3RD QUARTER MEETING DATES AND SPEAKERS:
- October 22, 2019 – Robin Rucker, American Legion Department of SC 3rd Vice Commander
- November 26, 2019 – Pickens County Senator Rex Rice
- December 10 – Post 52 Christmas Party
- James Kasko
- Troy Pace
- Willie Chastain
- Bill Robinson
- Harold Rampey
- Richard Pavlick
- Dan Rampey
- Charles Wham
- Herman Masters
- Brenton Davis
- Bill Ross
- John Boyd
- Harry DeWick
- Steve Sally
- Carl Layman
- Sid Buckley II
- Bob Raker
- John McIntyre
- Joe Jones
- Mike McCoy
- Dub Fortner
- Pat Patterson
- Carolos Rhodes
- Chuck Zanzig
- Art Brewer
- Paul Hamilton
- Nancy Weese
- Buddy Moore
- B.B. Hooker
- Jerry Brezeale
PLEASE WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS WHO JOINED OUR POST DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2019:
- JARREL ALEXANDER
- CHARLES CHASTAIN
- TOMMY CHASTAIN
- WALLACE DURHAM
- RICHARD ELLIS
- NICHOLAS FLETCHER
- BEN HOUSTON
- ROLAND LABOUNTY
- THOMAS LESSING
- HARRY NASH
- BOBBY WALTERS
- PAUL WEST
- CHRISTINE HOUSELEY
- KEN OWENS
- RAYMOND WEATHERFORD
- CHARLES VAUGHN JR.
- MICHAEL PICKENS
- RICHARD NELMS
- RICHARD “BUTCH” HENDRIX
- DANIEL MILLER
- JOSEPH MORRIS
- LARRY HOLCOMBE
ADJUTANT TID BITS:
- Membership is always on my mind. Without large membership numbers it would not be a need to lobby Congress for veteran benefits simple because they would not listen. Today every veteran with an honorable discharge (DD214) who has served since December 7, 1941 is eligible to join the American Legion.
- To date Post 52 has either renewed or signed 157 new members since July 1, 2019. Our goal is to have 223 renewals and/or new members by December 31, 2019. If you have not paid your 2020 dues, please renew your membership before December 1, 2019.
- Members can renew online at www.legion.org or if you prefer send your $50.00 renewal fee to American Legion Post 52, 118A Legion Street, Easley, SC 29642.
- During the 101st Convention in August, a change to The American Legion’s National Constitution and Bylaws was approved to welcome “spouses” rather than just “wives” as members of an American Legion Auxiliary Unit. The American Legion Family of Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and Sons of the Legion should be able to grow our membership well beyond the current 3 million number.
- It has come to our attention that before a flag has been disposed of properly, the stars are being cut off by some organizations. Please read the information below from The American Legion National Americanism Division. This information is copied from the American Legion Department of SC web page:
“The American Legion does not subscribe to the practice of cutting the United States flag into individual pieces prior to proper disposal no matter what the reason or occasion may be. Our organization is of the opinion that when the flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display it should be disposed of in its entirety, preferably by burning as reflected in the U.S. Flag Code. The Americanism Constitution of The American Legion believes the flag began as a whole; therefore it is to be disposed of as a whole. Since 1937, our Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony is a fitting tribute to an overt display of patriotism, which enhances the understanding by the public of the honor and respect due to the flag of the United States. The ceremony guideline is available online at www.legion.org/flag/ceremony.”
- You can now subscribe to The American Legion’s text alerts when the flag has been ordered to fly at half- staff. To subscribe to the Flag Alerts, text Flag to 534466.
- Due to the slow response to ship merchandise ordered from Flag and Emblem, we are searching for alternative ways to purchase shirts, caps, flags, etc.
- Veterans Day is fast approaching. If you need a new flag or a house flag kit, please place your order with American Legion Post 52. Call Paul at 864-238-9144.
- The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program is a Legion program sponsored by the American Legion. It is designed to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. The objective is to develop leadership, ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation and acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American Citizenship. The Department (State) winner will receive a $1500 scholarship. The National winners will receive an $18,000 for 1st place, $16,000 for 2nd place, and $14000 for 3rd place. There are five assigned topics for 2020. The participant will choose one of the five topics. The Oratorical Contest is a worthy program but we have not participated in years because we do not have a chairman to direct the program. Who will volunteer?
WHAT IS AHEAD FOR POST 52 FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2019?
- Several members will be attending the American Legion Department of SC Fall convention in Columbia October 4th, 5th, and 6th. The convention will be the Marriott Hotel, Hampton Street, Columbia, SC.
- The Post 52 Christmas Party is confirmed and will be December 10, 2019 at 6 pm. It will be held at the South and West Hall, 109 1st Street, Easley, 29640. The price is $17.50 per person which includes the gratuity. BYOB, beer or wine only, is acceptable. No hard liquor. This year the Auxiliary is sponsoring the event. Please call PJ Williamson at 864-414-3986 or email PJ at Williamsontrc@yahoo.com to sign up for the party ahead of time so they will know how many meals are needed.
- A Veterans Day Parade will be held November 10, 2019 3 pm downtown Liberty. You can walk, ride in a truck, or on a trailer. Please wear your Legend Garrison Cap or baseball cap identifying the branch of military you served in. Following the parade, a salute to Pickens County Veterans will begin about 4 pm. If you do not call for reservation, you may not get into the program. The number to call is 864-898-5926.
- Post 52 will have a booth at the “Easley Fall for the Arts” October 5, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm on the square downtown. If you will volunteer to help please call Sam at 678-643-1643. It is a great opportunity to talk to people about membership and the American Legion.
- Post 52 will host a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting October 10, 2019 at 1 pm to dedicate the new street sign. This is the first time in 75 years post 52 has had a permanent street sign. Please be there and wear your Garrison Cap. Snacks will be served.
- To remember Veterans Day Post 52 members have been invited to share with the Croswell Elementary Students your military experiences with students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 am. Teaching young people about America is a part of our Americanism responsibilities.
- Post 52 has been asked to present a Veterans Day program at the Willows November 8, 2019 at 3 pm. The residents enjoy and appreciate the time we spend with them.
- The yearly Veterans Day Program will be November 11, 2019 at 1100 Hrs at Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Rd, Easley, 29642. If you have not already signed up, please call Paul at 864-238-9144. The program is outside and the ladies appreciate the escort we provide from the street to the seats.
- Flags will be placed on Veterans Graves in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries November 8, 2019 at 7:30 am and removed on November 12, 2019 at 7:30 am. Your assistance will be appreciated.
ARE YOU AWARE OF THE WORK THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED FOR VETERANS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2019? LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:
- Because of the Maryland American Legion the 40 foot Bladensburg Cross Memorial to soldiers who died in WWI will stand and continue to pay tribute to our fallen comrades.
- “Our flag is unique. It does not represent a dictator or a party or a geography, but a set of values. It is the shroud for the coffins of our dead service members, veterans and public officials. It is the tissue for the tears of those left behind. Because of its values, the U.S. Flag is the only flag with an anthem and code dedicated specifically to it. The American Legion National is lobbying Congress to make it a penalty to destroy our flag. It is important because the US Flag represents all that unites us as one nation under God.” This is a quote from an article on page 44 of the June 2019 American Legion magazine written by Retired General Patrick H. Brady. Show your patriotism by flying a flag.
- The article, “Taking Liberties”, written by Alan W. Dowd in the American Legion magazine page 30 July 2019 issue: he quotes Ronald Reagan as saying, “As government expands, liberty contracts”. Part of the Legion’s four pillars is our continued commitment to National Security. Socialism expands government and takes away our freedoms by contracting liberties. Be aware of what is happening in America and keep us free. It is a matter of National Security.
- Congress recently passed a bill so that every veteran who served from December 7, 1941 until today and has an honorable discharge can join the American Legion. Before Trump signed the bill, only veterans who served during war time were allowed to join the Legion. Every Legionnaire is a recruiter. Your job as a recruiter is to ask those veterans closest to you such as your spouse, brother, sister, son, daughter, cousin, friend, or neighbor to join. All veterans should have the opportunity to join the Legion.
- Congratulations and welcome to Bill Oxford past commander of Post 29 in Lenoir, NC being elected as the 2020 American Legion National Commander. He served in the Marines in Vietnam before retiring as a Colonel from the North Carolina National Guard after 34 years of service.
- The National Commander will issue a “Foundation for the Future Pin” to everyone who signs up 3 new members between now and May 31, 2020.
