As the Post Commander for the 2016 membership year, I welcome all of you back! Hope that you had an enjoyable summer.
Your New Officers are:
Mike Layton 1st Vice Commander
(Open) 2nd Vice Commander
Jerry Anderson 3d Vice Commander
Vanda Bresnan Adjutant
Nick Alpino Finance Officer
I believe that you know that the American Legion’s overriding mission is to help veterans who have been somehow changed by war. Our Post has helped by working with veteran patients at the Long Beach VA Hospital, sponsoring activities to support impoverished vets at annual events such as the Orange County Stand Down and providing monthly assistance with our Veterans Outreach Program at the Florence Sylvester Center. We continue to support active duty veterans and families with significant contributions to the USO at John Wayne Airport along with contributing funds to the public schools at Camp Pendleton.
We want to continue to do so but our membership rolls have been significantly reduced mainly due to the passing of a lot of our World War II members. It’s time for our younger members to step up; the youngest age of a World War II vet is 87!
The quickest way to invigorate the Post is to recruit new members. For this reason, I’ve asked Mike Layton, our First Vice Commander to focus almost exclusively in getting new members to help us accomplish our mission. Please read his article elsewhere for more detail on how you can help recruit more veterans to the Post. I’m proud to say that, as of the date of publishing this article, we will have 14 new Legion members to initiate at the September 24th dinner meeting!
We will be adding some ceremony to the dinner meetings this year so that we can more clearly communicate what’s important to the membership.
We believe that it’s also important to recognize our long standing members so this year, as time permits, we will be recognizing members who have significant continuous Legion membership. We’ll start at the September meeting by honoring two members who have had respectively 59 and 65 years of continuous membership! In addition, we will recognize all the PUFL (Paid Up For Life) members for their exemplary support of the American Legion.
We will also introduce the four high school students that the Post and Auxiliary sponsored to this year’s Boys and Girls State and they will give us a review of their experiences in good governing and citizenship.
Please come to our September 24th dinner meeting at Clubhouse 1; it will be great!
For God and Country
Warren F. Marr