Post 758 Family Newsletter for 1st Quarter 2008
Dave McDonald, Post Commander–I want to start out 2008 by telling you about our Worker Appreciation Dinner, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2008. Social hour begins around 3; dinner begins around 4. I’m so impressed with the dedication of our Legionnaires, Auxiliary Members and Sons. The Worker Appreciation Dinner will give the workers a chance to socialize and visit the Post Home without being called upon to work. This is our way to thank all of you who give of your time and talent to make Post 758 what it is.
Jim Muska, SAL Squadron Commander-
POST MEETINGS: Second Tuesday of the month from September-June at 7:30 pm. Special meetings can be called from time to time. We can use your good ideas, so please consider attending this month.
BINGO:-Every Friday Night, 7 PM.
LEGION FACILITIES RENTALS: For weddings and gatherings for private and non-profit organizations, call Jim Muska at 607-797-3513 for more details and available dates. Members of our Legion Family in good standing get a discount on the hall rental. On the Facilities & Food Service page of the blog, you’ll see pictures of the main hall, where you could have your next party, reception or gathering.
Pancake Breakfast Buffets (8am-noon, 3rd Sundays of the month):
June 15–last of 2007-2008 season
What would YOU like to see our Post do?
POST ELECTIONS: This is your chance to choose the Post Leadership. The election process begins with a nominating petition, which must be turned in and filled out correctly before the election, which is slated for the May meeting. We’ll have more details on our Post 758 Blog.
In the printed version, you’d see a picture from “Power for the Troops 3” that has been already posted to our Post 758 Blog. The latest information is posted, sometimes within minutes to the blog, so our reminder about going to the blog is very important, since this is how Post 758 will be communicating with its family in the future–and we need to get used to this change right now.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Our Power For The Troops III Battery Collection Drive in December yielded 9,800 donations of “AA” and “AAA” alkaline batteries for troops in Southwest Asia. Since 2005, Post 758 has sent 17, 245 of them to bring a little off-duty enjoyment to the men and women who stand between us and those who want to destroy our way of life. Thanks to the Fairy Godmother Brigade, Hatfield Quality Meats, Crowley Foods/HP Hood, Behlog & Son Produce, the 204th Engineer Battalion Association for sending the batteries overseas, and all who donated and helped Jim Muska in the kitchen and clean up. This is the kind of activity that builds good will for our post. An active post family plans and executes successful activities, which attracts new and retains renewing members.
BOYS STATE: The leadership experience that Boys State provides looks good on a college application, and it’s useful in the real world, too. If you know of a young man who wants to gain that experience (this is where our leaders of tomorrow get their start), please let one of our Post Officers know soon so they can talk to the principal of the young man’s school. Our deadline for nomination of candidates is also in April–it’s not too early to be thinking about Boys State, and the good it does for not just the young men, but society as well.
BLUE STAR MOMS, DADS AND GRANDPARENTS: Please let your sons, daughters and grandchildren who are serving our country know we would be honored to have them join our Post.
MEMBERSHIP: From a small start, the American Legion grew into the world’s largest veterans organization simply by other Legionnaires asking others to join our ranks. We can do so much more with more members. If you have renewed your membership, or asked an eligible veteran to join, thanks. As of January, 2008, our percentage of quota was: 79% (167/212). It is never too early to renew, nor is it too early to consider a Paid Up for Life Membership.
SICK CALL: Our first vice commander, Stan Smith, is currently at the Syracuse, NY Veterans Administration Medical Center undergoing tests and treatment. You can call the center at 315-425-4400, press “0” and ask for Stan, or shoot Stan a card at the VA Center, 800 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.
POST EVERLASTING: We honor those members who passed on to their final reward:
Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
Well done, good and faithful servants!
HAIL & FAREWELL: Lorraine Bailey, our former Auxiliary Unit President, has transferred from Unit 758 for personal reasons. All of us thank Lorraine for her contributions to our Post Family, and wish her well in her new endeavors.
ADVERTISING: We have space available in this newsletter for advertisers who wish to reach our Post 758 Family (Legionnaires, Auxiliary Members and Sons) with their advertising message or show of support. Please call the Post Home or e-mail the editor (2nd Vice Paul Kaminski) for rates, deadlines and requirements. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
OUR NEXT FAMILY NEWSLETTER WILL BE PUBLISHED IN MAY, 2008. The Publication Deadline for e-mailed articles will be May 10 (earlier is always better); print articles on paper will be due on April 25.
Published by Frank A. Johnson American Legion Post 758, 429 Main Street, Johnson City, NY 13790
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