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AMERICAN LEGION

LAURENCE W. GAY POST NO. 55

POST OFFICE BOX 755

GROTON, MA  01450

Duncan Graham, Post Commander

Debbie Normandin, Auxiliary Unit President       January-February 2016

 

Post Commander’s Message  

Comrades and Ladies – 

Please read Adjutant Bob Johnson’s article on dues

on page 2 — dues are going up in January and we will lose money if you pay your dues after the end of December!  We will have to raise our dues to $30 to cover the combined National and Department increases.  This may be a good opportunity to get a Paid Up For Life (PUFL) membership to avoid issues with paying dues in the future.

Thanks to all who helped out with the Turkey Raffle.  Several of us were out of town due to unanticipated emergencies, but those who were around staffed the event and our total income was roughly comparable to last year.  

Adjutant Bob Johnson and I covered the Veterans’ Day ceremony at Rivercourt and we now have an agreement with the new Rivercourt management team to hold half of our meetings at Rivercourt.  Specifically, we will meet there on ‘even-numbered months’ [2-February, 4-April, 6-June, etc.] which should be easier for everyone to remember, but will also have us at Legion Hall for those months when we may need to access our gear upstairs.

See you at Legion Hall on January 7th and Rivercourt

on February 4th!        

                                                                  Duncan Graham  

                                                                  Post Commander

 

 

 

 

Unit President’s Message

Ladies and Comrades —

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.  Our Unit is

going into our usual winter slowdown and we will not meet again until March or April, although there may be an informal meeting between now and then to discuss Girls’ State applications.

My thanks to everyone for your support of the

Christmas shop at the Bedford VA Hospital and the Turkey

Raffle.  We all had a good time at our December meeting at Rivercourt with our annual Yankee Swap livening up the meeting.  Special thanks to Audrey Bryce for hosting our November meeting!

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to everyone!  

                                                                  Debbie Normandin

                                                                  Unit President

 

 

 

 

 

Auxiliary Business

              The National and Department per capita rates have increased to a point where we have to raise our annual dues to $20 so we don’t lose money.  Please pay your dues if you haven’t done so already — this will let us close the books on this administrative detail!

              Please note that our meetings at Rivercourt will include light refreshments but will NOT include a real meal.  Please have your lunch during the noon hour and then join us for our AFTERNOON meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Aboard

New Post member: 

    William Thurston New Unit member:

    Gayle Curley

 

 

 

 

Currently-Deployed 

None called up and deployed, but please note that Post Member LTJG Louis Henry is on active duty, and we anticipate adding a Navy Ensign and a Navy Midshipman to our roster shortly.

 

 

 

Sick Call

Eric Bergeson is battling cancer but in good spirits.  

 

 

 

 

 

Post or Auxiliary Unit Everlasting 

  Ernest Lemieux                                   Nov 2014

                  Branch unknown WWII

   [your Editor just found about this]

 

 

Groton Veteran Deaths 

  Alfred E. Irelan, Jr.                             16 November 2015

                  Navy                      Korea

 

 

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Post Business Items:

Dues:

Dues are due and your Editor continues to see slower payments this year than in past years.  If you are using the new online dues renewal system, please send your Editor an e-mail so we’ll know that you’ve done your part to pay your dues.  National HQ implemented the online renewal system, but I don’t find out about your payments for six to eight weeks.  National HQ has also implemented an automatic annual dues renewal system for those who wish to use that option via a credit or debit card.  Check the first item under “Legion Programs” on page 5 of this newsletter for details.  

                  AS COMMANDER GRAHAM NOTED

ON PAGE 1, BOTH NATIONAL AND DEPARTMENT HAVE INCREASED DUES EFFECTIVE IN JANUARY.  NATIONAL DUES

WILL BE $18.50 AND DEPARTMENT DUES WILL BE $9.50 FOR A TOTAL OF $28.00

THAT WE HAVE TO SEND IN TO DEPARTMENT.  IF YOU ONLY PAY US $25, WE LOSE

$3 SO PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES IMMEDIATELY OR ELSE SEND A CHECK FOR $30 TO COVER THE INCREASE.  