- The American Legion National Emergency Fund is available for those affected by Dorian. Post 52 donated $1,000 to the national fund from this year’s Poppy Sales.
- Darlene Walton, Department Membership chairman and Jim Jarvis, membership committee and Department Finance Officer have been visiting all over the state to hold Membership workshops with information and ideas on how to increase Legion Membership.
- A “Still Serving Forever Proud” pin will be issued to everyone who signs up a new member.
- The membership goal for every South Carolina Post is to reach 100% plus one.
2019/2020 POST 52 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
- COMMANDER – BONES WILSON
- ADJUTANT – PAUL SMITH
- 1ST VICE COMMANDER – JIM RUUD
- 2ND VICE COMMANDER – GARY HINTON
- FINANCE OFFICER – SAM GILLESPIE
- SERGEANT AT ARMS – TOM WILLIAMSON
- CHAPLAIN – BOB HELMS
- AMERICANISM – HARRY BILES
- HISTORIAN – RICHARD MEYERS
ADJUTANT TID BITS:
MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP
· Every member is responsible for membership. Every member knows a veteran who is not a member of the American Legion they can invite to join the Legion. You should ask this person at least 7 times. Membership means continued benefits for veterans and more support for American Youth programs.
· When someone ask you WIFM (what’s in for me), the answer is we are veterans helping veterans and teaching our young people about America and how to continue support for America. Our organization is about helping others.
· Post 52 is a place where you visit with fellow veterans every month. We are also active in the community and support American Legion Baseball, Palmetto Boys and Girls State, assist fellow veterans who may need transportation to the doctor, local VA facilities, visit primary schools to share our stories with the children, visit nursing homes, place flags on veteran graves Memorial Day and Veterans Day, place Wreaths on veterans graves every year, support the Easley High JROTC, participate in Easley’s Chamber of Commerce grand openings, support local charities and many more activities. The best part is, you choose how active you want to be.
· The American Legion was formed just after WWI to give aid to returning veterans who needed special attention. 100 years later we are still helping veterans who need special attention and still teaching our youth about America.
· The Four Pillars of the American Legion were established a couple of years after the Legion was formed in 1919. The Four Pillars remain the same today as they were when established. The four pillars are: (1) Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation, (2) National Security, (3) Americanism and (4) Children and Youth. We are still helping veterans, we are still concerned with National Security, we have youth programs designed to promote America, and we care for the children and youth of active members and veterans.
· VERY IMPORTANT IS HOW YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS HELPING TODAY? When the National Commander lobby’s Congress, he is lobbying for (1) to make it a criminal offense to destroy the American Flag, (2) add Cold War veterans benefits for the veteran who served but not during a recognized war time (3) to ensure Persian War Veterans are recognized for the many unseen troubles they have encountered while serving during Desert Storm, Afghanistan, or Iraq, (4) to recognize and support the special needs of our female veterans who make up more than 20% of the active military today, and (5) continue the benefits for veterans who are already receiving benefits.
· American Legion Post 52 members do all of the above for only a $50 per year membership fee. How you choose to participate is your choice but please remember your membership is at work always helping veterans and American youth. As a member you can take pride in being a legionnaire.
· Membership is the only way these needs can be met. When you ask a friend to join be prepared to tell him or her why they should belong. When you ask your friend the veteran to join be sure you have a copy of “Why You Should Belong” with you. The brochure tells about the four pillars and has an application on the inside back page to sign them up.
· In short, as a legionnaire you are helping veterans and American Youth.
WHAT IS AHEAD FOR THE REMAINING FOR POST 52 IN 2019?
· The Department of SC Commander Walt Richardson will be our guest at the July 23, 2019 meeting.
· The Department Fall Conference will be held at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201 October 4 thru October 6, 2019. You may call 1-803-771-7000 or 800-593-6465 for reservations by August 31. Many awards will be presented including Americanism, Children and Youth, History Book, Community Service, and Membership. Post 52 should receive several awards. The registration is $25 per person by September 9, 2019.
· The dates have not been set but we plan to participate in the Belk Charity Day Sale when it is scheduled.
· We have been invited to return to Croswell Elementary on November 8, 2019 to remember our fallen comrades during Veterans Day weekend and to share our military experiences with the students.
· We are invited to present Veteran Day programs at Sam’s Wholesale and The Willows after we present the primary Veterans Day program at Robinson Memorial Gardens on November 11, 2019 at 11 am.
· The Post 52 Christmas party date has been changed from December 3, 2019 to December 10, 2019 6 pm and will be held at the South & West Building across from Robinson Funeral Home downtown. More details will follow.
· The Wreaths Across America presentation will be December 14, 2019 at 10 am in Robinson Memorial Gardens.
· Post 52 has been asked to recognize Charles Vaughn who died in WWII along the Rhine River. We will refold the 48 star flag that was on his casket and recite the 13 meanings of each fold, present the flag to his son Charles, who will present the flag to the Pickens County Museum. Commander Walt Richardson will assist as we perform a Post Everlasting Ceremony for Mr. Vaughn.
· Walt Richardson from Post 193 Chapin was elected as the Department of South Carolina Commander for 2019/2020. He will join us July 23, 2019 at our monthly meeting.
· National Commander Reistaid introduced “Buddy Checks” as a way to reintroduce past members to the American Legion. The idea is to call a Buddy and encourage him or her to rejoin. If you know someone, please make contact and ask them to come back.
2019/2020 POST 52 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
· COMMANDER – BONES WILSON
· ADJUTANT – PAUL SMITH
· 1ST VICE – JIM RUUD
· 2ND VICE – GARY HINTON
· FINANCE – SAM GILLESPIE
· SERGEANT AT ARMS – TOM WILLIAMSON
· CHAPLAIN – BOB HELMS
· AMERICANISM – HARRY BILES
· HISTORIAN – RICHARD MEYERS
1ST QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2019
Dear Post 52 Members,
Happy Birthday to the American Legion. We should take pride in knowing we are part of the oldest and largest Veterans Organization and still doing the same thing we did 100 years ago. That is helping veterans. Maintaining membership is the key to our success.
Freddy’s hosted the American Legion Centennial Celebration for Post 52 and they did a fantastic job. They supplied the location, the bounce house, face painting, the magician and delicious meals. Thank you Freddy’s for allowing us to share in this fantastic opportunity. Thank you to every member and Auxiliary member who participated in this awesome day. It was the first community activity the Ladies Auxiliary has joined us after being chartered. We hope they will participate in everything we do and ask us to participate in anything they plan. The party was nationally recognized in the American Legion Magazine article proposals at www.legiontown.org. The article may be down the list by now but it is still there.
Post 52’s membership has grown by 64% the past 6 years. Paul Smith and Jim Ruud have been outstanding working as a team to grow the membership. Paul works the computer searching for Legion members in Easley but do not belong to our Post and Jim calls to remind members who for various reasons may have not renewed. It is also a Post tradition to use every community project as a membership drive. Every member should be a recruiter and should have an application with them all of the time ready to sign up a veteran. Paul is retiring from the Department’s 10 member Membership Committee after three years. Paul plans to use all of his future time working to increase the membership at Post 52.
We are in the middle of our fundraising season. Bones Wilson, Sam Gillespie, Dick Meyers, Bob Burns, and Larry Hamby have worked to make the Belk Charity Day Sale a success. Most of the proceeds from the Belk Charity Day Sale are donated to Meals on Wheels and used to feed 25 to 30 Veterans every day. The Post biggest fundraiser of the year is the Poppy’s we sell on Memorial Day Weekend at Wal Mart and Sam’s. Last year we sold 3000 Poppy’s and collected almost $6,000 which we shared entirely with the National Emergency Fund, Operation Comfort Warriors, Family Support Network and Child Welfare Foundation. When we purchase Poppy’s we acknowledge that 100% of the proceeds will go towards the welfare of veterans. The assistance of all members, who are able to volunteer, is requested and needed to work these two fundraisers. At present we have time slots that need to be filled. Each shift is 3 hours.
Post 52 has several members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Legion and Community. Paul Smith will receive the Frederick Carlos Jones Adjutant Post Achievement Award by the Department of South Carolina during lunch at the Department Convention May 31, 2019. Sam Gillespie received the Easley Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Ambassador of the Year Award for signing new members. Congratulations to both of these members for their special recognition.
