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OCTOBER 2019 EVENT INFO

 

Free Dentistry on October 10th

On October 10th, Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry will conduct Freedom Day.  The Point of Contact is Jackie Papas (910) 933-2408.  The dentists employed by this company will perform 1 procedure per veteran for free.  It could be a root canal, filling, cleaning, or even a crown.  You will need to contact Jackie to set up an appointment.  If she is not there than you will be asked to leave your name, telephone number, and procedure you would like to have performed.

 

SEPTEMBER 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Labor Day
Date: Sept 2nd 
   

Veterans' Experience Action
Center (VEAC)
Date/Times: //
9am-3pm (Thurs Sept 12th)
8am-3pm (Fri 13th)
8am-2pm (Sat 14th)
Location:
Herbert Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Avenue
Cary, NC 27513

Dale Todd

>VEAC Flyer Available: LINK

>Primary contact is Gary Spyrison at caryVEAC@gmail.com

Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: Sept 12th 
Time: 12pm 
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd

>Meeting Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK

Founders Day
Date: Sept 14th 
Bea Frost  
Post 68 Member Meeting
Date: Sep 19th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
   Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd

>Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK

>Note: Pinning Ceremony

Post 68 Fish Fry
Date: Sept 21st
Time: 3-6pm
Location: North Brunswick
H.S. Baseball Practice Field

John Hacker  
SCC Expo
Date: Sep 28th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Lane Adrian  
Start Cards for Troops Program
Date: TBD
Dan Dodge  

Post 68 Calling Tree Exercise Underway

The leadership of Post 68 is exercising the Post Calling Tree (aka "Buddy Check") to confirm/update membership contact details.  If you receive and email or phone call on this, please respond prior to the September Membership meeting on Septermber 19th.

Post 68 RESCHEDULED Fish Fry is Scheduled for Sept 21st:

“You Can’t Fool Mother Nature”

Hurricane Dorian has impacted our Fish Fry Fundraiser originally scheduled for September 7 at North Brunswick High School (NBHS). With the Brunswick County declaration of a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, NBHS has been designated a hurricane shelter. With the many activities required to prepare for the storm we don’t want our event to interfere in any way.


The good news is that we are able to reschedule the Fish Fry for Saturday, September 21st at NBHS from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. So, hang onto your tickets and come out on the 21st for some great food: fish, beans, hush puppies, slaw, iced tea or water, and dessert, all for just $10.00.


If you haven’t bought your advance tickets to the Fish Fry, come visit the Post 68 booth at the Leland Founders’ Day Celebration at Town Hall Park on September 14. Tickets will also be available the day of the Fish Fry.  If you already have a ticket for the Fish Fry on the 7th and are unable to attend the Fish Fry on the 21st, please contact John Hacker at (949) 275-3247, or jveteran13@gmail.com, about a refund.


All proceeds from the Fish Fry will support Post 68 scholarships for North Brunswick High School students, JROTC, and other American Legion sponsored student programs.

>Notice Regarding Possible Political Activity Near The American Legion Post 68 Fish Fry this Saturday at North Brunswick High School.

It has come to Post 68’s attention that Mr. Louis Harmati, a current candidate for the Leland Town Council, has announced that he will be holding a Meet and Greet at the Fish Fry.  Mr. Harmati has been informed that campaigning for political office at or near any American Legion sponsored event is not allowed per the American Legion’s status as a non-partisan, non-profit organization.  American Legion Post 68 Leland does not support, endorse nor approve of any political candidate for any office.  

 

 

VA Community Mental Health Summit taking place at Fort Bragg:

Event Date and Time frame:  Sep. 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sign in begins at 8 a.m.

  • Fayetteville and surrounding areas mental health providers, Veteran Service Organization and community partners, faith-based community stakeholders, VA staff and government officials. Veterans and families also welcome to attend

Event Location:  Family Readiness Group (FRG) Center, 236 Interceptor Road, Pope Field, NC 28308

Event Point of Contact/Website:

  • Jeffery Melvin, Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Officer, jeffery.melvin2@va.gov  O: (910) 488-2120 Ext. 5991; BB: (910) 354-7724
  • Sita Chandana Kanithi, Psy.D., FVAMC Mental Health Service Line Local Recovery Coordinator, email: Sita.Kanithi@va.gov or call (910) 488-2120 Ext. 7396

 

Buy-a-Brick Fundraiser for Memorial: The Town of Belville is planning to build a veterans memorial at the Brunswick Riverwalk Park using funds from crowd sourcing.  Article from WWAY3 is located at: LINK

