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January, 2020

 

Tis the time of year to spread holiday cheer. Happy New Year to All!

Our Country is prospering, all those wishing to work can. Some choose not to work. Oh well, opportunities abound.

The Lord has provided for our table. We have been blessed.

Every week we hear of a fellow Post 618 family member under the weather. Our prayers and thoughts go out to each and every one. We wish all the best, and are here to do all we can.

As a Post, we have had a very good year. Our deepest thanks and debt of gratitude goes out to everyone involved who helped in our success.

Have you ever wondered how many volunteer hours are involved in an event, start to finish?

Looking forward to the New Year and the many challenges that come with it.

Have you paid dues for the 2020 year? They are due. Remember, the 2021 notices begin in June.

Community, State, Nation. Our duty is to aid Veterans, and/or their families, as best we can. Everything we do takes volunteers. As Commander of Post 618, I am very proud of our history, proud of our accomplishments, so very proud of our Auxiliary Unit and Sons Squadron, Honor Guard and Girls. All are heavily involved in our many programs. It's because so many volunteering their time and. Thank you to all, such a good job.

Elections coming in May, Officers and Board Members needed. American Legion C.M. Joslin Post 618 is turning the corner, beginning the next 100 years. I say let's kick it off right.

We signed to serve and if necessary die for our Country. Lord willing, we came home. Our youth are being raised in a time where Patriotism, equality and History is all in question. We, as Veterans, are being called upon to spread the word. We need you, Mr or Mrs Veteran, our duty is not done. Join the Post 618 Americanism Program. Get involved. Our youth and our society needs you.

Putting peoples ego, attitudes and individual orientation aside, it is possible for us to come together as a Post for the common good. A challenge for us all.

Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of the month. See you there.

 

                                       Commander

                                       Paul Brouse

 

 

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Over the years, this Post has raised $462,000 for the Shrine Hospital System. An outstanding feat! There are several groups of people responsible, especially our Auxiliary Unit 618. These ladies and girls worked their tails off. The BEST AUXILIARY UNIT IN TEXAS!

All this would not be possible without the participation of our sponsors and donors:

Wiesner Auto- 23 years of donating an auto!

Millstead Auto- 16 years of donating an auto!

Mr. John Henderson with Coca Cola

Mr. Thomas Ewers with AAA Water Purification

Dave and Kristi Stark, Sue Hoskins, Gerald Stein, Mary Diaz, Wendy Ellen,

Jason Fletcher, Jerry and Sandra Renaud, B.J.Davis, Sons Squadron 618,

618 Jr. Girls, Phillip Cash, Scott Sutton, Roana Hyde, Karen Fulton,

SilverEagle Beer Distributors.

and so many more. We are proud of each and every one of you.

God Bless all of you!, the people who donate their time and money.

If you have ever been involved, hold your head high!!!

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A.R. Turner School Americanism Winners

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The American Legion turns 100 on the 19th of March 2019.  For 100 years the American Legion has been lobbying Congress for Veterans Rights and for American Veterans benefits.  From the G-I Bill of Rights, VA Hospitals, Veterans Affairs of all sorts, to include Agent Orange and PTSD coverage.  Visit the American Legion Post 618, Willis, Texas, located at 13054 FM 1097 East.  View the history and the results of the American Legions lobbying efforts we have posted on the walls.  Anytime 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization.  Focusing on services to veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War l into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.  Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country.  Today, membership stands at over 2 million in 13,000 posts worldwide.  The posts are organized into 55 Departments:  one each for each of the 50 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Phillipines.

SIGNIFICANT DATES IN LEGION HISTORY

1919:

March 15-17>  Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.

May 8-10>  St. Louis Caucus.  "The American Legion" is adopted as the organization's official name. The Legion's draft preamble and constitution are approved.

June 9>  The National Executive Committee adopts the Legion emblem.

Sept. 16>  Congress charters The American Legion

Nov. 10-12>  First Legion convention convenes in Minneapolis  The Constitution and preamble are adopted.  Delegates vote 361-323 to locate the Legion's national headquarters in Indianapolis, instead of Washington.  A resolution is passed in support of the Boy Scouts of America.  Today, the Legion is the chartering agency for more than 1,700 Scouting units made up of approximately 64,000 youths.

1920:

Aug.9,1921- The Legion's efforts result in the creation of the U.S. Veteran's Bureau, forerunner of the Veteran's Administration.  Today, the Legion continues to lobby for adequate funding to cover medical, disability, education, and other benefits for veterans.

June 15, 1923- The first 'Flag Code' is drafted during a Legion conference in Washington.  Congress adopts the code in 1942.  Today, the Legion is  at the forefront of efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag from physical desecration.

July 17, 1925- The Legion creates the American Legion Baseball program.  Today, more than 50% of Major League baseball players are graduates of the program.  About 82,000 youths play on Legion-sponsored teams each year.

 

Stay Tuned!  More dates to come!!

 


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