Author: Jason Nelson

Adjutant’s Call

Adjutants Call

 

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.

MEETINGS
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.

ASSISTANCE
As the Adjutant, I have access to membership information for the Post and have contacts at the District and Department level. I am here to answer your questions/concerns and help you or find someone who can. Let me know.
Jim Voss
PAO@bedfordlegion.org


Jim Voss
PAO@bedfordlegion.org

Pearl Harbor: Keep the Legacy

BEDFORD:  The incredible resilience and valor portrayed by the men and women at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is a legacy that benefited the entire free world.  Seventy-five years later most of the witnesses are no longer with us but the legacy of the men and women who defended Pearl Harbor on that day of infamy will always remain. Service, sacrifice, and valor were demonstrated by American heroes at unprecedented levels and foreshadowed the trials, toughness, and grit that epitomized the Greatest Generation during the Second World War.  American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt often encourages Legion posts to “carry the legacy forward.” He refers to the great accomplishments of previous generations of Legionnaires, while also asking current Legionnaires to begin new legacies that will benefit the next generation of Veterans.

The more than 2,400 men, women, and children who died the day of the attack, would be joined by thousands of others in the seven and a half decades since.  Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor is the commander of Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton American Legion Post 221 here in Bedford.  He reminds us, “As those of our members able to provide firsthand accounts become fewer and fewer, it is up to us to keep their legacies alive.”  For the United States, Pearl Harbor was the commencement of war. For Japan, it marked the beginning of the end. “For those heroes of 75 years ago, we shall always be grateful. God bless our World War II veterans, God Bless the American Legion, and God Bless America.”

Post 221 general meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the downstairs members lounge at 7:00 PM.  For more information or membership contact OC at (781) 275-3140 or  commander@bedfordlegion.org. Our American Legion Family offers a smoke free environment at Post 221.