Americanism: One Vote Can Change Things

What is Americanism

By Evelyn “Granny” Painter

Ok, to me Americanism is the right to speak our feelings on a subject without being criticized for our opinion.

It is also the freedom to go to the church we wish, dress the way we feel comfortable, and vote the way we feel is the right way in our opinion.

April 2, 2019 is Election day for our State of Missouri.

Our duty as Americans is to go out and vote whenever possible.

If we do not use our privilege to vote, then we must keep quiet about how the election returns happen to turn out.

Some say that their one vote would not change anything, I beg to differ.

Here are some examples of how one vote did in fact, change things:

Every election held becomes more critical if each of us is to maintain our personal freedom; yet every election finds thousands of eligible citizens who do not vote.

The fact that all too many citizens do not vote is a tragedy, even more tragic is many who do not vote believe that their one vote does not matter.


1645: One vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England

1649: One vote cause Charles I of England to be executed.

1776: One vote gave America the English Language instead of German.

1845: One vote brought Texas into the Union.

1868: One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

1876: One vote changes France from a monarchy to a Republic.

1876: One vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the United States.

1923: One vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.

1941: One vote saved selective service-just weeks before Pearl Harbor.

1948: Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate by less than one vote per precinct in the state of Texas. (He eventually became President of the United States and appointed Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.)

1982: Governor James R. Thompson was reelected Governor of Illinois by less than one vote per precinct.

How important is one vote? Your vote? A wise man once said, “Liberty means responsibility-this is why most men dread it.” That wise man was John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961.

Do you dread it, or do you consider liberty your responsibility- to be preserved where it counts most, in the ballot box? Is one vote important? Yes! Your vote makes a difference and so do you.

Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile Visits Buffalo

How do we spend our days when not volunteering at the DAV Auxiliary? “Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener, that is what I’d truly love to be…cause if I were an Oscar Meyer wiener, everyone would be in love with me.”🎶

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Came to Woods Supermarket March 8 2019 in Bolivar and Buffalo, MO. DAV/DAVA 62 members were there to celebrate!

Here are our DAV Chapter 62 Commander Melissa Tank Hernandez, DAV Auxiliary Commander Yvonne Piland, Sr Vice Commander,Marijo Macella, Chaplain Judi Woods, and Ways and Means Committee Charlie Woods,along with some our Juniors enjoying the moment…

1800’s Day Spring Fest

We’ll be kicking off our spring season with our fourth annual 1800’s Day Spring Fest on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th!

Joined by some fantastic vendors and demonstrators, we’ll be highlighting information, hands-on activities, and live demonstrations of life from 200 years ago as we try to bring a part of history to life in a fun yet educational way!

Come watch artisans demonstrating how things were done back then, and how wares were made! Listen to presentations on the lives of incredible people from history, and other inspiring stories! Find questionnaires and fact signs on all sorts of intriguing trivia!

The General Store will have brand new spring products, and Instant Winner Games will be going on over the loudspeakers!
And all this will be in conjunction with our usual garden plants, herbs, and flowers!

It will be a weekend of historical adventure for the whole family, and we encourage families and school groups to come out for a day to have fun learning, so mark your calendars for the third weekend of April!

April 12th and 13th
9am – 5pm both days

Entry by donation.

Located at Greasy Creek General Store, about 2 miles East of Buffalo, MO, right on Hwy 32.

For more information, or if you have any questions, you can message us on Facebook, or call us at 417-345-0616!

Juniors’ Bless Our Veterans on Valentine’s Day

GOD BLESS…….Evelyn “Granny” Painter

Our Juniors have been busy this week:

  • Valentine’s party with fun games and crafts Wednesday.
  • Create and deliver wooden magnets for Vets in all 3 Buffalo care facilities, and delivery of them to our Veteran friends.
  • Dropped off some balloons and treats for the House of Hope “Remove Your Mask” Ball to be held this Saturday evening.
  • On February 14, Juniors helped set up for the DAV Sweetheart Spaghetti dinner to benefit the soldiers who are deployed
  • The night concluded with dancing a tad before cleaning up. A week of heart healthy activities. . . heart our style.

Great work Juniors and Becky Schnapp.



March 6 and 7, 2019  * *  8:00am-5:00pm


March 2, 2019  *  Work Day * 8:00am-Noon

March 4, 2019  *  Work Day * 8:00am-5:00pm 

March 5, 2019  *  Work Day * 8:00am-5:00pm


It’s that time again;

Pilfering through our uglies

Shortly another’s lovelies

Behold, the bargains.

Where trash turns into treasure

Old and new friendships prosper

Enduring amidst the stale

Oh the treasured rummage sale!

By Judi A Woods @2019