Commander’s Column

May has arrived, hope everyone had a productive and safe April. I want to update our Legion Members, that the nomination period for the upcoming Election of next year’s Executive Board has closed. I can report that none of the Candidates listed on the Bulletin Board have been challenged, so there for, those listed will be voted in at our June 2022 General Meeting and installed at our July 2022 General Meeting. Please contact Past Commander Bill Beaudin if you have any questions concerning the Election process. Also, I want to thank Past Commander Beaudin for supervising our Election process again this year.Past Commander Beaudin for supervising our Election process again this year.

We worked with the United Military Care on May 13th and 14th with their Event to provide Aid and Care to our Veterans in Cobb County. It was held at the Cobb County Civic Center and was a huge success! I would like to commend and thank them for all their support to our fellow Veterans!

We are getting very close to wrapping up our Membership drive. We are still short of the Goal set by the District. Please reminder your friends to renew if they are a Member of our Post and welcome our new Members when you see them. Special thanks to Sr Vice Ed Bruce and Past Jr Vice George Grindstaff for all their hard work for the Post!

Memorial Day is coming up and we will keep you updated on the activities at the Post for that weekend as they develop.  

     In closing, I want to thank all those Members who work so hard to help make this Post what it is today! Also, we welcome more to step in help us going forward. I wish the best for you and your Families! Thank you all for your Service to our Great Country and Post 29! Honored to be your Commander!

Walter A. Cusick, Jr.

From the SAL

All members note we have new access cards for the post.  The old blue cards no longer will work in the door.  You will need to pick up a new yellow card at the post, which you may do by presenting your 2022 membership card.

Notice for 2022 – 2023 SAL Elections

Nominations for 2022 – 2023 SAL officers will be closed at our May SAL meeting April 26th

Elections will be held at the May 24th SAL monthly meeting.  This is a correction from our previous post that had stated our meeting would me May 29th.  The correct date is May 24th.  At the May 24th meeting, prior to the elections, any Squadron 29 member may present the name of any other Squadron 29 member for nomination to any office for which the Squadron 29 member was not previously nominated.  The person being nominated from the floor must be present or have a letter on file accepting the position for which he is being nominated, and upon said nomination being seconded, the name shall be considered as though contained in the report of the nominating committee after said report has been accepted and adopted by the Squadron.

The SAL Kitchen Crew

  • Hosted Uncle Pete’s Breakfast on April 2nd
  • Hosted the American Legion’s monthly meeting on April 7th.
  • Hosted the SAL Breakfast on April 16th.

Our plans for the coming month:

  • April 29th SAL will hold a Fish Fry in the upstairs hall from 5 PM till 7 PM.  Come enjoy a delicious Fish Fry before the band plays.
  • May 5th we will host the American Legion Dinner meeting prior to the AL General Meeting.
  • May 21st we will host the SAL Breakfast.

SAL Monthly Meeting

To members of the SAL – Please mark your calendars for Tuesday April 26th  for our next SAL meeting.  The May SAL Meeting will take place on May 24th.  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. This is your opportunity to see how your SAL Squadron is run and bring your ideas what we can do to improve our initiatives.

Always remember to 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 in as a guest to show them the post and our social quarters to 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 Social Quarters

Hey!!!

 I hope you all have an A-MAY-ZING May!

Join us Thursday May 5 starting at noon for some Cinco De Mayo Fun!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there- Your Job and LOVE never ends—You Are Beautiful!!!

Entertainment for May is listed below. Enjoy great music with your fellow Veterans and friends. Table service is back on Friday nights.

6th    Spot On

13th Kick Back Jack

20th N2U

27th South Paw

Live music is from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM every Friday.

The Social Quarters will be open as follows:

Monday 11-7 PM

Tuesday   11-10 PM

Wednesday   11-10 PM

Thursday 11-10 PM

Friday    11-12 AM

Saturday 12-8 PM

Sunday   12-7 PM

*The SAL monthly breakfast has returned. The 3rd Saturday of every month the SQ will open at 10:30AM.

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.

Cheers,

Sarah Shirley

Post 29 Social Quarters Manager

sqmanager@post29marietta.org

From the Auxiliary

Girl’s State is a National program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is a course of instruction in as well as a practical application of the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county and state government under the American system.   A session, usually lasting five days in June, is conducted with the top-ranking high school girls as citizens.   Under the guidance of skilled counselors and other staff members who are leading citizens, these girls learn and then practice through self-government, the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of American citizenship.   Unit 29 Auxiliary is sponsoring up to 6 girls to attend.  They do not need to be a junior member just interested in learning about our government.  Contact any board member for guidance in applying. 

It’s now time to renew your 2022 American Legion Auxiliary dues.  As of December 31, 2021, your card is no longer valid, and your membership is not current.   The Post has installed a new door card reader and the blue card is no longer useable for entrance into the Social Quarters.

Senior Membership Dues are $30 and Junior dues are $10.  You can renew in a few different ways:

  • Cash, check or credit card at Post 29 in the Social Quarters with any bartender (checks payable to ALA).  Your new membership card and yellow key card to you immediately.
  • Mail check to ALA at Post 29, 921 Gresham Avenue NE, Marietta, 30060, attention Auxiliary.
  • Pay online at  www.ALAforVeterans.org by clicking  “Renew” in the top right corner then log in and click on the “Pay Dues”. You will then be prompted to review your member info and input your payment information. You can pay with a credit/debit card online.   
  • Pay by phone by calling National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570.  Have your member ID ready.

We are striving to meet our department goal again this year for the fourth straight year so please renew as soon as possible.  In this crazy year, we have not lost sight of our Veterans and need to continue to support them and their families.  I hope we can count on your help once again.

Great news for the Unit 29 Junior members!  Membership has voted on a Scholarship Grant in the amount of $1000.  The Junior member must have been active for three years with Unit 29 and in good standing.  A completed application must be sent to president of the Auxiliary by the June 30 with a supporting acceptance letter/email from the postsecondary educational institution showing the student will be a full-time student.  The Educational Institution does not have to be in the State of Georgia.

Scholarship will be awarded directly to the student(s) at the August meeting.  Unit 29 is excited to continue this Scholarship Grant Program.  We encourage our Juniors to continue in our program and attend a college or university as they graduate high school and become senior members. Applications are available from any Auxiliary Officer.

For God and Country,

Linda Dudley, President

American Legion Auxiliary, Post 29

From the ALR

ALR wants to place more emphasis on recruiting like-minded riders to join our ALR chapter.  We currently have 20 paid members with a goal of reaching 25 members for 2022.  The key is quality over quantity.  We’re seeking individuals that want to get involved to support our veteran causes.  An effective and efficient way to recruit more members is through each member’s social media networks.  Please copy and paste the below to your social media networks to get the word out.  Your help is greatly appreciated. 

Social Media Recruiting Post

If you have a motorcycle and would like to support our military veterans, please consider joining the American Legion Riders Post 29 located at 921 Gresham Ave, Marietta, GA.  American Legion Riders are well known for our charitable work which has raised funds for local children’s hospitals, veteran homes, children of fallen veterans and Wreaths Across America to name a few of our worthy causes.  We love to ride motorcycles and support our veterans. You don’t have to be a veteran or have served in the military to join.  Membership is also open to all ages whose spouse, parents or grandparents served in the US military.  We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month @ 11am at Horace Orr Post 29 so drop in on our next meeting.  Visitors are welcomed!  Or, please visit our website at  https://post29marietta.org/join-the-alr/ for more information.  You can also contact any officer listed under the ALR Leadership drop down tap. Join us and let’s ride!  

Wayne 

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.

Commander