7 February 2019
Our first post meeting for 2019 was held on 5 February. The previous meeting was held last December, so there was a lot of information to cover. We got off to a great financial start for January. Much of this success is due to Joe Denny and his very successful Corn Hole tournaments!!! (some of these players are seriously good!!) The increase in member participation in Post 46 activities is really exciting and I would remind the members we also feature a pool table and dart set as alternative activities. Interestingly, there is a bill in the new KY Legislature to exempt American Legion home posts from property taxes, which would be a nice financial boon. Post Financial Officer Williams quickly provided our data to the group working this effort. We also received a Letter of Appreciation from the KY Department of Veteran Affairs for our financial donation to the Wilmore Veterans Facility.
Jr. Vice Commander Carney updated the post on our cherished youth programs (Oratorical and Boys/Girls State programs). She is now working with some six (6) school system counselors. Several of these schools have excellent speech programs, yet none of the students want to participate in the Oratorical Program for some easy college funds. While we have registered a boy for Boy's State, it appears we will also have a girl for the Girl's State Program. Regena continues to recruit additional students.
The Post lost an Associate member and long term friend/benefactor. Mr. Bill Haslett passed away from cancer. Sr. Vice Cmdr. Belcher attended his services and Chaplain Whitehouse also contacted his family. Bill rebuilt our current heating/cooling system and was quick to repair our refrigeration issues. The Post also lost a Legion Son and Radio Club member KB4UPW Bennie Kessler. A Celebration of Life ceremony is planned at the Lebanon United Methodist Church on 16 February. Bernie was a valuable and active member of the Radio Club.
We did not identify any interest in our proposed Color Guard. We closed that action item and are working to formally return our ceremonial rifles to the US Army. It is most nostalgic to look at the historical photos on the Post 46 History Wall of our previous Post 46 Color and Honor Guard members in full uniform. There is a bit of heartache to see the erosion of interest in this basic and noble military skill.
Great News!! Ms. Helen Overstreet, Director of our Annex school, returned from surgery in Texas, which very successfully removed the remainder of brain cancer. She resumed a work schedule this week. We give heartfelt thanks for this divine gift!!
On this past Monday, the Radio Club conducted its monthly American Legion National Dstar net. They added an after net session for Veteran Benefits questions hosted by our Service Officer Gene Klaus. This is a unique, creative, and helpful addition to this net. The information can be life changing for those it helps. Gene sounded very credible and knowledgeable on the air. Kudos to the Radio Club and Gene!!! The Radio Club also announced that a reporter from the Legion magazine will travel to our Post 46 to do an article on the Post and its Radio Club for a national Ham Radio magazine. The subject of focus is the success of Amateur Radio Clubs in American Legion posts. This article could likely be expanded to include more of the Post 46 assets (School House) and be included in the Legion magazine.
Post 46 will celebrate its 100th Anniversary of its Temporary Charter on 22 October. I outlined a skeletal celebration plan utilizing the Radio Club with a FCC special event call sign that will operate from the post and another remote location with high public visibility. The post will host an evening dinner featuring finger foods and a birthday cake for all our members. The membership agreed to proceed on this plan and the leadership will work to evolve the plan more fully.
If you are one of the few yet to renew your membership, your membership expired on 1 February. Please go on line to the American Legion and renew or send in your renewal to the post mailing address!
Your post leadership cautions all our members to be extra cautious with the extremes in weather!
Tony Cromwell, Commander
31 December 2018
As we start 2019, your post invested heavily in post facility improvements/repairs and still broke even for 2018. As a nonprofit, that ending seems to fit! As an older membership, we continue to lose some of our most treasured veterans and welcome new members joining our ranks. This is especially evident in the Radio Club who attract a couple of members every time they run a testing session for new or upgrading hams. Remarkably, they generated more than sufficient funds to pay for our 2019 Boys State candidate via their hosting the National Dstar net. The Director of Boys State congratulated the post on the first registrant for 2019... plus attaboys to the District and Area B Commanders.
Ms. Helen Overstreet is returning to Texas for her final surgery to remove what is left of the original brain cancer. The earlier surgery was surely a true example of the Lord at work! It was beyond rewarding to see her return to work. Let's all pray for a repeat performance!!!
Gene Klaus is continuing his Service Officer training and we are providing a space for his valuable announcements on this web site. Additionally, the Radio Group is planning to incorporate him into their monthly National D star net. These Service Officer advisories are a unique, helpful, and innovative change to these type nets.
If you missed the free membership Christmas dinner, you missed one fine dinner prepared by the Post Services Committee under Ruby's leadership! We enjoyed one of the largest turnouts in recent memory. While Ruby was unable to attend due to the loss of her nephew, the remainder of the team all went the extra mile creating a very nice event. A big thanks to all those dedicated members who made it happen!! Please keep Ruby in your prayers as she helps her family through their ordeal.
We are still looking for a few good members to form up a Color Guard. Please call or email the post if you have a willingness to support this guard. Thank you for considering it.
Our January meeting falls on New Years' Day. That meeting will be cancelled and our next meeting will be February 5th at 7 PM. Please try to attend and lend your important participation in these meetings.
On behalf of our post officers, we wish our entire membership a happy and prosperous New Year. Be safe and enjoy!!
Tony Cromwell, Commander