Gator Express J U N E 20 1 5 Editors: office staff Commanders Comments Hello Everyone, For the last year I have had the honor and privilege of being your Post Commander. I want to “THANK” everyone who has helped me over the year. I want to wish incoming Commander Bill Simpson the best and let everyone know I will still be here to assist where ever I can. The Post has a lot of activities going on and the door is always open, please come support your Post. Finally, Volunteers are the back bone of the Post, will you be one ? You can contact the Post at 5535454 and we’ll let you know where you can help. Finally there will be NO LEGION EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING this month. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Welcome to our new members; Bob Wells, Jeff & Kath Morey, J.D. Metts and Omarius Harris Thanks for making OUR Post, Your Post and being part of the 2nd Largest Post in the State of South Carolina Bill Simpson, 1st Vice Cmdr. *TAPS* It is my duty to report with great sadness that Please keep our deployed troops and their families following Legionnaires have reported to the in your prayers. Supreme Commander; For God & Country; Chuck Rein Post Commander Everett E. Lee, Carl S. Scott and Reinier “Dutch” Kemeling The Legion Family greatly grieves the loss of these Comrades. May Almighty God give their families comfort and strength during this period of need. The Legion family sends their love and support during this time of grief. Chuck Rein, Post Commander ** COMEDY AND CUISINE ** JUNE 27th ** Join us Saturday, June 27th for dinner and the comedic styling’s of Dan Mengini. An actor and one of Americas Funniest stand-up comedian who was born in Bermuda and raised in the United States. Notable television appearances include Showtime's Homeland, USA Network's Necessary Roughness, Lifetime TV's Drop Dead Diva, The CW's One Tree Hill, and a starring role on Adultswim's live action show The Restless Bell, and The Rising Son. We’re very excited to have him for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Advance Tickets will be $ 15 per person or $ 25 per couple General Admission. V.I.P. (Dance floor) tickets are $ 20 per person or $ 30 per couple. Cash bar available all night. Menu will consist of Pork Loin, Mashed Potato and gravy, vegetable, salad, roll & butter and dessert. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Dinner served 6:45 - 7:45, Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available for pre-sale through the office and the bar. You won’t want to miss this show! P OS T P HO NE # 553 - 5 4 5 4 WILL YOU BE THE ONE ??? *ATTENTION* Get your newsletter and weekly up dates via e-mail. Just e-mail the Post at: [email protected] And we’ll do the rest. Rick Bernard Adjutant. LUNCH Lunch will be served once a month on Saturday, date to be announced. It will consist of *CHEF SURPRISE BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT Mike is going to make. Proceeds will help offset hospitality Will you be the one who will help give final honors to a Veteran that has reported to the Supreme Commander? Will you be the one who will receive the gratification from a family who has lost a loved one. Will you be the one who will sacrifice your time and efforts for the benefit of others? Will you be the one who will represent the Post in the community? Will you be the one who will become a member of an elite team? If you are, then the “HONOR GUARD” is for you. Contact me for info 843-814-6118. Thanks Dave Coats Honor Guard Captain . HONOR GUARD * NEEDS YOU * tax. POST INSTALLATION BANQUET The Post will be holding it’s installation banquet for the Legion, Auxiliary, SAL and Legion Riders on Saturday June 20th. Social Hour will begin at 6PM, dinner at 7PM, installation of new officers at 8PM, followed by music and dancing until ? All Legion Family Members are encouraged to attend this evening of fun and festivities. Chuck Rein, Out Going Post Commander SAL OFFICERS FOR 2015-2016 Commander-Clyde B Chandler, 1st Vice-Fred Kiley, 2nd Vice-Brandon Colley Adjutant, Finance and Membership Chairman-Donald G Goppert Sergeant at Arms-Jeff Rockwood, Executive Board President-Brian Glynn Installation of officer will be on June 20th please make plans to attend. Next meeting Wednesday June 3rd 7:30PM, hope to see everyone there. Clyde Chandler, Incoming Squadron Commander G AT OR E XPRE SS P AGE 3 AUXILIARY NOTES POST OFFICERS 2015-2016 Congratulations to the following Legionnaires on their election to office. Post. Cmdr. –Bill Simpson 1st Vice Cmdr. – Jim Kvam 2nd Vice: Brian Masterson Chaplain – Bill Streuber Post Service Officer – Tim Burnside Sgt-at-Arms – John Nance Historian – Open Judge Advocate – Brian Wright Executive Board: Executive Board: Nina Waddell, Rose Bistline and Dave Gramiski, Oliver “Bud” Reynolds, George Lori Murphy. Thompson, Jennifer Beilstein, Albert Millon, Chairman of the Board will be Shelagh Lammers. All Officers will be installed on June 20th at the Post. Randolph Turner, Dennis McCay, Frank Adams, Gernald Korinek, L.C. Chapman, Mike Porcelli, Our thoughts and prayers are with the Post families Caz Zukowski, Chris Beilstein, Todd Walker, Matwho have illness in their lives and hope for better thew Perry, Dean Nimocks, Dave Hanson, Bill days. Farmer, Fred Smith Ross Osterritter, Cecil “Sonny” Our next meeting will be Monday, June 1st at Rash, Terry Gomez. 