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.


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


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  

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. 


Sarah Shirley

Post 29 Social Quarters Bar Manager       

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 Hudson

ALR Post 29 Treasurer

From the Chaplain

Our Chaplain, Jim Wood is out of town, so your editor makes the chaplain report. This week, Jim’s wonderful wife Susie received a double lung transplant at Duke University Hospital. Early reports are good, but please keep Jim and Susie in your thoughts and prayers.

And while you are thinking of people like Suzie, be sure to take a moment to think about yourself. Pray for your own health, so that you might live life to the fullest. Enjoy your time on earth, love your family, and embrace your friends and fellow veterans.

From the Commander

Welcome to March, Spring is just around the corner! Hope our Members are safe and sound and have been able to get their COVID Vaccine shots. Let’s hope things start looking up going forward.

 We continue to keep working on growing our Membership. We still have a large block of 2020 Members who have not renewed at this point. Please, if you know any of them ask them to come and renew their Membership. We don’t want to lose them, if they need help let us know. Dave, George and Ed have really been working hard to identify them, so we can reach out to them. We can use your help in this Mission.

The 5K Race has finally wrapped up! Tom Bell and I presented our final donation of $40,000 to the Shepherd Center last week. We were well received and they expressed their gratitude for our support over the last few years. Our donation covers their cost to treat one of their Veterans.  Again, please make the effort to thank Tom Bell and his committee for all their hard work, especially in this COVID year. 

I want to recognize our ALR Unit. They have been very active in supporting the Post and have been involved in various events in the 5th District. All of them have worked hard to grow the Unit with quality Members and represent Post 29 in a very professional manner. They are always looking for new Members. We have every reason to be proud of them and their work! 

Please, say thank you to all our Social Quarters staff. They work very hard so we can have a safe environment to enjoy and relax and have some fun. Also, thanks to our Members who support them.

We will be having a General Meeting on March 4th, it will start at 6pm. We will not be having a dinner but will be having coffee and tea available, thanks to our SAL Squadron. Also it looks like they will again be the largest Squadron in the Department again next year. Great job in Membership! It will be announced at this Meeting that there will be an Election held for next year’s Officers. We will publish more details in the very near future.

  In closing let me say, things are starting to look a little brighter as we go forward. Hope everyone who wants the COVID Vaccine shots are able to get them. We will continue to follow the State Guidelines and will adjust as they are updated. I wish all our Members and their Families the best. I ask God to Bless all of our Families, Post29 and our Great County. Let’s treat each other with respect and support. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments. Please have a safe and happy March, 2021!

Walt Cusick, Jr.