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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 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
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

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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