 

Meeting Locations:

As Commander Graham noted on page 1, we now have an agreement with Rivercourt management to hold half of our meetings at Rivercourt in the upstairs dining room.  Our meetings for ‘evennumbered months’ [2-February, 4-April, 6-June, 8August, 10-October, and 12-December] will be at Rivercourt, still at our usual 7:30 PM time.  This is a bit of an extra drive for some of you who work towards Boston, but please try to make it when you can.  We will be able to include Rivercourt residents in our meetings this way, both Post members and other veterans. 

 

Meetings:

Meeting attendance has been on an uptick lately and we hope to continue that trend.  Please try to set the FIRST Thursday evening of each month aside for our meeting at Legion Hall or Rivercourt, depending on what month it is.  IF YOU NEED A

RIDE TO THE MEETING, PLEASE CONTACT ONE

OF THE OFFICERS AND WE’LL TRY TO ARRANGE FOR A RIDE FOR YOU.  PLEASE GIVE US AS MUCH ADVANCE NOTICE AS POSSIBLE.

 

Report on Recent Meetings:

5 November — 5 members present, treasury $1,782 — most discussion related to the Turkey Raffle

3 December — 6 members present, treasury $2,752 — discussed Boys’ and Girls’ State, possible participation in Taste of Nashoba for recruiting of members and Turkey Raffle prize

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donors, enhanced participation in Grotonfest, and ways of improving various aspects of the Turkey Raffle

 

Fundraising: 

We really need more than the Turkey Raffle provides in order to support both Boys’ State for the Post and Girls’ State for the Unit along with our other activities, although the Turkey Raffle has been doing better for the past couple of years.  With the cost of slots for each program in the $350 range, we go through the majority of the Turkey Raffle income rather quickly.  One possible solution is to do more direct solicitation to community businesses and organizations for donations specifically targeted to Boys’ and Girls’ State slots.  We do this on a very limited basis now, but expanding this would take a lot of pressure off our respective treasuries.

 

Report on Recent Activities:

Turkey Raffle:

Our primary annual fundraiser was held on Friday 20 November at the Groton Senior Center.  As Commander Graham noted, our total income was roughly the same as last year.  Our staffing for the Raffle could have been better and we’ve learned that our staff needs to show up earlier to accommodate our patrons who tend to be early arrivals.  We discussed how to handle selling tickets such as Celtics/Bruins/Patriots and have some good ideas for next year, as well as some possible new sources of athletic tickets.  In short, we did well, but there’s plenty of room to improve.  It’s also come to light that a rather small number of Post members are doing the vast majority of the prep work and we need to spread the load out some more.  Your Editor has already started a dialog with the Senior Center about the possibility of doing most of the hall setup on Thursday evening when we could get far more Post members to help out.  

 

 Report on Future Activities:

Boys’ State:

It’s already time to start recruiting high school juniors for Boys’ State.  We set a goal of getting the entire interview and selection process completed by the end of March so nobody is rushed in late April and May.  Department HQ has already helped a bit by sending out the applications for slots (3 to 4 months earlier than last year), although the cost per slot is now up to $350 from the previous $300.  Please note that our March meeting will be at Legion Hall which is a better location than Rivercourt for conducting our interviews of the young men who would like to represent us.

 

Memorial Day Parade:

The dual theme of this year’s parade will be the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day and the 5th anniversary of Sgt. William Woitowicz, USMC, KIA in Afghanistan.  Your Editor is starting some of the advance work and we will start working on the rest in earnest around March (after we’ve made our Boys’ State selections).  

