mT. dIABLO Post 246
Our Boys and Girls State Recognition Luncheon 7 Oct was a resounding success thanks to Michelle Lee. Thanks also to the members who attended and helped put on the event. We even had one of our girls elected Governor! (see note below)
Again, please review the note below on Appointed Officer positions. How can you help in one of these capacities to help your post and make our motto "Continuing to Serve" a reality.
Don't forget our big fundraising event of the year is coming up Saturday, January 26, 2019. Got a suggestion for an auction or drawing item? Let us know who and contact info ASAP! Want a copy of the current list; just ask.
Finally, it is the American Legion Centennial in 2019. Our big celebration will be the fourth of July parade, a special installation of officers, and a reception for Past National Commander, Dale Barnett (who will be the parade Grand Marshall). I would really like to see a huge turnout as we will be featured in the parade. I can also use some help finding a 1919 vehicle for the parade!
Sorry for the repeats, but necessary, Eric
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OUR LUNCH MEETING IN NOVEMBER WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER.
Our November speakers will be Michael Ireland and Sgt. Ryan Borkert of the Contra Costa County Fire Department. They will talk about their rescue and fire suppression duties as helicopter air crewmen.
With funding from a federal grant, we implemented a rescue program to compliment our patrol duties. The rescue program includes short haul rescues as well as fire suppression with a 144 gallon Bambi Bucket. We were trained by Air Rescue Systems our of Ashland, Oregon. Since 2014, we have completed several dozen short haul rescues as well as a similar number of missions for fire suppression. We currently fly 5 days a week; Tuesday-Saturday from 1500-0100.
Our normal flight crew for day flights consists of a pilot, Tactical Flight Officer, and Flight Rescue Technician (FRT). The FRT is either a Captain Paramedic from Contra Costa Fire, are a Contra Costa Search and Rescue volunteer.
Our membership is now up to 165 members! Our newest members are Ross Orvik, Art Gaskins grandson and Amir Udler, a Boys State alum and now a cadet at the US Military Academy.
We are still in the low 60% of those who have renewed their memberships for 2019!! Remember our goal is 100% so please, if you have not renewed your membership yet, do so at your earliest convenience. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The following are the persons elected to offices for 2018-2019:
Commander Eric Ardell
Vice Commander Alan Scharlach
2nd Vice Commander Ron Roe
Adjutant Robert Landy
Finance Officer Phil Connolly
Chaplain Dick Seavey
Historian Jerry Lindahl
Judge Advocate Ron Lowe
Sgt of Arms Randy Reid
Service Officer Leroy Vares
Executive Committee (up to 5 positions)
Michelle Lee, Gary Soto, Chuck Brydon, Ed Ott
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 Randy or 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 Program Chairman 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
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.