ORLAND MEMORIAL POST 111

AMERICAN LEGION

Volume XXI  Issue VII                               THE POST                                              June 29th, 2021

Jr. Vice Commander’s Call

The Poppy Fund Drive of May 21st and May 22nd turned out to be very good this year. We were out a week earlier than in the past. We did very good as we received over $9000 in donations. I want to thank all who manned the locations. Remember, we only ask for help to raise funds for operating of the post and the various programs we support twice each year.


Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 5th, and Saturday November 6th, for out next fund raiser, Veterans Day. This will be with Jelly Belly’s.


Our Post Picnic is coming up soon, Saturday September 11th. I am asking now if you are planning or at least thinking about attending. I would like to get some preliminary numbers for planning reasons. I will be putting out a signup sheet in the next newsletter. Remember you have more fun riding the trains than the kids.

Respectfully,

Bob Reger, Junior Vice Commander

Senior Vice Commander’s Call

Legionnaires,

They say Woodstock 1969 was the summer of love. Probably, but I kind of liked the summer of 68 better. I remember getting a ride to my girlfriend's house from a guy in the neighborhood's new GTO, (thank you Steve wherever you are). What a treasure trove of music we were listening to at that time. From "Jumpin Jack Flash" by the Stones. "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "Sunshine of your Love" by Cream, "Midnight Confessions" by the Grassroots and for you guys trying to advance your agenda and work on your moves at the drive-in there was always "Lady Willpower" by Gary Puckett/Union Gap and for a lot of us our personal theme song at the time 1,2,3 Red Light by the 1910 Fruitgum Co.


However, one of my favorites and rapidly rising up the charts was from a man and a band from England. Billed as "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" backed by a dynamic horn section, a driving Hammond organ and with lyrics expressing "Fire, I beg you to burn" the appropriately named song Fire would leap up the charts to settle in at the #2.


I think we might have to make that tune the official theme song of those of us within the ranks who have had prostate removal, reduction. radiation or any associated procedure concerning that part of the male anatomy. For you younger and for that matter older men too, get your prostate checked on a regular basis along with your carotid and aortic arteries.


Now that we have finished with the musical and medical part of the column onward to the membership contribution. This July 31st marks the end of the 2021 legion calendar year. August 1st starts the 2022 year. Therefore, you got it and it seems like just yesterday I mentioned that your dues need to be sent in again.


National and state have strongly recommended that we raise our dues $5.00. However, we have decided to hold the line and keep our dues at $40.00 for the 2022 legion year. Although over a 12 month period the five dollar raise only amounts to 60 cents a month the gesture involved toward our members I feel is an important one.


This year we are going to end up at around 97% paid. Considering everything a strong job response by you. However next year we need to be at 100% and in next month's final 2021 issue I will go over the features, benefits and advantages of your membership in our post.


Go White Sox and Cubs. Take care and as always God bless.

Take care,

Dean Morrell, Senior Vice Commander

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