Summer is almost over and our Post is gearing up for the busy months ahead of us. July and August have gone by so fast I hope everyone had time to enjoy these days of summer! As you know during the month of July our kitchen at the Post had some renovations done. We did some painting, a new floor, replacement of cabinets, etc. Also the walk-in cooler was cleaned and painted. Many “thanks” to all who helped out to make this a job well done.
Again, I would like to thank the Legion for letting our members, from Roberts Post 161, attend the Department Convention in Buffalo, New York this year from July 15th thru 18th. Oneida County was represented well. Again we talked to a lot of Legion members throughout the state and learned a lot about our veterans who need our support throughout the year and new ideas for them and their families!
Also, we had the pleasure to meet our Dept. Commander James V. Yermas for the coming year. As you know the American Legion Department Of New York Oneida County Committee is having a Testimonial Dinner honoring the commander on Friday, October2, 2015 at “ Nicole’s at Camden” 9501 Harden Blvd., Rte. 13, Camden, NY. The reception will be at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm. Call me at the Legion for tickets 865-9921.
“Congratulations” go to Don Edwards for being elected as County Commander. I know all the Posts in the county will work hard to support him on the up- coming year.
“Thanks” go out to Mike Sobel on coaching our Jr. Legion Baseball Team this year. These young men played hard all year missing the play-offs by one game! Hopefully next year we will achieve our goal having a senior team back. All of you represented our Post well!
Once again September and October will be here soon. Check the calendar in the newsletter for the up-coming events. Remember school will be in session, so watch out for our children and youth. They are a big part of our programs throughout the year!
Dues for our Legion members are $35.00. Our 2016 cards are in, you may pay online or drop it off at the Legion or mail it to the Legion addressed to our membership chairman Steve Ballard. Our address is at the top of this page.
Fish Fries will be starting on October 9th and as usual help is needed to make this a successful year. Many hands will make our job easier serving our community. So call the Post if you can help any way you can. Thank you!
Just a reminder, our 2015 Cash Bash Raffle is now under way. Tickets are $10.00 and 27prizes in all, will be drawn on December 6th at 5pm. We have extra’s at the Legion. Proceeds for this are to help the Legion building fund.
In closing I just want to thank everyone at Roberts Post, Legion members, Auxiliary, and SAL, for what you have done for me in my past two years as Commander and make 2015-16 a great year!
Veterans Serving Veterans,
Richard Roberts, Commander
It’s that time of the year again – letters from me to you. Summer was good, a little busy but not bad. The legion has a new kitchen floor and some other new changes in there that were really needed. Thank you Legionnaires for the improvements, we will all enjoy them.
Because Labor Day is always the first Monday in Sept. and we have our meetings on the 1st Monday of each month, Sept.’s meeting will be the 2nd Monday at 7:00pm. The Lions Club dinners will be the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month starting on Sept. 1, 2015. Be ready for calls asking for help with desserts and possibly waitressing.
On Sept. 5th at the legion there will be a homecoming party for Bobbie Owen from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. A meet & greet with snacks will start at 1:00 with an Italian Buffet to follow at 2:00. The cost is $12.00 per person. If you would like to attend this please get in touch with Jeannine Damon @ 336-6851. Bobbie did a super job as 5th District President and we want her to know how proud we are of her accomplishments.
The next thing that is important, Debbie Racquet Kryczkowski, a HPCS graduate, is this year’s 1st vice-president for the Dept. N.Y. American Legion Auxiliary. That means that at next year’s convention she will be running for Dept. President which would make her only the 3rd one from Oneida Co. since the 1930’s. Let’s support her in every way we can.
Membership is the big item to talk about. Dues for the year 2016 are due now. Please try to get them in as soon as possible. They are still $23.00 for senior members and $7.00 for juniors. If you know anyone who might like to join the Auxiliary please let Alice Shaler know. New members are always welcome and we would all be pleased to see more faces in our ranks. We are accepting only dues for 2016. If you owe back dues, don’t worry about paying those first, they can wait. That is one of the new things we learned at convention this year. It is more important to collect the current dues and take care of the back dues later on.
Roberts Post will walk in the Sitrin’s “Stars & Stripes” Walk on Sept. 12 at SUNY. We will walk as “Team Blaise” in memory of Blaise Oleski who lost his life in combat. Hopefully this will be a busy year for us involving fundraising efforts for veterans programs and health related programs.
The fish fries will start in October so be ready for calls asking for your help with those. The Auxiliary is also having its lottery fundraiser this fall. This is like the same one we did last year and it was very successful. The tickets will be sold in Sept. and Oct. with Nov. being the month for the lottery numbers draw. All proceeds from this event will help fund all the programs we support.
Please try to make the first meeting in Sept. Our own Peg Curtacci is going to speak about Chiari and I have some special things I need to talk about.
Our own Jean Farr had a little mishap a while ago, so if you would like to send her a card I am sure she would enjoy it. Mary Shaw, Barb Doucette, and Ruth Kessler might enjoy a “thinking of you card”. They also have had a rough spot in the road over the summer.
Yours in service not self,
Debbie Roberts, President
I trust everyone is having a great summer and well deserved after the winter we all went through.
Membership renewals are beginning to come in and so far about 50 have been processed. Thanks to those of you who have renewed already! PUFL’s, WWII veterans and any memberships paid by the Post should all go out by end of August. We will be having our Early Bird dinner in October for those who sign up or renew by October 1st. Our goal for membership is 239. If you know of anyone who would like to join or transfer let them know what a great, active and community service oriented Post we have.
Thanks in advance for all your support in our membership efforts and special thanks to Gary and Sue Wedgewood and Commander Dick Roberts for showing a greenhorn the ropes. I could not do it without you.
For God and Country,
1st Vice Steve Ballard
Sons of the American Legion:
Calibri I hope everyone had a great summer and we are ready to get started on SAL fall activities. Our next meeting will be Monday August 31 at 7pm. This was moved up due to the Labor Day holiday falling on our normal meeting day.
2016 membership cards are now available. Please be an “Early Bird” and pay your dues now.
Roberts Post American Legion Family is going to sponsor a Starts & Stripes Walk team again this year. If you are interested in raising money and/or walking for this very worthwhile event please let me know. Sitrin does great things for our Veterans!
For God and Country,
Commander John Bieksza