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Commander’s Column

Welcome to the Christmas Holidays! I hope everyone had a chance to spend a safe and fun Thanksgiving with their friends and Families. I am sure it was better than last year’s. 

     We just completed a full November at the Post. We participated in the Marietta Veterans Day Parade and held our Annual 5K Race on November 13th. All our events were very successful! Also, we had a great meal available in the SQ on Thanksgiving Day for our Family. I want to say thanks to our Staff who worked that day. Please keep an eye on the What’s Happening Emails to see what upcoming events are planned for December.

     Membership continues to be a priority! Please renew if you haven’t yet. As of January 1, 2022, you will be required to have a 2022 Membership Card in order to be served in the SQ, no exceptions. Just remember, your Membership enables the Post to offer help to our Veterans and their Families in a time of need! We will be changing the Door Key Cards in the very near future.

     We will be presenting our Golf Tournament Donations at our December 2nd General Meeting. All these funds go to our Marietta First Responders as they have in the past. This year’s Tournament was the best we have had to date. Thanks to Jim Kopp and his Committee. Please come join us and help us Honor these groups that night, dinner will be at 6pm and the program will start at 7pm. 

     Our 7th Annual 5K Race was a major success, Tom Bell and his Committee did an outstanding job! I want to thank all the people who helped make it happen. Tom and his Committee are hard at work getting all the details wrapped up. We will be presenting these Donations at our January 6th General Meeting.

     We will again be supporting the Park School Children with our Annual Christmas Gifts. However, again this year we are not able to be there in person due to COVID precautions. We are planning a brief Zoom session, the details are being worked out at this point.

      In closing, I hope all our Members and their Families have a safe and Blessed Christmas. I want to thank all Veterans, Men and d Women for their Services to our Great Nation. Also, my thanks to our Post Family Units who support them, we salute them! Merry Christmas!

Walter Cusick, Jr.

From the SAL

With November and Thanksgiving both behind us, we are officially in the Holliday season.  If you would like to help out on any of our events, just let us know, we sure could use your help. My contact information will be at the bottom of this newsletter.

The SAL Kitchen Crew

For the month November the SAL Kitchen Crew hosted the American Legion Monthly Dinner Meeting, the Annual Veterans Day Lunch and the SAL Breakfast.

Planned for December the SAL Kitchen will serve the American Legion Dinner Meeting on December 2nd, and our SAL Breakfast on December 18thDon’t forget to bring the kids and grandkids to the SAL Breakfast, as Santa will be there.

SAL Events

The SAL participated in the Marietta Veterans Day Parade.  We did not get to have Russell’s Hamburger Day at the Social Quarters.   We do plan on having one sometime in the future.  Watch for posters in the Social Quarters soon.

Membership

To members of the SAL – Please mark on your calendar’s for Tuesday December 21st at 7:00PM for our December meeting.  Please note this is one week sooner due to Christmas Holliday.

 All meetings will start at 7:00 pm upstairs in the small hall.  If you haven’t been attending meetings, we’d like to see you attend and bring your ideas for future SAL events and to mingle with your fellow SAL members.

Our 2022 membership drive continues.  Please renew as soon as possible.

As part of our membership drive, ask some of your friends if they might be interested in joining our SAL post.  Tell them of the good work we do in the community. Bring them as a guest to the post to show them our social quarters and meet the best bar staff and best prices for adult beverages.

If you have already paid your 2022 dues, thank you.  If you have not yet paid them please stop by the Legion Social Quarters or consider doing your renewal by mail. As of January 1, 2022 you will not be allowed in the Social Quarters nor have the use of any of the Social Quarter’s privileges without a 2022 card.

Your 2022 dues are $25 for a SAL renewal or $10 for a youth or dual membership.

If you are sending a check via mail, please send to:

American Legion Post 29

921 Gresham Ave NE

Marietta, GA 30060

ATTN: SAL

Checks should be made payable to SAL.

Thank you for your time and interest in the Sons of the American Legion! 

Don Wallace (Wally)

Commander – Squadron 29

Sons of the American Legion

Horace Orr Post 29 of the American Legion

Marietta, Ga.

678 471-7867            waldork500@gmail.com

From the Auxiliary

Our December Auxiliary Meet and Greet will be on Saturday, December 4 from 11:30 to 2:00. Bring your favorite snack to share, and we will have our famous Low Country Boil. This is an informal social networking meeting with other Auxiliary members. Learn about upcoming projects and share your ideas for fundraising and serving Veterans and their families.

