AQUILES EDDIE ORTIZ
Greetings Comrades’ Legionnaires!
I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and the trust that you conveyed on me as Commander of our American Legion Post 255. There are a few topics that I would like to address today.
As you already know the Covid19 Pandemic is
still around us and we must be cognitive of the idea of maintaining the “social distance” and follow the required hygienic protocol i.e. always wear a mask and wash your hands.
The American Legion Post 255 is a family orientated private organization that promotes American Patriotism and peace for our comrades, friends and neighbors. That is why we must always be aware of our demeanor. Specifically, the proper use of communication and to refrain from the use of common “foul” language in the Post premises, in this way we’ll promote respect and harmony particularly when ladies and children are present.
Well, I do not want to forget to mention that the “football” season has arrived. I observed the Charges play against the KC Chiefs last Sunday afternoon and James almost had a “full house” at the Post.
This is all for now so I wish you well, please be safe always and take good care of each other. In case someone needs my assistance please give me a ring at 619-240-4397 or via eMail “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
MEET OUR COMMANDER
AQUILES E. ORTIZ “EDDIE”
BY DIANE DEVRIES
At the Post 255 meeting held on August 20, 2020 members voted in Aquiles E. Ortiz “Eddie” as Commander. The Commander position was previously held by Paul Patricio who served faithfully for two years and agreed to continue as Commander until he moved to Florida in August.
Commander Eddie Ortiz was born in Comyaguela, Honduras, Central American on October 22, 1942. He was a Certified Public Accountant graduate from Instituto Central, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at South Western College.
Commander Ortiz serviced in the Navy, retiring after 30 years of service, and achieving the rank of Senior Chief Storekeeper. He also spent 20 years as the Supply Officer in the Merchant Marines. His profession was Marine Logistics Expert.
Commander Ortiz is a Life Member of The American Legion Post 255 in National City, the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 289 in Imperial Beach, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5477, also in Imperial Beach. He served as a Service Officer in the FRA and VFW.
Eddie is married to Gladys M. Ortiz and they have four children: Valeska, Violeta, Edmundo, and Ericka. They have three grandchildren: Angelina, Giovanni, and Alexander.
The Ortiz’s currently reside in Otay Mesa, San Diego, California.
MEMBERSHIP PINS PRESENTATION
At our Post meeting held September 17, Commander Eddie Ortiz (middle) presented continuous membership pins to Jimmy Nieto (left) and Frank Vigil (right). Jimmy has been a member of The American Legion for 25-years and Frank has been a member for 30-years. Commander Ortiz was presented a 30-year pin by Department Parliamentarian Diane DeVries.
Post 255 recognizes members who have achieved a continuous membership status of 20 years +.
2021 Membership Cards
Your 2020 membership card is good through December 31. 2021 membership cards are available if you wish to renew early. Renew online, mail in or stop by the Post Mondays noon - 2 pm or Fridays noon - 3 pm. Post dues are $45, Auxiliary dues are $30 and Sons of the American Legion dues are $20.
VETERAN’S AND MILITARY FAMILY’S
The City of National City welcomes citizens who are interested in volunteering their time and talent to serve on its newly formed Veterans and Military Families Advisory Committee.
The seven member committee, which meets quarterly, is open to both residents and non-residents and is charged with advising the City Council on matters related to the support of our veterans and military community and providing advice and assistance to City residents regarding resources available for veterans and military families. The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for October 22nd at 5:30 pm.
If you would like to be considered for appointment applications are available at the Post.
*** 2020 LAW & ORDER AWARDS & DINNER pictures are now on this web site. Click on "PHOTO GALLERY", then find and click on "2020 LAW AND ORDER AWARDS DINNER"
PERSONAL CONDUCT AT THE POST
All members, and their guests, are reminded that the Post is Family Friendly and as such, everyone needs to be mindful of how they conduct themselves.
There is no place at the Post for being rude or disrespectful to others, and at absolutely no time should any type of physical altercation be initiated inside the Post or in our parking lot.
Bartenders, with the assistance of Post Officers, will monitor behavior and if they feel a member or guest is crossing the line, that member or guest will be warned to stop. If the behavior continues the member or guest will be asked to leave the Post and it will be noted in the log book for further review by the Canteen Manager and E-Board.
Remember, our motto is that we are the “Friendliest Post” so let us all work to ensure “we” remain friendly.
MUST BE SIGNED IN BY A POST MEMBER!!!!!
It is becoming evident that more and more members are bringing guests into the Post without properly signing them in. Failure to have guests sign in could lead to sanctions against the Post by the State ABC or we could lose our license to sell alcohol.
Guests are defined as anyone who is not an American Legion, Auxiliary or SON from any Post.
Members who fail to follow this simple rule risk losing their canteen privileges for a time period to be determined by the E-Board.
DD214 ACCESS ONLINE NOW
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try
T-SHIRTS AND POST 255 BASEBALL CAPS
There is a new shipment of T-shirts now available in various sizes. Get them while supplies last. Ask your friendly bartender for details. Baseball style caps are also available.
POST 255 SERVICE OFFICER
FOR SAN DIEGO VETERANS & THEIR SURVIVORS
For information please click on "SERVICE OFFICER" on the left side of this web site.
RECYCLE YOUR UNUSED EYE GLASSES AND
RECYCLE UNUSED CELL PHONES AND
RECYCLE USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES
AT THE POST
We are still collecting your unused eye glasses and unused cell phones for donations and are still collecting used ink jet cartridges at the Post. We turn the cartridges in to receive up to $40.00 store credit each month. The credit is then used to reduce the cost of our office supplies - paper and mailing dots for the newsletter, ink for our printers, stamps, etc. We used to turn in our quota each month, but haven't lately. We appreciate your help on this one.
For information on:
Sons of the American Legion
Click on their respective buttons on the left side of this page
Also, please visit the photo gallery. Photos are periodically updated.
The events calendar contains the monthly "happenings" for Post 255.