Larry E. Bennett Post 255

 

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COMMANDER

AQUILES EDDIE ORTIZ

Greetings Comrades’ Legionaries! I am glad to inform you that on Thursday 18th February 2021 we had a successful Zoom Meeting led by 1st Vice Mellissa. I thank you all in attendance.

One of the topics discussed at the meeting was our Post Centennial on {17 March 1920 - 17 March 2021}. 100th Birthday and on this occasion the National City Mayor, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is planning to issue a “American Legion Post 255 Day in National City”. As of now there are great ideas and suggestion to celebrate this event such as an “Indoor Party” with all the bells and whistles once we are open for business and the Covid19 restrictions are modified. This idea is still on the table TBD.

I checked with the San Diego County Health Department on 16th February and the good news is that Covid-19 infections are coming down to a low level, however, we are still under the Purple Section. I hope that within another week or two we’ll be able to open for regular business.

In addition, let me inform you all that the Covid19 Vaccine is now available at your hospitals and select pharmacies such CVS. Check on KPBS Radio for additional locations. Also, the vaccine is available at the VA La Jolla Hospital, but you need to make an appointment.

I’d like to give thanks to all our volunteers who assists to maintain a happy and wonderful A.L. Post 255 and I remind you all that the Post is open for official business on Monday noon to 2:00PM and Friday noon to 03:00PM.

Well, it comes to mind the Passing of so many great friends, shipmates and Legionnaires/Auxiliary Member victims of this terrible Covid19 disease and I ask everyone to pause for a minute and render a Prayer for blessings and Remembrance.

Please stay safe, healthy and keep your distance. May God Bless!

NEWS FROM THE DESK OF DIANE DEVRIES

- We have first nominations in May and nominations/elections in June for 2021-2022 Post Officers. If you are interested in a position with the Post or want a say on who will be elected please come to the meetings.

- Thank you to the three Post 1000 members who recently transferred into Post 255. Welcome Paul Lopez, Russell Pitts and Jay Smith to Post 255. We have 3 more members to vote on at our March meeting.  Speaking of March meeting, it will be held at the Post on March 18 at 5 pm. A ZOOM link will be available.

- There will be an award presentation for The American Legion 2020 Firefighter of the Year on March 2 at 8 am at Fire Station 34. The award presentation for Police Officer of the Year is yet to be scheduled.  Pictures will be posted in the April newsletter.

- Hair cuts will be available at the post on Monday, March 1 from noon - 2 pm (and every first Monday of the month). More upcoming events are Chili Cook-Off (TBD), 100-year Celebration (TBD), Casino Night (TBD) and Riders Poker Run (September).

- American Legion Post 434 is holding a Blood Drive Friday, March 19 from noon - 5 pm in their parking lot. They are located at 47 Fifth Ave in Chula Vista. An Appointment and Photo ID are required. To make an appointment go to sandiegobloodbank.org/donate or call (619) 400-8251.

POST 255 100th BIRTHDAY

MARCH 17, 1921

March 17, 2021 is the 100th anniversary of Post 255.  We are planning a Birthday Bash once we are fully open and operating.  If you have any ideas to make the celebration special, please pass them along by email to  alegion255@aol.com. So far the suggestions include:  coverage by KUSI and Star News; commemorative t-shirts, hats, pins, coins; parade/floats; food truck; animal house (?); and quarterly celebrations.  

2021 DUES

It is 2021 folks and your 2021 membership dues are "officially" due. Legionnaires can submit their dues by dropping them off during business hours, mailing them to the Post or renewing online. You can also go online (legion.org) and check out the Paid-Up-For-Life program. Auxiliary, SALs and Riders may drop off their dues at the Post or mail them in.

POST IS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS WHILE CLOSED

While the post is closed, office hours will be Monday noon - 2 pm and Friday noon - 3 pm.  Meetings will be conducted via ZOOM until further notice. Weekly email and Facebook posts will be sent updating all on the”open/close” status of the post. We will continue to follow the guidelines of the state.

*** 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.

                      

POST/CANTEEN GUESTS

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.              

T-SHIRTS AND POST 255 BASEBALL CAPS

AVAILABLE NOW

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

Harry Woods

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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Also, please visit the photo gallery.   Photos are periodically updated.

 

The events calendar contains the monthly "happenings" for Post 255.