The American Legion
St Marys Post 323
2880 Celina Road, St Marys, Ohio, 45885
Facebook Page--https:// facebook.com/legionpost323
Commander— Steve Huff
1st Vice Commander— Justin Arnold
2nd Vice Commander— Mike Bower
3rd Vice Commander— Walter Meharg
Finance Officer—Ron Kline
Executive Committee-Randy Micheal, John McJunkin
President— Alice Beougher
1st Vice — Georgia Grunden
2nd Vice —
Executive Committee— Evelyn Hartley,
1st Vice — Dave Jacobs
2nd Vice—Paul Gossard
May/June Newsletter 2019
Steve Huff – 04/17/2019
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
As the weather gets warmer, all the activities of summer will begin soon. Baseball, golf, picnics and swimming are just a few activities that most of us will enjoy. Winter becomes a distant memory as spring begins to fade. We look forward to another season that brings its own adventures.
The 323 Cash Give-Away was a big success. We had a full house and everyone enjoyed the band Erastus. I would like to congratulate all the cash winners and those who won merchandise. 1st Vice Commander Justin Arnold did a fantastic job of planning and executing the event. Thanks Justin and all those who volunteered to make this event so successful.
During our April meeting we hosted the Law Enforcement, Firefighter and Educator of the year award winners. It was my extreme privilege to present the awards these dedicated individuals. They have chosen to serve the public with little recognition and little pay. Their names will be added to a growing number of individuals recognized for their selfless service to the community. Thank you all.
May 22nd will be the annual election for officers at the post. I would love to see pages of names of Legion members who would like to run and become officers. It takes veterans like you to bring new perspectives and ideals to keep the post healthy and continually moving forward. We are in need for an Adjutant. This is a compensated position. If you are interested, please contact the post or an officer.
Speaking of elections, the 2nd District Convention will be held at Post 323 on May 19, 2019. Elections for 2nd District officers will be held at that time. They are still looking for individuals that would like to serve as 1st and 2nd Vice Commanders. If interested contact an officer of the 2nd District.
I would like to thank a couple of our members for the numerous years of service. Tom Grunden has been the Finance Officer for many years. He has decided to step down after many years as Finance Officer. Fortunately for the Post Tom has agreed to stay on as Assistant Finance Officer to make sure the transition is a smooth one. Ron Kline has assumed the role as Finance Officer and I am sure Ron appreciates Tom’s assistance.
Jim Dieringer has stepped down as Adjutant after many years in that position. Jim has decided it was time to give someone else the opportunity to reap the rewards in serving veterans. He has been a big part of Boys/Girls State and the Americanism and Government Program for many years. Jim has a wealth of knowledge of the Post and the American Legion. He will be missed but I’m sure he will still be helping at Bingo from time to time.
On behave of the Officers and members of Post 323 I would like to thank Tom and Jim for the many years of service and sacrifices they have made to the post and the American Legion. This organization wouldn’t exist without individuals like them. They are the reason that we are able to help veterans and many organizations in the community.
We are always in need for volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the post. We can always use help at Bingo, Fish Fry’s and other numerous activities. Volunteers are what make the post. Without them we couldn’t function. Please consider volunteering. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like. All help would be greatly appreciated.
As May approaches, I would like to invite everyone to the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The ceremony at Elm Grove is a great way to remember the meaning behind Memorial Day. Please join us and pay your respects to those who have paid the ultimate price to keep us all safe and free. I look forward to seeing all of you there.
I would like to mention some upcoming events. Frog Legs are the second Wednesday of the month. It has been very successful. The Fish Fry is every 4th Friday of the month. Its $8.50 for all you can eat and salad bar if you eat in or you can choose to carry out for $6.50. Come out and join us for Karaoke from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM after the Fish Fry. This is open to members and their guest. Make a night of it. Come out to the Fish Fry for dinner and stay for the entertainment.
