For the second year in a row, The Stephen C. Ludlam American Legion Post 331 of Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey is sending US Coast Guard personnel and their families home for the holidays. This is a project that was initiated by now First Vice Commander James P. Fleischmann in 2014 in coordination with the Commander of the US Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May New Jersey, Captain G. Todd Prestidge, and his staff. As a result of last year’s success, Captain Prestidge had his staff establish a formal process for the selection of worthy permanent staff personnel. The project was run by the base Public Affairs office by Senior Warrant Officers James Edwards and Mr. Tony Bureno. Eligible personnel had to be US Coast Guard base permanent party members not over the pay grade of E-5. Winners of the Legion holiday award were selected by lottery from the ballots submitted over the base’s closed computer system. Last year, Post 331 sent three Coast Guardsmen home for the holidays. Because of exceptional support this year, Post 331 was able present awards to four categories of winners: married person with children (Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessie D’Hereaux, wife Jordan, and children Enzo and Jade); married person without children (Seaman Scott Meyer and wife Britney); single male member (Seaman Apprentice Paulo Cheng); and single female member (Seaman Apprentice Rebecca Young). A total of eight members of the Coast Guard family will be sent home.
Single-handily Legionnaire Jim Fleischmann raised the funds for this project through his personal contacts with local business and community leaders and organizations, to include members of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. It is noteworthy that no Post 331 funds were used in this enterprise. It was entirely supported through special donations. The Legion awards include round-trip airfare, transportation to and from airport, surprise flowers for the mother of the personnel, and a dinner out for the Coast Guard personnel and their immediate family. The homecoming is to be a surprise to the parents of the Coast Guard personnel.
The presentation of the awards was made at the Post’s annual reception honoring area World War II veterans on 6 December organized by Post Second Vice Commander, Tom McCullough, and hosted by the Post’s Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary organizations. Avalon Mayor Martin L. Pagliughi, Robin Mccrossin of the Flyers, Jamie Diller of Diller and Fisher Real Estate, and Jim Fleischmann of Post 331 made the presentation of travel tickets to the Coast Guard personnel. Also in attendance for the presentation were the American Legion Department of New Jersey Commander, Michael C. Babli, Jr, and Cape May County, NJ Board of Chosen Freeholders Gerald M. Thornton, Director, and E. Marie Hayes, County Liaison to Veterans’ Organizations.
Legionnaire Fleischman is hopeful that this idea of sending service personnel home for the holidays will be picked up by other American Legion Posts throughout the country. It is a wonderful gift for the service personnel and is a tremendous public relations benefit for the sponsoring Post. Contact Jim Fleischman at the Stephen C. Ludlam American Legion Post 331, P. O. Box 232, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247 for further details on how to establish this program.
POST 331 – 2nd Annual Seafood Dinner and Seabiilies Concert
TICKETS – now available for purchase
TIME – Dinner 5:00 – 7:30 Concert 7:45 til ……
DINNER – Includes scallops, shrimp, lobster, deviled crab, clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, and red potatoes.
Beverage – beer, soda, and water available or BYOB
COST – $30.00
CONCERT – The ‘Seabillies’ will perform outdoors following the dinner. There is no admission charge for the concert. A ‘beer tent’ will be set up outdoors and the upstairs indoor bar will also be available. They are quite popular on the Island.
Post 331 held its annual Pancake Breakfast on August 8 8am-11:30am. This is one of the many fundraisers the Post does to raise funds for local veteran causes. As you can see by the pictures, a good time was had by members of The Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and the community.
American Legion Post #331 (Stone Harbor/Avalon) won the 2015 Americanism Award from the New Jersey State American Legion during a presentation made at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Thursday, June 11th.
Saturday August 16, 2014 — The S.A.L. held their first annual seafood dinner. For just $30 per ticket attendees enjoyed Crab Cakes, clam chowder, potatoes, corn and a seafood shish-kabob consisting of shrimp, scallop, and lobster. All cooked to order. On top of all of that, those dining enjoyed free beverages — including beer.
At the end of the night the main event took stage. Local act, The Seabillies, performed for the crowd. They performed hits from all the rock and roll eras. The party really started when they began to play.
For this who did not attend dinner the concert was open to them as well as the free beverages — for a small donation at the bar.
Jitneys were made available to get all guests to and from the post.
Tom McCullough announced he would be stepping down as Advisor to S.A.L. 331
Tom was instrumental in getting the Post to charter the “Sons of The American Legion”. Through his patient mentoring of the original charter members he subtly molded them into the successful squadron it is today. The Post has been extremely pleased with all the assistance our squadron has provide and confidently looks forward to an expanded effort on our behave. We are who we are today because of Tom McCullough’s belief in our united abilities. Though he will be sorely missed he is being replaced by Post Adjutant Vicki Lachman, who is more than capable of guiding our squadron to the next level. Tom will continue to co-chair the Fall BBQ which is slated to be held on October 11, 2014. The Squadron will have 140 tickets available for sale.
Tom was presented a gift for his years of service.