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.
FROM THE COMMANDER
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY POSTPONED
At last night's [May 23] Executive Committee Meeting, we discussed rescheduling of the Ground Breaking Ceremony and selected the 11th of June as a good date for the Ceremony. However, after the decision was made, we found out that all 5 high Schools in Stafford County are having their graduation Ceremony on that date and many of our members are either parents or grandparents of a student at one of the schools.
Therefore, we will hold the long-awaited Ground Breaking Ceremony for American Legion Post 290's new home on 4 June 2016 at 10:00 AM. The location of the Ceremony is 1151 Mountain View Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406, commonly known as The American Legion Sports Complex.
As before, we will have refreshments, plenty of shovels, and this will go come rain or shine. We know that it is short notice, and it will conflict with some activities somewhere, but the show must go on. We have worked more than 15 years to get to this point, so come on out and give us a boost.
Thank you for understanding.
Commander, Post 290
Buckle up Spotsylvania - Arrive Alive
Sheriff Roger Harris hopes that you are buckling up because the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, along with Law Enforcement around Virginia and the nation, are on the roads enforcing all traffic laws, particularly the seat belt one.
Officers will be out there 24-7 in an effort to cut down on the number of people who are killed or seriously injured because they aren’t buckled up.
Thank you to the 80 percent of Virginians who already got the message and buckle up.
Now as for the rest of you, be on the lookout…we are looking for you.
Click It or Ticket – day and night.
We want everyone to Arrive Alive. Buckle up Spotsylvania!
Thank You to all who participated, sponsored, or volunteered in the 2016 American Legion Post 290 Golf Tournament. Your contributions are much appreciated!
2016 Post 290 Golf Tournament Sponsors
|Sponsor Name||Sponsor POC||Website|
|Tee/Journal||DLR Contracting, Inc.||R. L. Dodd, Jr.||www.DLRContracting.com|
|Tee/Journal||Battlefield Umpires Association||Ken White|
|Tee/Journal||Carter Bank & Trust||Natalie Porto||www.carterbankandtrust.com|
|Tee/Journal||Atlantic Builders||Dave Stein||www.atlanticbuilders.com|
|Tee/Journal||Rosner Toyota||Rosalyn Stein||www.rosnerauto.com|
|Tee/Journal||Radley Chevrolet & Cadillac||Rosalyn Stein||www.radleyauto.com|
|Tee/Journal||Bob's Custom Clubs and Repairs||Bob Barclay|
|Tee/Journal||Post 290 Bombers Fastpitch Softball||Ken White|
|Tee/Journal||American Legion Post 290||John Cox|
|Tee/Journal||American Legion Post 290 Club Room||Ron Altstaetter|
|Tee/Journal||American Legion Post 290 Sports Complex||Fred Miller|
|Tee/Journal||American Legion Post 290 Bingo||Keith Angle|
|Tee/Journal||American Legion Auxiliary Unit 290||Linda Altstaetter|
|Tee/Journal||Department of Virginia, 16th District||John Ward|
|Tee/Journal||Robert B. Payne, Inc.||www.robertbpayne.com|
|Hole/Journal||Perma-Treat Pest Control||www.permatreat.com|
|Hole/Journal||One Stop Auto Service Center||Tim Owens||www.onestopautoservicectr.com|
|Hole/Journal||American Legion Post 290 Color Guard||Fred Miller|
|Hole/Journal||Garry & Ginger Briggs|
|Hole/Journal||Rick & Lisa Perry, EXP Realty||Rick Perry||www.FREEHomeValuesNOVA.com|
|Hole||American Legion Post 284 Colonial Heights|
|Hole||Meg Bohmke, Falmouth Supervisor|
|Hole||J&J Tile & Marble Inc.||Dave Stein||www.jjtileandmarble.com|
|Hole||Lewis Insurance Associates||www.lewisins.com|
|Journal||Lee-Curtis Insurance Service, Inc.||Tommy Lee||www.leecurtis.com|
|Journal||The Hope Center, Inc.||Lani Burnett||www.staffordhopecenter.org|
|Journal||The Altstaetter Family||Ron Altstaetter|
|Journal||The Thompson Family||Ed Thompson|
|Journal||Sons of the American Legion Squadron 290||Fargo Wells|
|Journal||Covenant Funeral Service||www.covenantfuneralservice.com|
|Journal||Charlie & Staci King|
2016 American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
Nationals & Patriots(CF & SHS)
- June 4th at 10am & June 5th at 2pm
Americans & Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS)
- June 3rd at 7pm & June 4th at 2pm
General Membership & Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Click here for our most recent meeting minutes, Executive Board Meeting of 26 April.
