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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.

     

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    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 www.JeffDuncan.com 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 www.JeffDuncan.com.  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 June 27, 2017

 

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

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

  • Member Jim Stewart offered the opening prayer

  • Commander Wilson led the members in saluting the flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Legion Preamble

  • Commander Wilson and 1st Vice Cmdr Jim Ruud performed the American Legion Preamble.

  • Commander Wilson welcomed our visitors and our new first time members.

    Mary and Grady Proctor potential member, Bill Baker transferred his membership to Post 52, John Lamb joined the Legion and Post 52, Taylor Browning and Mike Sidorovic from the Asheville VA Hospital, and Pickens Country Representative Neal Collins

  • Adjutant Smith read the minutes from May 23 meeting

     

    SICK CALL:

  • John Boyd

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Ray Jones

  • Joe Rowland

  • Steve Sally

     

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • John Martin

     

    INSTALLED THE NEW 2017/2018 OFFICERS:

  • Commander - Jimmy Wilson

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    Sergeant at Arms – Tom Williamson

  • Chaplain – Bob Helms

  • Historian – Richard Meyers

     

    POST EVERLASTING CANDLELIGHT SERVICE (comrades who perished on the USS Fitzgerald)

    Turn out the lights and light the globe

  • Seaman Dakota Rigsby Age 19

  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Douglass Age 25

  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc Truong Huynh age 25

  • Fire Control man 2nd Class Carlos Grzaon Sibayan Age 23

  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Martin Age 24

  • Gunners Mate 2nd Class Noe Herandez

  • Fire Control man 1st Class Gary Rehm, Jr Age 37

     

    SPEAKER:

  • Representative invited all members to his Town Hall Meeting July 18 at Gettys Middle School

  • Welcome Marian Browning from the Asheville Veterans Administration Hospital presented the information Veterans need to check for Hepatitis C

     

    BUSINESS:

  • Establishing an Honor Guard has become a priority.We have the Rifles, we can makeshift a uniform (blue or white shirts, shoulder cords, white gloves, Post Caps, khaki pants, and black shoes).There is definite need for our services in the community.

  • Explain to the members we do not receive rent from the apartments.The agreement between HUD, NHE Management Company, and American Legion Post 52 is the management company maintains the property, building, and pays all utilities.We now have 3 Post 52 members serving on the American Legion Seniors Unlimited Board to represent our Post.

  • Post 52 keeps $16 of the $50 membership fee paid yearly by all members.National receives $16, and the SC Department receives $18.00.Our membership goal for 2018 is 181 members plus one.Post 52 will keep 181 x $16 = $2896.00

  • There will be a District 13 meeting August 12, 2017 10:00 am at Post 120, 575N. Fairplay St., Seneca, SC 29678.All members are invited.

  • Post 52 donated $200 to each of the following American Legion National Programs:

  • Operation Warmth -This program funds items such as I pads, I phones, and games that are used to entertain wounded soldiers while recovering in a hospital

  • National Emergency Fund – These funds are used to aid veterans who are suffering from national disasters such as the floods we had in lower SC last year.Last year our donation was designated for the floods in SC.

  • Financial Assistance – Funds that are used to aid soldier’s children while the soldier is serving away from his family

  • Legion baseball is alive and very active.For your information, local American Legion Posts sponsor more than 3,000 baseball teams in the US.

  • The current American Legion Post 52 Baseball season is almost over.If we are in the playoffs, we will extend playing another two weeks.During the playing season, the following members have worked to make the baseball games a success for the post.Art Johns has manned the back gate for tickets, Bones Wilson and Sam Gillespie have ordered food, picked it up and manned the concession stand and announced, Phil Prevatte has helped with tickets and the concessions, and Paul Smith has sold tickets at the front gate.Dick Meyers as acted as a floater and helped where needed. This is a good team but we could have used help.

  • Many Posts give scholarships to baseball players who have played with their team for several years.We cannot afford scholarships but want to keep an interest in Legion baseball.It has been suggested we offer jackets.They will cost about $30.00 each.Some members have donated to the jacket fund but we need a commitment from 25 members to donate $30 each.$750 will buy the jackets. See Sam after the meeting if you will make a donation.

  • WREATHS ACORSS AMERICA - It is time to start selling wreaths for The Wreaths Across America that will be laid December 2017.If you have any questions see Bones after the meeting. Your donation is a tax deduction.

  • VETERANS DAY IS November 11 and will be here before we know it. We are in the process of planning the program now. Robinson Memorial Gardens has agreed to host the program again this year. This year Post 52 will follow the National lead in honoring all women who have served in the military.If you know a WAC, WAVE, Air Force, or Marine veteran or active duty, please tell them about our program and ask them to attend the program. Retired Army Lt. Colonel Ehlies who was a nurse aiding Vietnam and Desert Storm Veterans as our speaker.

  • Please notice the new yellow ribbon and plaque on the Commanders podium.Post 52 earned the 100% membership needed last year to earn the award.The ribbon and plaque were presented to Commander Wilson and 1st Vice Commander and Membership Chairman Jim Ruud during the Department Convention last month.Last year our goal was 161 paid members, 166 members paid.During 2018 our membership goal is 181 members.

  • Senator Rex Rice will be our speaker at the next meeting July 25, 2017 7 pm.Please plan to attend.

  • If you did not receive a copy of the 2017 Consolidated Post Report please pick up a copy laying on the front table.We were an active group in 2017.

  • July 4th is next week.If you need a flag please make the purchase tonight.See Paul Smith

  • American Legion Caps and Shirts are available on the table to your right.We have most sizes available.Shirts and Caps are $50 each and Baseball Caps are $22 each. See Paul

  • All members were invited to attend the July 4th lunch for the apartment residents at 11:30 am Tuesday July 4th, 2017

  • Post 52 was represented at Boys State when two of the Citizens from Easley High were elected as Mayor of Catawba and the Judicial Judge for the state.

     

    CLOSING:

  • Commander closed the meeting by Saluting the Flag

  • Jim Steward led the closing prayer.

  • Commander read the closing directive.

  • The meeting closed at 8:20 pm

     

Monthly Meeting April 25, 2017

 

Opening:

  • Commander Wilson called the meeting to order at 6:55 pm

  • Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer

  • Commander Wilson lead members in saluting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Legion Preamble, and with 1st vice Jim Ruud performed the MIA/POW ceremony

  • The March 28, 2017 minutes were excused for the sake of time

  • Commander Wilson introduced visitors Dustin Alexander, Kelli Alexander, Jeremy Miller, Ashley Williams, Sheriff Rick Clark, Scott McClain, Brad Owen and one new member: Warren Buckhiester

  • New member Warren Buckhiester introduced himself with a short bio

Sick Call:

  • Clyde Meyer

  • John Boyd

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Ray Jones

  • Kara Forward

  • Phillip Prevatte

Post Everlasting, Since January 1, 2017:

  • John Martin

Awards and Recognition were given to the following:

  • Tom Williamson, Deputy of the Year 2016 – Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

  • Dustin Alexander, Firefighter of the Year 2016 – Easley Fire Department

  • Ashley Williams, Police Officer of the Year 2016 – Easley Police Department

  • Bill Robinson, 70 Year Membership Award – Continuous membership in Post 52

Business:

  • 2017 flag sales are going well, we just shipped an order to the City. There are 3 Holidays coming up soon and you may need a new fresh flag to fly.The holiday to fly the flags are Memorial Day: May 28th, Flag Day: June 14th and the 4th of July. We have flags available for you to purchase tonight. See Paul after the meeting if you would like to purchase a flag.

  • Food Drive is continuing, many members have participated and brought two or more cans of food each meeting, thank you to those members who have donated.

  • The Rifle Raffle is ending. Please make sure all money or unsold tickets are returned to Paul Smith, Adjutant by May 10. Currently we have a few unsold tickets to sell tonight, please see Paul.

  • Dr E.W. Rabon, Bones Wilson, and Paul Smith interviewed and selected 10 boys for Palmetto Boys State and 2 girls for Palmetto Girls State. Palmetto State takes place June 7 – June 11.

  • Flags will be placed on Veteran’s graves in Westview and Mauldin cemeteries on Thursday, May 25, at 7:30am. They will be removed Tuesday, May 30, at 7:30am. Volunteers will be needed for both placing and removing the flags. Please see the signup sheets on the table under the bulletin board.

  • Poppies will be sold in Front of Wal-Mart on May 26,27 and 29. From 9am-6pm in three hour shifts. Volunteers are needed to fill these shifts, please see the signup sheet under the bulletin board. We have 2200 poppies to sell this year.

  • On May 29th, we will lower the flag to half-mast at 8am and return to full mast at 12 (noon) according to orders by President Donald J. Trump. This ceremony will take place at Walmart of Easley.

  • Post 52 is participating in the Belk Charity Day Sale, April 29. Volunteers are needed to help Belk Associates carry out merchandise, find merchandise in store rooms. Proceeds from this sale are being assigned to American Legion Baseball. Please purchase your coupons today.

  • Matt Wilson has resigned as the Post 52 Athletic Director. We are currently looking for someone to fill this position, if you are interested please see Paul or Bones after the meeting.

  • First baseball game is May 22 at Alice Field. First pitch will be thrown at 7pm

  • 99th Annual Department Convention will be held in Columbia, SC – Thursday June 1, 2017 through Sunday, June 4th, 2017. This event will take place at the Columbia Marriott. 1200 Hampton St, Columbia, SC. Everyone is invited to attend, if interested in attending please place your name on the signup sheet. We will be traveling on Friday and Saturday to Columbia. We will be meeting at the post.

  • Tommy Holcombe, Easley Building Inspector will be our speaker May 23, 2017

  • Marian Browning from the Hepatology Clinic in Asheville will be our guest speaker, May 23, 2017. To discuss Hepatitis C, which many of us may have been exposed to during basic training.

  • Tonight, we are nominating for 2017 and 2018 Post 52 executive post officers. Paul Smith will be stepping down as Adjutant.

  • Post 52 American Legion baseball hats, uniform caps and shirts are displayed on the counter to the right are for sale. Baseball hats are $22, uniform caps and shirts are $50 each. See Paul for purchase

Are there any deletions or additions to the program?

Closing:

  • Ring bell and ask members to rise and uncover

  • Salute the flag

  • Ask Chaplain Helms to offer the closing prayer.

  • Ask members to recover.

  • Read Directive

  • Ring the bell

  • Close the meeting

MONTHLY MEETING MARCH 28, 2017

 

MEMBER ALERT:  6:57 – Sergeant of Arms will notify members to shut off phones

OPENING: 

  • Commander Wilson will call meeting to order

  • Ask members to uncover

  • Chaplain Helms offers opening prayer

  • Ask members to recover

  • Commander Wilson will ask members - Present Arms to salute the flag

  • Commander Wilson will lead members in Pledge of Allegiance

  • Commander Wilson will lead members in the American Legion Preamble

  • Commander Wilson and Historian Dick Meyers perform the MIA/POE Ceremony

  • Commander will ring bell twice and ask members to be seated

  • Adjutant Smith will read minutes from February 28, 2017 Meeting

  • Commander Wilson will ask for additions or deletions to the minutes

  • Commander Wilson will Welcome and introduce visitors

  • Commander Wilson will ask new members to give a short bio

    SICK CALL:

  • Clyde Meyer

  • John Boyd

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Ray Jones

  • Kara Forward

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • John Martin

    SPEAKER: 

  • Adjutant Smith will introduce the speaker Gerald Wilson, Pickens County Administrator

  • After speech give coin to the speaker

    CURRENT BUSINESS:

  • Belk Charity Day Sale April 29, 6 to 10 am.Every member is being asked to take 5 tickets each to sell.Our goal is to sell 200 tickets.We keep the $5 for the ticket, the Belk customer will be given the $5 rebate if they purchase already discounted merchandise.See Sam Gillespie for the tickets.

  • Easley Spring Fling is Saturday April 1, 2017 from 7 am to 6 pm.This is an all day affair.We will sponsor a American Legion Membership Drive, sell flags and poppy’s, and take donations for The Wreaths Across America program in December.Please volunteer to help man the booth during the day.Wear your Legion Cap for identification.

  • The American Legion Department of South Carolina Meeting will begin Thursday June 1, 2017 and go until Sunday June 4, 2017 at The Marriott, 12 Hampton Street, Columbia SC 29201.The meetings start at 9 am daily.Everyone is invited to attend.Several of us will ride to Columbia on Friday and Saturday for the meetings.

  • Palmetto Boys and Girls State will be held June 11, 2017 to June 17, 2017.Members of the American Legion are invited to attend opening ceremonies on Sunday June 11.If you have never been, you should go.

  • Interviews for Palmetto Boys and Girls State will be held at Easley High School Monday April 3, 2017 beginning at 9 am.Richard Meyers, Bones Wilson, and Paul Smith have volunteered to interview the candidates.

  • The District 13 meeting will be held Saturday April 22, 2017, 10 am at Seneca Post 120, 575 N. Fairplay St., Seneca, SC 29678.Everyone is invited to attend.District elections will be held.

  • Post 52 will sponsor a baseball team in 2017.We will play 10 home games. Volunteers are needed to work the concession stand, man the ticket booth, and guard the back gate. Tickets are only $5 but we still have people who want to sneak in and not pay.

  • Baseball Coach Tim Elrod and Athletic Director Matt Wilson have planned a Golf Tournament to help fund the baseball team.The tournament will be Monday April 17, 9 am at Smithfield’s Country Club.It is a four man best ball team tournament.

  • We have ordered 2200 Poppy’s to sell Memorial Day in front of Wal-Mart May 26, 27, and 29 from 9 am to 6 pm each day.Sign-up sheets are on the table for your convenience.We have been running out of Poppy’s before our time was spent.The Poppy sale is our largest income producer for the year.Please help sell Poppy’s.

  • In accordance to President Trump’s directive we will lower flags at 8 am in front of Wal-Mart and raise the flag back to full mast at 12 pm.Post 52 will furnish Wal-Mart with a new 4x6 Nylon American Flag before the flag is returned to full mast.

  • We will place flags on Veteran’s Graves in Westview Cemetery and Mauldin Cemetery May 25 at 7:30 am.We sill remove the flags May 30 at 7:30 am.Please help with this projects.A sign-up sheet is on the counter to your right for your convenience.

  • The Post has 29 Rifle Raffle tickets remaining to be sold.If we sell the sell 160 tickets assigned to Post, we will earn $800 for the post. If you have collected the funds for the tickets you have sold please give to Adjutant Smith to submit to the Department.If you will sell or purchase a ticket please see Adjutant Smith at the end of the meeting.

  • All Rifle Raffle tickets must be accounted for, sold or unsold, by May 15, 2017.If you have unsold tickets or money for tickets please return to the Post by the April 25, 2017 meeting or the Post will be charged $25 each.

  • The Post sells the Legion Uniform Cap, with the Palmetto Tree and state, city, and post embroidered on the cap.They are $50 each.See Adjutant Smith at the end of the meeting if you need a shirt or cap.

  • Post 52 has Legion Baseball hats for sale.They are $22 each.

  • Please see Paul for a flag or flag kit it you need one.Memorial Day and July 4th will soon be here.

  • All hats and shirts are displayed on the counter to your right.

    Are the any additions or deletions to the programs>?

    CLOSING:

  • Ring bell and ask members to rise and uncover:

  • Salute the flag.

  • Request members to uncover and ask Chaplain Helms to offer the closing prayer.

 

MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 28, 2017

OPENING:

  • 6:55 PM – THE SERGEANT AT ARMS REQUESTS EVERYONE TO SILENCE THEIR CELL PHONE

  • 7:00 PM - COMMANDER RINGS BELL _______ TIMES AND CALLS THE MEETING TO ORDER

  • UNCOVER

  • REQUEST CHAPLAIN HELMS TO OFFER OPENING PRAYER

  • RECOVER – REMAIN STANDING

    (1) SALUTE THE FLAG

    (2) COMMANDER LEADS THE POST IN PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    (3) COMMANDER LEADS THE POST IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE

  • COMMANDER AND 1ST VICE COMMANDER READ AND PERFORM THE MIA/POW AMENDMENT

  • COMMANDER RINGS BELL _________ TIMES AND ASK MEMBERS TO BE SEATED

  • ADJUTANT READS MINUTES FROM JANUARY 24, 2017 MEETING

  • ASK MEMBERS IF THERE ARE ANY ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO THE MINUTES

  • COMMANDER WILSON WILL WELCOMES VISITORS: Master Gunnery Sergeant David Dendy retired, Easley High JROTC Instructor and mentor

  • ADJUTANT SMITH WILL INTRODUCE SPEAKER

  • SPEAKER SPEAKS

  • PRESENT COIN TO SPEAKER

SICK CALL

  • CLYDE MEYER

  • JOHN BOYD

  • HARRY DEWICK

  • BILLY BEAVERS

  • DR. SIDNEY BUCKLEY

  • JOHNNIE BEASLEY

  • RAY JONES

  • KARA FORWARD

POST EVERLASTING:

  • JOHN MARTIN – January 25, 2017

OLD BUSINESS:

  • 35 MEMBERS AND GUESTS ENJOYED THE SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER BEFORE THE JANUARY 24, 2017 MEETING.IF YOU MISSED THE SUPPER YOU MISSED A GOOD MEAL AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO FELLOWSHIP AND ENJOY FELLOW MEMBERS COMPANY.

  • DURING THE JANUARY MEETING PALMETTO BOYS STATE BOARD MEMBER DAVE FLEMING GAVE AN ENTHUSIASTIC PRESENTATION TAKING US THROUGH A WEEK AT BOYS STATE

  • BONES WILSON AND SAM GILLESPIE INSTALLED A NEW 12 X 18 AMERICAN FLAG FOR NALLEY CONSTRUCTION IN FRONT OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER FEBRUARY 14, 2017

  • COMMANDER WILSON SECURED PERMISSION FROM WAL MART TO SELL POPPY’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 26, 27, AND 29, 2017.THIS YEAR WE HAVE 2200 POPPY’S TO SELL (200 MORE THAN LAST YEAR).

  • MEMORIAL DAY MAY 29, 2017 8:00 AM IN FRONT OF WAL-MART AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH PRESIDENT’S TRUMP DIRECTIVE WE WILL LOWER THE FLAG TO HAL MAST.WE WILL RETURN THE FLAG TO FULL MAST AT 12:00 PM.

  • THE AMMO AND AMMO CLIPS TO USE WITH THE HONOR GUARD RIFLES HAVE ARRIVED.ANDY WYATT WILL CHAIR THE HONOR GUARD VOLUNTEERS.PLEASE SIGN UP TO BE A PART OF THE HONOR GUARD.

