I wrote last month’s Commander’s Call prior to the Home
Association meeting where members voted for board officers of
the Home Association. I would like to take this opportunity to
congratulate our new board officers. Those who stepped up to the
plate to volunteer their time are: President - Bob Stoodt, Vice
President - Frank Caputo, Treasurer - Bill Weikel and Secretary
- Ed Harmon. The next time you see these folks at the Post,
please thank them taking an interest in the future of our Post.
I would also like to thank Russ Wilson, past Home Association
President, for volunteering to stay in office until we completed
the voting, even though his term of President was up in February
2017. Great job guys!
The second item I would like to discuss is a review of our
successful Lent-at-the-Legion that ended in April. This year’s
Lent-at-the-Legion topped our last year’s event. Thanks has to
go out to everyone who made this possible. Part of our success
this year was taking the lessons learned from last year and
making adjustments as needed. In 2016, we got off to a slow
start. We didn’t know how to gauge whether we would receive
public support. We also didn’t advertise well until the Fish
Frys were almost over. Two years ago, nay-sayers told me, “Fish
does not sell here.” and “We tried it before and it did not
work.” I then made a command decision to try it and as they say,
the rest is history. We had tremendous support from our
surrounding communities. Folks flooded the Post for meals. We
didn’t prepare for the crowds we received and we ran out of fish
the first few weeks hours before the fi sh fry was over. I, too,
planned to have dinner on Friday during Lent, but was told we
were out of fish and it was only 7 PM. Looking back, I also need
to thank all who volunteered when I made the suggestion to have
Lent at the Legion last year. I shared our story at a district
meeting and they now use this example to educate new commanders
to never give up when you have an idea. I raised the bar high in
2016 and this year it was raised even higher. I challenge
everyone to roll up his or her sleeves and make 2018 even more
successful than this year. Again, a personal thank you to all
who volunteered in order to prove to everyone that I made the
right call. Thank you again for your support.
I now need to shift gears to our past Easter Egg Breakfast and
Easter Egg Hunt. I do not know where to start as the event was
so successful. We had plenty of volunteers and everyone left
with smiles on their faces. Gary Hartman and the Sons of the
Legion were outstanding. The Sons made their famous “bunny
pancakes” along with numerous side dishes. After everyone
completed his or her meal, volunteers conducted an Easter raffle
for the children. This would have been enough in itself, but
then there was an awesome, super-organized Easter Egg Hunt. Gary
Hartman, Commander of the Sons, and his members and volunteers
never disappoint our Legion. They constantly strive to exceed
the last event they had. Hats go off to them! I want to thank
this year’s Easter Bunny, Jewel Denne. She did an excellent job!
I want to inform everyone that we will be conducting the voting
for legion commander and if a current officer is voted in as
commander, we will be voting for that officer’s position as
well. One final call - anyone who is interested in becoming a
Legion officer needs to contact our Judge Advocate, Nick Krawec
now. He can be reached by calling 412- 877-1629.
Nick is in charge of the Nominating Committee. Voting will take
place at the June Meeting.
In closing, from time-to-time I hear grumbling that other folks
feel they could do a better job leading the Post into the
future. For those who believe that they can do a better job, my
recommendation is for these folks to do less talking about this
at the bar and step up and do the right thing. Now would be the
time to exchange your bar stool for the commander’s chair. We
need good people to lead Post 712.
I will be missing my first Legion meeting on Monday since I
started my rein as commander. I am scheduled for surgery at
Jefferson Hospital bright and early Monday morning. I want to
thank all those who have surrounded me with their support. The
tremendous success our Legion achieved over the years could not
have been done without your dedication.
As always we
continue to support our troops.