March 2020 Post Talk

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

Meeting Schedule:

  • Bar Finance & Accounting March 9th at 3:30 pm
  • Membership Meeting March 10th at 7:00 pm
  • SAL Meeting March 17th at 6:00 pm

Rick Hals, Commander - Greetings to all. We had a 10th District membership meeting at Post 85 in January, which was attended well. Then came February were we had the 3rd annual 2 week remodeling project. What was done was the last tile job the Dept. of Health had told us we had to do, and with a good crew it was completed. Also there was two new vanities installed in the hall bathrooms, plus both bathrooms were painted. When all that was completed all the floors were scrubbed and waxed. I want to thank all who helped in these major remodel projects. March 14th is our Corn Beef and Cabbage supper, at our next meeting we will talk about it. Until next time, remember to thank a vet for his or her service.

Orville Otterness, Post Service Officer - The meeting held by our County Veterans Service Officer at the Legion Hall February 18 included a speaker from Ecumen care center. The speaker explained the services available at their facility. The CVSO should be contacted if care is needed. If you are using the VA Medical Center for treatment and you have an emergency notify the VA immediately.

The next meeting with the CVSO will be held Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Legion Hall. It is worth your time to attend as there have always been interesting and informative speakers. We always receive good information.

Michelle Still, Auxiliary President - "Why should I join the American Legion Family?" Have you ever been asked this? Do you have a quick answer? It's a good idea to be ready to answer that question with a couple positive points about our mission. If you have an opportunity to sit down with a potential member, be prepared to share additional information. I usually share my favorite projects and their impact locally. Do you have membership applications handy, or can you tell someone where to find them? You can recruit new members for the American Legion Family and help get members to renew. It's still the best patriotic organization today.

Jim Hunt, SAL Commander - A big "Thank You!" to all that helped to make our Winterfest omelet breakfast a great success. We couldn't do it without you guys! Many thanks to County Market for the $50 gift card and getting all of our groceries ready for pick-up as well.

I am very happy to report that we are at 127% of our goal for this membership year! We are also at an all-time high membership of 66 members. Great job everyone! We will be having a member appreciation night July 21st. Time TBD. There will be free pizza and 2 free drink tickets for all who attend. Bring a friend, encourage them to join!

Once again we will be donating two $500.00 scholarships to students completing the “What the American Legion means to me" essay. Must have had a family member who served in the Armed Forces. Kids! Get those essays in soon!

The new floor in the Hall kitchen and bar looks great!

Glenn Pierce, Adjutant - Need help filing your taxes?

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