If you ever want to know what’s going on at the Post, please go online and check out all the latest event news on our website or Facebook page, or stop in the Post to get the latest news.
If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so. You can stop by the post to pay your dues, pay by mail or go online. If you know someone who is eligible for membership please let them know what the American Legion stands for and bring them out to the Post so they can see for themselves. We would be happy to have them as our guest.
Until next time,
Commander Steve Huff
Fellow SAL Members
The first thing on the agenda as always is membership. As I write this letter, we stand at 133 members that have already paid their membership for this year which is 90% of quota for next year which is 147members. Let’s get the last few members to pay their dues so that we can get to quota soon. Thank you to the members that have already paid your dues. If you know any members that have not please remind them that they are due.
The SAL purchased 12 Centennial Coins for the 100-year anniversary of the Legion. We will be giving one away every month to a veteran from the post as a way to say thank you to our post veterans. We will be giving them to veterans only by drawing their names from the post rosters at the SAL meeting night each month. The winner for January was Kay Albert and the winner for February was George Chiles.
The Bingo Committee is in need of help on Thursday night. Bingo is keeping the doors open at the Legion and without help we will have to discontinue it. The money that is made at bingo goes back into the community to support programs in the school and city. So, if you want to help the community come out and support bingo. Even if you can only work an hour or two that would help out. Holy Rosary Youth Group made afghans for our shut-in veterans for Christmas. Thank you, Holy Rosary Youth Group.
The SAL group donated $500.00 to the St. Marys School for benches that the Life Skill class corrected plastic caps for and are turning into benches to the new stadium. Also, this year we are sponsoring two boys for Buckeye State again @ $300.00 each. One other thing that the SAL is doing is donating the flag that we flew over Skip Baughman Stadium for the last 25 years to the Tailgate for Cancer to auction off this fall.
All are welcome to come out to the post for the 323 party on March 23,2019. Get your tickets now. The SAL meetings for the next 2 months have been changed to the second Tuesday at 7:30 pm because I’m teaching CCD on Wednesday nights.
One last thing is that the District Two SAL is in need of officers because the 1st and 2nd vices are moving out of the area. The post will also need to look into getting some new officers for 2019.
From the Post Riders
The Riders program continues to grow, members and goals. The patriotic legion members of this program are again raffling a custom-built fire ring. The ring displays the units of our country’s military services. The drawing for the ring will be at the post 323 party.
The ALR decided that the main donations will again be Walleyes for Wounded Heroes and considering 2 other places to donate money. Those programs help Veterans and Families. The group will also take part in Toys for Children rides.
The Riders have escorted funeral services already this year.
The Riders now have a bulletin board in the post, that will have information of the escorts and upcoming events. Take a look when you are at the post
All those of you who ride and are either legion or post members or eligible to join the legion and be a part of such a patriotic group, will enjoy all that is accomplished. Come to a meeting and find out yourself.
Public Relations Chairman
Post 2019 membership, I want to thank of our members who have paid. I never want the District to be able to point out, the post 323 one of the reasons we did not win the Brown Jug. Our post is just few cards away from quota. I ask the unpaid members to help the post make Quota before the end of the Legion year.
The canteen is planning more events, including the Frog legs, St Paddy Party and Karaoke after Fish-Fries.
The post has many Veteran and youth programs going on and continue with all members help. Members, we are all recruiters, if you know a vet who does not belong to the American Legion, at least ask him or her about joining.
March, the American Legion will be 100 years old. At the end of WW1, the soldiers realized the need of a patriotic organization, stay active as a group of vets helping veterans, families, remembering those who died serving and for the future of our great country. With many great ideals and people including Teddy Roosevelt 11, the American Legion was started in March 1919. The call is out for all veterans to join and be part of the organization, become leaders, promoting the Constitution and keeping alive our fellow Veterans who have passed on.
Again, please pay your membership. Your money will be used for post programs that help so many.
Post Public Relations Chairman