American Legion Post 52

3RD QUARTER MEETING DATES AND SPEAKERS:

  1. October 22, 2019 – Robin Rucker, American Legion Department of SC 3rd Vice Commander
  2. November 26, 2019 – Pickens County Senator Rex Rice
  3. December 10 – Post 52 Christmas Party

 

POST EVERLASTING:

  1. James Kasko  
  2. Troy Pace
  3. Willie Chastain
  4. Bill Robinson
  5. Harold Rampey
  6. Richard Pavlick
  7. Dan Rampey
  8. Charles Wham
  9. Herman Masters
  10. Brenton Davis
  11. Bill Ross

 

SICK CALL:

  1. John Boyd
  2. Harry DeWick
  3. Steve Sally
  4. Carl Layman
  5. Sid Buckley II
  6. Bob Raker
  7. John McIntyre
  8. Joe Jones
  9. Mike McCoy
  10. Dub Fortner
  11. Pat Patterson
  12. Carolos Rhodes
  13. Chuck Zanzig
  14. Art Brewer
  15. Paul Hamilton
  16. Nancy Weese
  17. Buddy Moore
  18. B.B. Hooker
  19. Jerry Brezeale

 

 

 

PLEASE WELCOME THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS WHO JOINED OUR POST DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2019:

  1. JARREL ALEXANDER
  2. CHARLES CHASTAIN
  3. TOMMY CHASTAIN
  4. WALLACE DURHAM
  5. RICHARD ELLIS
  6. NICHOLAS FLETCHER
  7. BEN HOUSTON
  8. ROLAND LABOUNTY
  9. THOMAS LESSING
  10. HARRY NASH
  11. BOBBY WALTERS
  12. PAUL WEST
  13. CHRISTINE HOUSELEY
  14. KEN OWENS
  15. RAYMOND WEATHERFORD
  16. CHARLES VAUGHN JR.
  17. MICHAEL PICKENS
  18. RICHARD NELMS
  19. RICHARD “BUTCH” HENDRIX
  20. DANIEL MILLER
  21. JOSEPH MORRIS
  22. LARRY HOLCOMBE

 

 

 

ADJUTANT TID BITS:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”

 

 

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. “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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  

 

NATIONAL:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

 

 

DEPARTMENT:

  1. 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. 
  2. A “Still Serving Forever Proud” pin will be issued to everyone who signs up a new member.
  3. The membership goal for every South Carolina Post is to reach 100% plus one. 

 

2019/2020 POST 52 EXECUTIVE BOARD:

  1. COMMANDER – BONES WILSON
  2. ADJUTANT – PAUL SMITH
  3. 1ST VICE COMMANDER – JIM RUUD
  4. 2ND VICE COMMANDER – GARY HINTON
  5. FINANCE OFFICER – SAM GILLESPIE
  6. SERGEANT AT ARMS – TOM WILLIAMSON
  7. CHAPLAIN – BOB HELMS
  8. AMERICANISM – HARRY BILES
  9. 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.

 

DEPARTMENT:

·         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:

·         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

 

COMMANDERS CORNER:

 

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

 

POST EVERLASTING:

 

·         Troy Pace

·         Jim Kasko

·         Charles Chastain

·         Bill Robinson

·         Harold Rampey

 

SICK CALL:

 

·         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 amlegpost52@yahoo.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.

 

DEPARTMENT:

 

·         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:

 

·         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

Commerce

                               

 

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

 

SICK CALL:

·         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.

 

DEPARTMENT:

·         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.

 

NATIONAL:

·         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

 

SICK CALL:

·         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

 

POST EVERLASTING:

·         L.C. Pressley

·         Paul Rinaldo

·         Don Hilton

 

PAST EVENTS:

·         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.

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

·         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. 

 

DEPARTMENT:

·        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:

·        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

 

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

 

COMMANDERS CORNER:

 

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

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

 

COMMANDERS CORNER:

     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:

 

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

 

                                                 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
shredding needs

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.           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

 

                                                      


             

            

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

 


 

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