  • THE DISTRICT 13 MEETING WAS HOSTED BY POST 52 FEBRUARY 11, 2017.6 OF THE 13 POST’S IN DISTRICT WERE REPRESENTED.

  • COMMANDER WILSON AND MEMBER SAM WILLIAMSON ATTENDED THE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION MEETING ON FEBRUARY 16, 2017.

  • ADJUTANT SMITH ATTENDED THE DEPARTMENT MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN COLUMBIA ON FEBRUARY 16, 2017.DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT, AND POST MEMBERSHIPS WERE DISCUSSED.MORE POST HAVE ALREADY REACHED THEIR MEMBERSHIP GOALS IN 2017 THAN WERE REACHED IN 2016.MANY DISTRICTS ARE HOLDING REVITILIZATION DRIVES.THIS IS A DIRECT 3 DAY CONCENTRATED EFFORT TO REACH VETERANS.THESE DISTRICTS ARE GROWING THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.

  • POST 52 HAS REACHED THE 100% MEMBERSHIP GOAL FOR 2017.AT PRESENT 163 MEMBERS HAVE RENEWED.TWENTY MEMBERS HAVE NOT RENEWED.THE DEPARTMENT MEMBERSHIP NEEDS 1700 2017 RENEWALS TO REACH THE 100% DEPARTMENT GOAL.DISTRICT 13 NEEDS 121 MEMBERS BEFORE MAY 1, 2017 TO REACH 100%.

  • DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY “OLD BUSINESS” TO BE DISCUSSED?

    PRESENT BUSINESS:

  • LEGION BASEBALL IS BACK.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP MAN THE TICKET BOOTH, CONCESSION STAND, AND TO STAND GUARD AT THE BACK GATE.

  • MATT WILSON, POST 52 ATHELETIC DIRECTOR AND COACH TIM ELROD HAVE PLANNED A GOLF TOURNMENT AT SMITHFIELDS CC APRIL 17, 2017 TO BENEFIT THE BASEBALL TEAM. PUT YOUR TEAM TOGETHER TODAY.

  • WE OWN A JOEY PANKAKE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL JERSEY HE USED WHILE PLAYING POST 52 BASEBALL. (JOEY IS NOW PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL) HE IS BEING ASKED TO SIGN THE JERSEY.WE WILL RAFFLE AT A HOME GAME 100 TICKETS AT $10 EACH TO RAISE MONEY FOR BASEBALL.

  • THE FLAG RETIREMENT PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2, 2017 3:30 PM AT POPE FIELD.I RECOMMEND WE POSTPONE THE FLAG RETIREMENT UNTIL SOMETIME THIS FALL.

  • POST 52 WILL SPONSOR A BOOTH IN THE EASLEY SPRING FLING APRIL 1, 2017.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO MAN THE BOOTH.WE WILL UTILIZE THE BOOTH TO HAVE A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, SELL FLAGS AND COLLECT WORN OUT AND FADED FLAGS FOR RETIREMENT, COLLECT FUNDS FOR WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA 2017, AND SELL POPPY’S.

  • POST 52 WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE FOOD DRIVE IN 2017.PLEASE BRING A MINIMUM OF 2 CANS OF FOOD TO EVERY MEETING.THE GOAL IS TO DONATE A MINIMUM OF 250 POUNDS OF FOOD EVERY QUARTER.A LIST OF OTHER ITEMS NEEDED ARE ON THE COUNTER.

  • DON’T FORGET WE HAVE 160 RIFLE RAFFLE TICKETS TO SELL AND SUPPORT THE DEPARMENT.POST 52 WILL KEEP $5.00 PER TICKET OR ($800 FOR THE POST IF WELL ALL 160 TICKETS).AT PRESENT WE HAVE 60 TICKETS REMAINING.

  • DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYOTHER “PRESENT BUSINESS”?

    FUTURE BUSINESS:

  • LETTERS TO MEMBERS WILL BE SENT NEXT WEEK REQUESTING DONATIONS FOR THE BASEBALL TEAM.PLEASE SUPPORT THE TEAM.

  • THE POST 52 AWARDS BANQUET WILL BE HELD APRIL 25, 2017.HAMBURGERS AND HOT DOGS WILL BE SERVED STARTING AT 5:30 PM.PLEASE JOIN US.

  • POST 52 NEEDS MEMBER VOLUNTEERS TO PLACE FLAGS ON THE VETERAN GRAVES IN WESTIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES MAY 25 AND REMOVE MAY 29, 2017.PLACING AND REMOVAL WILL BEGIN AT 7:30 AM EACH DAY.

  • A DEPARTMENT MEETING BEGINNIN AT 9 AM, MARCH 8, 2107 (NEXT WEDNESDAY) WILL BE HELD AT THE COLUMBIA CONVENTION CENTER, 1101 LINCOLN STREET, COLUMBIA SC, 29201 BEFORE NATIONAL COMMANDER SCHMIDT ADDRESSES A JOINT SESSION OF THE SC ASSEMBLY AT 1 PM. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED JUNE 1 THRU JUNE 4 AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOT, 12 HAMPTON STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201.EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • REMINDER: POST 52 NEEDS 10 VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE HONOR GUARD.YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED.

  • REMINDER: BASEBALL PRACTICE WILL BEGIN IN EARLY MAY.THE FIRST GAME WILL BE PLAYED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

  • REMINDER: POPPY SALES ARE SCHEDULED MAY 26, 27, AND 29TH IN FRONT OF WAL-MART EASLEY.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO SELL POPPY’S.WE WILL WORK IN THREE HOUR SHIFTS FOR THREE DAYS.

    OTHER BUSINESS:

  • BEFORE YOU LEAVE SEE PAUL TO PURCHASE LEGION CAPS (OUR UNIFORM), SHIRTS, BASEBALL HATS OR FLAGS

  • BEFORE YOU LEAVE SIGN UP FORMS FOR ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES ARE ON THE COUNTER TO YOUR RIGHT.PLEASE DEDICATE SOME OF YOUR TIME TO THESE ACTIVITIES.

  • ASK IF THERE IS ANY ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

    CLOSING:

  • RING BELL _______ TIMES – ASK MEMBERS TO RISE

  • SALUTE THE FLAG

  • REQUEST MEMBERS TO UNCOVER

  • CHAPLAIN HELMS OFFERS THE CLOSING PRAYER

  • READ DIRECTIVE

  • RING BELL _______ TIMES

  • CLOSE THE MEETING

    SIGN UP FORMS:

  • POPPY SALE

  • HONOR GUARD

  • BASEBALL ASSISTANCE

  • FLAG RETIREMENT

  • PLACE FLAGS ON VETERAN GRAVES

  • TRIPS TO COLUMBIA

     

 

EXECUTIVE MEETING FEBRUARY 21, 2017

 

OPENING:

  • COMMANDER WILSON CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 6 PM

  • CHAPLAIN HELMS OFFERED THE OPENING PRAYER

  • ADJUTANT SMITH READ THE MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 17, 2017 MEETING

  • ADJUTANT SMITH REPORTED THE POST 52 MEMBERSHIP IS 100% PLUS 2. WE HAVE MET OUT MEMBERSHIP GOAL FOR 2017. A TOTOL OF 163 MEMBERS HAVE RENEWED BUT WE STILL HAVE 25 MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT RENEWED.

     

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • EVERYONE ENJOYED THE SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER BEFORE THE JANUARY 24, 2017 MEETING.PLEASE JOIN US FOR ALL SUPPER MEETINGS

  • PALMETTO BOYS STATE BOARD MEMBER DAVE FLEMING GAVE AN ENTHUSIASTIC PRESENTATION TAKING US THROUGH THE WEEK SCHEDULE FOR THE BOYS STATE ACTIVITIES.

  • BONES WILSON AND SAM GILLESPIE INSTALLED A NEW 12 X 18 AMERICAN FLAG IN FRONT OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER ON FEBRUARY 14, 2017 FOR NALLEY CONSTRUCTION CO.

  • COMMANDER WILSON HAS SECURED THE PERMISSION FROM WAL-MART TO SELL POPPY’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 26, 27, AND 29, 2017.THIS YEAR WE HAVE 2200 POPPY’S TO SELL. (200 MORE THAN LAST YEAR) THE POST WILL ALSO LOWER AND CHANGE THE AMERICAN FLAG IN FRONT OF WAL-MART ON MEMORIAL DAY MAY 29 AT 8:00 AM.WE WILL RAISE THE FLAG BACK TO FULL MAST AT 12:00 PM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRESIDENTS ORDER FOR MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES. DURING THE LOWERING AND RAISING AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 WILL REPLACE THEIR CURRENT FLAG.

  • THE AMMO AND AMMO CLIPS FOR THE HONOR GUARD RIFLES HAVE ARRIVED.WHO WILL VOLUNTEER TO BE A PART OF THE HONOR GUARD?

  • THE DISTRICT 13 MEETING WAS HELD IN POST 52 ON FEBRUARY 11, 2017.6 DISTRICT 13 POST WERE REPRESENTED.

  • COMMANDER WILSON HAS REGISTERED ROBINSON MEMORIAL GARDENS AND POST 52 FOR THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM 2017.COMPLETE INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW AT A LATER DATE.

  • COMMANDER WILSON AND MEMBER SAM WILLIAMSON ATTENDED THE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION MEETING ON FEBRUARY 16. 2017.

  • ADJUTANT SMITH ATTENDED THE DEPARTMENT MEMBERSHIP IN COLUMBIA ON FEBRUARY 16, 2017

     

    PRESENT BUSINESS:

  • LEGION BASEBALL IS BACK.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP MAN THE TICKET BOX, CONCESSION STAND, AND TO STAND GUARD AT THE BACK GATE.

  • MATT WILSON, POST 52 ATHELETIC DIRECTOR AND COACH TIM ELROD HAVE PLANNED A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT SMITHFIELDS CC APRIL 17, 2017 TO BENEFIT THE BASEBALL TEAM.GET YOUR TEAMS TOGETHER SUPPORT THE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM.

  • WE HAVE A JOEY PANKAKE LEGION BASEBALL JERSEY HE USED WHEN HE PLAYED FOR THE LEGION.HE IS BEING ASKED TO SIGN THE JERSEY.WE WILL RAFFLE 100 TICKETS AT $10 EACH.

  • THE FLAG RETIREMENT PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2, 2017 AT 3:30 PM AT POPE FIELD.

  • POST 52 WILL HAVE A BOOTH DOWNTOWN DURING EASLEY SPRING FLING DAYS.WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE BOOTH.IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED TO RESCHEDULE THE FLAG RETIREMENT PROGRAM FROM APRIL 2 TO SPRING FLING DAYS APRIL 1. TO MAKE THE CHANGE, WE WILL NEED PERMMISSION FROM THE CITY.

  • THE YEARLY FIRE AND POLICE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE APRIL 25, 2017 MEETING.WE WILL ALSO SERVE HOT DOGS AND HAMBURGERS.PLEASE BE PRESENT

  • POST 52 WILL CONTINUE THE FOOD DRIVE FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES FOOD BANK DURING 2017.PLEASE BRING 2 CANS OF FOOD TO EVERY MEETING.

  • DON’T FORGET POST 52 HAS RIFLE RAFFLE TICKETS TO SELL.THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SC IS SPONSORING THIS PROGRAM.A $25 DONATION WILL EARN YOU 52 CHANCES TO WIN 52 RIFLES OR SHORTGUNS.POST 52 WILL KEEP $5.00 FROM EACH RAFFLE TICKET.WE WILL EARN $800 IF WE SELL THE 160 RAFFLE TICKETS ASSIGNED TO POST 52.

     

    FUTURE BUSINESS:

  • WE WILL BE SENDING LETTERS TO POST 52 MEMBERS REQUESTING DONATIONS TO SUPPORT BASEBALL, PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE, AND THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY.

  • POST 52 MEMBERS WILL PLACE FLAGS ON VETERAN GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES.

  • THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED JUNE 1 THRU JUNE 4 AT THE COLUMBIA MARRIOTT, 1200 HAMPTON STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201.EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

  • THE NATIONAL COMMANDER WILL SPEAK TO A JOINT SC ASSEMBLY ON MARCH 8, 2017.A DEPARTMENT MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 9 AM IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT 9 AM BEFORE THE ASSEMBLY MEETS AT 1 PM.

  • < >: POST 52 NEEDS 10 VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE HONOR GUARD.  PLEASE HELP WITH THIS PORGRAM.< >R: BASEBALL PRACTICE WILL BEGIN IN EARLY MAY.  THE FIRST GAME WILL BE PLAYED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.< >: POPPY DAY SALES ARE SCHEDULED MAY 26, 27, AND 29TH IN FRONT OF WAL-MART.

    CHAPLAIN HELMS OFFERED THE CLOSING PRAYER

  • COMMANDER WILSON CLOSED THE MEETING AT 6:45 PM

     

     

     

MONTHLY MEETING JANUARY 24, 2017

 

5:30 PM SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER-25 members and 8 guests enjoyed soup and cornbread furnished by members.  It must have been good, very little was left.

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7 pm

  • Opening prayer was offered by Chaplin Bob Helms

  • Commander Wilson led the members in saluting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Legion Preamble, and the MIA/POW presentation with the help of Historian Richard Meyers

  • Adjutant Paul Smith read the minutes from the November 22, 2016 meeting

  • Commander Wilson welcomed visitors – Senator Rex Rice, Dept. Commander Bob Scherer and wife Sheri, District 13 Commander Carlton Patters, Past Department Commander and National Executive Board John Palmer, Christine and Brit Wyatt, Professor David Fleming, and one new member Keith Baker

     

    POST EVERLASTING REMEMBERING MEMBERS WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2016

  • Thomas Wright

  • Ted Key

  • Wilbert Wilson

  • Samuel Hinkle

  • Roy Ellison

  • Patsy Evans

  • Donald Dodgens

     

    SPEAKER:

  • Dave Fleming, Clemson Professor and Palmetto Boys State Board Member – Professor Fleming gave an outstanding review of Palmetto Boys State and “the week that changes lives”

     

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • Flag Sales were lower in 2016 than in 2015.The City of Easley was overstocked and needed to use some of their inventory.Flag sales earned $900 in 2016.

  • In 2016 Post 52 supplied more than a 1,000 pounds of food to local food banks.Please continue to bring two cans of food to each meeting to support this program.

  • The Belk Charity Day Coupon Sale was a success.We raised $1100 to support Post 52 projects.

  • Veterans Day at Robinson Gardens was a big success.Colonel Schmidt shared how each branch of the Military had shared and protected America Wars and Conflicts.Many people commented it was the best Veterans Day Program we have presented.Several attendees thanked the Post 52 for the Legion Member who ushered the ladies and elderly to their seats.

  • Wreaths Across America was a success also.Wreaths were $15 each and solely from individual donations we were able to place a wreath on the 208 Veteran Graves in the veteran section of Robinson Memorial Gardens.It was a great presentation. We will repeat this program in 2017

  • 45 members enjoyed a special Post 52 Christmas Dinner at Smithfield’s Country Club December 6, 2016.The ambiance, food, and service were very much appreciated.Don’t miss the next Christmas Dinner December 5, 2017 at Smithfield’s.

     

    PRESENT BUSINESS:

  • Flags sales should increase in 2017.Pickens County and Nalley Construction have committed to ordering their flags from Post 52. If you know anyone who needs a flag please ask them to purchase from Post 52.Proceeds help support Post 52 projects and your purchase is tax deductible.

  • Department Rifle Raffle – The Department of South Carolina American Legion will be giving away 52 long arms starting the week of July 11, 2017 until the end of June 2018.The tickets are $25.00 each.The ticket given to the Department for drawing must be filled out with the exact information on your driver’s license. (name, address, etc)Anyone under 18 is not eligible. The guns and dates for the individual drawings are listed on the ticket the purchaser keeps.If you win, the gun listed for that date is the gun you receive.Members can pick up their tickets to sell by calling Paul Smith at 864-238-9144.

  • American Legion District 13 will hold the district’s quarterly meeting will be held at Post 52, Easley February 11, 2017.The meeting begins promptly at 10 am.We will serve water, cola’s, coffee and doughnuts to our visitors.The meeting will normally finish by 11:30 am.

  • “STOP THE SLIDE” is the slogan being used to stop American Legion falling membership.  Every member is asked to bring in at least one new member before the next meeting.  Post 52 needs 3 renewals to reach 100% membership for 2017 and 4 renewals to reach 100% plus 1.

  • National Commander Schmidt has called a department meeting in Columbia March 8, 2017 at 9 am.The meeting will be held The Columbia Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201.Commander Schmidt will address the South Carolina joint session of House of Representatives and Senate at approximately 1 pm.

  • The Honor/Color Guard Rifles have arrived.Please sign the form on the table if you plan to participate as a Color Guard volunteer.Member Andy Wyatt has agreed to chair this committee.

  • The 99th Annual Department Convention will be Thursday June 1 through Sunday June 4, 2017 in the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201.All members are invited to attend.

     

    FUTURE BUSINESS:

  • BASEBALL IS BACK:Member Matt Wilson is the athletic director and Tim Elrod will coach the team.Since it has been ten years since the team had new uniforms, our goal this year is to field the team with new uniforms.

  • We will award the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and Fireman of the year during the April meeting.

  • Our Flag Retirement program will be held April 2, 2017 3:30 pm at Pope Field in front of the 90 mm.We moved the date forward to avoid the extreme heat we have in June.

  • In June participating High School students will attend Palmetto Boys and Girls State.We can sponsor 12 Boys and two girls.

  • We are waiting clearance to have the annual Poppy sale in front of Wal-Mart May 26, 27, and 29 from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

  • Post 52 will place flags on Veteran’s Graves in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries, Easley May 25 at 7:30 am and will pick them up May 30, 7:30 am May 30th.

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    MISCELLANEOUS:

  • The National Commander will award his national Command Honor Ribbon to any American Legion Post that achieves 100% of membership before May 30, 2017.

  • Department Commander Scherer will give a Stop the Slide Pin to anyone who signs a new member before May 30 2017 or until the pin supply is depleted.

  • The Starving Artist Café, Freddie’s, Jimmy’s and Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor are local restaurants that have financially supported the American Legion.Please show your appreciation by visiting and enjoying a meal in these restaurants.Wear you Legion Cap so they will know who you are.

  • We have Caps, shirts, and flags for sale.

