AMVETS Post 1 April 2014 Newsletter is reprinted below. By opening the
attached Microsoft word document you will be able to view more detail.
The monthly Calendar is also attached as a Microsoft Excel file and easy to read
Post # 1 Newsletter Editor AMVETS Post #1
Commander Shelley Pelletier
Adjutant: J. E. “Gene” Foster
Because Easter Sunday is on the 20th, our April AMVETS Meeting is the Saturday before (April 19th) at 1:00 PM. All AMVETS are encouraged to attend and have a say in how the Post is operated as well as vote on various topics and items of business.
April is Officer Election month. The final nomination meeting is Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM. At that meeting, any final nominations will be taken and then all nominations will be closed. This allows time to prepare absentee ballots and have them ready for distribution on Monday, April 7th.
Absentee ballots must be requested from the Post Adjutant. Absentee ballots will be available both as hard copies as well as E-mail ballots. In any case, all absentee ballots must be in the Adjutant’s hands no later than 6:00 PM on Friday, April 18th, Election Day. AMVETS in good standing may stop by the post anytime from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM to vote. To receive a ballot, you must have and present a valid AMVETS Post 1 membership card.
Another important activity this month is our support of the Patriot Riders Spring Ride for the Troops. This will be similar to last year when the Patriot Riders finished their ride at Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel and AMVETS Post 1 hosted the closing ceremony. This year the ceremony will include members of the USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN757) and their Commanding Officer CDR Bret M. Grabbe (USN) will introduce the guest speaker, Ms. Ann LePage; Maine’s First Lady.
Now here’s a couple ‘thank yous’ for an outstanding March:
• Our fundraising effort resulted in over $1000 worth of individual personal health and hygiene items for the residents at the Veterans transition houses in Biddeford and Saco.
• March was our month to support the White Clover fund raiser. The major fundraising emphasis was our White Clover Benefit Breakfast. It was a record breakfast! Over 160 breakfasts were prepared and served. Along with breakfast receipts, donations and 50/50 raffles, nearly $1000 was raised for the White Clover Fund.
Next month is May – one of our busiest months. First there’s the D.E.C. meeting at Post 3 in Sanford on Sunday, May 4th. Later in the month, Post 1 will be placing flags on three Biddeford city cemeteries, conducting in Memorial Day Cemetery Services, participating in the Memorial Day Parade, and hosting the after-parade complimentary luncheon. Right after that, we’re off to Convention the weekend of June 6th, 7th, & 8th.
And on a final note; if you think you might be interested in considering running for an elected office here at Post 1, you’re invited to attend any AMVETS meeting to see what the officers do. You’re also encouraged to look over the job/position descriptions for each office. These are available for you to review by asking Post Commander Shelley Pelletier or Adjutant Gene Foster. Usually any officer may have a current copy as well – but the most current and up-to-date copies are maintained in the office. We welcome new comers to seek any position. The only exception is the Post Commander and Finance Officer positions which stipulate that the candidate have at least 1 year’s experience as an elected Post 1 officer.
Ladies Auxiliary News
Ladies! Your Ladies Auxiliary needs some new faces! Time and health reasons have impacted our membership, especially the officers. We are sincerely seeking volunteers to fill in vacated positions. Our Ladies Auxiliary here at Post 1 is the oldest, continuously chartered Ladies Auxiliary in the nation. Let’s keep that distinction here in Biddeford!
Our meeting is Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM.
Be sure to check the bulletin board for any changes or late developing topics.
Our April meeting is Sunday, 20 April, at 10:00.
AMVET Post #1, Biddeford, Maine
|AMVET Post #1, Biddeford, Maine|
|6 PM Meeting|
|Nomination||Dart League in||Post 1||Tournament|
|Meeting — 6 PM||Function Hall||Game Night!||noon – close|
|Dart League in||Post 1|
|Function Hall||Game Night!|
|9 AM – 6 PM||Function Hall|
|Dart League in||Post 1||Private Party|
|Function Hall||Game Night!||Noon to 4 pm|
|Sons Horseshoe||Steel Dart|
|Dart League in||Tournament||Banquet|
|Function Hall||Sign-up @ 5 PM||11:00 AM|
|Ceremony @||Friday Night Horseshoes starts this Month!|
|Bentley’s – Noon|
|Into Sports? Celtics Basketball? NASCAR? Boston Bruins Hocky? NCAA Basketball? Pro Golf? Darts? Pool?|
|Stop in and check out all our entertainment equipment and facilities.|
|Wii. Big screen TV’s. Dart machines. Video Games. Competition grade pool table. WI-FI|
|Think we need something else? Let us know!|
|We want you, our members, to think AMVETS first for your entertainment!|
|The next D.E.C. meeting will be Sunday, May 4th, in Sanford at Post 3 – not that far away.|
|Also, if you’re planning to attend AMVETS Convention in June, this D.E.C. meeting counts toward the 3 for reimbursement.|
|HALL RENTAL As an AMVET, you are encouraged and invited to make use of our hall. Many dates are available and rates|
|are low. Please consider your AMVET Hall for your next party, reception, shower, birthday, or any function where extra room,|
|as well as additional facilities, would be a plus.|
|E-mail – Amvets@maine.rr.com or at our Post Address:||Adjutant|
|AMVETS Post # 1|
|147 Alfred Street|
|Biddeford, Maine 04005|
|Commander||1st Vice Cdr.||2nd Vice Cdr.||Finance Officer||1-Year Trustee||2-Year Trustee||3-Year Trustee|
|Shelley Pelletier||Rey Souliere||Tinou Lamontagne||Jim Thibodeau||Robert Bourgault||Roland Lessard||Bill Thibodeau|