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2221 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX

Edward H. White II

 

   August – September 2017                NEWS AND EVENTS                   713-472-4255

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

On September 11, 2001, our country was attacked by terrorists using four commercial aircraft.  There were more than 6,000 injured and 3,000 killed.  Three attacks were on our civilian population with the fourth hitting the Pentagon.  To put these attacks in perspective, a senior who will graduate high school in 2018 was not born yet.  On Patriot Day, September 11, we will pay honor to all who lost their lives.  Please say a prayer for them and for the military who are fighting these terrorists.

On August 23rd, Congressman Gene Green had a town hall meeting a Post 521.  After opening remarks, he took questions from the 40 to 50 people who attended.  There is a possibility that he will hold another town hall at the Post in November after Veterans Day.  If he does, please attend and let him know we want him to support the active and retired military.

Starting in September on the third Saturday of each month, we would like to start a Post clean up and maintenance program which will take place inside and outside of the Post home.  The time will be from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

I am glad to see that the Post is still intact after hurricane Harvey.  After hearing the stories of hurricane Ike and the damage done to the building, I am glad that we were spared damage.  With the rain that we received in Harris County and the counties surrounding us, the flooding was bad.  I hope and pray that everyone made it through the storm with no damage.

I am also a member of the Pasadena Rodeo Veterans Group.  On September 9th, the Post will take part in a parade on Spencer Highway.  On September 26th, the Veteran Group will feed patients from the VA Hospital.  And on September 30th, in the main arena, there will be a group swearing in of new recruits into the military.

Last, but not least, National has started sending out the 2018 membership renewal notices.  We have had a good response so far, but we have about 35 members who have not RENEWED FOR 2017.  PLEASE RENEW for 2017 when you sign up for 2018.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters, Commander

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

As stated in the previous newsletter, our 2018 membership cards are in.  As of today, we have only received a small portion of our renewals for 2018.  I know all of you have received your renewal letters from National, so please don’t sit on them.  Send them in so that Post 521 can make goal early this year.

Also, as I mentioned in the previous newsletter, we need more participation at our membership meetings.  If we don’t have a quorum, we cannot do anything; so please come out and get involved.  Remember, this is YOUR Post.  We need new ideas to keep our Post functioning.  We hope to see you at our next meeting on September 11th!

Joseph Thomas

Post Adjutant

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Hello Sisters in the ALA!

The ability to remember important dates often escapes each of us in our busy lives.  Yet, one date can never be forgotten – September 11, 2001.  Sixteen years ago, more than 3,000 innocent men, women and children lost their lives when four hijacked airliners were used as weapons of mass destruction.  We must remember those who died, and we must remember that even today brave Americans are engaged in the war on terrorism.  Our men and women in uniform understand that America’s freedom has always been purchased by the blood of patriots, as do generations of veterans before them.  I encourage you to pause and remember what happened next month on September 11th, Patriot Day.

We are asking our members and our community at large to consider making donations to our ALA Girls State Program.  Any donation would help!  Registration fees will be sent to our Department Headquarters the first week of February 2018.  Last year, registration fees were $425 per girl plus a $50 bus fare.  In addition, we give each delegate $20 spending money.  For more information about the American Legion Auxiliary’s Bluebonnet Girls State Program, go to girls-state.org.

This is our busiest time of the year for volunteer opportunities.  We have many activities/projects coming up.

  • A ceremony will take place on Patriot Day at all three campuses of San Jacinto College.On September 11th, we will be awarding scholarships to one student veteran at each campus. If you would like to volunteer to sit at a table to distribute Legion and Auxiliary materials, please contact Carol at cechance50@gmail.com.The schedule is as follows:Central Campus 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; North Campus 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and South Campus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.All donations will be greatly appreciated.Your donation must be sent to me at the address below “prior” to September 7th.Checks should be made out to ALA Unit 521 and earmarked Patriot Day.
  • Each year, we adopt female veterans and their children for Christmas.These veterans are part of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at the Houston VA Medical Center.Members, non-members, and other organizations may participate in this project.
  • On October 21st, there will be a joint Boys and Girls State Awards/Recognition Dinner at Post 521 at 5:00 p.m.All are welcome to attend!

  • Set up for the ALA Christmas Gift Shop at the Houston VA Medical Center will take place on November 25th.Volunteers will also be needed to work the gift shop from November 27-30.

  • Wreaths Across America will take place at the Houston VA National Cemetery on December 16.

  • The date for our American Legion Family Christmas Dinner will be decided at our next meeting, September 11, at 7:00 p.m.

In the spirit of service, not self,

Diana King

4222 Iroquois Drive, Pasadena, TX  77504-3464

(832) 651-1576

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chairman ~

Dear ALA Sisters!

Hey Ladies! What a fantastic group of Ladies you are.  I am very proud to be associated with you.  We are holding steady at 216 for the membership year 2017.  That is goal plus one.  There are still a few that have not renewed for 2017 and that is okay.  For now, you still have benefits till the end of the year.  The great news for 2018 is that 49 of you have renewed and have your early bird cards.  Yay!  I have not sent out a separate letter this year and I apologize for that.  Sometimes an illness just takes ahold and won’t let go.  So, in September, you will be getting your renewal letter from National and you can all flood me with renewals all at once.  I would love it.  AND remember, if you send in your renewal before November 11, you get a $3 discount.  Send in only $23.00.  WooHoo.  Take care now.

Ann Nicholson

Membership Chairman 2017-2018

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to All!

I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all S.A.L. members who helped us achieve our 100% membership goal for 2017!  Congratulations everyone!  The 2018 cards are here and ready for distribution.  Please feel free to remit 2018 dues by mail to S.A.L. Squadron 521, Attn Dan King, 2221 Preston Ave, Pasadena, TX 77503, or by coming by the Post during business hours.  Let’s make 2018 another banner year in membership.  Again, thank you for your continued patronage and support to this great organization.  Through us, we give honor to our fathers & grandfathers for their service and sacrifice and provide some of the means to enrich the lives of many of our local youth.

I am currently in the process of working with the Auxiliary on plans for our joint 2017 Texas Boys & Girls State Reception and Awards Dinner set for Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 5 p.m. in our Post’s main hall.  We welcome all members to attend to learn more about this great opportunity we offer these talented young people.  We are asking our members to consider making a donation to our Boys State Program before the end of February 2018 in order for us to let counselors know how many students we can afford to send.  It takes anywhere between $400 and $500 to pay for each students’ tuition and transportation.  Every little bit is a big help!  Feel free to go online at Texas Boys State (texasboysstate.com) for in depth information.  We THANK YOU in advance for your consideration and donation.

S.A.L. meetings are on the third Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Post.  Also, if you haven’t sent us your e-mail address yet, please try to do so in order to receive the newsletter and other updates and events that are upcoming or already in the works.  Thank You. 

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

   July – August 2017                        NEWS AND EVENTS                           713-472-4255

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year and think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.  On the 4th of July at the Post, we will again have several activities to honor those brave people of those past years.  There will be fellowship, fun and food for all.  Please join me at the Post and enjoy yourselves.

The Department of Texas will hold their annual convention July 14-17.  One item of great interest to Post 521 is to revise our Constitution and Bylaws.  The major change is our meeting time from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning in August.  We anticipate that it will be approved by the convention body.

There will be a town hall meeting in August at our Post led by Congressman Gene Green.  This meeting is important to us as members and as veterans.  We encourage you to attend to listen to what he has to say.

This past June, there was a meeting at the Post of American Legion, VFW and DAV members.  The purpose of the meeting was to form a veterans group in the Pasadena area to solve problems the veterans in the area might face.  One such problem is how to get to the VA Hospital or the problem of housing.  This group is just getting started but can lead to helping the veterans in our area.

This past May, Joseph Thomas had me sign off on a new Boy Scout Pack sponsored by Post 521.  This Pack will come from students in the Pasadena Independent School District.  As pointed out by Joseph Thomas, these members will never AGE out of this pack.  My hopes are that we can help these young people.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters, Commander

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

We had our Post elections this past month, and we still have a couple of positions open.  We will try to fill those positions at our next Post Membership Meeting on July 10th.  As you can see, I am now the Post Adjutant and hope to do a good job with Dan’s guidance.  Please note that our Membership Meetings starting in August will begin at 7 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m.

Also, our 2018 Membership cards should be in by mid-July.  Please get your renewals sent in early and let’s try to make our 100% goal for 2018.  We ended up with nearly 85% for 2017.  If you don’t want to bring your renewal to the Post or mail it in, you can renew your dues by email to National by going to www.legion.org/renew and click on “Renew Now.”