Wilmington's Cameron Art Museum Free Adminission:  The Museum joined museums nationwide in participating in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active duty military personnel and their families this summer. The program runs through Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at https://wwwarts.gov/national-initiatives/ blue-star-museums.  The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military— Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

 

AUGUST 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
SCC Networking Meeting
Date: Aug 1st
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
TBD  
BELK Pre-Sales/Layaways
Date: Aug 4th-24th
Time: Various
Location: Mayfaire BELK
Dale Todd >24th is actual day of BELK Sales/Deliveries
Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: Aug 8th 
Time: 11am 
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd

>Meeting Minutes: LINK

Note: Addendum to Minutes: In Membership section, regarding Davis: We received a call  from former Dept Commander Harold Davis regarding 30 names of Legion members to be contacted about transferring to Post.  List given to membership chair. 

Post 68 Member Meeting
Date: Aug 15th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
   Magnolia Greens

Dale Todd

>Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
>Meeting Slides-
-Post Slides: LINK
-Red Cross Hurricane Slides: LINK

Note: Dale Smith Official Visit

Flag Retirement Ceremony
Date: August 16th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
TBD  
Cars Under the Lights
Date: August 17th
Time: TBD
Location: Lowes-Leland
Jim Zelenski  

 
   

VA Secretary Meets with Post 68 Officer

August 6th, 2019 - NC Senator Tom Tillis along with VA Secretary Robert Wilikie visited Wilmington's VA center then traveled to Benny and Boe's Coffee Shop to meet with local veterans. Our own Post 68 Service Officer Lane Adrian was able to talk with Secretary Wilikie regarding veterans affairs.

 

Belk Sale Day Support Needed: Saturday August 24th

Post 68 needs volunteers to man our Discount Ticket sales desk at the Mayfaire Belk store.  Volunteers are needed from July 22nd thru 23-August 23rd on following shifts (contact Dale Todd/copy Dan Dodge to volunteer):

Every Monday through every Saturday
10:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 4:30pm
4:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Every Sunday
11:00am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Legion Act Now Expanded LET VETS KNOW

Congress and the White House agreed to expand definition of war eras to include all who served since Dec. 7, 1941.  The Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for Service (LEGION) Act has been signed.

More than 1,600 members of the U.S. Armed Forces were killed or wounded in periods of time not designated as war eras since the end of World War II. The newly signed Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act of 2019 – The LEGION Act – honors those veterans, their spouses and descendants, extending membership eligibility in The American Legion Family to hundreds of thousands who had previously been excluded.
The LEGION Act offers American Legion membership eligibility to any U.S. military veteran who served at least one day of active military duty since Dec. 7, 1941, and was honorably discharged or is serving now. The act also affects membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, expanding eligibility for those groups, as well.  Further details along with American Legion offical press release available @ LINK.

President Donald J. Trump signs S. 504, the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) Act Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

LEGION Act signed into law

 

Original Web Posting for Post 68 Fish Fry is Scheduled for Sept 7th:

 

JULY 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
4th July Parade
Date: July 4th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
TBD

>Parade Plan: LINK
>After-Action Report: LINK

Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: July 11th 
Time: 12pm 
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd

>Meeting Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK

Legion College
Date: July 12th-13th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
TBD  
Post 68 Member Meeting
Date: July 18th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
   Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd

>Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK

Vietnam Traveling Wall
Date: July 25-29th
Time: Various
Location: Mayfaire Shopping Center
 Various
>25-July: Escort from SC to Mayfaire
>25-29-July: 24x7 at Mayfaire
>29-July Departure

>Volunteers needed for:
-Staging
-Setup
-Hospitality
-Locator Assistance
-Security (24 Hours)
>Contact Tara Hurst at (910) 612-5853
4th July Parade
Date: July 4th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
TBD  

 

Events from Other Organizations Archive: July 2019

1. Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Returns & Volunteers Urgently Requested: The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall (VTMW) is coming to Wilmington from July 25-29 and will be on display 24 hours/day. Flyer on event is attached Here.

