Rental Hall. Made in the USA
Chapter 221. 6 when Chartered in 2017; 28 and building for 2018
Post 221 Riders at the dedication of Petty Officer Katlyn Trask Bridge
‘Doc’ completed the 2018 Tough Ruck !
NEW POST OFFICERS
In the April meeting, Tuesday the 10th, we accepted nominations and elected officers for the following positions for 2018 to June 2019:
A. Commander OC O’Connor
B. Senior Vice Commander Arthur Strafuss
C. Junior Vice Commander Brian Ward
D. Adjutant John Cooper
E. Finance Officer AC Conrad
F. E-Board- 3 positions
Position 1 Patrick Coady
Position 2 John Monahan
Position 3 Jeffrey Pedonesi
G. Chaplain Arthur Strafuss
H. Historian OPEN
I. Service Officer Will Valliere
J. SGT @ Arms Al Fay
Officers assume their term of office in JUNE after the June State convention. Please welcome all the officers and ensure they know what your ideas are for continuous improvement.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL NOTICES
Have you already paid your dues and perhaps even received your membership card and you wonder why you keep getting a dues overdue renewal notice? It is not you. Let me explain. You pay your dues to the Post and the post sends you your card. You think we are done. But we don’t send your dues to the state until we get a few more members to pay, then we send one check for a bunch of members. That could be a week later than when you received your card. It takes up to four weeks more for the state to receive our checks and process them and have the National registry finally post it. The National are the ones who send the notice! Guess who gets to answer for the repeat dues notices? Ugh!!
Reminder – The Post is NOT allowed to serve you if you do not have a current year membership card. The 2018 Post 221 MEMBERSHIP FEE is $40.00. We are doing well, but need to get EVERYONE to pay their membership fee for 2018 as soon as you can. Reminder you can send your fee to the post or RENEW on line at http://www.legion.org/renew. You have to pay your National dues annually without missing a year or your continuous service reverts back to ZERO. This applies to SAL members as well.
General body meetings are held on the second Tuesday night of each month at 7:00 PM in the Rivet room beginning again in September. Please make a note. All members are encouraged to attend.
AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
The Post is officially chartered as Chapter 221 American Legion Riders. They are gaining in membership, have shared rides with fellow bikers. If you are a member in good standing of the Legion, the SONs or the Auxiliary and own your own motorcycle, you can apply for membership. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the Rivet room. Come on down and meet the members and see what you think.
As I step away as the Adjutant, I have absolutely enjoyed being the ADJUTANT for Post 221 for the past 5 years. As I turn the reins over to John Cooper, I ask you give him the same terrific support that you each have shown me over the years. Each of you are the ones that make the post what it is. The state knows us well, the National commander came to visit us, we have a strong AUX, SAL and Riders and we will be celebrating 100 years as a legion and as our post here in Bedford. It is all good. Each of us add to the success of the post and if we don’t do anything else, we need to continue to be good members.
Jim Voss (soon to be John Cooper)
To Our American Legion Family –
Winter’s behind us, or soon will be – snow again maybe……. Time to focus on the next season: Spring. With longer days, warmer temperatures and Mother Nature showing off her new flowers and buds, it’s a time to start anew.
We move the clock forward an hour “spring ahead”- colorful catalogs of fashion, gardening, and DIY projects fill your mailbox, inbox, twitter, Pinterest, or Snapchat accounts……. OK some of those things may be a little bit more high tech for many of us – but none the less – all great ways of getting spiffed up and moving forward.
St Patrick’s Day was a big success at the Legion both upstairs in Genetti Hall and in the Member’s Lounge. Thank you to all who participated in making those events a real big success; the people who shop, chop, cook, boil, decorate, order, arrange and just make it all happen – Thank You !
The IT Team has been moving forward with improvements on the website, helping spread the word on Facebook, as well as other IT related projects – Thank You !
WWII Model 1911– PKZSEWMA – Keep your eyes open for a raffle coming shortly for a .45 cal handgun; manufactured by Auto-Ordinance. It’s an identical model to the one used by US Servicemen and women from 1911 – 1986. All other rules and regulations in accordance with Massachusetts State Laws will be adhered to – if winner does not have a legal MA LTC, a $500 cash value, or equivalent, will be arranged. There will only be One Hundred (100) Raffle Ticket Books sold (1/100 odds to win).
Bedford High School’s Red Cross Club and Citizen Scholarship Foundation – Dollars for Scholars have teamed up for a BHS/Bedford Community joint effort. The American Red Cross developed a program to help encourage young adults to become more involved in sponsoring blood drives. This is a tall order and we are hoping you will all help our BHS Seniors reach their goal. Their 2nd and last drive of the year is NEXT Wed 4/6 at BHS 1-7 which is why I’m reaching out to all of you as past/current sponsors in the hopes of asking for your help in spreading the word. I am attaching the electronic poster and here is the direct link to the sign-up
Thank you Jimmy McMahan – and best wishes to you and your future endeavors! Your many years of service to our Post and to the SAL Leadership Team will part of our history now – just like our Post has strong roots back to our origins with your family – Thank you for your service.
National Commander’s Walk – Bedford will be represented in the Walk for Veterans though downtown Concord on April 8th. Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department Commander Louie Brault. “The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander Louie Brault. “An estimated 22 veterans a day commit suicide. Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We are walking for those who marched for us.” The Walk will begin at noon on April 8th. The length of the walk is 2.5 miles and will start by Meriams Corner near the intersection of Lexington Rd and Old Bedford Rd in Concord wind through Concord and end at Minuteman National Historical Park. An info poster is attached for your review and/or sign up – please join us ! Bedford Citizen link on the walk: http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/03/03292016-OC-OConnor-National-Commanders-Walk.pdf
Save the Date – more information to follow – let’s just say keep the date open on May 21, 2016 – it will be a busy day for our Post – starting off with an American Legion General Body Meeting – we’ll be reviewing & voting to accept the recommendations from the By-Law Sub Committee – voting for Post Officers (deadline to throw your hat in the ring if you’re interested is April 12th) – a light lunch followed with the drawing of the WWII Model 1911 .45 caliber handgun – and finally a great night of entertainment in Genetti Hall from 7-11P.
Keep moving forward – For the Good of the Legion !