Guy C. Parlett Post 7 Department of Maryland
A Message from the Commander:
March - April, 2020
Spring Clean-up: April will be a very busy month. Please watch for announcements when Post 7 members gather to clean the inside and outside of the facility.
Entertainment: Don the green and join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration—Green everything! Also, mark your calendars for Gary and the Groove’s return on April18.
Baseball: Post 7 is busy in March and April preparing for the 2020 season with new uniforms, tournaments, and new national rules. We’ve already started recruiting players.
Capital Budget: We hope to secure grant funds for our new parking lot. In addition, we will solicit bids for a new walk-in cooler, digital road sign and a large tent for activities in the grove.
Elections: In accordance with our current bylaws, election of our Post officers will be conducted at our May 5 Membership meeting; nominations will be accepted beginning at our April meeting. Please consider serving as our Post is becoming increasingly more vibrant and welcomes additional leadership support.
For God and Country,
Membership. We achieved 80% membership renewal for 2020! In January and February, the Executive Committee will focus on the remaining 20% while attracting more military youth into our Post. You are our best recruiters so be sure to keep up the great work.
Kitchen. We will install a new walk-in cooler in the kitchen in the beginning of next year. It will have more capacity and be much more energy-efficient.
Football. Please enjoy our discounted food items during the NFL games in January. We’ll have Super Bowl specials on February 2.
Valentine’s Day Dinner. Please plan to join us for a Sweetheart’s Dinner on Friday, February 14. And please wear your dancing shoes!
By-Laws. Your Executive Committee will make a concerted effort to bring the Post’s By-Laws up to date early in the year. The current edition is from 2006, and times change!
Friday Night Dinners. In January and February, we will continue to provide very SPECIAL dinners from our revised menu with super entrees every week.
Mortgage. We sincerely appreciate the recent generous donations from several of our members that were specifically directed toward the reduction of our mortgage. We are striving to pay it off in the next six months. Look for a grand celebration of this important milestone in the Spring.
Exchange/MWR Privileges. Starting January 1st, all service-connected disabled veterans with a VA Health Identification Card, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary veteran caregivers will be eligible to shop at commissaries and exchanges, and use certain morale, welfare and recreation activities. https://www.military.com/dailynews/2019/09/20/millions-more-vets-and-caregivers-are-about-get-commissary-exchangeaccess.html.
For God and Country,
Wine and Cheese Party. November 2 from 5-7:00 PM. Plan to attend this annual event organized by your Auxiliary. It’s educational and fun!
Parking Lot Grant Request. On November 14, Post 7 will support its Grant Request for partial funding of the resurfaced parking lot. Pat Guibao will lead our delegation as we attempt to convince Maryland officials to provide a grant for partial reimbursement of our parking lot project. Funds support over 20 projects; let’s hope we are one of them!
Bingo. Wil Wagner and his Bingo Team (Sally, Liz, Beth, Terry, Wendy, Paul, Connie and Andy) do a wonderful job on Thursdays and Sundays. Kelley and the kitchen staff add to the fun with tasty meals. So, plan to attend soon. The large jackpot is $1,199!
Holidays. We’ll have traditional holiday celebrations this year by providing evening entertainment around Thanksgiving, an Eggnog Party at Christmas, and Gary and the Groove Band on New Year’s Eve. Please plan on attending and celebrating with your fellow members.
2020 Projects. Your Executive Committee is researching initiatives for the New Year. Foremost in our plans is the pay-off of our building’s mortgage by June 2020. Other projects include the walk-in cooler replacement, updating our kitchen appliances, tent replacement, resealing the deck, purchasing new deck furniture and retractable awning, and lastly, a new electronic billboard sign on Crownsville Road for vibrant, real-time visibility of our events and services.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
For God and Country,
1. American Legion: A new law opens the membership to those who served after Pearl Harbor without the black-out periods.
2. Baseball: Your Admirals had a winning season: 12-11. We beat our arch-rival, Severna Park, twice. Our top pitcher, Cam Nolet, won the NATIONAL title for the most strike-outs. Our shortstop, Matt Ferony, won the State’s Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.
3. Trust Fund: A $5,000 Legion Cares insurance policy is available to you at NO COST. Please stop by your Post and pick up an application. Did I mention NO COST???
4. Food Service: We have added new kitchen staff and new menu items. Now the Friday night dinners are a gourmet delight!!! Please come and find out for yourself.
5. Entertainment: Gary and the Groove returns on October 26. Ed Davino, the acclaimed DJ, will be at Post 7 on several Saturday evenings this fall. Please plan to attend.
For God and Country, Jason O’Neil
POST 7’S BASEBALL TEAM. Our team, ages 14 through 18, has performed in an outstanding manner this season! The team takes the field in replica 1919 uniforms to help celebrate our Centennial. The Admirals played in a Wood Bat Tournament against the American Legion national champions. Come to your Post, and I’ll tell you who won! The picture below recreates the famous book and movie,” Field of Dreams.”
