Kentucky Boyle Post 46
Helping others for a better Life!

3 September 2020

We start September with a refurbished Post and a membership anxious to return to our historical fellowship and comradery.  During our shut down and quiet times, we were able to complete the rest of our planned facility improvements.  We installed a new air handling system in the Social Club that greatly changed the atmosphere for better!  We just finished refurbishing the Post Hall and kitchen.  This work completes several years of continuing work to make our Post new again! We now operate our ozone generators every night to sanitize the facility and maximize the freshness of the air.  We are now returning to our historic normal hours of operation.

As a Post, we did not escape the COVID-19 virus!   Our beloved Chaplain, Ken Whitehouse was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and the virus.  We activated the Post Prayer chain and got the Legion District resources praying for him.  He just returned home with Hospice care and a new type ventilator that makes his return home possible.  We pray for him and his family. 

I submitted the Post 46 August financial report for review/approval by the Post Executive Committee.  They approve this document when we are unable to hold membership meetings and have the membership approve it.  We have processed about 48% of membership renewals.  Please help us by renewing when you get the renewal notice….either on line or via mail.  It really helps to get this done promptly!  The September membership meeting is cancelled.  We are a very vulnerable group and we don’t want to endanger our members while the virus numbers remain so high.

Our Corn Hole games are very active and attracting new members.  The Radio Group continues to host the Legion’s national D star net from off site.  The Post just received national recognition from their work via the Legion’s national web site (3 Ky Posts).  We have a link to the news release on our home page.

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer Tips and home page notices.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!


Tony Cromwell, Commander



31 July 2020

Your Post was operational for about a month, quite successfully.  We were required to close for two weeks and hopefully expect to reopen on the 12th of August.  We are now allowing up to ten members to use the Post Hall.  The Corn Hole players are spreading out across the hall and responsibly using it for their tournaments.  Weather permitting, some play outside.  Post management functions are still active, and we are currently in the onset of membership renewals.  We like to process these renewals right away and encourage our members to renew with their first notice, precluding rebilling issues.

Importantly, Legionnaire Phillip Adams (Buddy) stepped up to serve his Post, fellow veterans, and assist in the Post management function.  Buddy completed the Legion’s Basic Training Course and has completed performing all functions of the Post membership duties.  In this Post, that duty falls to the Sr. Vice Commander and I appointed Buddy to that office.  He will stand for election to that office next Spring.  We really need a retired Veteran, with some accounting/business experience, to learn the Adjutant/Finance Officer position.  An experienced veteran, with high integrity, performing these functions for a continuing period is one of the Post’s greatest assets.  We have some awesome talent in our ranks! Please consider serving.  Contact Earl or I via the Post email link at the bottom of this home page.

The Executive Committee has approved the July Financial Report that reflected a profit for the month we were in operation.  During our shutdown, we are moving forward with installing the final air handling system for the Social Club.  This investment is a great boon for the comfort and health of the members.  Doing it now precludes interference in our Post operations.  The work is being done by a Post supporting professional providing a great product at reduced costs.

We lost a Post veteran (Daniel S. Lubinski-KD0HYA) this month (not COVID-19 related).  He was an active and valuable member of our Radio Club.  It was most rewarding to read a recent news release that all our Veteran retirement centers have yet to lose a Veteran to COVID-19!!  The Post has yet to lose a member to this scourge!

The Post is looking for Veterans/Sons interested in forming a Legion Rider’s Chapter in our Post.  Legionnaire Gary Clay is the project lead and is at the Post Hall on the weekend to talk to interested members.  Please contact him if you have an interest.  You can also email the Post and we will forward your contact info to Gary.

Helpful tips:

Amongst the many talents/skills our Vice Commander Regena Carney offers is that of Notary Services.  Make sure you read the Service Officer Tips!!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


30 June 2020

Kentucky entered Phase 3 on 29 June and your Post reopened to its members.  It seemed like a long shut down and our members were most anxious to resume their old comradery and swapping of war tales!! Reopening is being done very cautiously and conservatively.  We did allow some Corn Hole games when Kentucky allowed small gatherings.  Some members played in the Post Hall and some played outside.  Our members were appreciative of the opportunity to play and were incredibly supportive of our restrictions.  Donations were accepted to offset Post costs.

The long, hard, and diligent work of Ms. Patsy Hensley, her son Wes, Helen, and Cathy on Sunday 28 June were critical to a safe and efficient opening of the Post on Monday.  An exceptionally large THANK YOU to them for their fine work!!! Our opening went well with patron temperatures being taken along with some health questions to keep everyone safe.  Joe, Buddy, and Ruby worked superbly, as a team, to prepare the Post and welcome back our members.   It is the unselfish volunteer work of members like these that makes a Post possible!!

Our Post Executive Committee approved the Post 46 Financial Report for June.  We made a profit, even though we were mostly closed.  Works out, we received a large donation from a member Veteran who followed the advice of our Service Officer to request a full disability for advanced Lung cancer.  It was promptly granted by the VA and now they can enjoy that extra income.  Importantly, his wife will now be able to receive that benefit when the Lord calls this veteran to his new unit.  I charge, each of you veterans, to ask yourselves if you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to and that your spouse or dependents are knowledgeable of those benefits and will received them if the Lord calls you.  This is critical to their lifestyle after your passing.  If you have any doubts or need assistance, please contact our Service Officer Gene Klaus.  It is hard to believe our good fortune that we have such a valuable and highly professional Service Officer.  See his column on this web page: Service Officer Tips.

Another Thank You to the Executive Committee for working with me on the closing and reopening issues.  They also reviewed and approved the May Financial Report.  This work is key when we are unable to conduct our monthly meetings.  The July meeting is cancelled, and future meetings are questionable until the virus issue gets resolved.

