Fellow Post 255 Legionnaires,
As is the norm, I will start my report with our newest members: Roy Barr, USN; Andy Morrissette, USN, to PUFL; Regelio Tabago, USN; Charles Van Rickley, USN.
Here we are, already in February, and off to a busy start at the Post. January was hopping between the fish fry, playoff games and the various hall events. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Special note for January, Post 255 held the annual Oratorical Contest and I would like to congratulate Aubrey York for her outstanding presentation and winning this year’s event. I wish her luck at her next competition, the District 22 Oratorical scheduled for 09 February.
February is shaping up to be busy. Of course we will have the monthly fish fry on the 7th, with the Post hosting the raffle & 50/50 but on top of that we have the S.A.L.s Annual Chili Cook Off on 16 February, and of course our Annual Law & Order Dinner on 22 February. I believe our Canteen Manager, Rocky, will be having some special events, with specials, so pay attention to our group Facebook page as well as Diane’s weekly email.
Now onto a more serious topic, PARTICIPATION. At our meeting in January, we just barely had enough members to have a quorum where we could actually vote. With about 500 Post members, it seems as though we should be able to get at least a few more folks to come to the meeting and participate in the decision making process. If you can come in and spend time at the bar complaining about how the Post is being run, come to the meeting and get your voice heard. The same goes for the Auxiliary, S.A.L.s and the Riders, come on out and participate in the meetings.
Also, part of PARTICIPATION, is stepping up and volunteering time to the various programs and events within the Post and the Legion. We have a GREAT core group of people from all groups of our Legion Family who are always there for the Post. The problem is some of these folks are getting tired, some are getting old and others, like me, are moving away soon. What that means is that without new folks stepping up and taking over some of these programs/events, they may fade away. It doesn’t take much, just reach out and let someone know you want to be part of the fun.
One of the many programs within the American Legion is Boys State. We need someone to step up and take over the program. It is a great thing we do sending high school students to Sacramento to learn about government. It would be a shame for the program to go away due to lack of interest. If you are interested, please let me know.
MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP… Did I mention it’s time to start thinking of renewing your membership? Post Officers will be working hard to not only reach, but exceed our membership goal this year. Remember, as members it’s up to us to recruit new members to the Post. If you have any questions about membership, please talk to our First Vice, Melissa, or any of the Post Officers.
Lastly, complaining about the Post/canteen while sitting at the bar does nothing but disturb other patrons and quite frankly is counter productive. If you want to make a change attend the Post meeting and have your voice heard.
I look forward to seeing you down at the Post and REALLY hope to see you at the February Meeting on Meeting on the 20th at 5pm.
Thanks for your continued support!
Paul “RoadBlock” Patricio
Post Website: http://calegionpost255.org
ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNER AUBREY YORK
WITH ORATORICAL CHAIRMAN RICK DEVRIES &
POST COMMANDER PAUL PATRICIO
RALPH MENDOZA RECIEVES A 20 MEMBERSHIP PIN
FROM POST COMMANDER PAUL PATRICIO
When you have renewed your membership dues for the following year either in person, by mail or online, now what happens?
Renewed at the Post – If one of the Post Officers is present, he/she will get your card immediately. If an Officer is not present, the Bartender can take your renewal dues and write a receipt.
Renewed by mail – When your membership dues are received by mail it will be placed in the Post’s office box. The box is checked every Monday for dues renewals.
Renewed online – One of the Membership Team will check online every Monday to see who renewed the past week.
For those who didn’t get a membership card from a Post Officer when you visited the Post and those who renewed by mail and online, your renewal will be processed the following Monday and your new membership card will be available at the canteen Monday afternoon. You can pick your membership card up at any time. Just stop by the Post and ask the Bartender. Your card will be available for pick-up until the end of the month. If not picked-up by then, your card will be mailed to you.
All new members and transfers must be voted into the Post. Our Post meetings are every third Thursday of the month. Once your application has been approved at the meeting, your membership will be processed the following Monday. Your card can be picked up any time after that through the end of the month, after that time it will be mailed to you. New members can use their receipt of payment for access to the Post until they receive their membership cards. Transfer members can use their membership card from the Post they are departing until they receive their Post 255 membership cards.
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.
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The events calendar contains the monthly "happenings" for Post 255.