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118A Legion St, Easley, SC 29642-1657

American Legion Post 52

 

MONTHLY MEETING MARCH 26, 2019

 

6:57 pm SGT. OF ARMS TOM WILLIAMSON WILL ASK EVERYONE TO SILENCE THEIR PHONE

 

OPENING:

·         COMMANDER WILSON WILL OPEN THE MEETING

·         FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE

·         REMOVE COVER, CHAPLAIN HELMS OPENING PRAYER

·         REPLACE COVER, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

·         COMMANDER WILSON AND 1ST VICE COMMANDER WILL PERFORM THE POW/MIA PROGRAM

·         WELCOME OUR GUEST AND NEW MEMBERS:  NEW MEMBER-JUNIOR NEAL; VISITORS-JOHN PENDERGRASS AND NICK FLETCHER

·         MEMBERSHIP- POST 52 REACHED THEIR GOAL OF 100% PLUS 1 RENEWAL ON MARCH 11, 2019. NEXT YEAR OUR MEMBERSHIP GOAL WILL BE BETWEEN 235 AND 240. OUR AIM IS TO HAVE EVERYONE RENEWED BY DECEMBER 31, 2019.

 

SPEAKER: STAFF SERGEANT WAYNE G. STINESPRING

 

POST EVERLASTING:

·         TROY PACE

·         JIM KASKO

·         CHARLES CHASTAIN

 

SICK CALL:

·         JOHN BOYD

·         HARRY DEWICK

·         BILLY BEAVERS

·         STEVE SALLY

·         BILL ROSS

·         CARL LAYMAN

·         SID BUCKLEY II

·         BOB RAKER

·         RICHARD PAVLICK

·         JOHN McINTYRE

·         JOE JONES

·         MIKE MCCOY

·         DUB FORTNER

·         NANCY WEESE

·         PAT PATTERSON

·         KARA FORWARD

·         PHIL PREVATTE

·         BOB BURNS

·         CARLOS RHODES

·         BUDDY MOORE

 

PAST BUSINESS:

·         NATIONAL COMMANDER RAISTAD VISITED THE RICHARD B. CAMPBELL NURSING HOME MARCH 5, 2019.  BOB BURNS REPRESENTED OUR POST.

·         POST 52 CELEBRATED 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2019 11 AM TO 3 PM AT FREDDY’S IN EASLEY.  THE CHILDREN ENJOYED A BOUNCE HOUSE, BALLONS, FACE PAINTING, FREE “OUR COUNTRY’S FLAG” COMIC BOOK, AND A 4”X6” AMERICAN FLAG.  MEMBERS ALSO PRESENTED FOLDING THE FLAG AND THE MEANING OF THE 13 FOLDS.  IT WAS A GREAT CROWD AND EVERYONE ENJOYED THE DAY.  ATTENDING THE PROGRAM FROM POST 52 WERE, PAUL SMITH, HARRY BILES, KENT DYKES, PAUL GILLESPIE, JOHN McINTYRE, EARL MAWHINNY, SAM GILLESPIE, TOM WILLIAMSON, JIM STEWEART, BONES WILSON, JIM RUUD, LARRY HAMBY, ART JOHNS, JERRY BREZEALE, GARY HINTON, DALE OWEN, WALT CARTER, AND CINDY CARTER: FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SC WERE 1ST VICE COMMANDER WALT RICHARDSON AND 4THS VICE COMMANDER ROBIN RUCKER: FROM THE AUXILIARY UNIT 52 WERE PJ WILLIAMSON, NANCY MAWHINNY, STELLA BILES, KATHLIN GILLESPIE AND PAM SMITH.

 

PRESENT BUSINESS:

·         POST 52 DONATED $200 TO GIRL SCOUT TROOP 2580 TO SEND GIRL SCOUT COOKIES TO OUR COMRADES SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY

·         FINANCIAL AUDIT – WE ARE HANDLING MORE MONEY THAN EVER.  THERE IS A NEED TO APPOINT A COUPLE OF MEMBER’S OR HIRE AN OUTSIDE AUDITOR TO REVIEW AND AUDIT OUR FINANCES.

·         IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED WE ADD A FINANCE OFFICER TO THE POST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.  THE FINANCE OFFICER DUTIES ARE OUTLINED IN THE POST GUIDE BOOK.

·         NEXT MONTH WE ARE INVITING EASLEY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTER AWARD RECIPIENTS TO OUR MEETING.  LAST YEAR A MEMBER FURNISHED THE MEAL AT A COST OF $550.    WE HAVE HIRED THE SAME CATERER THIS YEAR AT THE SAME COST.  THEY PREPARE THE MEAL, SERVE THE MEAL, AND CLEANE UP AFTER THE MEAL.  THE COST IS $11 PER PERSON.  DONATIONS TO COVER THE COST WILL BE APPRECIATED.

·         THE ANNUAL DEPARTMENT CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOTT, 1200 HAMPTON STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201.  ALL POST 52 MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.  WE ARE EXPECTED TO BE REPRESENTED BY NOT LESS THAN 3 DELEGATES.  WE CAN VOTE 11 DELEGATES IF THEY ARE PRESENT ON FRIDAY MAY 31ST.  ONE REGISTERED DELEGATE WILL CAST ALL OF OUR VOTES.  THERE IS $25 PER PERSON REGISTRATION FEE.  ONLY THE DELEGATION CHAIRMAN OR SECRETARY WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP THE DELEGATION PACKET.  IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY AT THE MARRIOTT, THEY HAVE A SPECIAL PRICE OF $109 PER NIGHT PLUS TAX.  CALL 1-800-771-7000 FOR RESERVATIONS.  BE SURE TO TELL THEM YOU ARE A LEGIONNAIRE ATTENDING THE CONVENTION.  ALL RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE BY INDIVIDUALS CREDIT CARDS.  A LIMITED NUMBER OF LUNCHEON TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $30 PER PERSON.

·         THE PIANO IS NOT BEING USED AND WE NEED THE SPACE FOR FILE STORAGE.  OUR INVESTMENT IN THE PIANO IS $150.  THE MOTION WAS MADE DURING LAST WEEK’S EXECUTIVE MEETING AND CARRIED TO SELL THE PIANO FOR A PRICE WE CANNOT RESIST.

·         LEGION BASEBALL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT.  WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO BE THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.  DO WE HAVE AVOLUNTEER?

·         POST 52 HAS ABOUT 30 RIFLE RAFFLE TICKETS REMAINING TO SELL.  PLEASE TAKE A FEW TONIGHT AND SELL THEM BEFORE THE NEXT MEETING.  THE 52 DRAWINGS WILL START JULY 9TH.   $25 PURCHASES A TICKET.   

·         DON’T FORGET TO SUPPORT OPERATION DRAGONFLY.

·         DOC RABON HAS DRAWN AN IDEA FOR A POST COIN.  WE WILL HAVE THEM MADE AND AVAILABLE FOR SALE SOON.

·         VERY SOON WE SHOULD HAVE A NEW SIGN STREETSIDE TO IDENTIFY THE POST.  IT IS GRANITE AND SHOULD BE HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME WE HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE SIGN IN THE PAST 6 YEARS.

·         WE DISCOVERED RECENTLY THE POST IS NOT INCORPORATED.  STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO INCORPORATE POST 52 FOR THE MEMBERS.

·         WITH THE NEW TAX LAWS WE ARE SUBJECT TO SALES TAX FROM PURCHASES BEING MADE THROUGH THE FLAG AND EMBLEM CATALOG.  WE HAVE REQUESTED A STATE SALES TAX NUMBER.

·         IT IS ALMOST TIME TO RENEW YOUR 2020 MEMBERSHIP.  BECAUSE OF THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN NOW AND JULY 1, WE WILL ALLOW NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN FOR $34.  THIS COVERS THE FEE REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND NATIONAL.

·         DISTRICT 13 WILL BE MEETING AT POST 52 APRIL 20, 2019 AT 10 AM.  THE NINE POST THAT MAKE UP DISTRICT 13 AND ALL POST 52 MEMBERS ARE INVITED.  WE WILL HAVE DONUTS AND COFFEE. CARLTON PATTERSON, DISTRICT COMMANDER, HAS DECIDED NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION. BE PREPARED TO ELECT A NEW DISTRICT COMMANDER.

·         THE EASLEY SPRING FLING WILL BE APRIL 6, 2019 FROM 8:30 AM TO 3 PM.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO MAN THE BOOTH.  IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND GREET VETERANS AND TO BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY. 

·         WE ARE ABOUT TO FINISH ONE OF THE STRONGEST YEARS POST 52 HAS ENJOYED IN RECENT YEARS.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR MEMBERSHIP WHICH IS SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER RAISTAD WHEN HE LOBBIES CONGRESS FOR VETERAN AND YOUTH BENEFITS.  

·         IT IS TIME FOR THE SPRING BELK CHARITY DAY SALE.  WE WILL BE SELLING COUPONS IN THE STORE APRIL 20 FROM 11AM TO 2PM. APRIL 24 FROM 11AM TO 2 PM. APRIL 27 11 AM TO 2 PM. APRIL 30 FROM 11AM TO 2PM, AND MAY 3, 11 AM TO 2 PM.

