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Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!
I am honored to serve as your Post Commander & Adjutant for the 2017-2018 year. I earned my eligibility by serving 6 years in the United States Air Force as a Boom Operator on the KC-135R. I am originally from North Carolina however I was stationed at McConnell AFB in Wichita for 5 of my 6-year enlistment. I deployed multiple times in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and have over 1,500 combat flight hours. My goal for this year is to increase member participation in post activities as well as increasing the amount of activities we host.
Here are the full results from our elections during our May meeting:
Commander: Tommy Holland
Vice Commander: Vickey Schowalter
Adjutant: Tommy Holland
Finance Officer: Leland Borgelt
Chaplain: Leland Borgelt
2nd Chaplain: Darrell Williamson
Boys’ State: Joe Schowalter
SAL Advisor: Keith Masterson
ALR Director: Dave Hodge
Public Relations: Tommy Holland
I attended the Department of Kansas Convention in Topeka from May 19 – 21. I met our new District and Department Leadership in addition to voting on a few resolutions on behalf of our Post and District. I will debrief this in more detail during our June meeting.
This year we had a great turnout for the Memorial Day Ceremonies in both Spring Hill and Hillsdale. The local Boy and Girl scouts posted the colors. The Spring Hill Historical Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and Post 350 conducted a wreath laying ceremony in addition to delivering remarks to remember our fallen heroes.
June 2nd through 4th I will be attending the Kansas American Legion Leadership College in Concordia.
June 6th at 7pm will be our next post meeting. We are currently meeting in the Suite next to Gambino’s Pizza while the civic center is under renovation. I look forward to seeing you there!
Tommy Holland, Commander/Adjutant
American Legion Auxiliary:
We had another busy month. We held a special meeting to select the winners of our poppy poster contest. All three winners came from Prairie Creek. We met with all the 3rd grade classes and presented the 3 Sonic gift cards to the winners. Poppy Day started off real gloomy and wet. We had a very good response from the citizens of Spring Hill. Thanks to all the ladies and Girl Scouts that help with the event. Due to miss communications we were sorry to miss National Day of Prayer. We held elections at our May meeting and will install the new officers in June. We were blessed with perfect weather for our Memorial Service at the Spring Hill and Hillsdale cemeteries. Thanks to all our Ladies who attended and a special thanks to Helen Hecke for her help in getting the flags put out. Due to the large donation of clothes in April we will not be taking clothes again until August. You will be getting a call ahead of time for used clothing and cookies.
Ellen Moreland, President
Here is a link to the American Legion Department of Kansas Sunflower Legionnaire for the 2nd Quarter of 2017: SL2017Q2
Ladies Auxiliary: We had a busy month. We took $4,790.00 in used clothing to Leavenworth. We conducted 11 sessions on Poppy Day at all the elementary schools. We will be picking up posters on the 5th of May for judging on the 8th of May. We are doing Daffodil Days the 29th of April. We have two Girls going to Girls State and have sent in for the Girls State Tea on Sunday May 7th. We are busy getting ready for poppy day and Memorial Day. We will hold elections in May and install in June. Any Ladies interest in running for an office, please contact Ellen Moreland. We are still short a few memberships! Please get those in ladies. We need your support!!
Greetings fellow Legionnaires. Elections are coming up in May for our Post officers. There are nine Officer Positions available including Commander, 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Post Historian, Post Chaplain, Post Service Officer, and Sergeant-at-Arms. If you have anyone you wish to nominate, or if you would like to nominate yourself, contact me and I will consolidate the names. During May’s meeting we will vote for the new members and swear them in. Either a 2nd District Officer, or Department of Kansas Officer will attend our May meeting and swear in our new officers. As an elected officer you have a great opportunity to affect change and help foster Americanism and Veteran needs across our community.
Greetings fellow Legionnaires. I hope everyone had a blessed January and a good start to the New Year.
I was reminded the other day that veterans need help understanding where to go to identify what benefits are available to Veterans. Too often we assume Veterans know all about the aid that is available to them, but in reality most only know a small portion. If you, or someone you know who is a Veteran and needs help don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. Call me. If I don’t know the answer I will find someone who does and get the information. This is what makes Post 350 strong. Veterans helping Veterans.
Greetings fellow Legionnaires. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Celebration. This time of year reminds us just how important faith and family are. It’s a time to remember that it is better to give than to receive. American Legion gives us that opportunity to give back our time, talents and treasures to Veterans who are in need. As we begin the New Year I encourage you to get involve in our activities and events in the coming year. Make a difference in a Veteran’s life and their family.
A reminder about our temporary meeting location. Until further notice our normal meeting location will be at the Life Spring Church, Suite 118 in Spring Hill. The address is 206 North Webster Street. The room is right next to Gambino’s Pizzeria.
Hope everyone is enjoying our new website, http://www.kslegion350.org. I’d like to thank everyone who has given us recommendations. If you find something that is wrong, or outdated please let us know. You can also take advantage of the American Legion national website, and/or 2nd District’s website. We also have use of the City’s bulletin board at the Civic Center. 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 as 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/.
I’d like to thank all the members who have renewed their membership for 2017. Thank you for sharing your time, talents and treasures with our Post and our community. For those members who have not renewed your membership, or did not receive a renewal notice please contact me at (913) 530-4598, or use the link below to renew your membership online. 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, February 7, at 7:00pm in Suite 118 at the Life Spring Church, 206 North Webster Street, Spring Hill, KS. Hope to see you there. http://www.legion.org/renew
“All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.” General George S. Patton Jr.
Commander, Post 350
American Legion Auxiliary:
We had a very busy and productive year.. I want to thank all of the Ladies in the Auxiliary who helped make it all possible. We held our December meeting and collected food for the Muti-Service Center instead of exchanging gifts We had a Christmas party with plenty of good things to eat. A good time was had by all. We will be meeting at the Community Center on Race Street on January the
9th. We have another busy year coming up.I want you to have a wonderful Christmas and will see you next year!
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. (more…)
Greetings fellow Legionnaires. We had great weather and great turnout for Spring Hill’s Fall Festival in September. I want to thank all the members for participating including the Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders and Ladies Auxiliary. The American Legion Riders were in full force. It seemed as though their line stretched the entire parade route. It’s a great way to start the parade. This year the Boys and Girl Scout Troops and Packs help pass out flags to the crowd. It was a smashing success. Our booth this year did outstanding. We raised over $25.00 with our raffle. (more…)
Greetings fellow Legionnaires. I want to thank everyone who has been helping during the Saturday morning raffle both. You should all be commended. Your efforts have brought in well over $200 so far. 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.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN LEGION – The American Legion’s Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Roscoe Butler testified during a congressional hearing in June. He addressed pending legislation regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) evaluations for compensation and implementation of peer specialists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. (more…)
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.