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, Tom Grunden
President— Alice Beougher
1st Vice — Georgia Grunden
2nd Vice —
Executive Committee— Evelyn Hartley,
Commander, Paul Gossard
1st Vice — Dave Jacobs
July/August Newsletter 2019
Steve Huff – 06/19/2019
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
Hopefully everyone is staying dry. It has been a wet start to the summer so far. I know I am looking forward to some dry and sunny weather. I hope everyone is safe and not affected by the flooding and the tornado in May. If you were, may the recover be swift. Governor DeWine announced that President Trump signed a Disaster Declaration for federal assistance for Individual assistance (IA) and businesses in Auglaize, Mercer and other counties impacted by tornados on May 27th. If you or your business was affected by this event you can register online for assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800.621.3362. FEMA and other organizations are available for you to turn to if you need assistance and I encourage you to do so.
The Post Officers election was held on May 22nd. It was disappointing that we had so little interest by our members to become officers of the Post. As I said in the last newsletter it takes veterans like you to bring new perspectives and ideals to keep the post healthy and continually moving forward. I know everyone is busy with their day to day lives but it only takes a few hours a month to make a meaningful contribution. We are still in need of a Sgt.-at-Arms and there are other opportunities available. Please contact a Post Officer if you are interested.
I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Memorial Day ceremony a success. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The speakers Kraig Noble, Liberty Menke, Cora Rable, Kadin Brackman and Rev. Tim Benjamin were outstanding. Their words reminded all who attended what the day was all about. Thank you for a job well done. I also would like to thank the Memorial High School Band and the VFW Firing Squad. They did an outstanding job as always.
As always, we are 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 is greatly appreciated.
Don’t forget about the post monthly events. Frog Legs are the second Wednesday of the month and the Fish Fry is every 4th Friday of the month. The Fish Fry is $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.
In closing, may your 4th of July be spectacular. Whether you are boating, having a picnic or enjoying fireworks please be safe. We want you all to return home safe and sound.
Until next time,
Commander Steve Huff
I have just been appointed to the position of Post Adjutant. I will be going through a period of learning the duties of this important position. I will be taking over for Jim Dieringer, who for years held this position, Jim did a great job over the years keeping the records of meetings, membership and special events here at our post. I want to thank Jim for all the years he dedicated to the post.
I am now getting ready to get the 2020 membership started drive, I hope for all of you members to help me get the post to quota by Veterans Day.
I also want to see more patriotism here at the post, at all members’ homes, and everyone in St Marys and surrounding areas. I will soon present a Patriotic Awards Program to everyone.
Let’s all work together for our post and country, for patriotism and God Flag and Country
Post Adjutant John McJunkin
Fellow SAL Members
The first thing on the agenda as always is membership. As I write this letter, we stand at 149 members that have already paid their membership for this year which is 2 over our quota for the year. Good job goes out to the members that got their dues paid and helped make quota for 2019. We can now send in the cards and new officers for next year as our year run from May 1 to May 1 each year. The new officers for next year are Paul Gossard for Commander: Dave Jacobs for 1st Vice and Dave Coleman as Adjutant. All the yearend reposts have to be into state by May 1, 2019.
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 March was Andy Sanford and the winner for April was Barton Beck.
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 to keep Bingo going.
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.
The post is hosting the second district conference on June 2 at 1:00. I would like to have a few members come to the post to show our support for the district. Jim Rowen is stepping down as Commander of the post and the district. I would like to say THANK YOU to him for all that he has done for the American Legion.
From the Post Riders
The Post Riders group is growing, if you are or can be a Legion member come and join this patriotic group. The group has made a couple donations to Veteran Programs. They also have honored Veterans, by escorting them to their final resting place. The Riders are now planning fun rides and rides for children for this spring and summer. The American Legion Riders State Romp will be Celina this year, our group will be helping with that program, July 12, 13, 14.
Memorial Day Ceremony, the riders will be in the parade, if you would like to be a part of the ceremony pleases contact any of the officers for more information.
The Riders meetings change to 130 here at the post. The next meeting will be July 20 here at the post. Hope to see many new people then.
Public Relations Chairman
Post 2019 membership drive is nearing the end, of course those who did not renew their membership will still be accepted til the end of the year, so please remain a member of our post. Everyone is very important to the success of the post. I want to thank our members who have paid their 2019 dues. July 1, the new 2020 membership cards will be available. As all know time moves on as does the importance of getting the 2020 membership drive started fast. The goal is the post to be quota be Veterans Day, with all your help we can do it.
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 or bring them to the post and introduce them to any post officer.
In September, will be the post 323 Legion-air Membership party, more info later. Also in September the Riders planning a Breakfest all day party. This will include the Chained Eagles Pow/Mia wall and other activities here at the post, more info soon.
Again, please pay your membership. Your money will be used for post programs that help so many.