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, Tom Grunden
President— Alice Beougher
1st Vice —
2nd Vice —
Executive Committee— Evelyn Hartley,
1st Vice — Dave Jacobs
2nd Vice—Paul Gossard
Greetings fellow Legionnaires,
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Steve Huff and I have the great honor and privilege of being selected as the Commander of American Legion St. Marys Post 323. I retired from the United States Army after twenty-three years as a Master Sergeant/E-8. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the upcoming year.
I also want to thank Justin Arnold for the three years of leadership he provided the Post as Commander. He was dedicated in improving the Post and left in better shape than he found it. Please tell him thanks for a job well done when you see him. Don’t worry though; he will still be involved with the Post. He was selected as 1st Vice Commander and I for one am grateful to have his knowledge and experience to guide me throughout the upcoming year.
Congratulations to Mike Bower for becoming the 2nd Vice Commander and Walter “Butch” Meharg for his selection as 3rd Vice Commander. Ron Kline was also selected as the Finance Officer and Jim Dieringer remains as the Adjutant. The positions of Chaplain, Historian and Sgt-at-Arms are open and if any of you have interest in one of these positions, please contact an officer to express your interest.
Special thanks are in order for Tom Grunden. He decided to step down as the Finance Officer after many years of holding that position. Tom oversaw the financial health of the Post through some lean times and through his leadership and expertise the Post is in great financial health today. Tom will be missed but will still be seen around the post.
Lastly, I would like to express my desire that all of you, the members that are the post, are active in the post. We would like your input on what is not working as well as what is working. This is your post. Let us know what events or activities that you would like to have. Your participation is vital for the continued success of the post. Come to the meetings the first Wednesday of the month and present your thoughts. If you are unable to attend the meetings, contact an officer and pass your thoughts and ideas on to them. They will present them to the committee on your behalf.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe summer and I look forward to seeing you all at the post.
Fellow SAL members
The first thing on the agenda as always is membership. We finished the year out with 144 members. I have turned in the state reports and our post has been cleared for 2018. This means that the new membership cards will be mailed soon and you can start paying 2019 memberships. Remember our year run from May to May. The state is talking about raising their cut which means we might have to raise our dues soon also. More to follow on this subject.
The SAL ran a steak meat raffle in May and it went over quite well. We are starting another one soon for 25 drink chips for the canteen. Come out and win some drinks and party at the canteen.
The “Legion Riders” program has been charted and the project is moving forward. The SAL’s have donated $200.00 to the program to help get started. This is a motorcycle club that supports the legion programs. So, if you ride a motorcycle and belong to the Legion you are eligible to join. Legion Baseball is coming back in 2019.
Three digital signs for the post have been installed at the post some everyone can see what events are coming up and who all the officers are for the post. We are getting good comments from everyone and big thanks you, goes out to John McJunkin and Jim Rowen for installing them.
From the Post Riders
The Riders program is growing, members and goals. The patriotic legion members of this program decided on 2 programs to be the main recipients of moneys to be donated, Walleyes for Wounded Heroes and the Ohio Legacy Fund. Both of those programs help Veterans and Families.
The riders are also planning some fun rides and plan to take part in the Summerfest Parade.
They are also planning other events at the post, a shelter house cookout and a fire-ring raffle.
They plan, as legion members to support veterans and the community.
Join and support the RIDERS
Riders Donate money to the
Walleyes for Wounded Heroes Program
Public Relations Chairman
This year has been a lot has happened at the post and the membership. In February, the post hosted the 4 Chaplains program. Everyone, who attended the program, thought all was really good. I believe that the reason the American Legion takes time to celebrate the lives of those 4 Chaplains every February was well explained that day.
April 4, State Route 703 between East Bank Road and State Route 29 was dedicated as the American Legion Memorial Highway. The honors were accepted by St Marys Post 323 and Celina Post 210 from Ohio Rep Keith Faber, he did sponsor the bill for the Posts. Both posts hope that all members are proud of this special honor.
Memorial Day Ceremonies, all went great thanks to all who helped on this important Day for all Veterans and Veterans families and friends.
Special thanks to the St Marys Students, they help with all of the post programs when asked. The band, show choir, singers and speakers have been an important part of the post programs. The Scouts have also taken part in the post activities.
All of the post officers have been properly installed and ready to work for the best of the post and members.
Post Public Relations Chairman