FACILITY FIX-UP. The summer is a good time to accomplish many of the needed repairs to our 28-year old facility. We are upgrading items in the kitchen and rearranging equipment for efficiency purposes. We are also installing a retractable awning over the deck and repaving the parking lot.
DEPARTMENT CONVENTION. A small element of the Executive Committee will attend the Department’s Annual Convention in Ocean City from July 16-19. A key event for the Post will be the award of Maryland’s Career Firefighter/EMS Person of the Year to our nominee. Mr. James Clopein was a member of the tactical team to initially enter the Capital Gazette building during the tragic shooting last year.
Centennial Celebration. Our Gala Dinner-Dance held on March 23 rd was a quality event with
great food, entertainment and important awards. Your Post plans to keep the 100 th Anniversary
spirit alive throughout the year with family-oriented events.
Boys and Girl’s State. This is a banner year for the Post to support this important event in June.
The SAL will sponsor a young man to attend Boy’s State in Westminster. And in the “Year of the
Girl,” Post 7 will sponsor three young ladies for Girl’s State in Salisbury. The Ladies Auxiliary will
sponsor a gifted young leader. And the Post 7 will sponsor two young ladies, “A” students in
their high school who are interested in law and government. The participants report their
experiences in general meetings later in the summer.
Baseball. Our team is ready with century-old uniforms, seasoned, returning players and
outstanding coaches. This year we’ll play in the Frederick Wood Bat Tournament in mid-June.
And to our surprise and delight, our first game is against the #1 American Legion Baseball team
from Delaware. Please plan to cheer for the team!
Menu. Under the leadership of Ben Miles and Mike Smollen, we’ve revamped the menu and
beverage selection to attract more members to enjoy their post. Check out the Friday Specials
shown below in the calendar.
Facility. High on our facility maintenance list is the resurfacing of the parking lot this summer.
And we’re planning a new mural by our own Don Eick to welcome young members back from
the conflicts in the Middle East.
For God and Country
May and June are traditionally busy months for Post 7. This year is no exception. Please plan to stop by and enjoy YOUR post for camaraderie, events and great food. Some key activities include:
Baseball - Our Admirals team has new managers, new uniforms and a renewed spirit to start the season on May 30th. One of the new managers is Mike Barilla, the son of our famous Betty B. A complete schedule will be posted on the website and in the lounge. A Father’s Day Tournament will take place at Frostburg University in western Maryland. Come out and support the team when it plays games at the Annapolis High School.
Girls State - Post 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor two young ladies to attend Girl’s State at Salisbury University during late June. It’s a week-long event about leadership, and I’m sure Paige Wells (Indian Creek Upper School) and Daphna Anderson (Broadneck High School) will really benefit from the program.
Facility Upgrades - In addition to painting the lounge and cleaning up the outside, we’re planning to replace our furnace and make the kitchen more efficient.
Skeet Club - This year we’re initiating a Skeet Shooting Club under the auspices of member, John Church. The range is in Glenn Dale with weekly shoots and events during the summer. Post 7 will pay for the ammunition used by members. The schedule will be posted on the Website.
Flag Retirement Ceremony - Boy Scout Troop 768 of Millersville will join our ceremony on Thursday June 14th. Please plan to join this important annual event.
Entertainment - In May, Gary and the Groove return on Saturday, May 19th, and Peter Franks plays in the lounge on Tuesday, May 29th. In June, Jay Munton and Family will play in the lounge on Tuesday, June 26th and The Groove is back for a return engagement on Saturday, June 30th.
Charlotte Hall - It is our hope that you will be able to lend your support for our efforts and the veterans who reside at this facility.
Horseshoes - We’re looking for a manager to get our Horseshoe League up and running. Post 7 has the facility and equipment necessary to make this project a reality. This is a resource that all members of the Legion family, and their guests, should be able to utilize.
More good things: In this Veteran’s Voice you will find an article on a Maryland son Augustus Walley. Trooper Walley was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor on two occasions. We hope you enjoy his story.
The month of May is a special month in that we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those service men and women who are currently on the front lines and in some very remote and hostile places in this world.
For God and Country
Membership - I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members who have submitted their dues for 2018. We’ve heard from approximately 30 percent of our membership, and although it’s early in the dues year, your support for this undertaking shouldn’t go unrecognized. Our kitchen is still the finest in the county. Our bar-time discussions are focused and on point. It reminds one of the hit TV series “Cheers”!
Decorum - When visiting the lounge, please leave any rumors at home! Our Post prides itself as being straight-forward and accurate. Should you have an issue or concern, please feel free to contact me. Those individuals who may be involved in rumor spreading should be made aware that your actions will not be tolerated.
Boys State - We’re interviewing 2 candidates for next year and looking for young women who can be sponsored by Post 7 for Girl’s State in 2018.
Silent Auctions - This fall your Post will hold many silent auctions for very worthy causes. Please check the website for event details.