  • There will be a motorcycle and vehicle escort of the wall from Bolton, NC (the BP station located at the intersection of Highway 211 and Highway 214) on the 25th. Staging will be at 8:00 am at which time ALL riders will sign in and complete a waiver. The Law Enforcement escorted ride is planned to depart (KSU) at 9:00 am and is heading to the Mayfair Town Center for display.
  • Our own Post-68 Legion Rider Bob Page is the escort coordinator for Brunswick County and South Carolina. Questions may be referred to him.
  • Volunteers are needed throughout the display for many positions to make this successful. Go to the following web site, Americanhonorguardsnc.org, click on the menu bar in the upper right corner and select WALL VOLUNTEERS. There you can see the positions/dates/times that are needed and you may then call Tara Hurst at 910-612-5853 to sign up for a position or positions.
  • Veterans, military, civilians and especially Vietnam Veterans will be needed to help with The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall while it is in Wilmington. There will be 4 shifts per day of 6 hours each from 0800 (8am) to 1400 (2pm) 1400 to 2000 (8pm), 2000 to 0200 (2am), 0200 to 0800 (8am).
  • Volunteers are needed for security/visitor/locator assistance, hospitality tent, and after hours locator tent.VOLUNTEER Positions/Times needed attached Here.

JUNE 2019 EVENT INFO 

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
NC Department Annual Convention
Date: June 5th-9th
Time: Various
Location: Raleigh
NC Department  
Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: June 13th
Time: 1300 - 1500
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd >Meeting Minutes: LINK
Flag Collection Event
Date: June 15th
Time: TBD
Location: Brunswick Forest Commns
Dan Fortini  
Post 68 Member Meeting/Installation
Date: June 20th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
   Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd
>Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
National Convention
Date: June 27th
Time: Various
Location: Indianapolis
National  

Post-68 Flag Collection: Post-68 participated in Memorial Day Flag Placement led by John Marone.  A picture of some of the crew made it into the local paper at this LINK.

1. Bipartisan LEGION Act passed by the Senate: A bill expanding membership eligibility for The American Legion passed on June 11 by unanimous consent in the Senate. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also known as the LEGION Act — is a bipartisan effort.

https://www.legion.org/legislative/245931/bipartisan-legion-act-passed-senate

The American Legion is calling on Congress to extend the current recognized war era back to Dec. 7, 1941, to honor military members who served their country with honor but whose service fell in gaps between war eras.

https://www.legion.org/legislative/245815/why-congress-must-pass-legion-act

 

MAY 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: May 9th
Time: 1300 - 1500
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd >Meeting Minutes: TBD
Post 68 Legion Rider Meeting 
Date: May 16th
Time: 5pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
Adrian Lane
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
Post 68 Member Meeting/Elections
Date: May 16th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
    Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd
>Agenda:LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
>Meeting Slides: LINK
Poppy Drive
Date: May 18th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Margo Chestnut
Sites:
>Leland Piggly Wiggly
>Port City Java
>Coastal Car Wash(Harris Teeter)
>Food Lion-Misery Road
District 9 Meeting
May 18th 
Time: 12pm 
Location: Post 503 Calabash
Dan Dodge  
Cemetary Flag Placement
Date: May 25th
Time: Various
Location: Various
John Marone  
Memorial Day
Date: May 27th
   

 

APRIL 2019 EVENT INFO  

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Navy Week 2019
Date: 1-7 April
Location: Wilmington
U.S. Navy

The Port City has been selected as one of the hosts for a 2019 Navy Week, according to a release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

Navy Week, which will bring “sailors from across the country” to Wilmington from April 1-7, is the Navy’s outreach program and allows “the Navy to build and strengthen ties to the community,”the release said.

The week will feature senior leadership from the military branch, sailors serving on the U.S.S. Constitution, naval divers and explosive ordnance disposal teams and other programs, the release stated.

“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life,” said Cmdr. Linda Rojas, director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market, the release stated.

The Port City has hosted the commissioning of Naval vessels in the past, including the U.S.S. North Carolina submarine in 2008 and the U.S.S. Gravely destroyer in 2010.

Wilmington, of course, is also home to the Battleship North Carolina.

Additional Info

Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: Apr 11th
Time: 1300-1500
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
Post 68 Legion Riders Meeting
Date: Apr 18th
Time: 5pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
Adrian Lane
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
Post 68 Member Meeting 
Date: Apr 18th
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd
>Agenda: LINK 
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
>Meeting Slides: LINK
2019 VEAC
(Veteran Experiance Action Cmte)
Date: Apr 25/26/27th
Times:
7:30am Volunteers
9:00am Serving Veterans
Location: Elks Lodge 
                      5102 Oleander Dr
             Wilmington
Lane Adrian Volunteers Needed!  Send names & T-shirt size/shift requests to Lane Adrian or Dan Dodge.
Charters of Freedom Gala
Date: Apr 30th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 101 Stone Chimney
Supply
Dale Todd

The Service Officer of Post-543 (Paul Witmer) sent information that the Brunswick County Commissioners are supporting the “Charters of Freedom” being installed in front of the Brunswick County Court House. (This is a Donation ONLY supported project, and will not use taxpayer funds.)  And, we are asking all Veterans in Brunswick County to support this Project to bring the “Charters of  ”here.