Our District was the only district in the Department of Kentucky to exceed their 100% membership goal.  Three posts exceeded 100%...Post 46 was one of those with 112%.  It was more amazing as we were losing our older veterans, to the Lord, at the general rate of one a month! We are getting an award from the National Commander.  Another big Thank You to Earl Belcher!!!  July starts the new membership renewal season.  Please renew when you get your notice and be done with it...it really helps our administrative work!!  Online or by mail!! 

A helpful tip:  Amongst the many talents/skills our Vice Commander Regena Carney offers is that of Notary Services.  With these virus issues, she recently volunteered to meet me at the Post to notarize some Estate documents.  I was most grateful. 

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander



2 JUNE 2020

Welcome to summer!!  Can you imagine someone forecasting these events last year?  So many areas of concern and tragedy.  Yet, the newness of the young summer, our faith, and the exhilarating weather provides optimism for the future!  We pray our members and their extended families fare well.

Your Post continues to be well looked after and it recently opened its hall to our Corn Hole members.  They are operating under specific rules on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We just completed two weekends and the activities went well with grateful players respecting the rules, their comrades, and the Post.

Our Radio group carries out its Legion mission in conducting the national Dstar net.  It is being operated by Ken Douglass from his home with George Coomer assisting from his home.  We host over 40 calls from across the nation and a couple internationally.  The sheer dexterity required to singularly manage the logs and microphone for this work is awesome and we salute Legionnaire Douglass!!  Legionnaire Coomer provides the Legion updates at the end of the net and formally files the net report to TALARC.

Currently, Kentucky is showing July 1st as the likely date we can consider reopening the rest of the Post.  Larger groups and the Social Club can now participate.  The restrictions for that time are still evolving and will require careful consideration for the safety of our members.

Legionnaire Phillip Adams stepped up and volunteered to help manage the Post.  He is an Army veteran and served in the Artillery field.  With the membership period resuming end of this month, he will train with Adjutant Belcher on the membership program.  This is an especially important element requiring time and diligence.  We are most grateful that he stepped up and hope others will consider giving back to their fellow veterans as well.

Our membership meetings remain cancelled with the Executive Committee approving our monthly financial reports.   Your Post is well funded to continue its maintenance for the foreseeable future; however, we are receiving rent from our Annex and donations from the Corn Hole teams.  It is likely we will resume operations next month with some restrictions. 

 Thank you for your patience and continuing membership.  Please consider renewing when you get your notice and doing your part in getting the members renewed!

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer Tips and home page notices.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


24 APRIL 2020

This update comes a bit earlier than normal; but we now have a path forward for our post.  The announcement of the CDC guidelines, the evolving of the Coronavirus, impacts on the” vulnerable”, and Kentucky’s status/process allows us to plan a path forward.

I am proud and grateful to announce that all the current post officers volunteered to serve another full term and Post 46  Executive Committee voted unanimously to extend these terms one full year.  The Post Consolidated Report (CPR) and our Officer Roster paperwork was submitted to the Department.  Interestingly, our CPR reflected that our Post Service Officer (Gene Klaus) provided service to some 140 veterans.  Taking away holidays and that’s about one every other day!  These service visits are life changing for those veterans and the post takes great pride in Gene (a retired VA Professional)!

Based on the CDC guidelines and the “vulnerable” nature of our post membership, the Executive Committee voted to keep the post closed until Kentucky enters Phase Three.  Mowing operations, general maintenance, and the paying of post bills/issue resolution will continue via the Finance Committee.  Your post is on solid financial ground and continues to receive rental income from our Annex renter.   The post will support the coming public election which is managed by County personnel.  The post will consider rentals to small, younger groups agreeing to CDC guidelines in Phase Two.

Post membership meetings will be deferred indefinitely and I will submit a monthly financial report to the Executive Committee for review/approval.  This action and the ability for any Executive Committee member to review the financial books will ensure transparency and legal acceptance of our routine paying of bills.

Our Service Officer and the Radio Club representatives will continue to have access to the post.  Both have unique duty needs for access to the Post.

As far as I know, Post 46 membership has not incurred a casualty of this scourge.  Please use caution as this highly contagious virus and its severe impacts on the vulnerable allows little room for error. Tip:  I just learned a couple of minute’s exposure to direct sun light will kill this virus outright!!

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer Tips and home page notices.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are truly fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander





8 APRIL 2020

What a rude interruption in our lives!!  So far, our post membership has yet to incur a Coronavirus casualty.  I am sure, some members have extended family that has experience with this scourge.  For the Legion members, it is a particularly dangerous threat due to our ages and medical conditions.  Locally, we are fortunate to have so few cases in our affected primary counties (Boyle, Garrard, and Mercer).  If your families are affected, please accept my condolences on behalf of our Post Veteran Community.

As you know from the home page, the post is closed until the end of April.  The April membership meeting was cancelled.  The Executive Committee approved a nomination/election meeting at our May meeting; assuming we can hold one.  They also approved turning off the heating units in the post and providing support for our part time workers.

On 8 April, I met with the Adjutant/Finance Officer at the post.  All is well at the post and additional interior maintenance has been performed.  Our part time workers are declining the post offered support.  Mowing operations and routine post checks by Ruby, Joe, and Earl are continuing.  Our financial situation is excellent and the condition of the post is the best its been in a very long time.  We are continuing to monitor the state updates and will advise you on our home page as soon as we are able to resume any type of operations.  Even then, I suspect we will operate under some restrictions. 