·         THE SIGN UP SHEETS FOR THE EVENTS ARE ON THE FRONT TABLE. THE EVENTS ARE BELK CHARITY DAY SALE, PUT AND REMOVE FLAGS AT WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES, AND SELL POPPIES AT WAL MART AND SAM’S.   ENTER YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER IN THE TIME AND PLACE YOU ARE VOLUNTEERING TO HELP.

 

 

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE POST?

 

CLOSING:

·         CLOSING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS

·         SALUTE THE FLAG

·         COMMANDER’S CLOSING COMMANDER TO THE POST 52 MEMBERS

 
MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 26, 2019
6:58 PM - THE SERGEANT AT ARMS WILL ASK EVERYONE TO SILENCE THEIR PHONE
OPENING
• COMMANDER WILSON WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 7 PM
• FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE
• OPENING PRAYER – CHAPLAIN HELMS
• PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY COMMANDER WILSON
• 1ST VICE RUUD AND COMMANDER WILSON WILL PERFORM THE MIA/POW PROGRAM
• PREAMBLE LED BY COMMANDER WILSON
• WELCOME TO GUEST:  Jim Abbott, Pickens County Salvation Army
• WELCOME TO MEMBERS WHO ARE ATTENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME: Lee Boling, Paul Gillespie, and William Lee
• MEMBERSHIP:  ADJUTANT SMITH – We have reached our 2019 100% membership goal. Thank you members for your help and participation.
• SUSPENDED THE READING OF THE JANUARY MINUTES
SICK CALL
• JOHN BOYD
• HARRY DEWICK
• BILLY BEAVERS
• JOHNNIE BEASLEY
• STEVE SALLY
• B.B. HOOKER
• BILL ROSS
• CARL LAYMAN
• SID BUCKLEY II
• BOB RAKER
• RICHARD PAVLICK
• JOHN MCINTYRE
• JOE JONES
• MIKE MCCOY
• DUB FORTNER
• NANCY WEESE
• PAT PATTERSON
• KARA FORWARD
• CHARLES CHASTAIN
• Carlos Rhodes
• Buddy Moore
SPEAKER:
• WELCOME JIM ABBOTT FROM THE PICKENS COUNTY SALVATION ARMY – JIM SHARED HIS EXPERIENCE OF BEING A PART OF THE HURRICANE FLORENCE RECOVERY PROCESS.  WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE SALVATION ARMY AND ALL THEY DO.
 
PAST BUSINESS:
• A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER LAST MONTH.  THE FOOD WAS TASTY AND THE COMARDSHIP WAS AT ITS BEST.
• WE HELD POST EVERLASTING FOR 9 MEMBERS WHO AWAY IN 2018.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM.
BUSINESS:
• THE AMERICAN LEGION WILL BE 100 YEARS OLD MARCH 15, 2019.  AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 AND FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD ARE CELEBRATING THIS OCCASION IN FRONT OF FREDDY’S. 4825 CALHOUN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, EASLEY MARCH 16, 2019 FROM 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM.  ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.  MUCH NEEDED ARE MEMBERS TO BE A PART OF THE HONOR GUARD WHICH WILL CONSIST OF BRINGING IN THE FLAGS BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY.  THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL NOT BE LONG BUT AS PART OF THE CEREMONY WE WILL PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO AMERICA, PRESENT THE POW/MIA CEREMONY, AND WELCOME THE GUEST.  FREDDY’S IS FURNISHING A BOUNCE HOUSE AND FACE PAINTING.  THE POST WILL FURNISH “OUR COUNTRY’S FLAG” COMIC BOOK AND A 4”X6” FLAG FOR THE CHILDREN.  WE ARE LIMITED TO 400 BOOKS AND FLAGS.  THE CITY OF EASLEY IS PARTICIPATING ALSO.  THE EASLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT WITH A FIRE ENGINE AND FIREFIGHTER AND THE EASLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT WITH A POLICE CRUISER AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.  WORLD WAR II VETERANS ARE ASKED TO BE THERE AND BE RECOGNIZE AS WELL AS TALK TO THE PEOPLE. EVERY HOUR WE WILL TEACH A FLAG ETIQUETTE AND FLAG FOLDING CLASS.  THE CLASS WILL PRESENT THE MEANING OF EACH FOLD.  AT LEAST SIX MEMBERS WILL BE NEEDED TO HELP.  IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HELP PLEASE SIGN THE FORM ON THE FRONT TABLE WITH NAME AND PHONE NUMBER.  IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HONOR GUARD OR FLAG FOLDING, YOU ARE COMMITTING TO PRACTIVE BEFORE THE PROGRAM.  MEMBERS WHO COMMIT TO BEING IN THE HONOR GUARD OR FLAG FOLDING DO NOT HAVE TO PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRE FOUR HOURS.
• FREDDY’S HAS OFFERED THEIR PARKING LOT TO HOLD THE EVENT.  EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN AN ACTIVITY PLEASE SUPPORT FREDDY’S BY COMING OUT AND PURCHASING A MEAL. 
• POST 52 MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTED THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM LAST FALL MORE THAN ANY PROGRAM THE POST HAS ADMINISTERED.  IT WAS A GREAT JOB.  WE HAVE NOT SUPPORTED THE PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE PROGRAM AS WELL.  THE POST HAS 12 SLOTS TO SEND APPLICANTS TO BOYS STATE BUT IF WE DON’T HAVE THE FUNDS AND WE CANNOT COMMIT TO OUR QUOTA.  YOUR HELP WILL BE APPRICIATED.
• RIFLE RAFFLE – THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE POST TO EARN MONEY.  THIS YEAR THE POST IS ABLE TO RETAIN $10.00 OF EVERY TICKET SOLD.  WE ORIGINALLY AGREED TO SELL 200 TICKETS AND MOST OF THOSE ARE SOLD.  WE BROUGHT IN AN ADDITIONAL 50 TICKETS.  IF YOU HAVE NOT PURCHASED A RIFLE RAFFLE TICKET SEE SAM AT THE END OF THE TABLE BEFORE YOU LEAVE TONIGHT.  THE PROCEEDS FROM THE RIFLE TICKETS WILL BE USED TO REFURBISH THE 90 MM ANTI AIRCRAFT/TANK GUN BEHIND THE EASLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS LOCATED IN POPE FIELD.  THE GUN IS A BIT OF HISTORY WE WANT TO MAINTAIN AS PART OF OUR POST.
• THE DOLL HOUSE WAS DONATED BY RICH PAVLICH FOR THE BENEFIT OF POST 52.  THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO RAFFLE THE DOLL.  THE TICKETS ARE $10 EACH AND AVAILABLE AT THE FRONT TABLE TONIGHT.  THE DRAWING FOR THE DOLL HOUSE WILL BE MARCH 16, 2019 AT 2:45 IN FREDDY’S AS PART OF THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.
• NATIONAL COMMANDER RAISTAD WILL BE AT RICHARD B. CAMPBLL NURSING HOME POST 184 MARCH 5, 2019 FROM 2:30 PM TO 3:30 PM AND WILL MEETWITH LEGIONNAIRS IN THE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA AT 9 AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2019 BEFORE HE ADDRESS’S THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT NOON.  YOU ARE INVITED TO BOTH EVENS IN COLUMBIA. IF YOU ARE ABLE PLEASE GO AND REPRESENT POST 52.  WEAR YOUR LEGION CAP AND LEGION SHIRT FOR IDENTIFICATION.
• THE ANNUAL AWARD PRESENTATION TO EASLEY’S FINEST LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTER WILL BE AT THE MONTHLY MEETING APRIL 23, 2019.  LAST YEAR A MEMBER FURNISHED THE MEAL BUT THIS YEAR THE POST WILL NEED TO FURNISH THE MEAL IF WE DECIDE TO HAVE THE MEALL.  THE TOTAL COST LAST YEAR WAS $550 WHICH INCLUDED THE MEAL, SERVING, CLEANING UP AND THE TIP.  THE QUESTION IS DO WE HAVE A MEAL THIS YEAR?  THE POST CAN PAY BUT WE WANT YOUR OPINION AND SHOULD THE MEMBERS BE ASKED TO HELP PAY FOR THE MEAL.  WILL ANYONE MAKE A MOTION TO SUPPORT HAVING MEAL OR NOT SUPPORT HAVING A MEAL.
• PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRSL STATE FOR EASLEY HIGH, WREN HIGH, AND POWDERSVILLE HIGH WILL BE SELECTED BY THE END OF MARCH.  PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE IS JUNE 9 THRU 15 AT ANDERSON COLLEGE.  OPENING NIGHT IS AMERICAN LEGION NIGHT AND ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN, YOU ARE MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A VETERAN AND A FANTASTIC SALUTE TO AMERICA. WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TIME AND DIRECTIONS DURING THE MAY MEETING.
• THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY WILL BE HELD AT THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER THE WEEK OF JUNE 16 THRU JUNE 22, 2019.  EVERY APPLICANT WHO HAS ATTENDED HAS COME BACK EXCITED ABOUT BECOMING A FIRST RESPONDER AS A CAREER.
• BASEBALL SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEED TO WORK IN THE CONCESSION STAND AND TICKET STAND. BASEBALL OFFERS 18 YOUNG MEN A CHANCE TO LIVE A DREAM.  59 PLAYERS WHO PLAYED AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL ARE IN TH BASEBALL HALL OF FAME.  THE PROGRAM OFFERS YOUNG MEN WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY OTHERWISE A CHANCE TO PLAY BASEBALL.  THEY ARE ALSO TAUGHT COURTESY, AND RESPECT ON THE FIELD AND PROPER RESPECT FOR THE FLAG WHEN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS BEING PLAYED.   
• POPPY SALES WILL BE HELD AT WAL-MART AND SAM’S MAY 24, 25, AND 27TH.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN SHIFTS.  WAL MART HAS 3 DOORS AND SAM’S HAS 1 DOOR.  4 VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR EACH SHIFT RUNNING FROM 9 TO 12, 12 TO 3, AND 3 TO SIX EACH DAY OR UNTIL ALL OF THE POPPIES ARE SOLD. LAST YEAR POST 52 COLLECTED MORE THAN $5,000.  ALL OF THE PROCEEDS COLLECTED FROM POPPY SALES WERE DISRIBUTED TO SUPPORT VETERANS AND NO ONE ELSE BUT VETERANS.  ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WERE SENT TO THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY FUND, OPERATION COMFORT WARRIORS, AND THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS.
• POST 52 WILL PLACE FLAGS ON VETERANS GRAVES AT WESTVIEW AND MAULDING CEMETERIES MAY 23 AND WILL REMOVE MAY 28, 2019.  IF YOU WILL VOLUNTEER TO HELP THE SIGN UP FORM IS ON THE FRONT TABLE.  SEE THE TOM WILLIAMSON, SERGEANT AT ARMS, FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTION.
• THE EASLEY SPRING FLING IS APRIL 6, 2019 AT THE EASLEY MARKET SQUARE.  WE WILL HAVE A BOOTH OPENED FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO TAKE SHIFTS AND MAN THE BOOTH.
• THE ANNUAL DEPARTMENT CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOTT, 1200 HAMPTON STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201 MAY 31 THRU JUNE 2, 2019.  WE CAN SEND 11 DELEGATES AT $30 PER PERSON.  EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.  SPECIAL HOTEL RATES WILL BE OFFERED. USALLY AROUND $100 a NIGHT. 
• NOMINATIONS FOR THE EXECUTIVE BOARD ARE APRIL 23, 2019, ELECTION IS MAY 28, 2019 AND INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS IS JUNE 25, 2019. 
• WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE ANNUAL JULY 4TH LUNCH WITH THE AMERICAN LEGION APARTMENT RESIDENTS.  EVERYONE IS INVITED. HOT DOG AND HAMBURGERS FOR ALL
• DON’T FORGET TO SUPPORT OPERATION DRAGOFLY AND HAVE A BRICK PLACED WITH YOUR NAME AND BRANCH OF SERVICE IN FRONT OF THE KIMBERLY B. HAMPTON LIBRARY.
• CONTACT YOUR SENATOR AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT BILL NUMBER 3135 WHICH ALLOWS VETERANS UNDER 65 WITH MILITARY RETIREMENT OR VA BENEFITS TO BE STATE INCOME TAX FREE.  VETERANS OVER 65 ARE NOT TAXED.
DO WE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE IN THE INTEREST OF THE POST?
CLOSING
• CHAPLAIN HELM WITH THE CLOSING PRAYER
• SALUTE THE FLAG
• THE COMMANDERS CHARGE TO THE MEMBERS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
• THE MEETING CLOSED AT 8:05 PM
 