At last Post 52 has a Ladies Auxiliary. It has taken several years of planning and persistence before this became a reality. Ladies who are wives or daughters of American Legion can join the Auxiliary or if their Father, Mother, Sister or Brother was a veteran and is deceased they are eligible to join. The Auxiliary has already taken responsibility for the Christmas Party later this year. You can be assured it will be better planned occasion than in the past.
Baseball tryouts are April 30 and May 1, 2019. American Legion Baseball is 100% funded by the Legion. The players are only asked to bring their best game, cleats, and gloves. There are 3500 active American Legion Baseball teams in America. You may be interested to know that 59 former Legion Players are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Many of us played Legion baseball and still remember the experience. These players will also remember the experience. Please support the team by attending the games.
I was elected as the District 13 Commander during the last District meeting and will begin my duties in July. If re-elected I will also continue my duties as Commander of Post 52 for 2019/2020.
Thank you to all members for the continued success of Post 52. It takes a team to be successful and we are a team.
For God and Country,
Bones Wilson, Post 52 Commander
2ND QUARTER MEETING DATES:
· April 23, 2019 – Awards for Easley Police and Fire Department
· May 28, 2019 – City of Easley Street Report
· June 25, 2019 – Sons of the Legion
· Troy Pace
· Jim Kasko
· Charles Chastain
· Bill Robinson
· Harold Rampey
· John Boyd
· Harry DeWick
· Billy Beavers
· Steve Sally
· Bill Ross
· Carl Layman
· Sid Buckley II
· Bob Raker
· Richard Pavlich
· John McIntyre
· Joe Jones
· Mike McCoy
· Dub Fortner
· Nancy Weese
· Pat Patterson
· Kara Forward
· Phil Prevatte
· Bob Burns
· Carlos Rhodes
· Buddy Moore
· Harold Corn
· Dick DeShields
· Chuck Zanzig
ADJUTANT TID BITS:
MEMBERSHIP – MEMBERSHIP – MEMBERSHIP
· Membership is the life blood of the American Legion. When the American Legion was chartered in 1919 the primary goal was to help WWI Veterans. Today at 100 years old our membership is helping WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam, Panama, Lebanon/Grenada and Gulf War Veterans. By combining all national memberships into one entity proves two things. (1) It is a powerful force demanding results when the National Commander lobbies Congress for Veteran Benefits and (2) every single membership is important. At Post 52, we are doing our part but believe we can do more. Post 52 membership’s reached 216 members this year which is us up from 135 members 6 years ago. We are proof that post memberships can be increased. Members, thank you for all of the hard work you did in 2018/2019 to reach the 100% membership goal. It took a real effort on everybody’s part. Please continue to share with your veteran friends the value of the American Legion Membership and ask them to join. ALWAYS BE READY TO TALK ABOUT THE LEGION, Carry a membership application with you.
· We have two membership goals next year. Our first goal for 2019/2020 will be to renew all of our members and increase the membership to 238. Our second effort will be to reach the 100% membership goal by December 31, 2019. I believe it can be done with the co-operation of all members.
· We are sending 12 Easley High Students to Palmetto Boys State June 9 – 15, 2019. All members of Post 52 are invited to attend Palmetto Boys State opening night June 9, 6 pm. If you have never attended you should make plans to attend. It is an experience you will never forget.
· Unfortunately we are only given three positions for Palmetto Girls State and they are filled. The Auxiliary will be responsible in the future for selecting the Girl State representatives.
· Post 52 will send two students to the Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy. The young people who attend return home very excited about a future as a first responder. It is a privilege to be a part of their future.
· Being 100 years old this year, The American Legion Department of South Carolina will be celebrating the Centennial at the Department Convention next month. You don’t want to miss the celebration.
· Memorial Day is May 27. If you do not have a flag flying at your home, Post 52 will sell you a heavy duty flag kit for your home for $60. The kit includes the flag, pole, and bracket. If you already have a flag pole, individual flags 3’x5’ can be purchased for $25. The American Legion American Flag is made in America, with cloth made in America, embroidered stars, and double stitched on the perimeter to prevent tearing. My last flag flew night and day for two years before it had to be replaced. The flags are in inventory at the Post.
· Post 52 keeps Legion shirts and Garrison Caps in inventory. The Garrison Cap is the American Legion uniform and should be worn to all Legion events. The shirts and caps sell for $55 each. These two items are sold at our cost.
· The piano is not being played so we have donated it to a young man who will put it to use. It should be picked up this week. We needed the piano space for storage and have purchased a used 3 drawer 48” long file cabinet for $60.00 to use in that space.
· You can watch The American Legion’s new centennial documentary at www.legion.org/legiontv. “TO STRENGTHEEN A NATION” has professional actors, who are also Legionnaires, crisscrossing the country to discover how The American Legion was formed, grew, and serves community, state, and nation today.
Basic Training Again?
· The American Legion has a Basic Training course that is designed to teach you the history and programs of the American Legion. The course is located on line at www.legion.org/basictraining. I know Bones, Walt, and I have taken and passed the course. (It is impossible to fail). Challenge yourself to learn more about the Legion.
· As a veteran you have earned the right to salute the flag. Please make it a habit to salute the American Flag when you enter and leave the Post.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR POST 52?
· Post 52 nominations for the 2019/2010 executive committee will be made April 23, 2019 during the monthly meeting.
· Baseball tryouts will be April 30 and May 1 at 7pm in Alice Park, Highland Road, Easley
· Regular baseball starts the week of May 21.
· Post 52 members will place American Flags on the graves of all Veterans in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries May 23 and remove May 28 at 7:30 am each day.
· We are selling Poppy’s in the front doors at Wal-Mart and Sam’s starting at 9 am May 24th, 25th, and 27th. Each shift is three hours and 8 members are needed to man every door every three hours. If you will volunteer and you have not already signed up, please call me at 864-238-9144 or email me at email@example.com to fill a vacant time.
· The Department Convention is May 31, June 1, and June 2 will start each day at 9 am. The Post is paying the $25 cost per person to attend. If you want to attend the luncheon it is an additional $30 per person. The convention is held at The Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, 29201. If you wish to stay overnight, call 1-800-593-6465 before May 1 for the special $109.00 per night rate. If we are to fulfil our voting responsibilities Post 52 needs 12 members to attend on Friday May 31 to be able to count all of our votes. The voting is critical this year because there are 28 amendments to make changes to the constitution. I heard that many of the amendments are to change how the department officers are elected. Our votes are our voice in the proposed changes.
· During the May 28 monthly meeting we will vote for Post 52 next year’s executive committee.
· During the June 25 monthly meeting the new executive officers will be sworn in.
· Post 52 will host the annual July 4th lunch for the residents of The American Legion Apartments. All members are invited. More information later.
· Veterans Day will be Monday November 11 at 11 am. More information will follow,
· The Ladies Auxiliary has taken charge of the annual Christmas Party. They will give a time and location later.
· Our annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony will be December 14, 2019 at 10 am. It is one of the most successful programs we have.
· Other Post 52 programs will be added to this list as they are offered.
WHAT’S BEHIND POST 52 FOR 2019?
· The Spring Fling earned more than $500 for the Post. We sold flags, Rifle Raffle Tickets, and Poppy’s. Several Veterans asked about joining the Legion and were given applications. Follow up is crucial. We need an in place system to follow up on the application we give out. Do you have a suggestion?
· We sent more than a 1000 pounds of food and supplies to United Ministries the First Quarter of 2019. Post 52 is donating more than 4000 pounds a year.
· We have less than 20 Rifle Raffle tickets to sell. Great job team. The Post will net $2500. If you want one of the remaining tickets please call me at 864-238-9144.
· The Doll House was donated by Richard Pavlich. The intention was to raffle it off at the Centennial Celebration but it was damaged during transportation to Freddy’s. It is being repaired before deciding how it will used to earn money for the Post.
· The highlight of the 1st Quarter was the Centennial Celebration at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. It was a community success.
· Post 52 hosted the District 13 meeting April 20. Bones Wilson was elected as the next District 13 Commander. He will take the office in July.
· The Rifle Raffle has been a department success. Post 52 will earn $2500 from the sale of Rifle Raffle tickets. Thank you to everyone who participated in the sale. We still have about 20 tickets to sell.
· National Commander Raistad is offering a pin to everyone who signed at least three new members during this Legion year. Post 52 has several members who have earned the pin.
· Commander Raistad has called for a “Buddy Check”. This simply means to make contact with someone who was a member but dropped out for reasons we do not know, it could have been because of an illness but is now healed, loss of a spouse, or they just need to know someone cares. The commander described this not as a membership campaign but as a comradeship campaign. The personal contact sometimes makes a difference to many people. Anyone who returns to the Legion after being gone for a year counts as a new member even though they will keep their old membership number.