 

 

 

 

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Legion Hall

ended in 1815

 

 

 

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at Dracut Post

 

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Desert Storm

Began in 1991

 

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Invasion ended

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LONG-RANGE CALENDAR FOR 2016

3 Mar     Post meeting at 1930 at Legion Hall

                                                                                                Veterans Breakfast at 1000 at Groton Senior Center — reservation required

5 Mar     Boston Massacre in 1770

                                                 District 5 Banquet at Bedford Post 

13 Mar County Council meeting at 1400 at Nonantum Post in Newton

17 Mar St. Patrick’s Day

19 Mar Iraq War began in 2003

21 Mar Auxiliary Unit meeting at 1400 at Rivercourt Residences

27 Mar Easter Sunday

1 Apr      All Fool’s Day

  1. Apr      Persian Gulf War ended
  2. Apr      Post meeting at 1930 at Rivercourt Residences

                                                                                                Veterans Breakfast at 1000 at Groton Senior Center — reservation required

9 Apr      Civil War ended in 1865

12 Apr Civil War began in 1861

  1. Apr USAF Reserve established in 1948
  2. Apr Income Tax Day

                                                                Cutoff date for inputs for May-June newsletter

  1. Apr Auxiliary Unit meeting at 1400 at Rivercourt Residences

                                Patriot’s Day

  1. Apr Revolutionary War began in 1775

25 Apr Spanish-American War began in 1898

5 May    Post meeting at 1930 at Legion Hall

                                                                                                Veterans Breakfast at 1000 at Groton Senior Center — reservation required

8 May    V-E Day

                                Mother’s Day

  1. May County Council meeting at 1400 at Bedford Post in Bedford
  2. May Auxiliary Unit meeting at 1400 at Rivercourt Residences

21 May Armed Forces Day

26 May Doolittle Raid in 1942

28 May Ayer Memorial Day Parade at 1000

30 May Groton Memorial Day Parade at 0900

2 Jun      Post meeting at 1930 at Rivercourt Residences

4 Jun      Battle of Midway began in 1942

6 Jun      D-Day invasion of Normandy

3-5 Jun   Department Convention at Radisson Hotel in Plymouth

  1. Jun Flag Day

                                                US Army founded in 1775

  1. Jun cutoff dated for inputs for July-August newsletter
  1. Jun Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775
  2. Jun War of 1812 began in 1812
  3. Jun Father’s Day

22 Jun GI Bill signed in 1944

25 Jun Korean War began in 1950

1 Jul       US Army Air Corps founded in 1926

4 Jul       Independence Day

7 Jul       Post meeting at 1930 at Legion Hall

  1. Jul     National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  2. Jul     World War I began in 1914

4 Aug     Post meeting at 1930 at Rivercourt Residences

                                                US Coast Guard founded in 1790

7 Aug     Purple Heart Day

15 Aug cutoff dated for inputs for September-October newsletter

26 Aug-1 Sep  National Convention in Cincinnati, OH

  1. Sep      Post meeting at 1930 at Legion Hall

                                                World War II began in 1939

  1. Sep`    V-J Day

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 NEW DATE FOR MONTHLY VETERANS’ BREAKFAST AT THE GROTON SENIOR CENTER! 

A monthly breakfast is held at the Groton Senior Center from

September through May.  The breakfast had been the third

Monday of each of those months, but the BREAKFAST

WILL NOW BE HELD ON THE FIRST

THURSDAY OF EACH OF THOSE MONTHS,

THE SAME DAY AS OUR POST MEETINGS!  

This change was prompted by occasional conflicts with Monday holidays, but mostly by the schedules of the kitchen crew which is comprised of Town employees, particularly the Groton Police Department.  The kitchen crew finds it easier to report for kitchen duty on a midweek date than on Monday after weekend shifts and overtime work.  The breakfast is still at 10:00 AM and is free to veterans and their significant others.  Please call the Senior Center to make a “reservation” so the kitchen crew will have enough food prepared.

automatically. Back pay can be awarded to survivors if the affected veteran is now deceased.  [2]

 

Bronze Medallions for Veterans’ Headstones [taken from 21 Jul 2010 Legion Dispatch]:  The VA now offers bronze medallions to attach to private headstones of veterans buried in non-government cemeteries.  The veterans’ death must have occurred on or after 1 November 1990.  Medallions are in 5-, 3 -, or 1.5-inch sizes and say “veteran” along with the veteran’s branch of service.  [SP-1]