I am sad to report our Kentucky Boys State Program is now inactive and will not be held this spring.  This outstanding program produced great results and sending young men to it was one of the most rewarding activities we could undertake.  Funding issues and the coming National Convention in Louisville are factors.  The outstanding Girls state program, under the Ladies Auxiliary, is still scheduled this spring, but; I fear it may get cancelled do the virus restrictions. Stay tuned!

The American Legion National Convention scheduled to be held in Louisville this Aug-Sep has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.  It will not be rescheduled.  Kentucky will host the 2026 National Convention.

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer Tips and home page notices.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander

5 MARCH 2020

Members,

Our Oratorical contest candidate, Alexis Weathers, made an excellent presentation at the Area B competition at the Lawrenceburg Post.  She failed to advance and plans to try again next near.  We are very proud of her and she has a nice start on her College funds.  She is considering attending the Kentucky Girls State program and we are honored to sponsor her.  We commend her family for actively supporting Alexis and Vice Commander Carney for escorting Alexis through this process.  Vice Commander Carney is actively working with the local school systems and will surface a request for Boy/Girl state candidates at the coming Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Your post reached a new high in physical condition as a result of an air handling system overhaul that repaired/cleaned up the air handling ducting system.  All of the post rooms are new receiving beneficial ventilation and our active use of Ozone generators greatly improved Post air quality!  A watertight roof, the replacement of ceiling tiles, and Social Club update makes for a like new post!!

Legionnaire Gary Clay, a US Army Vietnam Veteran, transferred to our Post and his wife joined our Post Services Committee.  They live in Lancaster.  Gary attended our March membership meeting and is working with Post leadership to participate in its management.  For now, he is assisting our Service Officer and looking to establish a Legion Rider Chapter.  We greatly appreciate Gary and his wife’s participation in our post.  When any retiree can devote a little time to serving their veterans/community at the post, it makes a big difference and their effort reaps great personal satisfaction.  Also, staying active is a huge benefit to one’s health!  Please consider helping!

The Corn Hole contests continue to generate interest and fun for those participants.  Some of these players are seriously good at this game.  We have offered to sponsor them to outside contests; but those seem rare.  Keep an eye on the Post 46 Calendar for upcoming social events.

With the warming weather, the activity level at the post is beginning to wane and our wives are discovering outside projects needing our attention!!!  Also, the April membership meeting will start the new Post Officer nomination process.

The Legion’s Kentucky Department will host the National Convention in Louisville from August 25 to Sept 3rd.  They are looking for volunteers to help run this large undertaking.  I have a list of jobs needing volunteers.  If any of you would like to look into this, contact me via our post email address: kypost46@gmail.com or call the Post at 859-236-6824.

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


9 FEBRUARY 2020

Members,

Great news!! Hearty congratulations go to Ms. Alexis Weathers who competed at the District 8 Oratorical contest, as our Post 46 candidate, and walked away winning it!  Vice Commander Carney attended with her.  (Look for a picture of them in the Snapshots/Oratorical tabs section of this web site). Alexis will compete this Sunday at the Lawrenceburg Post for the Area B contest.  I expect she will likely win this and move onto the Department of Ky contest and continue to accumulate very nice winnings for her college fund.  She is a very gifted and well coached Junior at Danville High School.  Watch this web site for news on her progress!!!

As I often relate, our Legion youth programs are the most rewarding programs we participate in.   The Kentucky Boy and Girl State programs are, without exceptions, acclaimed by the students and parents.  We work with some 5 school systems trying to find students we can sponsor to these programs.  I would like to ask each of you to use your multimedia and personal contacts to spread the word that we are looking for students graduating from the Junior class to attend these programs.  They can Google both programs to get all the details on the programs and then contact us via our email address kypost46@gmail.com  Vice Commander Carney will get back in touch with them, answer questions, and make the arrangements for them to attend.  Your Post pays the sponsorship fees.

We invested in some Social Club repairs, upgrades, and cleaning services.  Additionally, we are now using an Ozone generator on a regular basis that has greatly reduced the odor of cigarettes in the facility, especially in the Social Club where smoking is still permitted.  We ordered a second unit to use in the Banquet Hall to use prior to meetings , parties, and public events (rentals, election days—polling station).  We have additional work to do with the heating/cooling system and other Post projects.

At our 4 February membership meeting, we greatly enjoyed the attendance of Ms. Sharon Martin, Community and Provider Liaison from Heritage Hospice.  She announced a new “Pallative” program they are now offering locally.  She will also be maintaining close contact with our Post.  Also, I was privileged to present the Legion Appreciation Certificate and Legion Cross Pen to Legionnaire Ken Douglass.  Legionnaire Douglass provided exemplary liaison work between the Radio group and me, created our award winning Post web site, participates in all Radio Club and Post events, and updates the Post membership on the Radio Club activities at each membership meeting!  The very successful and nationally recognized union of WRARC and the Post is due in great part to his exceptional effort!  Thank you, Legionnaire Douglass!

We have well over 200 veterans in our Post.  Many of you are retired from very successful careers.  Your Post needs a few of you to help manage our Post into the future.  Being able to use your proven management and interpersonal skills to keep this Post serving its veterans and the community is a very rewarding contribution.  Please consider donating your time to advancing this important body of work.  You can visit with me on any Wednesday afternoon at the Post or contact me via our Post email address kypost46@gmail.com

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander

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9 JANUARY 2020

Members,

It’s the New Year!! Best wishes to each of you for the coming year.     I am not sure how we follow the 2019 historic year!     Our Post realized a breathtaking acclaim and public notice for its Centennial and historical record in Boyle County.     Also, your Post is physically better than ever and we continue to improve it for the use of its members and the community through rentals, Legion business, and as a Polling Station.      Your Post enjoyed a remarkably profitable year and we will increase our support for Heritage Hospice and the Veterans Center in Wilmore this year.

