FROM THE EDITOR
The Importance of Membership
We hear a lot about membership, but for the American Legion, what does that mean?
We are the voice that watches and protects the rights of veterans.
It is the membership that determines how much power that voice has.
Your membership lends to that voice.
With your membership and all the ones you sponsor and the ones they sponsor,
that voice grows stronger until it is recognized by those who represent us in Washington D.C.
The American Legion has a strong voice but only remains as such with memberships.
The thing I like most about the American Legion is that you can choose to do as much or as little as you like.
The level of involvement is completely up to you. Y
our membership, however, is what makes us strong.
Those who speak for the American Legion are speaking with our voices.
When the American legion officials speak to our representatives in Washington with 2 or 3 million voices united, the representatives listen.
I truly believe they are representing me and all of us in our best interest.
Even if you do not care for or particularly keep up with politics, your membership dues also go to helping local veterans in need.
Whether it is helping with a electric bill or just giving time spent to help with repairs, we provide that assistance but only because of your membership.
It is possible that we can all fall on bad times and having an organization there to help is a very comforting feeling.
It is also not just about veterans.
We are here for our future and by that I mean our youth.
We provide sponsorship for scouts, rifle teams, and various sports.
This gives the youth of our community the chance to get involved and do great things.
These things include the ability to win scholarships, give back to the community while learning leadership and responsibility along the way.
Again, this only happens with your membership.
I did not join the American Legion right away when I retired.
I was busy raising a family and establishing a strong career in the private sector.
After a few years I began to notice that there was a void in my life which my work simply did not fill.
There was no comradery.
No one could relate to my 20 years of military service.
I missed the people of the military.
I missed the brotherhood and sisterhood of my fellow veterans.
I missed knowing there was someone who had my back as I had theirs.
Then I found Post 76 and was welcomed with open arms.
I am personally so grateful that, along with my membership, I also contribute to my fellow veterans by producing this newsletter.
Besides all of the above, where else can you get 12 wonderful dinners and more for a mere $37.00 a year?
You have seen my avocation towards the dinners.
They are great to attend, and it would be fantastic to have everyone come together for the monthly meals
to talk, laugh, eat, and share with each other what is happening in our lives.
Ladies and gentlemen, I implore you, if your membership has lapsed, please strongly reconsider becoming active once again.
If you know of others who are looking for a veteran organization that is like a family,
please forward the Commander’s phone number on the top of the front page of this newsletter to them.
We are the veterans of the greatest nation on this planet!
Lend your voice so we can honor those who came before us, take care of those in need now, and prepare our youth to create a better America for the future!
Your editor and fellow legionnaire,