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
January/February Newsletter 2019
Steve Huff – 12/18/2018
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a happy safe New Year. Hopefully the New Year will bring you success and happiness. Winter is upon us and as the weather gets colder and the snow begins to fall roads will become slick. Please be careful driving and when you are walking outside. We want all of you to be safe. Remember that the days are getting shorter and spring will be here before you know it.
The post was honored to have the American Legion Ohio Departmental Commander Robert E. “Bob” Schmitt as the guest speaker at our Veteran’s Day dinner. I hope all of you were able to attend. Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor veterans both past and present. We are always honored to host veterans and share a meal on this special day. We were fortunate to recognize several members for continuous membership.
I would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the evening a success. They set up the hall and prepared the food. Without their efforts the evening would not have been as successful. Volunteers are the backbone of the American Legion and without their hard work and participation we would be limited on the programs we sponsor. Again, thank you all for your hard work.
Everyone who attended the Ohio State/Michigan game at the post had a great time. This year we brought in a UHD flat screen TV for the game. The enhanced picture quality made the experience the almost like you were at the game. The best thing of all is that you didn’t have to stand in long lines for refreshments, you were surrounded by friends both old and new and you did not have to deal with the traffic when the game was over.
I would like to take a few moments to highlight some upcoming events at the Post. We will have Frog Legs at the post on January 9th and the monthly Fish Fry returns January 25th. February 17th the Post will host its annual NASCAR event. Come out and enjoy a day of racing in a friendly atmosphere. March 23rd our Post 323 Cash Give-Away will be held. 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. Tickets are on sale now at the post. 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.
I hope 2019 brings all of you everything that you hope for.
Commander Steve Huff
Fellow SAL Members
The first thing on the agenda as always is membership. As I write this letter, we stand at 100 members that have already paid their membership for this year which is 67% of quota for next year which is 147members. 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 winner for November was Charles Nelson and the December winner was Lowell Colwell.
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. We are talking about doing another gun raffle after the first of the year and more details to follow. Holy Rosary Youth Group made afghans for our shut-in veterans for Christmas. We will be delivering them on Saturday December 22 if you would like to help.
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 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.
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 a couple cards away from 90%. I will ask the unpaid members will soon help the post get closer to being Quota before the end of the year.
The canteen is planning more events, more info soon.
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.
Again, please pay your membership. Your money will be used for post programs that help so many.
February 3, the post will host The Four Chaplains Ceremony. There will be speakers, props and the High School Show Choir singing several songs. It will be a really nice program and I hope many of you will attend. The program will start at 2.
Post Public Relations Chairman