Guy C. Parlett Post 7 Department of Maryland

                                          

 Guy C. Parlett Post 7 Department of Maryland

COMMANDER'S CORNER
 

                                    

   
 
       Commander Robert Wayland          

 

A Message from the Commander:  

 

Commander’s Corner, April-May, 2022

 

First and foremost, I want to thank all who assisted in the annual Post 7 Cleanup Day on Saturday April 9th. With the generous help of the S.A.L., Ladies Auxiliary, Jimmy, Kelly and Jason Veilleux’s crew (from Trusted Solutions), we were able to accomplish the following:

 

 

I’m going to continue to stress meeting attendance: American Legion Post 7 general membership meetings are held first (1st) Tuesday of every month at the post starting at 7:30pm. These meetings are open to all current/card holding Post 7 American Legion members. Attendance is critical to the passing of important initiatives, upcoming events and acceptance of new members. A quorum of 11 voting members is required to pass initiatives and conduct the Post’s business. The basis for the quorum number stems from the percentage of total legionnaire Post membership which is established at the department level. Please plan to attend the meeting and become an active participant in your Post.

 

Membership: Our drive to recruit new members, and renew current ones, continues. The Post rises or falls based on our members. Dues are still just $40 a year, most of which goes to fund Maryland State and National Legion activities. We are currently about 5% down in members compared to this time last year. Please help us maintain our strong membership base by urging your veteran friends to join the American Legion Post 7, or to renew their dues for 2022 if they haven’t done so already. 

 

Post 7 Officer and Southern Maryland District 5 Officer elections are quickly approaching. At the next General Membership meeting (Tuesday May 3rd) we will be conducting the nomination of Post 7 Officers as prescribed in the Post Constitution and By-Laws with elections occurring at June 7th General Membership meeting:

 

 

Attendance by all Post 7 AL members in good standing is highly encouraged!

 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Claims Processing Assistance - Post 7 in coordination with the DAV is offering assistance to disabled veterans in processing their claims on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 0900 to 1300, by appointment.  The services are conducted by Certified Chapter Service Officers at the American Legion Post 7, located 1905 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD. You can direct your questions to the Post 7 Service Officer, Ms. Susan Flanagan at (410) 507-3074 (via text message). A sign-up sheet will be located at the bar.

 

Vietnam Vets Group - I want to remind all that the Vietnam veterans support group meets regularly on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am in the Post hall. This group of distinguished veterans from all services are there to assist and support each other to get through trying and difficult memories. They have been meeting for approximately fourteen years and are sponsored by the VA. The group will accept new members with the only stipulation being, the member must be a Vietnam era veteran and bring donuts!

 

Upcoming events:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Note:

Partner’s In Care (PIC) of Anne Arundel County is a non-profit local organization helping older adults remain independent and in their own homes. PIC has expanded their model of helping neighbors to include the veteran’s community (Veterans Helping Veterans). In a presentation they recently gave at the Post 7 home, they described several initiatives to provide support and assistance to Active Duty, Veterans and their families including such services as: transportation, handyman services-repairs, home visits, phone calls, social networking and education. All at no cost to the veteran.

 

They are needing volunteers who are willing to help in providing these services. Contact: PIC at 410-544-4800, PARTNERSINCARE.ORG or contact the Post for further information. 

 

Finally, please remember that American Legion Post 7, Guy C. Parlett is maintained by a majority of volunteer individuals. It is not just a bar or a restaurant. Post 7 is a place of respect for the individuals that served and the country they served. So, remember that as you come through the Post doors. Please keep the Post and grounds clean by policing up after yourself.

 

 

 

Commander’s Corner, March, 2022

 

A critical issue is meeting attendance: American Legion Post 7 general membership meetings are held first (1st) Tuesday of every month at the post starting at 7:30pm. These meetings are open to all current/card holding Post 7 American Legion members. Attendance is critical to the passing of important initiatives, upcoming events and acceptance of new members. A quorum of 11 voting members is required to pass initiatives and conduct the Post’s business. The basis for the quorum number stems from the percentage of total legionnaire Post membership which is established at the department level. Please plan to attend the meeting and become an active participant in your Post.

 

Post 7 Officer and District Officer elections are quickly approaching. At the General Membership meeting (Tuesday April 5th) we will discuss the process of nominations and election as prescribed in the Post Constitution and By-Laws:

Attendance by all Post 7 American Legion members is highly encouraged!

 

Membership - Another “Hot Topic” that must be continually addressed is membership and dues. Post 7 membership was at 83% of goal as of mid-February. Though very good, we are still lagging behind a majority of other Posts within District 5. District 5 is currently in 7th position within the state. So to survive and thrive as a meaningful Post to the community, it is very important that everybody renews their membership. Also, reach out to service members and veterans and let them know we exist.

 

Post Access - The Post replaced the front door access card reader. The old “Blue” cards have expired and will no longer work in the card reader, however, new (Yellow) access cards are available for purchase from bar and office staff for $2.00 each. To purchase a card you must be an active/paid up member of Post 7 (American Legion, S.A.L. or Ladies Auxiliary).

 

In addition, the Post staff will continue to conduct 100% check on membership ID cards. All members entering the Post will be required to provide an up-to-date membership card or be willing to renew their membership on the spot. 

Annual Dues:

American Legion: $40.00

Sons of American Legion: $30.00

Dual Membership: $15.00

Ladies Auxiliary: $30.00

 

Boys State: Application cutoff date is May 1, 2022. The state currently has 36 applications this year compared to 90 in pre-pandemic years. Post 7 is honored to sponsor Mr. Aiden Gilroy, a highly motivated junior at Severn High School. Aiden maintains a 4.39 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society (2021, 2022) and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society (2021, 2022). We wish him “Good Luck” in his future endeavors. 

 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Claims Processing Assistance - Post 7 in coordination with the DAV is offering assistance to disabled veterans in processing their claims on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 0900 to 1300, by appointment.  The services are conducted by Certified Chapter Service Officers at the American Legion Post 7, located 1905 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD. You can direct your questions to the Post 7 Service Officer, Ms. Susan Flanagan at (410) 507-3074 (via text message). A sign-up sheet will be located at the bar.

 

Vietnam Vets Group - I want to remind all that the Vietnam veterans support group meets regularly on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am in the Post hall. This group of distinguished veterans from all services are there to assist and support each other to get through trying and difficult memories. They have been meeting for approximately fourteen years and are sponsored by the VA. The group will accept new members with the only stipulation being, the member must be a Vietnam veteran and bring donuts.

 

Upcoming events:

 

 

 

 

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