The past 3 months have been busy ones, we’ve have a few social events run by the SAL and Riders and they have been a great success as well as our trim a tree party, the annual Army/Navy Game, our pancake breakfast for Autism, the Midland Scholl PTO breakfast with Santa, New Year’s Eve at the lounge (not too many at this one but those there had a great time), to name a few.
The famed capsule was not won the past 3 months and has grown to be worth $530. If that doesn’t bring you out to meeting nothing will, I guess. Our last 50/50 at the meeting was not won by Terence but by Joe Maguire, so there’s hope for you as well.
Most of the scholarship applications have been issued and you can obtain them by going to our web site, www.alpost170.us2018-scholarships-available/. The department scholarship application is due in February so there isn’t much time to get it in.
The joint committee met again to plan out the calendar for the rest of 2018 and there are some great events planned, as always, they will be published in the newsletter and on our website, so check it out and don’t miss out. Jim Morton will be taking over as editor starting with this issue and I know I have been listed as the editor but Loeky has owned it for a very long time. I’m sure Jim has some ideas on changes he’d like to make, and I can’t wait to see them.
The 1st event coming up is Acoustic and karaoke night at the lounge on February 10 (the 1st one was great) , and the Ladies St. Patty’s day dinner dance on March 17th, it’s always a great event and for $25 you can’t beat it. And soon after that the Riders will hold their annual Beefsteak which is always sold out so be sure to get your tickets early to not be left out.
I hope you all sent in your DD214 to re-certify for the NJ $3,000 tax exemption for 2017 taxes. This is a deduction from your earnings and not as some thought a tax credit. If you haven’t be sure to submit it with your tax filing, it will delay your refund, but it could be worth it.
From a post membership stand point we still have 26 unpaid and effective February 1st they lose their continuous years and start over. On the SAL front we have 29 unpaid as well. If your card doesn’t indicate 2018 you are unpaid, and your membership is expired. You lose all benefits from national as well as the hall discount from the post and lose lounge privileges as well.
We are looking for pool players to form a team to enter in the Bergen County Pool Tournament playing against other posts. It would be great if we had two teams enter. Englewood Post 58 has won the three tournaments so far, so let’s get a team together and win the trophy from them. We were one game shy the last time, so I know we can do it.
Well I guess I rambled on long enough and since this will be my last article as Commander of Post 170, as you know Loeky and I have decided to move to Sarasota, Fl. We have purchased a lovely Condo and when our home here sells we will be moving on. I have truly enjoyed the many years I’ve served the post as not only Commander, but Finance Officer and adjutant to some of the commanders before me, who I learned a lot from. This post is the best post in the state and I know that whomever takes over will continue the great works we as a post have done since our charter was approved in 1931. From scrap drives during WWII, recycling after that, manning and providing the 1st Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Rochelle Park, to providing scholarships, working with the Police, Fire and EMT, PTA and now PTO, sponsoring the boy scout troop, providing the hall and pavilion to many non-profit organizations for minimal fees (manly clean-up charges) and this year hosting Ed’s tavern’s St. Jude fund raiser (since Ed’s Tavern is no longer there), organizing and running the 911 ceremony from year one, etc. You get the picture this post has done it all right from day 1 and that tradition will continue. As I always stated no one will ever tarnish the names of our Charter Members because someone will be there to stop it.
For God and Country,
“we continue to serve”
Bob Salvini, Commander.