Fellow Post 255 Legionnaires,
As is the norm, I will start off my report with our newest members: Colton Anderson, USN; Romeo Bautista, USN; Anthony Claessens, USAF; Jimmy Drew, USMC; James Eischen, USN; Robert Engan, USAF; James Farra, USA; Edward Stecher, USAF; Mary Wadsworth, USN.
April went by quickly, almost too quickly, but we had some good events here at the Post. The Monthly Fish Fry was, as always, very successful with great food by our Fish Fry Kitchen Crew. We also had our 3rd Annual Casino Night which was very successful for the Post as our largest single fundraising event. We had a smaller crowd than the past two years but I believe everyone had a wonderful time, I know I did. It was a lot of work by some dedicated members but in the end it was well worth it. The event could not happen without the work & support of our Post 255 Family.
We have a few events already planned for May, with more coming I am sure. May 03 will be the last Fish Fry for the season. Our Kitchen Crew will take their summer vacation to get ready for next season. The Riders will have the Raffle & 50/50 this month so come on down and support. There will be a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday the 12th, the SONs & Post will be supporting. As always, keep an eye out for Diane’s weekly emails as well as Facebook for more info and additional events.
We are winding down our membership drive for 2019 and there are still some members who have not renewed. We need to check with our family and friends to ensure everyone is up to date on their membership. It’s also not too late to get new members.
It’s that time of year when we get ready to elect new officers for the Post, AUX, SONs and Riders. If you want to make a difference and be part of the decision making process, by all means, attend a meeting and throw your name in the hat.. It’s time to get some new members involved and give some of the folks who’ve been serving a long time a break.
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. We will have elections coming up in May, with first round of nominations in April.
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!
Paul “RoadBlock” Patricio
Post Website: http://calegionpost255.org
CASINO NIGHT REPORT
The American Legion Larry E. Bennett Post 255 in National City held its third annual Casino Night April 6, 2019. Casino Night was the “Brain Child” of Post Commander Paul Patricio when the post needed an annual fundraiser to support its veteran and community programs. In addition to supporting Post 255s many programs and charities throughout the year, one particular charity is selected as a benefactor of the Casino Night’s fundraising efforts. This year’s organization selected was the Legion of The Silver Rose.
The mission of the Legion of The Silver Rose is to recognize the Courage, Heroism and Contributions of American Service personnel found to have been exposed to Agent Orange in a Combat Zone, whose exposure resulted in internal, invisible wounds which are revealed only by passage of time. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes over 40 cancers and sicknesses, including Diabetes, as Agent Orange related and “service connected”. The Legion of the Silver Rose hopes to see every Veteran exposed to Agent Orange given the Honors and Recognition they deserve. And, until the day arrives that our own Government decides to honor these victims, The Legion of the Silver Rose will continue to offer their Silver Rose Award to all eligible Veterans or their surviving loved ones.
Casino Night planning begins in the early fall. The Casino Night Committee is formed and meets monthly to coordinate efforts to contact local merchants for possible contributions and to plan gift baskets, food and decorations. This year’s Committee members included Commander Paul and Grace Patricio, Jimmy and Gloria Jean Nieto, Richard Ensign, Rick and Diane DeVries, Mary Saenz, Wayne Dull and Melissa Johnson.
The “Team Effort” kicks into high gear the morning of the event. The hall is set-up and decorated; gift baskets are completed and displayed; and food is prepared. There are way too many people involved in the “Team Effort” to individually thank.
A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this year’s Casino Night which included Smart & Final, for their generous food donation as well as The Legion of the Silver Rose, American Legion Riders 434, 852 & 255, San Ysidro Health Center, Unique Motor Cars of San Diego and the mighty foursome of Gator, Anthony, Rocky & Lizzie for sponsoring tables.
COMMANDER PAUL PATRICIO AND ANTHONY SEGINA
CELEBRATE A BIG WIN AT CASINO NIGHT
See more pictures of the Casino Night on the Post web site:
POST 255 SUPPORTS T-BALL TEAM “TERMINATORS”
POST 255 ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNER
DISTRICT 22 WINNER AND
AREA 25 WINNER AND
DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA
Congratulations to Aubrey York for placing second in the Department of California Oratorical Contest and #1 in the 22nd District and the 5th Area Oratorical Contests. Aubrey competed 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.
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.
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:
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Also, please visit the photo gallery. Photos are periodically updated.
The events calendar contains the monthly "happenings" for Post 255.