 

VA Disability Ratings (some key points) [taken from March 2006 issue of Massachusetts Legionnaire]:   

0% — provides a “grounded claim” for future claims if disability becomes measurable in the future

10% — eligible for free computer training and equipment if unemployed

30% — entitlement for dependent coverage payments 50% — 100 percent free coverage for VA Health Care and prescription coverage

60% — should file for “Unemployability” which can be quick basis for upgrade to 100% disability

100% — covered for ALL medical, dental, eyeglasses, hearing, and prescription coverage — all VA copays back to date of filing are reimbursable — dependents eligible for CHAMP VA Prescription Drug coverage (much cheaper than Medicare Part D) — entitled for free $10,000 life insurance policy if under age 65 — House Bound Status and Aid & Attendance compensation may offer benefits beyond “standard” 100% disability Combat Duty Citations — CIB, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, your ship attacked or sunk, your aircraft shot up or shot down, other battle citations on DD214 are considered proof of stressors by the VA and are strong support for PTSD and other claims, usually making such claims “legally grounded claims”. [SP-1]

 

National Personnel Records Center — Online Access for  DD-214 [taken from 28 April 2006 The Legion Weekly Update]: Veterans can access http://vetrecs.archives.gov and print out a form which is faxed or mailed to obtain a copy of their own discharge papers.  Next-of-kin can usually use this avenue as well in order to access records.  All others need to use Standard Form 180 which is available online.  [P-0]

 

Discharge Papers to Veterans AgentComrade [and Veterans Agent] Bob Johnson is asking all members to forward copies of their discharge papers [DD-214] to his office to be placed on file.  This helps him get you all the benefits you are  entitled to as well as provide a secure place to store a copy of your discharge papers in case you or your family members need access to them later. [P-0]

 

Presidential Memorial CitationFamilies of deceased veterans can obtain a presidential memorial citation signed by the CURRENT President of the United States.  This is usually automatically requested when VA burial benefits are applied for.  It can also be obtained through the local Veterans Agent who will need a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers or official

“statement of service.”  Please note that more than one certifi5 cate can be obtained (e.g. one for each child, etc.). [P-0]

 

 

Veterans Information:

YOUR EDITOR REMAINS THE VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFICER FOR THE TOWN OF GROTON. 

CALL THE VETERANS AGENT PHONE AT (978) 448-1175 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.  I’LL GET BACK TO YOU AND ASSIST YOU WITH WHATEVER AREA YOU NEED A HAND.  MY EXPANDED VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFICER HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MONDAY 0900-1200

WEDNESDAY 1800-2100

FRIDAY 1000-1200

THESE OFFICE HOURS ARE OBSERVED IN MY

OFFICE AT LEGION HALL.  AS IN THE PAST,

I’M ALSO AVAILABLE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS AT OTHER TIMES AND PLACES WE FIND MUTUALLY AGREEABLE.

 

VA Eliminates Elgibility Verification Report [taken from 14Jan2013 Legion Dispatch]: The VA will no longer require veterans receiving VA pensions to fill out an annual Eligibility Verification Report to ensure that VA pension benefits continue to be paid to eligible recipients.  The VA will check IRS and Social Security records to ensure continued eligibility.  This does not stop payments for unreimbursed medical expenses. [SP-1]

 

New Presumptive Conditions Connected to Agent Orange [taken from Nov 2010 Legion Magazine]:  The VA has now officially added ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and B-cell leukemia to the list of ailments that are presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other defoliants used in the Vietnam war.  Veterans who set foot in Vietnam anytime between 9 Jan 1962 and 7 May 1975 who have any of these conditions can file claims with the VA.  If a veteran filed a claim after 25 Sep 1985 based on one of these conditions that was then denied, they should contact the VA to ensure the claim is reviewed, although the VA will try to review all claims

