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
November/December Newsletter 2018
Steve Huff – 10/15/2018
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
It appears that fall has arrived. The temperature the last few days reminds us that summer is in the past and winter is fast approaching. Not only is winter approaching, it won’t be long until Thanksgiving and Christmas will be upon us. We will be replacing the 2018 calendar with the 2019 calendar before you know it.
I hope everyone was able to make it to the Legion-Air party in the shelter house. A good time was had by all. I want to thank those who helped put this event on and Erastus for providing the entertainment. I think everyone is looking forward to next year’s party.
I would like to invite all of our veterans to Post 323’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. This is our way of paying tribute and showing our appreciation to all veterans. It will be held on November 10, 2018 at the post. All members of the Post are invited to take part in the celebration. Social Hour is at 6pm, Dinner is at 7pm, and our program is at 8pm. We will have a special guest speaker and I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy some great food and a great program. Please come to the post to sign up or call so we can have an idea on the number of members and guests to prepare for.
Membership is needed to ensure the continuing success of our American Legion Post 323.
Members please pay your dues as well as help us find members that would enjoy our club and help us make a difference in our community. We have started issuing 2019 membership cards this past month. As in the past, your membership card for 2018 is good through December 31st. Paying your membership early helps us ensure our members are paid before the membership expiration deadline. The District (District II) also competes with the other districts in the state for the Little Brown Jug Award. This award is a membership-based award that is based off of our membership strength on Veterans Day. Our District had won the Little Brown Jug award for 48 continuous years. The District had fallen short two years, but we were again successful in winning it again last year. Please help District II repeat the success from last year and keep the Little Brown Jug in the District again this year.
Don’t forget about the Ohio State Party on November 24th. Come out and watch Ohio State and Michigan battle it out. I’m sure you will be with old friends and maybe you will make some new ones watching the game. October is the last Fish Fry for the year. Don’t miss out or you’ll have to wait until next year for the next Fish Fry!
Check the Post Facebook page, Website, or postings in the Canteen for all upcoming events.
Lastly, I have some sad news to share with all of you. We lost one of our very active members, Jim Welker. Jim was a vital part of the Post for the last several years. He worked bingo for several years and was recently working in the kitchen helping revive it for our bingo patrons. Jim was instrumental in providing numerous dinners for our many Legion functions which would not have been successful without his help. He could be seen at the canteen on the weekends selling tip boards, getting ice and just generally helping in any way he could. Jim will be sorely missed at the Post. Please keep Jim’s family and his many friends in your thoughts and prayers.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and hope to see you at the post.
Commander Steve Huff
Fellow SAL Members
The first thing on the agenda as always is membership. As I write this letter, we stand at 59 members that have already paid their membership for this year which is 40% of quota for next year. We are off to a good start so keep getting your dues paid. 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 September was Brian Parker and the winner for October was Clifford Byers.
The post and SAL are taking over the MRDD Christmas dinner and will need help on the 1st Tuesday night in December to help serve the dinner. Also, along the same line the Bingo Committee is needing of help on Thursday night. Tom Grunden is quitting at the end of the month and several other helpers are need of relief. Even if you can only work an hour or two that would help out. We are talking about doing another gun raffle this fall and more details to follow. Another project that is going to take place is that the Holy Rosary Youth Group are going to make afghans for our shut-in veterans for Christmas. So, if you know of a veteran that would like one let me know so that we do not miss any.
The Veteran Day Post dinner is November 10. Come out and have dinner with out Vets and listen to Buckeye Boys tell their stories about Buckeye Boys State. The children Christmas party is December 16. One last thing is that the District Two SAL, is needing officers because the 1st and 2nd vices are moving out of the area.
Since this will be the last newsletter of 2018, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please be safe and enjoy the holidays.
From the Post Riders
The Riders program continues to grow, members and goals. The patriotic legion members of this program are raffling a custom-built fire ring. The ring displays the units of our country’s military services. It was decided that the main donations will again be Walleyes for Wounded Heroes and the Ohio Legacy Fund. Both of those programs plus help Veterans and Families. The group will also take part in Toys for Children rides.
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
The past couple months have been busy at the post. The post asks all for help, Membership, the most important part of any and all organizations. If you have paid your dues thank you, we ask all other members to please pay asap. To reach quota is really great but to quota by Veterans Day would be wonderful.
A very dedicated post member, Jim Welker, died this week after he fell at his home hitting his head causing very serious injuries. He will be missed and remembered for all he did at the post and also his work with animals.
Post, Christmas displays, all are welcome help make our post look really festive. Bring your extra lights and stuff. If we all take part, it will be the best display in the area. It could be a good post family project with your help.
Veterans Day will be here soon. We invite members to attend the post ceremony November 10 that includes supper. If you plan to attend please stop or call the post to have your names placed on the list.
The fish fry committee will be off November and December, but invite all back in January.
In the canteen, Monica and her crew have activities planned, come out and enjoy. Monica also invites all to stop by, sign the books, and enjoy plenty of food and beverage selections.
Again, please pay your membership. Your money will be used for post programs that help so many.
Post Public Relations Chairman