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American Legion Post 550
Mare Island Navy Yard
420 Admiral Callaghan Lane
Vallejo, California 94591
707-644-3097 Nov-Dec 2023 Edition
Commander: Dennis E. Clemente
Women's Auxiliary: Kittie Cox
707-563-8577

                                     The Scuttlebutt      
                                  Commanders Corner
2023 year has come and gone, and we made accomplishments and goals that we set for the year as a whole group.  I personally would like to thank each and every one of you for our success in 2023.  Let's gather now for a successful new year and join as we make 2024 a better year than the last.  We have begun in a established financial position that can only progress and our membership programs can and will increase with the help of every member.  
                        Vice Commander
We are now in the middle of the Legion Year and our membership isn't quite up to where it is supposed to be. We value everyone's membership so if you haven't paid your dues yet please do now.  In the 2023 membership year Post 550 paid the dues of twelve members who haven't repaid the Post as of yet and haven't paid their 2024 dues, they are  James L. Turner, Douglas F. Kirchgessner, Matthew J. Jones, Dean M. Pancoast, James R. Durbin, James A. Smith, Jr., Arlan L. Christle, Alfredo P. David, John Goodner, Wilfred Benitez, Carl Hipolito and Vencento Catio.  Post 550 will not be paying anyone's dues this year.  If you know anyone listed please contact them and ask them to pay their dues.  Membership is the life blood of any organization and we do not want to lose any members and you don't want to lose your membership in The American Legion and all the benefits it brings.  Our meeting nights are the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30PM for the business meeting and the third Wednesday of the month for our Social Night Dinner at 6:30 PM. Please join us for these events.
Bob Mattson
1ST Vice Commander
M.I.N.Y. American Legion Post 550 
                                 Auxiliary President
Hello Everyone,  ~~~Welcome to a New Year. I am praying that 2024 will bring joy and blessings to all!
American Legion Auxiliary Post 550 will be looking forward to new adventures. During our December meeting a FISHER HOUSE representative gave us a presentation regarding the makings and workings of the House. We plan on a visit to the facility in the upcoming months and will offer our support.
Our ladies did a wonderful job of providing toys for the American Legion Post 550 Toy Drive in December. We filled up two barrels!!
We have a fall date set for our fund raiser of crafts, etc. It will be a fun filled event.
Our secretary and treasurer are working together to improve our membership list. Hope to have it available in the next few months.
Sunday several of us ladies drove to Napa and attended the breakfast put on by Post 113. It was a fun time and we enjoyed visiting and getting to know the ladies of Unit 113. Both units are planning future get togethers!
Our goal for 2024 is to work closer together as a team and reach out to other Units.
For the new year: make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
KITTIE COX, PRESIDENT
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 550
 

                                              Yountville News
Our Yountville veterans are having a New Years Party on Jan. 25th. in the afternoon.  Staff has asked if any of our American Legion Auxiliary members
would like to participate in this afternoon function to let me know.   Have not gotten a firm time yet but should sometime after lunch as food will not be
included at this event.  There will music and dancing with the appropriate
decorations for this celebration.  Staff and our auxiliary members are still
working on the 60" television set we have agreed to purchase for their
recreation room.  Paperwork has been approved but the date of delivery
has yet to be decided. 
We recently had a very impressive presentation from Steve, one of the working
volunteers at Fisher House, and how we could help.   We have decided to make Christmas Stockings for those families at the two Fisher House boarding homes this coming year.  We have been given a list and will purchase items to stuff all the stockings once we have a count for both any children and number of families.
We still have one planter box available for $80.00 that was made for our
Yountville Vets by the Cal Maritime Cadets.  If interested, please contact me
at any of our upcoming social dinners.   We are working on getting a tour of
our Maritime Academy along with staying for lunch.  JoEllen, our Maritime
contact is working on a spring or summer date. If interested, please turn your
name into Jan Kuhl, Kittie Cox or myself.  I am sure there will be a limited
head count allowed for this event.   See's candy will still be available through
Easter which will include Chocolate bunnies and an Easter assortment beginning in February.  Recently at the Napa Legion breakfast some of our Auxiliary members have volunteered to help with the Veterans Stand Down program held in Napa on May 3rd. At our next meeting we will discuss our assignment and will need help filling bags with the items we will distribute to those Veterans for their personal use.  
Yountville is still on lock down as far as giving and delivering supplies to
the campus.  We are not to take up anything at this time until it will again
be permitted to do so. Any donations of books, CD movies, musical
tapes, jigsaw puzzles and recreational items we have supplied is still
on hold. At this date we have no idea when this will open up. All donations
will have to be held for now. 
Arlene Hoffmann, Veterans Service Chair
707-246-3212    arhoff27@gmail.com
 
 
                                           Veterans Strengthening America
Mission, vision and values   The American Legion's motto is "Veterans Strengthening America."
The American Legion is built on a promise from men and women who swore with their lives to defend and protect the United States through military service. The promise begins at enlistment, grows through training and discipline in the U.S. Armed Forces and continues after discharge, as veterans in service to community, state, and nation.
In times of crisis, The American Legion steps into the turmoil and fights to provide needed assistance for others.
Young people who seek positive opportunities turn to The American Legion, which has mentored generations into responsible citizens.
Veterans in need of advocates to help them achieve meaningful careers, educations, health-care services, friends, and stable homes are supported every day, free of charge, by The American Legion.
Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel have dedicated supporters in The American Legion. A strong and well-resourced national defense is, and has always been, a central purpose of the organization. As former troops, Legionnaires understand the importance of home-front support.
Legionnaires constantly remind communities that freedom and prosperity come with a price, a price often paid in blood. They know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They raise the money, put in the hours and bring into existence monuments and memorials to “preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars.”
The American Legion salutes the flag and asks all others to show respect for the unity, freedom and hope it represents.
Among American Legion members, there is no rank or prejudice, only purpose. A veteran is a veteran. And the purpose of veterans in The American Legion is to strengthen the United States of America through programs, services, compassion and actions that have proven vital, timeless and life-changing for over a century.
The American Legion's mission statement, as adopted by the National Executive Committee in October 2020, is:
To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion's vision statement is "The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America.” The American Legion's value principles are as follows:
A VETERAN IS A VETERAN - which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.
SELFLESS SERVICE - which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.
AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM - which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.
ADVANCING THE VISION - which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.
HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US - which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.


            This year’s beginning Post Calendar all dates and times are subject to change

JANUARY 3 20241800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
JANUARY 171830SOCIAL/D�INNER
FEBRUARY 71800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
FEBRUARY 211830SOCIAL/DINNER- PAST CDRS/PAST PRESIDENTS RECOGNITION
MARCH 61800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
MARCH 201830SOCIAL/DINNER     OBSERVE ST PATRICK$ DAY
APRIL 31800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
APRIL 171830SOCIAL/DINNER
MAY 11800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
MAY 151830SOCIAL/DINNER - SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION
MAY271100MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
JUNE 51800REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING POST and AUXILIARY UNIT
JUNE 191830SOCIAL/DINNER