DISTRICT 9 / POST 246 CHILI COOK-OFF
Our Post is hosting a Chili Cook-off at the Veterans Memorial Building, Danville, CA from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 29, 2020 to raise funds for the District 9 student veteran fund to support student veteran activities at colleges in District 9 and to pay their American Legion membership dues.
You are invited to enter and serve up your favorite chili recipe as Chili Cook-off participants. You will need to provide a crock pot or similar appliance to keep their chili warm and an electrical extension cord. You are welcome to provide additional condiments to enhance their chili. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili!
Not a chef, come anyway and sample/vote for your favorite entry.
Preliminary plans for ticket costs follow (subject to change):
1) Chili Cookoff entrants: FREE
2) American Legion (including Auxiliary) members and other Veteran Service Organization Members: $25 per person
3) Student Veterans attending community colleges in Contra Costa County and Saint Mary’s College: Free
4) General Public: $30 per person
5) Children 12 years of age and younger: $5 per person
6) Additional Tastings: $10 for four tastings.
7) Beverage Coupons: To Be Determined
American Legion and other VSO members, and student veterans will receive tickets for ten tastings and a coupon for a beverage (i.e., beer, wine, soft drink, or water). Children will receive a ticket for a hot dog and a coupon for a beverage (i.e., soft drink or water).
Cookoff Entrants should confirm their participation no later than 29 February 2020 to Mark Heinemann (Email: email@example.com) or Randy Reid (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) If you need further information about the details of the Chili Cook-off, please contact Mark Heinemann at (925) 548-8239 (M) / (925) 964-0904 or Randy Reid at (925) 964-3759.
OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY
Our speaker this month is Chief Paige Meyer who joined the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District on March 18, 2013. He currently serves as a Board Member for the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, an honorary board member of the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, a board member and secretary for Leadership San Ramon Valley, on the Police and Fire Fallen Heroes scholarship committee, a Honorary Airforce Commander with Travis Airforce Base and is an active member of the Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs, serving as current President of both the Executive Chiefs and County chiefs.
Prior to being hired by the SRVFPD, Chief Meyer began his career over 25 years ago, as a volunteer Firefighter and later as a Public Safety Officer, with the City of Sunnyvale. He then served at the City of Vallejo Fire Department, holding the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Fire Chief. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Chico as well as a Fire Science degree.
100TH HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEGION !!!
As we enter the new year of 2020, our membership is now over 90% of our department goal. Thank you so much to those of you who have continued to support our post and the Legion, and I hope those who have not renewed yet, will do so at their earliest opportunity. We need you and we are here for you!
We are still looking for a candidate to take leadership of the post. I have enjoyed leading the post for several years, but it is time for me to pass the baton in the next year or two. Now is the time to step up and bring new ideas and energy to continue our programs and events. Randy Reid, as third Vice Commander, has volunteered to assist with “training” and transition. I look forward to hearing from you.
The Crab Feed is sold out and we have a great assortment of donations for the auctions and raffle!!
ALL WARS MEMORIAL PAVERS
Would you like to honor the service or contribution made by an individual service member or veteran?? Purchase a paver (to be installed in the memorial walkway at Oak Hill Park in Danville) through the All Wars Memorial Foundation. See flyer (click here) for more details and order form on our website.
APPOINTED POST OFFICERS
Here are the appointed positions still open where we really need help. Contact Eric or I may contact you.
Ass't Adjutant Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)
Membership Committee Chairman
Programs Chairman Swearing-in Ceremony Committee
4th of July Parade Coordinator
Crab Feed Project Manager VMB Corn Beef & Cabbage Committee
Fund Raiser Manager Veterans Day Program Committee
NEW MEMBER CHALLENGE
With the new Legion Act now law, the Executive Board is issuing a Membership Challenge.
We challenge every member to bring in one new member by 31 December. If you bring in five (5) new members we will pay your dues for one year; if you bring in fifteen (15) new members, we will pay your dues for three years. For purposes of this challenge, transfers from Post 1000 will count as a new member (contact me if you would like names of Post 1000 members in our area, there are many).
We are sure there are many, many veterans in this area. Talk to family and friends and ask about vets they may know. Contact those vets and tell them about our post and the American Legion. Go to Legion.org to find lots of membership information or come to the Veterans Memorial Building and pickup some information.
LET’S MAKE 200!!!!
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We are continuing to contacting many of you who we don’t see very often. We are do so for three simple reasons; 1) we want to know how you are doing, what you are doing, and if we can help, 2) we want to make sure your current contact information (address, phone number, email address, etc.) is correct, and 3) What would you like to see for a meeting or event. We are open to any suggestions.
Do you know someone who are group would like to hear from with a compelling or interesting subject? Military, business, personal stories, technical innovation is all good, but no advertising or sales pitches. We will accept all suggestions. Please provide contact information if at all possible and we may ask you to help facilitate arrangements.
POST GENERIC BUSINESS CARDS
We have had business cards for general use by all members. These cards can be used for any reason related to our post, i.e., potential membership contacts, donation requests like our crab feed, etc. These cards will be available at all of our regular meetings or make arrangements with a post officer.
Since Doris’s passing, we have asked about how to pay our respects. Doris’s granddaughter has indicated, in lieu of flowers or cards, that you donate to the Veterans Remembrance Committee, a bay area veterans’ group to foster public remembrance for the men and women who have served our country. Doris was involved with the committee for many years. Make checks to "Veterans Remembrance Committee", note remembrance of Doris Sidwell. The address is:
Veterans Remembrance Committee
4444 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94601
2020 MEMBERSHIP - UPDATED
We’re making great progress on membership renewal; we are over 90% now. For those who have not renewed yet, you will be receiving a past due notice from National headquarters. Please send your renewal in today!!
AMERICAN LEGION VEHICLE DONATION
Did you know that the American Legion has a Vehicle Donation Program? Making a donation is easy.
Toll Free Number Information: 844-353-4466 (844-3-LEGION)
Online Donation Form: https://www.legion.org/donate/auto
• Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI) will pick up your vehicle at a time that works for you - at no cost to you.
• The American Legion will send you a tax receipt and acknowledgement.
• Proceeds will support The American Legion.
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI) can accept vehicles in almost any condition, whether they can be driven or not, in all 50 states. They accept many types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, RVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, heavy equipment, farm equipment, tractors and more.