Kentucky Boyle Post 46
Helping others for a better Life!

SEPTEMBER 2021 

Members,

 

Fall arrives with a three-day Labor Day weekend!  Unfortunately, our COVID rates continue to climb with the worrisome Delta variant!  Be cautious and enjoy this fine weekend which also features the start up of the college football games.  I believe UK plays on Saturday!

 

We placed the order for the Earl Belcher Memorial Pavilion structure.  It will be a tan color to match up with our current facilities.  Being a galvanized metal facility, it should require a minimum of maintenance.  The Post is deeply grateful to Earl and his family that made this acquisition possible!  Once we have it in place, we will try to Schedule a special grand opening.

 

The Post is now offering a food service.  This is new to the Post and is managed by our two fine chefs:  Ruby and Rudy.  Currently featured are hamburgers, Brats, hot dogs, and chips.  The meals are prepared at your request, so they are fresh, and we minimize food loss.  Ruby announced a plan to provide a big meal on a weekly basis.  For now, if you like Sloppy Joes, plan to come next Wednesday and partake!!!   If you know Ruby’s cooking, you want to try to get in on these opportunities!  Tip:  You can also eat in the Hall which is non-smoking.

 

Ruby and her service group will spin up to provide another outstanding meal for our coming District 8 meeting at 2 pm on 12 September.  The officers from District 8 Posts along with District and Department officers attend and unfailingly praise their fine creations!

 

I enjoy sitting in on the last Legion Rider Chapter meeting.  A lot of information was exchanged.  They have doubled their membership and are currently adding the Commander of Lawrenceburg Post to their Chapter membership!

 

The Radio Group found it necessary to cancel their support of the annual Bourbon Chase run due to the COVID concerns. They will be supporting the coming Legion’s National Dstar net this coming Monday which, coincides with Labor Day.  It will be interesting to see how many stations sign in.  Ken Douglass is net control and operates it in a very family type atmosphere that keeps most of the stations returning each month. 

 

The Pool and Corn Hole tournaments continue to be very popular and successful.  A variety of activities is enabling a high membership participation in the Post. 

 

Our Service Officer, Gene Klaus, wisely suspended his visits to Leestown due to COVID issues.  However, you can still schedule a meeting with him to clear up VA issues.  Ph: 989-284-5972

 

On behalf of our members, I thank our fine officers, Gene, Buddy, Regena, and Social Club manager Ruby, along with Jenean Wood, for their extensive time in supporting our administrative loads!  We greatly appreciate Ed Plott stepping forward to take on an important role in our Post.  We still need an accountant and Regena is working with the Chamber Commerce contacts to locate one.

 

Thanks to each of you for your membership renewals and support!  If you have yet to renew, please do so now.  Your Post has a lot to offer its veterans and our community.

 

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Tony Cromwell,

Commander

AUGUST 2021

Members,


As we commence the last third of summer, we pray that you and your family can enjoy this great part of the year and avoid the latest COVID scourge!  Our member activities slow down at this time of year and many take vacation. 

 

Ironically, it is a very busy time for our officers!  It is most gratifying to see all the new 2022 renewals roll in.  Many of you are renewing on-line.  Each renewal requires some level of processing and Sr. Vice Adams is conscientiously and meticulously working through these renewals on a new software system from National.  Additionally, Buddy is also managing the new Earl Belcher Memorial Pavilion. The concrete pad is now in place as we arrange for a metal pavilion to be installed.  Buddy will be working with volunteering members to help manage our Post.  Per our new By-Laws, I can appoint them as Jr. Vice Commanders to learn and advance in managing our Post.

 

We received our Charitable Gaming license to the delight of the members.  Our vendor provided great training.  We are adjusting and refining our accounting.  We owe a great thanks to Gene Klaus, Finance Officer, for shepherding this application process and establishing a Post level operational process.  As a very busy Service Officer, his commitment to our veterans and their families sets a high bar for all of us.

