I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather we are having. Our spring was cold and wet especially in the Holland Patent area!
In case you haven’t herd I’ve reconsidered my position being commander and agreed for one more year at Roberts Post. I enjoy being around some wonderful people who do a lot of things for this Legion and this community, without them my job would be a lot harder.
Our fish fries have come and gone but many people we must thank for all the hard work making this a successful spring event. During the seven weeks our SAL & Auxiliary did an excellent job serving the people in the dining room and cooking in the kitchen. Our count was up this year from last year, with a lot of new faces coming in to the Post. “Great job” goes to all the organizations that came in to fund raise for their teams.
On March12th our Post celebrated the Legions 97th birthday, great food was had by all and people talked about how the Legion began from 1919 up until now. Again, thanks to all for interesting facts about our Legion from the members who attended. The Post awarded Boys State certificates to Simon Vurnham and Andrew Stowell for attending boy’s state in 2015, Thanks again to these two students from Holland Patent HS for representing our Legion. The night ended with a presentation to a member who has been a member for sixty years at Roberts Post #161. Dan Seifried received his award for 60 continuous years of membership to the American Legion and was recognized for his longtime service and support to the ideals, principles, and programs of the American Legion. Again, congratulations to Dan for serving his country and his Post.
Also in March the American Legion awarded the Red, White and Blue Certificates for the Wrestling Team, Music Department, and 8th Grade Middle School Students from Holland Patent for communicating this spirit to our fellow citizens with your own personal patriotic examples. Great job to our children and youth!
Note that the Installation of Officers for 2016-17 will be Saturday, May 7th at Roberts Post # 161 with social time at 5:30 to 6:30pm. Installation will start at 6:30, with a buffet to follow. Come and welcome our new slate of officers for the coming year! The new slate of officers for 2016-17 are Dick Roberts – Commander; Steve Ballard – 1st Vice; Harold Clawson – 2nd Vice; John Gates – 3rd Vice; Tom Waters – Adjutant; Tom Heburn – Finance Officer; John Damon – Chaplin; and Art Farr – Sgt. At Arms. Our Executive Committee is: Mike Buczkowski, Barry Gates, Gary Wedgewood, Bob Leahy, and Jeff Duda.
Just a reminder, we still have two months to get our 2016 dues in. Right now we are currently at 95%. So, let’s try to reach our goal for 2016!
As May and June will be busy months for us, don’t forget our Memorial Day Service & Parade on May 30th, Monday at 11:00am. The Parade begins at 10:30am sharp! Let’s everyone come out and support our Veterans and Legion. Take time to honor our American heroes!
On June 2nd, Thursday, at 7pm, is awards night at the HP auditorium. Come and support these students for the hard work they have achieved. This year Roberts Post will be awarding scholarships to help further their education.
Important Dates: Roberts Post Jr. Legion Baseball begins June 4th; County Convention, June 4th 8:00am at Meeker; O’Rourke Post 1309, Taberg, NY; and Dept. Convention 07/11/16– 07/13/16 at Binghamton, NY.
In closing I can’t say enough for all the support the Legion has given me though out the year. Remember, our Veterans need our help every day. Roberts Post will always be there when asked! Thank you for letting me serve as your commander and I couldn’t be more proud as being a member of this Post!
Veterans Serving Veterans,
Richard Roberts, Commander
This is the last newsletter for the 2015-2016 year. It has been a very good year in every way. Our senior members have always been there to help when asked and our junior members have done a lot of volunteer work this past year. Our Juniors have worked on Hope House needs, sold Girl Scout cookies, made cards and wrapped presents for our veterans at Christmas, made table favors for a County meeting, and worked fish fries and the Easter party. We should be so very proud of the volunteer hours and projects our young ladies have done.
Installation of officers will be May 7, 2016 at the legion. Social hour will start at 5:30pm, with installation at 6:30 with a buffet to follow. The officers for 2016 – 2017 are : President – Deb Roberts; 1st Vice – Alice Shaler; 2nd Vice – Sheila Piseck; 3rd Vice – Mary Lou Herringshaw; Treasurer – Sue Wedgewood; Secretary – Bobbie Owen; Sgt. At Arms – Marion Clarke; Chaplain and Historian – Kathy Lemieux. I am so pleased to be part of a unit that works so well together and even more proud of the work we do for our Veterans, children and youth, and our community. This is what we, as an auxiliary unit, are all about.
May is also “POPPY MONTH”. The lovely little flowers will be out at various locations for you to be able to get. The Poppy is the official ALA flower as it represents our Veterans and reminds us to never forget them. “Flanders Field” is a poem that shows why the poppy is symbolic of a veteran. Don’t forget there will be a parade and a Memorial Day service at Roberts Post 161 on May 30, 2016. Hope to see many of you there.
If any of you don’t already know, our own Holland Patent graduate Debbie Racquet Kryczkowski is ALA Dept. of NY 1st Vice-President this year and is looking to be the Dept. President for 2016-2017. Oneida Co. and 5th District are very proud of this fact and even more proud of Debbie. Congratulations and we are all behind you!
Ladies, one thing that is very important to our unit and our county is the volunteer hours you put in. It is such a large subject to try to comment on in a newsletter but it needs to be brought to your attention. It is so very important that, even if you don’t come to meetings, any volunteer work you do is reported. Any questions, please get in touch with my by telephone, mail, e-mail, or Facebook. We need people to know how much we do and how important it is for us to be able to help those who need it.
If any of you know a person who has been ill, had surgery, had a birthday or anniversary, or just might like getting a card, please let me know. It would be a pleasure to just send a card to let someone know someone cares.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer. I will be back in September with the next newsletter. And thank you for letting me be your president for one more year. Love to all of you!
Yours in Service,
Hey fellow Legionnaires, spring has finally decided to arrive and none too soon!
We currently stand at 226 members or 95% of our quota of 239. We only need 13 more people to make our goal of 100%. If you know of anyone who has yet to pay their 2016 dues let them know it is not too late.
If you have not been to a meeting lately come on back and bring a friend. We always welcome new faces and conversation! If you have been here, thank you! You know which group you are in. Hope to see you soon!
For God and Country,
Sons of the American Legion:
SAL members, please look in your wallet and see if you have your 2016 card. It seems that it’s the same ones, every year, that pay late which keeps us from having 100% for the year.
Special: Thank you, prepping crew for Fish Fries and Dinners including set-up crew for tables. Where are the rest of you for mornings and nights? We need some new blood. The average age of our workers now is 74 to 76. (Gary & Sue Wedgewood; Dick Roberts; Bob Leahy; Art Brancato; Bob Stanger; Ray Doucette; and Sylvia Davis)
Bob Stanger, SAL Membership