Veterans Memorial Post 347

1st Vice:  Joan Suelter

Hello fellow” legionnaires”

Where did the month of march go?  We had a busy month with membership drive and renewals.  As many of you know, our Open House was great success.  Along with meeting new members, we had the opportunity to meet numerous legionnaires from other post that choose to transfer their membership to Post 347. 

Behind the scenes, over 300 emails were sent out to current members reminding them that their membership had expired. 

Currently we our at 95.19 % to goal.  We still have April, May and June left to achieve 100%. 

With a huge potion our community already vaccinated, we are starting to see legionnaires that we have not seen in a while back at our post.  Let us make sure that they feel welcomed, a hello or a wave goes along way.

Let me end by Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and Passover.  Stay well and happy.  Till we meet again.

 

Fair winds and following seas.

April, 2021

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1st Vice:  Joan Suelter

Hello fellow “Legionnaires”.  Needless to say, February has been a very busy time at the post. We’ve had the VA start their vaccination program in our hall, a visit from National Commander, Bill Oxford and Department Commander, Rick Johnson.

To try and keep everyone safe, the post cut back on all activities.   However, we are starting to get back to being the greatest post in the world.  Activities are returning and we will continue to drive on.

For Membership:  By the numbers: currently our post as of February 25th, is at 93.4% total goal to membership. We still have a lot of work to do and push ourselves over the top.  As I have mentioned numerous times, you all act as my recruiters, and I am reaching out again to you all.  If a neighbor or friend has not renewed, encourage them to do so. If a veteran has not applied, encourage them to do so.

On another note, part of my position as 1st Vice is to put together a Nomination Committee for the following year’s Post Officers.  Bob Irvin has taken over for Don Hart to assume that responsibility.  If you wish to run for any elected   position, please reach out to Bob.  He works in the office and can answer any questions that you may have.

Fair Winds and Following Seas.

March 2021

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VOLUNTEERING:  What Drives Your Passion

As your First Vice Commander in charge of membership, I have the opportunity to meet so many of you in person.  When  the office staff team and I meet you, hopefully, we ask the basic questions, most importantly,WELCOME, but then ask are you interested in volunteering?

Have you truly looked at that application and looked at the Category:- -Honor Guard? Speaking personally as Past Post 347 Honor Guard Commander from 2016-2019, the first female commander and the first 3rd term unprecedented commander, I was honored and blessed to lead the best honor guard rated one of the best in the State of Florida.  The Department of Florida has adopted OUR manual as the official training manual for Honor Guards.  

We are looking for new recruits.  The privilege and honor to walk that final journey with our departed veteran, always remembering “We never leave a veteran behind” is so rewarding beyond words.  

Please reach out to me or our current Honor Guard Commander:  Gary Gerke. 

The pay is non-existent, the rewards beyond words and expectations.

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1st Vice Commander-Joan Suelter

Membership renewals are in full swing.  Again, as last year, I will make available for a few Tuesday Nights to renew your membership; hopefully avoiding that last-minute dash to renew.  Check the bulletin boards for dates in the coming weeks.

Currently we are at 65% with a long way to go to achieve our 100% plus 1 by March 31, 2021.

While we rejoice at how Post 347 continues to grow, we must also remember those who have gone on to Post Everlasting.  We lost 66 friends and family from June 1 to October 23.  Please remember these fellow veterans in your thoughts and prayers.  Their names are posted in the Honor Guard .

November 2020

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1st Vice Commander-Joan Suelter

Membership renewals are in full swing.  Again, as last year, I will make available for a few Tuesday Nights to renew your membership; hopefully avoiding that last-minute dash to renew.  Check the bulletin boards for dates in the coming weeks.

Currently we are at 59.4% with a long way to go to achieve our 100% plus 1 by March 31, 2021.

As fellow legionnaires, I look upon all of you as my helpful recruiters.  Just a reminder, the qualifications to become a member of the largest veteran organization changed last July 31, 2019, when President Trump signed the “Legion Act” stating you just need to have served one day active service from December 7th 1941, through Present Day.  Please help me get the word out.

Looking forward to seeing and serving with you all. 

Fair Winds and following seas.

October 2020