mT. dIABLO Post 246
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>>>> 2018 CRAB FEED DINNER AND FUNDRAISER <<<<
The Crab Feed Dinner and Fundraiser was another big success for the post! Preliminary numbers show that we made close to $8,000 again this year. Our guest auctioneer did a really great job! We had fresh crab, great food from Genova's in Walnut Creek, and lots of auction and raffle items. The 50/50 cash raffle was a big hit; we made $450 as did the winner.
A great big thank you to all that made this a success; Gary Soto & Leroy Vares (the crab man!), Randy Reid and his wife Carol (worked all the auction and raffle items, and most everything else), Alan Scharlach for coordinating the Boy Scouts (who did a fantastic job!), Michelle Lee (arranged all the food), Raoul Miranda (handled all the financials), Phil and Lisabeth Connolly (supplies, reception & raffle), Ron & Evelyn Roe (appetizers), John Archimede (music), Bob Sada (ticket sales) and Dick Olson and Jerry Lindahl . Thanks also to Vicki and her husband for bartending! We could not hold this event without all the great help from our own members!
Thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 60 and 888 for their continuing support and work for this event. Both troops made some good money in tips.
If you attended and have any comments good or bad, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Email would be preferred.
Our membership is now up to 156 (83% paid) with 2 new members; two transfers from other posts, and 5 transfers from Post 1000. Please be sure to welcome them.
Anh Juntura, Navy, Gulf War, new
Neil Giles, Navy, Panama, Grenada, Gulf War, new
Don Emerson, Navy, Korea, transfere from Post CA-287
John Gibbons, Navy, Korea, transfer from Post 1000
Roman Kendzion, Coast Guard, Korea, transfer from Post 1000
Paul Klepacz, Navy, Vietnam, transfer from Post 1000
George Piombo, Army, Korea, transfer from Post 1000
Harold Wasson, transfer from Post CA-471
James Yi, Army, Gulf War, transfer from Post 1000
Our meeting in April will be on Wednesday, 4 Apr.
Jerry Lindahl will share his DVD about Richard Ira Bong. He was a USAF Major and Medal of Honor recipient in WWII. He was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots and the country's top flying ace in the war; credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft, all wit his Lockheed P-38 Lighting fighter. In December of 1944 he was pulled ou t of combat and sent back to the USA as a test pilot for Lockheed testing the new fighter the P-80. He was killed on 6 August 1945 when the P-80 he was flying crashed on takeoff near Burbank, CA. He was only 24 years old.
I want to thank Eric Ardell for arranging our March dinner meeting and Dick Seavey for our great speaker! Due to great positive response, we will do it again. It's time to consider taking your turn as a member of Mt. Diablo Post 246! As members, we need to do our part to support our Post and the American Legion. There are members that we can always count on to help support our many community, veteran and Legion activities and programs. As part of supporting the Department of California I have been nominated to become the Commander of the 9th District for 2018-2019 term. I will continue to support our post but cannot serve as both District Commander and Commander of our Post. Additionally, I will not seek 1st or 2nd Vice Commander positions. Additionally, our Finance Officer Raoul Miranda has moved to Healdsburg, CA, and due to the long commute to attend our meetings, he will not serve beyond this June. This leaves our post with several offices to fill. I am looking to you, our members, to help fill these positions. I want to thank all of our officers and the Executive Committee for your service to our post!!! Thank you all!!!
RADM RUSSELL W. GORMAN
A Celebration of Life for RAdm Gorman was held at the Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, 6 August and internment with his wife Eriko with full military honors was held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA on 7 August. Please see the pictures of the events on our website.
Adm Gorman, a long time member of our post, was highly instrumental in the negotiation and planning of the rebuilding of the VMB and the library is named in his honor.
MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYABLE FOR 2018
We are off to a great start for payment of dues; as of early September 70% of you have paid your dues for 2018!! Our goal is 100% before December 2017! Mail us a check or you can pay online. We would prefer you pay through us since we get a little bit more of your dues.