Volume XXIV Issue I&II THE POST January 30, 2024
The Christmas party turned out to be a very good evening, good food and entertainment. This year’s party has been booked for December 4th along with the entertainment. Be prepared for a great show. More information to follow in the coming months.
I will be going to the stores to get permission to be out in front for our Memorial Day and Veterans Day fund drives.
I hope your Holidays were enjoyable.
I hope each and every one of you enjoyed your Christmas holiday. Now that winter has finally arrived it is my best wish that you stay warm and remain healthy. In our last newsletter issue our membership goal from state was 164 with 108 paid. We are now up to 141 paid and accounted for. Thank you very much for your dedication to duty and pride in the legion and your post. This puts us at 86%. It is a good job. We have 15 members unpaid, 3 whose status has been prior adjudicated. This simply means even if all 15 unpaid members are accounted for, we need to recruit 8 new members to meet our goal. A bit of a challenge but one which we will have to find a way to accomplish.
I have been advised that other posts have taken to reporting their unpaid members in their newsletter if they have one or their Facebook pages. Personally, I am not a believer in playing the "shame game" to accomplish our goals. If we must do these things, then perhaps membership in the legion is not for you.
It is the age-old quality vs quantity debate. Reminds me of reading Sir Bernard Henderson treatise of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens in 4 century BC. The great Athenian general and historian Thucydides remarked to a subordinate on the eve of battle that he would rather have "300 Spartans than 1000 Athenians." At first this would seem like a slight to his own troops. However, he was mainly commenting that every Spartan was eager for battle and ready to fight. He was aware that some of the Athenians who would stand in the battle line were not enthusiastic about grabbing their sword, shield, and spear.
Personally, I know how some of the Athenians felt as I myself was drafted during the Vietnam War. For the record the Athenians were not a "chopped liver" fighting force. Earlier in the century their entire fighting contingent of 10,000 men annihilated the Persians on the plains of Marathon.
We can drop the historical context and get back to basics. Yeah, we do not have a permanent building where you can drop in at any time to have a beer, shoot pool or play a video game. But you knew that going in. What we lack in some things we more than make up in others which I have gone over many times in previous editions. Plus, last year legion service officers recouped almost 17 BILLION dollars for Veterans for agent orange, burn pit, disability, illness, and service-connected issues. if that does not make you have pride in your organization then probably nothing will. To those who have not paid please remit your dues as soon as possible. Thanks, God Bless and take care.
Take care and as always God bless,
Dean Morrell, Senior Vice Commander