The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                      MARCH 2017

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 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: Walt Szyszlo won the small jackpot of $42.54. 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:
Harry D Goodman        
James L Springer       
Edward Lucas                  $59.00
Rodney E Andes          
Stephen A Knoz         

March’s Large Jackpot will be $277.00

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.

Ham Breakfast:  The next Post 19 Ham Breakfast will be Saturday, March 3, 2018. We’ll be over there
cooking and setting up on Friday, March 2nd…starting at 3:00 PM.

Oratorical Contest: The oratorical Contest was held at Post 19 at 2:00 on January 19th. Mary Grace
Golden won that phase and she will be moving on to the February 17th event being held at Bradley
Academy in Murfreesboro at 9:00.

Post Everlasting: We lost members: Donald Lee Cooper, Eugene Finley Aydelotte, Squadron 19 member,
Richard A. Stephenson, and Auxiliary Unit 19 member Betty Smith.

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, Frank McBride, and Ray Dye.

Legion Riders: Bob Stephenson announced that the formal announcement of Chapter 19 of the Legion
Riders was made at the Mid-Winter Conference. Bob and James Patterson were presented with the Charter,
which Bob will have framed to be put on display in the hall. If you qualify, we would be proud to have you join
the 11 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; the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons,
and Riders.

New Members: The Post welcomed one visitor and 3 new members of the Legion at the February meeting.

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 hosted a Civilian “Combat” Lifesaver Course for members of the Post.

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.

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