7:30PM. Richard “Rick” Bernard was reappointed as Post Adjutant. Shelagh Lammers Looking forward to working with you this upcoming President year. 871-6546 Congratulations to the new elected Officers for 2015-2016 President - Jackie Johnson 1st Vice - Shelagh Lammers Secretary - Vickie Kiley Treasurer – Carol Austin Chaplain - Lisa Murphy Historian Sgt-at- Arms - Alice Lang Bill Simpson, Incoming Post Cmdr. BBQ HASH FOR SALE SATURDAY JUNE 20TH 2-6PM QUART $7.00 PINT $3.50 *ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT THE POST* Randolph Turner, Hash Maker *HONOR FLIGHTS* There are two Honor Flights in the planning stage. May 13th from West Columbia, September 12th Charleston. Any WWII or Korean War Veteran interested can contact Rick Bernard, Post Adjutant for applications at 553-5454. If he’s not available, please leave a message and he will get back to you. *THIS WILL BE THE LAST FLIGHT* *ATTENTION* Bussers & Servers are needed to help at parties and other Post functions. High School students are encouraged to apply, contact the office at 553-5454 for more information. I'd like to announce that the office has a new face. Please stop by the Post sometime to welcome Dawn Payne to our team. I believe she will be a HUGE asset to our company. I'd also like to thank everyone that has helped me out, I know I said this last month, but YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!! Finally, next month the Post will be doing something special during the 4th of July weekend , start planning now to attend. Danielle Long, Club Manager. G A T O R E X P RESS VA Hospital Visit Chairman May 2015 On May 6 we saw 52 patients with 8 volunteers and on May 13 we saw 42 patients with 7 volunteers. It was a good visit with lots of smiles from our comrades at the hospital. I would like to thank all those who make the visits happen. If you have never gone to the hospital please come out with us. We arrive at the Post on the first and second Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm and leave for the hospital about 6:156:20. We visit the wards on the third and fourth floor and are usually back to the Post before 9:00pm. For more information call Bill Streuber at (843)469-8154 or send me an email at [email protected]. Next Visits: June 3 and 10 May’s Volunteers: Frank Greis, George Thompson, Jim Kvam Debra & Bud Reynolds, Bill Simpson, Dave Greeno, Roger Harshlargs P AGE 4 LEGION RIDERS NOTES Another year has come to a close for the Legion Riders and a new begins. I want to Thank All of the Riders for another Great year and the support that y'all have given. Without your help the Legion Riders couldn't help our fellow Veterans. Again " Thank Y'all". Now for the Officers that elected for year 2015-2016. Director: Bruce Richburg, Asst. Director: Pete Johnson, Secretary: Tim Burnside, Treasure: George Linker, Road Captain: Billy Dennis, Sergeant at Arms: Troy Ruppert, Chaplain: Jennifer Beilstein. Some of the rides that are coming up in June: the 6th is Chrome and Fire Veterans to Veterans poker run, at LCHD starts at 10:00 am. Comfort Bags program for our Homeless Veterans. The 13th is a Veterans Info. Expo. at LCHD starting at 11:00am. For information on Veterans benefits. Also on the 13th. after our meeting we are planning a ride to Skynyrd's Grill in St. George for lunch. On the 27th. Our Road Captain is planning a ride to the Veterans Café in Myrtle Beach for the day. We are planning more rides just for the Riders. I know that you can not make All of the rides but the rides that you can ride on, come join us! Don't forget this will be our 10th Annual Christmas in July Ride on the 12th of July. mark it on your calendar. Our June meeting will be on the 13th at 10:00 am on the bar side. Bruce Richburg ALR, Post 166, Director Bill Streuber VA Hospital Chairman 2nd Vice Comments Purchases made for meals and drinks are on a *CASH BASIS* The Post does not accept debit /credit cards and there is an ATM MACHINE AVAILABLE Well the Elections are behind us and congratulations to all the new Officers, E-Board members, and appointees. Installations will be this month with the Post, Ladies Auxiliary, The Sons of the Legion and Legion Riders on June 20th. Next event in the banquet hall, Saturday, June 27th, Comedy and Cuisine night. Dan Mengini will be the Headliner. See the Comedy and Cuisine section for more information. please note and thank you for your support. Keep your eyes open at the Post for flyers on the 4th of July Management events. Plans are still in the works at this time. . Brian (Bat) Masterson 2nd Vice Commander P AG E 5 G A T O R E X P RESS CABANE NOTES Greetings from Cabane 1067 Gator Wreck has passed and we had a wonderful turn out. As usual, the Dames came through with food for the hospitality room and Saturday lunch, setting up the ballroom for the banquet (which only took us 45 minutes to do), and, in general, helping in every little way. Then you all went home and transformed into the beautiful ladies you are. Awesome job! This is my last official letter as La Presidente for Cabane 1067. Congratulations to all the Officers who were elected for 2015-2016. I know you will do a wonderful job. Thank you, Dames, for all your help during this past year. You are what makes this a successful Cabane. I cannot begin to tell you how many Dames from other Cabanes have told me how well we all work together and how we always make it look simple to get things done. You have been there whenever things need to get done and I do appreciate each and every one of you. The support you have given me has been awesome. