Happenings at American Legion Post 331

For your information, the below is a message, from Spence Jones, 1st Vice Commander, sent to the membership of American Legion Post 331, updating  what is happening at the Post during this year. We have been asked to share it with our membership. 

Post Building

As we all know the governor of New Jersey has proclaimed a social distancing mandate and closed non-essential businesses.  Unfortunately our Post falls in that category and has been closed to business activities. However, there have been some building projects started before and during the closure.  First, the Mole Hole floor has been transformed and now has a beautiful epoxy coating.  Second, the meeting room floor and the office floor have been stripped, sanded, and two coats of sealant applied.  Pictures of the results of these two projects are attached.  In the kitchen, a new commercial range has been acquired and installed and soon the kitchen floor will be stripped, cleaned and waxed.  We are in the process of obtaining estimates to paint the window trim on the first and second floors.  We are hopeful that we can obtain a reasonable price to get this done in the near future.

Meetings

The Executive Committee recently held a meeting on May 6th using the Zoom application.  Most committee members were able to participate and the general consensus is that it wasn’t the same as being there in person but was effective.  The next Executive Committee meeting will be on June 3rd and will again be a Zoom meeting.  We are saddened that we cannot hold our general membership meetings at this time and look forward to some action by the governor allowing us to hold our meetings.  We will be advising the membership as to when we can hold the next meeting.  If you do have some item that you would like to bring up prior to the next general membership meeting please contact one of the Executive Committee members. 

Status of Officer Elections

Each May nominations for Post officers and Trustees are made.  The New Jersey American Legion office in Trenton has directed all posts in the state to maintain their current slate of officers until such time as a general membership meeting and election can be held.

Events, Changes & Cancellations

We are making the following changes to upcoming events. Flag placement on graves of veterans will occur on May 22nd at 9 am.  If you are interested in helping out and honoring fallen veterans please contact Tom McCullough or Bill Lehman to obtain gathering information. 

The Memorial Day parades in both Avalon and Stone Harbor have been cancelled.  A small tribute to veterans will be held at the Post building but there will be no open house or public gathering.  Legion members are asked to remember our fellow veterans and fallen veterans privately. 

Flag Day, June 14th is normally celebrated at the Post and officers for the coming year are sworn in.  There will not be a Flag Day celebration or ceremony this year.  If and when officers are elected and installed later in the year we will let the membership know in advance.

The annual fishing tournament will not be held this year.  For the tournament to be run requires several months preparation time and needs the support of local businesses to be successful financially.  It is highly unlikely a tournament will be held later this year.

Building tours will not be held for at least the next several months.  Normally tours start on Flag Day and continue until the last week in August.  Once social distancing is relaxed and guidelines are established for sanitization and public gatherings we will re-assess whether to have tours or just wait until next year.

Each month the Executive Committee will determine the upcoming events that are going to be cancelled or postponed.

 Donations

Our Post presented a check for $2,000 to Cape Regional Medical Center. The donation was designated to be used for personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, shields, etc) for the staff.

In 2019 Flyers Charities and Post 331 jointly contributed over $7,000 to the Vineland Veterans Home which was used to acquire audio/video equipment for the residents.  Tom McCullough recently heard from Lisa Williams the home to let him know the equipment acquired has been a major morale booster and is in almost constant use. It is frequently used by residents to keep in contact with relatives and friends since visitors are prohibited from entering the facility at this time.  She expressed thanks on behalf of the veterans residing there.

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