We need every Veterans support in this project and at the GALA on the 30th of April.  The Gala will be held at 101 Stone Chimney, Supply.  The point of contact for questions on the GALA is Commissioner Pat Sykes at 910.622-5333. See LINK and VIDEO.

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Events from Other Organizations Archive: April 2019

>Our Heros April Craft Event Southport

Our Heroes will be participating in the Southport Spring Festival, April 19-20. We will be selling handmade arts and crafts to raise funds for Our Heroes’ programs (Youth, Veteran/Military & First Responders, and Trauma Survivors). In preparation for this opportunity, we are asking your support in creating handmade art and crafts. We are preparing an inventory of proposed crafts including string art, horseshoe crafts, rustic farm-related signs and gathering needed materials.

We are organizing “craft time” at the farm EVERY Thursday and Saturday, beginning February 21st, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, including a light lunch.

New and fresh ideas are welcome! Please bring your ideas and a friend and come work with a group at the Farm! For anyone who would like to create a craft on your own and donate it to Our Heroes, that would also be greatly appreciated.

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU'LL BE COMING SO WE'RE READY FOR YOU. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE RESPOND TO ME (LAURI) AT THIS EMAIL
LAURI@OURHEROESINC.ORG  OR BY TEXT TO (516)551-8566.

Flyer is at this LINK.

MARCH 2019 EVENT INFO               

MARCH 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Boy Scout Breakfast
Date: Mar 6th 
Time: 7:30-9am 
Location: Navassa Community Center
Dale Todd  
District 9 Meeting
Date: Mar 9th 
Time: 12pm 
Location: Post 545 Wilmington
Dan Dodge  
Post 68 Legion Riders Meeting
Date: Mar 21st
Time: 5pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
Adrian Lane
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: Mar 14th
Time: 1300-1500
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd  
Post 68 Member Meeting 
Date: Mar 21st
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd
>Agenda: LINK
>Meeting Minutes: LINK
>Meeting Slides: LINK
Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
Date: Mar 29th
Time: Lunchtime
Location: Mission BBQ Wilmington
Dan Dodge

Mike O'Day of VVA Chapter-885 passed along that Mission BBQ in Wilmington will have free lunch for veterans.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
Date: Mar 29th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: VA Health Center Wilmington
Dan Dodge

Tyra Hoffman of Wilmington VA along that the VA facility wanted to perform lapel pinning and provide cupcakes for veterans.

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FEBRUARY 2019 EVENT INFO

FEBRUARY 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
District 9 Oratorical Contest
Date: Feb 9th 
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Dan Dodge
 
Post 68 Officers Meeting
Date: Feb 14th
Time: 1300-1500
Location: Hammock Meeting Rm
Shelmore, Brunswick Forest
Dale Todd >Meeting Minutes
Veteran's Appreciation Day
&
AL Post 68 Fundraiser
Date: Feb 16th
Time: 11:30am-11:00pm
Location: Fat Tony's Italian Pub
Wilmington, NC

Richard Fry 

Join American Legion Post 68, Leland to support our Veterans in need while enjoying a Valentine’s Day weekend meal at Fat Tony’s.
Rock to live music provided by local favorites:
Shades of Grey Band (7:30pm - 9:30pm)
and Dave Bohn Music (9:45pm – 11:00pm)

Information Flyer
Event Ticket
Post 68 Member Meeting
Date: Feb 21st
Time: 6pm
Location: Blossoms Meeting Room
   Magnolia Greens
Dale Todd
>Agenda
>Meeting Minutes
>Meeting Slides
A Day to Honor All Veterans
Date: Feb 22d 
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm 
Veterans Banquet:6:00pm
Location: First Baptist Activity Center
1939 Independence Blvd
Wilmington, NC
RSVP/Tickets at militarymarket.org or Beverly at (910) 200-5074

Flyer LINK

(note, this event is not being put on by Post 68)