Department is putting on an ALEI Training Course at Post 490 on July 29th.  The course, a three-hour session, will begin at 1 p.m., and the cost for the course is just $5.00.  The course will consist of History & Organization, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, Children & Youth, and the Four Pillars of service for The American Legion.  To register, please contact Butch Sparks at 281-433-2741 or 281-481-8067.  It will be very interesting and informative.

We need more participation at our Post Membership meetings.  Remember, this is “your” Post, so come on out to the Membership meetings and get involved.  We need new ideas to keep our Post going.

Joseph Thomas

Post Adjutant

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Hello Sisters in the ALA!

Greetings!  Your newly-elected officers and committee chairmen are looking forward to the new year.  Plans are under way, but we cannot tell you about them until after we take office and the membership votes and gives their approval.

I am pleased to announce that like we did last year, we are offering a special discount on 2018 dues.  If you pay your dues by November 11, Veterans Day, you pay only $23.00 – a $3.00 savings.  I encourage you to pay your dues early this year.  Once we make our membership goal, we can then concentrate on working our other programs.

We need you . . . whether you are an “active” member or a “card-carrying” member, for “numbers” is the “club” we hold over Congress when we lobby for the benefits and rights of our veterans!  Think of the veteran in your life, the person who gave you your eligibility to belong.  Think and reflect about the young man who sacrificed precious time away from family and friends.  In thousands of cases, some made the ultimate sacrifice.  It’s time for us to do more for these men and women who gave so much for you and me.  This is one way to thank them for all they did.

Post 521’s Fourth of July celebration is one of our favorite events.  Bring family, friends, and neighbors to the Post on July 4th for many enjoyable activities.  Come help the Auxiliary with our Country Store, Balloon Pop, Cake Wheel, and Silent Auction.  We welcome donations and help running the tables.  If you haven’t seen Rudy demonstrate his watermelon eating skills, you are missing out.  Also, watching the kids scramble in the hay for money is hysterical – a true photo opportunity.

Other upcoming events in July include the following:

  • July 1 – Work session at 1 p.m. at Post 521 to prepare for the Country Store at the July 4th Picnic.
  • July 10 – Last day to collect baby items to give to mothers-to-be at Fort Hood.
  • July 13-16 – Department Convention in Killeen.
  • July 30 – Initiation Ceremony for “new” Auxiliary members at 2 p.m.

I wish everyone a restful, fulfilling summer.  Peace and love to all!

Believing in our Mission,

Diana King (832) 651-1576

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chairman ~

Dear ALA Sisters!

Well, while I want to twist and shout “we did it,” I have to admit that 13 of our own have not yet renewed their membership.  I truly want them to continue their membership as well as their benefits.  If you are one of those 13 who haven’t renewed, please do so as soon as you can.  If you want to help call someone, call me for the list.  We will still be accepting 2017 dues for the rest of the year, though we are starting “now” to collect for 2018 dues.  Can you believe it?  Well, I am having a rough time wrapping my head around that, and I am the one doing the membership.  Get on board, Ann!  Anyway, it’s time to renew for either year!

Ann

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to All!

We are entering the heat and heart of the summer season.  For those of you doing any travelling in the coming months, please have a safe and enjoyable time!                                                                 

The Post is looking forward to another great 4th of July celebration.  This annual event, chaired by Rudy Holloway, keeps on escalating with each passing year.  It is a great time to promote American Legion membership in our area.  A lot of attendees to this event are veterans, and it is our responsibility to reach out to these people.  It also provides a safe environment for parents to bring their children to enjoy food, fun, and the chance to meet others.

Our 2017 Boys State endeavor was very successful.  All delegates selected by their schools were able to attend.  This year, we sent a total of 15 Juniors from our four area high schools.  Even now, I’m starting a fundraising campaign for next year’s event. I ask all members to consider donating a little towards this beneficial program.  It is getting increasingly harder each year to get volunteers to help fundraise, so I am resorting to asking for donations.  To find out more about this program, please go to www.texasboysstate.com to familiarize yourself with what this program means to these young men.  If you would like to help, please contact Dan King or myself through the Post’s office and leave information and contact numbers or e-mail addresses so that we can get back to you.

Always remember that we value your continued membership.  It is so important and you should be proud to belong.  Please try to make the time to come on down and volunteer your services once in awhile, so that we can continue to help others.  Hope to see you at our meetings.

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

   May – June 2017                        NEWS AND EVENTS                           713-472-4255

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

During April, there were three major events held at American Legion Post 521.  The first event was the annual Police Officer, Firefighter, and EMT/Paramedic Awards Banquet.  Awards were given to members of the Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Fire Department, the local EMT service, Precinct 3 Constable, and P.I.S.D. Police Department and School Crossing Guard.  This program was put together by 3rd Vice Commander Joseph Thomas, who did an outstanding job.  The dinner was served by 2nd Vice Commander Roy Maurer and was enjoyed by all.

The second event was a Mayoral Forum of the candidates who were running for Mayor for the City of Pasadena.  Six of seven candidates were present and gave a short opening statement and then answered questions.  The right to vote and the ability to vote in a free nation is one that we, as American Legion members, should take part in.

The third event involved interviewing young men that Post 521 will be sending to Boys State this summer.  Questions were asked of these young men by three members of the Post.  Their answers were outstanding regarding what their life goals were in the future.  SAL Commander Greg Smith, working with the four high schools in Post 521’s area, did an outstanding job.   We are sending 15 young men again this year to Boys State.

On Saturday, May 27, Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery will be hosting a program to honor veterans.  The holiday originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.  Today we use the term Memorial Day to honor those veterans who lost their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces.

Post 521’s membership is still at 82% for the 2017 membership year.  For those who have renewed their membership, I thank you; and to those who have not, I encourage you to renew, as your membership in The American Legion is important not only to us, but to “every” veteran.  With numbers, we CAN make a difference!.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters, Commander

 

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

In accordance with our Post Constitution and Bylaws, you are hereby informed that we will have our 2017-2018 Officers election on the first Monday in June for the upcoming year.  It is “very” important that our members step up to the plate.  Otherwise, without leadership, we cannot continue to exist.

Also, it’s time for me to step down and let someone else take on the responsibilities of Post Adjutant and/or Finance Officer.  It’s a tremendous responsibility.  I have held these two positions for the past eight years and have decided to step down due to other responsibilities and health issues.  I will still be involved with the Sons of The American Legion, the Memorial Team, and our American Legion Programs.  If you are interested, please call me.  I will gladly train you in these positions.

Dan King

Post Adjutant/Finance Officer

 

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Hello Sisters in the ALA!

I spent some quality time yesterday with two of my grandchildren.  You know, they’re the BEST gifts our children could have ever given us!  If we had known how wonderful it would have been to have grandchildren, we would have had them first, right?

On March 28, Texas Roadhouse allowed us to host a bake sale outside their entrance which raised an additional $200 for Cancer Research.  They also volunteered to donate 10% of their food purchases to our unit if the customers dropped their receipts in a box before they left.  We raised an additional $277.  Many thanks to Cancer Research Chairman Doris McQueen, who set everything up with Texas Roadhouse, to those who donated desserts, and to our volunteers!

Upcoming Events in May:

  • Our annual elections will be held on May 1st.Come to our meeting at 7 p.m. and vote for the person of your choice!

  • Mother’s Day, a celebration to honor mothers and celebrate motherhood, will take place on May 14th.

  • May 20th is Armed Forces Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the United States’ Armed Forces.

  • May 26th is National Poppy Day to support veterans and honor the fallen.The poppy is a symbol of freedom and the blood sacrificed by our military during time of war.

  • On May 27th, an Honor Roll Call Ceremony will take place at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, at 10 a.m.If you are interested in participating, contact David Castro or call (713) 907-8547.After the ceremony, we will also place American flags on the gravesites of the veterans who are buried at Soldiers Rest.

  • Last but not least, we will all be observing Memorial Day on May 29th to remember and honor the military personnel who died in the service of their country.

    Upcoming Events in June:

  • Our Girls State delegates will be heading to Texas Lutheran University in Seguin on June 11th and return on June 17th.
  • On June 14th, Flag Day, we will reaffirm our belief in liberty and justice, with hundreds of flags being flown throughout our communities.  A special ceremony will be held at Post 521 at 7 p.m. to dispose of unserviceable American flags.
  • On June 16th, we will have our annual Installation of new officers at Post 521.  ALL our members and their families are invited.  Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the Installation will take place at 7 p.m.
  • Father’s Day, a celebration to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood, will take place on June 18th.

We are SO close to reaching our 100% membership goal.  With your membership, we can serve our veterans and support our troops and their families.  We consider every member’s dues renewal a gift, a donation, to our organization and programs.  By simply renewing your dues, it makes you a very valuable member!

