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W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
MARCH & APRIL 2019
Hello Spring! It looks like it's time for another newsletter. Seems like they come every week or so, particularly when there is a lot going on.
We regret the loss of any member, but it was a great loss- both personally and to the Legion-with the passing of Past Commander Steve Rothermel. Steve was both a friend and mentor to me and many others. Steve was a loyal and active member of Post for 40 years. God bless Mary for her care and love for Steve.
We are entering our Spring Conference time. They start early this year with our 7th District on the 24th of March and the others will follow through April. This year we will have two conferences each on the weekends of Saturday the 1st and the 6th. This is the first time I can remember having conferences being moved to Saturdays.
At our last meeting, we nominated a slate of officers to serve for the New Year. Our Post is doing well financially as Bingo continues to do well. Presently, we are considering replacing the Post air conditioning units. Our present ones are well over twenty years old and new ones would be much more efficient.
Membership is growing, but we need to continue trying to recruit more members as we are not keeping up with our losses. Our newest member is a transfer from South Carolina. He is a WWII veteran and we are pleased to welcome him to Post 1.
One of our big problems is low attendance at Post meetings. We need to see what we can do to encourage more members to participate. Any suggestions are most welcome. If you are reading this newsletter and haven't been in a while, please consider coming. We need your interest and input.
We had a great Mardi Gras party with good food and a great DJ. We need to encourage more attendance to events such as this. Our annual Law and Order Program will be held on April 10th and Memorial Program will be held on May 8th 2019.
I want to thank each one of you for your support during the last year. It is an honor to be your Commander. Remember the Legion was formed to be of service to others and that has always been our Lifeblood. We must reach out to others who have served to keep us strong.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
April and May-the two months of the year when everything starts happening. Everything is sprouting out and trying to grow, it’s a new birth in wildlife and nature. It’s the coming out of winter and entering into summer. Old things are passed away and everything looks new fresh, green and coming alive. These last months have been hard on all of us at the Post. Jim had surgery, I had surgery and we have lost members of the Post. But thank God it’s spring. Looking forward to some great things in the remaining months of this year. We will be having our annual Memorial service on May 8th.
I will be out of town; cell service is very weak so you will have to text me if you need me. I will be back for all of the monthly meetings. We will do our best to keep up with the obituary list with as little Internet as we will have. If I miss one please be so kind as to let me know with enough time to try to do something about it. To my wife and I this Chaplain job is more than the Chaplain’s job. It’s like being a pastor to all of you folks. We try our absolute best to help you in all things related to you and your walk with God.
Please help us to get in touch with everyone that has family connected to any of our Legionnaires that have passed away since our last Memorial service. I would like to make the Memorial service this year a very special one.
I cannot let May’s letter go without saying something wonderful about the mothers in our lives. There is no way that we could thank them enough for all they have done for us. If your mother is still alive please do something very special for them this year for Mother’s Day.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
EDDIE RICHARD ALBERT DUPLANTIS AL COCHRAN BOB MUTERSBAUGH MARGIE NELANDS
CHARLES WHATLEY ROY SANDERS PRIS FRUGE AGNES ARMENTOR
VIOLET TATUM AL PORTINAUSE GAIL REIFSNIDER BILL ABSHIRE ROY BENOIT
ROGER PETE ELISTA PRICE JOE & MARIE RABALAIS CLARENCE BERTRAND MONA LAFKEUR
HOWARD JAMES FONTENOT--3/18/19
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.