     

    CLOSING:

  • Closing prayer was offered by Chaplin Helms

  • Commander Wilson closed the meeting at 8:17 pm.

     

     

MONTHLY MEETING NOVEMBER 22, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7 pm.

  • Opening prayer by Chaplin Helms

  • Commander Wilson led the members in saluting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Legion Preamble, and the MIA/POW presentation with Vice Commander

  • Commander Wilson introduced the following guest.

  • Adjutant Paul Smith read the minutes from the Oct 25 meeting

  • Commander welcomed visitors Christine and Brittany Wyatt

     

    MEMBERSHIP:

  • 89% membership has renewed.We need 17 renewals to reach 100% before Dec. 31. 2016

  • Bob Elliot transferred his membership from Spartanburg to Easley

  • 20 members were present

     

    SICK CALL:

  • Clyde Meyer

  • John Boyd

  • James McConnell

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Patsy Lynn Evans

  • Dick DeShields

  • Ray Jones

  • John Martin

  • Paul Hamilton

     

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • 10 members have passed to Post Everlasting since January 1, 2016.

     

    SPEAKER:

  • Kent Dykes received the American Legion Boy Scout Square Knot and Americanism Awards for his dedication to Boy Scouts.

  • Kent shared his story of hiking the Appalachain Trail

     

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • Flags were placed on Veterans Graves in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries Veterans Day weekend November 10 and removed November 14, 2016.

  • All Veteran Day Ceremonies were successful and meaningful.Colonel Dwight Schmidt, Marine Reserves, told how each era from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and the Desert have contributed to keeping America safe.Local dignitaries included Rex Rice, Neal Collins, Kent Dykes, and Larry Bagwell.

MONTHLY MEETING OCTOBER 25, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7 pm

  • Opening prayer

  • Commander Wilson led the meeting in Saluting the Flag, The Pledge of Allegiance, the American Legion Preamble, MIA/POW presentation

  • Introduce guest and prospects.

  • Adjutant will read minutes from September

     

    COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Adjutant Smith, Flag Sales, we placed an order for the city of Easley last week.Commander Wilson secured the flag business for all of the Pickens County buildings and flag locations,

  • Adjutant Smith, we have 191 members on our roster, 127 members have paid dues their 2017.Our goal is to reach 100% by December 31, 2016.We are short 34 paid members to reach the 100%

  • Bones – update on 90 mm gun refurbishing, The South Carolina National Guard has been contacted and asked to refurbish the gun.

  • Bones – Wreaths Across American.208 Wreaths have been ordered to place on Veterans Graves in the Veterans section of Robinson Memorial Gardens.We earn $5 per wreath sold for the post.

  • Bones – food drive, lst Vice Commander Ruud delivered 200 lbs of food to the food shelter.Our goal is to deliver 250 pounds per quarter or 1000 pounds per year.

  • Matt Wilson – Baseball

  • Sam Gillespie – Belk Charity Day Sale – Members will meet October 29 and Nov 1 from 10 to 2 pm to sell coupons in Belk

     

    SICK CALL:

  • Clyde Meyer

  • John Boyd

  • James McConnell

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Lynn Evans

  • Dick DeShields

  • Ray Jones

  • John Martin

  • Paul Hamilton

     

    POST EVERLASTING:

  • Roy Ellison

  • Donald Dodgens

     

    MEMBERS INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS:

  • Sam Gillespie repaired a flag pole and installed a new lanyard and flag for Mrs. Beattie in Dacusville.

  • Paul Smith will drive veteran James Simpson to the Veterans Center in Greenville tomorrow Oct. 26.

     

    POST BUSINESS:

  • Don’t forget to sign up for the Christmas Dinner December 6, 2016 6:30 pm

  • Sign-up sheets are located on the front table for volunteers to sign up for the various programs we have in progress

  • Saturday October 29, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm we will be selling coupons for the Belk Charity Day Sale.We keep the $5 for every coupon we sell.

  • We are placing an ad in Veterans Day special edition of The Easley Progress issue November 11, 2016

  • We are placing an ad in the Chamber of Commerce Magazine for 2017.This year the ad will allow us to use the web site for Legion announcements etc.

  • New elected National Commander Charles Schmidt will continue to encourage funds for the National Emergency Fund and the “Walks for Veterans”.If anyone is interested in leading the post in “walks for Veterans” program please volunteer.The t-shirts are $6 each.We are only required to pay for the shirts we sell.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm we will be selling Belk Charity Day coupons for the Belk Charity Day Sale. Nov 1 is senior day at Belk.The Post will keep the $5 proceed for the coupon.

  • November 5, 2016 from 6 am to 8 am American Legion volunteers are needed to help Belk associates bag accessories, collect “on hold” merchandise from warehouse, and deliver the purchases to the cars.The Post will earn a portion of coupons given out.

  • November 10, 2016 7:30 am.Volunteers will place flags on Veteran Graves in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries.We hope to practice for the Veterans Day Program.Details will follow.

  • November 10, 2016 8 am.Bones Wilson, Sam Gillespie, and Paul Smith will meet at Croswell Elementary to share their military experiences with the students.

  • November 11, 2016, members will meet at 8:30 am in The Coffee Shop, Robinson Funeral Home downtown Easley before traveling to Robinson Memorial Gardens for the Veterans Day Program.We will recognize Desert Veterans (Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan) during the ceremony.

  • November 11, 2016 2:30 pm, we will meet at the Willows for two Veterans Day Programs.We will also replace the American Flag and The South Carolina Flag on their flag pole.

  • November 11, 2016.

  • Christmas Party is December 6, 2016 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club.34 members have signed to attend.

  • The Wreaths Across America program is scheduled December 17, 2016 at 10 am.If you have a deceased family member or friend you want to place a wreath on their grave please be present at that time.

  • Commander Bones Wilson attended classes in the American Legion Institute while attending the Fall Conference in Columbia last month.After vigorous and demanding testing, he is now a graduate of the program

  • The executive committee voted to send $100 check Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

  • There will be an Upstate Salute to veterans November 11, 2016 at 5 pm in Flour Field, Greenville.The doors will open at 4 pm.

  • We have applied to The Department of the Army for 4 rifles to be used by the Honor Guard we are in the process of organizing.Member Andy Wyatt has volunteered to lead this group.When we began the process of applying for ceremony rifles we learned we had 10 rifles assigned to Post 52.We do not know where the 10 rifles are located.We have also lost a 37 mm that was located in front of the old post location.If anyone has information about any of these items please report the information to Deputy Tom Williamson.

  • The American Legion Department of South Carolina will raffle 52 rifles.Chance purchases will begin November 6 and will continue through June 2017. 52 rifles will be given away weekly starting in July 2017 through June 2018.The raffle tickets are $25 each.Post 52 will receive an initial allocation of 161 tickets.The Post will keep $5 per ticket sold.

  • We are planning a soup and cornbread meeting January 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM.We will remember our deceased members with a Post Everlasting Program.

  • The Post is being asked to reintroduce the American Legion Oratorical Speech Contest.Do we have a volunteer to chair the contest?The National Winner of the contest will earn an $18,000 scholarship and the local quadrant winners will a $2000 scholarship.We can reach out to home schooled and Christian School students.

  • The District 13 meeting will be held at Williamston Post 121, 1610 Anderson Road, Williamston, SC 29697 November 13, 2016, 10 am. Anyone wanting to attend should meet at Post 52 at 9 am so we can travel together.

     

    SPEAKER: 

  • Kasie Strickland, The Easley Progress reporter, writer, and photographer, plus a full time Mother and Wife

     

     

    CLOSING:

  • Closing Prayer

  • Commander Wilson closed the meeting

     

MONTHLY MEETING SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7 pm

  • Prayer was offered by

  • Commander Wilson led the meeting in saluting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion Preamble, and 1st Vice Commander Jim Ruud assisted Commander Wilson with the MIA/POW empty chair presentation

  • Commander Wilson welcomed the visiting Citizens who attended Boys/Girls State in June

    And other visitors

     

    COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Adjutant Smith reported membership and dues, 117 members have paid their dues.To reach 100% membership, we need 40 members to pay before December 31, 2016.

  • Flags Sales have once again slowed.We will be selling flags, Belk’s Charity Day Coupons, and soliciting members at events during the next few weeks.The events will be shared with everyone during the meeting.

  • The Veterans Day activities have been finalized with Robinson Memorial Gardens and The Willows.I will contact Sam’s.

  • Bones Wilson – the funds to repair the 90 mm have been allocated but we may have another party to make the repairs.The gun was loaned to us by the Easley National Guard.

  • Food Drive – as always our goal is submit 250 pounds of food every quarter or 1,000 pounds a year.Please donate can foods that can be served as a meal.

  • Bones Wilson – Wreaths Across America.150 wreaths have been ordered and warehousing and distribution have been planned.Volunteers please

  • Matt Wilson – Baseball

     

    SICK CALL:

  • Clyde Meyer

  • John Boyd

  • James McConnell

  • Harry DeWick

  • Billy Beavers

  • Dr. Sidney Buckley

  • Johnnie Beasley

  • Lynn Evans

  • Dick DeShields

     

    SPEAKERS:

  • The citizens who attended the Palmetto Boys and Girls State this past June.

     

    PAST BUSINESS:

  • The Fall Conference was held in Columbia this past weekend. On Friday Post 52 member Kent Dykes received two American Legion National Awards.The Square Knot and Americanism.Only two people in SC have received the Americanism Award.Bones attended Saturday and received Leadership Development in The American Legion and The Legion Extension Institute Course training.

  • The effort to hold a Post blood drive will be delayed.

  • Bugler and all around volunteer Sam Gillespie installed a new flag for Mrs. Beattie after repairing her flag pole.Thank you Sam for the great community work.

  • The rifles for the Honor Guard have been ordered.The new rifles will be warehoused with Tom Williamson. We had to promise 9 members to serve on as members of the Honor Guard.The Post was issued 10 model 1917 Springfield Rifles in 1945.They are now missing.

     

    NEW BUSINESS:

  • Belk’s Easley invited Post 52 along with other charities to sell Charity Day Coupons for their sale on November 5, 2016 beginning at 6 am.The coupons sell for $5.00 each.We keep the $5.00 to put in the bank.(sell 200 coupons and we deposit $1000 for the Post).We will offer the tickets at the Easley Fall Festival booth this Saturday, in Belk’s on October 29th and Nov 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.We will also offer memberships, and have flags for sale during this time.They asked us to help bag the items, carry merchandise to the cars, and work in the warehouse between 6 am and 8 am November 5, 2016.The customer receive 10 to 75% discount on already discounted merchandise the day of the sale.Merchandise may be purchased early but the customer cannot receive the merchandise until November 5. We will receive extra funds for participating.

  • STOP THE SLIDE:American Legion National will be in the area to help the American Legion Upstate SC phone blitz and invite potential members to join.

  • The Christmas Party is December 6, 2016 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club.The cost per person is $23.00 which cover meal, private dining room, service, and gratuities.We are stepping up we will be served on table top linen and napkins.

  • The Downtown Business Association invited Post 52 to set up a booth this coming Saturday (Oct 1) as part of the Easley Arts Festival.We need volunteers to work the booth from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.We will solicit funds for Wreaths Across America, sell Belk’s Charity Day Coupons, sell flags, and incorporate a membership drive.We need volunteers to help.The sign-up sheet is on the table.

  • All members interested in helping with the Veterans Day Program can sign-up.The sign-up sheet is on the table.We will have a short practice on November 10, 5 pm to prepare for the ceremony.

  • Our beloved and dependable special volunteer Brittany Wyatt has agreed to teach the unteachable the in’s and out’s of the new windows ten program on Oct 3 and Oct 10.The cost is $10 per person per lesson.

  • Mike Constance will conduct a CWP class at the Post October 15 starting at 7:30 am.The cost is $65.00 per person and includes class, finger printing and range shooting qualifying.

  • We will need volunteers to install flags on graves in the Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries on November 10, 2016 and remove on November 12, 2016 as part of our Veterans Day Activities. The sign-up sheets are on the table.

  • Bones Wilson and Richard Meyers will teach a flag ceremony for the Girl Scouts on November 5, 10 am.

  • Post 52 will present a thank you letter and trophy to the Easley National Guard at 7:30 am on October 9, 2017.See Bones to participate.

     

    CLOSING:

  • Closing prayer.

  • Commander Wilson closed the meeting and asked everyone to stay for ice cream and cake.

MONTHLY MEETING AUGUST 23, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Wilson opened the meeting at 7 pm.
  • Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer.
  • Commander Wilson led the meeting in saluting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion Preamble, and 1st Vice Commander Jim Ruud assisted Commander Wilson with the MIA/POW presentation.
  • Commander Wilson introduced the following guest:
  1. Rob Wallace – new member
  2. Kalyn Cassell – Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Cadet
  3. Eli Harbin – Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Cade
  4. Sergeant Robert Porter – Law Enforcement Leader for
  5. Carlton Paterson – Commander District 13 American Legion
  6. Bob Scherer – SC Dept. Commander
  7. Sheri Scherer – Bob’s wife
  8. Senator Larry Martin

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Paul Smith - Membership and dues, 90 renewals have been paid, we need 161 paid members to reach the 100% goal by December 31, 2016
  • Paul Smith – Flags, going well for 2016
  • Paul Smith – Veterans Day is on schedule
  • Bones Wilson – 90 mm gun, the funds have been allocated to paint the gun
  • Bones Wilson – Food Drive, members are asked to bring 2 cans of food to every meeting
  • Bones Wilson – Wreaths Across America, 50 wreaths have been ordered, we have funds to purchase another 50 wreaths
  • Matt Wilson – Baseball – being planned for 2017

 

PAST BUSINESS:

  • Citizens who attended Boys and Girls State will speak at the monthly meeting Sept 27, 2016
  • Members are reminded to salute the flag when entering or exiting the building and when they approach the podium during a meeting
  • The SC Department of American Legion will have the fall conference at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia September 23, 24, and 25.  The cost is $20 per member prepaid or $25 at the door.

On September 24, 2016 A Leadership Development Class in The American Legion will be held in the Capitol 1 room from 8:30 am to noon, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm Department Adjutant James Holland will conduct a Legion Extension Institute Course in Capitol 1 room, and from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm a Post Commanders and Adjutants Workshop will be held in the Capitol II Room.

  • A CWP class is being scheduled.  The cost is $65 per person which includes class, fingerprints, and firing.
  • The Veterans Day is November 11, 11 am.  Colonel Dwight Schmidt is the scheduled speaker.  We plan to practice the day before the program.

 

SICK CALL:

  • John McIntyre
  • Clyde Meyer
  • John Boyd
  • James McConnell
  • Harry DeWick
  • Billy Beavers
  • Dr. Sidney Buckley
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Lynn Evans
  • Ray Jones

 

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. District Commander Patterson swore in Jim Ruud as the Post 52 1st Vice Commander
  2. Senator Tim Scott is hosting a Ceremony to honor the “Desert” vets at TD Hall in Greenville, Saturday August 27, 2016 at 9 am.
  3. The Department received funds to help Mrs. Graham the Korean War Veterans wife in three days.  They are no longer accepting funds.
  4. “STOP THE SLIDE” is the motto planned by the SC Department to grow the number of Legion members in SC.  Every post is being asked to maintain 100% of their membership plus 1.   Pickens County has more than 5000 veterans we can ask to join the Legion.
  5. Brittany Wyatt will conduct two Windows 10 classes on October 6th and 13th.  The cost is $10.00 per person per class.
  6. After being given several selections for the Christmas Party a motion was made, seconded, and passed to have the party at Smithfield’s Country Club.  The party will be December 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm.  We will have a private room, linen table cloths and napkins. The cost which includes the gratuity, private service, and the room is $23.00 per person.  We have committed to 40 people but the room will accommodate 80 people if the space is needed.  The bar will be open for cash sales if you want an alcohol drink.  If you plan to attend please call Paul at 864-238-9144 or email Paul at amlegpost52@yahoo.com.
  7. The menu will be:

- Onion Pepper Roast or Parmesan Chicken

- Green Beans

- Mashed Potatoes

- Rolls

- Salad

- Desert (peach cobbler or banana pudding)

- Sweet or Un Sweet Tea and coffee

 

SPEAKERS;

  • Sgt. Porter of the Sheriff’s Department explained the events of the Law Enforcement Academy and Eli and Kalyn told about their camp experience.
  • Department Commander Bob Scherer gave a brief summary of the upcoming Fall Conference.
  • Senator Larry Martin gave a summary of the need to add a fuel tax to repair South Carolina roads.  He commented bad roads could affect new businesses coming to SC.

 

CLOSING:

  • Chaplain Helms offered the closing prayer
  • Commander Wilson closed the meeting at 8:35 pm.

  

Monthly Meeting July 26, 2016

 

Opening:

 

  • Commander Wilson Opened the meeting at 7 pm.
  • Chaplain Helms Offered the Opening Prayer
  • Commander Wilson led the Post members in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Legion Preamble, and with 1st Vice Commander Ruud’s assistance recognized the MIA/POW by placing the flag on the chair
  • Adjutant Smith read the June 28 meeting minutes 

 

Old Business:

 

  • Membership by Paul Smith - 21 members were present, we have 185 members on the roster, we need 161 members to reach our 2017 membership goal, we hope to reach our goal by December 31, 2016
  • Paul Smith – Flag Sales, flag sales increased during May and June, our 2017 goal is to have more than $2000 earnings
  • Commander Wilson reported we will continue the plan for each member to bring 2 cans of food every meeting for a food shelter.  We hope to place 250 pounds of food every quarter
  • Commander Wilson reported the post will purchase the first 40 Wreaths
  • The computer, printer, and shredder were purchased under budget
  • Paul Smith reported plans are in place to have an American Legion Baseball team in 2017.  Athletic Directed and Paul met with the coach Tim Elrod.  A golf tournament is being planned to fund the team
  • Following the Post 52 By Laws Jim Ruud was named the 1st Vice Commander
  • Paul Smith and Bones Wilson met with John Saunders to discuss the gun refurbishing

 

Sick Call:

  • Lynn Evans
  • Donald Dodgens
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Dr. Sidney Buckley
  • Billy Beavers
  • Harry DeWick
  • James McConnell
  • John Boyd
  • John McIntyre
  • Clyde Meyer

 

New Business:

  • It is suggested members salute the flag when they enter the post, exit the post, and when we approach the podium
  • All members were invited to attend The American Legion Department of South Carolina Conference in Columbia September 23-25.  Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
  • Brittany Wyatt will hold Windows 10 classed October 6th and 13th.  Another day can be planned if needed.  The cost is $10 per person per lesson.
  • If anyone is interested in a CWP class in January, please contact Paul.  The cost is $65 which includes the class, firing, and fingerprinting.
  • Plans are in place for Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.  Colonel Dwight Schmidt is our scheduled speaker.  We will practice the day before program.
  • Ceremonial Rifles and ammo for use by an Honor Guard are being requested from Washington with the help of Department Commander Scherer.
  • Senator Larry Martin is our scheduled speaker August 23, 2016
  • The Palmetto Boys/Girls State will share their week experience with on September meeting

 

Speaker Representative Neal Collins:

 

  • Opened by recognizing member John McIntyre
  • Thanked the Post for his support
  • SC and Georgia agreed to replicate the use of  CWP permits
  • Roads:  The first step is to reform DOT
  • The House created a committee to study how to raise the money for the roads.
  • Governor nixed a tax hike unless we had a State income tax reduction
  • SC needs $400 million to repair roads
  • SC had a 1.2 million dollar surplus this year
  • Pickens county received $4 million to repair roads
  • Major repairs and changes are needed especially to change Malfuntion Junction in Columbia
  • The #1 focus will be on the worst bridges
  • The suggested Moped law will probably be reintroduced

 

Closing:

 

  • Chaplain Helms offered the closing prayer
  • The meeting closed at 8:20 pm.
  • Refreshments were enjoyed after the meeting.

MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 28, 2016

OPENING:

  • Commander Meyers Opened the meeting at 7 pm
  • Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
  • Commander Meyers lead the meeting in Saluting the Flag, The Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion Preamble, and 2nd Vice Commander Rocky Prosser assisted Commander Meyers with the MIA/POW presentation
  • Adjutant Paul Smith read the minutes from Meeting May 24, 2016
  • Introduced guests: Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell, District 13 Commander Carlton Patterson, Jimmy Wilson, David Wilson, Doris Wilson, Tommy Holcombe, Brittany, Christine, and Andy Wyatt.

 

PAST BUSINESS:

  • Adjutant Paul Smith reported 25 members at the last meeting
  • Adjutant Smith reported we have 172 members on the new green bar sheet.  We will need 161 renewals and new members to make 100%.  Post 52 goal is to reach 100% renewal by December 31, 2016
  • Adjutant Smith reported we sent 11 Boys from Easley High, 1 Boy from Powdersville High, and 1 home schooled boy to Palmetto Boys State.  We were able to send 2 girls from Easley High to Palmetto Girls State
  • Adjutant Smith reported we had 2 Flag Retirement Programs: June 12 on Pope Field and June 14, Flag Day for a group of Easley Cub Scouts at First Baptist Church
  • Flags sales have improved.  We have sold more than 40 flags during May and June.
  • Commander Elect Bones Wilson reported on the continued food drive.  We sent more than 250 pounds of food to the food bank.
  • Commander elect Bones Wilson reported on the “Wreaths Across America” fund raiser
  • Sgt.- At - Arms Tom Williamson reported on the Nathan M. Wolf Cadet Academy program

 

SICK CALL:

  • Sick Call: Patsy Evans, Donald Dodgens, Johnnie Beasley, Dr. Sid Buckley, Billy Beavers,

Harry DeWick, James McConnell, John Boyd

  • “Bilbo Collins” passed away June 27.  Bilbo was 1st Vice, friend, proud veteran, and all around nice guy.  Let’s observe a moment of silence to remember Bilbo

 

SPECIAL SESSION

  • Commander Meyers addressed the membership before he relinquished his duties as Commander.  He reminded us in the past three years we added the following programs:   Yearly recognition of the Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter of the year, sent cadets to the Nathan M. Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy, added protocol to the meetings, replaced the Legion sign, started a can food drive, member name tags, recognition of Vietnam War Veterans, added the empty chair procedure, added the quarterly letter, flag retirement program, honored Korean Vets with certificates from Sen. Tim Scott, and many members are now involved in the post activities. 
  • District Commander Carlton Patterson installed news officers: Bones Wilson, Commander; Paul Smith, Adjutant; 2nd Vice Rocky Prosser; Chaplain Robert Helms; Sgt-at-Arms Tom Williamson; Historian Dick Meyers; and Web Master Harry Biles.
  • Commander Meyers handed the gavel to 2016/2017 new Commander Bones Wilson.  Bones thanked the members for their confidence in home.
  • Commander Bones Wilson commented and thanked Past Commander Meyers with a Certificate Of Appreciation and plaque
  • Bones Wilson introduced speaker Mayor Larry Bagwell who he had played high school football and helped teach him discipline.  Bones also played basketball for Easley High and was honored last year when he was added to Easley’s High Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Mayor Bagwell told us the city is moving forward:  Community Development chairman told us the city of Easley issued 28 permits last week.  He said Easley has 3 new subdivision, a 250 unit complex, and new parking lot at the corner of E. 1st Street, introduced member Kent Dykes as the pro tem mayor, the city has a budget of $13 million, and we are having a 2 mil tax increase but a roll back on taxes.  The Doodle Trail is being held up by a bat.   Doodle Park is being built. Purchased the Nalley-Brown Park.  Sunday alcohol sales will be put on the ballot in November for the citizens of Easley to decide.
  • Commander Wilson presented Past Commander Meyers with a plaque and certificate to recognize his service to the Post. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The Post 52 Executive Committee met Tuesday June 21, 2016 and conducted the following business:
  1. The committee unanimously passed a motion authorizing $1000 to purchase a computer, printer, and shredder with a provision to review if extra funds are required.
  2. The committee voted unanimously to recommend the authorization by the General membership to have the 90mm gun sandblasted and painted at a cost not to exceed $3,500.  Needed a motion and 2nd for membership to vote for or against the motion.
  3. The general membership voted and agreed to both motions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • July 4th, lunch with the seniors
  • July 16, 2016 Westminster Post 107, 115 E. Windsor St. will host the District 13 meeting at 10 am. Light refreshments will be served.
  • July 26th meeting speaker will be
  • August 23rd meeting speaker will be Sen. Larry Martin (tentative)
  • September 27th - Citizens from Palmetto Boys and Girls State have been invited to share their week long experience with members of the Post
  • November 11, 2016 11 am Veterans Day Ceremony at Robinson Memorial Gardens

 

CLOSING:

  • Closing Prayer by Chaplain Helms
  • Commander Wilson read “Till we meet again”
  • Meeting Adjourned at 8:18
  • Everyone enjoyed cake and ice cream after the meeting.

MONTHLY MEETING MAY 24, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Meyers Opened the meeting at 7 pm
  • Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
  • Commander Meyers lead the meeting in Saluting the Flag, The Pledge of allegiance, the American Legion Preamble, and Member Sam Gillespie assisted Commander Meyers with the MIA/POW presentation
  • Adjutant Paul Smith read the April meeting minutes
  • Adjutant Smith reported we have 197 members on the roster. 25 members are present.

 

PAST BUSINESS:

  • Paul Smith reported the Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast was a success, Applebee’s has said they will no longer sponsor the event.
  • Paul smith reported Post 52 is sponsoring 13 Boys and 2 Girls to Palmetto Boys and Girls State
  • Bones Wilson reported we are collecting can food for a local food bank.  He asked that each member bring 2 cans of food to every meeting.
  • Bones Wilson reported the “Wreaths Across America” program has a strong beginning.  Plans are to focus on this program beginning in July.
  • Tom Williamson reported 2 cadets will attend the Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy,
  • Art Johns reported plans are in place for the yearly Poppy Sale.  It is the largest fund raiser we have.

 

SICK CALL:

  • Patsy Evans
  • Bilbo Collins
  • Donald Dodgens
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Dr. Sid Buckley
  • Harold Whitmore
  • Billy Beavers
  • Harry DeWick
  • James McConnell
  • John Boys

 

NEW BUSINESS:

  • The following were nominated by the Executive Committee for 2017 Post 52 Offices:
  • Post Commander Bones Wilson
  • Adjutant  Paul Smith and Art Johns
  • First Vice Commander Bilbo Collins
  • 2nd Vice Commander Rocky Prosser
  • Chaplain Robert Helms
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Williamson
  • Historian Richard “Dick” Meyers
  • Web Master Harry Biles

 

 

The following were elected: Bones Wilson Commander; Paul Smith Adjutant; 1st Vice Bilbo Collins; 2nd Vice Rocky Prosser; Chaplain Bob Helms; Sergeant at Arms Tom Williamson; Historian Dick Meyers; Web Master Harry Biles

 

FUTURE BUSINESS:

  • May 27, 28, 30 Wal-Mart Poppy Sales
  • May 30, Wal-Mart Lower Flag at 8 am and raise flag at 12 noon
  • June 3, 4, and 5 – Department meeting in Columbia
  • June 12, 2016 3:30 pm – Flag Retirement Program on Pope Field
  • June 14, 2016 2:30 pm – Flag Retirement Program for Cub Scouts at First Baptist Church
  • July 4, 2016 – Lunch with members and the Legion Apartment residents
  • July 2016 – Membership renewal begins
  • July 2016 – Donations for “Wreaths Across America” begins

 

CLOSING:

  • Chaplain Helm offered the closing prayer
  • Commander Meyers charged the members with the final words
  • Meeting Closed at 8:10 pm.
  •  

MONTHLY MEETING APRIL 26, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm
  • Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
  • Commander Meyers led the members in saluting the American Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, the Legion Preamble, and Sam Gillepse’s help the MIA/POW presentation
  • Adjutant Smith read the minutes from the March 22 meeting
  • Commander Meyers introduced Law Enforcement Officer of the year Jennifer McKenzie, Firefighter of the year Brad Owens, Fire Chief Butch Womack, Blanche Henson, Brittany and Christine Wyatt, and David Moody from The Easley Progress

 

PAST BUSINESS:

  • Committee Chairman Paul Smith reported Easley High School were sponsoring 12 Boys to Palmetto Boys State and 2 Girls to Palmetto Girls State
  • Committee Chairman Paul Smith reported The Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser needed more support from the members
  • Adjutant Smith reported flags sales are weak this year.  More participation by members to sell flags is requested.
  • Adjutant Smith reported we have 196 members on our roster
  • Committee Chairman Bones Wilson reported we are still planning to refurbish the 90 mm
  • Committee Chairman Bones Wilson reported we are collecting food for local food shelters.  Each member is asked to bring 2 cans of food to each monthly meeting.
  • Committee Chairman Bones Wilson reported even though we have not officially started the Wreaths Across America Fundraiser we have collected $600.00. $600 will sponsor 40 wreaths.
  • Art Johns reported the Poppy Sale will be held May 27, 28, and 30th in front of Wal-Mart.  Member volunteers are needed to support the program and sell poppies.  We raise more funds from poppy sales than any other fund raising program.
  • Chairman Tom Williamson reported 8 cadets are eligible to attend The Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy.

 

SICK CALL

  • Patsy Evans
  • Bilbo Collins
  • Donald Dodgens
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Dr. Sid Buckley
  • Harold Whitmore
  • Carlos Rhodes
  • Billy Beavers
  • Harry DeWick
  • James McConnell

 

2016/2017 POST 52 OFFICER NOMINATIONS:

  • The following were nominated by the Executive Committee for office
  1. Commander - Bones Wilson
  2. Adjutant/Finance - Paul Smith
  3. 1st Vice Commander - Bilbo Collins
  4. 2nd Vice Commander - Rocky Prosser
  5. Chaplain - Bob Helms
  6. Sergeant at Arms - Tom Williamson
  7. Web Master/Americanism – Harry Biles
  8. Historian – Richard A. Meyers
  9. Athletic Director – Matt Wilson

 

RECOGNITION:

  • Jennifer McKenzie was recognized as the Easley Law Officer of the year 2015 – Among her qualifications were she organized the City of Easley Special Olympics while skillfully performing her job duties
  • Brad Owens was recognized as the Easley Firefighter of the year 2015 –
  • Member John McIntyre was recognized for receiving the “Quilt of Valor”  from the Quilt of Valor Organization for his participation in WWII and service to the USA
  • Four Post 52 members Jim Ruud, Jim Kasko, Edward Robinson, and John Martin flew to Washington as guest of the Honor Flight.  They visited the WWII, the Korean Memorial and several other Memorials and enjoyed the Changing of the Guards.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

  • May 14, 2016 7:30 am - The Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser
  • May 24, 2016 – 2016/2017 Officer Election
  • May 27, 28, and 30th – Wal-Mart Poppy Sale
  • May 30, 2016 – raise and lower the flag at Wal-Mart
  • June 3,4, and 5th – Department Meeting in Columbia
  • June 12, 2016 – Flag Retirement program
  • June 14, 2016 – Flag Retirement for Cub Scouts are First Baptist Church
  • July 4, 2016 – Lunch with members and the Legion Apartment residents

 

CLOSING:

  • Chaplain closed with prayer
  • Commander charged the members with the final words
  • Meeting closed at 8:10 pm

 

          

MONTHLY MEETING MARCH 22, 2016

 

OPENING:

  • Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm
  • Chaplain Helms opened with prayer
  • A moment of silence was held for Police Officer Allen Jacobs
  • Commander Meyers led the members in saluting the American Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, the Legion Preamble, and the MIA/POW presentation.
  • Commander Meyers introduced Stephen Steese Easley City Administrator
  • Commander Meyers introduced transfer from Post 172 Legion member Nancy Weese
  • We recognized the American Legion 97th birthday

 

PAST BUSINESS:

  • The requested Bilo food drive has been postponed
  • Members were reminded to bring a copy of their DD214 for safe keeping
  • A flag retirement program will be June 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm in front of the 90 mm anti air craft/tank gun located in Pope Field
  • Post 52 will recognize Easley’s Law Enforcement Officer of the year and the Firefighter of the year at the meeting April 26.  We will serve hot dogs and hamburgers.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Paul Smith reported we presently have 195 members on our roster
  • Paul Smith reported we will send 12 Boys to Palmetto Boys State and 2 Girls State

Palmetto Girls State

  • The Post will host a breakfast at Applebee’s May 14, 2016 at 7:30 am.  All members are asked to sell a minimum of 2 tickets each at $7 each.  We need volunteers to serve the breakfast.
  • Bones Wilson reported the Wreaths Across America will be held at Robinson’s Gardens Dec. 19th.  Wreaths are $15 each and can be purchased from Bones Wilson.

We will need volunteers to place the wreaths on veterans graves.

  • Art Johns reported the plans have been approved by Wal-Mart to hold our annual Poppy Sale.  We need volunteers to man the doors
  • Tom Williams reported  8 junior cades will be invited to attend The Ethan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy

 

SICK CALL:

  • Patsy Evans
  • Bilbo Collins
  • Donald Dodgens
  • Johnnie Beasley
  • Dr. Sid Buckley
  • Harold Whitmore
  • Carlos Rhodes
  • Billy Beavers
  • Harry DeWick
  • James McConnell

 

NEW BUSINESS:

  • A motion was made and passed to donate to the Officer Allen Jacobs fund.  We donated $200
  • Members were reminded a CWP class will be held Saturday April 30, 7:30 am
  • Members were reminded the Department meeting will be held in Columbia June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and 5th at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.  All members are invited.
  • District 13 will be April 30th, 10 am at The American Legion Post 14, Greenville Road, Anderson, SC.  All members are invited to attend.
  • Nominations for 2017 Post Officers will be at the next meeting April 26.
  • Post 52 Officer election will be May 24 for 2017 Post Officers
  • Installation of new officers will be held June 28.
  • National Commander Barnett is giving a “Duty, Honor, Country pin” to every member who signs 3 or more members before May 1, 2016.
  • Post and Legion shirts, caps and baseball hats are on sale for members
  • This is a reminder to purchase your new flag to fly Flag Day June 14 and July 4.
  • Post 52 has been asked to conduct a Flag Retirement program for the Cub Scouts meeting at First Baptist Church June 12, 2016 Flag Day.  We will need volunteers.
  • Matt Dillion who has offered his help and expertise as Web Master the past 10 years will relinquish his duties to Harry Biles.  Thank you Matt for a job well done.  He gave it all up rather than fight with Windows 10.

 

SPEAKER:

  • Easley was fortunate to introduce Stephen Steese as Easley’s City Administrator June 2015.  He has 2 children, married a girl from Spartanburg, Clemson graduate, worked or the City of Woodruff before moving to Roxboro NC and returning to SC and Easley.
  • The city is working to improve and end the Doodle Trail downtown, develop Doodle Park, is preparing for the Spring Fling, movies on the Square, a new parking lot at the corner of Pendleton and First Street, will continue the Farmers Market with more participants than last year, Unity Festival.
  • The Red Owens complex is hosting many sport events such as Football, little league Baseball, Men and Girls Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Gymnast, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Pickle Ball, and Paddle Whiffle ball and The Big League World Series.  There are 47 tournaments planned for the Red Owens Complex this year.
  • The city plans to increase the size of and develop 36 acres attached to the Red Owens Complex in the future.
  • Easley Police Department’s Special Olympics
  • Saturday April 16th Easley’s Pride Day.  Special trash, garbage, and shredder collection areas will be set up in the City

 

CLOSING:

  • Chaplain Helms had closing prayer and the meeting closed at 8:10 pm.
  • Many members enjoyed cake and ice cream to celebrate the Legions 97th birthday after the meeting.

 

                                         

                                                 POST 52 MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES

 

                                              MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 23, 2016

OPENING

Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm
Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
Commander Meyers led the members in saluting the American Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, The Legion Preamble, and the MIA/POW was presented by Joe Rowland and Commander Meyers
Adjutant Smith read the minutes from The January meeting.
Commander Meyers introduced speaker Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison, new members Rocky Prosser, Wayne Moore, and the first meeting attended by Philip Prevatte
Adjutant Smith listed the members on sick call: Johnnie Beasley, Art Johns, Dr. Sid Buckley, Harold Whitmore, Carlos Rhodes, Billy Beavers, Randy Bray, Phil Prevatte, Harry DeWick, James McConnell, and Ray Jones
24 members were present.  Most members wore their Post 52 Legion shirts and caps. 