Believing in our Mission,

Diana King (832) 651-1576

 

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chairman ~

Members of ALA Unit 521 … YAHOOOOOIE!  Goal – 215!  Today’s number 212!!  We are so close and I can feel it coming on.  We WILL do this and before Division Convention, I betcha!  You all have done a tremendous job this year and I appreciate it very much.  Just a reminder, in May, elections – June, installation AND THEN … I can start on 2018.  Don’t you just love it.  HeHe.  Ann

 

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

I’d like to update everyone on this year’s Texas Boys State progress.  With the help of various fundraising efforts, the participating schools, and a few donations, we will be able to send 15 male Junior students from our four local high schools as delegates from our Post, their schools, and our community.  We should all be humbled and proud to be able to offer these outstanding young men the opportunity to learn basic government functions and knowledge to become future leaders. Through this program, over the years, we have seen some of our delegates get into the military academies, ivy league schools, and offered full scholarships, just to name a few.

This is my first time to do this, but I hope my plea is heard.  I’m asking all members to consider donating, sometime throughout the year, towards the Boys State program.  This year it cost $360 per student.  This included bus fare to Austin and back in June.  It’s getting harder to organize fundraisers for lack of volunteers, so I’m going to try this approach.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring or partially sponsoring a student for next year, please contact me by e-mail:  gsmith7550@comcast.net or by phone:  home (713) 473-5545; or cell (713) 505-7217.                                                                                                                                                                                           

In closing, I’d like to thank all our S.A.L. members for sending in this year’s dues prior to the deadline.  We’ve achieved our 100% goal on membership this year.  Times are busy for everyone these days and time becomes tight.  Even though you may not be able to help voluntarily, your continued membership each year still means so much to so many.  “Sons,” see you at our meetings the third Monday each month @ 7p.m. @ Post 521!

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

   March – April 2017                     NEWS AND EVENTS                          713-472-4255

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

We have several major events planned at our Post in March and April that are important to ALL of our American Legion Family.

The first event will take place on March 11, 2017, when we will be hosting the 22th District Spring Convention.  The convention will begin with a Joint Memorial Service, followed by a training session, which is very important for ALL Legionnaires.  The convention business session will be held in the afternoon.  Lunch and dinner will be served to the “delegates” who attend.  Please see Dan King to pre-register to attend the convention ($20.00 if paid by March 1, or $25.00 at the door).

The Post recently purchased an Automatic Electric Defibrillator (AED).  This device will be in a cabinet in the Stand Down room if it is ever needed.   I hope that the only time we take the AED out of the cabinet is to change to battery; but if we need to use this device to save one life due to a heart attack, the money was well spent.  Joseph Thomas has set up with the City of Pasadena Parks Department to have a certified Red Cross instructor give training on the AED and CPR on March 28th at 6 p.m.  The cost to become certified is $35.00, and the class size is limited to 12 people.  If you want to take this class, please give Joseph Thomas a call at 713-859-7603.

On April 7th, we will host our annual Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Constables, Sheriff Deputies, and PISD Police Officers and School Crossing Guards Awards Banquet.  We honor them for serving our community just as we as veterans served our country.

Greg Smith, SAL Commander, has started working with four local high schools to send young men, Juniors in high school, to Boys State.  Junior Counselors from each school will select prospective candidates to attend Boys State, with final approval from Post 521.  This program is well worth the cost.

Post 521’s Memorial Team is very important to this Post and to our District.  We at Post 521 have the only Memorial Team in the 22th District, which is made up of 14 Posts.  The flag folding that we do and giving the flag to the family members of deceased Veterans is very important to them.  If you have time to take part in our Memorial Team, please let Rudy, Roy or myself know.  We give up our time for this; but the appreciations and the handshakes that we receive are well worth our time.

For God and Country, Hubert Winters

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

Greetings!  As of this month, the Post stands at approximately 82% towards our membership goal.  We still have approximately 60 members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2017.  Remember, if you don’t renew by the end of March, next year you will lose your continuous membership years as shown on your membership card.  National updates the cards on April 1st for those who have already renewed their dues.

We will be doing our final reading of the changes to our Post Constitution and By-Laws at the March meeting.  Once this is complete, we will be voting on the changes and sending the revised Constitution and By-Laws to Department for approval.  They will not be approved by State until the State Convention in July in Killeen.

On March 11th, we will be hosting the 22nd District Spring Convention at our Post.  All of you should come to the convention, as it will be very interesting.

Also, we will have our Post Elections for 2017-2018 during our meeting in June.  Start thinking about what Post Officer Position you would like to hold.

Dan King, Post Adjutant/Finance Officer

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Hello Sisters in the ALA!  Nationwide, the American Legion Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worthwhile charities.  To accomplish this, we need the support of our membership.  We MUST grow and move forward if our organization is to survive.  At this time, we lack only 22 members from making our Unit’s 100% membership goal.  We are so close . . . currently 193 members strong.  If you haven’t paid your 2017 membership dues, please do so as soon as possible.  Kudos to those who have paid their 2017 membership dues!

Our Cancer Research Chairman, Doris McQueen, did a wonderful job chairing our Cancer Research program on February 17.  We didn’t have the turnout we expected, but we did have six of the seven recipients who received Cancer Research grants attend our dinner and program.  We found it very interesting to hear about how they are working on restoring the body’s own complex immune and defense mechanisms to recognize and destroy cancer cells.  They were “very” impressive young men and women, and it was an honor to have them join us.

Don’t forget that our Post will be hosting the 22nd District Spring Convention on Saturday, March 11.  Please mark your calendars to attend and learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary.

Our next event, a joint event with our Legionnaires to honor our Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs and others will take place on April 7.  As we have done in the past, we will honor our P.I.S.D. Police Officers and School Crossing Guards.

Our Girls State Chairman, Carol Chance Fleury, has been very busy working with school counselors and choosing the best candidates to send to Texas Bluebonnet Girls State in June.  The program epitomizes our mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.  ALA Girls State is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program in which we guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy and patriotic citizens.  They also develop leadership skills, confidence and action-based understanding of the government process which gives them a lasting foundation for success, both personally and professionally.

Please don’t forget that our Auxiliary meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.  We’d love to see you!

Believing in our Mission, Diana King (832) 651-1576

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

My greetings to All!  2017 is off to a good start for our Post.  With the holidays behind us, it’s time to look forward.  As you’ve already read the previous comments, our Post has a lot going on the next couple of months.  These functions and events are essential to our Post, veterans and families, and to our community at large.  You, as a member of the Post, the Sons, and the Auxiliary, should make the effort to set aside these dates to attend these events to show your support to those we serve.  The need for volunteers is always here.  If possible, try to make being a dues-paying member into an active membership.

As with previous years, I am humbled and honored to be the Posts’ Boys State Chairman this year.  The schools have begun their nomination process and the counselors are very enthusiastic about our program.  The Junior Class Counselors and their teachers put in a lot of thought and time in making their selections each year.  We owe them a debt of gratitude.  Our in-house interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Post.  Anyone is welcome to attend, for this is when we get to know a little bit about the young men we will be sending to Austin as representative delegates of our Post, their schools, and their community.  This years’ Boys State session will be held from June 11 through June 16.  Our Post is looking forward to sending at least 12 high school junior males this year.  On top of fundraisers, we look for donations to sponsor these students.  If you are interested in sponsoring this year, the cost is $360 per delegate which includes tuition and bus fare to and from Austin.  If you can assist us, please contact Dan King or me for details before March 11, as this is when we must have our paperwork submitted to Austin to ensure spots for our delegates.

We are still accepting 2017 membership dues and are currently about a dozen members short of making our goal this year.  So, if you are one of these “dozen” and may have “forgot,” this is a reminder to renew your membership and continue to be a member in good standing.  Your membership is a crucial part in keeping our organization strong.

In closing, please try to keep our fundraisers, awards dinners, and support projects a success by coming out and showing your support to what we do and why we do it.  It’s a good feeling, folks, and touches and enriches a lot of lives.

S.A.L. meetings are still the third Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Post.  It’s hard to plan anything or discuss business when no one shows up.  Our meetings can be beneficial to everyone if we can work together.  So please come out and find out what we are all about.

For God & Country, Greg Smith

 

   January – February 2017             NEWS AND EVENTS                          713-472-4255

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

Welcome to 2017!  We are approaching the 100th birthday of The American Legion.  From that day in 1919, when Congress granted The American Legion a charter to be a veteran organization till today, veterans have been the first of the four pillars of The American Legion programs.  Today, there are 2.4 million American Legion members in 14,000 Posts worldwide.

