Fellow Post 255 Legionnaires,
As is the norm, I will start off my report with our newest members, James Addison, USN; Floyd Brown, USAF, Elvin Foster, USA; Eddie Nicholson USMC; Spencer Schnorbus, USN; Kelley Slaughter, USN; Gail Weisberg, USN.
February was a busy month for me, it seemed as though I had some sort of an event every weekend, sometimes multiple events. Some of the highlights from the Post, were our monthly Fish Fry, the fabulous Super Bowl Party, the SONs Chili Cook Off, the Boys State Interviews, and of course the Post Law & Order Dinner. Everyone involved did an outstanding job ensuring all the events went off flawlessly.
Some of things outside the Post that I attended were the District 22 Meeting, the ALR Area 5 Riders Meeting (since I am the ALR Area 5 Commissioner) and one of the more rewarding events I attended was the Area 5 Oratorical where our very own Aubrey York took First Place and earned a trip to the Department Oratorical contest. It is very inspirational listening to the high school students talk about the Constitution. Let us all wish Aubrey good luck on the next leg of her journey.
There are a few scheduled events for March, including Scottie’s famous corned beef & cabbage on the Post’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 16 starting at 11 AM. Keep an eye out for Diane’s weekly email or stop by the post to get dates & times of other events.
Casino Night is coming on April 6th. This will be our third year and hopefully we will do even better than before. Casino Night is the Post’s biggest one-time fundraiser so we need all of our members to come on down and enjoy. If you want to volunteer, let me know, we can use all the help we can get. Donations/raffle prizes are always welcome.
We still have quite a few members who have not renewed their membership for 2019. I need all members to pay their dues as soon as possible. We also need to continue to recruit new members, hopefully we can get some more folks to step up and become one of the Post Officers.
For those interested I am selling limited edition, only 30 available, Post 255, 100 Year anniversary coins. If you want one, they cost $30 and you can get one when you see me at the Post.
I am still looking for input as to what I can do to get more members to attend the monthly meetings and be part of the process. If you have some thoughts or suggestions, please send me an email or let me know next time you see me..
Remember, the Post Meeting is where Post business is discussed, not while drinking at the bar…
I look forward to seeing you down at the Post and REALLY hope to see you at the next meeting…...
Thanks for your continued support and Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Paul “RoadBlock” Patricio
Post Website: http://calegionpost255.org
POST ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNER
DISTRICT 22 WINNER AND
AREA 25 WINNER
Congratulations to Aubrey York for placing #1 in the 22nd District and the 5th Area Oratorical Contests. Aubrey will compete at the Department contest on 3 March in Clovis, California! Aubrey is sponsored by American Legion Post 255 in National City, California!
From left to Right: 5th Area Oratorical Contest Commissioner, Josie Thomas, Commander Post 255, Paul Patricio, 5th Area Oratorical Champion, Aubrey York, and District 22 Oratorical Chairman Frank Zugaj.
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.
The bartenders do their best to have guest sign in but ULTIMATELY, it is every member’s responsibility to ENSURE that all their guests are properly signed in every time they visit the post.
Under no circumstances are guests allowed to be in the Post, especially at the bar, without their sponsor also being present. If the sponsor leaves their guests must also leave unless another member re-signs them in and takes responsibility for the guest.
When we have our larger events, i.e. Friday Fish Fry, Children’s Christmas Part, Celebration of Life, ETC, members are still responsible to ensure that guests sign in using the Party Guest Book that the Canteen Manager or Bartender will provide.
Members who fail to follow this simple rule risk losing their canteen privileges for a time period to be determined by the E-Board.
POST 255 AWARDED DISTRICT 22
"ROVING " ORATORICAL CONTEST TROPHY
The "roving" Oratorical Trophy for District 22 is back in the hands of Post 255 following the first place win by our contestant Aubrey York. Pictured left to right: District Oratorical Chairman Frank Zugaj, Post 255 Oratorical Chairman Rick DeVries and Post 255 Commander Paul Patricio.
NEW HONORARY LIFE CLUB MEMBER
We have 23 Post 255 members who served in WWII or Korea and have achieved the 90-year-old mark. The newest member of the 90+ Honorary Life Club is Bill Devaney who celebrated his 90th on February 1st. Happy Birthday Mr. Devaney.
DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA
100 YEAR COMMEMORATIVE COIN
Commander Paul Patricio has Post 255 100 Year Commemorative Coins for sale. His contact information is on Page one of this newsletter if you are interested in purchasing a coin. Supply is limited.
GUESTS AT THE POST
Please remember that it is EVERY member’s responsibility to ensure that all guests are properly signed in when visiting the Post. This includes sitting at the bar, coming in for a party or attending one of the Post meals. The Sponsor is responsible for the guest and when the sponsor leaves so must the guest.
As members we need to sign in our guests and we need to help the bartenders ensure that guests are accounted for. Remember the Post is NOT just a bar but rather we are Veteran’s Service Organization for Members and their guests.
I appreciate your support
Paul “RoadBlock” Patricio
Commander, Post 255
POST UPDATE YEAR 2017 – 2018
Members of Post 255 have the right to be very proud of our Post’s accomplishments for the past year.
The American Legion programs and awards year begins with the installation of the National Headquarters Leadership for 2018 – 2019. This may seem strange to some because the Legion membership year for 2018 starts on January 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2018. The National Headquarters Leadership was installed at the 100th Anniversary National Convention in Minneapolis early in September.
During the 2017 – 2018 Legion programs and awards year, Post 255 has won many honors and awards. Among these awards are national:
AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL AWARD
RECOGNITION OF POST EXCELLENCE
2018 100% AMERICAN LEGION FAMILY
2018 100% POST MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
2018 AUXILIARY 100% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
2018 SONS OF THE LEGION 100% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
2018 EARLY BIRD AWARD
2018 AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL ORATORICAL CONTEST
THIRD PLACE WINNER AND
2018 DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA ORATORICAL WINNNER NATHAN YORK
Post 255 also earned several Department of California awards. Among these awards are:
2018 GOLDEN BOOT AWARD FOR SUCESSFUL RECRUITING
2018 FIRST PLACE AWARD FOR OUR AUXILIARY’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES
2018 BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT
2018 BEST AMERICANISM REPORT
These awards are due to the hard work and dedication of our Post Members and the outstanding Members of the Post 255 Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion and Legion Riders. And a special thank you Diane DeVries, who tirelessly submits the reports that have won us these citations and awards.
Please be proud of being a member of Post 255 and tell you friends about us. Please recruit an eligible member for our Post and tell them about our accomplishments. We are not a place to just drink and party. We are the Post 255 American Legion Family.
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.