Gautier Vancleave Post 1992, American Legion News Letter
3824 Old Spanish Trail, (Mail address: Post Office Box 682, Gautier, MS 39553)
Newsletter January - February 2018
Post Phone # (228) 497-6422
Freedom Isn’t Free
Post 1992 Commander
Dear Legionnaires Christmas has come and gone and we at American Legion Post 1992 are looking forward to a happy and prosperous New Year. We are making plans to attend the Dept. Mid-Winter Conference to be held in Natchez in January.
In Feb. we will be hosting the National Commander for the year 2018. We will host Commander, Denise Rohan, she is the first female National Commander ever!
We plan to have a crawfish cook-off contest the date has not been set yet. It will be when the price is right. We’ll have more information as it becomes available!
We had a canned food drive in November and it was quite successful. We received approximately 1600 cans or packages of food. We made up 15 food baskets, complete with a $20.00 gift card from Jerry Lees Grocery Store. We took a pick-up truck load to the VA to help stock their food bank for the homeless vets or any other need they have. We stocked our post home food bank to be used as we deem necessary and last, but not least, we sent the bulk of it to the United Methodist Church to be used as they as they see fit.
For God and Country
Post 1992 1st Vice Commander
Hello again Comrades’! Hope all of you were blessed with a wonderful Christmas and safe New year holiday!! We are about half way through the “Legion” year and it looks like we have been doing great so far at the post. We are looking forward to an eventful year with lots of entertainment and great things happening at the post. With the return of the USS Fitzgerald to Ingalls for repairs, please welcome our shipmates and keep their families in your prayers. Hope to see them at the post and include them in all we do.
Again, I would like to ask for inputs for any suggestions for children and youth programs you would like to see at our post and need to get an idea of how many would be interested in participating. The Commander would like to get us going with some of these programs and foster some family oriented events.
For God and Country
Post 1992 Adjutant
“IT'S NOT THE PRICE YOU PAY TO BELONG, BUT THE PRICE YOU PAID TO BE ELIGIBLE TO BELONG”
2018 dues were payable by October 20th, 2017 IAW Post By-Laws. The easiest and fastest way to renew is on-line at www.legion.org/renew (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: http://www.alpost1992.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CountryJohn Deveau
Oratorical Contests are fast approaching with deadline for entry level contest is January 22, 2018. Our Post may be granted extra time for our local contest.
Scholarship Awards are:
Level Post District Area State finalists
1st place $300 $500 $900 $3000 + Merit Scholarship to USM for qualifying Champion
2nd place 200 400 700 2500
3rd place 100 300 500 2000
4th-6th 50 100 300 1000
First and Second Place winners advance to next level.
The State final contest will be held March 10, 2018 at Millsaps college Jackson, Ms.Please have any interested student contact myself or District Vice Commander Bill Whatley.
Happy New Year. Karaoke will be on Wednesday nights, live entertainment on Fridays with seafood night on the second Friday and steak night the last Friday. We also will feature our Annual Chili Cookoff and by request a crawfish cookoff and competition. Food will be served on all Friday nights. I'm looking forward to a great start to the new year please join us and bring your friends.
The following are in need of your prayers:
- John & David Peterson in your thoughts and prayers following the death of Wife & Mother, Virginia.
- Joe O. Watrous in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to battle cancer.
- Barry Barrett in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through stem a cell replacement procedure & chemo for cancer.
- Glen Deveau and family in your thoughts and prayers as he battles recurrence of cancer.
- Betty (Bill & Ed Ryan’s sister) in your thoughts and prayers as she battles cancer.
- Shirley Lee and Shirley Coon in your thoughts and prayers as they battle cancer.
- Debby Barton in your thoughts and prayers as she battles her illnesses.
- Donald “Little Don” Bartlett in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to battle cancer.
- Steve Meredith’s Family in your prayers following his sister, Eva’s Death.
- George Varney and his wife, Pat, in your hearts and prayers as she faces heart surgery.
- Danny Bennett (friend of the Post) in your prayers as he battles Cancer.
- The family of Richard G. Taliancich. Richard has gone to the Post Everlasting; a charitable donation was made in memory of Richard.
For God and Country
L. Flo Hendrickson
Post 1992 Judge Advocate
As we head into the new year please help the American Legion post 1992 become even better. We need more help from the members to achieve this goal, but I know we can become bigger and better.
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. You can pick up an application at the post.
The post is still offering memorial bricks for sale. A two-line brick is still $40.00, and a three-line is $43.50. Order forms are at the bar or see me or Bob Backel.
The Mid-Winter Conference is January 18-21. Please try to attend.
For God and Country
President Unit 1992 American Legion
Membership renewals have been coming in steadily, thank you if you’ve already renewed. We are not yet at 100%, so please renew or join. Your $20 donation supports veterans concerns and programs on national, state and local levels.
Poppies are popping up. For the first time, we opted to craft our own poppies. While several of us sipped wine, ate snacks, listened to Dave’s karaoke, we twisted crepe paper leaves into pretty flowers. We will host another few Sip and Craft nights to finish 1000 poppies. We’ll have plenty for Memorial and Veterans days and other celebrations. Daisy has recreated the classic Fallen Soldier tribute of boots, rifle and helmet in a poppy display. We will enter it in poppy display at Mid-Winter conference where votes by monetary donations determine the winning entry. You can donate now at the post to give us a head start on the competition.
Future include basic gun safety and enhanced carry classes. With Christmas holidays just past, and Mardi Gras in February- the date is still undetermined.
We’ve been contacted by Ride to Recovery to provide lunch on March 16 to provide lunch to approximately 200 bicyclists and support personnel. Many are disabled from combat injuries and challenging themselves with a week-long ride from Jacksonville Florida to New Orleans Louisiana. This is one of the most meaningful events I’ve had the privilege to serve. There’s plenty to be done and many volunteers will be needed both before and the day of the lunch.
We are grateful for any support given in our mission to veterans, education and our community.
For God and Country
American Legion Riders Chapter 1992
The Post 1992 ALR is ending this successful year on a great note with a Last Ride of the Year on 30 December. The ALR has grown and is thriving. We are looking forward to a new year. We will be planning rides for January and February, and all are welcome to enjoy. Mid-Winter Conference is coming up 19-21 January 2018 and we are looking forward to making a difference. Thank you for all the support!
President Amateur Radio Club - (Call-sign K5TAL)
Nothing to report.
For God and Country
T. Lee Johnston
Nothing to report..
For God and Country,
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