Your membership in The American Legion is important to you as a veteran and to The American Legion.  With this large membership, The American Legion can work with Congress to secure the benefits for those of us who have served in the past, those who are serving now, and those who will serve in the future.  Please renew your membership to keep The American Legion and Post 521 strong to work for ALL VETERANS!

In November and December, Post 521’s American Legion Family held a Thanksgiving and a Christmas dinner; and hosted a holiday dinner for 185 soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve.  My thanks go out to all the Post 521 Family that took part in these three functions.  Working together as an American Legion Family, we had an outstanding time cooking, serving, and enjoying food and fellowship.

The SAL Commander and I will soon begin to work on the Boy's State Program.  This program is important to these young men as each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.  It also helps them develop leadership skills.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

Greetings.  Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As of today, we stand at 73% in membership for 2017.  We still need 100 renewals to make our goal of 100%.  For those who have not yet renewed, you should be getting another renewal notice from National sometime this month.

At the next couple of Membership meetings, we will be reading some changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.  Come on out to the meetings and see what we will be changing.  Remember, this is your Post.

In March, we will be hosting the 22nd District Spring Convention (March 11th & 12th).  There will be training classes all day on the 11th.  They are very interesting, and you’ll learn a lot of things about The American Legion.

Dan King

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Happy New Year Sisters in the ALA!  I would like to thank everyone for their continuing membership in our organization and for volunteering to make a difference in the lives of our veterans, our military and their families, our children & youth, and our community at large.  We’re doing SO MANY good things!

We have been very busy working our Mission the past few months.  In addition to the volunteer opportunities that were offered in November and December, we received a special request from the U.S. Army Reserve 451st Civil Affairs Battalion to host a holiday dinner at our Post home for 185 soldiers on December 10.  My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped make this joint venture a success!

On January 12, I encourage you to support The American Legion’s Oratorical Program at American Legion Post 490 across from Ellington Field at 7 p.m.  Trust me, you’ll be very impressed with the young people who will be participating in the contest.  On February 17, we will have our annual Cancer Research Dinner and Program, and will be honoring and/or memorializing the special people in our lives who have survived cancer or lost their lives to cancer by having a candle lit in their Honor/Memory.  More information will come out soon. 

In March, our Post will be hosting the 22nd District Spring Convention on Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12.  Training will take place all day on Saturday.  Please mark your calendars to attend the training to learn more about our great organization.  In addition, mark your calendars for the annual Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMT Awards Banquet on April 7.  As always, we will honor our P.I.S.D. Police Officers and School Crossing Guards. 

Don’t forget that our Auxiliary meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you!

Believing in our Mission,

Diana King (832) 651-1576

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Dear Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 521,

Thank you all so very much.  As of this writing, we have 167 membership renewals and a few new members turned in to Department.  We are at 77.67% and that is very good.  It’s good because we are over the 75% mark at the end of our calendar year.  Now comes the begging . . . there are 48 of you that have not yet renewed your membership.  You will receive a dues renewal notice from National sometime early in January so that you can make your January 31st deadline.  After that, you will lose your continuous years.  That is not what you want to happen.  That is why I am asking you now to send in your renewals as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Ann Nicholson (713) 540-4716

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to All,

I hope that everyone had a safe and pleasant holiday season.  Thank you and the “family” volunteers that assisted in this past year on our various activities.  Our combined efforts were appreciated by all those we served or assisted.

As our new year begins, let us all look ahead and envision what we can do to help make these occasions happen.  Volunteering is basically a selfless act of kindness.  It takes little time or effort to give a little of ourselves to enliven the life of our veterans, their families and especially the children and youth.

Also, the Post, Auxiliary and Sons do have meetings once a month.  Our meetings are important because this is how we communicate with everyone and keep up with current events.  How can anyone actually know the real “good” that we do if they don’t come to meetings?  So, I urge everyone to mark your calendars and make an honest attempt to attend our meetings.  You may be surprised.  We get “ideas” for fundraisers all the time, but hardly anyone wants to help make these ideas a reality.  We have enough members to where everyone can give an occasional hand.

Again, many thanks to all of you that contributed your time and energy and resources to what was a very good year.  Let’s all consider being more involved and lending a hand once in a while to make this New Year a very successful one.

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

     November – December 2016            NEWS AND EVENTS                  713-472-4255

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!  As we head into the months of November and December with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we as Veterans know that there are many more days as important during these two months.  November 8th is election day.  As Veterans, we have earned the right to vote.  VOTE YOUR CHOICE, BUT VOTE!  The only way your candidate can lose is by not voting.  November 11th is Veterans Day which marks the end of World War I.  Today it is to honor all Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  Please offer a special prayer for our servicemen and women who are on active duty away from their family.  On Thanksgiving and Christmas, I remember the two years that I served in Vietnam.

Let’s not forget December 7th, the attack by Japan at Pearl Harbor that lead the USA into World War II.  This year will be the 75th anniversary of the attack.  December 24th and 25th is known for giving of gifts, but many years ago the birth of Jesus was the gift given to all of us. 

On a closing note, I also hold the position of First Vice and am responsible for membership.  Calling members that have not renewed for 2016, I found that a lot of the phone numbers we have are no longer in service.  If all members would please send me an e-mail to commander521@hotmail.com, I will update the phone numbers.  These numbers will not be shared outside the First Vice position.

For God and Country, Hubert Winters

 

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

As you know, our membership dues are due in advance.  As of today, we stand at 60% toward our 2017 membership goal.  All of you who have not renewed your 2017 dues should have received your 2nd renewal notice from National.  Please don’t sit on it.  Send it in now and help the Post make their 100% membership goal this year.  It would be the first time in quite a few years.  We still have approximately 180 members who have not renewed their dues for 2017.

As our mission states, we are committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and Veterans.  Look at our calendar of events.  We don’t have much scheduled for the next two months.  We desperately need new faces and new ideas to continue our mission!

Dan King

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Happy Veterans Day Sisters in the ALA!  Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat.  That’s not quite true.  “Memorial Day” is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.  Veterans Day honors ALL American Veterans, both living and dead, and is largely intended to thank LIVING Veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to their country.  Please join me in giving the special Veterans in your life a big hug to thank them for the sacrifices they made to keep our country free.

As usual, we are very busy in November and December.  This year, our Unit adopted a total of four female Veterans and their four children for Christmas.  In addition, individual members adopted eight Female veterans and their two children.  These Veterans are part of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at the Houston VA Medical Center.  A wrapping party will take place in the Auxiliary room on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m.  We would love for you to join us, as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on this heart-warming volunteer opportunity.

Please mark your calendars for our American Legion Family Christmas Dinner which will take place on Sunday, December 11.  Please bring a covered dish or dessert and share Christmas festivities with us.  The Auxiliary will be providing the meat and some vegetables.  Also, if you bring a child or grandchild with you, please bring a wrapped gift for that child so that they will receive something special from Santa.  Make sure that you put their name on the gift.  Food will be served at 1:00, and Santa will arrive at 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 17, several of us will be going to the National VA Cemetery in Houston to lay wreaths on the gravesites of our Veterans.  If you are interested in going, please call me for details.

Please see below for other activities/events that are coming up in November and December:

  • Nov. 5 – Our ALA Juniors will meet at 1 p.m.After their meeting, they will host two community service events – one at Pasadena Care Center and one at Vista Continuing Care Center from 2-3:30 p.m.If you’d like to participate, please call Carol Chance Fleury at (504) 554-1951.

  • Nov. 8 – We will be hosting Bingo for the residents at the De George at Union Station which provides permanent housing for the homeless, many of whom are veterans.If you wish to go, contact Carol for additional information.

  • Nov. 11 – Don’t forget to thank a Veteran for their service!

  • Nov. 22 – Go with us to Fisher House.It’s a heartwarming experience!

  • Nov. 28 – I will be working the ALA Christmas Gift Shop from 9-4.If you’d like to go, please contact me (Diana) at (832) 651-1576.Volunteers will also be needed on Nov. 29-30.

  • Dec. 3 – Our ALA Juniors will begin their day at 1 p.m. with a Leadership Workshop and then learn about building relationships.If you would like to participate and learn more about what they do, contact Carol.

Dec. 27 – Fisher House.

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

Believing in our Mission, Diana King (832) 651-1576

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Holy cow, Ladies, you have come through again!  Our National goal this year is what we ended up with in 2016 plus one, so that is 215.  I asked you to start sending in your renewals early and you did!  We are at 140 for 2017 which is 65.11% of our goal, and I am so proud of you that I could just explode.  So that means there are 75 of you that are waiting, but I am not sure for what.  If you send in your 2017 dues before November 11th, you can save $3.  And there are a number of you that sent in the full amount of $26 and we appreciate that too.  Everything helps.  Another thing I want to tell you about is the new Recruit Two program.  If you recruit two New members, you will receive a pin that is just too cute to bee-lieve.  I wish I could put a picture of it on here for you to see but as they say, “Two Bees or not Two Bees.”  Sign them up.  Thanks for all that you do!

