On Saturday, July 29, the Ashland Kiwanis Club provided a barbecue lunch to the Oregon Army National Guard’s HHC 1st 186th Battalion Infantry stationed at the Ashland Armory on East Main Street. Hamburgers, chips, cookies, sodas and bottled water were provided as part of the luncheon.

The event was planned by Bob Treulich and others from the Club. Derek Eck and Russ Chadick barbecued the burgers for about 100 soldiers stationed at the Armory. Sandy Kuykendall, Lola Egan, Bob Treulich, Susan Yarne (and two grandkids), Ron Kubota, and Ron Parker helped prepare the food and serve it to the troops.

This was our way to thank and honor the men and women of the local Guard Unit who provide service and support in times of need to our country, as well as locally from time to time. Headquartered in Ashland, the HHC 1st 186th Infantry Battalion, with units in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Coos Bay, and Klamath Falls, are part of the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat team that spent eight months in Iraq during 2009 and 2010.

The deployment was the largest in Oregon history since World War II. They also spent nine months in Afghanistan in 2014/15.

In addition to serving our nation overseas when called upon, imagine that your community is in serious need of emergency help. Let’s say that a severe storm has hit your town and now your neighbors are in need of food, water and medical attention. These are the same men and women who are trained and ready to respond at a moment’s notice to help your community in so many ways.

To learn more about Kiwanis, call Ron at 541-488-0532, visit our website at ashlandkiwanis.org, or see us on our Facebook pages.