Commanders Message


Summer time is a slow time of the year for our canteen facilities. To address this issue you may see changes in our kitchen area. Change is necessary to stay solvent, as membership and participation in our events and support of the legion has dwindled as expenses have risen. I ask all members to what they can to encourage more people to sign up or become involved. Participation is necessary for our Post to grow, and I ask we all try to do a little more.

I want to thank all the officers and members who have gone above and beyond these past few months in my absence. Make your voices be heard, if possible attend a meeting or send us a note so we can address whatever issues you may have. God bless you all and God Bless America

Jimmy Josko Commander




First, I would like to thank everyone who supported me and I look forward to serving as your First Vice Commander for the 2017 – 2018 term. As most of you already know, the notices for the 2018 membership have been mailed out to the members by the Department indicating the dues are $45.00. Since we were operating at a deficit last year, we asked the Department to approve raising the dues to $55.00 which they did. However, there was a glitch in the system when the new notices were printed and this documentation did not print the correct amount. With that being said, we must honor the amount shown on your notice but the dues are actually $55.00 for all Legionnaires. We are asking members to please pay the $55.00 so we can continue to support our many programs and help keep our post home running smoothly and efficiently.


David Pietrafese

First Vice Commander



Chaplains Corner



As a Christian you are obliged to view your actions in light of how they will affect other Christians. This goes contrary to worldly thinking. The world encourages you to live your own life, taking care of your own needs and wants first.

You have a responsibility to live in such a way that you do not hurt others. As long as you focus on yourself, you will be oblivious to the needs of others. Ask God to free you from selfishness so that your life is free to help others.


D.J. “Rick” Ricciardi





Hello fellow legion family members. I'd like to start off by thanking all the SAL members that have attended our last meeting. Out of this meeting, I was officially voted Commander of the SAL by my peers. Our First Vice is Brian Johnson, 2nd Vice and Adjutant is Corey Pine, Finance Officer is Mark Smith, Chaplain is Charley Alsup, Sergeant at Arms is Tom Anderson, and Historian is George Rifenburg. I would like to thank all of them for stepping up and participating this coming year in guiding the SAL's success.


I especially would like to take time to thank Jimmy Jacobs for laying down the path of success. His leadership has set the bar truly high and I hope we will be able to come close to achieving what he has accomplished the past few years. One of the achievements under his belt is the SAL having their own bank account. In doing so, we were able to deposit our hard earned money from several events we participated in. We were then able to write a few checks to pay for the Post's building to be painted, fans and furniture installed on the patio and donate money to several charitable organizations. We truly appreciate all he has done and look forward to his guidance as we forge forward to the future.


There are a few things we all have in mind for the betterment of the Post and look forward to help many more charitable organizations. This can only be accomplished by the support of all the SAL members along with the rest of the Legion family.


Peace and warm thoughts to all.


Frank Dausilio, Commander

Sons of the American Legion 

Squadron 271




Hello Ladies, I would like to send out a Happy Birthday to all of our members with a birthday this month.


Membership:  I would like to thank Claire Drouin for volunteering as 1st Vice and Membership Chairman again this year. Ladies, let’s make Claire’s year a little easier. Let’s be the first Unit to make 100% in membership. Our calendar year runs from July to June. So please send in your dues. Or you may drop them off in the canteen.


Show me the money is every Wednesday. Come in and have some fun.


August 1st- The Auxiliary is participating in National Night Out “A Night to Unite” at Roger Dean Stadium. We will be looking for new members to join our family. We will be handing out coloring books.


School Supplies Box in Canteen- All over town organizations are collecting school supplies for the kid’s. We are collecting supplies for the Teacher’s like our own Rachel Bruus D’ausilio who teaches in Belle Glade. All of Palm Beach County teacher’s take money out of their own pocket’s to teach the kids. Here is a list of supplies that teachers buy out of their own pockets. If you are unable to shop for supplies, you may also make a donation and we will purchase the supplies. Thank you for your support!

Supplies- pencils, pens, printer paper, expo markers, glue sticks, loose leaf paper. Please make check payable to ALA Unit 271. Please write in memo: (for school supplies).


