100TH HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEGION !!!
The 4th of July parade, celebrating the American Legion Centennial was awesome!!
I can’t thank those that attend enough for the assistance and participation. I especially want to thank Alan Scharlach and Randy Reid for all their help in organizing “our group” of dignitaries, boy scouts, vehicles provided by Military Vehicle Club of CA, boys and girls staters who joined us. A really big thank you goes to Michelle Lee, Bob Sada, and Mark Heinemann who made up our color guard, as well as George May III from Post 29 who join them in an authentic WWI doughboy uniform. Others who got in on the fun included Ed Ott & his jeep with sidekicks Raoul Miranda and Bob Landy, Mel DeMello, John Heinson, Dick Seavey, Fred Osborne, and Jerry Lindahl.
It was an honor to have Dale Barnett, Past National Commander, join us as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Other dignitaries included Autrey James, Dept of CA Judge Advocate (and slated to be Dept Commander in 2020); Gary Leach, Past Dept Commander; Dave Jackson, Area 2 Vice Commander; and Bob Fish, USS Hornet Museum Board Trustees (in an astronaut suit).
See (soon) plenty of pictures on our website: www.americanlegionpost246.org.
Year 2020 dues are now due; please see the note below.
NEW PAGE ON POST WEBSITE
Charlie Jursch, our webmaster, has created a new page (Breaking News) on our website with news articles directly related to veterans that you may not see elsewhere. Please check it out. First three articles will be about the BLUE Water Navy in Vietnam and the second is about new Agent Orange presumptive conditions and the third is about benefits for veterans exposed to PFAS. The access to this page is both via a button on the Home page at the top and the regular menu.
ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICERS
Nominations for elected officers for the 2019-2020 service year will be announced at our May meeting with elections to be held at our June meeting.
Commander Eric Ardell
1st Vice Commander Michelle Lee
2nd Vice Commander Alan Scharlach
Adjutant Robert Landy
Finance Officer Phil Connolly
Chaplain Ron Roe
Historian Jerry Lindahl
Judge Advocate Ron Lowe
Sgt of Arms Randy Reid
Service Officer Leroy Vares
Executive Committee (up to 5 positions)
Gary Soto, Dick Seavey / Mark Heinemann / Anh Juntura / Neil Giles
APPOINTED POST OFFICERS - STILL LOOKING
This a list of our appointed officers. Red positions indicated open positions where we really need help. Some are not filled at all, many others are combined and filled by one person. Contact Eric for more information.
Ass't Adjutant Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)
Ass't Finance Officer Logistics/Awards Manager
Asst Sgt of Arms - Ron Lowe Salvo Editor- Eric Ardell
Membership Committee Chairman Board of Trustees Member - Ron Lowe / Eric Ardell
Programs Chairman Swearing-in Ceremony Committee
Boys State Chairman - Eric Ardell 4th of July Parade Coordinator
Girls State Chairwoman - Michelle Lee VMB Operating Committee - Bob Landy
Oratorical Chairman - Neil Giles VMB Museum & Library Committee - Ron Farrell
Crab Feed Project Manager VMB Corn Beef & Cabbage Committee
Fund Raiser Manager Veterans Day Program Committee
Boy Scouts Chartered Representative - Alan Scharlach East Bay Standdown Representative - Mark Heinemann
Come help make our post thrive and grow!
SCOUT BRIDGING CEREMONY
Twice a year, each cub scout pack celebrates the advancement of cubs to Boy Scouts in a Bridging Ceremony. To advance to Boy Scouts, the cubs must earn the right through achievement of various levels of Cub Scouting, the last being the Order of the Arrow and reaching a minimum age requirement.
Last night, I had the honor of attending the Bridging Ceremony for our Cub Scout Pack 995 at the invitation of Peter Tan the committee chair for the Pack. I proudly watch eleven Cub Scouts transition across a bridge to the welcoming hands of five different "Scouting BSA" Troops. Two of the Cub Scouts transitioned to our Boy Scout Troop 888.
It was a well attended ceremony, with Dinner, posting of Colors, and pomp and ceremony to emphasis the importance of the transition from Cub to Boy Scouts. As of February 1st, Boy Scouts of American officially became "Scouting BSA" to allow the inclusion of girls into the Scouting organization. I look forward to attending future Bridging Ceremonies to include our Cub Scout Pack 997 on Friday, February 22, 2019.
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2020 MEMBERSHIP DUES
It is time to renew your membership for 2020 and we have already reached 40%!! Yes, National starts collecting 1 July with the goal of 100% renewal by the end of December 2019. Two main reasons: 1) it gives posts the financial assets to plan and accomplish their plans for the 2020 year; and 2) it gives national the assets to set and carry out national goals and legislative agenda. Go online at legion.org or send us a check. Dues remain $45.00 for 2020. Thank you again for your support!
NO AUGUST MEETING!! OUR NEXT MEETING IN SEPTEMBER WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER
Our September speaker will be Christine Sevier, Senior Living Advocate at Creating New Hope. She will talk about providing seniors with complementary advocacy, education, referrals, and community resources. Wives or significant others are welcome to attend.
2020 MEMBERSHIP - UPDATED
We are at 40 % already. OUR GOAL IS 100%. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!