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Our Members Celebrating Birthdays in May: 

Dennis Balkham 5-17

Timothy Beckham 5-17

Stephen Collins 5-12

Daniel Cotto 5-2

Harry Crow 5-3

William Finan 5-21

Harry Green 5-8

 Judith Hubal 5-15

Josha Kelley 5-8

Robert Kennedy 5-11

John Marrs 5-15

Nathaniel Nelson 5-28

Doug Talbert 5-25

Marion Valentino 5-14

John Valin 5-31

Do you have a birthday in May and it isn't listed?  Call Fred Timmons at (843) 860-1735.

 

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The American Legion Oratorical Contest

Five contestants competed in the quadrant level of the 82nd Annual Oratorical Contest at Trident Technical College Mount Pleasant Campus. 

All competitors are to be congratulated for their preparation in a highly skilled contest.  The remarks from the judges and the audience at the conclusion were very complementary for all contestants.    

The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students.  Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Contestants are required to deliver a prepared oration on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States.  The oration must be 8 to 10 minutes in length and delivered without any notes.

After the prepared oration is completed a 3 to 5-minute presentation on an assigned topic follows.  

All American Legion posts can sponsor a contest with schools in their area and the winning student advances to the district contest.  In turn, the district winner advances to the quadrant level.  The winner of the quadrant level advances to the state contest.  Students are competing for scholarship awards at the state and national contest.

Jessica Scannell, a 11th grade student at Berkeley Mille College High School, was the winner of the quadrant level and advances to the state competition in March.

Jessica proudly displaying the Department Award

    

    (L-R)  Dept. Commander John Britt - Dept. 2nd Vice Commander             (L-R)  Lucca Venturini - Clayton James - Edward Maxted-Sorenson 
       Jessica Scannell - Dept. Contest Chairman Jennifer Beilstein                                       Jessica Scannell - Hannah Reilley

 

Jessica with parents and District 6 Commander Jim Kvam

Update: Jessica Scannell competed in the state contest March 9th and although the other competitors were well prepared, Jessica was chosen by the judges as the winner.  The next stop for Jessica is the national contest April 6-7 in Indianapolis.          Image result for free clipart of usa flag

 

The American Legion Commemorative Coin

The information below is reprinted from The American Legion ONLINE UPDATE.  

Set to go on sale March 14, coinciding with The American Legion’s 100th birthday, the silver dollar pays tribute to the organization’s Paris founding.  The coin’s heads side or obverse has the American Legion emblem surrounded by oak leaves and a lily; the reverse has crossed U.S. and American Legion flags under a fleur-de-lis, with the dates 1919-2019 and the inscription 100 YEARS OF SERVICE.

In addition to the American Legion silver dollar, the Mint will sell a $5 gold piece and a clad half-dollar.  The gold coin’s obverse features the Eiffel Tower and a V for Victory in World War I, with LIBERTY and 1919-2019 encircled by the outer ring of the Legion’s emblem.  On the reverse side is a soaring bald eagle and the American Legion emblem.  The heads side of the half-dollar has two children, one wearing her father’s American Legion cap, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; the reverse shows a billowing U.S. flag and American Legion emblem above the words … OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Passed by Congress on Oct. 6, 2017, Public Law 115-65 allows the Mint to strike and issue 50,000 of the gold coins, 400,000 of the silver dollars and 750,000 of the half-dollars.

At the Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis last August, U.S. Mint Director Davide Ryder said sales could raise up to $9.5 million for the organization’s programs and services.

To be added to the mailing list for updates, go to legion.org/coin (http://www.legion.org/coin).  For prices and other ordering information, go to usmint.gov (http://www.usmint.gov). 

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A tradition that will continue

American Legion Post 136 & VFW Post 10624 donated 5 bags of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in December.  This is a tradition that will continue with Post 136.     

Toys for Tots makes good use of your donation

Once again, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation achieved a 97:3 ratio of program to support service expenses in 2018.  That means over 97% of every dollar donated - that's 97 cents of every dollar - went to our mission of providing gifts to less fortunate children and only 3 cents to fundraising and overhead costs.

