stillwater, which we know you will enjoy seeing!  The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. (WWIA) serves our Nation’s combat wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

Located here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Camp Stillwater is one of WWIA ADA Compliant National Healing Centers that serves our Nation’s Combat Wounded as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice.

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We also will have the FREE FAMILY PASSES to Skagit Speedway for the first 50 people who register and pay for the Poker Run!  An awesome supporter, we really appreciate Skagit Speedway!

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This year’s rates have changed slightly ~ We are offering a $5 discount per person when you pre-register.  Rider and Bike will be $20, with passenger is $35.  At the door, prices will be $5 more per person.

Registration will be opening SOON!

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We have lots of opportunities and individuals to participate in this event!

We’ve got lots of room for volunteers to help plan and organize the event with more needed on the day of the event!

We need prizes!

Food vendors for the after party!

Share this event, invite your friends and help promote it!

Every contribution is needed and greatly appreciated!  If you would like to help, please email coordinator@swcommunitytroopsupport.com

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SAVE THE DATE!

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Cascade Middle School Top Club (Sedro-Woolley)

We recently had an opportunity to speak with the Cascade Middle School Top Club to share in their enthusiasm for supporting our troops!

The students have collected items for K-9 packages and have raised funds to cover the postage!   We will be coordinating with Sophia Beltran, class coordinator, on this mailing.

They will also be participating in our upcoming Easter mailing by writing letters for us to include. We also have extended a special invitation for them to join us for the Loggerrodeo 4th of July Parade!  They are so awesome!

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Following is a letter of Thanks to Cascade Middle School Top Club from our President, Cassie Freer:

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Mail Call!

It is always great to hear from our men and women serving that have received Christmas Care packages!

As a community of supporters, these letters are addressed to US and meant for each and EVERYONE that participated in our 2013 Christmas Care Package campaign; which include all those that supported our Yellow Ribbon Poker Run, our committed group of volunteers, each individual and business that provided monetary support, donated goods and services for our fund raising efforts and each and every member of the community that gave items for the care packages.

Your efforts are far reaching and appreciated by all those touched.

 

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Following are a couple of very heartfelt messages we received on our Facebook page:

 

To Whom it May Concern -
I am a deployed service member out here in Afghanistan and I received some boxes from you. I just wanted to sincerely THANK YOU so much for all your thoughtfulness and generosity. You’ve made our Christmas a little closer to home. THANK YOU SO MUCH! God Bless you and your families!!!

Sincerely, Jay USN Navy

 

 

I got a care package today from the Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support group. They have really done an amazing job of taking care of myself and all the guys and gals out here at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar. This box was really special. It included three bags of coffee from Tom Sawyer Coffee in Spokane, WA. If you get a chance, visit the web page at tomsawyercountrycoffee.com. I now want to visit this place when I get home. It is on my list of places to go and people to visit to thank personally for the support they have shown. Tom and his wife wrote messages of inspiration and support on each bag for us. And to top it off, the coffee is wonderful! We got the Viking coffee. If you can find it, you should all try it!

Steven

 

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A Message from our President

On behalf of Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support, I want to thank all of you who donated items to our Christmas Care Package Campaign, participated in our Yellow Ribbon Motorcycle Poker Run, and helped volunteer to maintain the strength of our efforts!  Below is one of several messages we received from a Christmas Care Package recipient.  All communications we have received express the same gratitude for our efforts to send encouragement, support and special “Wish List” items.  John’s thanks go out to all of you…

 

 

“I want to thank you on behalf of the 429 EOS/SFS troops for the packages we received.

Your thoughts, prayers and support through our deployment have brightened our spirits during this holiday season.

Without the support of community’s like yourself, our military would surely falter.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all your endeavors be happy and kind.”

 

John D.

429 EOS Security Forces, USAF

 

 

On December 20th, KISM invited SWCTS to join their broadcast from Bob’s Burger & Brew in Burlington (the Friday that all the snow fell!).  This was a wonderful opportunity to inform the public of our activities.  Enough money was raised at this event to enable us to send a special Easter care package mailing.  So, please let us know if you have a friend or loved one serving overseas so we may include them in this mailing!

 

Although the majority of our work occurs from July to December, we will begin planning this year’s events at our next Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at the Eagles Club in Sedro-Woolley (1000 Metcalf Street) at 5:30 (note the time change from 5:00 to 5:30).  And, of course, you are all invited to attend…the more the merrier!  And even if you have never been to one of our meetings, new eyes, new participants always bring new ideas, so please feel welcome to join us…

 

And it is not too early to mark the date of our 5th Annual Yellow Ribbon Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, July 26th!   Live music, prizes and more will be waiting for you at the end of your ride at Riverfront Park in Sedro-Woolley.  Volunteers are needed to help plan and carry out this event, so let us know of your interest!

 

Happy New Year to you and yours…we wish you only the best for 2014!

 

 

 

Cassie Freer

President / Coordinator

SW Community Troop Support

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To All that Participated in the 2013 Care Package Campaign

Good Morning,

 

I want to thank you on behalf of the 429 EOS/SFS troops for the packages we received. Your thoughts, prayers and support through our deployment have brightened our spirits during this holiday season. Without the support of community’s like yourself, our military would surely falter. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all your endeavors be happy and kind.