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JANUARY 2019 EVENT INFO

JANUARY 2019 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Shutdown Support Adjutant

American Legion Notice was posted as follows:

Urgent Notice for Coast Guard Members (pass along please)

American Legion ready to assist Coast Guardsmen affected by shutdown Link

and AL National Assistance Request can be found at this ASSISTANCE LINK 

The AL at the national level is offering assistance but also for NC vets, they can also contact Randy Cash who is the American Legion for North Carolina Adjutant officer

In spite of the shutdown, there are those here in our state that are stepping up to help members of the Coast Guard during this extremely stressful ordeal. The American Legion recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for active-duty United States Coast Guard veterans during the current government shutdown. Through its Temporary Financial Assistance program (TFA), the American Legion will provide grants to guardsmen with minor children to cover expenses associated with housing, food, utilities, clothing and health related cost.  For more information or to receive assiswtance click above LINKS. Affected Coast Guard/family members can contact the American Legion Department of NC Adjutant Randy Cash at 919-832-7506 or e-mail tcash@nclegion.org

Post 68 Officers Meeting
Jan 10th 
1300 - 1500
Dale Todd Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest
Post 68 Member Meeting
Jan 17th 6pm
Dale Todd
Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens
>Agenda
>Meeting Minutes
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DECEMBER 2018 EVENT INFO

DECEMBER 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

Legion Jackets Order

John Marone Legion Jackets:  Our Logistics Officer John Marone advises that if you want an American Legion jacket, the price is $45 + $5.00 to have your name added.  Sizes 2XL and 3XL are $6 more.  John will be placing an order by 12/14/18.  All jackets must be paid for in full prior to placing the order.  John can be reached by phone or email Jmarone4415@gmail.com to arrange collection of you funds John Marone. 
     
     
 

NOVEMBER 2018 EVENT INFO

NOVEMBER 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

BELK Ticket Sales

Nov 3rd 6am - Noon

Mayfair location

Dale Todd

Need volunteers to be at store on this day

MORE INFO

Post 68 Officers Meeting

Nov 8th 
1300 - 1500

Dale Todd Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest

Veterans Day Breakfast

Nov 9th, 10am

Dale Todd Leland Senior Center

Wilmington Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, Nov 10th 11am

Patty Kelley

Downtown Wilmington

Parade starts at CFCC

Post 68 Member Meeting

Nov 15th 6pm

Dale Todd Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

AL District 9 Meeting

Nov 17th
Noon - 1500

Dale Todd
for Post 68
Shallote American Legion
 

OCTOBER 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

Vets to Washington DC

October 4 - 7

Gerald Decker

LINK for more info

2018 Veterans Trip to Washington (archived from Press Release page)-
All veterans are invited to join the post on this journey regardless of their branch of service, length of service, or where or when they served. The opportunity to see these monuments, especially with those who served with you, has shown to be very rewarding. It has helped many find the closure they have sought for so many years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Legion Post 68, Leland, is coordinating a program to help veterans travel to Washington, D.C., to see the war memorials.

The journey is planned for Oct.

4-7. The trip agenda will include transportation to and from Leland, three nights’ accommodation, tours of Arlington Cemetery, war memorials, and museums.

Tours of the White House and Capitol Hill will also be included.

The post are also fundraising to help offset the costs for these vets. If you can’t make the trip, consider a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/ veterans-to-washington-project For more information contact Gerald Decker at:gdecker1226@gmail.com or 706-424-0830.

Any veteran interested in joining Post 68 is welcome to attend.

The meeting is held at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Blossoms Restaurant, Magnolia Greens Golf Course. Membership information and applications are available on Post 68’s website at www.ncpost68.org.

— Cheryl Whitaker  Wilmington Star News

Post 68 Officers Meeting

Oct 11th 
1300 - 1500

Dale Todd Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest

Post 68 Member Meeting

Oct 18th 6pm

Dale Todd Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Department of NC
Fall Conference

Nov 18th - 20th

  Raleigh, NC

Leland Truck or Treat

Oct 27th 4pm - 6pm

Dan Dodge

Leland Town Park Link

 

BELK Ticket Sales

Various times and days in October 

Mayfair location

Dale Todd In-Store ticket sales
Multiple time slots during the day
Click HERE for more info

SEPTEMBER 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

Leland Founders Day

September 8th 3pm - 9pm

Richard Fry Click: LINK for more info 

Post 68 Officers Meeting
CANCELLED

Sep 13th 
1300 - 1500

Dale Todd Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest

Vets to Washington
Meet and Greet

CANCELLED

Sep 20th @ 4pm

Gerald Decker Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Post 68 Member Meeting

CANCELLED

Sep 20th 6pm

Dale Todd Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Veterans Information Event

Sep 21st @ 11am

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

LINK Leland Town Hall

Fish Fry Fundraiser

Sep 22nd

CANCELLED!

