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
Tribute to. . .
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
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.