 

 PAST BUSINESS

Paul Smith reported flag sales earned more than $2000 in 2015
Paul Smith reported we have achieved 100% membership for 2016 and we presently have 195 members on the roster

 

NEW BUSINESS

Tom Williamson reported and requested funds for 8 students to attend the Nathan Wolfe law Enforcement Academy
Bones Wilson reported we are waiting for Bilo to decide when we will sponsor the food drive
Bones Wilson explained and reported the Wreath’s Across America program. We are waiting for approval from Robinsons Memorial Gardens
Matt Wilson, athletic director, reported Post 52 will not sponsor a baseball team in 2016
We discussed how to spend the $3200 in the baseball account.  It was suggested we use the funds to restore the 90 mm gun.
Adjutant Smith reported the Palmetto Boys/State program is on schedule
Adjutant Smith asked if anyone wanted a name tag. Cost is $10.00 each.
Adjutant asked if anyone is interested in a CWP (Concealed Weapons Permit) class

 

SPEAKER:

Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison attended Charleston Southern 1993-1995 before joining the Easley Police Department.  He became the Chief June 1, 2015.
Easley has 34 cameras in their cars.
Since becoming chief, The Easley Police assigned a 9 person advisory committee:  they have developed programs to deliver food to shut-ins, sponsor Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and introduced a program with the Easley Fire Department members to do well-fare checks for senior citizens 65 and over.
He said the departments is adding body cameras, Easley police does not have a canine officer at this time.
Chief Tollison was asked if we have gangs in Easley and the rules for the stand your ground law.  He suggest calling 911 if you can.
Chief Tollison was given an American Legion coin in appreciation of his attending.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Commander Meyers reminded members we will sell Poppy’s in front of Wal-Mart Memorial Day weekend May 27th, 28th, and 30th, 2016.
Post 52 will sponsor the annual Applebee’s breakfast May 14, 2016 at 7:30 am.
Matt Dillion will lead a team of members to place flags on veteran graves in Westview Cemetery May 27th.  The flags will removed May 31st, 2016.
We will recognize the Easley Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Department April 26, 2016.  We will also serve a meal beginning at 5:30 pm.
Post 52 will host the annual July 4th Senior Luncheon
Members were reminded the next computer class is March 1, 2016, 6 pm.
Adjutant Smith reminded members we will need volunteers to serve breakfast at Applebee’s, sell Poppies Memorial Day Weekend, and place flags on veteran’s graves

 

 

CLOSING

Chaplain Helms offered the closing prayer
Commander Meyers closed the meeting at 8:10 pm.

 

                                                         MONTHLY MEETING JANUARY 26, 2016

Post members enjoyed a soup and cornbread supper and fellowship before the meeting began.

OPENING

  1. Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm
  2. Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
  3. Commander Meyers lead the members in The Pledge of Allegiance, The Legion Preamble and the MIA/POW presented by 1st Vice Bilbo Collins and Commander Meyers
  4. Guest Dept 1st Vice Cmdr Bob Scherer and wife Sherri were introduced
  5. Transfer Dr. E.W. Rabon and new member Thomas Beach were introduced. 
  6. Commander Meyers reminded members wearing pins on the left side of their Garrison caps. All pins should be on the right side of the cap.
  7. Commander Meyers reminded members to salute the American Flag when approaching the podium during meetings
  8. Adjutant Smith reported we have passed the 2016 membership goal.   We have 155 paid members, our goal is 152. 

SICK CALL

  1. Johnnie Beasley, Art Johns, Dr. Sid Buckley, Harold Whitmore, Carlos Rhodes, Billy Beavers, Randy Bray, Phil Prevatte, Harry DeWick, James McConnell, Ray Jones

PAST BUSINESS

  1. Everyone, who attended, enjoyed the Christmas Supper December 8, 2015.
  2. The Veterans Day Program with Robinson Memorial Gardens help was a success.
  3. Bones reported we do not have any additional information on the Grants the Post applied for
  4. Post 52 collected 300 pounds of canned goods and donated to United Ministries before Christmas.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison will be our speaker at the monthly meeting February 23, 2016.  He will introduce a police/over 65 program for Easley residents.
  2.  Bones Wilson introduced a program called “National Wreath’s Across America”.   We will be         asked to sell wreaths to put on family member or friends graves.  The cost is $15 per wreath.  The purchaser is asked to prepay for the wreaths when they purchase.  $5 per wreath will be returned to the Post.
  3. The Flag program sales earned approximately $1500 profit in 2015.  We were also given a $112.00 rebate from Flag and Emblem to be used against future purchases.
  4. Matt Wilson has agreed to be the 2016 Post 52 Athletic Director.
  5. Post 52 will field a 2016 baseball team.  Chuck Stephens will manage the team and Dave Skelly will coach the team.  Chuck is active in baseball in Easley and Dave was the past Pendleton High coach. 
  6. Brittany Wyatt will teach a series of computer classes for Post 52 members to learn how to use Word, Excel, and Power Point.  She has not asked for pay but some of us plan to give her $10 per lesson to cover her expenses and time.  The first lesson is Tuesday February 2, 2016 6 pm.
  7. National Commander Dale Barnett will visit SC February 28 thru March 2, 2016.  He will address SC joint legislature March 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm.  We have made arrangements with Representative Neal Collins to attend.

SPEAKER

  1. Commander Meyers introduced Dept. 1st Vice Cmdr. Bob Scherer.  He is a member of Post 200 in Boiling Springs.
  2. Bob reminded us the American Legion was established in 1919.First in France March 17, 1919 before being established in St. Louis on May 8, 1919.The Legion emblem was introduced May 19, 1919.He reminded Post 52 members the Legion is the reason Congress introduced such programs as the VA, the first GI Bill, Legion Baseball, and Agent Orange.In recent years the Legion was able to stop Congress from reducing Military benefits and was able to reopen National Military Parks that were temporarily shut down.

  3. He reminded us each Post was run by the Post members and not the Department.

  4. He was concerned about Department spending and suggested ways to save money and ideas to earn money. (Twice a year car lotteries, a 1yr-5yr-and 10yr budget plan.

  5. The American Legion Department of South Carolina has 24 sub committees.Some of the sub committees may not be active therefore may not be needed.

    POST EVERLASTING

  1. The following 2015 deceased members were remembered.
  2. Dale Almond

  3. Johnnie Bowman

  4. Samuel S. Hinkle

  5. Ted Key

  6. Lester Lawson

  7. Michael Powell

  8. Wilbert Willis

    Chaplain Helms offered the closing prayer

  1. Commander Meyers closed the meeting at 8:15 pm.

 

                                               MONTHLY MEETING NOVEMBER 24, 2015

  1. Commander Meyers called the meeting to order at 7 pm who called the members to attention and saluted the flag.

  2. The opening prayer was given by Chaplain Bob Helms.

  3. Commander Meyers led the members in the Pledge of allegiance and the Legion Preamble.

  4. Commander Meyers and Joe Rowland performed the MIA/POW chair ceremony.

  5. Adjutant Paul Smith read the minutes from the October meeting.

  6. Adjutant Smith reported on membership.We now have 190 members on the roll and have collected dues from 123 of the member for the 152 2016 membership budget.We have 87% of the budget.Dues will be raised to $50 a year beginning January 1, 2016.

  7. We have collected 220 pounds of the 250 pounds of food to meet the Department challenge for every Post to collect for a local food bank.

  8. Sam Gillespie was nominated, voted on, and added to the Post 52 Executive Committee.

  9. Sick Call:Johnnie Beasley, Art Johns, Dr. Sid Buckley, Harold Whitmore, Carlos Rhodes, Billy Beavers, Phil Prevatte, Harry DeWick

  10. Commander Meyers introduced the addition of the POW/MIA Remembrance table and read the service associated with the table.A copy of the Remembrance Service was passed to members.

  11. Adjutant Smith passed out a chart explaining the levels of The American Legion Levels of Communication.1) National Headquarters, 2) Department Headquarters, 3) District and/or County, 4) Post Commander, 5) Post Adjutant, 6) Other elected Officers

  12. Adjutant Smith passed out copies explaining the Four Pillars of Service of The American Legion.Still Serving: It’s who we are.1) Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, 2) National Security, 3) Americanism, and 4) Children and Youth

  13. Adjutant Smith passed out a “things you need to know” to accomplish the jobs and responsibilities of each American Legion Post

  14. Our next Flag Retirement Program is Sunday December 6, 2015 at 3 pm on Pope Field in front of the Anti-Aircraft/Tank gun.

  15. The Christmas Party is December 8, 2015 6:30 pm at Fatz Restaurant Easley.

  16. 1st Vice Commander Bob Scherer will be our speaker January 26, 2016.

  17. A Soup and Cornbread supper is planned for the January 26, 2016 meeting and will start at 5:30 pm.

  18. Adjutant Smith suggested a wish list for future Post 52 Plans. 1) Restore gun, sand blast and paint, 2) Replace Gun Missing parts, 3) create a Post 52 Memorial Part 4) a new computer with software, 5) create a Youth Rifle Markmanship program, 6) a new outdoor granite sign advertising the Post 7) start a Blue/Gold Star Mothers Program, 8) join the American Legion Oratorical Contest.Estimated Cost $42,000.00

  19. Chaplain Helms led the Post in the Closing Prayer

  20. The meeting was dismissed at 8:14 pm by Commander Meyers.

 

Monthly Meeting October 27, 2015

  1. The meeting was called to order by Commander Meyers at 7 pm.

  2. The opening prayer was offered by Chaplain Helms

  3. The pledge of allegiance, legion preamble, and MIA/POW ceremony were led by Commander Meyers and Vice Commander Bilbo Collins

  4. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from September 24 meeting

  5. Commander Meyers introduced and welcomed new members Harry Biles and David Kelly

  6. Commander Meyers introduced guest Neal Collins and Christie Leigh Corbett

  7. Paul Smith reported all Veterans Day programs were complete for Robinson Gardens, Sam’s Club, The Willows.Post members are invited to McKissick Elementary as guest for their

    Veteran Day activities.  The Post purchased 4x6 American Flags to give to each student. 

  8. The Blue Star program has been put on hold until funds can be raised to fund the program. The program is estimated to cost about $600.

  9. We discussed using funds from the checking account to sandblast and paint the 90 mm gun that is located in Pope Field.It was decided to keep our $7,000 in the bank instead of spending $2800 needed for the job. The discussion was tabled until the spring of 2016.

  10. Adjutant Smith suggested we have a hot dog supper before every meeting.The cost of 2 dogs, chips, and drink were to be $5.00 and members were asked to volunteer for kp to help clean up after the meeting.The discussion stopped with the suggestion and nothing was decided.

  11. Commander Meyers congratulated Bones Wilson on being named to Easley High School Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball and track contributions while he was in high school.

  12. Bones presented the ceremony bugle given to him.He will use for Post activities.

  13. Some members donated through the Post for the SC flood victims.After contacting Department, it was suggested we send the funds to American Legion National Emergency Fund to be distributed.

  14. The Post donated $50 to the Department 94 plan and $50 to The National Emergency Fund.

  15. Representative Collins thanked Veterans for his freedom and told us about his Uncle who was a Korean War MIA for years.His remains were found and the family was able to put his remains to rest last year.He informed us he was a Boys State alumni and attended our Applebee’s breakfast every year to support the Post.Other subjects he covered were: a) his recent trips to Panama and Turkey were to support the economic growth for South Carolina; b) the new criminal violence law has already proven its worth; c) the estimated cost needed to make repairs and how the Rain Storm affected South Carolina roads; d) he informed us South Carolina now has reciprocal gun rights with Georgia

  16. Chaplain Helms offered the closing prayer

  17. Commander Meyers declared the Post 52 meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm

                                    

MONTHLY MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Commander Meyers

  2. Opening prayer was offered by former Post Commander Carl Layman

  3. The pledge of allegiance, legion preamble, and Mia/Pow ceremony were led by Commander Meyers and Vice Commander Collins

  4. A request for KP duty was made.Visiting high school student and Boys State attendee Matt West and Legionnaire Bill Whitlock volunteered to serve the cake and ice cream after the meeting.Matt counted the number of people, equally divided the cake so everyone would have a piece, and helped to serve the cake

  5. The following guest were present:Dept. Vice-Cmdr. Bob Scherer, his wife Sheri, and District 13 Cmdr. Carlton Patterson.

  6. 15 representatives of Boys and Girls State attended the meeting.Attending from Girls State:Reilly Kelly, Hadley Greer, and Pam Rico.Attending from Boys State were: Jacob Edwards, Jordan Crooks, Ethan Covil, Baily Bomar, Brandon Ratterree, Joshua Adams, Daniel Hines, Cannon McIntosh, Matt West, Lake Baxa, and Chadler Johnson.

  7. 40 (22 members and 18 guest) attended the meeting.The largest crowd in many years.

  8. New member Harold Corn was recognized.Harold served in the Army.He gave a summary of his personal life and time in the military.

  9. The following are on sick call:Art Johns, Harold Whitmore, Dr. Sidney Buckley, Carlos Rhodes, and Johnnie Beasley

  10. 99 members had paid their 2016 dues.We need 53 more people to pay before Veterans Day. We have a total of 177 members.Adjutant Smith sent letters to Legionnaires who live within 5 miles of Post 52 but belong to Post 172 Columbia asking them to move their membership to our local post

     

    PAST BUSINESS

     

  11. Bones Wilson chairman of the flag retirement memorial area is working to have the gun painted before the next flag retirement program December 6, 2015

  12. Paul Smith updated the information concerning Boys and Girls State.During the meeting the Boys/State attendees signed a thank you letter which we sent to the businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated to the program.

  13. Dick Meyers, Post 52 Athletic Director gave an updated report on baseball.It has not been decided if we will have a team in 2016.

     

    FUTURE BUSINESS

     

  14. The Department Fall Conference meeting is being held at the Marriott Downtown Columbia October 2, 3, and 4th.

  15. Dept. Cmdr. Lysaght has given every SC Post a goal to collect 250 pounds of food to donate to a local food bank by the end of 2015.We need 200 pounds.

  16. Representative Neal Collins is our scheduled speaker October 27.

  17. The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Robinson’s Memorial Garden November 11, 11 am.

  18. The next flag retirement program is December 6, 2015 at 3 pm

  19. Post 52 Christmas dinner will be at Fatz December 8, 6:30 pm.

  20. We have a Korean War Veteran display which is free to anyone who wants it

  21. Dist. Cmdr. Carlton Patterson spoke about the importance of membership.

  22. Vice-Dept. Cmdr. Bob Scherer spoke about reaching the national Legion goals of 3,000,000 members by 2019 the Legions 100th birthday

  23. Cmdr. Meyers closed the meeting at 7:56.Closing prayer was offered by Carl Layman.

  24. Everyone enjoyed cake and ice cream after the meeting with the attendees from Boys and Girls State.

 

Post 52 Monthly Meeting Minutes, 25 August 2015

Before the meeting, starting at 5:30PM, a hot dog supper and member fellowship was enjoyed by everyone present.

OPENING

  1. The monthly meeting was called to order at 7 pm by Commander Meyers

  2. The opening prayer was offered by Chaplain Helms

  3. The Pledge of Allegiance, The Legion Preamble, and MIA/POW presentation were led by Commander Meyers

  4. A note was made to change the July notes from The Sheriff’s Department to The Sheriff’s Office

  5. Senator Larry Martin and Vice Cmdr. Robert Scherer and his wife Sherri of the American Legion SC Dept. were introduced

  6. New member Lynn Evans was introduced to Post 52

  7. Commander Meyers made the request when members enter flag area in front of podium the member should salute the flag and salute again when leaving the area.This is a practice we have seen at Department and District meetings

  8. The adjutant gave a report on the membership. We ended 2014-2015 year with 152 members, the quota for the 2015/2016 year is 157. At present we have 86 existing members who have paid and 9 new members. We have a total of 167 current members. 66 members who were members in 2014/2015 have not paid their 2016 dues

     

    PAST BUSINESS

  9. bones Wilson, chairman of the grant program, was told by Sam’s and Wal-Mart they were not giving the post a grant because we are classified as a 501C(19). If we were classified as a 501C we would have received the grants.

  10. Bones Wilson, chairman of the flag retirement memorial area, reported we were given a sound system and bugle. He is also working diligently to have the gun painted before the Flag Retirement Program December 6, 2015, 3 pm.

  11. Paul Smith, chairman of Boys/Girls State, reported 16 boys from Easley High, 1 boy from Powdersville High, and 4 girls from Easley who attended were sponsored by Post 52. The attendees have been invited to attend the Post 52 September 22 meeting and share their experience with us.

  12. Dick Meyers, chairman of Post 52 Legion Baseball, reported the team, coaches, and volunteers gathered at the Post for an Awards and Certificate presentation. Everyone enjoyed a bar-b-que dinner.

  13. Sick call: Dr. Sidney Buckley, Harold Whitmore, and Carlos Rhodes

  14. 41 year member and WWII veteran John McIntyre stood on Main Street in Greenville August 15, 2015 and gave away 4”x6” American Flags to the public and as a reminder WWII was over 70 years ago

     

    FUTURE BUSINESS

     

  15. There will be a $5.00 dues increase starting January 1, 2016. Members who pay before Jan 1 will pay this year’s $45.00 fee.

  16. The American Legion Department of South Carolina Commander Lysaght has requested each Post collect 250 pounds of food to share with a local food bank by December 31, 2015.We have 30 pounds.Members were asked to participate by bringing can food to the next meeting.When the goal is reached we will take a photo with members and food to send to Department.

  17. Bridgett Wyatt was asked to give computer lessons to Post 52 members for $10 per lesson.Dick Meyers, Paul Smith, Matt Dillon, Larry Hamby, and Art Johns agreed to attend the lessons.

  18. The American Legion Department of South Carolina will host The Fall Conference at the Marriott Hotel, Columbia. The cost is $20 per attendee.

  19. Planned fall meetings are: September-the Boys/Girls attendee will share their experiences, October-we will host Representative Neal Collins, November is open.

  20. Veterans Day will be observed November 11, 2015 at Robinson’s Memorial Gardens.

  21. We will host a Flag Retirement Program December 6, 2015 at 3 pm on Pope Field

  22. The Christmas Party will be December 8, 2015 at Fatz’s Restaurant in Easley.We will start the program at 6:30 pm.

  23. Senator Larry Martin, Chairman of the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee was the featured speaker tonight. He introduced the Domestic Violence bill in SC, it was passed.The bill contained passage to remove arms from habitual offenders.He also spoke about the Confederate Flag and why he voted to have it removed from the State Capitol grounds, powdered alcohol had been tabled for a year but will introduced again to control the substance, and SC Highway improvements were discussed.

  24. Chaplain Helm offered the closing prayer, Commander Meyers offered the closing thoughts, he led the members in Saluting the Flag and the meeting was closed at 8:25 pm.

 

MONTHLY MEETING JULY 28, 2015

  1. Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm.