 

MONTHLY MEETING JANUARY 22, 2019

 

WE ENJOYED SOUP AND CORNBREAD BEFORE THE MEETING.

DRAWING FOR POST 52 LEGION BASEBALL CAP, $5.00 PER TICKET

 

OPENING:

·         6:57 SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL ASK MEMBERS AND GUEST TO SILENCE THEIR PHONES

·         7 PM OPENED BY COMMANDER WILSON

·         FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE

·         OPENING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS

·         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

·         1ST VICE AND COMMANDER WILL PERFORM THE POW/MIA PROGRAM

·         POST EVERLASTING PROGRAM – 9 LEGION COMRADES AND VETERANS PASSED AWAY IN 2018

·         PJ WILLIAMSON – PRESIDENT OF THE LADIES AUXILIARY

·         WELCOME TO OUR GUEST Jay Pitts, Pickens County Tourist, Cecil Durham, potential new member, Dan and Ann Warmuth, Dan transferred his membership to Post 52 and Ann joined Unit 52 Auxiliary.  Post 52 and Unit 52 welcome Dan and Ann to our memberships.

 

POST EVERLASTING MEMBERS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY SINCE 1-1-2019:

·         TROY PACE

·         JIM KASKO

 

SICK CALL:

·         JOHN BOYD

·         HARRY DEWICK

·         BILLY BEAVERS

·         JOHNNIE BEASLEY

·         STEVE SALLY

·         B.B. HOOKER

·         BILL ROSS

·         CARL LAYMAN

·         SID BUCKLEY II

·         BOB RAKER

·         RICHARD PAVLICK

·         RALPH BUCHNER

·         JOHN MCINTYRE

·         JOE JONES

·         MIKE MCCOY

·         DUB FORTNER

·         NANCY WEESE

·         PAT PATTERSON

·         KARA FORWARD

·         CHARLES CHASTAIN

 

THE SPEAKER:  JAY PITTS – PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE

 

PAST BUSINESS:

·         EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED ENJOYED THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT SMITHFIELDS CC

·         WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA AT ROBINSON MEMORIAL GARDENS AND PICKENS CHAPEL.  A TOTAL OF 393 WREATHS WERE PLACED ON VETERAN GRAVES.  GREAT JOB

·         COFFEE AND DONUTS ON JANUARY 12, 2019 WAS A SUCCESS.  ALL VETERANS WERE INVITED

·         THE LADIES AUXILIARY HAS  BEEN CHARTERED AND IS NOW OPERATING

·         WE ENJOYED PIZZA BEFORE THE LAST MEETING NOVEMBER 27, 2018

·         SEVERAL OF US ATTENDED FUNERAL SERVICES FOR TROY PACE AND JIM KASKO

 

FUTURE BUSINESS:

·         POST 52 AND FREDDY’S CUSTARD, EASLEY ARE PLANNING A 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION ON MARCH 16, 2019 AT FREDDY’S CUSTARD IN EASLEY.  MORE DETAILS TO COME

·         THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTER OF THE AWARDS WILL BE AWARDED AT THE APRIL 23 MEETING.

·         WE WILL NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR THE 2019/2010 EXECUTIVE BOARD.

·         LEGION BASEBALL WILL START SOMEWHERE AROUND MAY 1, 2019. THE FIRST GAME WILL BE PLAYED THE LAST WEEK OF MAY

·         THE EASLEY SPRING FLING WILL BE HELD

·         POST 52 MEMBERS WILL SELECT THE CANDIDATES FOR PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE,

·         AMERICAN FLAGS WILL BE PLACED ON VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES MAY 23, 2019

·         WE WILL SELL POPPY’S DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY 22, 23, AND 25.  EVERYONE IS ASKED TO HELP.

·         THE FLAGS WILL BE REMOVED FROM VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES MAY 24.

·         THE DMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SC SPRING CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE MARIOTT IN COLUMBIA MAY 28, 29, AND 30.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

·         THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT CANDIDATES WILL BE SELECTED IN MARCH AND APRIL

·         WE WILL SELL RAFFLE TICKETS TO THE DOLL HOUSE.   THE TICKETS WILL BE $10 EACH AND WILL BE GIVEN AWAY MARCH 16TH AT THE 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

·         DON’T FORGET THE FOOD DRIVE – WE DONATED MORE THAN A 1000 POUNDS LAST YEAR.  GOOD JOB, LETS DO THE SAME THIS YEAR

·         DON’T FORGET THE JULY 4TH LUNCH WITH THE RESIDENTS.  THEY ARE ALREADY ASKING ABOUT IT.

·         THE RIFLE RAFFLE IS A SUCCESS.  IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HELP SELL THE TICKETS CALL ME AT 864-238-9144 OR MEET ME AT THE POST MOST EVERYDAY FROM 2 PM TO 3 PM. 

 

CLOSING:

·         CHAPLAIN HELMS WITH THE CLOSING PRAYER

·         SALUTE THE FLAG

·         COMMANDER CLOSING COMMAND TO THE POST 52 MEMBERS

 

 

 



 
 
 
MONTHLY MEETING NOVEMBER 27, 2018
BEFORE THE MEETING BEGINS WE WILL OFFER $5.00 TICKETS TO DRAW FOR A $22 VALUE AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 BASEBALL CAP
OPENING:
• 6:57 PM SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL ASK MEMBERS AND GUEST TO SILENCE THEIR PHONES
• MEETING OPENED BY COMMANDER WILSON
• FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE
• OPENING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS
• COMMANDER WILSON WILL LEAD THE MEMBERS IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
• 1ST VICE COMMANDER JIM RUUD AND COMMANDER WILSON WILL PERFORM THE POW/MIA PROGRAM
• WELCOME TO OUR GUEST, NEW MEMBERS, AND FIRST TIME ATTENDEES: Carlton Patterson District 13 Commander, Christine Wyatt, Brittany Wyatt, and Jenny Chapman from Girl Scout Troop 2580, Logan Kipley from Senator Grahams Office, Terry Swickheimer, Travis Evans and Gary Hinton new members.
PRESENTATION:  THE GIRL SCOUTS CHALLENGED THEMSELVES TO SELL WREATHS FOR THE WREATH ACROSS AMERICA.  THEY $250 FOR WREATHS.  GREAT JOB YOUNG LADIES, THANK YOU.
  