Toys for Tots Fun Facts:

  • 2018 marked the 71st anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
  • Marines and volunteers distributed 18.5 million toys to 7 million children in 2018
  • Conducted 805 local campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam
  • 2018 Holiday Campaign received help from over 37,000 volunteers October – December
  • The Toys for Tots Native American Program supported over 150,000 children on 60 reservations in 10 different states
  • The Toys for Tots Literacy Program distributed over 1.2 million children's books helping to increase literacy and help break the cycle of poverty
  • Maintained a charity-enviable 97:3 Program to Support Expense ratio
  • Marine Toys for Tots is an Accredited Charity and Seal Holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
  • Marine Toys for Tots holds a 4-Star rating on Charity Navigator
  • Walt Disney was the Toys for Tots logo creator
  • The Toys for Tots website saw 16.5 million page views between October – December
  • Since 1947, Toys for Tots has delivered hope to 258 million children

 

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Donation to Charleston Fisher House

Art Horn presents a check to Vicki Johnson

Post 136 Commander Art Horn presented a check for $250 to Vicki Johnson, Director of Charleston Fisher House.  The check represented a portion of funds raised at the American Legion Post 136, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136, VFW Post 10624 and VFW Auxiliary 10624  annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party.

Mark Nadobny received a TV from the Yorktown for a donation to a veteran that was in need.  The TV was delivered to the Charleston Fisher House and is being donated to a veteran and his family that lost all of their belongings in a house fire.

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Edward Yaman (November 23, 1944 - February 4, 2019)

Mr. Yaman will be missed by all that knew him.  Jim was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended Penn State University and was a varsity football letterman.  He served in the United States Army during Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart and was a recipient of a Bronze Star.  He retired from PPG Industries after 30 years and after retirement, Jim formed James E. Yaman and Associates Consulting Firm. 

Russell Allen Whitlock (September 30, 1948 - February 7, 2019)

Mr. Whitlock will be missed by all that knew him.  Rusell grew up in Liberty, SC, and attended Clemson University and Anderson College.  He was an avid Clemson fan.  He retired from the Department of the Navy where he traveled around the world as an electronics technician and served in the US Army National Guard. 

 

Carlton Julian Poulnot, Jr. (July 17, 1937 - January 23, 2019)

Mr. Poulnot will be missed by all that had the wonderful opportunity to share time with him.  Carlton was a member of Post 136 and his name appears on the original charter issued by the National Organization.  Carlton served in the Navy Underwater Demolition Team 21 from May 1959 until June 1967 when under the Kennedy Administration it was reclassified as the Navy Seals.  He served as a member of Seal Team 4. 

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This is a thank you that is long overdue.   For the 2018 joint Christmas Party (American Legion Post 136 and VFW Post 10624) we had a menu that was unbelievable; appetizers included meatballs and shrimp cocktail followed by a green salad and then the main course.  The main course included roasted turkey and stuffing with gravy, sliced beef w/gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes w/marshmallows, and dinner rolls.  Dessert included cookies, cheesecake and carrot cake.

Annie provided assistance with the stuffing and mashed potatoes while Jean and Rosemary provided an assortment of Christmas cookies.

The bulk of the chef work was courtesy of Steve Mosgo and Merv Horner.  They planned the menu, purchased the food and begin preparation and cooking several hours before dinner.  Then, after dinner, they begin the process of cleaning with Rosemary Horner and Joanna Mosgo offering assistance.  Gentlemen, the food was rated a five star by all attending.

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Annually on Pearl Harbor Day Glenn L. Jeffers VFW Post 10624 conducts a ceremony on the USS Yorktown to honor and remember the hundreds of brave military members that lost their lives on December 7, 1941.  The tossing of the ceremonial wreaths is observed by hundreds of visitors.  Each year the number of school children attending the ceremony increases.  These children are truly learning that freedom is not free.   

The total number of military personnel killed was 2,335, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 Army. Added to this were 68 civilians, making the total 2403 people dead. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona.

                                                             

    L-R Hundreds attended the ceremony.             Jim Riggins & Robert Mastrion AL Post 136            Donna King & Bill King VFW Post 10624                                                       

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