Ann Nicholson (713) 540-4716

 

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to All,

As we come to the end of another year, there are several events our American Legion Family does this time every year to honor and give back to those who serve and have served to keep our country safe.  These events have been posted on our calendar of events.  Please check to see if you can volunteer some time to assist in the success of these happenings.

We held our second annual Boys/Girls State Awards Dinner on October 11th.  This American Legion Family function enables us to thank our area schools for their dedication and interest in this very important program.  It’s also about honoring the students who took a week of their summer break to attend and complete these programs.  Our turnout was a little below par because we didn’t have a date set before the last newsletter and I forgot to post flyers with details.  Over all, it was a success, and I give my heartfelt THANKS to those who volunteered to make it all go smoothly.

I say this all the time, but our organization would not and could not function properly without volunteers.  We should all feel humbled to be able to show our thanks to those who have served and sacrificed so much and those who currently serve our Armed Forces with pride which allows us to enjoy the freedoms we have here in America today.  Our youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders, whether it be politics or their chosen field.  In order to make these things possible, we encourage everyone to give a little of their time to help make it happen.  In order to see these projects come to fruition, we hold various fundraisers throughout the year.  And we would welcome your assistance.

Some of our S.A.L. members have not yet renewed their dues.  If you have not renewed your dues, please contact myself or Dan King at the Post and we’ll see that you are taken care of.  Please help us achieve our goal for this year.  Also, our membership meetings are always on the 3rd Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Post.  Please try to attend because meetings are our way of staying informed with what is happening, not only with our Squadron, but with our organization as a whole.

In closing, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Please make it a New Year’s resolution to find time to volunteer and give back in the new year.

For God & Country, Greg Smith

 

September - October 2016         NEWS AND EVENTS            713-472-4255

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

In the days of old, or at least when I went to school, we never started school until the day after Labor Day.  Now, school districts in our area start the third week of August.  In the Houston area, a student recently lost his life on the way to school.  Please watch out for and respect these students on their way to and from school, and respect the school zone and the use of cell phones while driving.  

On the morning of September 11, please offer a prayer for the lives that were lost during the terrorist attack on America.  This war against terrorism is still ongoing – as one group is defeated, a new group is formed.  With the reduced size of the military today, our country faces a challenge.  Please remember in your prayers the military as they go forth to protect us.

On Saturday, August 13, American Legion Post 521 recognized five Eagle Scouts as they gave their projects to the Post.  Two Eagle Scouts built seven buddy benches to be given to seven schools in the Pasadena ISD.  Another Eagle Scout made two benches to replace the two outside the front door of the Post.  In addition, an Eagle Scout, using a granite plaque, a photograph and a poem that the Memorial Team uses at funerals were combined into a single unit.  It will be installed below the display case.  The last project was a Memorial Wall to honor veterans from Texas who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  In the future, this wall will be a traveling wall.  Many thanks to Joseph Thomas for the work he does with the Boy Scout and Eagle Scout programs. 

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

As stated in the previous newsletter, our 2017 membership cards are in.  As of today, we have only received approximately 35% of our renewals for 2017.  I know all of you have received your renewal letters from National, so please don’t sit on them.  Send them in so that Post 521 can make goal early this year.

Also, as I mentioned in the previous newsletter, we need more participation at our membership meetings.  If we don’t have a quorum, we cannot do anything; so please come on out and get involved.  Remember, this is YOUR Post.  We need new ideas to keep our Post functioning.  We hope to see you at our next meeting on September 12th!

Dan King

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Dear Sisters in the ALA,

Thank you for electing me to serve once again as your unit president.  I pledge to you that I will do my very best.

Did you know that the American Legion Auxiliary has been in existence since 1919?  Just think of all the wonderful things we have accomplished since then.  I’ll highlight just one.  In 1921, the first ALA Christmas Gift Shop was started by Edna Henke, a cousin of Admiral Chester Nimitz, at The American Legion’s hospital for tuberculosis patients in Kerrville, Texas.  Patients were brought down from their rooms where they selected gifts that they wanted to send to their families.  The gifts were wrapped and mailed in time to reach their families by Christmas.  It was completely free.  Miss Henke never dreamed her idea would spread across the country, but it did.  Today a Christmas Gift Shop is compulsory in every veteran’s hospital in the country.

As many of you know, our newsletters and monthly calendars now go out to our members via email.  That’s why it’s so important that we have your current email address.  When this email is sent out, it is sent out as a blind carbon copy (bcc) so that your email address will remain private.  The newsletters and calendars may also be found on the American Legion’s website at www.americanlegionpost521.org.  All you have to do is click on Events Calendar and Newsletter.     

This is our busiest time of the year for volunteer opportunities.  We have many activities/projects coming up.

  • September 18 – Family Day for the U.S. Army Reserve 451st Civil Affairs Battalion at Ellington Field.If you want to volunteer for this event, please contact me right away, as volunteer positions are limited.

  • October 3 – Adoption of female veterans and their children for Christmas.These veterans are part of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at the Houston VA Medical Center.Members, non-members, and other organizations may participate in this project.

  • October 7 – Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.Again, contact me right away if you are interested in volunteering.Please see the attached flyer.

  • October 11 or 18 – There will be a joint Boys and Girls State Awards/Recognition Dinner at Post 521.

  • November 4 – There will be a fundraising trip to Coushatta Casino in Louisiana.Please save the date.

  • November 26-30 – The ALA Christmas Gift Shop at the Houston VAMC will be set up on November 26.Volunteers will be needed to work the gift shop from November 28-30.

  • December 17 – Wreaths Across America will take place at the Houston VA National Cemetery.

The date for our Legion Family Christmas Dinner will be decided at our next meeting, September 12, at 7:00 p.m.

It’s important that you attend our membership meetings, as we need new ideas to grow our membership.  An appreciation gift will be given to all who attend!

Believing in our Mission,

Diana King (832) 651-1576

 

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Dearest Women of ALA Unit 521,

It was a good year and it was a “not” so good year.  I can’t say we ended the membership year of 2016 with 214 members because we may have a few that will still decide to renew to honor their loved ones who served our country.  We will welcome them back into the fold.  But 214 is our number for 2016 so far and that is the number we will work with for 2017.  We do not have a “goal” for 2017, but we are being asked to reach that 214 number and GROW.  I know we can do it.  Fifty-three of you have responded to the letter I sent to you last month, and I thank you.  If you haven’t received your card yet, you will before you get this message.  Now, I want to point out to those of you that have renewed, don’t panic when you get a letter from National – as you are paid.  That letter was generated in May and nothing stops it other than death.  Please don’t do that.

That reminds me – please let me, Madam President Diana or Chaplain Nell know when you are ill or in the hospital.  Let me know if you move or change your phone number.  As you know, in order for us to keep our non-profit status, or in case we are audited, our roster must be actual members with correct addresses and phone numbers.  Thank you for your help with this. 

So, again, for all that you do, I thank you.

Ann Nicholson (713) 540-4716

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to All!

With our children back in school, I’d like to remind everyone who drives to be extra cautious while driving through school zones and while buses are loading or unloading.

With active members in our “American Legion Family,” we would be able to present programs and community services for our youth and veterans, both active and inactive.  Joseph (J.T.) Thomas has been doing his best at some of these things, but it takes a group effort to be truly effective.  As a Legion Family member, I urge you to please step up and offer a helping hand.  We’ve heard a lot of good ideas from our members, but no one wants to bring their ideas to fruition.  Without membership participation in our fundraising efforts, we would not be able to do what little we already do; so I ask all of you to keep this in mind when you are approached to help out.

In October, we will be hosting an awards/recognition dinner for our 2016 Boys State and Girls State delegates, families, and school staff for their participation in these outstanding programs.  We are hoping that the schools will agree to the 11th or 18th of October for this event, so we’ll keep you posted.  These two exceptional programs help juniors in high school develop leadership skills, confidence and action-based understanding of our government process.  We believe in educating youth about the basic ideals and principles of government will not only help ensure the survival of our democracy, but give them a lasting foundation for success, both personally and professionally.  The success of these programs entails a great amount of fundraising.  We will need volunteers to help set up, prepare, and serve the meals.  In addition, showing up as an interested member would really look good to the rest of the community and to these students whom we will be honoring.