A very important part of our success is the awesome Post Services Committee managed by Ms. Ruby Crouch.  We often refer to this unique group as Ruby’s army!  From a Legion perspective, the visiting Post officers greatly appreciate the quality and quantity of the food served at the conclusion of their yearly meeting at our Post.   Danville Post 46 is considered the Flagship of District Eight…I’ve been to the others and we set the standard!    Of even greater scale is the annual Thanksgiving membership dinner.  This past Thanksgiving was historic in turn out, quantity, and diversity of excellent food!!  The volumes of work to purchase, prepare, and serve this food;  not to mention the work going into setting up the Banquet Hall, is truly awesome!  They also turned around and supported the Christmas and New Year’s party.   Adequately thanking each of these members is a severe challenge.  Here is a list of these close knit members and I ask each of you thank them as you find them:

Sandra Sanders, Rudy Loucks, Donna Prewitt,  Mike Whitneck,  Gary Ragland,  Carolyn Isham,  Angie Bryant, Darwin Bryant, and Kim Patten.

The Post auditioned Ms. Alexis Weathers as our Legion Oratorical Candidate.  She is a junior at Danville High School.  Regena Carney worked with Beth Marlowe to get Alexis involved.  Her audition was most impressive and she is very well coached.  She should do very well and get a lot of help with her tuition awards.  The Post awarded her $200 for her scholarship fund.  She will now compete at the District 8 level at the Lexington Public Library this coming Sunday. 

Your Post also voted to join the Danville Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.  Vice Commander Carney is representing the Post in this capacity.

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

TONY CROMWELL, COMMANDER



6 DECEMBER 2019

Members,

The holiday season is upon us!!! Thanksgiving Dinner at the Post was historic in terms of turnout and the diversity/amount of delicious food.  A true family event with children running and playing...they found the corn hole equipment particularly interesting.  What makes this possible is the Post Services Committee sheparded by Ruby Crouch.  I will get a list of names of these fine folk that spend many hours making these events possible and a joy for all.  I will identify them in my next Corner and you can make a point to thank them when you see them.

We had a lot to be thankful for this year!  Our Post Centennial and its success, the clean bill of health for Helen Overstreet (the Director for our Annex medical group), the continuing accomplishments of the Radio Group and the recognition the Post receives from their activity, the completion of our facilities upgrades, and continuing growth of membership.  Also, the Post was deeply honored to receive a "Citation of Valor" from the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives.  You can view this document on our website.  A sincere thank-you to our local representative, Daniel Elliott, for sponsoring this Citation.  If you have the opportunity, thank him!

It appears Vice Commander Carney has up to two (2) likely candidates for the Legion Oratorical Contest.  It is a unique opportunity to learn about the Constitution and public speaking.  There is some serious college money for the participants, collecting more as they continue competing upwards.  Check out the story of a Kentucky high school student from Paducah who won the National Championship.  Click on the link on this website.  A big thank-you to Regena and school counselors working to assist our high school youth!  Additionally, if you have or know of a student graduating from the Junior class in high school that could benefit from attending the Kentucky Boy or Girl state programs, please contact us... kypost46@gmail.com   The Post gladly sponsors these youth for these programs.  This is our most gratifying work as a post!!  Without fail, the students and parents are most grateful for the experience.

Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up-to-date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


4 NOVEMBER 2019

A big congratulation to our Post on becoming 100 years old!!  This event was a huge success on several levels.  The

local  radio station WHIR ran fifty 30 second professional ads that greatly enhanced the image of our Post, the Legion, and

announced our public event at the Kroger Supermarket on 19 October.       Remarkably, our Radio Club (WRARC) worked the

Bourbon Chase Marathon with some 450 runners the night before and turned around to set-up/man the radio booth next to

our Post booth on Saturday morning!! They also operated from their radio room in the Post using a special event call sign

from the FCC:     W4L     (Working 4 Legionnaires).     Doug (KA4SWT) and Chris (KG4UQL) manned the WRARC booth

adjoining  our booth at Kroger’s.


The Advocate Journal proudly stood tall for our event!  They responded to my news release with a phone call wanting to do a

full article.  They published that article on Friday and again on Saturday (with a new picture).  Additionally, they 

researched   their archives and sent several items to us.  One of the most interesting was an article on our Post dedicating the 

Freedom  Tree to the Danville High School on our 50 th   Anniversary  That tree is doing very well in the front lawn, but the 

inscription   in  the stone has worn away and we are working to re-inscribe it as part of our 100 th   Anniversary.

We were well received and appreciated by the public at Kroger’s.  Importantly, the image of the Legion and the Post was

greatly enhanced.  Adjutant Belcher and Vice Commander Carney served with me in the Post booth.  Their participation was

very important and greatly appreciated! Over the period of our Centennial program, we acquired a dozen new members. 

Notably, we acquired a lady veteran, to work with Vice Commander Regena Carney, and a retired AF Lt. General.  A couple of

new members resulted from the WRARC participation.  The final tally for our radio club was 1797 contacts encompassing all

50 US state and 35 countries!


The ice cream and cake social was attended by some 40 members.  A big Thank-You goes to Ruby Crouch and the Post

 Services Committee for acquiring a beautiful cake and hosting our celebration.  We will place the pictures of this celebration

 on our Post web site.  I wrote a summary of the event at the request of the Legion and our District Commander.  The Legion

 published this summary, sans most pictures, at: 

  https://www.legion.org/centennial/247532/kentucky-post-gets-ham-club-involved-centennial - activities


As Legionnaires, you should have recently received the Ky. Department’s newspaper: The Kentucky Legionnaire.  A full page

 article on our Post appears on Page five.  The Post and WRARC also received an award from the Great Lakes Division of the

 Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) for Promoting Amateur Radio as a Hobby and Service and our Outstanding

 Contributions to the World Wide Understanding of Amateur Radio.  Of note, WRARC just tested 10 Amateur Operators for

 new or up graded licenses.  The club anticipates acquiring a couple of new members from these new hams.