Touring the Fire Truck during the Centennial Celebration
Receiving the Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Certificate
LtoR, Jim Stewart, Cindy Hopkins, Paul Smith, Bones Wilson, Jim Ruud
Centennial Celebration at Freddy’s March 16, 2019
L to R: Paul Smith, Harry Biles, Kent Dykes, Dick Meyers, Robin Rucker, John McIntyre, Earl Mawhinney
Jim Stewart, Bones Wilson, Jim Ruud, Larry Hamby, Art Johns, Jerry Brezeale, Walt Richardson, Dale Owen
The Post 52 entrance this spring thanks
To the Apartments Residents
Sam Gillespie receiving the Ambassador
of the Year Award from the Chamber of
AMERICAN LEGION POST 52
118A LEGION STREET
EASLEY, SC 29642
4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2018
1ST QUARTER 2019 MEETING DATES:
January 22, 2019 (soup and cornbread supper)
February 26, 2019
MARCH 26, 2019
· JOHN BOYD
· HARRY DEWICK
· BILLY BEAVERS
· JOHNNIE BEASLEY
· STEVE SALLY
· B.B. HOOKER
· BILL ROSS
· CARL LAYMAN
· SID BUCKLEY II
· BOB RAKER
· RICHARD PAVLICK
· RALPH BUCHNER
· JOHN MCINTYRE
· JOE JONES
· MIKE MCCOY
· DUB FORTNER
· NANCY WEESE
· PAT PATTERSON
· JAMES KASKO
POST EVERLASTING SINCE JANUARY 1, 2018.
· CHARLES BURRELL 7/20/2018
· HOMER CROWE 2/26/2018
· RICHARD DILLON 3/15/2018
· ROBERT FONDRY 5/7/2018
· CHARLES GARRETT 7/20/2018
· DONALD HILTON 6/21/2018
· WILLIAM MORGAN 5/7/2018
· L. PRESSLEY 8/2/2018
· PAUL RINALDO 8/27/2018
2019 PLANNED EVENTS:
· 1/12/2019 COFFEE AND DONUTS FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM AT THE POST. JUST A GET TOGETHER
· 1/22/2019 SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER
· 1/22/2019 POST EVERLASTING FOR 2018 DECEASED
· 2/9/2019 COFFEE AND DONUTS FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM AT THE POST
· 3/11/2019 COFFEE AND DONUTS FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM AT THE POST
· MARCH 2019 BIRTHDAY PARTY TO 100 YEARS OF AMERICAN LEGION
· 4/13/2019 COFFEE AND DONUTS FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM AT THE POST
· APRIL 23, 2019 AWARD EASLEY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR AND EASLEY’S FIREMAN OF THE YEAR – WITH SUPPER
· APRIL 2019 - SELECT REPRESENTATIVES FOR PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE
· APRIL 2019 - SELECT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY
· NOMINATIONS FOR POST OFFICERS
· APRIL 2019 INTERVIEW AND SELECT DELEGATES TO PALMETTO AND BOYS STATE
· APRIL 23, 2019 – MEMBERS WILL MAKE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2019/2020 YEAR
· MAY 2019 AND JUNE 2018 – AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL
· MAY 23, 2019 – PLACE FLAGS ON VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES, EASLEY.
· MAY 22, 23, AND 25 MEMORIAL DAY POPPY SALES
· MAY 28, 2019 REMOVE FLAGS FROM THE VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIS
· MAY 28, 2019 – EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION
· MAY 29 AND 30, 2019 ATTEND THE SPRING DEPARTMENT CONVENTION
· JUNE 25, 2019 - NEW OFFICERS WILL BE INSTALLED
· JULY 4TH, 2018 – ANNUAL HOT DOG AND HAMBURGER LUNCH WITH APARTMENT RESIDENTS
· NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – PLACE FLAGS ON VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIS, EASLEY
· NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – VETERANS DAY
· NOVEMBER 12, 2018 – REMOVE FLAGS FROM VETERANS GRAVES IN WESTVIEW AND MAULDIN CEMETERIES.
· DECEMBER 3, 2019 CHRISTMAS PARTY
· DECEMBER 14, 2019 WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
ADJUTANT “TID BITS”
MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP
· BRIDGET LEWIS COMMANDER OF AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA DISTRICT THREE HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT MEMBERSHIP: “MEMBERSHIP IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION. WITHOUT MEMBERS, THERE WOULD BE NO LEGION PROGRAMS. WITHOUT MEMBERS, WE WOULD HAVE NO VOICE ON CAPITOL HILL. WITHOUT MEMBERS THERE WOULD NO ACCOMPLISHMENT IN ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT FOR VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, THE COMMUNITY, STATE AND NATION. THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS RECORDED CONSISTENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES SINCE 1919”. WE, THE LEGION, ARE 100 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR. YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS THE NUMBER 1 FACTOR USED BY NATIONAL COMMANDER RAISTAD WHEN HE LOBBIES CONGRESS FOR VETERAN AND YOUTH BENEFITS.
· THE PAST 3 YEARS POST 52 HAS REACHED OUR GOAL OF 100% RENEWALS BY FEBRURARY 1, IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED FOR 2019 PLEASE RENEW TODAY.
· THE 2019 RIFLE RAFFLE IS IN PROGRESS AS I WRITE. THE GOAL FOR THE POST IS TO SELL A MINIMUM OF 200 TICKETS AT $25.00 EACH. POST 52’S SHARE OF EVERY TICKET WE SELL IS $10. A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN WILL BE GIVEN AWAY EVERY WEEK FOR 52 WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 9, 2019. THAT IS 52 DRAWINGS FOR $25 UNLESS YOU WIN WHEN THAT WINNING TICKET IS REMOVED FROM THE DRAWING. YOU MUST BE 18 TO WIN AND YOU MUST BE ABLE TO LEGALLY PURCHASE A GUN. POST 52 IS RESPONSIBLE AND HAS TO ACCOUNT FOR EVERY RAFFLE TICKET. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE RIFLES WILL BE USED TO REFURBISH THE 90 MM ANTI AIRCRAFT/TANK GUN SITTING ON POPE FIELD BEHIND THE EASLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS. HELP SELL THE RAFFLE TICKETS BY PICKING UP YOUR TICKETS TODAY. FYI: LAST YEAR POST 52 SOLD 3 WINNING TICKETS.
· HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW THE PROCEEDS COLLECTED BY POST 52 FUNDRAISERS DURING THE YEAR ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED? WHETHER YOU ARE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OR NOT YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR NATIONAL AMERICAN LEGION AND YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY CHARITIES. DURING 2018 POST 52 DONATED TO FOUR AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL CHARITIES (1) NATIONAL EMERGENCY FUND, (2) OPERANTION COMFORT WARRIORS, (3) FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK, AND (4) CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION USING FUNDS THAT WERE DONATED FOR POPPIES ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. ALL PROCEEDS FROM POPPY DONATIONS HAVE TO BE SHARED WITH VETERANS OR VETERAN FAMILIES. LOCALLY COLLECTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE BELK CHARITY DAY SALES WERE DONATED TO MEALS ON WHEELS, UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, AND THE SALVATION ARMY. POST 52 ALSO DONATED MORE THAN 1000 POUNDS OF FOOD AND NECESSARY ITEMS COLLECTED AT ALL MONTHLY MEETINGS TO UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES. GREAT JOB MEMBERS, LET’S DO IT AGAIN IN 2019.
· WE DEPEND ON THE FOLLOWING FUNDRAISERS TO FUND THE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS POST 52 SUPPORTS: (1) POST 52’S SHARE OF THE DUES IS $16, (2) POPPIES - THE PUBLIC DONATES VARIOUS AMOUTS DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, LAST YEAR WE SOLD 3000 POPPIES (3) WE EARN $5 FROM SELLING BELK CHARITY DAY COUPONS, (4) WE EARN $5 FOR EVERY WREATH WE PURCHASE FROM WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA, (5) EVERY OTHER YEAR WE SELL RIFLE RAFFLE TICKETS, AND (6) FRIENDS OF THE LEGION AND POST 52 MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL AND PALMETTO BOYS AND GIRLS STATE. EVERY DOLLAR WE COLLECT IS ASSIGNED TO A NATIONAL LEGION CHARITY OR USED TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. FYI: POST 52 DOES NOT RECEIVE RENT FROM THE APARTMENTS.
