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Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania

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Commanderís Call

     While the cold winter days are coming to an end, Lent-at-the-Legion will keep the Post heating up for a while. Thanks to our volunteers who devoted their time in order to make this yearís Lent-at-the-Legion even more successful than our first Lent-at-the-Legion in 2016, Lisa and her staff who have exceeded expectations preparing the food and filling all of the orders, and especially the entire community who have supported our Post and our veterans since the inception of this major fund raising event for this Legion. Both last year and this current year, I have attended numerous community meetings to elicit the communityís support for our Post and veterans. Pleasant Hills Boro personnel took up the torch and were very instrumental in marketing for our events. What is truly amazing is that around every corner you can see signs located at local restaurants, churches, fire departments, and even food stores asking the community to attend their Fish Frys, but yet, our business continues to grow.

     One event which does not sit as well for me is the fact we had to cancel the dinner to honor our own Post 712 Vietnam Era Veterans. Outside funding is always difficult to obtain and as much as I have tried, I could not get outside funding to cover this event and the Legion is not in a position to pay for it at this time. I do want to apologize to members who have already signed up for the dinner and who were excited they would finally be recognized for their service. I firmly believe it is equally important to honor our own veterans along with honoring veterans from our community.

     I attended the District 36 Meeting in March and was extremely honored to have been asked to serve as Commander of District 36, but I am not in a position to accept the honor; otherwise, I would have continued to serve (if asked) as Commander of Post 712 for another year. I am proud to serve alongside our Legion officers. We have a great team of officers, most of whom who are willing to serve in their current positions for another year if voted in by the members at the June meeting. We do have one candidate for commander who has come forward so far. Nick Krawec, Judge Advocate, is chairing the nominating committee this year for the adjutant. His information is located in a separate announcement in the newsletter. This is a great time for me to pass the baton to another commander. We are held in high regards by the District and by the community. We have completed several very successful outreach events with the community.

     There will be two Post 712 Legion officer positions that will need to be filled for the upcoming year: Commander and Adjutant. If anyone is considering running for commander or adjutant and who has questions about these positions, we are available to answer your questions. The new commander will appoint the next adjutant. Leadership skills are a must for both positions. The commander office requires a lot of networking, staying in touch with the community, attending meetings and listening to members. Both offices interact with many people. For the adjutant, a customer service attitude, organizational skills, and attention to details and deadlines are especially critical. The adjutant position actually steers all Legion matters. We expect we will have the names of the candidates who are interested in running for commander to Nick by the May meeting. The commander position will be voted on at the June meeting.

     In closing, there will be other events coming up where we could really use your help as a volunteer: Lent-at-the-Legion in April, Kidsí Easter Party, Collecting and replacing American flags on gravesites of various cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend, Memorial Day Ceremony at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Thomas Jefferson High School, Bill Green Shopping Center in Pleasant Hills and our Post. Even if you could only donate a couple hours of your time, it would be greatly appreciated.

As always we continue to support our troops.

Richard J. Wojnar

Commander

 

                           

Tribute to. . . Carl Anderson

by Don Rottman

American Legion Post 712 lost one of its pillars last month when Carl Anderson past away after a lengthy battle with his health. Carl was one of the first guys I met when I joined. He introduced me to other members and their goals and visions for the Legion. Carl was directly responsible for getting me involved in the legion and that it was not just a place to have a beer.

There was not a job he would not do from Commander to washing walls to trimming the bushes. He set the example for many of us. And yes, we need more to follow his leadership.

Carl and his wife, Marg were always the first to greet you when you came into the legion. They usually sat at the same place by the door to greet everyone who entered. I enjoyed his stories about the early days of the legion, his days in the Navy and his hunting and fishing trips.

Carl was like a corner stone of the Legion and it will be hard to replace that kind of dedication and loyalty, I hope some members will fill the void caused by his passing and follow his lead and carry the torch he so proudly carried for the legion.

Farewell Fellow Legionnaire.

 

 

 

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