PEER FISHING CANCELLED
The Peer Fishing Event scheduled for October 16th is cancelled. Operation North State still hopes to hold an outing for wounded warriors
NEW SGT AT ARMS
new Sgt-At Arms
RICHIE STEWART JR
This year Post 543 awarded college scholarships to seven graduating seniors from South Brunswick High.
The scholarships honor the Post Namesake, Richard Stewart, Jr. "Rickie" was an avid ice hockey player in college. He was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The recipients of this year's scholarships are:\
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
The Coronavirus has caused the postponement of the MAD Concert, Golf Tourney. and neighborhood fund drive until this fall.
It is the revenue from these events that allows the post to sponsor over 70 community and veterans events and projects.
Local merchants and business organizations provide an important segment of that revenue. We appreciate their support and urge everyone to support our sponsors:
Aesthetic Dentistry - Leland
Bachara & Essey Attorneys
Carolina Custom Closets
Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry
Coldwell Banker, Ken Keegan
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty
Commissioner Mike Forte
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry
Consolidated Asset Management
Don Bullard Insurance
Fords Propane Gas
Greenman Horticultural Services
Jennifer Williams DDS
John Muuss Photographer
Mansfield Bros. Heating & Air
Mansfield Bros. LP Gas
Peacock Newman & White Funeral
Renee's Fine Jewelry
Ricky Evans Gallery
Senator Bill Rabon
Sentry Self Storage
Sheetz & Bachara Dentistry
Southport Motor Cars
St James Properties
Stifel Financial Group
Uncorked by the Sea
Remaz Lifestyle Communities
NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING
NEXT MEETING SEPTEMBER 23
Post 543 is the fastest-growing post in North Carolina. We must be doing something right. Membership Chair Rick Sessa just started the annual membership renewal drive and many have already re-upped. Join our team.
Renew online at www.legion.org/renew or mail a $35 check
payable to "Post 543" to R Sessa, 2592 St James Drive 28461
The Military Appreciation Golf Tourney is still scheduled for October 3rd. The MAD Concert
is postponed. .
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
- Leadership: The Post Executive Committee is meeting each month using ZOOM and connecting using email.
- Membership: Membership is currently 112% of this year's goal. We now have 228 paid members.
- Finance: So far we have raised 92% of this year's budget and spent 62-percent. With the postponement of the MAD Concert and Golf Tournament, the finance committee is reworking the budgets.
- COVID 19: When COVID 19 hit we asked what we could do to help our fellow post members, other veterans, those who have helped us throughout the years and the community at large. Our efforts are being led by:
• Chaplain Tom Bednarczyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Service Officer Steve Muir, email@example.com
• Commander, George Freeman, firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Service Officer, Steve Muir, and his committee the source of information on available VA programs.
Steve and his team are actively assisting local Veterans with the filing of the required paperwork and where applicable, providing more direct and immediate support.
-- Our Chaplain, Tom Bednarczyk, and his team have identified Post members living alone and personally touch base on a regular basis.
-- Our House and Entertainment Committee under the leadership of Pom Pomeroy is reaching out to local small businesses and developing initiatives to support them.
-- Student Scholarships: Under the guidance of our Vice Commander for Americanism, Chuck Blackburn, the Richie Hat Trick South Brunswick High School Senior Scholarships is progressing on schedule.
WE WANT YOU TO JOIN POST 543
MEMORIAL DAY 2020
Southport 4th of July
This year's Southport 4th of July events were canceled because of the coronavirus. In their place the festival committee organized an online celebration. The Post's contribution can be seen by clicking the slide.
CLICK ON THE SLIDE BELOW TO SEE THE VIDEO
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An orientation course is available
for new and prospective members.
To learn more about our Post
With the help of Post 543, Elmcroft Assisted Living Facility in Southport is honoring its residents who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam by creating a "Wall of Honor".
The Wall will include photos of the veterans, in uniform, and will be bracketed by the plaques shown here being presented by Post Commander George Freeman and Chaplin Tom Bednarczyk.
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These scholarships, valued at more than $65-hundred, are made possible by funds raised during Military Appreciation Day and other post fund raising activities, with matching funds from the Stewart family.
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