Winter 2018 Newsletter

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Commander’s Corner

Dear fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders: I highly encourage everyone to attend our General Membership meetings which occur on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. You will learn about upcoming events, as well as old and new business.

The Annandale Cannon is at M&M Auto Shop and is being worked on by the boy scouts. The wheels are being refurbished at Calimer’s Wheel Shop in Waynesboro, PA. They will call when the wheels are complete.

Please welcome our new Second Vice Greg Sarine and our Webmaster Zachary Wood. We are all looking forward to working with you.

The Legion Family Breakfast continues to be a huge success. Thank you Tennessee, Red, and Scott Pratt as they do all of the shopping, food preparation, and most of the cooking. We have outstanding volunteers to set up, serve, and cleanup. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

We participated in the Taste of Annandale led by our Service Officer, Dorothy Vigano. We gave out free cotton candy and popcorn while we handed out information to the public about the American Legion and what we do. Remember that membership is everyone’s responsibility. I carry membership applications with me.

The American Legion Riders, ALR, took dinner to Leewood Nursing Home. Thank you Red, Tennessee, and Billy Q for cooking the turkeys and ham and Riders for delivering and serving food.

The Veteran’s Day Ceremony was performed in conjunction with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). It was a pleasure working with Lynn Maines, DAR, in coordinating this major event. We worked with Mike Moser, Cemetery Director, from the Annandale United Methodist Church and we had a larger turnout than usual as this occurred between church services. It was wonderful seeing all the new faces. The color guard was Boy Scout troop 150 and we were honored to have them. It was an honor having Barbara Huff, DAR, as our guest speaker and she spoke about Vietnam POWs whom she interviewed.

Thank you, Patricia and Andy Ness, for your generosity in preparing and serving Thanksgiving meals to our members.

Our Christmas Party will be on 12/15/2018 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. We are having potluck so please bring a dish. The post will provide meat dishes. There will also be a “White Elephant” gift exchange, not to exceed $20.00. Bring a gift if you would like to participate.

Thank you,
Gretchen Trujillo, Commander

Fall 2018 Newsletter!

The Fall Newsletter has been published! Newsletter Fall 2018 Please click the link to read the entire newsletter, which features updates from the Officers, as well as the Auxiliary, the Riders, the Sons, the Club Manager, and more.

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Here are a few highlights, but please read the whole thing for all the important news and information!

Commander’s Corner

Dear fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders:

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. In my opinion, it flew by way too fast.

First of all, Roy McCracken stepped down from his office as Post Commander, due to unforeseen circumstances. Roy served as Commander at our post for seven years, and dedicated a lot of his time to our Post Home and many functions. While Roy was Commander, he established the Legion Family Breakfast, and its legacy lives on—the third Sunday of each month. He arranged bus trips to Arlington Cemetery for Wreaths Across America; arranged for various bands to perform at legion functions; and arranged bus trips to and from hockey and baseball games, to mention a few things. Thank you, Roy, for your support over the years.

I am in the process of becoming acclimated to the office as Commander. I have a lot to learn and am blessed by having such a fabulous group of people on the Exec Board to keep me straight. I am enjoying working with the Auxiliary, SAL, Riders, and the DAR. I love our legion family and we are a great team. We are in the process of transitioning First Vice membership duties from me to Eugene (Cornbread) Kimbrell. He will do a great job. Once he gets in the swing of things he will give you updates on membership.

We have the following positions available on the
Executive Board:
• Second Vice
• Chaplain
• Historian
Prerequisites are that you must he a Legionnaire, be a member of Post 1976, and a member in good standing. Please see me or any member on the Exec Board if you are interested.

I highly encourage everyone to attend our General Membership meetings, which occur on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

At our next General Membership meeting, we are having a guest speaker. I don’t want to rain on Karen McDaniel’s parade so please read on.

Thank you,
Gretchen Trujillo, Commander

1st Vice’s Report

Well I’m learning the system, thanks to Gretchen! Membership is going well—I don’t have the numbers in front of me right now, but I think we are at like 85 to 90%. You have until September 30th to get in on the early bird. This year’s early bird party —on Oct. 20— is going to be BIG with live music, food, and drinks so get those dues in.

Eugene Kimbrell (aka Cornbread), 1st Vice Commander

3rd Vice’s Report

Nothing exciting happening at the legion lately, which is good news from the third vice. Many repairs have been done to the building over the past month, and our falcon machines and pull tabs are continuing to exceed expectations. Bartenders and the Club Manager continue to do a great job. A heartfelt thank you to our regulars who support the post daily; reminder to drop in Wednesdays for free lunch—normally 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tom Ritchie, 3rd Vice Commander