February 28, 2021

American Legion Post 1776

Serving Veterans since 1976

Commander Column – March

2 min read

Greetings to Everyone!!

Well, it seems that we are heading into spring!! I for one am ready for winter to be over but I’m sure we’ll have a couple more snowfalls just so “Old Man Winter” can make one last stand!

Good news!! We have hired a new General Manager!! I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to get our club going in the right direction! Her name is Lindsey Green and she started a couple weeks ago! Please stop in and introduce yourselves to her!

There are tons of events coming up and we are going to need lots of volunteers! It seems that we are always depending on the same volunteers every year. We can’t continue this way if we want to be a successful Post! We have over 1,100 members of this post and for some reason we can’t even get 20 people to come to a meeting. Why is that? Let’s focus on getting more members involved in our activities! I went to a Legion Post in Spotsylvania, VA this last weekend and I found this poem on their membership table. Please take a moment to read this and think about it what it says……

Do You “Just Belong”?
Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed at an event?
Or are you quite content that your name is just on the membership list?
Do you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock?
Or do you stay at home and criticize and knock what others are doing?
Do you take an active part to help the work along?
Or are you just satisfied to have that card in your wallet/purse and “Just Belong”?
Do you ever take a stand for things you think are right?
Or just leave the work to a few volunteers and talk, instead of fight?
Think it over, Member; you know what is right and what is wrong.
Are you an active member, or do you “Just Belong?”

This is not meant as a shot or dig at anyone, it is not an attempt to make anyone feel as though they are a lesser person or member of the American Legion. I also know that we have more than a few members that, due to health or other reasons, are not able or capable to leave their home or hospital to attend a meeting, much less attend a dinner, dance or Legion Event.

But, as your Commander, I feel it is my responsibility to ask you a straight and honest question.

Why did you join the American Legion Post 1776 Family?

We are a FAMILY!! We need to stick together to help all our veterans…young and old alike!Don’t just sit on the sidelines…. Let’s do this together!!

Commander Carla

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