2nd QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2019
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY PAID
YOUR 2019/2020 YEARLY MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE DUE
I want to start off by thanking all members for helping to make Post 52 the best Post in the District 13 Department of South Carolina.
We had our Post officer’s election last month. I was reelected Post 52 Commander for the coming year. I was also elected as the Department of South Carolina District 13 Commander during the last district meeting.
Congratulations are in order for Post 52 Adjutant Paul Smith. He was awarded the honor of being selected the Department of South Carolina Adjutant of the Year 2019.
The second quarter of 2019 was a busy three months for post members. We interviewed Easley, Wren, and Powdersville High candidates for the 2019 Palmetto Boys and Girls State, later we presented the Palmetto Boys and Girls State certificates to the citizens who had attended Boys and Girls State in 2018 at Easley and Powdersville High, Post 52 sent two future law enforcement officers to the Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy, presented the EJROTC Awards to the cadets at Easley High, presented Citizenship Awards (our most coveted school award) to deserving students at Easley and Powdersville High Schools, recognized the Easley Law Enforcement Officer of the year and the Easley Firefighter of the year, presented Certificates of Appreciation to the Easley Law Enforcement and Easley Fire Departments for their outstanding community work, purchased for each living Post 52 WWII member a Dragonfly Foundation Brick in their name to be installed in the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial, had a new permanent outdoor sign installed, conducted a Flag Retirement Program on Flag Day, sponsored a baseball team, placed flags on veterans graves in Mauldin and Westview Cemeteries Memorial Day weekend, sold Poppy’s Memorial Day Weekend at Walmart and Sam’s to support the different National American Legion Charities, invited the public and celebrated a 100 year Legion birthday party at Freddy’s, donated food and other items to United Christian Ministries, and sold Belk Charity Day coupons to earn funds to help feed veterans who depend on the Pickens County Meals on Wheels. Whew!!!!!!!
Dr. E.W. Rabon designed a Post 52 challenge coin. It is an attractive, collectible and just for our Post. We are selling them for $10 each. Contact Paul Smith (864-238-9144) to purchase.
The financial audit was completed last month. No irregularities were found. That is what good record keeping does.
4th Quarter 2018
To everyone I wish a belated Merry Christmas and a prosperous Happy New Year. It is starting out to be a wet year. I for one am wishing the sun come and dry things out a little.
Post 52 had a good 2018. Our Poppy campaign was over the top. We are making plans for this year’s campaign at Wal-Mart and Sam’s. So please make plan as we will be needing volunteers for both locations.
Our baseball team also had a rainy season but despite it all they still made a good showing all the way up to losing in the playoffs by ½ game. Now that is good baseball in anybody’s book. Thank everyone, players, coaches, volunteers and especially those who donated to the program.
Thanks to Sam Gillespie for heading up the Belk’s Charity Day sales. It too was an outstanding event. Two three day sales events brought in close to $2000.
Our 4th of July luncheon for the apartment residents was enjoyed by fifty to sixty people. Fifty hot dogs and fifty hamburgers with all the fixing plus Freddy’s provided frozen custard. I guess nobody went home hungry since nothing was left over.
Veteran’s Day falling on Sunday did not create a huge problem. It started on Friday by two programs at the Willows. Our program at Robinson Gardens, even with weather being a little cool, was attended by approximately 150 people. Our speaker was Retired Sgt. Major James Miller, Chaplain for the National Purple Heart Order. On Sunday November 11th, several members attended the Veterans Parade in Liberty and the Veterans Program at the Fine Arts Center.
We returned to the Willows on Monday and presented a program on how to fold the American Flag and the meaning of each fold.
We worked for several months selling wreaths for our Wreaths across America Program. Most of the funds for the Wreaths were donated by Post 52 members and friends of the Legion. We purchased and placed 393 wreaths in the Veterans Section of Robinson Memorial Gardens and 40 Wreaths at Pickens Chapel on 3 & 20 road. Many people volunteered to lay the wreaths including the Girl Scouts, Post 52 Members, Boy Scout Troop 37, Trail Life, and many individuals. Even though led by American Legion Post 52, it has become a great community project. The following Legion members laid the wreaths that represented their branch of service. Air Force, Cindy Carter: Army, Ken Parker: Coast Guard, Paul Thomas: Marine, Travis Evans: Navy, Gary Hinton and U.S. Merchant Marine; Andy Wyatt: Retired SC Senator Lewis Vaughn was our speaker. Thank you all for participating.
All of these programs were accomplished because of volunteers. Volunteers are needed all year long to support these projects. Thank you to everyone who volunteered in 2018 to make these programs happen. We have had the guns for two years but we still do not have an established Honor Guard. Will you volunteer to be a part of the Honor Guard?
The American Legion will be 100 years old in March. Our membership has steadily grown but we still have members who have not paid their 2019 dues. Please pay your 2019 dues this month if you have not already paid.
Again along with all of the Post officers wish you and your families a prosperous and Happy New Year.
For God and Country,
Bones Wilson, Commander
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