Commanders Message




Election of Officers is upon us and I since no one is running against me, I am honored to again lead our Post for another  year.  We completed painting of the Post and repairing and a rehab of the front ramp and entrance way. Our next phase is to restore the irrigation system and bring the landscaping up to code. In addition we will remark the handicap spots and address any other issues associated with the building.

A special thanks to the Sons of the Legion, and their Commander; Jim Jacobs who contributed over Ten Thousand Dollars this past year to update the Post. The Sons have worked hard to raise money for our Post and has become an important part in our organization. The Sons have been involved in all of our activities and without their help many of our accomplishments would be impossible. Jim, on behalf of the American Legion I thank you and all your hard working members. Keep up the fantastic work.

We are revamping our kitchen and menu to address the needs of our members, and to make is more efficient. We have made progress in recruiting new members, and are relentless in sending a message to the community that The American Legion proudly supports Veterans and the Community.

By being more involved in the many causes that the Legion supports we will grow this Post, and in turn will become the organization that the public will respect and associate with Americanism and support for our service members, their families and our community. Thank you all for your past and future support, we have much to do, but with your help I am confident we will succeed.

God Bless you all;

Jimmy Josko









Congratulations to the following 10 members who will receive their dues for free for the calendar year 2018 their names are: David Barth, Robert Greene, Sander Hacker, Eugene Phillips, Danny Robinson, Mauro Salazar, Fred Schultz, Joel Steiner and Richard Walker.


Membership is at 87% thanks to all who have renewed.

Voting for the First Vice Commander will be held on May 11th all day, individuals whom are running are Dave Pietrafese, Brian Chobot and myself Donald "Woody" Woodbury. The polls will be open from 0900 till 1900 hrs, please show up show your support and vote; also up for voting will be members of the E board.

I would also like to hear feedback for doing the 300 club with only paying one $50 winner per week at our current rate we cannot afford to have this program, the price will remain the same $25 the only difference is only one winner per week.


Thank you,

Donald "Woody" Woodbury 

1st Vice Commander




Service Officers Report


I am happy to report we have no one on the Sick Call board and no one has passed away this month.


Thank you,

Donald "Woody" Woodbury 

Service Officer



Chaplains Corner



It is useless to give offerings to God while you are at war with your brother. Jesus said that you should be reconciled with anyone who has something against you, whatever it takes.

If a person is your enemy, Jesus said to love him. If he prosecutes you, pray for him. If he humiliates you, you are not to retaliate.

If there is one command that is constantly disobeyed, it is the mandate to be reconciled. If there is someone with whom you need to make peace, then do what God tells you to do.


D.J. “Rick” Ricciardi




I want to thank the SAL Officers and members who helped during my terms as SAL Commander here at Post 271. It has been my will to get the SAL up and running here for many years. I was told I would never accomplish IT at this post but I kept pushing until it finally happened. I spent four years with many failures doing so but we finally stand on our own and have the tools to grow and prosper.  I want to thank all of the members of the Legion and Auxiliary who supported us in our efforts to organize. For two years now we have run on a minimum crew and have achieved a lot in my thinking. We have made many charitable donations to good causes, bought outdoor patio furniture for the Post, helped in countless fund raisers, and our most recent project which was painting the Post. Personally I think the post looks fantastic! There is a new group of men who want to become Officers and run the SAL which I think is exciting. This will give me a much needed break and the SAL will get some new opinions and ideas for the future. Currently the SAL is organized in its operation, bookkeeping is in place, documents are in order and there is money in the bank for them to continue the work we started. I wish the best to our upcoming new Officers and will be available to them anytime if they need me. Please support them in their efforts.


Vic Carpenter, Frank Dausilio, Tom Anderson, Paul Milewski and George Rifenburg, thank you!


Also a special thanks to Anne Jacobs and Ana Dausilio for always jumping in to help us when we were short of help!


If I have missed anyone I apologize and thank you as well!


Jim Jacobs

SAL Commander







Hello Ladies,


MEMEBERSHIP: Thank you everyone for paying your dues, we have made our goal!! Thank you to all of our new members for joining the Auxiliary, you helped us reach our goal. We look forward to you volunteering for our upcoming events (listed below), and please join us the first Thursday of every month for meetings. Your input and ideas are important to us. I want to thank membership chair Claire D. for all of her hard work. We are blessed to have you, thank you! If you are one that has not paid please let us know if you will be rejoining.


As this year is coming to a close, I want to take the time to say THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered their time and money in helping our Veterans and the Community.


I appreciate all of our members, and want to thank all of the Officers that have dominated there time every month to come to the meetings. You are amazing ladies! We are a Unit and we need to work as a Unit. Together we stay a Unit.


At our May meeting we will be voting for Officer's if you were nominated please make sure you are at the meeting, thank you.


Our Bake Sale on April 9th went well, thank you Alice and Claire.


The Legion golf tournament was rescheduled for October.


Show Me the Money is every Wednesday night.  Come join us, Papo will be making food during season.


Our dinner night is on hold at this time.


Poppy weekend is May 6th and 7th. PLEASE sign up. Sign-up sheets are hung up by on the wall beside the calendar. Please sign up. Thank you for supporting your Veterans.


We need Volunteers for the Legions Memorial Day Picnic on Monday the 29th after our service at Riverside. The Post needs our help, and that is what we are here for; to help the Legion.


May 7th from 2-3 The VA is having a Sock Hop. If you are interested in going please let me know or call me at: 561-574-3596


Sandy Swafford                                                Email:

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Honor Guard


We will all participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony and we hope to be available to provide honors for veterans as requested.


