With 2015 coming to an end, I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
November and December was very busy at the Post, with dinners and parties all of December. Many thanks goes out to the Auxiliary and SAL for all they do throughout the year, without your time and effort we couldn’t do what we do best, serve our Veterans and community!
Again this year our Auxiliary, on December 29th, did Christmas boxes for families and Veterans who are in need of our help to make their holiday season a little brighter. Great job ladies! This year twelve boxes were done. Also helping were the high school wrestling team. Great Job everyone!
On December 21, Roberts Post had its Blood Drive at the Post. I will have the results of the blood drive in the next newsletter. Last year we did 21 units. Hoping we can do more this year! Sue Wedgewood will be working the front door and does a great job as usual!
Mid-Winter will be January 22nd to the 24th in Albany, NY at the Desmond Hotel. This year Legion, Auxiliary, & SAL members will be attending hoping to bring back good info about our Veterans.
Remember, the start of Lenten fish dinners will start on February 12th, 2016 and will run through until March 25th. Anyone interested in cooking or helping out in the kitchen, please let us know.
Important dates to remember: Jan.17th (Persian Gulf War began (1991); Jan. 27th (Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord (1973); and Feb.1st National Freedom Day.
Membership is moving along, were closing the year close to 81%.
In closing I can’t say enough for all the support you have given me though out the year. I know 2016 will be a better year. Remember our servicemen around the world and pray for their safe return to their families.
Sick call: Please Notify Chaplin John Damon at (336-6851) of members who are confined to their home or the hospital due to illness. Please keep in mind; we have hospital equipment available without charge for any Legion and community member in need.
Veterans Serving Veterans,
Fly the Flag,
Commander Richard Roberts
By the time you get this newsletter the holidays will have passed. I hope everyone had a blessed and Merry Christmas with family and friends.
As of the end of December membership stands at 82.8%, having 198 members signed up with a quota of 239. For those of you who may not have renewed your membership, please feel free to do so right away. Remember, it is not the amount you pay in dues to be a member that is important. It is the dues you paid to be eligible to be a member that matters most!
I’d like to take a moment and thank the people who have “walked” me through the role of membership this year. It was all new to me and the help and patience has been much appreciated. I hope to see many of you at upcoming meetings this year. We are only as strong as the number of members who participate.
For God and Country,
“Happy New Year”, to the Ladies of Unit 161. Hoping the holidays were kind to all of you. Life is good and the freedoms we experience are because of all the selfless men and women who served and are serving this great country of ours. I hope and pray the year 2016 will bring more happiness into everyone’s life.
Veterans’ Day was a great day of tribute and celebration for the Veterans in our community. The Legion was open and many Veterans stopped by for the ceremony and to enjoy the company of all who were there. A day of friendship, good will, and memories was experienced by all.
With the direction of Mary Briggs, our Junior Auxiliary members and friends made some beautiful Christmas cards for our Veterans. Over 50 cards were sent out to say “Thank You” for your service to our country and have a Merry Christmas. Some cards were also sent to Auxiliary members just to let them know they are remembered and to wish them happiness.
Some of us went to Clark Mills Legion in early December to help the Oneida Co. Auxiliary wrap over 400 Christmas gifts for our Veterans who are in area nursing homes. It was one of the best experiences I have had and am looking forward to doing it again. Let me know if you might like to do this. It is so rewarding!
The Legion was decorated for Christmas with two beautiful trees; one in the foyer and the other in the bar. A big “Thank You” goes to the Auxiliary members and Legionnaires who put the trees up and decorated for the holidays. The Auxiliary gave poinsettias to some community members to help brighten their homes for the holidays and we also did food boxes for those we thought might need a little something extra at this time of the year.
In January some of us will be attending Midwinter Conference in Albany. I will convey to you some of the things we learn in the March/April newsletter.
The Legion was very busy with parties in December and I want to thank all the ladies who worked them. It is with your help that things go so smoothly during these functions.
A big “Thank You” goes to Diane Money, Sue Wedgewood, and all the Auxiliary members who sold and bought tickets for our lottery raffle fundraiser for the month of November. It is because of fundraisers like this that we are able to do the things we need to do for the veterans and the residents in our community.
Membership is coming along good. The important thing to remember is that if you have not paid your 2015 dues and 2016 dues, it is MOST important you pay your 2016 dues FIRST. The 2015 back dues can wait. Thank you Alice for all the hard work you do on membership.
Fish Fries will start Feb. 12, 2016, so be ready for calls asking for your help. We will probably be doing the first three for the Legion, with the community organizations doing the last four. That has yet to be determined.
These are some people who might enjoy getting a card from some of us now that winter is getting ready to rear its ugly head. Ceil Pianella, Joyce Schweinsberg, Mary Shaw, Bev Stark, Ruth Kessler, Peg Curtacci and someone who you miss and you would like them to know you care. Maybe someday someone will pay it forward with a card to you just like you sent to them.
My wish for all of you for 2016, live each day to the fullest and remember you are always surrounded by love.
Yours in service,
Sons of the American Legion:
Let us start off the New Year and make it a truly great one. I challenge SAL members to bring in new members and make us a stronger Squadron. Thanks to all those members who have pitched in to help with dinners at the Post. We still need assistance for NFL Sundays so that duties don’t fall on just a few.
Midwinter Conference in Albany is coming up in January so if you plan to go please make sure you have a room reservation. See me if you need information. This is a great learning session.
For God and Country and the Support of the Legion,
John Bieksza, Commander
We currently have 85 members of which 58 are paid. Dues are $15 for Seniors and $10 for Juniors.
Bob Stanger, Chairman