· THE SOUP AND CORNBREAD SUPPER JANUARY 22, 2019 IS A TIME DESIGNED TO ENJOY A MEAL AND MEET WITH OTHER MEMBERS. IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE SUPPER AND PLAN TO BRING SOUP, CORNBREAD, DESERT, CRACKERS, PLATES, NAPKINS, UTENSILS, BOWLS OR CANNED SOFT DRINKS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD TO BORROW CARD TABLES AND CHAIRS FROM MEMBERS TO SEAT EVERYONE. I HOPE WE HAVE TO DO THE SAME THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR WE HAD 9 CROCK POTS FULL OF SOUP AND IT WAS ALL CONSUMED. WE WILL BEGIN SERVING AT 5:30 PM AND THE MEETING WILL START AT 7 PM.
· POST 52 IS PLANNING TO CELEBRATE THE AMERICAN LEGION 100TH BIRTHDAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH FREDDIES’S CUSTARD, EASLEY ON MARCH 16, 2019. MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW AS SOON AS THEY ARE COMPLETE. PLAN TO CELEBRATE THE AMERICAN LEGION 100TH BIRTHDAY.
· POST 52 MEMBER RICHARD PAVLICK MADE A DOLL HOUSE FOR THE POST TO DO ANYTHING WITH WE WANT TO. IF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AGREES WE WILL RAFFLE THE DOLL HOUSE TICKETS TO POST MEMBERS AND PUBLIC THE DAY OF THE 100TH CELEBRATION. RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE $10 EACH. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE RAFFLE WILL BE USED TO FUND THE APPLICANTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE NATHAN WOLFE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY. AT THE ACADEMY APPLICANTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY LAW ENFORCEMENT, EMS TECHNIQUES, LEARN HOW TO DRIVE A LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES, SHOOT BOW AND ARROWS, AND RIFLES. THIS IS A FUN FILLED ACTIVE WEEK FOR OUR FUTURE FIRST RESPONDERS.
· THE NEXT VETERAN GET TOGETHER WILL BE FEBRUARY 8, 2019 FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM AT THE POST. PLEASE JOIN US FOR COFFEE AND DONUTS.
· THE RIFLE RAFFLE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND EVERY POST TO EARN EXTRA FUNDS. THE DEPARTMENT KEEPS $15 PER TICKET AND EACH POST KEEPS $10 PER TICKET.
· THE DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE MARRIOTT IN COLUMBIA MAY 31, JUNE 1 AND 2, 2019. MORE DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE.
· AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL HAS ADOPTED THE SOUTH CAROLINA MEMBERSHIP SLOGAN “STOP THE SLIDE”.
· THE AMERICAN LEGION IS 100 YEARS OLD MARCH 15, 2019.
· WHEN THE AMERICAN LEGION WAS CHARTERED MARCH 15, 1919 700,000 VETERANS JOINED. THE LEGION WAS THE FIRST VETERAN ORGANIZATION TO LOBBY CONGRESS FOR VETERAN MEDICAL BENEFITS. THE OVERALL GOAL WAS TO HELP AND SUPPORT VETERANS. THE VETERAN SUPPORT CONTINUES TODAY. THE LEGION IS STILL SUPPORTING VETERANS.
VIETNAM VETERAN CINDY CARTER PLACING THE WREATH REMEMBERING ALL AIR FORCE VETERANS
AFGHANISTAN VETERAN TRAVIS EVANS PLACED THE WREATH REMEMBERING ALL MARINE VETERANS
THIS BEAUTIFUL DOLL HOUSE IS VALUED AT MORE THAN $500 WILL BE RAFFLED OFF
BY POST 52 ON MARCH 16, 2019 DURING THE AMERICAN LEGION 100 YEAR CELEBRATION
AT FREDDY’S CUSTARD IN EASLEY. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.
TICKETS ARE $10.00 EACH.
3rd QUARTER MEETING DATES:
· October 23, 2018 – 7 pm, Barbara Moore Speaker
· November 27, 2018 –7 pm, Speaker unknown at this time
· December 4, 2018 – 6:30 pm Post 52 Christmas Party Smithfield’s Country Club
· John Boyd
· Harry DeWick
· Billy Beavers
· Johnnie Beasley
· Steve Sally
· B.B. Hooker
· Harold Whitlock
· Bill Ross
· Carl Layman
· Sid Buckley II
· Bob Raker
· Richard Pavlick
· Ralph Buchner
· John McIntyre
· Joe Jones
· Mike McCoy
· Dub Fortner
· Troy Pace
· Paul Hamilton
· L.C. Pressley
· Paul Rinaldo
· Don Hilton
· Everyone who attended the monthly meeting on September 25 enjoyed having and hearing the students who attended Palmetto Boys and Girls State. They are exceptional young people who represented Post 52 with pride.
· Bones Wilson, Dick Meyers, and Paul Smith attended the Department Fall Convention at the Marriott in Columbia September 29th and 30th.
· Rep. Neal Collins has invited Post 52 members to participate in the Youth Reading Program in Pickens County next summer. If you have an interest in participating please contact Paul Smith at 864-238-9144.
· Post 52 was able to donate more than $5000 to local and national charities last month. The funds used were proceeds from The Belk Charity Day Sale last month and Poppy Sales collected during the Memorial Day Weekend. Locally we donated to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, and United Christian Ministries with focus on the Veterans served by these Charities. Nationally we donated to the National Emergency Fund, Operation Comfort Warriors, The Temporary Financial Assistance, and The Family Support Network. According to American Legion rules the funds collected during the Poppy Sales have to be used for veterans. We achieved that goal. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the programs.
· “Dragon Fly”. We purchased a brick to be placed in the Kimberly Hampton Memorial “Dragon Fly” at the Easley Library to represent American Legion Post 52. Individual bricks with your names are available for $100 apiece. As a veteran please support this worthy program.
· Belk Charity Sale – contact Sam Gillespie at 678-643-1643 – the Post receives $5 per coupon they sell
1. Thursday October 25, 2018 sell coupons at Belk from 11 am to 2 pm
2. Saturday October 27, 2018 sell coupons at Belk from 11 am to 2 pm
3. Tuesday October 30, 2018 sell coupons at Belk from 11 am to 2 pm
4. Friday November 2, 2018 sell coupons at Belk from 11am to 2 pm
5. Saturday November 3, 2018 – be at Belk at 6 am to 8 am to work the sale
· Veterans Day Weekend events: It is a busy but productive time for our Post. Every member is invited to participate in all of the programs. Call Paul at 864-238-9144 if you plan to participate in any or all of the programs. You can use the opportunity to support the Post, the Pickens Country Veterans Affairs Office, Pickens County Schools and veteran residents of some of our local assisted living homes.
1. Friday November 9, 2018 2:00 pm we will present two Veteran’s Day Program at the Willows located at 105 Willow Place, Easley 29640.
2. Saturday November 10, 2018, 10 am – the annual Veteran’s Day Program teaming with Robinson Memorial Gardens.
3. Saturday November 10, 2018, 1 pm – the annual Sam’s Wholesale Warehouse Veterans Day Celebration
4. We are invited to attend a Bar-b-que supper 4 pm at Golden Creek Baptist Church, Liberty, SC 4 pm.
5. Veteran’s Day November 11, 2018 – Veteran’s Day Parade at 2 pm in Liberty and the Veteran’s Patriotic Show 4:30 pm in the Pickens Country Performing Arts Center
6. Monday November 12, 2018 7:30 be at Croswell Elementary School to greet the students as they arrive for school, breakfast, and speak to several classes after breakfast.
7. Monday November 12, 2018 10:30 am - We are invited to attend the Pickens High School Veterans Day Program at the Pickens High School Football Field. Please attend and support these young people.
(Telephone Sherry Harris, Pickens Country Service Officer, 864-898-5243, to sign up for the church barbeque, parade, and the show at the civic center)
· Wreaths Across America - Saturday December 17, 2018 at 10 am.
· March 11, 2019 2 pm to 7 pm – American Legion Post 52 will celebrate the American Legions 100th Birthday with the help of Freddie’s Custard in Easley. The plans are to have activities for children and adults. Please join us for a fun day.
PLEASE PLAN TO PARTICPATE AND BE A PART OF THE PROGRAMS
ADJUTANT’S TID BITS:
· There will be a District 13 Meeting at Central Post 151, 375 Garvin Road, Liberty, SC 29657 Saturday November 10, 2018 10 am. We are planning our Veterans Day program during the same time.
