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AMERICAN LEGION DEPT.
OF TEXAS

AMERICAN LEGION AUX
DEPT. OF TEXAS

AMERICAN LEGION
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

AMERICAN LEGION AUX
NATIONAL ORG

POST 121 LEGION RIDERS

DEPT. PR COMMITTEE
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AMERICAN LEGION POST & UNIT 121 ELM MOTT, TX
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The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary are the world’s largest nonprofit organization, that were founded to serve the needs of American Veterans and their families. The members of these two organizations are from all age groups, races, and walks of life, which have joined together in the fellowship of giving. The primary philosophy of the volunteers, is that of helping those in need. The first words of their Preambles are “For God and Country.” Their members believe in the ideals and principles of America’s founding Fathers. They pledge to foster patriotism, preserve and defend the Constitution, promote allegiance to God and Country, and to uphold the basic principles of Freedom of religion, Freedom of expression and Freedom of choice. The programs of the American Legion and the Auxiliary provide assistance, education and financial support for Veterans and their communities. Their main focus is helping to create a better society, particularly for the Nation’s citizens of the future, “Our Children and Youth.”


IT'S NOT THE PRICE YOU PAY TO BELONG, IT'S THE PRICE YOU PAID TO BE ELIGIBLE!!


THE LEGIONNAIRES AND AUXILIARY MEET ON THE 2ND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 6:45PM

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

SAL MEETS 1ST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 6:30PM

    We welcome each of you to our post and hope you'll visit often.

  • AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP DUES $30.00
    ("PUFLS" Available - Purchase a Paid up for Life Membership and never worry about your Legion dues again)
  • AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP DUES $24.00, application can be printed here: download PDF Membership application
  • ALA JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP DUES $3.50
  • SAL MEMBERSHIP DUES $20.00, application can be printed here: download PDF Membership application
  • ALR MEMBERSHIP DUES $10.00


    FROM THE COMMANDER BILLY ELKINS

    I would like to welcome all new and returning American Legionnaires, ALA, SAL and ALR, officers. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you. Lets ALL, work together to make this, American Legion, Post 121, the very best that it can be.

    Email: Commander


    DID YOU KNOW...

    Chapter 2--After earning Bachelor and Master’s degrees from UT in 1916 and returning to Waco for to work for the Boy Scouts and attend Toby’s Practical Business, James Archibald “Pete” Edmond, like all young men aged 21 to 30, was required to register for military service under the Selective Service Act of 1916. The United States was now a participant in WWI and young James would be sent in August of 1917 to Officers Training Camp at Camp Funston (later renamed Camp Stanley) at the Leon Springs Military Reservation near Boerne, TX. His military training sent him to another Camp Funston in Kansas where he was assigned to the 1st Army, 4th Division, 39th Infantry. He was fortunate in his next post at Camp Greene in North Carolina not to be one of the over 300 soldiers who died of influenza while training there. Next, at Fort Sill OK, he received special training at the US Infantry School of Arms and was then sent to France where he earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Shortly after his arrival in France Lt. Edmond was selected to take part in a parade and celebration in Paris to honor President Woodrow Wilson. Just days later, his platoon would take part as the Allies began their major counter-offensive in Second Battle of the Marne, a battle which decisively turned the tide of the war toward an Allied victory. Lt. Edmond’s skills earned him a spot in a battalion of snipers that cleared a woods of German machine guns. After more officer training at Gondrecourt near Lorraine, Lt. Edmond was made acting Captain of Company E, 39th Infantry. Although recommended for captaincy, Lt. Edmond was killed in action on October 11, 1918 and would never receive the much deserved rank. The Waco Daily-Times Herald published this about Lt. James A. Edmond’s being awarded the Silver Star: “James A. Edmond, 1st Lt., 39th Infantry, 4th Division. For gallantry in action near Ferme des Filles, St. Thibaut, France, August 5, 1918. As Intelligence Officer, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, 4th Division, he made a personal reconnaissance of the enemy’s position, proceeding for two kilometers through an area swept by heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire, reached the Vesle River, fearlessly deter- mined the position of the enemy line and returned to his battalion with information of great value. On October 11, 1918, near Cunel, France, prior to the advance of his battalion against the enemy forces, he exhorted his men to display determination and a will to win. Upon moving forward he gallantly led his men until he was struck and instantly killed by an enemy bullet."

 
HIGHLIGHTS: 


If you wish to save your Post the printing and postage costs by viewing your newsletter information online, send an email to alpost121news@gmail.com and we will honor your request. News deadline for May: April 21

ALR MEETING DATE FOR APRIL HAS BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 26 DUE TO THE DISTRICT CONVENTION


APRIL NEWSLETTER:

1. FROM THE COMMANDER Billy Elkins

Post 121 has seen lots of activity in recent days. Our April calendar will show that we are welcoming organizations new to our facilities. The word is getting out that we have great facilities for meetings, dances, receptions, and outdoor events. Thank you to the members who are helping to promote the use of our facilities. Legionnaires are in the process of nominating officers for the upcoming elections in May. Please let us know if you are interested in being an officer for Post 121. For those who are able, please attend the District Convention in Gatesville on April 19 or the 2nd Division Convention at Post 521 in Pasadena on April 26-27.

