Larry E. Bennett Post 255

 

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COMMANDER

AQUILES EDDIE ORTIZ

Greetings Comrades’ Legionaries!

I wish you well and we are blessed and safe to be at our homes away from the wild fires.  “Dixie” and “Kyburz” near Hwy 50, going on in Northern California during this dry season and it’s affecting lots of brothers and sisters over there. So, let’s pray for their safety and survival. The American Legion Department of California has a web site where you can donate food and money to assist our Legionaries online and places to pick up clothes,. www.legion.org donate.

On another issue I have mentioned before, the Covid19 “D” variation virus is awfully dangerous particularly for our young kids. According with the latest news today, 23 August 2021, the Vaccine Pfizer is already approved by the FDA and it is free for 16 years and older and it is available at your favorite Pharmacy.

On August 3rd, the California Department of Education announced that there will be mandatory “mask” – “cobreboca” for our children attending school for 2021-2022. Let’s make sure to follow this health advice to protect our treasure of future leaders of America.

As you may know, on 15, August 2021 Afghanistan fell to the Taliban forces and it is a disheartening state of affairs to the point of complete disappointment for war veterans who with determination and pride offered the Ultimate sacrifice  and the ones who survived that terrible war. Americans are resilient and we shall overcome this tremendous challenge. May God Bless the Afghanistan Heroes!

I would like to recognize SAL Larry Martinez for the super successful Fund Raiser for Alzheimer event held at the Post on Saturday 21 August 2021. “Completely Sold Out” Bravo Zulu!!

Please let me talk to you one on one, I heard rumors and complains about our “Kitchen Rules” that are posted in our kitchen. To make it clear these are not the Commander’s rules. These rules were unanimously approved by the Post members during our monthly Meeting on July 15, 2021. Now, if you have heartburn about it, put written complaints in my incoming basket in the office for consideration.

SICK CALL

Melissa Rene Johnson, is hospitalized and is undergoing surgery at this time and then rehabilitation. Melissa is a 7-year Post Commander of Post 255 and a District 22 Executive Board member for many years. She has contributed a lot to The American Legion and especially Post 255.

She is a government employee and needs our help with some leave donations or monetary help (donations or possibly a fundraiser at the Post). Her family and Post 255 would really appreciate whatever you can do.

Please send prayers and good vibes her way.

WELCOME ABOARD

NEW AND TRANSFERING MEMBERS

Alfred Grant, USN; Stephen Hale, USN; Adrian Kercher, USMC; Joseph Miller, USN; Jeffrey Ramirez, USN; Martin Vargas, Jr., USAF; Susan Whittaker, USA & USN.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS

We added 7 Honorary Life members to our 90+ year-old club over the past two years. Their membership dues are on the house. They are: Jim Cupit;  Ralph O’Campo; Alfred Roys; Rueben “Doc” Guerra; Richard Real; Joseph Delasalas; Herman Ballestamon. 

Other Honorary (90+) Life Members include: Jerry Arciga, William Bailey, Everardo Carrillo, Robert Deptula, Paul Erikson, Ray Fitchhorn, Rudoplh Garcia, Silas Gross, Alwin Holman, Robert Juarez, Daniel ledesman, Dominador Montano, Max Montez, Bennis Morris, Paul Stone, Austin Tejeda, Arthur Thomas, Henry Valderrama, Merle Ward and Blas Zala.

CONTINUOUS MEMBERSHIP PINS

We present Continuous Membership Pins to those who achieve 20 years of continuous membership and every 5 years thereafter. Membership pins were presented at the Post meeting on Thursday, August, 19 at 5 pm. For members who are unable to attend the meeting or live out of town, we will mail your pin to you.

Congratulations to the long-time members of The American Legion. We appreciate your support.

 20 years: Manuel Aguilar, Everardo Carrillo, John Hux Sr, Hershel Ownbey, Richard Real, Richard Stangler, Arnold Valdez and Harry Woods.

 25 years: Rodrigo Ambunan, Steve Fahrlender and Dominador Montano.

30 years: Larry Jones, Ruben Castro and Geroge Hood.

40 years: Roger Frankfurth and Michael Swartz.

55 years: Ken Dibble.

2022 DUES CAN BE PAID NOW

We FINALLY received all 2022 membership cards. We have around 180 members who have renewed so far. For those who are local and have renewed, your membership card is behind the bar...just ask the bartender on duty for it. Cards not picked up by the end of the month will be mailed out.

POST 255 RECYCLES

As a reminder: The Post collects and recycles used cell phones, eye glasses and ink cartridges We also collect worn American flags for proper disposal. We NO longer collect aluminum pull tabs.

PRESIDENT

JILL JOHNSON

Hello everyone,

TRIVIA QUESTION?????? Where could you purchase a steak dinner like the picture below for $15??????

TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER…… AT THE AUXILIARY STAKE NIGHT!!!!!!!

The Money we raised from steak night will help to fund the Kids Halloween and Christmas parties. We will announce other functions we will be holding soon. Flyers to come out soon with more details.

Look for more Steak Night pictures on the Post 255 Website soon:  http://www.calegionpost255.org

 

 

Legion Riders

BILL “CAPT” MOSS

Hello All,

This past week-end was the Area 5 President’s Meeting in Chino Ca. Robert our Vice President and I attended it. All of the Assist VP’s were selected they are Marc Lawrie, Sean Hale, Tracy (Milo) Dalton & John Smartt. We now have two Assist VP’s from San Diego County.

Here is a photo of the new Area 5 VP Edmund (Guido) Arguello with our Chapter President Capt Bill.

Riders from 255 went on the annual Smokestack run, then up the Julian for their Rider’s event. We are just about a month away from our 11th Annual Poker Run on Saturday September 25th.

So long for now .

As always check the ALR DOC Calendar for all the events going in Area 5.

Be safe keep your eyes on the road, was that text message worth someone’s life?????

The display case at our Post has items for ladies and men. Just see your friendly bartender. We have a great selection of shirts available, it’s like “I don’t know what to wear?”. These are good to go anytime, anywhere!!

Get in line with the modern era; we have a Riders Group page on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/groups/alr255/

If any Post member knows anyone that rides or is interested in riding, please contact any ALR member to get more information.

                The Rider Chapter continues to support the Patriot Guard Missions (PGM) with escort service from the airport or funeral homes to their final resting place out of Honor and Respect for the Fallen. “We Still Stand for Those Who Stood for Us”. . There is now a video on U-Tube under the title of “Patriot Guard Riders – Who are they?”

Never forget and always remember our POW/MIA’s……. there is hope!

Until next month, “Share the Road”!! “PSST, are you looking out For motorcycles?

COMMANDER

WAYNE DULL

Reminder  - Sons of American Legion Meeting Always on the First Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM.  Come on down.

I hope that you and your family are well and safe. As you all aware, the Legion is now open seven days of the week at 10 AM. We will keep you updated on when we will resume our events as the report on COVID 19 changes.

PINBALL MACHINE AT THE POST.

The SALs put a pinball machine in the Post. The SALs will be responsible for the funds and repairs as needed to the machine. Join the pinball competition for prizes.

Have you read the brochure “Sons of the American Legion – Why I Belong” and understand how we support “Our Country”, “Our Family”, and “Our Veterans”.

                                                PERSONAL CONDUCT IN 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.  

 

Click on the respective buttons on the left side of this page

 

to please visit the photo gallery.   Photos are periodically updated.

 

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