100TH HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEGION !!!
I start with the same comment from last month - I hope this SALVO finds you all well, hunkered down, staying safe. But there is no reason to panic; follow CDC guidelines and only go out for necessities, like grocery. To say the least, wash your hands often, go out as little as possible, and practice social distancing. It is the least we can do as our part to get through this pandemic.
As I indicated last month, we have canceled our regular meeting for May, and I will keep you posted on June.
Don’t forget to support Danville restaurants and businesses through online orders and curbside pickup.
We are continuing our Buddy Call program, but still unable to reach some of you. We just want to make sure you are okay and let you know we can help if you need it. And do let us know if we have your correct contact information.
One last appeal before your membership expires, I am asking you to please continue to support the Legion and our post and renew your membership.
I would like to welcome the following new members to our post: Lawrence Moser, Chris McCotter, John Thios, and James Wahleithner, all transferring from Post 1000.
LESSON ABOUT THE WAY WE TREAT PEOPLE
3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
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!!!!
EAST BAY STAND DOWN
Diablo Valley Veterans Foundation (DVVF) cancelled the East Bay Stand Down due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Post 246 advised DVVF to contribute the $500 donation from Post 246 to non-profit organizations which assist at-risk veterans.
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OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY - CANCELLED
No regular meeting in May and no speaker. Again, this is a great time to complete the Basic Training Course for all members. It is the American Legion's official training program for officers, members, Legion College applicants and those who simply want to expand their knowledge of the nation's largest veterans service organization. It is available online at https://www.legion.org/alei. Let me know when you complete the course. I am now 50% done.
Nominations for 2020-2021 officers will are due in at our May meeting. But since we will have not a face to face meeting we will open and close nominations via an online process with connection information to be sent out by email.
Nominations will be made for Commander, Vice Commanders, and three executive committee members in line with Department recommended post Bylaws.
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!!
Have you received a "Buddy Call" from one of our officers? Did you get a voice mail or an email and have not responded? If you don't think we have tried, we may not have contact info for you and mailed you a letter; did you get one? We really would like to hear from you. Call me if you like, 925-984-3184
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.
VETERANS: CALL BEFORE VISITING YOUR VA FACILITY
Medical appointments possible at home via VA Video Connect. Got a fever, cold, cough or flu-like symptoms? Are you worried that you have a viral illness? The last thing you want to do is get out of the house to see the doctor, exposing yourself (and others) to more potential bugs and viruses. VA can make it easier and safer to get back to health with virtual care through My HealtheVet and the VA Video Connect app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Virtual care means you can contact your VA provider (and health care team) through secure messaging or receive treatment by telephone or video. Any Veteran who qualifies to receive VA care and lives in the U.S. is eligible to use virtual care.
Staying home – easier for you, safer for the community. Virtual care is personalized and can connect you with your providers more effectively. Ask your care team if virtual care can help meet some of your health care needs. Options include in-home health monitoring with tailored technologies, connection to specialists, or even remote scans and data.
You probably already know My HealtheVet is a great way to manage your care – with online Rx Refills, VA Appointments, and your labs and tests, radiology reports, and images. With secure messaging and video appts, reaching your providers while at home can be easy, too. While not for use in emergencies, a secure and private session begins with a simple request with a Secure Message for a video appointment. Sign in and request one next time you need to see your doctor or other providers.
Your health care team can also set up an in-person appointment, if needed. Call your VA health center if you have symptoms. For more information, visit:
VA Video Connect (allows you to test your equipment compatibility)
Reach Your VA Care Team Over Live Video (YouTube)
VA Telehealth Services
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.
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.
DISTRICT 9 / POST 246 CHILI COOK-OFF - CANCELLED
Post 246 has postponed hosting the District 9 Chili Cook-off in compliance with Contra Costa County Health Services due to Covid-19. Post 246 plans to hold the event during September - October 2020 if conditions permit. Purchased tickets remain valid for this event at a future date. Funds from ticket sales and donations, less the cost of the beer and wine license, were sent to District 9 for deposit into the Student Veteran account. Thank you to all ticket purchasers for this agreement.
Copyright © American Legion Post 246.
STUDENT VETERAN OUTREACH
Activities to engage with Student Veteran organizations at the three Contra Costa Community Colleges and Saint Mary's College were suspended when these colleges ceased on-campus classes in March. District 9 and Post 246 will resume engagement with Student Veterans at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
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