 

The August membership meeting was held on 3 August.  This meeting was key in approving some changes to our By-Laws dictated by our evolving Post and changes in Department of Ky policies.  On of the changes is the requirement for each Post officer position to be held by a separate individual.  Our previous By-Laws provided for the Finance Officer and Adjutant to be the same person.  Also, due to a lack of members wanting to help in the management of the Post, we historically managed with capable officers handling more than one position at a time.  The exception is for the Service Officer; although our Service Officer serves our District and the nation through the Legion’s Dstar National Radio net hosted by our Post.  New members are stepping up to assist in managing our Post.  A change in the By-Laws now permits appointed Jr. Vice Commanders to learn the Post operations.  The change added a Vice Commander position which was filled by Jr. Vice Commander Carney.  The members elected and advanced her to the new office.  She was our sole Jr. Vice and performs our Youth programs and represents the Post at the Chamber of Commerce.  Additionally, she now holds an appointment to the Department Youth Committee.

 

Our Radio Group reported on their contesting activity and are working to support the Bourbon Chase Run.  On 2 August, their national Dstar net resulted in some 40 contacts, three from Alaska and one from British Columbia!  They supported this race previously, served the race well, and got great recognition for them and the Post.

 

Chaplain Gutenson is inspiring all of us with pastoral dedication to our members!  He solicits your requests for prayers.  We will add his contact information to our Post web page shortly.

 

All these officers donate their time, and the workload gets heavy/stressful, so please thank them when you see them!

 

Due to the increasing COVID risk and coming Labor Day holiday, the members voted to cancel the September membership meeting to reconvene in October, conditions permitting.  Our last two membership meetings accomplished a lot.  We can operate via the Finance Committee and keep the COVID risk down in September.

 

Thanks to each of you for your membership renewals and support!  Your Post has a lot to offer its veterans and our community.

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Tony Cromwell,

Commander

 

 


JULY 2021

 Members,

 

Welcome back from your three day Fourth of July holiday!!  Free of most of the COVID restrictions, we celebrated our freedoms for more than one reason! 

 

On 6 July, we resumed our monthly membership meetings in our Post Hall.  Our last meeting was in March of 2020, a lapse of over a year.  We celebrated our membership honorees and our new Chaplain Dan Gutenson introduced himself and his ministry to the members.

 

Importantly, Legion HQ recognized the continuous memberships of three of our members.  John Carey, Jr and Mike Singleton were awarded their 50-year certificates.  George Cunningham was awarded the awesome 75 years of continuous membership award!  Legionnaire Singleton was able to attend our meeting and it was a great honor to present his award of half a century of membership and support for his follow veterans/Legion.  The other two awards were mailed to those honored members.  Look for pictures of their awards on our Post web site. 

 

Finance Officer Gene Klaus reported a minor loss for the month of June. He updated us on the latest VA news as our Service Officer.  I also appointed Gene Post Adjutant to replace Earl Belcher.  Our by-laws require the Finance Officer and Adjutant be the same person.    Due to Gene’s loading, many of the Adjutant duties will be performed by the other officers.

 

Sr. Vice Adams briefed the membership on the impending construction of the Earl Belcher Pavilion and our impending gaming license to host electronic gaming.  The Post is working with a well-established electronic gaming company with a long record with the Legion Posts and Kentucky Gaming Officials.  The new system provides electronic tracking of funds/reports.  We have a significant body of members who enjoy this activity, and it will provide a significant financial boost for our charitable donations to our community.

 

The Radio Club reported on their continuing hosting of the Legion’s national Dstar net.  Also, they are participating in contests and rebuilding their emergency communications trailer.  Their membership has grown to 40 members.  Well done WRARC!

 

Our new Legion Rider Chapter presented an exciting report of their activity.  They have nearly doubled in size since they received their charter.  They were honored by a request to attend a donation ceremony at the Wilmore Veterans rest home in Wilmore.  They also supported the Earl Belcher funeral and have taken their initial organizational rides. 