The Fall Fundraisers have been very successful. Fifty-Three bedsheet sets were sold and these will be ready for distribution following the December general meeting. Participation in the Bake Sale was excellent as well. Thanks to all who participated in these events.

At the December SAL breakfast on the 20th  the Auxiliary will have a Cookie Bake Sale.  There will be a cookie exchange during the week before this event to package items in boxes for this sale. Additional details on this event will be announced in December.

Please join us when you can in our fundraising and volunteer efforts to provide for our service personnel, veterans, and their families.

If you or your family needs assistance let us know. We are here for you as part of our Legion family. 

For God and Country,

Linda Dudley, President

American Legion Auxiliary, Post 29

From the Social Quarters

Let’s end our year with lots of fun in the Social Quarters. We have plenty of activities planned for December, and we know how to make you feel at home.

Once again we have Earl’s Eggnog available. Shots are $3 and cups are $5. Come enjoy some holiday cheer!

Beginning Saturday December 4th, we will have new hours in the SQ on Saturdays. We will be open 12pm to 8pm until further notice. Afternoon cards will begin around 1230pm, and we will stay open until the evening card games are completed. Thank you for your support and understanding.

The Social Quarters will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so our staff may enjoy the holidays with their families. If you need a place to spend some time while we are closed, please reach out to a fellow veteran.

The SEC Championship is December 4th. Come out can cheer for anyone but these two teams. We will have a Chili Cookoff on Saturday December 11th around 1pm. The SQ will provide the utensils and toppings. Bring a pot of chili for the crowd. Cash prize to the winner. Stick around that evening for the Army-Navy game beginning at 3:30pm.

We will have our Legion SQ Christmas Party on Saturday December 18th from 6-10PM. We will have holiday tunes, and some food. For those who would like to join in the festivities, you may bring an appetizer, side, or dessert.  The Legion will provide the main dish.

Entertainment for December is listed on chalkboard.  Come in and enjoy some great music.  We are working on our 2022 line up of bands.  If you’ve heard someone play who you’d like to see at our Post, please share our contact information.

We have booked a band for New Year’s Eve. We will have our party in the Social Quarters. Due to Covid and staffing, we are not able to host a sit down meal as in past. But we will have catered food available. This will be a MEMBERS ONLY EVENT. (There’s still time to renew that membership!) Please sign up to attend (no cost). Anyone needing to bring a spouse or date who is not a member, please contact Sarah to make sure we have capacity. The sign up sheet will be out soon and kept behind the bar.

Live Music begins 7:00pm every Friday until 11:00pm.

November Band Schedule:

Dec 3               Spot On Band

Dec 10             Kick Back Jack

Dec 17             N2U Band

Dec 31            Spot On Band

The Social Quarters will be open as follows:

                        Sunday  12-7pm

                        Monday  11-7pm

                        Tuesday  11-10pm

                        Wednesday  11-10pm

                        Thursday  11-10pm

                        Friday  11-12am

                        Saturday  12-8pm*

Stay updated with the EBlasts and Facebook notifications of events going on around the Post, Social Quarters, and our community supporting your Legion Family.  If you are not currently receiving emails, you can see any bartender and they can provide your information to our Webmaster Russ Wood.  A lot is going on and we do not want you to miss out. 

Cheers,

Sarah Shirley

Post 29 Social Quarters Bar Manager             

events@post29marietta.org  

From the ALR

ALR will be conducting a raffle for a signed baseball from Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, Chris Martin, through Dec. 18.  The Atlanta Braves Foundation provided the autographed baseball along with a certificate of authenticity.  Chris Martin appeared in the World Series against Houston.  Please see attached.  Raffle tickets are 2 for $5 or 5 for $10.  An ALR member will be at Post gatherings throughout Dec. selling raffle tickets.  The raffle drawing will be made during the SAL breakfast on Dec. 18. Funds raised are dedicated to veteran causes ALR support throughout the year, i.e. Wreaths Across America, Veterans 5K Run, Shephard’s Men and Operation Comfort Warriors.  Thanks for your support. 

