Santiam Post Examiner
VOL. 66 ISSUE 1 Jan/Feb 2014
FROM THE ADJUTANT'S DESK
A FRIENDLY REMINDER
Starting January 1, 2014.
If your dues are not paid, your key card will not work.
There are still a lot of members that have not produced a copy of their service record (DD-214, honorable discharge, or statement of service). We still need this proof of service information for our records.
REMINDER: Nominations for positions on the Executive Board, Trustees and Post Officers are coming up. Everyone is enouraged to consider running for one of these positions. If you are interested in any of these positions please let the Commander or Adjutant know. Elections are held at the April General Meeting.
NOTE: Karen Abramowitz - I need your current last name. I do not find any record of you with the name given.
If you recently turned in your "key card" due to the program change for the door and the old card not working, your replacement card is available at the bar. There are getting to be several and we need you to pick up your card. Please come by and do so. Thanks.
"Super Bowl Game"
February 2nd. “Super Bowl Game” bring your favorite snack for YOUR table. Appetizers will be provided for sale. So come down and join the fun.
Hope everyone had a great Holiday season. In January there will be a "liquor tasting" on the 11th by the "4 Spirit Tasting" group from 5 to 7 PM. Let's not forget the annual Crab Feed will be held from 5 to 7 PM the same day. Market pricing for one dinner with an additional crab available for a reduced price. The 40 & 8 will hold a state wide meeting here from Friday the 24th through Sunday the 26th.
There are a lot of "bowl games" this month and next - come on down and enjoy the food and drink specials during the games. Of course, do not forget the "Tom and Jerry" party on NewYear's Day from 12 noon to 3 PM along with the Auxiliary smorgasbord.
In February, there will be a "SAL Super Bowl Game Party" as well as the "Sweetheart Ball". The Super Bowl is Sunday the 2nd. The Sweetheart's Ball is the 15th starting at 7:30.
Lastly, it has been a pleasure working and meeting all members. You guys are the greatest Legion family members and I thank you. I will be retiring in the near future, and I look forward to being at the Legion as member of the Post family for years to come.
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
THRU NEW MEMBERSHIP IN THE SQUADRON IS THE ONLY WAY WE
CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR POST AND VETERANS
ASK SOMEONE TO
Members are the energy source that keeps this post running. We honor our veterans, help the community, and support the post. If you can think of a friend or co-worker who would like to honor their father or grandfather by joining the American Legion? Bring a guest-- it's a nice club. Great people, good food and a few laughs. Your membership is important to city, state and country. Bring your ideas to a meeting (first Thursday).
It takes 80% less resorces to keep a member than it does to sign up a new member.
1st Vice Commander
Squadron #51 1-14
Membership is coming in at a steady pace. KEEP IT COMING. We are now over the half-way mark and want to make goal before the end of this month or at least by January 31, 2014. REMEMBER -- if you do not have your 2014 dues paid by January 1, 2014, your key card will no longer work and you will be deleted from our mailing roster.
Thanks to all the current members who have been working membership and have brought in renewals, re-instaters, and new members. Remember the incentives to be given out at the end of the year.
Mary Lou Chewning
As part of its inherent make-up, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) is a fraternal, service, and community-oriented organization. We are committed to serving our veterans and helping our community. In the past, this organization has contributed monetarily to many programs including the local school district, the Boys and Girls Club of Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the local Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs, the Jr. ROTC program, and various assisted-living facilities.
Our most recent endeavors included funding of the Lebanon School District's Homeless Program which purchases backpacks and fill them with school supplies and distributes them to children of families who cannot afford to buy school supplies. The Program also provides clothing for school children of indigent families.
During the November general meeting, members of S.A.L. voted to continue the tradition of purchasing plush teddy bears (or puppy dogs) from Kay Jewelers at a cost of $12.99 each (we have purchased as many as forty-eight (48) each). Of the $12.99 purchase price,$7.00 is given to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; and the plush animals are either given to the Lebanon Police Department for delivery to needy children in the community or they are handed-out, by S.A.L. members, to residents of the local hospice units and assisted-living facilities for comfort and companionship. Additionally, these stuffed animals are given to a local Cub Scout pack for inclusion with their food boxes which the Cub Scouts deliver to needy families just prior to Thanksgiving.
