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They’re Still Out There!

Yes, our U.S. Military Troops are still out there fighting to preserve our freedom and as long as that goes on our California Writers Phone Cards for the Troops continues to provide a prized possession for those men and women who are away from home and enduring the discomfort and heat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

My son travels and he just returned from Dubai where the heat was 114 degrees. However – he said all buildings were well air conditioned. Not so for our troops – maybe the shade under a truck or airplane wing – but no air-conditioned buildings.

This will be our 9th year of CBW providing phone cards for our troops. We are just short of $50,000 in donations for the purchase of cards and we send approximately 350 – 125 or 300 minute phone cards allowing our military to connect with their loved ones. Their families tell us, and they tell us what a “gift” it is to hear their family’s voices. What better way to honor them than to provide something that links families to loved ones in the armed services and away from home?

We are so lucky to live in America and this phone card effort means a lot to CBW. Donations since inception total $49, 435.44. If we exceed the $8185 from last year we will have provided over 2600 phone cards to our troops and near $60,000 in donations.

The AT&T International calling cards go to all branches of the service and are sent to arrive on Valentine’s Day.

Use this link to read more: “Phone Cards for the Troops Reminder.”

Send donations to: California Bowling Writers
Tina Martin, Treasurer
57 Shields Lane
Novato, California 94947-3877
Please make checks payable to CBW.

Thank you!

Bowling Centers of Southern California (Golf Tournament fundraiser)
Ventura Co. Women's USBC
Emilie Henry, Vacaville
Sherry Howe, Placerville, In honor of Joan Feinblum 2012 USBC Hall of Fame
Jeanne Foote, Clovis
Estate of Betty Schlegel, Volcano, honoring beautiful memories


From 2007 When the Music Stopped...

(For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.) This is written from a Chaplain in Iraq :

I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium that we use for movies as well as memorial services and other large gatherings.

As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when The National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.

Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-to-22- Year-olds back in the States? I imagine that there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin. Of course, that is, only if they had stood for The National Anthem in the first place.

Here in Iraq 1,000 soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again, and the soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. Again, though, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect 1,000 soldiers standing at attention to do?? Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start.

No!!. . . You could have heard a pin drop while every soldier continued to stand at attention.

Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, Then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices Of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off: "And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq , and I wanted you to know what kind of U.S. Soldiers are serving you! Remember them as they fight for us!

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins, LSA Anaconda while at the Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad. Please share only if you are so inclined. God Bless America and all of our troops serving throughout the world.

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