As is the norm, I will start off my article welcoming the newest members of Post 255, Jose Delacruz, April Gist, Michael Preston, Ron Branney and Ana Cavalli-Branney. We are very happy to have you as members of our American Legion Family.
As we continue this new membership year, I challenge each and every one of you to bring in at least one new member to the Post. It is not that difficult There are a lot of eligible vets out there who are not members, all they need is to know what it takes to join. Remember, our dues have not been raised so we are one of the least expensive posts in the area.
We had a productive meeting in July including some updates to the House Rules and approving our Budget. House Rules changes will be posted near the door, but basically, we changed the policy on who can reserve the post for events and we designated 25ft for either side of the main doors as NON SMOKING.
We voted to go dark in August which means there will be no Post or E-Board meeting as a few of us will be in
The 99th Department of California Convention was held in late June and 4 of our members were able to attend, thanks Juanita, Harry, Rick & Diane for representing Post 255.
Speaking of our monthly meetings, I am looking for some input as to what I can do to get more members to attend the meeting 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 want to send out a special thanks to Post Member, Andrew Pryor for all of his hard work as the District 22 Stand Down coordinator. Thanks to his efforts Stand Down 2017 was a huge success.
Things are starting to pick up at the Post, lots of events in the near future most notably the start of the monthly Fish Fry on September 8th. Thanks to Wayne and his crew for getting back in the kitchen.
Also in September the Riders will be hosting their annual Poker Run on the 16th, of course all Post members are invited.
We will be having our Post Picnic on Sunday, September 24. This year we will be having the picnic at the Post for all members to enjoy.
Lastly for this month, I would like to remind all of you that you need to be mindful of what is going on at the Post when sitting at the bar. Nothing wrong with getting loud and having a good time, but there are times when events are happening or there are children present and in those instances we need to tone it down just a little.
I look forward to seeing you down at the Post and REALLY hope to see you at the next meeting in September..
Thanks for your continued support
Paul “RoadBlock” Patricio
NATIONAL CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT DINNER
Rick and Diane DeVries attended the Wounded Warrior Project dinner at the National City Fire Department Station 34.
Department Convention 2017
The 99th Department of California Convention was held in Riverside, California from 22 – 25 June. Four Post 255 Legionnaires were in attendance: Service Officer Harry Woods, Chaplain Juanita Corica, EBoard Member Rick DeVries and Finance Officer Diane DeVries.
On Thursday, June 22nd various Commission and Committee meetings were held. Rick attended the Law & Order meeting. Juanita attended the Chaplains meeting and lunch. Harry and his team set-up and manned the Membership shirt table all weekend selling over $6,000 in Membership shirts. Diane was assigned as the Chairman of the Resolution Assignments Committee and had a meeting on Saturday.
Rick reported on his meeting at District caucus Friday morning. At District caucus Diane reported on resolutions up for assignment and following her meeting on Saturday reported the assignments to the Convention assembly.
Post 255 received an award for its outstanding Law & Order program, a 100% Membership plaque and a Post Excellence award. The Convention agenda, Book of Reports, reports submitted and awards received are available on the display table at the Post.
Future Department Convention site, 2018 – Sacramento.
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.
Outstanding news, THE KITCHEN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS and THE KITCHEN HAS AN “A” RATING!!! Thanks to Bar Manager Joe Bonilla for his hard work getting this finished. Tuesday and Thursday lunches, Wednesday Soup Kitchen and Fish Fries are back!!! The first fish fry this year is September 8. See you there?
We have an Attendance Drawing at the end of the Membership Meetings on the third Thursday of each month. This drawing is for a Post 255 green drink chip. Cost about $12. This is a no cost drawing. Everyone attending the meeting will be entered in the drawing and one name will be selected.
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.
POST 255, AN AWARD WINNING POST
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
2017 111.53% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
2017 DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA
RECOGNITION OF POST EXCELLENCE
2017 OUTSTANDING LAW AND ORDER PROGRAM
301 – 500 MEMBERS CATEGORY
2016 OUTSTANDING LAW AND ORDER PROGRAM
301 – 500 MEMBERS CATEGORY
2016 FIRST PLACE AWARD
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
2016 LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARD
2016 100% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Post 255 has earned these State awards and many other Community Awards and Certificates of Appreciation because of the dedication and service of many of our Members. This includes service to our Members, Community and Veterans. Pictures of these awards and Certificates of Appreciation can be seen by clicking on “PHOTO GALLERY” on the left side of this page.
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.