Flags-on-West Street - A new initiative sponsored by Post 7 along with the Elks is the hanging of flags on West Street in Annapolis honoring Middle East returnees, many with injuries. Please view our success on the Website and Facebook during the early part of 2018.
More good things – We will be having our Annual Crab Feast on September 23rd and the kick off of the SAL Breakfast season starting on October 1st (see flyers for both in this newsletter). Also, Post 7 is going all out to support the Auxiliary in the Heroes Run in support of the Travis Manion Foundation on Sunday, September 10th (see enclosed flyer). I want to thank the Legion family in advance for your support for these upcoming events.
For God and Country,
Summer is in full-swing with the Fourth of July picnic, baseball and the state convention. Please stop by your post to participate as often as your schedule and health allows! Some of the key items of interest:
Baseball. Our team, the Admirals, play a 35-game season. The home field is at Annapolis High School. The season goes from May 30 until July 22. There is a tournament in Mt. Airy over the July 4th weekend. Please see the baseball tab on the website for the schedule and pictures of the players.
Convention. July 10-14 in Ocean City. One of the key agenda items pertains to Post preparations for the Centennial Celebration in 2018-2019. Our Fence Replacement Project is part of this year-long effort.
Boys State. Trevor Hawkins was sponsored by Post 7 to attend Boys State from June 18-23. In July, we will host a dinner for his family to hear his comments about the event. We’re planning to sponsor a Girls State candidate next year.
Wine and Cheese Party. Our Ladies Auxiliary is again holding a Wine and Cheese Party in Legion Hall in late August. Last year’s event was a real success. Please plan to attend. Check the website for the date and time.
Vietnam Mural. Our Don Eick is busy painting a mural in the lounge to recognize our members who participated in the Vietnam Era which comprises the bulk of our membership.
Vanguard Cleaning Services. Our Hat’s-Off to the people at Vanguard who are keeping our Post spic and span!
Entertainment: Please reserve the date of August 26 for Saturday evening entertainment by Gary and the Groove.
Hall Rentals: Our Hall is getting a new paint job. Please call Betty at 410-224-5754 for rental information.
Kitchen: Our staff continues to turn out a wide variety of excellent lunches and dinners! Please travel clear across the county to enjoy our cuisine. Please taste it for yourself.
For God and Country,
Jason O’Neil, Commander
This is a very busy time of the year with events such as the Mother’s Day Breakfast, Memorial Day ceremonies, Flag Day, Father’s Day Picnic and Spring Clean-up activities inside and outside Post 7. Here are some key items of interest:
-Baseball. The season starts on May 30 with a 35-game schedule. Our Admirals’ games are mostly played at the Annapolis High School with doubleheaders on Saturdays. This year the team travels to Mansfield University in northeast Pennsylvania for a Father’s Day tournament. The players stay in a college dorm and play at least 4 games against teams from the Mid-Atlantic region. Our sponsorship via fundraisers throughout the year helps make this possible. Please go to the navigation bar “Baseball” and then, click on the “next page” links at the bottom of the main page to view the schedule.
-Boys State. Post 7 is sponsoring Trevor Hawkins, a junior at St. Mary’s High School to attend the annual event at McDaniel College, June 18-24. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the legislative process and make dozens of new friends. Notables like John Wayne, Neil Armstrong and Michael Jordan attended this worthwhile event.
-Website. I hope you’re enjoying our upgraded website now under the administration of a new member of the Auxiliary, Jocelyn Bartone. She’s also a talented photographer so watch for photos of post activities in the coming months.
-Pizza Night. We’ve resumed the traditional Tuesday night culinary fare with a real difference: gourmet pies. The members have really appreciated the efforts of our kitchen to bring out the best quality food at very reasonable prices. Please plan to try it on a forthcoming Tuesday.
-EAD Emergency Device. Kudos to Mike Holmes and the SAL executives for their initiative to buy, install and train 16 members on the use of this life-saving equipment mounted in the hallway between the lounge and the Activity Hall.
-Hall Rentals. We have dozens of different events in our hall from baby showers, to club meetings to wedding receptions and wakes. Please call Betty Barilla at 410-251-3699 or 410-573-0004 to reserve the room, complete with catering or food from our extensive menu.
-Entertainment. Your Post has booked several high-quality bands and DJ’s over the course of the year. Watch for weekend events published in our Bulletin and here on the website. And remember, please provide your email address at the front desk so you don’t miss out.
-Centennial Clean-up. To get ready for the 100 Year Celebration in 1919, we’ve started our clean-up campaign by clearing the brush in front of the post and replacing the bar top. Should you want one or more of the wooden commemorative tiles, please contact 1s t Vice commander, Pat Guibao at firstname.lastname@example.org . Other projects soon to be initiated include but are not limited to the following:
-Painting, including a wall-size mural dedicated to the Vietnam War.
-Floor refinishing -Dance floor refurbishment -Deck Sanding and painting
-Paving of the parking lot (remove foliage islands)
-Replace selected ceiling tiles
If you have other suggestions, please let me know at 703-627-7300 or 410-573-0004.
For God and Country