Commanders Message

 

Legionaries,

Let me first thank all members for their all the work and time devoted to running our American Legion post. I want to take this opportunity to address some questions that need to be addressed.

 

1.     The only people receiving any compensation for their work is the Bar manager, Cook, Cleaning person, Bar tenders and waitresses.

2.     No officers are compensated, there is no Commanders fund or slush fund, and all monies are accounted for.

3.     All memberships are being verified with Department to insure members are eligible, their memberships dues are up to date, and all DD-214's are in file and accounted for.

4.     Due to years of neglect and code violations, improvements to the building and grounds were mandated by the Village of Tequesta and must be completed by years end to avoid a $150 dollar a day fine.

5.     We notified the AA groups to find a new location as of the first of the year, to free up the hall for future Legion and fund-raising activities.

 

Now I would like to thank some of our members for a job well done.

 

1.     Thanks to the SAL and their Commander Jim Jacobs who donated over Ten Thousand Dollars to the post, in both cash and equipment.

2.     I want to give special thanks for the most generous contribution make by the Auxiliary for our Post’s improvement. The Auxiliary cannot be thanked enough for all their support throughout the years. My personal thanks to Sandy Swafford and all the members of this outstanding organization.

3.     Thanks to David Pietrafese for his outstanding work on membership and for filling in for me during my absence.

4.     Thanks to Harry Malecki for finally getting control of our financial accounting and his excellent work on our Facebook account.

5.     Thanks to Robert Jaegers for taking over the Honor Guard, filling in for our dear departed Robert Dymerski.

6.     Thanks to Charles Alsup of the SAL who implemented a program to dispose of decommissioned American Flags in a proper manner (burning) with the Solid Waste Authority.

7.     Thanks to Frank Dausilio our Bar Manager. New Commander of the SAL, Kitchen and building support and all the other hats he has worn this past year.

8.     Thanks to Keri Adams for her work on the Wreaths Across American project.

 

And to the many members who have donated their time and resources to this Post, I cannot thank you enough for all you do, and want every member to know they are a valuable asset to this organization.

 

We are here to serve and to advance the ideals, principals and mission of the American Legion. Things change, that is the way of life and we will change to better accept the challenges of the upcoming years, and to change the public perception that the American Legion is a drinking club for a bunch of old disgruntled veterans. We are proud, we are strong, and we are the American Legion.

 

God bless you all this holiday season and God Bless America.

 

Respectfully,

 

Jimmy Josko

Commander Post 271

 

Membership

 

            As of November 12, 2017, we have 392 members (or 66.667 percent) who have paid their 2018 dues. Although we have reached the minimum Department Goal for November, I believe we can do better. Help us to exceed the December 6, 2017 goal of 75% and make Post 271 shine above the rest by trying to have a 90% renewal by the end of December. Please be aware that you do not have to wait for a notice from National or the Department to pay your dues. There is a locked box in the canteen for this purpose; you can place your dues in an envelope with your name or member number and drop it in this box, the renewal will be processed promptly.
            I would like to welcome the following new members to our Post: Beau Hartwick, William Laflamme, David Spicer, Ernest J. Schlmeyer, Martin L. Busler, Martin Gouyd and Lavon T. Speck.
            If you have issues concerning your membership, please call the post and leave a number where you can be reached; I will try to correct the problem. I thank all of you who have paid your 2018 dues and look forward to meeting you sometime in the future.

 

Respectfully,

David Pietrafese

First Vice Commander

 

 

Chaplains Corner

 

With the holidays fast approaching, let us remember that Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting, it is happiness because we see joy in people.  It is forgetting self and finding time for others.  It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

 

Al Landry

Chaplain

 

 

Auxiliary

 

Merry Christmas to All Member and their Family-. As most of you know, it is the obligation of the Auxiliary is to support the Veterans. As quickly as money comes into the Auxiliary it goes out to Veterans projects at the VA. or other Veterans Organizations. Therefore, it is with great pride that I announce that the Auxiliary has made a donation to our Post in the amount of $4,500.