 

Vice Commander Carney reported on the youth programs and the Chamber of Commerce.  She volunteered to take the minutes of the meeting which we greatly appreciated.

 

Legionnaire Ed Plott II a new member just transferred from Post 200.  He is a retired F-18 Fighter Pilot and a carrier air boss.  He was introduced to the members, and we very much welcome his offer to help in the management of the Post. 

 

We expect to pour the concrete base for the Earl Belcher Pavilion this week.  A metal pavilion will be constructed and provide a covered location for picnics and barbecues.  Members can also rent it for family reunions.

 

The Legion is now billing for the COMING 2022 membership year.  Please renew right away and be done with this task for another year.  Your timely response will preclude rebilling.  Thanks to each of you for your membership renewals and support!  Your Post has a lot to offer its veterans and our community.

 

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Tony Cromwell,

Commander



JUNE 2021

Members,

 

We end May with Memorial Day!  While it is a fun three-day weekend for many, that freedom to celebrate was bought and paid for by veterans of many wars and conflicts.  We all need to pay our respects and ensure our children become knowledgeable.  The Camp Nelson formal activities were cancelled; however, flags were placed on every burial site by volunteers.

 

Our Post is deeply saddened by the loss of Past Commander, Adjutant and Finance officer Earl Belcher.  Earl struggled valiantly for some 6 months trying to overcome side effect infections from a successful abdominal surgery.  His family and priest were with him at his passing.  His services were highly successful and impressive.  Our Post Legion Riders supported his final trip to Camp Nelson.  They were joined by the Ky Patriot Guard Riders.  The result was truly awesome, and the family was deeply grateful.  I can see Earl’s smile!!  Of our Legion Rider Chapter, Director Rick Walls, Vice Director Steve Woods, Treasurer Billy King, and Bob Tibbetts participated in Earl’s escort.  The family and Post are deeply grateful these Riders made a concerted effort to take time off from work to honor Earl!! A big thank you to Bob Tibbetts and his coordination with the Ky Patriot Guard Riders to complement our numbers.  Initially, it appeared work requirements would severely limit our Rider participation.  Mr. Belcher left a donation to the Post and we are working on “pavilion” type facility to support family activity and it would carry his name.  With a proper plan, we will coordinate with Mrs. Belcher.

 

I received several inputs on holding our next membership meeting.  Ky will terminate all COVID restrictions in mid-June.  We will cancel the June meeting and plan to hold the July 6 meeting.  This meeting will celebrate our return to normal and feature some long-term membership awards and a post meeting pizza feast.    

 

The Post Radio Club is restoring their communications van.  The first phase of cleaning out and gathering the necessary supplies is well under way.  Eventually, they will be a valuable asset to our local community natural disaster emergency communications resources.

 

Ruby and Rudy have attained their food handling licenses!!  A big congratulations to them.  Ruby is shopping for a new gas stove to replace the ancient and broken unit in our kitchen.  They will initiate a food service for a growing number of activities and members in our Post.

 

Gene Klaus, our Service Officer, is now routinely seeing members and veterans with issues that need resolution.  It is fantastic that out Post offers that professional level service that makes a difference in these affected veteran lives!   He also supports the Veterans After-net that provides information to veterans participating in our national Legion DSTAR monthly net.

 

The Legion has provided a new MyLegion page for each member.  Go to MyLegion.org and register for your account using your email address. You can manage your membership from that page and have access to a lot of information.  If you have not renewed, it is way past due, and we really want and need you to continue your membership.  The Post will help if it is a monetary issue precluding your renewals.  In this year of COVID, it is disappointing that we have a larger than usual number of veterans ignoring our renewal reminders, calls, and letters from our Sr. Vice Commander Buddy Phillips. 