THE SPEAKER:  LOGAN KIPLING, FROM SENATOR GRAHAMS OFFICE, GAVE US A DIRECT ROUTE TO SOLVING PROBLEMS WITH THE VA.  HE STAYED AFTER THE MEETING AND TOOK THE INFORMATION FROM FOUR MEMBERS NEEDED TO FOLLOW UP ON THEIR VA CLAIMS.  
POST EVERASTING:
• L.C. PRESSLEY
• PAUL RINALDO
• DON HILTON
SICK CALL:
• JOHN BOYD
• HARRY DEWICK
• BILLY BEAVERS
• JOHNNIE BEASLEY
• STEVE SALLY
• B.B. HOOKER
• BILL ROSS
• CARL LAYMAN
• SID BUCKLEY II
• BOB RAKER
• RICHARD PAVLICK
• RALPH BUCHNER
• JOHN MCINTYRE
• JOE JONES
• MIKE MCCOY
• DUB FORTNER
• NANCY WEESE
• PAT PATTERSON
• JAMES KASKO
• PAT PATTERSON
MEMBERSHIP:
• 160 MEMBERS HAVE RENEWED.  WE NEED 48 RENEWALS TO REACH OUR 100% GOAL OF 208 MEMBERS.  3 NEW MEMBERS EARNS A 2019 NATIONAL COMMANDER PIN AND 1 NEW MEMBER EARNS A 2019 DEPARTMENT PIN
PAST BUSINESS:
• ALL VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES ARE COMPLETED AND SUCCESSFUL. (1) TWO MEETINGS WERE HELD AT THE WILLOWS, DICK MEYERS, SAM GILLESPIE, PHIL PREVATTE, PAUL SMITH, LARRY HAMBY, JIM RUUD, HARRY BILES, AND BONES WILSON ATTENDED (2) THE ROBINSON MEMORIAL GARDENS, JAMES MILLER NATIONAL CHAPLAIN FOR THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART SPOKE, DICK MEYERS, PAUL THOMAS, GARY NEUBAUM, HARRY BILES, BONES WILSON, KENT DYKES, SAM GILLESPIE, PAUL SMITH, TOM WILLIAMSON, BOB BURNS, AND LARRY HAMBY ATTENDED THE PROGRAM (3) HAROLD CORN, PAUL SMITH, DAN EVANS, AND PHIL PREVALLTE VISITED CROSSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  AFTER WE VISITED THE CLASSROOMS THE STUDENT LINED DOWN THE HALLWAYS IN THE SCHOOL AND CLAPPED AND THANKED US AS WE PARADED THROUGH THE SCHOOL.
• BONES WILSON, GLENN HINKEL, HARVEY CRAIG AND CYTHIA AND WALT CARTER ATTENED THE VETERANS PARADE IN LIBERTY ON VETERANS DAY
• ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018 BONES WILSON, SAM GILLESPIE, TOM WILLIAMS AND LADIES AUXILIARY PRESIDENT PJ WILLIAMSON RETURNED TO THE WILLOWS AND GAVE A PRESENTATION ON FOLDING THE AMERICAN FLAG AND THE MEANING OF EACH FOLD.
• SO FAR THIS YEAR WE HAVE DONATED TO THE FOLLOWING CHARITIES:  LOCAL; PICKENS COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS, PICKENS COUNTY SALVATION ARMY, TOYS  FOR TOTS, AND UNITED MINISTRIES:  AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL  OPERATION COMFORT WARRIORS, TEMPORARY  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, THE FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEM AND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY FUND :  ALL OF THE FUNDS THAT WERE DONATED WERE COLLECTED AT THE MEMORIAL DAY POPPY SALE OR THE BELK CHARITY DAY SALES
                                                       
FUTURE BUSINESS: 
- THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS DECEMBER 4, 2018 AT 6:30 PM.  THE COST IS 22.50 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES THE MEAL, GRATUITY, AND LINEN.  PLEASE BRING 2 CANS OF FOOD TO BE SHARED WITH UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
- DON’T FORGET WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DECEMBER 15, 2018 AT 10 AM
- STARTING ON SATURDAY JANUARY 12, 2019 ALL VETERANS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A COFFEE AND DONUT GET TOGETHER TO SHARE THEIR MILITLARY STORIES.  THE GET TOGETHER WILL BE HELD AT THE POST 9 TO 11 AM.
- THE LADIES AUXILIARY WILL MEET THE THRID SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 9:30 AM BEGINNING JANUARY 19, 2019
- THE RIFLE RAFFLE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE TONIGHT.  USE THEM AS STOCKING STUFFERS OR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.  THEY WILL SELL FOR $25 PER TICKET.  EACH TICKET WILL BE DRAWN 52 TIMES OR UNTIL THE TICKET IS A WINNER.  WE MUST ACCOUNT FOR EVERY TICKET YOU TAKE.   EITHER RETURN THE MONEY FOR THE TICKET OR THE TICKET.  THE POST WILL EARN $10 PER TICKET.
OTHER BUSINESS:
- OPERATION DRAGONFLY – POST 52 HAS SUPPORTED THE PROJECT WHEN WE PURCHASED A GOLD LEVEL PAVER.  AS INDIVIDUALS POST 52 MEMBERS HAVE NOT CONTRIBUTED TO THE OPERATION TO HONOR CAPTAIN KIMBERLY.  YOU CAN PURCHASE A BRICK AND YOUR NAME, RANK, AND BRANCH OF SERVICE ENGRAVED ON THE STONE FOR $100. 
- THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE HAS PRESENTED A BILL # TO SUPPORT FREE TUITION FOR DISABLED VETERANS CARETAKERS.  THE CARETAKER IF OFTEN THE WIFE.  THE STATE OF SC ALREADY GIVES FREE TUITITION TO THE VETERAN OR THE VETERANS CHILDREN BUT NOTHING IS IN PLACE FOR THE CARETAKER.  PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL SENATOR REX RICE OR REPRESENTATIVE NEAL COLLINS TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM. 
- PAUL HAMILTON HAS DONATED THE GOLF CART TO THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 52.  THANK YOU PAUL FOR YOUR GENROSITY.
- DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL BUSINESS FOR THE GOOD OF THE POST
- THE SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER WILL BE JANUARY 22, 2019.  THE SUPPER WILL START AT 5:30 PM.
- DRAW FOR THE BASEBALL CAP – Harry Biles name was drawn during the October 23, 2019 meeting and Giuliano Richeda name was drawn at the November 27, 2019 meeting.
CLOSING:
- CLOSING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS
- COMMANDER WILSON CLOSED THE MEETING
 
MONTHLY MEETING OCTOBER 23, 2018
BEFORE THE MEETING BEGINS WE WILL BE OFFERING TICKETS FOR A POST 52 LEGION CAP TO BE DRAWN AT THE END OF THE MEETING.  EACH TICKET WILL COST $5.00.  SEE SAM GILLESPIE.
OPENING:
• 6:57 SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL ASK MEMBERS TO SILENCE THEIR PHONES
• COMMANDER WILSON WILL OPEN THE MEETING AT 7 PM
• FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE
• OPENING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS – REMOVE YOUR COVER
• PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WITH RIGHT HAND OVER YOUR  HEART
• RECITE THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE, COPIES ARE ON THE TABLE AND CARD SIZE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE
• 1ST VICE JIM RUUD AND COMMANDER WILSON WILL PERFORM THE POW/MIA PROGRAM
• WELCOME TO OUR GUEST:  OUR SPEAKER BARBARA MOORE AND HER HUSBAND MIKE MOORE.
• WELCOME OTHER GUEST, NEW MEMBERS AND MEMBERS WHO HAVE NEVER ATTENDED:  NEW MEMBER, DR. JONATHAN STRANGE; MEMBERS BUT FIRST TIME ATTENDING, GREGORY JULIAN AND GARY HINTON, AND RICHARD AND VICTORIA HUGGINS AND BONNIE ZEROWSKI.
POST EVERLASTING:
• L.C. PRESSLEY
• PAUL RINALDO
• DON HILTON
POST 52 WAS CONTACTED BY VICTORIA HUGGINS VIA EMAIL.  SHE HAS A FRIEND. BONNIE ZEBROWSKI, WHOSE HUSBAND HAD PASSED AWAY TWO YEARS AGO IN RIVERIA, FLORIDA.  SHE HAD JUST RECIVED THE FLAG WHICH WAS USED TO TRANSPORT HER HUSBAND TO THE CREMATORIUM. SHE ASKED US TO FOLD THE FLAG FOR HER.  WE INVITED HER TO OUR MONTHLY MEETING AND CONDUCTED A POST EVERLASTING SERVICE FOR HER BENEFIT.  HER HUSBAND, SP 5 DANIEL LEON ZEBROWSKI, WAS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST IN RIVERIA.  EVIDENTLY SHE HAD NOT HAD A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HIM.  IT WAS A MOVING EVENT FOR OUR POST AND MRS. ZEBROWSKI.
SICK CALL:
• JOHN BOYD
• HARRY DEWICK
• BILLY BEAVERS
• JOHNNIE BEASLEY
• STEVE SALLY
• B.B. HOOKER
• BILL ROSS
• CARL LAYMAN
• SID BUCKLEY II
• BOB RAKER
• RICHARD PAVLICK
• RALPH BUCHNER
• JOHN MCINTYRE
• JOE JONES
• MIKE MCCOY
• DUB FORTNER
• NANCY WEESE
• PAT PATTERSON
MEMBERSHIP:
• EVERYTHING WE DO CANNOT BE DONE WITHOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP.  MEMBERSHIP IS HOW WE KEEP EXISTING VETERAN BENEFITS AND THE SUPPORT WE USE TO LOBBY CONGRESS FOR FUTURE BENEFITS.  CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS NUMBERS, THE MORE MEMBERS WE HAVE THE MORE CLOUT WE HAVE WHEN THE NATIONAL COMMANDER LOBBIES CONGRESS FOR VETERAN AND YOUTH BENEFITS.  5 NEW MEMBERS HAVE JOINED POST 52 SINCE JULY 1, 2018, 6 MEMBERS HAVE TRANSFERRED FROM POST 172 IN COLUMBIA, AND 125 MEMBERS HAVE RENEWED THEIR 2018/2019 MEMBERSHIP.  TOTAL 139 MEMBERS.  OUR GOAL IS 208 MEMBERS FOR THE 2018/2019 YEAR.  AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL HAS ADOPTED THE “STOP THE SLIDE” SLOGAN THAT SC HAS USED THE PAST FEW YEARS. 
 
