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118A Legion St, Easley, SC 29642-1657

American Legion Post 52

 

MONTHLY MEETING AUGUST 22, 2017

Member alert:  6:57 the Sergeant of Arms will notify members to shut off their phones.

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson called the meeting to order at 7 pm

  • Chaplin Helms offered the opening Prayer

  • The members saluted the flag

  • Commander Wilson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion Preamble, and the MIA/POW Ceremony

  • Com. Wilson Welcomed new members and guest Jerry Brezeale and Neal Collins

    SICK CALL:

  • John Boyd

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Ray Jones

  • Steve Sally

  • Matt Dillon

  • B.B. Hooker

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • John Martin

  • The Post held a Post Everlasting for the 5 who died in the helicopter crash in Louisianna:

    1st Lt. Kathryn Baily, Chief WO 3 Brian Woeben, CWO 2 Stephen Cantrell, SSgt Abigail Milam, Sgt. Michael Nelson

    SPEAKER – Neal Collins

  • updated the members on the plans for SC roads

  • education – SC was recently named the worst in the nation

  • Moped bill – rural counties fought the bill, after Jan 1, 2018 riders will need a license and insurance

  • If a person wants to become compliant, they will need to change their Driver’s License before Jan 1, 2018

  • Roy Costner, Pickens County Council, has applied for $104 million dollars for infrastructure

  • Pickens County Council and Pickens School Board will share an employee who job is to ask businesses what classes do they need in schools to train our school children

  • There is a move to place a helicopter at the Library to honor Capt. Kimberly Hampton

    PAST BUSINESS:

  • The District 13 meeting was held Saturday August 12 at Post 120 Seneca.Membership was the topic of discussion.The membership theme for 2018 is 100% membership plus 1.Every South Carolina Post is asked to reach this goal.The goal for Post 52 is 171 members plus 1, total 172.Presently Post 52 has 112 members who have renewed for 2018 (65%).A good start but the real work begins now encouraging the remaining 60 members to renew.

  • We donated $250 to First Baptist’s Church building fund in Joe Lesley’s name.He was very kind and generous to Post 52.He will be missed in the entire community.

    EXISTING BUSINESS:

  • The HONOR GUARD.We have six volunteers but we need a minimum of 10 volunteers. Be a part of the Legion and volunteer.The Honor Guard is needed to help support veterans families at funerals and to be a part of community projects.

  • FOOD DRIVE. We are short of quarterly donations.This is an easy project and easy to participate.To catch up we need 250 pounds of canned foods with snap off tops, especially can corn, boxes of saltines, peanut butter, baby diapers, and feminine products.Normally someone is at the Post between the hours of 2 and 4 pm every day for you to drop off the items.If no one is here, leave the items at the front door.

  • Post Historian Dick Meyers is seeking a unique way to serve the veterans in our community.Does anyone have a suggestion or an idea on how to create and promote this worthwhile project.

FUTURE BUSINESS:

  • We are finalizing the Veterans Day Program with Robinson’s Memorial Gardens.November 11 will be here soon.Retired Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies is our scheduled speaker.She is a retired nurse who served both Vietnam and Desert Storm injured troops. I cannot think of a more honorable profession than nursing.This year’s program is designed to recognize women who served in the military.Please help us identify these ladies and ask them to be present for the ceremony.They will receive an American Legion Thank You Coin and a small key ring attachment shaped like a dog tag to use on their key ring or clutch.

  • The Wreaths Across America program was a tremendous success last year.We placed 208 wreaths on Veterans graves in the military section of Robinson Memorial Gardens.This year we estimate we will need 250 wreaths.Unfortunately they can only be placed in the Military Section of Robinson Gardens.We cannot sell you a wreath to carry to another cemetery or another section of Robinson’s.These are the Wreaths Across America rules. The wreaths cost $15.00 each and will be delivered before December 16, 2017 when we will place them on the graves.$5.00 from every wreath purchased will be returned to the Post as a fund raiser.

  • The American Legion will be 100 years old in 2019.HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LEGION HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.Congress is in the process of approving a Commemorative Coin to help celebrate the birthday.The coin has to be approved by Congress before it can be minted.The US Senate has already passed the bill but the House of Representatives has not yet voted to mint the coin.Please contact Representative Jeff Duncan’s office at and ask him to be aware of and vote to support bill number H.R. 2519.

  • Post 52 has scheduled a Membership Drive in front of Sam’s Wholesale Warehouse Saturday November 4, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm.We will have available “Support Our Troops” Auto Magnets for a suggested $5 donation.Volunteers are needed to man the booth.A sign-up sheet is on the front table if you are willing to help.

