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
March/April Newsletter 2019
Steve Huff – 02/17/2019
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
Hopefully everyone is surviving the crazy weather we have been having the last several weeks. It seems as though Mother Nature can’t decide if she wants it to be winter or spring. The good news is spring will officially be here on March 20th. That’s not to say we won’t have more cold days and snow but the days will begin to get longer and warmer.
During our February meeting we had the privilege of hosting the A&G winners and the Girls State participants at the post. I would like to personally congratulate all of them for their accomplishments. We will recognize the Boys State participants during an upcoming meeting. We are proud of all of them.
I would like to take a few moments to highlight a few upcoming events. Frog Legs are the second Wednesday of the month. They have been a big success. 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.
Don’t forget that March 23rd is our Post 323 Cash Give-Away. Music will be provided by Erastus. Cash will be given away every 15 minutes from 8:00 PM until 10:45 PM. There will also be other opportunities to win merchandise. Remember there will only be 323 tickets sold and we only have a few left. Tickets are on sale now at the post.
The Second District Euchre tournament will be held on March 30, 2019 at New Bremen Post 241 at 2:00 PM. You can find more details on the District Webpage or call 703.864.5899.
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.
Stay warm and safe,
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