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November 2016 Newsletter

Commander’s Message:

Greetings my fellow Legionnaires.  As we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas time of the year we must not forget our veterans who are in need.  If you know of a veteran who could benefit from our support during Thanksgiving, or Christmas, please let us know.  This month we have outstanding opportunities to volunteer and/or attend some Veterans Day ceremonies going on in Spring Hill.  Below is a list of events I’m aware of:

5 NOV 10:00am to 11:00am – City wide Veterans Day Ceremony @ the Spring Hill Civic Center, 401 N. Madison, Spring Hill KS.  We are helping in supplying the MC, possibly the guest speaker, and performing the POW/MIA ceremony.

6 NOV 10:45am – Pastor Jack Smith from the Antioch Community Baptist Church has invited us to his service to honor Veterans.  The church is located at 22668 South Waverly Rd., Spring Hill, KS.

9 NOV 9:00am to 10:00am – Wolf Creek Elementary School (WCES) located at 19250 S. Ridgeview Rd., Spring Hill, KS is having their Veterans Day Ceremony.

11 NOV 8:15am to 8:45am – Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES) located at 300 S. Webster St., Spring Hill, KS is having their Veterans Day Ceremony.

11 NOV 9:00am to 10:00am – Spring Hill Middle School (SHMS) @ the South Gym, 301 South St., Spring Hill, KS, is having their Veterans Day Ceremony.  We are providing the guest speaker and performing the POW/MIA ceremony.

11 NOV 9:30am to 10:30am – Prairie Creek Elementary School (PCES) located at 17077 W. 165th St., Olathe, KS, is having their Veterans Day Ceremony.

11 NOV 10:00am to 11:00am – Spring Hill High School (SHHS) located at 19701 S. Ridgeview Rd., Spring Hill, KS.

If you know of any other events please let me know and I’ll pass it on to our members.

I hope you are enjoying our new website kslegion350.org.  If you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to let I, or any other officer know.  We want this site to be informative and easy to navigate through.  You can also visit the National and State’s website as well.  There is a wide range of useful information on each site including our District’s calendar.  Below are the web addresses for both the National and State sites.  If you don’t have internet access please come to our meetings and you will hear what correspondence we received the prior month.  If you can’t make it to our meeting you can always check our bulletin board at the Civic Center next to the kitchen entrance.  Keep informed, and encourage others to do so as well. http://www.legion.org/, http://www.ksamlegion.org/.

We had great weather and great turnout for our Flag retirement ceremony on 16 October.  Fire District 2, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were instrumental in making it a success.

This year marks our 70th anniversary.  Our post has a long standing tradition dating back to 1946.  For those members who have renewed their membership I want to thank you for taking on the legacy and sharing your talents and experience to our organization.  If you have not received your renewal notice please contact at (913) 530-4598.  If you have received the notice, and you have not returned it to the Post, please fill it out and return soonest.  Let us make a commitment to grow our unit.  If you know of any veterans who are not members talk with them about joining.  Bring them to one of our meetings.  I want to thank the members who have been attending our monthly meetings and encourage those who have not to put it on your calendar to start.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00pm in the room 10 at the Civic Center, 401 North Madison Street.  Hope to see you there.

“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.” – GEN Douglas MacArthur


Darrell Beck

Commander, Post 350



Vice Commander’s Message:

Thank you to everyone who helped at this year’s Fall Festival parade/booth and flag burning ceremony.  Both events turned out great!  This year we passed out flags again, and they were a huge hit!  I think everyone along the route enjoyed seeing us represent the Legion and our hometown veterans.

We have a lot of Veteran’s Day events coming up.  I hope you all can attend some of the activities and be recognized for your service.

Don’t forget to get out and vote on the 8th!


American Legion Auxiliary:

What a busy month we have had.  I received more ornaments from Hallmark for gifts for the veterans.  We took our Christmas gifts to Leavenworth on the 18th of Oct. We also took some used clothing and cheer shop items.  We are still selling chances on our quilt for grave markers.  Membership is at about 60 percent so, ladies we need for you to renew.  Three of us attended the Eisenhower Pilgrimage on the 15th of October. We had a wonderful trip.  We attended the Flag retirement ceremony on the 16th of October.  We are busy getting ready for our 11th annual VA celebration on November the 5th.  We put out flyers over town, sent out invitations to all the district 2 posts and will send out press releases this week.  We will be picking up food for our luncheon.  See you all there!

Ellen Moreland