  • The 3rd Quarter District 13 meeting is scheduled and will be held at Post 52 September 16, 2017, 10 am.All members are invited.We will serve donuts, coffee, soft drinks, and water.If you have never attended a district meeting, now is your chance.District 13 Commander Carlton Patterson will appreciate our support.

  • The Christmas Party is December 5, 2017.Judging from the interest of everyone who attended this year, we expect to have more than 50 members with their wives or significant others attending. More details about the menu, service, and program will be available at the next meeting.

  • Girl Scout Troop 2580 has asked us to join them and march at Rock Springs Church September 11, 2017 in memory of the 9/11/01 victims.Let’s support our Girl Scouts for a good cause.Sign up tonight.

  • Girl Scout Troop 2580 has scheduled a Flag Class October 16, 2017, 6 pm.The meeting will be held at St. Andrews Methodist Church.All members are invited.

  • The citizens from Easley High School who attended Palmetto Boys and Girls State will be the guest September 26 to share their experiences with us.Several of the students selected were elected to different government offices. They represented Post 52 quite well.Freddy’s Custard will be here serving their famous custard at the end of the meeting.

  • Congressman Jeff Duncan is hosting a Faith & Freedom BBQ August 28, 2017 at 6 pm.Everyone is invited but we must reserve tickets today at .We will leave the post at 4:45 pm and travel to Anderson.

  • 60 members of South Carolina Army National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation unit will leave for Afghanistan August 24, 2017.We are invited to attend their departure ceremony August 23, 2017.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER BUSINESS FOR DISCUSSION?

CLOSING:

  • Chaplin Helms offered the closing prayer.

  • Commander Wilson read the Commanders Charge.

The meeting closed at 8:12 pm.

 

MONTHLY MEETING OCTOBER 24, 2017

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7:00 pm

  • Opening Prayer – Chaplain Helms

  • Commander Wilson lead the members in Saluting the Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Reciting the Legion Preamble, and the POW/MIA presentation

  • Welcome Guest1. Earl Mawhinney2. Paul Thomas 3. Richard Boggs 4. Walt Carter

    READ MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING:  Adjutant

  • The Minutes from the last meeting were covered in the notes during the meeting

    MEMBERSHIP:

  • 137 Paid members to date

  • 80% of our goal

  • 44 members who paid in 2017 have not renewed for 2018

  • The Department Commander will give a pin to everyone who signs a new member

  • The National Commander will give a pin to everyone who signs 3 new members

    NEW MEMBERS Since July 1, 2017

  • Brandon Cox

  • John Lamb

  • Grady Procter

  • Bill Baker

  • Evan Pamplin

  • Mike McCoy

  • Randy Everette

  • Larry Johnson

  • Pamela Fowler - transfer

  • Earl Mawhinney joined as a new member October 26, 2017

  • Paul Thomas joined as a new member October 26, 2017

  • Richard Boggs and Walt Carter transferred their memberships October 26, 2017

    SPEAKER: Mike Barnes from the Dream Center

    BASEBALL COACH: Tim Elrod

  • Planning a Golf Tournament February 17, 2018 at Pickens Country Club to benefit Baseball 2018

    SICK CALL:

  • John Boyd

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sid Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Steve Sally

  • Matt Dillon

  • B.B. Hooker

  • Paul Hamilton

  • Rocky Prosser

  • Harold Whitlock

    POST EVERLASTING SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017:

  • John Martin

  • Ray Jones

    LAST MONTH EVENTS:

  • Bones and Sam held a flag education and folding class for Girl Scout Troop 2580

  • We maintained a held a booth at the Fall For Arts Festival

  • Replaced several the flag for Town and Country Shopping Center and Kelly’s Pharmacy

  • Attended the Jeff Duncan Town Hall meeting remembering WWII veteran Mr. Williams

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Sam and his committee will sell Belk Coupons in Belk October 28 from 5 to 8 pm, October 31 from 10 am to 2 pm, and November 3 from 10 to 2

  • November 4, Sam and Committee will work for Belk

  • November 4, Post 52 is sponsoring a membership drive in front of Sam’s from 9 am to 3 pm

  • November 10 Post 52 members will put flags out at Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries at 7:30 am

  • November 10, Post 52 will conduct two Veterans Day Programs for The Willows at 2 pm

  • Meet and practice for Veterans Day at Robinson Memorial Gardesn at 5:30 pm

  • November 11, - Veterans Day Program Robinson Memorial Gardens at 11 am and Sam’s at 1 pm

  • Christmas Party December 5, 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club

  • December 16 – Wreaths Across America at 10 am Robinson Memorial Gardens

    REMINDERS:

  • Food Drive donations – need to step up the donations

  • Everybody should recruit one new member for the 2017/2018 year

  • National Legion Programs we support with donations are “Operation Warmth”, NEF National Emergency Fund, and Children Benefit

  • If you want to order anything please give Paul the info tonight, he will place an order tomorrow morning:

  • We have for sale: Baseball Caps $22, Shirts $50, Uniform Caps $50, various size flags starting at $25, and Support our Troops Car Magnets $5.00 each

  • Golden Creek Baptist Church will have a bar-b-que November 4, 2017 at 4 pm.All veterans are invited

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS FOR THE GOOD OF THE POST?

