Greetings fellow Legionnaires! I am proud to announce our newly elected and sworn in Officers for Post 350.
Your Officers for 2016-2017 are:
- Commander – Darrell Beck
- 1st Vice Commander – Vickey Schowalter
- 2nd Vice Commander – Tommy Holland
- Adjutant – Johnny Ford
- Finance Officer – Leeland (Lee) Borgelt
- 1st Chaplain – Leland (Lee) Borgelt
- Sergeant-at-Arms – Michael Hyland
- Historian – Tommy Holland
Your Executive Committee representatives are:
- Ed Hodge
- Keith Masterson
- Brian Johnson
- Bryan Brinkman
We have an outstanding team that has a heart for helping Veterans and our community. I am grateful each one of them has made a commitment for this coming year to share their time, treasure, and talents with us and our community.
Reminder – Starting in May and running through late August we will once again set up a stand at the Spring Hill Price Chopper, or Farmer’s Market to sell tickets for a chance to win a telescopic flagpole donated by Ron Stiles, owner of Spring Hill Oil Company. The money that we raise will provide support to Veterans in our local area as well as Veterans at the Leavenworth VA Hospital. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Leland (Lee) Borland at (913) 645-9783. Also in May our Post in conjunction with the Ladies Auxiliary and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will host Spring Hill’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Spring Hill Cemetery. Congressman Yoder plans to attend and give a few words.
Please take advantage of the American Legion national website, and/or 2nd District’s website. Legion.org has a wealth of information including a Benefits Calculator where you can determine your eligibility for hundreds of available benefits. If you don’t have internet access please come to our meetings and you will hear what correspondence we received the prior month. You can also stop by the Civic Center and see what is posted on our bulletin board. Keep informed, and encourage others to do so as well. http://www.legion.org or http://www.ksamlegion.org
Don’t forget to invite any veterans who are not members to our next meeting and perhaps joining the American Legion. Members who have been coming to our meeting I’d like to say thank you. I encourage those who have not been attending to put it on your calendar and start. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00pm in Room 10 of the Civic Center, 401 North Madison Street. Hope to see you there.
“I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.” – GEN George S. Patton
Commander, Post 350
2nd Vice Commanders Message:
Hello all! I would like to say thank you for the nomination and selection as your new 2nd Vice Commander along with Post Historian. One of the responsibilities of my post is to spice up meetings and attract attendance. If anyone has any activity they would be interested in seeing the post take part in please let me know!
2nd Vice Commander/Historian, Post 350
Finance Officer’s Message:
Audit Report – On April 14th 1st Vice Commander Vicki Schowalter and I meet with outgoing Finance Officer Wally Novak to audit the financial records. Wally showed us his accounting methodology, and filing system, which we found to be straight forward and easy to navigate. We randomly checked bank statements with reports and found that they balanced. Receipts or other documentation was readily available for each and every debit or credit transaction. As the new Finance Officer Post 350, I accept the Post 350 Financial Records without prejudice. I look forward to working with the Post 350 Officers and members to provide financial responsibility and accountability.
Outgoing Finance Officer Novak is to be commended for this diligence, attention to detail, and willingness to help in my transition.
Finance Officer, Post 350
In May of 1919 the St Louis Caucus was convened. This is where “The American Legion” was adopted as the organizations official name. Also the Legion’s draft preamble and constitution were approved. In May of 1946 The Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary present a small, struggling organization called the American Heart Association with a $50,000 grant. The grant inaugurates a nationwide program for the study, prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease.
American Legion Auxiliary:
We sure have had a busy month. Ladies Auxiliary Post 350 attended the 2nd District Convention and had a good time. We won a certificate for our ALA Post 350 History book and all won door prizes. Ellen won 4 tickets to Royals ball game. Ladies Auxiliary Post 350 presented a poppy program at the Wolf Creek Elementary, Prairie Creek Elementary and Spring Hill Elementary Schools. We had an hour and half presentation of history of World War 1 and the role of Moina Belle Michaels as the Poppy Lady. We read the poem Flanders Field and We Shall Keep the Faith. We had a good response from the 3rd grade students. There are 10 classes and we still have 3 at Wolf Creek to do. We attended Daffodil Days Saturday, April 30th. We have a quilt we are selling chances on donated by the Paola Quilters to help purchase more grave markers. We have 6 girls interested in Girls State but none committed as of yet. We will attend the Girls State Tea in Olathe on Sunday, May 1st. We will be preparing for Poppy Day Saturday, May 21st. We met with the American Legion Post 350 Saturday, April 23rd to prepare for Memorial Day. We will set up with the American Legion Post 350 this summer selling chances for the quilt. We plan on attending National Day of Prayer on May 5th. We will be holding election of Post 350 officers at our May meeting and installing in June.