Greg Miller

Women Veteran Expo and Veteran Banquet

Sep 27th 2pm

CURRENT STATUS UNKNOWN!

 

First Baptist Activity Center
1939 Independence Blvd
Wilmington

FLYER LINK

www.militarymarket.org

Services Coordinating Council Annual EXPO

Sep 29th 9am - 1pm

CANCELLED!

To be rescheduled

 

Location change!!!!! 

from Leland Town Park to
Leland Senior Center

 

Taps for....

 

William 'Bill' Charshaw

 

10/2/26 - 8/16/18

Friend and Legionair

We will miss you...

LINK

to obituary

 

 

AUGUST 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT

LEAD/POC

INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

SCC - Services Coodinating Council Meeting

Aug 2nd 
6:30 - 7:30pm

Richard Fry
Gerald Decker
Bill Smith
Leland Town Hall

Post 68 Officers Meeting

Aug 9th 
12:30 - 14:30

Dale Todd

*** CHANGE OF TIME / LOCATION ***

Brunswick Forest COMMONS room

Post 68 Member Meeting

Aug 16th 6pm

Dale Todd

Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Downtown Concert Series
Wilmington
Wristband Sales

Aug 17th

Dan Dodge

Downtown Wilmington
Water Street
Time TBD

BELK Sales Fundraiser

Aug 25th

Dale Todd

Working BELK store in Mayfair

CLICK HERE for details

BFA Food Distribution Day

Aug 30th

Dale Todd

Looking for volunteers to participate. See LINK

Meet at Port City Java, Brunswick Forest 6am to car poo

JULY 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT

LEAD/POC

INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

Magnolia Green July 4th Parade

July 4th 11am

Gerald Decker

Success!  Pics

District 5 Leadership Forum: Veterans Services in Brunswick County

Thursday, July 10, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

RSVP
HERE

Various Speakers

Post 68 Officers Meeting

July 12th, 1pm

Dale Todd

Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest

Post 68 Member Meeting

July 19th 6pm

Dale Todd

Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Wilmington Sharks - Post 68 Night!

 July 26th 6pm

Sharks vs. Fayetteville Swamp Dogs

It is now a double header!
Game starting at 6pm!

See Art Dietrich for tickets

Buck Hardee Field
Legion Stadium

2149 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington

map

July 2nd  

PFC Jacobs Memorial Service

 

Operation Donate with Honor
  Law enforcers unite to challenge deceptive fundraising | Federal Trade Commission - What feds (FTC) and State Attorney Generals are doing to go after scammers targeting donations for Veteran causes. LINK
 

July 12th

Brunwick County's Ten Fallen Sons Highway

    Info

 

JUNE 2019 EVENT INFO

JUNE 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

June 21st

Change of Command Ceremony

 
 
     
     
 

 

MAY 2019 EVENT INFO

MAY 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

May 7th

North Brunswick H.S. Freedome Shrine Dedication

 

 

 
Post 68 participated. Pics
Battleship North Carolina Deciation  

A new walkway surrounding the Battleship North Carolina was dedicated..

Post 68 Memorial Day Flag Placement  
 

 

MARCH 2018 EVENT INFO

MARCH 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

March 1st

 

 

Flag Collection Event. Pictures Link

     
     
 


 

EVENT:

Post 68 Poppy Fund Drive

EVENT:

Post 68 Flag Retirement Ceremony pictures: LINK

EVENT:

JROTC Change of Command Ceremonu under Special Events - LINK

 

JANUARY 2018 EVENT INFO

JANUARY 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS
Post 68 Awards Scholarship
 
  C/CPT Matthew Smith with North Brunswick High School JRTOC
     
     
 

 

Updated June 2018

Post 68 Officers

 

Commander, Jim Zelenski                                    afblueberet7494@gmail.com

 

1st Vice Commander, Alan Simmons                   bandaid125@gmail.com

 

2nd Vice Commander, Art Dietrich III               dietriaw50@gmail.com 

                      

Adjutant, Eric Mens                                             armyvet6770@gmail.com

 

