Santiam Post Examiner
COPY MAY/JUNE 2014
VOL. 66 ISSUE 3 MAR/APR 2014
FROM THE ADJUTANT'S DESK
On March 18th we will celebrate The American Legion Birthday. Oregon’s Department Commander and President will be here for the event. There will be a dinner that night with a program afterward. Past Post Commanders, Presidents, and S.A.L. Commanders are asked to attend. Please come down and help honor The American Legion Birthday. Ray needs phone numbers in case he needs to contact you regarding problems with Examiner or membership.
If you recently turned in your "key card" due to the program change for the door and the old cards not working, your card is available at the bar. There are getting to be several and we need you to pick up your card. Come by and please do so. Thank you..
Hello to all of you at Post 51. I am so excited to be here as the new manager.
Meat prices: I was recently advised by our meat supplier, Childers, that the price of meats would be going up by $1.00 per pound. I am presently checking other possible suppliers looking for better pricing. However, it is an example of the inflation forces we constantly face, and the reason we must adjust our own pricing from time to time.
While we are talking about pricing, the E-Board has long been concerned about bar prices, particularly the Friday night Happy Hour prices which are a major cost to the Post. While we have no idea what decisions may finally be made, it is only fair to advise our members of possible changes in some of our prices in the next month or two.
On a more positive note, we are going to move toward expanding our menu somewhat on Taco Nights so members have some choices of other items. If you’d like something other than a taco, ask and see what is available. This will be evolving as we see what is possible and what people want. We will also be continuing our Margarita Specials on Taco Nights.
The past couple of weeks have been busy learning the daily routine and operation of this wonderful establishment. Doris has been such a wonderful teacher and I have some big shoes to fill. I am so grateful to her for taking the time and extra care to ensure this transition runs smoothly. I am hoping to learn as much as possible from her. She has put forth so much time, effort, and love into this Post and I am honored to carry the torch that has been handed to me. (The torch she has carried for 20 years.) Thank You Doris! I also want to thank the most awesome staff, Post members, S.A.L., Auxiliary, and 40 & 8. You ALL have made me feel so welcomed! You are such an amazing group and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Come down and meet me and chat a bit. Thank you.
Chelly Thomson - Club Manager 3-14
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 resources to keep a member than it does to sign up a new member.
1st Vice Commander
Squadron #51 3-14
We are getting close to our goal for 2014, but still not there. We are needing under 70 members. If you know of someone who has not paid their dues, please encourage them to do so. If you have a relative or friend who is eligible to join, tell them how painless the process is to become a member. Renewals are $30.00; new, re-instate and rejoins are $32.00. If you need a key card, it can be purchased from the Post Adjutant for $6.00 with current membership. Any suggestions, questions, etc. contact me at 541-258-5537.
Mary Lou Chewning
January found us back in the kitchen baking cookies for the troops in Afghanistan in partnership with Support the Troops. We baked 81 dozen with 75 dozen sent to the troops. February found us digging out of the snow to bake another 120 dozen cookies, 109 dozen going to the troops, 4 dozen going to Atomic Vets, one of our supporters, and the rest devoured here. Every Cookie Bake day we leave about 5-6 dozen here for the Post members. It just wouldn’t be fair to smell all those cookies and not get to sample some. Come have lunch early that day, or you won’t get one.
Thanks to Les and Dee Hall for your donation. We love all of our supporters.
The change from the third Monday to the second Tuesday has been working well, and we all seem to have more energy on Tuesday! A huge THANKS to all my helpers, the job couldn’t get done without you. I cannot thank you enough.
Questions about helping or donating for cookie bake? Call Linda Helget, Chairperson, 541-258-5960 if we do not answer, please leave a message and I will get back to you ASAP. Thanks.
Linda Helget, Chairperson 541-258-5960 3-14
Who we are (click here)
Welcome to the following new (or new to our Post) members.
Come in to the Post home, show us your membership card, and receive a beverage on us. 3-14
Hank Keehner James L. Tracy Charles A. Spiker (transfer) Christopher A. Davis Robert P. Hasenyager Gary R. Brown Joseph D. Daymon John J. Frenzel Edwin L. Anderson
Edward H. Jacobs
Edna Ferebee (transfer) Loanne Primerose-Nash Ruth Lake (Re-join) Amy Daymon Aubree Daymon (Junior) Mary Dirks
SONS OF THE LEGION
Rodney J. Lutgen Brian C. Messmer Robert L. Berg
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
CULTIVATING VETERANS - As a Legionnaire it is NOT my job to reach out to my fellow veterans, It is my purpose. I desire to build peer groups of veterans who feel “out of place” “out of service” lacking the RUSH of military life, “shelved at home.” Many of them are struggling with memories and emotions most could never understand. Our vets need a place where they can relate. The American Legion is one of the benefits to the veteran at home from a close-knit company that was family to them for year. You can feel what I am saying can’t you.We can cultivate the brotherhood by stirring interest in veterans outside our Post. A selfless interest in other veterans can build our Post (not just for the money, but for the well-being of another veteran and their family). Gather a small group to have lunch with once a week at the Legion Hall.Whenever I go to town, I am looking for a veteran and I always find one to meet and encourage. How about you? We have the time! One of the greatest generals of all time was Alexander the Great. Following a heated battle, a young soldier (caught retreating), was brought before him. Calling him close, he asked “What is your name son?” He responded, “My name is Loyal, sir.” Alexander pondered a moment and said, “Change your name or change your conduct.” He got the point. Hope you do!
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 3-1-14
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.