Much of S.A.L.'s financial assets are derived from membership dues; however, members are actively involved in conducting fund raisers such as raffles, dinners, and special events resulting in S.A.L.'s ability to help the community in the manner which we've done in the past.
Squadron Adjutant 1-14
In October we baked an amazing 168 dozen cookies! Of those, 156 dozen went to our troops on the front lines. They are so incredibly thankful for the little we do for them. It is truly humbling to bake and send these cookies to them. In November we baked 100 dozen cookies with 87 dozen staying here for the Christmas boxes.
Thanks to the following for donations: Tom and Jean Thompson, Atomic Vets, 40 & 8, Betty Green, Irma Fleming, and Les and Dee Hall. Your support allows us to do what we can for the troops.
PLEASE NOTE: In January, we are changing the age old date of Cookie Bake. We will be baking cookies on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, so that means January 14th will be the next Cookie Bake. If you would like to help, we will be ready for cookie scoopers, etc. about 7:15ish. We look forward to seeing you. I work off the the principal that you are volunteering, so come if you can, and leave when you need to leave. We appreciate any and all help.
Questions about helping or donating about Cookie Bake? Call me at the below number. If we do not answer please leave a message and I will get back to you ASAP.
Chairperson 541-258-5960 1-14
Who we are (click here)
James L Tracy Robert P. Hasenyager Hank Keehner
Christopher A. Davis Charles A. Davis (transfer) Gary R. Brown
Joseph D. Daymon John J. Frenzel Edwin L. Anderson
Edward H. Jacobs
Edna Ferebee Loanne Primerose-Nash Ruth Lake
Amy Daymon Aubree Daymon (Junior) Mary Dirks
SONS OF THE LEGION
Robert L. Berg
Rodney J. Lutgen
Brian C. Messmer
Welcome to the following new (or new to our Post) members.
Come in, show your membership card, and receive a beverage on us. 1-14
POPPY POSTER CONTEST BEGINS
Local schools and the home schooled are now eligible to participate in the annual American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest. Children in grades 2 through 12 are eligible. Prizes will be awarded the winners.
There are certain rules that apply. To learn more, please contact:
Poppy Chairman 541 401-3680
Second Vice President
FROM THE JUDGE ADVOCATE
There are two important dates to enter into your calendar. Post meetings on November 19, 2013 and January 21, 2014. At this time we will be voting on changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.
Past Commander John Green chaired the committee to separate them into two documents as requested by the Department Judge Advocate. Any changes MUST be read at two regular Post meetings and requires a two/thirds (2/3) votes to accept the changes. These are the rules and regulations that govern Post operations. I believe it is important that ALL Legionnaires learn as much as possible about these important documents. Please attend the November 2013 and January 2014 meetings, listen, and vote.
Post Judge Advocate
God is at work in Post 51. It is an amazing thing that our Holy Creator has anything to do with us sinful people, but He does.
As a pastor since 1978, I am aware that the Lord can change anything He wants to through a simple believer's prayer. A number of you veterans have experienced the power of God through our prayer together. Nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37). With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Most veterans I have met so far this year are getting older and quite a number of you have yet to make your reservations to heaven. It is not automatic, you know. I can help you. It is time for all of us to prepare for "Post Everlasting." Don't miss that trip!
Reach out, invite, befriend, call and talk for we are
the brotherhood of American Veterans. I am in prayer for
you and your families. God Bless America!
Steve Dahrens Post Chaplain
541-258-2129 or cell 541-401-0735 1-1-14
Please, if you know of a Legion, Auxiliary, or S.A.L. member that is ill, or that has been hospitalized, or is just in need of a "cheer-up" card, contact the chaplain for their respective group so a card or visit can be made.
Sadly, we lost the following comrades recently. They will be missed.
Betty R. Morre Bonnie Hinzman Elsie Cummings