JUNE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER 2019
6330 Crain Highway
(301) 934-8221 P. O. BOX 441 La Plata, MD 20646 fax (301) 934-8222
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Legion Monthly Meetings
Second Tuesday of Each Month
On June 6th, I hope everyone will take a moment and say a prayer of thanks for the thousands of GI’s that stormed the beaches of Normandy and parachuted into France on that day—D-Day—and the days that followed.
With Father’s Day on the 16th of June, bring them out to the Father’s Day Breakfast at the Post. The Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion sponsor this event. Remember, dads eat free, so come out and enjoy.
With school closing for the summer break this month, keep an eye out for kids on bikes and skateboards. Sometimes they forget to look for traffic around them. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe summer. Have fun and enjoy your family and friends.
There will not be a Steak Nite in June or July since a large part of our volunteers will be involved in other Legion functions on these days. We will see you in August. Thank you for your support.
Our Post Board and Membership meetings will at 6:30 and 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11th. I hope to see a lot of you at the membership meeting since we will be having the election of officers for the 2020 Legion Year. If you want to run for an office, we will be taking nominations on that night. Please join us.
I ask everyone to keep our men and women serving in harm’s way in your prayers. Be safe and have a great summer!
Yours in God and Country
Raymond “Buddy” Hindle, Jr
SAL Monthly Meetings
First Tuesday of Each Month
Baby Back Ribs Dinner
Friday June 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ AL Post 82
Menu: ½ slab of baby back ribs, ranch beans, cole slaw, fries, onion rings, rolls, tea & coffee
Public Welcome – Bring a Friend(s)
Carry out dinners are available
On May 4, 1st Vice Commander Willett, Adjutant Shupe and I attended the Southern Maryland District Department Reception at Jameson-Harrison Post 238. Honorees for the night were the 2018-19 State leaders: Department Commander David Johnson, Department President Linda Sarkisian, Detachment Commander Jim Alexander, and Honorary Junior President Lindsey Brickhead-Morton.
Election of officers for the 2019-20 administrative year was held at the May 7 meeting. Newly elected officers are Commander Dave Tatman, 1st Vice Commander Gale Willett, 2nd Vice Commander Ronnie Alexander, Finance Officer Don Wamsley, Historian Kevin Bryant, Chaplain Roy Yanosh, and Sergeant-at-Arms Ed Tatman. Gary Shupe was appointed Adjutant and David Quade as Advisor. The new officers will be installed during the Installation of Officers/Members Appreciation dinner on July 27, 2019. During the meeting, the members voted to purchase six flag spreaders for the Post and purchase 50 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament raffle tickets.
The Squadron members joined with the Auxiliary members to host a Mother’s Day Breakfast on May 12. Two hundred forty-seven breakfasts were served. As usual, mothers ate free.
On May 15, the Squadron catered the Charles County Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Awards Banquet. La Plata, Westlake, McDonough, and St. Charles high schools participated this year. Two hundred forty-five dinners were served. The cadets received awards from various service and community organizations including six awards presented by our own Post 82 Commander Buddy Hindle.
The Squadron held a baby back rib dinner on May 17. One hundred sixty-five dinners were served. Thanks to Ronnie Alexander, Roy Yanosh, Gale Willett, Cindy Moruzzi, Carol Karpiak, Don Wamsley, Kevin Bryant, and Jamie Zayas for their help.
First Vice Commander Willett, 2nd Vice Commander Alexander, Adjutant Shupe, and Henry Thompson helped at the Southern Maryland District bingo at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home on May 20, 2019. Fifty-seven residents participated.
Gale Willett, Ronnie Alexander and I had the pleasure of addressing the meeting of the Charles County Sherriff’s Office on May 21. At the meeting, we presented the Squadron’s “Officer of the Year” award to Corporal Charles A. Caldwell for his life saving efforts at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Crain Highway and Glen Albin Drive.
The Squadron sent in the Consolidated Squadron Report on May 21. Once again, the report reflected what a great year the Squadron had. Donations during the 2018-19 Administrative Year included $7,104 to Americanism programs, $3,150 to Children and Youth programs, and $3,016 to Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation programs for the total of $13,274. Volunteer hours for the year totaled 1,804 hours.
On May 25, the Squadron held its 6th Annual National Veterans Assistance Day (NVAD) luncheon. Five veterans and a group of family and friends attended. Thanks to Ronnie Alexander, Cindy Moruzzi, David Quade, and Cathy Grimm for their help in preparing the food.
Hannah Armstrong, the winner of the 2019 Squadron 82 Veterans Memorial Scholarship, stopped by the Post on May 28, 2019, to receive her Certificate. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior at La Plata High School. Four very good applications were received this year, making the selection of the winner very difficult.
If your membership card doesn’t have 2019 at the top, you are delinquent. If you have not paid your 2019 dues, please do so as soon as possible. We have reached our goal of 198 but there are still a few members who have not renewed. Dues are still just $15 a year ($10 for junior members and dual members.)
