Member news letter george f. Dashiell post 49, P. O. Box 601, smithfield, virginia 23431



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“FORTY-NINER”

MEMBER NEWS LETTER



GEORGE F. DASHIELL POST 49, P.O. BOX 601, SMITHFIELD, VIRGINIA 23431




AUGUST 2003

GEORGE F. DASHIELL POST 49’S FIRST DEPARTMENT COMMANDER



On Sunday, July 13, 2003, Robert (Bob) C. Hannon was sworn in as the 87th Department Commander of the American Legion in Roanoke, VA at the 85th Annual Department of Virginia Convention. Bob gave a very moving and thought provoking speech outlining his program for the coming year. Bob has a very full calendar already and he has just begun.

Bob would like to thank everyone at the Post that supported him during his campaign. He said he could not thank you all enough for making it such a huge success.




Gina Ippillito and Mike Altizer of the Beale Park Athletic Association presented a nice framed picture to the Post at the July meeting. This was given in recognition for the Color Guard provided at Beale Park on Armed Forces Day.

They thanked us for all we do for the community and for fighting to keep our country free.






Michael Amos, the son of Christine and James Amos of 27 Pleasant Drive, Smithfield was Post 49’s sponsored delegate to Boy’s State this year. At the July meeting Michael spoke about his experiences at Boy State and about what he learned about the government and how it work. He was very grateful for the opportunity and thanked all the membership for selecting him.




GEORGE F. DASHIELL POST 49 2003 OFFICERS

During the July meeting Department Sergeant Cliff Montney conducted the installation of the 2003 Post Officers. Shown below are those officers. Please welcome them and give them your total support.


Mike Riley Ron Helms Skip Sharpley Jim Gorka

Commander 1st Vice Commander 2nd Vice Commander 3rd Vice Commander

Rich Huebner Mark Thompson Frank Falcon Dick Coughlin

Chaplain Post Service Office Finance Officer Adjutant

Ken Beasley Joe Ferguson Bob Penrod Steve Stahl


Sergeant-At-Arms Sergeant-At-Arms Sergeant-At-Arms Sergeant-At-Arms

MEMBER ILLNESS

Our monthly “Sick List” still includes the following members: Benny Smith, Dwight Doggett, Pat Pencola, Frank Gauthier and George Goodrich. Mark Thompson’s surgery went fine. Hope to see him back soon as Post Service Officer. Jim Roach’s surgery also went well and he was able to join us back at our Bingo session on 10 July.

I regret to inform everyone of the passing of one of our Legionnaires, Heinz Glaser. Heinz was buried in Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle Virginia on 1 July 2003.


Legionnaire Chuck King and family wish to express their thanks for the overwhelming support they received upon the recent passing of Chuck’s wife Margaret.



NEW MEMBER

With pride we introduce our newest member who was voted in at the last General Meeting




Anthony (Tony) J. Filliater- U.S. Navy

Please welcome him into our organization the next time you him.






HAPPY BIRTHDAY
U.S. COAST GUARD

The United States Coast Guard will celebrate its 213th Birthday on Monday, August 4, 2003

The Coast Guard traces it’s origin back to Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. From 1790 to 1798, the Navy was being re-organized, so Hamilton recommended the creation of the Revenue Marine in 1790 to stamp out piracy and smuggling. During those eight years it served as the nation’s only naval force. Its first wartime action came in 1797 when it fought French privateers.
In 1863 the name was changed to the Revenue Cutter Service, and in 1871 the Life Saving Service came under its wing. The Revenue Cutter and Life Saving Service were designated the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.
The Coast Guard comes under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime but, in war, or upon direction of the President, it is subject to the Secretary of the Navy. Often overlooked as a part of our armed services, the Coast Guard has a proud past.

The first shot fired by any vessel in the Civil War was from the Cutter Harriet Lane.

During World War I the Coast Guard suffered greater losses, in proportion to its strength, than any other of the other armed forces
The Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient was Douglas Albert Munro.

Douglas Albert Munro enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard 18 September 1939. Signalman First Class Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry during the daring evacuation of 500 beleaguered Marines from Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, leading the boats to the beach and then placing his craft as a shield between the beachhead and Japanese fire which took his life 27 September 1942 just before the evacuation was completed. The Guard developed beach-landing methods that were used in the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944, and. One ship alone, the Cutter Tampa, lost its entire crew of 111 when it was torpedoed bound from Gibraltar to England.

The first ships to transverse the Northwest Passage to Baffin Bay were Coast Guard Cutters Storis, Bramble and Spar in 1957.

