Happy Spring Legionnaires!
I would first like to thank all of you who have braved this past year and are currently coming out to join us at Post 240 during our many events throughout the winter. With the weather getting warmer and more people are hitting the water, please be extra careful as we want to see more of you at the Post. If you don’t know what events are going on at the Post, our Adjutant, Tony Hammerling, recently emailed out our calendar. We, also, have placed a large calendar on our Post wall so visitors can, at a glance, see all the wonderful events we have waiting for you to enjoy.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is better known than Former POW Recognition Day, but both are important to folks like us who honor those that have returned and those who have yet returned. The late Senator John McCain is an example of a Former POW/MIA and he spearheaded many initiatives that contributed the return of and repatriation of other Former POW/MIA comrades.
“National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, April 9, 2021.” “On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor the more than 500,000 American warriors captured while protecting our way of life. We pay tribute to these patriots for their unwavering and unrelenting spirit.” Excerpt of Presidential Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2020.
The American Legion has been actively involved with children’s issues since the early 1920s. In many instances, the Legion has been the driving force on behalf of children on the federal, state and local levels.
In 1938, April was formally designated as Child Welfare Month (now called Children & Youth Month) and has continued on an annual basis. Post 240 focuses on three primary areas: Child Health, Child Safety, and Family Support. During this special time, we urge each of you to show your community that The American Legion Family is dedicated to America’s youth.
Let us not forget that Air Force Reserve is celebrating its 72nd Birthday on April 14th, and the U.S Army Reserve is celebrating its 113th Birthday on April 23rd. One Team, One Fight!
Last, but not least, I would like to extend an invitation to all active members of the American Legion Post 240 to run for or nominate someone for a leadership position for the upcoming 2021-2022 Post Officer Elections. Nominations will be held for Commander, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice, 3rd Vice, Finance Officer, Chaplin, Service Officer, Sgt at Arms, Historian, and five House Committee positions. There are three rounds of nominations, with the second round on April 13th and final round followed by elections on May 11th. If you have not renewed your Legion Membership, please do so prior to the elections. I urge all who have the ability to attend the elections, please do so your voices can be heard. We will continue to be a smooth operating success with your sustained support.
Steve Stillwell, Commander
Warrington Post 240 of the American Legion is electing its new roster of Post Officers for the 2021/2022 American Legion Year.
Nominations for Officer positions are being accepted at our General Membership meetings held the first Tuesdays of each month. Our next GM meeting will be held on April 13, 2021 at 6:30pm (1830 Hours). The positions accepting nominations, and their current incumbents In parentheses), are:
- Commander (Steve Stillwell)
- First Vice Commander (Bo Waggoner)
- Second Vice Commander (Paul Tauer)
- Third Vice Commander (Ray Jernigan)
- Finance (Sundy Mead)
- Historian (John Harvell)
- Sergeant-At-Arms (Dave Buck)
- Chaplain (Barry Hines)
- House Committeeman (Kevin Summers)
- House Committeeman ( Jamal “AJ” Al-Jazra)
- House Committeeman (Joey Rhyner)
- House Committeeman (Tim Lowrey)
- House Committeeman (John Warrick)
You can find more information and descriptions of the duties on these and all of our Post Officer positions at the following link:
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Located in the New Warrington area of Pensacola, Florida, Post 240 is very close to Naval Air Station Pensacola, and only fifteen minutes from downtown Pensacola and the beaches of Perdido Key. American Legion Post 240 possesses abundant facilities and entertainment opportunities. With an spacious Event Hall, multiple lounge games including billiards, electronic dart boards, shuffleboard, tables for card games, and a fabulous full-service lounge, not to mention outdoor facilities for barbecues and events, we truly are a full-service Post.
Post 240 has numerous events happening on a monthly basis, including:
- Live music that is open-to-the-public at least once a month. The bands vary in music genres;
- Happy Hours in the Lounge 1600-1900 daily;
- Karaoke weekly on Friday nights from 1900-2300;
- “Pub Quiz” team trivia nights every Thursday starting at 1800;
- Big-time Bingo every Wednesday in the Event Hall featuring handsome payouts and multiple types of games;
- Mixed Dart Leagues on Wednesdays;
- Billiards nights on Thursdays from 1300-1700 being open to the public;
- And don’t forget, Ray and Sally’s Kitchen is open on Wednesdays (full menu) from 1700-2000; on Fridays (full menu and Steak Night Specials) from 1700-2000; and, for Sunday morning breakfasts from 0800-1100. For the present time, we’re also open on Thursdays for the Pub Quiz (bar food menu) from 1700 to 2000.
So come on out! Post 240 is your one-stop location for entertainment, camaraderie, fellowship and service to our military and civilian communities alike. You’ll be glad you did.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. This year the American legion celebrates its 100th anniversary of service to God and Country!