NEW SGT AT ARMS
Introducing our newest Post officer, Mark Lieberman who was elected to replace outgoing Sgt-At-Arms Pom Pomeroy
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, email@example.com
• Service Officer Steve Muir, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Commander, George Freeman, email@example.com
-- 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.
Operation At Ease
Due to the uncertainties and restrictions caused by the virus Operation At Ease will not be able to host any families this year.
The MAD Concert scheduled for
May is postponed until October 23.
The MAD Golf Tourney is Oct 3.
The American Legion of
North Carolina has canceled
the following events:
MEMORIAL DAY 2020
A Post 543 orientation course has been developed for
new and prospective members.
To learn more about our Post and where you can plug-in please click on the link below.
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
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.
A LETTER FROM THE OWNER OF SOUTHPORT SMOKEHOUSE
Dear Post 543,
I can't thank you enough for what the American Legion did for the Smokehouse last night. Your great organization and giving spirit made the night a great success. I talked to Chris and the servers afterward and they were so excited about everything. They normally get tips but nothing compared to what you and the organization did for them last night. It was a true blessing.
You can count on the Smokehouse for years to come to continue supporting veterans. I appreciate what the American Legion does in our community to support those who have given so much that we can be free.
God bless you and please pass my gratitude on to all those who helped make this possible
Troy Knight, Owner
4th of July Festival
The traditional North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport has been canceled for this year because of the coronavirus.
In the spirit of the holiday, the Festival Committee is assembling a group of on-line events. The see the schedule go to www.nc4thofjuly.com or look on Facebook@nc4thofjulyfestival.
The Post 543 contribution (shown below) is a "Salute to Veterans. It is scheduled to be shown at 2pm on Friday July 3rd.
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