To all S.A.L. members, thank you for your continued membership.  I encourage you to come by the Post for a meeting or anytime, and inquire as to what you can do to be of assistance – whether it be an activity, grounds maintenance, or whatever interests you.  We never turn away help.  Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated.  After all, it is your Post, too.

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

July – August 2016         NEWS AND EVENTS                 713-472-4255

 

 

 

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!

On the 4th of July, the Post will have its annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have food, fun and fellowship for all.  Please come and enjoy yourself.  We must thank the brave men in the Continental Congress that signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  With this document, the 13 colonies declared their freedom from the British Empire to become the United States of America.

On these holidays and in fact every day, we must think of the service men and women and say a prayer for their protection wherever they are serving.

The young men that the Legion sponsored for Boys State have returned from in Austin, and we look forward to hearing what they think of Boys State.

Third Vice Commander Joseph Thomas in May of this year filled out the paperwork for the Post to sponsor a Cub Scout Pack at a local elementary school starting in September.  These students were described as “at risk” and the school thought that a Cub Scout pack would help them.  Scouting and Boys State are two of the many programs that The American Legion sponsors.  I feel that any way that we can guide these young people on the right path is time well spent.

 A word of caution . . . in August, school will start again; so please pay attention to the school zone as these students go to and from school.  In my day, it was always after Labor Day before the new school year began.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

We had are Post elections this past month, and we still have a couple of positions open.  We will try to fill those positions at our next Post Membership Meeting on July 11th.

Also, our 2017 Membership cards are in.  Please get your renewals sent in early and let’s try to make goal our 100% goal for 2017.  We ended up with nearly 91% for 2016.  If you don’t want to bring your renewal to the Post or mail it in, you can renew your dues by e-mail to National by going to www.legion.org/renew and click on “Renew now.”

We need more participation at our Post Membership meetings.  We have to have at least nine (9) members present to conduct a meeting.  Remember, this is your Post, so come on out to the Post Membership meetings and get involved.  We need new ideas to keep this Post going.  I hope to see you soon at the Membership meetings.

Dan King

Post Adjutant

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Greetings!  Serving as ALA Unit 521 President for the last two years has been an honor and a pleasure.  I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful, caring Auxiliary ladies and Legionnaires.

Although I will not be president, I will continue to assist with programs and events in support of our veterans and their families.  I hope to continue working with Girls State, Fisher House, and Americanism.  As I take a step back from serving as a unit officer, I will seek new ways to improve and strengthen our organization.  I believe in the saying, “If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got.”  If anyone has new ideas, please share them with our new officers or with me to bring forth at meetings.   Our primary focus still is to engage new, young members; please share ideas of how, where, and when we can enlist the next generation of Auxiliary and Legion members.

Post 521’s Fourth of July celebration is one of my favorite events.  Bring family, neighbors, church members, and friends to the Post on July 4th for many enjoyable activities.  Come help the Auxiliary with our Country Store, Balloon Pop, Cake Wheel, and Silent Auction.  We welcome donations and help running the tables.  If you haven’t seen Rudy demonstrate his watermelon eating skills, you are missing out.  Also, watching the kids scramble in the hay for money is hysterical – a true photo opportunity.

I wish everyone a restful, fulfilling summer.  Peace and love to all!

Working together for God and Country,

Carol Chance Fleury, President

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Our National organization wants to stop the backwards slide in membership.  Otherwise, who will be there to support those who need us?  They would dearly love to have one million members by our 100th anniversary in 2019.  Will you help us?  We have now reached 208 members – new and renewals.  Our goal is 263.  It is the beginning of May, and it is going to be difficult; but it CAN be done.  We all have to seek out new members and remind our current members to pay their 2016 dues.  At $26 a year, we are still the most reasonable organization to belong to – and the best!  It is amazing how much we do to help our Veterans, our military, and their families.  We currently have 37 members who have not renewed.  We would very much appreciate your help.

Ann Nicholson, Membership Chair

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to all!  As our Post’s Chairman of The American Legion Boys State Program, it is my honor to report that we sent 16 area high school juniors to Texas Boys State in Austin this year.  The funds were raised through various fundraising efforts on our end, and the schools were able to help out as well.  We should all feel humbled and honored to be able to do this for these young men.  Who knows, some of them may become our future leaders, whether through public service or their chosen professions.  I’ll begin working soon on a ceremony/dinner in September for our delegates, their families, teachers, and counselors to show our appreciation to those who are truly entrusted in our programs.  The American Legion sponsors several programs like this for our high school students.  We also try to raise funds for small scholarships along with assisting fellow veterans in their time of need.

The Sons of The American Legion Squadron 521 financial statements are available to those who want to know how we spend our funds.  All monies raised go toward our Programs or back into our Post’s operating funds.

It is my concern, as S.A.L. Commander, that if we don’t start getting new Legionnaires that are willing to “help out” once in awhile, that our Post may not exist before long.  So please, folks, help us get our priorities straight and start working towards what we are supposed to be doing . . . giving back to our Veterans and their families in the name of God and Country.  If we do, it’s a win-win situation!

 

For God & Country, Greg Smith

 

May – June 2016         NEWS AND EVENTS           713-472-4255

 

 

 

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

 

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!  In April, there were two major functions held at the Post.  On April 8, we held our annual Police Officer, Firefighter, EMT, P.I.S.D. Police Department and School Crossing Guards Award Dinner.  Awards were also given for outstanding public service to Constables from Precinct 2 and Precinct 8.  In addition, Eagle Scouts who worked on major projects for the Post, the City of Pasadena, and a ramp for a member of the Post were recognized. All were presented with awards for service in our community. My thanks go out to Joseph Thomas who did a outstanding job of putting this program together.  Roy Mauler, with the help of the Auxiliary, prepared the meal for the event.

On April 19, the young men that will attend Boys State were interviewed.  This year with fundraising and donations, we will be able to send 17 young men to Austin in June.  In Austin, they will take part in a mock government program, where they will learn about our government from the city, the county, and the state level.

May 30 is Memorial Day to honor our fallen heroes.  The American Legion was formed in Paris, France, in 1919.  On June 6, while not a federal holiday in the United States, the people of France will pay honor to the servicemen in the Allied Army who took part in the invasion of Europe.  This was the beginning to end World War II.

On a personal note, in May of 2004, my wife and I visited the invasion beaches in France.  To think of the young servicemen that stormed those beachheads and the number who lost their lives in the war for victory in Europe will make anyone humble.  Our visit to the main American Cemetery in the area with headstones of American servicemen facing in the direction of the United States was a very sober event. 

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters

 

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

In accordance with the Post Constitution and By-Laws, an election will be held for all Officer Positions the 1st Monday of June.  There will be elections of all Positions not filled at each Membership meeting until all positions are filled.

We still have approximately 50 members who have not renewed their 2016 Membership.  Please come by the office and renew your 2016 dues, or send them to the Post in the mail.  You should have already received your last notice from National concerning this matter.  You can also renew your dues online at:  www.legion.org/renew and click on “Renew Now.”

We hope to see you at the Membership Meeting the 1st Monday in June.

Dan King

Post Adjutant

 

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Spring time is upon us with April showers to bring May flowers. Spring is a great time to get a fresh start with a new approach.  Hit the refresh button and grow.

I’ll be retiring in mid-May.  Folks ask me what I plan to do, so here’s my list:

  • Be positive every day. Look for the good in each person and every situation.
  • Find solutions; use resources, network, and connect.
  • Reflect, pray, meditate, examine and appreciate the small things through exploration.
  • Learn something new.
  • Help someone.Call someone in need of support, do some small act of kindness, and volunteer.
  • Do music, art, math, foreign language, and puzzles to expand the mind.
  • Eat healthy; drink water.
  • Laugh and smile.

Why do I mention this to you?  We are never too old to make a difference, develop ourselves, and help others. Retirement and aging are not death sentences; they are beginnings. Do something different this spring and summer and stay with it for a few months to gauge results.

Some new things that you could try:  Fisher House on the fourth Tuesday of every month, Friday night dinner at the Post, and Fourth of July family event – so much fun for the whole family. 

Thanks to those of you who support Friday dinners and who contributed to the Juniors’ Easter basket raffle.  Every action, no matter how small, is significant and is appreciated.

Working together for God and Country,

Carol Chance Fleury, President

 

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Our National organization wants to stop the backwards slide in membership.  Otherwise, who will be there to support those who need us?  They would dearly love to have one million members by our 100th anniversary in 2019.  Will you help us? 

We have now reached 208 members – new and renewals.  Our goal is 263.  It is the beginning of May, and it is going to be difficult; but it CAN be done.  We all have to seek out new members and remind our current members to pay their 2016 dues.  At $26 a year, we are still the most reasonable organization to belong to – and the best!  It is amazing how much we do to help our Veterans, our military, and their families.  We currently have 37 members who have not renewed.  We would very much appreciate your help.

