The American Legion is preparing to celebrate its 100th Anniversary.
This is a noteworthy and wonderful achievement. Congratulations
American Legion! Though even as we cheer this grand news, we
routinely hear about Veterans Organizations having to close their
doors due to financial strife and we know Post 712 is not immune.
The percentage of Veterans in the US continues to decrease and
currently comprises a mere 7% of Americans. We will see more and
more Veterans Organizations permanently closing their doors each
year. This will happen.
What is the Legion?
Officially, the Legion is a 501(c) 19, tax exempt, non-profi t,
Veterans Organization. Ultimately, the Legion is a fraternal and
sororal organization for Veterans and Families where we may share
the bond that binds us all together thru the solemn pride of Service
In addition to the Post 712
membership, there are about 82 Sons, about 71 ALA and about 44
Riders. In case you did not know, the Riders require membership in
the Post, Sons or ALA prior to acceptance into the Riders. The
Riders are comprised of about 28 Veterans, 8 Sons and 8 ALA members.
The Riders want to thank
Post 712 and the Veterans of Post 712 for their support over the
years. Sometimes we may take this support for granted, so thank you
for the use of the conference room for meetings; for use of the
dining area and conference room for events; for allowing us to
solicit donations on your property; for use of your basement to
store our supplies; for use of your employees to support our
activities; for handing out our applications; for use of your
facilities to display our fund-raising flyers; for use of your
address for mail and ultimately, for use of the Community believing
we are one with the Veterans of Post 712. We appreciate everything
Post 712 does for the Riders and all of the organizations in the
On September 5th the Riders
attended the Post 712 Meeting and presented Commander Lee
Phillips with a donation check of $5,200. The Commander was
appreciative and guaranteed the donation would be put to good use
for the entire Legion Family of Post 712.
These are tough times for
Veterans Organizations, every month we hear of organizations closing
their doors somewhere in Western Pennsylvania.
The Wine and Dine Raffle,
ongoing at Post 712; will go off on Tuesday, October 2nd. The raffle
includes $195 in gift cards, 3 bottles of wine; a great nostalgic
wine rack, gourmet food items and a 9-inch portable TV; just to name
a few. Our next raffle will be the Warm and Cozy Raffle with tickets
available from the Bartender for a donation of $5 and proceeds
supporting Veterans through Post 712 and the Riders. Please jump in
and buy a ticket to support Veterans.
On September 4th the
Sharing is Caring Foundation held their annual Boat Ride on the
Gateway Clipper Fleet for Hospitalized Veterans. It was a great day
on the water and the Vets had a wonderful time. Thank you Riders who
volunteered as Chaperons for this great event: Tom Bodner, Ed
Harmon, Dave Harris, Ann Jageman, Mark Smith and Pat Smith.
Sharing is Caring and Caring is Ac on to help those in need.
On September 15th the
Riders held a Club Ride to Fort Necessity. The 16 bikes rode about
120 miles round-trip taking curvy roads. It was a great day for a
ride as the weather was sunny and Fort Necessity is a very
interesting day-trip destination. The Riders ended the Ride at Post
712 where we supported the Sons of the American Legion All You Can
Eat Dinner. The food was delicious. Nice job Sons.
The Riders closed out
September by visiting our Friends at Vector Security on September
25th for an old fashioned cookout and for the Riders to say, “Thank
You” to Vector Security for all the great things they do to support
Veterans and their continuing support of Post 712. It is a great
partnership and their contributions are very much appreciated.
The next Riders meeting is Election Day, November
6th. Don’t forget to vote.