MEETING SPEAKERS

​​​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.   

COMMANDER'S CORNER


100TH  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEGION !!!











 
NEWS FLASH!!  Congress has passed and the White House has signed the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act of 2019 – The LEGION Act – which expands definition of war eras to include all who served since Dec. 7, 1941.  The LEGION Act offers American Legion membership eligibility to any U.S. military veteran who served at least one day of active military duty since Dec. 7, 1941 and was honorably discharged or is serving now. The act also affects membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, expanding eligibility for those groups, as well.

We are challenging all members to contribute to the growth of the post, as such, see the Membership note below.

Three members have transferred to Post Everlasting in the last several weeks.  Donald Emerson, Donald Giddens, and Richard Condit.  These gentlemen were not active in the post, so if anyone knew one of these gentlemen, I would appreciate it if you would contact me.


Eric, Commander

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 on Home page (click the button on the right) 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.

Appointed Positions

Ass't Adjutant                                                                         Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)     
Ass't Finance Officer                                                             Logistics/Awards Manager
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!!!!

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.

Alan Scharlach
Scouting Representative

PRINT OUT YOUR VA WELCOME KIT

​​​Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.  Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.
Download your VA Welcome Kit.   Share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits. You can print out copies for yourself and others:
Your VA Welcome kit in black and white (PDF)
Your VA Welcome Kit in color (PDF)
The links above will also give you links to download guides to VA benefits and services For Veterans:
-     Apply for VA health care (PDF)
-     Get started with mental health services (PDF)
-    Apply for a disability rating (PDF)
-    Apply for education benefits (PDF)
For family members:
-    Get started with caregiver benefits (PDF)
-    Apply for survivor benefits (PDF)

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: When completing & submitting any of the above official veteran VA benefit documents, we strongly encourage you & your family members to ALWAYS seek professional advice from our Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer Nathan Johnson & his CCCVSO.  Call [925] 313-1451. 
Open in Danville every Wednesday, call 925 / 313-1481 for Appt


SEPTEMBER MEETING
OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER


We do not have a speaker in October.  As mentioned above, our regular meeting is on Sunday, 6 Oct and we will hear from our Boys and Girls State delegates and ambassadors.  You are strongly encouraged to attend!!  Let’s show these young men and women how much we appreciate them!

VETERANS OUTREACH

​​​Mark Heinemann is working with local college veterans’ groups to increase the groups’ awareness on local campuses as well as get college veterans aware of and interested in the American Legion.  He is asking us to let him have your old copies of the American Legion magazine that he can then make available to the veterans’ resource centers at these colleges.  If you have old copies, bring them to a meeting or call Mark (his number is listed above) and he will come by to pick them up. 

2020 MEMBERSHIP - UPDATED


​​​ We’re making great progress on membership renewal; we are over 60% now.  For those who have not renewed yet, the post would appreciate your earliest action.   100% by 31 December!!!!  Please send your renewal in today!!

POST HISTORY

​​​Historian Jerry Lindahl is requesting that if you have photos, articles, or other appropriate historical items of post activities and events, please send them to him.  Be sure to provide full information of the event and the names of post members who are involved.  Let’s make sure we have a complete record of our post!  

Monthly Announcements

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.

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MEETING MINUTES

​​​Did you know that the minutes from our regular meetings and from officer meetings are posted on our website?  Click on Post Info in the top red banner.  Click on Post Reports in the drop down menu.  Then click on the report you want to review.