The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                      FEBRUARY 2017

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m.  The meals are
currently being catered by Chelsea Craig and her mother. The menu was not known at the time that this
Newsletter was submitted.

Jackpots: Bill Salrin won the small jackpot of $34.36. The “Large Jackpot” was not won and will be
increased for our next meeting. By not being present at the meeting, those who missed out on the
opportunity to win were:

Rick J. Robinson          $196.00
Aron K. Snoddy              $98.00
Jim Baker              
Randall Wright               $49.00
Carlson Dale                

February’s Large Jackpot will be $235.00

You have to be at the meeting when your name is called, in order to win! Come join us and share in the
friendships, meal, meeting, and a chance to win cash.

Post 19 Website:  Encourage other members to view their newsletter on the website.

Oratorical Contest: The oratorical Contest will be held at Post 19 at 2:00 on January 19th. Members are
encouraged to arrive around 1:00 to make sure the Hall is ready for our guests.

Legion Riders: Post 19 is now home to the newly formed Charter of the American Legion Riders
Chapter 19. If you qualify, we would be proud to have you join the 9 members who are already Riders.
Post 19 has never had a Riders Chapter, so we are breaking new ground here and now have all four groups
of the American Legion at our Post. Legion, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders.

New Members: The Post welcomed one visitor and one new member of the Sons, Patrick Lee, our
Commander’s son.

Post 19 Food Bank: Commander Jimmy Lee has started a “food bank” for veterans in need. Please bring
non-perishable goods to the Post. Best time to bring things is on meeting night. Jimmy’s been adding
hygiene supplies to his food collection campaign.

Free Training: Sam Richardson will be offering a Civilian “Combat” Lifesaver Course for anyone who is

First Aid Training: Contact Kim Smith at (931) 797-7526 if interested in attending future training sessions.

Comments: Please carry membership applications with you. Try to recruit at least one new member this
year. Tell your friends about Post 19, Squadron 19, and Auxiliary Unit 19, and encourage them to join the
Post 19 American Legion family.

Van Drivers Needed: Diane Burgess is asking for volunteers to drive the VA van. She lost a driver and is
now the only driver. Her mother is elderly and needs close support. Please help by becoming a van driver for
our needy veterans. The van travels to the VA hospitals in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Give Diane a call if
you would like to help. Her number is 931-215-8909.

The officers for 2017-2018 are:
Post Commander: Jimmy Lee
First Vice Commander: Darrell Van Dusen
Second Vice Commander: Roger Gilliam
Third Vice Commander: Abe Preznik
Adjutant: Bob Stephenson
Finance Officer: Donny Walters
Judge Advocate: Calvin Cheek
Service Officer: James Patterson
Sgt. at Arms (2): Diane Burgess & Steve Metheny
Chaplain: Ray Dye
Historian: Bob Stephenson

Commander’s Message:
My Commander’s message is a little different this month, but as they say, variety is the spice of life.  Here
are some interesting American History facts for the romantic month of February.
Black History month is celebrated in both Canada and the U.S.
On Feb 4 the Confederated States of America was organized in Montgomery.
Feb 6 marks the ratification by the Senate of the peace treaty that ended the Spanish-American war.
The Boy Scouts of America in which our legion has a vested interest was incorporated on Feb 10
Abraham Lincoln born on Feb 12
One of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s day celebrated on Feb 14
Last but nowhere near least, the father of our country, George Washington, born Feb 18
Thus ends my quick and dirty history lesson for the month.
God bless America,

Jimmy Lee, Commander Post 19

New Year’s Resolutions:
1.         Strive to sign up at least ONE new member this year.  Simple – if you see someone with a veteran
hat or license plate or stickers, ask him/her to join.  A salesman’s motto is numbers:  ask enough people
someone will say yes!  Don’t forget to carry some applications on your person.  Just think of our membership
if each of you reading this signs up ONE.
2.         Plan to attend ONE meeting more than is usual this year.  It’s really simple – no fuss, no pressure,
just comradeship and a good meal.
3.        Thirdly, try to participate in at least ONE Legion function this year.  Memorial day, Veteran’s day, 4th
of July.  Most events in which Post 19 participates are announced at the preceding meeting.
May your new year be filled with happiness, love, prosperity and good health. Looking forward to seeing you
on February 6th.

Jimmy Lee, Commander Post 19

Sick Call: Post members on sick call are; Don Richardson, Donald Cooper, James Parrish, Robert P.
Norman, Jimmy Hill, Paul Carpenter, Larry Hann, William T. Wall, Charles (Dewey) Skellington, John
Hamilton, JB Napier, Bobby Harris, James R Ford, and Frank McBride.