2. ALA NEWS from President Hilde Neumann

Thank you to those who donated baked goods and those who worked for our Bake Sale at the Riders BBQ Cook-Off. Your help was greatly appreciated. Thank you to Charmaine Beers for conducting the 50-50 raffle for us. Officer elections will be held during our May meeting. We hope to have a slate of officer candidates to announce at the April meeting. If you are interested in being an officer, either sign up on the list in our meeting room or talk with a member of the nominating committee—Toné Mahon, Marty Aguirre, or June Campbell. Officer duties are explained in Chapter V of your ALA Unit Handbook or online at https://www.alaforveterans.org/. The 11th District Convention will be held in Gatesville on April 19. Please attend if you can. We wish a Happy Easter to all our American Legion family!

3. From the corner of ALR President, Jimmy Aguirre

I would like to thank all who participated in the BBQ Cook-off and Car/Bike show. You are all appreciated! Rider elections are coming up. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Club room for anyone who wishes to run for Office. For those interested, TMRA2 is scheduled to receive a Proclamation on April 8, 6pm at Lacy Lakeview City Hall. Let’s keep all those who are on sick call in our prayers. For list of events, check the calendar on www.orgsites.com/tx/americanlegion-post-unit-121 and www.alrpost121waco.com. Reminder, please make sure that your dues are paid!

4. SAL NEWS FROM COMMANDER MIKE KIDWELL

We welcome Sam Cook as the new 1st Vice Commander of our Squadron. We appreciate his stepping up to take on this leadership role. We extend a special thank you to all the Sons for their work at the Post and for helping out with the joint projects of the American Legion Post 121 family. A special thanks for all your help with the American Legion Riders BBQ Cook-Off and for the knife raffle to raise funds for projects. Past Commander Richard Moreno extends a personal thanks and says he is excited about the direction of the Sons. A shout out to Joe Neal in appreciation for all his support!

5. CLUB MANAGER REPORT

Effective November 1st, new Club hours! See calendar for times. To volunteer for helping out at Linden Hall, please contact Sandy Brooks or Billy Elkins. Thank you all for who came out and participating in YOUR post activities

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS. THEY MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE CALENDAR AND NEWSLETTER. LET THEM KNOW YOU SAW THEIR AD IN THE NEWSLETTER.

RED PICKLE CAFE, SU BROCK, OWNER - TEXAS MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ASSOCIATION (TMRA2)- LINKAGE CREDIT UNION - MATULA INSURANCE AGENCY - MATTSON FINANCIAL SERVICES - GENEVAS PLACE SPORTS BAR - AMBIT ENERGY, LEAH WILLIAMS, INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT - STEVE'S PLACE HOMESTYLE COOKING - AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 121

DD 214's
Our Post is required to have on file the DD 214 or other proof of eligibility on 90% or more of all Legion members. This is a requirement of the IRS in order to keep our non-profit status. Although we have many DD 214's on file, we have been lax in getting the DD 214's from most of the transfers to us that signed up through the National Direct Mail Solicitation. If you are one of the members who signed up through National, we are requesting you send us a DD 214 or other proof of eligibility. Mail to: American Legion Post 121, PO Box 2276, Waco, TX 76703. Also, all other members who do not have a DD 214 on file at our Post are requested to send us a copy.

NO SMOKING IN HALL/NO PETS ALLOWED ON POST PROPERTY
The General Membership voted to ban smoking in all three hall room areas during rentals and dances. This decision was based on several reasons, mostly being the safety of the members and guests from a fire. Smoking is still permitted in the bar and the shuffle board areas, where the bartender can supply ashtrays. Due to liability concerns and the safety of all members and guest, General Membership voted to not allow any pets/animals of any type on post property at anytime. This includes the pavilion area.


 
DATES TO REMEMBER

2ND AND 4TH FRIDAY - DANCES 7-10

 VA PARTIES:

1st Tuesday - Ice Cream Social VA Bldg #11 1:30 P.M.
3rd Tuesday - ALA Bingo VA Bldg #11 1:30 P.M.
4th Tuesday - ALA Bingo VA Bldg #10 1:30 P.M.
2nd Wednesday - Ice Cream Social VA Bldg #94 1:30 P.M.
4th Thursday - Ice Cream Social VA Bldg #10 1:30 P.M.

 
BUILDING RENTAL INFORMATION:

POST BUILDING AND PAVILION:
Legion Hall (Old Linden Hall, 722 Leroy pkwy, Elm Mott, TX.) : Great for Large and small parties, dances and family reunions.
Pavallion: (Old Linden Hall, 722 Leroy pkwy, Elm Mott, TX.). Large Pavalion equipped with picnic tables and Clean Portable Restrooms.

You must be a member for 6 months to qualify for member rate.

For Rental: Contact the Post 254-822-1218.


THE CHAPLAINS CORNER

POST CHAPLAIN:

JESSE GARZA - 753-6658
Email: Post Chaplain Jesse Garza

UNIT CHAPLAIN:

CHARMAINE BEERS - 254-749-5363
Email: Unit Chaplain Charmaine Beers

TAPS
Gordon L. Swanson, Sr.
Georgia (Nell) Archer Pass





 
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For God and Country,

We associate ourselves together

For the following purposes:

To uphold and defend

The Constitution

of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate

A one hundred percent

Americanism;

To preserve the memories

and incidents

Of our associations

in the Great Wars;

To inculcate a sense of

individual obligation

To the community, state and nation;

To combat the autocracy

Of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might;

To promote peace and good will

on earth;

To safeguard and transmit

to posterity

The principles of

Justice, Freedom and Democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify

our comradeship

By our devotion to

mutual helpfulness

 

Mailing address

James A. Edmond Post 121
The American Legion
P.O. Box 2276
Waco, TX 76703


 
 AMERICAN LEGION POST & UNIT 121 ELM MOTT, TX
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