This will be my last article as Commander (actual at this point Past Commander) as Loeky and I leave for our new home on Wednesday May 2nd. We would like to thank everyone who came to our farewell party and thank all of those who could not make it but offered their well wishes. It was a fantastic night and one that we will cherish for many years. We can not say enough to thank the committee who put it all together as it was perfectly planned and executed, (thank you, thank you, thank you!). We will stay in touch via email and Facebook and hopefully you’ll follow our Facebook pages. Again, Thank you all.
Now for post business the election of officers has taken place and all officers will be installed on Saturday May 12that 7 PM. Unfortunately, due to lack of space in the hall, only incoming and outgoing officers and their guests can attend. I know you wish them the best of luck for the upcoming term and will support them to the hilt as you have supported me in the past.
Over the past three-monthly meetings, we have made some changes that were approved by the members in attendance. First the capsule was rolled back to start at $50 with it increasing by $5 each month and will grow to a maximum of $300 until it is won. When this was proposed the capsule was worth over $700 and the potential winner the night of the meeting (John Bono, who always attends), was not present.
We also as you know made new residents at the Paramus Veteran’s home a member without asking if they wanted to join, well going forward they will be asked before. We will continue to pay for those who are already a member.
Over the past 3 months we’ve had a few successful social events run by the Ladies Auxiliary (St Patty’s Day Dinner-Dance and a trip to the Sands), the Riders annual beefsteak was sold out and a great success and the SAL has run many meet and greets and socials at the lounge. If you have not attended any of these, you’ve missed some great events and remember your attendance helps fund our many great programs, and our donations.
(There are a few events coming up, so please check out the events and calendar and try to come out to support them. The 1stup is the SAL Kentucky Derby day, the Riders/SAL Music and BBQ, our Memorial Day Ceremony and the town parade which sailors and marines in for Fleet Week will attend (thanks to the efforts of Peggy Iuratoof the Ladies Auxiliary, a Navy Mom and a member of the parade committee), they will be back at the post for some R&R after the parade as well so be sure to stop in and say hello and thank them for their service. June we have the Department Convention which will be NJ’s 100thconvention with some great events planned, so if you haven’t booked a room, start calling and see if you can because the events planned are terrific, then when we get back there is our flag retirement and Americanism program (always a great event). I could go on but you get the picture, check the calendar and come on out.
I want to wish the new post officers success in their new term and wan
to offer my personal thanks to Commander Ed O’Dowd for
stepping up to take over the reigns of the post. I know you will
all support him and help pitch in as needed because help is always
need. And Commander Ed, thanks for allowing me to craft this
last Commanders report.
As usual I think I’ve rambled on enough and will leave with
a reminder our next meeting is May 3rdat 7:30 and that the
June meeting is canceled as most will be in Wildwood.
For God and Country,
“we continue to serve”
Bob Salvini, Commander.