Ann Nicholson

Membership Chair

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

I am excited to report that we are sending 17 high school juniors to Boys State this year.  Fortunately, the schools have helped with tuition along with a few outside donations.  I’d like to thank the Post membership and the Memorial Team for helping out this year.

Boys State is one of the American Legion’s most influential programs, along with the Auxiliary’s Girls Sate program.  Boys and Girls State opens doors of opportunity to those who attend.  Whatever their goals are in life, our program gives them leadership skills that will follow them throughout their lives.

Again, I truly thank all those who helped me, as chairman, make this program a success.

As of now, we do not know if we will be doing barbeque fundraisers at Food Town this year.  We still plan to have barbeque available at the Post the second Friday of each month.  Our problem with our corner fundraising efforts is due to lack of participation.  The same two or three people cannot keep doing this on a monthly basis.  I honestly don’t know how much longer our Post will be able to keep their doors open without more participation in fundraisers.  It would be a shame if we could no longer continue our mission to mentor youth, sponsor wholesome programs in our communities, advocate patriotism and honor, promote strong national security, and continue our devotion to our fellow servicemen and women, and our veterans.  Our success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism.

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

March – April 2016         NEWS AND EVENTS            713-472-4255

 

 

 

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!  The months of March and April have many important dates to observe.  March 1st is the primary election day.  At this time, we get to choose the people we want for the general election in November.  To me, the primary election is more important than the general election due to the large number of people running for office.  As veterans, we have earned the right to vote.  I will respect your right to vote as you see fit.

Good Friday will take place on March 25, and we will all observe Easter Sunday on March 27 in our own faith.  While the young children will be thinking of Easter baskets, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies, we as adults will reflect on the true meaning of these two days.

On April 8, the post will have their annual police officer, firefighter, EMT, and PISD police department and school crossing guard award dinner.  These people serve on a local level in the post area.  They put their lives on the line on a daily basis to keep us safe.

Greg Smith, SAL commander, has been to the four high schools in the post area for the names of the young men for Boys State.  The young men and the young ladies that the Auxiliary sends to Girls State learn how the government should function.  One day in the future, these young people could be serving on school boards, city council, state or federal office.  They can look back to Boys and Girls State for the training that they received.  This program is one that I am glad that the Legion and the Auxiliary sponsor.

For God and Country,

Hubert Winters

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

As of today, our membership stands at 88%.  We need 40 more renewals to make our 100% goal.  Fifty-two of our members have not yet renewed their 2016 dues.  If we could get them to renew (you know who you are), the Post would make goal for the first time in several years.  Remember… your dues went up to $40.00 after the 10th of January. 

The 22nd District Spring Convention will take place on April 9th at Harrisburg Post 472.  I encourage you to attend and meet some of your brothers in The American Legion.  In addition, our Post will be hosting the 2nd Division Convention on May 14th and 15th.  This is a great time to find out what The American Legion stands for plus meet a lot of people in the local area.  Hopefully, this will encourage you to get INVOLVED!

Dan King

Post Adjutant

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Greetings!  As I approach the end of forty-five years as a professional educator, I am becoming reflective. Growing old will do that to us, as well. 

One course that I teach is a guided studies course designed to help incoming students become better students by accepting responsibility and making wise decisions. One chapter in the textbook addresses the concepts of victims and creators.  I assigned my students to listen for and write down victim and creator statements.  They don’t have to go far for victim statements – just turn on TV.  We have an abundance of negativism, especially when people don’t get their way.  Victims blame and complain.  Creators seek solutions and try different methods.  Sometimes the victims have the louder voices as the creators are working silently behind the scenes. 

At the Friday night Post dinner, I met for the first time one of our members, a wonderful Creator lady, who provides meals on wheels for veterans and others.  Who knew?  If I hadn’t been at the Post, I might never have met her.  She shared with me her community service outreach, and I wrote down the hours of service she provides on a regular basis.  I mentioned that we can use her service hours in our Auxiliary annual report.

I know that we have more members who are doing Creator activities to help others.  Please email your service hours and mileage to me at cchance926@yahoo.com or Diana King at dianaking4222@sbcglobal.net.  Let’s share some inspiring news and celebrate the good that we do.  The Legionnaires and Auxiliary members have many charitable activities that you can participate in if you are at a loss for ideas.  We welcome and need your participation and involvement.  For example, consider the following:  Coushatta casino bus ride on 3/11 to raise funds for our programs, Cancer Research Dinner on 3/18, fourth Tuesday dinner at Fisher House, Friday night dinners at the Post, helping veterans and military families in need, and finding sponsors for Boys and Girls State.  Let’s unleash the Creator in us all!  You’ll feel better and be happier.

Working together for God and Country,

Carol Chance Fleury, President

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Dearest Members of ALA Unit 521 – Our membership is currently at 199, which means that we are well short of the 263 we need to make goal.  I don’t like to keep harping on the same old same old, so I am going to thank you for all that you have done to get us this far in our journey to make our 100% goal.  Yes, we still have a little way to go, but we ARE going to do it.  We did it last year, and we can do it again this year.  Again, thank you!

Ann Nicholson

Membership Chair

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to all!  Our 2016 fundraising efforts began with two successful barbeques.  The one thing we need, however, is more volunteers to help us.  We, as members of The Sons of The American Legion, exist to honor the service and sacrifice of our Legionnaires.  We do not receive a salary.  We are ALL volunteers.  Our purpose is to preserve American traditions and values, improve the quality of life for our nation’s children, care for veterans and their families, and teach the fundamentals of good citizenship.  We need hall rentals, raffles, dinners, etc. to keep our doors open.

In June, we are looking forward to sending a total of twelve young men from four Pasadena high schools to Boys State – Pasadena High School, Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena Memorial High School, and Pasadena Career and Technical High School.  It is a great honor for us to be able to provide these young men a chance to develop leadership skills and a general overview of how government works.

We also donate funds to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, which in turn awards grants to other nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children.  Grants are only given to entities that help U.S. children in a large geographic area; they are not awarded for day-to-day operating expenses or special operating expenses.

As you know, all these things cost money, and fundraising is our means of obtaining what we need to continue to do what we do.  As Squadron Commander, as my time allows, I have been visiting local businesses, in proper attire with a letter to show who we are and what we do, to ask for donations or sponsors for our various activities.

We’re also working on our 2016 membership.  We urge you to renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so, in order to meet this year’s goal.

As you know, our calendar and newsletter will be electronically posted to our website (americanlegionpost521.org) or sent out by email; therefore, it is very important that we have your correct email address.  In addition, we have found that many of the telephone numbers we have on file for our members are no longer in service.  Your help in gathering correct email addresses and telephone numbers would be greatly appreciated.  Also, please let us know whenever you move so that Department and National will have your correct mailing address.

For God & Country,

Greg Smith

 

 

January – February 2016         NEWS AND EVENTS                  713-472-4255

 

 

 

 

~ From the Post Commander ~

Greetings Fellow Legionnaires!  I hope that everyone made it through the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holidays.  It is during these holidays that we should offer a special prayer for the service men and women that are on duty serving our country.  Being away in a foreign land away from family and friends during these holidays can be trying on our military.    

The Post Adjutant has reported in the last two newsletters that dues will increase on January 1st to $40.00.  This was due to National raising their dues.  At our E-Board meeting on December 29, the Adjutant stated that we now stand at 81% of our goal.  If you have not renewed your 2016 dues, please renew to keep The American Legion strong and growing.  We were founded upon four pillars of service in 1919.  Today we continue to pledge ourselves to our Veterans – our Youth – a strong National Defense – and Americanism.

In January, the SAL Commander and I will begin paying visits to the four high schools in our post area to get the names of the young men for Boys State this summer.  These young men and the young ladies that the Auxiliary sends to Girls State will learn how a government should function by taking part in our Boys State and Girls State programs.  The American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs are the most respected and coveted hands-on learning programs presented in the United States.  The programs demonstrate our mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young men and women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.  The SAL Commander will be the lead person in this program, and I will support him.

In 2016, we all need to work on increasing the membership of our post.  I will schedule a membership drive in the future, but we all must work to increase the post membership.

For God and Country, Hubert Winters

 

~ From the Post Adjutant ~

First of all, I would like to wish you ALL a Happy New Year!  As the Commander stated, we stand at 81% in membership for 2016.  We still need approximately 80 members to renew their dues so that we can make our 100% goal of 396 members.  National increased their dues by $5.00, but the Post is only going up $4.00.  We will absorb the additional dollar.  So after the increase, your dues will now be $40.00.