 

Thanks to each of you for your membership renewals and support!  Your Post has a lot to offer its veterans and our community.

 

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Tony Cromwell,

Commander




May 2021

 

Members,

 

With the warming weather of Spring, our members are active in a variety of notable ways.  On 25 April, our new Legion Riders took their first escort ride for Son Larry Crouch (Ruby’s husband).  They were joined by other Riders and it culminated in a remembrance ceremony at the Post Hall.   Of our Riders, Bob Tibbetts rode escort for Col. Wallace Taylor (96 year old WW2 and Korea Combat Vet).  Bob rode for CVMA group and joined 10 bikes coming up from Sarasota Florida in Knoxville Tenn.  With a destination in Louisville, they were joined by 150+ bikes in Richmond.  The state police in each state provided escort the entire trip. 

 

A special thank you to Mike Whitenack for repairing the Annex!!  It suffered rain damage and several wall panels needed replacing.  He also discovered a dangerous electrical wiring connection.  He replaced the walls and finally got the electrical components he needed to fix the electrical connection on the Sunday preceding the opening of the facility for business.  Mike’s craftsmanship has been invaluable and will be appreciated for years to come! 

 

The Radio Group held FCC examinations on the 24th of April.  Some 8 attended and 7 attained their goals.  They have pioneered and perfected an efficient and safe means of testing in this COVID environment.  They continue to host the National Legion DSTAR net and will he back on the air this coming Monday (3 May).  This net is well attended nationally and is regarded as a “family” net.  We owe this success to Ken Douglass who conducts the net, George Coomer who provides the official Legion news,  and Gene Klaus who provides the valuable Veterans after net.  Well done WRARC!!

 

Our membership activity is at an all time high with an assortment of Post activities.  This is great news and is attracting many new, younger members.  This high-level activity will drive some changes in how we operate our Post.  We will be adding a food service in the Post Hall to provide light food (sandwiches, salads, etc.) to our Social Club and Hall members. 

 

We will not hold a membership meeting in May.  The COVID rates still remain high with much uncertainty with the COVID variants.  Case in point; Adjutant Belcher has been in a 7 month period of recovery from complications of a successful surgical procedure.  He was vaccinated in February.  He is in a rehabilitation facility in Harrodsburg and was diagnosed with COVID. He has lost huge amount of weight and has little left for this new battle.  I initiated our prayer resources and ask you to pray for Earl.  We owe the fact that we have a Post to two Legionnaires:  Earl Belcher(Commander) and Carroll Boatwright (adjutant/finance officer).  In retrospect, they had every reason to close the Post; but, chose to rebuild the foundation.  Their vision was realized.

 

The Legion has provided a new MyLegion page for each member.  Go to MyLegion.org and register for your account using your email address. You can manage your membership from that page and have access to a lot of information.  If you have not renewed, it is way past due and we really want and need you to continue your membership.  The Post will help if it is a monetary issue precluding your renewals. 

 

Thanks to each of you for your membership and support!

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Tony Cromwell,

Commander

 



April 2021

Members,

As we celebrate this most Holy week, I heartily offer the very best wishes!  With the emerging Spring, the declining COVID danger, and the meaning of Easter; each of us goes forward with great hope for our futures.  Our prayers for Earl and Randy were answered.  I got a chance to see Randy in the Social Club.  Earl has returned home, and we hope to have him visit the Post soon!


On 7 March, I attended the Department Oratorical Contest at Post 7 in Frankford.  Our Alexis Weathers represented Area B and did so with excellence.  The contest was exceptionally competitive and was surely decided by a point or two. She won 2nd place and a $1500 scholarship in addition to her District and Post awards.  This was the highest level our Post has attained in the competition.  The Danville Advocate did a news release on it.  The pictures are on our Post web page.  Locate the news bullet and clink on the Link.


