Commander’s Corner

A lot happened around our Post during the month of May.  Most importantly, our elections took place on May 14th, and with it some new faces to go with a few old hands.  To that end, let me express my sincerest thanks to you all for your confidence in my work and tenure as your Commander.  I know I could not have been successful this past year without the dedicated, committed efforts of all of our Post Officers and Committee members.  And likewise, I look forward to serving with our new crop of elected officials for the 2019/2020 term.     

We have accomplished much during the past year.  I’m particularly proud of how we brought some much needed stability and renewed fiscal strength to our Post’s financial balance sheet—a promise I made when I was first elected, and in my second term, one we will continue.  

But the past year also saw us take some initiatives toward building a stronger membership base as well as growing our presence in the community.  Our marketing and outreach efforts were bolstered with our Post 240 Billboard going up on Navy Boulevard.   Our Queen of Hearts drawings on Friday evenings continue to attract large, engaged crowds to our Lounge, including a lot of young, active duty servicemembers.  A huge thanks to the many different personal donations of time and money towards our outreach efforts in the community.  This work includes our Children & Youth Chair, Tony Hammerling, and his work with youth soccer and athletic teams.

And lest I forget the innumerable people who have helped with our Post’s engagement with regard to Boys State: be it the many golfers who played in the District One Charity Golf Tournament on May 18th raising money for Boys State Transportation expenses; or Glenn Olsen, volunteering of his time to serve as a chaperone and escort for the Boys State bus trip to Tallahassee.   We clearly have a motivated group of people here eager to serve and have a little fun while doing it.

But we’re looking to deliver even more outreach and charitable giving, all while continuing to strengthen and grow our economic and fiscal viability.  I hope you will join with me, and all of Post 240’s Officers as we look to continue along the path of not just our tried and true charities and volunteer opportunities, but also as we look for new and innovative prospects for giving back even more to our veterans, our families, and our community. It is an exciting time to be here in Post 240. 

And remember, for more timely information than what appears once-a-month in our newsletter, I encourage you to follow along with Post 240’s events and happenings on our website at:

americanlegionpost240.org

— Dave Forsman