If you renew your dues “before” January 10, 2016, you can still pay the old rate of $36.00!

Dan King, Post Adjutant

~ From the Auxiliary President ~

Happy New Year!  Your American Legion Auxiliary hosted a well-planned and complete Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings, including Santa and forty goodie bags for children.  Unfortunately, only about forty-five adults and six children were present to partake of the sumptuous feast and goodie bags. Those who were present enjoyed themselves and delighted in sharing light-hearted conversation and watching the children enjoy Santa and their presents.  Why don’t more families attend the Post Family Christmas dinner?  We’ve heard several excuses; maybe folks just don’t think spending time together at the Post is important.  Our Christmas dinner just isn’t important enough.  Maybe what we all need to remember is the importance of building family traditions and teaching our family members American values.  I remember my dad inviting my sister, her husband, and myself to the Post spaghetti dinner every month.  This became a family tradition, a time to be with Dad and value what he valued – veterans and families of veterans.  Posts across our country will close down within decades if we don’t step up and involve children and grandchildren in Post activities.  We are an aging group and can’t continue to carry on without the younger generations’ assistance and involvement. 

How about a New Year’s resolution of asking  family members to do one thing a month or a quarter or maybe two things a year in support of the Post?  We could have special activities for young members of their choosing on specified days; the Post could become their meeting and socializing place. 

My wish for 2016 is that we will take action to engage new people with new commitment and new ideas to sustain and improve our Post.  Let’s take a pledge to make things happen by getting others involved!

Working together for God and Country,

Carol Chance Fleury, President

 

~ From the Auxiliary Membership Chair ~

Dearest Members of ALA Unit 521 – As of December 28, 2015, we are at 65% of our membership goal.  We need a total of 263 members for the 2016 membership year.  Nationally, our goal is to reach one million members for our 100th anniversary in 2019.  In order to reach our goal, we need a lot of “new” members.  Please sign up your daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters that are under the age of 18 at a very small fee of $5.00 a year to help us reach our part of those one million members.

Legionnaires – We encourage your help, too, by signing up YOUR wives, daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

Please feel free to call me at (713) 540-4716.

Ann Nicholson, Membership Chair

~ From the Squadron Commander ~

Greetings to all!  As this is the first “electronic” newsletter, it is very important that we have a current telephone number and/or email address to better serve you.  We are still short of our membership goal, so if you haven’t already submitted your dues for 2016, please take a few minutes to do so.  Your continued membership is greatly appreciated.

Starting in June, we will be holding our barbeque fundraisers at the Post and Food Town, at Spencer Highway and Underwood, the second Friday of each month.  Due to lack of member participation, we are just not able to work two days in a row.

Our financial report ended on a positive note for 2015.  It is available for viewing through Dan King, our Finance/Adjutant officer.  We donate what we can to programs and assist the Post in some of their needs.

We still have “zero” turnouts for our monthly meetings, which last 30 minutes to an hour, on the third Monday of each month.  Meetings are the main way of keeping our members informed as to our activities.

As Squadron Commander, I will be representing our Post again this year in our Boys State program.  Our goal this year is 15 students; more if finances allow.  We work with Pasadena High School, Pasadena Memorial High School, Sam Rayburn High School, and Pasadena Career and Technical High School.  Our Boys State programs give these students a chance of a lifetime to experience something that will live with them forever.  This is what we are all about.  

For God & Country, Greg Smith, SAL Commander

 

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Sept - Oct 2014                             NEWS AND EVENTS                            713-472-4255

From the Post Commander

Greetings fellow Legionnaires!  As we head into September and October, we are preparing for a lot of activities.  I would like to discuss exactly what is going on.  Several of the members of the Legion, Sons of the Legion, and Auxiliary have spent numerous hours working during the week and weekends to improve the outer appearance of the Post.  We hope you enjoy it and wish to thank all of those involved for their efforts.

Our Post has been a big sponsor of the Veteran’s Committee of the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo for the past two years, and we are seeing the rewards for that involvement.  This year, the Rodeo will be allowing all Active, Reserve, Guard and Veterans to enter the Rodeo for free on Tuesday, September 16th (Disabled Veterans Night) and Saturday, September 20th (Military Appreciation Night).  They are also allowing these same folks free entry during the Cook-Off (Friday & Saturday, September 26th and 27th).  The only requirement is that they show proof of service (VA card, Legion card, Dependent card, etc.). 

We are having a free spaghetti lunch on Sunday, September 21st from 1pm – 4 pm for the Veterans who attend San Jacinto College South and Central Campus.  If you have already paid for your 2015 membership, you may attend as well. If you haven’t, this would be a great time to renew your membership and help us reach our goal.

On October 11th, our Post will be hosting a JROTC Color Guard competition in the hall for all local schools to compete; this would be a fantastic  opportunity  to  show  your support  for the youth of our community.  Also, we will host a costume contest for the area children at 6:30pm Halloween night in front of the Post.  Please make sure to watch out for any small ghost or goblins running through the streets that night!                                                                                                                                                                                  

As we support our children and youth, they are giving back to the Post.  An Eagle Scout project is currently underway to build 4 wall displays and 4 floor displays for the main hall.  These displays will contain memorabilia from all U.S.-involved wars and conflicts.  I ask that each of you look in your storage spaces and bring any artifacts (clothes, medals, equipment, or documents) that you wish to donate to this display.  Please bring them to the Post and leave a piece of paper with your full name and phone number attached.  We plan to unveil this project in November and will let you know when it will happen.

I am extremely excited about the next two months and look forward to our Post becoming a leader in innovation as we move forward with the many programs involving the American Legion and our Children and Youth.  For God and Country, Joseph Thomas

 

 

From the Post Adjutant

Our 2015 membership cards are in.  As of this week, we stand at approximately 52%, including PUFL. So if you have received your renewal notice from National, please send it in. Remember if you pay before November 11, you will get an “Early Bird” stamp on your membership card. Also, you can safely and conveniently renew your dues by going to www.legion.org/renew and click on “Renew Now.” You can also do this by calling (800)433-3318.  Also, National has a special offer; you can get a Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) with $100 off if you purchase a PUFL charged to your credit card. Call the above number for more information. You can SAVE a lot of money. We have a lot of things going on at the Post the next couple of months. Come out and join the TEAM. Dan King, Post Adjutant

From the Auxiliary President

Greetings!  Thanks to everyone who donated to the School Supply drive. We collected $149.04 and purchased six school bags and school items. These were given to children of veterans at Teague and Lomax schools. Photos are on the Clubroom board.

Our Legion, SAL and Auxiliary members are our most precious resource. The 2015 membership drive is ON! Members are to pay before the end of December. We need everyone’s help to sign up new members and Juniors. Included in this mail-out is a form for membership renewal. Please include contact information for our Junior members. We want to hold activities for the girls to do service for veterans and to earn patches. Also, we may sponsor a Girls Scout troop in the future to help with veteran service.

Appreciation is extended to those who faithfully assist with our monthly Fisher House event, headed by Hendell Mize. Come to the Post to drop off prepared food items on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30, or ride in the van to Fisher House and serve dinner to families of veterans in the VA Hospital.

On 9/21 from 1-4 p.m., Auxiliary ladies will provide and serve desserts and beverages to the San Jacinto College veterans and our veterans at the spaghetti dinner. Please contribute in some way.

As well, the New Millennium Project will provide free massages.  Thanks go to Carlene Ashworth.

The Auxiliary is seeking grant funds to buy the placards and engraving for the military items that will be housed in the hall’s display cases.  Your ideas and support are greatly appreciated.

Working together for God and Country,

Carol Chance Fleury

ALA President 2014-15

From the Squadron Commander

Greetings to all!  I would like to take a moment to thank all the volunteers who helped make our August 14 Fiesta Club party a success.  From ticket sales to serving staff, all did a fantastic job.  We raised close to $500, which will go to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

Our Squadron made our membership goal this past year. Thanks to Squadron members for your continued membership. We’ve started our 2015 goal and encourage your early renewal. New cards are available; dues are still $15 a year.

We still encourage you to attend our monthly meetings held the third Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Post. Post Commander Thomas is a dual member and has some great ideas for community youth activities. To make them work, we need member participation. 

 In recent months, we assisted in refurbishing the firebox on our smoker, built a charcoal grill, and a gas fryer. With funds from a generous, anonymous donor, we purchased and installed a cover to protect  our outdoor equipment from weathering.

On October 18, the Legion Family will host a Golf Tournament.  For team and hole sponsorship information, contact Dan King at the Post during business hours at 713-472-4255.

For God and Country,

Greg Smith

Squadron Commander 2014-2015

 

 

 

 

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