 

Legion Programs:

Legion dues renewal can now be done automatically [taken from April 2013 Legion Dispatch]: Legion members can now automatically renew their dues annually through the online Automatic Annual Renewal Program.  Renewals will automatically be charged to a credit card or debit card around July 15th of each year.  Sign up at www.legion.org/renewal or call (800)433-3318. A member can cancel out of the program before June 30th of the year. [SP-1]

 

The American Legion Dispatch now available online to all

Legionnaires [taken from 14Jan2013 Legion Dispatch]: The American Legion Dispatch newsletter that had been mailed in hardcopy from National HQ to Legion officers is now available  online for all Legionnaires.  The online version can be viewed at www.legion.org/dispatch but you can also sign up for free email delivery at www.legion.org/subscribe. [SP-1]

 

American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association:

[taken from 15 Mar 2012 Legion Dispatch]: The American Legion has launched a new Facebook page for those who have participated in or helped with Legion youth programs.  Programs include Boys State, oratorical contest, Junior Shooting Sports, American Legion Baseball, scholarships, and other activities.  There is no cost to join the Association which has a section of the National web site at www.legion.org/ youthalumni .  The Association provides a way of sharing experiences as well as learning about opportunities to volunteer.  Interested people can sign up for an e-newsletter to keep up with our youth programs. [SP-1]

 

American Legion Extension Institute Training Course Now Online [taken from May 2012 American Legion]: The

American Legion Extension Institute training course used to be available in hardcopy only but is now available as an online training course for Legionnaires and anyone else interested in learning about the Legion.  Cost of the course is $4.95 for Legion members and $9.95 for nonmembers [payable by credit card].  Go to www.legion.org/alei to access the course. [SP-1]

 

American Legion e-Newsletters [taken from May 2012 American Legion]: The Legion has a variety of e-newsletters and continues to add more.  There are e-newsletters for veteran career events, American Legion Baseball, and the American flag as well as general Legion news and updates.  Go to www.legion.org/enewsletters to access and subscribe.

 

American Legion Expands Presence on Facebook [taken from May 2012 American Legion]: The Legion family continues to expand its presence on Facebook with a number of pages covering areas such as National Convention, U.S. Flag,  Sons of the American Legion, and many other topics.  Go to www.legion.org/facebook for more information. [SP-1]

 

New Legion Public Relations Toolkit Available [taken from May 2012 American Legion]: The Legion has a new PR toolkit available in hardcopy, online, and downloadable versions.  The online version will be updated regularly so the latest information will always be available.  All versions are zero cost.  Hardcopy version can be ordered by contacting the Pub-

lic Relations Division at 317-630-1253 or e-mail to pr@legion.org.  The online and downloadable versions are available at www.legion.org/prtoolkit. [SP-1]

 

Legion Legislative Action E-list [taken from 20 April 2012 Legion Dispatch]: Members of the Legion family [Legion and Auxiliary in Groton’s case] are encouraged to sign up for the Legion Legislative Action E-List  to help make our voice heard on Capitol Hill.  Go to www.capwiz.com/legion/home/ to sign up.  [SP-1]

American Legion Digital Archive [taken from March 2012 American Legion]: The Legion is gradually building the ‘American Legion Digital Archive’ with many National reports, documents, and even publications being added every day.  The archive contains the most recent items and is gradually being extended backward to the founding of the Legion in 1919.  Visit the archive at www.legion.org/archive. [1]

 

Operation Comfort Warriors [taken from March 2012 American Legion]: Through its Operation Comfort Warriors program, the Legion has helped thousands of wounded warriors and their families by providing gifts and recreational outings not covered by the government.  This program provides a structure for getting ‘care packages’ to those in need, but storage facility limitations make cash donations preferable so that needed items can be purchased ’just in time’.  Go to www.legion.org/ocw to donate online or send checks to Operation Comfort Warriors, The American Legion, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis  IN  46206. [SP-1] 

 