BUSINESS:
• DISTRICT 13 WILL HOLD THE QUARTERLY MEETING AT CENTRAL POST 151, 357 GARVIN RD. NORRIS, SC ON NOVEMBER 10, 2018 AT 10 AM.
• THE BELK CHARITY DAY WILL BE NOVEMBER 3, 2018.  SEE SAM GILLESPIE FOR DETAILS.
1. MEMBERS WILL SELL COUPONS AT BELK THURSDAY OCTOBER 25, 2018 FROM 11AM TO 2PM
2. MEMBERS WILL SELL COUPONS AT BELK SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2018 FROM 11AM TO 2PM
3. MEMBERS WILL SELL COUPONS AT BELK TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2018 FROM 11AM TO 2PM
4. MEMBERS WILL SELL COUPONS AT BELK FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2018 FROM 11AM TO 2PM
• VETERANS DAY WEEKEND WILL BE A BUSY TIME FOR POST 52:
1. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2018 AT 2 PM, MEMBERS WILL HAVE 2 VETERANS DAY PROGRAMS AT THE WILLOWS, 105 WILLOW PLACE, EASLEY, SC 29640
2. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018 AT 11 AM POST 52 WILL HAVE THEIR ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PROGRAM AT ROBINSONS MEMORIAL GARDENS, 1425 POWDERSVILLE RD, EASLEY, 29642. THE SPEAKER IS JIM MILLER, NATIONAL CHAPLAIN FOR THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART.  EVERY PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT WILL RECEIVE A LAPEL PIN.
3. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018 AT 1 PM MEMBERS WILL CONDUCT A VETERANS DAY PROGRAM AT SAM’S WHOLSALE WAREHOUSE
4. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018 ALL MEMBERS AND VETERANS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ATTEND A BARBQUE SUPPER AT THE GOLDEN CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, LIBERTY, SC.  CALL SHERRY HARRIS, PICKENS COUNTY VA ADMINISTRATOR TO CONFIRM.  PHONE NUMBER:  864-898-5243
5. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2018 ALL VETERANS ARE INVITED BE A PART OF THE LIBERTY VETERANS DAY PARADE AT 2:00 PM AND ATTEND A VETERANS PATRIOTIC SHOW AT THE PICKENS COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT 4:30 PM.  CALL SHERRY HARRIS IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND AT 864-898-5243.
6. MONDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2018 WE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO GO TO CROSWELL ELEMENTARY AT 7:30 PM TO WELCOME THE STUDENTS TO SCHOOL, HAVE BREAKFAST AND SPEAK TO A FEW OF THE CLASSES.
• THE POST COLLECTED MORE THAN $6000 FROM THE POPPY SALES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AND THE BELK CHARITY DAY SALES.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE POPPY SALE HAS TO BE GIVEN TO VETERAN PROGRAMS OR INTENDED FOR VETERAN BENEFITS.  THE EXECUTIVE BOARD HAS DISBURSED OUR PROCEEDS AS FOLLOWS LOCAL AND AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL:
1. $1500 TO MEALS ON WHEELS FOR VETERANS
2. $500 – TO THE SALVATION ARMY FOR VETERANS
3. $500 – UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES FOR VETERANS
4. $2000 – TO NATIONAL EMERGENCY FUND
5. $500 – OPERATION COMFOR WARRIORS
6. $500 – TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
7. $500 – THE FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
• WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA IS UNDERWAY. THE RESPONSE FROM MEMBERS HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.  76% OF THE MONEY COLLECTED HAS BEEN DONATED BY MEMBERS.  WE EXPECT TO LAY MORE THAN 300 WREATHS DECEMBER 15, 2018 AT 10 AM.  MANY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP.  GIRL SCOUTS, BOY SCOUTS, TRAIL BLAZERS, VETERANS, POST 52 MEMBERS, AND PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP EVERY YEAR. 
• THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS DECEMBER 4, 2018 6:30 PM AT SMITHFIELD’S COUNTRY CLUB.  THE MENU WILL BE FRIED CHICKEN, ROAST BEEF, GREEN BEANS, MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY, BANANA PUDDING, AND PEACH COBBLER.  THE $22.50 PER PERSON INCLUDES THE MEAL, GRATUITY, LINEN TABLECLOTHS AND NAPKINS, AND THE COST OF THE ROOM RENTAL. 
• THE DOWNTOWN EASLEY FALL FESTIVAL HAD POOR ATTENDANCE.  WE SOLD A FLAG AND HAD A FEW WREATH DONATIONS FOR $95.00.
• AS WE ENTER THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS, PLEASE REMEMBER THE ONES IN NEED AND FILL OUR FOOD DRIVE WITH HAPPINESS SO NO ONE WILL GO HUNGRY.
•  THE RIFLE RAFFLE WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER.  THE $25 RAFFLE TICKETS ARE GOOD FOR 52 DRAWINGS OR UNTIL YOU WIN.  THE DRAWING STARTS THE FIRST TUESDAY IN JULY 2019 AND ENDS THE LAST TUESDAY OF JUNE 2020.  POST 52 ORDERED 210 TICKETS TO SELL.   POST 52 WILL KEEP $10.00 FOR EACH TICKET WE SELL.  THE TICKETS HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR.  EXAMPLE:  IF YOU TAKE TEN AND SELL FIVE, THE FIVE UNSOLD TICKETS HAVE TO BE TURNED BACK IN AND ACCOUNTED FOR AT THE DEPARTMENT.  HOW MANY TICKETS WILL YOU SELL?  
• SOUTH CAROLINA OFFERS FREE TUITION TO POST 9-11 VETERANS AND THEIR CHILDREN.  THERE IS A REQUEST TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR AND ADD SPOUSES TO THE FREE EDUCATION SINCE MANY TIMES THEY ARE THE CARETAKERS FOR MANY OF OUR VETERANS. 
• JIM RABUN IS OUR LEGISLATURE CONTACT.  IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN HE CAN BE CONTACTED THROUGH THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA HEADQUARTERS. 
• $124 MILLION DOLLARS HAVE BEEN FUNDED TO BUILD 3 NEW VETERAN NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA.  THEY ARE BEING BUILT IN MYRTLE BEACH, FLORENCE, AND COLUMBIA.  THE HOMES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED UNTIL SOMETIME IN 2024.
• THE FISHER HOUSE BEING BUILD IN COLUMBIA NEAR THE WILLIAM DORN VETERAN HOSPITAL IS EXPECTED TO BE FINSIHED IN TWO YEARS.
• WILLIAM DORN WILL SOON HAVE A NEW SURGERY CENTER WITH MORE OPERATING ROOMS.
• THERE ARE MORE THAN 700,000 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY IN AMERICA.  THERE SUPPORT OF THE LEGION IS VERY IMPORTANT AND PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE FOR HOMELESS FEMALE VETERANS. 
• MEMBERS WILL EARN A DEPARTMENT COMMANDERS PIN BY SIGNING UP A NEW MEMBER.  MEMBERS WILL EARN A NATIONAL COMMANDERS PIN BY SIGNING UP 3 NEW MEMBERS BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.
THINGS WE LEARNED AT THE CONVENTION LAST MONTH:
• IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED WE HAVE INSURANCE FOR THE GOLF CART WHEN TRANSFERRING MEMBERS FROM THE PARKING LOT TO THE POST, EVERYONE WHO HANDLES MONEY SHOULD BE BONDED, AND ALL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE UMBRELLA POLICIES. 
• A SAFE IS RECOMMENDED TO KEEP THE DD-214’S WE HAVE ON FILE.  WE LEARNED IF WE BLACK OUT BIRTHDAY’S, SERIAL NUMBERS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, ETC.  IT IS BETTER TO MAKE A COPY TO KEEP ON FILE.  THE ORIGINAL PRINT CANNOT BE READ AFTER THE FORM HAS BEEN COPIED.
• THE CONSOLIDATED POST REPORT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS WE SEND TO THE DEPARTMENT.  IT IS USED WHEN THE NATIONAL COMMANDER LOBBIES CONGRESS FOR VETERAN AND YOUTH BENEFITS.
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION?
CLOSING:
• CLOSING PRAYER
• COMMANDERS CHARGE TO THE MEMBERS
 
