I hope everyone is getting over the long hard winter we had and spring is finally here. With people coming back from down south, Roberts Post will be looking for a busy April, May and June.
On March 15th Roberts Post celebrated its 95th birthday. Our guest speaker David Frymen, a 20 year active duty Army Veteran and doing 5 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan, spoke what it means to serve his country and the freedom we have every day. Again, thanks to Cheryl Jassak, special events/planning Associate for the Sitrin Foundation, on having David speak.
Also speaking were the representatives from our Post who attended Boys and Girls State. They talked about their experiences and thanked us for sending them. It was a good job done by our local high school students. Thanks again, to Alby Lacombe for chairing Boys State.
Our evening was highlighted by a 60 year award to David Hughes, WWII Veteran, for continuous membership in Roberts Post.
Our fish fries have been going on since March 7th and will be ending on April 18th. Again, I would like to thank all the people for their help on getting these started and working hard to the last one. Without our Auxiliary and SAL this would not be possible, every year. Great job everyone!
In March Bob Leahy and Bev Seifried chaired the committee to up-date and correct names on the Honor Roll in the village park. The completion of this will be done by the end of April.
Please check the attached calendars for up-coming events and don’t hesitate to volunteer to help. Note that the Installation of Officers for 2014-15 will be Saturday, May 10th with social time at 2pm. The Installation and dinner will be starting at 3pm. Come and welcome our commander and his new slate of officers.
The new slate of officers are: Dick Roberts, Commander; Gary Wedgewood, 1st Vice; Harold Clawson, 2nd Vice; Steve Ballard, 3rd Vice; Ray Doucette, Adjutant; Tom Heburn, Finance Officer; John Damon, Chaplin, Historian is open; Art Farr, Sgt. At Arms; and Service Officer – appointed.
Our Executive Committee is: Dave Williams; Mike Buczkowski; Barry Gates; Bob Leahy; and Alby Lacombe.
As May and June will be busy months for us, don’t forget our Memorial Day Service & Parade on May 26th, Monday at 11:00am. The parade begins at 10:30am sharp! Let’s everyone come and support our Veterans, Legion, and take time to honor our American heroes!
On June 5th, Thursday, at 7pm, is awards night at HP auditorium. Come and support these students for all the hard work they have achieved. This year Roberts Post is awarding 4 scholarship awards to help further their education.
In closing, my first year as commander is drawing closer and there are so many people I would like to thank. Thanks to this community for all the support that you’ve given us so we can do our job in giving back to the Veterans who made this country what it is. Remember our servicemen around the world who defend our freedom and pray for their safe return to us and their families!
Veterans Serving Veterans,
Commander Richard Roberts
Hello ladies! Spring is finally here! Our fish fries are over and I want to thank every one of you who worked so hard to help make them the success they were.
Elections were held at the first meeting in April. The officers for the coming year are: Deb Roberts, President; Alice Shaler, 1st Vice; Beverly Seifried, 2nd Vice; Heather Wilson, 3rd Vice; Sue Wedgewood, Treasurer; and Bobbie Owen, Secretary.
Our Easter party was a huge success. “Thank you” to all the ladies who worked so hard on it, the Easter Bunny for doing such a fine job with the children, and the two young ladies who did the face painting. As usual, Earl Lindsey was a big hit with his DJ abilities and we thank him for helping. THE H. P. Fire Department brought in the Easter Bunny and helpers on their fire truck, a big “thanks” to them.
May is going to be a busy month. The installation of officers will be May 10 at 3:00pm at the Legion. Cocktail hour will be from 2:00 – 3:00pm, installation, and then dinner after. I f you would like to attend please call the Legion @ 865-9901 or me @ 865-5756. May 17 is the County Auxiliary meeting at our Post at 12:00pm. May 26 is our Memorial Day observance. I don’t have too much information on this right now.
Sad news to report about our member Cheryl Gates’ daughter! She was killed in an automobile accident in California. Our condolences go out to Sheryl and her family. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the family please get in touch with me. Thank you!
I am very happy to report that Alice, membership chair, reached 100% in our membership quota. Great job, Alice! We are
getting new members on board and we are very happy to have new ladies with us. Unfortunately we have had to raise our dues for
the 2015 year. It is complicated to explain, but let me tell you it is not by our choice, because we really do not want to do this and we do not make money off your dues. The dues for 2015 will be $23.00 for senior members and $7.00 for juniors. We hope we will not have to consider another increase for at least four years.
To make sure we have enough money in our treasury we have been doing fundraising. Over the last two months we have don an Easter dinner basket raffle with tickets sold at the fish fries. We have also done a craft fair for the first time at the Legion and we will do that again in the future. We also have the Lions Club dinners as a source of income, but we need to do more. Any suggestions you might have to help with the fundraising plans, please get in touch with me. There are a lot of programs and people out there who need our help and support. Let’s make sure we are there for them. Our main duty is to our veterans and our active military, but we are also there for our community.
Our last meeting is the first Monday in June. It will be informal (yea!) but yet informative and I hope a lot of you will come.
Don’t forget we are still selling quilt tickets for the fundraiser for Sue and Gary Wedgewood’s son, Scott, who was hurt last year in Florida. The winner of this quilt will be drawn on May 26, 2014, at the Legion. “Thank you” to all who have worked so tirelessly on this fundraiser. And a really big “thank you “ to all who have worked so tirelessly on this fundraiser, and, a really big “thank you” to all who have supported it so generously.
This has been an interesting and informative year for me. I hope I have done a job that made you proud. I have many ladies to thank for all their help in mentoring me this year. You all know who you are and I am grateful to have you in my life.
Have a safe, happy, and healthy summer.
Yours in service, Debbie Roberts
Sons of the American Legion
Last meeting we had five members present. We had at least three at our Fish Dinners but were short 2 – 3 people. The same ones show every week.
Membership: We currently have 82 members. There are 16 non-paid members and they are listed on the board at the Post. Some members pay very late each year. Our cards will be out in July. The dues are $15 for seniors and 10 for junior members.
Our current officers are: Bob Stanger, Commander; Pete Fenton, 1st Vice; Jim Owen, 2nd Vice; John Bieksza, 3rd Vice; Larry Meus, Treasurer; Tim Santamour, Adjutant; Pete Chambrone, Chaplain; Ted Heburn, Sgt. At Arms; and Artie Stark, Historian.
Yours in Service,
Bob Stanger, SAL Commander