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!