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 May - June  2018
Post Phone # (228) 497-6422

Freedom Isn’t Free

Post 1992 Commander

     Where has the time gone?

   It seems like only yesterday that I was elected for a 6th term after a 5-year absence. The year has flown by, but we have had a lot of activity.

   Starting with the New Year’s Eve. Dance, the mid-winter conference in Jan, Our Oratorical contest in Feb,

   We hosted the National Commander also in Feb.

   We had about 150 bicycle riders that was a part of Project Hero, we fed lunch to in Feb.

   We had our 23rd annual drawdown on April 7th and an enjoyable time was had by all who attended.

   Coming up shortly, we are having a crawfish cookoff, so I hope to see you there.

   Nominations for all our officers is still going on and if you think you can make a difference, please sign up, to run for office.

   We have the special privilege of being a 100% American Legion Family, Hats off to our Legionnaires, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion, and The American Legion Riders, and our Radio club. Thank every one of you for your efforts in making us a 100% Family.

   Our next project, for our Legion, is to build a smoking patio so people who want to smoke will have a lovely place to go and smoke. We had our building permit approve d and we hope to start construction May 1

      For God and Country

David Pugh

Post 1992 1st Vice Commander


   Hello again Comrades! Summer is well on its way! The post is doing well, and we are looking forward to some great upcoming events! Check the calendar and come support some great causes and have a wonderful time!
   The Cal Ripkin baseball team that we have sponsored, the Marlins, did well! It was a great season and the kids had a great time! If anyone has ideas for more kids’ activities and would like to get some things going let myself or Herb Edmonds know, and we will get on it—let’s get our young legionnaires involved!
   Don’t forget that elections are close aboard! The more involvement we have the better our Post gets. So, if you are interested in a Post position get your name on the nomination list before May 14th. See one of the Nomination Committee members: Bill Whatley; Wesley Bright or Gary Coon.  


For God and Country

Scott Mitchell

Post 1992 Adjutant


   2018 dues were payable by October 20th, 2017 IAW Post By-Laws. Please renew your membership as soon as possible to protect your continuous years of membership.
   The Post’s Legion membership total for 2017/2018 membership year is 384 members. There are 349 members who have paid their 2018 dues and 30 members who still owe their 2018 dues.
   Please join me in welcoming our New, Transfer and Returning members. In March: Catherine Bunch, David Butler, Alan Reddicks and Gerald Stees. In April: Vera Berry. 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: Pete Bunch, Herb Edmonds, Doug Stiles and Jerry Walters for their support of The American Legion and for growing our membership rolls. We need all members to actively recruit at least
one new members to get our membership numbers up to make up for normal attrition of Post members.
   Elections of Officers for the 2018/2019 membership year is coming up in June 11, 2018, Nominations for Officers are currently taking place. Bill Whatley is the Nomination Committee chairman for the Legion. If you’d like to step up and serve as an officer in the Post, see Bill Whatley, Wes Bright or Gary Coon to have your name added to the list of
nominees. You can also drop a note in the membership box as to which office you are interested in running for. Include a phone number where you can be reached and your printed name and signature. This is your opportunity to have your direct input as to how the Post is operated. If you would like to know the responsibilities of an office refer to the Post’s Constitution and By-Laws. If you need a copy of either or both, let me know (at my email address below.) and I will send you a copy (they are also available on our web site below.)
   Nominations will close at the May 14,2018 General Membership meeting (for the Legion.) Please consider running for an office and add fresh ideas.
   Please keep the Post informed of changes to your mail address, phone number and eMail addresses so that you will continue to receive The American Legion and our communications. Also, The American Legion National has sent a request for email addresses to be filled out on the back of 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 contact 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. 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
   The 2018 Session for Boys State is scheduled for May 27-June 2nd at the University of Mississippi.
   Boys State is the premier Leadership program for rising High School seniors in the State of Mississippi. Delegates are challenged to not just learn about the levels of government, but to put their knowledge to practice. Attendees will hear from State leaders and develop friendships that will last for lifetimes. All expenses are paid for by Post 1992 for those High School Juniors who wish to attend. If anyone has a High School Junior family member or Friend of. please encourage them to attend. Applicants may apply online at: or Contact myself at 228-238-2691: E-mail
For God and Country
Gordon Gollott
  Post 1992 3rd Vice Commander  

   Thanks to all our great American Legion family and friends who come out to support our Post on Friday nights and all our special functions. We will have our old friends Deuces Wild on seafood night in May. Augee will play Seafood Night in June and the Tall Boys return for Steak Night in June. We will have Karaoke on Wednesday nights with Dave and See. It has been my privilege to serve as Third Vice Commander. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the post for our new American Family year.

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 Paul Mohning and family in your thoughts and prayers following the death of his Mother.
  • Please keep "Steve Meredith and "Little" Don Bartlett as they battle illness.
  • Please keep Nina Bartlett in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers from a serious fall.
  • Please continue to keep Glen Deveau in your thoughts and prayers as he battles cancer.
  • Please continue to keep Kurt Schmucker in your thoughts and prayers as he endures back problems.
  • Prayers for Doug Stiles and family following the loss of his wife Evelyn Stiles.
  • Please keep Ricky Noble, Son of Buzzy Shimp, in your thoughts and prayers as he battles cancer.
  • Prayers and thoughts for Billy Kirkpatrick during his recovery from surgery and Howard Tupper as he battles health problems.

