Gautier Vancleave Post 1992, American Legion, Inc.

 Gautier Vancleave Post 1992, American Legion News Letter

3824 Old Spanish Trail, (Mail address: Post Office Box 682, Gautier, MS 39553)

Newsletter March- April  2018
Post Phone # (228) 497-6422

Freedom Isn’t Free

Post 1992 Commander


      We have had a lot of activity these last two months, starting with a New Year’s dance.

We had a good showing at the mid-winter conference that was held in Natchez. Thanks to all that attended. Our Post won the membership award for 103% membership for posts with 250-500 Members.

On February 3rd we hosted the District 9 Oratorical contest at our post.

We just hosted a Dinner for the National Commander, Denise Rohan. A good time was had by all who attended. This was the eighth consecutive National Commander that Post 1992 has hosted.

On March 9th we will be hosting a luncheon for Project Hero (formerly known as The Ride to Recovery.) 10:00AM – 2:00 PM. Volunteers are welcome.

Our 23rd Annual Drawdown will be held on April 7th, 2017. Please plan to attend. If you don’t have a ticket yet please get one, we will have a lot of good food and fellowship and a chance to win some money.

      In April, I will appoint an nomination committee chairman, who will be soliciting the membership to find out who wants to run for an office, for next year. Every office will be elected, if you want to serve and you feel like you can make a difference, please throw your hat in the ring.


      For God and Country

David Pugh

Post 1992 1st Vice Commander

   Hey there Shipmates!! The year is moving fast, and we are continuing to do more things supporting the legion and our family. Thanks to the Sons of the American legion for their support of the DAV Commanders appreciation dinner—a remarkable success! The riders continue to get out there and support community activities as does the Auxiliary—Thanks for staying involved and getting others to support.

We have moved forward with support for the Cal Ripken Baseball league here in Gautier! Looks like our name will be featured on the uniforms of the 7-8-year-old players and on their support banners! I will be publishing a schedule and posting it at the port for anyone who would like to come out and support our city’s youngsters playing Americas game!!!

Don’t forget about the Drawdown coming up in April! We need to get all the support we can, so that we can make a great showing as we have in the past! 

Stay the course! “Damn the torpedoes!!”


For God and Country

Scott Mitchell

Post 1992 Adjutant


2018 dues were payable by October 20th, 2017 IAW Post By-Laws.  The easiest and fastest way to renew is on-line at (using your member ID and a credit card,) you also: mail your dues or drop them off at the Post. As of 1 January 2018, members not renewed for 2018 are Delinquent on 1 February 2018 you will be suspended from all benefits of membership

The Post’s Legion membership total membership for 2017/2018 membership year is 379 members. There are 333 members who have paid their 2018 dues and 36 members who still owe their 2018 dues, keeping us from being 100%.

Please join me in welcoming our new and transfer-in and returning members in November: Frank Anthony, Gilbert Benge, Patrick Hackett, Randall Merrick, Francisco Orta, Phillip Saul, Justin Schreurs, Brandy Westman and Michael Westman. In December: Kayla Andrews, Ricky Davis, Stephanie Kestner and Harold Roll. We thank each of you for your service to our great Country and now you have made a commitment to continue to serve other veterans; their families, the community; and the nation.  I’d also like to thank the recruiters of the above members: Robert Boman, Herb Edmonds, Tim Honeycutt, David Pugh, Doug Stiles, Mark Walker, Jerry Walters and Bill Whatley for their support of The American Legion and for growing our membership rolls.  We need all members to actively recruit at least one new member to get our membership numbers up to make up for normal attrition of Post members.

Please keep the Post informed of changes to your mail address, phone number and eMail addresses so that you will continue to receive our communications.  Also, The American Legion National has sent a request for email addresses to be filled out on the dues reminder sent to each member.  The Adjutant will update The American Legion national database records and Department address lists (for Legion and SAL members) insuring you’ll continue to receive your membership renewal notices, Legionnaire, and the Legion magazine. Also, if you provide me with your e-mail address, if you haven’t already, you will receive any significant updates to the Calendar of Events and Newsletter.

Our bi-monthly Post Newsletter and Calendar of Events are only distributed electronically by e-mail and posted on the Post’s web site:  A limited number of hard copies will be printed as needed, at the Post for pick up in the lounge.  To be added to electronic distribution by email directly, call me at 228‑471‑5042, or dropping a note with your name and e-mail address in the membership dues box in the lounge, requesting to be placed on the Newsletter eMail distribution list.  Our electronic distribution currently reaches ONLY 61% of Legion Family members.

It is required that our Legion membership records contain evidence of discharge or release under honorable conditions during one of the recognized war eras.  The most recognized evidence is: your latest DD214; Certificate of Discharge/Release or for Reserves or Guard components, evidence of being deployed under Federal Orders Title 10, Subsection 672 or 12301. The American Legion National requires Date of Birth be provided and requests that Phone Nos., eMail address be provided.

For God and Country

      John Deveau
   Post 1992 2nd Vice Commander

Nothing to Report

For God and Country
Gordon Gollott
   Post 1992 3rd Vice Commander

We have a variety of events for our legion family for March and April.