We also helped 10 needy families locally for Thanksgiving and 10 families for Christmas. We donated to the Stand Down House for gifts for kids, and to the 15 Annual Santa Dave’s Toy Run for Orphans in palm beach county. It’s you the Members of the Auxiliary, and our Legion family that makes all of this possible. So, keep supporting all events. Send in your dues. You do make a difference. To see more of what your Unit has been doing go to our website at http://www.alaunit271.org

Palm Beach Pipes and Drums are playing for us on Friday December 15th around 8pm in the Canteen. If you have not heard them play. It is something you don’t want to miss.

Our Christmas Chinese Auction Baskets will be on display beginning December 5th. Please support this event. There will be some great baskets to pick from. Tickets will be behind the bar. See bartender. The cost is $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Drawing will be at the Legion Christmas party on December 16th.

Membership: Your membership card expires at the end of this month Please send in your dues. Or you may drop them off in the canteen. You can also pay them online @ http://www.alafl.org Dues are $35.00 and $10.00 for juniors. Thank you.

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

December 5th Decorate Post & Make Christmas Auction Baskets- Drawing will be held at the family Christmas party on the 16th.

December 9th Post Anniversary Party: 70 Years this post has been here. Support the Post so that it will be here for those who come after us. So, they may be here to help Veterans for years to come. And continue to defend the Constitution of The United States.

December 10th JTAA Christmas Parade- If you are marching in the parade. Please wear your uniforms and meet at the Legion no later than 10:30. They start closing the roads at 11:00. Or meet us in front of Ralph’s.

December 16th Christmas Party- See December newsletter for details.

December 17th Bake Sale- If you are baking something for the sale Please have Items at the unit no later than 8:30am - In the Canteen

January 20th Bonworth Fashion Show- Will be held upstairs, invite your family and friends. 10% of all sales comes to the Auxiliary. We are working out final details . so please see January’s newsletter.

 

FAMILY FIRST

 

Thank you and God Bless,

Sandra Swafford                                Email  auxiliaryunit271@gmail.com

President                                           Website: www.alaunit271.org

 

 

 

Legion Riders

 

Hello future American Legion Riders. I would like to extend to you an invitation to become a charter member of the American Legion Riders, Post 271 Tequesta, FL.  To become an ALR, you need to be in good standing with the Legion as a Legionnaire, SAL or Auxiliary. We are up and running and had an impromptu meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, with input from several ALR members of others posts. As with any new charter it starts off small and then continues to grow (which is a good thing). Our next meeting is scheduled for December 20th and hope to see y'all there. In order for our charter to grow input is needed from everyone and all topics are open for discussion.  

Should you have any questions, please feel free to e-me back ( SDNewell4@gmail.com ) and look forward to seeing all future members.

 

Regards,

 

Steve (a.k.a "Salty") Newell

 

Honor Guard

 

 Honor Guard Provides Joyful Noise 

 

Thanks to Charlie Alsup, Rob Jaegers, Harry Malecki, Steve Newell, Dave Pietrafese, and Chaplain Al Landry, for serving in the rifle squad at a Memorial Service at St. Jude's, an internment service at Riverside Cemetery, and for providing a resounding conclusion to our Post 271 Veterans' Day Ceremony honoring all our veterans.  

 

We have cleaned and oiled all our M-1 rifles, and are prepared to continue our commitment to provide the best military honors on behalf of Post 271 for our comrades in arms.  We hope to keep these historic weapons in top condition for the future.

 

On December 10th we will be marching in the Jupiter Tequesta Youth Athletic Association benefit parade.  Please let me know if you will be marching.  We will not have Drill in December. 

 

We will have the Honor Guard Brunch on the last Sunday of the month, at 1000.  At 1100 we will call out names and play "Taps" to honor any Legionnaires or Honor Guard Members who have reported to the Commander of Us All during the past month. 

 

Drill and Ceremonies Practice 2nd and 4th Mondays at 1900.  Honor Guard Brunch and "Taps" at 1100 on last Sunday of the Month.  

 

We have the ability to provide Memorial Flag Folding Ceremony, Rifle Salute with World War II M-1 Rifles, and the playing of "Taps" for military honors.  We need additional volunteers from our Legion Family to maintain these services and to make them available at more times and days of the week.

 

For God and Country.

