Commanders Message


Legionaries,

This past month has dealt us a wakeup call on the condition of our post. Years of neglect to the building and infrastructure resulted in the identification of several serious issues. We had no Hurricane preparation plan, we have no storm shutters. We will develop a Hurricane action plan to insure this does not happen again. We will budget and commence with a plan of action to deal with the storm shutters.

I want to thank the Officers and E board members as well as the staff that pulled together to get us thru the Hurricane. The canteen and kitchen are open, and things are getting back to normalcy. We have attracted new members, and have dedicated our post to addressing the issues and programs that the American Legion was created to do.

Until I return David Pietrafese (1st Vice Commander) will assume the duties and obligations of Commander. It is comforting to know we have a slate of Officers and E board members that can be relied upon to address any situation that arises. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

God bless you all and God Bless America

Respectfully,

Jimmy Josko

Commander

 

Membership

 

I would like to remind everyone the 2018 dues are $55.00. If you have already paid your dues at the 2017 rate and received your card we would appreciate it if you would send in the additional $10.00. Again, I would like to thank everyone who has already sent in the additional money. We are currently at approximately 45 percent of our goal for member renewals. Please help us reach our goal of a 100 percent renewal by the end of this year.

 

Respectfully,

David Pietrafese

First Vice Commander

 

 

Chaplains Corner

 

WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH

The bible stresses that what you say is an accurate indication of what is in your heart. If your words encourage others, they give evidence of a compassionate heart. When others are in crisis do they know they will find peace in your words?

Without making any excuses for your words, ask God to forgive you for any words that have brought harm. Then ask Him to discipline your mouth so that every word you speak is used to encourage and edify others.

D.J. “Rick” Ricciardi

Chaplain

 

Auxiliary

 

Hi Ladies,

 

I hope everyone is okay after hurricane Irma. The American Legion Auxiliary has an Emergency relief fund program and it is just one of the things I would like to talk and vote on at our next meeting. Please join us on Oct 5th at 7pm. Happy Birthday to everyone with a birthday this month.

 

Membership: Please send in your dues. Or you may drop them off in the canteen. You can also pay them online @ http://www.alafl.org Thank you. .

 

Show me the money is every Wednesday @ 6:30 sharp. Come join us, the more that play the bigger the jackpot. Kitchen will be open.

 

Wreaths Across America- The Legion is doing the Wreath program this year. Spread the word. Sponsor a wreath in honor of a Veteran. Forms will be available in the canteen and with The Legion Family Officers and committee chairman.

 

October 7th- We are volunteering to help Friends of Jupiter Beach do a beach clean up from 8-10 am (shine ONLY) 2188 Marcinski Rd & US 1.

 

October 7th- District School of Instruction will be held at our Unit. Yes Ladies, at Unit 271. Upstairs register at 9 am. The meeting will be from 10-2 with lunch served. This is a good meeting to attend. If you are a officer and cannot go to Orlando in November. This is a good meeting to attend if you have questions or want answers.

 

October 28th- Canteen Halloween Party- Look for details in this newsletter. Come join us and have a good time. Prizes will be given. Let's have some fun!

 

October 29th- VA Medical CLC Halloween party is from 2 to 3:30 pm. We will meet at the Post at 1:15pm. A signup sheet will be posted in the canteen.

 

November 11th and 12th- We will be doing our Poppy Distribution. Signup sheets will be posted on the board near the kitchen.

 

November 26th- We will be making Christmas cards for troops that cannot be home with their families for the holidays. If you have any Christmas cards you would like to donate, please drop them off at the legion or call me and let me know so we can get a count on them. Also there is a box in the canteen with a list of basic needs for our troops overseas. Let’s see how many service men and women we can give something to.

 

Let’s Stand as One ! Respect each other! We are Family.

 

Thank you and God Bless,

Sandra Swafford                      Email: auxiliaryunit271@gmail.com

President                                  Website: www.alaunit271.org

Honor Guard

 

We assembled to raise the large garrison flag for the Labor Day event.  Thanks to Frank D., Corey P., Robbie J., and Dave P., for volunteering to present the colors at Tequesta Town Hall on 9/11.  As we know, the ceremony was overtaken by other events, but it is good to know we have you guys to count on in a pinch. 
We did not have drill and ceremonies practice on the 11th either, but we will have it on the second and fourth Monday of every month. 
With less than 100 days until Christmas (according to Twitter and Facebook posts) we are preparing for our Veterans' Day ceremonies and the Holiday Parade.  Check your schedules and let us (me) know of your availability for these events.  Remember the Honor Guard brunch on Sunday the 24th of September and drill the next evening at 1900.  Members, let us know if any of you need uniform items.  Anyone else reading this... We need YOU to Join the Honor Guard. 
The Post will supply you with uniform items and training, and a bugle and weapons.  Black shoes and black socks are up to you. 

Bob Jaegers

Sergeant at Arms  

 

Blood Drive

 

Big thanks to the 6 donors for our latest Blood Drive!  Still looking to build our numbers.  Our next Drive is November 12. Looking forward to seeing there!

 Thanks,

Al Landry

Blood Drive Chairman

 

Financial Update

 

Financial Update:

Thru 8.31.17:

 

Debits: 77 @ $30,563.89

Credits: 18 @ $22,998.00

 

Account Balances

Legion: $3189.06

Operating: $4032.33

Building Fund: $2035.54

     Total: $9,256.93

 

Did you know that so far in 2017 we have paid $3,931.00 on the Newsletter making it 1.44% of the Legion’s spending?

 

         

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

 

Boys State:  We continue to look for High School Juniors who would be interested in the 2018 Boys State.   If you know of a family member or friend who you think would be a good candidate.  Please refer them to the American Legion Web Site as this will provide them information on this great program.

Harry Malecki

Boys State Chairman

 

 

Boosters

 

Bradley F. Anderson $500.00

Neil & Pat Nugent $50.00

Capt Ken Lee, USN $25.00

Bradley Leddy $20.00

 

 

MISSING IN AMERICA PROJECT – FLORIDA

CALL TO HONOR #13

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 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, October 21, 2017, at 11:00am, MIAP – Florida, in cooperation with the Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory in Okeechobee, the Glades Funeral Chapel in Belle Glade, the Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Stuart, the Boynton Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Boynton Beach, the Edgley Cremation Service in West Palm Beach, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department Indigent Cremation Program in Miami, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, will be interring the cremains of 14 veterans and 6 spouses of veterans, with full military honors, at the South Florida National Cemetery located at 6501 Florida State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449. 

 

The veterans being interred served in the US Army, Marine Corps., Navy and Air Force, during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or other non-war periods.  The longest that any of these being interred has been unclaimed is since 1968. 

 

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 pmarkonni@comcast.net.  All service participants MUST be at the cemetery by 10:00am on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  There will be a rehearsal for participants beginning at 3:00pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the cemetery.  Attendance at the rehearsal is preferred but not required.