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SEPTEMBER

WE ARE HAVING A RAFFLE. Four gift cards; a $250, a $100, a $75, and a $50. we have 600 tickets to sell for $5.00 each. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket call the Post at 336-226-9237 and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also visit the Post when we are open Wednesday through Saturday 1 – 5 pm. Or you can contact any Post member and ask to buy a ticket. Our Drawing will be during our meeting on 3 November.

JUNE

At our June meeting we had a swearing in ceremony for our FY2022 officers.  District 12 Commander Lewis Atwater presided for the ceremony.

After the ceremony we had a nice social gathering with a snack buffet prepared by Penny Haigler and Dave VanWormer and deserts prepared by Diana Beckley.

Our FY 2022 Officers.
L to R:  Lewis Atwater, Dave Beckley, Rodney Lewis, Chuck Gantos, Dave VanWormer, Tom Harris, Lou Popowsky, Donnie Williams, Kathy Yax, Roy Duffer, Richard Johnson,

26 June

The Post held a birthday party for Elmo Hatley a Post member who turns 100 years old on Monday 28 June.  Lots of Elmo’s family (including a Great Grand Daughter) turned out as well as several Post members.  Post members brought lots of food and Tom cooked the burgers and hot dogs.

When Elmo first arrived someone asked him to tell us a story about his time in the service.  As he tells it, he was already a trumpet player before entering the service, so when the service found that out, he ended up playing in a band for his entire service during WWII.

Our Commander Dave Beckley presenting a Certificate to Elmo In honor of his service during the war.
Elmo’s Birthday Cake

MAY

Nominating Committee Chairman, Chuck Gantos, presented the following slate of officers for the 2022 fiscal year:

Post Commander               Dave Beckley                                   

1st Vice Commander          Rodney Smith                                  

Post Adjutant                     Chuck Gantos                                  

Finance Officer                   Dave Van Wormer                         

Service Officer                    Tom Harris                                       

Historian                             Lou Popowsky                              

Chaplin                               Robert Hubbard                             

Sergeant at Arms               Donnie Williams                             

Judge Advocate                  Kathleen Yax                                    

Director #1                         Tom Byrne                                     

Director #2                          Richard Johnson                             

Director #3                          Roy Duffer           

The slate was elected by acclamation.

Installation will be at Next month’s meeting (2 June).

District 12 Commander Lewis Attwater was at the meeting.  He gave a brief talk thanking the Post members for renewing their membership, and invited us to the District meeting this coming Saturday at Post 6 at 11 AM. 

May 7

We had our first and only Flags for First Graders presentation this school year.  We went to the Grace Christian School in Haw River and gave our presentation to their first and second graders. 

First Grade

Second Grade

Presenters are (L to R) Robert Hubbard, Lou Popowsky Richard Johnson,             Ron Allred and Rodney Smith

Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for us.

We honor our deceased veterans in the North Lawn and Burlington Cemeteries by placing flags on their grave stones.  We also participate in the county’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Memorial Wall in Graham.

The following pictures were taken in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Front Row:  Dave Beckley, Robert Hubbard, Lou Popowsky, Bob Pare,        Rodney Smith
Back Row:   Bill Ford and Larry Love

The following pictures are of the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Placing flags around Walter B. Ellis’ family plot.
Pine Hill (front L to R):  Larry Love, Ron Allred, Dave Beckley, Roy Duffer,      Bob Pare
Back row (L to R):  Donnie Williams, Rodney Smith, Tom Harris, Chuck Gantos, Bill Ford.

On Memorial Day there is a Ceremony to honor our veterans at the Alamance County’s Memorial Wall.  The County Sheriff’s presented the colors.  The names of 577 Alamance County veterans, who passed away since the last ceremony in 2019, were called out.  20 Veterans organizations presented wreaths.  Three rifle volleys were presented by the Marine Corp League’s Honor Guard, Taps were played by a member of “Bugles Across America”.

Before the ceremony began
First Vice Commander Rodney Smith presents the wreath for Post 63
40 & 8 Chef de Gare  Rodney Smith presents a wreath for Voiture 1237
The Honor Guard “Presents Arms” during the reading of the names of the 577 veterans who passed away.
One of the rifle volleys
Taps