The kids Easter party will be on 24 March Saturday bring the little ones out to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy some good snacks and egg hunt.

We will have live entertainment on seafood night and steak night. The Tall Boys will return in March for steak night.

Look for a Post Crawfish Boil once we get optimum prices. We will have a Cookoff entertainment and prizes for the winners.

Hope to see everyone come out and have a good time.

For God and Country
Tim Honeycutt

Post 1992 Chaplain      

Keep our American Legion Family in your prayers - health problems, financial problems, depression, loneliness, and troubles that we may not be aware of. Show; share how much you care.

·   Please keep the family of Gene Creswell in your thoughts and prayers following her death.

·   Please keep “Little” Don Bartlett in your thoughts and prayers as he battles illness

·   Please keep Gary Coon in your thoughts and prayers as he has lost his wife Shirley who had battled cancer for the past 3 years

·   Please keep the family of Debby Barton in your thoughts and prayers following her death.

·   Please keep the family of Donnie Gollott in your thought and prayers following his death

·   Please keep the family of John Boffenmyer in your thought and prayers following his death

·   Please keep Glen Deveau and family in your thoughts and prayers as he battles stage 4 cancer

A Prayer for Healing

Heavenly Father, we lift up all those who are suffering from illness, whether physical or mental. We ask for you to bless them with your healing and remind them that nothing is impossible for you! In times of confusion, be their peace. When they feel like giving up, renew their hope and fill them with peace.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

   For God and Country

   L. Flo Hendrickson


Post 1992 Judge Advocate

Since the completion of installing a flagpole and building a memorial at our post home, we have been in the process of purchasing memorial bricks for the walkway surrounding the Flagpole. This is an excellent opportunity to make a lasting impression for yourself, your Family or other special person. A lasting memento, the engraved bricks become a permanent part of the memorial. The post is offering memorial bricks for sale. The bricks are $40.00 for up to three-lines. Order forms are at the bar or see me or Bob Backel.

If you are a member in good standing with our American Legion post 1992 you are eligible for legion care $ 5,000 in Accidental Death insurance at no cost to you. Auxiliary members and the Sons of the American Legion are also eligible.

For God and Country 

     Billy Simpson


President Unit 1992 American Legion 

Ride 2 Recovery, now known as Project Hero, is back and will stop for lunch with us on Friday March 9th. The wounded and recovering warriors will be on their 6th day of a weeklong bicycle trip. We need help to prepare sandwiches for 200; and visit with and serve our guests. We need donations of fruit, 1-gallon jars of pickles, peanut butter, jelly, and both individual chips and drinks. Flo Henderson is the chairman for this event.

We are hosting the ALA Southern Area leadership workshop on Saturday March 10, beginning at 9 a.m. Don’t let the title scare you - it’s simply learning what the Auxiliary’s role in veteran affairs and are community are. Members and potential members are welcome.

Bring your children and grandchildren to our Easter egg hunt and party at 10 a.m. Saturday March 24th.

We need ten new members to reach our membership goal of 106. We want to reach 100% membership as the Post, SAL and riders already have. You’ll be joining an organization that lobbies for veterans and helps military families.

We appreciate your support of our fundraising dinners on the 3rd Friday of each month. Our tips for the current and previous 2 months are going to the National Auxiliary Emergency Fund. The purchase of dinners brings funds to our programs and events such as Project Hero.  We host the Sunday Bingo games and need help there; Including 1 ½ hours before the games to help sell tickets and assist Bingo players.

Thank you all who attended and cooked or brought food for the Post’s National Commander Reception. It was an honor to meet Denise Rohan, the first female commander in the 99 year history of the American Legion..

For God and Country

   Cindy Harper

American Legion Riders Chapter 1992 

   Nothing to report.

   For God and Country

  David Belcher

President Amateur Radio Club - (Call-sign K5TAL) 

   Nothing to report.

   For God and Country

   T. Lee Johnston


Post 1992 SAL Commander

     SAL membership continues on a fast track.  We’ve already exceeded 100 per cent, overall, but still require four (4) renewals. July 2018, begins a new year and our Squadron will be hitting it hard… again. 

SAL will be conducting its first ever Hardhead Catfish Tournament, currently scheduled for June 16, 2018, at our Post.

Our Legion Post and SAL have again agreed to allow the SAL to conduct the Post’s Steak Night for the foreseeable future.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the SAL has incurred the following officer vacancies:  2nd Vice Commander and Chaplain/Historian.  Our Squadron will address, soon, or wait for the nominations for 2019 (2018-2019).

On a sad note, our Squadron had two members pass away due to significant illnesses:  Longtime member Donnie Guillotte, and, John Boffenmyer

For God and Country,

Shane Helms


Current Newsletter for March and April 2018 (.pdf)

Current Newsletter for March and April 2018 (.doc)

Archives of Previous News Letters:

Newsletter for July / Aug 2017 (.pdf)

Newsletter for Sept / Oct 2017 (.pdf)

Newsletter November / December 2017 (.pdf)

Current Newsletter for Jan / Feb 2018 (.pdf)