  2. 19 members and 4 guest were present

  3. Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer

  4. Commander Meyers led the Pledge of Allegiance, Legion Preamble, and MIA/POW presentation

  5. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from the June monthly meeting, the minutes were approved

  6. Post 52 has &7250.00 in the bank and all bills have been paid

  7. Committee reports:

  8. Boys/Girls State-25 members contributed to request for funds-monetary needs were fulfilled

  9. Grants-nothing new to report

  10. 2015/2016 year has started with 157 members, 8 new members have joined since July 1, 2015 and 80 members have renewed their Legion membership for 2016

  11. Matt Dillon-reported his computer crashed and he was working to restore Post 52 info in the web site

  12. Four new members were introduced: Jim Stewart, Hub Owen, Dick DeShields, and Larry Hamby

  13. Sick Call-two members are on sick call:Sid Buckley and Carlos Rhodes

  14. 2016 Officers were installed by Past Commander Carl Layman:They are Dick Meyers, Commander; Paul Smith, Adjutant; Bilbo Collins, 1st Vice; Art Johns 2nd Vice; Bob Helms, Chaplain; Tom Williamson, Sgt.-At-Arms;, Bones Wilson, Historian;, and Matt Dillon, Americanism.

  15. Pickens Country Deputy Sgt. Robert Porter explained the process of becoming an Explorer for the sheriff’s department and the personal responsibilities that are expected from the Explorers. Both Boys and Girls ages 14 to 21 are eligible to be in the sheriff’s Explorer program. Sgt. Porter’s phone numbers are Office 898-5500 and cell 508-0116.Elijah Chapman leads the program for the Sheriff’s Department.

  16. Cadets, Brandon Smith, Logan Edgar, and Corey Adams shared their week at camp experiences. .

  17. Upcoming events:

  18. Sen. Larry Martin will speak at the Aug 25 meeting

  19. Hot dogs will be served at the Aug 25 meeting (need volunteers for beans, slaw, and desserts)

  20. Boys/Girls State will be our guest speakers in September

  21. Representative Neal Collins will be our guest speaker in October

  22. Veterans Day Activities will be held Nov 11 at Robinson Gardens

  23. A second flag retirement program will be December 6

  24. The Christmas Party will be Dec 8 at Fatz Restaurant

  25. The Legion insurance was offered to the new members

  26. Adjutant Smith reminded member’s we have shirts, hats, and flags in stock for sale.

  27. The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm

  28. Chaplain Helm gave the closing prayer

  29. Members stayed for cake and ice cream.

  30.  

                              American Legion Post 52 Monthly Meeting Minutes - June 23, 2015

  1. The meeting was called to order by Commander Meyers at 7 pm.

  2. Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer.

  3. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion Creed, and 2nd vice Collins placed the MIA/POW flag on the chair.

  4. We have on Sick Call – Dr. Sid Buckley, Lonnie Saxon, Carlos Rhodes

  5. The membership count to start 2016 is 158.We increased our membership from 142 to 158 in 2015.

  6. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from May 26 meeting.They were approved.

  7. Commander Meyers thanked all of the members who helped and participated in the Flag Retirement Program.We want to have a second retirement program in the fall.

  8. Commander Meyers spoke of the member responsibilities and asked members to be active in the Legion programs.

  9. There will be a lunch for the members and family and residents of Seniors Unlimited at the Post July 4, starting at 11:30 am.

  10. We will have a hot dog supper August 25, 2015 monthly meeting starting at 5:30 pm.Senator Larry Martin will be our speaker.

  11. The Cadets who attended The Law Enforcement Academy are scheduled to share their Academy experiences.

  12. The Boys/Girls State Attendees are scheduled to speak at the September 27 meeting.Cake and Ice Cream will be served after the meeting.

  13. Neal Collins, Pickens County Representative will be our October 27 meeting.

  14. The Christmas dinner is tentatively scheduled December 8, 2015 6 pm at Fatz.

  15. The plan for Veterans Day, November 11,2015 will be to honor Vietnam Veterans, purple heart recipients, bronze star and silver star winners who are members of our Post.

  16. The Post is seeking to identify families in Easley who have active family members in the military. The Blue Star flag when hung in the window identifies these families.

  17. District Commander Carlton Patterson was ill and was not able to install the new officers for 2016.Past Commander will do the honors at the July meeting.

  18. Post members, who were in attendance, respectively observed a moment of silence forthe nine who were killed at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston.

  19. Chaplain Helm gave the closing prayer.

  20. Commander Meyers closed the meeting at 7:44 pm.

 

                                   American Legion Post 52 Monthly Meeting Minutes - 26 May 2015

  1.   Commander Meyers called the meeting to order at 7 pm with a salute to the flag.

  2.   Chaplain Helms opened with prayer, Commander Meyers lead the members in the
        Pledge of  Allegiance, 2nd Vice Collins presented the mia/pow flag on the chair,  
         and the American Legion Creed was recited.

  3.  We have two members on sick-call:  Lonnie Saxton and Dr. Buckley

  4.  We lost Ted Key to Post Everlasting.  A moment of silence was asked for.

  5.  We had 19 members present and the Post has 162 membeers.

  6.  Wayne Moore was introduced as a new member.

  7.  The first discussion was "uinfinished business"

        a.  Adjutant Smith spoke about the Easley High JROTC, Citizenship Awards,
             and Boys/Girls  state awards for 2015 and the Citizenship and Boys/Girls
             State Awards for Powdersville High.

        b.  The 2015 Poppy Sale netted $3000.48.

        c.  Bones Wilson reported on the grants that have been applied for.  It is a wait
             and see sprinkled with patience time. 

         d.  Commander Meyers reported on the Memorial Day Program we participated in
              at Easley Chapel United Methodist Church on May 24, 2015.

         e.  The 3 foot by 5 foot flag in front of Wal-Mart was given by Post 52.  The
              American Legion and Marine Corp League properly lowered and raised the
              flag to remember Memorial Day.

         f.  The 3 foot by 5 foot American Flag in front of the Legion was replaced with a 
              4 foot by 6 foot flag during the Memorial Day Program.

          g.  Commander Meyers reported the baseball team lost its first game to Greenville
               and that Anderson dropped out of the league because of lack of players.

          h.  The Applebee's Pancake Breakfast neeted $1,342.00 for the baseball team.

          i.  Marion McCullum, local resident, won the flag given away at the breakfast.

          j.  Chuck Zanzig and Joe Rowland have volunteered to sell tickets at the baseball 
              games.

     8.  2015-2016 Officer elections were held.  The following were elected:

          a.  Commander - Richard Meyers
          b.  Adjutant - Paul Smith
          c.  1st Vice - Bilbo Collins
          d.  2nd Vice - Art Johns
          e.  Chaplain - Bob Helms
          f.   Sgt-at-Arms - Tom Williamson
          g.  Web Master - Richard (Matt) Dillon
          h.  Historian - Bones Wilson

     9.  Several members were schedule to attend the Department Meeting in Columbia
          but decided not to go.

     10.  D-Day June 6, 2015 will be celebrated with special ceremonies in Liberty to honor
            the four Medal of Honor Winners from Pickens County.

     11.  Applications were handed out to members to solicit new members.

     12.  Bob Burns agreed to take a veteran to the Veteran Affairs Office in Greenville on
            May 28.

      13.  The closing prayer was given by Chaplain Helms.

      14.  The meeting was closed at 8:05PM by Commander Dick Meyers.
    

                         American Legion Post 52 Monthly Meeting Minutes,  APRIL 28, 2015

  1. Commander Meyers opened meeting at 7 pm.

  2. Opening prayer was given by Chaplain Helms

  3. Membership is 162, 11 members have not paid for 2015

  4. Welcome Guest – from the fire department Chief Butch Womack, Scott McClain, and John Willis and from the police department Officers Brad Smith, Michael Mast, and Michelle Mast

  5. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from Monthly Meeting 3-24-2015

  6. Poppy’s - Time is May 22, 23, and 25.9 am to 6 pm.We voted to have Vietnam 50 Year banners made to hang in during the Poppy sale and for other projects.

  7. Dick Meyers-Athletic Director, Baseball: The first game is May 26.We will play Anderson in Alice Park.Williamston added a team this year.The team will have new uniforms and the program books are filling with advertising

  8. Applebee’s baseball breakfast will be May 16, 7:30 to 10:00 am.The tickets are $7.00 each and can be purchased from all Legion members or at the door.

  9. Commander Meyers introduced the Fireman of the year J. Scott McClain-Scott spoke of his appreciation and pride of his job

  10. Commander Meyers introduced the Policeman of the Year Michael Mast-Michael thanked the veterans for their service and his appreciation of his job

  11. Officer Brad Smith spoke of Grandfather, a WWII veteran, andgave a presentation warning people as they age of the possibility of more crime against the elderly.He suggested safety ideas such as dead bolts on external doors, protect yourself by not counting money in public and one of the biggest crimes in Easley leaving car doors unlocked and unatteneded

  12. Nominations were made for 2016 Officers:They are:Commander, Dick Meyers: Adjutant, Paul Smith; 1st vice Bilbo Collins; 2nd vice Art Johns; Chaplain, Bob Helms; Sgt at Arms, Tom Williamson; Web Master, Matt Dillon, and Historian, Bones Wilson.The executive committee voted to eliminate the 3rd vice position.

  13. Commander Meyers reminded the Legionnaires would celebrate May 14-16 at Myrtle Beach.

  14. Easley Chapel United Methodist Church will have a Memorial Day Service Sunday May 24, 2015 at 11:30 am.

  15. Department Convention will be held May 29, 30, and 31st at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia.

  16. We will remember Flag Day June 16 by conducting a Flag Retirement Program in front of the 90 mil anti-aircraft gun located in Pope Field.

  17.  The monthly meeting was closed by Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers.

 

 

POST 52 FIRST QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2015

 

COMMANDERS CORNER

Post 52 began 2015 with a pre-meeting Soup & Corn Bread supper.  Members were asked to bring their favorite soup to share with their fellow members.  Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to visit before the General Membership meeting began at 7:00 pm.  That night, we remembered our members who passed away during 2014 with a Post Everlasting/Candlelight Ceremony.  The names were read and a member walked to the front table and lit his candle and then placed it in a special holder.  After all names were read Chaplain Helms offered a prayer followed by Taps.

 

Art Johns volunteered to be chairman of Poppy Sales which takes place over the Memorial Day weekend May 22, 23, and 25.  Contact information on how you can volunteer to sell Poppies at the Easley Walmart is listed in Tidbits.

New members from July – December 2014 T. Craig Merck and William H. Whitlock were formally initiated and sworn in by Commander Meyers assisted by Bones Wilson during the meeting.  Five additional new members, James Allison Jr., Reuben Davis, Don Hawkins, Carolos G. Rhodes and Thomas Wright were unable to make the meeting so their New Members certificate and package were mailed to them. 

Post 52 was able to help out a needy WWII veteran living in Liberty.  We provided funds to purchase building materials to enclose and insulate his back porch.  A locale church did the construction.  The veteran is very ill and his daughter takes care of him and his elderly sister.  $500 was raised for the project which was spearheaded by Adjutant Paul Smith and assisted by Harry DeWick plus personal donations by other members.  A special Big thanks goes to Paul and Harry.

 

During February members voted to honor both Firefighter and Law Enforcement Officer of the year for 2014.  The Chief of the Easley Fire Department and the Easley Police Chief submitted their recommendations for the awards as follows: 

 

      Michael T. Mast – Law Enforcement of the year

      James Scott McClain – Firefighter of the year

Certificates and Plaques will be presented at our April 28, 2015 meeting.

 

Our guest speaker for the evening was Army Major Matthew Delk who served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was an outstanding speaker with a positive message.  Everyone enjoyed his presentation. 

 

On March 3, 2015 the American Legion Baseball committee mailed letters to all of our membership asking for their support for our 2015 team.  We thank everyone who responded with your generous donations.  We thank Mr. Patterson for his donation which was shared with baseball and several other post programs.

 

The team will start the season on Friday 22, 2015 with a home game against Greenville at Alice Field.  The full playing schedule has not been released as of this printing. The schedule will be posted on our website soon.  League 7 will consist of seven teams to include a new team from Woodruff.  Our players will begin the season with new uniform jerseys for both home and travel games.  The jerseys are light weight, colorful and less expensive that fits our budget.  We are still collecting donations, selling advertising and planned a Pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s in Easley on Saturday May 16, 2015.  Tickets are $7.00.  Please support the team.

 

Well, I have used up my space so please read on for more on what’s happening at Easley Post 52. 

 

We are looking for you at our next meeting.

 

For God and Country

Richard A. Meyers

Commanders Easley Post 52

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • April 18, 2015 – Easley Pride Day

  • April 18, 2015 – Post 52 will host District 13 meeting, begins 10:00 am

  • May 16, 2015 - Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast, 7:30 am to 10:00 am to support the Legion Baseball

  • May 22, 2015 – First Legion Baseball game starts 7:30 pm at Alice Field

  • May 22, 23, and 25, 2015 – Poppy Sales in front of Wal-Mart 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • May 25 Memorial Day – 8:00 am Post 52 will lower the Wal-Mart American Flag to half-mast and raise the flag back to full mast at 12:00 pm

  • May 29, 30, and 31, 2015 – Department Convention will be held in The Marriott Hotel, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

  • June 14, 2015 – US Flag Day and Post 52 Flag Retirement Program will be held on Pope Field at 3:00 pm

     

    POST 52 2015 2ND QUARTER MEETING DATES

  • April 28, 2015 – Brad Smith, Easley Police Department will speak, we will recognize Easley Policeman and Fireman of the year, and we will nominate 2016 officers

  • May 26, 2015 – Speaker from The Pickens County Emergency Office and Post Officer elections

  • June 23, 2015 – Post 52 Officer Installation

     

    WELCOME TO NEW AND TRANSFER MEMBERS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2015

  • James Cooper – transfer from Post 172

  • Andrew Vaughn – transfer from Post 172

  • Allan Quinn – transfer from Post 172

  • Lonnie Saxon – transfer from Post 172

  • Gregory Julian– transfer from Post 172

  • Emmett Charles Guderian III – transfer from Post 172

  • Michael Blessing - transfer from Post 172

  • Jerry Chapin – transfer from Post 172

  • Samuel Gillepse – transfer

  • Hubert Bishop – new

  • Carey Beard – new

  • R.H. DeShields - new

     

     

    SICK CALL

  • Dr. Sid Buckley

  • Ray Crapo

  • Art Johns

  • Carlos Rhodes

  • Bilbo Collins

  • Joe Rowland

     

    POST EVERLASTING

  • Wilbert S. Willis – January 14, 2015

  • Samuel S. Hinkle – March 2, 2015

  • Lester Lawson – March 9, 2015

     

    TIDBITS FROM THE ADJUTANT

  • MEMBERSHIP - Post 52 membership count stands at 164.11 members have not renewed their 2015 dues.

  • EVERY MEMBER IS VALUABLE TO THE LEGION AND THE NATIONAL AMERICAN LEGION GOALS.WHEN NATIONAL COMMANDER HELM LOBBY’S CONGRESS FOR VETERAN BENEFITS, YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT EXISTING OR NEW BENEFITS.If you have not renewed, please return your dues to Post 52 or renew on line before April 30, 2015.

  • This year’s Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser will be held May 16 to benefit The American Legion Baseball team.The players will serve the food, clean the tables, and wrap the silverware.Tickets for the breakfast are $7.00 each.Each member is asked to sell 5 tickets.Pick up the tickets at the nest meeting April 28 or call Paul 864-238-9144 or Dick 864-283-4422

  • Post 52 still needs a copy of your DD 214 on file.Please black out your social security number and/or serial number before sending for Post records.

  • Available for sale are Garrison Hats $45.00, Post shirts $45.00, and Post 52 baseball hats $22.00.These articles have sewn Legion and Post 52 EASLEY SC emblems.

  • Patterson Tax Service gave a generous donation to Post 52 this year.The gift is being used to increase the number of students we are sending to Boys and Girls State, The Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy, and to support American Legion Baseball.If given the opportunity please say thank you to Mr. Patterson.

  • 2015 is considered the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam War.During Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach, May 14 thru 16, exhibitions of the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, a visiting Vietnam Memorial Wall, and Vietnam era helicopters will be there for viewing.

  • FLAGS – American Legion Post 52 has American made flags for sale.A purchase of an American Legion American Flag supports American Legion National Programs that give help to veterans and military families.Call Paul 864-238-9144 for your next flag.

  • DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED?Help is needed to sell Poppies Memorial Day weekend.Call Art Johns, 864-517-2407 or Paul Smith 864-238-9144 to volunteer.

  • Please update your email and phone information with name, phone number, and email addresses.Send to American Legion Post 52, 118A Legion Street, Easley, SC 29642 or email info to AmLegPost52@yahoo.com

     

     

    DEPARTMENT

  • The department elections will be decided at the Department Convention in May.

     

     

    NATIONAL

  • The House of Representatives and Senate recently passed a suicide prevention bill.It has been given to President Obama to sign.The bill will require Department of Veteran Affairs to submit to independent reviews of their suicide prevention programs and make information more easily available to veterans.It also would offer financial incentives to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who agree to work for the VA and help military members as they transition from active duty to veteran status.

     

    CURRENT POST 52 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

  • COMMANDERRICHARD MEYERS

  • ADJUTANT/FINANCEPAUL SMITH

  • 1ST VICEBILBO COLLINS

  • 2ND VICEJOE ROWLAND

  • 3RD VICEART JOHNS

  • CHAPLAINBOB HELMS

  • SGT-AT-ARMSTOM WILLIAMSON

  • WEB MASTERMATT DILLON

  • HISTORIANBONES WILSON

 

                                                 EASLEY PRIDE DAY

Share the word with your neighbor.  The city of Easley is sponsoring a community clean up event to help
residents properly dispose of large refuse items not collected in the curbside program.  Join us in
beautifying our community just in time for spring.

WHEN:  APRIL 18, 2015    8:00AM - 1:00PM

This project is being led by your City Council Members with support from City of Easley Community
Development Department, Public Works Department, Pickens County Public Works, and Pickens County
Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee.

Debris containers will be placed throughout Easley in the following locations:

  1.   City Hall (205 North 1st Stree)
  2.   Former Alice School/Easley Senior Center located @ Katherine St/Blair St
  3.   Former EMS Station located @ Richard St/Alfred Rd
  4.   Park located @ Front St/Blue Ridge St
  5.  Woodside Ball Park located @ West 5th St/South 8th St
  6.  Shell Station located @ Brushy Creek Rd/Crestview Rd
  7.  Lot on Crestview Rd adjacent the Breakers store located @ Shiffield Rd/Crestview Rd

The following may be placed in the containers for disposal:

  1.  Furniture such as couches, chairs, recliners
  2.  Mattresses and box springs
  3.  Scrap lumber
  4.  Old tires and rims from cars, motorcycles and bicycles.

