Newsletter – June 2017

Commander – Al Norton
Memorial Day services this year were awesome! All of the area Veterans organizations and the Moose lodge 2050 were represented very well at all four ceremonies, new cemetery, Hot Spring cemetery, Vietnam wall and the River ceremony at Ralph Edwards Park. It was heartwarming to see everyone there.\

Special thanks to Sgt. Haro and the JROTC, your performance was outstanding, as usual. Also your participation in placing flags at the graves of the veterans on Saturday and retrieving them on Tuesday is greatly appreciated.

Thank you everybody at the American Legion Post 44, VFW 1389, VFW 3317, Moose Lodge 2050 and the auxiliary units from all organizations.

Please note the General membership meeting change for June. It will be held on Friday June 16th also at this meeting the officers for 2017-2018 will be sworn into office by the District Commander Bill Conklin.

Due to poor attendance at Wednesday dinner and dance the last two months we are making changes. Summer months are usually slow but not this slow. This past month the club operated in the red over $1800.00. Please note the changes on the calendar.

This past month our cook has been out sick. I want to thank a few dedicated members, the ones who usually step up to help, for doing so again. We do need volunteers to help in the kitchen, please sign up or talk to Charlene.

Linde Polstin you are doing a great job in your shift change to learn more about the overall responsibilities in the office. I am aware some of the duties are more demanding, especially dealing with the officers and the meetings. Hang in there lady, you are very valuable to Post 44, especially to me and your counterpart Kat.
God bless our Post, the community, the United States of America and especially the Veterans who have helped to keep us free!

Charity & Education
May Gaming Revenues were $2245.84. Recipients were: American Legion Department $404.25; SCCA, Cancer Patient Transport $250; Auxiliary Care Packages $150; Auxiliary Veteran’s Meals $100; Down Under Sports (Logan Green) $250; Friends of EB State Park, Fireworks $500; EB Volunteer Fire Department $200; T or C Veteran Memorial & Museum $250.

Finance Officer – Bob Nellis
May was another slow month financially but ended better than April. Through eleven months of our fiscal year we are still showing positive income. The next few summer months are typically the slowest for the year. The Executive Committee is looking at ways to offset this slowdown. If anyone has a suggestion for raising funds please pass them on to the Activities Committee or place them in the suggestion box.
The vending machine for scratchers and the Power Ball and Roadrunner machine are up and running. Remember that the vending machine takes only bills and does not give change. The bartender on duty can take care of the lottery tickets.

Activities Committee – Kathy Norton and Linda Amdal
A HUGE THANK YOU!! to David Thibeau, Bill Conklin, Bob Nellis and Al Norton for preparing such a wonderful Mother’s Day Dinner and to the SAL’s for the beautiful red roses! Thank you all so very much!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of New Mexico Lottery at the Post!! You can purchase & redeem scratch and lottery tickets while you are here, rather than making a special stop somewhere else! We do ask, however, for your patience while we are learning this new system…Good Luck To You All!!

For June, July and August the dinner/dances will be on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Due to the drop in Wednesday dinner sales there has not been enough revenue to cover the cost of the music. All other Wednesday meals will be a lighter fare. With the reduction in numbers of diners, it has been difficult to calculate how much to prepare. So, in light of that, to prevent so much waste, we suggest you come early to ensure a meal.

Also, Sue Barr will be gone for the month of June, therefore the Tuesday Jams are not scheduled. However, other members of the jam have indicated they may just show up. We look forward to Sue returning on Wednesday, July 5th!

Dry Creek will play for the dinner/dance on Saturday, June 17th. Dinner, Taco Salads, is at 5pm, music at 6.

During the week of June 12th – 18th, we will be holding our very own U.S. Open Putting Contest!! (Thank you Gene Barton!) It will be a 50/50 and those that get a hole-in-one get to enter the drawing for the prize! $1.00 for one putt, 6 putts for $5.00. Proceeds go to the Post. The final day & drawing will be on Father’s Day, the last day of the Real U.S. Open.

Speaking of Father’s Day, Member Dads will be honored with a complimentary Pork Rib Dinner with all the fixins from 5 to 6pm Sunday June 18th. All other guests: $8.00 donation.

Congrats to Bill Laswell for being selected as Volunteer of the Month!! Bill is our resident plumber that has volunteered his help with numerous issues! Thank you, Bill for all you do!!

Once again, we do appreciate your support of the Post and we look forward to seeing you here!

