January 2019 Newsletter
Pride of the Front Range
You must have a 2019 Membership Card to partake at the Club on January 1. There will be mandatory card check on all members. Do not expect the Adjutant to be there on January 1 to issue your new card.
General Membership Meeting is on Wed., January 2 at 6:00 pm.
The Department Mid-Year Conference is in Greeley, Doubletree Hotel, on January 25-26. If you don't know what "Department" means, you should be at our Jan 2 meeting. The most important day to attend the Department Conference is Saturday, January 26, where you can become familiar with and receive training about American Legion programs. If you want a schedule of events, I will email you a copy and will pay 20 cents a mile from your house round trip, for the first five Legion members who ask for it and who will actually attend on Saturday, January 26.
The American Legion is 100 years old this year. We will have several celebratory activities this year, the first being to participate in the Fort Collins St. Patrick's Day parade, followed by a dinner at the Post around 2-4 pm.
We also plan to upgrade our financial and inventory to a POS system this year. That is no easy chore, particularly since we are all volunteers with limited time. Yes, we plan to accept credit cards along with the POS upgrade. It didn't make any sense to spend money implementing credit cards now if we had to change it with the POS system. Also, the State Regulations will not allow Pull Tab purchases with a credit card.
Thank you to all of you who worked on the food box project. Also thank you to those who worked on the Children's Christmas Party. Well done to: Tony, Gary, Patty, Jean, Ron, Traci, Sue Z.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. Live long and prosper.Dwight Miles Post 4 Commander Pride of the Front Range
One hundred years ago a group of officers who served in the American Expedition Forces in France during WW1 is credited with founding the Legion. AEF Headquarters asked the officers to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale. One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr. proposed an organization of veterans. In February 1919, the group formed a temporary committee and selected several hundred officers who had the confidence and respect of the whole Army.
About 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended the Paris Caucus in March 1919.They adopted a temporary constitution and the name The American Legion. The group also elected an executive committee to complete the organizations work. It considered each soldier of the AEF a member of the Legion. The executive committee named a subcommittee to organize veterans at home in the United States.
In May 1919, the Legion held a second organizing caucus in St. Louis. It completed the constitution and made plans for a permanent organization, setting up a temporary headquarters in New York City and beginning its relief, employment and Americanism programs.
Congress granted the Legion a national charter in September 1919. The first National Convention convened in Minneapolis on November 10-12, 1919, adoption a permanent constitution and electing officers to head the organization. Delegates also voted to locate the Legion’s national headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Legion continues to support the four pillars of service and advocacy upon which it was founded: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism and Children and Youth.Jerri Swann Adjutant
I am the New Year, I am an unspoiled page I page in your book of time. I am your next opportunity to practice what you learned about life in the past 12 months. All that you sought but did not find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it out, but with more determination. All the good you tried for but did not achieve is mine to grant. All you dreamed but did not dare to do, all that you hoped for but did not will, all the faith you claimed but not have – these all wait to be achieved by the touch of a strong purpose I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to him who said "Behold, I make all things new."George McCambridge Chaplain
January starts a new year for us ladies, so let's make it a good one! We have several things to look forward to in the new year. We will continue bingo every Sunday. We will continue to serve our veterans and our community, both financially and through committee outreach with parties for children, donations to local schools, Girls State and on and on. We also continue to support the men's groups at the Legion wherever we are needed. On March 16th we celebrate our 100th anniversary of the American Legion. We will also be in the St. Patrick's Day parade that day, so we are looking for volunteers to work on the float and to also march in the parade. It is always a good time! That afternoon we will host a celebration at the Legion and will also need volunteers for that. If you have ideas you would like to share about how to make it a fantastic party, please bring them to our next meeting. Please commit to supporting the women's Auxiliary in 2019! On next meeting is January 2nd so please come and bring your volunteer hours. Write them on a napkin, use the form provided, whatever it takes to get them turned in, so we get credit with department headquarters. Let's have a Happy New Year Ladies!!!Patty Bishop 2nd Vice-President and chairperson of fun Hi and Happy 2019!!! Here is your checklist for the new year: - Pay Auxiliary Membership Dues, - Request copy of Auxiliary budget from email@example.com (if interested) - Attend Auxiliary meeting, the first Wednesday of each month I wish you peace, love and laughter in the new year! Traci
Get To Know the Staff
Moved to Colorado 9 years ago from Indiana. Aside from bartending, she holds her Real Estate license. She loves all outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. She is excited to be a part of The American Legion family. Say Hi to Amanda, she works Mon., Tues. and Weds. days. You will see her more than not, she is loving picking up shifts.
Fort Collins All-Veterans Honor Guard
We had another busy last month! We did six funerals, covered a total of 660 miles with 132- man hours of volunteer work involved. Thanks for all the great effort from our members and I hope the weather continues to be good for you.
The American Legion Post 4 is forming a Legion Riders Chapter - for more information contact Andy Werner 970-689-4239.
A message from the Manager:
As the new year arrives, and the old is behind us, let us look for the good in all people. There is so much bad going on in this world, sickness and just pure evil. Tell someone you love them, life could be gone in the blink of an eye. Happy New Year!Loving Life!! Kim
Let Us Know
What kind of music would you like to hear for the Legion's 100th BD, ask your bartender for a piece of paper and let us know?