WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
MARCH & APRIL 2018
Time for another newsletter. Seems like they come up every week-not every couple of months. Guess it’s because we have been busy lately.
Connie and I went to Washington DC with our State Delegation for the Walk to the Hill Conference. We visited with several of our State officials. We were well received and discussed the American Legion Legislative Priorities for this next year with them. We were particularly impressed by Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Abraham. Both of them serve on Veteran Affairs committees, understand the issues and support our Veteran Community. Connie represented the ALA position in her capacity as Department Legislative Chairman.
Post 1 hosted the 7th District Spring Conference this past week. Elections were held for new 7th District officers for the 2018-19 year.
At this point I would like to give special thanks to Ed Richard and his cooking crew! We always have great food and that is surely appreciated by our Post membership. But at something like the Conference, the compliments and comments always make us doubly appreciative! Thanks Guys!
We have had a loss this year of 25 Post members who have gone to a better place. Their presence among us will be missed. I would like to personally thank our Chaplain Roger Pete for his dedication. He is a very special person who is doing an outstanding job.
We need to make a push to get the last 15% of our Membership dues in. We all know that Membership is the Lifeblood of the Legion. Without our Membership dues being paid, we cannot vote the strength of our Post at the State Convention. The Post vote is determined by paid memberships. I would like to ask each person to reach out to bring in one new member. It would be a great help and would enable us to help keep our Post strong. Without new members to replace those lost, we lose our voting strength as our numbers decrease.
Last week a meeting was held here in Lake Charles at the VA Clinic. State Cmdr. Holliday, an LDVA Rep., Rep. Higgins’ aide, a Representative from the Alexandria VA Hospital, myself and Connie were in attendance at this teleconference with VA officials. The meeting was an updating of VA plans to address a number of problems. Much of this Conference was concerned with problems in the Choice Program. The Choice Program was mandated and fully funded by Congress to provide local medical providers to eliminate long wait times for appointments. There is a huge problem with lack of payment to local providers. We have had several drop out of the program and will lose more if this continues. The meeting discussed the proposed VA procedures to address this issue. I will keep you informed of progress as I hear future plans. I would like to thank everyone for their help and support during the past year and look forward to a Great New Year! Don’t forget to help us with membership-
both with dues payments and reaching out to new members. Help keep us stay strong!
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
One of the most quoted Bible verses is For God so loved the world…
There are many things that we may never know about God but we do know Him in the face of Jesus Christ and how He treated people and the price He paid. You ask someone about Jesus and they will tell you something he done for someone else that is my thought for this month.
You will never be known for what you thought of yourself but you will be known for the way that you treated others. Someone once asked Mother Teresa can you show me Jesus and she took them to one of the poorest districts and found one of the poorest people and said here he is. Very few can tell you where Mother Teresa was born or are where she went to school but they know of her accomplishments in her life to help the needs of others.
Preamble to the American Legion Constitution for God and Country, to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation.
It is this obligation that we have not only to the individual members of the American Legion but also to all that are around us.
It is in the last line of our preamble that I will bring my thoughts to a close…to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
We are all very quick to say if you need me call me but it is much better when you can see someone that needs help that you just jump in before they ask. If there’s anything that I want to do is to make you look better in all you do and help you to do your job better, that you are the one that gets the praised and not me.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
AGNES ARMENTOR EFFIE FONTENOT BOB MUTERSBAUGH
PRIS FRUGE EDDIE RICHARD CLARENCE BERTRAND
ALBERT DUPLANTIS GAIL REIFSNIDER AL PORTINAUSE
AL COCHRAN BILL ABSHIRE ROY BENOIT
MARGIE NELANDS CHARLES WHATLEY
HELEN GOWN STEPHEN ROTHERMEL BUD DEWEES
ELISTA PRICE MONA LAFLEUR
JOE & MARIE RABALAIS ROY SANDERS
JACK THIELEN 2/19/18
WALTER GOFF 3/12/18
R. P. DUMAS 3/17/18
DIANE GAINES 2/26/18
FAYE BARNHART 3/6/18
WHEN A LEGIONNAIRE DIES
Anytime a member of Post 1 or Unit 1 dies, it is very important that the Post and Unit be notified. This does not happen automatically nor should you depend on someone seeing it in the newspaper-contact the Legion home as soon as possible. If the family of a member (Post) would like to have a memorial service along with the plans at the funeral home, this information must be channeled through the Legion home. There again, these things do not happen automatically, but must be planned with the Post. This is why it is so important to make sure that the Legion/Auxiliary member’s dues are paid in a timely manner. If they are not paid up to date at the time of death the member (Legion or Unit) is not entitled to this service.
In the event of the death of an Auxiliary member, again the Post home or a member of the Executive Board of the Unit should be notified as soon as possible. Members of the Auxiliary, are included in Memorial Services on the District and Department levels sometime during the year of death or the one following. Anytime there are questions concerning anything relative to a veteran, you can always call your Legion Post and someone will be found to answer your questions. There are many community and state services that families may not be aware of; the answer is often at your Post.
KEEP THIS INFORMATION ALONG WITH YOUR PERSONAL PAPERS FOR REFERENCE. Post 1 phone is 337-436-3300.