We hope all of you enjoyed Halloween!  The weather certainly played a factor depending on when you planned to celebrate

The Post hosted celebration was fun and well attended.


The completed sealing of our roof,  new LED lighting, and replaced ceiling tiles make our Hall a much nicer place to hold our

 celebrations and host public rentals.  We expect to realize lower electrical bills and maintenance costs.


 On Sunday, 3 November; we hosted our District 8 meeting.  While only a few posts attended, we enjoyed a high number of

 guests.  We enjoyed the visit of 3 Past Dept. Commanders and the Department Service Officer.  The Department Auxiliary

 President and District officers held their own meeting, as usual.  We offered them the best room in the Post; the Radio Club

 Room, for the second year running.  The Director of Ky. Honor Flights made a fine and informative presentation.  Those

 veterans currently taking the flights are from WW2, Korean War, and our older Vietnam Veterans.  I summarized our

 Centennial event at the end of the meeting.   Our Post Services Committee did an outstanding job of providing a diverse and

 excellent lunch.  It was greatly appreciated by our guests as they were commenting on being hungry prior to the meeting.


There are several Veteran Day events taking place in the next couple of weeks.  Camp Nelson will host their usual annual

 celebration on Monday, 11 November at 11:00.  This is always a memorable event.  Arrive an hour early so you can find easy 

parking.  Heritage Hospice is hosting its annual Veterans Appreciation Day at the Danville National Guard Armory on

 November 11th   from 11 am to 2 pm.  The parking is easy and features golf cart transport.  A choice of a nice lunch is served

 you and you get a chance for a nice gift.  Try to attend.


The Post will host a membership Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday night, 21 November.at 6 pm.  This is a free Post membership

 event for you and your family.  Ruby and her dedicated and talented Committee provides a feast!!  Come and enjoy!


Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up

 to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!


Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander
  


4 OCTOBER 2019

October!!!  This is a big month for our Post!  One Hundred years ago, 15 WW1 Boyle County veterans received their charter for Boyle Post 46!  Our plan of celebration is in two parts. 

The first is a Legion/Radio Club booth at the Kroger Supermarket.  Yes, Lowes HQ turned down my formal request to hold it at their spacious lot, limiting their support to the Boy and Girl Scouts, etc.  Kroger welcomed us with open arms!  The Radio Club received a FCC Special Event Call sign (W4L - Working for Legionnaires) to broadcast this event worldwide.  The booth will feature the radio station, Post 35 mementos, pamphlets, Legion/Post information and membership information.  The Post is sponsoring an October promotional membership for new Boyle County veterans at 50% off for the month of October.  Interested veterans can come to the Post or send their information to the Post email:    kypost46@gmail.com  

I am very proud to announce Jr. Vice Commander Regena Carney will work with me in the booth to visit with prospective Lady Veterans about the work she does in the community.  We plan to advertise via the radio station and a news release in the Danville paper.  A special invite to our Boyle County Lady veterans; I think they are an under-recruited group of special veterans.  Importantly, I ask our members to put out the word via their own Social Media accounts.

The second phase of our celebration will occur on our anniversary date of 22 October and will take place at the Post.  The WRARC will resume their broadcasts from their club room in the Post during the day.  The Post will hold a cake & ice cream social at 6 pm for all Post members.  WRARC will hold their normal monthly club meeting in the Post hall at 7:30.  Look for a banner proclaiming our Centennial on the entry way to the Post.

One of our greatest rewards was realized at our October membership meeting.  We got to recognize Mr. Alex Patton, who graduated from the Boy State Program we sponsored.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Patton attended and Alex spoke eloquently about his “life changing experience.”  His parents reinforced the positive affect the program had on Alex.  He has a choice of Service Academies to attend.  Young men like this give us great peace about our future!  Importantly, he agreed to be an Ambassador for us at school and try to encourage other responsible young men to attend and motivate the school counselors.  Look for photos on this web site.

On Sunday, November 3rd, District 8 will hold their meeting at our Post at 2 pm.  Importantly, the speaker will be the director of the Honor Flight Kentucky program.  Members are invited to attend.

Our November 5th meeting will be cancelled as the Post will be closed to host Election Day.  We proudly open the Hall for two local precincts of residents to cast their ballots.

Watch the Post calendar for additional events; Halloween and a Thanksgiving Membership Dinner.  Veterans, continue to pay close attention to the Service Officer tips.  Our Service Officer, Legionnaire Klaus, provides very up to date and life changing information.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional serving in this office!

Plan to come out and celebrate our Centennial.  Get out the word to veterans you know and to your friends!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander



9 SEPTEMBER 2019

As Post 46 membership median age continues to grow, we painfully note the passing of our increasingly rare WWII and Korean War Veterans.  Often, these veterans were active in our post at an earlier time and now need to be content to cheer for the Post from the comfort of their homes or rest homes.  On the 23rd   of August, our Post participated in the final ceremonies of an Air Force Viet Nam veteran at Camp Nelson.  Legionnaire Danny Cooper was quite active in our Post Social Club for many years.  He also was a member of the VFW and enjoyed a fine turnout of Veterans, friends, and family at Camp Nelson.  It was my privilege to thank his son and Aunt for his fine service and remark on his contributions to our Post.