Please Note:  The containes used on Easley Pride Day are not intended to be used for the purpose of
hauling away your everyday household trash.  Each location will be manned to ensure that only the
allowed items are placed in the containers.

There will be a shredder truck located at Easley City Hall 8:00Am-1:00PM for all your paper
shredding needs.

For more information please call:  864 855-7916.

In case of rain, Easley Pride Day will be rescheduled on April 25th.

Thank you for helping the City of Easley make Easley Pride Day a success!

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Minutes, March 24, 2015

  1. Commander Meyers called the meeting to order at 7 pm

  2. Opening prayer was given by Chaplain Helms

  3. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from monthly meeting Feb 24

  4. 18 members were present. We have 163 members but still need 1 more renewal to meet our 100% goal.

  5. Sick Call – Dr. Buckley, Art Johns, Bilbo Collins, Harry DeWick, Ray Jones

  6. Paul Smith gave a report on Boys/Girls State, 11 Boys are going to Boys State and 4 Girls are going to Girls State. We are limited to spaces for Girls State because we do not have a Ladies Auxillary. Powdersville High School has asked Post 52 for help with Boys State.

  7. Tom Williamson reported applications for the Law Enforcement Academy are being considered and 4 Cadets will attend from Pickens County. Post 52 will sponsor two cadets and Pickens County Sheriff’s Department will sponsor two cadets

  8. Bones Wilson had not received any info on the Grants applied for. He has asked for help from State Representative Neal Collins

  9. The Pope Field Military Memorial will eventually happen. We are waiting on news from the city.Paul Smith has asked Al Frierson for help finding someone who will re do the gun.

  10. Dick Meyers reported Baseball Donations were healthy thanks to the members of Post 52. We still have program advertising to sell. Everyone can help sell the advertising.

  11. Paul Smith reported the Applebee’s Flapjack breakfast is May 16, 7:30 am to 10 am. We have 180 available tickets for sate. We asked each member to sell 5 tickets. Only 22 were picked up by members. We need help making this happen. We have raised more than $1,000 for baseball with this breakfast.

  12. Poppy Sales are scheduled in front of Wal-Mart May 22, 23, and 25. Volunteers were asked to sign up. Only 5 people volunteered, we need at least 12.

  13. The American Legion 96th birthday was March 17. We celebrated with cake and ice cream after the meeting.

  14. March 30 is the day we will celebrate as Viet Nam day. WELCOME HOME VIET-NAM VETERANS.

  15. Harry DeWick reminded members Pickens County SC has more Medal of Honor winners than any county its size in the US. William McWhorter USA WWII, Furman L. Smith USA WWII, Charles H. Barker USA Korea, and James Donnie Howe USMC Vietnam.

  16. Tom Williamson gave a presentation about the Emergency Services offered in Pickens County and the protocol followed. He said the method used is a simple and straight forwarded. Meaning the facts are presented very simple.

  17. Kent Dykes, City Council and Legion member, gave information about “Easley Pride Day” to be held April 18th. Pride Day is designated to clean up the city of Easley. If it rains Make up Day is April 15. Dumpsters will be provided in each city ward. They are being placed to collect items that are not normally collected by the city trash collectors.

  18. At the next meeting we will recognize The Easley Policeman of the year and the fireman of the year. We will accept nominations for Post offices.

  19. This year’s Flag Retirement program will be held on Flag Day June 16, 3 pm in Pope Field.

  20. Chaplain Helms gave the closing prayer and Commander Meyers closed the meeting at 8:10 pm.

                    American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Minutes, February 24, 2015

1.  Meeting was called to order at 7:00PM on Feb 24, 2015 by Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers.

2.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  Dick Dillon read minutes of Jan 27, 2015 monthly meeting.

4.  15 members were present at the meeting.  We also had a speaker present, MajorMatthew Delk (Army National Guard)

5.  Bones Wilson, Chairman of the American Legion Memorial at Post 52.  He has not heard from the grants.

6.  Art Johns is Poppy Chairman.  Wal Mart in Easley, SC has agreed to have us Friday, Saturday, and Monday.  At our next monthly meeting we will ask for volunteers to help at the Poppy Sale.  We will have a sign-up sheet.

7.  Our Post is starting to recognize Fireman and Policeman of the Year.  Adjutant Paul Smith went to Fire and Police Chiefs and asked for their recommendation for Fireman and Policeman of the Year.  Names have been submitted to Department Headquarters for approval.  The following are the recommendations:

    Michael T. Mast - Policeman of the Year    James Scott McClain - Fireman of the Year

8.  Post 52 Baseball Team.  We have a team for this year.  Same coaches will be present.  The  same baseball field has been secured.

9.  Post 52 Yard Sale.  It is scheduled for 20 and 21 March 2015.  It is still unknown at this time whether we will have it.

10.  Sergeant of Arms, Tom Williamson escorted our New Members to front of room. The new members we had present were:  T. Craig Merck and William H. Whitlock. New members received initiation from Commander Dick Meyers.  Member "Bones" Wilson gave new members briefing on meaning of American Legion.  CommanderDick Meyers presented new members an American Legion Pin and U.S. Flag.

11.  Commander Dick Meyers gave the military history of Maj Matthew Delk, our speaker.  Maj Delk gave talk on his history from a small boy to his career in the military.  He also was an Eagle Boy Scout.  His father was a preacher and a Chaplain in the National Guard.

12.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

13.  Commander Dick Meyers closed meeting at 8:10PM.  Next monthly meeting will be held at 7:00PM at Post 52 Building, on March 24, 2015.           

               American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Minutes, January 27, 2015

  1. Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7 pm.

  2. Opening prayer was given by Chaplin Helms.

  3. Minutes from November meeting were read by Adjutant Smith

  4. Post 52 started the year with 141 members.As of today we have 155 members.17 of the original 141 have not paid their 2015 dues.

  5. Commander Meyers introduced new member Bill Whitlock, transfers Allan Quinn and Sam Gillespie, welcomed long time member Bob Burns since it has been awhile since he attended a meeting and speaker Assistant Fire Chief Scott McClain.

  6. Art Johns has accepted the responsibility of Poppy Chairman.Poppy sales will be Memorial Day weekend.

  7. Boys and Girls State chairman is Paul Smith.

  8. Certificates and medals are in stock and ready to be given to Easley High School Guidance Counselor and JROTC Commander for distribution.

  9. Law Enforcement Academy chairman is Tom Williamson. We hope to send four students to the Law Enforcement Academy in June.

  10. The Flag Retirement will be Sunday June 14, 2015.Chairman Harry DeWick is the hospital and hopefully will return by the February General Meeting.

  11. Bones Wilson, grant chairman, has requested 9 grants.One grant was denied, another grant is under consideration, and he has not heard from the other request.

  12. Veterans helping Veterans-requested monetary help for siding to put on veteran’s home.$110 was requested, we collected $50.00

  13. Members on sick call are Dr. Sid Buckley and Harry DeWick.

  14. The yard sale is scheduled for March 21 and 22.At present Paul Smith is acting chairman and is looking for a permanent chairman.

  15. A Post Everlasting program was held to remember our fellow Legionnaires who passed away in 2014:Floyd Ramey, Michael Powell,Charles Nightingale, Ralph Hayes, Jay Smith, and Cephas Weatherford

  16. Assistant Fire Chief Scott McClain, gave an entertaining program recommending home fire protection. The program included fire protection and escape suggestions.At the end of the program he gave an oral test.Whoever answered the question correct was given a smoke alarm or a throw.He eluded to the attention and correct answers we were able to give for the prizes.

  17. Post 52 executive board is adopting plans to honor Fireman of the Year and Policeman of the Year.The recommendations have to be sent to Department before February 15, 2015.

  18. The Department Convention will be held in Columbia at the Marriott Hotel May 29, 30, and 31.If you are interested in attending please contact Dick Meyers or Paul Smith.We have to have three people in attendance to vote for Department Commander and other Department officers.

  19. Commander asked for any other discussion(s).Nothing was brought to the Commanders attention.

  20. Chaplain Helm gave the closing prayer.

  21. The meeting was closed at 8:17PM by Commander Dick Meyers.

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC, Monthly Meeting Minutes, November 25, 2014

  1. Meeting was called to order by Commander Meyers at 7:00 pm.

  2. Opening prayer was given by Chaplain Bob Helms

  3. We have 150 members, 110 have paid, 31 members from the 2014 roster have not paid.

  4. Visiting were Sergeant Robert Porter, Pickens County Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Attendees Justin Laws and Brandon Smith.

  5. Art Johns volunteered to replace Jay Smith who passed July 2014 as Poppy Chairman.

  6. Art Johns has also taken on the responsibility of becoming the Post 52 Visitation Chairman.

    Art has visited several residents living in The Willows.

  7. Baseball preseason-players and parents will meet April 19, 2015 at 3 pm.

  8. We need volunteers to make soup and cornbread for the soup and cornbread supper January 27, 2015.To date: Paul Smith has volunteered a crock pot of soup and platter of cornbread with his wife’s help, John Martin has volunteered his wife will make 24 cornbread muffins, Matt Dillon has volunteered his wife will make a crock pot of soup, Bones Wilson has volunteered a pot of soup and cornbread, Dick Meyers has volunteered a crock pot of soup and John McIntyre has volunteered to make a pot of pinto beans.

  9. We are placing an ad in the Easley Chamber of Commerce “Easley Living” 2015 magazine in an attempt to lure new members.

  10. Commander Meyers asked if anyone knew of any member on sick call.

  11. The Christmas Party is December 8, 2014 5:30 pm at Fatz Restaurant in Easley.

  12. Dick Meyers and Steve Blubaugh attended the Reconnect Program at Fort Jackson.They visited the barracks, intermingled with recruits, and ate in the mess hall.

  13. The fourth quarter newsletter is planned to be sent out before Christmas.

  14. Governor Haley and the State of South Carolina are planning several events in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary and Veterans of the Viet Nam War.

  15. Bob Porter and cadets showed a short film about the events and activities the youth participated in at The Law Enforcement Academy June 2014.They had an opportunity to be a part of City, County, Highway Patrol, and DNR law enforcement training.Justin Laws was the winner in the overall shooting contest during the Academy.

  16. Matt Wilson, a member but attending for the first time gave a short resume of his time in the service.As a young man Matt participated in Legion Baseball and attended Boys State in Laurens.

  17. Closing prayer was given by Chaplain Helms

  18. Meeting was closed at 8:03 pm.

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC, Monthly Meeting Minutes, October 28, 2014

  1. Commander Meyers Opened the meeting at 7 pm.

  2. Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer

  3. 17 members were present for the meeting

  4. We have 148 members only 100 members have renewed for 2015

  5. Reuben Davis was introduced as a new member

  6. Adjutant Smith read the minutes from September 23, 2014

  7. Grayson Howell, Easley High, football coach was introduced as our speaker

  8. The Christmas Party was changed from Golden Coral on Dec 9 to Fatz 5:30 pm on Monday, December 8, 2014

  9. Paul Smith gave a report on Veterans Day activities.Three presentations will be made : Robinsons Gardens, Sam’s Wholesale, and The Willows

  10. Paul Smith gave a report on the Oratorical contest

  11. Bones Wilson gave an update on the flag retirement area in Pope Field

  12. Two donors, Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor and Jimmy’s restaurants were recognized and given an American Flag.Member Ray Crapo installed the flags for both restaurants

  13. Sick Call-volunteer Vicki Hutto was remembered.

  14. The flu shot is available at no cost at the VA center

  15. Sports Clips will give free haircuts and Applebee’s on Veterans Day to veterans

  16. There is a District Meeting at Post 151 Liberty, SC.Members are asked to meet at 9 am in front of the Post

  17. Share and Helping Hands will be at the Post on November 12, 1 pm to advise and help seniors.

  18. The Soup Supper is scheduled for January 25, 2015 at the Post.

  19. There will not be an executive or monthly meeting in December 2014

  20. Coach Howell was introduced.He said football at Easley High is more than winning and losing.The aim is to win games but the effort and determination of the players makes them winners.

    His presentation was based on Biblical verses 1 Timothy 4, 15-16. Diligent, Wholly, Watchful, and perseverance

  21. Chaplain Helms gave the closing prayer

  22. The meeting closed at 8 pm.

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC September 23, 2014 Meeting Minutes.

  1. Commander Meyers opened the meeting at 7pm.
  2. Chaplain Helms offered the opening prayer
  3. 18 members were present for the meeting.  Of the 147 members, 100 members have paid their 2015 dues. 
  4. 6 Boys State Representatives were present
  5. Don Hawkins transferred his membership from Post 172 and gave us a short history of his  committment.  Earlier in the day Reuben Davis transferred his membership from Post 172 to Post 52
  6. August 26 minutes were read by the Adjutant Smith
  7. Bones Wilson was named the chairman of the Flag Retirement program in Pope Field.  He gave a short report on the program to date
  8. Paul Smith gave a report on the activities for the Veterans Day Ceremony
  9. The Christmas Party will be Dec 8, 2014, 5:30PM at FATZ Restaurant in Easley, SC
  10. Commander Meyers asked if members were interested in going to the Post 3 War Museum in Greenville.
  11. Department Fall Conference was held last weekend in Columbia
  12. Art Johns is the visitation chairman and will arrange visits to our homebound veterans.
  13. The 3rd quarter letter is scheduled to be sent out on or near Oct 1, 2014
  14. We are planning a “soup supper” January 27, 2015.  We need at least four volunteers to prepare the soups in crock pots and share with the Post members.
  15. We will also hold the Post Everlasting program during the January meeting
  16. The VA is now offering Dental Insurance through Delta Dental and Met Life
  17. Meetings will be held in Columbia on Oct 21, and Oct 24 in Columbia for veterans who were stationed at Fort Bragg or Pope Air Force Base to discuss the contaminated water during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
  18. Commander Meyers asked members who have not paid their 2015 dues to pay before December 1, 2014
  19. We are receiving Information for the Oratorical Contest.  Adjutant Smith will contact local High Schools and share the info.  Hopefully we will have several students who will attempt a speech.  One will be chosen to advance to State.
  20. The 6 Boys State representatives who attended the Post meeting shared their individual experiences with the members.  They all had positive feedback and expressed their thanks for the experience.  Adjutant Smith is already making contacts to raise money to send representatives to the 2015 Boys/Girls State.  We have been asked to include Powdersville High and Wren High in next years program.
  21. The meeting was adjourned by Commander Meyers at 7:40 pm. 
  22. The closing prayer was given by Chaplain Helms.
  23. We all enjoyed ice cream and cake with Boys State representatives after the meeting.

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Newsletter, 26 Aug 2014.

 

1.  Post 52 monthly meeting was called to order by Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers

at 7:00PM on 26 Aug 2014.

2.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  Present at meeting were:  Dick Meyers, Paul Smith, Dick Dillon, Carl Layman,

"Bones" Wilson, Ray Crapo, John Martin, John Boyd, Jim Ruud, Arthur Johns,

Harold Whitmore, Kent Dykes, Harry DeWick, Charles Chastain, Boyd Galloway,

Charles Zanzig, Tom Williamson, Charles Wadick, Joe Rowland, Rod O'Shields,

Bob Helms, Bill Hall, "Bilbo" Collins.

4.  Paul Smith read minutes of 22 Jul 2014 monthly meeting.

5.  Charles Wadick, a member, gave information on his Air Force military career.

6.  Book and Yard Sale, 9 Aug 2014 at Post 52 building.  Gross made was $543.00.

Net was $440.00.

7.  Our Executive Committee met last Tuesday.  Two donations were made during

the meeting.  Donated $50.00 to the National Emergency Fund and $50.00 to the

94 Plan Program which honors veterans killed in action from SC.

8.  New committee formed to get the field behind our Post 52 building into a

Pope Field American Legion Memorial Park.  Post 52 got mayor approval.  Got

letter from the planning committee who will do a lot of the work.

9.  A Post 52 member, Arthur Johns is heading up a Post 52 Veterans Visitation

Program.

10.  American Legion Fall Conference is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia,

SC on 19-21 Sep 2014.  Cost: $20.00 if you pay now.  $25.00 at the door.

11.  11 November is our Memorial Services at Robinson Memorial Garden.  Post

52 will participate in the services.

12.  Post 52 Christmas Party will be 8 Dec 2014 at 5:30 PM at the FATZ Restaurant in

Easley, SC.   All members and guests are invited.

13.  Larry Martin, Chairman of the Pickens County Judiciary Committee was our

guest speaker.  He has been on the Judiciary Committee for a long time.  He

appreciated our support and help.   He gave an excellent briefing on matters in

Pickens County.

14.  Closing prayer was given by Chaplain Bob Helms

15.  Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers closed meeting at 8:20PM.  Next monthly meeting

will be 23 Septembeer 2014 at 7:00PM.

 

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Newsletter, 22 July 2014.

1.  Post 52 monthly meeting was called to order b y Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers
at 7:00PM on 22 July 2014.

2.  Jimmy (Bones) Wilson gave opening prayer.

3.  Present at meeting were: Dick Meyers, Paul Smith, Dick Dillon, Arthur Johns,
Carl Layman, Joe Rowland, Jim Ruud, Tom Williamson, Jimmy (Bones) Wilson,
Charles Zanzig, Ray Crapo, John McIntyre, & John A. Martin.

4.  Ret Lt Cmdr Al Carden, Junior ROTC at Easley High School spoke at our meeting.
He gave an excellent briefing on all ROTC matters.

5.  Paul Smith read minutes of 24 Jun 2014 monthly meeting.

6.  We need to have 145 members by Dec 31, 2014.  If  you know someone who would
would like to join our Post, please have them come to our monthly meetings or contact
Adjutant Paul Smith.

7.  Legion baseball is finished for the year.  We were in the playoffs but lost three games
to Rock Hill, SC and that finished our baseball season.  We are going to have a baseball
banquet at Mutt's Barbecue on 5 Aug 2014, 6-8PM.  Players, coaches, and volunteers
attending will be paid for by Post 52.   Certificates and Plaques will be given to players.

8.  We had four people attend the Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina Program.

9.  There was a good turn out for the luncheon we had for seniors.  We will do again
next year.

10.  Post 52 is obtaining a Post 52 sign for Post 52 and will be placed in front of our
building for all to see.

11.  There will be a Book and Yard Sale at our Post 52 building on 9 August 2014,
starting at 8:00AM.  We will have a separate meeting for all who wish to help on Tuesday,
29 July 2014 at 7:00PM.