Wayne 

Wayne Hudson

ALR Post 29 Treasurer

Volunteers Needed

Wreaths will be placed at Marietta National Cemetery on Saturday Dec 18th and we need volunteers to help place the wreaths on grave sites. They have over 10,000 wreaths to distribute; the cemetery has over 19,000 graves but donations came up short this year so many graves will not get a wreath. There will be a ceremony at Noon followed by the wreath placements. This event will occur rain or shine. We also need about 6 pickup trucks to move the boxes of wreaths to the different sections of the cemetery.  We need the trucks in the cemetery at 11AM. If you can help with a pickup truck contact Bill Beaudin 678-485-0866.If you are attending at noon to help, please park at the bank across from the cemetery or at the library on Roswell Rd.
There will be SAL breakfast at Post 29 that morning from 8-11 so you can eat and then help at the cemetery.

Membership Updates

Legionnaires,

We are into our fifth month for the 2022 membership drive. While we are all aware memberships run January to December, there are other factors to how the membership is handled within the Legion. Our Post holds elections and installations in June/July while Department has their convention after that to set their officers prior to National holding their events in August.  The numbers of members for representation is dependent upon the members listed prior to those events. Thus there is a slight reason to the madness…getting membership numbers in and in place for delegation. While that reason does not change when your membership is set to expire it does explain a little bit as to why you hear from everyone so early in your membership year. 

To try to help make membership a little easier to manage and provide some direction for our organization as a whole, National provides target dates and percentages for Departments/Districts/Posts to shoot for and space out your work. That is why you hear us looking for small groups of members every month. We worked through the challenges last year and maintained a pace to stay ahead of those goals last year and attained our membership goals. This year we started off with a great July but have fallen off dramatically since then. In August and September of this year, we have been trending down from previous years by roughly thirty members in each month. This trend is across the board in all facets of membership. Online renewals through the National website are down by sixty (60) members at this time (192 in 2021 to 132 in 2021). Transfers into the Post are up (9 in 2021 and 21 in 2022) however some of those are 2021 members that still need to renew to be counted. New members are almost the same (40 to 41). Renewals through mail/our Post website/Social Quarters are showing a significant drop from 573 renewals last year at this time to 485 this year. Over all we are looking at being down about ninety (90) members from this time last year. We need your help! WE HAVE OVER 400 MEMBERS FOR 2021 WHO HAVE NOT YET RENEWED FOR THE 2022 LEGION YEAR.

We have been stepping up our communication with members trying to encourage more members to renew early with minimal results. We have utilized the e-blast more as well as sending out direct communication with members through email, letters, and phone calls mostly with responses of their membership does not expire until the end of the year and they will take care of it at that time. We have made pleas at meetings as well as during Social Quarters Events and even utilizing the district revitalization but the numbers have not made any significant jumps. Ed and I are looking for assistance in reaching out to more members to make this happen. Please help the Post by making your renewal early. 

There are many options to renew your membership and get that stylish new card. You can use our Post website or the national website to process your renewal electronically. You can send in a check with the national renewal reminder that was sent out or you can print off one from the Post website under renewal forms and send it through the mail service. You can come into the post and fill out a form in the Social Quarters and pay by cash, check, or card. If you are having any trouble renewing please contact Ed or I directly at the Post.

Thank you for being a part of our Post.

George Grindstaff & Ed Bruce

Famous SAL Breakfast Saturday 12.18.2021

The American Legion Post 29 in Marietta hosts All-you-can eat Breakfast!

The Famous “ All you can eat breakfast “  that is hosted by the Sons of  the American Legion at the American Legion Post 29 in Marietta returns!  Open to the Public!  This month, we’ll have a special appearance from Santa Claus. Bring the little ones for a fun holiday breakfast.

Date : December 18th, 2021   Time:  8:00am to 11:00am.

Location : American Legion Post 29

921 Gresham Ave. NE

Marietta, Ga. 30060

Cost:  $10 per plate dine in , $12 a plate take out!

Come join us for the best breakfast in the city!

Legion Monthly Meeting

  I would like to remind all our Members, the December Monthly meeting returns to our regular schedule this week. We will be having a General Meeting on Thursday December 2nd at 7pm. As part of this meeting, we will present funds to our charity beneficiaries from the Golf Tournament.

          Please note the SAL will be serving dinner at 6pm. Cost is $10. Meeting will start at 7pm in our upstairs Meeting Hall. Hope you all will join us for this Meeting!