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem like enough. You are my heroes and my inspiration. Another big thanks goes out to Voiture 1067 for allowing the Cabane to be a part of your world. So many Voitures will not support a Cabane; you, however, not only allow us to exist, you are always there if we need something. Again, I thank you. June 13th is the installation of new officers. Both the Cabane and Voiture will be celebrating the installation of the new leadership and bidding a fond farewell to the old. Please plan on attending to show your support. In July we will be hosting Palmetto Grande here in Goose Creek. Please plan on attending; you do not have to be a Grande Officer to attend Grande Rendezvous. There will be more information regarding this matter given out at Rendezvous. Once again, thank you all. Please keep our Voyageur Militaires and Dames who are in sickness or distress in your prayers. Let them know you are thinking of them. May our active duty men and women, both at home and abroad, come home safely. Pray for and support our troops. Yours in service, Dell C. Simpson La Presidente, 2014-2015 Cabane 1067 MOVING /CHANGE OF ADDRESS?? Over the years I have notice that when members of our Legion family, move or have a change of address, they fail to notify the Post. When this happens, the following actions take place: 1st. Your Newsletter that keeps you informed of Post activities no longer reaches you. 2nd Your magazine, whether it is Legion, Auxiliary, or S A L, with all those articles that are important to you can no longer be delivered. 3rd You lose certain benefits that go with being part of the Legion family. Remember, if you are moving or recently have had a change of address, please drop the Post a line to let us know where you are. Your membership is important not only to the Post, but to your own organization, whether it is Legion, Auxiliary, or S A L. Your membership is the key to the success of the American Legion and by keeping in touch; you are helping keep us strong. Rick Bernard Adjutant 40 & 8 REPORT Fellow Voyageurs, We survived the month of May and many, many, many thanks are in order. I want to thank the American Legion for their support for the annual wreck weekend. The Wreck Committee, the Wrecking Crew, the Ritual team, and the Cabane, all of who when above and beyond to make the weekend a total success. Each of you are my hero, and I salute you all. We have installation this month, the 13th, and of course Father’s Day on the 21st so mark your calendar. Relax a little, enjoy the beginning of summer and get ready to celebrate the our Nation’s Birthday next month. Remember our Voyagers in sickness, visit them when you can and assist in any way possible. Best Regards, Terry R. Gomez Chef de Gare G A T O R E X P RE SS TIN CAN SAILORS Shipmates, Do you know that it takes about eight months of planning to host Liberty Call Charleston? Do you know that this event reflects on the Unit and how well we are organized? Do you know how much our out of town guests enjoy coming to Liberty Call Charleston. P AGE 6 ATTA BOY To all the members of the Kitchen Crew that helped us make it through the month of May. We had a lot of activities going on and could not of done it without all of your hard work. “THANKS” Mike Porcelli, Kitchen Manager If you know the answer to these questions would you please tell me why only 29% of the Unit attended this year’s event. Should we even have Liberty Call Charleston 2016 ? That is for the Unit to decide. Shipmates: After the negative questions above, want to include this positive note. Our out of town guests were impressed with the hospitality and friendliness shown to them during their visit. I had very good comments on our event planning and organization up to and including the rental van for shuttle service. One of the last comments I had from J.D. Hunnicut was that it looked like I was being manager, chaperone, duty driver etc. My response was that since I am Skipper of the Unit, I felt I was responsible to make sure our guests had a good time, and would want to come back and visit again. Liberty Call is a lot of work and planning, and we can use more assistance in putting on a top notch reunion. Just my two cents. Our meeting this month will be on Wednesday, June 24th at 19:30. For more information on all our activities contact Rick Bernard, Yeoman at 553-5454 Finally, welcome to our new shipmates, glad to have you as a part of our Unit. Dean Nimocks, Skipper Repairing and refinishing Charleston Benches and Patio Furniture painting. Buying Charleston benches in need of repair. Plus….. Call a Veteran at : (843) 297-5246 and ask for J.R.
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