    CLOSING:

  • Ring the bell 3 times

  • Chaplain will offer closing prayer

  • Salute the Flag

  • Read the Commander’s Charge

  • Ring Bell 1 time

  • Meeting Adjuourned

 

Monthly Meeting September 26, 2017

Member alert: 18:57hr, Sergeant of Arms will notify members to shut off their phones.

OPENING:

* Ring bell 3 times (members rise) READ-meeting opening.

* Ask members to uncover

* Chaplain to pray

* Recover

* Salute the Flag

* Pledge of Allegiance

* Recite American Legion Preamble

* Ring bell 2 times to seat members

* Welcome guest

          Boys and Girls State Citizens

          Patents

          Other Guest ______________________________________________________

                              ______________________________________________________

READ MINUTES LAST MEETING

SICK CALL:

            John Boyd

            Harry DeWick

            Billy Beavers

            Dr. Sid Buckley

            Johnnie Beasley

            Steve sally

            Matt Dillon

            B.B. Hooker

            ANY OTHER NAMES TO BE ADDED:_______________________________

POST EVER LASTING:

            John Martin

            Ray Jones

SPEAKERS:

  • Ask them to come forward one at a time, introduce their self an tell us about their

About their experience especially offices elected to.

BUSINESS:

  • We are finalizing the Veterans Day Program with Robinson’s Gardens just 6 weeks away.  Our scheduled speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Tina Ehiles (nurse) who served during both Vietnam and Desert Storm. At this years program we will be recognizing the women who served in the military. They will be presented an American Legion Thank you Coin as well a miniature dog tag clutch or key chain attachment.
  • Our Wreaths Across America program as a tremendous success last year We placed 208 wreaths on Veterans graves in the military section at Robinson’s Gardens. This year we estimate we will need 250 wreaths. Unfortunately we can only place them in the Military Section. We CAN NOT sell a wreath to be placed in any other section at Robinson’s garden. THESE ARE WREATH ACROSS AMERICA RULES. We sell the wreath for $15 each and they are delivered before 16 December 2017 the date we will be placing they on the graves.                                                                                               

WE need every member to help sell at lest 1 or 2 wreaths.

  • The American Legion will be 100 years old in 2019 and Congress is in the process of approving a Commemorative Coin to help celebrate its birthday. The coin has to be approved by Congress before it can be minted. The US Senate has passed the bill but the US house of Representatives has yet to vote on it. PLEASE contact Representative Jeff Duncan’s office at www.JeffDuncan.com and ask him to be aware of and vote to support bill number H.R.2519.
  • Our Food Drive Program is running short of our quarterly donations. A list of

Items needed are posted and a copy is available upon request. We are asking every member to bring 1 or 2 items a month. Someone is normally here between 2 and 4 every day. If no one is here leave items a front door.

  • Post 52 is scheduled to have a Membership Drive in front of Sam’s Wholesales

Saturday November 4, 2017 from 9 is to 3 pm. We will have “Support Our Troops“Auto Magnets for a suggested $5 donation. Volunteers are needed to man the booth. Sign up sheet is on the desk.

  • 3rd Quarter District 13 meeting was held at Post 52 16 September 2017
  • We are schedule to hold a Flag education and folding class with the Girl Scout Troop 2580 at 6 PM on 16 October 2017 at St. Andrews Methodist Church located on Hwy 8 across from Westend Elementary School.
  • We will have a booth at the “Fall for the Arts” at Old Market Square 7 Oct 2017 from 8 am till 3 pm. (Membership, Flags and Wreath Across America)
  • Down Town Business Assoc. 27 Sept 2017 at Butterbeans time 8:30 am.
  • Easley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, South West Venue. 11:30 am – 1 PM

Cost $20 per person, reservation needed.  Sen. Rex Rice and Rep. Neil Collins are the Speakers.

      *    Fall Conference to be held in Columbia, 29 Sept thru 1 Oct at the Marriott

in Columbia.

  • Post 52 Christmas Party is scheduled for 5 December 2017 at Smithfield Country

Club. Cost is $23 per person. Sing up sheet is on the table.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE POST.

CLOSING:

      *    Ring bell 3 times

  • Uncover
  • Chaplin closing prayer
  • COVER
  • Salute the Flag
  • Read the Commanders Charge
  • Ring Bell 1 time
  • Meeting ajourned

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