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The Colony, Texas
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Holley-Riddle Post 21
Tonight starts our new year, and I am enthused about what 2020 has in store for us. Building on the 4th quarter of 2019 where we saw the addition of several new members, and with the committees we have and will restructure this evening, 2020 will be an even better year than last. My appeal is that more of you become engaged. When members are active, the Post is vibrant. As I hear about Posts that are on the decline, it is almost always because a few are involved, and those few wear down. We have much to do, so please, as you hear about the committees we have now or will have going forward, pick one or two where you may have an interest and get involved.
Several of you are new since committees were appointed last summer. Continuing committees include: The Events Committee. This committee tackles many events like Heroes/Veterans Day participation, the Clyde Ding Memorial Boys and Girls State Golf Tournament, Holiday Parades, and Family Events including Picnics and the Christmas Party. Of importance now is organizing the annual Clyde Ding Memorial Boys and Girls State Golf Tournament. It will be held on April 15th at The Tribute Golf Club, is our largest fund raiser of the year, and an event with much community engagement and recognition. If any of you would like to volunteer to help us with this most important endeavor, please see me or 2nd Vice Commander Steve Elliott ASAP.
The Membership Committee. Chaired by our 1st Vice Commander David Spencer, they are charged with collecting annual dues and recruiting new members.
The Garage Sale Committee. This annual fund raiser is good for us, and we can use all the help we can get. The Garage Sale Committee is Chaired by Gary Hunt, so see him for particulars, then indicate if you would be willing to help.
The Flag Day Committee. In June we have a formal Flag Retirement Ceremony. It takes place behind our Post Building. Many flags are collected throughout the community during the year and we retire them properly. Carl Hallmark chairs that committee and always needs plenty of help. Please see him if you will assist.
The Youth and High School Relations Committee will continue to coordinate with The Colony and Hebron High Schools. We will work on parameters for counsellor engagement and student selection for boys to go to Boys State, and girls to Girls State. We will work on establishing an annual Oratorical Contest where students compete on their knowledge of the US Constitution and their ability to articulate it. We will also work with the JROTC program to see where we can assist, where the students can participate in American Legion activities, and where we can counsel students on military service. Any member interested in assisting with High School Relations is welcome to contact Dr. Drew Brennes.
The Revenue and Finance Committee will focus on fund raising activities to support our Post activities and goals. Help is always needed, so contact our Finance Officer, Lauren Billings to indicate your interest.
On another note, and this one related to a purpose of the American Legion, March 3, 2020 is the date for 2020 Primary Elections. The Colony Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Candidates’ Forum on Monday, February 3rd at our Legion Post Meeting Hall. Our members, and the public at large are welcome to join us at 7:00pm and listen to the candidates for US Congress, State Senate, State Representative, State School Board, and Denton County Sheriff. One of our 4 Legion Pillars is Americanism. We are encouraged to get people out to vote, to provide opportunities to inform the community about the issues and the candidates in an impartial manner, and to get involved personally to assist the process and the candidates of our choice. This Forum meets that purpose. I hope to see all of you there.
Richard Ensweiler, Commander