 

MONTHLY MEETING AUGUST 28, 2018

OPENING:

  • 6:57 – SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL ASK MEMBERS TO SILIENCE THEIR PHONE

  • 7:00 - MEETING OPENED BY COMMANDER WILSON

  • OPENING PRAYER – CHAPLAIN HELMS

  • FACE THE FLAG AND SALUTE

  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  • RECITE THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE

  • SUSPEND THE READING OF MINUTES FROM JULY 24, 2018 MEETING –

  • TONIGHT WE ARE PRIVILEDGED TO HAVE THE AMERICAN LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY UNIT 52 MEMBERS.THANK YOU LADIES VOLUNTEERING TO BE APART OF THE AMERICAN LEGION. THEY ARE CHARTER MEMBERS.

  • INTRODUCE VISITORS, NEW MEMBERS AND SPEAKER:

    Pickens County Representative Neal Collins – speaker, Pickens County VA Officer Sherry Harris, District 13 Commander – Carlton Patterson, Welcomed New Members – Felix Wendt and Ken Parker

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • L.C. PRESSLEY

  • PAUL RINALDO

    SICK CALL:  Three members were added to Sick Call – Dub Fortner, Paul Hamilton, and Mike McCoy

  • JOHN BOYD

  • HARRY DEWICK

  • BILLY BEAVERS

  • JOHNNIE BEAVERS

  • STEVE SALLY

  • B.B. HOOKER

  • HAROLD WHITLOCK

  • BILL ROSS

  • CHARLES ZANZIG

  • CARL LAYMAN

  • SID BUCKLEY II

  • BOB RAKER

  • RICHARD PAVLICK

  • RALPH BUCHNER

  • JOHN MCINTYRE

  • JOE JONES

    District 13 Commander Carlton Patterson swore in the Post 52 executive board for 2019.

    REP COLLINS INVITED THE AMERICAN LEGION TO PARTICIPATE IN NEXT YEARS YOUTH READING PROGRAM.

    MEMBERSHIP: TO DATE WE HAVE REACHED 125 OF THE 208 RENEWALS NEEDED (60%).  We gave a Department Membership Pin to Paul Thomas for signing new member Ken Parker.  Members will earn a Department Membership Pin whey they sign a new member.

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • TONIGHT IS THE LAST NIGHT YOU CAN PURCHASE 100 YEAR DEPARTMENT COINS, 100 YEAR BASEBALL CAPS, OR 100 YEAR DEPARTMENT SHIRTS

  • THE BELK CHARITY DAY SALE IS OVER FOR AUGUST.THE POST COLLECTED $1500+ TO DONATE TO MEALS ON WHEELS TO HELP FUND MEALS FOR THE 25 VETERANS ON THE DAILY ROUTE.

    NEW BUSINESS:

  • WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA WILL BE DECEMBER 15, 2018 AT 10 AM– AT PRESENT TIME THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 VETERAN GRAVES IN THE VETERANS SECTION OF ROBINSON MEMORIAL GARDENS.THE COST TO PLACE A WREATH ON EVERY VETERANS GRAVE WILL EXCEED $4500.00.EACH ONE OF YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER REQUESTING A DONATION FOR THE WREATHS.THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF SC AMERICAN LEGION WILL SPONSOR ANOTHER GUN RAFFLE.THE TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE NOVMEBER 15, 2018 IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS.THE FIRST TWO DRAWINGS WILL BE JULY 9, 2019 WITH A DRAWING EVERY WEEK AFTER UNTIL THE LAST TUESDAY OF JUNE 2020.THE POST WILL KEEP $10 PER RAFFLE TICKET.WE ARE ORDERING 208 TICKETS.ALL TICKETS HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR.IF YOU TAKE 5 TICKETS AND SELL TWO, THE REMAINING THREE HAVE TO BE RETURNED TO DEPARTMENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

  • THE NEXT MEMBERSHIP WORKSHOP MEETING WILL BE HELD AT POST 14, HWY 81 IN ANDERSON SEPTEMBER 15 AT 10 AM.EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS SCHEDULED AT SMITHFIELD’S COUNTRY CLUB DECEMBER 4, 2018 AT 6:30 PM.

  • THE VETERANS DAY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018 AT 11 AM.WE WILL HONOR ALL PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS.THE SPEAKER WILL BE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA PURPLE HEART ASSOCIATION JIM MILLER.

  • PICKENS COUNTY VA OFFICER SHERRY HARRIS INVITED POST 52 MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VETERANS DAY PARADE IN LIBERTY ON VETERANS DAY AT 2 PM.WE WILL NEED A FLAT BED TRUCK TO RIDE EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS.IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE OUR 100 YEAR FLAG AND POST 52 BANNER. SHE ALSO REMINDED US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND A VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION BBQ AT GOLDEN CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, LIBERTY

  • NEW MEMBER RICHARD BIEBERITZ HAS SUGGESTED WE MEET ONCE A MONTH FOR BREAKFAST OR DONOTS AND COFFEE.ALL VETERANS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • THE DEPARTMENT FALL CONFERENCE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 28, 29, AND 30TH AT THE MARRIOTT IN COLUMBIA.ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • THE FALL FOR ARTS EASLEY WILL BE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO MAN THE BOOTH.

  • DR. RABON, SAM GILLESPIE, AND BONES WILSON MET WITH NHE MANAGEMENT INC. MONDAY AUGUST 27.NHE IS THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY THAT MANAGES THE AMERICAN LEGION SENIOR APARTMENTS AND PLAZA 62 APARTMENTS IN CENTRAL.THE REPORT IS …………………………………………………………

  • FLAGS SHOULD BE FLOWN AT HALF MAST UNTIL SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HAS BEEN INTERRED.WE HAVE ONE BLACK RIBBON FOR A HOME FLAG KIT.THE BLACK FLAG REPLACES THE HALF MAST OF FLAGS ON A POLE.

  • WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLACE THE 90 MM GUN IN THE DRAGONFLY MILITARY PARK TO BE BUILT AT THE KIMBERLY HAMPTON LIBRARY.THE GUN NEEDS TO BE REFURBISHED.DO WE HAVE ANY MEMBERS WHO HAVE SANDBLASTING SKILLS AND WILL DONATE THEIR TIME TO BLAST AND REPAINT THE GUN?WE ARE STILL MISSING THE 50 MM THAT WAS AT THE POST WHEN THE APARTMENTS WERE BUILT.DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE IT IS?

  • WE TALK ABOUT A HONOR/COLOR GUARD BUT WE ARE JUST TALK.WE HAVE THE RIFLES BUT NEED VOLUNTEERS AND PRACTICE BEFORE WE ACTUALLY ACT AS A HONOR GUARD AT A FUNERAL.ANY VOLUNTEERS AND PRACTICE TIME?

  • THE DONATIONS MADE FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES WILL BE DELIVERED THIS WEEK.LAST YEAR WE MADE A CASH DONATION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES TO PURCHASE THANKGIVINGS AND CHRISTMAS TURKEYS.WILL ANYONE MAKE A MOTION WE MAKE A CASH DONATION THIS YEAR. THE MOTION TO GIVE A $250 DONATION WAS PASSED BY THE MEMBERS.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE GOOD OF THE POST?

    CLOSING:

  • COMMANDERS COMMAND TO THE MEMBERS

 

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MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 26, 2018

Opening:

  • 6:57 pm the Sergeant at Arms will ask members to silence their phones

  • 7:00 pm Commander Wilson will call the meeting to order - Uncover

  • The Chaplain will offer the opening prayer – Cover

  • Face the flag and salute

  • Commander Wilson will ask members to recite the American Legion Preamble

  • Commander Wilson will members in the Pledge of Allegiance

  • Commander Wilson and 1st Vice will perform the MIA/POW program – members sit

  • Suspend the reading of the May 22, 2018 meeting

  • Recognize Guest Speaker, visitors, new members, and members who are attending for the first time:

    Membership report:

  • 206 members for the 2018/2019 year ­­­- an increase of 35 members last year

  • Thank everyone for the effort they have put into signing new members

    Baseball Report: Jerry Brezeale

  • The baseball team is playing at this time

  • They have new uniforms for the first time in 20 years

    Fund Raising Report: - Sam Gillespie

    Post Everlasting:

  • Donald Hilton

    Sick Call:

  • John Boyd

  • Harry Dewick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Steve Sally

  • B.B Hooker

  • Rocky Prosser

  • Harold Whitlock

  • Paul Rinaldo

  • Bill Ross

  • Charles Zanzig

  • Carl Layman

  • Sid Buckley II

  • Bob Raker

  • Richard Pavlick

  • Ralph Buchner

  • John McIntyre

    Speaker:  Jim Garrison speaking to us about Operation Dragonfly

    Old Business:

  • The Poppy Sales in front of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Memorial Day Weekend was a tremendous success.We sold 3000 Poppy;s

  • We remembered our fallen when we lowered the flag to half-mast at 8 am and returned full mast at 12 pm on Memorial Day

  • Bones Wilson, Jerry Brezeale, Richard Meyers, Paul Thomas, and Paul Smith attended the Department Spring Convention in Columbia June 1 and June 20, 2018

  • Award medals and certificates were given to the Easley High School Students and Powdersville High who earned the Citizenship Award and The EJROTC Awards

  • Post 52 paid for 11 Boys to Palmetto Boys State and 3 Girls to Palmetto Girls State

  • The American Legion Monument has been returned to its proper place in front of the American Legion.A rededication is planned for July 4th, 2018

    New Business:

  • Post 52 has asked the residents of The American Legion Apartments as their guest for the 4th of July lunch.All members and wives or significant others are invited.Bones plans to re-dedicate the monument in front of the gazebo since it has been returned home.