· We have 2 each Department 100 Year Centennial Celebration Coins available for sale. See me or call me at 864-238-9144, Paul. The coins are $10 each. When they are gone, we will not be able to get anymore.
· We have 4 each 2018 (100 Year) National Convention Coins for sale. They are $10 each. First come first served.
· The golf cart has been a success for transporting members from The Pope Field parking lot on meeting nights. Please call me at 864-238-9144 if you will volunteer to drive the golf cart before and after the monthly meeting October 23, 2018.
· Don’t forget Legion shirts with Post 52 logos and Garrison Caps with Post 52 logos are available for $50 each. Baseball Caps with Post 52 logos are $22 and available for sale.
· If you need a new flag, Post 52 has 3x5, 4x6, and 5x8 American and South Carolina nylon flags available for sale. Home flag kits (flag, pole, and bracket) are also available. Call me at 864-238-9144 or Bones at 864-230-4765 for your flag.
· You may have noticed Post 52 is now flying a POW/MIA flag. The flag was donated by Bones Wilson.
· Tim Elrod, Baseball coach for American Legion Post 52 wants to have a fall camp for boys 8 to 14 years old. The cost of the two day camp will be $60.
· During the recent Department Fall Convention Growing Membership was again stressed. We all know we will not have a Legion if we do not have the members to support the National Commander when he or she lobbies Congress for Veteran and Youth Benefits. If you have not renewed, renew your membership today.
· Emphasis was put on getting the award recommendations in by February 15, 2019. The categories are Firefighter of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, Teacher of the year, EMS Technician of the Year, Oratorical Contest, Adjutant of the year, and Commander of the year. Any application submitted late will not be considered for the award.
· National Commander Reistad has Team 100 to be our centennial membership theme. The goal is to increase our membership and start our second century of service off on the right foot.
A Membership Excellence Team 100 pin will be given to anyone whos sign up three new members between now and May 31, 2019. The qualifications are as follows: any eligible person joining for the first time in 2019. You may view the pin at www.legion,org/commander/pin
WHAT THE AMERICAN LEGION DOES NATIONALLY
Processes more than 600 disability appeals per month for veterans trying to get their VA medical benefits
Sponsors more than 5,000 American Legion Baseball teams, comprising more than 100,000 ballplayers
Helps families of deployed troops through its Family Support Network and Operation Military Family Outreach
Awards college scholarships to children whose mothers or fathers have sacrificed their lives in the global war on terrorism through the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund
Through its Temporary Financial Assistance program, helps the children of veterans who are suffering hardships
Through its Heroes to Hometown program, works with communities to welcome back their returning veterans and help them make the transition to civilian life
Lobbies Congress to upgrade and improve Post 9/11 Bill education benefits (the Legion wrote the original 1944 GI Bill that educated 8 million veterans)
Urges Congress to provide enough VA funding to take care of veteran medical facilities nationwide.
Volunteers about one million hours every year at 160 VA medical facilities nationwide
Gives emergency financial assistance to Legion families hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other disasters through The American Legion National Emergency Fund
Offers community programs that encourage the intellectual and social growth of American’s children (Boys State, Nationals Oratorical Competition, Junior Shooting Sports, Boy Scouts)
Raises funds to improve the quality of life for active duty troops through Operation Warmth
WHAT AMERICAN LEGION POST 52 DOES LOCALLY
Sponsors selected high school juniors to Palmetto Boys/Girls State Programs
Sponsors American Legion Baseball.Nationally more than 5000 teams participate consisting of more than 100,000 players
Sponsors selected high school students for The Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy
Recognizes local Policeman and Fireman of the Year with Plaques and Certificates
Sends Donations to National and South Carolina Department Programs
Assist local veterans in need transportation to the VA Clinic in Greenville
Conducts a Flag Retirement program every year to properly retire worn out and tattered American Flags
Sponsors a Fourth of July Lunch for the residents of The American Legion Apartments
Assist Veterans with groceries when needed.(with proof of service)
Provide veterans who need help and have been denied with Medical Benefits with assistance by connecting them with the proper organization
Post 52 members will raise and lower American Flags for companies or organizations when asked.
Post 52 members place flags on Veteran graves in Westview Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veteran Day
With assistance from Robinson Memorial Gardens we plan and organize a Veteran Day Ceremony every year on November 11 at 11:00 am.
Awards Certificates and Medals to Easley High School JROTC students who have earned special recognition as a JROTC Cadet.
Presents Certificates to Easley High Palmetto Boys/Girls State citizens
Presents an Easley High School young man and young lady with the American Legion Citizenship Award
AMERICAN LEGION POST 52
118A LEGION STREET
EASLEY, SC 29642
2ND QUARTER NEWSLETTER APRIL THROUGH JUNE MARCH 2018
As expected the second quarter, as all second quarters are, was a very busy time for Post 52. It started in April with presenting plaques to the Easley Police Officer of the year, Jose Medina and Easley Firefighter of the Year, Jack Jones. Our longest serving member (72 years) Bill Robinson furnished a very tasty Bar-B-Que supper which was served by Heather Webb Catering. Thank you Bill for your generosity.
In May American Legion Baseball started and lasted until the end of June. The team played three games a week weather permitting. Several games had to be made up andrequired more than the three days a week that were scheduled. We lost being able to play in the play-off’s by a half game. Even though we lost, the players represented the Legion with courtesy and respect. I am proud of their behavior. Thank you to all the members who volunteered to make the season a reality.
Almost 20 members of Post 52 helped with selling Poppy’s in front of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Wholesale Warehouse for three days Memorial Day weekend. On Memorial Day Post 52 held a Memorial Day Program in front of Wal-Mart. Many customers stopped and paid tribute to our fallen along with the Post members.
During the monthly meeting in May members who were present at the monthly meeting elected the executive board for the 2018/2019 Legion year.
The American Legion Department of South Carolina held the Spring Convention June 1, 2, and 3rd. Post 52 was recognized with their third gold ribbon in three years. Last year Post 52 increased their membership by 119%. Great job. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a successful membership year. Our membership goal for 2018/2019 is 208 renewals and new members. Carry a copy of “Why You Should Belong” with you to be prepared when you have the opportunity to talk with a veteran about the Legion.
The fall and early winter months will bring another busy time for Post 52. It starts with the Belk Charity Day Sale August 25, 2018. Every member can participate by agreeing to sell 5 coupons. During the week prior to Veteran’s Day Post 52 members will visit several schools and teach the young people about our flag and what it means to a veteran. The Veteran’s Day program will be Saturday November 10th, 2018 11:00 am instead of Sunday November 11, 2018 11:00 am.
Many of you have enjoyed the Christmas Party the past few years. It is a time when we can as a group celebrate the birth of Christ and just enjoy being with each other. This year our party will be Tuesday December 4, 2018 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club. Please make plans to attend.
Thank you all for being members of Post 52 Easley. Everyone, whether active at the post level or not, are contributing to the overall success of The American Legion. Your membership today means the veteran of tomorrow will receive the benefits he or she deserves.
For God and Country,
Bones Wilson, Commander
2ND QTR MEETING DATES: We meet the fourth Tuesday at 7 pm every month
July 24, 2018 – Senator Rex Rice is the scheduled speaker
August 28, 2018 – Representative Neal Collins is the scheduled speaker
September 25, 2018 – Meet the Easley High students who attended Palmetto Boys and Girls State
WELCOME TO POST 52 NEW MEMBERS FROM MARCH 1, 2018 TO JUNE 30, 2018
Sid Buckley II
Sid Buckley II
POST EVERLASTING SINCE JANUARY 1, 2018
Robert Fondry – May 7, 2018
William Morgan – May 7, 2018
Donald Hilton – June 21, 2018
Charles Garrett – July 20, 2018
Charles Burrell – July 20, 2018
50 people, members and the American Legion Apartments residents enjoyed a yearly hamburger and hot dog lunch at the post to celebrate the birth of our nation July 4, 2018.Everyone had a great time.
Members, members families and residents re-dedicated the Monument remembering our comrades who did not come home. The monument was brought home after journeying to several places in the city the past 20 years.It is now permanently placed in front of the flag pole on the Post property
Baseball – The American Legion 2018 Baseball team was invited to enjoy a meal served by Freddie’s of Easley.The players and coaches were given coaches jackets to keep and enjoy.
The following members actively participated to support the baseball team:Sam Gillespie, Paul Gillespie, Britt Gillespie, Harry Biles, Art Johns, Dick Meyers, Philip Prevatte, Paul Smith, Bones Wilson, and Athletic Director Jerry Brezeale.
