WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2019
The Christmas season has come and gone and we are starting a New Year. I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday and wish for us all a Happy New Year. Time seems to fly by as we are already preparing for our Mardi Gras party. It will be held on February 23rd-starting at 5:30. We will have the same DJ that we had at the Christmas party. He did a great job and the Christmas party was a big success with a great turnout.
The Mid-Winter Conference is right around the corner and will be followed by the American Legion Walk To The Hill where Legion, Sons and Auxiliary members go to Capitol Hill. They visit with and tell our Senators and Representatives about the issues of concern to the American Legion and the bills that the Legion wants to see passed this coming year.
We have been pleased to gain some new members recently. Please continue to work on recruiting new members. They are out there. And remember that when they come in-they need to feel welcome. Let’s make sure they do. We welcome all past and new members.
We have recently partnered with the DAV to raise the money for a new mobile van. The money was raised in less than a month! We are very fortunate to live in a very Veteran friendly community.
The Chiefs Association of our local Coast Guard has asked us to help with the storage and collection of non-perishable items for the local government workers that are not receiving a pay check during the government shutdown. Let us step up and help those that may have problems during this time.
I would like to personally thank and recognize Post Adjutant Bill Abshire for all his work. He has organized, processed and brought all of our Post records up to date. Our membership is presently at about 77%. We need to continue to work on bringing in new members.
I would also like to recognize and thank Kat Abshire for the great work she did at the Christmas party. The photos were great! Kat is a very talented photographer.
Bingo is the financial backbone of Post 1 and thanks to Donna Johnson and her efforts-we are doing very well. We appreciate all Donna does for us.
I would like to thank everyone for their support as we always have a multitude of tasks that have to be accomplished.
If you have a neighbor or friend who is a Veteran, please remember to ask them to become a Member of Post 1. Remember that Membership is the Lifeblood of the Legion.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
Well this is the start of a new year and we have much to be thankful for. Commander Jackson and I have both had orthopedic surgeries and we are doing much better. We have come through my two favorite holidays Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s no end to what I could say about these two wonderful holidays. I’m just glad that I live in a country that sets a day aside for Thanksgiving, for giving things is the will of God. The Scripture said in all things give thanks for this is the will of God.
So often we look in the year that has passed and think about the things we have not accomplished. God is so graciously given us another year to try to get those things done that are so important to not only us but those that are around us.
Vietnam Cease-Fire - January 27, 1973 is always a date in January that so many of us think about. We just hope and pray that January 2019 will be a Cease-Fire for many of our men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We have been at war in the Middle East for 17 years now.
February always brings us back to the thought of the selfless heroic actions of the Four Chaplains. It was known as Torpedo Junction, the U-boat infested icy waters of the North Atlantic during World War II. On February 3, 1943, the USAT DORCHESTER, an old coastal steamer quickly pressed into military service, was slowly making her way through those waters bound for Greenland.
Most of the men were seasick, and green with nausea. Because they were in submarine waters, the captain directed the men to keep outer gear and life jackets on at all times.
It’s not the difficult horrendous situations that happen to us it is how we respond to these situations that defines who we are. Those men didn’t choose to be on that ship the choice was made for them. The old saying is things happen, it rains on the just and the end just.
The Four Chaplains would’ve never been mentioned if they would have been in the front of the lifeboat telling people how to row and the way to go.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
EDDIE RICHARD ALBERT DUPLANTIS AL COCHRAN BOB MUTERSBAUGH MARGIE NELANDS
CHARLES WHATLEY ROY SANDERS STEVE ROTHERMEL 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
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.