Just a quick message today. Each person that joined the American Legion, specifically our Post, did so for a personal reason. Some joined because Moffett Field was a duty station. Others have family ties to Moffett. Yet others joined because they were asked and did not know about the American Legion.
I fall into the last category. I was asked by a founding member, Mike Armijo.
At the beginning my role within the Post was just a paying member. Each month Mike would contact me asking if I could make a meeting. Five members were required to have a quorum. I did not really know the importance of it. After a few times of attending I started to pick up on it but still really did not know about the American Legion. It was not until I was told about the American Legion Extension Institute. It is an online self-paced course about the history of our organization. The cost was and still is $4.95 for Legion members. I gather the fee is to cover the pin, certificate and mailing of both items when I finished the course. I learned quite a bit of information from this program.
To enroll in the course. You will need to register on the American Legion site, if you have not already done so, then sign up for the course. As I stated earlier, it is self-paced. Here is the link for the program, https://www.legion.org/alei.
Good luck and I thank each of you for your service.
The Post started out with the intent to help the soldiers and families that work at Moffett Field. It has been 9+ years since the formation of our Post. Over the years we have had family oriented events on base for those that live and work at Moffett. Along with ceremonies for nationally observed holidays. We are still having trouble getting the word out that we exist.
I have spoken with many soldiers, to include ranking officers. The common answer is "I do not have time". Hearing this is upsetting but understandable since many people really do not know what we do. A common image people have of the American Legion is that we sit around drinking, smoking and telling stories. Then there is the other image that all we do his constantly ask our members to actively participate in the post activities. Even though this would be great. We do not push our membership to be active at events.
Moving forward, I would like to see more of us wear our cap or get an American Legion shirt of some kind or baseball cap. This brings attention to the American Legion. When someone asks about what you are wearing, then give them the Reader's Digest answer to spark interest. Just say, "I am part of the this Country's largest organization that represents veterans and their families to Congress. To make sure our active duty soldiers, veterans and families are not forgotten and receive assistance when needed". If a person wants to know more then go on and give a little more information. Just from the short phrase I have suggested that you say. You have planted a seed in that person that may grow.
Our direction needs to be education of the people. The more people know who we are and what we do, then the better chance we have of growing in numbers. The bigger our organization then the bigger the voice we have when our National Commander goes in front of Congress.
Education of civilians and veterans is a must for us to accomplish our long and short term goals. Growth will happen for our Post and the American Legion with proper knowledge given to the public.
Please feel free to comment or add to what I have said here tonight.
Juan Saucedo, Commander
Good Afternoon, Post 881 and Friends,
Yesterday was our first bowling tournament. We had 24 outstanding participants. People were full of energy and good vibes. Our volunteers did an awesome job on helping things run smoothly. Many people approached me and asked when are we going to do it again. To which I replied, annually. There is a chance we may do another tournament for a different fundraiser this fall.
We raised enough money to cover one delegate for Boys State. We paid out winnings to the top four teams; as well as, gifting raffles tickets for a drawing of lottery scratchers that we had available. This was just a way of saying thank you for coming out. Even the bottom five teams received an extra lottery ticket as a thank you. The 50/50 raffle paid out to three people. Our lottery scratcher hat pulled in some money on top of our prizes that were raffled. Thank you to Roberto of Roberto's Cantina in Sunnyvale for the gift certificates. Thank you to my wife, Vicky, for donating the steakhouse gift certificate and for putting together baskets of prizes. Not to mention all her work on helping me with flyers and creating the registration paperwork. Also thanks to Kathy for steering us in the right direction with spreadsheets.
Juan J Saucedo
Commander, Post 881