  • We will have Wreaths Across America flyers next month.We are now taking donations for Wreaths Across America.The cost is $15 each.Post 52 retains $5.00 from each wreath sold.It is expected we will place a wreath on more than on more than 300 veteran graves in December.

  • Veterans Day is fast approaching.Our normal Veteran’s Day activities include the program at Robinson’s Memorial Gardens, sharing our military stories with elementary school classes, and The Willows.

  • We have reserved Smithfield’s CC dining room for this year’s Christmas Party December 4, 2018.More details later.

  • The Post plans to participate in the Belk’s Charity Day Sale in October.

  • We plan to have a booth in The Easley Fall Festival later this year.

  • Flag sales have reached a record high.We have sold more than a hundred flags in the past 6 weeks.The sale of flags to Pickens County and their different offices, the Liberty Fire Department, the city of Liberty, and the city of Pickens.

  • We talk about the Honor Guard but we have not completed the process.We need 4 more volunteers that can be available from time to time.

  • The Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion are two program needed by Post 52 to make us a complete post.It also helps the post with department and national programs.

  • Scattered around the tables is a drawing of the stone monument sign being proposed to identify the post location in front of the post.

  • The Department of SC will sponsor another Rifle Raffle starting in November.More information will be available soon.Post 52 will keep $10 of the $25 raffle this time.

  • Jerry Brezeale has decided to step down as athletic director.Do we have a volunteer for the 2019 baseball season?

  • Only one person attended the Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement academy this year.He attended last week.

  • You will be receiving your 2019 renewal forms this week.Please pay the post.It is much easier for the adjutant. We plan to be able to accept credit cards before next month is over.

    Other:

  • This week we learned how important it is to have a copy of your DD214 on file at the post. We have a member who now has dementia and his wife could not find a copy.We were able to help because he had left a copy of his DD214 on file at the Post.

  • The Department of SC has ended in the black.It has been many years since the Department has money in the bank.

  • Bill Miller, a member, has started the Operation Bandana Program at First Baptist Church Easley.Each bandana has a copy of Psalm 91 printed on it.The cost is $5 each. If you wish to donate please see Paul when he returns.

  • I was informed we can purchase more coins.Please pay in advance if you want a coin.They will also be available at the Fall Convention

  • If you give blood at the Blood Connection please inform Paul so he can enter the information on the Consolidated Post Report we send to the Department and National yearly.

  • Post 52 was given a plaque recognizing their 119% increase in membership for 2018.Thank you to everyone for helping with membership.

  • Congratulations to Geer Smith and Andrew Dye who were elected to city council and county council respectively at Palmetto Boys State.

  • Sam’s Wholesale is offering a special Military Membership Offer for new veteran members and veteran renewal members.The offer is a $10 gift card, free rotisserie chicken, free lattice apple pie, free 20 count all-butter cocktail croissants and two dollars off of a loaded potato salad.You will need the an active military ID, retired military ID, copy of your DD214, Veterans ID Card, an American Legion membership card, common access card or a VA medical benefits card.

  • Richard Meyers informed the executive board he and Ronald Maddox had won $50 each in the Legion Sweepstakes.

  • An award plaque is being made to remember the Easley fireman and officers who have won the fireman or law enforcement officer of the year.

  • Does anyone have anything to share with the Post.

    Close:

  • Closing prayer Dismiss the meeting

 

Monthly Meeting May 22, 2018

Opening;

          * 6:57 PM Sergeant at Arm will as members to silence phones

          * 7 PM Commander rings bell 3 times to call meeting to order

          *  Recite the American legion Preamble

               and ask members to rise and UNCOVER

          *  Chaplain Helms to offer opening prayer --- then RECOVER

          *  Face the Flag and salute

          *  Recite Pledged of Allegiance

          *  Commander along with 1st Vice Commander Ruud will

               perform the MIA/POW CHAIR PROGRAM

  • Ring bell 1 time to seat members
  • Reading of last months meeting suspended
  • Recognize Guest speaker, visitors and new members

Membership report:

*  Paul Smith

Fund raising report:

           *  Sam Gillispie

Baseball report

           * Jerry Brezeale

Sick Call:

  • John Boyd
  • Harry DeWick
  • Billy Beavers
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Steve Sally
  • B.B. Hooker
  • Rocky Prosser]
  • Harold Whitlock
  • Philip Prevatte
  • Carl Layman

Post Everlasting:

  • No one

Introduction of Speaker:

Nomination and election of Post 52 Officers for 2018—2019:

Commander: Jimmy “Bones” Wilson

Adjutant: Paul Smith

1st Vice Commander: Jim Ruud

2nd Vice Commander: Sam Gillispie

Chaplin: Bob Helmes

Sergeant at Arms: Tom Williamson

Historian: Richard Meyers

Webb Master/Americanism: Harry Bies

Athletic Director: ___________________________

Business:

  • Poppy Sales will be 25th, 26th and 28th May in front of Wal Mart and Sam’s Wholesale from 9 AM till 6 PM each day. We still need volunteers to work 3 hours a day from 12 pm to 6 pm
  • We will remember our fallen comrades by lowering the flag in front of Wal-Mart Easley at 8 am May 28 Memorial Day.  We will return at 12 pm to replace the existing flag and raise it back to full mast in accordance the President’s Memorial Day program.
  • The Department State Convention will be held June1st thru the 3rd at the Hotel Marriott in downtown Columbia. Many of the By-Laws are being challenged and the changed that will not favor the small Post.
  • The 100 year Department coins and shirts will be picked up at the convention
  •  Don’t forget the food drive.  Please continue to bring 2 cans of selected items to share with the needy. 
  • Easley High School and EJROTC Awards and Powdersville High Awards have been presented to the deserving students.  
  • Boys and Girls State will start Sunday the 10th thru the 17th

of June. Boys at Anderson College and the girls at Presbyterian College. All members are invited to attend opening night at Boys State.  The program begins at 7 pm at Anderson University. 

  • Volunteers are needed in everything we do at the Post.
  • Executive Board voted on Richard Meyer’s motion to place a plaque listing our Law Enforcement, Deputy and Fire Fighter of the year.
  • Flag Day is 14th of June and it would be good time for replacing faded flags.
  • Everyone should have noticed the monument that was first dedicated in 1962 to Post 52.  We will have a re-dedication next month.
  • All members have been invited to attend the Memorial Day Service at Easley United Methodist Church Sunday May 27, 2018.  If you have not attended this program you are missing an opportunity to honor our fallen comrades.
  • American Legion Post 52 opened for 2018 last night against Greenville.  Copies of the Legion Schedule are placed on the tables. Please take one, come out to the games and support Post 52 Baseball. We may put you to work.

Anything else for the good of the post?