The recent Gas Line explosion benefit I mentioned in last month’s Corner, was a very large success.  Contributing to this success was the benefits derived from all three Service Organizations; Am Vets, VFW, and our Post working as a cohesive team.  Great examples of personal efforts created a very significant benefit for the victims of the explosion.  Huge thanks goes to Ruby Crouch for taking the point and leading/organizing our Post resources!  She enjoyed great support from many Post members.  A great testimony to the Legion spirit of aiding our community in a time of need!

The planning for our Post Centennial (22 October) celebration continues on schedule.  The Radio Club has received a special FCC call sign for the event to telecast to the world.  We plan to celebrate on Saturday, 19 October in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot.  We plan to advertise it, provide souvenirs, and recruit new members.  On 22 October, the Post will also conduct an evening celebration featuring a large cake and ice cream for its members.   I plan to have more detail in the October Corner.

We will hold our normal meeting on October 1st.   This will be an important meeting since our last meeting in September was cancelled due to Labor Day.  Our November meeting will also need to be cancelled as the Post will be closed to support the Primary Election.

Our Post continues to enjoy high participation in the Corn Hole tournaments.  We also feature Horse Shoes, Pool, and Darts as entertainment options.  I feel our Post is doing well with Post activities, rentals, and an increasingly improving physical condition. 

Caution with this latest heat wave and let’s look forward to enjoying a cooler fall!  If you have yet to renew your membership, please help your Post leadership and “getter done”!

Thank you for supporting your Post!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


8 AUGUST 2019

The Post held its August membership meeting on 6 August.  It was well attended and a very notable meeting.  We hosted our District Commander and Adjutant as well as the Area Commander.  Extra pizza was ordered and the post meeting comradery consumed all of it.  District Commander Kraemer presented two prestigious awards from the Department Convention.  The “Go Getters” award is a three year membership award and was presented to Adjutant Belcher.  The Kentucky American Legion Press Association (KALPA) awarded Legionnaire Ken Douglass the “Best Web Site in Kentucky” award.  These were two very hard earned and appreciated awards.  Our web site continues to be viewed by record number of visitors.  Those growing numbers are partly the outstanding work provided by Service Officer Gene Klaus. His outstanding Service Officer Tips are invaluable and changing lives.  He also makes a national broadcast on the monthly Legion Dstar net our Post hosts from its radio room.  Gene is receiving continuing requests for information as a result.  I presented Legionnaire George Coomer a Legion Certificate of Appreciation for his work in leading the ever successful Legion Dstar national net; a work ongoing for nearly 2 years.  He also facilitated a meeting of a Legion media team meeting with his club members and Post personnel for an article being written by the Legion for the national Ham Radio magazine CQ.  This article describes the benefits this club derived from joining Post 46.  The article is scheduled for publication in the October edition of CQ magazine and will change the image of American Legion Posts across this nation in the eyes of the Amateur Radio community.  We all appreciatively applaud these three fine Legionnaires for their very notable service to the Post and Legion missions.

Vice Commander Regena Carney reports a change in school counselors that will likely result in more Boy/Girl State and Oratorical contest participation.  This is great news as sponsoring these youths to these programs is most rewarding for both the students and the Post.  A Post goal levied by the District Commander is to send a student in the coming session.  Regena has expanded her interface to include some 5 school systems.  We salute her commitment to our youth programs!!

Very notably, our Social Club Manager Ruby Crouch is taking the lead for the Post in working with the other local service groups in organizing a benefit program for those families impacted by the recent natural gas line explosion.  The Armory in Danville is scheduled to host this public event on Saturday, 17 August; 1 to 5 pm.  It will be widely broadcast by the newspaper and radio stations.  Please watch for the announcements and make a contribution.  The Post is also scheduling a Karaoke event to further our contribution.  Well done, Ruby!!!!

Five weeks into our new membership season, half of our membership has renewed their membership for 2020!  Thank you very much for those timely renewals.  It really makes our administrative job easier.  If you have yet to do so, please send in the renewal or go on line and “getter done”!  Thank you!  Importantly, on 29 August, the Legion can now accept honorably serving veterans having served from 7 December 1941 to current time as Legion qualified members.  E.g. If you were a “cold war” veteran in between qualifications dates, you can now join.  To get things stated, send an email to our Post email address (bottom of of this home page) and we’ll get back in touch to get you on-board.

Our facilities improvement work continues to progress.  We have only a small section of roof left to seal.  The area already sealed has proven to be water tight.  We will work to replace any stained ceiling tiles and upgrade our lighting systems.  Our strategy of increasing our facility rentals is succeeding and the coming improvements will aid that strategy.

Stay tuned for more details on the coming centennial  birthday of Post 46 on 22 October.  A lot of planning is on-going and we’ll make the details known as they solidify.

The meeting members voted to delete the September membership meeting as it occurs immediately following Labor Day.   Our next membership meeting is scheduled for 1 October and will be an important meeting.

Members, enjoy the remainder of the summer!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


5 JULY 2019

Members,

From your Post leadership, best wishes for you and your families during these Independence Day celebrations!  It is more like a week of celebrations with the 4th   occurring near midweek!

In rejoicing our invaluable independence and all the benefits we all derive from it, we need to reflect on the courage and sacrifices of our Colonial leaders and those early militia that made it possible.  Remember those Colonial leaders bet their lives and fortune on the gambit for Independence being successful!  Also, we need guard against the rewriting or deletion of this story from our History courses.

During the weekend of 22 June, our Radio Club participated in the ARRL National Field Day.  We enjoyed a visit from the Boyle County Sheriff Deputy Taylor Bottom and the Boyle County Judge Executive Gen. Hunt.  Their attendance provided additional contest points as well as provided them a level of confidence in the emerging capability of this club to rise to the challenges of a future disaster.  Each year, they do better building on the lessons of the past.  They recently added a valuable capability of bringing emergency power through a special portal in the wall.  This allows the post to keep the doors closed while operating on emergency power.  A well done to WRARC!

