November 2016 Newsletter

Here’s hoping that all Members and your families had a Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving.

There were nine members, including all the officers, at the meeting on October 26, 2016. District Five Senior Vice Commander Todd Connor and District Five Judge Advocate Derik Locke paid  our post  a visit as well.  Adjutant/Finance  Officer Ned  Brooks read the minutes of the previous  meeting which  were accepted  as read.  Ned  also reported   $7,125.14   in the checking  account.

Membership: As of the last meeting 69% of our members renewed their membership. We still have about 30 more who need to respond. Ifyou have not sent in your dues yet, please try to re-up before December 31, 2016.

PUFL (Paid Up For Life) information from Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks. Members should consider becoming a PUFL under a new price structure. It now cost $499.00 to become a PUFL. This can be paid over a period of 12 months. Ned did the math and figured out that if a member lives longer than 12.4 years, then every year after that point is at no cost. Ned advises this can all be done on line using the following steps:

  1. Go to the legion website mylegion.org
  2. Click on org/theamericanlegion         
  3. Click on members
  4. Click on paidupforlife
  5. Type in your Legion ID # and last   name

The photos of Member Jose Pequeno’s art work and report of Jose’s continuing improvement by his mother, Nellie Bagley, were passed around for the members to see at the meeting. This is the same material that was attached to the previous newsletter.

Members continued our discussion on procuring a lap top computer that would be used strictly for Post business. There was a motion on the floor to spend up to $450.00 for the computer and related programs when Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien stated he would build a computer and donate it to the post.

Because of another very generous offer from Dennis, the motion to expend funds from the treasury was tabled. Dennis has more recently reported that he will deliver the lap top at the November 30th meeting. Thank You Very Much Dennis!!

Members voted to donate $300.00 to the annual Police and Fire Explorers annual awards banquet. The Post was again listed as a corporate sponsor for the event (See copy of program). One of the four award judges was our very own Past Adjutant and Past Service Officer Al Wagner. The Commander has been chairing this event for the past 16 years.

A few days after the last meeting, on October 30th, the Commander’s mother passed at age 93. Some of the members were introduced to her during a Post installation a few years ago. The Commander would like to let the members know that those who attended the wake/funeral as well as the cards and condolences he and his family received from many of you were greatly appreciated.

We will be collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Toy for Tots Program at the meeting on November 30th. We will turn the toys over to Post Historian Bernie Ruchin, who is the co-coordinator for the program in the Bedford area.

Let’s not forget about getting the attached Officer of the Year nomination letters into the hands of Police Chiefs whose officers performed  “above and beyond”.  Service Officer Roger Ball and the Commander  will get letter printed in several state newspapers. The deadline for receiving nominations is January 1, 2017.

The Commander just heard from Henry Miller a few hours ago (11-27-16). He has landed safely in Afghanistan.   He reports that it has snowed every day since they arrived  and they are well supplied.   Henry also states that he has fairly regular access to the internet so he will stay in touch with us. Henry’s mailing address is:

SSG Henry Miller
Unit  3  ODA 9514
Camp Marmal MES APO/AE  09354

Upcoming Event: The 171st Police Academy will be graduating on December 16th at the Police Standards and Training facility in Concord at 2:00 PM. As usual, our Post will be presenting the Charron-Legion Award to a deserving graduating Officer. Let the Commander know if you are interested in participating in the presentation.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.