Ring bell 3 time, members to rise and uncover

Chaplain to offer closing prayer

Recover

Face Flag and salute

Commander reads Charge to Members

Rings bell 1 time Meeting Adjourned

 

MONTHLY MEETING MARCH 27, 2018

OPENING:

  • 6:57 PM, THE SERGEANT AT ARMS WILL ASK MEMBERS TO TURN OFF PHONES

  • 7 PM – COMMANDER WILSON WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER

  • CHAPLAIN HELMS – OPENING PRAYER

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL ASK MEMBERS TO SALUTE THE FLAG

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL LEAD MEMBERS IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL LEAD MEMBERS IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE

  • COMMANDER WILSON AND 1ST VICE COMMANDER RUUD WILL PREFORM THE MIA/POW PROGRAM

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL ASK TO SUSPEND MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL INTRODUCE VISITORS AND 1ST TIME NEW MEMBERS ATTENDING

    NEW MEMBERS:

  • CHRISTINE CHRISTOPHER

    MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

  • SINCE LAST MEETING WE HAVE TRANSFERRED MORE THAN 30 MEMBERS FROM POST 172

    BASEBALL REPORT:

  • PAUL SMITH FOR JERRY BREZEALE

    SICK CALL:

  • JOHN BOYD

  • HARRY DEWICK

  • BILLY BEAVERS

  • JOHNNIE BEASLEY

  • STEVE SALLY

  • B.B. HOOKER

  • ROCKY PROSSER

  • HAROLD WHITLOCK

  • PHILIP PREVATTE

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • JOHN MARTIN

  • RAY JONES

  • REUBAN JONES

  • DR. SID BUCKLEY

  • ERNEST CAMPBELL

  • RICHARD “MATT” DILLON

  • HOMER CROWE

    SPEAKERS:

  • LEGION RIDERS (KEVIN SMITH) FROM POST 3 – 5 TO 10 MINUTES

  • JOEL LEDBETTER, EASLEY COMBINED UTILITY

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • PAUL SMITH AND BONES WILSON TRANSFERRED 11 MEMBERS FROM POST 172 DURING THE REVITILIZATION MARCH 16, 2018 HELD AT POST 120 IN SENECA

  • POST 52 RECEIVED “THE PILLAR OF EASLEY” FROM THE CITY FOR OUR PARTICIPATION AND PRESENTATIONS IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • DONATIONS FROM MEMBERS HAS NOT BEEN SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COST OF SENDING 13 STUDENTS TO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE OR THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFOCEMENT ACADEMY

  • A $30 DONATION WAS SENT TO HELP FUND THE FISHER HOUSE BEING BUILT IN COLUMBIA TO HOUSE FAMILIES OF THE ILL HAVING TO STAY IN THE VA HOSPITAL

  • WE ARE AGAIN ACCEPTING FUNDS TO ORDER A 100 YEAR COIN ($10) OR SHIRT ($30).WE ARE ASKING THE FUNDS BE PAID BEFORE ORDERING

  • DR. RABON, JERRY BREZEALE, KENT DYKES, MIKE MCCOY, AND BONES WILSON INTERVIEWED POSSIBLE BOY AND GIRL STATE ATTENDEES

  • REPRESENTATIVE JEFF DUNCAN SENT POST 52 A VERY NICE LETTER CONGRATULATING POST 52 FOR EARNING THE PILLAR OF EASLEY AWARD

    NEW BUSINESS:

  • BELK CHARITY DAY SALES – SAM GILLESPIE

  • EASLEY SPRING FEST – APRIL 7, 2018, SET UP AT 7:30 AM, EVENT RUNS FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.WE WILL BE SOLICITING NEW MEMBERS, SELLING FLAGS, MAGNETIC RIBBONS AND POPPY’S

  • THE AWARDS BANQUET TO HONOR THE POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AND THE FIREMAN OF THE WILL BE AT THE NEXT MEETING APRIL 24, 2017.WE ARE CATERING A BAR-B-QUE SUPPERS.DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND SO WE WILL KNOW HOW MANY MEALS TO ORDER

  • WE WILL BE TAKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2018, 2019 YEAR OFFICERS.APPLICATIONS FOR ADJUTANT VOLUNTEERS WILL BE APPRECIATED.

  • POPPY SALES ARE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 25TH, 26TH, AND 28TH OF MAY IN FRONT OF WAL-MART.VOLUNTEER SIGNS ARE ON THE FRONT TABLE.WE NEED AT LEAST 6 VOLUNTEERS FOR EVERY 3 HOUR SHIFT.

  • POST 52 WILL LOWER THE FLAG IN FRONT OF WAL-MART ON MAY 28 AT 8 AM.WE WILL REPLACE AND RAISE THE FLAG BACK AT 12 PM IN ACCORDANCE WITH MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES. PLEASE BE PRESENT FOR THESE CEREMONIES

  • POST 52 WILL BE PLACING FLAGS ON VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES ON MAY 24 AND REMOVING THE FLAGS MAY 29. 7:30 AM EACH DAY.VOLUNTEERS ARE APPRECIATED.

    OTHER BUSINESS:

  • THE AMERICAN LEGION STATE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE MARRIOTT HOTEL, DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA, JUNE 1, 2, AND 3.WE ARE ALLOWED 9 VOTES TO AMENDMENTS AND ADDITIONAL CONSTITUTION ADDITIONS.IF WE ARE ALLOWED ALL OF OUR VOTES WE NEED 9 PEOPLE TO ATTEND.

  • NEW OFFICERS WILL BE ELECTED DURING THE MAY MEETING

  • NEW OFFICERS WILL BE INDUCTED DURING THE JUNE MEETING

  • WE ARE PLACING AN AD IN THE SENTINEL-PROGRESS FOR 1 MONTH INVITING ELIGIBLE LADIES TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILLARY.THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THIS ORGANIZATION IN PLACE BY JULY 1, 2018

  • WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SONS OF THE LEGION.THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THIS ORGANIZATION IN PLACE BY JULY 1, 2018

  • DON’T FORGET OUR FOOD DRIVE TO HELP SERVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS FOR THE GOOD THE POST?

    CLOSING PRAYER

    COMMANDER WILSON WILL CHARGE THE MEMBERS TO BE COMMUNITY AND VETERAN ACTIVE

  •  

MONTHLY MEETING JANUARY 23, 2018

OPENING:

  • COMMANDER WILSON CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 7 PM

  • OPENING PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN HELMS

  • SALUTE THE FLAG

  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  • AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE

  • POW/MIA PRESENTATION

  • WELCOME GUEST:SHERRY HARRIS, PICKENS COUNTY VA OFFICER, TOMMY HOLCOMBE, BUILDING OFFICIAL EASLEY, CHRIS WYATT, THE SENTINEL – PROGRESS NEWSPAPER

    THE FOLLOWING NEW NEMBERS WERE INTRODUCED:

  • CINDY CARTER

  • RICHARD PAVLICK

  • GIULIANO RICHEDA

     THERE WAS A MOTION AND CARRIED TO DISMISS READING OF THE MINUTES FROM NOVEMBER MEETING

    SICK CALL:

  • JOHN BOYD

  • HARRY DEWICK

  • BILLY BEAVERS

  • JOHNNIE BEASLEY

  • STEVE SALLY

  • MATT DILLON

  • B.B. HOOKER

  • ROCKY PROSSER

  • HAROLD WHITLOCK

    2018 1ST QTR. MONTHLY SPEAKERS

  • JANUARY 23, TOMMY HOLCOMBE, EASLEY BUILDING OFFICIAL

  • FEBRUARY 23, RAY FARLEY PICKENS ALLIANCE

  • MARCH 23, JOEL LEDBETTER

    POST EVERLASTING SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017

  • JOHN MARTIN

  • RAY JONES

  • REUBEN DAVIS

  • DR. SID BUCKLEY

  • ERNEST CAMPBELL

    NOTES FROM THE EXECUTIVE MEETING JANUARY 16, 2018

  • VOTED TO PLACE A BRICK WITH AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 NAME ON IT IN THE CAPTAIN KIMBERLY HAMPTON’S MEMORIAL

  • THE POST MEMBERS VOTED TO PURCHASE $200 OF GIRL SCOUT COOKIES TO SEND TO ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS

  • THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO CANCEL THE GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT BASEBALL

  • YOU CAN BECOME ACTIVE BY VOLUNTEERING TO BE THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OR START AN ORATORICAL CONTEST

  • JERRY BREZEALE VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.DICK MEYERS, PAUL SMITH, BONES WILSON HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP HIM TRANSITION TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT POSITION.

  • PLAN AND PUT IN PLACE AN AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 LADIES AUXILIARY

  • IN NEED OF A ATHELETIC DIRECTOR VOLUNTEER

  • IN NEED OF AN ORATORICAL CONTEST DIRECTOR

  • WE HAVE 97% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2018, WE ONLY NEED 5 MORE TO RENEW. GOOD JOB

  • POST WILL CONDUCT A POST EVERLASTING TRIBUTE DURING THE MEETING FEBRUARY 27, 2018

    2018 PLANNED POST 52 EVENTS:  HOW WILL YOU HELP?

  • EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE DISTRICT 13 MEETING AT POST 124, 319 KENNETH STREET, WALHALLA, SC 29691 FEBRUARY 10, 2018

  • EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL DEPARTMENT CONVENTION IN COLUMBIA JUNE 1 AND 2.

  • RAISE FUNDS FOR PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE

  • RAISE FUNDS FOR THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY

  • ORDER SUPPLIES FOR POPPY SALES, SCHOOL AWARDS, ETC

  • RAISE FUNDS FOR THE 2018 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM

  • THE MEMORIAL DAY POPPY SALES MAY 25, 26, AND 28 AT WAL-MART, EASLEY

  • PLAN FOR THE SPRING AND FALL BELK CHARITY DAY SALE

  • PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EASLEY’S SPRING AND FALL CITY MARKET DAYS

  • HOST A NIGHT TO AWARD OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE, FIRE, AND EMT

  • HOST THE JULY 4, 2018 LUNCH FOR THE APARTMENT RESIDENTS

  • VETERANS DAY SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2018

  • CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 4, 2018

  • WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DECEMBER 15, 2018

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO BRING BEFORE THE POST?

    CLOSING:

  • CHAPLAIN HELMS CLOSED THE MEETING WITH PRAYER

  • COMMANDER WILSON ASKED MEEMBERS TO SALUTE THE FLAG

  • COMMANDER WILSON READ THE COMMANDERS CHARGE

  • THE MEETING WAS DISMISSED AT 8 PM

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