Post 24 Commander’s Corner
I attended the Department of Maine American Legion convention in June. New department officers were installed and are as follows: Commander John Hargreaves, 1st Vice Richard Graves, 2nd Vice Ronald Rainfrette, Adjutant Lloyd Woods, Finance Officer Tommy Adkins, Americanism Charlie Foss, Historian Ronald Caron, Chaplain Patricia Thurston, Sgt at Arms Daniel Ayotte, Judge Advocate Lester Dearborn.
Congratulations to our District 5 Commander Kirk Thurston in receiving the “District Commander of the Year” award. Also to Post 72 South Paris Commander Sara Glynn for receiving the “Post Commander of the Year”. Oxford County is well represented.
Membership dues where discussed and voted on to increase dues that are sent to the Dept. of Maine by $3. This increase goes into effect in 2015. This was needed to help support department with increases to their yearly operating costs. Post 24’s dues will not increase at this time.
The District 5 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at the Veterans Home in South Paris. Barbeque will begin at 5pm and the meeting will follow.
Our hall is available to rent for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Call the Post at 369-9053 for more info.
We are currently accepting applications for bartenders. Stop by to pick up an application.
2014 membership cards are in! Pay your dues early or sign up to be a member and become an early bird! We will have a free early bird supper in the near future for all those who pay by October 1.
We are looking for volunteers for work parties. Our Post is in need of some TLC. Call the Post to give your name and number for future work parties. Your support is appreciated.
The Post hosted the Korean Veteran’s Recognition Day on July 27. Thank you to Len Greaney, Peter Ogden and Jim Hamper for organizing and preparing for this event. Thank you to all who attended and to all participants who were able to support this event.
We held our annual Golf Tournament on July 28. Thank you Fred Milligan for all the hard work that went into making this a huge success. Thank you to all those who sponsored, gave donations, and those who volunteered. Thank you to all the participants for being so generous.
This is the “Year of the Military Woman”. We are planning an event to help celebrate our Women Veterans. On Nov. 16, we will have a Female Veteran’s Luncheon beginning at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served along with guest speakers, entertainment and more. We hope to provide a fun filled day for all female veterans who have served or are currently serving. We are hoping to reach all women veterans in Maine. Help spread the word!
The following is information explaining the American Legion’s 2nd Pillar:
Pillar II: National Security
The American Legion’s positions on national defense, homeland security, border control and military support are all part of the long-held Legion value that the key to peace and world stability is a strong, well-resourced defense.
In order to protect America, troops and their families must have support. The American Legion plays a vital role in supporting the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedoms.
Local American Legion posts throughout the nation adopt military units, deliver care packages, provide emotional support for families of deployed service members and welcome the troops home.
Specific examples of their efforts include arranging transportation to reunite soldiers with their families for the holidays and organizing fundraisers to buy phone cards for use in combat zones.
Such assistance doesn’t end when service members return home.
At three U.S. military installations across the country – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, and Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Legion staff members help troops work through the medical discharge process and provide representation before medical examination boards to reconcile disability ratings.
The following programs fall under the National Security Pillar II: Operation Comfort Warriors, Military Quality of Life, Support for TriCare, Disaster Preparedness, Border Security and Immigration, Blue Star Banners, Blood Donor Program, Foreign Relations, Full Accounting of POW/MIAs. For more info on these programs go to www.legion.org
The above information was taken from the “Why Should I Belong” Legion pamphlet.
We are Veterans serving Veterans, their families and our communities.