Legion launching Honor and Remembrance web page [taken from April 2013 Legion Dispatch]: The Legion is launching an Honor and Remembrance web page to document the sacrifice and heroism of veterans and those who are serving today.  The web page is at www.legion.org/honor and submissions can be done through www.legiontown.org.  The associated Facebook page is www.facebook.com/ TheAmericanLegionHonorRemembrance. [6/13]

 

Legion Benefits:

Government Vacation Rewards available to Legionnaires

[taken from July 2013 American Legion]: The Government Vacation Rewards program that has been available to government employees and active-duty military service members is now available to Legionnaires.  The program provides travel discounts as well as Reward Points to use for more savings.  Go to www.govvacationrewards.com/americanlegion or call

(888)691-5109. [SP-1]

 

American Legion Veterans Benefits Calculator [taken from 22 Jan 2010 Legion Dispatch]:  The Legion has an online benefits calculator for veterans and their families.  Go to http:// www.legion.org/benefitscalculator/ and answer the questions on the screen. [SP-1]

 

American Legion Member Benefits Page on Web Site [taken from 21 Jul 2010 Legion Dispatch]:  Go to http:// www.legion.org/benefits to search all Legion member benefits, including discounts. [SP-1] 6  

 

Online Career Calendar [taken from 15 Mar 2012 Legion Dispatch]: The Legion has launched a comprehensive new online calendar of nationwide career events.  Go to the website at www.legion.org/careers . [SP-1]

 

Legion Web Pages Help With Job Search [taken from 20 April 2012 Legion Dispatch]: The Legion provides help for job seekers through the ‘Advice for Job Seekers’ page at www.legion.org/jobfront.  Members of the Legion family can also subscribe to the American Legion Career Center newsletter at www.legion.org/careers/enewsletter. [1]

 

New Hearing Health-Care Discounts for Legion and SAL [taken from May 2012 American Legion]: The Legion has teamed up with HearPO to provide discounted hearingcare services, hearing-aids, and associated benefits available at more than 2,700 HearPO clinics across the country.  Visit the web page at www.hearpo.com/legion for more information. [2]

 

 

ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF PUBLICATIONS    Your Post/Unit, your Department, and now your National HQ are all trying to save money by delivering various publications electronically where possible.  Our own Post/Unit saves $.49 postage plus the cost of paper and printing for every copy of this newsletter that is sent as a PDF file rather than mailed for a savings of roughly $.70 per newsletter.       If you go to the Department web site at http://masslegionnaire.org/ you can view the latest issue of the Massachusetts E-Legionniare which replaces the former Department newsletter.  There are also links under the “Archive” tab to past issues of the E-Legionnaire.  

            If you go to the National web site at http:// www.legion.org/ and click on the “Media” tab, you will see a variety of items.  I have been receiving the hardcopy version of the “Dispatch” but have recently signed up for digital delivery of the “Dispatch” and a number of other items.

            Those of you who are on my District 5 email list also know that I receive items from Department HQ and National HQ almost every day which I forward on to everyone on my e-mail list.  If you would like to receive those items, please e-mail me with your request and the e-mail address that you

want me to forward items to.  PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE SEPARATE POST 55 AND DISTRICT 5 E-MAIL LISTS SO IT’S POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE JUST THE POST 55 ITEMS AND NOT EVERYTHING ELSE.

 

 

Directory of Officers: 

National Commander                          Mike Helm

Department Commander                    Louis Brault           

District 5 Commander                        Nelson Blake

Sub-District 8 Commander               vacant

Post Officers:

Commander                          Duncan Graham   302-6581

Senior Vice Commander Jim McMath            392-1350

Junior Vice Commander Dave Elliott              448-6303

Adjutant                                 Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Finance Officer                        Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Service Officer                        Bob Johnson 617-513-4484               

Chaplain                                vacant

Sergeant-At-Arms                   Irm Pierce

Historian                               vacant

Judge Advocate                      Jim Cullen            448-5817

Executive Committee               Duncan Graham   302-6581

                                            Jim McMath         392-1350

                                            Dave Elliott          448-6303

                                            Joe Fischetti         448-4358

                                            Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

                                                 

