American Legion support needed now


I have been the Post Commander of the local American Legion Post 431 for the past three years. It has been my pleasure and also a pleasure working with the board of officers. Without them, the club cannot operate and I feel they have done an excellent job over the past three years. We have had several ups and downs during this time, and we can only survive with the support of the entire membership of the Post.

Please consider more support as just a handful of people can not do the whole job. We understand the economic situation has put everyone in a financial bind but your Legion can only remain open with your support.

Election of officers is coming up April 20 at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. I will not be running for this office again, as I feel we need new leadership. So if you will support the club by becoming an officer, please let me know as soon as possible before the April meeting. Any monetary support would be greatly appreciated also.

The monthly bills keep coming in regardless. We have a few regular supporters who we really appreciate but we can't depend on them to support the whole operation. We need everyone to contribute and help keep the club open. We are the only Legion canteen in Tuscarawas County and it is here for you to enjoy and benefit from. On the first Friday of each month, September through May, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) sponsor a fish fry. On the third Friday of each month, September through May, the ladies auxiliary sponsors a steak fry and these are open to the public plus every day at noon we are open to the public for lunch. We given school scholarships, support the local club and Boy Scout Troop 424, and we support the county 4-H clubs, plus numerous organizations.

There is a dedicated group that are in the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard who perform over 50 functions a year. These are not only military services at funerals, but we attend local parades and school events when asked. Numerous hours are given freely by these proud veterans.

As commander of these men, I could not be more proud for their dedication to their community and country.

James D. "Denny" Ross, CMDR