Newsletter – May 2017

Commander – Al Norton
At the April meeting the officers for 2017-2018 were elected. They are:

Al Norton, 4th term
David Thibeau
Bob Acre
Bob Nellis
Vince Hadley
Dan Lanquist
Tom Cleveland-appointed

We still have 3 open positions, Service Officer, Historian & Judge Advocate. The officers will be sworn in at the June meeting and assume office July 1st.

The volunteer fire department is very important to our community. They are in dire need of our support monetarily and with volunteers. If anyone knows of someone who might be interested, please contact the fire chief. In April we had a member faint and fall on the floor. It took EMTs from T or C over 20 minutes to get here. When we had proper people available in Elephant Butte the response was around 5 minutes. In my opinion this is a very serious problem. We will be putting out donation cans, please help!

May 9th we hare hosting a fundraiser dinner for Pam Sallee’s granddaughter, who is representing New Mexico in volleyball in Australia.

Mother’s Day roast beef dinner on May 14th, member’s mothers eat free, from all others we are asking a donation of $8.

I thank everyone who helped with the Cemetery cleanup. This year was the best job ever. The Veterans area looks fantastic!

Our Volunteer of the month negotiated and supervised the parking lot repair project. Gene Barton: you rock.

The 1st week in May we will be preparing for the Fiesta Parade. Come on out and see our float. We will have a Gold Star Member aboard!

Participation in our Post is how we exist. Keep up the good work in making Post 44 the most fun Post in the state. We also have over 120% membership, the best in the District.

God Bless our Post, our Veterans, our Troops and our Nation.

Charity & Education:
Gaming revenues from March provided $2804.02 for April’s Charity & Education. Recipients were American Legion Department $224.34; Auxiliary Care Packages $150; SCCA Cancer Patient Transport $250; Auxiliary Veteran’s Meals $100; Auxiliary Department Assessments $150; EB Bass Anglers Kid’s Fishing Derby $200; Down Under Sports for Logan Green $250; Open Arms Pregnancy Center $100; Moose 2050 Fundraiser Car Show $100; Make a Wish Albuquerque $100; EB Volunteer Fire Department $200.

Finance Officer- Bob Nellis
The post finances remained in the black through the month of April. Although gaming revenues didn’t show any improvement we did receive additional revenue from the juke box, pool tables, and Buddy’s flea market. The revenue from these sources are not great but it helps put money in the bank.

Our application for the New Mexico Lottery has been submitted and approved by the state. We expect to have the vending machine in place and in operation this month. Look for the machine on the west wall next to the ATM.

As is typical for the summer months, our revenue for the Wednesday night dance and dinner are down. The Executive Committee is looking into alternative activities for these days. Any changes will be noted in the upcoming monthly schedules.

Activities Committee – Kathy Norton and Linda Amdal
Thursday, May 4th at 1:00, we could use your help decorating our Fiesta Parade Float at Tom Cleveland’s house. Anyone that wants to ride in the parade, let Ginny Lucero or Linda Nenno know. We will post where to meet and at what time later.

Friday, May 5th is “Cinco de Mayo” with drink and eat specials.

The Fiesta Parade starts at 10:00 on May 6, and our “Steph Ross,” representing SCCA, is this years’ Grand Marshall!! There will be lots of activities in town & when you are done, come to the Post for the “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby & Derby Hat Contest! Post time for the race is 4:34 (our time) so get there early!

Tuesday, May 9th from 5 to 7, our former cook, Pam Sallee, will be preparing her famous 1 and 1/2 inch pork chops, asparagus, baked potato, salad and roll dinner for a fundraiser dinner for her grand daughter, Logan Green. Logan, a sophomore at Hot Springs High School, has been asked to represent New Mexico and the United States in Australia & Hawaii with Down Under Sports playing volleyball!! What an opportunity of a life time!! Logan is a Junior Auxiliary member, so let’s all turn out & support Logan! Tickets, $10, are available at the bar.

Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14th from 2 to 3pm, the guys are preparing a pot roast dinner, complimentary to member Mom’s, $8 donation for all others. There will be a signup sheet at the bar to get an idea of head counts.

Congrats to Jennifer Lewis for being selected as our Volunteer of the Month!! Our quiet little Jennifer has been a valuable asset helping in the kitchen, whenever needed! She also made our dust cover for the patio tv. Thanks a million, Jennifer! You rock!!

A schedule for Memorial Day Weekend activities and ceremonies is posted on the bulletin board. Help is always welcome to set & pick up flags we decorate the cemeteries with.

We appreciate your support of our Post and look forward to seeing you here!