 

Bob Jaegers

Sergeant at Arms  

 

 

Financial Update

 

For the Month of: October 2017

Checks/Debits Paid: 65 @ $21,617.01

Credits: 16 @ $72,368.00

Balance: $50,768.99

Checking Account Balances:

Legion Account: $1,897.00

Operating Account: $2,540.70

Building Fund: $44,066.06

Balance: $48,503.76

 

Harry Malecki

Finance Officer

         

For the Good of the Post

 

We are still looking for a few Chairpersons (see the list on page two). The one we need the most is the Entertainment Chair. This will be a Co-Chair along with an Auxiliary, SAL and hopefully soon a ALR. If you are interested in this, please contact me.

 

Andy Heric

Post Adjutant

 

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

 

 

 

Boosters

Jerry & Eleanor Chartrand $30.00

Joseph A. Quimper $20.00

Thomas & Angela Renna $20.00

 

Canteen News

 

I would like to start off by thanking all that have been pitching in lately. This month has been particularly challenging with another cook leaving for greener pastures and for whatever other reasons. At the very last minute we were able to put together lunch for Veteran’s Day and fulfill our commitment to the Chili cook-off and a steak night all in one day.

 

I would like to thank and recognize all out bartenders for pitching in and going the extra mile when we needed them to waitress and or put some meals together while the kitchen was closed or going through transitions. By the time this newsletter comes out, you will see that the kitchen will be re-opened with a new staff. Please bear with them while they get adjusted to better serve all of you.

 

Thanks to everyone that helped with the Tequesta Fest beer truck. Of course it was very successful as in the years past and we all look forward to doing it again next year. A really big thanks to Harry Malecki for being the chairman of this event.

 

You will notice some changes around the Post. There is a new T.V. located in the canteen that was donated by the SAL. It is designated for the new digital calendar, along with special events, pictures and advertisements. The landscape around the post has also changed and a new irrigation system to keep it flourishing. Please be aware of what is going on outside. At times we will have to close parts of the parking lot to make room for new landscape and repairs to the driveway that has been ordered by the Village of Tequesta.

 

I hope all of you notice the marque sign in front of the Post, by the road. The sign isn't new, but the facia is. It now has the name of our post and 4 lines of interchangeable lettering. This will help us to advertise all upcoming and present events happening around the Post. Thanks again to the SAL.

 

We will also be replacing the a/c in the canteen, sometime soon. There maybe a couple days when we don't have a/c because of this undertaking. This expense will also be shared by the SAL. If you get a chance, please thank a SAL member. They are very proud and happy to be a part of important improvements around the Post.

 

 

Take note of what's coming up: 

 

The Post's 70th anniversary -

Pig roast n BBQ

December 9th, 12-5pm 

$20.00 donation 

 

Christmas Parade- 

December 10th, 1:00pm

 

Christmas party-

Pot Luck dinner  

Bring your favorite food and for others

December 16th, 6:00pm

 

 

Canteen manager,

Frank Dausilio 

561-601-3225

 

SAL

 

 I hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving surrounded by close friends and family. 

 

Guys, if you haven't already, renew your membership. 45 out of 169 have renewed their memberships to date.  If you don't before December 31st you will be on the outside looking in. Our post will be changing the card reader the first week of January and you will Not be served till you pay your dues. FYI, all posts can refuse you entry and service if you don't have an updated legion card. Let's get it done!!!!!

 

Let's think about why we are a part of the American Legion organization. Most people’s first response: "cheap drinks”- that is definitely a perk but if that's all of what you can come up with, shame on you. 

 

We are here to support our veterans. This organization is volunteer based. We all need to pitch in. There is plenty to do without having to be physically able. If you are able to come to the canteen to drink and eat than you are able to help in one form or another. Perhaps a suggestion that maybe brought up is that your membership dues will revolve around volunteer participation. If you don't agree or have another suggestion come to a meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. 

All of this may come off sharp to some, but our Post is going through some real tough times and we need help in every shape and form. When I see what we can accomplish with so little volunteers I get fired up about how much all of us can truly accomplish if we ALL pitch in.

 

Happy Holidays to all and Wishing all of you and yours a Healthy Happy New Year!!!

 

Frank Dausilio, 

SAL Commander Squadron 271