August 12th- We have our Ken Rourke Annual Police awards dinner. There is a signup sheet in the canteen. Seating is limited.


August 27th- Hoedown at the VA Medical Center CLC 2:00 to 3:30- please let me know who is going. Thank you.


Thank you to all the Officers past, present for volunteering your time in helping our organization in helping local Veterans and their family’s



Sandy Swafford                                                Email:

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Honor Guard


Thanks to Charlie Alsup, Frank Dausilio, Robbie Jaegers, Dave Pietrafese, Corey Pine and Woody Woodbury for providing funeral honors for our comrade Anthony J. DiSarno, U.S. Navy, WW II. 
We continue drill and ceremony practice the second and fourth Monday at 1900 hours. With more volunteers we can ensure we have the ability to properly honor our nation's veterans. We will also be able to put on more visible patriotic displays at community and post events. 
Uniforms are provided by the Post. No experience is necessary. Learn the manual of arms for the M-1 Rifle and how to load and fire these historic weapons.
Don't forget brunch on last Sunday of the month.  We will remember our departed members.


Bob Jaegers

Sergeant at Arms  


Blood Drive

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Al Landry and I am one of the new E-Board members and the new Blood Drive Chairman, replacing Ed Hicks.  Ed is moving on to new adventures with his family and I want to thank him for doing a Great job with the program and wish him good will for the future.  I look forward to making this important program a success, and hope you will all join me in achieving that goal.

Al Landry

Blood Drive Chairman


Building Fund Report

Balance: $3,535.37


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 are here.


Andy Heric

Post Adjutant


Boy’s State


The 2017 Boys State was completed on June 24th with the Post 271 Boys State participants safely returning to Post 141 after a week of intense learning and team building.  I was fortunate enough to be on hand when our Boys returned and enjoyed hearing the tales of their week.  Since then we have received letters from each of the participants and I will be posting them in the Canteen’s Atrium over the next few weeks.   I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to “Thank” a fine man for his hard work over many years in coordinating the Boys State program for Post 271.  Ed Hicks has been instrumental for our success with the Boys State Program.  From working with the High School JROTC Programs at Dwyer and Jupiter High Schools, to ensuring that only the right candidates are selected to represent Post 271, Ed has led the way.  I have been very fortunate to work with him during 2017 as he has shown me the passion it takes to lead this program to be successful.  I hope that I never let Ed down as Boys State moves forward into 2018 and beyond.   Thank you Ed, you will be missed.


Harry Malecki

Boys State Chairman


Canteen News


The 300 club is finally back. Starting in August we will begin signing members up. It is a $25.00 donation and we will pick one $50.00 winner per week starting on Friday October 6th. The party will be held 20 weeks later and will include an open bar, dinner with music and at least one $250 winner maybe more depending how many participants we have.

We have started a frozen drink program in the beginning of July. So far it has been pretty successful and we look forward to serving our patrons more as per their request. 

 I've been changing our bartenders work schedules around in order to get the best mix that would benefit the Post's canteen business. I'm sorry this will not make some individuals happy but unfortunately it's impossible to make everyone happy. My one and only concern is what is best for our Post. With that said we will not tolerate foul language, negative and disparaging talk about the Post Officers and employees. Let's not go there, please. We want the Post's canteen to be a positive fun place.

I would like to invite members that are interested in getting involved to help organize themed parties. It's important to start organizing ASAP in order to start promoting the first party that will be held in September and then continuing every month going forward. Let's make the good times roll again. 

The next 2 months are typically slow and so we don't have plans to have live music but we will match others that feel like playing the jukebox on Friday Saturday and Sunday. By the way, we are now able to play music from 9 am to close as long it's not offensive or too loud. This will be policed by the bartender on duty. 

Thanks to all our members support.

 Frank D'ausilio

Canteen manager

561 601-3225 



 Miles O'Connor $50.00 (Children & Youth)

Jeffrey & Ann Warnock $25.00

William & Martiza Urbina $10.00