SONS OF THE LEGION
Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM.
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Preamble to the S.A.L. National Constitution
Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The American Legion" for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.
Happy Fourth of July!! Be careful with those fireworks, I know from first hand experience that it is not fun to visit the emergency room on the Fourth of July!! I would like to thank everyone again who bought shirts from us during the NJCAA tournament and also to those who showed up to help in the booth making them! We were hoping to break even this year, instead we turned a profit and are off to a good start for next year. We were able to payoff the equipment that we purchased and are selling some of the shelving that was used in the booth. We are looking to purchase or build new shelving to be used in the booths for next year. Thanks again for all that you do!!
Summer is now upon us and I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather! The unofficial start of summer begins with Memorial Day, a time to remember those who are no longer with us, not just a time to cookout and go to the lake. Originally known as Decoration Day that started after the Civil War celebrated on May 30th, it became a National holiday in 1971 and changed to the last Monday in May. Thank you to everyone who came before us and paved the way for us today!
I would like to reiterate the thank you from the notes last month to those who bought a t-shirt from us at the NJCAA tournament. We were hoping to break even as this was our first year. Instead we actually turned a profit! We have already paid for the equipment in full, so next year should be even better. Also, please make sure to pay your 2018 dues. We are at 100% for the year, but that is from a lot of new members that joined, so we still have some existing members that have not paid. We did send out a letter to those who have not paid yet asking them to renew.
I would like to thank everyone who had a chance to stop by at the NJCAA Basketball tournament and buy a shirt. It was our first year doing this and we were happy to keep this part of the tournament within the Legion Family. It is awesome to be a part of the tournament representing the Legion Family and continue to support the Legion in putting the tournament on. We will continually need new members to step up and volunteer for the different committee's and keep the tournament local and with the Legion.
February/ March Notes
As I mentioned last month, we are going to make the t-shirts at the basketball tournament this year. If this is something you would like to help with, please let us know. We are in the process of purchasing the t-shirt presses as well as getting the artwork approved. I would like to thank Neal and Jeff for heading up the committee and getting the ball rolling.
SAL continued to donate to several charities this holiday season. Those charities included KWBW’s Project Concern, First Call for Help, and the American Legion’s Operation North Pole at Fort Riley. Also, SAL is going to undertake a new project for the NJCAA tournament this year. With AMBUCS not doing t-shirt’s this year, SAL is going to take it over. If you are looking to get involved with the tournament and would like to help with the t-shirt’s, let us know.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!! Our next major project coming up in 2018 is the NJCAA Basketball tournament. If you are not currently on a committee and would like to help in some way with the tournament, you can email me at email@example.com and we can find a committee that is needing help. Also, if you are looking for something to do around the Legion to help out, we are needing help with Bingo. If you have free time on a Tuesday or Friday evening, even just one evening a month, let me know and we can get you set up.
Membership cards are in for 2018, so please pay your dues when you can, they are $25.00. SAL will be participating in the early bird dinner this year. If you would like a free Italian meal on November 11th, please pay prior to November 11th as your 2018 membership card will be needed in order to get the free meal. Also, we will be putting up flags at Fairlawn this year for Veterans Day. If you would like to help, please show up around 7:30 am on Saturday, November 11th.
Just a reminder that the 2018 membership cards are now in, dues are $25 for 2018. SAL is participating in the Early Bird Dinner this year, so please pay your dues before if you would like a free meal. If possible, please pay with a check so it makes it easier to track who the dues came from. Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for the October SAL monthly meeting, Legion member Richard Ellis has graciously volunteered to set up a slide show of pictures he took while in Vietnam of “Underway Replenishment” activities. Underway replenishment is a way to transfer supplies and munitions from ship to ship. Thanks!!
From September Newsletter
It is that time of year already, the 2018 membership cards are now in. Dues are $25 for 2018. If possible, please pay with a check so it makes it easier to track who the dues came from. Mark your calendars for the October SAL monthly meeting, October 19th. Legion member Richard Ellis has graciously volunteered to set up a slide show of pictures he took while in Vietnam of “Underway Replenishment” activities. Underway replenishment is a way to transfer supplies and munitions from ship to ship. We would also like to say good luck to current SAL #68 member Noah Fredrickson who is currently at Fort Lee, Virginia for 12 weeks for his AIT. From what I have heard so far, he is doing great and passing all of his tests will flying colors!
From July Newsletter
If you were out at Fairlawn Cemetery on Memorial Day, you may have noticed the new U.S. Flags flying around the cemetery. The previous flags had been used for years and were ready to be replaced. We would like to thank Arconic, a local company, for purchasing the new flags! They will be flown with pride for many years to come!