Since our charter in 1947, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.
To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Stafford community. Join our Post as a Booster or sponsor. (click Sponsor or Booster Button for details). 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.
Club Room: Our Post Club Room is opened from 5pm until 10 pm every Wed and Friday night. On Sat nights ,we are open from 5pm until 10 pm. You should take this opportunity to stop by and check out what’s happening in the Club Room. On Saturday nights we have game night and Wii Bowling. Come on out and have some fun and do a bit of socializing.
Post Vacancy Announcement
Post 290 needs to find a new Service Officer. The position of Service Officer deals primarily with Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. It is one of the most important positions within the Post. Would you like to step up and become our new Service Officer or do you know of an elgible veteran who may want to take the position?
If you would like to be our new Service Officer or if you know someone who would, please contact the Post Commander, John Cox, at email@example.com.
Post 290 Oratorical Contest
Just a quick reminder, Saturday, 22 November 2014 at 9:00 AM, the Post will conduct our annual Oratorical Contest. This contest is open to all high school students, and has been advertised to all the high school consulors so students may be prepared to compete. The essence of the contest is a prepared 8-10 minute speech on the Constitution of the United States as it relates to some facet of our current life. This speech will be judged and timed. All contestants will be subjected to the same rules. This then will be followed by a 3-5 minute presentation by the contestants on a specific amendment to the Constitution where they will be given only 5 minutes preparation time before speaking.
The contest winner and the 2nd and 3rd place finishers will be given a monetary award that they can use toward scolarship efforts. The contest winner then will advance to the Department of Virginia, 16th District where they will compete against other post winners from the 16th District. Should one of our contestants fare well enough, they could advance to the District, to the Regional contest, to the Department contest and on to National contest where the prizes are significantly higher.
You are all welcome to attend this contest. We ask that you be in place before 9:00 AM since the contest starts at that time and we do not want to risk distracting the student once they start their efforts.
Commander, Post 290
2014-2015 Officer Elections
The following members have been elected to the designated positions by the General Membership for the 2014-2015 Service Year.
|1st Vice Commander||Lani Burnett||Membership@staffordpost290.org|
|2nd Vice Commander||Fred Schwarzfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-371-6544|
|3rd Vice Commander||Matthew Lee||Vice_Commander@staffordpost290.org|
|Finance Officer||Garry Briggsemail@example.com||540-659-3880|
|Judge Advocate||Keith Anglefirstname.lastname@example.org||540-379-8788|
|Executive Committee - 3yr||Mickey Collis|
|Executive Committee - 3yr||John Hess|
|Executive Committee - 2yr||Ron Altstaetter|
|Executive Committee - 2yr||Don Shiffert|
|Executive Committee - 1yr||Jim Cheeseman|
|Executive Committee - 1yr||Lani Burnett|
Legion launches TBI/PTSD survey for veterans
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General Membership Meeting Minutes are now being posted to the website!
Click here for the minutes from our most recent meeting, 12/10/2013
Previous Meeting Minutes
Subject: Renewal of Membership online
The time, effort and postage of American Legion membership dues renewal can all be saved through the new online Automatic Annual Renewal Program, now available nationwide.
Members can simply go to www.legion.org/renew and click "Renew Now" to safely and conveniently pay their post dues on an annual, automatic basis. Once a member enters the information requested, he or she can set the account for automatic annual renewal. Automatic renewal can also be set up by calling the toll-free American Legion customer service line at (800) 433-3318.
Following all industry standards to protect the personal financial safety of members, The American Legion will maintain a record of those participating in the program and, at the beginning of each new membership year, will automatically process the renewal, charging it to the credit or debit card of the member’s choice. The transaction would occur about July 15 of each year.
Once dues are successfully renewed automatically online, members will receive confirmation by email. It is, therefore, important that The American Legion has updated email addresses for participating members. To report a change of email address, phone number or other contact information, members can call toll-free (800) 433-3318, send an email to email@example.com, or go online at www.legion.org/membershipmanagement and use the "Change Address" option.
American Legion post dues rates can change one year to the next. Post dues rates in effect at the time of the automatic renewal will be applied.
Members can cancel participation in the Automatic Annual Renewal Program at any time. The cancellation will be applied to any future charges, and will not affect the benefits of any dues paid for the current year. All cancellation requests must be received by June 30 each year in order to ensure cancellation prior to the mid-July automatic renewal time.
Cancellation requests can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
The American Legion Customer Service
PO Box 1954
Indianapolis, IN 46206
To complete a cancellation, the Legionnaire must include Member ID number, name, address, the last 4 digits of the credit/debit card number used, and a daytime telephone number in case customer-service representatives have any questions. Also helpful in the cancellation process is the transaction number that appears on the confirmation form received at the time automatic renewal is established.
Anytime members want to change the credit or debit card number used for the Automatic Renewal Program, or report a new expiration date, they can do so easily by calling the toll-free customer-service line at (800) 433-3318.
Items of Interest:
Post 290 is on Facebook!
For the military retirees in our ranks there appears to be a major change projected for TRICARE Prime on 1 October 2013. Click on the link below for information concerning the upcoming changes . .
TRICARE BENEFITS AT RISK!
Attention retired Legionnaires! Your TRICARE Prime benefits may be impacted during 2013 if you don't speak up. Defense officials are expected to announce that military retirees and their dependents that live more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or BRAC (base closure) site will lose access to TRICARE Prime as early as next April. This move could force as many as 171,000 retirees to shift to TRICARE Standard, which would mean an increase in out-of-pocket costs--especially those with special needs dependents or other chronic health issues. For more information and links to contact your legislative representatives, visit:
HELP WANTED: Post 290 is looking for volunteers to serve as members of the Honor Guard. Uniform shirts and trousers are provided. If interested, contact Fred Miller for more information.
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