Treasurer/Finance Officer, Greg Miller               FlyBoyFB111A@gmail.com

 

Chaplain, Brian Danielson                                   brian.e.danielson@gmail.com

 

Sergeant at Arms, K.C. White                              ken.white1031@gmail.com

 

Service Officer, Dale Todd                                    daleetodd@gmail.com 

 

Supply Officer, John Marone                                jonflyfish@aol.com

 

Public Relations Officer, Lane Adrian                  laneadrian@att.net

 

Historian, Dan Dodge                                             lifesgood50@gmail.com

 

Membership Committee, Chair, Kathy McDonough  Katconnaughton@hotmail.com

Member (Vacant)

 

Events Committee, Chair  VACANT                                         

Member (Vacant)

Flag Retirement Committee: Chair, Dan Fortini          dan14ef@hotmail.com 

 

 

Executive Committee:

Lou Tranzillo                                                      ltranzillo@bellsouth.net

Jim Thompson                                                       jim66t@yahoo.com            

Bill Smith                                                              Neptunevp92@gmail.com

 

 

Upcoming Event!

Cape Fear Regional Jetport - Oak Island

June 8th - 10th

Please Note:  Post 543 (St James) is offering a raffle for 1 seat on this ride worht $475
Tickets will be $5.00 / $10.00 for 3 tickets
$4.50 will be given to the "selling" organization and $.50 goes towards administrative costs.
Any excess revenue from ticket sales goes to The Experimental Aircraft Association for the upkeep of this aircraft.

Post 68 is looking into getting some raffel tickets............

 

MARCH 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

 

   

VBEC / STAND-DOWN EVENT
3/22 - 3/24
9am - 3pm

(Setup on 3/21)

Lane Adrian - laneadrian@att.net

Dale Todd - daleetodd@gmail.com

Elks Lodge located at
5102 Oleander Dr

See LINK for more info

Free Chow for Vets
Mission BBQ

March 29th
National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Mission BBQ

CLICK HERE

Thanks for your Service to Vietnam Veterans.  Please enjoy a free sandwich this day!

Local Business Support for Veterans!

 

BEACH BAGELS      map

In honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29, we're offering a discount to any Vietnam Veteran who shows their Veteran card.  In addition, for every breakfast or lunch special sold this month (March) Beach Bagels will donate $1.00 to Wilmington's VVA Chapter 885.

 

 

POST HAPPENINGS Content from February 2018:

Meeting Guest Speaker - February

     Rick de Moya introduced Col. Steve Baker, Senior Army Instructor, North Brunswick High School, and member of Legion Post 68. Col. Baker spoke about the JROTC program at North Brunswick High School, events that the cadets participate in throughout the year, and thanked the Post for its support including the scholarship and recognition programs and participation in Boys State. Col. Baker invited Post members to participate in the Change of Command Ceremony at the High School on April 23rd at which time the Post 68 medal awards will also be made.

 

Member Recognition:

The Commander recognized the following Post 68 members for their work in our community in representing our “can do” spirit –

• Lane Adrian, Patty Kelley, Kobe Kelley, and Dale Todd for working the BFA Commodities Distribution on February 8th.

• Bobby Hunt for his work to date on Flag Collection and Flag Retirement events (Bobby had to step down as the Lead).

• Dan Fortini for taking the Lead on the Flag Collection Day (we need a Lead for the Flag Retirement event).

• Dan Dodge, Post Historian, for his continued excellent work on updating the Post 68 website.

 

Post Membership Status

     Post 68’s Local Roster shows that we have 122 members on our Local Roster. One transfer to Post 1981 (National) has been completed. As of the meeting date, 86 percent of the members have paid their 2018 dues.  

 

Legion Jackets

    We are working to put together a quantity order of American Legion Jackets for sale to members.  The price per unit goes down the bigger the order is.  Please contact John Marone to order or for more info.  Price is $37.00 plus $8.00 for "Post 68" lettering front and back for approximately $53.00 plus shipping.   John also has American Legion T-shirts for $12.  Product Descriptions @ LINK

 

Service Officer

            Dale Todd: No new service requests have been received.  However, Post 68 continues to provide assistance to needy local veterans.  A local veteran we had been assisting has recently passed away and we Salute his service.  Another family is being helped by a local auto repair facility to get their car running and by Brunswick County Housing Services which will be working on a handicap ramp along with electrical and plumbing repairs.

