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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290

 

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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.

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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.


 


Upcoming events at Post 290:
 
July 31st:  Post 290 Bombers 14U Tryouts - See Softball Page for more information!
August 4th:  Honor Guard at American Legion Regional Baseball Tournament, Purcellville
August 6th-8th:  Legion Leadership Conference
August 9th:  Post 290 Bombers 16U & 18U Tryouts - See Softball Page for more information!
August 11th:  General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm
August 18th:Trip to Arlington Cemetery/Marine Corps War Memorial for Sunset Parade!  Parade starts at 6:30pm; Vans will depart from Post 290 at TBD - BRING A BLANKET OR LAWN CHAIR(S) as there is no seating provided.  For more info on the Sunset Parade, please visit http://havecamerawilltravel.com/marine-corps-sunset-parade-iwo-jima-memorial.
August 22nd:  Venture Crew Breakfast (tentative)
August 24th: Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
August 27-29th:  Honor Guard at National Convention, Baltimore
October TBD - Post 290 Car Show &Community Yard Sale
December 12th: JROTC Competition at Liberty HS
 
BINGO: Every Wednesday and Friday! $1,000 Jackpot

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.


~HOT ITEMS~

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony
Hosted by Congressman Rob Wittman

29 August 2015 at 10am

Little Hall Theater, 2034 Barnett Avenue, Marine Corps Base Quantico

For additional information, click here for the flier!


Honoring Our Fallen Comrades

Each year, on Memorial Day weekend, members of Post 290 and community volunteers recognize the generations of veterans who have moved on to Post Everlasting by placing American Flags on their graves throughout Stafford County.  Each year, we find additional veterans' gravesites to include in our registry.  First Vice Commander Lani Burnett oversees this effort and, this year, decided to seek assistance in identifying any errors or updates to the master listing.  If you have a friend or loved one who is a veteran laid to rest in Stafford/Fredericksburg, please check to make sure that the information within our registry is correct and complete.  Any required updates can be submitted to either Lani Burnett, membership@staffordpost290.org,  or Sig Gates, gatessp@comcast.net.  Updates can be submitted at any time and will help us tremendously to ensure that all veterans are properly recognized.

2015 Post 290 Master Cemetery Listing

 


Message from the Commander

Venture Crew Breakfast on 23 August

Everybody needs breakfast on Sunday Morning, but who wants to cook it?  Well, your problem is solved.  Just jump into the car and come over to Post 290 between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM and you can get all you want to eat for breakfast for $5.00.  This is not just for members, so bring your neighbors too.  I am sure your neighbors would appreciate you taking their kids so they would not have to feed them.  In all seriousness, this is a good breakfast, the price is great, and the proceeds go to supporting the Venture Scouts and their program. 

Come one, come all

John Cox
Commander, Post 290


Items of Interest:

Motorized Wheelchair Available for Use

The Post has a motorized wheelchair available for use that is in excellent condition.  If you have a need, or know someone who does, please contact Fred Miller for more information, 540-845-0011.

 


 Annual Officer Elections

Every year, our Post holds an election of officers to lead the Post through the next year. In accordance with our Post Bylaws, I have asked Past Commander Don Shiffert to chair the committee charged with the responsibility for selecting a slate of folks for the election. The slate should be complete by our April Monthly meeting, with elections to follow at our May meeting. Do you want to serve in some capacity? Past Commander Shiffert is looking for you! He would like to include your name on the slate and we would like to vote for you. Send him an email at shiff1936@cox.net or give him a call at 540-538-6593 or come to a meeting and see him there. If you want to serve and do not know where to choose, go to our web page at www.staffordpost290.org and read the duties of all the officers there in our Bylaws. If you do not call, we reserve the right to call you and draft you. Better to volunteer than to be drafted.

John Cox
Commander, Post 290

The following members were elected to the designated positions by the General Membership during the May 12th monthly membership meeting for the 2015-2016 Service Year:

 

Billet Name E-Mail Phone
Commander John Cox Commander@staffordpost290.org 540-295-4807
1st Vice Commander Lani Burnett Membership@staffordpost290.org 540-288-8783
2nd Vice Commander Fred Schwarz fschwarz56@gmail.com 540-371-6544
3rd Vice Commander Ken White Vice_Commander@staffordpost290.org 540-846-4053
Adjutant Lee Owens Adjutant@staffordpost290.org 540-370-4301
Finance Officer Garry Briggs garryb911@msn.com 540-659-3880
Service Officer John Hill Service_Officer@staffordpost290.org 540-645-1222
Asst. Service Officer Brad Largent   540-295-5966
Chaplain Glen Schelin Chaplain@staffordpost290.org 540-659-3694
Judge Advocate Keith Angle okangle@verizon.net 540-379-8788
Historian Katy Hichborn pianolagirl@juno.com  
Sergeant-At-Arms Les Wood sgtmaj.ret@verizon.net 540-220-4044
 
Executive Committee - 3yr Chuck Berkman    
Executive Committee - 3yr Jim Cheeseman cheesemanjames@verizon.net 540-658-2809
Executive Committee - 2yr Mickey Collis mickaye55@verizon.net  
Executive Committee - 2yr John Hess    
Executive Committee - 1yr Ron Altstaetter laltstaett@aol.com  
Executive Committee - 1yr Don Shiffert shiff1936@verizon.net  

 


 General Membership Meeting Minutes will soon be posted to the website!

Click here for the minutes from our most recent meeting minutes, Executive Board Meeting of 22 June.

Previous Meeting Minutes

General Membership Meeting, 9 June 2015

 


Subject: Renewal of Membership online

To All,

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 cs@legion.org, 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 cs@legion.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.

 


 

  Post 290 is on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Legion-Post-290-Stafford-VA/153699531460346 
 


HONOR GUARD 

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.

 


Additional information can be found by clicking on the EVENTS CALENDAR tab.

 

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