Post 24 Commander’s Corner
On April 17, American Legion Post 24 hosted the installation of Post 100 (Dixfield), Post 24 (Rumford) and District 5 (Oxford County) 2013-2014 officers. We were honored to have National Executive Committee Member Alternate Brenda Dearborn, Department 1st Vice John Hargreaves and Lester Prue as the installing team for this event. The night was well attended by area members of the American Legion family. Post 24, Rumford is still looking for someone to fill the Finance Officer’s position. Anyone interested please contact the Post Commander at 369-0831. The outgoing Finance Officer has agreed to stay on until July 1.
On this past Sunday installation of the Ladies Auxillary Unit 24 was held, the following people were installed; President: Erika Bickford, 1st Vice: Barbara Arsenault, 2nd Vice: Donna Wotton Chaplain: Doris Martineau, Treasurer: Anita Murphy, Secretary: Rena Nichols, Sgt-at-Arms: Judy Sanborn. The next District meeting will be held May 17 at Locke Mills, Post 68 at 7 p.m.
Memorial Day Events are as follows: on May 26 at 2 p.m. the Western Maine Veterans Home will have their ceremony for the residents. If anyone is interested in attending this please meet at the Legion Post in Rumford at 12:30 p.m. and we will car pool over. The ceremony usually last for 30 minutes and the residents enjoy seeing members from the various veteran organizations within the community, on Monday, May 27, Post 24 will host the annual Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 a.m., with stops at the Rotary Green in Rumford and the Veterans Green in Mexico. Any group that would like to participate in the parade contact Kirk Thurston at 357-3287.
"Troop Support" is this month’s American Legion Program. Since its founding, The American Legion has actively supported America’s military servicemembers. With troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and more than 100 other countries, this continued support is even more essential as America fights a war against terrorism. Legionnaires can demonstrate their support in many ways, such as:
Encouraging lawmakers to improve the quality of life and increase the pay for America’s servicemembers. Let them know that we back the missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Global War on Terrorism.
Responding to calls from the Family Support Network. The number is 1-800-504-4098 or you can visit www.legion.org/fsn. The FSN can help with tasks such as lawn-mowing, grocery shopping, home repairs and other needs.
Volunteers for the Heroes to Hometowns program. Heroes to Hometowns is a transition program for severely injured servicemembers returning home from the war on terrorism. It establishes a support network to provide many services including welcome home celebrations, temporary financial assistance, pro-bono financial planning, housing assistance, home and vehicle adaptation, government assistance, medical transportation, child care, entertainment options, counseling and family support. It includes an American Legion staff member who serves as a liaison at the Pentagon. For more information call (202)23-5773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donating Blue and Gold Star Banners for military families to display in their windows.
Children of fallen military members since 9/11 can use The American Legion Legacy Scholarship to attend college, and Legion posts across the country have repeatedly demonstrated their support for America’s military through community outreach programs.
Hire veterans. Transitioning service members can learn about job fairs by contacting the Economic Division at (202)861-2700 or email@example.com.
Honor veterans with a rousing “Welcome Home” or “Troop Appreciation” celebration.
By simply sending a card or a care package to a servicemember overseas or visiting a wounded soldier in a hospital, Legionnaires can continue their proud tradition of support for America’s military.
Operation Comfort Warriors provides comfort items to wounded heroes recovering in military hospitals. You can donate online at http://www.legion.org.ocw or by mail to: Operation Comfort Warriors, The American Legion, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
The Post will have a barbeque fun day on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. We will serve chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, salads and beans. Price for the meal is $7. Games and raffles will be available. Bake sale items will also be available. Dan Richard will provide music and karaoke from 7 to 11pm. On Sunday, we will serve a Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and treat your special lady to a wonderful buffet style meal. Adults, $8, children under 8, $5. Proceeds from these events will go to support our aging Veterans at the South Paris Veterans home and the Western Maine Veteran’s Advisory Committee.
There will be a member’s appreciation night on Saturday, May 18. Social hour with appetizers from 5 to 6 p.m., ham supper from 6 to 7 p.m. and DJ and Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. There is no charge for members of Post 24. There is a charge of $5 for non-members. Please sign up by Wednesday, May 15 so that we have a count of who will attend. You may also call the Post at 369-9053 to sign up.
The next monthly meeting will be held June 6 at 6 p.m. with the supper at 5.