        Dale and Lane also gave updates on the March VBEC and Veterans Stand-down event.  Lane is helping to coordinate volunteers from other Military service related organizations while Dale is doing the same with all other service organizations.  Lane passed a signup sheet around asking members to step up and commit to a day and time slot.

 

Post 68 Elections:

    Commander Jim Zelenski gave an update on election of officers for May.  All positions have at least 1 member posting for the slot. 

 

District 9 Meeting – January 2018

        Attended by Dale Todd and Lane Adrian.  Post 68 received kudos for meeting membership target goals which included a presentation of challenge coins to by Dale and Lane to our Commander and Adjutant – Jim Zelenski & Eric Mens.

 

Brunswick High School / JROTC

            Rick de Moya, Brunswick High School and JROTC liaison gave another update regarding two projects at North Brunswick High School:  A Flag Pole Plaza in front of the school with 3 flag poles which may not be completed until later this year along with a Freedom Shrine of historical documents for a wall in the school’s library which should be completed this Spring.

 

What about..... a Legion Riders chapter for Post 68? 

            Post 68 members Lane Adrian and Greg Miller, both avid riders, are interested in exploring the idea of developing a Legion Riders chapter for Post 68.  Interested members should contact Lane or Greg for more information.  Also, if you know of any veterans who are also riders, please let them know about this effort.  We may get a few new members!

 

Thank You Post 68!

  In January, Post 68 hosted Melissa Monroe, Deputy Director, Brunswick County Board of Elections as our guest speaker.  We have received a THANK YOU card from Melissa for allowing her to speak.  See LINK for text.

 

Unserviceable Flag Collection Event: 

  We held our 2nd Flag Collection event on Saturday March 3rd at the Leland Town Park.  This event was not attended as well as last years event but we did collect both flags and donations. See Special Events section for an after-action report along with pictures.

 

*** UPCOMING EVENTS ***

Unserviceable Flag Retirement Ceremony

  The unserviceable flag retirement ceremony event will be held at the Leland Town Hall recreation building on April 28th.  The Lead for this event is Gerald Decker.  More inforamtion forthcoming.  

 

Poppy Day

    Commander Jim Zelenski has ordered additional poppies for this fund raising event.  He is also working on volunteers to run tables at various locations in and around Leland.

 

Wilmington Down Town Concert Series Wristband Sales

    Commander Zelenski has already submitted an application for Post 68 to participate in wristband sales at the Down Town Concert Series this year.  Last year the Post made about $400 for a few hours work.  Volunteers will be needed to man 2 tables at the event.  A date is TBD at this time.

 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:

     Veterans Benefits Action Center (VBAC) remains in the planning stages for 2018 and has been renamed the Veterans Benefits Experience Center (VBEC). A veterans “Stand-down” will be held on site as well to provide showers, clean clothing, food, and medical and dental services to the area’s homeless veterans.  SEE VBEC LINK for details!

          22, 23, 24 March 2018 – we will need volunteers to work the event
          Volunteer Roles are being defined
                – information on responsibilities will be provided as received
          Location - Elks Club, 5102 Oleander Drive, Wilmington
          Website: http://www.vbec2018.com/
          Post Lead – Lead (Dale Todd, Service Officer)

 

JUNE 2018 EVENT INFO

EVENT LEAD/POC INFO FOR POST MEMBERS

Post 68 Officers Meeting

June 14th, 1pm

Jim Zelenski

Dale Todd

Hammock Meeting Room Shelmore
Brunswick Forest

Post 68 Member Meeting

June 21st, 6pm

Jim Zelenski

Dale Todd

Blossoms Meeting Room
Magnolia Greens

Agenda and Slides Available!

Department of North Carolina
Annual Convention

June 27th - June 30th

   

USCGC Diligence Homecoming

June 30th
12:30pm

 

Downtown Wilmington

Richard Fry or Jim Zelenski

Uniform of the day: Khaki shorts (preferred, it’s going to be hot) or khaki pants, AL polo shirt (preferred) or Post 68 T-Shirt, Post 68 uniform cap (preferred) or Post 68 ball cap, comfortable shoes (no sandals), sun screen.

 

Time: The Diligence is due to dock about 1:00-1:15. So we should plan to be on the pier no later than 12:45.

 

Place: The Diligence docks at Princess & Water Streets pier.

 

Carpooling:  Anyone wishing to carpool should meet at Ace Hardware on Village Dr. at 11:45am on Saturday

 

Parking:  Street parking may be scarce. 


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