During that same week/weekend, the Kentucky Department of the Legion held its convention in Louisville.  The Post received two prestigious awards.  KALPA (Kentucky American Legion Press Association) awarded “Best Website” to Post 46 and prominently named our Webmaster Ken Douglass.  This award symbolizes a very notable body of work by Ken who had little webmaster experience and learned it the hard way!  Our District Commander will present his award to him at our August meeting.  The second award was a “Go Getters” award recognizing this Post’s membership accomplishment of increasing our membership by the greatest percentage for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and the surpassing of our incentive goals by February 2019.  This remarkable achievement represents a lot of extra work contacting members in and out of our Post and we offer a hearty salute and sincere appreciation to Mr. Earl Belcher!  Again, the District Commander will present this award to Earl at the August meeting.  Please try to attend our August 6th Membership meeting and personally extend your appreciation to both of these Legionnaires.

The first of July starts the new year, in terms of the legion renewing memberships, for the 2020 membership year.  Most of you will receive membership renewals in the mail from Legion HQ.  Please consider going on line and renewing when you get the notice.  You can use a credit card also.  The few minutes it takes you to do that will really help your Post leadership accomplish its membership tasks.  That level of work is now being done by Earl and me since we   continue to operate short an officer.   Having “gotter done”, you won’t have to deal with it later and we won’t need to contact you.  You’ll just get your new membership card in the mail!!

Our Boys State attendee, Alex Patton really enjoyed his attendance at Boys State.  His father, Jack, was very 

appreciative of the program and our Post sponsorship of him.  We hope to have Alex attend a Post meeting 

and share his experience.

Members, enjoy the summer!  Be cautious of the inherent and dangerous summer storms!


Tony Cromwell, Commander

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6 JUNE 2019

Members,

This is a very special week when we recall and honor those heroes of 75 years ago when Operation Overlord was launched into Normandy.  It is heartwarming to watch the celebrations; French families maintaining their share of the American graves, and sobering to see the many picturesque acres of beautifully arranged headstones of the fallen heroes.  Post 46 still has several WW2 veterans and it is in honoring the fallen that Post 46 participated in the Danville Memorial Garden Memorial Day ceremony on 25 May.  Our Post Chaplain, Ken Whitehouse provided excellent opening and closing prayers.  I spoke briefly on behalf of our current 200 members and those of the preceding 100 years in jointly honoring the memory of all those men and women who answered the call and paid the ultimate price in the prime of their lives.  Post 18 of Stanford provided the honor guard and 21 gun salute with their usual high standard of excellence.  A beautiful day with hot dogs and drinks provided!  The only disappointment came later when the local newspaper found the contributions of both American Legion Posts unworthy of mention.

On 4 June, we held our June Post membership meeting.  The outstandingly, enjoyable weather takes a toll on our attendance, but we had enough to conduct business.  Our Sr. Vice Commander Belcher and I are sharing the Adjutant/Finance Officer duties until a Post veteran steps up to learn/assume a set of these management duties and serve our Post 46 veterans.  Jr. Vice Carney (manager of our Boys and Girls State Program) reported our Boy State Candidate Alex Patton was attending the program and will come home 7 June.  He will subsequently be attending a Leadership program at West Point Academy followed by a visit to the Naval Academy.  Alex graduated from Boyle County High School and was brought to the attention of our Post by his parents.  While the Post readily sponsors these fine young men, the Post Radio group, through the national Legion D star Amateur Radio net, generated more than sufficient funds for Alex to attend!  We are hoping Alex will share his experiences with us at our July membership meeting.  A tip of my hat to both Alex and his parents!!

On 30 May, WRARC, operating their radio station in your Post, supported a nationwide emergency operations earthquake exercise named Shaking Fury.  WRARC operated with call sign KY4EOC as part of the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center located in Frankfort KY.  For a period eight (8) hours the club operated three (3) separate Amateur bands (HF, D star, and 2 meters) working the western counties of Kentucky (St. Madrid Fault).  This proof of concept clearly showed the superior performance of HF support from a noise free Boyle County.  WRARC provided primary D star capability for the entire exercise.  Post 46 provided a pizza lunch enabling our operators to continue support of the exercise without having to leave the Post.  The end result was deemed a huge success with a solid demonstration of this Post/club being a very valuable asset to this emergency network.  A more formal relationship will likely evolve to improve Kentucky's Emergency Communications response capability.  This accomplishment is an important milestone for American Legion Posts with embedded Radio Clubs!

Note:  From home, I monitored and actually signed my personal station into these nets.  Our operators were very professional and the Post station performed with the quality in which it was designed.  They brought great credit to the American Legion, its mission, and their club WRARC.  The operators were KY4KD (Ken), KG4UQL (Chris), KF4FMQ (Mike), KA4SWT (Doug), K4FT (John), KI6SER (Jamie), and KI6SEP (Andy).

On 3 June, our Radio Club provided the Legion's national D star net.  Of particular note was the post net program of "Service Officer Tips," provided by our Service Officer Gene Klaus, was superbly lauded by a listening veteran.  This is a one of a kind national net and service.  

Our facility is receiving a lot of maintenance and is becoming very much improved.  We had some weather damage to the Annex roof which was replaced with help from the insurance company.  We are currently sealing the roof on the main building.  Many of the old patches were in bad shape and were replaced.  Magically, the roof leaks are disappearing!  With the forecasted rain, we will work to replace the ceiling tiles damaged from earlier leaks.  We will look at installing LED lighting subsequently to reduce power consumption and improve lighting management.  As this work finished, we will run the Ozone generator to purge the old smoking residue in the facility, excepting the Social Club.