12.  Post 52 is in the midst of  trying to refurbish the area near our Post where the gun
is located.  Area will be a memorial area for our Post.  Landscaping of the area needs
to be done.

13.  Post 52 has Caps, Shirts, and Flags available for all members.  Contact Adjutant
Paul Smith if you would like to purchase one.

14.  We lost, Jay Smith,  one of our members on 2 Jul 2014.  We did a flag retirement
ceremony at the gravesite.

15.  Upcoming Events: (a) Saturday, 26 July 2014, District 13 Meeting at 10:00AM at
Post 52 building. District 13 Commander will preside over meeting. (b) Saturday,
2 August 2014, 10:00AM Congressman Tim Scott will have a Vietnam Veterans
ceremony at 1st Baptist Church on Hampton Street in Columbia, SC.  Vitenam Veterans
wishing to attend please call 1-844-820-0146 (toll free) to give them your information.
We will meet at the Post 52 building on Sat, 2 Aug 2014 at 7:15AM and will all go
together. 

16.  Arthur Johns, Post 52 3rd Vice Commander would like for our Post to do visitations
to Widows of Veterans and Veterans Homes.  More information will be forthcoming.

17.  Jimmy (Bones) Wilson gave closing prayer.

18.  Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers closed meeting at 8:15PM.  Next monthly meeting
will be 26 Aug 2014, 7:00PM at the Post 52 building.

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Newsletter, 24 June 2014

 

1.  Post 52 monthly meeting was called to order by Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers
at 7:00PM on 24 June 2014.

2.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  14 members present at the meeting.

4.  Adjutant Paul Smith read minutes of the 27 May 2014 monthly meeting minutes.

5.  Carl Layman introduced his brother-in-law Harold Fast a member of the American
Legion in Kansas.

6.  Carlton Patterson, District 13 Commander, swore in all new Post 52 officers for
the upcoming year.  The new officers are as follows:

      Post Commander - Dick Meyers
      Adjutant - Paul Smith
      1st Vice Commander - William (Bilbo) Collins
      2nd Vice Commander - Jay Smith
      3rd Vice Commander - Joe Rowland
      Chaplain - Bob Helms
      Sergeant At Arms - Tom Williamson
      Historian - Jim (Bones) Wilson|
      Web Master/Americanism - Richard Dillon

7.  Harry DeWick stated that the flag ceremony we had worked out well.  We will
     continue to do the flag ceremony in the future.  The area that we used for the
     flag retirement ceremony will be designated as a permanent area for the flag
     retirement ceremonies.

8.  Paul Smith stated that Larry Bagwell, Mayor of Easley said that we could use the
     Flag Retirement Area as a Veterans Memorial Area for our Post.  Area will be
     landscaped and we will have a Fire Pit and it will be used for Barbecues and the
     Gun will be placed on a concrete area.

9.  Dick Meyers, Post 52 Athletic Directo0r stated there are 2 baseball games left.
     If we qualify playoffs will begin on July 7.  So far we have 5 wins and 13 losses.
     We will have a baseball banquet for our team at Mutts Barbecue and will invite parents
      to the banquet.

10.  Boys State - Girls State.  Paul Smith says the program is one of the best programs
       across the nation.  Paul attended orientation at Anderson College.  Trey Gowdy was
       a speaker at the program and Kyle Carpenter, Medal of Honor winner also spoke at
       the ceremony.  Boys State-Girls State attendees will come to our post in September and
       and 9 boys and 3 girls will attend program.  The Boys State-Girls State is the #3 program
       in the nation with 1,020 members.

11.  Post 52 has sponsored 2 male and 1 female to attend the Law Enforcement Cadet Academy.

12.  American Legion Post 52 Annual Dues will be $45.00 per year.

13.  On July 4th from 11:00AM to 1:00PM there will be a Senior Citizens Barbecue at
       Post 52.  There will be Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and other items.

14.  There will be a Used Books and Yard Sale at Post 52 starting at 8:00AM on
       August 9.  Rain Day is August 16.  We need help setting up the sale and manning
       the sale.  The sale is strictly for Post 52.

15.  Meals on Wheels.  Post 52 Executive Committee donated them $50.00.

16.  Senator Tom Scott will recognize Viet Nam Veterans on August 2, 10:00AM  at the First Baptist
       Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC.  All wishing to go, we can meet at the
       Post 52 building and leave together.  Each Veteran will receive a special Senatorial Certificate of
       Appreciation, as well as a pin.  All interested Veterans should register with Senator Scott's Office
       by visiting http://scott.senate.gov/veterans or by phone at 844 820-0146 (toll free).

17.  Post 52 needs to start planning for Veterans Day on Nov 11.

18.  Our new Historian (Bones) Wilson wants all members to fill out a Military Personnel
       Biography. Forms are available at the Post 52 building or call Bones Wilson at
       864 859-6656 (Home) , 864 230-4765 (Cell) for information.  His email is:
      
boneswilson@bellsouth.net

19.  The CWP class is scheduled for July 19 at 8:00AM at the Post 52 building.  The
       cost is $100.00 per person.  Forms are located at Post 52 building to sign up for class.

20.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

21.  Post Commander Dick Meyers closed meeting at 8:00PM.  Next monthly meeting
       is July 22, 2014 at 7:00PM at the Post 52 building.

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Newsletter, 27 May 2014

1.  Post 52 monthly meeting was called to order by Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers at 7:00 PM on
27 May 2014.

2.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  20 members present at the meeting.  We had a military veteran also present at the meeting:
Owen McClain.  He served in Viet Nam.

4.  Kelly Price, a graduate of Lander College and a member of Easley Baptist Hospital gave an
excellent briefing on heart disease.

5.  Adjutant Paul Smith read minutes of 22 Apr 2014 members monthly meeting.  Post 52
has 14 members.

6.  The following are the Post 52 elected officials for the upcoming year:
     Post Commander:  Dick Meyers
     Adjutant:  Paul Smith
     1st Vice Commandeer:  William (Bilbo) Collins
     2nd Vice Commander:  Jay Smith
     3rd Vice Comander:  Joe Rowland
     Chaplain:  Bob Helms
     Web Master/Americanism:  Richard Dillon
     Sergeant At Arms:  Tom Williamson
     Historian:  Bones (Jim) Wilson
New Officers will be sworn in at June's Monthly Meeting.

7.  Our Poppy Sale program went very well.  Jay Smith thanked personnel who participated in
helping.  The Post sold 1400 poppies.  The Poppy Sale program is the number one program in
obtaining funds for our Post.

8.  Flag Retirement Program.  Harry DeWick who was in charge of the program thanked all
who helped and participated in the program.

9.  Paul Smith stated that 9 boys and 3 girls will go to the Boys State, Girls State program this
year.

10.  The Post 52 baseball teams has started play this year.  Our team has played three games and
they have won 2 and lost 1.  Dick  Meyers thanked all who is helping.

11.  Tickets are available from Adjutant Paul Smith for the Applebees Pancake Breakfast on
June 14 from 7:30AM to 10:00AM. 

12.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

13  Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers closed program at 8:05PM.  Next members monthly meeting will
be on June 24, 2014.

 

 

American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Newsletter, 22 April 2014                 

1.  Post 52 monthly meeting was called to order by Post 52 Commander Dick Meyers at 7:00PM on 22 Apr 2014.

2.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  16 members were present at the meeting.

4.  Post 52 members will place flags on Veterans graves at the West View Cemetery in Easley, SC for Memorial Day.  Flags will be placed on the graves on Friday, 23 May 2014 at 8:00AM.  Flags will be taken down on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at 8:00AM. There is a sign-in sheet in back of room for members wanting to help.  The West View Cemetery is across the street from the Easley Police Department.  Anyone wanting to help
please be at the West View Cemetery on 23 May at 8:00AM.

5.  Adjutant Paul Smith read the minutes of the 25 March 2014 monthly meeting.  Post 52 has 147 assigned members.   Post 52 monthly newsletters are on our web site.  Post 52 web site is:                          www.americanlegionpost52easleysc.org

6.  Post 52 Poppy Sales at Easley Wal Mart.  Our Post needs help.  Sign-up sheet available for one's wanting to help.  Anyone wanting to help please sign sheets.

7.  Flag Retirement Ceremony, 25 May, Sunday.  Sign-up sheet available for members wanting to help.  Practice days for ceremony will be:  3 May, 10:00AM, 10 May, 10:00AM, and 17 May, 4:00PM.

8.  Post 52 will sponsor 2 Law Cadets this year.  Tom Williamson is responsible for the program.

9.  Baseball tryouts will be held 5:30PM, Thursday, 8 and 9 May 2014.  First gameis Thursday, 22 May.  Post 52 needs volunteers to help with the at the ball park, (ticket stand and concession stand).

10.  Michael Powell a member of Post 52 passed away.  Post will donate $25.00 to his charity.

11.  Post 52 has Flags, hats and shirts available for sale.  Contact Adjutant Paul Smith if you would like one.

12.  Our CWP class will be 9 July at the Post 52 location.   Cost is $75.00.

13.  Post 52 will have elections for officers at the May monthly meeting.  Post 52 will have Pizza for members starting at 6:30PM at the May monthly meeting.  All present officers wish to continue.  Will ask for any new nominations from the floor. District Commander (Carlton Patterson) will be here at June 2014 monthly
meeting to conduct the installation of officers.

14.  A Post 52 yard sale is tentatively scheduled at the Post for 9 August.  Rain Date:16 August.  Also it was suggested that we have a hot dog sale at the yard sale.

15.  National Emergency Fund is the number one fund raising for our legion to aid Posts for different categories.  Post 52 will donate $50.00 to the National Emergency Fund.

16.  State Department Convention at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC on 30, 31 May and 1 June.  Call Adjutant Paul Smith if you wish to attend.

17.  There will be a breakfast at Applebees in Easley on 14 June at 7:30AM.  It is a fund raiser for our baseball team.  Tickets are $5.00 to attend.

18.  There will be a District Meeting at Pendleton on 26 May.  If you wish to go please meet at the Post 52 building at 9:15AM.

19.  There will be a breakfast at IHOP's  for members on 29 April.  Members wishing to attend, please be at IHOP's at 7:30AM.

20.  Gerald (Jerry) Sweitzer was our speaker.  He showed a video presentation of some of the cities in SC, NC, and GA of the areas that would be good for members and their families to visit.  Gerald Sweitzer is founder and principal of Non-Profit Success.  His civic activities in SC include Chairman of the Pickens County Vision 2025 and past board member of the Pickens County United Way.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way Association of SC. 

21.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

22.  Post 52 April monthly meeting was closed at 8:30PM by Commander, Dick Meyers.  Next monthly meeting is at 7:00PM on May 27, 2014.

 

 

March 25, 2014 Post 52  Monthly Meeting Newsletter

 

1.  The meeting was called to order by Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers at

7:00PM, 25 Mar 2014.

2.  Opening prayer given by Chaplain Bob Helms.

3.  Adjutant Paul Smith read minutes of February monthly meeting of 25 Feb 2014.

4.  Post 52 presently has 147 members.

5.  Dick Meyers, Post 52 Commander recognized a new member of our Post. Ray Crapo is originally from Pennsylvania and an Air Force Career Veteran.

6.  Neal Collins, a visitor to our meeting, is running for State Office in Easley.  He went to our Boys State Program.

7.  Our guest speaker for the meeting was Dianne Robinson of Robinson Memorial Gardens.  She thanked all veterans for their support and help in the community.  If you need information on veterans burial at Robinson Memorial Garden, please call Dianne at Robins Memorial Gardens.  Dianne read policy letter for burial of veteransat Robinson Memorial Gardens and gave information on burial at Robinson Memorial Gardens.  She also had handouts available for all members present which included a Family Record Book, a Robinson Funeral Home Booklet, a Lasting Tribute pamphlet, and a Funeral Tributes and Benefits for Veterans pamphlet.  It was an outstanding briefing and we thank Dianne for being our speaker.

8.  Harry DeWick gave a briefing on preparing for our Flag Retirement Ceremony. Harry will provide dates at next monthly meeting.  We need to have a rehearsal before the ceremony and he will provide dates also on that.

9.  Flag Sales.  The Post is doing good on their Flag Sales.  We have different flags available for sale from $25.00 to $35.00.  We also have Post 52 hats for sale at $22.00, and Post 52 shirts for sale at $45.00.  We also have Garrison Hats for $35.00 and American Legion Car Tags where you main SC License Plates fits inside for $5.00.

10.   The Boys State, Girls State program is from June 8 to June 15.  Paul Smith needs information this week on personnel attending.  The cost is $300.00 per individual to attend.  Post 52 will send 10 boys and 2 girls to the program.

11.  Our Poppy Sale program will be at Wal-Mart on 22, 23, and 25 May 2014 from 9:00AM to 6:00PM.  We need volunteers.  A sheet in the room is available for personnel to sign-up to help.

12.  A letter will be sent to all members to help in paying for our baseball team.  We will also have an Applebees Flapjack breakfast to support the baseball team on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:30AM to 10:00AM at Easley's Applebees.

13.  We will also have a Book and Yard Sale at Post 52 on August 9, 2014.  More information about the Book and Yard Sale will be forthcoming.

14.  On July 4 we will have a Hot Dog and Hamburger Luncheon for our Seniors. Our baseball team and our members may also attend.  More information will be forthcoming.

15.  Our Post is working on getting speakers to attend our monthly meeting.  Sofar we have the following who will attend.

       Marine Reserve Pilot Dwight Smith

       Lt Cmdr at Easley ROTC

       Senator Larry Martin

16.  American Legion Convention will be last weekend of May 2014 at the Greenville Hyatt.  Dates are May 30, 31, and June 1.  There is a $20.00 registration fee.  Contact Adjutant Paul Smith if you want to go.

17.  An April 1 newsletter will be sent to all Post 52 members.

18.  There will be a breakfast next Tuesday (April 1) at IHOP's at 7:30AM for members.

19.   Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

20.  Meeting was closed at 8:00PM by Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers.

 

 

 

Monthly Meeting Minutes of Post 52 Members Meeting on 25 Feb 2014.

1.  Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers called meeting to order at 7:00PM.

2.  Chaplain, Bob Helms gave opening prayer.

3.  Adjutant Paul Smith read minutes of last monthly meeting, Oct 2013 meeting.

4.  19 members were present at the meeting.

5.  Jerry Miller, first time to the monthly meetings introduced himself.  Prior Navy service.

6.  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Harry DeWick talked about having Walk Through Meeting and Actual Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Dates for Walk Through and Actual Flag Retirement Ceremony will be forthcoming.

7.  Post 52 Poppy Sale will be on 22, 23, and 25 May 2014 at Wall-Marts in Easley, SC. Time for Poppy Sale will be 9:00AM to 6:00PM.

8.  Baseball-Donnie Lockaby has agreed to coach the 2014 team.  He is contacting players and their parents as we speak.  Dick Meyers along with the duties of Post Commander will be the Athletic Director again this year.  The Department Baseball meeting will be held March 29, 2014 at 10:00AM at the Cayce, SC Post.  Last year Ameerican Legion SC hosted 100 baseball teams.  Two existing Posts in SC will reenter teams in Legion Baseball this year.

9.  Post 52 will have a Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's, June 14, 2014. 

10.  Boys and Girls State Program.  Post 52 hopes to send 9 boys to Boys State Program at Anderson College.  $300.00 per individual to attend program.  Boys State will be held June 8-15 at Anderson College.

11.  Looking for more members to join Post 52.  If you know of anyone who would like to join American Legion Post 52, please have them fill out application or have them come to monthly meeting.  We have 143 members enrolled in Post 52.  We need 152 members to reach our Department goal.

12.  We lost 28 year long member James Floyd Ramey of Post 52 on 5 Feb 2014.  The Commander was able to visit him in Hospice.  The following Post 52 members attended his visitation; (Jim Ruud, Carl Layman, Richard Dillon and Paul Smith).

13.  We had a Post 52 lighting ceremony for all the members that we lost during 2013.  9 of our members passed away last year and we had a candle lighting ceremony for them.  The following deceased members were remembered with a Post Everlasting Candlelight Ceremony.  (Rufus Alexander, John Shepard, James R. Shelton, Garnet Barnes, L.E. Smith, Ernest Chandler, Melvin Thomas, Kenneth Jennings, and Clayton Looper).

14.  Dick Meyers, Post 52 Commander attended Mid Winter Conference in Jan.  He briefed the Post on what the meeting was about and the subjects that were covered at the meeting. Post 52 received a Post Award for Outstanding Children and Youth Activities.

15.  Post 52 needs the DD form 214's of all Post 52 members.  Please bring a copy of your DD Form 214 to Adjutant Paul Smith.

16.  Five  Post 52 members attended the District 13 meeting at Post 107, Westminter, SC.  Members attending were Jim Ruud, Richard (Matt) Dillon, Carl Layman, Commander Meyers, and Paul Smith.

17.  There will be an Adjutant and Commander Training meeting in Columbia on 4 March 2014.

18.  There will be a Baseball Meeting on March 29, 2014, 10:00AM at the Cayce, SC Post for coach's and ad's.

19.  There will be a Department State Convention for SC at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC on 20, 31 May 2014 and 1 Jun 2014.  There is a $20.00 fee for delegates, alternates, and guests.  Members wising to go will pay fees to Post 52 and Post 52 will send the money to the State Department for attendance.

20.  All Department members are entitled to $1,000.00 of free accidental insurance.  A form must be filled out.  Adjutant Smith will ask for insurance applications.

21.  Post 52's new email address is:  AmLegPost52@yahoo.com

22.  All members are encouraged to bring canned goods to our monthly meeting.  Canned goods will be delivered to United Ministries.

23.  Sick Call-Dr Sidney Buckley, we need to continue him in our prayers.

24.  Member Joe Rowland was presented his Korean War Certificate by Commander Dick Meyers.

25.  CWP-We need a place to qualify with the pistols.  We have a teacher.

26.  Bones Wilson secured flag sales with the City of Easley.

27.  Veterans Affairs will issue new Veterans Cards with less personal info available.

28.  We discussed sending a couple of High School Seniors to Law Cadet training in June.

29.  Past Commander Carl Layman asked whoever can and will attend breadfast Tuesday March 4th at IHOP's in Easley, SC to continue a tradition started last year.

30.  Chaplain Bob Helms gave closing prayer.

31.  Post 52 Commander, Dick Meyers closed program at 8:00PM.

 

 

 

                                       

 

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