Post 24 Commander's Corner
Happy 93rd Birthday to the American Legion! March is also the month for officer nominations for the following year. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of Post 24 need to step up and take on the responsibility of an officer’s position. I would hate to see these two entities fall by the wayside because of lack of leadership. Anyone of you has the ability to lead. Just do it!
On the Legion side, the following people have been nominated: Commander: Kirk Thurston, 1st Vice: Tricia Thurston, 2nd Vice: Robert McPherson, Adjutant: Michael Dane Curato, Chaplain: Marcel Martineau, Sgt-at-Arms: Lisa Sinclair, Americanism: Fred Milligan. The following positions remain vacant at this time: Finance, Historian and Service Officer. Nominations will close at the next monthly meeting and will be voted on that night.
At the last District 5 (Oxford County) meeting held February 21 at Dixfield Post 100, the following people were nominated: Commander: Kirk Thurston, Post 24 and Ronald Snow, Post 82, 1st Vice: Harold Wilbur Post 151, 2nd Vice: Joseph Cooney Post 72, Adjutant: Lester Prue Post 24, Finance: Richard Grover Post 81, Chaplain: Michael Dane Curato Post 24 and Sgt-at-Arms: Robert Lavertu Post 112. These nominations will be closed at the next District 5 meeting held March 21 at Norway Post 82, and then a vote will be conducted.
The installation of officers for both the Post and District will be conducted at Rumford Post 24 on April 17. On February 26, the Post had the honor of sharing the hall with the family and friends of Norbie Gallant. Good music, food and great stories were shared. Norbie in his 90 years touched a lot of lives and it was very apparent with the turnout that day.
There are many things happening at the Post this month, On Sunday, March 18, we will recognize our volunteers and members with continuous membership of 50, 55, 60 and 65 years. On March 24, we will host the Dinner, Laugh and Dance. The dinner will be of Mexican flavor followed by four comedians: Dennis Fogg, Tammy Pooler, Jeremy Remian and a mystery comedian. Tickets are on sale at the Post for $20 per person, must be 18 years of age.
On Sunday, March 25 the Cub Scout Pack 580 will have their Blue & Gold Banquet. This is when the boys receive their awards from tasks that they have accomplished throughout the year. It’s tax time again and for you veterans age 62 and older or disabled, you may qualify for a property tax exemption based on your service. You are entitled to this under state law, but have to claim it by filing with the assessor’s office where you live on or before April 1st.
In the March edition of the American Legion magazine an article talks about veterans medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009, with a service disability ratings below 30 percent will receive letters inviting them to have their ratings reviewed. You don’t have to wait you can apply to the Physical Disability Board of Review online at www.health.mil/pdbr. The application is only a page long, and there is no chance of a rating downgrade.
Honor Flight New England a New Hampshire based non-profit organization takes New England area WWII veterans on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial. The trip is completely free to the WWII veteran. If you know a WWII veteran who may want to take a trip, please feel free to contact them on their website honorflightnewengland.org or email them at email@example.com. The membership at the Post is currently at 95 percent with approximately 30 members that have not paid their 2012 dues. If you are one of those and are having problems and not sure if you want to remain a member of the American Legion give me a call.
Come out and support your Post, there are many ways to do this and I’m sure you will find what best suits you. Stop by to see an old friend or to meet a new one, Hope to see you at the next meeting on April 1.