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July/September 2017

07/01/2017

Post 291 ushers in the new 2017-2018 command year.  Elections were held May 10 and thank you all who came out to vote and support the Post.  Congratulations to the new officers and Executive Committee who will all do a great job this coming year. Congratulations to Tim Sullivan, new Commander of Squadron 291 SON’s who has a great year lined up with his concierge team for parking and security for our Post.  Welcome all the new Auxiliary officers and also wish them a successful year ahead. 

Congratulations to Post 291 Honor Guard Commander Brian Fleming Jr, and his competition team who, once again placed First at the American Legion Department of California convention held in Riverside the last weekend in June. They now go on to compete at National in August to retain their first place title as the best Honor Guard in the nation.  Way to go guys!

As I start my third term as your Commander, my 2017-2018 goals are as follows:

(1) VETERANS FIRST. Our veterans will always be our #1 priority at Post 291

(2) Create new events for our veterans and continue raising money to donate to their needs

(3) Continue recruiting our younger veterans for they are our Future Legionnaires who will continue our legacy and represent the legion’s future

(4) Put programs together so our younger Veterans can get involved to reach these goals

We need to work together as a team at 291 to accomplish these goals. To do this, as Commander, I will have quarterly meetings with the other Legion commanders: SON's Commander, Auxiliary President, and Yacht Club Commodore to establish a open relationship with family Members so they too understand the direction the Post is going.

We are a very large Legion Post, therefore, have policies & procedures in place that are different from others because of our vast membership roll of 7000 members within the Legion family.  My goal is to continue to run this Post in a positive direction. I have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all the members.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for future events, whether to plan, decorate, or work in some capacity, sign up at the Front Office with your email or phone number to have on hand when needed. Check the website for more information regarding our Summer events like Jazz Nights and our WW2/Korean War Vet lunch held July 27 honoring all our vets who served in those theaters.

Thank you for your patience and support as I get rehabilitated on my new knee after replacement surgery in May.  Physical therapy has been ongoing but I feel much better without pain.   Looking forward to getting back and walking around the Post.

Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank a Vet”. Our commitment to all veterans, our members, veterans’ programs or veterans-in-need alike, will reflect in all we do as we strive to honor all who served. The Post is not a “Club”, but an American Legion Post for Military Veterans who share common experiences. The Security staff is made up of SONs who are SONs of the Post. Please show respect to the Post, Volunteer Security staff, all veterans and guests.

Let's have a great year.  If you haven’t noticed, I speak with the word WE not the Word I.  If we work with the positive attitude and team work needed, we will prevail in being the proud and best American Legion in the country.

Attitude is the Altitude of Success at the American Legion Post 291. Let’s all work together to make that happen.

 

09/01/2017

Congratulations to Brian Fleming Jr. and his Newport Harbor Color Guard Competition Team who “nailed it across the board” to win top honors –1st Place– Advancing/ Retiring of Colors Class and Military Open Class, held at National Convention in Reno August 25. You always make Post 291 proud and what an honor to retain your position 2 consecutive years in a row as "National Commander's Color Guard".

The new National Commander for 2017-2018 is Denise H. Rohan from Wisconsin, a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, the first woman to be elected to the top position of the 2- million member American Legion.  President Trump was the keynote speaker and signed in new Resolutions for benefits for veterans. Next year’s National convention will be held in Minnesota.

Another coup for Post 291––first time the Post has had a Boy’s State delegate go to Boy’s Nation in Washington DC visiting the White House, representing not only California but 291.  American Legion Children and Youth programs are under the direction of our 3rd Vice Commander, Sandy Schneeberger.  This is a huge national program for high school junior boys and a big thank you to her and her committee for selecting Ryan Long from University High School in Irvine.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, you represent the best American Legion in the country and I’m proud to be the Commander of Post 291.

Labor Day weekend will end the official summer season at the Post. Enjoy the rest of the summer by coming out and enjoying the weekend bands, Tuesday Hootenanny, Friday night Dinner and Dancing to live band music, and sailing activities with the Yacht Club.  The Post has had a terrific summer with full crowds enjoying the special amenities that only Post 291 can provide. Thanks to all the Veterans and their families who support the Post, keeping it a viable business operation by using the Bar and Restaurant, and attending special events.

September 11, 2001.  Where were you when the Towers fell and the U.S. lost over 3000 citizens in a terror attack sixteen years ago?  Please take a moment to remember that day, now called Patriot Day.  The Restaurant is closed Monday, September 11 but Burn Your Own is available and the Bar is open.

I will continue to do my best to communicate with my Officers and Executive Board and our 2017-2018 Command Year will be great in every way if everyone does their part. The Board welcomes Wayne Zippi, who steps into the executive committee role of Mike Schubert who is now First Vice Commander.

We swing into Autumn with the ever popular Sock Hop on Friday September 8.  Don’t forget to bring new socks for the troops overseas and Veteran patients at the VA.  A special night of Frank Sinatra songs will be Friday, September 28 with Don Ross. And you can’t forget our famous Halloween Costume Party Friday, October 27. Reservations only so call the office  because it’s always a sell out. Thanksgiving Buffet and Christmas festivities and Boat Parade are right around the corner.

Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank a Vet”. Our commitment to all veterans, our members, veterans’ programs or veterans-in-need alike, will reflect in all we do as we strive to honor all who served. The Post is not a “Club”, but an American Legion Post for Military Veterans who share common experiences. The Security staff is made up of SONs who are SONs of the Post. Please show respect to the Post, Volunteer Security staff, all veterans and guests.

Remember: “Veterans First”.  Attitude is the Altitude of Success at the American Legion Post 291.  Let’s all work together to make that happen. 


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