Springtime

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

http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=BHS

 

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 !