Post 46 continues to enjoy a high participation rate in the Social Club activities.  Corn Hole tournaments were particularly successful!  A very big   Thank You   to Joe Denny, our Post Facility Manager!  A very large   Thank You   to Ruby Crouch for so ably managing Club Program and Post 46 scheduling activities! 

Post 46 t-shirts and caps are now available.  These are very nice shirts and advertise your Post 46 nicely.  Post 46 also derives a small profit from them.  The order blanks are at the Social Club.  I am working to develop the possibility of getting the order blanks and picture on the website to allow for mail orders.

Members, enjoy the coming warmer weather!  Be cautious of the inherent and dangerous summer storms!


Tony Cromwell, Commander

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9 MAY 2019


Members,

On Tuesday, 7 May, the Post held the May General Membership Meeting.  It was a beautiful day and evening; but we still had good attendance, a very enjoyable meeting, and pizza/comradery to conclude the evening.  All our current officers, except one, were returned to their offices for another one year term.  Robert Williams (Mick), our Adjutant/Finance officer is unable to continue and there were no nominations to replace him.  He is volunteering to provide “on call” assistance.  As his term expires, I will appoint Earl Belcher to that position until we can recruit another member veteran to step up and learn either the Sr. Vice (membership) or the Adjutant/Finance role.  In the meantime, I will work closely with Earl to accomplish both functions.  The Post has some very fine talent with the requisite skills and some available volunteer time to help their fellow Veterans and community.  We have a business meeting on Wednesdays at noon and I am available to visit with for several hours.  If you would like to take a turn and offer your skills/time, please come in and lets talk!

A very sincere   Thank You   to all our Post officers concluding this year of service!!  The membership voted to offer a Legion Life Membership gift to Mick for his 3 years of greatly appreciated service as Adjutant.  The Post continues to advance smartly in many respects and that progress is due to an outstanding   team   effort!!  You have excellent officers in office (including our Social Club Manager, Ruby, and Facilities Manager, Joe Denny) and each is making a big contribution in their respective responsibilities.  I am humbled in my reelection and deeply grateful to this fine   team that makes success possible and the job very enjoyable!!

The new Post entrance sign is now in place and presents an outstanding image.  We just finished the installation of a new roof on the Annex.  It experienced some weather damage to the roof and we leveraged those insurance funds toward a total replacement of the roof.  We have materials and personnel ready to seal the roof on the main building as soon as we have a few nice days in a row to allow the sealer to be applied and cure.

The Post also purchased an ozone generator sufficient to clean the hall, connecting rooms, and ventilation systems.  We will operate it for a 24-hour period when we can close the Post for a day and give the system a chance to clear all the years of accumulated smoking residue.

On 17 April, the Post hosted the American Legion Media Team from Legion HQ.  They arrived late in the morning after driving down from Indianapolis.  The Post provided Pizza and it became a working lunch.  The Radio Club showed up in big numbers to tell their story.  They even arranged to bring in a high school student (club member) after school to visit with the reporter.  The team also talked to Sr. Vice Commander Belcher, myself, and visited with Director Helen Overstreet at the Annex.  Once, this article surfaces, we will announce it on our home page announcements section.

Post 46 T shirts and caps are now available.  These are very nice shirts and advertise your Post nicely.  The Post also derives a small profit from them.  The order blanks are at the Social Club.  I will explore the possibility of getting the order blanks and picture on the web site and allow for mail orders.

Members, enjoy the coming warmer weather!  Be cautious of the inherent and dangerous spring storms!

Tony Cromwell, Commander


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15 APRIL 2019

Members,

Our April membership meeting was held Tuesday, 2 April 2019.  It was conducted by Sr. Vice Commander Belcher in my absence, while I attended the services of my mother and subsequent estate work in Oklahoma.  I am very moved and greatly appreciative of the extensive messages of sympathy and support from our membership.  Thank you very much!

An important piece of business was accomplished in the nomination of Post 46 officers for next year.  The current slate of officers was nominated for another term and there were no additional nominations.  However, Adjutant/Finance Officer Williams asked to be replaced so he can attend to pressing personal affairs.  Under Legion practice, the Adjutant/Finance Officer is normally appointed vs. elected (per Post by-laws).  Sr. Vice Commander Belcher has continued to serve but has wanted to train a replacement officer since last year.  We really need a couple of Veterans (best retired and in the Danville area) to step up and work with us to learn these positions so our Post can continue to transition smoothly into the future.

We received all the paperwork necessary to return the Post Ceremonial rifles to the US Army.  The rifles were boxed up and returned.  This concluded a very large personal responsibility of the Post Commander.

At the May Post 46 membership meeting, the membership voted to replace our American Legion property entrance sign.  Look for a new 4' x 8' high gloss sign, with a 60-year life span, to be installed in the next couple of weeks.  Joe Denny plans to install a solar powered light to illuminate the sign during night time.

Post 46 hosted District 8 quarterly meeting in which the district officers were elected.  Our Post Services Committee did an exceptional job in preparing and serving a meal for our important guests!!  A huge thanks for keeping your Post 46 viewed as the Flag Ship of the District!  

Post 46 will host a media team from Legion HQ on 17 April.  This team produces the Legion magazine as a part of their Legion function.  They have a contract, from a national ham radio magazine (CQ Magazine) to document a story of the benefits and experiences of an established Amateur Radio Club becoming a part of a Legion Post.  Legion HQ decided our Post 46 was the story to tell.

Members, enjoy the coming warmer weather!  Be cautious of the inherent and dangerous spring storms!

Tony Cromwell, Commander