American Legion Post #9
P.O. Box 684, 405 S. Main St., Garden City, Kansas 67846
Newsletter, August 2019
Thanks A Lot
The 2020 Post 9 membership drive, which started July the first and runs until December 2019, has produced 93 renewals. Seventy-six were regular members and the other seventeen were Kansas Life members.
Our Post membership quota for 2020 is 193. So were we are at about 48 percent of quota for the upcoming year.
Not bad. Thanks a lot to all who have already renewed.
So, the first three weeks in July generated 7 to 9 renewals in the mailbox every day, but now the flow has slowed. Please take time to send in your renewal to the Post or renew on-line, and asked your American Legion buddy to do the same.
Membership Opens To All Veterans
Your American Legion, at the Department and National level, have been working for years to get legislative action on a bill that would allow our organization to recruit military veterans from peacetime as well as wartime eras.
Previously, only veterans who have served during certain war periods were eligible to join our great organization. The bill called the Legion Act allows veterans who served in “peacetime eras,” between 1941 and now to join the American Legion. According to The American Legion, nearly 1,600 U.S. veterans were involved in armed conflicts, outside of officially recognized war periods, that resulted in combat deaths and wounds.
This bill opens up our membership rolls to thousands of potential new recruits. President Donald J. Trump signed the bill into law July, 30,2019.
Local military veterans who want to learn more about the benefits and advantages of being a member of the greatest service organization in the world are being invited to take part in a free hamburger feed on Monday August the 5th.
The dinner starts at 6 pm at 405 S. Main, followed by the monthly general membership meeting of Harry H. Renick American Legion Post 9. Those taken part in the meal are also invited to attend the meeting as guests.
Clean Up Successful
Post Commander Donna Hernandez gives a hardy salute to all who helped clean up and get rid of lots of clutter in the main storage room on Sunday, June the 23rd. It took hours to clean and re-organize, but the end result was well worth it.
July 4th Parade
American Legion Post 9 recognizes the outstanding effort and show of military veteran support displayed during the first annual staging of the Vets For Veterans 4th of July Parade. The reaction from the large crowd of citizens who watched the parade on Main Street was very positive. Job well done.
Just as a point of reference, the other large communities in western Kansas do not hold a Veterans Day or July the 4th parade. Garden City is unique that way. So, again thanks VFV for your display of patriotism.
— This Sunday, August the 4th, the monthly all-you-can-eat community breakfast takes place at the Post. The SAL meal offers a large variety of breakfast favorites including sausages, pancakes, eggs, coffee and juice. It is available from 8 pm to 11 pm. And only costs $8.
Hey, the conversations are upbeat. You might even met a new friend. The address of course is 405 S. Main.
— Don’t forget bingo takes place every Saturday evening at your Post. Door open at 4:30 and the games start at 5:30. If you don’t want to play bingo, drop in for a snack from the kitchen run by the ladies Auxiliary. They work up a mean chili dog and popup tasty fresh popcorn.
— Also, worth attending is the Eight District Commander’s Homecoming Saturday, August the 17th at American Legion Post 47 in Dodge City. The event honors the leadership of District Commander Don Marshall, Auxiliary President Kelly Marshall and SAL Commander John Hall. It starts at 12 noon with an area-wide Quilt of Valor ceremony for veterans, followed at 1pm with a brief program and a free-will offering meal. The food is being catered by Post 9 member and Golden Corral manager Trace Woolwine. Good eats and company.
— Every year, American Legion districts in Kansas take turns manning an information booth at the Kansas State Fair. This year, the Eighth district will take its turn on Tuesday, September the 10th. Volunteer help is always appreciated. While on the grounds, venders are encouraged to take time to walk around and take in the various exhibits. If interested contact Area West Vice Commander Gary Foos at 785-798-5278.
Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of the family.
— Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia physician, educator and politician
This publication is written and edited by Post 9 Adjutant Jim Arwine