Newlsetter – December 2017

Commander – Al Norton
The Executive Committee addresses every comment put in the box. However, if they are not signed they are read and discarded. The reason for this is people put nasty comments with no name. Therefore no consideration and no response will be given.

We are discussing making some changes to Wednesday dinners and band scheduling. We are thinking changing the times to Wednesday lunch 12-2pm with music from 4-8pm. Our thinking for dinner is people like to visit with friends without having to yell over the music. Currently the bands play from 6-10pm, and by 8pm the band is playing to nobody. The entertainers would prefer to have people to play for and dance. I really need all members possible to give me their ideas in this matter. Please do so by using the suggestion box and please put your name on it. Keep in mind this is our Post, without input from you we are forced to make decisions based on what a few of us think is important to the Post. Also remember the reason we are elected is to do the best job we can do for the Post. Everyone’s input is important.

I would like to give a special thanks to the paint crew for the job they have done to make our building down right good looking. This is a large job done by no expense from Post funds. All material and labor was donated!

Anyone interested in submitting a person for member of the year must have a written recommendation to the executive committee, submitted by January 1 2018.

Remember our Troops, Veterans and all of their families that support them and the American Legion Family.

God Bless everyone and especially this great nation called America!!

Charity & Education:
November 2017, the Post had $2113.70 in the budget for charities which enabled us to continue to keep our commitments various local charities. The disbursements this month were as follows:
American Legion Dept. $356.47
Veterans wall Memorial $250.00
Auxiliary $237.75 – care packages and Veterans Dinners
SCCA $250.00
Elephant Butte Fire Dept. $250.00
VFW 1389 $300.00 – Thanksgiving dinner for the community

This will leave us $475.25 going into December 2017. The next meeting won’t be until January 2018

Finance Officer- Bob Nellis
The revenue for Nov. and year to date is in the black. The insurance check for building repairs due to hail damage has been deposited in the bank but as repairs are made the expense will be taken from that money. Until all repairs are complete the final total is not known. Repairs are being made to the roof and interior repairs will start soon.

The exterior painting is almost completed. The entrance floor has been painted and a new building sign installed. All of this work was done at no expense to the post.

Activities Committee – Kathy Norton
December always is loaded with activities, celebrating the holidays!

This year we are doing the Christmas Angels a bit differently, we are sponsoring 24 families. Please buddy up and share the expenses to make our families have a wonderful Christmas. The gifts need to be back to the Post by the 11th for the wrapping and pizza party. If you don’t want to shop and are willing to donate towards these families, I’m sure we can find a shopper you can buddy up with! Santa will be here delivering the gifts to the kids on Dec. 16th from 11:00-1:00. We are providing Hotdog lunch for them as well. Come join the fun!

The Post White Elephant Christmas will take place on the Dec. 16th including a pot luck and music by Sue’s Lost and Found Band beginning at 5:00.

The Lucero Challenge has been cancelled on 12/24 and our Post is closed on Christmas day.
The activities meeting will be held on December 11th at 1:00, please, if you have ideas or just want to participate come join us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!

Newsletter – November 2017

Commander Al Norton:
No report.

Charity & Education:
Gaming revenue for Charity & Education was $380.15 for September. Last month the revenue was over $2,000.00. Our total budget for this month was $3055.05 & recipients were: American Legion Department $68.43, T/C Memorial $250.00, Auxiliary Care Packages $150.00, SCCA $250.00, Auxiliary Veteran’s Meals $100.00, Friends of Elephant Butte State Park Luminaria $500.00, SNMVH Car Show Fundraiser $100.00 and Moose Lodge 2050 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for the Needy $200.00.

Finance Officer: Bob Nellis
As the end of October nears the post revenues are in the black. The bar and kitchen continue to do good and gaming is improved over September. The executive and activities committees are always open to suggestions to generate revenue.
Thanks to a generous donation from Lee Spieker we will soon be painting the outside of the post. Anyone wanting to help with power washing or painting see or Tom or me. This will turn our nondescript building into one that will stand out and welcome visitors. With volunteer labor and paint supplied by Lee there will be no cost to the post. When you see Lee give him a big thanks and pat on the back.

Activities Committee: Kathy Norton and Linda Amdal
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Tom Cleveland for donating a shiny new pizza oven!! Our pizza customers & bartenders are most grateful!!

Saturday, November 4th will be a busy day! Come join us for our Craft Fair & Yard Sale with set-up at 8am, Doors open 9 to 3. Indoor space is $15, outdoor space $10. Yard sale items must be brought the day of the event. Legion yard sale donations will go on the patio that morning, also. Don’t forget! Christmas is just around the corner!! Biscuits & gravy will be available from 9 – 11, hot dogs & chips from 12-2. Vendors can sign up at the bar or call the Post @ 575-744-4144.

Pool Tournaments: 3:00 pm, Guys & Gals Nov. 5th, 3-Ball Nov.12th, Scotch Doubles Nov. 19th and the Lucero Challenge Nov. 26th. These will all be pot luck.
Tuesday Jam’s will continue with the exception of Tuesday, Nov. 21st.
Bunco continues to be well attended & lots of fun! Come in at 1:00 Thursday Nov. 9th & Nov. 30th.

We would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Becky Burcher for all her volunteering!! Besides helping in the kitchen, she has been active in coordinating our Angel Tree Project and Veteran’s Day Programs for the schools! Thanks, Becky!!

Come join us for the dinner/dance on Saturday, Nov. 18th with the Lost ‘N’ Found Band! Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Basil soup is on the menu.

The Post will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Heads up for December Activities to mark on your calendar! The Luminaria Walk at the State Park will begin at dusk. We could use some volunteers to distribute Sloppy Joes. Please let Kathy Norton or Ginny Lucero know if you would like to help. Also, the Post Christmas Party & Employee recognition will be Saturday, Dec. 16th. More on that to follow.

Thank you for supporting our Post & we look forward to seeing you soon and often!!