Greetings fellow Legionnaires!
I hope the month of May was a blessing to you and your family. If you were unable to attend the Spring Hill or Hillsdale Memorial Day Ceremonies you missed two wonderful events! The rain stayed away long enough to for the community to honor our brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice keeping our country free. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who participated including: Post 350 Legionnaires, SAL members; the Schowalter family for taking charge of the honor guard and providing the Bugler; the Ladies Auxiliary who arranged the Spring Hill Ceremony and guest speaker, U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder, the Spring Hill Police Department for being a part of the honor guard; The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venturing Crew members for providing our color guard, and for Melton Welch and his son, Daniel, for arranging the Hillsdale Memorial Day Ceremony and delivering a moving testimony. It was humbling to see both communities rally together to pay homage to our fallen comrades.
I want to thank the members who helped with our high school scholarship fund this year. Through your hard work and devotion to Youth and Patriotism we were able to present two $250.00 scholarships to well-deserving Spring Hill High School graduates who plan to attend college in the fall.
I appreciate all the members who have volunteered these past several weeks at the Price Chopper, and the Farmer’s Market on Saturday for the raffle. This will continue through late August so lend a helping hand if you can. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Leland (Lee) Borgelt at (913) 645-9783.
During our June meeting we plan to vote on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017 budget. It’s important that we hear your input so please plan to attend.
We also plan to unveil our new Post 350 website developed by our own 2nd Vice Commander, Tommy Holland. We are excited to have our own website on the internet where our post can keep in touch with our members, community, and general public in addition to allowing new veterans who have moved to Spring Hill to discover and join our Post. We envision our website will become our go-to place for the newsletter, calendar of events, and other post communications in the future.
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/, 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 attending our meetings 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 7, at 7:00pm in the room 10 at the Civic Center, 401 North Madison Street. Hope to see you there.
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” GEN George S. Patton
Commander, Post 350
American Legion Auxiliary:
What a busy month we are having! Helen and Ellen found sponsors for the 2 girls that are going to Girls State. They attended the tea in Olathe and Ellen gave them their orientation packets that she had downloaded for them. We finished up the Poppy presentations at Wolf Creek Elementary. Our Poppy Day was a success this year. Thanks to all who helped with the poppy donations. Thanks to Barbara for delivering poppy and cans to everyone. Helen and Ellen were at Price Chopper selling tickets for the drawing on the quilt for grave markers on the 14th. We will be either at Price Chopper or Farmer’s Market the rest of the summer on Saturdays. We are getting ready for Memorial Day at Spring Hill and Hillsdale. We will install officers at June”s meeting. June 14th we will be taking cookies and gently used clothing to Leavenworth. Anyone who would like to bake a few cookies feel free to drop them off at Ellen’s by the 13th of June. We are looking forward to a productive summer.