June 2019 Post Talk

Post Talk
NORTH BRANCH POST # 85
By Glenn Pierce, Adjutant

Meeting Schedule:

  • Bar Finance & Accounting June 10th at 6:00 pm
  • Membership Meeting June 11th at 7:00 pm
  • SAL Meeting June 18th at 6:00 pm

Rick Hals, Commander - The month of May has been a very busy month. Jim Johnson, Ron Rollins, and I were at the High School to award 3 $1000 scholarships. The VFW had their pork chop dinner. The Memorial Day celebration was this past Monday, it was my first as commander and I would like to say Thank You to all those Post 85 and the VFW Post 6424 who participated in a wet and cold day. Now on to the next BIG project, our Midsummer celebration. The Club Manager and Gaming Manager and lots of other people are hard at it to put everything together for a great Midsummer Celebration. We need lots of help so please come to the next meeting on June 11th and find how you can help to make this another great Midsummer Party. Remember to thank a Vet for their service. Be safe and have great summer.

Michelle Still, Auxiliary President - Wow, what a day we had for Memorial Day! I am privileged to have participated in the ceremonies at six cemeteries. Thank you to Commander Rick, the Honor Guard from the North Branch American Legion and V.F.W. Posts, and our special guest speaker, Col. Paul Johnson. This is a dedicated group of veterans who strive to honor their fellow veterans and serve their community.

Jill Bigley, Director, North Branch American Legion Riders (NBALR) - The Purpose and Mission of The North Branch American Legion Riders Is to promote Motorcycle Safety and Riding Enjoyment through programs and activities that are in keeping with the aims and purposes of the American Legion. Supporting and organizing programs, events, charities, parades and other ceremonies for the benefit of Local charities, and active, inactive or disabled veterans and their families.

July 13th will be our annual motorcycle ride. This is a great opportunity to get out and meet Legion Riders from many different chapters. The monies from this ride will go to help support Veterans and their families throughout the year. It will also gives us the support we need to make these veterans families life a little easier. We also raise monies for 4 $500 scholarships that we hand out to graduating seniors. So please come and join us for this amazing annual ride.

Orv Otterness, Post Service Officer - I attended the Tenth District Legion Convention held at Fridley Legion Post June 1. Trophies and awards were presented to several Posts for their work during the report time from May, 1, 2018 until April 30, 2019.

While we did not receive an award for other programs North Branch Post did receive a Certificate for attaining membership goal for this year. This was awarded when the National Commander made his visit to Minnesota.

The newly elected District Commander is Tom Allen of Clearwater. Tom is a long-time member and has been very active in District activities for many years. His District Adjutant is Roger Stoick, a Past District Commander so I am expecting we will have a successful year.

District rallies, Midwinter Conferences, District Conventions and the Department and National events and conventions are a great place to learn more about the programs, the activities, and the special projects of The American Legion. I enjoy the learning, the fellowship and the meeting new folks. I appreciate the opportunity to represent our Post 85 as a Delegate to the Convention.

Glenn Pierce, Adjutant - Flag Day, June 14, falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.