The annual Memorial Day Poppy sale was a tremendous success.We sold 3000 Poppy’s.It was the most we have ever sold.Post 52 Legion volunteers were Cynthia Carter, Pamela Fowler, Harry Biles, Harold Corn, Bob Elliott, Paul Gillespie, Sam Gillespie, Larry Hamby, Paul Hamilton, Bob Helms, Art Johns, Mike McCoy, Dick Meyers, Jim Ruud, Paul Smith, Marion Summey, Tom Williamson, Bones Wilson, and Andy Wyatt.
A Memorial Day Ceremony was conducted in front of Wal-Mart at 8 am to lower the flag to half-mast and 12 pm to raise the flag to full mast.
Several Post 52 members, Dick Meyers, Paul Smith, and Bones Wilson, and Larry Hamby attended the Easley Chapel United Methodist Church to remember our fallen on the Sunday before Memorial Day. After a fantastic program presentation an old fashioned Sunday Dinner was served on the church grounds.Can’t wait to return next year.
On Memorial Day weekend flags were placed on Veteran Graves in Westview and Mauldin Cemeteries.Tom Williamson, Harold Corn, Dick Meyers, and Harry Biles placed the flags on the graves.
Jim Ruud, Paul Smith, Bones Wilson and Dick Meyers attended the Spring Department Conference in Columbia June 1, 2, and 3.
On April 24, 2017 the Easley Police Officer (Jose Medina) of the Year and Easley Firefighter of the Year (Jack Jones) were recognized for their service to our community during the meeting.72 year member Bill Robinson furnished the meal for 50 people.We enjoyed bar-b-que, slaw, beans, tea, and dessert which was all served by Heather Webb Catering.They served everyone and cleaned up after the meal.
Many have purchased the Departments Challenge coins.They will be available until September 1 for purchase.Please contact me at 864-238-9144 or the post email.Coins must be paid for before they are ordered. They are $10.00 each. If you have not seen one, Paul will pass a coin around for you to see.Please return it to Paul.
Election for the Post 52 was held during the May 22, 2018 meeting.The following were elected to serve the 2018/2019 year, Bones Wilson Commander, Jim Ruud 1st Vice Commander, Sam Gillespie, 2nd Vice Commander, Paul Smith Adjutant, Tom Williamson Sgt at Arms, Robert Helms Chaplain, Dick Meyers-Historian and Harry Biles to Americanism and Web Site.Jerry Brezeale has decided to step down as the Athletic Director.
Bones Wilson, Paul Smith, Dick Meyers, and Jerry Brezeale attended opening night of Palmetto Boys State at Anderson University June 10.
Sam Gillespie, Chairman of the Belk Charity Day has coupons for the sale to the Belk Charity Day Sale.We will be selling the coupons at Belk on August 10 from 10 am to 2 pm; August 17, from 10 am to 2 pm; August 21, from 10 am to 2 pm and August 24 from 10am to 2 pm.The sale is scheduled August 25 from 6 am to noon.See Sam tonight if you will can help or call Sam at 678-643-1643.The coupons are $5 each, the post keeps the five dollars, the coupon will entitile the customer a $5 discount off their purchase during the sale. All items in the store will be on sale.The first 100 customers at Belk on August 25 will a receive gift card ranging from $5 to $1000.
One of the functions of the American Legion is to help the veterans.The proceeds from the Belk Charity Day Sale have been designated to feed the veterans being served by the Pickens County Meals on Wheels.It is a great way to help our comrades who need us.
The Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 11 am instead of Sunday November 11, 11 am.The theme this year is to recognize Purple Heart recipients.In the past we have recognized WWII, Korean, Viet Nam, “Desert Veterans”, and the ladies who have served in the military for their country.
The Christmas Party will be December 4th, 6:30 pm at Smithfield’s Country Club.More details will follow.
We are in the beginning stages of planning for the 2018 Wreaths Across America.We will lay the wreaths December 15, 2018 at 10 am in the veterans section of Robinson’s Memorial Gardens.We expect to lay more than 300 wreaths this year.The wreaths are $15 each.$5 from the sale of each wreath will be returned to Post 52.
Another Rifle Raffle is being planned for the Department.The Raffle Tickets will sell for $25 each and the Post will keep $10 per ticket sold.We will be able to purchase 207 tickets.The Raffle Tickets will be available in November and the guns will be drawn for starting July 9th, 2019.
District 13 will have a meeting August 18, 2018 @ 10 am.Post 124 Walhalla, 319 Kenneth St., Walhalla, SC 29691 will sponsor the meeting.Everyone is invited.
ADJUTANT TID BITS:
A subject dear to my heart is membership. Last year was a very successful membership year for Post 52. Thank you for your help.History tells us most post will lose about 15% of their members every year through death and members who do not renew. Somehow we have to make up those numbers.At Post 52, we were successful by replacing the 27 members (12%) we lost last year and adding an additional 36 members.The goal for every post in South Carolina is to achieve 100% of their membership plus 1.The Department of South Carolina and Post 52 achieved that goal.It is because each and every one of you went out and asked qualified veterans to join the legion. This year will be more competitive and more difficult to achieve.Our goal is 208 renewals, which is 100% plus 1.We will need 32 new members if we are able to make up the 15% we expect to lose.
Post 52 new members may not know we sell flags, keep Legion shirts, Garrison caps and Post 52 baseball hats in stock.Unless we are out of stock they are available at meetings and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm at the post.
If you have questions or need to get in touch with Bones or myself, I can be contacted at 864-238-9144 or and Bones Wilson at 864-230-4765 or .
If the parking lot is filled up when you arrive at the meeting.We are offering golf cart rides to and from the parking lot at Pope Field.Enjoy being pampered.
If you know any of the people on the Sick Call list, please call them to say hello.If you do call them, call me and I will list your contact on the Post Consolidation Sheet I have to submit every year.A consolidation of all the Post Consolidation sheets are submitted to Congress every year for their review.The information is used to help the Legion renew or receive new benefits.All of the combined information supports our Legion programs.
If you give blood, tell me so I can list that also. Believe me they ask this question on the Post Consolidated form.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a 24” by 12” cast bronze memorial free of charge to qualified veterans of the Armed Forces.The memorial can be enhanced through the addition of a matching bronze vase assembly and by placement on a natural granite base.
All Post 52 Riders have an open invitation from The American Legion Post 3 Riders, Greenville to join them. Please contact Kevin Smith at or phone Kevin at 864-501-2480.
Post 52 purchased a brick from Operation Dragon Fly to place on the Veterans Memorial Walk at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park.Individuals may purchase a brick and have their name engraved to place on the walkway.
The American Legion offers a course named “Basic Training” to anyone who wishes to further their knowledge of the American Legion.The website is .
Post 52 has been invited by Girl Scout Troop 2580 to join them September 11, 2018 5:30 to 6:30 at the Rock Springs track.Please join us to help support the Girl Scouts.
Post 52 sends monetary donations to The American Legion National Emergency Fund, American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, and Operation Warmth.
The American Legion Department of South Carolina reached 100% of their national membership goal in 2018.We have not reached 100% since 2008.Congratulations to the people who worked hard to make this happen.
On March 15, 2019, the American Legion will be 100 years old.We have served veterans and American Youth since the beginning.We are the largest and oldest Veteran Organization in America.
A Letter to our members: by Paul Smith, Adjutant
Last year, I wrote a similar letter to the members of Post 52, Easley, SC. This letter is a slight revision of the original letter.
Before I was elected to serve as Adjutant of Post 52, Easley, SC in 2012, I often wondered if my investment in the Legion made a difference for others or myself. I imagine several of you have had some of the same thoughts. After researching the value of being a member of the Legion, I learned it takes every membership to make a difference for myself and twenty million other veterans. Without the Legion Veterans would not receive the needed benefits for the injuries. It is no doubt in my mind that your and my membership is an investment that affects you, other veterans, American youth, and local communities.
Almost 100 years ago a group of WWI veterans met and called themselves The American Legion before lobbying Congress for the funds to operate. Congress listened because of the number of veterans involved. Today our National Commanders uses the strength of Legion membership as clout to lobby Congress for Veteran Benefits, concerns, and needs. Membership is more important today than ever before.