A huge congratulations to our Legion Riders!!  They met and established their officers.  Donated funds were provided to them to fund their treasury.  Bob Tibbetts ceded his appointed Secretarial responsibilities over to the new Chapter Secretary Giles.  We are most grateful to Bob for handling this organizational effort.  Likewise, we are indebted to Gary Clary for his tireless organizing and financing efforts.  The Chapter is now planning their first rides.  I have given the Chapter a freedom of operation that will enable those Riders to create, build, and own their Chapter.  Their riding and charitable activities will be the memory of lifetime.  Watch here for me to brag on their accomplishments!!

 

Membership participation is historically high with the combination of all the activities.  We are furthering the air cleaning features to further reduce the odor/impact of smoking. Some members are coming in to try the new activities and leaving as the smoking impacts their health.  I understand this as I can only be back there a few minutes before feeling the impact.  Perhaps, we will find a way to get totally smoke free to enable all our members to participate.

 

Many of our members have yet to get vaccinated.  Accordingly, the April membership meeting will not be held.  Looking ahead, it is likely, we will not hold the May meeting to allow the younger members to finish their inoculation process.

 

The Legion has provided a new MyLegion page for each member.  Go to MyLegion.org and register for your account using your email address. You can manage your membership from that page and have access to a lot of information.  If you have not renewed, it is way past due and we really want and need you to continue your membership.  The Post will help if it is a monetary issue precluding your renewals.

 

Best wishes Easter wishes and for the coming Spring!!  Thanks to each of you for your membership and support.

 

Tony A. Cromwell

Commander

March 2021

Members,

Your Post has continued to evade any further COVID infections.  A big thanks to Ruby and the Social Club staff in maintaining cleanliness and running our ozone generator nightly!  Many of the older active members have received their first or second shots.  As the new brackets open, our younger and middle-aged members will get theirs.  The Post Executive Committee reviewed the COVID risks, in late February, and voted to reinstate the current Post officers in their current offices for one more year.  Accordingly, the Post will continue to cancel the monthly membership meeting for the near future.  The Finance Committee is empowered to manage the day-to-day affairs via our By-Laws. 


Our Pool room in the Social Club is now fully operational.  We have about a dozen active players and they meet on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM.  Of course, any member can come in and practice their skills any time we are open. In addition to the Pool games, the Post features our Corn Hole games, the Legion Riders, and the Amateur Radio Club activities.  This diversity of gaming activities in attracting new members and raising our business activity to a whole new level.  Thanks to Buddy, we have a very nice, large, hand-crafted Bulletin Board in the Social club that displays a lot of material and is now a “communications center”!  The addition of a roof over the back door entrance of the Social Club was approved to protect members waiting for entrance from the weather elements.


With the recent ice/snow/rainstorms, we incurred some leaks in the Annex.  We are arranging for the repair of the Annex and our main building managed the issues well.  A big thanks to Ruby in arranging to get our parking lots plowed for a small fee!  We also closed for a couple of days due to danger of icy driving. 


Currently, our two cornerstone veterans (Earl Belcher and Randy Bauman) continue to improve as they work diligently in their rehabilitation programs.  Today, Earl stood and walked 84 feet and is planning on going home in the next couple of weeks.  Everyone’s prayers made a big difference!  They greatly appreciated them!


Great news!  Your Post sponsored a Senior from Danville High School to compete in the Legion’s Oratorical Contest.  Ms. Alexis Weathers won the Area B contest and competes on the 14th of March against two other candidates (Area A & Area C) at Post 7 in Frankfort.  I attended on behalf of Vice Commander Carney who is in the process of moving into a new home.  Please reference the home page for a link to the picture and  complete story.  The Danville Advocate Journal published a very nice article on this accomplishment!


I urge each of you to remain cautious as the inoculations ramp up and the pandemic wanes!  There is still some unknowns with the variety of variants circulating.  Thank the Lord you are here to enjoy the warming Spring weather!!

Thanks to each of you for your membership and support!

Tony Cromwell,

Commander