Commander’s Report

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Fellow Legionnaires,

Although the weather has been good, as winters go it’s still been a long one and am glad to see the trees turning green. I’m hoping that the improved weather and longer daylight will bring more of you out to our meetings. The attendance for our last 3 meeting has averaged 30 per. The capsule has not been won with last month’s potential winner Stanley Chormanski not present so it will be worth $440 at our June meeting, There will be no May meeting, so see you in June. The 50/50 was won by Noreen Sweeney, Terence Kenny and Bob Ortiz in that order.

The turnout for the pancake breakfasts continued to be low, so we will not be having a monthly one starting in September, instead we will hold 2-4 with special happenings, like a tricky tray for autism, etc. so check the Legionnaire for more word on those as September rolls around.

I want to thank the Riders for providing food for the football games, Jim Morton for DJ-ing in the lounge a couple of times, and the SAL for their meet and greets, etc. which have all helped bring in additional

bar business. And of course we won’t forget the ladies who helped make a couple of the pancake breakfasts a success with their tricky tray and bus trips to the Sands.

We had to cancel our clean-up which still needs to be done so I put it back on the calendar for May 27 starting at 1 PM both in and out, so please come down and pitch in. It will help us spruce up the place for the upcoming Memorial Day activities as well as getting the pavilion ready for its many activities and there will be many.

We are still looking for members to join the color guard and with Memorial Day soon to be upon us please let me or Jimmy Connors know if you are interested. We’ve also had a few members pass away recently and our list of volunteers to attend the service we provide is dwindling as well, so please let us know and we will add you to the list and call when we have a service to provide. Just remember someday it will be for you and you’d want a big turnout, right? What this also means is that our membership is shrinking as well, so our membership chairman Ray Caroselli, needs your help in signing up new members as they are the lifeline of the post. Also why not talk to your wife to join the Auxiliary or sign up your son, grandson, or great grandson to the SAL. You know what great work we do for our fellow less fortunate comrades, the community and to help grow out future leaders, so spread the word and bring in new members.

Memorial Day should be a great one, as we will be hosting sailors and marines in for fleet week again this year, and have an additional drum and bugle corps, the Bushwhackers, joining Paramus Catholic’s marching band and of course we will still have the Bergen Police Pipe and Drums as well as the Bergen Firefighters Pipe and Drums. And what would a parade be without the Blue Chip Chorus providing their array of songs. Unfortunately Fred Guarino, a post member and leader of the Dixieland band, will not be appearing in the pavilion after the parade as he has joined “Post Everlasting”. But we will have DJ Jim Morton, spinning his disks and having the joint jumping. So let’s make an effort to be there and make them all welcome. It would also be great if we had more non-post family members at the monuments for our ceremony, so spread the word to neighbors and friends and get them out.

We do have a few festivities and events planned for May, June and July so check the calendar and be sure to come out and support them. Some of us will be heading to Wildwood for the Department Convention and here’s hoping we have great weather so we can hang together and enjoy the camaraderie.

I guess I’ve rambled long enough (but at least since we went to every three months you only have to deal with it 4 times a year instead of 6, ha! ha!) See you at cleanup on the 27th and at the Monuments for Memorial Day on the 29th if not at the lounge sooner.

For God and Country,
Bob Salvini
Commander

 

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