If you are a veteran who receives Veteran Benefits or know of a veteran who receives veteran benefits, chances are it was the American Legion who lobbied Congress for the benefits you receive. We, todays veterans, enjoy medical, education, home loans, youth and Agent Orange benefits just to name a few because the American Legion acted for us. Remember a few years ago when the National Military Parks were closed. It was the American Legion who lobbied Congress to have them reopened. All of these services are still being provided because The American Legion is working for you, 100 years later.
When you talk with a qualified Veteran, male or female, who is not a member of the American Legion ask them to join, today; or if you are a veteran receiving benefits but not a member of the Legion, join today; and if you are already a member, now is the time to renew your membership.
WWI and WWII veterans gave us the Legion. It is our duty and responsibility to “Carry it Forward.” Today’s active service members will need the benefits in the future. AS A VETERAN YOU ARE THEIR HOPE.
Remember, your membership in the American Legion Membership is about helping others.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 52
118A LEGION STREET
EASLEY, SC 29642
4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2017
Well here we are again at the start of a New Year. I hope everyone came thru the Christmas season with Santa bringing you what you wished for and started the New Year in a safe mode. I do want to wish each of you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
We had a good year beginning with the Poppy Sales where donations were an all-time high. Let’s do the same this year.
We are proud of our baseball team and how they conducted themselves on the field. They made the Post proud. The 2017 baseball team earned a spot in the playoffs and expect the same in 2018. We need better attendance from the public and especially members of Post 52 to show our boys our support.
Belk’s coupon sales was another big success. Thanks to Sam Gillespie chairing this program.
The annual Veteran’s Day program, with Retired Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies as the speaker and honoring women who served in the military received a lot of good comments.
The Wreaths Across America program was another success. In 2016 we placed 218 wreaths in 2017 we placed 270 wreaths. In 2018 we expect to place 300 or more wreaths on Veterans graves.
All of these programs don’t just happen. We had great support from Robinson Memorial Gardens and their staff, The Sentinel Progress, and their staff and local business donations. All of these programs require a lot of time, leg work, and effort. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making it all happen.
As the work load increases to perform these functions, we will need more volunteers this year. Everyone can help in some way.
1ST QUARTER 2018 MEETING DATES:
January 23, 2018(Soup & Cornbread at 5:30 pm, meeting starts at 7 pm) The scheduled speaker is Tommy Holcombe, Easley Building Official
February 27, 2018 7pm.The scheduled speaker is Ray Farley, Executive Director of Alliance Pickens
March 27, 2018 7pm. The scheduled is speaker is Joel Ledbetter, Easley Combined Utilities
WELCOME TO POST 52 NEW AND TRANSFER MEMBERS SINCE July 1, 2017:
Brandon Cox – New Member
John Lamb – New Member
Grady Proctor – New Member
Mike McCoy – Transfer from 172
Bill Baker – New Member
Jerry Brezeale – New Member
Evan Pamplin – New Member
Larry Johnson – New Member
Randy Everett – New Member
Pamela Fowler – Transfer from Post 11
Paul Gillespie – New Member
Paul Thomas – New Member
Richard Boggs – New Member
Tim Wilson – New Member
Earl Mawhinney – New Member
Paul Johnson – Transfer from 172
Walt Carter – Transfer from 172
Dr. Louis Shepard – New Member
Charles Gillespie – New Member
Cynthia Carter – New Member
B. B. Hooker
POST EVERLASTING SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017:
Dr. Sid Buckley
Belk Charity Day Sale raised more than $1400 for the post thanks to Sam Gillespie, Bones Wilson, Dick Meyers, Larry Hamby, Bob Burns, and the members who sold the $5 Coupons.The funds will be used to support our projects.
We sponsored a Membership Drive in front of Sam’s November 4, 2017.Manning the booth were Dick Meyers, Harry Biles, Andy Wyatt, Jim Ruud, and Bob Burns
The following placed flags on Veteran Graves in Westview Cemetery and Mauldin Cemetery for Veterans Day: Dick Meyers, Tom Williamson, Harry Biles, Harold Corn, Bob Elliott, and Grady Proctor
The Christmas Party December 6, 2017 was attended by 35 members and their wives.
The Wreaths Across America was a success again this year.More than 270 Wreaths were laid on Veterans Graves at Robinson Memorial Gardens December 16, 2017 remembering and honoring Veterans who have entered into Post Everlasting.Wreaths Across America raised $1200 for the Post.
The funds will be used to support our projects.
January 23, 2018 5:30 pm is our annual Soup and Cornbread Supper.We need 2 more volunteers to bring soup, several volunteers to bring dessert, volunteers to bring drinks, soup bowls, spoons, napkins, etc. and volunteers to clean up after the meeting.Please contact me, Paul Smith, at 864-238-9144 or email if you plan to attend and will supply one of the needed items.
Palmetto Boys and Girls State
Nathan Wolfe Law Enforcement Academy
American Legion Baseball – Legion Baseball is alive with more than 3500 teams, more than 63000 participants, across the USA.It is estimated more than 50% of Major League players have played American Legion Baseball.
It will soon be time to elect new Post Officers.Volunteer.
ADJUTANT “TID BITS”:
MEMBERSHIP ------ MEMBERSHIP ------ MEMBERSHIP
We have reached 96% of the 171 members needed to have a 100% 2018 membership.Great job so far but if you have not paid please pay soon.Your membership is important to the Legion because it
is the same as a vote in Congress to support the National Commander Rohan when she lobbies Congress for Veteran and Youth benefits. To spin a JFK quote, “Ask not what the Legion can do for you but what can you do for the Legion”. I know you are tired of hearing about membership but without membership to apply pressure on Congress, the veteran and youth benefits will go away. Your membership is important.
Our goal as Legionnaire’s is to support the Four Pillars of the Legion.The Four Pillars are (1) Veteran and Veteran Rehabilitation, (2) Americanism, (3) National Security, and (4) Children and Youth Programs. We can say through Post 52, 100% of your contributions are used to support the Four Pillars of the American Legion.
Post 52 needs a volunteer who will take ownership and start an Oratorical Contest in 2018.The winners are awarded school scholarships if they win Local, District, Department and the National contest.This project promotes self-confidence and a sense of patriotism for participants.
Post 52 needs a volunteer who will take ownership and become the Athletic Director for the baseball team and explore supporting other youth athletic programs such as shooting, Girls softball, soccer or other popular youth sports. This is a great opportunity to support our local athletic youth.
Don’t forget to contribute to the Food Drive.Our goal is to donate a minimum of 250 pounds of needed items to Christian Ministries every 3 months.Bring your donation to the Post.If every member would contribute only 2 cans of corn, beans, fruit drinks, can soup, Jiffy Muffin Mix, toilet tissue, baby and ladies items every quarter we can help the less fortunate in our community. Thank you to everyone who donated last year.
I am attaching a copy of the American Legion member’s free accident insurance.Follow the instructions in the pamphlet to be sure you are signed up.
The Rifle Raffle has been a big success.If you purchased a ticket and have not won, you will have an opportunity every Tuesday until the last Tuesday in June.Good luck
Preparations are being made to celebrate The American Legions 100th anniversary in 2019.The National Goal is to have more than 20,000,000 members by 2019.
Executive Board Members
Commander – Bones Wilson
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Adjutant – Paul Smith
Sergeant at Arms – Tom Williamson
Chaplain – Bob Helms
Americanism and Web Master – Harry Biles
Historian – Richard Meyers
POST 52 FIRST QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2015
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
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
Hubert Bishop – new
Carey Beard – new
R.H. DeShields - new
Dr. Sid Buckley
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
The department elections will be decided at the Department Convention in May.
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:
1ST VICEBILBO COLLINS
2ND VICEJOE ROWLAND
3RD VICEART JOHNS
WEB MASTERMATT DILLON
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 - 1:00P
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
American Legion Post 52, Easley, SC Monthly Meeting Minutes, March 24, 2015
Commander Meyers called the meeting to order at 7 pm
Opening prayer was given by Chaplain Helms
Adjutant Smith read the minutes from monthly meeting Feb 24
18 members were present. We have 163 members but still need 1 more renewal to meet our 100% goal.
Sick Call – Dr. Buckley, Art Johns, Bilbo Collins, Harry DeWick, Ray Jones
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.
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
Bones Wilson had not received any info on the Grants applied for. He has asked for help from State Representative Neal Collins
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Legion 96th birthday was March 17. We celebrated with cake and ice cream after the meeting.
March 30 is the day we will celebrate as Viet Nam day. WELCOME HOME VIET-NAM VETERANS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s Flag Retirement program will be held on Flag Day June 16, 3 pm in Pope Field.
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.