Yours in Service
Commander, Squadron 82
Auxiliary Monthly Meetings
Second Tuesday of Each Month
I want to thank all our officers that agreed to run again in their respective positions. Our elections were last month, and we have retained the same officers for the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 year. Your officers will be: Kathleen Quade, President; Becky Evans, Vice President; Debbie Simpson, Treasurer; Sharon Bowie, Chaplain; Debbie Wedding, Historian; Janet Fogel, Sgt. At Arms; Anna Mae Sackie, Mary Shaffer, Cathy Grimm and Amelia Leukhardt, Executive Committee. Lesley Radcliff has agreed to continue as my Secretary. Committee appointments will be made at the August meeting; if you are interested in serving as a Committee Chair, please contact me prior to the August meeting.
At this time, prior to the start of our regularly convened meeting in June, Sandi Washington from LifeStyles of Southern Maryland will inform us of the latest accomplishments of Southern Crossing. Southern Crossing is the long-term shelter in Bel Alton that your Auxiliary contributed to in 2017. Please attend this meeting to hear the latest of what has been done and what is left to be done.
At our May meeting we approved donations as follows: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home - $5,000.00; American Legion Riders Legacy Scholarship Run - $2,000.00; Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park - $2,000.00; Charles County Project Graduation - $1,000.00 and Community (needy family) - $1,000.00. We also approved various small donations to purchase tickets for veterans to attend a ball game, convention raffle tickets, Humane Society raffle tickets, SAL convention golf sponsorship, LaPlata United Methodist Church and Project Healing Waters. None of these donations would be possible without the volunteerism of a couple of dozen people that seem to always step up to the plate when we need help. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to one of our many on-going events or our special events. If we go to the well for the same people all the time, that well is going to run dry.
Our Mother’s Day Breakfast was a huge success. We served 247 people with all mother’s getting their breakfast for FREE! Everyone said the food was great and all had an enjoyable time. We will do the same thing on Father’s Day, June 16th so we hope to see some of you step up to the plate and help with this event. We will start at 5am on Sunday, June 16th; if you cannot get to the Legion that early, come a little later as we can always use extra help when we are cleaning up. We are usually completely finished and out the door by noon so you will have the balance of your day to be with family and friends.
On June 9th, Hope for Nicole is a non-profit that is holding a designer purse bingo that we will be manning the kitchen for this event. If you can help in the kitchen that day, please contact Becky Evans, 301-932-0993 and let her know you would love to help.
There is no Auxiliary dinner in June as the SAL will be using June 14th for their baby back dinner so they can have their golf tournament on June 21st. If you have golfers that would like to be a part of the 14th Annual Joe Williams Memorial Golf Tournament, get your foursome together and contact Dave Tatman of the SAL.
Not only did we have 19 entries in our Auxiliary Americanism Essay contest from two local schools, two of those entries won at the District level and one of those entries won at the Department level. I was extremely proud of all those that entered an essay. Becky Evans and I presented participation certificates to 18 participants as well as monetary awards to our local 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on April 30th at Grace Lutheran School and I presented a participation certificate and monetary award to one participant from Archbishop Neale School on May 23rd.
Dessert Requirements for June:
Bingo Nights – June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
Dinners – May 31st, June 7th and June 14th. We can use pies and cakes for all these dates so put those baking talents to work!
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm. We hope to see some new faces and share ideas for the coming year.
Legion Riders Monthly Meetings
Second Thursday of Each Month
The Riders were extremely involved with American Legion Rider events throughout the DC area. We started the weekend off by riding to American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, VA, who was the host of the American Legion Riders “Run to the Thunder 2019” on Friday, May 25th. We attended a dinner in honor of Gold Star Families and witnessed a POW/MIA ceremony. From Fairfax we rode to the Vietnam Wall in DC for the candlelight vigil service that was held. Riders from all over the country attending the service numbered in the thousands! Saturday, May 26th, we again rode to Post 177 for breakfast and staging for the ride to Arlington National Cemetery for the laying of the national American Legion Riders Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ALR Post 82 members were shown on national news marching in the columns of riders attending the event. There was a record number of American Legion Riders in this year’s laying of the wreath ceremony.
We rolled into the FINAL Rolling Thunder on Sunday, May 26, 2019 with over 50 riders. It was estimated that close to 1,500,000 motorcycles were involved in the final ride.
I want to say a special Thank you to everyone that was part of Run to the Thunder and Rolling Thunder this year. A special shout out to Cathy Bryant (Shotgun), Jeff Bryant, Nancy and Bob Huffman for providing the tailgate breakfast for the riders at Lady Bird Park across from the Pentagon staging area!
Our Riders will be involved in the Maryland American Legion Legacy Run, Fri-Sun, June 7-9, 2019. This year’s three-day run will cover over 600 miles, traveling throughout the state of Maryland. Post 82 will be one of the stops on this year’s route on Friday, June 7th. The 2019 goal for the Maryland Legacy Run is $50,000. The money goes to fund Gold Star children with college scholarships.
Come out and join the Riders for our next Roy Rogers Spirit night on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 5-8pm. 25% of the receipts from dine-in, carry out, and drive thru go to support our veterans. Please join us for some good food and camaraderie.
Our next meeting is Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6pm, Post 82, La Plata, MD.
“We ride in HONOR of those who have served”
Jamie Zayas (JamieZ), Director