Prayer for Healing the Sick:

Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,

You are the one we turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need.

We ask you to be with your servants in their illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to your servants. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from their bodies.

Dear Lord, we ask you to turn these weaknesses into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servants trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of suffering. Let your servants be filled with patience and joy in your presence as they wait for your healing touch.

Please restore your servants to full health, dear Father. Remove all fear and doubt from their hearts by the power of your Holy Spirit, and may you, Lord, be glorified through these lives.

As you heal and renew your servants, Lord, may we bless and praise you.

All of this, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.


   For God and Country

   L. Flo Hendrickson


Post 1992 Judge Advocate

 It is time for new officers to be elected. You must familiarize yourself with the duties of your office. The election will be held on June 11, 2018. Everything you need to know is in the Officer’s Guide and Manual of Ceremonies. You can find a copy in the office.

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 Bill Simpson or Bob Backel.

If you are a member in good standing with The American Legion you are eligible for Legion care $5,000 of accidental Death insurance at no cost to you.
The Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion are also eligible. You can pick up an application at the post.


For God and Country 

     Billy Simpson


President Unit 1992 American Legion 

We are at 100% membership goal.
   Congratulations high school seniors, the Auxiliary is presenting $500 scholarships to three students, each the child or grandchild of Post or Auxiliary members. In addition, two nursing scholarships in the amount of $100 are being awarded.
   Governor Bryant has declared May as Poppy Month across the state. We will have poppies available at the Post and will also visit local businesses to promote the wearing of poppies.
   We are looking for women and men who want to know more about using and handling handguns. A police officer is teaching a course on May 12, beginning 9 a.m. Following lunch (provided), we will travel to Hurley for shooting. The cost is $50 each and we need at least 10 people to hold the class. You should bring your own handgun and ammunition; although, a limited number of guns will be available for those who don't have one. Please sign up in the lounge.
   Election of officers is June. Nominations from the floor will be accepted from the floor at the May 7th (6:30 PM) meeting and will be placed on the ballot alongside names already given by the nomination committee.
   We are sending nine young women to Girls State leadership week the first week of June. Thank you: U. S. Submarine Veterans Tullibee Base, SAL Squadron 1992 and American Legion Riders (ALR) and the American Legion Ham Radio Club (ARC) for providing sponsorships so that all can attend.
   Thank you for supporting our fundraisers; the red shirts are in and should be distributed before the newsletter is printed; the black ones are due in any day now. If you ordered a T-shirt, please check the lounge for pickup. We continue to provide home-cooked meals with dessert each third Friday.
   I was elected Ninth District president and will serve 16 Units in the coming year. Thank you for your trust and support in me as your unit president the past four years.

For God and Country

Cindy Harper

American Legion Riders Chapter 1992 

   It has been a busy and trying few months, but the Riders are moving forward. Thank you to everyone for the support for the ALR and the Legion. We currently have a Rifle Raffle in progress and we are working hard to make this year’s D-Day Poker Run the best. This Poker Run will be to support our veteran’s programs and Boys and Girls State Programs. Anyone can participate be it on two, three, four or more wheels. Even one if you are energetic enough! 2 June is the date with a weather date of 9 June. Check our Facebook page for short notice events and updates.
   We would also like to recognize our returning members and our newest Members! Welcome back Dave, Kevin and JJ; Welcome Susan, Tiny and Teesta!

   For God and Country

  David Belcher

President Amateur Radio Club - (Call-sign K5TAL) 

   The Wednesday Night K5TAL American Legion Net celebrated its 1-year anniversary on April 5 and began its 2nd Year of operation on April 12. A total of 53 nets held with over 500 check ins throughout the year. In May, we begin operating on the 40-meter frequency also, so, until the summer propagation diminishes the 80-meter frequency, simultaneous nets will be held.
   We welcome our newest members, Mike Dobrolet KG5ZEZ, and Mike Madonna KG5VXY.

   We will be having a raffle of a cooler filled with liquid refreshments. Ticket sales will begin in May with a drawing to be held before Labor Day. We will be conducting a Special Event on Memorial Day, and an operating event called Field Day, on the last full weekend in June. If there is anyone interested in getting their Amateur Radio License, contact me at I will provide all training materials necessary for getting your license.

   For God and Country

   Don Rand


Post 1992 SAL Commander

   Our Squadron has completed its membership for the 2018 operating year with a 100 per cent renewal of existing members (62), and has recruited thirteen (13) new members, for an overall membership of seventy-five (75) “Sons” and one hundred and twenty (120) per cent for the year. The new operating year (2019) begins on July 1, 2018 and our Squadron expects to 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 Squadron has incurred the following officer vacancies: 2nd Vice Commander and Chaplain/Historian. The matter will be addressed, soon, or, we will wait for the May 2018 nominations, and elections (June) for 2019 (2018-2019 operating year). It is hoped that our Legion Family will make the best choices possible.

For God and Country,

Shane Helms


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Archives of Previous News Letters:

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Current Newsletter for Jan / Feb 2018 (.pdf)

Newsletter November / December 2017 (.pdf)