 

TSgt John

 

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Thank you!

We are so honored that KISM 92.9 included us in their morning broadcast at Bob’s Burger and Brew on Cook Rood!  We had a great turn out from the Combat Veteran’s Association and an out pouring support of our community; raising over $2,000 to help cover the cost of postage and supplies for our troops serving overseas!

 

Thank you to Brad and John for coming up with this idea and opening your hearts ~ you guys did a GREAT job!  Thank you to Bob’s Burger and Brew for the awesome venue and breakfasts!

 

We sincerely appreciate the guys and gals that came out this snowy morning from the Combat Vet’s Association, as well as our SWCTS volunteers, President ~ Cassie Freer, Vice President ~ Kym Kelly and Founding Coordinator ~ Marilyn Pineda for their support!

 

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Care Package Update – A Message From Our Coordinator

Hi Everybody,

We are in pretty good shape, getting the boxes ready to go.  Monday, December 2nd (1:00), we will tape up the rest of the boxes, apply postage, complete custom forms, apply to/from labels and weigh the boxes.  We have an appointment at 10:00 on Tuesday, December 3rd, at the Sedro-Woolley Post Office; the Post Office knows we will be bringing all boxes to them.   Volunteers are asked to be at the warehouse by 9:00 to load vehicles.  Please let me know if you can help out coordinator@swcommunitytroopsupport.com .

 

We are out of quite a few items to make up the rest of the care packages … canned tuna, chicken, wash cloths, BIG chocolate bars, etc…   So, another shopping trip is planned.  Then, we can schedule another work party at the warehouse, and prepare for the final delivery to the post office.

 

Twelve K-9 packages are being sent out, with care packages for each K-9 contact.  And, our final recipient list may be near 80 (160 packages total).  I have been receiving at least one recipient name/address each day….

 

We have had lots of new volunteers at the warehouse work parties!  And, while we have been packing boxes, additional checks were mailed to us.  We should have sufficient funds left over for a second mailing some time in 2014; no occasion has been identified for this additional mailing.  Your ideas are encouraged for when this second mailing could be scheduled.

 

Thanks for all your hard work!  We have made lots memories filled with laughter~

 

Cassie Freer

President / Coordinator

SW Community Troop Support

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Sedro Woolley High School Veterans Day Assembly

Nearly 2,000 items were collected by SWHS students and donated to SWCTS!  The spirit of the assembly was also conveyed through the performance of the SWHS Jazz Band and Choir.

 

Derek is a SWHS student who presented the following at the assembly:

“Veteran”  A person who has served in the US Armed Forces or who is currently serving.  A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life wrote a bank check….a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of ‘up to and including…their life’.  But what if they never served?

 

We gather today to honor the men and women who have worn this nation’s uniform.  More importantly, we join together to thank them for their service and their devotion to duty.  Whether they served in time of war or peace, America’s veterans all share a common bond – their unwavering belief in the cause of freedom, a belief so strong they were willing to give their lives for the sake of our freedom and way of life.  But what if they never served?

 

We owe so much to our veterans, and it is a debt we can never truly repay.  Their stories are the story of our history, because America rose to greatness on their shoulders.  We owe them our very way of life, our freedom to live, work and raise our families as we please.  The very least we can do is to honor their sacrifices, and thank them for all they’ve done for this great country.  But what if they never served?

 

Veterans are this nation’s unsung heroes.  Their families and friends may have been the only ones who knew their names, who knew the sacrifices they made to serve our country.  In peacetime, especially, it was easy to forget that these men and women were on duty, in lonely outposts around the world.  Our veterans have missed the births of their children, wedding anniversaries and graduations.  They have spent holidays in soggy rice fields in Vietnam and amid the stinging sands of the Iraqi desert.  Many of them gave up their chance to be husbands, wives, fathers and mothers.  They gave up everything for their country…for us.  But what if they never served?

 

Our veterans know only too well the dark side of humanity, whether it be the horrors of Nazi concentration camps and POW camps in Korea and Vietnam or the bloodshed witnessed recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, our soldiers remained…with strength and courage.  But what if they never served?

 

Our veterans are living examples of what it means to be a hero.  They have given us a lifetime of service, and the country has been enriched by their contributions both in and out of uniform.  But what if they never served?

 

If they never served I can only imagine living in a country with no choices.

 

No choice of how to raise our children.

 

No choice of our careers.

 

No choice of who to marry.

 

No choice to select our leaders.

 

And no choice of how to live our lives.

 

But they DID serve.  We are so thankful that they DID serve!  We say, Thank you.  Thank you for your sacrifices, for your sense of duty, and for your service.  Our nation salutes you, and we gathered here today to salute you.  Let’s stand up and give our guest active duty Veterans a huge round of applause.

 

In attendance:

Staff Sargent Prince-O’Neil

Chief Thomas

Staff Sargent Manibusan

Lieutenant Commander Tony Garner

Sargent Salazar

Petty Officer Elf

Staff Sargent Rifenbury

Petty Officer Hartman

Army Veteran Raider Itgard

 

 

 

 

To see more pictures, check out our album on Facebook

 

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