The Honor Guard breakfast meeting is the last Sunday of each month.  We also will conduct a Memorial Guard Mount with Taps in honor of our fallen comrades.


Rifle Squad and Color Guard Ceremonial Drill on second and fourth Monday.  Rain or Shine.


We are looking for a few good men and women from the Legion, SAL and Auxiliary to join the Honor Guard.  Uniforms will be supplied.  Black shoes or black boots are your responsibility.


Bob Jaegers

Sergeant at Arms


Blood Drive

Last month we received 10donations.  Thank you to those who gave.  Please donate blood if you are able, you will save lives!  Our next blood drive is May 28th.  It's great to see all the new members joining our post. If you have any questions about our drive, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Thank you,

Ed Hicks

Blood Drive Chairman




Building Fund Report

Balance: $3,035.00


We have used all of the Home Depot grant money and we still need a few more things to make our post complete.

1. Carpet upstairs.

2. Smoking area.

          I would like to thank all who have donated to the building fund. We are looking for good fund raising ideas to raise the balance. If any can think of new protects let us know.

We will be having a yard sale on March 25th 7AM to 1PM, please donate gently used items on March 24th, all proceeds will go to the building fund.


Thank you,

Ed Hicks


For the Good of the Post


We have the following personalized red shirts ready for pick up:

A red medium polo shirt with “Bill” embroidered on it.

A red medium tee shirt with “Chuck” embroidered on it.

A red large tee shirt with “Jackie” embroidered on it.

A red extra large tee shirt with “Billy” embroidered on it.

Please see a Bartender or a Post Officer to claim them.

Ladies long sleeve tees coming soon, please email me if you’re interested.


Andy Heric

Post Adjutant


For the Good of the Post


I’d like to give Jim Jacobs, his SAL Officers and the SAL members a “Bravo Zulu” for their project of painting the Post building. It was a big job that was not only just painting; but multiple repairs that were long overdue. It’s great to see the SAL taking pride in their Squadron and the Post. I’m anticipating another great year for the SAL. Job well done!


Andy Heric




Boy’s State


Boys State is American Legions biggest project to help our young people advance in their life. They go to Tallahassee to develop a working government in one week. As sponsors, we send them at no charge to their families.  We have made our selections and we will be sending 6 young men and we have 3 alternates.  We had 9 young men go through our selection process and they were all well qualified. Unfortunately this year we were only able to send 6 students, maybe next year we will have sufficient funds to send all of our deserving applicants.


Ed Hicks 

Boys State Chairman





Paul Markonni $50.00 (Building Fund)

William & Judy Collins $25.00

Cliff Curtis $25.00

Gary & Heidi Steger $25.00

Milton & Marie Austin $20.00

Louis & Josephine Gregory $20.00

Frank & Rae Russo $20.00


2017-2018 Elections


The first nomination of Legion Officers was held at the March 9th Meeting.

The second nomination of Legion Officers was held at the April 13th Meeting.

The election of Legion Officers will be held on May11th 9AM-7PM and the ballets will be counted prior to the Executive Board Meeting.


Andy Heric

Post Adjutant






Canteen News


Never fear, May is here. April seemed like a blur and so this year feels like it’s going by fast. With May upon us we say goodbye to most of our seasonal friends and wish them safe travels to them and many happy returns. 


Well, by now the freshly painted building has been completed, thanks to the generosity of the Post's very own SAL members. If you see an SAL member, thank them. They can be spending their hard earned money on plenty other non-profit organizations but they chose to give back to their own.


I would like to thank everyone for supporting the canteen. I encourage everyone to continue to voice their opinions, good or bad, via the suggestion box located by the entrance of the canteen below the Sick Call board.


The kitchen is now open almost every day and night of the week would appreciate all of you keeping us in mind when you are hungry. 


We have added a new bartender to our lineup of really great bartenders. Her name is Alexis and she is eager to serve all of you. If you have a certain preference, feel free to ask her. She won’t know unless you say something. This actually goes for all of the bartenders.  If you have something that’s on your mind but don’t want to approach us, please write a note and drop it in the suggestion box.  


At times things get a little busy behind the bar and in the kitchen. Feel free to ask the bartender or chef that's on duty if they need help selling tickets to drawings, changing kegs, filling ice washing dishes or glasses, running food and etc.....they would really appreciate it I’m sure. 


Thanks again to everyone at the Post and abroad. Keep supporting us so we can support the veterans and their families. 


Frank Dausilio,

Canteen Manager









SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017, 11:00AM


The purpose of the Missing in America Project (MIAP) is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans, and the spouses and dependent children of veterans, through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations, and to provide honor, respect and dignity to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.  The Post supports the MIAP, and a Legionnaire from the Post and his wife are active in the project.


On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, with the cooperation of the Boynton Memorial Chapel and Crematory, will be interring 13 veterans and 8 spouses of veterans, with full military honors, at the South Florida National Cemetery located at 6501 Florida State Road 7 (Rt. 441), Lake Worth, FL 33449.  The veterans served in the US Army and Navy during WWI and WWII.  The spouses sacrificed in the absence of their husbands during WWI, WWII and Korea.  The longest that any of these being interred has been unclaimed is since 1956.


All are welcome to attend the service.  If any post or auxiliary member, with or without his/her spouse, would like to participate in the service as a pallbearer, or flag or flower carrier, or for additional information, please contact Paul Markonni at cell 561-445-9299, or email  There will be a rehearsal for participants beginning at 3:00pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the cemetery.  Attendance at the rehearsal is preferred but not required.