Previous Meeting Minutes
May 28th: Memorial Day Flag Remembrance - volunteers meet at Post at 8am
May 30th: Memorial Day Wreath Placement, Stafford Courthouse, 9am
Memorial at Quantico National Cemetery, 11am
Open House/Luncheon at the Post, 12pm
June 3rd: American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
- Americans/Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS) at 7pm
June 4th: Post Home Ground-Breaking Ceremony at the Sports Complex, 10am
June 4th: American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
- Nationals/Patriots (CF & SHS) at 10am
- Americans/Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS) at 2pm
June 4th: Installation Ceremony and Dinner
June 5th: American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
- Nationals/Patriots (CF & SHS) at 2pm
June 14th: General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm
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.
New Historical Fiction Book about Vietnam by Legion Member Daniel Lliteras
Daniel Lliteras was a FMF Corpsman-Combat Diver in the Marine Corps and a Deep Sea Diving & Salvage Officer in the Navy who has recently released a historical fiction book called VIET MAN.
The book is available online through Amazon, in bookstores and in local libraries. The following is a review from the Vietnam Veterans of America VVA VETERAN:
“Lliteras’ VIET MAN brings [an] intimate grittiness to the story of his tour of duty as a Navy corpsman with a Marine infantry unit near Da Nang in 1969…[he] writes in incredible detail about C-rations, Dear John letters, dangerous patrols, and morphine for the dying…All veterans will identify with his account of coming home.”
If you have a chance you may want to check out this book.
FLAG DISPOSAL RECEPTACLE
The Home Depot has donated a receptacle to the Post for collecting unserviceable flags. The receptacle is on the east side of the Post Home - the left side of the main entrance - and accessible 24 hours per day. All flags collected will be properly disposed of in accordance with the Flag Manual during our annual 4th of July celebration.
Honoring Our Fallen Comrades
~Master Cemetery Listing~
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, email@example.com, or Sig Gates, firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates can be submitted at any time and will help us tremendously to ensure that all veterans are properly recognized.
Message from the Commander
Next Venture Crew Breakfast is on ...
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
Commander, Post 290
Items of Interest:
MESOTHELIOMA INFORMATION: For assistance or information, check out Mesothelioma Veterans, https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/, by contacting Brian Bashsam, Director of Community Outreach at (844) 873-2464.
1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families.
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
|1st Vice Commander||Lani Burnett||Membership@staffordpost290.org
|2nd Vice Commander||Fred Schwarzfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-498-0391|
|3rd Vice Commander||Ken White||Vice_Commander@staffordpost290.org||540-846-4053|
|Finance Officer||Garry Briggsemail@example.com||540-659-3880|
|Service Officer||John Hill||Service_Officer@staffordpost290.org||540-645-1222|
|Asst. Service Officer||Brad Largent||540-295-5966|
|Judge Advocate||Keith Anglefirstname.lastname@example.org||540-379-8788|
|Executive Committee - 3yr||Chuck Berkman|
|Executive Committee - 3yr||Jim Cheesemanemail@example.com||540-658-2809|
|Executive Committee - 2yr||Mickey Collisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Executive Committee - 2yr||John Hess|
|Executive Committee - 1yr||Ron Altstaetteremail@example.com|
|Executive Committee - 1yr||Don Shiffertfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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.
Post 290 is on Facebook!
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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