                                                 

Post Delegates:

Department Convention       Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

County Council                   Duncan Graham   302-6581

                                       Jim McMath         392-1350

                                       Dave Elliott          448-6303

                                       Joe Fischetti         448-4358

                                        2 more openings

Post Committee Chairmen:

Americanism                                         

Auxiliary Liason                  Joe Fischetti         448-4358

Boys State                         Duncan Graham   302-6581

Equipment                                                                                              

Fall Turkey Raffle                                

Liason to Neighboring Posts   Ron Alcott      448-3394

Memorial Day Parade            Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Newsletter Editor                 Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Public Relations                   Joe Fischetti         448-4358

School Awards/Liason           Duncan Graham   302-6581

Service                               Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Transportation                                       

Veterans Affairs & Rehab Bob Johnson 617-513-4484

Visiting and VAVS

Auxiliary Officers:

National President               Janet Jefford

Department President          Margaret Roy

District Director                  Josephine Beauregard

President                           Debbie Normandin   448-2046

Vice-President                    Janet Thompson       448-5494           

Secretary                           Ingrid Belitsky         448-5114

Treasurer                           Paula Fischetti         448-4358

                                        Lillian Alcott            448-3394           

Chaplain                            Myrtle Murphy        448-5483

Historian                                 

Sergeant at Arms               Peg Elwood              448-3107

Executive Board                 Myrtle Murphy        448-5483

 

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Editor’s Comments:

Comrades, Ladies, and Friends —

                PLEASE NOTE THAT IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO BOTH POST MEMBERS AND THE POST THAT EVERYONE PAY THEIR DUES IMMEDIATELY OR INCREASE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT — DETAILS ARE ON PAGE 2.                

                There are a lot of changes to note.  As reported earlier, I have a new e-mail address.  The old AOL address is still active, but I’m moving to the legion@bobjgroton.com address wherever possible for my Legion activities.  The monthly Veterans’ Breakfast at the Groton Senior Center has a new date — the first Thursday of each month from September through May, the same day as our Post meetings!  Our meeting locations are changing as well with half of the Post meetings to be held at Rivercourt — details are on page 2.  The Auxiliary Unit will continue to meet at Rivercourt since their meetings fit well with Rivercourt’s daytime operations, although there will be exceptions on occasion.  As noted earlier and probably obvious to you by now, I have switched to a bi-monthly schedule for the newsletter as trying to produce a monthly newsletter is too much for me to handle.  One thing I am asking — if anyone knows of a calendar template or software to produce a better calendar that I can copy and paste into the newsletter, I’d appreciate you contacting me.  The ideal would be something that would produce a large number in the background for each date [but in a lighter grey] with the useful information in the foreground in darker type.     As always, we can certainly welcome more Post members to leadership roles and would love to see some new faces at meetings.  Our Auxiliary Unit would be even happier to see some new faces — gentlemen, please ask your wives and daughters to consider joining the Auxiliary.  Like the Legion, they do NOT have to be real active, but having more ladies ‘on the books’ who know a little something about the Auxiliary can help the Unit now and in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Bob Johnson, Editor and Past Commander                                        legion@bobjgroton.com  

Post Adjutant and Post Finance Officer                                              cell (617)513-4484                              

District 5 Adjutant and Past Commander [Middlesex County]          office (978)448-1175

P.O. Box 1130                                                  

Groton, MA  01450-3130        

Laurence W. Gay Post 55

American Legion

PO Box 755

Groton, MA  01450-0755

NEXT POST MEETING

WILL BE THURSDAY 7

JANUARY AT 1930 AT LE-

GION HALL

NEXT AUXILIARY UNIT

MEETING WILL BE IN                     «Address 2»

MARCH OR APRIL AT                      «First Name» «Last Name»

RIVERCOURT                                      «Address Line 1»

«City»  «State»  «ZIP Code»

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