AMERICAN LEGION POST 52
118A LEGION STREET
EASLEY, SC 29642
3RD QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2018
On July the Fourth we began our new year with a dinner for members and family, friends, and the apartment residents. 50 hamburger and 50 hot dogs were consumed. Members and residents furnished the trimmings and desserts. Everyone enjoyed celebrating America’s birthday.
After lunch everyone adjourned to the flag pole where Past Department Commander Bob Shearer and I rededicated the monument remembering our fallen. During the past 50 years the monument enjoyed a tour of the city when it was placed in several different locations. It is now home to stay.
Brett Reistad was elected as The American Legion National Commander during the Convention in Minneapolis last month. For the past 36 years he has been a member of Post 270 in McLean, Virginia. Commander Reistad has challenged every member to sign at least 1 new member before he leaves office in September 2019.
The Sick Call list is growing. We have a record number of members who are ill. If you know someone on the list, give him or her a call. If they have special needs we can help with, please let us know. Keep each one in your prayers.
The Belk Charity Day Sale was a success for Post 52 thanks to Sam Gillespie leadership. Dick Meyers, Bob Burns, Larry Hamby and I helped with the sale. The Post received more than $1500 in donations. The funds were given to Pickens County Meals on Wheels to help feed the 25 veterans a day who receive meals.
Our membership has risen to 207 members. Our goal for the 2018/2019 is 208 members which 100% plus 1. The American Legion Department of South Carolina has used the 100% plus 1 goal the past three years to grow membership. All 168 Department Post are working to achieve this goal. The American Legion will be 100 years old on March 15, 2019. Please help us reach our 100% plus 1 before then. If you have not paid your 2018/2019 dues, send your payment this month. It will make Paul’s job easier.
We need a copy of everyone’s DD214 on file. Before sending the copy to the Post, block out your birthday, serial number, veterans id, social security number. Make a copy and send the copy to the Post. You cannot read the blocked out print on a copy. The information we need on file are the dates you served.
The Veteran’s Day program with the help from Robinson Memorial Gardens is in place. Please note that the Veteran’s Day Program will be Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11 am. We will recognize all Purple Heart Recipients and hand a Purple Heart Lapel Pin to every Purple Heart Recipient who attends. Our speaker is the National Chaplain for the Order of the Purple Heart, James Stewart. Call myself at 864-230-4765 or Paul Smith at 864-239-9144 by October 31.
The annual Wreaths Across America program is scheduled at 10:00 am Saturday December 17, 2018.
The response to the request for funds to fund the program have been tremendous. At present we only need $110 to reach our $4500 goal. Thank you Post 52 members Post 52 friends for your help.
The American Legion Department of South Carolina will have another Rifle Raffle starting next month. We will have 210 tickets to sell and will be able to keep $10 per ticket (10 x 210 = $2100) for the Post and our activities. A $25 ticket will earn you 52 chances to win if you do not win during the year. The drawing will begin the first Tuesday of July 2019 and a ticket will be drawn the next 51 weeks for a rifle
The Ladies Auxiliary is in place and has been chartered. Thank you ladies for participating. The dues are $35 a year if you have not joined and want to be a part of this proud organization contact PJ Williamson at 864-414-3986 or email Williamson.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christmas Party is December 4, 2018 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club. The cost is $22.50 per person which includes the meal and gratuity. The bar will be open for those who want to purchase a drink.
Jimmy (Bones) Wilson