The U.S. Coast Guard motto “Semper Paratus” (Always Ready) is still a befitting description of their ever-present peacetime life saving activities that prevail from coast to coast.
New Bar/Social Room Manager



As stated in the last month’s Forty-Niner, Cliff Montney is looking for some people to take over the management of the Bar. Rich Huebner has volunteered to take over the bar but he can’t do it along. Rich is leaving for a six-week trip (Aug-Sep) so he can’t take over the bar immediately. Anyone who would like to assist him in the management of the Bar can contact him at 357-6823 or the Commander at 365-4380. If anyone has any thoughts for improvements or changes can also contact those lists above.
American Legion Baseball



Our American Legion Baseball team is doing a great job as a first year team. As of 7/18/03 their record is 9 wins and 5 loses. Andrew Gregory and the assistant coaches are doing an outstanding job with the players. If you haven’t seen them play you yet you’re missing some outstanding baseball games. To keep track of their record you can visit the American Legion Baseball District 3 website at: http://geocities.com/LEGIONVA3/ .
Sons Of The American Legion

There are presently 52 squadrons in the State of Virginia. These squadrons make a valuable contribution to their post. The squadron supports all the programs that the American Legion offers. We are still looking for people eligible and willing to start a Sons of The American Legion Squadron at Post 49. . As an American Legion member you may also qualify for the Sons Of The American Legion. To be eligible you must be a male descendant, adopted son or stepson of a member of The American Legion. So if you father was an American Legion member your eligible. Ten members are required to start a Squadron. A squadron can be a very valuable asset to our Post but we need to start one first. If you know of anyone who is interested in starting a squadron or is eligible to be a member of a SAL squadron please contact Frank Falcon at 357-6580 or Cliff Montney at 238-2429.


9-11 CEREMONY
The Annual 9-11 ceremony is quickly coming up again. For those of you that missed last year’s ceremony, it was held at the Smithfield Center on Sept 11th at Noon. The ceremony opened with the Reading of 1st Proclamation by Smithfield Mayor James Chapman. The Volunteer Fire Department proceeded with the striking of the Five-Fours (A universal ringing of the bell by Fire Departments to announce that someone has fallen in the line of duty). This was followed by remarks from the Alan Monette, American Legion Commander Mike Riley, Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, Smithfield Police Department and Isle of Wight Rescue Squad. Mayor Chapman then addressed the audience Rev. Jarvis Hearn offered a Memorial Prayer, a wreath was laid for the fallen victims and the 11 Bells toll for all the Wars. American Legion Rifle Squad did a salute volley; Taps were played by Dr. James Pape which was followed by a benediction. Not a dry eye in the audience.
We need volunteers for the Color Guard and rifle squad. In case you’re shy, the rifle squad performed outside on the terrace out of view of the audience. The reason that article was placed in this months Forty-Niner is because the next issue of the Forty-Niner would only have given us about a week to get the program arranged. So if anyone can participate please contact the any of the Commanders.

Please let the Post know as soon as possible so we can finalize the program.

AUGUST EVENTS SCHEDULE





Friday

AUG 1

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TGIF

Monday

AUG 4


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Veteran’s Breakfast

Tuesday

AUG 5

6:00 PM

Social Hour







7:00 PM

Dinner “Steak Night”







8:00 PM

General Meeting

Thursday

AUG 7

6:00 PM

Bingo

Friday

AUG 8

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TGIF


Monday

AUG 11


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Veteran’s Breakfast

Thursday

AUG 14

6:00 PM

Bingo

Friday

AUG 15

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TGIF


Monday

AUG 18


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Veteran’s Breakfast

Thursday

AUG 21

6:00 PM

Bingo

Friday

AUG 22

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TGIF


Monday

AUG 25


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Veteran’s Breakfast

Wednesday

AUG 27


6:00 PM

Finance Meeting




7:00 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday

AUG 28

6:00 PM

Bingo

Friday

AUG 29

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TGIF



AMERICAN LEGION AUXILARY UNIT 49
Happy Birthday wishes go out to: Ruby Jarrett 7/7

Becky Kitchen 7/30


Our sincere sympathy goes out to Dorothy Glazer on the passing of her husband Heinz.
The Legionnaires held a dance on June 21st and, due to the kindness of Commander Mike Riley and Bar Manager Cliff Montney, we were allowed to hold a 50-50 raffle. They also loaned us a bottle to be raffled. Many thanks for your kindness.
Our meeting was held on July 15, and our new President, Linda Keck, did a great job. We also had a couple of new faces present and it was great to have them with us.
The Conference, held in Roanoke last weekend, had six of our members present. We received a citation for all reports turned in on time. Hopefully we’ll see more of these citations in the future.

Congratulations to Mary Irvine for being Volunteer Lady of the Year.


Bob Hannon’s hospitality room was a big success. Thanks to a fantastic group of helpers: Mary Falcon, Shelley Riley, Trish Huebner, Vivian Jones, Jeanette Johnston and some semi-help from Betty Sharpley.
I would appreciate any input for future news letters. Please call me. Your opinions do matter.

Thanks,


Betty Sharpley

ALA Secretary






THE AMERICAN LEGION NON-PROFIT ORG.

GEORGE F. DASHIELL POST 49 U.S. POSTAGE

POST OFFICE BOX 601 PAID

SMITHFIELD, VA 23431 SMITHFIELD, VA PERMIT # 46


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