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Increased support leads to American Legion expansion



    L-R: Virgil Coe, Sr. Vice Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Jim Jeffers, Jr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Wayne Poore, Sergeant-At-Arms Post 149; Gary Green, Finance Officer Post 149; Lynn Rollins, Sr. Vice-Commander for the Department of Georgia; Ron Wheeler, Commander Post 149; Ronnie Strickland, Sr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Craig Womer, Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Perry Coe, Sr. Vice Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; Gene Tritle, Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; and Paul Glaser, Adjutant.


By Bill Wood
American Legion Post 149

    Since last year at this time, American Legion Post 149 has grown in several respects. Post 149 has added Chapter 149 of the American Legion Riders and Squadron 149 of the Sons of the American Legion.


    The American Legion Riders (ALR) is motorcycle enthusiasts that are also members of Post 149 or a member of the Sons of the American Legion. This ALR group of Legionnaires adds a whole new dimension to the Post and their hard work and enthusiasm has already shown results in Post 149 being able to support our local veterans and their families better than ever. 
    The Sons of the American Legion Squadron gives the opportunity to people, whose father, grandfather or great-grandfather was a veteran, to join the ranks of the Jasper Post 149 American Legion and support local veterans and their local community.
    The most important growth we have seen in the past year has come from the support of the people of Jasper and the surrounding Pickens County area. Their generosity and financial support at our fund raisers has provided Post 149 to support the following activities and events:
    • supported the local 4th of July, Jasper Marble Fest and Veterans Day parades;
    • provided home visits for Posts 149 members and other veterans in the local area that are homebound;
    • visited local senior retirement homes to support and visit with veterans living there;
    • supported the “Stg. David Collins Motorcycle Ride” on August 4, 2012; 
    • sent in two shipments of  old phones to “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program – earning calling card minutes and other support for our troops overseas and returning home;
    • supported Hill City Boy Scout Troop 288 by presenting an American Legion Eagle Scout certificate and patch to Jon-Paul Faix and Charlie Allen Bufford;
    • 4th  Annual Golf-A-Thon was held at Bent Tree and was supported by businesses of Jasper and local residents;
    • supported local  Marine Corp League with packing the “CARE” boxes send to our deployed troops oversees;
    • provide a Post 149 Flag Retirement Box located at the Jasper Thrift Center;
    • provided $ 2800.00 in charitable contributions to:
    - $500 to Jasper Marine Corp League Toys for Tots program
    - $250 to help support one of our members that needed financial aid after suffering a vehicle accident
    - $250 to Marine Corp League Detachment 1280 for postage for mailing boxes to our deployed troops
    - $150 to Wreaths across America for the Canton Veterans Cemetery at Christmas 2012
o    $250 to a local veteran family with five children and in need of financial aid at Christmas 2012
    - $500 to local Boy Scout Troop 288
    - $500 to Wounded Warriors Project
    - $100 to the National Commanders Project that supports the VA Hospitals
    - $300 to the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness
    • supported the Memorial Services of veterans locally and at the National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.;
    • added 19 new or transferred members to Post 149 roster;
    • conducted the Annual Post 149 Christmas Dinner;
    • supported the annual Christmas Festival of Trees at the Jasper library;
    • supported the Memorial Day program at Sunrise Cemetery in Jasper;
    • supported the American Legion “Poppy Program” by passing out poppies on Veterans Day and Memorial Day;
    • supported “Walk for Cancer” for Pickens County;
    • held our first Post 149 Motorcycle Ride as a fundraiser;
    • sponsored Chapter 149 “American Legion Riders” as a part of Post 149;
    • sponsored Squadron 149 “Sons of the American Legion” as part of Post 149

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